Foot Care And Your Health
They are our foundation. They help with our balance, posture and our personal presentation. With all this considered, it is also true that many of us, especially men, pay little attention to our feet. Unless we identify a problem they, for the most part, are an afterthought in our daily hygiene.
An article from HealthLine, focuses on the diabetic implications of your feet, but it also offers many suggestions that have nothing to do with that particular diagnosis and points out ways that you can prevent serious problems with a few simple steps in your foot care regimen. Healthy foot care and healthy lifestyles go together.
Your Feet and Healthy Lifestyles
You should take discrete care of your feet every day. Develop healthy foot habits. Pay attention to the risks that this article points out. It, as you read it, will surprise you with the ways in which we “ignore” our feet. When was the last time you washed and dried your feet separate from your shower?
The article also discusses toenail care and footwear selection and care. Your feet are an important part of YOU; treat them that way and many problems can be avoided. For example, using a moisturizer regularly can help you avoid dry and cracked skin on your feet, but never use moisturizer between your toes.
I have become increasingly aware of my feet and their care. My company has developed and manufactures a super moisturizer that really makes a difference. They also provide me with first-aid applications when I experience cuts or cracks on my feet. They’re your feet…stay on top of them.
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By Charu Fnu
With an increase in prevalence of Breast cancer, awareness of breast cancer – its causes, prevention, and treatment options has also increased. October month is dedicated as Breast cancer awareness month when various foundations, groups, companies, and people like to come together to raise money and promote awareness of breast cancer. The reason for all this attention to the Breast cancer is because it is the second most leading cause of death in women in United States. This means that every 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, claiming thousands of women’s lives each year and affecting most countries. The good news is that Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1990, due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options. There has also been major shift in the mindset of society with success not being measured as “cancer free” but also returning back to “pain free active lifestyle”. With this emerging mind set, Physical therapists serve as valuable members of a multidisciplinary breast cancer team.
Physical Therapy plays a major role in rehabilitation both before and after breast cancer treatment. The Physical therapist would perform a “pre-surgical screening evaluation” before the breast cancer treatment. This is an important procedure as the physical therapist will gather baseline information regarding physical status which will assist the therapist in designing an individualized treatment program after breast cancer surgery as well as treatment through chemotherapy, radiation, initial and reconstructive therapies, and years afterwards if difficulties persist.
Women and men who have surgical procedures to remove cancerous tumors often experience pain and a decreased range-of-motion after surgery. Swelling, or lymphedema, may also be a risk. Working with a rehabilitation specialist before and after procedure can significantly impact functionality and pain levels as the patient recovers. Post-Surgery Physical therapist helps the patient restore their mobility, manage their pain, limit and reduce lymphedema, improve function and help the patient go back to life. Patients undergoing radiation therapy often experience tightening of skin, fascia and muscles. Physical therapy can help that through various stretching exercises, manual therapy and patient education to manage and improve flexibility. Exercise significantly improves attention, and memory in breast cancer patients. Considering that many breast cancer patients suffer from ‘chemo brain’, a feeling of ‘fogginess’ or difficulty with thinking and memory that can occur after breast cancer treatment, Physical Therapy offers a nice recovery option.
Physical Therapy helps patients manage delayed complications as well. Complications like Lymphedema can present within few years or even 30 years post breast cancer treatment. Although there is no cure for Lymphedema, Physical Therapists can help normalize the size of the arm and help reduce the risk of infection. Physical therapist can also prescribe compression garments to maintain reduced arm girth. Fatigue is also another major complaint reported by 90 percent of the patient’s even years after breast cancer treatment. Physical therapists can help the patient improve activity threshold with gradual exercise increment sessions.
In core, Physical therapy has a lot of offer for patients with breast cancer. It is important to remember that the goal of the multidisciplinary approach is to make Breast Cancer patients “live” and not just survive!!!
About the Author: Charu Fnu is a physical therapist with Spooner Physical Therapy. She is passionate about treating breast cancer warriors. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-243-1476 if you have any questions in regards to breast cancer rehab.
More and more people are choosing healthy snack bars over cakes, donuts, cookies and biscuits. Most people choose a snack for one of the following reasons:
- They want something that turns fat into fuel;
- They want a protein bar for muscle recovery;
- They want something to control hunger cravings;
- They want a fiber boost; or
- They want a calorie conscience healthy snack.
Many people who exercise eat a power or energy bar on the way to the gym. Ironically, sugary foods and bars raise insulin — which SLOWS the body’s ability to burn fat by as much as 55%.
Choose snack, sport and nutrition bars with less sugar, more fiber, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), whole grains, multi-source protein blends and omega-3. Your body will be happy you did.
You can also make your own bars, if so inclined.
Martha is owner of RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com, a health and wellness website that promotes healthy lifestyles, ideas and products for physical, mental and emotional, financial and natural/spiritual wellness. Martha’s work consists of opening shopping accounts for an on-line wellness company (think Costco meets Amazon), presenting, speaking, mentoring and coaching and people building. You can reach Martha at 505-750-7847, by email at email@example.com, on Facebook, here on LinkedIn, Twitter, or through her websites at RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com, here, here, or ProfessionalMentorsInternational.com. For those in the Phoenix area, the next essential oils workshop will be on November 21.
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Many, if not most of us, are aware that vitamin D is necessary for proper absorption of calcium. Recent studies, however, indicate that our needs for vitamin D may go far beyond what traditional thinking has allowed.
We derive Vitamin D from the foods we eat and from the sun. Unless we don’t. There are several large-scale trials that are currently in progress. They could provide evidence that vitamin D deficiencies are more prevalent than ever predicted.
There is also evidence that Vitamin D deficiencies can cause or magnify a broad and ugly panorama of diseases that were previously unsuspected. It suggests that supplementation with Vitamin D can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases that are associated with inflammation.
Surprisingly, in addition to those infirmities listed above, vitamin D deficiencies can be linked to diabetes, lupus, preterm birth, IBD hair loss and even depression. This article from “HEALTH” describes a wide horizon of risk. It is astounding the number of potential effects that a deficiency in Vitamin D may cause. Reducing exposure to the sun to reduce skin cancer risks and the modern diet make it almost impossible to assure enough Vitamin D is being absorbed to provide physical, mental and brain health, making the idea of supplementation advisable.
The quality of those supplements makes a huge difference, so before you choose, make sure you do your homework. Absorption is a key consideration. Use superior products.
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Uncontrolled anxious thoughts can be harmful to our health, in many ways. Let's control our thoughts and help ourselves.
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This has to do with health and wellness in many ways. It can be considered positive peer pressure, a good influence, if it’s a good thing we are copying. It can help us feel part of something bigger than ourselves. It can help us adopt positive habits and ways, such as eating healthy.