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1st AID

First aid is important for everyone. It is crucial to know what to do when things happen. Actions taken immediately after an accident have many a time saved lives or at least decreased the damage of the injury.

Open Wounds: Open wounds in the skin need to be quickly treated to prevent infection.

  • Place a strip of gauze on the wound and apply direct pressure to stop the bleeding. If these are minor cuts and scrapes, wash with water and soap and smear a thin layer of Vaseline or antibiotic cream, and cover with a band-aid or bandage.
  • Do not wash nor put a regular cream on a large, deep or very bloody injury.
  • If the wound is deep and becomes infected, accompanied by heat, redness, swelling or red stripes around, or if it has a foreign object in it (such as a nail) – go seek medical aid immediately.

Burns: First-degree burns can cause redness of the skin. 2nd-degree burns may cause blisters, and 3rd-degree burns may cause blackened skin and damaged deep tissues.

  • When it is a 1st or 2nd-degree burn, put it under flowing cool water or put wet towels on the area. A soaked tea bag will bring about immediate relief, owing to the healing qualities of Tannins, which are known to shrink tissues. Soak a bag of tea in cold water, and then put on the skin. These are also a great solution for sunburns. Alternatively, take off the peel of an uncooked potato, cut it into slices and put on the burned area, so the liquid coming out of the potato will calm down the burn.
  • Don’t put ice on big burns. Ice may damage the skin or make the injury worse. You cannot use antibiotics or butter either.

A fall hurting you head: The skull provides our brain with very good protection, and so only rarely does it get hurt, but if it is a strong blow, the neck, back, and soft tissues can get seriously damaged.

  • If the person is unconscious, call an ambulance. If the area looks like it is bleeding, treat it like a cut but make sure to follow up with a doctor who will check for internal injuries. You can put a bag of ice on the area to decrease the swelling.
  • Don’t leave the injured person alone. Especially when they are asleep. Wake them every 3-4 hours and ask simple questions (‘What time is it?’ ‘What day/date?’ ‘What is your name?’) to make sure there is no brain injury or concussion.
  • If the person harmed is convulsing, feeling dizzy or nauseous, vomits or displays obvious changes to behavior.

Suffocation: Suffocation is a rare occurrence and when it happens it can be deadly. When a person is chocking they cannot cough strongly enough to breath or talk, and his face will begin to get blue or red.

  • Remove the obstruction if possible. Ensure an open airway to allow the air to reach the lungs. Place the individual on his back. Support the nape of the neck on your palm and press the head backwards. Then press the angle of the jaw forward from behind. This will extend the head on the neck and lift the tongue clear off the airway. If the airway is opened by this method the individual gasps and starts to breathe. Give three to four inflations of the lungs to facilitate breathing by mouth-to-mouth method. If the heart is beating, carotid pulse can be felt at the base of the neck. (Pulse at wrist may not be felt). Continue to ventilate the lungs until breathing becomes normal.
  • In order to prevent damage to the brain and other vital organs (which will occur due to the lack of oxygen) apply artificial respiration to ensure prompt ventilation of the lungs, and if necessary, do external cardiac compression. Continue creating an "artificial respiration" until natural breathing is resumed. It may be necessary to continue for a while afterwards unless a doctor advises to stop.
  • Do not drink water if there is a strong cough.

Poisoning: Possible risks at home include cleaning materials, Carbon dioxide, and pesticides. Even stings can be poisonous for some people.

  • If a person is unconscious or is having trouble breathing, you must take them immediately to seek medical aid. Be prepared to give out the next details quickly: What is the substance involved, how much was taken, when, what is the weight and age of the person?
  • Don’t wait for the symptoms to start to call for help. Don’t try to vomit and don’t drink anything, unless a medical professional has told you so.

An object enters the eye: Anything that enters the eye, whether it is a grain of sand or a chemical mixture, can cause pain and may harm the cornea.

  • Try to blink the foreign object away. If it doesn’t come out, wash the eye by holding the lid open under a faucet.
  • Do NOT rub your eyes. Even a small amount of dirt may scratch your cornea and cause infection and irreparable damage. Never try to dislodge a large object yourselves or an object buried deep in the eye. Leave that for professionals.

