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Things Your Nails Can Tell You About Your Health Pale Nails The problem isn’t so black and white when it comes to white nails. If your fingernail beds are looking a little ghostly, you may have anemia, a blood disorder characterized by a low red blood cell count. “Anemia resulting from low levels of iron can lead to inadequate oxygen in the blood, which causes the skin and tissues to become pale, particularly the tissues under the nails. More seriously, pale nails could also be a sign of early diabetes or liver disease, both of which can lead to impaired blood flow. Dark Lines in Nails Even if you diligently check your skin for questionable moles monthly, you likely overlook your nails, a place where dangerous melanoma often goes unnoticed. “Dark brown or black vertical lines on the nail bed should never be ignored. “These can be a hallmark sign of melanoma, which requires early detection and treatment.” Pitting and Grooving Depressions and small cracks in your nails are known as “pitting” of the nail bed and are often associated with psoriasis. Brittle, Thin, or Lifted Nails Breaking a nail can be a bummer, but if your tips seem to crack at the slightest touch, it could mean your thyroid is amiss. This gland in your neck regulates metabolism, energy, and growth, and too little thyroid hormone often leads to hair loss, brittle and thin nails, and nails that grow slowly. Blue Nails A blue face is a clear indication that someone’s lacking airflow, and blue nails mean the same thing—you’re not getting enough oxygen to your fingertips. This could be caused by respiratory disease or a vascular problem called Raynaud’s Disease. Please see visit your primary care physician should you have any questions.
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Dry Skin Woes Is your skin feeling dry and tight -- even itchy or flaky? Any number of things can strip your skin of its protective oils. The result: Everything from chapped lips and itchy skin to cracked heels. Relief is in your grasp. No one is immune from dry lips in winter! Here’s how to cope: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and use a humidifier at home. Liberally apply beeswax or petroleum jelly to your lips. Put on lip balm or lipstick with sunscreen every time you go outside. Avoid being in the sun and wind too much. Don't lick your lips. Your hands may be hard hit by the cold winter air. Washing your hands frequently helps eliminate cold and flu germs, but it also increases dryness. Try using a glycerin-based moisturizer when you wake up, before you go to bed, and any time your hands feel dry throughout the day.
What are the treatments for winter allergies? Treatments for winter allergies include: Antihistamines reduce sneezing, sniffling, and itching. Decongestants clear mucus to relieve congestion and swelling. Allergy shots expose your body to gradually increasing doses of the allergen. They can reduce your symptoms for a longer period of time than allergy drugs. As before any treatment always consult your physician.
What causes winter allergies? When it gets cold and your furnace kicks on, it sends dust, mold spores, and insect parts into the air. They can get into your nose and can trigger a reaction. How can you tell whether your symptoms are from a cold or flu or allergies? A cold usually doesn't last for more than 10 days. Allergy symptoms caused by dust, pollen, or mold include: Coughing Dark circles under the eyes Itchy eyes and nose Runny nose Sneezing Watery eyes
Life is a continual balancing act. When we’re young, it may seem as though we’re able to take on everyday activities with ease. But, as we grow older, our senses and ability to efficiently perform multiple tasks at the same time start to slowly deteriorate. Even the simplest of simultaneous activities, such as walking and talking, can disrupt our balance and put us at risk for a serious fall-related injury. Our body’s balance control system is a complex operation. Just like an orchestra, there are many different pieces that have to work together for there to be perfect harmony. The more we practice Tai Chi, dance or yoga, the more we become in sync with our bodies, and the more our bodies become in sync with our environment. Exercise ... but visit your primary care doctor before beginning a new exercise to discuss the planned regimen with someone who is an expert in your health and can advise you on a safe and beneficial routine for you.
Let’s face it – winters can be tough. Months of frigid temperatures and heavy snow fall can make daily life difficult and isolation at home even more common for seniors. Focus on footwear: Rubber or neoprene soles, especially those with plenty of tread, provide better traction on snow and ice than either leather or plastic soles, making them the best choice for fall prevention.
