Tips for Health

Curing or Preventing Cancer?

By on July 31, 2013 in Diseases with 0 Comments

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How many of our relatives, friends or even us, who have to fight with cancer? Cancer has been the number one killer after stroke and heart diseases and it seems that there is no sign of decreasing amount of people who suffer from cancer. Unfortunately, the rates of cancer patients are increasing. How can we change this horrible phenomenon and keep ourselves free from this fatal disease?

There is a fact that not many people know. Cancer is actually preventable. Other than its inheritance factor, cancer is caused by our own lifestyles and environment. Most of us do not realize that we build toxins within our body through preserved and processed foods along with those junk foods that we and our kids eat daily.

So, what can we do? Processed foods and chemical substances are around us. One important step is avoiding ourselves into taking those foods. Special diets like consuming fresh veggies and fruits are strongly recommended, It is also important to consume organic foods. They are tasty and affordable. Other options for healthier foods include brown rice, tuna and other kinds of fish.

Combine those healthy foods with active, energetic lifestyle. Exercise is a must because we are inhaling more oxygen during exercises or any active movement. Cancers cannot grow within a body which is rich of oxygen. There is no need to do hard-lifting exercises. Brisk walk, biking and jogging are more than just enough to have our body full of good oxygen.

Stress is also the best trigger of cancer that most of us cannot avoid. Stress can weaken our body that leads to lower system of immune. High level of stress can make our body becomes acidic which is the best environment for the growing viruses, bacteria and cancers. Enjoy our lives by taking meditation or yoga, or listening to some relaxing music. Preventing is much better than curing and we can start right away!

Challenge Yourself by Changing Your Career

By on July 31, 2013 in Business with 0 Comments

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Almost all employees always consider in changing their career and I am sure that you once had such desire in your mind. Or, this is the thing that you want to do though you do not have any courage to start a brand new job. It requires wise thinking and enough skills to move on so that things will be as scary as you think.

First, you need to think further about your current jobs. Is your main reason to work right now is merely for paying your daily needs or your credit cards’ bills? Is your career stuck because you only do what your boss says and there is no innovative idea from you? If you answer ‘YES’ to all questions, then you really should find another job which really can bring great spirit for you to work and reveal your idea. It will make you are honored as an individual and you will get higher chances to improve your career.

Next, you will have several career options in your mind and you still do not know which kind of career that you should step into. So, it is the time to narrow down your career search by considering about several aspects such as:

  • The education or degree requirements with certain certifications
  • The amount of salary that you will get and the reduction for union fees or taxes
  • The level that you have to go through
  • The location of the job; whether it is out of town or abroad
  • The age requirement

Now, let’s say that you have considered all those points above and you have decided to opt for the best career that you have been dreaming off. Then, this is the time for you to start the challenge by maximizing your skills and ability. It is the best opportunity to show off that you deserve the best achievement though you still have to learn to earn.

Best Benefits of Herbs

By on July 31, 2013 in General with 0 Comments

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Getting back to nature is what nowadays people do when it comes to health treatment. Herbs are now gaining its popularity, thanks to their major benefits to maintain one’s health and even cure some diseases. Centuries ago, people only counted on herbs for their daily needs. The cultural Chinese methods have been using herbs to heal sickness as well as maintain prime body condition.

These days, we can notice that the internet has offered thousands of websites offering herbs methods of curing diseases. Herbs are now available in forms of teas, ointments, powders, or salves. So far, there is no side risk of herbs intake and it is also cheaper as compared to medical treatment.

One of the most popular herbs treatments is Alfalfa. This is the latest method of reducing acidic condition on humans’ bodies. This kind of herb is also beneficial for liver detoxification. People suffer from liver because most of them do not eat regularly and they only consume supplements to replace their required meals. This is why there are so many suppliers of Alfalfa extracts available in the market. This herb treatment has increased demands. The benefits of Alfalfa are the same with Agrimony though this one can also help to maintain good digestive systems.

Other kinds of herbs, which give major benefits on humans’ health, include Angelica, Aloe Vera, ginger, aniseeds and so forth. Those who really want to consume fresh herbs in their original forms usually use them to cook. Good options of herbs, which are mixed with spices, can bring delectable taste without adding any monosodium glutamate. We can usually find the combination of spices and herbs on many eastern cooking recipes.