Sprain: Sprains may occur when the ligaments around the joints are overstretched. Bruising and swelling often accompany sprains.

  • On the first day, put ice on the injured area and change it every 20 minutes. Bandage the injured area with an elastic bandage to keep the area from moving and don’t move it for 24 hours. Afterwards apply heat to the area to get the blood flowing again.
  • Do not try to ‘work through the pain’, it will only get worse and you may end up doing further damage.
  • If the problem doesn’t get better within a few days, go to a doctor.

Nose Bleeds: Nose bleeds occur when the gentle blood vessels inside the nose break. This could happen easily due to weather conditions, a strong blow or a chronic leaky nose.

  • Sit on a chair and lean your body forward. Pinch your nose closed right below its bridge, where the bone meets cartilage. Maintain the pressure for 5-15 minutes. You can also use an ice pack to keep pressure. Some suggest laying cold metal on the back of the neck or along the spine to narrow the blood vessels and stop the bleeding. For this method, any metal item will do, such as a tablespoon, a coin or a key. And so it is advisable to keep a metal item in the freezer for just this case.
  • Do not tilt your head back, as you may swallow the blood, and it may enter your lungs.
  • Contact a doctor if you aren’t able to stop the bleeding after 20 minutes, or if there is no good reason for it, or if it is accompanied by headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears or visual impairments.

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NATURAL REMEDIES: MUSIC

Children who learn to play musical instruments gain a great hobby and also enjoy a number of important mental benefits that will help them become more successful people, so learn the six benefits children gain by playing a musical instrument.

  • Improves academic success rates: Research shows that there is a close connection between practicing playing a musical instrument and academic success, and the reason is that learning to play a musical instrument improves creative and cognitive thinking. A child who plays a musical instrument stimulates the parts of their brain that are connected to school and academic studies, and this is also a great way to improve memory, which will help them pass tests with high-scores.
  • Encourages social connections: If your child learns to play a musical instrument in a class, they will probably do so with several other children, and in the case where they learn to play classical instruments, they might even work with an entire orchestra.
  • Increases self-confidence: Learning to play musical instruments helps the child cope in an enjoyable way with feelings of frustration. Once they see that they get better at playing every day, they will understand that frustration is part of the process and it will help them maintain confidence even in the difficult moments of the journey to realizing their dream.
  • Teaches discipline and patience: Learning to work with instruments is, therefore, an excellent remedy for this modern disease, as it helps the child get used to being patient until they become better. Moreover, when playing in an orchestra or in a band with other children, the child must wait for their turn to play.
  • Improves respiratory system function: This advantage is unique to children who learn to play wind instruments because they have to take deep breaths and learn how to exhale in a certain way that will produce the desired sound. Such training is a breathing exercise that helps children strengthen and improve the functioning of their lungs and the muscles that control breathing, and is therefore highly recommended for children with chronic respiratory illnesses.
  • Reduces stress: Our children also experience moments of crisis and stress us adults, and just as music can calm us, it can also do the same for them. However, creating music is an even better way of relaxing than just listening to it, since the child takes an active part in reducing his or her own stress at the moment they are playing, and in most cases, children who learn to play soon understand that it is a great way to distract them from their worries and to "disconnect" from everything that’s bothering them.

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COMMON FIRST AID MISTAKES

Here are the some of the common mistakes we make in everyday emergencies.

Mistake #1: Disinfecting cuts and scrapes with hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, or iodine

While disinfecting wounds is a smart move, the product you use can be creating more harm than good. While applying hydrogen peroxide may look like its killing germs, what its actually doing is killing your body’s fibroblasts – the skin cells that are responsible for healing wounds. Whereas the stinging you feel when applying alcohol is actually healthy tissue that is being harmed.

What to do: Clean debris and bacteria from a cut or scrape by holding it under running water. If it continues to bleed, apply direct pressure to the cyst. Once you’ve flushed the wound, add some antibiotic ointment and cover up with a loose bandage or let it air out if possible.

