Wheat and Gluten – Have You Ever Wondered What’s the Difference?

Some people suffer from allergies and intolerances to wheat and/or gluten. These allergies and intolerances can cause symptoms that are fairly mild to life threatening.  What is the difference between wheat and gluten?

It seems that sometimes the words are used almost interchangeably in ingredient lists and conversations about what ails us, but there is, in fact, a difference!

  • Wheat is a grain. We all know that. Gluten is the sticky protein that is found in wheat and other grains such as barley, rye, malt, and – to some extent – oats. Wheat and gluten are related – they come together in a package.
  • Gluten is what binds the dough in breads and baked goods. So if wheat and gluten are not the same thing, but are so closely related, is it possible to have an allergy or intolerance to one and not the other?

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Here’s A Guide To Pain Management

For many people, pain is a chronic condition – or at least one that occurs frequently enough that they feel they have to seek out on-going relief for it when it rears its ugly head.

There is no one size fits all pain management tool. Everyone is different in terms of what we find effective. You have to find a tool that’s right for you – and that means understanding all of your options as well as taking precautions for safety purposes.

Understand that with long-term pain management, you might have to switch things up over time. Sometimes, with pain, a certain treatment will become less effective and you’ll need to give your body a break and try something different.

One thing you need to know as you navigate this journey is that you’re certainly not alone. The American Academy of Pain Management offers statistics that more than 50 million Americans have chronic pain. It hinders your ability to work.arthritis pain


Tips For Relieving Arthritis Pain

If you’re having recurring arthritis pain, you already know how severe it can be. You also know how much you struggle to find solace from all of the pain. This disease has yet to have a formal cure, but luckily, there are some tips that can help you achieve some much needed arthritis pain relief.

A great form of pain relief that will warm you right up is moist heat. You can buy hot packs and heating pads for around $10 – $30. You could also make a homemade heating pad – they both work in the same way.

Get yourself a towel!  What you want to do with the towel is dampen it with warm water. Then you can do one of two things: you can either heat it up in your microwave from 10 seconds to a minute (depending on the wattage of your microwave) or heat it in an oven. Continue reading “Tips For Relieving Arthritis Pain” »


Have You Ever Wondered How you Can Naturally Lower LDL Cholesterol

One thing you should do is have blood tests done on a regular basis to keep a watch on your cholesterol readings. You especially want to know what your LDL cholesterol is, since it’s considered the bad cholesterol – the one that can gang up on your heart and lead you to have a heart attack.

No need to automatically have to reach for a pill to get your levels down to an optimal reading. Your doctor should always suggest both diet and exercise as the first line of defense in fighting back against numbers that are too high. The first step to follow is always to change your diet.

You might be surprised at some of the foods you need to add to your diet that can naturally help bring your cholesterol under control. Eating nuts (especially almonds or peanuts) can lower your cholesterol. But be careful that you don’t overdo it. Continue reading “Have You Ever Wondered How you Can Naturally Lower LDL Cholesterol” »


Let’s Talk About Losing Belly Fat

Are you frustrated when you put on a bathing suit and see the belly fat around your middle? Do you see a lumpy, bumpy silhouette when you put on a new dress? When you look in the mirror, do you see a spare tire hanging over your belt? If this sounds familiar, you may be ready to lose belly fat.

Here are a few questions to decide if you’re ready to take the steps you need to lose belly fat. First, how do you feel about your situation? Are you frustrated by your body? What are the reasons you want to lose belly fat? Is it so you can wear a bikini this summer? Is it to make your clothes feel better?

Have you been thinking about how to lose belly fat for some time, it’s time to take the next step. You’ll need to gather as much information as you can so that you can make a plan. There are many sources of information including books, the internet, weight loss centers, and information from friends and family members. Continue reading “Let’s Talk About Losing Belly Fat” »


Do You Know The Health Benefits of Tea

Did you know that tea started its debut in the medicinal world in the ancient times of China and Japan. Tea was popular – not only for the delightful taste it offered – but for offering health benefits as well.

It was commonly used for ailments such as headaches, depression-like symptoms, boosting energy for those who were fatigued, and even to aid in improving eyesight.

As legend has it, an emperor was presented with a cup of hot water that had turned brown from a leaf that had dropped into a pot of boiling water. Continue reading “Do You Know The Health Benefits of Tea” »


Headache Pain, Get Control of Your Life Again!

Headache pain is often so bad that you miss work, and miss out on activities that make up our life. But there are ways to deal with headache pain so that you can live your life and enjoy it. It helps to determine what kind of headache pain you have first. Headaches differ and shouldn’t be treated as all the same.

When you have pain above your eyes, under your eyes, or above your teeth, you may be suffering from sinus headache. This is a headache that occurs when your sinuses become congested and begin to develop pressure. This pressure can often be very painful. When you apply external pressure to your forehead or other areas of your face, you may feel some relief. Continue reading “Headache Pain, Get Control of Your Life Again!” »


Exercising The Belly! Let’s Get Slimmed Down

Most people want to slim his or her midsection, but nobody knows what belly fat exercises really help you to do it. Other than the food we eat, there are many ways to help you toss out that spare tire you seemingly can’t get rid of.

One of the best fat busting exercise to do in order to help you slim down is belly dancing. It is useful for burning fat but also extremely fun to do. In one belly dancing workout session alone, you can burn up to 500 calories! Make sure to keep hydrated throughout the entire workout.

Here’s my favorite! A great belly busting workout is swimming. Swimming is great during the summer months – especially because it not only keeps you hydrated, but also lets you do many exercises without having the weight of your body keeping you down. Continue reading “Exercising The Belly! Let’s Get Slimmed Down” »


Friday Health Tips!

 

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5 Ways To Improve Posture When Sitting At A Desk

 

Most folks know that our posture is very important for the future health of our backs, but when you work at an office every day, it is quite easy to fall into bad habits.  Here are five quick fixes for improving posture when you sit at a desk.

  •  1) Support Your Lower Back

You can reduce the strain on your back with lower back support. Meaning you should use an adjustable chair so that you can find the perfect height and tilt to support your lower back. If you can’t immediately get your hands on a better chair, use a cushion to increase support in that area.

  •  2) Change the Position of Your Screen

Think about adjusting  your computer screen so that the top is basically level with your eyes. This will help you naturally sit better as you look at the screen throughout the day. It also helps to make sure that there is no glare or reflection on the screen so that you don’t have to strain to see it. Continue reading “Friday Health Tips!” »