4 Reasons Why Wearing Rubber Boots Is Dangerous For Your Joints 

Rubber Boots and Joint Problems

Wearing the right footwear can go a long way in protecting your feet, and can improve many other body functions like mobility and balance. Your feet are complicated precision instruments with a unique network of ligaments, tendons, over 200 muscles, 52 bones, and 66 joints. Most people are not only neglecting muscle and joint health, but putting added stress on this system by wearing the wrong footwear on a regular basis. Rubber boots in particular sacrifice both comfort and function, putting strain on the complex network of joints that run throughout the feet. The next time you are thinking about purchasing or wearing those shoes, consider these reasons why wearing rubber boots is dangerous for your joints.

1.Wearing Down the Joints

Rubber boots are especially bad for any person who has arthritis. They are hard on the arch of the foot and will begin to wear down the joints in the feet over time. Not only does the rubber boot contribute to arthritis, it can cause significant pain if worn for a prolonged period of time. The composition of the rubber boots and the lack of support are both contributing factors to an increase in knee osteoarthritis and knee joint degeneration. Because the rubber boots offer very little in the way of support, the stress on the back increases and results in significant lower back pain.

According to the American Society of Biomechanics, people who wore this type of shoe wear for an extended period of time developed more severe foot pain later in life compared to those who chose a more healthier type footwear. Without the added cushioning that is available in a hiking boot, for example, the joints are forced to compress more frequently and will result in the wearing down of the joints more rapidly.

3 Important Signs Your Stomach Acid Needs Medical Attention 

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Stomach acid issues are an early indication of other potentially deadly diseases within the body. When you are experiencing issues with your stomach, you should never wait too long to bring it to the attention of your physician. Low stomach acid is a problem overlooked by many people suffering with this medical condition, and it has been linked to serious illnesses like asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and even stomach cancer. When you experience stomach issues like excessive burping, heartburn, bloating, acid reflux, and nausea right after eating, these are important signs that your stomach acid needs medical attention. If you have concerns about your stomach acid, these three important symptoms can help you to identify a more serious issue that needs to be addressed.

You Feel Sick After Eating Meats

In order to put together the pieces of an illness, you need to actively be looking for patterns that occur during and after your eating. Feeling sick after consuming certain foods is an indication of a much more serious issue inside. Before you go jumping to conclusions about how meats are leading you to your stomach acid issues, however, understand how powerful the mind can be at triggering certain body functions. If you are aware of the dangers of eating certain types of meat, you hear about the dangers from television and your friends, and you read about the consequences online, your mind is going to react if you ever eat that meat.

If you know red meat is bad for you, but you eat it and worry the whole time that it can be bad for you, the mind responds by triggering the body to become sick. While you think your body is reacting, it could in fact be a case of low stomach acid, when your body does not have the tools to properly digest the food, so you become sick. Without the acid, the stomach has trouble breaking down the proteins in the meat, and you get cramps, start to vomit, or feel nauseous all day. This is not necessarily a meat issue – it can be an indication within the digestive system that the body is having problems completing the digestive process on more complex foods.

Top 6 Things That Cause Hearing Loss 

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We have all heard at one time or another to turn down the music because it could be causing permanent hearing damage. Most of us, however, are not aware of all the things that cause hearing loss that surround us every single day. To avoid prematurely damaging the hearing long before genetics has the chance to, pay close attention to these top six things that cause hearing loss beyond simply turning down the music or television.

1. Wearing Ear Buds

The sensitive structure of the inner ear was not meant to listen to music at high volumes for extended periods of time. This generation, however, is literally plugged in to mobile technology at the ears. We watch movies on our mobile devices, we listen to live concert streams with our iPods, and we even play video games for hours on end with ear buds on so as to not disturb the rest of the house. According to studies conducted at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, people today are turning up the volume on their MP3 players and iPods to levels that drown out other sounds. These volume levels at which these players are connected are extremely damaging to the tiny little fibers of the inner ear. Loud sounds plugged directly into the ear canal cause the hearing to go through a shift after such loud prolonged exposure. The end result is that softer sounds become more difficult to hear, and we need to constantly up the volumes to enjoy sounds more clearly. Prolonged exposure to excessive noise through ear buds will progressively deteriorate the hearing and result in permanent hearing loss over time.

