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Your Summer Self-Care Guide 2020: 8 Health And Wellness Tips From THE WELL – Forbes

We may not have the refuge of our favorite spa, restaurant or gym right now but these rituals ask ... [+] us to go inside and find a safe haven within your own self, says Ananta Ajmera, director of Ayurveda at THE WELL.

The Ayurveda way is more rooted in the power of practice rather than the power of product, practitioner or placemaking this ancient school of self-care much more accessible to anyone in pursuit of better health and wellness. (Who might be just about everyone these days, including today, International Self-Care Day 2020.)

We may not have the refuge of our favorite spa, restaurant or gym right now but these rituals ask us to go inside and find a safe haven within your own self, says Ananta Ajmera, director of Ayurveda at THE WELL.

THE WELL, a 13,000 square-foot hub for luxury wellness (think Soho House meets The Guerlain Spa at The Plaza) offers busy urbanites a treatment menu featuring health coaching, functional medicine, Ayurveda sessions and more. Cofounders Rebecca Parekh and Sarrah Hallock opened its Manhattan doors in September 2019 after raising $14 million in venture capital. Since closing their dazzling flagship in March, the self-care startup has shifted focus to its e-commerce and educational divisions.

While our physical space is closed, virtual courses not only help us stay engaged with our existing community, they allow us to reach new audiences, bringing the knowledge and expertise of our practitioners to people around the world, says Parekh, formerly the COO for Deepak Chopra Radical Wellbeing.

Theyve launched their first digital engagement, Reemerge, a three-part series focused on Ayurveda techniques to make returning to work and adjusting to the new normal post-Covid-19 easier. Ajmera shares simple daily rituals, most of which can be done with readily available home and pantry products. This curated set of practices can upgrade your wellness, relieve stress, and strengthen immunity as we continue to take on the unknown:

1. Embrace circadian rhythms by waking up earlier and going to sleep earlier.

Colorful spiced milk tea.

According to Ayurveda, waking up early (ideally between 4am and 6am) is one of the best ways to curb negative thinking in order to connect withnature and increase the quality ofyour sattva(mental clarity and positivity). The ancient sages of the Yogic and Ayurvedic traditions regard the early morning as a spiritually charged time, which is why it's the most auspicious for meditating, contemplating, practicing yoga and breathing exercises.

Awakening early also strengthens your ability to fall asleep earlier at night (ideally by 10pm) and improves your sleep quality. And if you really want to sleep like a baby, says Ajmera, make spiced milk your new nightcap. Spiced milk is an Ayurvedic drink that naturally helps you doze off, while the easy recipe offers other health benefits.

2. Incorporate more warm, cooked and gently-oiled foods in your meals.

Warm, cooked foods with the right cooking oils.

Ayurveda compares your digestive capacity to a physical fire. We learn in physics that heat expands, while cold contracts. Ayurveda envisions your body as a series of channels or pathways, which are responsible for transporting and circulating nutrients and for elimination. This is not the most glamorous topic but its an absolutely critical and an overlooked aspect of health and wellness, says Ajmera. Eating warm, cooked foods in natural cooking oil ensures these channels remain open and flowing, serving to kindle your digestive fire.

3. Strike a power pose.

Power pose before taking on the day.

Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences of healthy living. So it only makes sense for the Reemerge course to tap both schools of wisdom. Here are two simple poses that go a long way for wellness: a) Sit in Thunderbolt Pose after meals to support digestion and counterbalance hyperacidity, and indigestion. b) Get in Cobra Pose to awaken your whole upper body and channel the strength to thrive through a challenging day.

4. Give yourself an oil massage.

Reemerge from lockdown or return to work with the Ayurveda way.

According to ancient Ayurvedic texts, oiling your body with warm coconut oil (for warm seasons) or sesame oil (for cold seasons) reduces pain, wards off exhaustion, nourishes your body and equips you with longevity, good sleep and healthy skin.

I've been giving myself an oil massage made from sustainablysourced and wildcrafted botanicals, says Ajmera. It's similar to when leather is exposed to wear and tear that comes with use, it falls apart; but if you apply oil to the same piece of leather, it becomes stronger. Same for your joints, hair and skinoil rejuvenates these areas.

5. Smell essential oils toawaken to the present moment.

Whiff you way to wellness.

The sense of smell is connected to the earth element in Ayurveda, which is what provides you grounding and stability, says Ajmera. So when you stop to smell essential oils, it has a stabilizing effect on your mind, helping you return to the presentmoment.I love smelling essential oils throughout the day.Rise Essential Oil Blendfor the morning to energize me,Reset Essential Oil Blend throughout the day to bring me back to center and Relax Essential Oil Blend at night to promote calm and better sleep. In general, citrus is for awakening, while lavender is for calming.

6. Embrace fresh flowers, whether outdoors or in your home, as a simple way to lift your spirit.

The Summer Love bouquet by The Bouqs Co.

