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Chronic illnesses like arthritis, are often linked to dietary practices. Researches show that certain food can start arthritic pain. But on the positive side, recent studies also show that some food can alleviate pain caused by arthritis. However, it must be clarified that far from being cures, these offer only temporary relief or act as preventive measures.Teas are known detoxifiers and cleansers. But did you know that they also minimize inflammatory signals that cause a...

Diet For Aching Joints

Diet For Aching JointsChronic illnesses like arthritis, are often linked to dietary practices. Researches show that certain food can start arthritic pain. But on the positive side, recent studies also show that some food can alleviate pain caused by arthritis. However, it must be clarified that far from being cures, these offer only temporary relief or act as preventive measures.Teas are known detoxifiers and cleansers. But did you know that they also minimize inflammatory signals that cause arthritic pain? It is actually advised by doctors to persons who suffer from arthritis to drink more tea. Moreover, all teas made from tea leaves have the same effect. This means that it doesn't matter if you prefer black tea over green tea. Another drink which have high anti-inflammatory agents is red wine or other grape-based wine. Snacking on fresh grapes is also advised since these agents are actually found on grape skins.Vegetables are also known to restrict transmissions of pain signals. Experts even advocate the removal of animal products from your diet to reduce pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Broccoli has glutathione, an efficient detoxifier and antioxidant. Researches show that people with lower glutathione levels are more prone to arthritis than people with higher levels. It's not a problem if you don't like brocolli; cauliflower, tomatoes, asparagus, potatoes, and cabbages also have high levels of glutathione. If you are a fruit person, this agent is found in watermelon, grapefruit, peaches, oranges, and avocados. Speaking of fruits, pineapples also contain anti-inflammatory agents and are known minimize swellings.Containing large amounts of fatty acids like omega-3, fish had also made its mark as an anti-inflammatory agent. Researchers found that consuming more fish actually reduced risks of developing arthritis in women. Omega-3 in fish limit the inflammatory agent production. Fish diets composed of tuna, mackerel, herring, and other oily fish are recommended. Fish oils supplements are even prescribed for people who suffer from severe arthritis. Another source of good "fatty acids" is olive oil. Experts recommend cooking vegetables in olive oil. They found out that compared to raw veggies, those cooked in olive oil actually produce more anti-inflammatory agents. Another health food that reduces pain caused by arthritis is soy or soy beans. What's more, it's an excellent substitute for protein.Maintain a diet abundant in the above-mentioned foods and minimize the discomfort of having arthritis. Don't have arthritis? Start this diet just the same and lower the odds of having it. After all, no one wants to grow old with aching joints.

Keep Your Cholesterol Down!

Keep Your Cholesterol Down!

