Category Archives: health

Fermented Garlic Honey for Breakfast?

You learn something new every day!.

I was checking out this BA post on how to improve your wooden cutting board maintenance when I saw this video on how to make fermented garlic honey.  it is at the bottom of the article – just scroll down!

You might wonder why one would do this. It is a way to boost the immune system. Aha! And kind of cool!

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It turns out that this is quite the thing. Here is why

A change from the common fermentation brines and salt solutions…Fermenting in Honey. This fermenting process with honey has lots of health benefits and the pinnacle of that benefit – both items after the ferment, taste absolutely incredible! Much like the dual benefit when you make mozzarella cheese, and then make ricotta as a secondary product from the whey. Fermenting in honey gives you a double bonus without adding an additional step or additional food products. You get the fruit or vegetable that is engulfed in the honey and you get the infused honey that’s filled with residual flavor. Wham…

Activity and Aging – The Latest Thinking

We have known for some time that as we age, our bodies need physical activity more. If we get that activity, we live well longer.

We are learning that the mind also needs special care as we age. It seems to need more mental stimulation in order to maintain our cognitive capacity. That might mean taking on a new learning challenge.  It might also mean getting re-connected with friends.

This is yet more evidence that our old way of thinking about aging is bass ackwards.  Hmmm … I wonder if this at all explains what is wrong with the presdient.

You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks!

Full confession: I am the old dog.

A while back, I wrote that my doctor advised me to learn a new trick: lose weight and get blood pressure down.  I was persuaded by the data  which will not be discussed here —  that the advice had merit. And so I  set about on the task.

But how to achieve this? There were a few obvious villains that had to be eliminated – morning coffee raises blood pressure and had to go. Same for evening wine. And no more huge late night dinners. And more determined exercising. All good first steps.

And then my dear sister offered a piece of wisdom. My weight had gone up in a sneaky sort of way as my metabolism slowed down. Stress played a role as well as some bad habits.  But I might lose weight more easily if I could speed up my metabolism.

This led me to a few counter-intuitive ideas. I had boasted that I did not eat anything after breakfast until dinner. Bad idea. That signals “starvation” to my body. Then,  when dinner arrives,  my eyes glaze over and I am ready to devour a live elephant. mea culpa! Time for a new mantra. Eat more frequently, but never in large amounts.

Let’s see if adding this new viola to the orchestra produces sonorous music!

Dealing with Hypertension

It was just a few days ago that I received some bad news from my doctor. I had seriously high blood pressure and needed to lose weight. My reaction to this news was, as you might expect. I went into a funk.

It is a bit scary when your sense of well being is suddenly changed. One minute you think you are healthy, except for a few minor issues. The next minute you wonder if getting out of bed will trigger a massive stroke.

I am still in a funk, though I am a bit less funky than I was. I have decided to approach this like  an adult. No panic. Just step by step changes in life style that produce results. I have cut back wine consumption to a glass with dinner. Tomorrow coffee is out. And I am replace coffee with a probiotic – kefir. I add a turmeric based supplement to my kefir 2 times a day. Also I am doing cod liver oil )for vitamin d) 3 times a day.  Finally, I am also walking 2 times a day and doing floor stretches 3 times a day.

I have a fancy new blood pressure monitoring kit that I am using morning and night and of course the mandatory scale. BTW, I did not buy the fancy IPhone computable monitor at the I Store, but I was tempted to.

Will this turn things around? Hmmm … we will see!  In the meantime, I feel a bit better knowing that I have taken some steps. That already helps.

Stay tuned.

 

More on Lower Back Pain and Breathing

I first posted on this the other day. Here is the quick summary, in case you missed it

  • I cam back from the states with SEVERE lower back pain.
  • the problem was muscle, not spine – to be more precise, spasms
  • meds helped a bit to reduce the pain and inflammation
  • stretching helped MORE
  • I got off the meds ASAP – they are expensive and do not get to the cause of the problem. Create dependency. Great for drug companies. Not so great for you

and then I tried something new. I made the connection that muscle spasms can be caused by a lack of oxygen. I adjusted my breathing to force more oxygen into my lower extremities through my lower back. You can do that by expanding your lower abdomen when you inhale.

I felt the difference very quickly.

One day later, my back is nearly 100/. I still feel a bit of tightness, but I have regained a lot of flexibility and leg strength. In  short, this is working for me. I have other issues (see below). But with my back more under control, I can do a lot more to get healthy.

Onward!

Thus Spoke the Doctor!

I have been putting off doing to my doctor. I did go to a back specialist but that was different. I had a specific purpose. Going to my regular doctor would mean getting some more basic information about my state of affairs. And I have been reluctant to know find out about that.

Today I went and I got the bad news. I am not in great health. Not because of illness. Because I am just not taking very good care of myself. My blood pressure is elevated and so too is my weight.

Yikes! Time to think a bit about my life style. Less time in front of the computer and more out and about. Less time making and enjoying dinner and more time burning calories.  And less time worrying.

Can this be managed! Stay tuned!

Lower Back Pain and Breathing

During my last trip across the pond, I had a bit of a health crisis. I developed severe lower back pain and spasms on both sides of the spine. It was a bummer, and over the last month or so, I have been working to get back to normal.

BTW, that included taking some pain killers  and anti-inflamatories prescribed by doctors. Vox reports today

America’s doctors have finally admitted it: Their pharmaceutical tools to treat one of patients’ most common ailments don’t work.

Lower back pain is one of the most frequent reasons people visit the doctor. Yet doctors are finding drugs should actually often be the last line of treatment for it.

I got off the meds as soon as I could. Stretching 3 times a day has helped quite a bit. And yesterday I discovered something that helps more. My lower back pain result from muscle spasms. Check. Muscle spasms happen when muscles are deprived of oxygen. Check. Hmmm … perhaps my lower back muscle spasms were related to a breathing problem.

I began experimenting to breath differently – mainly to deliver and remove more oxygen to  and from my butt and legs. This link offers more on how to do that.  I

The effect was nearly immediate. I am not 100% yet, but that nagging ache that I felt is gone, and I have a lot more mobility without pain.  I will keep it up and report back later. But for now, I am in seventh heaven!

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