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    Omnitrition Review

    Review overview Summary Omnitrition is a multi-level marketing company that opened its doors in 1989. ProsNone ConsOver priced Unhealthy calorie amount Only 30-day money back guarantee Little to no information on the products Ratings in depth Effectiveness Scientific Backing Customer Reviews Customer Support Money Back Guarantee 2 10 Bad jjj Related Post Ketogenic Diet: Miracle […]

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    Written by Lauren Jones

    Lauren Jones

    My name is Lauren, and I come from a longstanding background of fitness and nutrition. Whether it be hiking, running, camping, or just enjoying cooking in the kitchen I have made health a focal point of my life. I love to incorporate movement, and wellness in everything I do!

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    Isagenix Review

    "When dealing with multi-level marketing platforms, it can be hard to get a straight answer"

    What Is Isagenix

    Isagenix was founded in April of 2002, and is a multi-level marketing business that aims to sign individuals up to be brand ambassadors. Based out of Chandler, AZ, they sell nutritional products such as protein shakes, weight loss supplements, diet snacks, and meals. When calling into their support line, I was routed through three different systems to simply talk to one person about some general questions. This was a long process to simply talk to someone real, so I would try to get your questions answered in one shot versus having to call in multiple times. When they try to sell customers on becoming millionaires by selling their product, I already have a gut feeling that this is too good to be true. To see the Isagenix program reviewed by the Better Business Bureau. When dealing with multi-level marketing platforms, it can be hard to get a straight answer because it’s difficult to distinguish between who was a rep trying to make their way up the pyramid, and who was a genuine customer with feedback. The Isagenix website is only going to post fabulous reviews, so I searched other outlets for raw feedback.There was a more negative outcome with customer reviews on the internet, when compared to the actual website. Some people said it was a complete waste of money, while there were only a select few who saw results. Once again, it is hard to distinguish who is a rep and who is not. There is no real scientific evidence behind the actual products themselves on the website, more or less there is information on how to use their products. We have found some reviews available outside the official or distributor sites:

    Please don't waste your money on this product! I was super excited when I heard about this product, and how well it supposedly worked. I followed the directions to make my first shake, and the taste was terrible! It doesn't taste like chocolate at all. It is very chalky and has a texture like cake batter. Over the next week I tried adding peanut butter and fruit, but nothing made it taste better. Also, it didn't keep me feeling full either, each day that I took the shake, I would end up with a bad headache every afternoon.”  Jessica

    I got this because the review looked good. I have tried other mixes and couldn't use them because of their content and me having a bad reaction. I bought this and tried it for almost 60 day which is what most nutritionist would suggest for something to truly have a chance to work as it should. First let me say that is taste horrible. I tried to add fruit to the mix and all and I still had a hard time drinking. Also it didn't mix well no matter what temp water I used. I wish I could return after this epic fail. I didn't have a weight loss success and it was not satisfying to my appetite at all. Would not recommend to anyone. Not worth the money at all“. Denise

    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. ExpertsKnowBest.com disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information. *Results may vary.

    Isagenix Scientific Backing

    As far as scientific backing and clinical trials, the company does not make it easy to find out the real details behind the science of their product. There is no tab on their website talking about the development of the product. They provided the only clinical study I could find in small print on their 22-page booklet on how to take their product: All of the descriptions are vague and full of fluff. The transparency is not there, when taking a deeper dive into what you will be consuming. Good reviews can simply be purchased, which has me thinking that this mega company has invested their money in trying to pull popularity through reviews on their website. To see the reviews click here.

    Is The Isagenix Diet Easy To Follow?

    No, it does not appear to be easy to follow.* There are many different products that Isagenix offers, but the most popular package to buy is the 30-day Cleansing and Fat Burning System. You are required to replace one normal meal with one Isalean shake, accompanied with a 400-600 calorie diet to start out on the “shake days.” On the cleanse days, they were unclear whether or not you could eat. I am assuming you cannot, so you are required to take four cleanse servings along with four snacks for the day. In the 30-day system you are allowed 26 “Shake Days” and four “Cleanse Days.” Because this program promotes intermittent fasting, you may feel light-headed, and it can do long-term damage to your metabolism.

    Conclusion

    You can purchase Isagenix on multiple different sites such as Amazon, the Isagenix site, and Ebay. I believe this company is just another multi-level marketing company that offers nutritional supplements with little to no benefits for your overall health. I would call them a multi-level marketing scam myself, because of the inaccurate reviews on their website versus the rest of the internet.  Distributors go out of their way to plant positive reviews without clearly disclosing that they have interest in company's good reputation.

    The cost of the 30-day system can run over $300.00, which is over-the-top expensive, when there are red flags present. I do not feel that this diet program is worth the investment or the time!*

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    Medifast Review

    "Although the prepackaged meals can be a real convenience, they can also make social outings difficult"

    How Does the Medifast Program Work?

    Medifast was established in 1980 by Dr. William Vitale, and is essentially a meal replacement and meal delivery service for helping people lose weight. The Medifast plan menu consists of protein shakes, soups, and bars. There are over 70 meals you can choose from, and the program prides itself on its customers never having to go to the grocery store. Although the prepackaged meals can be a real convenience, they can also make social outings difficult when wanting to eat out with others. Another problem lies in the fact that the meals may not taste to your liking, causing waste and hunger.* The diet cuts out a majority of carbs, and they limit your caloric intake substantially, which can also be a major adjustment for those trying to get into the swing of losing unwanted weight.* They offer a variety of products such as bars, shakes, and even medifast pancakes.