2. Driving in Convertibles

Driving in a convertible allows the driver and passengers to take in all the beauty – and sounds – of the open road. This can come at a cost to your hearing over time, however. The wind noise that is associated without the protection of a roof over your head can cause hearing damage and hearing loss. The longer you drive in a convertible, the better chance you have of damaging the inner ear. Putting your head next to a lawnmower that is emitting about 90 decibels is not recommended, yet when you drive in a convertible you are exposing yourself to sounds well over that 90 decibels. Studies at Harvard Medical School show that repeated exposure to 85 decibels or more can cause permanent hearing loss. The reason for the hearing issues is because there is zero insulation like that of a normal vehicle. The fragile inner ear is exposed to more noises, including the rushing sound of wind and air in excess of 60 mph.

6 Dangerous Chemicals You Must Avoid While Washing Dishes

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While washes the dishes is simply a part of life that cannot be avoided, it might surprise you to learn that you are exposing yourself to a tremendous amount of toxic chemicals each time you are standing at the sink. Forget about the catchy commercial jingles or the popular spokesperson for the dish washing detergent brand that you use. Have you really ever taken a close look at the ingredients in the product you use to wash your dishes? Not only will you have a hard time pronouncing some of the ingredients, chances are pretty good that you don’t have a clue what they are. In order to live a greener and healthier life, it is extremely important that you are aware of the dangerous chemicals you must avoid while washing dishes each day.

Phosphates – Many popular brands of dish washing detergent utilize phosphates as a main ingredient to help with scrubbing action. The main purpose of a phosphate is for water softening, but it can also act like a fertilizer in water. The problem with having them as a main ingredient in your dish washing detergent is that you are coming in contact with that toxic solution, and if the dishes are not cleaned thoroughly, you are placing your meals in contact with them. To show how powerful this one ingredient is, one only need look at the phosphates used in local water treatment facilities. When the concentration becomes too high, it will deplete oxygen levels in the water and lead to the growth of dangerous algae. The algae is deadly to consume, so the right mix of the phosphates must be monitored daily to protect the water and the consumer. The best thing you can do is avoid contact with any dish detergents that contain phosphates. Purchase green brands that clearly state phosphate-free on the label.

Ammonia – It might come as a big surprise to you that your dish washing detergent has trace amounts of ammonia as an ingredient. What you should be made aware of is if your dishwashing detergent does have ammonia, you should stop using it immediately. Even the smallest trace of ammonia can be toxic to the human body, but people are not even clued in that this deadly toxin is coming in contact with their hands and the dishes they eat off of.

9 Foods That Reduce High Blood Pressure

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We are all aware of the fact that there are certain foods that are good for our health, and it is interesting and useful to look at specific ailments and how what eat we can have an impact on them. So, in this instance we will focus on foods that reduce high blood pressure because in the process of doing so we will be able to see how your diet can actually reduce the chances of you developing a wide range of health issues.

1. Those leafy greens

If you are not a lover of things such as kale or spinach, or any other leafy green, then it is about time that you become interested in it. The reason for this is because they are high in potassium, which will mean that there is more of a balance between potassium and sodium in your body. This, in turn, will reduce your blood pressure. However, do not go for anything that is in a can and instead focus on either fresh or frozen – indeed, in a number of instances frozen can actually be better than fresh, as the goodness is preserved.

2. Various berries

Berries really are akin to a superfood, especially when it comes to dealing with your blood pressure. Blueberries in particular are pretty useful for helping you out in this scenario, as they are high in something called flavonoids. A scientific study showed that this can help you to cope with hypertension and even prevent it in the first place, so consider adding them to a smoothie every morning in order to get your fix.

