Posts on Health Fitness and Sport Advice Recent content in Posts on Health Fitness and Sport Advice Hugo -- en-us params.copyright Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:00:00 +0000 How Does LASIK Work? Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:00:00 +0000 <p><b></b></p><h2>What is LASIK?</h2><p>LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis. It is a common type of refractive eye surgery that is used to correct some common vision problems, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatisms. LASIK involves reshaping the cornea with the use of a laser in order to correct or enhance common sight problems. </p><h2>What is the LASIK Process Like?</h2><p>The actual procedure does not take very long. The patient is usually completely finished with the entire visit in one or two hours, but the actual procedure only lasts around fifteen minutes. </p><p>First, the surgeon will use numbing drops in the patient’s eyes so they will not feel any pain. Once the drops are administered and begin working, the surgeon will use a bladed tool or a special type of laser to create a very precise, circular incision in the cornea. The goal is to create a small flap so the surgeon can work on the underlying side of the cornea. </p><p>Once the incision is made, the surgeon will gently pull back a portion of the cornea. Then, he uses a laser to remove some of the underlying tissue and reshapes the cornea. Nearsighted patients require a flatter shaped cornea while farsighted patient’s need a steeper shape. After the surgeon is finished, he will replace the cornea flap and the eye heals naturally without the need of stitches.</p><p>Dr. Choi Eye, which offers <a href="">LASIK eye surgery</a>, says, “The healing process does not take long at all. Common complaints afterward are watery eyes and a slight burning sensation. This feeling does not last long and the patient’s vision usually completely returns within forty-eight hours.”</p><h2>Why LASIK Works</h2><p>As mentioned above, the goal of LASIK is to reshape the cornea. The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped outer portion of the eye. It’s two main functions are to protect the eye from debris and to focus your vision. As light enters the cornea, it refracts the light onto the lens of the eye so the lens can then further focus the light onto the retina in order for the brain to process it. If the cornea and lens are not able to focus the light properly, it will result in blurry vision.</p><p>By changing the shape of the cornea, surgeons are able to help the patient’s eye refract the light more properly onto the lens so that their vision becomes more clear.</p> 5 Signs You Need to See the Dentist Thu, 06 Jul 2017 06:00:00 +0000 <p><b></b></p><p>Many adults dislike visiting the dentist, but there are some symptoms that you just can't ignore. Here are five signs that you should schedule an appointment with your dentist:</p><h2>Bleeding Gums</h2><p>Bleeding gums may be a result of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. They're also a common sign of inflammation, which can lead to a variety of issues, including:</p><ul><li><p>Bone loss</p></li><li><p>Gum recession</p></li><li><p>Abscesses</p></li></ul><p>Your gums may bleed from aggressive brushing, but you should always get bleeding gums checked out by a dentist to make sure nothing's wrong. If you floss for the first time after neglecting to for a while, your gums may bleed as well. This should clear up after a week of flossing regularly, though.</p><h2>Red or Swollen Gums</h2><p>“If your gums are healthy, they should be pink and firm, and they shouldn't hurt when you eat or brush your teeth,” notes <a href="">Smile on Chicago, a dentist in Chicago</a>. Redness, swelling, and tenderness in the gums is usually a sign of severe inflammation. It's especially common for your gums to swell up around a partially erupted wisdom tooth. Pay careful attention to your wisdom teeth to make sure plaque doesn't accumulate under the gum flap. </p><h2>Sensitive Teeth</h2><p>If you feel pain or sensitivity from cold or hot foods and drinks, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist right away. Sensitivity or discomfort may be caused by a cavity or plaque buildup. If plaque buildup is the only issue, a thorough cleaning at your dentist's office can solve the problem. </p><h2>Bad Breath</h2><p>Bad breath is a sign of a number of health issues, including:</p><ul><li><p>Poor diet</p></li><li><p>Acid reflux</p></li><li><p>Dry mouth</p></li><li><p>Chronic sinus infection</p></li><li><p>Diabetes</p></li><li><p>Medication side effects</p></li><li><p>Gum disease</p></li></ul><p>Although most of these issues aren't actually related to dental health, your dentist can help you narrow down the potential causes of your bad breath to figure out what's wrong. You may be tempted to just cover up your bad breath with gum or mints, but this won't solve the cause of the problem.</p><h2>Jaw Pain</h2><p>If you frequently experience jaw pain, it could be a sign of a serious issue. Teeth grinding, abscessed teeth, a misaligned bite, and TMJ disorder can all cause jaw pain. The sooner you see your dentist for treatment, the sooner you can get rid of the jaw pain.</p> 5 Easy Exercises You Can Do at Home Mon, 03 Jul 2017 06:00:00 +0000 <p><b></b></p><p>Want to work out but don't have time to hit the gym? No problem! There are tons of simple exercises you can do right in the comfort of your own home to tone your muscles. Read on for 5 super easy at-home exercise ideas!</p><h2>1. Plank</h2><p>Planks are amazing because they tone your abs, arms, and legs all in one simple move. To do it, just get your body into the &#34;top of a push-up&#34; position and hold it as long as you can. To make it easier, you can be on your hands and knees or feet and elbows. As you get more in-shape, set a timer to hold the plank for a longer amount of time!</p><h2>2. Squats</h2><p>Tone your booty and thighs with this simple exercise. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, then stick your butt out behind you and squat down as low as you can. Squeeze your butt cheeks as you stand up to really feel the burn! Start with 20 reps and build up to more or even add some jumps to make them more challenging.