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There is no two ways about it – stress is a common part of life. Even the calmest among us experiences overwhelming stress at some point or another. Although it may not be pleasant, feeling stressed lets us know when we need to take a step back and relax a little bit. A little bit of stress is normal, but too much can have serious physical and mental ramifications. Studies have proven that stress can actually manifest itself physically, leading to serious diseases and other complications.1
There is no doubt that stress takes its toll on the lives of people from all walks of life. Not only does stress cause diseases and mental issues,2 but it can also worsen preexisting conditions. Many people overlook just how important it is to just take some time to relax when necessary. Simple daily activities like reading a book, taking a walk, or just doing anything that makes you happy, are not just pleasurable; they are necessary for your health!
For concentrated stress relief and relaxation, many people use products that have been created specifically for that purpose. Sometimes it just is not practical to go for a jog or get a massage. A simple product like a stress ball can actually have very real health benefits. On those tough days at the office, you may be surprised how just sitting back and taking out your aggression squeezing a ball can help to alleviate the pressure in the mind.
One common cause of stress that is often overlooked is a poor night’s sleep. In order to function at maximum capacity, it is essential that you are getting the right amount of sleep.3 Tossing and turning all night will make it much more difficult to have a stress-free day. There is nothing worse than having an important task to do, but not being able to focus because you are tired. Using sleep aids may be helpful in some situations. Also using a pillow that has proper neck support can be quite effective as well.4
Sometimes, the best way to unwind is with a nice massage. Massage therapy has been proven to have many health benefits, for the body and the mind. Of course, it may not always be practical to go see a massage therapist during the day, which is why many people use chairs with built in massagers, foot massagers, or even simple hand-held devices that can be used to administer a quick self-massage.
The bottom line is that you deserve to enjoy a life with as little stress as possible. Everyone is different and what works for one, may not be ideal for another. It is up to you to find what helps you to reduce stress, and then make that a part of your daily routine.
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1 – http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/effects-of-stress-on-your-body
2 – http://learnmem.cshlp.org/content/15/8/551.short
3 – http://www.forbes.com/sites/melaniehaiken/2012/07/05/how-stress-and-sleep-loss-are-shortening-your-life/
4 – http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/sleep/pillow-support-and-comfort
Incontinence is a common problem that affects people of all age groups and genders. It occurs more frequently in women, but there are certainly men that experience this issue as well. It is estimated that 75% of people with incontinence are female. Of course, men and women respond to urinary incontinence differently. Knowing how to reduce the frequency of urinary incontinence is an important step for anyone, male or female.
For men, urinary incontinence is often caused by an enlarged prostate or prostate surgery. An enlarged prostate can block the urethra, which can lead to overflow incontinence.1 However, that is definitely not the only cause of urinary incontinence. There are plenty of other sources, including obesity, physical trauma, Parkinson’s disease, and many more. Determining the cause of the urinary incontinence is an important step for finding a solution.
Although men and women share many of the same triggers for urinary incontinence, the difference in anatomy can certainly play a role as well. For example, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause are common causes of urinary incontinence.2 Some women are able to successfully eliminate incontinence by employing kegel exercises and bladder retraining techniques. Sticking to a rigid urination cycle can be helpful as well. Going to the bathroom at the same times every day helps to train the bladder to hold in urine if necessary.3
Although it is not always possible to stop incontinence entirely, there are lifestyle changes that can be made to reduce it. Often some basic diet changes and increased exercise will do wonders. Drinking plenty of water is an important step as well. Although it may seem counter-productive, staying hydrated will keep the bladder healthier.4
Managing incontinence is a multifaceted process that may require some specially designed products. Of course, nobody wants to have an embarrassing accident, especially in a public place. That is why people who are experiencing incontinence will usually wear some sort of protective layer so that accidents will be discreet and easy to clean. Disposable undergarments are available for men and women. These will help to absorb the urine, protect the clothing, and keep the wearer’s dignity intact.
Of course urinary incontinence is not ideal, but it is important to remember that many people, men and women of all ages from all walks of life, experience incontinence every day. Although it may be difficult or frustrating at times, there are ways to keep it discreet and sanitary. With the right incontinence products, a person can usually live a normal life.
For more than 15 years, AllegroMedical.com has been the leading online distributor of home health and wellness products. Rely on Allegro Medical for all of your incontinence and other health supplies.
