Women’s Health

Black surgeon writing in medical chart
Black surgeon writing in medical chart

Consider one of the most potent forces now marketed to rapidly aging baby-boomers: Replacement hormone therapy. Estrogen is touted to alleviate symptoms from hot flashes, prevent osteoporosis (the so-called “brittle bone” disease of aging), and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

But estrogen is not without risk. Because “pure” estrogen increases the risk of uterine cancer, some women take a combination pill which combines estrogen and progestin. Although this lowers the risk of uterine cancer, some experts worry that any replacement hormone might increase the long-term risk of breast cancer. The long-awaited results of the Postmenopausal Estrogen/ Progestin Intervention Trials released last November revealed that hormones reduced the risk of heart disease but the study was too short-term to address the possible long-term breast cancer risk.

Estrogen or exercise?

Before you reach for a hormone pill or a patch, consider a “wonder” therapy that you may have overlooked. It’s called exercise.

Walking has been shown to lower high blood pressure and exercise can help control, and possibly even prevent, diabetes. Both high blood pressure and diabetes are strong heart disease risk factors in women.

As for osteoporosis, weight-bearing exercises, such as walking and lifting weights, help build strong bones. Even swimming, not traditionally thought of as a bone-builder, may be beneficial.

Remember though, if you have heart disease or other medical problems, talk to your doctor before undertaking vigorous exercise.

If you’ve undergone a hysterectomy, have severe menopausal symptoms, or very strong risk factors for heart disease or osteoporosis, hormones may benefit you. But whether or not you opt for replacement hormones, you may want to join me in trying exercise, the other “miracle” therapy.

Women’s Health Facts:

According to the experts, the most common sexual problem experienced by female heart patients is a lack of desire.

If a woman has undergone heart surgery, she may feel undesirable because of her incision. Or she may be afraid of taking an active role when having sex.

Her partner may hold back out of fear of hurting her. To make matters worse, some medications can dampen passion.

The key to a good sexual relationship is the same as the key to any other good relationship communication. If you’re accustomed to discussing your problems frankly, you should find it easier to talk about those of a sexual nature.

One of the biggest fears experienced by all heart patients, male or female, is that sexual excitement will lead to a heart attack. Happily, this fear simply is not grounded in fact. Here are the facts for most women:

If you are able to climb a flight of stairs without becoming short of breath or experiencing chest pain you should be able to resume passive sex with safety.

If you are planning to be the active partner, or anticipate finding sex especially exciting, climbing two flights of stairs without breathlessness or chest pain is the rule-of-thumb.
If you have concerns, talk to your doctor. An approved exercise program can help you get into shape for anything, including sex!

A heart-healthy lifestyle should include a satisfying sex life as well. And that’s no joke.

Tips To Keep A Healthy And Happy Puppy

Close-up of a young woman flossing her teeth
Close-up of a young woman flossing her teeth

Puppies are generally cute, energetic and charming that every family member would love to have them at home. They help add fun and joy to the household. As most people say, dogs are men’s best friends. A puppy can be the best friend you would ever have who will love you unconditionally.

But owning a puppy is not just all fun, it entails some responsibility. A responsible dog owner must know what it takes to keep his pet healthy and happy. Here are a few tips shared by a reputable dog kennel that specializes in dog breeding, dog care, and dog training.

Regular Checkups With The Veterinarian

Just as important it is for people to see their doctors regularly, a regular checkup with the veterinarian is beneficial for the puppy to ensure it gets the right vaccination, and to ensure that it is of good health condition. You don’t only go to the vet when your pet has a problem. It is best to bring your puppy to the vet even when there is no problem, as the saying goes, “prevention is better than cure”.

Vaccinate your puppy

As small as they are, puppies are prone to acquiring illnesses and diseases. It is best to vaccinate them to boost their immune system and prevent dreaded dog diseases.

Deworming

Deworming is important for puppies. This has to be done on a regular or periodic basis as deworming is not a one time deal.

Proper feeding

If you are a new puppy owner, it is best to ask the veterinarian what types of food you can feed your pet. It is important to feed your puppy with food that has about thirty percent protein content along with other minerals and vitamins to help boos its growth.

Socialize your puppy.

Socialization and exercise is important for the puppy. Most of the bad behaviors developed by puppies are either indirectly or directly attributed to the lack of socialization. Getting it exposed to different people can boost your puppy’s confidence and lessen its anxiety.

Take time to play with your puppy

When puppies are bored, they can cause trouble. Puppies need to consume the energy they have, so it’s best to play with them as a means of exercise. Short walks or playing fetch can be a great way to play with your puppy.

Provide ample rest

Did you know that puppies require at least around 14 hours of sleep? Because they are similar to growing children they need adequate amount of rest. It is your responsibility as a pet owner to provide the puppy its own space where it can rest without being disturbed.

