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Category Archives: Health

Essential Facts Vitamin K

When talking about vitamins, almost all individuals know that vitamins are essential in helping make the body and mind healthy and strong. Apart from that, nutrients like Vitamin K can also provide other benefits. These include the following.

Protect your heart – First and foremost, it can help protect the heart. This is possible since it prevents calcification in your coronary arteries, thereby preventing cardiovascular disease.

Prevent osteoporosis – It also known to prevent osteoporosis since it can help improve bone density. This is achieved since Vitamin K serves as the biological “glue” that helps plug calcium and other important minerals into your bone matrix.

Reduce the risks of cancer – Lastly, it is also known to reduce the risks of cancer by slowing down the growth of cancer cells. In addition, Vitamin K has also been found beneficial in the fight against non-Hodgkin lymphoma, colon, stomach, nasopharynx, and oral cancers.

In order to get all these benefits, it is important to opt for the right type of Vitamin K such as:

Vitamin K1 – Vitamin K1 also known as phylloquinone is found naturally in plants, especially green vegetables. This type of vitamin K goes directly to your liver and helps you maintain healthy blood clotting.

Vitamin K2 – Vitamin K2 better known as menaquinone is made by the bacteria that line your gastrointestinal tract. This type of vitamin K helps improve blood vessel walls, bones, and tissues.

Vitamin K3 – Vitamin K3 or menadione is a synthetic form that can affect infants when injected.

To get the best benefits of vitamin K, it is imperative to look for good sources. Luckily, daily food items can be a good start. These include:

  • Vegetables like spinach, asparagus, and broccoli
  • Beans and soybeans
  • Eggs
  • Strawberries
  • Meat

In case that you wish to obtain vitamin K and other essential nutrients which can help boost your body and mind, individuals can also opt for supplements. Fortunately, there are companies that offer amazing supplements to ensure that you can improve your health and boost your performance at the same time.

Dangers of Sugar

The amount of sugar present in our food nowadays is especially worrying because current medical studies have uncovered some very real dangers of regularly consuming table sugar.

Refined sugars and HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) can be found in pancake mixes, chocolate, candies, cured meats, potato snacks, cupcakes, marshmallows and almost any other food or beverage that you can think of.

A single serving of regular soda contains an average of 10 teaspoons of table sugar. If you think that isn’t much, try consuming 10 teaspoons of sugar at home. Do you feel nauseated already? That’s what soda companies have been using to flavor sodas for more than four decades now.

Some forty years ago, people thought that consuming table sugar only increased your likelihood of developing bad teeth and diabetes.

Newer studies have now linked sugar to numerous health conditions, including metabolic syndrome and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

As a natural health advocate advocate, I want to emphasize the importance of having the latest information on the food that we eat to help people make better food choices every day. Sugar is one of the deadliest additives in food today. Here’s why:

Heart Threat – Sugar has been shown to affect the involuntary muscle activity of the heart. A molecule found in ordinary table sugar called G6P has a negative impact on the heart tissue at the cellular level.

Excess consumption of sugar and a sedentary lifestyle can increase a person’s risk of developing heart failure. Heart failure often claims people’s lives in less than a decade after diagnosis.

Belly Fat – There has been an alarming rise in obesity rates in teenagers and small children these past few decades. One of the major contributing factors to this trend is an increase in the consumption of fructose. Fructose is an inexpensive form of sugar used in soda, ice cream, cookies and even bread products.

Fructose appears to boost the growth of visceral fat or the fat found in our midsections. When a child develops mature visceral fat early in life, he/she has a higher risk of being obese in adulthood.

Deadly Appetite – Our bodies are naturally equipped with mechanisms that tell us when to stop eating. Studies show that sugar has found a way to suspend those natural mechanisms. Consuming foods and beverages rich in sugar contributes to the development of a condition called leptin resistance.

When a person has leptin resistance, they don’t feel full and satisfied with moderate amounts of food, so they continue consuming excessive amounts of food every time they eat.