Flowers are incredible spiritual medicine, full of healing power and symbolic significance, according to Ajmera. For example, roses are not only a potent symbol of love and beauty, but also very therapeutic for anger, irritability, overstimulation, heat exhaustion and overwork.

You can simply look at them, smell them or even add rose petals to your bathwater when you are seeking relief from heated emotions.Consider growing a low-maintenance wildflower garden (to support the endangered bee population); you can even log into floral classes offered by women-owned and operated Aranj to learn the beautiful art of arranging flowers. If you want to automate the presence of bouquets in your life, consider a convenient, farm-direct floral subscription. The Bouqs Co. partners with eco-friendly farms that minimize waste, recycle water, and use sustainable growing practice.

7. Light a candle with intention.

Light a candle with intention.

The light of a candle represents knowledge, illumination and winning a victory over the darkness of your negative thinking, addictions, destructive habits and excessive emotional reactions, says Ajmera. When you light a candle whileconnecting with yourpurpose and intention for adopting a wellness practice, it is a simple way to strengthen your resolve for embracing the practice.

There are endless candle brands that are equal parts pleasing to the visual and olfactory senses. Rockaway Candle Company, for starters, is a women-owned soy candle company based in the beachside, blue-collar town of The Rockaways in Queens, N.Y. Its Amber Noire scent remains my favorite, year-round.

8. See your destiny in your hands.

Listen to mantras and meditate.

Gazing at your hands and affirming that wisdom and power lies in your hands first thing in the morning sets the tone for your day in a powerful way that has the potential to shape your destiny and help you be the change you wish to see in the world, says Ajmera. She also recommends starting the day by simply stepping outdoors and feeling the warm sun on your face for a few moments, especially during these summer months.

If youd like to learn more about the Ayurveda lifestyle, follow THE WELLs Reemerge digital series.

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GOLO Deepens Its Commitment to Healthy Living with Innovative Products Designed to Support Weight-Loss, Immunity, and a Healthy Lifestyle – Yahoo…

GOLO, a weight loss and wellness solution company, plans to launch more products designed to improve overall health and vitality, along with a focused reach to lower income households and communities in the effort to promote healthy lifestyles for the whole family.

NEWARK, Del., July 23, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The GOLO brand was developed by a team of expert scientists and medical doctors to find a natural and effective weight loss solution. A recent study by the CDC indicates that nearly 7 out of 10 Americans are considered overweight or obese. If this trend is not reversed, the emotional and economic toll on families and society is likely to be immeasurable. Over the past four years, GOLO has revolutionized weight loss through a dedicated approach to Insulin Resistance. Insulin is one of the most important hormones in your body because it directly affects metabolism, weight gain, aging and overall health. Insulin's performance is affected by unbalanced diets which increase glucose levels and spike insulin levels causing excess glucose to be stored as fat. Unhealthy insulin levels lead to Insulin Resistance, pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes, and other serious health conditions including heart disease and Alzheimer's.

To resolve this common issue, the GOLO team created their Release supplement, a patented, natural, plant and mineral based dietary supplement that is made in the USA. The Release supplement targets dangerous visceral fat that is driven by hormones, mainly insulin. The Release supplement balances the hormones that regulate fat and carbohydrate metabolism, control stress, cravings and hunger between meals, and overall metabolic health. The Release supplement supports healthy blood glucose metabolism, controls sugar cravings, balances the key weight loss hormones, increases energy, reduces stress, and supports immunity. Release is paired with the GOLO for Life plan a simple eating guide to balanced meals and good nutrition for anyone.

Based on past successes, GOLO plans to launch more products designed to improve overall health and vitality, along with a focused reach to lower income households and communities in the effort to promote healthy lifestyles for the whole family. These new products will include:

GOLO for Wellness, GOLO for Immunity, GOLO for Weight Loss, GOLO for LIFE.

About GOLO: GOLO is committed to providing individuals with the knowledge of health and wellness, and the power to take back control of their weight and their lives. The GOLO for Life plan is an all-natural, plant-based supplement and meal plan, designed to address the root cause of weight gain. The GOLO products provide a safe solution to weight- loss and wellness while helping individuals transition to a healthier and sustainable lifestyle. The developers of GOLO, LLC include a team of dedicated doctors, pharmacists and researchers. GOLO has reached over a million people worldwide who now have a chance at healthy, sustainable and affordable weight loss. For more information about the GOLO for Life plan, visit or call 800-730-4656 (GOLO).



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Healthy living practices in families and child health: 5-year follow-up of Taiwan Birth Cohort Study – DocWire News

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BMJ Open. 2020 Jul 21;10(7):e033613. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033613.


OBJECTIVES: We have previously developed the Child Healthy Living Practices in Family (CHLPF) Index and found that the CHLPF Index was concurrently associated with the health of children at age 3. In this follow-up study, we aimed to examine whether healthy living practices in family at age 3 predicted health of children at school age.

