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How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?

How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?

Little did the Bee Gees know in 1971 when they wrote this great classic that one day this would indeed be possible.

So, how can you mend a broken heart?

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Stem cell therapy just might be the answer. The results of some recent clinical trials have proven that not only can stem cell therapy repair a broken heart, but it can also result in improved quality of life for the patient. For more than 10 years, scientists have been convinced that stem cells are the future when it comes to repairing organs, since they can become any cell in the body, reversing damage otherwise thought to be permanent.

Heart disease is the cause of the majority of deaths in the developed world and presently, in these matters of the heart, today’s medicines can only keep a patient from getting worse. Drugs can be prescribed to help keep the blood vessels open and lower blood pressure to manage the condition, but really, the only option at present is a heart transplant. Amazingly, this could now change, since a drug has indeed been invented, using stem cell therapy, that really can mend a broken heart.

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Regenerating damaged organs with stem cell therapy

A team of leading scientists and physicians have found a completely new method of regenerating damaged organs with stem cell therapy. Their innovative discovery of very rare and potent tissue-specific stem cells has enabled them to meticulously engineer them towards unique disease-specific cellular regenerative medicines. Whereas most stem cell companies follow a philosophy of “one cell fits all” (as in, one cell that can treat all diseases), they have now discovered disease-specific and tissue-specific cells which enable them to treat different parts of the body with unique and precise treatments.

Obviously, the process of getting a new drug to market is a long one, but this new heart fixer is already in the very late stages of clinical trials. The clinical trial approval process has many government rules and regulations to protect patients. If approved in clinical trials, a treatment then needs the pharmaceutical and biotech industries to develop it further to ready it for the worldwide market.

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The biotech industry is continuously finding new ways to heal people. Improving human health has always been their principal objective. Their successful methods of healing have been used for centuries and include such treatments as using leeches to draw blood or improve blood flow and maggots to remove rotten flesh. The more recent advances in biotechnology, genetics and stem cell biology, are paving the way for diagnosing and treating disease in the future.

The world’s leading scientists are testing and trying new ways to work with stem cells, and this discovery of tissue-specific and disease-specific cells to treat different parts of the body is quite exceptional and advanced. It opens up the door to so many other treatments. These particular scientists are already working on stem cell treatments for tendons, and this treatment is also in the late stages of clinical trials.

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Eleven patients, with very severely damaged hearts and whose only hope of survival was to receive a heart transplant, have been treated with this new drug. Each patient had severe heart failure and had a life expectancy of less than one year, with a 70% likelihood of one-year mortality. Two years on and since treatment with this new heart-fixing drug, all patients are not only still alive but their heart function has actually significantly improved. Their scars have diminished and their quality of life has improved and continues to do so!

So, mending a broken heart could be closer than we think. The Bee Gees would be baffled, but proud!

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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