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Swedish Massage

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Receiving swedish massage is a great way to Relax. Consisting of long, glding strokes it is a sure way to calm your nervous system and help you sleep better at night. 

Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology, as opposed to energy work on "meridiens" or sen lines in Asian massage systems. Most people get a 50 or 60-minute Swedish or deep tissue massage, but 75 or 90-minutes gives the therapist more time to work the muscle tissue and achieve results.

In all Swedish massage, the therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil and performs various massage strokes. These movements warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle "knots" or adhered tissues, called adhesions. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, among other health benefits.

Swedish massage is the foundation for other types of Western massage, including sports massage, deep tissue massage and aromatherapy massage.

Drop in today and feel more relaxed then you have in a long time. 

Benefits of taking cold showers!!!!

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

You probably see cold showers as dreadful things that you’ve never put yourself through of your own free will; rather, they’re forced on you by circumstances beyond your control. The jerks in your dorm or apartment used up all the hot water or some inconsiderate person may have flushed the toilet before you were finished bathing. Ticked off and uncomfortable, you become irate at these people for making you have to endure this terrible thing… but what if I told you that you should thank them instead? If a person makes your shower go from hot to cold, they are doing a solid favor for your health and waistline. I invite you to consider five surprising benefits of cold showers!

 

There is nothing special about hot showers

Before we get into the actual benefits of cold showers, let’s establish the simple fact that hot showers are a luxury and not a necessity. Throughout most of human history, people had to bathe in whatever water was available to them. If you’ve ever swum in a lake, you can probably remember that said water often happened to be cold. The Greeks invented heating systems for public baths in the 1st century BC, but interestingly enough, many Greeks chose to continue bathing in cold water due to the health benefits.

 

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1. Cold showers burn fat

There are two kinds of fat in your body: white fat and brown fat. White fat is the bad guy (think the Joker) and brown fat is the good guy (think Batman). White fat is the body fat we all know and struggle to get rid of. When we consume more calories than our body needs to function and we don’t burn those calories for energy, they are stored as white fat, which tends to accumulate at your waist, lower back, neck, and thighs. Brown fat is the good guy you might have never even heard of, and its function is to generate heat to keep your body warm. Here’s the good news: when brown fat is activated due to extreme cold, it burns calories to keep you warm, which could provide a helpful assist in your weight loss plan. How much of an assist? Scandinavian researchers found that exposure to cold temperatures increased the metabolic rate of brown fat by fifteen fold, which could help a person drop nine pounds in a year if sustained.

 

2. Cold showers boost recovery after exercise

Athletes often take ice baths after vigorous training do reduce soreness. You don’t have to take it that far, but you can obtain a similar benefit with a quick cold shower after your training sessions. Maybe dropping a pencil or walking upstairs won’t be quite so agonizing with a little dose of cold after all of that running.

 

3. Cold showers increase mood and alertness

Who doesn’t feel a bit groggy when they take that first step out of bed? This is something everyone struggles with, but if you’d like to put some pep in your step first thing in the a.m., take a cold shower before you go to work. When cold water pours over your body, your breathing deepens in response to the shock of the cold (this is your body trying to keep you warm by increasing overall oxygen intake). Your heart rate will also increase, resulting in a rush of blood through your body that will help you get energized for the day.

 

4. Cold showers strengthen immunity and circulation

Remember how I mentioned that cold showers speed up your metabolic rate, which helps you lose fat? The increase of this rate activates your immune system, which releases virus-fighting white blood cells that will help you get sick less frequently. Cold showers also increase your overall blood circulation, which can help you avoid hypertension and the hardening of arteries.

 

5. Cold showers give you attractive hair and skin

If you’d like to reduce the appearance of acne, cold showers could do the job. Hot water dries out your skin, while cold water tightens your cuticles and pores, preventing them from getting clogged. You can also use cold showers for shinier, more attractive hair that your partner can’t resist playing with. Cold water will close your cuticle, making it less likely dirt can accumulate in your scalp. For further reading that will help you improve your skin appearance, check out these four skin care hacks for people who think they’ve tried everything.