(1) – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/31/male-incontinence_n_913368.html
(2) – http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/uiwomen/
(3) – http://www.webmd.com/urinary-incontinence-oab/features/tips-for-coping-day-to-day-with-urinary-incontinence
(4) – http://voices.yahoo.com/control-incontinence-exercises-natural-treatments-67432.html
According to SFGate.com, StemCells Inc. received approval to start experimenting with stem cells on people with spinal cord injuries.
The goal of the research is not for the people to suddenly be cured, but to achieve any improvement in daily living activities. Feeling in certain parts of the body or having the urge to go to the bathroom would be big wins for a person with a spinal cord injury.
Just as Christopher Reeves did before his death, many people with spinal cord injuries have been calling for more research on the treatment of spinal cord injury by stem cells. It has been a very slow process, and one that the FDA had previously slowed.
Geron tried a similar trial in 2010 but stopped the trial to focus on cancer research. There were no serious side effects but also no improvements in the patient’s neurological condition.  It has been announced that BioTime bought the stem cell work from Geron and would begin the trials again, but has not started yet.
Perhaps if these two companies can show progress on a cure for spinal cord injury more time and money will be spent towards the field.
Allegro Medical has served those with spinal cord injuries for more than 10 years. Rely on AllegroMedical.com for a wide variety of home health and wellness products.
If you or a loved one is in a wheelchair, you understand the need for storage on the go. Having a safe, secure, and handy place to keep your keys, wallet, and other personal belongings is not just a matter of convenience but necessity. Fortunately, a number of solutions and products are available that can be stylish as well as practical.
Allegro Medical has a large variety of ways for you to store your belongings. Check out the Mobility Style Bag. It can hang on the back or the side of your chair.
It is fully lined with plenty of pockets inside as well as four pockets on the outside. It has a key ring inside to secure your car and house keys and is available in nine colors.
Another favorite is the Seat Pouch. It goes right under your seat and between your legs for convenience and safety. This straps right onto your leg rests and is big enough to carry a large wallet and cell phone.
The Quickie Backpack can carry a large amount of your stuff and fits on the back of most chairs.
We also have specialized bags like the Oxygen Cylinder Holder, that fit right on
the back of the chair and safely carries your oxygen with you.
Don’t forget your beverage! The Ableware Wheelchair Cup Holder clamps onto any wheelchair and will hold a glass, can, or bottle.
Since 1997, Allegro Medical has provided home health and wellness supplies, equipment, and aids for daily living at reasonable prices. Rely on AllegroMedical.com for all your wheelchair accessories and medical supplies.
One of the top selling items on AllegroMedical.com is the Magic Bullet Suppository. Many similar products out on the market are oil based, but the Magic Bullet is a water soluble bisacodyl made from Polyethylene Glycol. This seemingly minor yet important change in the product makeup has a significant impact on bowel stimulation. Anyone who has ever had to use laxatives, especially those with spinal cord injuries (SPI), knows that time is of the essence.
Here is the science: The oil in an oil-based laxative must melt before the bisacodyl can start working. In a water-based product, like the Magic Bullet, the laxative begins working within minutes. The medicine is activated by the body’s own moisture shortly after the product is inserted.
The chemical makeup of bisacodyl consists of 3 benzene rings with hydroxyl groups. Therefore, it has been suggested these rings allow a water soluble laxative to achieve quicker dispersion and greater potency of the medicine on moist mucosal membranes1.
When administered rectally in a water based solution, bisacodyl acts within three minutes to stimulate bowels. Oil based solutions often require an extended waiting period to begin working and can cause mucous irritation1.
In a clinical study comparing the oil based products to the water based product, the following findings were reported1:
- In 26 discrete subjects, those with the water based product reported an average activation period between of 10-16 minutes while those with the oil based reported 37- 43 minutes.
Still not convinced? Check out our customer reviews. Most have been using the Magic Bullet for years, rave how fast it works, and would recommend this product to a friend.
For more than 15 years, AllegroMedical.com has been the leading online distributor of home health and wellness products. Rely on Allegro Medical for all of your laxative, suppository, and other health and wellness supplies.
Wheelchair cushions are designed for both user comfort and for the prevention of pressure sores. Wheelchair users that do not have feeling in their bottoms must shift their weight often to prevent pressure sores. One possible contributor to pressure sores can be the inhibition of blood flow to the skin. In a wheelchair, this is most likely to happen where the pelvic bone is close to the skin. Typically, that happens when you sit in the same position for long periods of time. Conversely, skin injuries can also occur by frequent moving which may cause friction and tearing of the skin. A good cushion can help eliminate some of the pressure and friction as well.
