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Welcome to The Morning Strut.

This is a health-related blog where we talk to you (over coffee, of course!) about how to start the day off  correctly, and continue on that foot until you hit the pillow at night.

Here at The Morning Strut, we’re all about feeling good about ourselves and our bodies. We believe that the only way to wake up with a good attitude is to treat our bodies and souls correctly throughout the entire day.

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Inflammation and swelling in the anal area is not uncommon problem for many people. Namely, about 75% of older American experienced such problems at some point in their lives and hemorrhoids are the most likely explanation why this happens. Hemorrhoids or piles can be inside the anal canal (internal hemorrhoids) or bulge outside the anal area (external hemorrhoids). Patients with either usually suffer from itching, pain and sometimes bleeding, even though the illness does not have to cause any symptoms.

Concerned for their health, people often turn to natural hemorrhoid relief first. Herbs have been used for centuries to treat various medical problems, so there should not be any surprise they are helpful remedies for hemorrhoids, too. Butcher’s broom, horse chestnut and witch hazel are highly cherished among natural preparations.

Butcher’s broom or sweet broom (Latin name for this plant is Ruscus aculeatus) is one traditionally used for swelling of the veins or around anal area. It is found to be especially useful in situations where there seem to be the problem with venous circulation. An extract made from this plant contains a chemical called ruscogen, which is believed to minimize the swelling and improve the problem with hemorrhoids. This herbal remedy is not tested and confirmed to bring hemorrhoid relief. However, many patients have used its tea, different topical medications or capsules and reported significant advance.

Avoidance of herbal preparations containing Butcher’s broom is advised for patients diagnosed with hypertension, those on the therapy with MAO inhibitors or alpha blocker drugs and men suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia. These patients should avoid butcher’s broom. Pregnant women and moms who breastfeed their babies should stay away from this herb as well as its remedies.

Horse chestnut known as Aesculus hippocastanum, among medical professionals, has aescin as the main active ingredient. When considering this herbal remedy, patients must be very careful, because all parts of the plant except for the bark of young branches and the seeds are highly toxic. Do not use the remedy if you are allergic to the herbs from the same family, if you are using anticoagulant medications or have some bleeding disorder, because you might face unwanted and sometimes even serious health problems.

Hemorrhoid relief remedies are commonly made of the leaves and the bark of Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel). You won’t find any teas or capsules with this plant, for it is used to make creams or solutions and in some cases compresses. Witch hazel is efficient against hemorrhoid bleeding and patients have reported that other annoying symptoms such as the itching and pain have also subsided after the treatment.

Additionally, bioflavonoids from different citrus fruits, calendula and chamomile have been used to treat hemorrhoids with success. For supporters of Ayurvedic treatments, traditional Indian medicine suggests the use of triphala as hemorrhoid relief. To know more about hemorrhoid relief just click here.

Varicose Veins and My Variderm Review!

Well, all of those years of being on my feet for endless hours just trying to make a living did not pay off for me at all.  You see, I have those hideous varicose veins to show for it.  UGH!  I knew that eventually the job would take its toll on me, but I didn’t realize it would give me the unsightly legs that is has given me today.

Are you like me and suffer from varicose veins?  If so, we are in the same boat, but I have some good news that comes along with the bad news.  I have found a treatment option that works great for me and I had to share with those of you who are suffering just like I am.  Varicose veins are not pretty by any stretch of the imagination and for some of us, they just turn out to be, well, painful.

But, like I said before I have found the perfect solution to your varicose vein problems.  It’s called Variderm and it works like a charm on those varicose veins.  I had pretty much given up any hope of finding something that can help reduce the visibility of my varicose and spider veins, but low and behold there it was one day.  I was just surfing online and I saw an ad for it and had to click on it, just out of curiosity more than anything.

I have to say that was the smartest thing I’d ever done!  I started reading about Variderm and of course, shaking my head thinking it was just another product making some false promises to me.  Yeah, you know they are out there, but after giving it a try I knew the promises were real.  My varicose veins are almost completely gone at this point and I know that the ingredients in Variderm have been working hard to help build the strength of my veins back up so that I might not ever have varicose veins again.  It is truly amazing!

While I haven’t been taking Variderm very long, I can tell you that the results I’ve seen so far are more than I could ever have imagined.  I’m not embarrassed to wear shorts out anymore like I once was and putting on a swim suit, well, that was completely out of the question.  Now I do both and I don’t care if anyone sees my legs.  I’m not going to hide them anymore because I don’t have to!  Long gone are the days of burning up when it’s 90 degrees outside because I didn’t want anyone to see my legs.  I’m now the first one to throw those shorts on and walk right out of my house.