 

Put it in Practice

If you have read any of the James Bond books, you surely have noticed his unique take on showers. Bond, tough guy extraordinaire, started with hot water, but turned the temperature down to freezing cold for the very end of his bathing routine. This character quirk is theorized to be a nod to Bond’s Scottish ancestry, since a “hot-to-cold” shower is often referred to as a “Scottish Shower.”

 

If you’d like to take advantage of the surprising benefits of cold showers, I’d suggest starting off by emulating Bond’s bathing routine. You could also take an alternating shower by simply switching your water temperature from hot to cold every 10-20 seconds. When you’re feeling brave and have the mental toughness you need to survive the shivering, try a full blast cold shower on for size. Challenge accepted? Come back here and tell me how it goes in the comments.

Why you should start dry body brushing today

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

You want me to brush what??!! Yes, body brushing is awesome and has incredible benefits. Check out this article we read:

BY LEE SUTHERLAND

Fast, effective, numerous health benefits – what’s not to love about dry body brushing in the morning?

 

You may be thinking, Why do I need to add something else to my already busy morning routine? Let me assure you, the extra five minutes this takes is well worth the investment.

 

Think back to your human biology class (minus the traumatizing exam) and answer these questions: What is the largest organ in the body? What is one of the most important elimination organs in the body, playing a large role in daily detoxification? What organ receives a third of all the blood that is circulated in the body? When the blood is full of toxic materials, what organ will reflect this with problems? What organ is the last to receive nutrients in the body, yet the first to shows signs of imbalance or deficiency?

 

Answer for all: the skin!

 

The benefits of dry skin brushing include:

  • Listen up ladies: Increasing the circulation to the skin could possibly reduce the appearance of cellulite. Cellulite is toxic material accumulated in your body’s fat cells. So, rather than take drastic measures like liposuction, how about utilizing the dry skin brushing techniques to help break down unwanted toxins?
  • Dry body brushing helps shed dead skin cells (and encourages new cell renewal), which results in smoother and brighter skin. It can also help with any pesky ingrown hairs.
  • It assists in improving vascular blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. By releasing toxins, it encourages the body’s discharge of metabolic wastes so the body is able to run more effectively.
  • Dry skin brushing rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin (and it feels pretty great, too!).
  • It helps with muscle tone and gives you a more even distribution of fat deposits.
  • Dry skin brushing helps your skin to absorb nutrients by eliminating clogged pores.
  • And, in my experience, dry body brushing first thing in the morning can actually set up a perfect day! By doing something solely for yourself first thing in the morning, you can develop a beautiful follow-through effect, starting with a healthy breakfast – why ruin all the good work you just did?

Can you try dry body brushing at home?

 

Good news – you don’t have to book a pricey spa treatment to reap the benefits; this one can be done in your very own bathroom. All you need to do is purchase a natural bristle brush (not one made from nylon or synthetic materials). One with a long handle is also a plus, as it means you can reach all areas of the body.

 

The directions are pretty simple:

  • Start on dry skin before bathing.
  • Work in gentle circular, upward motions, then longer, smoother strokes.
  • Always begin at the ankles in upwards movements towards the heart - the lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart, so it's important that you brush in the same direction.
  • Your back is the only exception to the preceding rule; brush from the neck down to the lower back.
  • After you've finished with the ankles, move up to the lower legs, thighs, stomach, back and arms. Be cautious of softer and sensitive skin around the chest and breasts, and never brush over inflamed skin, sores, sun-burnt skin, or skin cancer.
  • Ensure you shower to wash away the dead skin cells and impurities.
  • Tip: alternating temperatures in the shower from hot to cold will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation, bring more blood to the outer layers of the skin.
  • Then follow it up with a slick moisturizer to nourish the skin (personally, I'm a fan of coconut oil).

Give it a go for 30 consecutive days and your body will love you for it!

The Super Food Avocado

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Do you know how good avocados are for you?? Today we are going to share an aricle i found....

By Dr. Mercola

 

You probably know that avocados are an excellent source of healthful fats, but this whole food may also have other unique health benefits.