3. Potatoes

Potatoes are a staple part of the diet for most people, and when you find out that they are also able to reduce your blood pressure, it should mean that you will incorporate them on an even more regular basis. They are high in both potassium and magnesium, and it is known that these are two minerals that are absolutely key in lowering your blood pressure. In addition, they are high in fiber, and that is something that is going to help with your diet in general.

4 Dangers of Sleeping With Wet Hair At Night

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The negative effects of sleeping with wet hair have been debated for decades. Children have been warned by their parents that if they went to bed with their hair wet they would wake up the next day with a whole range of problems from colds and eye infections to bacteria growth in the hair. The Internet makes it easier to now dig deep and get to the bottom of the debate once and for all. Rather than dismiss the theories as just myths, arming yourself with the facts can go a long way in deciding for yourself how much risk you put yourself and your family at when exposed to the dangers of sleeping with wet hair.

Bacteria Growth

The simple, if unpleasant, truth is that your pillow case acts like a magnet for different forms of bacteria and fungi growth, regardless where you live or the climate you live in. Women who go to bed with their make-up on know all too well that as their foundation and eyeliner rubs off on the pillowcase during sleep, it acts like a magnet for certain bacteria growth that then comes in contact with the face eight hours a night, day after day, until the pillowcases are washed. The same can be said when you go to bed with wet hair. The damp hair not only causes the pillowcase to become wet, but it also soaks deeper into the pillow, a bigger problem than just wetting the exterior of the pillow. During the night, the warm temperature of your head and the moisture of the pillow cause a buildup of bacteria and fungus growth. The majority of people are spending up to a third of their lives sleeping in bed, which means eight hours of your skin coming in contact with dangerous fungi growing on the pillowcase. Each night your hair is wet, the problem gets worse, and the bacteria and fungus can exacerbate many different respiratory related diseases.

10 Foods That Fight Alzheimer’s Disease 

Alzheimer's Disease

Understanding how different foods can help us combat various illnesses can certainly help to keep us on the correct path to long-lasting health not only now, but also in our distant future. However, this is certainly a complicated subject, so it makes sense to break the topic down into individual illnesses to then determine the types of foods that should be in your diet. So, in this instance we will focus on foods that fight Alzheimer’s disease, an illness that is troubling for many people, especially those who may have family members fighting the disease.

1. Leafy vegetables

The first thing to mention is leafy vegetables: in particular, we are talking about kale, spinach and broccoli. If they are green and leafy, then they are going to be high in both vitamin A and vitamin C, vitamins which can promote brain activity and health. Trying to have at least six portions a week in your diet will make biggest difference in your brain function.

2. Nuts

We have known for some time that nuts are a kind of superfood, but they can also play a role in helping to improve the health of your brain. The reason for this is because they are high in healthy fats, high in fiber, and high in a whole host of different antioxidants, something that your brain is going to absolutely love.

3. Blueberries

Blueberries do not get the press that they deserve, as this wonder berry has been shown to be extremely effective at helping to combat a wide range of illnesses or diseases and Alzheimer’s is just one of them. Various minerals and nutrients in the berries, including the skin, have been shown to be extremely effective at helping boost our cognitive function and keeping those wheels in our brain well oiled, so eat them at least twice a week to benefit from all of this mighty goodness packed into a very small berry.

Are Your Friends Sabotaging Your Diet?

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“Do not be misled. Bad association spoils useful habits.” These  words, written by the Apostle Paul in a letter to the Corinthians, were not penned in the context of diet – but they could have been. The people you surround yourself with – your network – will be critical in ensuring that your diet is a success. Hang out with negative people – those who are not on board with your goals, who show little interest in bettering themselves, and who are not displaying balance in their own lives – and all of your hard work and ‘useful habits’ will likely be spoiled.

This is especially important in the first three months of your weight management plan. During this initial period, you are learning new behaviors. Nothing is habitual yet. so you are in real danger of reverting back to your old, comfortable ways. There is always the risk that you will indulge in self-sabotaging behavior that will hold you back. The support of your friends will therefore be critical – yet  your friends themselves could be the ones holding you back.