Everybody knows that cholesterol has much to do with heart disease. Do not worry too much about the dangers of high cholesterol. Knowing what cholesterol is and how it affects you will undoubtedly help you avoid high cholesterol. 1. Cholesterol And Heart DiseaseYour blood cholesterol is a major factor in the risk of suffering from heart disease. In fact, the higher your cholesterol level, the greater the chances you have of getting a heart attack. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States. Every year more than a million Americans suffer heart attacks, and half of that number die from heart disease. 2. How Does Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease?When your body has too much cholesterol, it builds up in the walls of your arteries. This causes your arteries to harden. Your arteries, as a result of this, narrow down or get blocked. This reduces the flow of blood through your body. Oxygen is carried throughout your body by blood. If an inadequate supply of oxygen to your heart occurs because of reduced blood flow, you may experience chest pains. And if the blood supply is completely cut off, the result is a heart attack. Unfortunately, high blood cholesterol has no symptoms. So it is hard to gauge the status of your arteries. Whether or not you suffer from heart disease, lowering your cholesterol is important to maintain good health. 3. What Affects Cholesterol Levels?I. Diet- Oils, Eggs, Margarine and Butter- Saturated fat- Fatty foodsII. WeightBeing overweight is also a factor for heart disease. There is a correlation between weight and "cholesterol level" s. Following that, losing weight can help lower cholesterol levels. III. Physical ActivityIf you are not physically active and have a sedementary lifestyle, you have a greater risk for heart disease. Regular exercise can help lower cholesterol level, and has many untold physical benefits. Consult a doctor about a training regimen that suits you. Overexertion is equally bad for the health. IV. Age and GenderCholesterol levels rise as men and women get older. Before menopause, women have lower total cholesterol levels than men of the same age. After menopause these levels have been observed to rise. V. HeredityHigh cholesterol levels are sometimes inherited from your ancestors. If your family has a history of heart disease you may want to consult a doctor regarding possible preventive medicine.4. Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC)You can lower your cholesterol through the help of TLC. It is a set of activities that can help lower your LDL (the bad part of cholesterol). The main parts of TLC are: I. Diet- Eat low-fat, low-cholesterol meals- Eat fruits, vegetables and high-fiber grains - High fiber foods are very effective at sweeping away cholesterolII. Weight Management- Don't be overweight- Consult a chart to see the recommended weight value for your height, gender, and age- Scan your body to determine its fat percentage. Healthy bodies will contain fat!III. Physical Activity- Exercise for 30 minutes per day- Always consult a medical professional regarding this regimen- Health is wealth

The Sound Of Silence And The Agony Of Sleeplessness

The Sound Of Silence And The Agony Of Sleeplessness

Most people use sleeping pills as a drug to relieve stress and anxiety, muscle tension, and insomnia. A "sleeping pill" is a prescription medication that helps a person fall asleep or at least remain asleep. There are two categories of sleeping aids sold in the U.S today: prescription and over-the-counter sleeping pills. The prescription sleeping pills contains an active ingredient called Benzodiazepines and diazepam. Over-the-counter-sleeping pills can be bought without prescription and it contains antihistamines.Sleeping pills have been around for centuries. The earliest form of sleeping aids were the herbal potions and the opiate laudanum. Barbiturates were later introduced in the early 1900's and this type of drug actually had 25,000 known compounds. However, barbiturates were eventually regulated due to its very addictive effects. Other sleeping pills being marketed today are known as sedatives, muscle relaxants, and nerve pills. These medications are often used for relief of depression, anxiety or those who have difficulties in sleeping. Difficulty in sleeping is caused by stress factors in life like the loss of a job, early retirement, the loss of loved ones, and financial problems.Listed below are some of the known side-effects of sleeping pills:drowsinesslack of concentrationconfusionirritabilityanxiousheadachenauseaconstipationblurred visiondry mouth and throatOther concerns related to the use of both over-the-counter and prescription sleeping pills also include:drug dependencedrug toleranceinteractions with other drugsrebound insomniawithdrawal symptomsEven if there have been advances in terms of the manufacturing of sleeping pills, misuse can still lead to cases of sleeping pill overdose overdose.There are actually alternatives to the use of "sleeping pill overdose" s and tranquillizers. If you think that taking sleeping pill overdoses is not for you, these healthy and non-drug alternatives might just help you deal with your sleeping problems:Drink warm milkTake a hot water bath before you go to bedMake your bed more comfortableAvoid coffee, soft drinks and tea after 5 pmDon't drink alcohol in the evening---it can keep you awakeHowever, if you really must use prescription sleeping pill overdoses, please make sure to follow these safety guidelines: 1.Do not take the sleeping pill overdoses when you are stressed out or have certain anxieties. Don't use it as an instant cure for your depression, loneliness, and other emotional problems. 2.Know your medication, how often you should take it , how long and if its safe to use it even if one is taking alcohol.3.Do not keep on taking the medication if you find it that is not suitable for you.4.Check with your doctor when you stop taking sleeping pill overdoses or tranquillizers.5.Never share nor borrow medication.The main purpose of taking sleeping aids or medications that induce sleep is to provide you some temporary relief from insomnia. It is not the long-term solution to sleeping problems. The resolution of your anxieties and other problems is the best sleep inducer you can take.