DESIGN AND SETTING: Data came from the Taiwan Birth Cohort Study designed to assess the development and health of 24 200 children born in 2005.

PARTICIPANTS: A total of 18 553 cohort members whose mothers or primary caregivers had completed 6-month, 3-year, 5-year and 8-year surveys were included for analysis, representing a response rate of 87.3%.

OUTCOME MEASURES: A multiple logistic regression model was used to test the relationship between mother-rated childrens health at age 8 and the CHLPF Index level, after controlling for sex, birth outcomes, family structure, parental education, residential area, family income and mother-rated childs health at age 3.

RESULTS: The percentage of mother-rated good health at age 8 was 79.7%. Compared with the low CHLPF level, the adjusted OR of mother-rated good health was 1.38 (95% CI 1.19 to 1.60), 1.21 (95% CI 1.10 to 1.35) and 1.17 (95% CI 1.07 to 1.29), respectively, for high, high-low and mid-low CHLPF levels. Moreover, the prevalence of mother-rated good health at age 8 with high-level CHLPF Index in the low-income group was similar to that of the high-income group (83.72% vs 84.18%); the prevalence with low-level CHLPF Index in the low-income group was much lower than that of the high-income group (70.21% vs 78.98%).

CONCLUSIONS: Our study underscores that high level of healthy living practices in early childhood is positively associated with good health at school age, particularly for children from disadvantaged families.

PMID:32699124 | DOI:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033613

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MiraBurst, the world’s largest producer of miracle berry products, is dedicated to helping people reduce their intake of added sugars and sweeteners…


Explore MiraBurstA healthy way to transform the taste of sour and acidic foods and drinks into something delectably sweet! Experience the sweet sensation with MiraBurst products and sweeten up your life while giving your health a boost with its many health benefits!

New York , July 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Miracle Berry: The Superfruit Every Diabetic Should Know About

MiraBurst Products and its Benefits

Consuming miracle berries is beneficial for ones health because the miracle berry is a superfruit, meaning it holds a robust nutritional value. The miracle berry is an all-natural, non-GMO fruit. It is the only fruit on the planet that has both taste-enhancing properties and several health benefits. As a taste enhancing berry, it allows for easy incorporation of healthy fruits, low sugar or sugar-free desserts as well as healthy smoothies and drinks into ones diet.

As a superfruit, themiracle fruitcontains antioxidants (polyphenols which consist of flavonoids and phenolics, vitamins A, C, E and others), essential amino acids, micronutrients and other phytonutrients. These phytonutrients are essential for healthy living. The phytonutrients work together to help manage blood sugar levels and help support the bodys natural immune system response. As a superfruit and a taste-modifier, miracle berries are a gamechanger for diabetics, pre-diabetics, as well as people looking to manage their weight.

Miracle berries are highly perishable fruits. In order to prolong the shelf life of the berries they have been converted into fast dissolving tablets without any additives or preservatives. This will allow consumers to recreate the same experience as eating the actual non-GMO and organic miracle berries. These tablets dissolve on the tongue and immediately create a unique taste-modifying experience. Consumers should allow the tablet to dissolve on the tongue for about 2-3 minutes to allow the active substance (miraculin) to properly activate the sweet receptors on the tongue before consuming the sour and acidic foods, fruits or drinks. The taste-modifying effect will last for up to 60 minutes after the tablet has fully dissolved on the tongue.

MiraBurst currently sells taste-enhancing miracle berry tablets that are fast-dissolving, have no additives or preservatives, and are made from 100% pure miracle berry powder. All MiraBurst miracle berries are grown under the most natural and organic environment in Ghana and cultivated by Fair Trade farmers. MiraBurst is the industry-leading source for all-natural, non-GMO, organic and pure miracle berry products.

Who Can Benefit from Miracle Berries?

MiraBurst miracle berry tablets are a gamechanger for everyone. MiraBurst tablets are perfect for parents looking to help their children prevent tooth decay due to sugary diets. Health-conscious eaters and people looking to lose weight can use these tablets to enjoy healthy fruits and fruit salads, foods, and smoothies and drinks in their diet while satisfying their sweet tooth. Chemotherapy patients can benefit from the berrys taste-enhancing properties because it can temporarily help mask chemotherapy-associated metallic taste.

MiraBurst is particularly beneficial for diabetics and borderline diabetics. MiraBurst can help diabetics and pre-diabetics improve their bodys sensitivity to their own insulin and manage blood sugar levels. Diabetes is a chronic disease that comes in four forms: Type 1, Type 2, Pre-Diabetes, and Gestational Diabetes. All types of diabetes result in high blood sugar levels. MiraBurst helps in the management of all types of diabetes and prediabetes.

