Previous month:
June 2011
Next month:
August 2011

July 2011

Exercising With High Blood Pressure

Exercising With High Blood Pressure
By Mike Umberger

There are several disorders that can plague human existence and
a high blood pressure is undoubtedly one of them. In plain
terms, blood pressure is the force that is exerted by the blood
on the walls of its vessels. A high blood pressure arises due to
cardiovascular problems, when the heart finds it difficult to
pump sufficient blood into the vessels. There are drugs and
medicines that can reduce this or keep it in control, but most
often the effective treatment of this is through regular

A study shows that people with mild pressure have found
exercising to be a good way to keep the disorder at bay. Further
it has been found that people who lead a sedentary life stand a
greater risk of getting high blood pressure compared to those
who lead an active life. Exercising can also help in reducing
stress and hypertension which are potent causes of this ailment.
Although there are medicines that can ward off the problem to
some extent, they are often too expensive and may have harmful
side effects. Thus it is always a good idea to bring in changes
in your lifestyle and engage in fitness training as soon as you
are diagnosed with high blood pressure.

If you are not already into health and fitness, your first job
will be to get in touch with a fitness trainer who will be able
to guide you through the entire process. Of course you need to
get the permission of your doctor before that. Once you have the
trainer, you can start with exercises that will not to be too
exhausting for your body.

Aerobic exercises can be very effective. Walking, an aerobic
exercise has been found to be very effective in combating high
blood pressure. This is light on the body, doesn’t exhaust you
too much but works very well towards burning off extra fat from
your body. If your doctor allows you and you have a walking
program chalked out by your personal trainer, start off with
without delay!

Apart from that you can also do a bit of cardio training under
the supervision of your personal trainer. This will contribute
towards increasing your heart beat rate and hence result in an
easy blood flow reducing the probability of a high blood

Regular exercising can yield multiple benefits if you are
suffering from an increased blood pressure. Some of them are:

When you workout you lose weight and your body stays active.
This facilitates better blood flow through the vessels.
Exercising improves and increases the strength of your heart.
This enables it pump more blood into the blood vessels thus
diminishing the risk of a high blood pressure to a considerable

It also helps in de-stressing. People suffering from
hypertension are more prone to high blood pressure, so getting
rid of stress is important if you want to ward off the same.
Exercising is the best way to achieve this goal.

So, having high blood pressure shouldn’t deter you from a
regular session of fitness training. Rather it should be a
compelling reason why you would want to maintain a healthy and
fit body. Keep the discussed points in mind and very soon you
will find your blood pressure dipping more than you had probably

About the Author: If you want to get into the best shape of
your life check out the stories on this page.


Permanent Link:

Dental Cleanings Are For More Than Looks

Dental Cleanings Are For More Than Looks
By Dr.  Gianino

Much of the attention these days, when many of us are trying to
keep up with fashion, keep our bodies in shape and look our very
best, is upon the way that our teeth and smile look. Appearances
are certainly important and whether or not we like it, the fact
is that many people rely heavily upon appearance when they make
their first impressions of others. But while cosmetics and the
benefits of cosmetic dentistry play a big part in today’s dental
industry, and a beautiful smile can be a tremendous asset to
have, keeping our teeth clean and white goes far beyond just
looks and grooming.

Dental cleanings, whether done at home when brushing and
flossing after meals or by dental hygienists and dentists during
our routine visits to the dentist office, are a critical
component of our dental health. And because they are so
important for our dental health, and dental health connects to
our overall health, dental cleanings are vital to our general
health and well being.

Without proper dental hygiene and clean teeth it is possible,
and much more likely, that we will get infections in the mouth.
Some of these infections are caused by bits of food left in the
mouth to deteriorate and breed bacteria. If we do not clean our
teeth sufficiently and leave behind particles of food then those
tiny bits of food can actually start to break down.

As that chemical breakdown happens, the teeth that are next to
these particles will be impacted in a negative way by the
harmful bacteria that accumulates. Soon the bacteria will begin
to feed on and weaken the tooth, and a cavity starts to develop.
Left unchecked and untreated, the cavity expands, breaking down
the wall of the tooth as it penetrates the tooth enamel and
invades the pulpy and delicate central core of the tooth. From
there an infection can spread rapidly along the root canal.
Regular dental cleanings will prevent this from occurring.