Using Magnets To Fight The Pain

Using Magnets To Fight The Pain

Chronic pain has been one of the most debilitating ailments that thousands if not millions of people have to live with every single day. The pain is caused by a variety of causes and factors including inclement weather to over-exertion during a strenuous workout. However, just as there are several possible causes to the onset of chronic and fleeting pain, there is also an oddly wide variety of supposed solutions to this problem.There are the conventional methods to fight pain, such as narcotics and pain-relieving medication, but there are also alternatives. Herbal remedies have been in use for centuries and are now the subject of much study, as are natural animal toxins. Recently, another interesting new avenue was tested using one of the most powerful (if not the most powerful) natural force on the planet: magnetism. Yes, people are experimenting with magnetic pain relief.Magnetism is perhaps the single most prevalent, naturally-occurring force in the known universe and is easily among the most powerful universal energies. Magnetism has also been attributed to having any number of effects, from increasing the size of a woman's breasts overnight to increasing raw intelligence in individuals who have registered slow mental progression. There have also been experimental uses in the medical field that are actually legitimate, such as research on using magnetic pulses to help people who are experiencing strokes or heart attacks. However, "magnetic pain relief" is a relatively unusual concept.A recently concluded study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine showed that magnetism had some effects on pain. Specifically, the study focused on the use of magnetic energy to relieve the pain caused by fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a condition associated with bone and joint pain, fatigue, related pain, and a variety of other symptoms. This particular condition is relatively more common in females than males and manifests in around 1% to 6% of the population. Magnetic pain relief in these cases was tested out as a possible alternative to current methods, which include doses of medication designed to dull the nervous system.Unlike other systems designed to combat pain, magnetic pain relief is not something you take topically nor is it applied on the skin. The tests conducted over a six-month period utilized magnets embedded and inserted directly into the beds of the test subjects, with some receiving fake magnets and the others actually getting working ones. The treatment concept is to generate a uniform magnetic field around the body of the person, which, theoretically, would help alleviate the symptoms of fibromyalgia. The fields were designed to have variances in both polarity and the amount of space covered. Obviously, this style of treatment is not something that can be practically applied outside of a hospital or special facility.The study claimed that there was a noticeable drop, but the whole thing is odd. Magnetism has never been proven to have any appreciable effect on nerves and pain receptors in the body except when continually exposed. While the study does take that into account, further tests are needed to determine whether or not they determined external factors. For example, further data was needed to determine whether or not the planet's natural magnetic field had any effect on the set-up and results.Of course, if magnetic pain relief does prove to be real, it might end up being used as a reason for the longevity and apparent pain tolerance of comic book villian Magneto.