It’s not that your friends mean to interfere with your diet. They usually mean well when they serve up an extra helping of pasta or insist that you have a cream ensconced muffin with your coffee. They’ll tell you that you’ve got to have some balance in life – and, anyway, you’ll work it off the next time you jump on the treadmill.  But can’t they see how hard you’re working to make changes in your dietary habits? Why do they insist on making it so much harder for you to stay on the straight and narrow?

The answer lies in the very process that you are working so hard to bring about – change.

That’s the whole point of your weight management program. You want to change. But your friends, unless they have jumped on board with you, don’t. They’re quite happy with the status quo – in fact they like it. They can easily feel uncomfortable about your new and ‘abnormal’ behavior. They seem to have some  innate need to bring you back to ‘normal.’ Perhaps they feel guilty that they don’t have the will to do what you’re doing. They may miss ‘the old you’ – the one that was able to indulge with them in the excesses of life. So, perhaps subconsciously, they engage in behavior designed to bring you back to them.

All You Need To Know About Supplements

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When it comes to getting fit and improving heath, nutrition is king. No matter how motivated we are, no matter how effective our training program is, and no matter how much knowledge we acquire, unless we are eating properly we will never achieve our goals. For a long time, , eating properly was simply a matter of relying on foods that came from the ground or that had been killed.

Today, most of the food  we eat is intensively harvested under nutrient-deficient conditions. As a result, foods  straight from the soil contain far fewer  nutrients than they used to. When we combine this fact with the knowledge that there are certain nutrients  our body cannot manufacture and are required in the foods we eat, it becomes clear that supplementation is a necessary part of a complete nutritional plan.

The supplementary requirements of women and men differ. According to dietitian Keri Glassman, women need to be thinking of “bones, babies and bellies” when it come to supplementation. Supplementing to enhance bone density will help ward off osteoporosis. Boosting the body’s stores of folate will improve fertility. And supplementing to help control belly fat will help you ward off cardiovascular illness. Here, then, are the top 5 supplements to achieve those goals.

Fish Oil & Flax Oil

Essential fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6) can do wonders for our bodies. They are essential for strong bones, absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, energy production, healthy skin texture, and fat burning. Because essential fatty acids are so important for optimal health, it makes sense to take a supplement to ensure that you’re getting enough of them. Fish oil supplements are a popular supplement for this, and are usually derived from mackerel, herring and tuna. You should take  1.52.0 grams each day.

Everything You Need to Know About Weight Loss

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Do a quick Google search on ‘weight loss.’ How many results do you get? At this very moment, the search results will go over 229 million. That’s a lot of content to get through, and likely you will be so confused by the first page that you simply won’t know what to do. The problem is that it seems like everyone has their own opinion about losing weight – and more often than not, the opinions will contradict each other. It can leave you wanting to pull your hair out.
Are you supposed to exercise? Are you supposed to diet? Will fad diets work? These questions get lost in the fray of opinions, advertisements, and confusing articles, leaving you wondering if there are even healthy foods out there. (Remember, it wasn’t too long ago that they told us the egg was incredibly unhealthy. Now, they have done a complete 180 and say there are definite health benefits to eggs.)

And here is the worst part of it: While there are millions of articles claiming to provide the weight-loss answer, obesity is a bigger epidemic than ever before. According to the newest research, nearly 70% of Americans are either overweight or obese today. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that this means greater numbers of people with high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and even certain types of cancer. So, we have a plethora of information out there, and it doesn’t seem to be helping.

So what’s the problem here? Well, most of the information out there is unfounded, based on opinion, or downright silly. Because people want instant results, a great deal of content will focus on ridiculously unhealthy fad diets that will do nothing more than put you on a weight-loss yo-yo. So, it is time to change how you have been thinking and learn how you can lose the weight in a healthy way and keep it off for the long run.

1.No More Extremes

The number one rule of weight loss to bear in mind is that you cannot participate in ‘extremes’ any longer. One look on the Internet and you will find articles that tell you how you can:

Consume only juice for a week or more.

Eliminate carbs altogether.

Only drink diet drinks.

Eat less than 500 calories a day.