 

To learn more, the Hass Avocado Board (HAB) is supporting clinical research to investigate various health effects of avocado consumption, particularly its benefits for cardiovascular disease, weight management, diabetes, and its ability to enhance your body’s absorption of nutrients.

 

The first of these HAB-supported studies was published in November, 2012.1 The small UCLA-led pilot study found that eating one-half of a fresh medium Hass avocado with a hamburger (made with 90 percent lean beef) significantly inhibited the production of the inflammatory compound Interleukin-6 (IL-6), compared to eating a burger without fresh avocado.

 

According to lead author David Heber, MD, PhD, the findings offer “promising clues” about avocado’s ability to benefit vascular function and heart health. As reported by Medical News Today:

 

“The researchers observed a significant peak (approximately a 70 percent increase), of IL-6 four hours after the plain burger was eaten, but less effect on IL-6 (approximately a 40 percent increase) over the same time period when fresh avocado was eaten with the burger.

 

Additionally, the study found that when fresh Hass avocado was eaten with the burger it did not increase triglyceride levels beyond what was observed after eating the burger alone, despite the extra calories and fat from the fresh avocado...

 

The pilot study also reported that the difference in peripheral arterial blood flow (the movement of blood to different parts of the body, as measured by PAT), a predictor of vascular health, after eating the hamburger meal compared to the hamburger-fresh avocado meal was approaching statistical significance...

 

PAT scores significantly decreased (signifying reduced blood flow) only after the plain burger was eaten (approximately a 27 percent drop, on average) compared to a burger with fresh avocado (approximately a 4 percent drop, on average, signifying less reduction in blood flow).”

 

Avocados – A Real 'Super Food'

 

Avocados, which are actually classified as a fruit, are rich in monounsaturated fat that is easily burned for energy. Personally, I eat a whole avocado virtually every day, which I usually put in my salad. This increases my healthy fat and calorie intake without seriously increasing my protein or carbohydrate intake. (See Nutrition Facts Panel below.) It is also very high in potassium and will help balance your vitally important potassium to sodium ratio.

 

As I’ve mentioned before, eliminating grain carbs is one of the best ways to support your health and maintain your weight, but when you cut down on carbs, you need to increase your intake of healthy fats. Avocados are an excellent source, along with organic raw butter, coconut oil, and organic pastured eggs, just to name a few.

 

 

 

There’s also evidence suggesting that limiting your intake of protein can be helpful for long-term good health and the prevention of cancer. At the very least, most people are consuming far too much poor-quality protein, such as beef and animal products from livestock raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Here again, if you cut down on protein, you need to replace lost calories with healthy fats such as avocados, coconut oil, olives, olive oil, butter and nuts.

 

Overall, most people would do well to get upwards of 50-70 percent fat in their diet (along with high amounts of vegetable carbs, moderate-to-low amounts of high-quality protein, and very little, if any, carbs). According to the California Avocado Commission, a medium Hass avocado contains about 22.5 grams of fat, two-thirds of which is monounsaturated. They’re also very low in fructose, which is yet another boon, and provide close to 20 essential health-boosting nutrients, including:

 

 

  • Fiber
  • Potassium (more than twice the amount found in a banana)
  • Vitamin E
  • B-vitamins
  • Folic acid

 

Avocados are one of the safest fruits you can buy conventionally-grown,and most experts do not believe you need to purchase organic ones. Their thick skin protects the inner fruit from pesticides. Additionally, it has been rated as one of the safest commercial crops in terms of pesticide exposure, so there’s no real need to spend extra money on organic avocados, unless you can afford it.

 

The Many Health Benefits of Avocados

 

Avocados have a long list of potential health benefits. For example, besides its anti-inflammatory properties, previous research from Japan suggests this powerful fruit may also help protect against liver damage. In one study, laboratory rats were fed avocado and 22 other fruits. The rats were then given D-galactosamine, a potent liver toxin that interferes with cell synthesis and results in cell death. The rats fed avocado suffered the least amount of liver damage. The chemical-induced liver injuries resemble those caused by viruses, so the researchers suggested avocado could potentially offer support in the treatment of viral hepatitis. According to one lead author Hirokazu Kawagishi, Ph.D:

 

“Besides offering taste and nutrition, avocados seem to improve liver health. People should eat more of them."

