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Homeopathic Remedies – What You Need to Know

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Whenever someone brings up homeopathic remedies, it is greeted with either a grin or especially so, with a question mark. All of us who are moderately aware of or have had experience in using these remedies really wonder why they really work.

Firstly, they have really weird sounding names and it seems as if nothing happens no matter how many of those white pills you take. From a medical standpoint, people are divided over whether this type of treatment really works at all.

Samuel Hahnemann, its founder, certainly thinks it did thanks to a series of ‘provings’ but without the presence of evidence of its workings in this day and age, through carefully controlled clinical trials, there are more doubts than not.

Homeopathy – How it Works

So, how does homeopathy work? Why are some doctors not in approval of this method of treatment?

Common questions that the diligent seeker might ask, and rightly so. In fact, it was Hahnemann who also coined the term ‘allopathic medicine’ to distinguish between his form of medicine and the system of Western medicine as a whole.

In every sense of the word, homeopathy can be considered as alternative medicine that really gave mainstream medicine at the time a run for its money until developments in the 20th century.

But here’s the difference between the two: while allopathy seeks to suppress or oppose the disease and its symptoms, homeopathy actually believes that ‘like can be cured by like’, as strange as that sounds to most medical practitioners of this day and age.

Interestingly, in introducing medicine (the weird sounding white pills) that creates artificial symptoms just as the disease, the patient is suffering from. Speaking of these little round white pills, they are made of highly diluted preparations of animal, plants, mineral and synthetic substances.

Most people would go: Now who would go and do something like that… it doesn’t make sense at all! Yes, we’re enamored by mainstream (read as: allopathic) medicine, of course…

By doing so, homeopathy seeks to create a diversion, if you will… and better still, activate the ‘life force’ that will begin to fight the effects of the disease in the body. As for the artificial symptoms introduced to the body, they would quickly subside as soon as one stopped taking the pills.

Seems logical enough, right? So, what’s the problem then?

Most doctors who practice allopathic medicine that have a problem with chinese acupuncture only until recently,  seem to have the same issue with homeopathic remedies too.

Since the method by which a medicine is known to work is deduced by the means of clinical trials, very few or none have been conducted because homeopathy if, for all practical purposes, alternative medicine – that doesn’t take this approach.

Some doctors say that it causes a placebo effect and nothing more… pretty dismissive, don’t you think?

Homeopathic Remedies – How it is Administered

The Materia Medica can be likened to the ‘bible’ of homeopathy where practitioners use it to find which remedies (the little white pills that come in small glass containers) must be given to treat symptoms that they find in patients.

So, here are a couple of examples of homeopathic remedies that might help you understand how the medicine is administered:

1. Remedy for Illness/ Disease: Earache (beginning)

Symptoms: intense, unbearable, cutting and throbbing pain due to cold, ear is red, hot and sensitive, thirst, fever, patient is agitated, fearless and restless, symptoms are worse around midnight

Pills for treatment: Aconite 30X (Aconite napellum)

2. Illness/ Disease: Swelling/ bruising/ injury

Symptoms: Shock, pain, trauma, soreness, tenderness, stress

Pills for treatment: Arnica 30X, which is most effective for all problems related to the overworked muscle due to age, work, arthritis and even prolonged sports training.

In Closing

So, what is your personal experience with homeopathy? Has it worked for you or not? Please feel free share your thoughts.

Also, here’s an interesting link that tells you a lot about the history of homeopathy if it interests you.

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Getting Your Health Under Control In 2019

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For many, having control over their health is a constant battle with a number of vitamin deficiencies as well as illnesses that are sometimes unavoidable it is crucial to ensure that your health is under control. Whether this is a visit to Finchley dentist to prioritise your oral health or a visit to the doctors for a checkup there are a number of ways that you can prioritise your health within a busy lifestyle.

Moving More And Sitting Less

During the course of the day, it is important to keep moving, with a lot of people sitting down throughout the day it is important to remember to move around. By adding a 10-minute walk to your daily routine this can help to improve mental health as well as your physical health. This small addition to your daily routine can help you to lose weight and maintain a suitable cholesterol level. This could help your health in the long term as this helps you to maintain a healthy weight.

The Power Of A Smile

Have you ever thought about how a smile can help you and those around you to feel better? The simple act of smiling releases chemicals into the brain helping you to channel positive emotions as a result. This act of smiling can also make you appear endearing and approachable to others allowing you to spread joy to those around you. This is something that can take practice to do but can have major health benefits. By making time to laugh and smile during the course of the day you can reduce stress and anxiety whilst helping to improve overall happiness.

Sleep

Having enough sleep is something that can be very difficult with a busy lifestyle. However, it is important to make the time. With the recommended sleep time aimed between 7-9 hours per day, it is important to look at how much sleep you are getting and how much this can affect your overall health.

If you are feeling like you cannot concentrate or are having trouble being able to focus on simple tasks, this may be a consequence of lack of sleep. In order to sleep accordingly make sure that your day is filled with exercise and activities. By filling your day with exercises and activities you will wear yourself out. This will allow you to stick to a simple sleeping schedule throughout the week.

If you struggle to fall asleep at night try relaxing before bed, whether this is through having a bath or shower or even reading a book to help you unwind, this can help you to fall asleep almost instantly.

