5 Ironclad Tips for Getting in Shape

The hardest part of getting in shape is simple when you boil it all the way down: it’s all about forming new habits. From eating the right portion sizes, to working out 3-4 days per week, once you write down the process and work towards the goal, you’ll find it easier than you imagined it to be.

The scheduling part is crucial, so it’s a good thing you start with this. It’s all about preparation; by shopping for healthy foods and buying yoga pants or custom athletic leggings, you make the idea tangible, and put yourself in a position for success.

You Fitness Schedule

This can consist of several things, all wrapped up into one – the important thing is that you actually make a schedule. By establishing a timeline, you hold yourself accountable. Signing up at the local gym is your best bet; but if you don’t have or want to spend the money, home workouts are just as good for getting you in shape.

Also, by teaming up with a buddy, you turn your fitness plans into an event and make it even more likely that you’ll stick to your workouts. The other person will go a long way into upping the accountability factor, as well. Another benefit to going to the gym is that the money you’re paying serves as an additional incentive.

Keep Your Workouts Simple to Start

3 Ways that stem cells can be used to treat disease

  1.     Repair damaged tissue. One of the most common ways that stem cell treatment is used in disease is in cancer patients. Most cancer patients undergo high dose chemotherapy and radiation. These treatments are very useful to decrease tumor size or burden. However, chemotherapeutic agents are also known to harm the patient’s existing bone marrow, which is responsible for making blood cells in the body. With the use of a stem cell transplant (or bone marrow transplant) doctors can replace the bone marrow or stem cells lost during chemotherapy treatment. Additionally, stem cells hold a great amount of potential to help cure or treat other diseases. Because stem cells could potentially be programmed into a specific, differentiated cell type, stem cells could be used to replace damaged cells in other types of diseases. Ongoing studies are being performed to determine if stem cells could replace damaged cells in heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and many others.
  2.     Reduce inflammation. Another useful property of stem cells is their ability to naturally suppress the immune response. This makes them potentially useful in the treatment of inflammatory diseases and clinical trials are being performed to study their effects in diseases such as arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, inflammatory airway disease, multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases. Inflammatory diseases are currently treated with immune suppressive, anti-inflammatory drugs, which only work temporarily to reduce pain and inflammation. They can also have adverse side effects due to non-specific inhibition of the immune system. The interesting thing about certain types of stem cells (mesenchymal stem cells, MSCs) is that they specially locate to the inflamed region of the body to exert anti-inflammatory effects without affecting the overall immune system. One recent study found that MSCs could produce significant reduction in inflammatory proteins without long-term side effects.
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5 ways to prepare your body for pregnancy

Preparing to get pregnant is a pivotal time in a woman’s life. There are often times unforeseen stresses that women have about getting pregnant and as time goes on these stressors increase. If you and your partner are preparing to have a baby in the next year or so, there are some things that you can do to prepare your body to be healthy enough to conceive and carry a child to full-term. This article will identify 5 ways in which you can prepare your body for pregnancy.

  1. Pay attention to your diet and if you consume fatty foods or foods with preservatives on a regular basis, it is a good idea to start to prepare and eat more nutritious meals. Remove unhealthy foods from your diet and be diligent about eating healthier. This will help your body rid itself of unnecessary food related toxins and clean itself up so that it is ready for baby.
  2. Visit your primary care doctor or OBGYN and have a conversation with him or her about your desire to have a baby and the timeline in which you hope to do so. Your doctor will most likely want to perform an examination to make sure that you are healthy on the inside. Some things your doctor will check for include sexually transmitted diseases as stds have a variety of symptoms, some that are even undetectable by common symptoms. The reason that this is important is that if you do have an STD, it could be passed on to the baby. Your doctor will also make sure that you are up to date on all vaccinations and will talk to you about going off of birth control and the process in which to do so.
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How to Ensure Healthcare Data Compliance

Those working in healthcare have to be fully aware of the ethics and data privacy legalities involved. Because so much is done digitally these days, it is easier for data to be hacked and this causes issues not only for patients, but for employers as well. The University of Cincinnati, along with its online MHA degree students, has created an infographic which explains how to ensure healthcare data compliance.


3 Steps to assisting a friend in need

If you have a friend who is undergoing a great deal of problems like addiction, depression and other things, you may be wondering how you can help him or her. If this is you, you will find this article very helpful. You see, people who undergo these kinds of problems usually isolate and shut themselves alone, out of reach from the outside world. And as time passes, with them rejecting everybody, things will just worsen and get out of hand. By reaching out your helping hand first, you will be able to greatly decrease the chances of this happening and instead be able to help your friend completely solve the problem or issue.


