Anti Aging Benefits You Get From Exercising

Anti aging can benefit from exercising, physical exercise keeps us able and healthy. All the same, exercising does more to keep our body in good physical shape. It acts in many ways to delay or mitigate some of the physical, mental and emotional effects of aging. Along the way, it helps us look and feel younger as well!

Ointments, lotions, moisturizers and other beauty products put on to the skin may feel good, but they only work on the ‘outside’. Exercising helps defy the aging signs from the inside out.

Sharper mental capacity

There is scientific evidence that proves aerobic workouts does improve memory retentiveness and mentalities. Walking for at least 30 minutes a day, four times per week, can greatly improve blood circulation to the brain. This then allows for more oxygen to the brain, which in turn prevents beta-amyloid plaques from building up, thus helping to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Therefore diddling mentally-stimulating games such as crossword puzzles, Sudoku and others is absolutely not the only way to keep your brain sharp. Physical exercise will benefit anti aging as well!

More younger looking skin

Working out at the least three times a week has been demonstrated to reverse the obvious marks of aging, so our body looks younger. It is not only those in middle-age who will benefit from exercising but the same is true for individuals in their elder years who on a regular basis follow their exercise regimen.

The portion of the skin referred to as stratum corneum is among those areas that is benefited the most by regular workout. Experts say that exercising preserves the health of the skin’s stratum corneum and may even reverse its signs of aging. The stratum corneum is the part of the skin which readily reveals aging effects as it sags, wrinkles, droops and thickens due to decreased elasticity and dying cells that of course come with aging.

Rejuvenated balance

As we age, we become more prostrate to falls and more susceptible to fractures when we do. Even so, regular workout can help cut down the risk of falling. study show that one in every three adults aged 65 and older fall every year.

Falls can leave to fractures, tissue and organ injuries and even dying. One of the better exercises for improving balance is Tai Chi. A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine revealed that Tai-Chi was good in helping individuals from falls while their mental health was also improved.

Stronger bones

Anti aging can benefit from weight bearing workouts, it will stimulate new bone tissues to build thereby making the bones as well as the muscles stronger. The good news is that you do not have to be an athlete in order to accomplish these anti aging benefits. Weight bearing drills are easy to do and can be performed just about anywhere.

Examples of anti aging workouts include climbing up stairs, jogging, running, walk, tennis, dancing, biking and more. If you have kids or a teenagers in your family, encourage them to do these exercising with you.

Besides encouraging them to exercise with you, this will help to “future-proof” the youngsters from weak bones. This is because the greatest gains in bone mass can be achieved during or before and during pubescence. They need to have as much bone mass as they can while they are still in their youth to ensure they have greater bone mass as they get older.

Don’t let old age dishearten you, as bone density and strength can be regenerated at any age.

7 Effective Tips on How to Look Beautiful in Your 50’s

You are in a party with all the party ingredients such as happy people, champagne, sounds of fun, people walking here and there and you love all of this. Suddenly you are shocked when someone calls you,” Aunt, where is the bar please?” and in your 40’s you should not be called as an “Aunt.” What is wrong with them? You may think. However, the truth is as straight as a lamp post that you look older than your real age because you do not care about your skin. Read on to read these fantastic skin care tips.

These are the do’s and don’ts to maintain a natural, healthy and glowing skin for 50+ age group.

1. Just Quit Smoking

Smoking can harm your skin, and it is suggested to quit it asap.

2. Say Goodbye to Sunbathing. Avoid sunbathing especially between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Alternatively; you should wear a hat, pants, and sunglasses too. Freckles and age spots link directly to sun exposure.

3. Make a habit of wearing Sunscreen: The winning formula comprises of 7% of zinc oxide along with both UVB and UVA protection every day. It will provide wrinkles, which are harmful to your skin.

4. Do a regular checkup of your Skin

It is almost mandatory to do a skin check up on a daily basis for symptoms of skin cancer etc.

5. Pacify your Skin. By using a humidifier and moisturizing soaps and lotions, you can soothe and pacify your skin.

6. Use balanced diet and keep your body Hydrate. A body without water is prone to many skin issues. Try to eat nutritious and healthy.

7. Anti-aging products help immensely. When you are over 50, these Anti-aging products can be your real support. They are responsible for producing collagen( which is healthier skin cell structure)also, use anti-allergic creams for a glowing skin.

Finally, A Quick Check List for Women in 50’s to have a Natural Skin Care

• If you are going to Mist, then doing Moisture is mandatory. You cannot skip one and go straight to use water.