Several very inexpensive foam cushions are on the market that can be used for comfort. These are mostly for the elderly or users that have feeling below the waist. They help a little, but not much in the prevention of pressure sores. When you push your hand into foam it will spring back to shape after removing your hand. This rebound effect is what you would like to avoid when trying to prevent pressure sores. Instead, consider higher quality gel or air cushions.
Gel cushions are better at distributing the weight and spreading the pressure across your pelvis. The Jay 2 is a perfect example. When you press your hand into the gel of the Jay 2, the gel shows your hand imprint. Similarly, it conforms to your body and doesn’t push back into your skin. The gel moves with you, reducing friction against the skin.
Air is another great way to prevent pressure sores. The Roho Low Profile cushion is made of hundreds of interconnected air cells.
When you push your hand into one part of the cushion, the air moves to the cells around it and doesn’t push back into your hand. The air fills all the nooks and crannies of your pelvis, distributing your weight evenly.
Choosing between air and gel is a personal preference. The gel cushion always feels a little more stable to me, but there is nothing like sitting on air. Both are excellent at wound prevention and range in price from $100 to under $300.
Please always consult with your doctor to choose the cushion that is best for you. With one of the broadest selections on the web for health and wellness products, you can always rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your personal care and special condition needs.
Who said eating healthy to control diabetes had to be a tasteless sacrifice? Today, diabetic recipes abound that are just as delicious as their high-fat and sugar counterparts. It’s simply a matter of understanding the foods to include and those to eliminate.
A healthy eating plan incorporating fiber-rich foods, healthy carbohydrates, heart healthy fish and ‘good’ fats can help diabetics control blood sugar.
- Fiber-rich foods include dietary fibers that are not absorbed during the digestive process. Examples are vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, peas, and whole-wheat flour
- Healthy carbohydrates come from fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans, peas and low-fat dairy rather than processed sugars or grains, such as rolls, breads, pastries.
- Heart friendly fish can range from low-fat fish to fish that are high in fat but “healthy fats” such as Omega-3. For example, cod, tuna and halibut are low total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. Conversely, salmon, mackeral and herring, while higher in fat, actually lower triglyceride levels because they are high in omega-3 fatty acids.1
Keeping a log of what you eat is a great way to see how different meals impact your blood glucose level. The OneTouch Logbook available at AllegroMedical.com is one of the more popular items for that purpose. It’s easy to monitor blood glucose levels with quick testing tools such as the OneTouch UltraMini Glucometer System.
Remember, controlling your diabetes through diet doesn’t have to be boring. Enjoy these recipes for a meal that’s big on flavor and still glycemic friendly.
Fruit Salad with Vanilla Yogurt2
1 (16 ounce) package fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
1 large peach, pitted and cut into bite-size pieces
2 plums, pitted and cut into bite-size pieces
2 kiwi fruit, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
1 cup dark sweet cherries, pitted and halved
1 cup honeydew melon balls or cubes
1 cup cantaloupe balls or cubes
1 cup cubed fresh pineapple
1 cup grapes
2 (16 ounce) containers low-fat vanilla yogurt
In a large salad bowl, lightly mix together the strawberries, peach, plums, kiwi fruit, cherries, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, pineapple, and grapes until the fruit is well mixed. Serve in bowls with yogurt spooned over the top.
Original recipe makes 12 servings
Chicken with Peach and Melon Salsa3
1 (15-ounce) can peach halves, drained and rinsed
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 teaspoons Jamaican Jerk seasoning
1 cup pre-cut melon medley, diced
1 tablespoon diced pimientos
1 tablespoon freshly chopped cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.
Place peaches halves on grill pan and grill 2 to 3 minutes per side. Set aside to cool and then dice into small pieces.
Season both sides of each chicken breast with 1 teaspoon Jamaican jerk seasoning. Place chicken breasts in pan and grill for 6 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine grilled peaches and remaining ingredients. Stir thoroughly.
Serve chicken topped with peach and melon salsa.
Chocolate Peanut Torte Recipe4
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup baking cocoa
1/3 cup sugar blend
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup fat-free milk
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/4 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
CREAMY PEANUT FILLING:
1-3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons cold fat-free milk, divided
1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
3/4 cup reduced-fat creamy peanut butter
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons fat-free milk
Coat two 9-in. round baking pans with cooking spray; line with waxed paper. Coat the paper with cooking spray and sprinkle with flour; set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In a small bowl, combine the milk, egg substitute, oil and vanilla; add to flour mixture. Beat for 2 minutes. Stir in water.