Our bodies also have a tough time detecting the presence of sugar in beverages. It’s difficult for the body to send a signal that you already consumed a lot of calories from soda or juices because this substance just doesn’t register the same way as other types of food.

Drink More Water

Water is clearly the most important nutrient for the human body, but we often take it for granted. Opting for soda, fruit juice, alcohol, coffee, or tea over boring old water. That’s likely the reason why 75% of Americans are suffering from chronic dehydration. There’s just so many other options!

Water Helps Detoxify your Body
There are so many toxins that you come into contact with everyday from processed food, household chemicals, environmental pollutants, etc. It’s your kidney’s job to filter out your blood and remove toxic waste. The kidneys depend on plenty of fluid available in your body so that even if you lose fluid through your urine, your body can function optimally. Give your kidneys adequate water, they can efficiently work and remove all the toxins from your blood. The more dehydrated you are, the harder your kidneys have to work to fit all the toxins into a small amount of urine. Leading to the darker and darker shades of yellow in your urine. The easiest way to make sure you’re getting enough water is to drink enough water until your urine is crystal clear. This will help your kidneys remove toxins from your body efficiently, and you will feel great!

Water Improves Your Skin Health
The skin is the largest organ of your body and contains 30% water, which contributes to the plumpness and elasticity of skin. Drinking more water can improve skin thickness and density, helping your skin look more youthful, smooth, and firm. Choosing water instead of inflammatory drinks such as sugary sodas, processed fruit juice, caramel macchiatos, and even milk will help you achieve clearer skin. These inflammatory drinks cause spikes in blood sugar which messes up your hormones and leads to unwanted breakouts. Be conscious of what you drink, especially for the sake of your skin.

Water Helps Minimize Joint Pain and Muscle Pain
Your joints are the hinges where two bones come together. Between your bones is a coating of cartilage which provides a cushion between the your bones to prevent friction.

Joints are like sponges. Wet sponges move easily against each other while hard sponges can rub and break off. Drinking plenty of water ensures that your sponges (cartilage) are hydrated and soft, minimizing joint discomfort. That’s what glucosamine and other joint supplements are designed to do, retain more moisture in your cartilage. You can do this naturally by drinking more water.

Muscle pain is a slightly different issue. If you work out or lift weights, there’s a build-up of lactic acid and microtears in your muscle fibers that cause pain. Drinking plenty of water flushes out the lactic acid, and transports nutrients to your muscles (assuming that you’re eating nutritious diet) that will help repair muscles quicker and reduce muscle pain. Drinking more water means faster and more efficient recovery.

Water Makes You Happier
The more water your drink, the better your mood will be. If your body is running efficiently on plenty of water, you’ll have more energy and be in a better mood. A study on 120 healthy female college students showed that the girls who drank more water on average had less tension, depression, and confusion.

Another study on 30 people who drank five cups of water a day showed that when the same people were asked to increase water intake to ten cups a day their mood, energy, and satisfaction all improved. DRINK MORE WATER, it will make you happier.

Water Helps You Digest and Poop
Your digestive tract is where everything goes to gain entrance into your body, including water. Keeping this area nice and moist is good for your digestion.

Water Aids Digestion
Everything that you eat lands in your stomach first and waits there to be broken down by stomach acid and digestive enzymes. The rate at which digested food then moves into your intestines from your stomach is mostly determined by the volume of food & fluid that is in the stomach at the time. After your stomach breaks down the food, it empties into the small intestine, where most of the nutrients and water are absorbed. The more water that is available, the better the absorption.

However, there’s a constant debate among health professionals on whether or not drinking water with meals positively or negatively affects digestion. On one hand, it’s theorized that drinking water during meals dilutes your stomach acid and enzymes leading to poor breakdown of nutrients and causes limited absorption. On the other hand, drinking water is said to aid in moving food through your digestive tract quickly and smoothly.