Mistake #2: Tilting your head back to stop a bloody nose

While it may be tempting to tilt your head back during a nose bleed, you’re actually draining blood back into the throat. This does not stop the bleeding, nor do you know how much you are bleeding.

What to do: Keep the head upright, this will lower the blood pressure in the veins of the nose. Use your thumb and index finger to pinch both nostrils shut for 15 minutes, breathing through your mouth. After 15 minutes let go and if the nose is still bleeding apply pressure for a further 15 minutes. Most tend to resolve on their own and if it doesn’t stop after 30 minutes, particularly after an injury, like a car accident, head to your doctor.

Mistake #3: Assuming the closest hospital is best for your emergency

Getting to the doctor ASAP may seem like a wiser choice than driving to a hospital further away, you may be better served at a hospital that is well equipped with what you need.

What to do: In an emergency, call 911, though you may need to be prepared to travel. If the 911 operator suggests a specialty center that is further away than the nearest hospital, opt for that. There are four main types of specialty centers – cardiac, stroke, burn and trauma, though depending on your emergency, it could mean the difference between life and death.

Mistake #4: Performing CPR by alternating chest compressions with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation

Forget mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Research conducted on CPR found that the worst thing for a patient is not performing enough chest compressions.

What to do: If someone drops dead in front of you, feel for a pulse in the neck. If you don’t detect one, start the compressions immediately, while another person calls 911. To do so, place the heel of your hand in the center of the chest, placing your other hand on top of it. Push down two inches with each compression, about 100 times per minute. A perfect beat for this is the track ‘Staying Alive, by the BeeGees’.

Mistake #5: "Rescuing" survivors of a car accident

In a car accident, one of the most dreaded injuries is to the cervical spine or neck. If you don’t move a person without properly immobilizing them first, they can get paralyzed.

What to do: Call 911. Do not move the person, just make sure that they are breathing and are comfortable. Assure them that help is on the way.

Mistake #6: If someone is having a seizure, putting a pencil in her mouth to keep her from swallowing or biting her tongue

It is physically impossible to suck your tongue down into your throat. But should you try prevent that from happening it is too risky. Putting an object in a person’s mouth during a seizure could cause them swallow it.. A pencil or a wallet could block the airway and may cause the person to suck it down once they start to breathe again.

What to do: During a seizure people twitch violently, they foam at the mouth and may even turn blue. Though seizures are self-limiting. This means that they will stop by themselves. The only thing you can do is call for help and keep the person away from surrounding danger – sharp objects, glass, heat, or falling in water. You can also roll the person onto his or her side, this will keep the airway clear. While they may seem like an emergency, they’re usually not.

Mistake #7: Tying a tourniquet on an arm or leg to stop heavy bleeding

Using a tourniquet would cut off all circulation to that extremity and not accomplish anything that applying direct pressure can’t accomplish.

What to do: Use a sterile gauze or a clean cloth, apply firm pressure to the wound and keep pressing it even if the bandage gets soaked with blood. You can add other cloths on top if needed. Control the bleeding by applying pressure until the person can be seen in the ER. If the bleeding doesn’t stop or if the wound appears to be gaping, is dirty or comes from an animal bite, visit a doctor immediately.

Mistake #8: Popping Tylenol like baby aspirin

This popular pain killer and fever reducer may be easy to take, though as good as this drug may be it should still be used wisely. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, overdose of Tylenol is the most common poisoning around the world.

What to do: Tylenol has been proven to alleviate pain, so don’t skip it if you need it. Be vigilant, stick to your daily limit and if you’re unsure about your dosage, speak to your doctor.

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THE BEST TIME TO TAKE YOUR MEDICINES

The body doesn’t respond to medications in the same way at different times of the day. Some drugs are not as effective or as well tolerated if they’re taken at the wrong time. Follow this blog below to determine the best time for some of the common medicines.

ADHD medicines:

  • ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, are stimulants that work to increase alertness and energy levels. It’s best to take these meds when you first wake up, at least 45 minutes prior to eating.

Allergies

  • Take once-a-day antihistamines in the evening. Take twice-a-day antihistamines morning and evening. Otherwise follow label directions, taking at least one dose in the evening. Once-daily antihistamines reach their peak 12 hours after taking them, so evening use produces better control of morning symptoms.

