Essential Oil Diffuser by Innogear

Essential Oil DiffuserThe Essential Oil Diffuser by Innogear is an inexpensive way to get the benefits of aromatherapy in your home. Basically, In fact, over the long hall, you will pay more money for the essential oils than you will the actual diffuser, but we’ll get to that later. Let’s take a look at this inexpensive oil diffuser by Innogear.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a way of extracting the aroma of essential aromas into the air to improve your mood or health. The health benefits of breathing in the aromas of these oils is debatable, but what matters most is how it makes you feel. You can read more about the controversial health benefits of essential oils by clicking the link: What is aromatherapy? For now, let’s focus on how the Innogear product focuses on improving your mood and how well it accomplishes this task.

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Bone Broth Pressure Cooker and Recipe

Bone Broth Pressure Cooker

Why Make Bone Broth?

Bone Broth RecipeA bone broth recipe is an ancient remedy for healing and promoting our immune system. When I was a kid I remember taking a cooled, leftover bowl of chicken soup out of the refrigerator and noticing that the broth looked like gold jello. I later learned that this gelatin-type substance is the key to what makes it so healthy. The gelatin, which is packed full of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients is what is extracted from the bones that have cooked in the broth all day. At room temperature or above, these vitamins and minerals inconspicuously  blend in with the liquid broth. When the broth is cooled at refrigerator temperatures, assuming it has been cooked long enough, it settles into a gel. The gelatin is evidence that the bone broth was successfully cooked. The health benefits of
bone broth are numerous and because it is in a natural liquid form, the body absorbs them much better than over-the-counter supplements which are expensive and hard to digest. One of the very expensive supplements that bone broth can replace is Glucosamine and Chondroitin which are good for our joints and arthritis.

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Hallux Valgus

What is a Bunion?

Hallux Valgus RemediesHallux Valgus is a painful condition that can both quite literally and figuratively knock you right off your feet. The more common term for hallux valgus is a bunion, or a visible bump on the side of the big toe caused by a bone structure problem. Bunions can cause your big toe to lean towards the second toe rather than pointing straight forward. Basically, the bunion or visible bump is the result of a bone-alignment problem which is more than likely caused by doing lots of walking in improper shoes. The more you walk on your feet this way, the more likely you are to aggravate the problem and require surgery. I had this visible bump on the right side of my toe for two years, before finally discovering what it was. The reason I didn’t ever suspect I had bunions was because I’ve associated the pain and swelling with infrequent gout attacks and/or a fractured toe. I’ve had both of these ailments in the recent past. Now, having experienced all three of these foot problems, I feel pretty well qualified to describe the differences between all of them. I also believe I know how to deal with the problem of bunions in such a way to prevent the need for hallux valgus surgery which I will explain later.

The Difference Between Gout and Bunions

Gout attacks come on rather suddenly, but also heal rather quickly with an anti-inflammatory pain medication such as Indomethacin. I would rate the pain of bunions as a close second to a gout attack. The pain is not quite as severe, but unlike a gout attack, it takes my feet several weeks to heal. With gout, the pain for me can be just as excruciating whether I am on my feet or lying down. Bunions can be excruciatingly painful, but I am usually able to manage the pain a little better by simply resting my feet. Staying off my feet as much as possible is the only way to help the bunions heal. Gout pain tends to be more in the joint of the big toe. With my last bunion flare-up, the pain covered the upper and lower side of the big toe and even affected the bottom of my foot.  Bunions can also cause some very uncomfortable throbbing at night and make it difficult to sleep. Getting out of bed can be a traumatic experience, but overall, the pain is far more manageable than the worst stages of a gout attack which is constant, excruciating pain and extremely sensitive to the mere, light touch of a bed sheet.

Recognizing the Difference Between Bunions and a Fractured Toe

I couldn’t have possibly been given a more confusing set of coincidences when it comes to understanding problems with my foot. I’ve had gout, a fractured toe, and a bunion all on my right toe within a time-frame of three years, or at least the latter two. When I first fractured my toe, I felt swelling and throbbing on my 2nd toe, rather than the big toe. I finally went into have the doctor look at it. She shook her head and told me that the swelling didn’t look like gout. She was absolutely right. X-Rays proved that I had a fractured toe. The degree of pain was similar to my most recent bunion flare-up. The only difference is that the swelling and pain was pretty much limited to the surrounding toe where-as the bunion pain covered a much wider area around the affected bone. The last time I felt pain in the area of my toe, I was uncertain if I was on the verge of having a rare gout attack or if my previously fractured toe was causing me some problems. By a stroke of good fortune, my mother happened to be visiting us that day and I decided to show her my foot. She immediately recognized the bump as a bunion. I looked up the condition online and found several pictures which looked exactly like mine. Then, just when I thought my right foot was beginning to heal, I felt some pain on the bottom of my left big toe. Two days later, I recognized the visible bump on the side of my left toe. The one thing I didn’t do was go limping into my doctor’s office. From what I’ve read about bunions, there is not much a doctor can do other than prescribe prescription-strength pain killers or recommend surgery. I knew I had a bunion problem, but what would I do about it? I spent the better part of six weeks learning about my ailment and tried to avoid using my feet as much as possible (not an easy task in my line of work). I am one to avoid doctors and surgeries at all cost, so I decided to do my own research and remedies on Hallux Valgus:

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Trunature Digestive Probiotic