When we do our own dental cleaning by brushing and flossing, it
prevents this avalanche of unwanted events from getting started
in the first place. So regular tooth and gum care not only makes
our smile look brighter and nicer but it can protect our teeth,
our gums, and our overall physical health. When the dentist does
a professional cleaning, it not only improves our smile and
looks but has a positive impact on our general health. The
dental professional is also looking for signs of decay, swelling
or inflammation of the gums, and other symptoms of trouble or
clues that there may be a problem starting. The dentist or
dental hygienist can examine the teeth and gums and
simultaneously clean them thoroughly.

They can also apply preventative solutions such as fluoride
that help us ward off dental disease while strengthening our
tooth enamel. The teeth get cleaned, they are whiter and
brighter, and we get not just a better looking smile but also
the confidence of knowing that our dental health is being

About the Author: Dr. Gianino has based his dental philosophy
on patient respect and genuine relationships, taking the time to
learn about the smile of your dreams - the smile you deserve.
You can visit his website at He would love
to hear from you.


Permanent Link:

Don't Forget To Laugh

A Laughing Woman Amongst Autumn Leaves
A Laughing Woman Amongst Autumn Leaves

Buy This



I once heard someone say that there is more sorrow in the world than joy. It certainly does seem that way; not a day goes by without media coverage of pain, hunger, conflict and death taking place somewhere in the world.

You need only pick up a newspaper to read about the latest natural catastrophe, high profile crime, or threat of conflict. So it's understandable that someone would conclude that the world is in sorrow. But even if the observation happens to be true, things don't have to remain that way.

As a matter of fact, I know of a simple way to counter it: laugh. Yes, laugh.

Genuine laughter requires skill. It means focusing on genuinely, happy and amusing events or things. This requires skill - but it's one that anyone can master.  It's the kind of laughter that comes from watching a dog chasing its tail. How funny is that? Come on, you know that's funny! Or listening to a burping rendition of your favorite theme song. Or watching a computer generated blob trying to make a date with a bowl of dessert gelatin. That's worth a good laugh.

The point is that anything that brings forth heartfelt laughter, the kind that wells up from deep within your soul is a good thing. Genuine happiness chases out sorrow. So look for goodness in the world and for the love of God Who is Life, don't forget to laugh.

***Like us on Facebook!!!***

I'm living fit, healthy and happy(SM). Are you?

"Don't Forget To Laugh" copyright © 2011 Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM). All Rights Reserved.




Don't Let It Weigh On You, Pete Part III



Pete has lost his appetite for the cereal. He returns to the kitchen, picks up a glass which he fills with cold water. The man drinks solemnly, thinking about the TV commercial. Pete realizes that he has to make some serious changes if he's ever going to lose weight. It's Saturday morning. There's no reason to park himself in front of the television. He can do something different.

After Pete takes shower, he puts on a pair of jeans and a shirt. He returns to the bedroom and gently kisses his wife on the forehead. Sleepily she says:"Good morning." then she opens her eyes wider and asks:"Where are you going?"

"For a walk." Pete says, smiling. He looks at his wife, she seems to study him incredulously. She glances at the clock then focuses her gaze on her husband again. "Are you sure that you want to go out this early?"

"Sure. You know what the doctor said. I need to start exercising. A walk will do me good."

"But you lose your breath so quickly," his wife reminds him gently. "I don't want you getting halfway down the block and then have trouble getting back home."

Pete thinks about what she said. She's right, he does run out of breath easily. But Pete knows that if he paces himself and takes it slow, he can do it. "Anne," Pete says reassuringly,"I can't keep going on like this. I've got to change, do what's best for all of us. It's just a short walk. I'll be okay. I promise."

Anne listens to her husband, his voice has a seriousness to it that she hasn't heard in a very long time. It resonates with her. "Okay," she says,"but carry your cell phone with you, please."

"No problem." Pete replies as he picks up his cell phone from the night stand. When he gets to the living room, he puts on his tennis shoes, loosely tying the strings. Pete grabs the doorknob but he doesn't open it the door. "I'm really gonna do this," he says, "I'm really gonna do this thing." Feeling emboldened by his own words, Pete opens the front door.

The sky is clear and the sun is shining, just coming just barely above the rooftop of his neighbor's house across the street. It's a bright morning and Pete steps into it. 

To be continued....



**All characters depicted in this story are fictional and do not represent living or deceased persons.

Disclaimer: **"Don't Let It Weigh On You, Pete" is not affiliated with the E! Television series "What's Eating You?"