Kidney Dialysis – A Look at the Most Common Kidney Dialysis Questions

Female vet bandaging a cat
Female vet bandaging a cat

Interesting Facts about Kidney Dialysis

1. Hemodialysis and peritoneal kideny dialysis have been done since the mid 1940’s.

2. The federal government pays 80 percent of all kidney dialysis costs for most patients.

3. Since the 1960s, surveillance studies have consistently shown that American kidney dialysis patients do not live as long as those in other countries…the U.S. mortality rate for dialysis patients is about 23 percent, twice the rate of patients in Western Europe or Japan.

4. According to The National Center for Health Statistics kideny dialysis survival rates are as follows:

1 Year – 77%

5 Years – 28%

10 Years – 10%

5. About 90 percent of dialysis patients receive hemodialysis, in which the blood is circulated outside the body and cleaned inside a machine before returning to the patient.

6.Kidneys process 18 gallons of blood each hour with a sophisticated method of excretion, absorption and re-absorption. By the end of each day, they can produce as much as 7 gallons of urine.

What is Kidney Dialysis?

health care is a treatment that does some of the things done by healthy kidneys. It is needed when your own kidneys can no longer take care of your body’s needs.

When is kidney dialysis needed?

You need kidney dialysis when you develop end stage kidney failure, usually by the time you lose about 85 to 90 percent of your kidney function.

What does kidney dialysis do?

Like healthy kidneys, kidney dialysis keeps your body in balance. Kidney Dialysis does the following:

-removes waste, salt and extra water to prevent them from building up in the body

-keeps a safe level of certain chemicals in your blood, such as potassium, sodium and bicarbonate

- helps to control blood pressure

Is kidney failure permanent?

Not always. Some kinds of acute kidney failure get better after treatment. In some cases of acute kidney failure, kidney dialysis may only be needed for a short time until the kidneys get better.

In chronic or end stage kidney failure, your kidneys do not get better and you will need kidney dialysis for the rest of your life. If your doctor says you are a candidate, you may choose to be placed on a waiting list for a new kidney.

Where is kidney dialysis done?

Kidney Dialysis can be done in a hospital, in a kidney dialysis unit that is not part of a hospital, or at home. You and your doctor will decide which place is best, based on your medical condition and your wishes.

Are there different types of kidney dialysis?

Yes, there are two types of kidney dialysis –hemodialysis and peritoneal kidney dialysis.

What is hemodialysis?

In hemodialysis, an artificial kidney (hemodialyzer) is used to remove waste and extra chemicals and fluid from your blood. To get your blood into the artificial kidney, the doctor needs to make an access (entrance) into your blood vessels. This is done by minor surgery to your arm or leg.

Sometimes, an access is made by joining an artery to a vein under your skin to make a bigger blood vessel called a fistula.

However, if your blood vessels are not adequate for a fistula, the doctor may use a soft plastic tube to join an artery and a vein under your skin. This is called a graft.

Occasionally, an access is made by means of a narrow plastic tube, called a catheter, which is inserted into a large vein in your neck. This type of access may be temporary, but is sometimes used for long-term treatment.

How long do hemodialysis treatments last?

The time needed for your kidney dialysis depends on:

-how well your kidneys work

-how much fluid weight you gain between treatments

-how much waste you have in your body

-how big you are

-the type of artificial kidney used

Usually, each hemodialysis treatment lasts about four hours and is done three times per week.

A type of hemodialysis called high-flux dialysis may take less time. You can speak to your doctor to see if this is an appropriate treatment for you.

What is peritoneal kidney dialysis and how does it work?

In this type of kidney dialysis, your blood is cleaned inside your body. The doctor will do surgery to place a plastic tube called a catheter into your abdomen (belly) to make an access. During the treatment, your abdominal area (called the peritoneal cavity) is slowly filled with dialysate through the catheter. The blood stays in the arteries and veins that line your peritoneal cavity. Extra fluid and waste products are drawn out of your blood and into the dialysate. There are two major kinds of peritoneal kidney dialysis.

What are the different kinds of peritoneal kidney dialysis and how do they work?

There are several kinds of peritoneal kidney dialysis but two major ones are: Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) and Continuous Cycling Peritoneal Dialysis (CCPD).

Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) is the only type of peritoneal dialysis that is done without machines. You do this yourself, usually four or five times a day at home and/or at work. You put a bag of dialysate (about two quarts) into your peritoneal cavity through the catheter. The dialysate stays there for about four or five hours before it is drained back into the bag and thrown away. This is called an exchange. You use a new bag of dialysate each time you do an exchange. While the dialysate is in your peritoneal cavity, you can go about your usual activities at work, at school or at home.

Continuous Cycling Peritoneal Dialysis (CCPD) usually is done at home using a special machine called a cycler. This is similar to CAPD except that a number of cycles (exchanges) occur. Each cycle usually lasts 1-1/2 hours and exchanges are done throughout the night while you sleep.

