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Category Archives: Health

Get Advantages from Magnesium

Combine magnesium with vitamin B6 and you can relieve most of PMS symptoms along with dissolving calcium oxalate kidney stones.

But watch that calcium intake in supplement form. Over consumption of calcium can actually contribute to magnesium deficiency.

We’ve talked about your body being over acidic before on these pages and that is no different here in magnesium deficiency. Magnesium along with potassium are the first minerals to be lost in an over-acid condition of the body. Remember we want to keep our bodies in the 7.3 ph range on the ph scale. When we get below that number we are susceptible to disease and or worse. Alcohol, diuretics, diarrhea, fluoride, and vitamin D can deplete the body of magnesium.

How do I know if I am Magnesium deficient? Well odds are you probably are. But your Doctor can tell by giving you a standard serum magnesium blood test.

Conditions that might prevail if you are severely magnesium deficient are many but I will list a few here. Abdominal Pain and Inflammation, Adrenals (exhaustion, weakness and burnout). Angina, Anxiety, Arrhythmia and Arthritis. Colon (spastic), Confusion. Cramps (leg and menstrual).

This list is long and goes on and on. Many, many people have magnesium deficiencies

Migraines, if your Migraines are accompanied by muscular tension or cramping. Anything that feels too tight. Constipation, heart palpitations, anxiety, insomnia or fatigue. Magnesium deficiency may be a factor.

Always stay very hydrated with water, alkaline water if you can find it and watch whatever else you drink.

Soda is your worst enemy in today’s world. Have a beer instead it’s actually better for you. Too many people consume several Soda’s a Day. You cannot drink enough water or even alkaline water to combat the acid content of even two sodas. You would have to drink 800 Oz’s of Alkaline Water just to get your body back to where it was (ph wise) prior to drinking those two sodas.

Now wonder so many people get colds and the flu! Our Society’s Immune systems are at an all-time low here in America. Yes Magnesium deficiency along with Iodine deficiencies are at epidemic levels here in the USA but what are we doing about it? Nothing that I can see from our Health Care Industry!

Tips Manage Asthma

First, it is important to learn how to identify the things and situations that can trigger your asthma symptoms. Your asthma can be aggravated by intense cardiovascular exertion. If so, take greater care when engaging in exercise. Perhaps animal dander is your primary trigger. If this is the case, try to avoid spending time in environments where pets are known to live. By proactively managing your activities in this way, preventing exposure to asthma triggers is easier than you may have initially thought.

You should learn how inhalers work and how they can be used most effectively. Familiarity with inhalers may come through personal experience combined with information from your physician. Regardless of how it is acquired, knowledge about the proper way to utilize an asthma inhaler is critical to effective management of symptoms of the condition.

Do not hesitate to work together with your doctor to develop an appropriate symptom management strategy for your needs. Everyone is different, so it is important to discuss a customized plan for handling symptoms and circumstances that may trigger attacks.

Always be prepared for emergency situations brought on by an asthma attack. The onset of severe asthma symptoms can be an incredibly frightening turn of events, and it is important for you and your loved ones to know how to handle such situations. Inhalers should always be close at hand, and you should train yourself to recognize when professional assistance is needed so that you can get to the hospital in a timely fashion in the event of a serious attack.

Finally, you should not allow asthma to take control of your life. While there is no doubt that asthma is a serious condition that can pose real challenges, you do not need to surrender your hopes of getting your healthy life. By taking the time to learn about the condition and adopt some smart techniques for managing it, you can live a fulfilling, active life.

Get Rid of Headache

Any headache can be a very nervy moment, because you get a feeling as to why this is happening. There is always a reason to try your best to get rid of the ache as soon as possible.

Use of feverfew plant

In case you are not able to use any nuts, you can also consider using the plant called the feverfew. Feverfew plant helps in relaxing your blood vessels when you are attacked with a migraine. This in turn can give you a very quick relief and thus it is a short term option capable of being used in the long run as well.