The Double O Of Poor Health

For many people around the world, the struggle with being overweight is more than just an issue of aesthetics or physical appearance. It is a very real health concern for almost 300 million people around the world. What is even more alarming is that 22 million of the world's children below five years old are classified as obese or overweight. Based on a 2000 study released by Media Awareness Network, eight out of 10 Americans above 25 years of age are overweight. The actual figures show that 58 million Americans are overweight and 40 million are obese. To the average person, being overweight is visually judged and not measured accurately based on medical or scientific parameters. Having the so-called love handles, beer belly, and other bulges around the body are often the obvious signs of being overweight. Being overweight generally indicates that a person has more body fat than what is considered useful for the body's functions. Obesity, on the other hand, is defined as a condition in which the stored fatty tissues in a person's body are increased to a point where it is already a health risk.There are actual standards set by nutritionist-dietitians using the Body Mass Index (BMI), which is a statistical measure of the weight and body fat of a person scaled according to height. BMI is used by health professionals to discuss a patient's thinness or fatness. However, there are limits to the use of BMI as a health assessment tool since it may overestimate body fat in athletes and other individuals who are well-built; and it may underestimate body fat in the elderly or those who have lost muscle mass. Another method used to as a health assessment tool is called Waist Circumference Factor, which is simply the measurement of the distance around a person's abdomen. Based on an advisory released by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, those who are at risk of developing heart problems and other chronic diseases are women with a waist circumference of over 35 inches; and men with a waist circumference of more than 40 inches. For Asian populations, the World Health Organization has recommended that women maintain a waist circumference of not over 31 inches; and not more that 35 inches for men. But what does waist line circumference or body mass index all add up to? Why do we need to know our weight or the measurement of our waistline? Researches and studies all point out that overweight or obese individuals are more prone to heart disease, diabetes, kidney problems, and a host of other serious illnesses. The good news is that many people are now more conscious about their weight and health in general. The remarkable growth of the sports and fitness industries point out that more and more people are taking their physical health more seriously. Enrollment in gyms and other health clubs have risen over the years. The popularity of the fitness franchises like Gold's Gym and Fitness First not only in America but in other parts of the world have made weight lifting and aerobics household words. Even in places where gym memberships are considered as luxuries, minds are being changed as awareness about the need for regular physical exercise is made more widespread and in-depth. In fact, a number of fitness programs have sprung up and have become the latest fads followed by fitness buffs and regular people alike. Pilates, boxing, tae-bo, yoga, and even belly dancing are among the most popular routines utilized by professional fitness experts to teach people who want to lose weight or those who want to improve their physical appearance. Still, doing physical exercise may no longer be an option for certain people. Those who are extremely overweight or obese need more help in losing unwanted pounds. The use of a weight loss pill is one of the options that can be taken to shed the extra weight. If properly used under the supervision of a health care professional, a "weight loss pill" can work like a miracle drug. It is important to know that not every weight loss pill works the same. There are as much number of unfounded claims as there are brands of herbal or dietary pills in the market. These claims can range from the decreasing a person's appetite to ensuring the increase of calorie and fat metabolism. Quite curiously, almost all of these products claim to be the best weight loss pill. Some of these products contain herbs, botanicals, laxatives and even caffeine. The safety or efficacy of these ingredients when taken together has not yet been properly established. Therefore, it is important to be fully informed about the weight loss products they purchase. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a weight loss diet pill called Orlistat (commonly marketed under the brand name Xenical) that is used in conjunction with a reduced-calorie or low-fat diet and regular exercise. This product works by blocking fat absorption in the intestine. In capsule form, this rapid weight loss pill is taken three times a day with meals. Indeed, one need not become part of the statistics. Weight loss is not an impossible goal especially if one gets adequate advice from a health professional. The combination of regular exercise, low-fat diet and, if necessary, the use of weight reduction medications can put an overweight or obese individual on the road back to health.

