Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Gift Ideas For Your Special Someone This Love Month


Chocolate, flowers, candle light dinner or couple items are great, but sometimes it’s even better to gift your special person with something that is beneficial for his or her health. It may not be a common option but thinking about your partner’s health condition is showing love too, on a grander scale even, because you’re looking after his or her well-being.

So, on that note, here are some gift ideas that are guaranteed to be highly appreciated.


Massage
If you and your partner’s days recently have been stressful, going for a massage is a better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than watching a movie or going to typical lover’s destination. It will allow you both to relax but it’s still just as romantic. Professional massages can be an excellent and relaxing way to ease back pain. Since it’s for Valentine’s Day, consider getting a gift certificate for a couple’s massage. Massages can help with back pain by relieving the tension that often contributes to muscle spasms.


Most people who have an office job have a common complain—back pain, being uncomfortable all day, and being more and more tired by the day. Those complain boils down to the fact that they spend a great deal of time in an office chair. Moreover, most often than not, the chair they’re using do not have proper support for the lower back nor promote good posture. Sitting all day is already detrimental to one’s health and using a poorly designed chair for prolonged sitting is adding more stress to the structures in the spine. So if you’re feeling a bit more generous consider an ergonomic chair as your valentine day gift.  Just remember to look for features that maintain his posture without restricting his movement.

Lumbar Cushion
Sitting for extended period of time is not good for your back and your health; however, it has become unavoidable nowadays due to desk jobs, sedentary lifestyle, and even prolonged driving. If you know your special someone tend to spend a lot of time sitting for whatever reason, how about give him or her a lumbar cushion this coming hearts day? Designed to be used anywhere, lumbar cushions minimize stress on spine-supporting muscles and help the user maintain correct posture. Consider cushions made from memory foam, which is designed to naturally adjust to the user’s curves for added support.


Neck Support Products
Does your special someone complain about neck pain a lot? Do you notice him or her always massaging his or her neck area? Then take this coming Valentine’s Day to get him or her, a neck wedge. Neck wedges is a great tool that can help restore the neck curve, reduce pain, develop better posture and improved health. Neck wedges is a simple foam wedge that you can use like a pillow but unlike the typical pillow, this neck cushion focuses on the curve of your neck instead of your head. It is a comfortable orthotic device that is lightweight and easy to use. Skip the tradition Valentine’s gifts and consider this one because this could be the best gift for your loved one.


Even if you have never heard your partner complain about back pain or the like, book him or her, an appointment with a chiropractor you know and go together. The modern lifestyle nowadays takes a toll on the body especially if your partner sits all day at work. An appointment to a chiropractor can help with a lot of different health issues, especially when it comes to musculoskeletal system in which area chiropractors specializes in.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Top 5 Midnight Snacks You Can Eat Without The Guilt


Now that the holidays are over, you’re back to work and your fitness activities but you’re left with the food hungover and incessant desire to snack around midnight. However, since you’re probably trying to lose the pounds you gained over the holidays, snacking is probably one thing that you’re trying to avoid altogether.


Aside from that, when you’re trying to lose weight, it is believed that eating after 7 or 8pm can undermine weight loss efforts. The problem is if you had an early dinner, getting hungry around midnight is inevitable and sleeping with a grumbling stomach is never a good idea. If this is the case for you, here are some snack ideas that will curb your hunger without doing any harm provided that you don’t eat a whole bunch of them in one sitting.


1.      Greek Yogurt
There are a lot of different yogurts available but in this case you better stick with greek yogurt. Regular and sweetened yogurts usually contain artificial color and sweetener not to mention excess water and lactose. But with this, you’re getting your yogurt fix plus protein without too much sugar and calories.


2.      Dark Chocolate
If it’s chocolate that you always crave for when you want a snack, opting for dark ones is the way to go. They aren’t as loaded with sugar and calories but they’re just as good. Plus they’re rich in antioxidants, so it’s a win-win, though moderation is still key.