MiraBurst pairs well with several diabetic superfoods recommended by the American Diabetes Association, such as unsweetened Greek yogurt, blueberries and other berries, grapefruit, and citrus fruits. MiraBurst miracle berries can make an unsweetened Greek yogurt parfait taste like ice cream. Fruit smoothies and green smoothies with lemon can taste sweet and even more delicious. Miracle berry can even make lemon water or apple cider vinegar with lemon water taste like a sugar-free lemonade, which is beneficial for diabetics since apple cider vinegar has been shown in clinical to improve the bodys sensitivity to insulin whilst lemon water help prevent blood sugar spikes after meals.

With regular use of MiraBurst tablets and an adoption of a low sugar diet as well as consumption of healthy fruits recommended by the American Diabetes Association, diabetics and borderline diabetics can manage their blood sugar levels and improve their overall health. Miracle berries can serve as diabetics trusted sidekick by helping reduce their sugar intake for all types of diabetics.

MiraBurst connects people affected by diabetes everywhere to an innovative means of reducing the added sugar in their daily diet. To learn more about MiraBurst and to try the miracle berry products yourself, visitwww.miraburst.comtoday!

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MiraBurst was founded in 2014 by Dr. Emmanuel Asare with a mission to use the miracle berry to help solve the global problem of excessive sugar consumption and sugar addiction. Founded in response to the rise of diabetes and pre-diabetes (borderline diabetes), MiraBurst is dedicated to introducing consumers to the miracle berry to help cut down on consumption of sugar and sweeteners without sacrificing sweet taste.

Themiracle berry, known as the miracle fruit or Synsepalum dulcificum, is native to Ghana, West Africa. This superfruit has the ability to modify the taste of sour and acidic foods, fruits and drinks to sweet tasting without any added sugar or sweetener. This is due to the active substance in the pulp of the berry a glycoprotein called miraculin. Miraculin has a unique effect on the taste buds by supercharging the sweet receptors on the tongue. These taste-altering properties can make sour and acidic drinks, like lemon water with apple cider vinegar taste like a sugar-free lemonade.

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Swimming is a great aerobic exercise that also promotes toning – Kingsport Times News

If your goals are endurance, improved mood, injury recovery, joint health, or upper-body strength, this is a must read.

According to Health Real Wellness magazine, about 40% of adults in the U.S. cant swim. If that number includes you, the Kingsport Aquatic Center offers lessons for adults and children.

Swimming is a great aerobic exercise thats also good for toning. This is because even the parts of your body that arent actively moving are supporting you against the resistance of the water.

Swimming is an excellent all-around activity because it:

Keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body

Helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and healthy lungs

Tones muscles and builds strength

Builds endurance, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness

The concepts of swimming and water activities have evolved greatly since the first written document on swimming by Nikolaus Wynmann in 1538, The Swimmer, or A Dialogue on the Art of Swimming and Joyful and Pleasant to Read.

At its inception, swimming was understood simply as moving in water first, in order to survive and then to compete. Today, the term clearly connotes swimming sports, and as such can be defined as an activity in which a person practices a regulated Olympic sport in order to move as fast as possible through the water thanks to the propulsive forces generated by arm, leg, and body movements overcoming the resistance the water presents to progress.

Swimming was part of the first modern Olympic games in 1896 in Athens. The skills of swimming have been adapted to different contexts and participants. The result is that there is now a great diversity of additional water activities: aquatic Olympic sports (water polo, diving, and synchronized swimming), non-Olympic sports and leisure activities.

The term aquatic activities covers all these plus swimming, and can be defined as motor activities performed in water for purposes that may be utilitarian, competitive, educational, therapeutic or recreational.

Detra Cleven, a master swimmer, said, I began swimming at a young age. My father wasnt into the tea parties or dolls, so he took me to the swimming pool after he got off work. I loved to splash around. However, I took some time off after college. I dabbled in the water, expanding to water aerobics, water walking, and general lap swimming. As my family, career, life happened, I would leave the water for a while and then find my way back.

Detra took swim lessons and loved it enough to start her competitive swimming journey at the age of 8 through high school and college. To this day, she still swims competitively with the Kingsport Aquatic Center Master Viperfish Team.

The downside to using swimming as an exercise is that finding space can be hard, but with the Kingsport Aquatic Center, the availability is more open in our area.

Detra expressed that she found swimming to be a place for her. With swimming being an individual sport with a team component, she loves the time to think, improve, and work on HERSELF. For Detra, swimming is both a mental and physical work in progress.

With Detras hard work and dedication, she competed in swim in the Tennessee and North Carolina area and eventually in the National Swim Meets across the U.S. This allowed her to meet and become friends with more people who love the water.

I have had success with Masters Swimming competitions, including being the national champion in the 50 butterfly and 200 individual medley.

I am also international masters champion in the 100 breaststroke, Detra added.

With that being said, Healthy Kingsport would like to ask you this question: If your doctor gave you a prescription that said it would improve your mood, improve energy, keep you mentally sharp, help you manage weight, reduce your risk of disease and injury, extend your life span, and cost little to nothing, youd probably say, Say what?