 

Due to its beneficial raw fat content, avocado enables your body to more efficiently absorb fat-soluble nutrients (such as alpha- and beta-carotene and lutein) in other foods eaten in conjunction. One 2005 study, found that adding avocado to salad allowed the volunteers to absorb three to five times more carotenoids antioxidant molecules, which help protect your body against free radical damage. Other research has found that avocados:

 

 

  • Contain compounds that appear to inhibit and destroy oral cancer cells.
  • Can help improve lipid profiles in both healthy individuals and those with non optimized HDL/ total cholesterol levels). In one study,8 healthy individuals saw a 16 percent decrease of serum total cholesterol level following a one-week long diet high in monounsaturated fat from avocados. In those with elevated cholesterol levels, the avocado diet resulted in a 17 percent decrease of serum total cholesterol, and a 22 percent decrease of both LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides, along with an 11 percent increase of the so-called “good” HDL cholesterol.

 

The Best Way to Peel an Avocado

 

Did you know there are many ways to skin an avocado? Well, there are, and how you de-skin your fruit can have a bearing on the nutrients you get from it. In 2010, the California Avocado Commission issued guidelines for getting the most out of your avocado by peeling it the right way:

 

“California-grown avocados contain 11 carotenoids. According to USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, avocados contain a complex package of phytonutrients, including carotenoids that may provide numerous health benefits. Carotenoids appear to protect humans against certain cancers, heart disease and age-related macular degeneration.

 

The UCLA research showed that in California avocados, the greatest concentration of beneficial carotenoids is in the dark green fruit of the avocado closest to the peel.

 

'The Commission’s public relations outreach to encourage consumers to ‘nick and peel’ their California avocados and to eat that dark green area of the fruit has resulted in 33 million consumer impressions,' said Jan DeLyser, vice president of marketing for CAC. 'This ‘nick and peel’ message is also valuable information for produce departments to share with their shoppers.'”

 

To preserve the area with the greatest concentration of antioxidants, you basically want to peel the avocado with your hands, as you would a banana:

 

 

  • First, cut the avocado length-wise, around the seed
  • Holding each half, twist them in the opposite directions to separate them from the seed
  • Remove the seed
  • Cut each half, lengthwise
  • Next, using your thumb and index finger, simply peel the skin off each piece

 

How to Get More Avocado into Your Diet

 

While avocado is commonly eaten raw, on salad or alone, with nothing but a dash of Himalayan salt and some ground pepper, for example, there are many other ways to include avocado in your diet. For example, you can use avocado in the following ways:

 

 

  • Use as a fat replacement in baking. Simply replace the fat called for (such as oil, butter or shortening) with an equal amount of avocado
  • Use as a first food for babies, in lieu of processed baby food
  • For hundreds of unique recipes that include avocado–from salads to dessert whip and everything in between – check out the California Avocado Commission’s website

 

Massage and Pregnancy - Prenatal Massage

Posted on October 12, 2013 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Today we want to share with you an article we read about a service we do offer but isn't always widely discussed. So rest easy ladies and men too, pregnancy won't be too stressful if you just relax and get massage!!

Therapeutic massage has been used for centuries to improve overall health, reduce stress, and relieve muscle tension. Massage and pregnancy has often received ambivalent responses from the health community regarding the safety and purpose of massage during pregnancy. Modern investigation and research is proving that prenatal massage therapy can be a very instrumental ingredient in women’s prenatal care and should be given careful consideration.

 

Although most massage training institutions teach massage therapy for women who are pregnant, it is best to find a massage therapist who is certified in prenatal massage. The APA does work with some massage therapists who are trained to work with pregnant women, but it is still important to ask about qualifications.

 

Massage and Pregnancy: Benefits of prenatal massage

 

Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.