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Early pregnancy and childbirth Complications linked to pregnancy and childbirth are the second cause of death for 15-19-year-old girls globally. Some 11% of all births worldwide are to girls aged 15 to 19 years, and the vast majority are in low- and middle-income countries. The 2014 World Health Statistics put the global adolescent birth rate at 49 per 1000 girls this age.
Adolescents – young people between the ages of 10 and 19 years – are often thought of as a healthy group. Nevertheless, many adolescents do die prematurely due to accidents, suicide, violence, pregnancy related complications and other illnesses that are either preventable or treatable. When is the last time your adolescent had a check up?
Heat Heat is highly effective for reducing menstrual pain. While you can’t always walk around with a heating pad, and sadly I can’t write you a note to sit in a hot tub all day during your period, newer topical stickers that contain chemical heating elements are an excellent choice for menstrual pain.
What Can I Do About My Period Cramps? One of the easiest ways to treat cramps is to stop productions of the nasty prostaglandins that causes the mess in the first place. Common over the counter medications like naproxen and ibuprofen fall in the class. If you start taking it 1-2 days before the onset of cramping they work even better. (not recommended for people with stomach ulcers. Please read warning labels on all medications and check with your doctor before using them.)
"Aspirin, although a very old and cheap product, is really a wonder drug." That's because aspirin reduces the stickiness of platelets, making them less likely to clump together and block a blood vessel. But not all men respond to this treatment—and there's a test that identifies the ones who don't. "Aspirin resistance is found in about 20 percent of patients tested." For those men, aspirin is a waste of time and money. If you're aspirin resistant: Cook with virgin olive oil. Three tablespoons a day can help improve arterial bloodflow, Spanish scientists found.
Thyroid problems hit men as well as women, and stress and poor sleep are often the culprits. "Many people don't sleep as well as they should, so the body overcompensates." With an overactive thyroid, there may be signs of a goiter—a swollen area in the neck. Hyperthyroidism, as it's called, can also lead to an increased heart rate, anxiety, sleep problems, and weight loss. Symptoms of an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) may include personality changes, hair loss, weight gain, and a cloudy memory. Both thyroid conditions can lead to more serious, life-threatening illnesses when left untreated. The thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) test will determine if you have a problem. If your results are off the mark: Your doctor may order the more specific free T3 and free T4 follow-up tests. Depending on whether your thyroid is overactive or underactive, a beta-blocker or thyroid-hormone replacement drug may be prescribed. Blood work.....It is on your side.
Have you had your Vitamin D checked yet? Reducing risk of allergies in children and adolescents: A nationwide study of over 6,000 individuals showed that allergic sensitization was more common in those with vitamin D levels under 15 ng/mL versus those with levels 30 ng/mL or more. Sleep apnea: There is some evidence that vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk of obstructive sleep apnea brought on by inflammatory rhinitis and/or tonsillar hypertrophy. More research needs to be done to confirm this. Decreasing dental cavities: A review of 24 controlled clinical trials encompassing 2,827 children found a 47% reduced risk of cavities with vitamin D supplementation. Possibly helping with erectile dysfunction (ED): It is not clear if increasing your serum vitamin D levels can help with ED. Many men diagnosed with ED are diagnosed with cardiovascular disease (CVD) within a few years. Vitamin D deficiency is linked with CVD, so if you are deficient in vitamin D, some researchers believe that treating this could reduce your risk of ED.
More ways Vitamin D can help... If you deficient Multiple sclerosis: Evidence continues to accumulate supporting the role of vitamin D and the prevention and treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). It begins with the vitamin D levels in pregnant women. Numerous studies have linked the occurrence of MS with birth month. There is a high prevalence of MS in high-latitude areas. The lack of sunlight exposure appears to be a significant predictor, and research is ongoing in this area. Tuberculosis: Individuals with tuberculosis (TB) have been shown to have lower vitamin D levels than healthy people. Supplementation has shown to improve symptoms in these individuals. Further studies are needed to determine the cause and appropriate intervention. Reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes: Research has shown that those with blood vitamin D levels over 25 ng/mL had a 43% reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with those with levels under 14 ng/mL. Decreasing inflammation: Many of the health benefits associated with vitamin D may come from its role in decreasing inflammation. Research has shown a decrease in levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation, with increased levels of vitamin D to just below 21 ng/mL.