The latter option is much more beneficial because herbs which are prepared in natural ways are much better as compared to those which are made into extracts. So, why not finding recipes that use natural herbs and spices? All you can do is only exploring your creativity in creating cuisines based on your taste.

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Bye bye hair thinning

By on July 29, 2013 in General, Health with 0 Comments

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Are your hair shredding like anything? Thinning of your hair may also shrink your self confidence and your beauty. So what can you do regain the volume of your precious hair? Following tips may help you get your desired volume:

Zero stress for zero hair fall is the formula for beautiful thick hair. Take a deep breath and kick the word ‘stress’ out of your dictionary. A bonus tip is, exercise for at least 20 to 30minutes. This will elevate the circulation throughout the course of your scalp and hence promote hair health.

Loss of hair may be due to the some sort of vitamin and mineral deficiencies. So in order to know if you are suffering from any deficiency, you need to see a doctor.

The secret ingredients for healthy hair are anti-oxidants. Fruits are rich in anti-oxidants and so are veggies. Try to consume food stuff that is rich in vitamins such as C and E.

Keep your scalp dandruff free because fungus is also responsible for hair loss.

Do you know there is a relation of the hair loss and hair thinning with digestion? Take care of your GIT in order to keep hair healthy. If you have constipation and diarrhea, you better see a doctor.

Keep iron in your diet because deficiency of iron is also an important factor for hair loss and thinning.

100 strands of hair shedding is normal, but if you think there is a lot hair damage and loss, you can use certain home remedies such as apple cidar vinegar etc.

Tips for cutting off sugar from your diet

By on July 22, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

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The following tricks may come in handy in eliminating sugar from your daily diet:

Keep yourself well hydrated. This is because dehydration has the potential to leave you crave for sugar and sweets.

Cut off caffeine gradually. What caffeine is capable of doing is swing blood sugar and leaving you feel dehydrated. Both of these may make you crave for sugar.

Consume more protein and more omega 3 fatty acids which are also known as good fats. Keep a balance between your protein intakes for it may lead to sugar craving when taken more or when taken less than normal amount. Proper good fat and proteins help maintain blood sugar levels and also satiety.

A strong urge for sugar may arise when you skip a meal or two. So don’t miss a meal.

Take in natural sweet that is fruits and veggies for they not only nurture your craving for sweet but are also rich in phytochemicals, fiber, vitamins, and micronutrients.

Stay away from those artificial sweeteners and chemical which claim to taste sweet. These are harmful for health. You should rather use little quantity of gentle sweeteners such as barley malt, rice syrup, honey, and dried fruit etc.

Get proper sleep. Being sleepless would call for extra energy and hence extra urge for sugar and sweets.

Be physically active and smart.

These tips may look small but these can bring a big change in your life. Remember that you can only enjoy life at the fullest if you take care of yourself.

Is your child at risk for kidney disease?

By on July 22, 2013 in Diseases, General, Health, Health, Prevention with 0 Comments

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Parents always wish good health and prosperity for their children. Health is also one of the most sensitive issues when it comes to children. You must be very concerned if you child is at risk of kidney disease and you wish to be sure that he or she is not.

 

Kidney diseases are not only common in adults but also in children. It may be due to the many different reasons such as low intake of fluid, holding urine for long, or many other reasons. To find if your child has kidney disease, you should go for a urine test. This will ensure if there is any problem in the kidney because usually, in early stages of kidney disease, there are no visible symptoms that the child would show.

 

In this urine test, your child would be said to collect the urine in a small sample bottle. In this test, what is checked is the albumin levels. Healthy kidneys do not let albumin pass through them. If the kidneys of your child are healthy, the re would be no albumin found on test. But if the kidney is damaged, some albumin may appear in kidney and thus would be detected by the test.

 

If the urine test shows high albumin in the urine of your child, this means you need to see a healthcare provider to get your child’s kidneys checked.

 

If your child is obese, diabetic, has pain in the back, feels burning sensations while urinating, gets swelling on the eyelids after getting up in the morning or has family history of kidney disease, your child maybe at risk of kidney disease.

 

Make sure you get your child checked up.