The ACV or Apple cider vinegar

This is a common and a natural remedy that is capable of treating any type of pains and these include headaches. It is thus used by thousands and millions of people around the world to relieve and treat anything and everything. There are also many scientific researches that have been conducted in the past and all these researches have contributed to the safety of ACV and also its varied advantages. Use ACV method to get rid of a headache as soon as possible.

Eat almonds

Almonds are helpful for headaches because they contain salicin. Salicin can be described as a substance that is considered to be a very natural pain killer. It is also used as an ingredient of many over the counter type of pain relievers. This Salicin can be used to convert into an acid which can act as an aspirin also. Thus it is best if you consider consuming almonds on a regular basis.

Dry Eye Syndrome

The symptoms of this condition are the following: irritation, dryness, a burning sensation in the eyes, blurry vision, and grittiness. Additional symptoms include excessive tearing and watery eyes.

The eyes consists of 3 different tear layers. The first layer is called the Mucus Layer. The function of this particular layer is the production of tears that provide protection from microbial bacteria in the eyes thereby keeping the cornea safe from infections. The second layer is called the watery layer which provides the eyes with tear production content that consists mainly of 90% water. The third layer is called the Oily layer. The function of this layer is to prevent the evaporation of tears in the tear film on the cornea which can aid in preventing dry eyes. If one of these layers are not functioning properly, for instance in the case of the oily layer, ceasing to work properly, there is no oily lubrication provided to maintain moisture in the tear film. As a result of this the tears evaporate thereby causing the problem of dry eyes. Also, the eye’s immune system can go haywire and compensate for the dryness in the eyes or lack of tear production by overproducing poor quality tears.

1 Some additional causes of dry eyes include smoking, drinking coffee, wearing contact lenses and exposure to certain environmental factors such as heaters and air conditioning.

2 Certain eye diseases and health conditions such as Diabetes, Glaucoma, Asthma, Lupus and a Thyroid condition to name a few.

3 Excessive Close up Work on the Computer: When you are performing excessive close up work on the computer you tend to decrease your rate of blinking. This decrease in blinking causes staring which is a bad visual habit that decreases the amount of tear production in the eyes thereby causing symptoms such as eye strain and dry eyes.

4 Nutritional Deficiency: Scientific research indicates that a Vitamin D deficiency can cause certain eye problems related to dry eyes such as insufficient tear production in the eyes.

Lasik Surgery Side Effect: this is often a side effect of a Lasik surgery operation as 60-70% of the tear glands in the tear film of the cornea are cut during this surgical procedure for vision correction. This interferes with the normal functioning of the tear glands and leads to dry eye symptoms for several months to a year after surgery.

Age: One of the negative effects of aging on the visual system includes the development of dry eyes. This is due to the fact that you lose a large percentage of your tear film production as you age. Research suggests that 75% of people over the age of 60 complain of dry eye symptoms and by the time you reach this particular age you have lost a significant percentage of your tear film production.

Treatment options: From the point of view of traditional medicine prescription eye drops such as Restasis provide some temporary relief but this solution causes side effects in the form of a burning sensation in the eyes.

Selenium And Eye Health

Selenium is a trace mineral that is found in various concentrations in the soil and the water. Its health benefits include a variety of purposes from the prevention of heart disease, various forms of cancer, to the promotion of a stronger immune system. This trace mineral also supports the health of the Thyroid.

Eye Health Benefits: scientific research study showed that Selenium may protect the eye lens and prevent the age related vision disease cataracts. This is due to the fact that Selenium is a component of an enzyme found in the mother of all antioxidants; L-Glautathione. This is an essential antioxidant critical in maintaining healthy eyesight. Research suggests that lower levels of this essential antioxidant contributed to an increased risk for cataract formation.