Here are the 3 steps that will help you and your friend address their problems and issues;


  •    Establish a sincere and open communication


The very first and most important step to helping your friend is by having a completely open and sincere talk. In this process, patience and understanding will be tested. Most people who are depressed or are suffering from addiction are actually very stubborn, they will refuse help and won’t admit that they need you. They will wear that mask for as long as possible and will inevitably fall into deeper problems. Therefore, you need to constantly approach your friend or loved one and make them feel that you are always there to listen. Try to understand that beneath that prideful and arrogant attitude is actually a very lonely and afraid person. Once you destroy those layers and barriers, the open communication will naturally come. Once you earn the trust and start talking with your friend, try to identify the root cause of the problems. You also need to learn and identify the triggers that cause their depression or addiction. Once you finally have these things, you can actively guide them in avoiding these causes and triggers and slowly convince them to undergo treatment.

3 Ways to Living a Healthier Lifestyle

Health threats are all around and the modern lifestyle is contributing to a dramatic increase in risk, prompting many to adopt life choices that preserve, protect and promote their health. Today’s health and wellness business is a multi-billion dollar industry proving the demand and need of people to shift to a healthier lifestyle.  Yet, amidst this limitless influx of science, information, and technology, many continue to agonize over unhealthy lifestyles, sedentary jobs, fast food, and other stuff that puts their health under threat. Many, knowing these things continue to procrastinate and make excuses as to why they are not on their way to a healthy lifestyle right now. Some may feel it hard to start and some are afraid to fail. Yet all of these can only be solved in actually acting on them.

By acting to improve your health through better lifestyle choices and habits, you gradually develop the momentum that can take you to your dream state. Again, you need to act first. For those who are clueless in where to start, here are 3 ways to live a healthier life starting within your very own home.

1.    Opting for Healthy Food Choices

You are what you eat, and if you want to be healthy, you need to start eating healthy. Take out food with massive preservatives out of your fridge, throw away junk foods, and stay away from fast food. Make healthy food choices by knowing what to eat and actually eating them. Substitute your pizzas with real cooked food. Do your own shopping and fill your fridge with fruits, vegetables, and many healthy choices. Drink less sodas and coffee, or keep them at the minimum. Water should be your main drink, make sure you drink enough in a day.

3 Surprising ways to help chronically ill patients

The following is a guest post, and the views reflect those of the author. Enjoy.

While marijuana remains a debated topic among many within the United States, many people who are chronically ill swear by the natural substance that helps them experience relief from pain associated by their illness. While studies typically focused on chronically ill patients, there have now been many studies conducted on those who experience autoimmune diseases. This article will explore some surprising effects that marijuana can have on ill patients.

  1. It is common to hear about cancer patients utilizing marijuana in pill form during the final stages of life to help manage pain. It is less common however to hear about patients who are diagnosed with other common ailments such as but not limited to asthma and Crohn’s disease. In fact, in a small study conducted in 2015, researches found that over a three month period, Crohn’s patients experienced less pain and diarrhea when inhaling cannabis on a regular basis than before. In some instances, patients even gained weight and made them happier.
  2. Other studies have found that there are even more surprising facts about cannabis use among those who suffer from Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, tourette’s, and glaucoma. In fact, cannabis has been found to slow the spreading of HIV/Aids and halts the long-term affects of Alzheimer’s. While patients who are typically given access to this product are in the late stages of life, there is no doubt that cannabis helps them cope, feel less pain, and experience a more relaxed state of being.
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3 healthcare epidemics that are on the rise in Ohio

Ohio, like much of the America, is struggling to combat a number of particular issues within the healthcare arena. Here are 3 healthcare epidemics that are currently on the rise in Ohio.

  1. Prescription medication abuse

Over the last few years, the number of people struggling with addiction to prescription drugs such as antidepressants or painkillers has skyrocketed and Ohio is no exception. Drugs such as vicodin, or oxycontin have been prescribed in record numbers leading to a spike in the number of people developing addictions to these drugs. These drugs often act as gateways to hard drugs and this has been one of the causes of Ohio’s serious opioid problem. But steps are now being taken to combat this issue.

On the 30th March 2017, Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced plans to limit prescriptions of narcotic painkillers to 7 days, down from 30 or even 90 days under the old law. This law will apply to doctors, dentists, or prescribing nurses. It is hoped that this step will help curb the epidemic of prescription drug abuse in Ohio.

  1. Diabetes

According to the Center for Disease Control (‘CDC’), Ohio is ranked 5th in state rankings for levels of diabetes in 2016. Last year, in the Greater Cincinnati area alone there were almost 300,000 people diagnosed with diabetes and in Ohio alone there are currently 850,000 people living with diabetes. This figure is set to rise year on year. With causal factors linked to obesity and lifestyle, diabetes is costing the Ohio people billions of dollars a year in missed work and health care fees. There are however, a number of charities currently working on education and lifestyle programs aimed at tackling the causes of this epidemic.