Sign up for our newsletter to get important health and wellness news. I'm living fit, healthy and happy(SM). Are you?

"Don't Let It Weigh On You, Pete Part III" copyright 2011 Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM). All Rights Reserved.


Dual Research Studies Show That Exercise Really Is Good For The Aging Brain



The Archives of Internal Medicine published the results of two recent studies which provide further evidence that regular exercise staves off age-related cognitive decline.

The first study was the result of analysis of data from the 1995 Women's Antioxidant Cardiac Study (WACS) wherein scientists from the Foundation of Public Health in Paris, France and Harvard University looked at the relationship between physical activity and cognition in women with cardiovascular disease.

The research team, led by Marie Noel Vercambre, observed that women whom exercised the least had the highest decline in cognitive function. In other words, older women with cardiovascular whom rarely exercised, suffered a loss in their ability to think and reason.

A second study backs up this evidence. This time scientists analyzed data from the Health, Aging and Body Composition (Health ABC) cohort study which involved 3000 American men and women between the ages of 70 - 79 years.

This study, led by Laura E. Middleton, examined 197 people who participated in the larger Health ABC study. Middleton and her team were looking for a link between energy expenditure to self-reported physical exercise and cognitive impairment.

People who expended the greatest amount of energy also had the lowest level of cognitive loss. Put another way, people who exercised more were had stronger cognitive abilities than folks who didn't exercise.


What Do These Studies Mean To You?

The answer is simply, really: exercise helps the brain to remain alert. In fact scientists have known about this for a long time. Last March in my article "Regular Exercise Slows The Aging Process", I reported on the results of studies involving the positive effect that physical exercise had on the health of human cells.

Regular exercise slowed telomere degradation, telomeres are intricately involved in cellular health and aging. Exercise helps brain cells because it slows down the gradual loss of telomere length which occurs as a result of mitosis. When you look at the evidence from the studies mentioned in the March 2011 article as well as the two new studies which are discussed above, it becomes harder to dismiss the importance of regular physical exercise.

The Vercambre study looked at the relationship between cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline. That's very significant because cardiovascular disease puts you at greater risk of dementia and other diseases that will rob you of your ability to think and reason. What Vercambre showed was that exercise is a useful method for preventing Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias.

The remarkable and amazing thing about these studies is that you don't have to participate in strenuous workouts to slow age-related mental impairment. Walking for just thirty minutes a day can do the trick.

This reminds me of the World Health Organization's suggestion of one hundred fifty minutes of aerobic exercise each week (which is just thirty minutes per day), lowers your risk of cancer and heart disease (read my article "Healthy Lifestyle May Prevent Cancer Deaths: WHO").

Well, what more evidence do you need? Just as the opening headline says "Exercise really is good for the aging brain".


So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10


***Share this!! Share this!! You can do it!! Use Facebook, Twitetr, LinkedIn and the other social media tools located in the sidebar and bottom of this article to tell others about this website.***

I'm living fit, healthy and happy(SM). Are you?


Article Sources

Vercambre, et al. Physical Activity and Cognition in Women With Vascular Conditions. Arch Intern Med. 2011; 171(14):1244-1250

Larson. Brains and Aging: Comment on "Physical Activity and Cognition in Women With Vascular Conditions" and "Activity Energy Expenditure and Incident Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults". Arch Intern Med. Published online July 19, 2011. doi: 10.1001/archinternmed.2011.273

"Dual Research Studies Show That Exercise Really Is Good For The Aging Brain" copyright © 2011 Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM). All Rights Reserved.


** Registered & Protected

Deadlifting Challenge - Week 4 Progress Report



It was unusually hot so I reduced the intensity of my workouts to avoid heat related injury,  which gave me a good and safe training week.

Monday 18 July 2011

I performed a minicircuit which consisted of barbell bent over rows (5 reps x 4 sets x 185 pounds), pull ups/chin ups (10 reps x sets x body weight) and walking (5 sets x 2 min). I turned the fan up to full power, but it had little effect on cooling the area because of the high humidity in the room.

To prevent dehydration, I drank lots of water. It's absolutely crucial to stay hydrated particularly in environments of elevated heat and humidity because exercise raises body temperature (this is a natural product of energy expenditure). When the air is saturated with water (humidity), the body has a harder time cooling off, which can become serious if body temperature gets too high. 