Healthy Living Is Equal

The first step towards a healthy heart is healthy living. In order to achieve that you need to opt for a healthier lifestyle. Get up early in the morning, walk, exercise, lose weight, eat healthily and sleep on time. Avoid alcohol, smoking and oily food for the sake of your heart’s good health.

Taking actions to prevent a heart attack is very important because this is becoming very common amongst everyone, from infants to the aged.

So it’s important to make yourself aware about relevant health measures and another important step is to schedule regular health check ups with your cardiologist.

Follow a few factors and see the biggest impact on your heart health.

Maintain healthy weight
Get active
Eat healthy
Manage cholesterol
Control blood pressure
Lower blood sugar
Stop smoking

To protect the heart, aim to lose weight and stay slim and fit. Include at least 150 minutes of exercise a week. To control cholesterol and blood pressure add a variety of diet by adding fruit and vegetables that are low in calories.

Change is the prime part of living with heart diseases or trying to prevent it. However you might not know that eating certain foods can enlarge your heart disease risk, it’s usually hard to change eating habits. Whether you have years of unhealthy eating under your belly or you simply want to cut your extra weight to prevent heart diseases, try to live a healthy living. Once you know which foods to eat more of and which food is harmful, you will be on your way toward a heart-healthy diet. So keep your heart fit and lead a healthy life.

Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery

The pros

· The mini bypass decreases the risk of co-morbidities. These are conditions resulting from morbid obesity. It relieves obesity symptoms like sleep apnea, diabetes, edema and arthritis.

· It is less invasive, hence safer. The surgery involves fewer incisions compared to the standard gastric bypass surgery and this does not only make it safer but also reduces complications.

· It is so much shorter in terms of operating and recovery. The mini surgery takes not more than an hour and the patients are allowed to leave hospital in 24 hours only.

· It involves less rerouting of the intestines. This means that it is technically easier, even for the surgeons to perform the surgery with higher success rates.

· It has reduced chances of complications because it has a fewer intestine connection or anastomosis.

· It is less expensive compared to the standard gastric bypass.

· Patients are able to get back to normal activities within a week; the healing process is relatively quick because the procedure is less invasive.

The cons

· High risks of malabsorption and vitamin and mineral deficiency complications. This is because a large portion of small intestines gets bypassed during the procedure.

· Chances of bile reflux gastritis. This is considering that mini gastric bypass surgery does not divert the bile and digestive enzymes from stomach, hence chances of the condition that can be hard to treat.

· Even though the mini surgery is less invasive, it still carries potential infection risks. Leakage or infection among staples connecting revised stomach pouch and intestines cannot be ruled out.

· Dumping syndrome may occur. This happens when the food tends to pass too quickly through the digestive track this leading to dizziness, diarrhea and nausea.

· Possibility of complications similar to Roux-en-Y gastric surgery with the most common being surgical site hernias, ulcers and other minor infections.

Get Taller After Puberty

Straight posture can improve your height

Carrying a straight posture can help your spine to grow vertically. A hunchback posture can significantly affect the height and spine of an individual. Keeping your back erect improves muscles flexibility and helps to maximize growth.

It is important to note that doing exercise and stretches in growing age can help you a lot. After puberty, the growth process slows down, and you may not get results fast.

Surgical methods for increasing your height

The modern technology and equipment have made it possible to explore medical issues exhaustively. In the past, there was no such surgical way to increase your height but with the advancement in technology now people are going for limb strengthening surgeries to achieve their dream height as it has become possible to gain few extra inches with surgeries. There are also cosmetic surgeries known as Height Lengthening surgeries.

However, this method does not guarantee 100% results. There can be complications in the surgery that can further deteriorate the condition. This surgery is also very expensive, and not many doctors perform this surgery. But after proper consultation with the qualified physician, one can opt height lengthening surgery.

Proper balanced diet to get all nutrients

Lack of essential nutrients can hamper the height increasing process. Healthy eating is also important to grow taller. Those kids who do not get a balanced diet will not grow properly. The height growth process hinders due to the lack of essential vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and minerals that play a significant role in a height increase.