Vitamin D ....do you need it? Depression: The association between lack of sunlight and depressive disorders was first noted 2,000 years ago. Vitamin D plays a role in regulating adrenaline, noradrenaline, and dopamine production in the brain through vitamin D receptors in the adrenal cortex, as well as protecting against the depletion of serotonin and dopamine. This is the possible link with vitamin D's role in depression. The research is new in this area, and only the associations have been shown so far. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with an 8%-14% increase in depression. Research is also finding a relationship with low vitamin D levels and increased risk of suicide. In a study done on the Department of Defense Serum Repository personnel, researchers compared the vitamin D levels of 495 verified suicide cases versus 495 controls. They found the lowest 25(OH)D level are associated with an increased risk for suicide. Another study compared vitamin D levels in 59 suicide attempters, 17 nonsuicide depressed patients, and 14 healthy controls. The suicide attempters had significantly lower vitamin D than depressed nonsuicidal patients and healthy controls. Research is ongoing in this area to determine if you can prevent and treat depression by correcting vitamin D deficiencies. When is the last time you had your vitamin D checked?
Vitamin D Skeletal disease: Anyone taking calcium knows that you need to take it with vitamin D. It's needed because vitamin D promotes calcium absorption in the gut and maintains blood calcium levels to enable normal mineralization of bone and prevent abnormally low blood calcium levels that can then lead to tetany. Adequate vitamin D levels can prevent bones from becoming thin, brittle, or malformed. It is linked with the prevention of osteomalacia, osteopenia, and osteoporosis. Fall prevention is a public-health goal for the elderly. Each year, one in three people 65 years and older experiences at least one fall, with 5.6% resulting in a fracture, and vitamin D can play a role in preventing this. There are vitamin D receptors in human muscle that have a direct effect on muscle strength. A severe vitamin D deficiency can cause myopathy, which can cause muscle weakness and pain. Vitamin D supplementation can reverse this and improve balance. Supplementing 700 to 1,000 IU/day of vitamin D3 has been shown to reduce falls by 19%-26%. Another advantage to correcting a vitamin D deficiency has been seen in decreasing knee and hip pain. A longitudinal population-based cohort study of 769 randomly selected older adults aged 50-80 years found that moderate vitamin D deficiency predicts the incidence or worsening of knee pain over five years and possibly hip pain over 2.4 years. Cancer: The link between the sun and cancer is typically not seen as a positive one because of the connection with skin cancer. UV-B radiation from the sun is said to be the most important environmental risk factor for nonmelanoma skin cancer. Because the sun is the primary source of vitamin D, researchers are looking to see what role it plays in skin cancer. Some believe that enough sun exposure to keep your vitamin D levels up while protecting your skin from damage is beneficial to skin cancer survival. There has also been research to show the protective effect that vitamin D has with the development of other cancers, including colon, breast, and prostate cancer. In 1941, U.S. pathologist Frank Apperly published geographic data that demonstrated for the first time an inverse correlation between levels of UV radiation in North America and mortality rates from cancers. This means that more exposure to UV radiation (sun) leads to fewer deaths from cancers. Since this was published, it has been confirmed that there is an association between an increased risk of dying of various internal malignancies (for example, colon, breast, ovarian, melanoma, and prostate cancer) and living far from the equator.
Vitamin D deficiency Cardiovascular disease: Vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased prevalence of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, peripheral vascular disease, coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, heart failure, and stroke. The anti-inflammatory effects of vitamin D may be the reason for this. Research is being done to determine exactly how this works and why. Infections: Do you tend to get more respiratory infections in the winter? Vitamin D deficiency could be the cause. Observational studies have shown an association between low vitamin D status and an increased risk of both upper and lower respiratory tract infections. The role of vitamin D in reducing the risk of hospital-acquired infections, such as pneumonia, bacteremias, urinary tract infections, and surgical site infections is also being investigated.