3.      Banana
When it comes to healthy snacks, bananas are truly a bargain. They're great sources of dietary fiber, minerals like potassium and magnesium, and a good source of other vitamins like vitamins A and C. aside from that, they lower blood pressure and reduces risk of cancer and asthma.


4.      Hummus
Hummus is a dip made up of chickpeas, olive oil, garlic and other ingredients. It is loaded with vitamins and minerals. It is an excellent source of fiber and helps in better functioning of the digestive system. One feels full and satisfied after having it.


5.      Cheese And Crackers
Now don’t get too excited, when we say cheese and crackers we mean the whole wheat crackers and low fat cheese. This way you still get to enjoy the taste of this delicious pair without the guilt that comes with the regular option of these two.


Working out is surely important to shed some extra kilos that you’ve accumulated from the holiday feast but try not to overwhelm yourself by restricting your diet too much. Don’t be afraid to eat when you’re hungry; just make sure you choose what you eat well. There are always healthier options of the foods you like to indulge in.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Why Boyfriend Jeans Should Be Included In Your Staple Wardrobe Items

Why Boyfriend Jeans Should Be Included In Your Staple Wardrobe Items

Some people like to go on a shopping haul at the beginning of the year to freshen up their wardrobe. If your staple bottoms are skinny jeans, you should consider adding some boyfriend jeans in there.  Why? Well, here are the reasons why you’d be glad you gave boyfriend jeans a chance in your wardrobe.


It’s Comfortable And Yet Still Fashionable
Skinny jeans make your legs look great. However, the snug feeling that they give you and, admittedly, some  people like when it comes to their jeans, is also compressing the nerves that run along the outside of your thigh. This can cause Tingling Thigh Syndrome. Not to mention that this also changes the way you walk because of it being restrictive. As a result, you’re putting undue pressure on your joints and ligaments, especially the hips and knees, decrease their ‘shock absorption’ capabilities as you walk and easily lead to unintentional injury.


Though chiropractic care can help you with these issues, it’s still best that you don’t wear skinny jeans all the time to prevent injuries from happening. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to compromise comfort to look good all the time. Boyfriend jeans can make you look chic, casual, or edgy without restricting your movement.



It’s The Only Distressed Thing That Looks Good
Most of the time, distressed things is a pain to look at but distressed boyfriend jeans seems to be an exemption to that. When it comes to this article of clothing, a few more holes makes it look even better. No wonder some people try to rip their jeans intentionally.



You Can Dress It Up Or Down Depending On Your Mood
Just because it’s a loose fitting jeans doesn’t mean you’re stuck with the laid-back look. You can easily dress it up just by opting for a dressier top layered with a structured blazer and finished off with killer heels.



The More You Wear It, The More It Grows On You
At first, boyfriend jeans may feel off especially if you’re used to wearing skinny jeans. But as you wear it again and again you’ll see how it feels way better. It’s easy to fall in love with it since it’s not squeezing your legs and constantly making you feel stiff.



It Won’t Suck You In Like A Skinny Jeans But It’s Still A Great Fit
Skinny jeans may be the way to go if you want to achieve a sharp look, but apart from that boyfriend jeans rocks just as good.



It Won’t Go Out Of Style
It’s been here for a long time and is not likely to go anywhere. Not when more and more women are becoming obsessed with it.



It’s Hard To Find One That Fits Well But When You Do, You’ll Be The Envy Of Many
Looking for a pair that won’t make you look sloppy is hard. Sometimes it’s way too loose, has too much holes, or the wash looks too worn out. But when you do come across a pair that’s just look good on you, you’d want to wear it every day and your friends would want to steal it from you.