Ways of dressing to look tall

The way you carry your dress, the design of your clothes and the accessories that you wear also leaves an impact on your height. For instance, those females who are short and bulky should wear clothes with vertical patterns, and small prints as horizontal lines or large prints will make them look fat and awful.

Risk for Peripheral Neuropathy

If you have ever had a limb fall asleep you have had the sensation. Pins and needles as the blood returns – it feels uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Only with neuropathy, that feeling doesn’t simply vanish. Numbness, tingling, pain, sensitivity, weakness and even burning may be experienced due to damaged nerves.

Diagnosis involves your health care provider testing your reflexes and muscle strength, as well as neurological tests to detect response to vibration, light touches, and pokes. Blood tests may be ordered as well, electromyography (tests electrical impulses), and in severe cases, a nerve biopsy may be taken.

The first step is to determine if the neuropathy is permanent or temporary. If it’s caused by a medication, stopping the medication should halt the symptom. If caused by a nutritional deficiency, supplementation and diet are altered and symptoms may resolve over time. If the cause is diabetes and nerve damage treatment will be aimed at non-allowance of further damage over time.

  • Nutritional Supplementation
  • Diet designed for your body’s needs
  • Regular chiropractic adjustments
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom designed exercise plan
  • Acupuncture
  • TENS Units (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) may also be helpful. A review in Pain Management found that 4 to 6 weeks of TENS unit treatments can significantly improve pain, reduce numbness, and improve the quality of life.
  • Class IV Deep Tissue Laser
  • Medimassager Vibration
  • Infrared Lights Rebuilder
  • Neuro-Regeneration Home Unit

Food Poison

Once a person takes in poisoned foods, they start showing some symptoms. Depending on the type of poison, this can occur immediately or within several hours after the individual had taken the food. The symptoms include:-
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Stomach ache
Having fever in few days
Dizziness

The elder people, babies, the people with immune complications, and the pregnant women are more prone to showing severe symptoms of food poison.

Critical Poisoning Effects of Food

Some instances of food contamination with poison are not dangerous and can end within a short time. However, if a person experiences the following symptoms, he should seek medical attention as soon as possible:
High level of dizziness
Increased breathing rate or heart beat
Disorientation
Experiencing visual disturbances
Having a problem in speaking
Paralyzed muscles

These symptoms show that the person had a severe poison to their food and should be treated in the shortest time otherwise; the condition can result in other problems or even cause death.

Remedies to Poisoned Foods

With the facts about food poisoning and its symptoms were known, it is important to know how to deal with the problem of food poisoning. The following are some of the remedies to food poison that can help the person in this condition:
Let him rest. Eating poisoned Food can make the body of the individual weak. Therefore it is important for the person to have enough rest.
Lemon juice. Let the person take this juice. It will help in killing most of the bacteria that had caused the poisoning.
Bananas. Give the person bananas as their potassium energy helps in recovering. However, the person is not supposed to take more than two bananas and especially if he is having diarrhea.
Use ginger juice. Mix it with a tablespoon of honey; it will help in treating complications with the digestive system.
Avoid taking any medication without doctor’s approval
Try taking water, coconut water, or Gatorade in plenty but in small sips to avoid dehydration.