    Medifast’s most popular diet program is called the 4,2,1, and it covers four Medifast meals, two lean and green meals and one healthy snack.* The Medifast team says that when doing this particular program, you can lose a small amount of weight per week during the first two weeks. While on this particular program, you are only allowed to consume 800-1000 calories a day, which has some critics unsure about the drastic cut of calories and how it will benefit your health. The overall idea of the program is very smart, however the food has been noted to taste terrible to some people, which would be a bad investment in the long run. All of the meals are shipped to your front door, and you are expected to cover the shipping costs.

    Sample Meal Plan:

    • Breakfast: Medifast Oatmeal
    • Mid Morning Snack: Medifast Hot Drink
    • Lunch: 7 oz. grilled shrimp, 2 cups of salad greens, ½ cup of broccoli and shredded cabbage, and 2Tbsp. of low carb dressing.
    • Mid Afternoon Snack: Medifast Fruit Drink
    • Dinner: 6 oz. grilled chicken breast, 2 cups of fresh baby spinach, ½ cup of mushrooms and tomatoes.
    • Evening: Medifast pudding made with 1 cup of skim milk.

    Pros:

    • Convenient healthy meals delivered to your home.
    • There are a good variety of shakes, bars, and soups from which to choose.
    • The overall plan is simple to follow.

    Cons:

    • The taste of the meals has been said to taste poorly.
    • Expensive meals for one person ($300.00 a month!).
    • Does not promote long-term health and weight loss.*
    • There is only a 30-day money back guarantee, which only gives your body a chance to sample for a couple of weeks.

    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. ExpertsKnowBest.com disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information. *Results may vary.

    Do Dieters Lose Weight With Medifast?

    There has been mixed reviews on whether or not this program helps people lose weight for the long term. Because the caloric restrictions can go as low as 800 calories per day, it would be hard not to lose weight, no matter what program you’re using. A lot rides on your liking to the foods that are prepared for you, and whether or not you enjoy the taste. The cost is also a huge factor in people's weight loss success and or failure, as it is not a cheap program overall to follow long term. We found some outside reviews which were very helpful to read:
    Amy* said, “I tried Medifast after hearing ads on the radio. The counselors were nice enough. I carefully followed the program to the letter and had very little success after the first week (about 3 pounds). The packaged food is almost inedible. Seriously, some of the most disgusting food I'd ever put in my mouth! She went onto say that after a summer of struggling through the program for hundreds of dollars and only a few pounds lost she quit. It was a miserable experience for her overall, and she felt like it was too expensive for how bad the food tasted. She would not recommend to anyone looking to start this diet.
    Robert* said, “I did lose about 2-3 pounds a week, however did gain some of it back recently, didn't focus on long term care. Lose weight but got sick, constipation. Horrible, could only eat a few of the different items, bars, shakes. Honey pretzel sticks were the only thing I wanted to eat the rest was a chore to eat. Coaches were helpful. She explained how the program worked and what would happen… she kept me accountable and that was very helpful.” He went onto say that the changes that they made were much needed but it was very expensive for his budget.

    Is Medifast Easy To Follow?

    The program overall has a lot of moving parts in which some people have a hard time following it. Others however see the pre-made meals and snacks as quite the convenience if they like the taste of them, that is! The food is pre-packaged so the overall quality of the food is in question as many of the items contain soy which is not known to be great for you, as well as other preservatives that do not help with your waistline. There were side effects of feeling massive hunger as the portions seemed off for some people, as well as sudden weight loss too fast which can also cause health complications. Blood sugar, and body composition can be very sensitive, so easing your body into a new diet routine with healthy food and plenty of water is key with anything.

    Conclusion

    Pre-made meals may not be for everyone, but this program does promote healthy eating and does not over promise large unrealistic numbers with your weight loss goals. It is convenient, but it does come with a price tag and is still processed, not clean eating type of food program that would not only guarantee weight loss but would also improve your overall health. The popular but to some offensive phrase that we keep hearing – “you are what you eat“, means exactly that: what you eat is how you look. If you choose to eat healthy, clean, unprocessed food at least 70% of the time, your body will reward you to feel clean from the inside and healthy from inside out.
    Have you ever noticed how eating fresh, non-packaged foods even for a short while improves your energy levels, gives a natural glow to your skin, and even makes you feel lighter? That's because your system can focus on healing itself rather than fighting all the toxicity introduced with food.
    One month of meals for a first time customer can run anywhere from $300.00 to $400.00 a month, and it goes up from there. It is a steep price to pay for meals when you are unfamiliar with the taste at the beginning. This factor alone makes this program unaffordable for a large portion of the general population. This program is not for everyone, but there are a mixed number of both negative and positive reviews based on taste and convenience to note.*

    Resources

    1. “Medifast.” Medifast Diet Plan.” Web.
    2. “Top Complaints On The Medifast Diet.”Consumer Affairs. Web

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    DASH Diet Review

    The DASH Diet was originally created to help a person lower their blood pressure and that was it, but it soon morphed ito an actual diet program. According to the DASH Diet anyone can accomplish lower blood pressure and even lower weight by simply eating all the foods that are good for them, and it can happen in under 14 days.* This includes foods rich in potassium, calcium, protein and fiber. The DASH diet also says to lay off the sweets and cut salt usage way down. They say because the eating program is heavy in fruits, vegetables, and protein it will most definitely help with weight loss when followed. There are regular, vegetarian, vegan, and kosher options available when looking into this diet program.