Asthma

  • Take in midafternoon if it’s an oral medication, or late afternoon if it’s an inhaled steroid. Asthma attacks occur 50 to 100 times more often between 4 and 6 a.m. than during the day. Four in 10 people with asthma wake up every night with trouble breathing. Medications to reduce inflammation and relax airways will take effect when asthma attacks are most likely to strike. For example, a single dose of inhaled steroid in the afternoon helps prevent asthma trouble that night, researchers found. The same dose taken in the morning or at night does not significantly reduce the number of attacks.

Vitamins & Supplements

  • Calcium and magnesium. Break up calcium intake into doses of 500 mg or less, because that’s all your body can use at once. It’s good to take vitamin D at the same time, since it aids absorption of the minerals.
  • Iron: For maximum absorption, it’s best to take iron on an empty stomach. Unless you have a sensitive stomach, take it first thing in the morning with orange juice. (The caffeine in coffee and the calcium in dairy can interfere with its absorption, while vitamin C can enhance it.) To prevent constipation, avoid the ferrous sulfate form, and be sure to drink plenty of water and eat ample fiber.
  • Vitamin D: It is better absorbed if taken with a meal that contains fat. Don’t take D at dinner if you eat late, though, since it interrupts the body’s production of melatonin and can disrupt sleep.
  • Vitamin B: Split B vitamins into morning and afternoon doses—before breakfast and lunch—and take them on an empty stomach. They’re best absorbed on an empty stomach, but if you have a sensitive tummy, take them with a little food.
  • Vitamin C: Take it with breakfast and lunch. Vitamin C enhances calcium absorption, but may interfere with the absorption of vitamin B12, so take them separately if possible.
  • Fish Oil: Fish oil can cause gastric distress (like nausea and indigestion), so it should always be taken with food.
  • Probiotics: Swallow them before or as you eat breakfast or at night before bed. When we eat, there is a natural increase in digestive enzymes and bile salt production as your digestive system prepares to digest your food. Those enzymes and bile salts can kill the bacteria in our probiotics long before they ever get to our small and large intestines, where their real work is done. One team of researchers found that the common bacteria Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium have the best chances of survival when taken up to 30 minutes before a meal. It noted that those taken 30 minutes after munching didn’t survive in high numbers.

Blood Pressure (BP) Medicines

  • Take at least one blood pressure-lowering medication at bedtime. Drugs called ACE inhibitors and ARBs are the most effective when taken at this time. Non-dipping is a major risk factor for stroke, heart attack and kidney disease. Taking one or more of the prescribed medications just before bedtime normalizes daily blood pressure rhythm and significantly decreases the risk, studies have found.

Cholesterol Medicine:

  • Take statins at bedtime, advises the British Heart Foundation. Cholesterol production in the liver is highest after midnight and lowest during the morning and early afternoon, so statins are most effective when taken just before bedtime.

Depression:

  • Disrupted sleep is a common side effect of some SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), such as Prozac and Paxil, which is why experts often recommend that patients take them when they wake up.

Heartburn

  • An acid-reducing H-2 medication have a chemical name that ends in "tidine" (cimetidine, famotidine, ranitidine, nizatidine). Take them 30 minutes before your evening meal.

Thyroid Medicines:

  • Take it approximately one hour prior to eating—and definitely before having any dairy. In fact, you should avoid calcium- and iron-rich roods—including milk, yogurt, and green, leafy vegetables—for four hours before or after taking the medication, since they can interfere with absorption and, as a result, make your dosage less effective.

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NATURAL REMEDIES: FOR SINUS ISSUES

The first time I learnt about Sinus headaches were when I visited my eye doctor and complained about repeated headaches. She suggested that most eye pain are actually an inflammation of the sinues. If you suffer from sinusitis, here are a few effective methods you can use to keep your sinuses clear and pain-free.

But first, what are sinuses? Sinuses are air pockets located within the bones that surround your nose. They are connected to your nasal passage by a series of small tubes and channels. Although their purpose and use is actually unclear, there are theories that suggest they play a role in controlling the amount of moisture in the air we breathe.