</p><h2>3. Jumping Jacks</h2><p>This exercise isn't just for gym class and boot camp. Jumping jacks are a great way to start your workout with a little bit of cardio. It's easy but gets your heart rate up in a hurry! Plus they tone your calves and arms! Just make sure to do your jacks in a wide open place in your house so you don't break anything.</p><h2>4. Russian Twists</h2><p>Do your entire ab routine in one move with Russian twists. This exercise tones your abs, obliques, and lower back all at once so you can have a faster, more effective workout. To do them, sit with both your butt and feet flat on the floor. Then lean back at as far as you can without rounding your back. Finally, hold your arms out in front of you and twist from side to side, keeping your back tucked in straight. </p><h2>5. Arm Circles</h2><p>This move is so simple even kids can do it but that doesn't mean it is easy! Stand with your arms extend out to your sides at shoulder height. Then just move them in circles, switching directions when you are halfway done with your time (we suggest 20 seconds in each direction). Want a challenge? Hold a <a href="">free weight</a> in each hand to really tone!</p> The Benefits of Regular Visits to the Chiropractor Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:00:00 +0000 <p><b></b></p><p>Chiropractic is a natural treatment that uses spinal adjustments to relieve pain and treat a variety of health issues. Millions of people benefit from chiropractic care every year. Even if you don't have a back or neck problem, visiting the chiropractor regularly can bring some great improvements to your life. Here are six of the best benefits of regular chiropractic treatment:</p><h2>1. Stronger Immune System</h2><p>According to a study from New York's Preventive Medicine Institute, regular visits to a chiropractor can give you better immunity against infections and diseases. In one study, researchers compared over 100 patients who received regular chiropractic treatment to patients who never visited the chiropractor. Those who received the treatment had much stronger immune systems.</p><h2>2. Lower Blood Pressure</h2><p>Even just one chiropractic adjustment can lower your blood pressure for six months. A study published in the Human Journal of Hypertension showed that one upper cervical adjustment was as effective for hypertension as two blood pressure-lowering drugs. Chiropractic fixes misalignments in the spine, which promotes a balanced and homeostatic environment in the body. This helps your body regulate many of its functions, including blood pressure.</p><h2>3. Fewer Headaches</h2><p>Headaches are one of the most common reasons people visit the chiropractor. The treatment can quickly and easily relieve tension and migraine headaches, especially when you receive it regularly. Headaches often occur when the vertebrae in the neck put pressure on the nearby nerves. As the chiropractor adjusts the vertebrae, it releases the pressure on the nerves and relieves pain.</p><h2>4. Less Chronic Pain</h2><p>Back and neck pain are two of the most common types of chronic pain, and <a href="">chiropractic treatment</a> can provide immediate relief. Many studies have proven the effects chiropractic has on chronic pain, including one study that suggested that chiropractic adjustments bring faster pain relief than physiotherapy, manual therapy, or general practitioner care.</p><h2>5. Better Posture</h2><p>Bad posture is a serious issue for many people, especially those who work in offices or on computers. Regular chiropractic treatment improves posture, which can take pressure off of your neck and lower back. Good posture will also reduce your chances of developing back issues or back pain later in life.</p><h2>6. Improved Mood</h2><p>Many people report feeling calmer and happier immediately after chiropractic treatment. This may be because of the pain relief, or it could be caused by the release of dopamine in the brain after an adjustment.</p> Three Simple Ways to Improve Oral Health Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:00:00 +0000 <p><b></b></p><p>Everyone wants to have a great smile, and that is why oral hygiene is crucial. Poor oral hygiene causes various medical problems like heart disease, gum disease, bone loss, and strokes among others. Every year people make resolutions aimed at enhancing their health. However, they overlook their dental health. Therefore, the next time you are creating resolutions for your health, make sure you include your dental health too. </p><p>When you adopt simple ways of improving oral health, you can be sure you will be physically fit just like an Olympic athlete. If you want to enhance your oral health, you will have to practice proper oral hygiene regimes and use the right tools such as toothbrushes. Buying the right toothbrush and changing it often will go a long way in improving your oral hygiene and your overall health. Adopting the proper brushing technique is also essential in achieving oral health. Here are other ways of improving our oral health. </p><h2>Eating a balanced diet</h2><p>You need to choose the best food choices for a healthy mouth. Make sure you eat whole grains, fresh fruits, low-sugar bread, and vegetables. Additionally, add high-quality protein such as fish, dry beans, lean meat, cheese, and eggs to your diet. Vegetables and fruits such as apples, broccoli, spinach, and lettuce stimulate the flow of saliva, which is essential in facilitating the digestion of food and getting rid of food retention in your mouth. Make sure that half of your plate contains fruits and vegetables, while the other half contains lean protein foods, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products.</p><h2>Regular dental visits for oral examination</h2><p>You should have dental check-ups at least twice per year. However, ensure that you seek medical attention if you notice bleeding gums or any discomfort. You don’t have to wait for the next appointment. Your dentist will advise you on how often to get professional cleaning depending on your needs. If you are not sure how to clean your mouth, make sure you seek help from your dentist to ensure that you clean your mouth properly. </p><h2>Clean your tongue</h2><p>The ridges and grooves on your tongue act as a breeding ground for bacteria. It results to bad breath and negatively affects your <a href="">dental health</a>. Clean your tongue’s surface every day. Use a tongue cleaner to scrape your tongue. Make sure you scrub it gently. Alternatively, you can use your toothbrush through the bristles as not as effective in getting rid of the dirt.</p>