    How The DASH Diet Works

    The DASH Diet was developed with the help of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. There are two free guides that can be read on how to institute the DASH Diet, one that is short and one that is long.
    Basically, both tell you the same thing which is to eat all the things you were taught were good for you when you were growing up. This includes fruits, vegetables and lean meats. Conversely, you should also stay away from foods that you might like, but ones that will be bad for you. This will include sugary and fatty foods as well as excessive amounts of red meat. Salt is also considered a no-no.

    Do Dieters Lose Weight On The DASH Diet?

    The DASH Diet has proven effective for weight loss when followed properly. However, this is not always as easy as it sounds. Dieters who design a meal plan with a calorie deficit will obviously have more success with weight loss, but the diet is geared more at attacking high blood pressure and weight loss is really a secondary goal of the diet. Therefore, any weight loss that is enjoyed will likely not be as dramatic as many dieters might hope for.

    Does The DASH Diet Conform To Accepted Dietary Guidelines?

    Using the 2017 Dietary Guidelines for Americans as a benchmark, the DASH Diet easily conforms in the areas of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Even salt can be kept at acceptable levels when the DASH Diet is followed properly.
    Other “nutrients of concern” such as fiber, potassium, calcium, Vitamin B-12 and Vitamin D are also usually right on. Because the diet was designed for health more than for weight loss it is much more conforming in these areas as opposed to other “fad” diets on the market today.

    Is the DASH Diet Easy to Follow?

    The DASH Diet is a very well balanced and very healthy diet to be on. However, that doesn’t mean it is an easy diet to stick to. While the rules aren’t complicated, following them can be tricky at times. This is because of the fact that the diet cuts out a lot of sweets and other food favorites which can tend to prompt some cheating. Too much cheating can prove detrimental to the success of the DASH Diet.* Side effects can also cause difficulty when getting started on this program because you will be taking away rather addictive foods that cause withdrawal symptoms (sugar, I'm referring to you!).

    How Much Does The DASH Diet Cost?

    The DASH Diet can be costly due to what you will eat while on the diet. Because you will have to stick to a specific list of foods that are acceptable and those foods are all on the more natural and fresh side, you can expect to pay for it. Fresh and wholesome foods will always cost you more than processed and frozen foods and if you like brand names you will pay more in that area as well. On top of the actual food costs there are books to read on how to actually follow the diet, and you can find them on Amazon for around $15.00.

    Does the DASH Diet Allow for Restrictions and Preferences?

    Yes. This includes the needs of those who want to go gluten-free, low to no salt, Kosher, Halal, vegan or vegetarian. The DASH Diet is easily formed into almost anything you need it to be and can easily meet your personal dietary needs. For that reason, this program can be easily molded into your eating habits already.

    What is the Role of Exercise with the DASH Diet?

    The DASH Diet highly encourages participants to exercise. However, this is again for health purposes and not so much as an added way to lose weight. The DASH Diet recommends those who are not used to physical activity to start out with light activity and then build from there. This can include walking, gardening, or even light aerobic workouts.
    The bottom line is that they want everyone to stay active and stay moving. The DASH Diet is a big proponent on setting goals and then sticking to those goals and the area of exercise is no different.

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    Kylie Daniels

    My name is Kylie Daniels and I have a strong passion for health and nutrition. I was raised in Southern California, and am now attending Boise State University in Idaho to complete my B.B.A. degree in General Business and Marketing. My interest began a few years back when I was a part of the opening of a brand new juice bar. Here I learned the importance of eating healthy, balanced exercise, and the power of a nutritional lifestyle. This education has inspired me to research the latest diets, cleanses, and products to help guide you to be your best self!

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    Weight Watchers Review

    Weight Watchers was named the 2017 Best Weight-Loss Diet by U.S. News & World Report. The 7th annual list includes nine sets of Best Diets rankings; Weight Watchers was first, or tied for first place, in almost half the categories and was a runner-up in the rest. [1]
    And while Weight Watchers did not make the cut as the “Best Overall Diet”—the DASH diet took that prize—it’s arguably the world’s most popular diet. Anyone who has ever been on a diet to lose weight, and been successful even though it’s often not sustained, has been on Weight Watchers.
    Developed by a New York City housewife in the 1960s, the plan combines smart nutritional science to encourage better eating habits and exercise with mutual support—the ubiquitous Weight Watchers meetings in church basements and community centers.

    It was surely the latter that was the secret sauce: camaraderie and support women—and men—were able to provide each other as they were coached by the meeting leader with weekly weigh-ins made all the difference. Over the decades there have been a number of iterations—“Beyond the Scale” is the latest, launched in 2016—as more is learned about nutrition and the role of exercise.