Relaxation

Another important aspect of your health is relaxation. It is not good for your heart or your mind to be stressed 24/7 therefore, it is important to practice self-care wherever possible. With a number of meditation apps available to you both free and paid you can have a completely customisable experience based around your specific needs.

By adding ten minutes of meditation into your daily routine you can help to reduce stress and anxiety whilst helping to lower blood pressure. So with all this in mind, there are a number of considerations when thinking about your health in 2019 that are well worth considering.

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Intermittent Fasting – Introduction and How-To

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Intermittent fasting is becoming increasingly popular. It appears that apart from marketing, losing weight is the most popular topic to be discussed online. People want to get rid of all those pounds, whether extra or seemingly extra to attain the ideal body shape. A multitude of diet plans have been devised; from cabbage soups to high protein diet to eight losing herbs and supplements, everyone is trying everything that might have the slightest notion of producing likable results. But in most of these diet plans, one has to give up eating their favorite foods. No more pizzas and pastas, some happily adopt an herbivorous lifestyle, just to lose weight.

But what if you do not have to give up eating your favorite dishes? What if you don’t have to try any experiments with artificial supplements on your body? What if weight loss could happen with you eating what you generally eat, and in the quantity you eat but still losing weight? Sounds elusive, right?

The truth is that it is possible. And this is not a new found theory, but it has been around for quite a while. Surprised?? Wondering what exactly is this magic diet plan? It is called, “Intermittent Fasting”.

Intermittent fasting is the trick to adopt. It requires a person to go on a fast for 24 hours, once or twice every week depending on the individual capability, and having a large intake of water/green tea during this time span. With the lifestyle we all lead, packed with work, food, more work and a truckload of responsibilities, it is not only difficult to take out time for gym and aerobic classes but truly impossible. Similarly, even following a diet plan can become monotonous, and everyone is aware of how diet plans quit working after some time since the body becomes immune to them. So you might just lose weight during the first month of your diet plan routine, it is assured that the results will start to wear off once the body becomes accustomed to the routine. On the opposite end, Intermittent Fasting will help you consistently lose weight and also maintain it. The routine is not difficult to adopt.

Steele Williams a leading celebrity PT and personal training course expert from TRAIN says that studies dating back to 1945 proved that Intermittent Fasting (IF) extended the life of mice. More recent studies on humans show that alternate day fasting increases SIRT3 proteins, which scientists believe are responsible for longer lifespans.

Also, IF has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity, therefore reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. It’s also been shown to reduce inflammation, blood pressure, and “bad” cholesterol.

All you have to do is pick a day or two in the time frame of a week when all you are going to be consuming is water, or better still, green tea. That one day where the intake of liquids is going to be on the rise; it will allow the metabolism to flush up and work off all those stored fats in the body. Take it more like a body cleansing day. Just like a shower is vital to rid the exterior of all the germs, a day on water is pivotal to rid the body of the harmful fats that are stored up.

In the remaining days of the week, keep on going with your normal diet. You do not have to give up food at all during that time. Sounds great? Well you will feel great once you try out this truly genius form of putting off those extra pounds!

Have you tried intermittent fasting? What are your thoughts?

 

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5 Tips for Choosing the Best Location for Your Fitness Center

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A lot goes into building a fitness center and making it a successful business, and your initial instincts are right: One of the things that matters the most is location, location, location. Here are some tips to help you find the one that will work best for you.

1. Figure out what kind of building you need for your fitness center. Do you want your own, stand-alone property, or will you be best served in a building that houses many businesses (like a strip mall or office park)? If you want your own building, make sure you plan to budget for things like making sure the foundation is stable and solid, that all of the wiring is up to code, etc. It’s sort of like buying a house, but for your business. Of course, utilizing space in a shared building has its own set of issues you’ll have to deal with, too. Thinking about limiting the noise and vibrations created when you crank up the speakers, and the big lifters start dropping their deadlifts is important. Choosing the right gym flooring can have a massive impact on limiting and absorbing noise, and it’s worth taking some time talking to an expert. 

2. What kind of clientele do you most want to serve? Are you after the wealthy, nobody-seems-to-have-a-day-job types? Are you primarily interested in helping kids? Do you want to limit your clientele to one gender? All of these things factor in when it comes to where you should put your business. For example: If you want to serve business executives, your gym will work far better in your city’s business or financial district than it will if it’s all the way on the outskirts of town.

3. What kind of fitness center do you want to have? Are you going for the “standard” treadmills, elliptical, lots-of-equipment-type of fitness center? Are you going to be building a yoga studio or a center that focuses on fitness through martial arts training? Are you going to be offering Cross Fit or boot-camp-style programs? Each of these different types of fitness has different physical requirements.

4. How easy is it for people to get to your business? If you live in a larger city, make sure you take things like public transportation into account as well as easy freeway access. The harder it is for people to get to you, the less likely you are to build a business that becomes successful. Yes, people do actually take the bus or the train to go to the gym, especially if they believe that your fitness center is worth the trip!

5. Make sure you have enough parking. Why would somebody visit a fitness center whose parking situation forces them to have to walk half a mile from where they parked to your front door? That’s a quick workout right there! There are lots of different factors that go into figuring out how many parking spots you need. A good rule of thumb is to have a parking spot available for each piece of equipment you have (or each mat space, etc.) plus a few extra.

These tips are just the beginning. Try not to worry too much, though—your business will be up, running, and successful before you know it!

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