When Zinc is combined with Selenium a benefit may be achieved in terms of a reduction in the risks for the development of Glaucoma. This is a serious eye condition characterized by an unhealthy increase in eye pressure. It results in damage to the optic nerve and if it is untreated it can lead to blindness.

Selenium provides general health support in terms of various health functions in the human body. Some of these include protection against the damaging effects of oxidative stress in the body that often leads to the breakdown of healthy cells in the body. Therefore, it is not just a trace mineral but it is also a powerful antioxidant. It also assists in the production of hormones in the human body due to the fact that a deficiency in this trace mineral leads to infertility.

Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease: Scientific research studies dating back to the year 1937 show a link between adequate levels of Selenium and heart health. These studies have demonstrated that people who have suffered heart attacks had inadequate levels of Selenium in their systems. Selenium should not be considered in isolation as a single individual nutrient due to the fact that no individual nutrient in our system works alone. For this reason, Selenium works well in reducing cholesterol levels when it is combined with nutrients like Vitamin E and Beta carotene.

Cancer Prevention: Scientific research studies show that Selenium boosts the body’s ability to fight cancer cells. This is due to the fact that it boosts the body’s immune system. Scientific studies suggests that the immune system boosting properties of this trace mineral and antioxidant reduces the risk as well as the severity of various forms of cancer including liver, prostate and lung cancer.

You must Brushing Teeth

There are three major parts of proper, at-home dental care: flossing, brushing and regular professional cleanings and check-ups.

Flossing

Flossing is necessary in removing the food particles from between your teeth. If this debris isn’t removed, it will decay and rot, cause plaque to accumulate. This plaque can breakdown tissue in your tooth enamel as well as the soft tissue of the surrounding gums.

Flossing reaches the tight, hard-to-reach places that a toothbrush can’t get to.

It is recommended that you floss at least once a day, preferably multiple times a day after eating.

Brushing

Daily teeth brushing is important in removing food and drink particles that off the surface of your teeth. The surface of your teeth is where the majority of debris will accumulate.

If your teeth are not brushed regularly, plaque and tartar can build up on your teeth cause erosion of your tooth enamel. Your tooth enamel is the outer protective layer of your tooth. If your enamel is destroyed, the vulnerable, inner portion of your tooth is exposed to bacteria that can lead to permanent staining and possible infection and decay.

Besides scrubbing off bacteria from the surface of your teeth, brushing has other dental benefits.

Toothpaste contains ingredients that help repair tooth decay, makes teeth more resistant to decay and it polishes and removes stains from teeth.

Toothpaste also gives you a feel-good, clean feeling in your mouth and the ever-important fresh breath.

There are also toothpaste alternatives available that provide the same protection against plaque and disease.

Having the proper toothbrush also important.

It is recommended that you get a soft-bristled brush and change out your toothbrush every three months.

A toothbrush that is too hard can irritate and damage your gums. A toothbrush that isn’t discarded after three months will accumulate germs that can be left of teeth and gums.

Dizziness and Vertigo

Regular folk might think that vertigo is just dizziness, but in the medical profession it is a very specific type of dizziness. Vertigo is more than a sense of being giddy, but instead it is a sensation that the world is spinning. It is also not similar to a fear of heights or acrophobia. Rather, even if the environment is not moving at all, the person who suffers from vertigo feels as if the world moves all the time. It is also different from a certain type of fainting sensation or disequilibrium. The type of dizziness that is felt in vertigo is a form of spinning due primarily to a pathological condition of the vestibular system which is found within the inner ear.

There is a set of associated symptoms that characterize a state of vertigo. Some of these symptoms are tinnitus or ringing in the ears, hearing loss, vomiting, and nausea. There are a couple of areas that may be problematic, thus resulting in the physical symptoms. If there is a disturbance in the labyrinth within the inner ear or in the auditory nerve pathways, vertigo may result. These disturbances may result from inner ear inflammation, vestibular nerve inflammation, and Ménière’s disease, among others. A certain type of vertigo that is caused by migraine headache is called central vertigo.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV is worth mentioning here because is it a condition that is very manageable as soon as it is diagnosed properly. BPPV is seen more in older persons than in younger people, and its incidence is higher in women than in men. Although there is no known cause, there are available management approaches that address the problems adequately.