Healthy Kingsport would say, a prescription is immediately available and you dont need a doctor to write it for you. Its swimming!

Exercise Almanac is not finished. Next weeks article will discuss HIIT (high-intensity interval training): the benefits/downside and the good-to-knows.

Healthy Kingsport is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a community that actively embraces healthy living by promoting wellness, enhancing infrastructure and influencing policy. Aiesha Banks is the executive director of Healthy Kingsport. She can be reached at [emailprotected].

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With new rules, use of masks reaches a tipping point – Greenfield Daily Reporter

HANCOCK COUNTY Face coverings have joined phones, keys, purses and wallets among the things people now must grab before heading out the door.

Health and government officials for weeks have encouraged their use to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Starting this week, the biggest stores in Hancock County began requiring shoppers to don them before coming inside. Next week, a statewide order goes into effect mandating their use in many situations.

For those who havent obtained any masks yet, theyre available to purchase unlike early in the pandemic and are easily made. A search on Amazon Thursday afternoon for COVID-19 face mask turned up 1,000 suggestions.

Gov. Eric Holcomb on Thursday, July 23, signed an executive order calling on Hoosiers to wear masks in all indoor spaces starting on Monday, July 27. The order also applies to any outdoor space where distancing is impossible. Also on Thursday, Indianas attorney general, Curtis Hill, issued an advisory opinion suggesting Holcomb had overstepped his authority to issue the order, but that opinion doesnt block it from taking effect, The Associated Press reported.

The requirement, coming amid a rising number of infections statewide, is designed to blunt transmission of the novel coronavirus as Hoosiers interact more freely, Holcomb said. According to state figures, up to 40% of people who harbor the virus may have no symptoms and so may be unwittingly spreading it to others, prolonging the outbreak and putting more people vulnerable to serious illness at risk.

But what type of mask should people be wearing starting on Monday?

According to guidance posted by the Indiana State Department of Health, cloth, non-medical face coverings are appropriate for people interacting in public. Medical-quality face coverings, such as N95 respirators, are considered critical supplies that should be used only by health-care workers. Surgical masks, the guidance says, should be reserved for health-care workers and first-responders who are in close contact with patients.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a cloth face covering may not protect the wearer, but it may keep them from spreading COVID-19 to others.

Masks should fit snugly; cover the bridge of the nose; and should tuck under the chin.

A face covering can take many forms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a YouTube video called How to Make Your Own Face Covering. In it, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams walks through simple steps on how to make a covering by folding a scarf, bandanna, hand towel or T-shirt and using a couple rubber bands.

Hancock Health, meanwhile, recently donated more than 250,000 ear-loop face masks to the community.

Amanda Everidge, director of community health improvement for healthy365, an arm of Hancock Health that promotes healthy living, said the masks were donated to schools, cities and towns, local businesses, law enforcement, nonprofit organizations, churches, mental health providers and long-term care facilities.

Those in need of being connected to resources within the community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to reach out to the healthy365 Connection Center by calling 317-468-4231.

Meanwhile, This week, Walmart and Kohls, which have locations in Greenfield; and Meijer, which has stores in McCordsville and Cumberland, started requiring shoppers to wear masks. Kroger and Home Depot, which also have locations in Greenfield, started their shopper mask mandate on Wednesday.

Walmart has stationed heath ambassadors to remind those without masks of the new requirements and to work with those who dont have one.

Not far into the Greenfield store beyond its entrance stands a display of five-packs of washable masks selling for $7.50 each.

This week, signs outside the Walmart and Kroger stores reminded shoppers about the new requirements. Many shoppers were complying, judging from visits by a reporter.

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Sharp Coronado Hospital Healthy Living Center Provides Onsite And At-Home Fitness – Coronado Eagle and Journal

In these past few months, we have all had to adjust to a new normal, most of which now happens in the home. Staying in shape, even pre-quarantine, was challenging for most people. The Sharp Coronado Hospital Healthy Living Center (HLC) recognizes that and is doing everything it can to keep its community members physically and mentally well.

For those who are able to leave the house, the HLC is providing outdoor personal trainer appointments. Employees are masked and socially distancing under a covered area. Located on the Soledad side of the hospital, outside, clients arent required to wear masks outdoors as long as social distancing is maintained.

Another option is to attend fitness classes from your very own home, powered by Zoom. There is a fully packed schedule with a variety of class types that cater to all ability levels. You can attend Yoga (in the chair or more advanced), Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Pilates, Cardio Circuit, Strength and Balance and a variety of meditation sessions. Most of the classes are 50 minutes and have music. All of the classes are taught by highly qualified instructors, Jenny Driessen, Cynthia Mendolia, George Montes and Noel Tarver whose passion is to motivate, educate and grow. Participants can pay per class or register for a monthly membership of unlimited virtual classes.

The at-home classes are not only a great way to stay in shape, but are also a way to connect to the outside world. The instructors offer real time feedback about form and ongoing encouragement to commit to your health. In the past few months, the HLC has accumulated a large number of dedicated followers and now friends. Register now to join the fun!