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So, if your sinuses are inflamed, you could get a terrible headache. If the nose is swollen and inflamed, it can obstruct the passages to the sinuses, which can, in turn, lead to a painful blockage. The sinuses also produce mucus, which can be affected by a blockage leading to congestion or nasal drip and sometimes even tooth or ear ache. If an infection develops, it can last for weeks or even months; far beyond the duration of the problem that originally caused the infection to develop (i.e. a cold or allergy).

Preventing Sinus Pain

  • Drink Plenty of Fluids: Staying hydrated is an important health concern for many reasons, but it also helps keep your sinuses moist. You should drink plenty of water but avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can encourage dehydration. Fluid intake requirements differ from individual to individual and also depend on the present weather conditions, but as a general rule, you should aim to drink around 68 fluid ounces (or approximately two liters) of water every day.
  • Get a Humidifier: A humidifier helps to keep the air moist, providing you with a great way of eliminating arid air that is a leading cause of dry sinuses. You should only use a humidifier during dry summer months wherever you live and keep your eye on it – the humidity levels should ideally sit at around 30-50%. If condensation starts to form on your windows, you need to adjust the settings or turn it off! Any humidifier should be kept clean as mold can form on them – and that can cause allergies in itself.
  • Guard Against Allergies: Allergy flare ups are a common cause of sinus pain and we can take steps to avoid them. As allergies often flare in the evening, ensure your bedroom is kept free of factors that can contribute to irritation. Dust covers on your pillows and quilts can help eliminate pesky dust allergies and although it may leave you heavy of heart, stopping your pets from sleeping in your bedroom can help as well. If there are flowering plants in your room, you may also consider removing them if you are experiencing pain or irritation.
  • Eat Spicy Foods: Spicy foods are not for everyone but they can help clear your nasal passages. If you are a fan of fiery foods such as curry, hot peppers and mustard, drop some extra into your evening meal to help open up your nasal passage.

Combating Sinus pain

Most sinus problems are viral, not bacterial. So antibiotics should not be used in the majority of cases. Antibiotics are our best defense against bacteria but they are not effective against viruses and are not an appropriate treatment for them. Overuse of antibiotics can actually lead to bacterial resistance and make you more susceptible to super bugs. Natural remedies and over-the-counter medication should be your first port-of-call and if problems persist.

  • Take Inhalation or a Steamy Shower or Bath: Hot water vapor is an effective way of moistening your sinuses and helping to keep them clear. A hot bath or shower can help remove mucus and debris stuck inside your nose and keep the passageways that serve the sinuses free of obstruction. For a further boost, try dropping some Eucalyptus Oil in the bath with you – it’s a great, natural decongestant.
  • Use a Warm Compress: Warm compresses can help with sinus pain as they help keep the nasal passage moist. Put uncooked rice or oats inside a clean tube sock, and add some lavender or cinnamon for a more pleasant fragrance. Microwave the compress for 30 seconds then test it. If you are happy with the level of warmth, remove it and apply it on to the nose and surrounding areas. Alternatively, fill a large bowl with steaming hot water, place a towel over your head to stop the air from escaping and lean over the bowl to breathe in the air. Again, adding some eucalyptus oil to the water can be beneficial.
  • Use a Saline Solution: A saline solution can be as effective as a decongestant in combating blocked passageways that can lead to sinus pain. A saline wash thins mucus so that it can flow more effectively through the nose and surrounding chambers. Studies have concluded that saline solutions are some of the best lines of defense against sinusitis and can be used daily to prevent symptoms from developing. Solutions such as Neti Pot are available from your drug store.
  • Try Bromelain Supplements: Bromelain is a protein found in pineapple stems and can be bought as a supplement from health food and natural remedy stores. It has been used by boxers and other combat sportsmen to reduce inflammation after fights and there is evidence of success when it is used to reduce swelling around the nose associated with sinus problems. You should, however, consult your Doctor before taking Bromelain if you are on any other medication, as it may interact with them. Be sure to read the dosage instructions carefully.