    Weight Watchers Claims

    “Beyond the Scale” is less a diet than a lifestyle, Weight Watchers says.
    Our proven program is not a diet. It’s about living. Your best self isn’t just about a magical number on the scale. It’s about seeing food as fuel for a healthy life, finding ways to move more each day, and developing the skills to unlock your inner strength so you can make healthy choices for life. Yes, you will lose weight. But with Weight Watchers, you’ll also gain a whole new perspective on getting—and staying—healthy. [2]
    Weight Watchers claims that you can lose up to two pounds a week when you follow the plan correctly. Some users lose a pound a week, some three. It depends on the level of effort and your body. Regardless, if you follow the plan, you’ll lose weight. That’s what Weight Watchers promises. Does it deliver?

    The Weight Watchers Plan

    The current program is pretty simple: “Every food gets a value. Smart Points are based on calories, saturated fat, sugar, and protein. Just follow your budget [of points] and start seeing results.” [3]
    There’s no forbidden foods. That said, the junk will quickly suck up points, so it’s better to eat good foods and manage points wisely. That’s the ‘diet’ part.
    Next? Get moving. “Every move counts. Earn FitPoints for walking, cleaning, gardening—you name it. Sync your fitness device with your account and start earning!” [3]
    Perhaps the most important part of Weight Watchers is the “I got this” mindset: “Get your head in the game with science-based techniques that go beyond food and fitness.” [3]
    The Weight Watchers website, app, support network, gadgets, products, magazines, recipe books, prepared foods, and meetings make the program accessible. And if you want to be held accountable, this program does that, too. It’s easy to do, easy to navigate, and—since it’s so universal—you can eat anything anywhere and figure out your points.
    There’s no downside because even the cost is low, comparatively speaking, when you factor in the tools on the website, the support and the types of plans—three currently—one can purchase. Even the sign-up cost is usually waived in some special.

    The Science Behind Weight Watchers

    It’s likely no diet has been the subject of more academic study and research than Weight Watchers, with results published in you-name-it medical and scientific journals. It ticks all the boxes. Although a number of other commercial diets have shown initially quicker and sometimes more significant weight loss—think Atkins—if it’s a diet with staying power, a diet that can be sustained, it’s Weight Watchers.
    Starting with the American Journal of Medicine, which published its study in 2013. The study found Weight Watchers was far more effective as a weight loss program than a do-it-yourself diet, which apparently is how most of us diet.
    Use of the WW program yielded significantly greater weight loss than a self-help approach, suggesting it is a viable community-based provider of weight loss treatment, as recommended by the US Preventive Services Task Force [USPSTF]. Further, high usage of [three] access modes was associated with greater weight loss results.”[4]
    In other words, the meetings, the online support, and the app all make a big difference. I’m not sure that’s so surprising. It’s what made it a good diet to begin with; it takes a village to diet successfully! The bottom line is that the USPSTF says do Weight Watchers instead of a self-help diet. Don’t go it alone!
    The British journal Lancet published a 2011 study that followed several hundred people for a year; half on a diet recommended by their doctor and the other group on Weight Watchers. The majority of the participants on Weight Watchers stuck to the diet and lost twice as much weight as the other group. [5]
    The American Diabetes Association has studied Weight Watchers and found that meeting attendance, combined with an emphasis on healthy eating—including veggies, fruit, and high-fiber, low trans-fat foods—makes it a good commercial diet choice with better, and healthier, results. [6] [7]

    Word on the Street About Weight Watchers

    If Weight Watchers has anything, it has its share of celebrity endorsers—including Jennifer Hudson, Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, Lynn Redgrave, Jessica Simpson, and Jenny McCarthy. But perhaps the biggest name of all, Oprah Winfrey, not only endorses Weight Watchers, she bought 10 percent of the company. If that’s not an endorsement, not sure what is.
    What they have in common is all successfully lost quite a bit of weight on Weight Watchers, and most, if not all, have kept the weight off—in some cases for years.

    But what about regular people?

    The most candid and compelling review I located was posted on SparkPeople by “WannaBeHealthy51,” who explained that she lost 86 pounds on Weight Watchers in 1997, and then life got in the way and she stopped going to meetings.
    I didn’t learn how to maintain my loss and just (did it to myself) went back to eating whatever…and you can guess…gained it all back. Then a few years ago, I pulled out all of my WW material and lost about 36 pounds and was feeling wonderful, but didn’t stick with it and gained it back with a few friends. Bummer. So my humble opinion on WW, I believe it works great if you stick with it. [8]
    She said while on Weight Watchers she ate a lot of high-fiber foods, a lot of vegetables, lean meats and fish, light breads, fruit and drank a lot of water. “So I’m going to try to follow it again and hope for the best! I would like to lose 76 pounds.” [8]
    Now, all this said, there are a number of complaints about Weight Watchers from people who did one specific thing: tried to cancel their membership. For whatever reason, they felt the program did not work for them—or they simply hadn’t bothered to use it—and wished to cancel. Many complaints on the Consumer Affairs website were about continued automatic billing after cancellation. Though “Holly” points out that per the cancellation policy she read—always a wise idea—a membership must be cancelled before the next billing cycle. But there are still a lot of accounts of people still being charged even after they had supposedly canceled. The other most common complaint was about rude customer service representatives. [9]
    “Rio” of Austin, Texas, sums it up fairly well:
    “Weight Watchers the program is terrific. My issue is with customer service. I bought a Fitbit from the online store and then decided I would like a different model. I look for a return policy and it says you have to call or send email and they'll tell you what to do. I sent email and got an automated response. 5 days later, I still have not heard anything. So I call the number. After being on hold for 20 minutes I gave up.” [9]
    And “Joan” of Amesbury, Massachusetts:
    Beware of bad billing practices for WW!! I am a lifetime member since last March, 2016. I have been faithfully entering my free eTools number every 2 months or more frequently. I just realized that I've been charged every month anyway. Make sure you check your credit card statements every month – don't trust Weight Watchers to do it right. [9]