Thursday, 4 January 2018

7 Benefits Of Jojoba Oil Which You Probably Didn’t Know

7 Benefits Of Jojoba Oil Which You Probably Didn’t Know

You probably know by now that ayurvedic oils are great for nourishing and maintaining healthy skin and hair. Jojoba oil, for that matter, is one of the popular oils that are often used for hair care. Jojoba oil being the closest in construction to the human sebum is a natural replacement for it. When the body is unable to produce enough sebum to protect against harsh external elements, jojoba oil can be the perfect skincare solution.


1.      Retains Moisture
Jojoba oil helps moisturize the skin, without clogging the pores, allowing for a healthy skin type. Aside from that, it also fights off bacteria build up in your pores which tends to develop into blackheads and acne.



2.      For Soft Lips
Instead of buying lip balms or chapsticks, why not use jojoba oil to moisturize your lips? It’s a natural way to keep your lips from being dry and from cracking.



3.      A Natural Sunscreen
It has always been drilled to us that we must splatter sunscreen all over our body if we want to prevent the damaging effects of sunlight. However, did you know that chemical sunscreens that have the potential to greatly increase skin cancer risk and reduce Vitamin D production in the name of avoiding skin cancer, and increase our risk of more widespread diseases related to Vitamin D deficiency? A good natural alternative for that would be jojoba oil.



4.      Treats Skin Burns
There are times that despite your efforts to prevent getting burned while enjoying the beach, it still happens. When that happens, you wouldn’t want to apply lotion or any other chemical cream for that since your skin is already sensitive from the burn. But Jojoba soothes any burnt skin by going deeper into the tissues and healing them. It can even reduce skin burn that often happens after shaving.



5.      Good For Your Hair
Jojoba oil helps strengthen hair follicles on the scalp causing hair to grow stronger and healthier. The presence of Vitamin E & B conditions the hair shaft making the hair shinier, adding volume and density. The stronger hair shaft prevents hair breakage due to drying wet hair everyday. Head massages with jojoba oil help to also condition the scalp which removes scalp dryness. Thus avoiding dandruff and itching.



6.      Great Makeup Remover
Makeup is great, but we gotta admit that removing it after a long day can be pain especially since most makeup remover in the market stings which is especially true around the eye area. Since giving up makeup would be completely unrealistic, why not look for a makeup remover that is just as effective minus the burning effect that often comes with chemical ones? Jojoba oil is a great alternative! Even the most stubborn eye makeup glides right off with this.



7.      Pain Relief
Did you know that essential oils can help relieve different kinds of pain naturally? Well, jojoba oil is one of the carrier oils that are often used for therapeutic purposes. To blend your essential oils into a synergy, you only need to use a few drops of essential oil. The dosage varies, but the standard practice is to add 4 to 10 drops of essential oil to every tablespoon of your carrier oil.

Essential oils whether they are purchased as pure oil and prepared at home or in therapeutic products are particularly useful in the management of chronic pain as in the case of arthritis and sciatica. Essential oils have been proven to be a great addition to any pain management program. So don’t knock it until you try it!


Isn’t amazing how much jojoba oil can do for you? Sometimes, all you really need is take a moment to assess the hair and skin issues you’re dealing with and think that maybe you have to reconsider what you apply to them. With that said, start looking for an alternative. It may not be jojoba oil for you but you’d be surprised that there are a lot of natural ingredients that can actually replace all your chemical ones. And when you find a natural alternative that works for you, stick to it!

Monday, 9 October 2017

What To Eat When Trying To Lose Weight

What To Eat When Trying To Lose Weight

When people try to shed pounds, the automatic action is to restrict certain foods in their diets. But this mindset only makes your body feel deprived which will only result to relapse in your diet in the long run. Why not think about the foods that you can eat that can give your body what it really needs while helping it lose weight?


✔ Watermelon
If you have sweet tooth, instead of grabbing artificial sweets, opt for a juicy fruit like watermelon. It will serve the same purpose and provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties at the same time.


✔ Cucumber
We know cucumber has high water content which gives the feeling of fullness but won’t pack on pounds because it’s a low-calorie food. Plus it has vitamin K that helps with blood clotting.


