Month: March 2016

Are You Bow Legged

h12Bowed legs also referred to as Genu Varum or Bandiness, is a deformity of the legs in which they are abnormally bent outward. This condition can sometimes be a sign of an underlying disease, such as Blount’s disease or Rickets.
Have you noticed how your knees look like?

Bow Legged Symptoms

The symptoms may include:

– Bowlegs continue beyond age 4.
– Bowing of legs is same on both sides of the body.

It is easy to know if you have it, Your knees will not touch when you stand with your feet and ankles together.

Bow Legged Causes

This condition may be seen in both knees or in only one knee. If it is seen only in one knee, the cause could be:

– Infections like osteomylitis, etc.
– Due to growth abnormalities of upper tibial epiphysis.
– Trauma near the growth epiphysis of femur.
– Tumors affecting the lower end of femur and upper end of tibia.

If it is seen in the both knees, the cause could be physiological or pathological.

Physiological:

In a new bow child and children up to 4 years, the knees are normally bent and tend to touch each other. Physiological bowlegs are a naturally occurring condition in babies, which improves as a child grows. If this deformity persists after 4 years of age then you need to show to a doctor.

Pathological:

Pathological bowing of legs requires treatment, and if untreated, tends to get worse as a child grows. Some diseases of the knee can lead to a serious bow knee deformity:

– Rickets.
– Occupational disorders.
– Developmental defects.
– Birth defects.
– Postural abnormalities.
– Hormonal disorders…

Bow Legged Treatment

Treatment is usually not recommended for toddlers unless an underlying condition has been identified. Physical therapy helps strengthen leg muscles so that the bowing does not progress quickly. Treatment may be recommended if your case is extreme or getting worse. Treatment options include:

– Casts.
– Special shoes.
– Treatment of diseases or conditions that cause bow legged.
– Braces.
– Special exercise techniques.

This deformity of legs is easy to spot, but your doctor can tell you how severe the condition is or whether it is caused by an underlying disease. Being bow legged is a normal occurrence. Pay attention to its progression and be cognizant of whether or not things are getting worse or if they are not improving.

Human Health Its Importance and Contributing Factors

h11A close look at news headlines around the world throw up some very interesting observations.

“For some U.K. teens, sun doesn’t provide enough vitamin D.”

“Air pollution tied to high blood pressure risk.”

The underlying theme that connects these headlines is the impact they have on human health.

In the first instance, a bacterial outbreak of the E. coli strain has severely affected 38 people in 20 US states between December 2015 and May 2016. The deadly E. coli can cause dehydration and bloody diarrhea and the most affected are the elderly, infants and those with weak immune systems.

The second headline causes great concern among scientists and researchers because the study showed that nearly 80 percent of UK teens had insufficient Vitamin D levels even at the peak of summer. What is even more alarming is that the surveyed children were mostly white-skinned; as we know white skin is most sensitive to the sun’s ultraviolet B rays and need minimum sunlight exposure to produce required amounts of Vitamin D. The participants were exposed to sufficient amounts of sunlight every day and their diet included supplements and Vitamin-D fortified foods like butter, cheese, eggs, red meat and oily fish. Vitamin D is naturally synthesized in the body when it is exposed to sunlight and very little can be obtained from the foods we eat; it reinforces the fact that outdoor activity is increasingly becoming less and less important even among teenagers.

The third headline is something we read about almost on a daily basis. Researchers have been analyzing and minutely studying various reports on the relationship between ‘air pollution and hypertension’. Since the 1990s, air pollution levels have been rising all over the world. It has now been found that exposure to sulfur dioxide from fossil-fuels and particulate dust matter in the air even in the short-term besides the long-term exposure to nitrogen dioxide associated with vehicular exhaust fumes and discharges from power plants etc. can cause severe risks of hypertension and inflammation of the arteries leading to cardio-vascular diseases.

“Health” is defined as the level of metabolic and functional efficiency of a living organism. In the human context, it reflects the ability of individuals and societies to adapt and cope with situations when faced with physical, social and mental challenges. The World Health Organization (WHO) charter in its definition of health describes it as a state of complete wellbeing in all aspects, not merely an absence of disease or illness. However, there are a wide range of factors that influence human health which are known as ‘determinants of health’. These determinants, as laid out by WHO, include the economic, physical and social environment of an individual as well as his or her behavior and characteristics.

Some of the specific factors known to impact human health from a broad perspective are:

• Biological and genetic influences
• Early child development
• Gender
• Physical and social environments
• Culture
• Personal healthcare practices
• Education and literacy
• Working environment
• Income and social standing

In the modern world, the leading causes that affect human health are daily stress in physical, emotional and mental contexts. Good health is the central factor around which our happiness and wellbeing revolve. In the context of nations, it is also an important factor that determines economic progress as healthy populations are more productive and live longer. In simple words, good health is directly achieved by us when we follow healthy living and eating habits, are physically active and emotionally stable.