 

Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, one of which is called Swedish Massage, which aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body. Swedish Massage is the recommended prenatal massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy.

 

Hormone regulation

 

Studies done in the past 10 years have shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered, leading to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health, when massage therapy was introduced to women’s prenatal care. In women who received bi-weekly massages for only five weeks, hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol (“stress hormones”) were reduced and dopamine and serotonin levels were increased (low levels of these hormones are associated with depression). These changes in hormone levels also led to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight. The evidence points strongly to maternal and newborn health benefits when therapeutic massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care.

 

Reduction of swelling

 

Edema, or swelling of the joints during pregnancy, is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints, which also improves the removal of tissue waste, carried by the body’s lymph system.

 

Improvement of nerve pain

 

Sciatic nerve pain is experienced by many women in late pregnancy as the uterus rests on muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. The pressure of the uterus spreads tension to the muscles of the upper and lower leg, causing them to swell and put pressure on nearby nerves. Massage therapy addresses the inflamed nerves by helping to release the tension on nearby muscles. Many women have experienced significant reduction in sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy through regular massage.

 

Other potential benefits of prenatal massage:

 

Reduced back pain

Reduced joint pain

Improved circulation

Reduced edema

Reduced muscle tension and headaches

Reduced stress and anxiety

Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles

Better sleep

Massage and Pregnancy: Precautions for prenatal massage?

 

As with any therapeutic approach to pregnancy wellness, women should discuss massage with their prenatal care provider. The best way to address the risks of prenatal massage is to be informed and to work together with knowledgeable professionals.

 

Body position during prenatal massage

 

Many professionals consider the best position for a pregnant woman during massage is side-lying. Tables that provide a hole in which the uterus can fit may not be reliable and can still apply pressure to the abdomen, or allow the abdomen to dangle, causing uncomfortable stretching of the uterine ligaments. Consult your massage therapist before your first appointment to verify what position they place their clients in during the massage.

 

Seek an appropriate massage therapist

 

It is important to seek care from a certified prenatal massage therapist. Certified therapists have received training beyond the national standards for massage therapists and know how to address specific pregnancy and massage needs and sensitive areas of the body.

 

Be aware of sensitive pressure points

 

Trained prenatal massage therapists are aware of pressure points on the ankles and wrists that can gently stimulate pelvic muscles, including the uterus. Certified prenatal massage therapists are trained to avoid very specific and intentional pressure to these areas during pregnancy. Any woman who has experienced pre-term contractions or consistent Braxton-Hicks contractions should alert her therapist to that fact so that pressure points can be avoided completely.

 

Women with the following conditions should speak with a health care provider prior to receiving a massage:

 

High risk pregnancy

Pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH)

Preeclampsia

Previous pre-term labor

Experiencing severe swelling, high blood pressure, or sudden, severe headaches

Recently gave birth

Pregnancy and Massage: Is prenatal massage safe throughout the entire pregnancy?

 

Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy – during the first, second, or third trimester. Many facilities will refuse to offer massage to a woman who is still in her first trimester because of the increased statistics for miscarriage associated with the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

 

Pregnancy and Massage: Prenatal Massage as part of Prenatal Care

 

The benefits of massage can improve overall prenatal health for many pregnant women. Along with the guidance and advice of a prenatal care provider, massage therapy can be incorporated into routine prenatal care as an emotional and physical health supplement proven to improve pregnancy outcome, and maternal health. Consult with your midwife or obstetrician before beginning any new therapeutic practice.


Aromatherapy

Posted on October 9, 2013 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)
What is Aromatherapy Massage?

Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy where highly concentrated plant oils, called essential oils, are added to the massage oil or lotion.

How does aromatherapy massage work?

When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the brain where they affect heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system.

Each essential oil has different healing properties. For example, some calm while others energize.

Here are some widely used essential oils and their properties:

Calming – chamomile, lavender, geranium

Uplifting – ylang ylang, clary sage, rose, neroli

Energizing – rosemary

Cleansing – rosemary

Decongesting – eucalyptus, pine, tea tree

Why do people get aromatherapy massage?

Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to providing relief from emotional stress and its resulting conditions. These can include, but are not limited to:

Insomnia

Headache

Digestive disorders

Back pain

Muscular tension

Post-partum blues

Anxiety

What can I expect during an aromatherapy massage?

One or more essential oils will be selected based on what you need, and are mixed in with the massage oil or lotion. The subtle aroma of the essential oils fill the air around you during the massage. After the massage, the massage therapist may suggest a blend that you can use athome in between massage treatments.

Precautions

Massage is not recommended for certain people:

If you have an infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds, the essential oils might cause irritation.

Massage is not recommended immediately after surgery

Massage is not recommended immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor

Massage is not recommended if you are prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage

Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage.

Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.

 

Additional Tips

There are a few things that you can do to help ensure the effectivness of your massage therapy. One, simple, and often overlooked step you can take is to avoid eating a heavy meal before the massage. You should avive for your massage therapy hungry, but you should not feel overly full, either.

Also, if it's your first time at the clinic or spa, arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete the necessary forms. Otherwise, arrive 5 minutes early so you can have a few minutes to rest and relax before starting the massage.

lemon

Posted on October 6, 2013 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Lemon contains carbohydrates , calcium, phosphorus, iron and vitamins B1, B2, C and other nutrients , in addition, there is a wealth of citric acid and flavonoids, volatile oils , hesperidin and so on. Citric acid can prevent and eliminate skin pigmentation effect. Little is known , lemon can expectorant, and expectorant effect even stronger than the orange and citrus . The lemon juice warm water and salt , drink can accumulate throat sputum coughed up smoothly . Cold early , we might add honey flush with lemon drink, can ease sore throat, dry throat and discomfort reduction . Lemon is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells , it is a million times stronger than chemotherapy . Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the same side effects as chemotherapy . It cysts and tumors have an impact. This plant has been shown to remedy all types of cancer, than the world is usually used in chemotherapy chemotherapy drug doxorubicin good products a million times , it slows down the growth of cancer cells . More surprising is: lemon extract this type of treatment , only destroy malignant cells and does not affect healthy cells ! Lemon honey water to drink is the life of the more common ways of eating . According to personal preference acidity , their deployment , can not , do not sugar sweetened , health and beauty !

Natural Strategies to Lower Cholesterol

Posted on October 5, 2013 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Keeping bad cholesterol, what doctors call low density cholesterol or LDL, under control is important for good cardiovascular health. Fortunately, there are many natural strategies that can be used to lowercholesterol. Here are a few of the best researched ones:

 

 

Life Style Changes

 

Exercise: Regular exercise has been shown to lower cholesterol in many people.

 

Lose Weight: Carrying some extra pounds — even just a few —contributes to high cholesterol. Losing as little as 5 to 10percent of your body weight can help significantly reduce cholesterol levels.

 

 

Some Supplements Can help to Lower Cholesterol

 

Some of the herbal and nutritional supplements that may lower cholesterol include:

 

Garlic: According to some studies, garlic may decrease blood levels of total cholesterol by a few percentage points. Garlic may prolong bleeding and blood clotting time, so garlic and garlic supplements should not be taken prior to surgery or with blood-thinning drugs such as

 

Other herbal products: The results of several studies suggest fenugreek seeds and leaves, artichoke leaf extract, yarrow, and holy basil all may help lower cholesterol. These and other commonly used herbs and spices - including ginger, turmeric, and rosemary - are being investigated for their potential beneficial effects relating to coronary disease prevention.

 

 

Dietary Approaches to Lowering Cholesterol

 

Increased consumption of dietary fiber, soy foods, omega-3 fatty acids, and plant compounds similar to cholesterol (plant stanols and sterols) can significantly reduce LDL cholesterol, or bad

cholesterol.

 

Fiber: Only plant foods (vegetables, fruits, legumes, unrefined grains) contain dietary fiber. The soluble fiber found in foods such as oat bran, barley, psyllium seeds, flax seed meal, apples,

citrus fruits, lentils and beans are particularly effective in lowering cholesterol.