✔ Apples
The saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” couldn’t be truer. This fruit is packed on fiber that helps slow down body’s breakdown of carbohydrates and absorption of sugar. As a result it helps control blood sugar. Aside from that, it’s great for those who suffer constipation as it promotes movement of material through digestive system.  


✔ Berries
It’s high in fiber and rich in antioxidants. Aside from that, it has low glycaemic index which is known for preventing blood sugar level from spiking and crashing.


✔ Vegetables
Most veggies have high water content while some have high fiber content. Both of these are good when trying to drop pounds since it helps you feel full longer and helps cleanse your digestive system.


✔ Tomatoes
This fruit also help your satiety because of its high water content. It comes with vitamins A, C, and antioxidant lycopene that is not only good for the heart but also lessen risks of some cancers.


✔ Green Tea
Instead of coffee, why not reach for a cup of green tea? It’s not only calories-free, but is also full of antioxidants, improves cardiovascular health, decreases inflammation, and controls hunger pangs while hydrating your system.


✔ Celery
Do you know why models snack on celery? That’s because it’s a vegetable that reduces bad cholesterol, it contains “good” salts, which is organic, natural, and essential to health unlike table salt that retains water in your body, has diuretic and cleansing properties, and only contains 10% calories!


✔ Grapefruit
By including even just a half of grapefruit in your breakfast, you’ll be able to keep hunger pangs at bay which means you won’t feel the need to snack in the middle of the morning.


✔ Kale
No, the hype about Kale is not over-rated. It actually helps your lose weight! How? Well, it has low calorie content, it suppresses your hunger, and it is a nutrient-dense food, which means your body gets the energy that it needs without negative effects like eating fried foods.


It’s important that to be healthy, you must focus on getting fit not just becoming thin. So instead of constantly trying to depriving your body of foods, try focusing on providing necessary nutrients for your body. Aside from that, it’s also possible that the reason why you’re not losing weight is because you think that you only have to do one thing to make it happen which is go on a diet. What you may not realize is that losing weight and keeping that weight off relies on maintaining as healthy lifestyle. This is why chiropractic care aims to treat the body on a holistic level, meaning its goal is to not only provide immediate relief from issues such as back pain, but to help the body heal and manage itself from the inside out, so it's less likely to face other health issues such as weight gain.

Chiropractors in Singapore now incorporate weight loss, nutrition, and exercise counseling into their treatments because losing weight won't just reduce back pain and other musculoskeletal symptoms, it will slash your risk of a number of medical conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. So remember, it’s not just about the numbers you see on the scales so don’t just aim to be thin, you should instead work towards improving your overall health and you’ll see how everything just falls into place including your weight.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

5 Tips From Top Trainers To Quickly Improve Your Athletic Performance

5 Tips From Top Trainers To Quickly Improve Your Athletic Performance

Whether you work out for fun or to stay fit and healthy, you must want to up your game in some way or another. To do that, here are some tips to take your fitness to the next level which can help you Build muscle, gain speed, and improve agility.


1.      Relax And Release
Massage from a therapist or self-massage AKA self-myofascial release (SMR) with foam rollers, massage sticks and even baseballs can reduce muscle stiffness, promote circulation and induce a state of relaxation in the muscle, although research has been equivocal. It might be painful during, but SMR can be performed the night of a hard workout to remove scar tissue, adhesions in the muscle and restrictions in the fascia (a type of connective tissue that wraps around the whole body).
2.      Activate Your Muscles
Warm Up is just as important as the workout itself. So, just as you need to complete an exercise to the last count, you need to do the same to your workout. Don’t cut it short thinking you’ll get the same benefits in the actual exercise. Know that your body can’t go from 0 intensity and blast into 10; you have to ease into it. And you do that by warming up for at least 15 minutes before going right into your work sets. If you do this, you’ll notice that you’re more flexible and you don’t feel as strained to exercise. Bands do wonders for your body. Muscles contract and react to the band’s resistance, which gives you the ability to stabilize joints.