    The Bottom Line: Is Weight Watchers Worth a Try?

    Yes. As long as you keep an eye on the billing (and report them to the Better Business Bureau if you run into problems), the program itself works. If you haven’t done Weight Watchers, try it. If you follow the diet religiously—and it is very doable—you absolutely will lose weight, usually in the neighborhood of a pound or two a week. The tricky part is keeping the weight off once you’ve met your goal. But hopefully, the habits learned while on Weight Watchers will stick. With Weight Watchers, you can’t lose. I mean, you can—you can lose.

    Resources

    1. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2014/01/07/us-news-best-diets-how-we-rated-32-eating-plans.
    2. https://www.weightwatchers.com/us/article/live-happy-live-healthy.
    3. https://www.weightwatchers.com/us/our-approach.
    4. http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(13)00672-4/fulltext.
    5. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(11)61344-5/abstract.
    6. https://professional.diabetes.org/abstract/regular-attendance-enhances-results-comprehensive-weight-loss-program.
    7. http://spectrum.diabetesjournals.org/content/18/4/251.
    8. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=59&imparent=22600045.
    9. https://www.consumeraffairs.com/nutrition/weight_watchers.html.

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    Lauren Jones

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    7 Tennis Elbow Home Remedies

    The frustrations of tennis elbow, and how to heal properly

    We have all been there at some point in time, and find ourselves on the side lines with an achy elbow unable to do even the simplest tasks. Lifting, pushing, and or merely waving can be painful endeavors that leave us frustrated. Tennis elbow comes from simple overuse of the tendons and surrounding muscles. Whatever has caused your tennis elbow, there are ways to find relief, and answers to your questions which I will talk about below.

    The common description of tennis elbow or “lateral epicondylitis” is a painful condition of the elbow caused by overuse. Tennis elbow is an inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. The forearm muscles and tendons become damaged from overuse — repeating the same motions again and again. This leads to pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow. (Ortho Info, 1).

    …the keys to making sure you are back on the tennis court pain free is simple. You need to ice, rest, and let your arm heal properly before putting more strain onto the tendons and tissues.

    Symptoms:

    • Pain or burning on the outside of your elbow
    • Weak grip strength
    • Achy and stiff joints near the extensor tendons
    • Pain the in the wrist
    • Painful to shake hands

    Before you take a trip to the doctor here are some home remedies that will ease your pain:

    1. Sufficient Rest. Allow at least 6-12 weeks for the tissues and tendons to repair.
    2. Gentle massage.
    3. Ice (for 20 minutes three times a day at least). *Tip: Fill up a Dixie cup, and freeze overnight. Once completely frozen, use this cup to rub around the irritated area of the elbow.
    4. Anti-inflammatory Medication or over the counter pain relievers. (Aspirin, or Ibuprofen)
    5. Stretching Exercises: Stretch your arm out straight, and bring your hand up (like you will give someone a high-five). With your opposite hand grab your extended arms fingertips and pull back toward you. This will give your forearm a good stretch. Hold for at least 15 seconds. Once finished, place your arm out straight in front, palm down and gently pull the hand towards you. These are two great stretches for tennis elbow. (Sports Injury Clinic, 1).
    6. Wearing an arm brace: This can ease some of the tension on your arm, and be a nice tool to aiding a quicker recovery.
    7. Check your equipment: A stiffer tennis racket with tight strings can put unwanted tension on your arm causing a flare up. Try switching to a more flexible racket, with a looser string pattern to put ease on your arm while healing. The tennis professionals in your area can give you racket and string recommendations.

    If these remedies do not work for you, you will then want to see your doctor. They may conduct and MRI, X-Ray, or EMG (Nerve Compression) to see if anything more serious has happened to the tissues and tendons.

    The Pro’s of Home Remedies:

    • Non-surgical healing with quicker recovery time (No loss of strength, risk of infection, or loss of flexibility.)
    • Cost effective
    • Guidelines are easy to follow, and not as painful as surgery.

    The Con’s of Home Remedies:

    • The time it takes to properly heal tennis elbow can be extensive. (6-12 weeks).
    • Patience is key, and recovery is slow making one feel like the pain will never go away.
    • If rest is not taken seriously, the pain can become chronic.

    To wrap up, the keys to making sure you are back on the tennis court pain free is simple. You need to ice, rest, and let your arm heal properly before putting more strain onto the tendons and tissues. Once you have rested and taken a good look at the equipment you are using, you can get back onto the court in no time! Remember, pushing through tennis elbow will only make it worse. Rest is key!