Pour into prepared pans.
Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
In a large bowl, whisk 1-3/4 cups milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes; let stand 2 minutes or until soft-set. In a small saucepan over low heat, stir peanut butter and remaining milk until smooth. Fold into pudding.
Place bottom layer on a serving plate; spread half of filling over cake layer; top with second layer and remaining filling. Chill for 1 hour or until serving.
For topping, in a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Stir in confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth. Cool until spreadable. Spread frosting over top of cake.
Yield: 16 servings.
Diabetes is a serious condition that if left uncontrolled can lead to nerve, kidney and heart damage. Losing weight and making wise food choices can help keep blood glucose levels within acceptable ranges. Always consult with your doctor and a registered dietitian to see what is best for you.1 Rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your diabetic maintenance and testing needs.
Millions of people around the world suffer from severe spinal cord injuries that result in permanent loss of control of their arms or legs, or loss of bladder, bowel or sexual functions. Now, US researchers have developed an oral medication that offers hope that some of these lost functions could be regained. When given to laboratory mice shortly after a spinal cord injury, the drug restored the animals’ mobility.
The experimental drug, called LM11A-31, works by blocking the release of a protein that after spinal cord injuries destroys oligodendrocytes, which are nerve cells that surround and protect axons. Axons are the long, thread-like nerve-cell projections that help transmit motor impulses between the brain and the rest of the body.
In experiments with mice with crippling spinal cord injuries similar to those seen in humans, the drug overcame a major hurdle in conventional therapies. The compound easily crossed the blood-brain barrier – the natural partition that protects the brain from potentially harmful foreign substances in the bloodstream – and prevented the normal post-injury die-off of oligodendrocytes.
Click here to read the whole story at Voice of America
Urinary incontinence is a common, yet treatable, condition that affects more than 25 million men and women in the United States. People suffering from incontinence don’t have control over the bladder, which can result in embarrassing wetting accidents. Many people rely on incontinence products, such as adult diapers, to help manage their bladder control problems, which may have been caused by weak pelvic floor muscles, pregnancy, prostate surgery, or disease. However, what people may not realize is that there are behavioral changes that can greatly reduce or even eliminate incontinence symptoms. Below are three ways that may lead to better bladder control:
Click HERE to read the whole story at Hive Health Media
ABENA Abri-Flex Adult Diaper/Pull-Up Protective Underwear
Are embarrassing leaks keeping you from participating in an active lifestyle? Are you a caregiver doing extra work because of inferior adult diapers? ABENA premium European incontinence products are designed specifically with the main focus being on the end user while at the same time making daily life easier for caregivers.
ABENA adult diapers are known for their high level of leakage security and optimum comfort. What makes the ABENA brand a premium line of incontinence products?
- Air Plus – Abenas well known super soft and fully breathable textile-like backsheet makes the product noiseless and discrete, and ensures superior comfort and healthier skin
- Wetness indicator with graduation scale – color coded printing for easy product identification and wetness scale enables caregivers ability to see how much of a products capacity has been used.
- Top Dry – Dry surface system provides rapid absorption and a dry surface. Dry skin makes for healthier skin and minimizes the risk of leakage.
- Quick absorption – Long fibers spread the liquid quickly and efficiently around the entire absorbent core.
- High absorption – SAP ensures high absorbency and capsules liquid, keeping it away from the skin.
- Minimum risk of leakage – Efficient barriers and latex-free elastication ensure a snug body fit minimizing the risk of leakage.
- Odor System – reduces the risk of unpleasant odors by trapping voids in the core preventing odors from escaping.
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AllegroMedical.com is introducing the ABENA Abri-Flex disposable protective underwear to incontinence users and caregivers. Abri-Flex is available in 2 absorbency levels, level 1 (1400-1600cc depending on size) and level 3 (2100-2200cc depending on size). When ordering ABENA Abri-Flex Protective Underwear select your size along with the absorbency level which is based on the amount of liquid you need your pull up to hold. The convenient wetness indicator with graduation scale will indicate how much of the pull ups capacity has been used. This is helpful in determining the absorbency level necessary for future purchases. Users of ABENA brand typically require 40% fewer adult diaper changes, avoid nighttime interruptions, feel safer with less chance of embarrassing leaks, and experience economical relief due to the reduction in diaper changes required while maintaining comfort and healthier skin. Try the Abri-Flex protective underwear and share your ABENA experience.
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