Showing posts from September 25, 2016

This Is Why Your Feet Hurt

Cold Feet, Many Culprits

If your toes are always cold, one reason could be poor blood flow -- a circulatory problem sometimes linked to smoking, high blood pressure, or heart disease. The nerve damage of uncontrolled diabetes can also make your feet feel cold. Other possible causes include hypothyroidism and anemia. A doctor can look for any underlying problems -- or let you know that you simply have cold feet.

Foot Pain

When feet ache after a long day, you might just curse your shoes. After all, eight out of 10 women say their shoes hurt. But pain that’s not due to sky-high heels may come from a stress fracture, a small crack in a bone. One possible cause: Exercise that was too intense, particularly high-impact sports like basketball and distance running. Also, weakened bones due to osteoporosis increases the risk.

Red, White, and Blue Toes

Raynaud’s disease can cause toes to turn white, then bluish, and then redden again and return to their natural tone. The cause is a sudden narrowing o…

Inspirational Quote for October 1, 2016

“A negative mind will never give you a positive life.”

How could it? If your mind is filled with negative thoughts that prevent you from following your dreams, applying for that brilliant job opportunity, striking up a conversation with someone you want to get to know, etc., who do you think is to blame? You, of course! Once you’ve established a negative thought pattern the only person who can take action to change it to positive is you so what are you waiting for? Flick your “switch” to positive and see how the world responds? Positive attracts positive so think positive for long enough and it will become your mind-set so there will be no stopping you then. Look out world!


Inspirational Quote for September 30, 2016

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”

All of us have been afraid at times so fear is not a stranger. It may have prevented us from doing something that wasn’t in our best interest but, on the other hand, it may also have stopped us from experiencing something wonderful. The trick is to know which is which. We’ve all felt the fear that makes our heart beat a little faster and presses our “fight or flight” button, usually before doing something that makes us nervous, or meeting someone that we’re unsure of. However, trust that the fear is saying it’s okay to be a bit afraid as it will keep you alert and on your toes, but NEVER let it stop you from doing something that may be the greatest experience of your life, or meeting someone who could prove to be the key to your future happiness.


The Man Who Transformed a Wasteland

For years, Jonathan Bergman was bothered by the sight of a neglected piece of property across the street from his office. It was a wasteland -- overgrown, ugly, trash-strewn, unloved. In the middle of it was a huge slab of cement covered in graffiti. He wondered to himself why no one had done anything about it. One day, he approached a man he saw looking at the land; they were both bothered by the sight. Then the man said, "How about getting it for the community?" And so the acquisition and transformation efforts began. But the path to what ended up as the "World Peace Garden" was far from straight. This is the story of Jonathan Bergman, who found for every setback an unexpected solution, who discovered peace while gardening, who created a space for his community with his neighbors, who became the change he wished to see, who brought to light that we all have wastelands we can transform.

--by Margaret O'Keefe

Mahatma Ghandi once said “be the change that you want …

How Sleep Apnea Harms Your Health

Sleep Apnea Is Just Snoring

Myth. Snoring can be a symptom of the sleep disorder, but there's a big difference between the two. People with the condition actually stop breathing up to 400 times throughout the night. These pauses last 10 to 30 seconds, and they're usually followed by a snort when breathing starts again. This breaks your sleep cycle and can leave you tired during the day.

Sleep Apnea Is No Big Deal

Myth. All those breaks in sleep take a toll on your body and mind. When the condition goes untreated, it's been linked to job-related injuries, car accidents, heart attacks, and strokes.

It Blocks Your Breathing

Fact. The most common type of the disorder is obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. It happens when your tongue, tonsils, or other tissues in the back of the throat block your airway. When you try to breathe in, the air can't get through. Central sleep apnea is less common than OSA. It means the brain doesn't always signal the body to breathe when it should.

8 Supplements That Are Good for Your Gut

Probiotics: Friendly Bacteria

Probiotics contain living organisms -- mainly bacteria and one type of yeast. These resemble good bacteria in the gut that help with digestion. The supplements are used to treat certain GI problems and for general digestive health. Some types of probiotics may provide relief from diarrhea and may also relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Consider adding them to malted milk or yogurt.

DGL (Licorice): Cooling Heartburn

Licorice has long been used to treat symptoms of indigestion like heartburn and acid reflux. These uses aren't backed by scientific evidence, though. In its unpurified form, licorice can also have side effects, including contributing to high blood pressure in some people. DGL is a specific extract of licorice with a certain chemical removed, and it doesn't seem to have as many side effects. Still, pregnant women should not take DGL -- or any other supplement -- without consulting their doctor.

Peppermint Oil: To Ease IBS


11 Best Ways to Feed Your Heart


Oatmeal and bran cereals are a heart-healthy way to start your day. They've got soluble fiber, which helps lower your LDL 'bad' cholesterol.

Other good sources are beans and whole grains like barley. You can also get it as a supplement, like psyllium, but a diet that's got lots of fiber is best.

Sterols And Stanols

You find these nutrients in some fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds. They block your body from absorbing cholesterol. Almonds, peanuts, olive oil, and Brussels sprouts are good choices.

Also look for foods that have sterols and stanols added in, like margarine, orange juice, and yogurt. Supplements could be a helpful way to lower your cholesterol, but check with your doctor.


When you spice up your food, you might also protect your heart. People have used garlic as medicine for centuries, and studies on supplements show it may have benefits for your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Talk to your doctor before you try any pills, since it may raise yo…