I trained at a lighter pace, after a thirty minute workout called it a day. It was a good workout. 

Wednesday 20 July 2011   

I performed a whole body workout. I performed dumbbell squats (10 reps x 5 sets x 160 pounds), standing barbell one arm chest press (4 reps x 2 sets x 125 pounds, 7 reps x 2 sets x 95 pounds), pull ups (10 reps x 1 set x body weight), clean and press (1 rep x 135 pounds) and running in place (15 minutes total).

I stayed hydrated and limited myself to just 30 minutes of exercise. After two sets of standing one arm barbell chest press exercises, I decided to reduce the amount by thirty pounds; this is because my left pecs didn't have the energy to keep up with my right side. Even though I reduced the amount of weight lifted for the dumbbell squats it was still enough to give my lower body some needed exercise.

All in all I had a good workout.

Friday 22 July 2011 - Deadlift Day

I would have been unsafe and unwise to do heavy lifting during extremely hot and humid weather, so I performed deadlifts at 53 percent of my one rep max. The workout was set up this way: deadlifting (10 reps x 225 pounds) [60 seconds rest] hand clap push ups (10 reps x body weight) 10 minutes of walking.

I performed five deadlift sets and three sets of hand clap push ups, I did the push ups for upper body strength/conditioning/coordination exercise. The walking was done for light cardiovascular exercise and allowed me to take cool down after weight lifting. 

I had a good workout in spite of the heat.

Deadlifting Plans For Week 5 

During week 2 of my deadlifting challenge, I performed ten deadlifts at 345 pounds. If the weather improves, I plan to deadlift for twenty reps at 345 pounds. I'll reduce the squats to 190 pounds while keeping the number of reps and sets consistent with previous workouts in this exercise. The crossovers are good but I won't do any this week. My hope is this will give my hamstrings enough time to recover for deadlift day.

I'll keep you updated on my progress.


***Share this!! Share this!! You can do it! Use Facebook, Twitter, Stumbleupon and the other social media tools located in the sidebar and bottom of this article to tell others about this website.***

I'm living fit, healthy and happy(SM). Are you?


"Deadlifting Challenge - Week 4 Progress Report" copyright 2011 Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM). All Rights Reserved.



What Is Living Fit, Healthy and Happy (SM) About?




Hi. I'm Joseph, the administrator and publisher of Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM). This website receives a lot of visitors and we're happy to serve all of you. But every so often someone will scratch their head at the diversity of topics presented here. One minute you're reading about heart disease, next you come across articles about dental care, then wakeboarding and just when you think you've got a handle on it all, there's a story about love that shows a photo of a polar bear family prominently featured at the top of the article. This causes some people to ask: "Is this a website about weight loss or sports or anti-aging or motivation? What on earth is Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) all about?" The answer to that question is that this website is about those things and so much more.


Why Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) Was Created

I was fortunate enough to attend and earn my degree at a Public Ivy. Biological systems have always fascinated me so I studied life sciences with an emphasis on physiology. I'm also devoted to physical fitness and I wanted to share these things with others.

This website was created on a very simple premise: help people to lead a healthy lifestyle by providing articles on nutrition and physical fitness. So I posted articles about nutrition and exercise, but soon realized that "healthy lifestyle" was too compartmentalized. Traditional views on health are often very limited: we look only at the effect our actions have on the body. If we're hungry, eat; if we're tired, sleep; if we're sick, take medication. In recent decades science has added a second approach to matters of health, one that looks at the whole organism: holism.

We can never be truly healthy until our mind, body and spirit are harmonious. In other words, a holistic approach to health is one which recognizes that when the body is unhealthy, it will eventually influence the mental and emotional states, too.

Holistic health is much more reasonable than a reductionist view of the body and its states. Holism is inclusive and allows for complexity (ergo the indivisibility of mind, body and spirit) whereas the reductionist (i.e. traditional) view does not. Thus I expanded the scope of Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) to include topics on a variety of subjects to better reflect the name I had given to this website. 

This involves a lot of research. Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) has been online since summer 2007 and during that time has posted over 1200 articles and counting. As a member of online media I am constantly improving the way that I present information, so that it best serves the public interest in promotion of a healthy lifestyle in ways that educate as well as entertain you.

That is why you read articles written by me under the pen name "healthy_blogging" and why the archive includes articles written by other authors, too. Each article that I post on this website is the result of that research; if it's useful to you, it will be found here.