Will kidney dialysis help cure the kidney disease?

No. Kidney dialysis does some of the work of healthy kidneys, but it does not cure your kidney disease. You will need to have dialysis treatments for your whole life unless you are able to get a kidney transplant.

Is kidney dialysis uncomfortable?

You may have some discomfort when the needles are put into your fistula or graft, but most patients have no other problems. The kidney dialysis treatment itself is painless. However, some patients may have a drop in their blood pressure. If this happens, you may feel sick to your stomach, vomit, have a headache or cramps. With frequent treatments, those problems usually go away.

How long has kidney dialysis been available?

Hemodialysis and peritoneal kidney dialysis have been done since the mid 1940’s. Kidney Dialysis, as a regular treatment, was begun in 1960 and is now a standard treatment all around the world. CAPD began in 1976. Thousands of patients have been helped by these treatments.

How long can you live on kidney dialysis?

We do not yet know how long patients on kidney dialysis will live. We think that some dialysis patients may live as long as people without kidney failure.

Is kidney dialysis expensive?

Yes. Kidney Dialysis costs a lot of money. However, the federal government pays 80 percent of all kidney dialysis costs for most patients. Private health insurance or state medical aid also help with the costs.

Do kidney dialysis patients feel normal?

Many patients live normal lives except for the time needed for treatments. Kidney Dialysis usually makes you feel better because it helps many of the problems caused by kidney failure. You and your family will need time to get used to kidney dialysis.

Do kidney dialysis patients have to control their diets?

Yes. You may be on a special diet. You may not be able to eat everything you like, and you may need to limit how much you drink. Your diet may vary according to the type of kidney dialysis.

Can kidney dialysis Patients travel?

Yes. Kidney Dialysis centers are located in every part of the United States and in many foreign countries. The treatment is standardized. You must make an appointment for dialysis treatments at another center before you go. The staff at your center may help you make the appointment.

Can kidney dialysis patients continue to work?

Many kidney dialysis patients can go back to work after they have gotten used to kidney dialysis. If your job has a lot of physical labor (heavy lifting, digging, etc.), you may need to get a different job.

Type 2 Diabetes – Healthy Treats To Help You Cool Down This Summer

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A man wearing a surgical glove and holding a scalpel,directly below,hand only

With good self-management you can keep your blood sugar and Type 2 diabetes under control. With the temperature rising, you might be looking for some food options to help you cool your body down and satisfy your sweet tooth without raising your blood sugar. In previous years, the choice may have been clear – a scoop or two of ice cream is what you typically went in for.

But now you are looking to take larger steps forward to…

  • control your blood sugar,
  • manage your body weight, and
  • improve your overall health,

ice cream may no longer fit the bill.

So what can you serve up instead? This doesn’t mean you have to forgo an indulgence. Just make it a healthy one and you can certainly still satisfy that sweet tooth while sticking to your healthy eating plan.

Here are some options to consider…

1. Frozen Grapes. Frozen grapes are the perfect low-calorie summer treat to serve up. Simply wash and fully dry some grapes – make sure they don’t have any moisture on them or they’ll freeze together, and then place in the freezer overnight.

They will take a long time to eat, which has built-in calorie control and are chalk-full of antioxidants for a healthier body.

2. Healthy Banana Split. Next, if a banana split is what you tend to crave, you can simply create a healthier version of this on your own. Rather than using a regular banana and ice cream, you’ll swap the consistencies. Place a peeled banana in the freezer overnight.

Then, when you want your treat, scoop some low-sugar vanilla Greek yogurt into a bowl. Top with the frozen banana and then melt with a tablespoon of peanut butter, place in the microwave to melt before serving.

This will provide you with carbs, healthy fats, and proteins, and still give you the same overall feel in your mouth as a classic banana split.

3. Home Made Protein Ice Cream. Preparing some home-made protein ice cream is another option to consider on your healthy eating plan. To do this, you’ll ideally need an ice cream maker, but if not, simply mix together some protein powder with a little almond milk and some natural nut butter.

Pour into a container and place in the freezer. At two-hour intervals, give it a good stir until the desired consistency is reached.

So, next time you’re craving a treat in the summer months, turn to any one of these options. You’ll satisfy your nutrition without having to feel deprived on your healthy eating plan.

The Traingle of Health – The Secret to Preventative Medicine

Measuring a baby's foot
Measuring a baby’s foot

Einstein had a theory that human beings, are a complex network of energy fields interfaced with physical body systems. He eventually proved to scientists that energy and matter are dual expressions of the same universal substance. The universal substance is the vibration from which we are composed. If the vibrations of our physical and emotional energies are balanced we experience good health.

