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Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Cutting Calories Without Feeling Drowsy

If you have recently started a new weight loss regimen, then you may understand that calorie reduction is the key to successful weight loss. Slow weight loss is wise. If you are a woman, then you should consume about 1500 calories a day to lose about a pound a week. If you are a man, then you should consume about 2,000 calories a day. Once you reduce your calorie intake, you may start to feel a bit drowsy. After all, the body burns calories to create energy. If you want to reduce this tired feeling, then keep reading to understand why eating multiple meals a day can help you. 

Food And Blood Sugar Levels

If you are serious about weight loss, then you may decide to eat three meals a day that provide your body with about 500 calories. While this may seem like a smart plan, this can cause your blood sugar to rise and fall throughout the day. When you eat, your food is broken down into glucose. Glucose is directly used by the body to create energy. Specifically, the sugar helps the body form adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is a molecule that transfers energy from one cell to another so that important functions can be carried out. 

If there is not enough sugar moving through the bloodstream to create ATP, then the metabolism slows down to preserve energy. You will then feel drowsy. You are likely to feel this drowsiness a few hours after you eat a large meal.

Scheduling Meals To Retain Blood Sugar Levels

The feeling of drowsiness a few hours after you eat is a sign that your blood sugar levels are dropping. To keep this from happening, it is wise to eat a snack or another small meal before you start feeling drowsy. Start by changing your eating plan to include three meals and two snacks. One snack should be scheduled between breakfast and lunch and the other should be arranged between lunch and dinner. 

Plan for each meal to provide you with about 400 calories. This will allow for two 150 calorie snacks. Since each snack is meant to boost blood sugar levels, make sure to include a carbohydrate. A protein will also help to provide longer lasting energy. For example, a thin layer of peanut butter spread on whole wheat crackers is a good snack. Foods that contain both protein and carbohydrates like eggs, sweet potatoes, almonds, and quinoa are good snacks as well. For more information, contact a business such as Mid West Fat Loss.

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Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Still Dealing With Pain Months After Your Shingles Have Healed? What Are Your Options?

Although many adults who have never had shingles themselves (or spent time with a close friend or relative dealing with this ailment) may tend to view it as nothing more serious than a bad case of chicken pox, some shingles sufferers may find themselves dealing with severe nerve pain months or sometimes even years after the blisters have subsided. What can you do to stem this pain and allow yourself to live a more normal life without relying on over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers? Read on to learn more about some pain management techniques that may be able to help those dealing with residual nerve pain from a shingles infection.


Sliding thin needles under the surface of your skin may not sound like the best way to minimize pain – however, many have found this process to be relaxing and therapeutic. It’s unclear exactly why acupuncture can be successful in reducing pain symptoms, but many believe it’s a combination of the endorphins and other healing hormones that are released each time a needle is placed along with the relaxation of the process itself. 

Your acupuncturist will be able to concentrate on the specific parts of your body that are in pain, placing needles in or near the corresponding pressure points. Most needles will be removed at the conclusion of your visit, although some acupuncturists take advantage of modified needles designed to remain under the skin for a few days to take full effect. 

Pain “scrambling” device

Another innovation in the field of pain management is a device designed to interrupt and divert the pain signals your nerves are sending to your brain. Nerve-related pain can be frustrating largely because there are no physical symptoms responsible for the twinges of pain you’re feeling; instead, these damaged nerves are shooting out random sparks of pain (just like a power line downed in a storm) that travel up your spine and to your brain. This scrambling device blocks these pain signals from ever reaching your brain, and over time and with the reduction of pain-based inflammation, these nerves may be better able to heal themselves.  

Generally, you’ll need to undergo a few treatments with the scrambling device before you notice much of a difference in the way you feel; however, some have reported pain reduction even after the first visit. For those still dealing with nerve pain and who don’t want to become reliant on prescription pain medication, a scrambling device can be a great alternative to other popular treatments. 

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Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

What Makes An Ayurvedic Practitioner Different?

There is no doubt that there have been great strides in medicine in the past century. However, that does not mean that the old medicines and treatments are bad or don’t work. In a world that has become used to getting everything “now,” modern medicine has had to keep up with the demands of the people. When patients demand to feel better immediately, doctors must use a way to treat the symptoms of a disease or disorder. This does not cure the patient, but at least he or she feels better. Unfortunately, once feeling better, the patient does not follow up with the doctor and therefore will never be truly healed. Here is a bit of information on how the Ayurvedic practitioner is different and what it means to you.

The Whole Being

The symptoms of a disease often involve more than just the physical discomfort. You may be emotionally distressed and also suffer cognitive problems too. In some cases, emotional issues may be causing some of the physical problems. While you could take a pain killer to suppress any physical pain, you are never going to be rid of the pain until you solve the emotional distress. This can also happen with your ability to think and function clearly and responsibly. The Ayurvedic practitioner will exam all aspects of your being, and work to get them all back in balance. Only when everything is in balance can true healing begin.

Lifestyle Changes

Once the practitioner finds the root of your problems, he or she will suggest lifestyle changes. Quite often, the problems within your body are caused by the way you treat it and how you live. Chronic, long-term diseases are often caused by how you have been living. Allopathic doctors (modern medical doctors) will prescribe medications or possibly surgeries to fix things. While this can be of great benefit in an emergency situation, it is not the best thing for the rest of your life. Consider metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions that put you at greater risk for heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Your doctor may prescribe medications and suggest you make some lifestyle changes. As the medications take care of the conditions and reduce your risks for disease, you become complacent with lifestyle changes. The Ayurvedic practitioner works with you to make the changes, only resorting to medications in emergencies. You will not only reduce your risk of the diseases, but you will also feel better in many other ways.

Because people have depended on medications to take care of problems their body could handle on its own if treated right, it is important that you have your regular doctor and the Ayurvedic practitioner working together. This way, you will not feel and experience all the symptoms of the disease, but will also be working towards healing your whole being. 

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