• Use a sponge for applying sunscreen, if you get irritated by the itchy feel of sunscreen.

• An effective antioxidant for skin is Jasmine extract. Most dermatologists recommend it.

• Reduce use of liquor as it can easily damage your skin tissues.

• Always double clean your face. If you wear much makeup, then you should wash your face at least twice.

Tribal Healthcare – Links to Malnutrition

Despite factors such as nutritional deficiencies, seasonal migration, erratic meal timings and a myriad of other factors elucidated in my earlier blogs that result in the proliferation of malnutrition in the tribal villages and districts, the issue of malnutrition can relatively be easily controlled to a great extent with adequate delivery of healthcare services and provision of affordable and accessible healthcare in the tribal areas. I will touch upon the major aspects of tribal healthcare services, its links with the issue of malnutrition and inherent limitations of the same to counter the issue. In the process, I have also made an attempt to make some suggestions with respect to each of these factors that contribute in the spreading of malnutrition.

Tribal Hospitals – Links to nutrition

Most tribal hospitals can prove to be lifesavers with respect to the life threatening health problems faced by tribals in the villages in Maharashtra and elsewhere in India. The single biggest factor that leads to malnutrition is the lack of proper food and nutrition. Part of the problem is also the lack of awareness regarding the importance of balanced diet and other daily dietary and nutritional requirements. For this, perhaps, if the tribal hospitals in these regions can be equipped with a nutrition rehabilitation unit, then a very critical source of this life threatening issue can be curbed. The nutrition rehabilitation units could help address the nutritional imbalances in the daily food intake of the tribal population suffering from malnourishment. The purpose of these nutrition units could be to dole out special therapeutic foods that contain macronutrients such as proteins, fats and carbohydrates and also very important micronutrients such as the essential vitamins and minerals. The therapeutic food can be made from local food sources and using local manpower itself. In addition to this, the primary health centre (PHC) too must be equipped with specialised child healthcare treatment centres that provide this essential therapeutic diet to the malnourished (target) population.

Paucity of Primary Health Centres

Primary health centre (PHC) or public health centre is the backbone of healthcare service delivery in India, especially urban slums and rural areas. PHCs are the basic structural and functional unit of public health services. The main objective behind a PHC is to provide accessible, affordable and available primary healthcare to the rural population. The numbers of PHCs in rural India and especially in tribal areas are themselves not adequate. At present, there is only one PHC serving approximately 35,000 tribals, on an average. The lack of adequate number of PHCs relative to the tribal population in these areas is quite alarming. In an ideal situation, one PHC can serve a population of around 10,000 people only and covering an area of 5-8 kilometres, at most. However, at present, a tribal has to travel up to 20-25 kilometres to reach the nearest PHC.

The State government must ensure adequate number of PHCs at an approximate 8-10 kilometre radius of the tribal village. CHCs (Community Health Centre) and PHCs need to be made more accessible for the villagers. In case a specialised CHC and PHC cannot be erected at all the required locations, then the Government must ensure at least one health sub-centre in all the tribal villages.

Non-availability of Doctors and Nutrition experts

Even with these PHCs in place, healthcare service delivery in tribal areas faces other major problems. That is, extreme shortage of medical personnel. Medical doctors, nurses, nutrition experts and other medical personnel are unwilling to relocate to tribal areas in order to practice medicine and serve the tribals. In the tribal belt of Maharashtra, the doctors are not ready to go and work in the hospitals in these areas. So, most of the hospitals in the tribal areas remain under-staffed most of the times. There is particular scarcity of maternal and child health (MCH) specialists and other medical specialists such as paediatrician, nutritionists, anaesthetics, among others, in the tribal hospitals. Further, due to severe lack of paediatricians in government hospitals and PHCs in such tribal areas, if the infant/child is suffering from chronic malnutrition, the risk of the child succumbing to death during the first 1,000 days (of birth) increases manifold. Thus, there is definitely a strong correlation between lack of trained medical specialists and malnutrition deaths.

We are well aware of one of the age-old superstitions related to pregnancy and food intake. That is, the tribal women follow the practice of low food intake during pregnancy for easy and comfortable delivery of the newborn (resulting in anaemia among mothers and malnourishment among the infants). The intake of nutritious diet is the least among women when they actually need the most!

Another critical hurdle that healthcare faces are that the local population usually don’t want to admit their children to hospitals due to superstition, cultural barriers and various other socio-economic factors. Since these tribals often don’t admit their malnourished children to hospital, children are dying at home.