“Illness is a human condition which indicates that the patient is no longer in order or in harmony at the level of consciousness. The loss of inner balance manifests itself in the body as a symptom. The symptom is at one and the same time a signal and a vehicle for information, for its appearance interrupts our life’s familiar flow and forces us to give the symptom our attention” (1)

Have you ever wondered why you always get two colds every year, or why whenever you do not have time to get sick, you do. Our bodies give us what we need to look at our lives. Now sometimes that is not what we consciously think we need or want, but we get it anyway. Our belief systems and the subconscious patterns we have created mould our lives. Our needs and supply for emotional contact with people can decide the fate of our physical health and presence or lack of illnesses.
Dr John Harrison illustrated the reason people get ill it well when he said “People get ill to get what they want (caring, etcetera)” and “People do not get what they want (caring, etcetera) so they become ill.” (2)

Have you ever reflected on what was happening emotionally in your life when you “caught” an illness, or have you listened to your self-talk and how it seems to reflect your health? You may say frequently that a guy at work is a pain in the neck, and by coincidence you frequently suffer with a pain in the neck. When your emotions are manifesting as physical symptoms you have handed over control of your life.

The best way I have found of explaining this lack of control of life is with the “Triangle of health.”

The Triangle of Health

The effects of emotional and subtle stresses in life on our physical being are profound If you think of your life like a triangle and you are able to keep the three points of the triangle in a positive state you experience that wonderful sense of well being. If the three points of the triangle drift into the negative you experience physical ailments. I believe that life really is that simple. It is the energy it can take to stay in that positive state that sees most people drift off track and be very human at times.

The three points of the equilateral triangle are as follows:

Physical/Circumstance

Attitudes & Beliefs

Emotional State

Attitudes and Beliefs

This is the matter that we have ingested subconsciously over the years, creating our attitudes and our belief systems. These attitudes and beliefs hang around in the subconscious waiting to be used. For instance remember your mother telling you not to go outside in the cold weather without a singlet on, or you would catch a cold? Statements like these were projected onto us in our childhood and adult years – not just from parents, but also from many others of significance in our environment. We took in the material consciously and subconsciously and it is now stored somewhere in our memory banks.

Nowadays, we don’t pay it any conscious attention, but it is still there having an influence on how and why we do the things we do in life. The statements, manifested as a belief on some level, can come alive at any time influencing our physical and emotional health.

My clinic experience has shown me that they influence all areas of our lives. Have you ever heard yourself say something you have not thought of in years, yet remember hearing your parents say the same thing to you? Where did it come from? You do not consciously decide to do it, yet I know that as a child I heard myself saying I was not going to “be like that”, or “act that way when I grow up.” But before I knew it, I was repeating those behaviors. Then I started looking for, and noticing, these patterns. I started to catch myself out and correct these behaviors and attitudes that did not work for me. I regained control of my life.

There is a saying that goes: “What you resist, persists” and this is relevant here. The more you try to not be like your parents, for instance, the more you become like them. Our attitudes and beliefs come from our experiences, consciously and subconsciously, in life. And if we focus on not doing a particular thing, our bodies only hear to do that thing. We give away so much of our personal power trying not to do it, that it gains the upper hand and wins. So the first thing to do is to recognise the pattern and then not empower it with any unnecessary negative energy or attention. We are all human and have many learning experiences in life. The thing to do is to recognise what they are really about and then manage those life experiences. When you do you can then stay in control of your life instead of allowing it to control you.

Emotional State

The second point of the triangle is that of your present emotional state. Have you ever heard people say they caught a cold or flu, just when they did not have time for it? Or, that they always catch “two colds a year”, or “everyone at work is sick, I bet I catch it too”? It is almost as if they are subconsciously setting themselves up. I am sure they do not really want the cold, but on some level they like the attention that sick people attract. The time that most of us received that extra attention as a child was when we were sick or injured.

Our self talk can be reflecting how we emotionally feel about life and our bodies listen to it. We are more susceptible to “catching” ailments when we are running negative stress and using negative self talk. Personally, I think stress is a catchword for life, and the way we choose to react or respond to what is happening. Again, we can call the experience negative or positive. Stress is what helps keep us alive, it is just that positive stress does not have a negative impact physically and emotionally on our bodies where negative stress does. Everything in life is simply how we want to look at it, we can choose to consciously turn around any negative situation into a positive learning experience. If we refuse to listen to our bodies and keep pushing them beyond their limits something has to crack. If we do not stop and listen to our bodies, it will bestow an ailment upon us. This ailment has manifested to stop us, and make us listen. The secret is to listen to our bodies as we move through life and make corrections to any imbalances that may be happening before they turn into a physical ailment.