For more information, call the HLC front desk at 619-522-3798 or write to

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How to Improve Gut Health – LIVESTRONG.COM

Getting in a workout can help boost the beneficial bacteria in your gut.

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The trillions of bacteria in your gut play vital roles in keeping your body and mind healthy and functioning properly.

But certain foods or lifestyle changes can cause gut problems and even lead to health issues. Here are 12 ways to improve gut health.

1. Aim for Diet Diversity

In a healthy person, the microbiome the bacterial environment in the GI tract is characterized by a very wide variety of gut bacteria (known as microbiota), according to a March 2016 article in Molecular Metabolism. In other words, the greater diversity of bacteria species, the better chance they'll contribute to certain health benefits. A decrease in the number of species, on the other hand, may lead to illness.

In order to get richness of microbiota species, you need richness in dietary choices. The more diverse your day-to-day menu is, the easier it will be for your microbiome to adapt to some curve balls you throw at it. Keep in mind that whole foods are the best options.

Speaking of adding some healthy foods to your menu, try going more plant-based your gut will thank you.

People following a vegan or vegetarian diet have a different gut microbiota than omnivores, per an October-December 2018 review in Tzu-Chi Medical Journal, possibly because vegan diets may deliver more fiber. When you up the fiber through plants, you're increasing the growth of more beneficial bacteria that provide anti-pathogenic and anti-inflammatory effects, as well as cardiovascular protection.

A plant-based diet is an effective way to not only support your gut microbiome, but also to maintain overall optimal health.

"Try adding some more chicory root, leeks, cabbage, chickpeas, lentils and beans to your diet because they are super high-fiber foods that also serve as prebiotics, which promote good bacteria in your gut," says Jenny Champion, RD, CPT.

3. Up Fermented Foods and Probiotics

Fermented foods are quite buzzy lately, and for good reason. These foods help strengthen your gut microbiome, according to Harvard Health Publishing. Using a tried-and-true method, fermented foods are preserved not only for a longer shelf life, but to boost nutritional value, too probiotics included.

Probiotics are specific strains of bacteria that add to the population of beneficial microbes in the gut, per the Mayo Clinic. If you see the words "naturally fermented" on food labels, you've found another gut-friendly food.

4. Dont Forget About Prebiotics

Many vegetables, whole grains and legumes contain prebiotics, which help the probiotics (aka good bacteria) flourish.

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Another way to maintain a healthy balance of gut bacteria is by helping the beneficial microbes that are already in your microbiome to grow.

Enter prebiotics, plant fibers that act like fertilizers to stimulate growth, according to the International Food Council Foundation. You can find prebiotics in high-fiber fruits, veggies, whole grains and legumes, i.e. whole foods containing complex carbs. Since your body can't fully digest those carbs, they become food for your gut bacteria.

5. Avoid Sugar Substitutes

Sure, artificial sweeteners can be an easy way to save some calories when battling the scale, but your gut can take a beating if you have too much. Not only do they cause gas and diarrhea, but sugar substitutes can increase blood sugar and weaken insulin response by changing the composition of gut microbiota, according to a January 2019 article in Advances in Nutrition.

"If you're trying to kick that artificial sweetener habit, snack on more fresh fruit," Champion says. "It's always a safe bet when you need a sweet treat that's also good for you."

6. Have All the Polyphenols

Dietary polyphenols are substances found in plants that help feed those beneficial gut microbes.

Coffee, tea, red wine, chocolate, fruits and vegetables are great ways to give your gut nice doses of polyphenols, per a February 2019 article in Food and Function.

"Most polyphenols are not absorbed in the small intestine or upper GI tract, and go down to the large intestine where they are broken down by bacteria," gastroenterologist Jacqueline Wolf, MD, tells

The products created as bacteria break down polyphenols may potentially have an effect on depression and other health conditions, she says. "There are studies showing that polyphenols can protect against chronic diseases such as cancers and cardiovascular diseases and have an impact on obesity."

7. Practice Good Oral Hygiene

The bacteria living in your mouth can migrate to your gut, altering your microbiome.

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Just like your gut, there are tons of bacteria living in your mouth. Oral bacteria involved in chronic gum infections can move down to the gut and alter the microbiota there, where they may play a role in certain metabolic disorders as well as some cancers, according to a March 2019 article in the Journal of Microbiology.

So, brush your teeth twice a day, floss, visit your dentist for cleanings and voice any concerns about your oral health: You'll be keeping more than your mouth healthy by doing so.

Getting more sleep is a on a lot of people's to-do lists, and for good reason. Yes, you're more alert and perform better with an adequate night's rest. But health problems can arise when you're not getting enough and can even possibly affect your gut, according to the Gastrointestinal Society.