3.      Sleep
Aside from not being able to train at your best, lack of sleep inhibits your body’s ability to store glycogen, increases your body’s level of cortisol, and create damage in your growth hormones. All of these affect muscle growth. Getting enough sleep allows your body to repair muscles and keep your hormone levels up. So basically, sleeping is your body’s way of going into repair mode. Therefore, as you become renewed when you wake up, you are able to train harder and better.


4.      Keep Yourself Hydrated
When trying to work on a goal body, people tend to focus a lot on their workout routine and diet plan, so much that they miss out on hydration. You need to keep yourself hydrated not only because it helps you from feeling overheated but also because drinking water helps regain energy and because your body needs liquid to avoid your muscles from drying out which can affect your muscle growth.


5.      Opt For Active Recovery
Not giving your body time off from training can over exhaust your muscles, especially if you always do high intensity workouts, and lead to plateau. But if the idea of idling around doesn’t sit well with you either, better incorporate low-intensity exercises like walking and swimming in between your regular high-intensity ones. This way, you get to stay active without overdoing it.


If you are going to take the time to exercise, then you probably want to get the most out of the time you are in the gym. It’s important to remember that to achieve this it doesn’t just mean going to the gym is enough, it also mean you should be doing it right.


One way that people are finding to be beneficial for getting the most of their fitness routine is through chiropractic care. That’s because it helps reduce the pain by keeping your spine in alignment, opens your range of motion since properly aligned spine allows the joints and other areas of the body to work more efficiently, and strengthens bones and muscles because when your back is aligned that’s less stress and extra work for your bones, muscles, and joints which results to them being able to do their job better.


Having said those, it would be a smart move to seek chiropractic care every after exercising especially in a tropical country like Singapore. This way you’re not just maximizing your effort and results in working out but you can also avoid getting injured while doing so. You may be able to get your health in tip top shape and gain the maximum benefits from your exercise routine with the help of chiropractors in Singapore as well as set you up for long term health and wellness.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Causes Of Lower Back Pain And Chiropractic Care


Hectic work schedule, chaotic family life, crazy partying, trying to look perfect in social media. Nowadays, the demands of modern living can really take a toll on your health, no wonder most people are complaining about lower back pain.         
   
However, while the stress of daily living can no doubt bring all sorts of pain to your body, sometimes low back pains are also due to health conditions. Here are some most common causes of low back pain.


Subluxations


Also known as misalignments. This means some vertebrae in the spine are not in their normal position. Unless these subluxations gets corrected or adjusted by a chiropractor, it will continually cause pain. Aside from pain, misalignments can also lead to systematic dysfunction and disease.


Disc Herniation


This condition may not show symptoms like lower back pain. However, it may bring intense and debilitating pain in other parts of your body. What’s worst is that it doesn’t heal completely but you can prevent it from deteriorating further by seeking regular chiropractic care.  


Sprain, Strain, And Spasm


If you’re the type of person who has little to no physical activity during weekdays, then tries to do extreme ones during the weekends, you’ve probably experienced this already. Overworking your muscles and ligaments leads to small tears in the tissues and cause sprain, strain, or spasm. Consult a Chiropractor here in Singapore for early detection and treatment.


Stress


As mentioned above, with the modern lifestyle majority of us have nowadays, stress will be a part of your life too. While a little stress is a good motivation, too much of it can lead to muscles becoming weak, sore, and loaded with trigger points which often materialize as low back pain. If this is your case, knowing how to take a break is often the key. If there’s no sign of improvement, time to consult a professional.


Chiropractic Care


Chiropractors in Singapore are aware how fast-paced life is in the Lion City which often results to people suffering from low back pain. But through spinal manipulation, the pain can be relieved, it also gets to the root cause of the problem, and prevents it from coming back. Therefore, you longer have to live with pain relying on painkillers that just numbs the pain without actually treating the problem itself.