Olympian’s, Just Like Us?

The excitement was felt worldwide last night as the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games kicked off.

The athletes are ready for the greatest physical competition of their lives and this opening day is a result of a life time of work.  Daily training, diet, and mental preparation all play a role in whether they achieve gold.

Discovering Olympians’ diets or training secrets has always been a great American past time. Is it because we all have dreams of someday standing on a podium as the crowd shouts, “USA, USA”?

To fuel up like Olympian swimmer Michael Phelps keep in mind that he eats up to 12,000 calories a day. Some of his favorite foods include french toast, pancakes, eggs, pasta, and energy drinks!

While other athletes have different culinary choices, like tennis player Venus Williams, who chose a raw vegan diet plan to accompany her to the Olympics.

One thing is for sure, these athletes burn more calories than average people. But is it possible that eating like an Olympian will help you reach that gold medal? It’s possible, perhaps if you are burning 3,000 plus calories a day…like many Olympians.

So how many calories do they burn? Read more HERE to find out.

Enjoy the 2012 Summer Games!

~Professional Medical Corp.

Yoga at Any Age

As our bodies change through the years it is important to evaluate our exercise routines, perhaps make modifications, or try something new.

Milder forms of exercise such as jogging, brisk walking, and yoga can be a great alternative to an aggressive physical workout.

Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years and has been praised for improving flexibility, strength, improving concentration, posture, and mental wellness.

A daily yoga routine also helps you to connect with your body, quiet the mind, and promotes relaxation. Find time to yourself and try an easy 9 pose yoga session. The following is an overview of a Basic Yoga Session for the Elderly. You do not have to do all the poses, stop when you already feel tired. For specific steps for each pose please read the full article descriptions HERE.

Kapalabhati

Kapalabhati is a Breathing Technique used specifically for cleansing. If you have a lot of mucus in the air passages or feel tension and blockages in the chest it is often helpful to breathe quickly.

Easy Pose (Sukhasana)

This is one of the classic Meditative Poses and is usually performed after doing the Corpse Pose. The Easy Pose helps in straightening the spine, slowing down metabolism, promoting inner tranquility, and keeping your mind still.

Cat Pose (Bidalasana)

The Cat Yoga Pose teaches you to initiate movement from your center and to coordinate your movement and breath. These are two of the most important themes in Yoga practice. Keep in mind that the Cat Pose may not be advisable if you have any chronic or recent back pain or injury.

Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Shvanasana)

The Dog Pose improves flexibility of your spine, stretches the hips and middle and low back, rejuvenates the body, and helps in preventing back problems. Take note that this Yoga Pose should not be performed if you have serious back pain or injury.

Double Leg Raises

A Double Leg Raise is similar to a Single Leg Raise, only this time, you will raise both legs. In doing this Yoga Pose, make sure that the full length of your back is resting on the floor and your shoulders and neck are relaxed.

Half Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

If done properly, the Half Spinal Twist lengthens and strengthens the spine. It is also beneficial for your liver, kidneys, as well as adrenal glands.

Locust Pose (Salabhasana)

If the Cobra Pose works mainly on the upper back, the Locust Pose targets the lower part. This posture also strengthens the abdominal area, arms, and legs. Another thing that makes it different from many poses is that it entails rapid movement.

Wind Relieving Pose (Pavanamuktasana)

The term Pavanamuktasana comes from the Sanskrit word ‘pavana’ which means air or wind and ‘mukta’ which means freedom or release. The Wind Relieving Pose works mainly on the digestive system. specifically, it helps in eliminating excess gas in the stomach.

Yoga Exercise – Corpse Pose (Savasana)

The Corpse Yoga Pose is considered as a classic relaxation Yoga Pose and is practiced before or in between Asanas as well as a Final Relaxation. While it looks deceptively simple, it is actually difficult to perform.

Remeber to always listen to your body and do what makes you comfortable. Namaste.

~Professional Medical Corp.

Anti-Inflammatory…Cherries?

According to new findings at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland cherries have high anti-inflammatory compounds, the same as in aspirin.

These results suggest that tart cherries can someday be used as an alternative treatment for patients with osteoarthritis, exercise recovery, and dieting.

“The anti-inflammatory powers of tart cherries can make them a smart choice for healthy people too. In a number of studies, athletes who drank tart cherry juice before running a race or doing intensive strength exercises felt less pain afterward and bounced back faster than those who didn’t.”

Does this mean your doctor will prescribe a slice of cherry pie? Not likely. But cherries come in a variety of other forms to try from juices to dried. If you dare try a fresh tart cherry but be warned they do have quite a bite!

Read more about the power of cherries HERE

~Professional Medical Corp.

Exercise for Global Health

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We all know that exercise is a vital part of overall cardiovascular health and muscle strength. But who is getting enough exercise and who is falling short?