Trunature Digestive ProbioticFinally, a probiotic your entire family can actually afford to take once a day. Trunature Digestive Probiotic is sold in 100-Capsule boxes at Costco for just $18.99. That’s only 9 cents a capsule. A box of Trunature probiotics will last a family of four 25 days. $19.00 seems like a reasonable investment to make every 25 days, but do they really work? I’ve rated four or five different probiotics in the last four years, so how does the Trunature probiotic measure-up with the rest? So, let’s compare price and ingredients with my other favorite reviewed probiotics: Reuteri and Sustenex (Now, called Digestive Advantage)

Trunature Digestive Probiotic Price Comparison

As you can see, when it comes to price, there is no comparison. The Trunature Digestive Probiotic wins hands down. You might also have noticed that by sheer number of active cells, Trunature beats the other two by a mile as well. What we have to remember, though, is that not all Probiotics are created equal – and the number active cultures is not always the best way to measure the probiotic’s effectiveness. Personal experience and user ratings are the best way to measure the effectiveness of probiotics. Some quick research, reveals what probiotic users have to say about all three:
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Does Trunature Digestive Probiotic Really Work?

I most definitely know they do and so do others who use them. I’ve been taking Reuteri and Sustenex for several years. If I ever go off of them for more than a week, I definitely notice an increase in irritable bowel sysmptoms; bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, etc..

Digestive Advantage is what used to be called, Sustenex. This is interesting because Digestive Advantage has always had their own product before they took over the Sustenex, name. Neither Sustenex nor Trunature require refrigeration, where-as the Nature’s way Reuteri does. For this reason, I’ve always used both, assuming that refrigerated probiotics might have some benefits that the rest don’t have, despite the claim they don’t require refrigeration. I’ve noticed another thing – Reuteri is far more expensive at my vitamin store. The cost above is for the online price – how can they keep it refrigerated if you buy it online? I wouldn’t take a chance on it. Also, Sustenex was formerly sold at Costco for a low price very similar to Trunature Probiotics. Costco no longer carries it – it appears that the Trunature Digestive Probiotic has taken it’s place. I will continue to use Trunature as my daily, non-refrigerated probiotic supplement.

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Tabata Exercise Routine

Tabata Exercise RoutineYear ago – back in my 20s and 30s, I was a fairly avid jogger. I used to jog between 2 and 3 miles a day, 5-days a week. Yet for some reason, I never got really good at jogging. I wondered why it is so much easier for some people than for me. These people with tall, lanky frames could seemingly run for ever without getting exhausted or feeling strained joints and body parts. I never got real good at jogging, but I assumed it was the only way to be cardiovascular-fit. By the time I reached, 40 years old, jogging became impossible due to hip pain, knee pain and back pain. I started finding other ways to exercise, including elliptical trainers, stationary and recumbent exercise bikes. In between, I take long walks. Even 20-30 minutes on a bike or elliptical begins to strain the body and with a busy work schedule, it’s hard to make time. Then, I heard about the Tabata Exercise Routine.

What Is Tabata?

Tabata is a high-intensity cardio and strength-training program that improves endurance, stamina and heart circulation in just 4 minutes a day. Izumi Tabata, a scientist from Japan, invented the Tabata Exercise Routine for high-performance athletes such as runners, speed skaters, track competitors, etc. Tzumi Tabata and other scientists actually tested his unique, exercise program on athletes and compared results with those who didn’t participate. They found that the athletes who practices Tabata had significantly better aerobic benefits from this form of exercise. Non-athletes, who have tried the Tabata exercise program have expressed measurable personal, health benefits from the routine, including improved energy, sleep, stamina, endurance and stronger immune system. I discovered Tabata while looking up gout prevention cures. Tabata was recommended as a way to improve the blood flow in the toes where gout most often occurs. I figured if it’s only 4 minutes a day, what do I have to lose. My only fear is that it requires running. Would four minutes of running be hard on my back or knees or is there another way?

How to Do It

An exercise program couldn’t be more simple. Here is how you do the  Tabata exercise routine in three simple steps.
Step 1: Walk at a casual pace for 10 seconds, sprint like crazy for 20 seconds.
Step 2: Repeat step-1 until 4 minutes have passed. At the end of 4 minutes, there is no doubt, your heart and lungs will be pumping like crazy. You’ll feel intense and immediate fatigue – that’s good, it means it’s working. My advice is to make your sprints a little slower at first and increase the intensity a little every couple of days or once a week until you’re at full speed. Of course, make sure you’ve had a physical check-up with your doctor before engaging in such a vigorous, aerobic program. What about the strain it puts on our hips and joints? Is there another way to do Tabata?

Another Way to do the Four Minute Exercise

My idea is that you don’t have to run to get the lungs and heart pumping. I use my stationary, recumbent bike to do Tabata. I cycle lightly with light-to-moderate resistance for 10 seconds, than pump the pedals as fast I can for the next 20 seconds, repeat and so-on and so-on until the 4:00 minutes are up. My bike has a pulse meter on it, so I know I’m really getting my heart beyond its maximum rate. Obviously, you can do Tabata on an elliptical trainer or any other type of Cardio machine. Whatever is convenient and works best for you. In between Tabata, I do pushups and moderate walks as well. I try to increase the resistance a little each day on the bike. After a couple of weeks of Tabata, how does it feel? Does it really work?

Does the Tabata Exercise Routine Really Work?

I can only speak for myself, but after 2 weeks of Tabata on the bike, 5 days a week, I’ve noticed measurable improvement in my energy, stamina and sleep – just as advertised. It’s important to note that the Tabata exercise routine made me feel very tired at first. It wasn’t an immediate improvement. After 5 or 6 times, however, I actually started feeling invigorated and great energy after the routine. Finally, my recovery pulse has dropped by about 12 beats-per-minute. Tabata really works.

More Information on the Tabata Exercise Routine

Tabata High-Intensity Interval Training
Tabata Muscle Building

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