Do menopause symptoms make you feel like you’re losing control of your body? “There’s one factor that really distinguishes whether women have it easy or struggle with menopause symptoms – stress and cortisol levels,” says Dr. Gottfried, a Harvard-trained physician. “That’s where a yoga [practice] makes a huge difference.”
Male Pattern Baldness: The male pattern baldness (MPB) form of androgenetic alopecia (there is also a female pattern baldness) accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men. By age 35, two-thirds of American men will have some degree of appreciable hair loss and by age 50 approximately 85% of men have significantly thinning hair. About 25% of men who suffer from male pattern baldness begin the painful process before they reach 21. Contrary to societal belief, most men who suffer from male pattern baldness are extremely unhappy with their situation and would do anything to change it. Hair loss affects every aspect of their life. It affects interpersonal relationships as well as their professional life. It is not uncommon for men to change their career paths because of hair loss.
Female Pattern Baldness: Mistakenly thought to be a strictly male disease, women make up a significant percentage of American hair loss sufferers. Forty percent of women have visible hair loss by the time they are age 40, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Hair loss in women can be absolutely devastating for self image and emotional well-being. The American Hair Loss Association recognizes that hair loss in women is a serious life-altering condition that can no longer be ignored.
What does psoriasis look like? What are psoriasis symptoms and signs? Psoriasis appears as red or pink areas of thickened, raised, and scaling skin. It classically affects skin over the elbows, knees, and scalp. Although any area of the body may be involved, it tends to be more common in areas of friction, trauma, or rubbing. Psoriasis may appear in several different forms, including psoriasis vulgaris (plaques), guttate psoriasis (small, drop-like spots), inverse psoriasis (in the folds like of the underarms, navel, groin, and buttocks), and pustular psoriasis (small pus-filled yellowish blisters). See your doctor for treatment if you think you my have psoriasis.
Dandruff: A scalp condition that produces white flakes that may be shed and fall from the hair. One cause of dandruff is overworking of the sebaceous glands. Another cause of dandruff is fungus, especially an abundance of the fungus Pitrosporum ovale. If several weeks of using a good-quality shampoo does not stop the dandruff, treatment options include an antifungal shampoo such as Denorex, DHS Targel, ionil-T plus, MG217, Neutrogena T/Gel, Scalpicin, Sebulex, Selsun Blue, Tegrin, or Zircon. The active ingredients approved for dandruff treatment by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) include tar, pyrithione zinc, salicylic acid, selenium sulfide, sulfur, and ketoconazole.
Look for Signs of Inflammation The process by which inflamed arteries lead to cardiovascular disease is invisible except for a tracer—an elevated level of C-reactive protein (CRP) in your blood. "If your CRP as well as your total cholesterol is high, you're at an even greater risk of having a heart attack than you would be with either risk factor by itself," Make sure you feel perfectly healthy the day of your appointment: This highly sensitive test picks up all sorts of inflammation, even from a paper cut. That's a good reason to take it twice, at least a month apart, and average the two scores. Yours should fall under 1 milligram per liter; if it's above 3, your heart-attack risk doubles. Lab work is important to your future health......
Correcting vitamin D deficiency is not as simple as taking a pill or getting more sun. Vitamins are considered essential nutrients because either your body cannot make them or they are made in an inadequate amount. This means you must provide them through your diet or by taking a supplement. They are essential for your health, and when you are lacking in them, there may be health consequences and diseases. Vitamin D is one of the four fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K). There are two forms of vitamin D, D2 and D3. Vitamin D2, also known as ergocalciferol, comes from fortified foods, plant foods, and supplements. Vitamin D3, also known as cholecalciferol, comes from fortified foods, animal foods (fatty fish, cod liver oil, eggs, and liver), supplements, and can be made internally when your skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Structurally, these two are not the same. There are currently two sets of guidelines for vitamin D intake. For people who are at risk for deficiency.
