Archive for October, 2011

Study Finds Physical Fitness Curbs Frequency and Severity of Colds

October 31st, 2011

According to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine people who are active and physically fit not only have milder
colds, but they have fewer colds. The severity of symptoms fell by 41 percent among those who felt the fittest and by 31 percent among those who were the most active.

In addition, the number of days the participants had cold symptoms varied quite a lot between winter and autumn, with an average of 13 days in the winter and 8 days in the autumn. Being older, male, and married seemed to reduce the frequency of colds, but after taking into
account some other influential factors, the most significant factors were
perceived fitness and the amount of exercise taken in.

The number of days with symptoms among those who said they were physically active on five or more days of the week and felt fit, was almost one half (43% to 46% less) that of those who exercised on only one or fewer days of the week.

Bouts of exercise spark a temporary rise in immune system cells circulating around the body, say the authors. Although these levels fall back within a few hours, each bout is likely to enhance surveillance of harmful viruses and bacteria,  so reducing the number and severity of infections, such as the common cold.

Nonetheless, no matter how much you exercise, when you do get a cold, it is nice to know that there is cold and flu relief from the Herbalix Respiratory Freedom™ Relief Salve. Get it this month for less!

Joint Pain from Working Out too Much Lately?

October 4th, 2011

If you have been experiencing some sore muscles or joint pain from too much exercise, then you will want to hear this. The body loses bone no matter how old you are, but if you are fifty or above, you are losing hormones too. This is also why most people gain belly fat, as the hormones aren’t as active anymore. Along with this comes joint pain for most people, and it can be caused by many types of conditions or injuries. The good news is that by  starting early, insofar as preventative measures,  you will discover many benefits later.

If you are experiencing joint pain it might be caused by inflammation of the bursae, the fluid-filled sacs that cushion and pad bony prominences. Like knees or elbows. The bursae allow the muscles and tendons to move freely over your bones.  However, the most common cause for pain in your joints are autoimmune diseases — which can include gout, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, lupus, and chondromalacia patellae.

Further, infectious diseases can also cause joint pain, from minor to severe, including: a viral syndrome,  Epstein-Barr, hepatitis; influenza;  Lyme disease,  rubella, measles,  chickenpox and mumps.

Relief from joint pain can be attained through various treatments, depending on the cause and ailment.  For example, non-arthritis joint pain is relieved via rest and exercise.  Many people also do stretching exercises and take warm baths, or use massage to find relief.

On the other hand,  let’s say your pain is caused by inflammation. Using an anti-inflammatory medication may help relieve any swelling or pain. But remember to check with your doctor before giving ibuprofen or aspirin to children.

We have all seen the myriad of muscle relaxants, creams and salves on the market.  You can always find natural remedies for joint pain, that do not include the long list of chemicals, and Herbalix Restoratives’ Aches and Pains Smart Salve™ –  a natural moisturizing stick specifically formulated to help with soreness and muscle fatigue.  The good news is that there are are no heavy camphor fumes from this salve. This salve can also be used to help relieve  the symptoms of inflammation from varicose veins and even hemorrhoids,  providing safe relief with no known side effects.

Smart Salve is quite helpful for sore joints and aching muscles. It can be used both before and after sports activities, gym  workouts and even dancing.  Another interesting plus about the salve — it can help with the discomfort of mosquito or other insect bites plus it provides a natural moisturizer to the skin.

Smart Salve includes the Herbalix Organic Preservative, and other key natural ingredients include: soy oil,  avocado oil,  shea butter, beeswax, virgin mango butter, cocoa butter,  jojoba oil, first pressed extra virgin olive oil, sweet almond oil, white camphor, chamomile, lemongrass, and the essential oils of lavender, white birch, rosemary, and eucalyptus.

Remember that if you have joint pain and a fever, these symptoms could be the flu.