We're always available via email to take your suggestions to improve the quality of the website and learn what you would like to read here. You're also welcome to spread the word about Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM). I've installed many social media tools on the website to make it easy for you to connect with your family and friends about our website (for more on this read "How To Use Social Media Tools On This Website").




Devotion to quality content is paramount. I have turned down companies and organizations that have approached me to publish articles or host products that I felt were contrary to the mission of this website. Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) is FOR PROFIT, however, we're only interested in working with advertisers who provide useful products and services that are of benefit to you. You come to Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) because you're looking for information that will improve your life and those of your loved ones.

We'll never jeopardize our relationship with our readers. You matter to us.

When we're approached by the US Olympic Committee to help spread the word about the hard work of our athletes and to support team USA; spreading the word about events for the Fresh Air Fund, an organization which has (since its inception in 1877) helped thousands of young people to have better lives; and most recently answering the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's request to join them in the Million Hearts initiative to reduce the total number of American heart attacks and strokes by one million within the next five years, we know that we're doing meaningful work that touches the lives of others.

So please, come in and have a look around. Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) has a lot to offer and we're happy that you've made us your home on the internet. 

Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) will always promote the word of the Living God.

Sign up for our newsletter to get important health and wellness news. I'm living fit, healthy and happy(SM). Are you?

The name "Living Fit, Healthy and Happy" is service marked.

The image and logo are the property of Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) which reserves exclusive rights to their name and likeness.

"What Is Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) About?" copyright 2011 Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM). All Rights Reserved.



Making Natural Weight Loss Work For You

Making Natural Weight Loss Work For You
By Adrianna Notton

Often people refer to natural weight loss as doing it the hard
way. And there is some truth to that statement. However, if you
want to get healthy while losing weight, there is no better
option than to do it the natural way.

Having patience with yourself and being practical when it comes
to your progress are the most important qualities in any
effective effort. Cutting out all 'bad' foods or setting strict
limits might seem like the best way to reach your goal fast, but
it is actually more likely you will just become frustrated and
give up. Instead, make smaller, more gradual changes that you
are more likely to stick with.

Fiber is something of a miracle nutrient. As well as being good
for your health, it takes up physical space in your digestive
tract and allows you to eat fewer calories without getting
hungry. If you choose fiber from natural sources, then you also
don't have to worry too much about eating a balanced diet, since
natural fiber sources such as whole grains, fruits and
vegetables, are also high in other nutrients.

The best things to reduce in your diet for reasons of health
are saturated fats and refined sugars. These items are both bad
for your body, and have no nutritional value. However, they are
what makes a lot of foods taste good, and trying to cut them out
entirely can backfire on you. Instead, try to eat more modest
portions of foods containing these items.

Many people think that healthy food isn't tasty, but this is
usually because they don't know how to prepare it, or what kinds
of foods to eat. Be adventurous with your food choices, and try
things you've never had before. Get a few healthy cookbooks and
make some recipes out of them. Experimenting with different
options is a major key to success for many people.

Not only actually losing weight, but also keeping the weight
off is important in the long run. The prospect of a never-ending
diet is not popular with many people, unsurprisingly, but it
doesn't actually have to be that bad. Think of it as a change in
your eating habits, not a strict diet. And don't try to make too
many changes too quickly, or you might become overwhelmed.

Many diets treat exercise as something you only do to burn
calories. But there are many health reasons to pursue getting
regular exercise, beyond that it helps you lose weight. Try to
exercise with an eye on your whole-body health rather than on
how many calories you burn, and don't stop even if your weight
loss seems to be plateauing.

Giving up on weight loss efforts is not uncommon. However,
don't assume that you have to give up because you've had a few
bad days or even ten. When making a long-term change,
backsliding is inevitable, and you have not failed unless you
don't try again. Keep your eyes on the prize of a healthy body,
and get back on the diet horse whenever you fall off.

About the Author: A natural weight loss clinic that helps its
clients reach their nutrition and weight loss goals in record
time and in a healthy way. Lose weight fast by following a
natural diet and consulting weight loss experts on a regular


Permanent Link:

What Does Your Smile Say About You?