Heat Stroke Prevention

  1. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing.
  2. Protect against sunburn. Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool itself, so put on a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect yourself in the outdoors. Make sure you apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15. Put on the sunscreen generously, and you can apply it again after every two hours or more often, particularly if you are swimming or sweating a lot.
  3. Drink plenty of fluids. Staying hydrated will help your body sweat and maintain a normal body temperature. Also, because you lose salt through sweating, you can replenish salt and water with some sports drinks.
  4. Don’t drink caffeine, sugary or alcoholic beverages to rehydrate, it can speed up dehydration.These drinks may interfere with your body’s ability to control your temperature. Also, icy cold drinks can cause stomach cramps.
  5. Open windows and use fans or turn on air conditioning.
  6. Don’t overexert yourself. Try to schedule exercise or physical labor on cooler times of the day, such as early morning or evening.
  7. Never leave anyone in a parked car, particularly when parked in the sun, the temperature in your car can rise 20 degrees F (more than 6.7 C) in 10 minutes.
  8. Take extra precautions with certain medications that can affect your body’s ability to stay hydrated and dissipate heat. For instance, some blood pressure and heart medicines, diet pills (amphetamines), laxatives, some psychological health medicines, seizure medicines, thyroid pills, and oral hypoglycaemic drugs.
  9. If you suspect heat stroke:
  • Move the victim to a cooler location,
  • Remove or avoid wearing heavy clothing,
  • Fan the body
  • Use a cool sponge or clean cloth to wet it down
  • Encourage the affected person to drink cool fluids.
  • At the hospital, the patient probably will be given fluids
  • Heatstroke treatment centers work on cooling your body to a normal temperature to prevent or reduce damage to your brain and vital organs.

Home Remedies For Ringworm

Ringworm is medically known as Tinea. Another word is added after ‘Tinea’ depending on the affected area. On the scalp ringworm is called tinea capitis (characterized by hair loss in patches and itching), on the hands it is known as tinea manuum (raised round shaped itchy rashes or tiny blisters which can be seen on the palms, back of the hand or on the fingers), on feet it’s called tinea pedis or athlete’s foot (peeling of the skin between the toes, scaling on the heels), on the nails it’s called tinea unguium (loss of nails, nails become yellow, thick and crumbly), on the groin it is known as tinea cruris or jock itch (symptoms include redness and persistent itching at the groin area), on the body it’s called tinea corporis (round shaped rashes with raised edges on the skin), on the face it is known as tinea faciei (red scaly patches on the face).

Garlic:

Garlic is used as a food spice and medicine in different parts of the world. This wonderful spice has antimicrobial effects against many strains of bacteria, fungi and virus. It was also used by ancient Egyptians for food flavoring and traditional medicine. The amino acid Alliin is one of the main active constituents of garlic. This Alliin and its derivatives like allicin, ajoene are responsible for its strong smell and antimicrobial benefits.

A study published in 2007 tested the antifungal property of garlic. In the clinical test, an aqueous extract of garlic was used against 88 clinical isolates of dermatophytes. It was confirmed that garlic inhibited the growth of these organisms. The downside is that people who are allergic to sulfur compounds can be allergic to garlic. This is because sulfur compounds are also present in garlic. So first try in small quantity over a small uninfected area to know if you are allergic.

How to apply: Mash a few cloves of garlic. And apply on the affected areas. Apply two or three times daily. You can wash off with warm water after some hours. Another method is to slice a few cloves of garlic into tiny pieces and place on affected area. Then tie with a bandage. If someone is helping you to apply, make sure the person puts on disposable gloves to avoid getting infected.

Apple Cider Vinegar:

Vinegar has been used for many years as disinfectants and preservatives. Apple cider vinegar is a vinegar derived from apple and is an effective remedy for ringworm. Apple cider vinegar is made up of antimicrobial constituents like acetic acid which inhibits the growth of microorganisms. A lot people have attested to the effectiveness of apple cider vinegar for treating ringworm. This is as a result of its anti-fungal property.

How to apply: When first applied, it can have stinging effects but it will help in treating ringworm. It should be used in small quantity first in an unaffected area to ascertain if you are sensitive to it. If there are no reactions, you can apply on affected areas. Apple cider vinegar should be dabbed on the affected area with a cotton ball 3-5 times daily. For the toes or nails, mix a cup of apple cider vinegar with warm water. Soak affected area for 15 to 25 minutes. Dry with a clean towel. Use organic apple cider vinegar because its nutrients and enzymes are still intact unlike the non-organic that has gone through pasteurization.

Warning: Do not apply apple cider vinegar on broken skin because it will give you a severe burn.