    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. ExpertsKnowBest.com disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

    References

    • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)-OrthoInfo – AAOS. (n.d.). Retrieved November 30, 2015, from https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00068
    • Roizen, M. (2015, October 23). Heal Tennis Elbow With Some Time Off. Retrieved November 30, 2015, from https://www.arcamax.com/healthandspirit/health/youdocs/s-1739180
    • Tennis Elbow. (n.d.). Retrieved November 30, 2015, from https://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/sport-injuries/elbow-pain/tennis-elbow

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    5 Tips to Help Alleviate Sciatic Pain

    The term “Sciatica” is not a medical condition, but rather a symptom of underlying degenerative disc disease, or spinal stenosis.

    The term “Sciatica” is not a medical condition, but rather a symptom of underlying degenerative disc disease, or spinal stenosis. Ji states from the Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal that “90% of cases, sciatica is caused by a herniated disc with nerve-root compression.” (Ji, n.d.).The pain one can feel can range from mild to severe, with radiation of pain along the distribution of sciatic nerve in the leg. Numbness, tingling, and sharp pains with paresthesia and sensory dysfunction are some of the discomforts one may feel when dealing with this impingement. “Sciatica symptoms occur when the large sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed in the lumbar spine.

    …The ultimate goal of non-surgical treatment is to alleviate pain and rid your body of any neurological symptoms caused by the compression of the nerve root. There are many exercises that your physical therapist may recommend when battling with Sciatica.

    The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body and is composed of individual nerve roots that start by branching out from the spine in the lower back and combine to form the “sciatic nerve.” (Hochschuler, n.d.).

    There are millions that suffer with sciatica around the world, and it inhibits their way of life drastically, as small tasks such as sitting can be painful. A clinical study was done on 301 patients with Sciatica, by the International Musculoskeletal Medicine journal regarding “Hypothesis generation for targeted back pain treatment” and the results were informative. “The average duration of an episode of sickness, requiring absence from work due to sciatica was 16.9 days, whereas lumbago was shorter at 9.3 days.” (Sweetman, n.d.).When seeking non-surgical treatment, there are many practices you can do right from your home to help alleviate the pain that Sciatica causes. The pain is rarely on both sides of the body, but it is still important to incorporate the treatment on both, so that you are not throwing your body off balance.

    5 Tips for Alleviating Sciatic Pain:

    1. Heat and Ice: Based on what you prefer, start with heat or ice and apply to the affected area. Leave the heat or ice on for at least 20 minutes, and alternate every two hours. If you are using ice, do not directly apply to the skin, as it could cause ice burn, or frost bite. (Hochschuler, n.d.).
    2. Acupuncture: Keep in mind that acupuncture has not been shown by scientific studies to help sciatica, but it may work for you. (“Sciatic Pain Relief, n.d.).  “Since sciatica is a channel disorder, acupuncture of points removing channel obstruction and promoting qi and blood circulation is indicated in its treatment.” (Ji, n.d.).
    3. Massage: Massage can increase the blood flow in the body, and help the body heal itself. This can especially help if the area if affected by muscle spasms. A regular weekly massage may help the lower back region relax, and could create additional flexibility that is deeply affected by Sciatica. (Top 10 Home Remedies, 2014).
    4. Specific Stretches and Exercises: You will need to consult your doctor on what exercises are applicable to your case of Sciatica. A simple knee to chest stretch will help improve the flexibility in your lower back and decrease the tension on the sciatic nerve. Another harmless yet effective stretch is knee knocking. You lie flat on your back and slide your heels toward the buttock region. Your knees are up and you sway them left and right on each side of your body. (Top 10 Home Remedies, 2014). This too, opens up the lower back area and promotes flexibility.
    5. Valerian Root: Valerian root is a natural supplement that works as a relaxer, and alleviates chronic nerve pain. The supplement works best when taken three times a day at 150 mg per dose. However, everyone's tolerances and symptoms are different so consult your doctor before taking any supplements. (Top 10 Home Remedies, 2014).

    The ultimate goal of non-surgical treatment is to alleviate pain and rid your body of any neurological symptoms caused by the compression of the nerve root. There are many exercises that your physical therapist may recommend when battling with Sciatica. If none of the above remedies are working, there are creams, pain medications, epidural injections, and chiropractic treatments that would have to be recommended by your doctor before any surgeries would take place.

    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. ExpertsKnowBest.com disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

    References

    1. Hochschuler M.D., S. (n.d.). What You Need to Know About Sciatica. Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://www.spine-health.com/conditions/sciatica/what-you-need-know-about-sciatica
    2. Sweetman, B. (n.d.). Remote manifestations of low back problems; sciatica and extent of leg involvement – a statistical clinical study. International Musculoskeletal Medicine, 72-77. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
    3. Sciatica Pain Relief: Medications, Exercises, and Alternative Treatments. (n.d.). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/guide/sciatica-pain-relief-options?page=2
    4. Ji, M., Wang, X., Chen, M., Shen, Y., Zhang, X., & Yang, J. (n.d.). The Efficacy of Acupuncture for the Treatment of Sciatica: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 1-12. Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2015/192808/
    5. Home Remedies for Sciatic Nerve Pain | Top 10 Home Remedies. (2014, December 20). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://www.top10homeremedies.com/home-remedies/home-remedies-sciatica.html

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    8 Home Remedies To Relieve Psoriasis

    Psoriasis is an unpredictable, and persistent skin condition that leaves patients in pain and searching for answers.