“The body itself has no power to generate illness; illness is merely the shadow thrown by the mind. A healthy mind will shadow forth a healthy body; an unhealthy mind will shadow forth an unhealthy body. Every new cell created in the body is either negative or a positive thought in form. In the older days, it was customary to say that cells are “built under the influence” of either negative or positive thought. In reality, the cells are the thought itself. Healthy thoughts mean healthy cells; sick thoughts mean sick cells. (2)

It is the well known story of Norman Cousins (the man who laughed himself well in 1964) that shows how simply changing your mindset and attitude or emotion towards an illness even the nastiest ailments can be reversed. His book Anatomy of an Illness is an inspiring read.

Physical

The third point is that of the physical or circumstance. This is the event or happening that collided with you. Take the not wearing a singlet on a cold day scenario. The circumstance/physical is the cold weather. You could be out playing golf and having a great time, but it may also be cold and raining. You are not dressed warmly, but you are having such an enjoyable, positive time that you do not have a chance of catching anything negative that day. On the other hand, you could be caught late after work and tired from your day at the office, when the car breaks down in cold and wet weather. You have the emotional “too hards” or the “poor me’s”, and you are running plenty of negative stress. Guaranteed, this is the time you will catch the cold.

With the triangle, consider what patterns or incidents you may be setting up for yourself without actually thinking about it. When you are struck down with an ailment, think about what is coming up or has just happened that could have caused enough stress to manifest, or exacerbate, an ailment.

My passion for aromatherapy comes from the fact that essential oils have the ability to work on all three points of the triangle of health. Because essential oils have the talent to work on both physical ailments and the emotions behind them, they can be used to rebalance a person’s life.

CASE STUDY

Carol was a woman who presented herself to my clinic suffering with what her doctor had diagnosed was psoriasis. The symptoms covered over 70 percent of her body and had been present for the past three years. The psoriasis would fluctuate between red and inflamed to dry and scaly. Carol was a 24 year old woman who seemed happy enough in herself. She was engaged and a full time psychology student at university. In the initial consultation she was just concerned with obtaining something to use topically to relieve the burning itch that occurred at night. Being a naturopath as well as an Aromatherapist, I conducted a consultation looking at the effects of her diet on the physical symptoms. What I found was that her diet was balanced 95 percent of the time. The only place I identified she could improve was with the increase of essential fatty acids. Carol chose to do this with a supplement, the supplement I selected was a balanced Omega 3:6:9 capsule to re-establish a balance of “good” essential fatty acids in her body.

I explained the Triangle of Health to Carol and discussed with her the possibility of her emotions influencing her skin condition. As it turns out, through our conversation we discovered that information she was studying was pushing buttons and mirroring her own childhood and present adult life. I decided to use the Aromatherapy Insight Cards to identify where she was emotionally at this time. I had Carol think about her skin condition and intuitively select three Insight Cards. The cards she chose were German Chamomile Matricaria chamomilla, Tea Tree Melaleuca alternofolia and Pine Pinus sylvestris.

Now, working as an Aromatherapist and looking at this woman’s skin, the combination of these three essential oils would not usually be chosen to work on the physical symptoms she was experiencing. Carol chose, Chamomile for letting go, Pine for raising self esteem and to stop rescuing others so she could start to rescue herself and the Tea Tree to understand why she was reacting the way she was and to release the struggle she was experiencing. The emotions she was experiencing were manifesting because she was holding herself back in negative past experiences which were fulfilling her belief that she was not attractive and reinforced her low self esteem. The skin ailment manifested for Carol to hide behind, when it was really bad she had the perfect excuse to skip her classes, not having to front the issues.

We set a plan to work on the skin topically and also for Carol to use those three essential oils in a vaporizer as well.

Carol applied the blend twice daily to affected areas as a regular treatment and as required for any times the irritation was exacerbated. I saw Carol weekly for an aromatherapy massage using the same blend of oils and by the third visit (two weeks later), the skin had improved where the inflammation had reduced 90% and it was not causing irritation at night. During the first week of treatment she had 3 days off university to settle herself. The remainder of the time she was attending classes and preparing for exams. After the first two weeks we used the Insight Cards to check if there were any additional oils to work with, and the result was to add Palmarosa Cymbopogon martinii. I use Palmarosa for being adaptable to changing circumstances and to release past insecurities and hurts. I added 0.25 percent to the blend and continued with the other ingredients. I used some Aromatic Kinesiology with Carol, verifying the blend of oils was suitable for her condition and she continued to have weekly massages. At the end of a six week period Carol was free of psoriasis except for a little in her scalp. Carol continued treatments at monthly intervals and it is now 12 months since I first saw Carol. Her skin is now clear and she uses essential oils for their subtle talents helping her to manage and work through emotional issues as they arise. She admits to being very human and still has buttons pushed. But now days she can recognise her body and triangle are getting out of balance, she then focuses on her essential oils and regains control of her life, not allowing it to control her.