The state governments can perhaps start a home based ‘Child Healthcare Program’. For instance, I think the government of Delhi has done well by introducing Mohalla clinics. This is a very clear signal of why primary healthcare must be delivered as close to home as possible.

In such aforementioned programs, the respective malnutrition cases can be treated in the comforts of their home and village by a trained female health worker. This female health worker could focus on special healthcare needs of a pregnant woman; help provide ante-natal care (ANC), post-natal care (PNC), provide guidance and assistance to young mothers, newborn and infants. Perhaps, the Maharashtra Government can start such a program wherein all the underserved rural areas, especially the tribal areas, are provided essential maternal and child health care facilities. Here, government health officials and staff such as the Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers, Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) scheme workers, Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANM), among others, can be roped in to provide such dedicated and specialised care to the focus groups.

Furthermore, health counsellors can be roped in to advocate and promote the provision of institutional deliveries. The counsellors can ensure 24 hour care and counselling services, especially in the most underserved tribal regions. The state governments can invest and develop such ‘Health Counselling Programs’ via the support of local Non-Governmental Organisations, etc. This will further ensure affordable, accessible and equitable health care delivery among the rural and tribal populace.

Government Failures – Under-reporting of malnutrition cases

Under reporting of malnutrition and child deaths is a very big issue. The average Infant Mortality Rate (IMR), that is, the number of child deaths per thousand live-births, is close to around 60 in all tribal areas. But this is reported as less than 40. Similar condition is for reporting of the severe acute malnutrition (SAM) cases. The prevalence of SAM is approximately 20% of the total malnourished children, which is very high. But as per government figures, it is regularly reported as less than 10%! In essence, suppose there are 1000 children who are severely malnourished, but only half of them are reported as SAM cases. The remaining (estimated around 50 percent) children suffering from SAM thus get excluded from specialised care and treatment, if any. These are essentially the ‘missing SAM’ cases. These excluded/missing/neglected children are thus more prone to succumbing to death in the absence of the much needed care.

Thus, correct statistics, correct recording of the facts and figures and correct reporting can go a long way to at least move in the right direction and thereby to solve the severe malnutrition prevalent in these tribal areas. This will ensure proper planning, implementation and execution of targeted treatment and care for both the severely and moderately acute malnutrition cases in the tribal villages.

In conclusion, I would like to lay greater emphasis on the present health systems in place at the central, state, village, and district and block level to work in tandem rather than independently. There is a dire need to strengthen the linkages and synergies of all the major stakeholders of heath care in India, especially in the most underserved rural and tribal regions of our country. The State government needs to commit greater investments towards the tribal healthcare ecosystem. Tribal hospitals need to be equipped with state of the art facilities, focussing especially on the most vulnerable sections of the society such as the young mothers, pregnant and lactating women (PLW) and newborn and infants and children below the age of 5 years. Furthermore, there is an urgent and persistent need to devise formal behaviour change communication (BCC) and community mobilisation (CM) strategies by the CHC, PHC and health sub-centres to comprehensively address the cultural barriers prevalent among the tribal population.

Acupuncture for Hormone Therapy

As a woman, we know the state of our sexual health and changes in our periods can be a great indicator of overall health and health problems.

A work colleague had recently been to see her doctor, saying she’d been gaining weight, had irregular periods and was just feeling generally fatigued and listless.

It turns out she had an undiagnosed case of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) which was playing havoc with her hormones, massively increasing the amount of testosterone in her body.

As anyone who has heard of this condition knows, it can have huge implications on how you live your life, including for fertility and reproductive health.

As well as generally messing with the body by destroying the delicate balance of hormones it needs to keep itself stable and healthy.

My friend said the doctor had prescribed her Metformin and hormone stabilising tablets. Apparently, they were working, but she wasn’t particularly happy with the idea of taking pills for the rest of her life, so she was looking into other options.

How does hormone imbalance affect me?

A woman’s body requires two main hormones to function. Estrogen and progesterone. It’s these hormones that control the reproductive cycle, menstrual cycle and fertility in women, as well as having major effects on mood and general health.

So it stands to reason that a hormone imbalance causes major issues with a woman’s reproductive cycle, including irregular periods, menstrual problems, mood swings, weight gain, increased chance of osteoporosis, heart disease, and even breast cancer.

Whilst there are multiple reasons that a woman could develop a hormone imbalance, such as stress, diet, or weight gain, the two biggest factors are generally birth control pills and the perimenopause stage of life.