Make your own Saline Solution at Home

You can buy saline solution from your local pharmacy, but if you want to make your own you can do so.

  • Mix half a teaspoon (2.5g) of salt and half a teaspoon (2.5g) of baking soda in 1 cup of distilled water at room temperature.

When using Neti pot, aim the solution towards the back of your head not the top, and it should run through your nasal passageways and into the back of your throat. Once it arrives in your mouth, you can spit out the remains, so apply when near to a sink.

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LATEST NEWS: FOR A HEALTHY GUT

The human microbiome is composed of communities of bacteria, viruses and fungi present in the human body. These are the microorganisms in the body or a particular part of the body that have tremendous impact on our healthy, which we are still learning. To help your gut function better, try these:

  • Probiotics work wonder in balancing your microbiome. A combination of bifidobacterial, enterococcus and lactobacillus have shown to have a positive effect on small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Probiotics work by influencing the balance of the microbiome and encouraging the population of healthy bacteria. Foods like sauerkraut, kimchee, kombucha and coconut kefir promote healthy bacterial diversity. Load up on green leafy vegetables and fruits for added fiber and probiotics.


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NATURAL REMEDIES WITH ESSENTIAL OIL

Herbal practitioners, as well as modern medicine, have acknowledged the benefits different essential oils give to the brain. These oils are mostly used in aromatherapy. The reason for this is because smell is the strongest of our senses and is best able to influence brain activity. These oils can help with different cognitive problems such as mental fatigue, low clarity, poor intellectual performance, impaired concentration, poor memory recall, and impaired memory, to name but a few.

How to use them:

To enjoy the aromas of essential oils, use them in one of the following ways:

  • Place a few drops on dry leaves (potpourri) and place a bowl of them in a central place in the room.
  • Place several drops in a diffuser so that the smell can be spread throughout the room.

Essential oils for health

  • Lavender Essential Oil: Lavender has calming and relaxing properties that will help put your nervous system in a parasympathetic rest-and-digest state. This soothing effect helps to relieve nervous tension and depression. To add to this, it also gives a boost to cognitive abilities. Research has found that those who are exposed to the smell of lavender essential oil are more relaxed and less depressed, and are able to perform math computations faster and more accurately.
  • Rosemary Essential Oil: This essential oil works as an effective cognitive stimulant, thus helping to improve memory and mental focus. A major component of rosemary essential oil is 1,9-Cineole, which has been shown to boost memory. Furthermore, the smell of essential oil may help enhance prospective memory, which is the ability to remember upcoming events in order to complete future tasks. It’s also very good at increasing brain-wave activities and protecting against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
  • Lemon Essential Oil: This strong smelling essential oil is highly beneficial for brain health. The strong scent helps to promote concentration and helps to calm your mind when you’re feeling anxious, angry, or run down. It can even help to reduce stress. Furthermore, this essential oil inhibits enzymes that are linked to neurodegenerative conditions.
  • Peppermint Essential Oil: Peppermint stimulates the mind to support memory, concentration, focus, and mental performance. To add to this, it has a soothing and cooling effect that promotes relaxation and clear thinking. The scent of this essential oil also stimulates the areas of the brain that are responsible for alertness.

Essential Oils for the home

  • Keep the fridge fresh: You might know that adding a small open container of baking soda helps absorbing smells in the fridge, but if you add a few drops of lime, lemongrass or grapefruit oil, it will also keep the fridge smelling fresh. (You can do this with your garbage can as well)
  • Carpets tend to absorb bad odors, due to humidity or spilled liquids, dust and grime from shoes and feet, etc. If you haven’t got time to get your carpet cleaned and vacuuming isn’t doing much to help the smell, here’s what you should do: mix some baking soda with a few drops of either oil of mint, geranium or lemon. Sprinkle it on the carpet and allow it to sit for 15-30 minutes, and then vacuum the carpet.
  • Dust mites are the primary source for asthma attacks and allergic reactions. Removing them can be made easier by adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil in your washing machine.
  • Most of us don’t clean our toilets every single day, but there’s a way to keep them smelling fresh between each cleaning session – use grapefruit, lemon, geranium or rosemary oil in a diffuser and enjoy.
  • If you’re having a spider problem in your house, mix a few drops of peppermint oil in a water-filled spray bottle, then spray it around the windows, and other locations that spiders come in through.
  • Add some drops of your favorite essential oil to a rag (make sure it’s clean) and put it in the dryer with your towels. The heat will cause the oil to evaporate and disperse the lovely scent all over your towels.
  • If you’ve just painted something in the house (or the house itself), you’re probably happy with the look. The problem lies with the smell of drying paint, which can give some people a headache. To prevent this from happening, mix about 10 milliliters of peppermint oil into the paint can.
  • If you have a pet, you probably love having it around the house, but the smell can end up being unpleasant. To fix this, get a spray bottle, fill it with apple cider vinegar and mix in a few drops of lavender, lemon or geranium oil, and spray it around the house.