“Those people who take great joy in the power they have over their own lives can fulfill their dreams. These people will become successful in what they want for themselves and will have little need for diseases. They may from time to time suffer acute complaints because of environmental hazards which combine with old childhood messages they have chosen to retain, but they will not put themselves at risk for major trauma or serious illnesses” (4)

The bottom line is that we are all responsible for our own health. Yes we all have experienced some pretty interesting physical ailments and learning experiences in the past. But the past is the past, like Anthony Robbins says, “nothing from your past will influence your future unless you let it.” You can decide today to work on balancing the points of your triangle to regain your personal power and restore a sense of wellness you most probably have not experienced in a long time. Don’t let an unbalanced old person move into your body.

References

(1) Dethlefsen T. & Dahlke R. – The Healing Power of Illness – P10 Element Books USA (1991)

(2) Harrison Dr J. – Love Your Disease – P37 Harper Collins Australia (1992)

(3) Bailes F.- Your Mind Can Heal You – P6 DeVorss & Co USA (1971)

(4) Harrison Dr J. – Love Your Disease – P54 Harper Collins Australia (1992)

Health And Nutrition 101: Benefits Of Vitamin Supplements To Your Overall Health

Thoughtful lab technician looking away
Thoughtful lab technician looking away

Our overall health depends on what we eat and oftentimes, these foods are sufficient to meet the body’s needs. However, there are some instances or conditions wherein a supplement is the only option to provide the nutrients that the body needs. Being pregnant, having medical conditions and getting old are just some of the circumstances wherein one needs vitamins or supplements. This does not mean that one should throw their supplements away or that they are pretty much useless. Below are just some benefits of vitamin supplements and knowing the type of supplement that your body needs can help you make an informed decision on the best supplement to benefit your body.

Modern Lifestyle

It used to be that our meals are made up of equal food groups to make them nutritious and healthy. However, with the advent of technology and the average Joe being busy with work, meal times often go awry and fast food becomes the staple as well as quick, convenient processed or junk food becomes the norm. This is one reason why the body is not getting all the nutrients that it needs and why vitamins in pill or capsule form can supplement what the body needs. This does not necessarily mean that the supplements can prevent any health problems; however they can reduce the person’s risk of contracting ailments or other health problems.

One of the best supplements that can help is multi-vitamin supplements as it provides the basic vitamins and minerals that the body needs. As multi-vitamins contain small dosages of essential vitamins or minerals, it is safe and the risk of overdosing is not something to be considered. These vitamins can help supplement what the body needs; however, those with deficiency of a certain nutrient or vitamin should first consider discussing the problem with their health care provider especially if it means going over the recommended daily intake.

Who needs Multi-Vitamin Supplements?

Supplements are best for certain individuals such as pregnant women. Women who are pregnant would require bigger dosage of certain supplements such as iron or folic acid to help with their pregnancy and the overall health of their unborn baby. Elderly individuals or those older individuals would also benefit from taking vitamins especially B-12 as it helps with their overall health along with calcium to help reduce the risk of bone related problems. Others who have allergies may also benefit as well as women who have problems with their menstrual cycle. As health supplements are not regulated, it is important to discuss the intake of these supplements with your health care provider. They can help you get the best supplement that would be beneficial to your overall health.

7 Tips on Using Food Diet Remedies for Your Common Health Ailments

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Nurse Smiling

Making simple changes to your food diet can help remedy some of the common health problems. Increasingly, more health experts are acknowledging that natural food is a good alternative medicine against many diseases. The use of antibiotics or drugs may not necessarily be the “cure all” answer. Recent studies have shown that cabbage, garlic and apples, etc provide good nutritional remedies.

If you are interested to find out more, there are quite a couple of health and nutrition books that are available on this topic.

However, before you gorge yourself silly based on the recommendations in these books, here are 7 tips to ensure that you don’t run into more health problems:-

1) If the recommendation is on a natural food, then it is generally considered safer versus one that is not. Examples of natural food will include your vegetables and fruits. Two examples of non-natural foods are instant noodles and salty pototo chips in a packet.

2) Proceed slowly as you may not know if you are allergic to that food or not. Your food allergies may also extend to natural foods too eg. peanuts.

3) It is best to take the remedies in small quantities and diluted form. You can increase the concentration once your body is okay with it and there are no apparent symptoms.

4) “Listen to Your Body” and discontinue any remedy if you experience any body discomfort.

5) Exercise caution if you want to give natural remedies to your children. If you are unsure, always consult a doctor.

6) If you are on medication, check with your doctor first before taking up any suggestions relating to your food diet.

7) It is recommended to rotate the consumption of a wide range of fresh and natural foods and juices.

