Learn about Surfing and Spina Bifida Video

Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning surfing and spina bifida.
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Learn about Surfing and Spina Bifida Host: Grab your bold narrow and let us head for some net in narrow. At least that time you would have invited a buddy to go wave sliding way back in the 1500’s in Hawaii where the art of surfing first took off. Today heating the waves of your favorite break looks a little different to the way it did way back when. Lightweight fiber glass and firm boards became popular in the 1950’s and the 60’s replacing old style wooden Malibus. It was not long before people withdrawing in a fin trick like cutbacks and floaters to impress their friends. Not to mention the most sought after experience of all getting borrowed which entails letting a huge wave curl over the top of you as you surf on down the tube. Surfing is a great way to keep fit and stalk up on fresh air. You will burn a moderate amount of calories about 210 per hour. You will tone your shoulders and triceps as you paddle out pause the break in preparation. Your quantriceps, abs and hamstrings will give you a swift boost up onto the board where you will rely on core strength to stay balanced. Your obliques and lower back will help you turn and maneuver the board. Do not be put off by all the muscular prerequisites if you are just starting out. As long as you have got a bit of upper body strength you will turn and develop the risk as go. Do not worry you will not be bunny, a beginner forever as long as you put in some practice. If you happen to eat that is full off. Well curving up that surfing on and echo of a huge wave, you can avoid becoming cactus that is reaped up by the rift with a few simple tips. Number one, stick to your competency level, if you are a bunny and have only been surfing for a few weeks stick to the lower and intermediate waves. Practice your wipe out technique. This is the art of falling off the board. Do not try and claw your way out of the spin cycle. That is the underwater turbulence. Just relax and let the water and your own natural buoyancy bring you back up. If you panic you are more likely to get hit in the face with your own board. Just go with the flow and get a grip. A real wax board leads to fuel wipe outs. If you live near the beach grab your board and head for the break. It is more than just a way to keep fit. It is a lifestyle. Meaning split spine, spina bifida is a condition affecting one in every thousand people. Detected in uteru via ultra sound and neural tube scans, this malformation of the spine can be a asymptomatic when due to a very light feature or quite debilitating when due to the gap in the spine being large enough for the spinal cord to protrude unprotected. Nobody is quite sure what causes spina bifida but it is probably a combination of things like nutrition as well as genetic and environmental factors. Lack of folic acid in the diet of the pregnant mother is linked to increase risk of spina bifida in babies. For this reason most pregnant women take folate supplements and a copious amount of green vegetables. Foods like breads are being fortified with nutrients like folate to reduce the risk of conditions like these. Rebecca Foster: Bread is a good way of getting folate into the diet because it is commonly consumed in quite large amounts. The countries that have already undertaken this, this fortification of bread products such as the USA, Canada and Chile have all found quite positive results. Host: Women need 400 micrograms of folate per day. Try munching on green beans, lentils, oranges, broccolis, spinach and fortified foods like bread and cereal. Andrew Russell: Not of us want unnecessary additives or things that could be harmful. This is a different case and there is a plain case for it in the prevention of severe disability. Host: Spina Bifida can lead to paralysis, sexual dysfunction and urinary incontinence. Eat a broad, healthy range of foods for you and your baby. Twenty three percent of people actually have a mild form of spina bifida and may not even be aware that they have i

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