    Psoriasis is an unpredictable, and persistent skin condition that leaves patients in pain and searching for answers. Psoriasis is caused when skin cells multiply faster than normal. In an average individual, the length of cell cycle is anywhere between 21 – 28 days; however, in psoriasis, the cellular turnover is exceptionally high (the length of cycle is 2 to 6 days). The skin is essentially overproducing, causing raised red plaques, covered with white scales in the affected areas. The most common areas for psoriasis to happen are the knees, scalp, elbows, torso, palms, and soles of the feet. However, Psoriasis may appear anywhere in the body. (“Understanding Psoriasis”, n.d., para 1.) There is no cure for Psoriasis, but there are a multitude of home remedies that can alleviate the symptoms.

    …While there is not a cure out there for Psoriasis, there are many home remedies to help alleviate the daily pain Psoriasis causes.

    According to WebMD, “A variety of factors, ranging from emotional stress and trauma to streptococcal infection can cause an episode of psoriasis. Recent research indicates that some abnormality in the immune system is the key cause of psoriasis. As many as 80% of people having flare-ups report a recent emotional trauma, such as a new job or the death of a loved one.” (“Understanding Psoriasis”, n.d., para 3).

    At Home Remedies to Help Alleviate Psoriasis

    1. Hot and Cold Shower Relief: Many people with psoriasis find that a hot and cold-water bath or cold compresses relieves their itch. A lukewarm bath with Epsom salt, mineral oil, milk, or olive oil may soothe the itching and infiltrate scales and plaques. (Krans, 2015, para 6).
    2. Apple Cider Vinegar: Psoriasis lesions on your scalp can cause quite the irritation and itch. “To soothe, mix equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water. Dab the solution on your scalp two to three times a week. Rinse after a few minutes to keep your scalp from becoming irritated by the vinegar. One caution: Don't try this if the skin on your scalp is cracked or bleeding.”(Orenstein, 2014, para 5).
    3. Moisturize Everywhere: Keeping your skin hydrated is one of the key precautions you can take when trying to avoid flare ups and alleviate itch. Keeping the air hydrated with a humidifier will also help regain comfort during flare ups.
    4. Capsaicin: Capsaicin is the ingredient in chili peppers that makes them hot, and works by blocking the communication to the sensory nerves. “Researchers from the University Medical Center in Freiburg, Germany found, over the counter creams containing capsaicin may help reduce the pain, inflammation, redness and scaling associated with psoriasis.” (Herbs/Natural Remedies”, n.d. para 4).
    5. Turmeric: This herb has natural anti-inflammatory properties, as well as antioxidant properties. You can take turmeric in a pill form, sprinkle it on your food liberally, or take it in a supplement form. (Herbs/Natural Remedies”, n.d. para 8).
    6. Wrap and Moisturize: Carefully wrapping your skin up, after it has been moisturized will assure that the ointment will stay on for longer and better absorb. (Borelli, 2013, para 5).
    7. Fish Oil: Taking a fish oil supplement daily, will help reduce the flare ups associated with psoriasis. Because fish oils are high in omega-3 fatty acids, they naturally reduce inflammation in the body. (10-Do-It-Yourself, 2015, para 1).
    8. Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree plants are grown in Australia, and are known to have antiseptic properties. When applied, it is said to help remove dry dead skin cells. (10-Do-It-Yourself, 2015, para 10).

    While there is not a cure out there for Psoriasis, there are many home remedies to help alleviate the daily pain Psoriasis causes. Everyone’s skin reacts differently, so if the home remedies are not giving you relief, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. Do not apply oils, or apple cider vinegar to any areas of the skin that are cracked and bleeding, as this will result in painful stinging and possible infection.

    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. ExpertsKnowBest.com disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

    References

    1. Understanding Psoriasis. (n.d.). WebMD. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/understanding-psoriasis-basics
    2. Orenstein, B. (2014, March 25). 8 Ways to Relieve Your Psoriasis Itch (L. Marcellin MD, Ed.). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/psoriasis-pictures/relieve-psoriasis-itch/#07
    3. Krans, B. (2015, January 28). 7 Ways to Treat Psoriasis Symptoms at Home (G. Krucik MD, Ed.). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis/treat-symptoms-home#36
    4. Herbs/Natural Remedies. (n.d.). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://www.psoriasis.org/treating-psoriasis/complementary-and-alternative/herbal-remedies
    5. Borelli, L. (2013, August 16). 5 Natural At-Home Treatments For Psoriasis. Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://www.medicaldaily.com/psoriasis-treatment-5-natural-ways-alleviate-skin-disorder-home-25211
    6. 10 Do-It-Yourself Psoriasis Home Remedies. (2015, June 3). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://www.everydayhealth.com/psoriasis-pictures/most-popular-psoriasis-home-remedies.aspx#02

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    Atkins Diet Review

    “Atkins” Diet Claims

    Dr. Akins created the Atkins diet back in 1972, and its overall message of low carbohydrates on a daily basis will most definitely lead to weight loss. There are no calorie restrictions when going through this diet, and you can eat as much protein as you want as long as you do not incorporate any carbs into the mix. The idea behind eating as much protein as you want comes from protein’s ability to fill you up faster and for longer amounts of time. Atkins diet sells many different snack options such as protein bars, shakes, and frozen meals that can be found in most grocery stores around the country but are not required while following this program. When going through this diet there are four main phases:

    Phase 1

    You are only allowed to eat 20 grams of carbs per day for two solid weeks during this phase. You are encouraged to eat high fats, and proteins along with many vegetables, as this is said to start the weight loss process.