BPPV is an idiopathic disease without an identifiable cause, but there are cases where BPPV is seen after head injury, ear surgery, labyrinthitis, vertebrobasilar ischemia (or reduced blood flow in that area of the brain), and prolonged bed rest. BPPV may also be seen as an associated symptom in syphilis, drug toxicity, otosclerosis or a genetic problem in the ear that leads to deafness, and Ramsay Hunt syndrome (viral infection).

For an effective treatment approach, it is important to determine the pathology or problem underneath vertigo. Typical interventions include drugs such as anticholinergics, antihistamines, anticonvulsants, corticosteroids, and beta-blockers and surgical measures.

Onions Improve Vision

Onions are part of the family of vegetables known as alliums. This eye food is known as one of the most commonly cultivated class of vegetables with close cousins such as chives, garlic and Chinese onions to name a few. These vegetables come from a subcategory of phytochemical rich foods. They possess medicinal healing properties that protect the heart and the immune system from free radicals that destroy healthy cells in the body. Here are some vision health benefits of onions:

Onions possess sulfur compounds that are responsible for making an essential antioxidant that is vital in protecting eye health called L- Gluatathione. This particular antioxidant protects against oxidative damage in the eyes by protecting and strengthening the eye lens. This antioxidant protection reduces the incidence for eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. Due to the fact that eating onions increases L- Glutathione levels, the antioxidant action of this master antioxidant safeguards the health of the eye lens and reduces the risk for cataract formation. Additionally, red onions consist of quercetin; another essential vision promoting nutrient that plays a role in improving poor eyesight and preventing cataract formation.
Onions possess a nutrient called quercetin that promotes heart health and reduces the risks for cancer. Onions have also shown promise in terms of hypoallergenic properties. For instance, in scientific lab research studies, they play the role of anti-histamines that help to prevent allergic reactions in the body. Onions also have an ingredient called inulin. This substance is a water soluble form of dietary fiber which has a positive effect on supporting the healthy function of the digestive system thereby preventing many digestive issues. This is due to the fact that it nourishes beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract. Research shows that eating flavonoid rich foods like onions actually reduces bacteria in the stomach that leads to stomach ulcers. Therefore, onions are a good nutritional remedy for stomach ulcers.

Some Solutions for Bad Breath

Watch Your Diet

Some foods such as garlic and onions are especially potent-smelling. Foods high in fat and those that are processed can also increase the stench of your breath.

A healthy diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and proteins is most effective at minimizing bad breath.

Certain herbs, such as fennel, have been used in multiple cultures for centuries as a cure for bad breath. Chewing on herbs, nuts and seeds between large meals can lower the smell of your breath.

Drink Water

You’ve likely heard of the importance of staying adequately hydrated. Drinking plenty of water makes you feel better, think more clearly, help your body function properly and cleanse and detoxifies the body.

Drinking water also helps reduce bad breath.

Water doesn’t have the calories, caffeine and cavity-causing sugars other beverages have, so it is encouraged that you drink as much as possible.

A mouth that is dry will smell significantly worse than one that is moist. In fact, moisture is your mouth’s main plaque and cavity-fighting defense mechanism.

Drinking water adds to the moisture of your mouth, which helps your mouth clean itself of odor-causing plaque, bacteria and decaying food particles.

To limit the smell of your mouth, take a swig or two of water in between meals.

Clean Your Tongue

When one thinks of oral hygiene and cleanliness, the teeth and gums often come to mind. The cleaning of the tongue is often not stressed or practiced.

Surprisingly (or not) your tongue is covered with germs and decaying food particles. Your tongue is a part of the chewing process and is in constant contact with whatever enters the mouth.

