Archives for August 2013

Exercise and Hypertension

What is hypertension? More commonly referred to as high blood pressure, hypertension is a chronic condition of elevated blood pressure in the arteries.  That means that the heart is working harder than it would in a healthy body to drive the circulatory system.  Treating hypertension, especially in the elderly, can significantly extend a person’s life. […]

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Understanding the Causes of Joint Pain

Joint pain is one of the most bothersome conditions you can have especially if you don’t know why it’s happening. Sometimes, you just suddenly wake up with these unexplainable aches in your joints, and it becomes hard for you to function and to do certain things that normally wouldn’t have been a problem. For instance, […]

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Melatonin – The Natural Sleep Hormone

What is Melatonin? Melatonin is a natural sleep hormone that is produced by the pineal gland, which lies outside the blood-brain barrier at the center of the brain.  The signal that it produces contributes to the sleep-wake cycle by lowering the body temperature and causing drowsiness.  The liver clears about 90% of melatonin, with the […]

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Common Home Remedies for Ailments

Common home remedies have been used for centuries to cure a wide variety of ailments.  While many people moved away from home remedies in favor of medication over the last two centuries, natural cures are returning to favor.  This is in large part due to the dangers and side effects associated with prescription medication.  Such […]

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The Surprising Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Sleep is something a lot of people take for granted, partly because it’s very easy to put off. If, for instance, you’re swamped with deadlines and you need to work extra hours, you’ll gladly do so even if it means depriving yourself of sleep and quality rest time in the comfort of your own bed […]

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Looking for Natural Relief of Aches and Pains?

Most people experience aches and pains resulting from certain activities from time to time.  Some examples may include driving long distances, sitting for extended periods of time, or overexerting themselves.  Athletes in particular suffer from occasional injuries, such as sprains, that result in considerable discomfort.  Dehydration can also be a major cause of the problems. […]

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What Causes Skeletal Muscle Fatigue?

The physiological response known as skeletal muscle fatigue is the result of frequent contraction and expansion of skeletal muscles.  Soreness and tearing may result from excessive fatigue.  Knowing how to control muscular exhaustion can help protect you from these problems. Skeletal muscle fatigue and exercise Cellular respiration is necessary for proper muscle function.  During exercise, […]

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