Archive for September, 2011

Dealing With Athletic Injuries to Muscles and Joints

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For many of us, muscle injury is something we’ve dealt with at one point or another. No matter what your level of fitness or your activity, muscle injury can occur at any time. However, there are some things that you can do to prevent things like pulled muscles, strained backs, or bum knees, like:

  • Drinking enough water
  • Making sure to do a warm up before exercise
  • Doing a cool down after exercise
  • Staying properly nourished by eating a balanced diet
  • Stretching thoroughly before and after exercise
  • Wearing the right clothing and shoes
  • Following proper technique
  • Observing safety and sport precautions

All of these things can help reduce the incidence of injury, but sometimes, the inevitable happens and you end up with a painful joint or muscle. When that happens, it’s best to take things easy for awhile. Modify your routine to reduce stress on the injury, taking care to not further injury the joint or muscle. Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and to flush out the toxins in your body.

After the injury has occurred, start by applying a cold compress to the area, to bring down inflammation. IceWave Patches can also aid in reducing acute inflammation caused by muscle injury. During the next few days, apply warm compresses to loosen the muscle. Also, consider taking Acute Phase, a combination supplement that’s designed to help reduce inflammation and promote healing. You can also consider other supplements, like Fibroplex 120 and ChondroCare to aid in the healing and prevention of muscle injury moving forward.

Eating a nutritious diet and getting enough rest during the healing period is also essential, as it ensures that your body has what it needs to heal. Some may find that meditation, acupuncture, or massage therapy can aid in the recovery process as well.

For more information on dealing with athletic injuries, check out our Athletic Injury Basics.

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How to Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally

Head out for a bike ride!

Head out for a bike ride!

Our bodies need cholesterol in order to do many things, such as produce cell membranes, hormones and even Vitamin D. It is especially important for proper brain function.

Problems arise when our cholesterol numbers head out of range. But total cholesterol numbers are not as important as the ratio between HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol) and the level of your triglycerides.

For example, if you have what the American Heart Association considers high cholesterol, which is over 200 mg/dL, but your HDL levels are nice and high and your LDL levels are low, you would not be at greater risk for heart disease. You could also have a low total number but very low HDL and high LDL, making you in the risk category. Therefore it is important to look at all the numbers carefully, especially before you consider using a cholesterol lowering statin drug.

So what causes cholesterol problems? For many years doctors, the media, and pharmaceutical companies have preached about high fat diets. They have postulated that high fat diets cause high cholesterol, recommending eliminating eggs, meat, butter, milk, etc.

The truth is high cholesterol is often a type of inflammation in the body most often caused by eating a high grain, high sugar diet. Healthy fat is not the enemy here, but eating foods that contain trans-fats, smoking, or a sedentary and stressful lifestyle is!

There are so many things you can do to lower your cholesterol and increase your HDL without taking harmful statin medication with all its negative side effects.

Begin by exercising daily. Most people think they have to go to the gym but don’t realize as little as exercising 15 minutes per day can make a huge difference. Start with a casual walk every morning or on your lunch hour.

Eat healthy organic foods and free range fed meats. Choose lots of green leafy vegetables and fresh low glycemic index fruit.

Eating a gluten free diet can make a big difference in cholesterol numbers because gluten can contribute to inflammation throughout the body.

Still smoking? Just quit right now! It is not good for anything but making you sick.

Spend a little time every day in quiet meditation, even if it is only 5 minutes a day.

Some of the supplements that may be helpful include Vitamin E, Vitamin D, L-Arginine, red yeast rice and fish oil.

If you are wondering what your cholesterol numbers mean, call us here at OVitaminPro.com and one of us will be happy to go over them with you and help eliminate the confusion!

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What To Do About Stress: Meditate!

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Stress. Everyone experiences it at one time or another and some experience it all the time. Stress can be a terrible feeling but it can also be affecting your health. Chronic stress can affect your blood pressure and mental health, not to mention diet and sleeping habits. Several studies have been conducted showing the benefits of meditation in regards to lowering blood pressure and improving mental health. With meditation, you can help relieve some or all of that stress and improve your overall level of wellness.

The goal of meditation is to bring inner peace within you in a positive manner.

Here are some facts about meditation you may not have known:

  • Meditation is a natural procedure that should be practiced for 20 minutes, twice a day, for the best results.
  • It is the most researched method for self development.
  • It is also the most widely practiced method for self development.
  • Meditation originated in India, but today, is practiced all over the world.

Here are some basic mediation instructions:

  1. Find a quiet room ? make sure it is not a place where you work or exercise.
  2. Stretch to loosen muscles and tendons.
  3. Sit in a comfortable position (can be on the floor, in a chair, etc.)
  4. Close your eyes (if you have trouble with your eyes closed, place a candle in the room and focus on it).
  5. Breathe deep (this helps slow your heart rate as well as relaxes muscles and focuses the mind).
  6. Focus on your body parts starting at your feet, going all the way up to the top of your head. Think about the way they feel and relax them one by one (include your internal organs).
  7. Or focus on positive thoughts.

In order for meditation to work for you, patience is needed because your mind will not always want to focus. And practicing meditation on a regular basis will help you gain a sense of yourself.

If you are not comfortable meditating by yourself, you can pick up CDs that will walk you through the meditation technique or you can ask someone to join you. There also a lot of books about the technique of meditation that will be extremely helpful as well.

What are your best meditation tips?

 

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