Hormone based birth control pills rely on high doses of estrogen to prevent ovulation, as well as progestin, synthetic progesterone, to thin out the lining of the uterus. Because of the way they work, hormonal birth control pills contain doses of estrogen up to four times higher than would naturally be found in a woman’s body during her menstrual cycle.

Then menopause also causes major changes in a woman’s hormone cycle. As your ovaries age, they naturally release lower levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone, which cause major changes in your body and can have huge negative effects on health and quality of life for years to come.

Whilst there are many ways to treat this, including hormone replacement therapy and other hormone balancing medication, there are a wealth of other options, including one that many people might otherwise overlook.

Acupuncture!

What is acupuncture?

Used in the east as a traditional treatment for centuries, acupuncture is an alternative therapy that is becoming widely accepted, to the point that many reputed and high level medical sources have begun to offer acupuncture treatment alongside more conventional medical treatments.

The therapy itself involves inserting thin needles into key points around the body, generally along nerve lines or around specific organs.

According to the traditional understanding, the body is full of energy, generally called Chi, or Ki.

It’s this energy that keeps us alive, and it is believed that inhibiting the flow of it around the body, especially through key points, is what leads to illness and disease.

Under Eastern philosophy, the needles used in acupuncture unlock the flow of energy in these points when they are blocked, balancing your life energy so that the body can heal itself naturally.

In the west, where research on acupuncture is ongoing, the way it works is thought to be neurophysiological in nature, but it is still not completely understood.

It is known that the insertion of acupuncture needles has definite effects on the body, causing nerve stimulation that release muscles and even override brain signals.

There are also measurable changes in body chemicals in patients undergoing treatment.

Whilst it may not be completely understood, the benefits of acupuncture treatment are widely accepted…

To the point that it is regularly available as an alternative treatment from most medical practitioners, and more research studies are being completed every year in an effort to understand just how acupuncture delivers all of its healing properties.

Can acupuncture balance our hormones?

When it comes to hormone imbalance, the studies are clear.

Women who received daily acupuncture sessions showed massive improvements in multiple areas, comparable to the results shown by women tested at the same time with prescription metformin pills.

Both groups showed significant improvement in levels of male hormone in the blood, as well as massive changes in cholesterol levels, insulin markers and blood glucose.

Incredibly, the women who were prescribed acupuncture actually lost more weight and saw a far quicker response when it came to balancing their menstrual cycles.

On top of this, multiple other studies have shown that regular treatments of acupuncture can have healthful effects all over the body, including stabilising fat burning hormones productions by the kidneys and liver, as well as the production of the happy hormones dopamine and serotonin in the brain.

As for my friend, she started a course of acupuncture at the local health centre. Within two weeks, she was getting back to her old self, and had nothing but good things to say about the staff and the treatment. According to her, she wasn’t the only woman being treated for her condition there, and the amount of people and illnesses they saw was apparently staggering.

So if you have a hormonal issue and your doctor prescribes you a course of pills, always remember that as always you do have other options. Acupuncture is available all over the country, so just search for your closest practitioner and book yourself a short course.

The Benefits of Acupuncture to Relieve Pain

As an ex-medical student the basis of acupuncture are understandable as alternative medicines are beneficial when the right ones are administered. When a slipped disc saw me in pain and nothing was relieving it a visit to a chiropractor/naturopath whom was known to me proved to be the answer. It was my first experience with acupuncture and other such methods of healing but the end result was great.

The needles do not hurt. In fact, one hardly knows they are in. Lying on the table relaxing was also a part of the therapy and the gentle music was putting me into a state of drowsiness. After half an hour or so the needles are removed and a gentle massage applied. This treatment went on three days a week for around three weeks and then twice a week for another three or four.

By the end the pain was gone and my back has been strong and able to support me with no problems ever since. Then my vet started administering it to animals who, like humans, get problems with their backs and also arthritis. So what is the healing properties of the treatment and how effective is it?

It is basically some 2,000 years old having originated in China it is used widely to treat physical, emotional, and mental problems. While it is not recognised by the medical profession as effective there are people like me who would differ with that judgment.

The Chinese base their knowledge on the body having what are term yin and yang properties. While it is a theory that emerged from Toaism it is based on the theory that everything in the universe has to sides opposing one another. To bring the body into balance these two sides are stimulated and that is when pain is released.

Whether this simple explanation is of benefit to the reader or not my suggestion is to try acupuncture for yourself and do some research. For me it not only worked but has sustained the healing over a number of years.