According to a new series of studies done by Lancet, people across the globe are falling short on exercise. The study’s alarming statistics found that eight out of 10 youth (ages 13-15) don’t get enough exercise.

In the study researchers discovered that lack of exercise worldwide produces roughly as many deaths as smoking does (1 out of 10).

Despite these deadly results, lack of exercise doesn’t get the same funding or attention as other health problems,  said Pedro Hallal, associate professor at the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil and author of one of the studies.

“It gets underfunded and undervalued,” Hallal said. “But it’s huge everywhere in the world.”

Lessons can be learned from these eye-opening finding. Exercise can be part of your daily routine, try a simple walk around the block, cycling to work, or a fitness class with friends. Set goals for your exercise routine and help yourself live a long and happy life!

For more information on the above findings the full article can be read HERE.

~Professional Medical Corp

Grilled Shrimp “Souvlaki”

Grilling is a great way to enjoy the summer season and get outdoors. Try this Greek recipe this weekend and enjoy!

Souvlaki is a popular Greek fast food that is small pieces of meat and sometimes vegetables grilled on a skewer. It may be served on the skewer or try placing it on a piece of flatbread.

Ingredients

  • 1 poundlarge shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 6 tablespoonsfresh lemon juice, divided
  • 2 teaspoonsolive oil, divided, plus additional for brushing grill
  • 3 tablespoonschopped fresh dill, divided
  • 1 tablespoonchopped fresh oregano
  • 3/4 cuplow-fat Greek yogurt, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced and divided
  • 2 cucumbers (about 1 pound)
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1 small red onion, cut crosswise into 1/3-inch-thick rings
  • 4 whole-grain flatbreads
  • 8 small romaine leaves (optional)

Preparation

1. Preheat grill.

2. Rinse shrimp, and pat dry. Stir together 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon oil, and 1 tablespoon each dill and oregano in a medium bowl. Add the shrimp, and toss to combine. Marinate, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes.

3. Stir together 1/4 cup yogurt, half of garlic, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon dill in a serving bowl. With a vegetable peeler, cut cucumbers into lengthwise ribbons, discarding the largely seeded core. Toss cucumber ribbons with yogurt mixture and pepper, to taste.

4. Combine the remaining 1/2 cup yogurt with remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice, remaining 1 tablespoon dill, and remaining garlic in a small serving bowl for raita sauce. Season with pepper, to taste.

5. Toss tomatoes and onion with remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil in a bowl. Grill shrimp with tomatoes and onion in a lightly oiled well-seasoned cast-iron skillet or grill pan, turning once, 5 minutes or until shrimp are bright pink and cooked through, tomatoes are softened, and onion is golden brown and tender. Transfer to a plate; cover and keep warm.

6. Grill flatbread until golden brown and slightly crisp. Transfer to 4 serving plates; top evenly with cucumber salad, shrimp, onions, tomatoes, and romaine, if desired. Serve with raita sauce.

Recipe from Health online

FDA’s New Safety Plan for Opioids

The Food and Drug Administration has taken a stand against opioid abuse with their new safety measures.

This plan is a result of the fast growing prescription drug epidemic in the United States. Opioids are at the heart of this widespread debate, as they are prescribed for chronic pain, and sometimes over prescribed or abused because of their highly addictive qualities.

The abuse of common opioids such as OxyContin, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and fentanyl have contributed to the increase in annual opioid related deaths. “In 2008, nearly 15,000 Americans died where opioids were involved. In 2009, that number went up to 16,000” according to the FDA.

In order to cut down on the abuse of these drugs the FDA has established guidelines for manufactures to better educate physicians.

“The education guidelines will include information on weighing the risks and benefits of opioid therapy, choosing patients appropriately, managing and monitoring patients, and counseling patients on the safe use of these drugs.”

For more information please read the full article HERE.

Other information provided by the FDA.

~Professional Medical Corp.

Great Places to See – Bellingham

With summer temperatures finally heating up there is no better time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest. If you are looking for a short distance trip or an overnight excursion the city of Bellingham is just what you need.

The city offers a variety of activities for all ages and lifestyles. From outdoor hiking and biking at Galbraith Mountain to dinner for two in historic Fairhaven . There are also many local businesses to enjoy downtown, such as INNATE which is a must see destination for art and one of a kind screen printing.

Bellingham’s Saturday market is the place to be during the summer, it offers great produce, ready to eat food, and crafts. It’s no surprise that it has been ranked the number one farmer’s market by Sunset Magazine.

Get out there and enjoy the community of Bellingham which is just far enough away so you feel like you are on vacation but close enough to the comforts of home. Enjoy!

~Professional Medical Corp.