Following Your Fitness Intuition

h10The ultimate goal with fitness shouldn’t be to live your life tied down to a super strict meal plan, living on chicken and broccoli, avoiding tempting social situations and/or training militantly with little enjoyment. That feels stifling, and is not really facilitating your best health and life.

Instead, the goal should be to train yourself to live healthfully and in alignment with your fit life values-without having to obsess. You can then trust that you will make wise decisions using your inherent knowledge. I call this following your fitness intuition. To reach this point, some training must be done!

Step 1. “Power is the faculty or capacity to act, the strength and potency to accomplish something. It is the vital energy to make choices and decisions. It also includes the capacity to overcome deeply embedded habits and to cultivate higher, more effective ones.” Stephen R. Covey

Break old, unhealthy habits and install new ones. To do so, you must fully commit to a nutrition and training plan. BUT you should not just follow it blindly. Be engaged, interact with others, and find a friend or family member to join you on your fitness adventure. Staying engaged in the process and learning what works for you builds the foundations for your fit-life future.

Use mindfulness to assess how you actually feel while you are eating certain foods, when you feel hungry or full, energy levels, how certain exercises feel, etc.

For example, when I first started my health and fitness journey I realized that I loved making an omelet every morning and serving it with oatmeal and fruit or toast and fruit. I always felt energetic, satisfied and satiated (comfortably full) after that meal. Few years later and I still start my day off with that combo daily.

Step 2. “All the so-called “secrets of success” will not work unless you do.”

It is so difficult to establish new habits with a wishy-wash work ethic. You must fully commit with your head AND your heart. When you think about why want to change, it should fire you up. “To lose weight” isn’t motivating enough. However, “Feeling confident in my own skin” or “Being able to play with my grandkids” are much more powerful. So, dig deep for you real reason WHY, then get moving don’t look back.

Step 3. “Fear is the path to the dark side.” -Yoda

We have all been there before. Worrying about how vacation would set you back, if you might come unglued at a special event, etc. In effort to control one of these fear-inducing situations, we often create unrealistic expectations of ourselves like vowing to do two-a-days throughout a vacation r slashing calories drastically during an injury recovery. Guess what happens when you do this? We make ourselves miserable worrying about it and/or our fears become a reality. This is not following your fitness intuition, which leads me too..

Step 4. “I believe I deserve to be fit, as healthy as I can be, as well as look my best. All those things make me a more productive human being, and actually able to serve others better than ever before. When I am at my best, it is easier to put my best efforts forward. I’m also taken more seriously because people see that I respect myself.”

At some point on our fitness journey, we must take off the training wheels and realized we can continue to live fit without perfect conditions or following an inflexible plan. We must trust our innate wisdom – the intuition that will set us on the right course if we just tap into it.

Build your fitness foundation. Learn what works for you and what doesn’t. Be open and honest with your trainer, family and friends to help assist you in your goals. Don’t settle for anything less than satisfactory, and the most important advice of all: BE CONSISTENT. Treat each workout session like it was your job. You wouldn’t be late for work or skip a day just because “You were too busy”, find time to better yourself and JUST DO IT!

Follow your heart and believe in what you do.

Calorie Cutting Food Swaps

h9If you’re looking to succeed on your weight loss diet plan, it’s vital that you take a look at some of the simple ways that you can go about reducing your calorie intake so that you can make fast progress without feeling like you’re on a very strict diet.

If the truth is told, for many people there are some very small adjustments they could make to their normal diet intake that would have a huge impact on the fat loss results that they see.

By taking the time to learn what these adjustments are and then getting them in place, you can see for yourself just how powerful they can be.

Let’s give you a few quick calorie cutting food swaps to think about.

Swap: Granola For Oatmeal

The first great swap to make is to exchange out your usual bowl of granola in the morning for some oatmeal instead. Oatmeal is very high in fiber and completely sugar free, which cannot be said for most granola cereals.

By choosing oatmeal instead, you can easily save yourself 200-300 calories in the process.

Swap: Beef For Fish

The next quick swap that you may want to consider is exchanging fish for beef. While beef definitely is a good protein source in your diet, fish would be a superior option.

Fish is lower in calories and completely fat free, so when you’re really trying to get the weight off quickly, it’ll help you get there faster.

Allow beef once per week to help keep your iron intake up, but then have fish or chicken the remaining nights instead.

Swap: Juice For Real Fruit

Another smart swap for faster weight loss is to exchange juice for real fruit. Juice is very high in calories and will produce a rather rapid spike in blood glucose levels due to the lack of fiber it contains, while real fruit is the opposite.

Real fruit is going to be high in fiber and nutrients and will fill you up much more quickly and help to keep you satisfied. Many people make the mistake of thinking that juice is a very healthy selection, but that’s not the case.

Swap: Pasta For Spaghetti Squash

Finally, the last swap that you should consider adding into your diet plan is spaghetti squash for pasta. Pasta is another very high calorie food is and is very easy to overeat on. If you want to maintain that reduced calorie intake for faster weight loss, then squash is the superior choice.

This vegetable can be eaten in much the same way as normal pasta would be, but will help shave off 200 calories or more from that meal.