I n addition to exercise, here are two effective natural ways to relax, get your anxiety, food cravings, and blood pressure down, fight insomnia, and generally improve well-being. Using the second hand on a watch, count four to six breaths a minute, making your abdomen rise. Do this, sitting or lying in a relaxed posture, eyes closed, for about 15 minutes a day.
A second technique is a bit trickier. It is really possible to learn to warm up your fingers or feet. Envision relaxing all the ligaments that wrap around the capillaries, so they open up and let the warm blood go coursing through. In about 15 minutes, you can raise the temperature of your fingers or toes about twenty degrees! When the mind feels stress, ligaments in the extremities tighten, sending blood into the trunk and long leg muscles so you can run away from danger or threat. Sending blood BACK to the hands and feet tells the brain, "No danger here; relax," and it does.
Thinning eyebrows may be an indication of thyroid disease. Brows tend to thin with age, but if the outer third of the brow (closest to the ears) begins to disappear without plucking or waxing, consult your doctor. It could be a sign of hypothyroidismor or an under-active thyroid gland. Thyroid hormones are critical to hair production. Hair loss will occur all over the body but will be more noticeable on the brows first.
If you are over 65, ask your doctor to test for an abdominal aortic aneurysm. These can develop slowly over a decades and usually come with no symptoms. Ultrasound screening and CT or MRI scans can detect them and they then can be surgically removed before they rupture.
What’s the best sports drink after a work out? Believe it or not, it is chocolate milk. When consumed immediately after a workout, low-fat chocolate milk helps you to build muscle mass than comparable high-carbohydrate sports drinks. Drinking low-fat chocolate milk also results in faster muscle recovery and better workouts that follow. It has been shown that drinking chocolate milk immediately after cycling five days a week for four weeks had twice as much improvement in their maximum oxygen uptake, which is a good indicator of cardiovascular fitness.
Women age 40 and older should get a mammogram every 1 to 2 years. Women who have a history of breast cancer or other breast problems, or who have a family history of breast cancer may need to get them earlier or more often. Consult your doctor for appropriate intervals of testing.
Bone density tests are extremely important for woman at high risk for developing osteoporosis and those within menopausal or post-menopausal stages, as lower estrogen levels can lead to lower calcium levels.
Men age 40 and older should be screened for prostate cancer, which is the most common and second deadliest cancer among men, but can be easily treated if detected early.
Men and women age 50 and older, as well as those who have a history of colon conditions such as polyps and inflammatory bowel disease, should be screened for colorectal cancer, the most common form of non-skin cancers among men and women.