Follow A Healthy Food Guide To Keep Hypertension At Bay

Surgeon wearing masks in operating theater
Surgeon wearing masks in operating theater

Hypertension is a serious health condition that affects people of all ages across the globe, irrespective of their geographical location and lifestyle. As per the 2012 global health statistics released by World Health Organization, India alone accounts for 15% of world’s uncontrolled hypertension patients. That is about 23.10% men and 22.60% women over the age of 25 years who suffer from this disease. Heart disease prevention is one of the prime reasons for urban masses concentrating on fitness. However, prevalence of hypertension is traced in rural areas too, where physical strain is excessive. Many bear a misconception that hypertension can be diagnosed early with a certain set of obvious symptoms like headache, nose bleeds, dizziness, lack of breath and several others. However, the truth continues to be neglected.

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure is an asymptomatic disease in general. A person can be suffering from hypertension for years, without even knowing it. The best way to deal with it is early diagnosis and prevention. Stress, excessive salt intake and lack of healthy heart-friendly nutrients in diet being the main causes of HBP, a healthy diet and regular exercise routine is always emphasized upon by the health experts. As it becomes a bit difficult to count the fat contents of foods, every time before eating, the doctors have proposed a DASH (Dietary Approaches To Stop Hypertension) strategy that effectively lowers the blood pressure.

A DASH diet basically focuses on enjoying a wholesome diet, with the inclusion of vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, fish, poultry, nuts and low fat dairy products on a daily basis. As red meat, excessive sodium intake and synthetic sugars aggravate the situation, DASH diet solely concentrates on the consumption on food that score high on healthy fats and rich nutrients that maintain the blood pressure. To help you get started, here is a simple healthy food guide that is easy to follow and helps prevent hypertension effectively.

As the nutrition requirements varies from individual to individual, the nutrition data suggested here is calculated in terms of 2000 calories per day. Below is a sample DASH diet plan for various food groups and their total number of servings per day.

DASH Diet – 2000 calories/day

Whole grains: 6 to 8 servings of a whole grain bread slice or 1/2 cup of cooked rice.
Vegetables: 4 to 5 servings of 1 cup raw leafy veggies or 1/2 cup cooked vegetables.
Fruits: 4 to 5 servings of 1 medium sized fruit, 1/2 cup mixed fresh fruit, 1/4 cup dried fruit or 1/2 cup fruit juice.
Dairy: 2 to 3 servings of 1 cup low fat milk or yogurt.
Poultry, lean meat and fish: 6 servings of egg (cut down on yolks) or 1 oz. cooked poultry/fish.
Legumes, nuts and seeds: 4 to 5 servings per week of 2 tbsp of peanut butter or 1.5 oz. nuts or 1/2 cup of cooked beans/lentils.
Fats and oils: 2 to 3 servings of 1 tsp vegetable oil.
Deserts with artificial sugar: 4 to 5 servings per week of foods containing 1 tablespoon sugar.
Sodium: 1500 to 2300 mg/day.

To meet your daily calorie goals, request a dietitian to create a Dash diet for you.

The Health Care Crisis – and a Solution

Radiologist
Radiologist

We are presently facing a health care crisis that is getting more dire every day. Health care costs are increasing so rapidly that many companies who offered free health insurance to their employees are now passing a lot of the high cost on to their employees. Other employers are dropping their health care plans altogether because they have become too expensive. Millions do not have health insurance because they can’t afford the premiums.

There are many reasons that this situation is escalating out of control.

One reason is that the primary emphasis is on treatment of the symptoms of disease. There is too little emphasis on prevention of disease.

Most people don’t take care of themselves well enough, partially due to insufficient knowledge on how to prevent disease. Many people tend to eat too much and exercise too little. Many others have habits which impact their health, such as alcohol or tobacco.

We have an aging population. We live longer, but require more health care to accomplish that, partially due to insufficient attention to our health in earlier years.

Health care insurance encourages people to neglect their health because they think they can rely on a quick fix when they need it.

Medical choices are often made by others in the name of the patient, rather than the patient being involved in the financial and medical choices.

Many insured patients tend to overuse medical resources since those resources appear to be free or almost free, masked by the cost of the insurance.

What is the solution to this ever-expanding problem? How do we bring health care costs under control and make a better life for people?

There are many facets to the solution, but the most important part is disease prevention. Many of the nation’s biggest health problems can be prevented with proper knowledge and proper habits.

The emphasis for health care needs to be shifted from treating disease to prevention of disease. We need to stop disease before it manifests. This will not eliminate the need to cure disease, but it can diminish that need significantly. One very important by-product of this is a healthier population.

Now that we know the solution, how do we implement it?

It is implemented through proper health education. The knowledge of how to prevent disease has existed for thousands of years. The knowledge has been largely ignored, to our detriment. People got used to the idea of taking pills to treat the symptoms of disease rather than taking proper actions to prevent disease in the first place. This fostered bad habits and people increasingly lost the inner knowledge of what was good for their health and what was bad for their health. People began to crave junk food and a sedentary lifestyle – the opposite of what was good for their health.

