Monthly Archive for: ‘February, 2014’

What is the best exercise?

Many people have an opinion about what type of exercise is best. Some say squatting; others say dead-lifts. There are those who like burpees. Endurance athletes would say running, biking or swimming. So what is the best exercise? Since 80% of adult Americans do not get the recommended amount of exercise, the best exercise is- The one that you will …

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Is it Trendy to go Gluten Free? Or the Answer to Your Chronic Health Problems

Some  argue that going Gluten Free is an unsubstantiated fad, and that unless you have  Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance supported by laboratory testing,  there are no health benefits to this restricted style of eating. On the other hand, there is a substantial amount of evidence that non-celiac gluten reactions can result in a variety of adverse health conditions. …

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How does stretching work?

In general, stretching works via reflex mechanisms that are augmented by special mechanoreceptors located in muscles and tendons Mechanoreceptors 101 Mechanoreceptors  are specialized structures that respond to mechanical pressure within tissues, such as touch, pressure, stretching, sound waves, motion and  distortions in body tissues. They then transmit signals through sensory nerves. Muscle Spindles are sensory receptors that  run parallel to …

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Acupuncture may be the key to your stress- and a number of associated health problems

One’s reaction to stress is mediated by the hypothalamus -pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA)   What is the hypothalamus -pituitary-adrenal axis? The hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, secretes hormones that regulate the body’s response to stress as well as regulating digestion, the immune system, emotions, sexuality and energy metabolism. It is also involved in the “flight or fight” response to acute stress, which results …

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