    Phase 2

    This is the balancing phase where you can add in more nuts, fruits, and low carb vegetables back into your diet. The goal still remains the same however; eating as much dense protein as you can.

    Phase 3

    This stage is the maintenance or fine-tuning phase where you are near your goal weight and need to maintain it. While still focusing on more protein consumption than carbs, you can slowly add in a few carbs here and there. Be mindful.

    Phase 4

    The final phase is the long-term maintenance phase. After incorporating more proteins and less carbs into your diet throughout the program, this phase allows you to eat more carbs as long as the lost weight does not come back on.

    While taking carbohydrates and some fruits away from your diet are said to be healthy, this can also leave you feeling sluggish at best. This diet goes to the extreme to take away anything but meat and veggies for extended periods of time. Users have reported that their bodies do not smell good (breath, sweat, and skin) due to the large amounts of meat they have to consume. Depending on how much weight you have to lose, there are two programs to choose from. The Atkins 20 (Aimed at people who need to lose over 40 pounds) and the Atkins 40 (Aimed at people needing to lose 20 pounds or less) each program’s eating restrictions are pretty much the same, but the portion sizes are different. The cost of the program is purchasing the book for roughly $20.00, and buying the groceries each week for yourself.

    Is “Atkins” Diet Effective?

    Because a large amount of processed foods and carbs are cut completely out of your diet, the Atkins Diet has seen success. The question is, does the weight lost stays off once other foods are incorporated back into the diet? Most of the time, lost weight has been said to come back on once those carbs and sugars make their way back into the body. There is scientific evidence that backs up the idea that sugars and carbs will turn into fat in your body, so the overall idea of the diet has legs to stand on. What remains unclear is how healthy the long-term consumption of animal fat in large numbers is to your body overtime. Dr. Atkins himself died of a heart attack back in 2003, which left many second-guessing the validity of the program. People with heart problems, kidney disease, and high cholesterol are cautioned to consult a doctor before jumping into the Atkins Diet.

    Anytime you are drastically changing your diet, it will be tough to follow initially. To start out, you are only allowed to consume 20-40 grams of carbs at the most, which can send some people’s systems into a shock. There have been side effects of sluggishness, irritability, headaches, and foul odors such as bad breath when participating in the Atkins Diet. In total the programs can take a person a couple of months to finish, but everyone will lose weight at their own rate. The first initial phase lasts for two weeks, and then the other phases are on a personal time basis that are dependent on your weight loss goals. It does promote physical activity of up to 30 minutes a day, but does not focus on this as a main contributor in losing weight. If you are a vegetarian, you are able to follow the diet, but it will be much more challenging as your only source of nutrients will come in the form of vegetables, nuts, and seeds.

    There are many positive life changes that people experience while changing to Atkins Diet suggested way of eating but there are plenty of those who do not find it helpful or sustainable.

    Complicated. Hard to follow to implement.”- Joe Brennan

    I found the Atkins diet more complicated than I wanted to go through. I find it is much easier for me to follow a 1200 calorie diet to lose weight.“- Dizzylake

     

    What Are “Atkins” Diet Side Effects?

    As with any low carb diet possible side effects can be:

    Nausea

    Headaches

    Bad Breath

    Weakness

    Muscle Cramps

    Fatigue

    Skin Rash

    Constipation and Diarhea

    “Atkins” Diet Support

    Atkins Diet has been and still is one of the easily recognized diets in United States. It would most likely be difficult to find someone who has not heard or tried this diet or a very similar way of eating. Because this diet has been around for many years there are plenty of online support websites, forums posts and even private Facebook groups. You will not however find a personalized coach support nor will you have anyone specific to turn to for questions and please be wary of the advice you get from random strangers. People that have had any success, even if it is temporary, while losing weight tend to all of the sudden become experts at it. Be careful who you take advice from.

    Bottom Line

    When looking into the Atkins Diet support systems and social media, they have a large following of people with little user engagement on their social media accounts. The support systems are most definitely present with forums, support lines, and chat groups, which was nice to see. There are many positives to eliminating refined sugars, and carbs from your diet and one of them happens to be weight loss. This diet program is not for everyone, as many people have noticed their cholesterol levels rising, bad smells coming from their bodies, and an overall lack of nutrients when trying to complete this diet. You can purchase extra diet snack products almost anywhere you look, as well as the Atkins Diet book from the website directly or major distribution channels such as Amazon and Ebay. The diet takes a lot of time and energy, as many life changes will need to be made in order to be successful.

    References

    1. “Low-carb diet: Can it help you lose weight?” Mayo Clinic Staff https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/in-depth/low-carb-diet/art-20045831,  Aug. 29, 2017

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