How do we gain the proper health education and restore the inner knowledge to help guide our journey to better health? Ayurveda, the science of life, provides a wealth of information for restoring better health and balance to our systems. You can get more information on health at health care . You can also check the balance of your own system or get a comprehensive Ayurvedic Analysis at health care . The solution to this momentous problem lies in the hands of each one of us. Start doing your part today and you will reap the benefits for many years to come.

Some Useful Tips For Creating a Healthy Diet Plan

Heart CAT scan result shown on monitor
Heart CAT scan result shown on monitor

Why shouldn’t you design a customized diet plan for you? There are many diet plans available online but they are somehow difficult to follow. You can make your own diet plan according to your taste and the food you like. Doctors recommend that your diet should contain all nutrients but in balanced way. It means that your food should not be high in carbohydrate alone but also balance necessary protein and vitamins.

For the past some years, I have been creating diet plans for myself. These provided me great results and proved very effective for my health. Following are the some useful tips that I picked up. These points should be kept in mind while creating your own diet plan.

  • Avoid eating food having large quantity of fats and oil in them. Such foods contain saturated fats in them which are not considered good for our health. So stop eating cakes, cookies and butter from today.
  • Fruits and vegetables are essential part of our diet. These are the main source of protein and all other essential nutrients required by our body. Avoid peeling the skin or outer covering of fruits and vegetable because they are full of nutrition.
  • Artificial spices are not good for your health. Use vinegar, lemon, and natural herbs in your meal instead of artificial spices because they increase the acidity of stomach and cause diseases.
  • Include dietary fibers in your daily diet. They are very important for us and help in metabolism of our body. Vegetables, fruits, and whole grain are rich in fibers.
  • You must take care of how much you eat and how much you burn. If the calories you burn are more than the calories you consume then, you have lesser chances of obesity and other heart diseases.

Making a diet plan is not problematic but to follow it is a difficult task. You should also start regular exercise. Exercises not only keep you healthy but also keep you mentally fresh all over the day. You can also make your own home gym. Buy some basic instruments online as there are various platforms which offer best rowing instruments.

These useful tips will enable you to design a healthy diet plan which will keep you from obesity and other diseases. Now, when you know all the essentials of a healthy diet, why not take a pen and make your own diet plan, all by yourself?

Prevent Constipation and Other Health Ailments with Papaya

Nurse checking thermometer
Nurse checking thermometer

Constipation is a condition whereby the fecal matter traveling through your colon remains too long in your colon before traveling out of the rectum. You become aware that you are constipated if you have difficulty passing motion or take a few days to do one purge.

That said, if you are suffering from constipation, you have been advised to eat more fruits and vegetables to increase your fiber intake.

For fruit, have you considered having papaya as a constipation remedy or including it as part of your regular diet?

As a natural remedy, papaya not only aids digestion but also helps prevent constipation. It provides relief from piles and also has anti-cancer properties. Papaya has also been shown to lower cholesterol levels, prevents the formation of urinary stones, prevents intestinal infection by parasites and aids in the proper functioning of the body’s immune system. For lactating mothers, according to traditional beliefs, papaya also helps to stimulate milk production.

Papayas contain papain, an enzyme that helps digest proteins (especially food with gluten). Concentrated amounts can especially be found in unripe papaya. This enzyme helps prevent the accumulation of mucoprotein (partially digested protein) in the body and lymphatic system. In fact, papain has been extracted to make dietary supplements for digestion. Thus, the unripe papaya is considered to have more healing powers for constipation than the ripe one.

Papayas are a good source of fiber. Its fiber is able to keep cancer-causing toxins in the colon away from the healthy colon cells. Those who are experiencing constipation or at risk of colon cancer should consider taking more papaya. Papaya’s folate, vitamin C, vitamin A, beta-carontene and vitamin E have been linked with reduced risk of colon cancer.
Additionally, the antioxidant nutrients found in papaya have also been proven to reduce muscle inflammation and the healing of burns and wounds.

The papaya fruit is slightly sweet, with a musky smell to it. It is now mainly cultivated in the warm tropical parts of the world but can easily be found in many supermarkets.

To prevent constipation and for all stated health benefits, here are three simple papaya recipes:

  • 1. Papaya Milk Energy drink. Cut papaya and blend with milk in a 50/50 mix. Add honey if desired. Papaya milk is a good energy drink for growing children.
  • 2. Papaya Salad (Thai Style). Shred green papaya and cut some tomatoes. For dressing, add chopped garlic, 2 tablespoon fish sauce, 1 tablespoon lime juice, cilantro, Thai basil, 1 teaspoon chopped mint, chili padi (optional) and sugar to taste.
  • 3. Unripe papaya juice. Peel off skin and put in blender. This recipe is especially good for the lymphatic system and after a meal that is heavy in gluten.

    Including papaya as part of your regular diet is a great idea for a healthy functioning body.