"There's evidence from studies in irritable bowel syndrome that poor sleep is associated with increased abdominal pain the next day. This is supported by research in chronic pain, which suggests that sleep deprivation increases sensitivity to painful stimuli," says GI health psychologist Sarah Ballou, PhD.

"The activity of the digestive system depends on circadian cues so that, in general, the digestive system is less active at night," Ballou says. That means that when your circadian rhythm gets out of whack, it could lead to increased GI symptoms, she adds.

It's a well-known fact that exercise does wonders for you mentally and physically. And recent studies show its effects can even reach the tiny bacteria in your gut.

Working out can boost your amount of beneficial gut bacteria species, enrich your microbiota diversity and help in the development of new bacteria, according to a March 2017 article in Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity. Exercising seems to be particularly beneficial for bacteria that can contribute to reducing weight and easing some GI and metabolic disorders.

Aim for 150 minutes of moderate activity each week, per the Mayo Clinic.

10. Go Easy on the Drinks

Too much alcohol could cause an imbalance of bacteria within your gut, which can lead to unpleasant GI symptoms.

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Having a drink here and there is perfectly OK, but when "here and there" turns into "one too many" pretty often, you can cause chaos in your gut.

Alcohol promotes dysbiosis (when environmental factors disrupts bacterial imbalance) and bacterial overgrowth, which can lead to inflammation, per a 2017 article in Alcohol Research Current Reviews. Cancers, liver disease and neurological pathologies may also be aggravated.

"Alcohol (particularly red wine) in moderation can actually be good for gut health, but of course too much of a good thing isn't necessarily better," Champion says. "Excessive booze-drinking can cause gut inflammation, reduce healthy bacteria while increasing harmful bacteria and cause chronic bloating and constipation."

11. Avoid Unnecessary Antibiotics

Sometimes prescription antibiotics are warranted in order to kill a bacterial infection, but they can cause gut disturbances. That's because antibiotics also kill "good" gut bacteria along with the "bad" bugs making you sick, creating dysbiosis, according to a May 2019 article in the Chinese Medical Journal. Different antibiotics or their combinations will result in different changes to the microbiome.

"With a change in the gut flora, diarrhea can occur due to the imbalance of the bacteria," Dr. Wolf says. "Some antibiotics are more likely to result in the overgrowth of Clostridia difficile that can cause severe diarrhea and colitis. Clindamycin and ciprofloxacin are two antibiotics with a higher risk for C. difficile. These two antibiotics cause a marked loss of mucosal barrier and immune function in the gut."

If you're currently on antibiotics, it's generally a good idea to eat plenty of probiotic-rich foods to help restore good-for-you gut bacteria.

OK, easier said than done. But life stressors can significantly change your microbiome. Microbes can respond to hormones and neurotransmitters that are involved in your stress response, according to February 2017 article in Hormones and Behavior. This can change the composition of your gut bacteria but more research is required to fully understand how this actually occurs and the effects.

Nonetheless, cramps, constipation, diarrhea and changes in appetite can all occur due to stress-related changes in gut bacteria, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. And once you start dealing with one of these conditions, the condition itself can be a source of stress and anxiety, in turn worsening gut symptoms.

Breathing techniques, meditation, regular exercise and seeking out a mental health professional can all be helpful to try to lift some weight off your shoulders.

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COVID-19 & Caregiving among free August webinars to help Alzheimers caregivers – Estes Park Trail-Gazette

Adapting to the caregiving challenges posed by COVID-19 has been difficult for families living with or isolated from loved ones with Alzheimers disease. The Alzheimers Association will provide tips on how to adapt to the challenges posed by the coronavirus in a free webinar offered at no charge in August.

The COVID-19 & Caregiving webinar is one of a series of live, online programs offered by the Alzheimers Association during the month.

The Alzheimers Association provides a wide range of programs and services to the nearly 6 million people in the United States living with Alzheimers disease, including 76,000 in Colorado, as well as the more than 16 million loved ones across the country who serve as their unpaid caregivers.

The free webinars offered during the month of August include:

COVID-19 and Caregiving (Tips for caregivers who are caring for someone living with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic, whether that person is in the home, in a residential facility, or care providers are coming into the home.) 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3.

COVID-19 and Caregiving (in Spanish) 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24.Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimers (An interactive program where youll learn about important legal and financial issues to consider, how to put plans in place, and how to access legal and financial resources near you.) 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20.

The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimers Disease (Learn about the 10 common warning signs, what to watch for in yourself and others, typical age-related changes, the benefits of a diagnosis, early detection and more.) 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13; and 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27.

Dementia Conversations (Tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about going to the doctor, when to stop driving, and making legal/financial plans.) 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11; and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27.