As sad as it is, the varicose veins seemed to take over my entire life and I didn’t like it one little bit.  I knew I needed to find something that would get rid of the varicose and spider veins that would work effectively and would not cause me any type of side effects at all.  I’m not much of a person that likes to take any type of prescription medication so I knew buying Variderm would make sure that didn’t happen.  All of their ingredients are all natural; seriously they are.  And they have been proven in research studies to decrease the visibility of varicose and spider veins while also supporting good overall health of your veins.  You can’t ask for much more out of any type of product that you buy.

I was ready to pay whatever was necessary to help get rid of my spider and varicose veins, but another surprise was in store for me.  Variderm was a steal compared to other treatment options and on top of that, it actually worked!  It fit right into my budget and no matter what type of budget you are on, I’m sure that Variderm will fit into yours too.  It comes in a dual action formula that works on your varicose veins from within your body.  You can take the pill to help support good vein health and blood flow and apply the cream to your varicose and spider veins to help reduce the appearance of them.

It is time that you stop living with the fear of ever putting on another pair of shorts or a swim suit and going out into public.  Once you start using Veriderm you will not only feel a difference in your varicose veins you will see the huge difference every single time you look at where the varicose veins used to be.

Take the leap and start using Variderm today.  You will never regret the decision to start using it.  I know I never have and my varicose veins used to define me (in my mind anyway), but now they aren’t even a factor of who I am at all.

How to Have a Healthy Heart

A healthy heart is a health asset that should be given top priority. The workplace has become very competitive and because of that there are so many workers who sacrifice their health especially the condition of their heart in order to go up the ladder of success. To keep the heart functioning well there are many things which should be avoided.

  • Stress – There have a substantial number of studies which have shown that stress induce coronary artery diseases. This is because stress can make people behave in ways which are detrimental to the health.
  • Smoking – The probability of smokers of contracting heart diseases is doubled if compared with non-smokers. The culprit there is the combination of nicotine and carbon monoxide which adversely affect the cardiovascular system. Secondhand smoke can be dangerous as well. Women smokers who are on the pill are also at high risk. There will be a higher susceptibility to stroke and other heart diseases.
  • Drug Use – There are particular drugs which may exacerbate the heart condition. Cocaine, for example, can trigger hyperventilation which can result to death. Heroin, on the other hand, can cause lung failure. The same is true with opiates.
  • Alcohol – Binge drinking or drinking too much can be risky for the heart. Drinking alcoholic drinks can affect the blood pressure, the weight as well as the level of the person’s triglycerides and these factors increases likelihood to have a stroke.


An individual’s lifestyle plays a great role in keeping the heart healthy and by avoiding stress, smoking, use of prohibited drugs and alcohol binges, the risks can be decreased.

Things to Do With Tomatoes

Tomato is one of the fruits that you find commonly used when cooking. This is why a lot of people mistake it for a vegetable. But whether it’s a fruit or vegetable, the most important thing is its very healthy and there are so many things people can do with it. Here are some of the things you can do with tomatoes which will really benefit you.

  • You can use fresh tomato when making your spaghetti sauce. Sure, those readymade sauces are delicious but it is healthier to use real tomatoes. You can chop them into small pieces and use them to cook the sauce.  The spaghetti would taste healthier.
  • You can also use tomato as a scrub for your skin. You can slice it in half and just rub it onto your skin with its juice and pulp. This will help you get rid of those pimples you want to clear your skin off. Experts also say that it can help lighten the skin which is why you can find it in many skin care products.
  • You can also make tomato juice. Many say that eating tomato taste better than drinking it but either way you do it, it’s still healthy for the body. Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C with this, eating tomatoes or drinking tomato juice everyday would is really healthy for the skin.

Tomatoes are very healthy whether they are ingested or applied as it helps in fighting diseases like cancer and it helps in maintaining beautiful skin.


Avoiding Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the most feared illnesses in the world. When you have diabetes, it is possible that any of your major organs can be affected. So for you to avoid diabetes, you will need to know what causes diabetes. If you then know what the reasons for the existence of diabetes are, you can then avoid them.

 When you have diabetes, the sugar levels in your body are high. Thus, it is not normal. Doctors then recommend that you take insulin shots to pipe down that sugar level. Now, where do you think did the sugar come from? Yes, from food. Therefore, you must know which food to take, more importantly, which is healthier.

So the first thing you should do to avoid diabetes is to know which food is healthy for the body and the mind. Or if you fail to do this, you should try enrolling in a diet plan. When you indulge yourself in a diet scheme, you strictly follow a guide because if you don’t, you will render such diet useless.

The next thing you should do is to try to work out. Not only does it tone your body, but it also keeps it healthy. So you must consider working out at the gym or even at your home to somehow help yourself. You don’t want to wait for diabetes to come. It’s best to do everything you can to prevent it from spoiling your body. Consider doing these two easy yet helpful tips so that you would be miles away from the illness.