Drinking your Calories. Starbucks lattes and Jamba Juice smoothies might be a fixture in your day, but you could be consuming nearly all of your calories for the day in just one cup. Coffee drinks, smoothies, sodas, juices, and alcohol are all notorious calorie-bombs. If you’re drinking these regularly and not cutting back on your calories from food, you could be consuming up to an extra 1,000 calories a day, which leads to weight gain. Try limiting yourself to one liquid treat once a week and drink plenty of water. You're now armed with practical tips, so no more excuses when it comes to making stupid health mistakes!
Not Getting Enough Sleep. Doctors have been telling us for years that most people need at least 8 hours of sleep a night to function at their fullest the next day, so why are you going to bed so late? Sleep deprivation not only makes you feel less than your usual perky self, but has been linked to weight gain, depression, anxiety, heart disease, and insulin resistance, not to mention accidents from limited mental alertness. Many people find that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get things accomplished, so sleep is sacrificed. Yet you should be giving up less important tasks and setting a regular bedtime to get a full 8 hours instead.
Do your feet tingle? Tingling sensations in the feet can be caused by poorly fitting footwear. Alternatively, standing in the same position for too long and placing too much weight on one foot can be the cause. Feet can also be affected by prolonged bouts of exercise, like pounding the pavement during distance running or performing exercises where repetitive jumping features. Pronation, can be another cause of tingling in the feet. This is where the feet are turned slightly which impacts on the whole standing posture causing maladjustment to legs, knees and hips and the spine, which then impacts back on the foot position. Pronation can be treated through orthotics, usually by the provision of special insoles. The central nervous system sends nerve impulses through the body through a complex series of nerves. The different routes taken can be signified by a letter and a number. S1 for example starts in the centre of the small of the back and has the sensation running down through the centre of the buttock through the back of the thigh, ending in the little toe. Being able to describe the locations of the sensation, accurately is the first step in identifying which nerve root is likely to be affected.
If you are experiencing tingling sensations in the head consider the personal check list and whether a recent head cold, migraine or head or neck trauma like a bang or whiplash could be responsible for the sensations. During bouts of migraine the rate of the blood flow changes and brain signalling becomes erratic leading to temporary fluid retention; a possible cause of the tingling. If the tingling sensations are manifest in different locations or come and go in different places then multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system where myelin, the coating around nerve fibres is damaged, could be the cause and medical advice should be sought immediately. Peripheral artery disease is a narrowing of the arteries, impeding the supply of blood to the brain and to the heart, causing respectively, coronary heart disease or cerebrovascular disease. Peripheral artery disease can be due to Raynauld’s Phenomena, although the underlying cause will be ostherosclerosis, caused by heavy smoking or having too much cholesterol in the blood.
Sleeping Positions To Stay Healthy: Best And Worst Ways To Sleep During The Night Foetal position Foetal position is when you’re curled up into a ball hugging your drawn-up knees. This is probably one of the worst positions to sleep as it can cause a number of problems with your neck and back. Sleeping like a foetus restricts breathing, especially if you’re a snorer or pregnant. In fact, the quality of your sleep will be severely affected due to breathing restriction. According to psychologists, foetal sleepers are more likely to worry and stress about their lives. During sleep, the back area has no compression, which leads to wear and tear in the discs. If you have to sleep in this position, take care not to misalign your neck and check that your pillow isn’t too high or low as it can further strain the muscles. The constant pressure on the base of the skull can radiate pain to the top of the head all the way down the back. You’ll only end up waking up with a sore neck and a tension headache in the morning.
Do you cross your legs? Crossing the legs can restrict the blood flow supplying oxygen to the muscles causing tingling. It may of course not be as simple as that! Any issues with the spine, like a slipped disc which can trap nerves, is going to be felt in the legs. There are two main nerves in the lower limbs; the sciatic nerve, from which the term sciatic comes. When this nerve is affected the sensation will run down the buttock to the rear of the left foot. The femoral nerve is the route by which tingling will travel down the front of the leg through the quadriceps. Another consideration for tingling sensations in the leg is whether they might have an arthritic cause. As people start to age arthritis begins, slowly, to creep in and where this is in the hip joints or spine the person can start to experience feelings they have perhaps not had before. Inadequate blood supply can be another reason why tingling and sometimes numbness is being experienced. This is called intermittent claudication and is the result of the narrowing of blood vessels which restricts blood flow and with it the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the tissues.