Effective Communication Strategies (This workshop teaches caregivers to decode verbal and behavioral communication from someone with Alzheimers and other dementias. Develop strategies for having meaningful connection with people in differing stages of dementia.) 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6; and 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Understanding Alzheimers and Dementia (Learn about the impact of Alzheimers, the differences between Alzheimers and other forms of dementia, risk factors, current research, treatments to address some symptoms and more.) 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6; 2:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10; and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-related Behavior (Behavior is a powerful form of communication and one of the primary ways that people with dementia communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language declines. But these behaviors can be challenging for caregivers. Join us to learn how to decode behavioral messages and learn strategies to intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges.) noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5; 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12; and 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28.

Living with Alzheimers: for Younger-Onset Alzheimers (When someone under the age of 65 is diagnosed with Alzheimers disease, it can be a shock. A diagnosis of younger-onset Alzheimers raises questions about work, relationships and planning for the future. Join us for this series of programs that provide information and insight, and hear from others facing the disease as they discuss tips and strategies for living well with younger-onset Alzheimers.) 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5.

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research (Weve always known that the health of the brain and body are linked, but now science is able to provide insights into how we can optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age. Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.) 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 4; 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13; and 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17.

Like all programs and services of the Alzheimers Association, the webinars are offered at no charge, but registration is required. To register, click here or call the free Alzheimers Association Helpline at 800-272-3900.

To learn more about Alzheimers Association programs and services, go to or call the Associations free 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

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Living With Heart Failure: Risk Factors And Warning Signs – NDTV

Heart failure: Lack of energy and feeling of weakness could be warning signs

Heart failure also known as congestive heart failure is a chronic condition which occurs when the heart is unable to pump blood sufficiently to meet the metabolic demands of the tissues in the body. A weakened heart results in inadequate blood supply to the cells leading to fatigue, shortness of breath and other symptoms of heart failure. While heart failure can create challenges in daily routine activities such as walking, climbing stairs or carrying groceries, it can also be fatal in some cases and is a condition that often cannot be reversed. Heart failure develops over time as the heart's pumping action grows weaker the body tries to compensate for this with hormonal and other mechanisms initially and then the compensatory mechanisms fail and the patient decompensates with risk to life .

Heart failure is more common among the elderly though there is an increasing incidence of the condition among young adults as well, due to risk factors such as diabetes and hypertension which are on the rise and from viral infections causing inflammation of the heart muscle. The causes for heart failure include diabetes, valve disease, congenital heart disease, hypertension, heart attack or coronary artery disease, family history of the disease, an enlarged or infected heart. The warning signs comprise:

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Also read:Cardiovascular Diseases: Know What To Eat And Avoid For A Healthy Heart

The American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology (AHA/ACC) suggested a four stage classification for heart failure (Stages A, B, C and D)

Patients in stages A and B do not show any symptoms or signs of heart failure and are not diagnosed as having heart failure. Stage A is in patients who are at "high-risk" of developing heart failure due to presence of risk factors like diabetes or hypertension, without any structural heart disease. Stage B is patients having structural heart disease without any signs and symptoms of heart failure. These asymptomatic patients were included in heart failure to emphasise prevention of heart failure. Stage C would include patients who have symptomatic heart failure and Stage D would be patients who have refractory symptoms requiring advanced heart failure treatment.

Managing patients in Stage A would include lifestyle modifications like cessation of smoking, encouraging physical exercise, managing obesity and control of diabetes, hypertension, lipid abnormalities with long term medications and close follow up. Patients in Stage C will need to be treated by a cardiologist specialising in heart failure treatment and will need specific treatment for heart failure with medications and close monitoring to detect worsening early and to offer advanced heart failure therapy as they get to Stage D.

Also read:Diabetics, Here's How You Can Control Your Heart Disease Risk

Treatment of patients in stage C is a combination of measures undertaken in the previous two stages along with other procedures depending on the condition. These include taking a beta-blocker (medications for reducing blood pressure), other medications that slow the heart rate, restricted sodium and fluid intake, undergo implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) therapy or cardiac resynchronization (CRT) therapy

Once the patient gets to stage D, they will require one of the forms of advanced heart failure treatment either heart transplantation of implantation of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). Heart transplantation is considered the gold standard for treatment of advanced heart failure, due to shortage of donor hearts or sometimes if the patient is not a suitable candidate for a heart transplant due to not fitting into the stringent criteria for heart transplantation, they may be candidates for LVAD therapy as a bridge to transplantation or as destination therapy. Unlike heart transplantation, LVAD therapy can be done without any waiting period and those whose life is at risk while waiting for a heart will benefit immensely with this form of therapy. The survival after implantation of LVAD has steadily improved over the years and in the first two years the survival is quite similar to heart transplantation and as the technology improves further the long term outcomes are also likely to improve. Procedures such as LVADs have gained traction over the last few years due to limitations in undergoing a transplant and have become more technologically advanced and affordable over time and there have been nearly 35-40 LVADs implanted in India over the last two years.

Also read:Don't Ignore Heart Attack Symptoms While Travelling: Here's What You Must Know

(Dr Julius Punnen, Senior Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon Surgical Lead - Cardiothoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support, Narayana Hrudayalaya)

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