Exercise Changes Lives

Exercise has always been touted as crucial to our health. It is indeed true. It is something very important because its outcome is not only in the physical well-being of a person but it also affects other aspects. Exercising is not a monopoly of the young and active people but rather it is for all ages. Doing it regularly can have a profound effect on our lives. Knowing how exercise can change lives will arm us with knowledge that will see us through the ups and downs of the journey towards a healthy lifestyle.

  • Weight Loss. One of the most common reasons why many of us exercise is for us to lose weight. It is true enough that we can achieve weight loss through physical activities such as sports or even when we do some housework. The more that we exert more physical effort, the more than we burn calories. Our metabolism becomes faster. We should make sure though that we do not do it to such an extreme because excessive exercising can also adversely affect it.
  • Mental and Emotional Well-being. Exercising makes us more mentally alert and more capable of handling our emotions. Doing it improves the flow of oxygen to the brain making it function well and these results to mental alertness. On the other hand, we would feel better because serotonin is produced making us feel happier and endorphins which energizes us. We feel more confident when we feel good.

Exercising can change the lives of people. It is instrumental in achieving wellness.

I had to experience menopause a little earlier than normal. At age 38, I had to have a hysterectomy.  The first six weeks they put me on a prescription synthetic hormone and that was it.  After that, the doctors assumed menopause was complete for me and would no longer give me hormone replacement.  So, here I was at 38 with the full range of symptoms including;

  • Hot flashes
  • Embarrassing night sweats
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Horrible mood swings.

I turned to natural supplementation for relief.  I tried several products and each one only relieved one symptom.  I had to buy several different products and this became expensive and a lot of different pills to take every day.  Then I found MenoClear. It contained all of the ingredients I had tried and then some, all in one supplement.  I was impressed to say the least. This product had my total body health in mind.  It really made me feel comfortable with the fact that it was expertly formulated by doctors based on scientific research of its quality ingredients in an FDA Registered facility.

I had both the nighttime symptoms and daytime symptoms. Troubling insomnia at night and hot flashes and mood swings during the day.  Most products I have found either deal with day or night symptoms separately. MenoClear went above and beyond to include ingredients in one complete system to address both my day and night symptoms together.

I know that my body needs calcium and I am at risk for osteoporosis.  MenoClear contains a complete blend of calcium and magnesium for maximum absorption by my body. I feel confident in knowing that while I am taking this for my menopause symptoms, I am giving my body vital nutrients for this time in my life.

I feel good about using “natural remedies” for my health these days. Using MenoClear, I don’t have to deal with side effects and I know that my body is getting quality ingredients that target all of my symptoms and the time of day they occur. MenoClear truly does work to improve my sleep patterns, improve my daytime mood and relieve my anxiety and hot flashes. For the last few years now, I had been using soy and wild yam separately, but that alone did not seem to relieve all of my menopause symptoms.  MenoClear goes above and beyond to add many other great ingredients to give my body what it needs during this time of my life. I really don’t want anyone to know that I am using this supplement and the manufacturer ships in discreet packaging, plus the shipping is quite fast.

I feel that MenoClear is the best product available to meet all of my needs during menopause.  The manufacturer of this product has really done a great job in hand selecting the best ingredients and given the best value pricing found on the market. I really like the four bottle deal and the great guarantee.

Thanks to MenoClear, I can finally get a good night’s rest and look forward to spending my days without hot flashes and mood swings!


How to Stay Healthy

Health is everyone’s priceless possession. However, health care can be quite expensive nowadays which is why there is a greater need to stay away from illness and keep our body healthy. Here are some of the ways for us to have a healthy body:

  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Strive hard to eat a balanced diet, have adequate sleep, and have regular exercise. A healthy routine will help keep the body fit and strong.
  • Stay away from vices. Refrain from drug abuse, smoking, and heavy drinking. They have serious effects on the mind and body especially when combined.
  • Make efforts to feel good about yourself. You can do this through proper hygiene and sustaining a well-groomed appearance. Not only does this make you more attractive, it also helps you feel confident.
  • Engage in recreational activities. Do not exhaust yourself from work and household chores. It is essential for every person to have a break. Have some time to do what you want to do like take care of your pet, go shopping, read a book, cook, and others.
  • Take care of your social relationships. Having terrible relationships with other people may bring you so much stress. It may even cause you to overeat or refrain from eating which are both bad for your health.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. It is important that you know what is happening so that you will know how to cope with the situations around you especially when it comes to environmental issues.

Staying healthy can be done in many ways. If we want to stay healthy, we must also stay motivated in doing the things that will safeguard our health.