A Lighthearted Look at Bedwetting Alarms

The reactions of an older sibling are greatly enhanced by enuresis. Training is quick and easy one shared bedwetting episode generally does the trick. It is however not as easy to train the bed wetter to adopt the same fully-awake, upright posture in the bathroom, irrespective of the distance away, as it is to have a bed-sharing sibling do so.Primary bedwetting, usually prevalent from the ages of three to seven years, also induces a disproportionate sense of terror in the male species when junior creeps through in the middle of the night and crawls under the sheets between mom and dad. Mom, generally speaking, continues her slumber but dad, as if by genetic disposition, starts experiencing REM (rapid eye movement) and false warm feelings. For all marketers of bedwetting alarms: take advantage of this gender disparity fathers are generally more product-susceptible when buying alarms than mothers. Not to suggest that mothers are insensitive to the practicalities of bed-wetting; they are just not equally disposed to the midnight stark-staring-mad eyes look when urinated upon in their own beds. The hangover smell of stale urine in the children's room and the washing of bedding is far more likely to trigger a buying signal in mothers than the prospect of being drenched.All infants wet the bed it's perfectly normal so we are left to argue for how long enuresis should continue and how best to hasten its demise.Enter the bedwetting alarm. The vote is normally unanimous parents, siblings, grandparents and camp-out buddies united in squandering part of the child's inheritance on any device that will speed up the process.The majority of "bedwetting alarms" are aural aids to the enuresis sufferer. (A notable exception is the vibratory alarm, which is tactile.) They are meant, according to product brochures, to gently remind the wearer to wake up and use the bathroom. Given that sound is the prime source of reminder, be aware that what sounds like a moderate beep in the supermarket may take on the qualities of a World War II Klaxton air-raid siren in the quiet of the night. Cheaper models may resort to a common vehicle alarm. You aren't trying to stop the child from urinating for life; just to waken them sufficiently to move activities to the bathroom. If in doubt about the volume of the device, choose a model with volume adjustment.Bedwetting alarms comprise a few parts. A moisture sensor, a wire, batteries and an alarm are generally the sum of the whole. Read the insert to get some idea of the model being contemplated. (No madam, you don't tie the wire around the tip of his tinkie.)The moisture sensor is at the sharp end of the enuresis business. This front-rank member should be safe, comfortable to wear and washable. Too sensitive and it will go off during the sweat of hot weather - too insensitive and immersion in a bucket of urine won't trigger it. Testing the sensitivity in the supermarket by licking it is generally considered a no-no.Comfort is paramount. If it is uncomfortable enough to keep a child awake, it's bad. Mind the chunky sensor type.The sensor's connected to theay-larm. The ay-larm's connected to the sorry, old songs are terrible things. A wire runs through it and you don't want the wire around the windpipe. Check this safety aspect carefully. Some fancy models even have a remote facility to an alarm in the parent's room guess who's going to get up that facilitates checking that the child has woken up and gone to the bathroom.Don't buy any model that plugs into the mains, if there are any such models still available. You're trying to train the bedwetter, not invoke the death penalty.After selecting a model, you're still faced with the prospect of getting the victim to wear it. Passing it off as a "Captainnnn Bladder!" suit works with the gullible, but it may come back to haunt in later years. Getting the child's buy-in to wearing the device usually takes bribery, corruption and threats. Peer, not pee'er, pressure works for the campout types but don't enlist the tent bully's help.Many models recommend inserting the sensor into a sanitary towel to make sure it hits the enuresis spot, especially with boys. Passing the sanitary towel off as "shoulder pads" can have embarrassing consequences when taking your toddler shopping and they brandish a pack, declaring loudly that you have forgotten the "shoulder pads."Models differ. A few aspects that may lead to failure are: Missing the point girls are easier to line up than boys. Make sure the sensor can be kept in place without resorting to uncomfortable devices. Sharp edges on any part... if the device is uncomfortable, the child is not going to wear it. Ease of use the device should be simple enough for the child to reset it without parental assistance. Durability sooner or later the device will accidentally end up in the toilet bowl. Hygienic design you should be able to disinfect the sensor easily. Tangling of the sensor / alarm connector wire wireless models are available, if your budget runs to this.Bedwetting alarms are an aid to preventing enuresis and there are other factors to consider. Remove the fish tank from the child's bedroom. That lovely gurgle-bubbly water sound you get the picture. Have soft lighting in the bedroom. Stumbling over discarded toys, the furniture or the cat in the dark with an alarm going off in your ear doesn't endear the process to the child. Ultimately, be patient. It is usual for the process to take a few months.Copyright Jared Winston, 2006. All Rights Reserved.

Summary

Chronic illnesses like arthritis, are often linked to dietary practices. Researches show that certain food can start arthritic pain. But on the positive side, recent studies also show that some food can alleviate pain caused by arthritis. However, it must be clarified that far from being cures, these offer only temporary relief or act as preventive measures.Teas are known detoxifiers and cleansers. But did you know that they also minimize inflammatory signals that cause a...