Blood disorders

By on July 22, 2013 in Diseases with 0 Comments

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They say blood is life. If you have any abnormality in your blood, that would affect all the systems of the body and also your over all health. Knowing the types and kinds of blood disorders is quite essential for us.

Before going into the types of blood disorders, let me very briefly tell you the components of blood cells. There are three types of blood cells found in our blood which reside in the plasma which is 70% of blood.

  1. Red Blood Cells that is responsible for gaseous exchange.
  2. White Blood Cells that is responsible for the defense mechanisms of the body. That is how the body combats with foreign agents that can harm it.
  3. Platelets, that is responsible for clotting of blood if there is some kind of injury. Platelets are not however, actual cells.

Coming back to the blood disorders let me tell list them up for you:

Anemia: Anemia is lack of sufficient amount or red blood cells, or the presence of abnormal red blood cells that cannot function properly. Types of anemia include:

  • Iron deficiency anemia (insufficient iron which is required for RBC synthesis)
  • Pernicious anemia (mal-absorption of Vit B12 and folic acid required for RBC synthesis)
  • Aplastic anemia (body fail to make RBCs)
  • Hemolytic anemia (more cells degraded than made. For example, sickle cell anemia, malaria)
  • Anemia may also be caused due to other reasons such as kidney diseases.

Bleeding disorders: these include diseases in which clotting of blood fails to occur.

  • Hemophilia (lack of clotting factors)
  • Von Willebrand Disease (lack of von Willebrand factor)

Blood cancers: When there is abnormally fast multiplication of cells.

  • Leukemia: (abnormal and rapid WBC production)
  • Lymphoma (cancerous cell growth in lymphatic)
  • Myeloma (attacks plasma cells to weaken immunity.)

Urinary Incontinence in children

By on July 22, 2013 in Diseases, Health with 0 Comments

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Do you know that your urinary system comprises of kidneys on either side of the vertebral column, ureters opening their way out into the bladder and before the urine finds its way out of the body, it passes through the urethra? Do you also know that there are sphincters present around the bladder so as to not let the urine leak out? Well, babies’ bladder empties automatically. But as the baby grow in age, up to 3yr; they get control over their bladder.

Children with urinary incontinence don’t keep dry for a long time. The term urinary incontinence, also known as enuresis refers to the loss of bladder control thus consequently urination occurs accidentally. Generally, the cause of urinary incontinence may be any of the following or a many together.

  • It may be due to infection in the urinary tract
  • Due to kidney issues,
  • Due to damage to concerned nerve damage
  • Due to structural anomalies of the urinary tract
  • Other reasons include problem during breathing and constipation etc.

In children, urinary incontinence disappears gradually as the child age. It is true that if urinary incontinence persists even after the age of 3, it is quite an embarrassment for the mother and the child. Very small babies have no control over their bladder but this isn’t considered Urinary incontinence (UI). Daytime UI is identified usually at the 5 or 6 and that during night time at the age 7.

Normally the urinary incontinence fades away with age. If it does, certain other strategies such as bladder training, moisture alarms, medicines etc are used.

The link between diet and developing kidney stones

By on July 20, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, Diseases, Health, Health with 0 Comments

 

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Healthy diet is emphasized due to a reason. That reason is to keep you away from the awful affects of different diseases that are particularly influenced by what you eat. You must’ve heard much about kidney stones, right? But do you know that apart from the fluid intake, your diet has a lot to do with formation of it? Well, this article may help you combat kidney stones making some dietary changes in your life.

Types of Kidney Stones:

Before going into detail about the dietary recommendations, let me first very quickly mention the types of kidney stones. These include the following:

Calcium stones: The prevalence of calcium stones is pretty high and they may be of calcium oxalate and calcium phosphate type.

Uric acid stones: Persistently high pH of urine results in uric acid stones.

Struvite stones: These are precisely formed when in state of infection.

Cystine stones: These are formed due to a rare metabolic disorder in which cystine, an amino acid, leaves the kidney and into the urine. High concentration of cystine results in cyctine stones.

How dietary changes can help:

Relying on the type of kidney stone a person is suffering from, they need to make changes in their animal protein, their calcium and their oxalate intake.

Ideal fluid intake should be 2 to 3 liters per day.