Essential Oils for Food

  • Extend the life of fruit: By adding grapefruit oil to water and rubbing the solution on fruits, you extend its shelf-life. The grapefruit oil reduces oxidization – the primary cause of rot in fruit.

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LATEST NEWS: CANCER DECLINE BUT ALCOHOL KILLS

The American Cancer Society reported that U.S. deaths from cancer dropped by 2.2% in 2018, for their largest single-year decline ever seen. Much of the decline came from reduced rates of lung cancer, since fewer Americans are now smoking. But the National Health Institute’s arm on alcohol abuse and alcoholism reported that deaths from alcohol and related diseases such as cirrhosis of the liver have doubled over the period from 1999 through 2017, rising from about 36,000 to 73,000. Alcohol and opioids together are killing almost 10,000 Americans each month.

TAKEAWAY: Have a serious discussion about alcohol & vaping with your child. If you are engaged in such activities, consider quitting.


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HOME REMEDIES: DIZZINESS

Dizziness (not vertigo) is a feeling categorized by light-headedness, unsteadiness or loss of balance that may potentially cause fainting. Generally, dizziness tends to be a symptom of other conditions like low blood pressure, heart muscle disease, neurological disorders, anemia, allergies, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), tinnitus, ear infections, heart stroke, vision-related disorders, migraines, anxiety disorders and head injuries. Dizziness may also occur as a result of dehydration, motion sickness, stress, exercise, hormonal changes in the body, or possible side effects from medications.

If you experience dizziness regularly, consult with your doctor. If it is infrequent, try these natural remedies

1. Deep breathing

Inhaling and exhaling deeply is one of the best remedies to combat dizziness as it will help provide an adequate amount of oxygen to the brain, relaxing the nervous system and reducing dizziness.

Procedure:

• Sit or lie down in a comfortable position, placing one hand on your abdomen, and the thumb of the other hand against one nostril and close your mouth.

• Inhale slowly through the open nostril, filling your belly with air. Hold the breath in, closing both nostrils and purse your lips.

• After 2 to 3 seconds exhale slowly, extracting air from the belly.. Repeat for a total of 10 breaths. Then sit quietly for 5 minutes to avoid getting dizzy again.

2. Drink water

Dehydration tends to be a common cause of dizziness. This can often occur due to not drinking water for a long time, or failing to rehydrate your body during and after exercise. Dehydration may also cause vomiting or diarrhea that causes excessive fluid loss. So, whenever you feel dizzy,

  • Try drinking a glass of water to keep you hydrated and keep dizziness at bay.
  • Just squeeze the juice of 1/2 a lemon into a glass of water and stir in 2 teaspoons of sugar. Drink it up to get relief from dizziness.
  • Drink herbal tea with some honey. Soups, broths or fruit juices should also work.

3. Eat

Low blood sugar levels may also increase the likelihood of feeling dizzy. Hunger can also make you prone to dizziness. So, whenever you feel dizzy, try to eat something. If you are prone to dizziness, it is a good idea that you avoid remaining hungry for a long period of time. Opt for snacks that are high in carbohydrates or sugar, like a chocolate bar or a banana. Fruit high in water content ought to do the trick too. Yogurt is also a good option, as is a handful of roasted nuts like cashews, almonds or walnuts.