What Does Your Smile Say About You?
By Penny Lane

A pretty smile gives you confidence and can make you feel good
about the way you look. When you feel good about yourself, it is
projected at into the world and others pick up on it. Modern
cosmetic dentistry techniques can be done painlessly through
sedation and improved dental techniques. If you would like a
smile that projects self-confidence then you need a cosmetic
dentist to help you improve your smile. Many people do not go to
the dentist because they are afraid of the pain. However, with
new techniques there is no need to fear the dentist any longer.
A sedation dentist can help give you a beautiful smile without
feeling any pain. Going to the dentist does not need to be an
unpleasant experience.

There are many ways to make your teeth look whiter and to make
you appear more confident. A dental professional can provide a
number of services that can help you to improve your smile.
Whitening is a way to make your teeth look whiter and brighter.
The process removes stains and substances that contribute to a
dull smile. A dentist can lighten your teeth in about an hour
and you can see immediate results. Teeth whitening treatments
done by a professional will last for many years. A laser is used
to activate a cleaning gel that whitens the teeth. A cosmetic
dentist can give you visibly whiter teeth with very little
hassle or trouble on your part.

Another option that a dental professional can use to give you
the smile that you want is by using veneers. This is a technique
that can fix almost any dental problem. The cosmetic specialist
places a covering over the teeth that are bonded to the natural
tooth surface. Veneers can be made from porcelain, pressed
ceramic, or a composite resin. Veneers can help to correct
stained teeth, teeth that are worn from normal wear and tear and
for those that are chipped, cracked, or uneven. A cosmetic
specialist can give you a smile that is perfect in every way.

Many people are afraid of the pain of going to the dentist and
will live with many years of poor teeth before they finally go.
However, a sedation expert can help take the worry out of
getting your teeth cleaned and repaired. They can offer several
types of measures to make you feel more comfortable during your

A dental office can offer a number of different sedation
techniques these include nitrous oxide, local anesthetics, oral
sedatives, or IV sedation. The dental professional has many
options available to help keep you comfortable during your
visit. There is no reason to feel pain during your visit and a
professional can help you to have a pleasant experience. In must
be noted that sedation and pain relief are different from one
another. A dental expert will have to give you a local
anesthetic in addition to a sedative in order to make sure that
you have as pain free experience as possible. A beautiful smile
is important in so many ways and dental professional make your
smile the best that it can be.

About the Author: For more information about cosmetic dentists
go to .


Permanent Link:

What You Need To Know About Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms



Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disorder that causes sufferers to experience extreme tiredness which interferes with daily activities., a website maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health, says the disorder may affect up to one million Americans, although less than one quarter of such cases have been diagnosed. Although CFS is prevalent among women, it can strike people from all age groups and walks of life.

Scientists have yet to determine the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome, but they are making progress in this area (read my article "Scientists Identify Possible Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Biomarker"). The Department of Health and Human Service's Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Fact Sheet reports that it's difficult to determine if a person has the disorder because one of its primary symptoms - extreme tiredness - is common to many illnesses. However, government health experts say these symptoms are often associated with CFS:

  • tiredness that lasts 24 hours after engaging in physical or mental exercise
  • forgetfulness or difficulty focusing on tasks
  • continuing to feel tired even after sleeping
  • muscle aches and pains
  • achy or painful joints without redness or swelling
  • headaches of a new type, pattern or strength
  • sore throat
  • tenderness of lymph nodes in the neck or underarm
  • chills and night sweats
  • blurry vision
  • irritable bowel
  • allergies and sensitivities to food, odors, chemicals, medications, and noise/sound
  • difficulty sitting, standing up, maintaining balance
  •  fainting


What Does This Mean To You?

Currently, there is no cure for chronic fatigue syndrome (also referred to as chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis), but there are ways to manage its symptoms. Experts caution against using dietary supplements, herbal remedies because they could be harmful. Government health officials instead offer these chronic fatigue syndrome treatment suggestions which include:

  • keeping a journal of your daily activities, making note of activities that tend to make you tired and when they occur
  • cutting back on activities that tire you out and to differentiate between activities that are important and those which you don't need to do as often
  • using yoga, massage, stretching, chiropractic care and acupuncture
  • joining a CFS support group
  • using talk therapy to cope with your feelings

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also suggests that you talk with your doctor about your symptoms and ways to deal with your lack of energy. CFS may be painful, but it doesn't have to control you.

Sign up for our newsletter to get important health and wellness news. I'm living fit, healthy and happy. Are you?


Article Source Chronic fatigue syndrome fact sheet.

"What You Need To Know About Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms" copyright 2011 Living Fit, Healthy and Happy. All Rights Reserved.


** Registered & Protected