Because calcium stones are common, patients with this type of stones should:

  • Minimize their sodium intake, intake of fish, egg and meat
  • Consume sufficient calcium in diet or through supplements
  • Avoid spinach, wheat bran, nuts and other oxalate-rich food

Patients with uric acid stones should keep a check on their protein intake.

 

 

 

Foods that can aggravate your diarrhea

By on July 20, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, Diseases, Health, Health with 0 Comments

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Diarrhea is precisely classified as an Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) which involves the frequent bowel movement causing inability to reabsorb water. Eating something unhygienic may be one of the reasons of regular visits to the bathroom. Diarrhea may leave you deficient of nutrients and lack of water in the body. Special care is required for a person who is suffering from diarrhea especially when it comes to diet.

Take note of the following things that should not be eaten in case of diarrhea for they can make things worse. This is because some food has the potential to promote peristalsis, the movement within the gastrointestinal tract in order to move food forward.

Foods to forget when suffering from diarrhea:

Do you know that the kind of food that enters the stomach has an influence on the bowel movement? Diet that is rich in fat speeds up the contractions in the GIT. The worse things you can eat in diarrhea are those that are greasy, creamy and fried.

Avoid consuming dairy products such as milk, cheese, butter, ice creams and other milk derivatives. One of the reasons for this is the fact that lactose present in milk demands lactase for digestion. If the digestion doesn’t occur, it may cause bloating, flatulence and nausea.

Try to distance yourself from artificial sweeteners for they may have laxative effect which can further aggravate the condition.

Other food stuff to avoid includes sodas, caffeine and alcohol etc. There are many foods that promote production of gases. These include cruciferous family, beans, onions and peas etc.

What to eat in Diarrhea?

By on July 20, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health with 0 Comments

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Diarrhea is basically an Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) that affects many people irrespective of age and sex. You eat something wrong; you have to rush to the washroom many times a day. You may become weak, awful and dehydrated by these frequent bowel movements. To make life a little easy when you have diarrhea, let us discuss some foods that you should have to make your diarrhea better.

The BRAT Diet:

If you didn’t know about the BRAT diet, today is a good day to know about it. BRAT (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast) is a diet that helps overcome diarrhea.

Banana contains the following ingredients that help your digestive system and your body:

Pectin: Soluble form of fiber that absorbs water content and expands so that the food moves slowly and gradually through the intestine.

Potassium: Works for the lost about of electrolytes in stool.

Inulin: Fiber content that not only helps in movement of the food but also has pre-biotic property.

Rice can help you feel better. Due to the fact that it is low in fiber content, the carbohydrate in rice gets digested in the small intestine before reaching the end of the GIT. You can also go for mashed or boiled potatoes.

Applesauce is yet another comforter in your condition. Raw apple rich in pectin may be too rough, but cooked apple has the goodness in a more easily digestible form.

Toast and other processed whole grains should be consumed because they are easily digestible. You can eat crackers which have added salt which will help you maintain electrolyte balance.

 

Know the bumps called blackheads

By on July 20, 2013 in Diseases, General, Health, Health with 0 Comments

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Blackheads or comedos are pimples that do not have skin over them; the air oxidizes the top layer of gunk in the pores and turns it dark black. Dead skin cells and sebum accumulate in the opening to the hair follicle producing a bump, which if covered by the skin is known as a whitehead or otherwise turns into a blackhead. This widely common skin disorder is basically a mild type of acne. They can appear anywhere on the body; nose, ears, back, chest, neck, arms and shoulders. Hormonal changes in the body and excessive use of cosmetics can cause the problem to occur in teenage and adolescence.

Blackheads can be treated by over -the-counter products by medication available in cream, gel, and pad form which contain ingredients such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and resorcinol. Stronger medications that are recommended by doctors contain vitamin A, benzoyl peroxide and antibiotics.

Dermatologists use round loop extractor to remove clogs or microdermabrasion removes the top layer of skin, which can also be done using chemical peels in which a strong chemical solution is applied to the skin. Laser and light therapies on the other hand, treat acnes and blackheads without affecting the top layer of skin.

You can prevent blackheads by making sure you wash your face when you wake up and before you go to bed and also after eating oily foods. Also wash your hair daily especially if it is oily. Opt for oil-free make-ups, lotion, sunscreen and exfoliating scrubs and masks to remove dead skin cells.

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