Today's the Day: Blog
Posted: Monday, April 27th, 2009
My deepest apologies for not having written my daily blog last week! I was in no shape to be giving health information when mine was deteriorating pretty fast. I was sick, still am and am fighting this bug that just doesnâ€™t seem to want to go away. In any case, the bosses sent me home by mid-week since, well, I sounded horrible and wasnâ€™t appearing to be getting any better! Then I started feeling guilty that I shouldnâ€™t be getting sick, that I should know all the tricks to stay a shining example of health. And then I realizedâ€¦who am I kidding, I am running on little sleep and have two kids under the age of 4 (both of whom were sick). I have no superpowers and have to face the fact that I probably never will. Still looking for the miracle cureâ€¦which I think is sleep!
I still managed to call in the Today's The Day, and a health tip made it to you every day. We covered Oil of Oregeno from Kardish Bulk Foods and Nutrition Centre:
What is Oil of Oregano?
Numerous university studies have shown that Oil of Oregano is a highly potent purifier that provides many benefits for human health. Oil of Oregano is a natural substance that is extracted from wild oregano plants, and two key compounds found in it are carvacrol and thymol. Studies have shown that both of these compounds have significant effects on harmful microorganisms that cause many illnesses in humans.
It is important not to confuse Oil of Oregano with common oregano that is used as a spice for cooking. Common oregano is typically Origanum Marjoram, while Oil of Oregano is derived from Origanum Vulgare.
Oil of Oregano can be purchased as either a liquid or as capsules/tablets. In both forms, it is important to verify that the oil is derived from the proper potent oregano plant, and that the e carvacrol concentration is at least 70%.
By the way, it tastes horrible and I am not kidding, its painful to take! But when you know it can do the trick, you suck it up!
Connie Beaulieu of CU Fit Personal Training showed us another great abs exercise. The first one she showed us a few weeks ago had us standing, clasping our hands together and moving our core side to side without moving the hips. The more recent one she showed us had us doing a very similar movement but using an elastic. Tying the elastic to a post-stand a few feet away so that you are feeling tension on the elastic. Hold the elastic with straight arms out in front of youâ€¦and then twist to the side opposite the post and then back to centerâ€¦ try and do that for about 30 seconds or so. As you get better at it, try speeding it up. Remember to repeat the exercise on the other side. Don't move the hips, they need to stay stable so that the only movement is happening in the core. Tony and I actually did this exercise everyday while we were in Mexico. We liked it because it's quick and targets so many parts of the stomach. Plus we each held the elastic for the other, so there was an element of getting in our workout together which is also nice sometimes. I like to think I got in more reps over the 30 seconds!
For more information on Connie you can check out her website at www.cufitpersonaltraining.com
On Friday we were joined by Lorne Goldenberg who showed us another Full Body Mobility Exercise. Lorne had us standing with our feet hip width apart as though we were going to do a squat. Then he had us hold a stick over our heads with our arms extended. Holding the stick above our head, he had us squat to a 90 degree angle. The point of the exercise is to hold the stick above the head while squatting down. It might seem easy, but in fact itâ€™s quite difficult. Your body will likely bring the stick forward, or you will bend the arms, or you wonâ€™t be able to reach the 90 degree squat. To make the exercise easier, place some leverage under your heels which will change the angle. This will make it easier and you can progress from there.
For more information on Lorne you can check out: www.accottawa.com
Today (Monday) we focused on St. Johns Wort.
St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) has a history of medicinal use dating back to ancient Greece, where it was used to treat a range of illnesses, including various "nervous disorders." St. John's wort also has antibacterial and antiviral properties and, because of its anti-inflammatory properties, has been used topically to help heal wounds and burns. St. John's wort is one of the most commonly purchased herbal products in the United States.
In recent years, there has been renewed interest in St. John's wort as a treatment for depression and there has been a great deal of scientific research on this topic. In general, most studies have shown that St. John's wort may be an effective treatment for mild-to-moderate depression, and has fewer side effects than most other prescription antidepressants. But the herb interacts with a wide variety of medications, so it is important to take it only under the guidance of a health care provider.
It is also important to note that severe depression (characterized by an inability to function with daily activities, thoughts of suicide or of harming yourself or others) should not be treated with herbs.
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