Sleeping Positions To Stay Healthy: Best And Worst Ways To Sleep During The Night Sleeping on your stomach Sleeping on your stomach is to be avoided as it puts a lot of strain on your spine. The pressure it puts on your muscles and joints will lead to numbness as if you have pins and needles in your hands and legs. Further strain is placed on your neck as it’s forced to be in a tight position and therefore, restricts breathing. When you’re sleeping in this position, your organs’ movements slow down or totally stop due to the pressure that’s exerted on them. Stomach-sleeping is only beneficial for heavy snorers as it helps them keep their upper airways open.
Should You Be Worried? Underlying causes of tingling in the arms are likely related to those causing the same feelings in the hands; one should also consider the personal checklist for other causes. 10% to 20% of diabetes sufferers experience Peripheral Neuropathy. The failure to properly control the amount of sugar in the blood can cause nerve damage and often tingling sensations that begin in the feet and work, gradually over a period of time through the rest of the body. These could be the first signs of diabetes, or symptomatic of bad management of diabetes. There could of course be other causes. If you have questions or concerns call your doctor.
Possible Causes Of Tingling Sensations In The Body, Should You Be Worried? We are all familiar with the phenomena colloquially termed pins and needles, caused by maintaining a certain limb position for too long. The medical term for pins and needles is Peripheral Neuropathy. If the tingling sensations are accompanied by pain or itchiness then whilst the root of the issue is still likely to be related to the central nervous system, there may be other, possibly more serious causes. In considering possible causes a person must think about their own medical history and whether there could be other underlying reasons. I call this a personal checklist and people should ask themselves; • Do they or could they have a systemic disease? • Could they be vitamin deficient? • Are they drinking too much alcohol and not maintaining a proper diet? • Have they been exposed to toxic substances. chemicals, solvents? • Could they be being affected by prescription medicines? • Could they be suffering from an inherited disorder like or an auto-immune disease? If not the tingling is likely to be the end result of a nerve problem that began in the spine. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is a common source of irritation caused by palsy in the radical and ulna nerves with consequent stress impacting the median nerve situated in the wrist. You should contact your physician if you have concerns or questions.
Sleeping Positions To Stay Healthy: Best And Worst Ways To Sleep During The Night Sleeping on your back Sleeping on your back keeps your neck, head, and spine in a neutral position without exerting any pressure on the back. This is a good sleeping position as recommended by doctors. Not only does it have a positive effect on the person’s spiritual being, but many doctors also agree that sleeping in savasana pose is good for neck and spine health. This is because you have to keep your back straight and not force it into any contortions. In addition, back sleeping on an orthopaedic mattress gives your spine extra support. In fact, if you want to avoid waking up with a strained neck, you should sleep in this position every night, with or without a pillow. What’s more, spending all night with your face out will also lead to fewer wrinkles. Just make sure you don’t use too many pillows as your breathing may get affected. Sleeping on your side Patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea or those who are prone to snoring should consider sleeping on their side.. Lying on the bed on your side is helpful as it aligns the spine and prevents backache. The downside to side-sleeping is that it can cause unwanted facial wrinkles. Pressing half of body on the mattress will also lead to saggy breasts so it’s not recommended to stay in this position all night. Physicians encourage pregnant women to sleep on their left side for better blood flow to the heart, which is beneficial for both mother and baby. If you’re suffering from heartburn or indigestion, this side-sleeping will ease your conditions. At the same time, extra pressure can be put on the lungs and stomach and cause organ strain. Almost all side-sleepers wake up with numbness in their arms as this is one of the most common sleep positions. Only heavily pregnant women are also recommended to sleep in this position.