It is shocking that many patients don’t clean their tongues like they do their teeth and gums. Your tongue has just as much gunk on it than the teeth have.

If you notice bad breath even after you brush, floss and use mouthwash, consider cleaning your tongue.

Chew Gum

Besides water, chewing sugar-free gum can help keep your mouth moist by jump-starting saliva production. Saliva is your body’s natural mouth cleaner. It rinses gunk out from on your teeth.

The chewing motion needed for gum also breaks up food particles stuck between teeth and loosens plaque on the tooth’s surface.

Drink Tea

While tea has a negative stigma of staining teeth, it does wonder in freshening your breath. Green and black teas contain bacteria-fighting polyphenols.

Tricks Eliminate Migraine

CST utilizes tissue unwinding, pelvic releases, SI joint releases, still point, neck releases and cranial suture releases.This results in more range of motion, reduced tightness within the tissues and restores proper space between the various bones in the skull. Adequate space between the cranial bones allows the proper flow and drainage of cranial sacral fluid, lymph and blood while ensuring normal nerve conduction. Pinched nerves in the brain caused by compression of cranial bones can and does affect the whole body including migraine headaches.

Sinus drainage can also buildup in the sinus cavities due to compressed facial and cranial bones which is one of the leading causes of sinus headaches. Cranial Sacral Therapy directly impacts cranial spaces within the bones of the skull during decompression as it creates space and frees delicate impinged nerves. Restoring proper nerve conduction directly affects relief of headaches and migraines and muscle function for the body as a whole. Let’s take a closer look at this protocol.

CST is performed with the client fully clothed and lying on a massage table. The CST therapist listens for the flow of cranial sacral fluid by palpating at the feet, thighs, hips, ribs, shoulders and head. When the cranial sacral fluid flows uninhibited from the skull to the tailbone and back there is a rippling effect throughout the whole body. It is similar to throwing a stone into a lake and the ripples are seen spanning out like a fan.

Once the therapist determines where the restrictions are with an uneven unbalanced rhythm, the first step is to perform a tissue unwinding to release the tight fascia. Fascia is the membrane that wraps the cells, muscles and organs. Fascia acts as a guy wire to help hold the body upright. When it is too tight it does not allow the proper flow of cranial fluid, body fluids, nerve conduction and muscle movement.The body feels stuck and stiff.Tissue unwinding follows the flow of cranial fluid with gentle light touch and works with this flow to release the tensions in these tissues. The therapist follows the restrictions throughout the body. It is like getting an internal massage.

Once the unwinding is accomplished the therapist proceeds to unwind the neck and head. The client’s head rests on the side of the therapists hands creating a still point where the cranial sacral fluid ceases to flow. A maximum of 5 minutes is recommended. Once this step is complete the neck and whole body is in such a deep state of relaxation and it is easier to release the tensions in the occipital base, the lower back edge of the skull.

Most of the back muscles attach to the base of the skull. The Occipital Base Release penetrates these muscles at this attachment site relaxing the muscles all the way down the back. The client’s head rests comfortably on the finger tips of the therapist until the tissues release and the therapist can feel C1, the very top vertebrae. Gentle tractioning of the skull towards the therapist creates more space between the tight and stressed vertebrae. Nerves exit from the spine through the vertebrae on both sides. Creating space in tight compressed vertebrae frees up the nerves for improved nerve conduction. This has a direct impact on muscle and organ function. Finally, the therapist tractions the cranial bones.

The therapist gently uses only 5 grams of pressure, the weight of a nickel, and tractions each cranial bone moving it back into its natural position. When the cranial bones are decompressed away from each other with proper space, the cranial nerves are freed to function normally. Space is restored in the cranial cavities such as sinus cavities so that sinuses can drain properly relieving pressure around the eyes. Cranial sacral fluid flows unimpaired throughout the brain and dural tube in the spine promoting health and homeostasis.