Getting A Handle on Herpes – Uplifting, Empowering, and Informative

Getting a Handle on Herpes, by P.A. Arnold is a new eBook publication that is nothing short of informative, unique, and at times painfully humorous. Anyone who has contracted Herpes Simplex I or II will find the information in this book enlightening and extremely helpful.

Arnold discusses viruses early in the book, and then gets into the meat of her information. According to the author, the herpes virus is one that the author believes can be combated and controlled in several ways, those being the right diet (meaning food choices) supplements to build the immune system and combat the virus, and by developing psychological toughness.

Arnold shines in her knowledge of nutrition, and readers who aren’t terribly savvy about the impact of food other than eating and enjoying every bite, will find this section extremely informative and helpful. What gives an incredible amount of credence to what Arnold says is that she quotes from highly reliable resources and references others. The author doesn’t state that food affects herpes as a fact, but by the time one reads about alkaline versus acidic foods, the debate over lysine versus arginine in foods, and the effects of wheat consumption on a person’s health, a reader will have a lot to think about. As Arnold asks, if a person who has herpes found out that not by not eating bagels, drinking beer, or splurging on chocolate they could stop their outbreaks, wouldn’t they be happy to give those things up? Arnold quotes Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine who advised: Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine by thy food. She obviously wholeheartedly agrees with Hippocrates’ sage advice. The reader will also, by the time they finish with this section.

Arnold also discusses supplements as a way of controlling herpes outbreaks, especially vitamin C, and she also includes a brief discussion of essential nutrients, those nutrients that are not made by the body but must come from one’s diet. That Arnold favors vitamin C as an antidote for herpes is obvious when she references work by Linus Pauling, and Thomas Levy, now considered by many in this country to be the guru of vitamin C. She herself admits to taking eight grams of vitamin C a day, four in the morning and four before bed. She says she has been herpes free since she began this regimen. Coincidence? The panacea effect? Arnold admits anything is possible and concedes that she could have another outbreak at some time, but she firmly believes that vitamin C has made a dramatic impact on suppressing the virus.

One of the most interesting topics Arnold discusses is that the idea that herpes outbreaks are as much psychologically induced as physically induced. Readers will wish her discussion of the psychological aspects of herpes was longer because it is so fascinating. She says, “… what I ultimately discovered was that my worst enemy was not the virus, it was myself.”

Getting a Handle on Herpes is loaded with information, facts, and stories. Readers will find this short book to be not only helpful, but very uplifting. It seems certain that people with herpes who read this book will walk away feeling much better about themselves, more in control, and absolutely empowered to take command of the virus.

It is unfortunate the book will not appear in print at this time. This is a book one will want to underline, highlight, and follow up some of the references and resources. Very highly recommended.

What’s So Important About Brain Health?

The importance of keeping your brain healthy

Your brain is one of the most important organs in your body. It controls your entire biological system, and without having a healthy brain, you may find yourself with a poor quality of life in your elderly years. Of course, most people understand the importance of the brain, but what has changed in recent years is the information researchers have uncovered about the brain and how individuals can take action to keep it healthy. Just like muscles in your body can benefit from nutrition and exercise, so too can your brain benefit from nutrition and exercise.

The importance of keeping your brain healthy

There are many health issues directly related to brain function. The obvious ones are those that people observe with an elderly relative or parent. The onset of Alzheimer’s or others forms of dementia are prevalent today. Even when a specific form of memory or mental condition is not diagnosed, the majority of people will lose their mental alertness with age. A small loss of cognitive ability can bring about a lower quality of life.

The good news is that some of this mental deterioration can be prevented and in some cases reversed. Although medical researchers are still learning about the root causes of mental disease, they have discovered factors that contribute to it, and the surprising finding has been that people of all ages can benefit from activities that help keep the brain functioning in a healthy way.

Improving your brain health with nutrition

Just as nutrition is important to the rest of the body, it is just as important to the brain. There are certain aspects of the human diet that may be more important than others for the brain, but right now, research indicates the fundamental importance is a balanced diet. Researchers have understood the importance of nutrition for early brain development for a long time, but now it is understood that nutrition plays an important role in brain function throughout a person’s life.

Improving your brain health with exercise

The brain needs oxygen, and the best way to do this is with exercise. However, there are many scientists who believe it is not necessary to engage in strenuous exercise. A good walk in the fresh air can be just as beneficial to your circulation.

Improving your brain health with less stress

There is strong data that correlates high blood pressure with damage to the brain. This is especially true with people in their middle ages. Live a more stress free life and if necessary help control blood pressure with medication.

Improving your brain health with mental stimulation

There has been a lot of research in the last few years that correlates using your brain with less degeneration in the latter years of life. Even those who have suffered from a form of dementia have had their mental faculties deteriorate less than those who have not had daily stimulation. This mental stimulation can be something as simple as reading the newspaper everyday instead of watching television. Your brain must be used actively and not passively as is the case with television. Solving crossword puzzles is another example of a daily mental activity.

How Pilates Can Promote Good Health In Both Mind And Body

It’s been known for some time that a good daily exercise routine can help both improve a person’s physical health and also their mental outlook as well. The body just seems to respond well to being kept in tune. But even further advancement in mind/body health has been brought about in recent years through the use of the pilates exercise method.

Joseph Pilates formulated the basic exercises that comprise the system over 70 years ago, and so the system of graceful movements is named after him. Of course, since that time many more exercises have been added and refinements made, but many of the original exercises are still in use as well.

Pilates felt that the mind and body were connected as a unit and that the mind could help strengthen and control the body’s health if focused properly. So he worked up a system of movements that must be done gracefully and accompanied with proper breathing techniques to build up the core muscles of the body and enhance flexibility in the process. His work became quickly adopted when he opened his studio in New York City and since then has been carried on and expanded after his death.

Pilates exercises try to build strength and stamina not through aerobic and weight training as much as controlled body movements that use isometric principles instead. They can be performed just about anywhere and the only really necessary piece of equipment is a mat upon which to lie down.

Although pilates may sound like a very simple thing to do, there is more to it than you may initially think. Of course, it can be very gentle for those who have been injured and need to start slowly, but for those who are long time practitioners pilates can be challenging as it calls for stretching almost every muscle in your body as you go through the movements and to even hold those stretches for a period of time.

But pilates has another very beneficial effect on one’s health as it contributes to a positive and relaxed mental outlook. That is something that many people would love to have these days, and so they are surprised to learn that pilates can help in this area. But the combination of breathing exercises and total concentration on the movements seems to help many release the worries that cloud their mind from each day’s activity as they go through their pilates workout.

So if you feel that you need to improve both your physical and mental health, why not take a good long look at pilates to see if it can benefit you? It doesn’t take much to get started, and is not expensive at all like other fitness routines. There is no time like the present to begin.