 

Soybeans: Substituting soybeans or soy protein for other proteins have been shown to prevent coronary heart disease by lowering LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Soy protein is present in tofu, tempeh, soy milk, soy yogurt, edamame, soy nuts, and many other food products made from soybeans.

 

Phytosterols: Phytosterols (plant sterol and stanol esters) are compounds found in small amounts in foods such as whole grains as well as in many vegetables, fruits, and vegetable oils. They decrease LDL cholesterol, mostly by interfering with the intestinal absorption of cholesterol. Phytosterols can be found in spreads (like the cholesterol-lowering margarines Benecol, Promise, Smart Balance, and Take Control), dressings for salads,and dietary supplements. Additional phytosterol-fortified foods include Minute Maid Heart Wise orange juice, Nature Valley HealthyHeart chewy granola bars, CocoVia chocolates, Rice Dream Heartwise rice drink, and Lifetime low-fat cheese.

 

Omega-3 fatty acids: Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may also help lower cholesterol. Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the rate at which the liver produces LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.They have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body, decrease the growth of plaque in the arteries, and aid in thinning blood. Aimfor at least two servings of fatty fish like salmon, mackerel,herring, tuna, and sardines per week. Other dietary sources ofomega-3 fatty acids include flax seed and walnuts. Supplement sources include fish oil capsules, flax seed and flax seed oil. If you are considering taking omega-3 fatty acids, first discuss with your health care provider if omega-3 fatty acid supplements are right for you, especially if you are currently taking blood-

thinning medication.

 

Dietary fiber, soybeans, and phytosterols decrease cholesterol levels by different mechanisms. Therefore, it is not surprising that the combined dietary intake of these foods and other plant

substances, along with a low intake of saturated fats, is more effective at reducing cholesterol levels than each individual substance alone.

 

 

Avoid Trans Fats

 

Avoid partially hydrogenated and hydrogenated vegetable oils.These man-made oils are sources of trans fatty acids known to increase LDL cholesterol. They lower heart-protecting HDL (good)

cholesterol and increase the inflammatory response in the body.You can now find trans fats listed on the Nutrition Facts panel of packaged foods. Minimize consumption of trans fatty acid-

containing food.

 

 

Use Common Sense When Trying Any of the Above Remedies

 

Remember, before you add any supplements or alternative therapies to your diet, talk to your health care provider. Some supplements may interact with other medication you may be taking or have dangerous side effects. Also, never substitute a supplement or alternative therapy for cholesterol lowering medication your doctor has prescribed for you without your doctor's approval.

Welcome to our blog!!

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

First of all, thank you for visiting our page. In this blog you will find updates on our spa and prices. Helpful health tips and how to balance your life from the benefits of massage. 

In our first entry I do want to have a chance to introduce you to the person who is behind Yu Spa, the creator and owner, Mrs. Lisa Guo. For if it was not for her dream to begin with, we would not be able to create such a wonderful world of therapeutic healing through massage therapy. Maybe it will help you understand just a little bit of our beliefs in what we do, and know first hand the background of where and how it all began.

Here it goes....

 

My Chinese name is YuQin Guo,

but you can call me Lisa.

My Ga State License# is MT005994

 

 

I was born in Northeastern China. My parents were simple farmers and my Aunt owned a hospital. She is an excellent doctor.

 

When I was a little girl I began helping her at her hospital. She taught me a lot about making the body healthy with good energy. I enjoyed working at the hospital more than on the farm, so I spent a lot of time with my Aunt.

 

 

 

I was the owner of a clothing factory and my friend gave me very good massages after working 17 hour days. When she was finished massaging me I felt like I was refreshed and no longer in pain.

She taught me oriental massage and then when I came to America I learned Swedish,Deep Tissue, Reflexology and many other techniques.

I find much enjoyment helping others feel well and I will always do my best to help you feel healthy,energetic and vital.

So feel confident that you are in good, well experienced ,trained and caring hands.

We are a professionally licensed massage therapy company.

Come see us soon! Thank you again. 

 


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