Why You Should Be Massaging Your Feet Before Bed. Regardless of how you choose to spend those twilight hours, however, there is some compelling evidence that suggests you’d be doing yourself a favour to make a little extra room for a new activity – massaging your feet. Indeed, there are some who believe that setting aside 10-15 minutes every night to show your aching feet some love can be hugely beneficial, and they certainly make a pretty strong case. The general benefits offered by massage have been established for some time now, and it is (quite rightly) considered by many to be one of the most effective forms of relaxation out there, if not the the most effective. Not only can a good massage induce feelings of significant comfort, but it also causes a whole host of nice things to happen to your insides. First and foremost, they can improve your metabolism, which is a huge factor in promoting healthy weight loss. Not only that, but some proponents of massage therapy maintain that regular massage can be instrumental in the reduction of your body fat. They are also capable of stimulating the secretion of sweat, which is a vital process for removing waste products from the body and keeping everything under the hood running smoothly, as well as helping to keep up a healthy level of circulation by directing blood flow to the area being massaged.
Finger Lifting In addition to medication, stress reduction techniques and other treatments there are many things you can do to help alleviate painful symptoms of arthritis. It's important to keep active when you suffer from arthritis as regular movement and exercise will help keep your joints supple and reduce pain. But if you're worried that it may be aggravating your condition then be sure to consult a doctor for advice as they may be able to offer you a specific regime to follow so that you get the most out of the exercises. Finger lifting is a simple exercise which helps with increased flexibility and will also assist with pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. Place your palm flat on a level surface, a table or something similar, and slowly lift each of your fingers and your thumb off the surface, do this with each digit one at a time. Keep each finger held in position for a couple of seconds and then lower. Repeat the exercise with each finger and then do the same with your other hand.
Here Are The Best Natural Techniques For Cleansing Your Lungs Of Tar And Nicotine It seems like nowadays knows how horrible cigarettes are, yet millions of people continue to smoke on a daily basis. Even if you’re not capable of quitting, it is important to still cleanse your lungs of the tar and nicotine build up. There’s no cure-all that will completely clean out your lungs, but here is a awesome list of foods that are great at cleaning out your lungs! Corn Corn contains beta-cryptoxanthin, which is an powerful antioxidant and precursor to vitamin A. However, most corn in America is genetically modified, so we encourage you to only consume fresh, organic corn. Brazil Nuts Brazil nuts are considered one of the biggest natural sources of selenium in comparison to other foods. Selenium is also a very powerful antioxidant. Onion Onions are a great natural antibiotic. They can help ward off several diseases and aliments. Ginger Ginger has been used as a natural medicine for thousands of years. It can be extremely helpful for your lungs if consumed as a tea, because it opens up your air ways. You can also eat ginger root with a meal, if you enjoy the taste. Oranges Oranges are a great source of cryptoxanthin, which has been documented to help reduce the risk of lung cancer. Nettle Nettle is packed full of iron, which plays an important role in fighting infections. Pine Needle Tea Pine needle tea is traditionally used as a mouth and throat rinse since it is a antiseptic properties.
Gynecologists Reveal The 11 Patient Habits That Annoy Them Most 1. When patients cancel their appointment because of their period. 2. When patients don't scoot their butt all the way to the base of the exam table. 3. When male partners stay in the room during the exam. 4. When patients treat mommy blogs as gospel. 5. When patients expect hormones for their low libido. 6. When patients don't request a female doctor when a male makes them uncomfortable. 7. When patients apologize for unruly pubic hair or hairy legs. 8. When patients don't get screened for cervical cancer. 9. When patients try to hide symptoms. 10. When patients stop using birth control because of "side effects." 11. When patients don't disclose medications they're taking.
The Myth: Sugar makes kids hyperactive “In at least 12 double-blinded, randomized, controlled trials, scientists have examined how children react to diets containing different levels of sugar. None of these studies, not even studies looking specifically at children with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, could detect any differences in behavior between the children who had sugar and those who did not.” This includes artificial and natural sources of sugar. Interestingly, in the study, parents who were told their children had been given sugar when they hadn’t, noted that the child was more hyperactive. So it seems it is all in the parent’s mind.