4. Try a natural remedy

  • This time-tested recipe works wonders for dizziness and nausea that often occurs as a result. It stimulates the blood flow to the brain and other parts of the body, which helps reduce dizziness. Try chewing on a small slice of fresh ginger root, or suck on it to alleviate the symptoms. Alternatively, you may also sip on ginger ale or ginger tea or eat ginger dipped in honey.
  • Gooseberry is a popular Ayurvedic remedy for dizziness provides a rich source of vitamins A and C, boosting your immunity, improving blood circulation, helping to treat and prevent dizziness.
  • Try honey: The natural sugars found in honey can give you an energy boost and alleviate dizziness. Mix 2 teaspoons each of honey and raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of cold or hot water.
  • Gingko biloba is another effective home cure that’ll combat dizziness. It helps improve blood flow to the brain, preventing dizziness. This herb is also effective in treating tinnitus, which may also cause dizziness.

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LATEST NEWS: ALCOHOL RELATED DEATH DOUBLED

More and more Americans are drinking themselves to death. A new study this week finds there were around 72,000 alcohol-related deaths among people over the age of 16 in 2017—more than double the number of similar deaths recorded two decades earlier.

  • Almost 1 million alcohol-related deaths among people over age 16 documented in the U.S. between 1999 and 2017.
  • In 2017, the number from alcohol related death ballooned up to 72,558, or a rate of 25.5 deaths per 100,000 people.
  • In comparison, just over 70,000 people in the U.S. died of overdose from illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl in 2017.

Takeaway: Talk to our child about the dangers of alcohol. Stop alcohol addiction when they are young.


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NATURAL REMEDY: SKIN FUNGUS

Skin fungus is a common infection that is caused when certain fungal pathogens breed in moist or warm environments. Fungus usually grows in shoes, socks, public areas like swimming pools or gyms, and in showers. The microscopic fungus lives on toenails, hair and skin and the most common symptoms are usually peeling, itchiness or burning skin.

If you suffer from some of these symptoms, there are a number of home remedies that can easily treat fungal infections.

Prevent:

  • Wash: In order to prevent or cure fungal infections, the first step is to keep your feet as clean as possible by washing your feet thoroughly with soap and water. It is also recommended to scrub and exfoliate your feet every week to remove the dead skin cells that may hold fungal bacteria. Make sure that your feet and shoes are dry. Don’t wear shoes when you have wet feet (that includes sandals that are not made from plastic), and make sure that you dry your feet thoroughly after bathing.
  • Aerate: One of the worst things you can do that promotes fungal infections is to wear your shoes for an extended period. Because your feet sweat all day long (yes, all feet sweat), wearing your footwear for an extended period of time keeps your feet moist and prone to fungus growth. Try and remove your shoes when you can, even if it’s just for a few minutes, to air out the sweaty area.
  • Watch: Some of the most obvious symptoms of a fungal infection are itchiness and burning of your feet or the formation of a crusty layer of skin on top of the feet. Also, there are commonly small rashes that develop and itch (known as Athlete’s Foot) which is another obvious sign. It is important to be aware of these tell-tale signs because the skin infection caused by the fungus is very contagious, and once you have it, it is hard to get rid of.


Avoid

  • Tight Fitting Shoes or Clothes: Fungus develops in your shoes and clothes because your feet and body sweat and the moisture is a thriving environment for fungus. Another way to minimize the seriousness of the fungal infection is not to wear tight shoes that will prevent air from entering in and aggravating the infected areas.

Treat

  • Apple Cider Vinegar: One of nature’s most powerful medicines, apple cider vinegar can be used to cure ringworm due to its strong antiseptic properties. When using vinegar to treat fungal infections, clean the affected area well with antiseptic soap before applying the apple cider vinegar with a cotton ball to the same area. Then, to maximize the effect of the vinegar, massage the area gently for a few minutes.
  • Acetone: Nail polish remover has acetone that can help remove and prevent the growth of fungus on your nails. Usually, fungus on the nails appears in a yellowish color, and if you experience these symptoms, one good way to fight off the infection is by applying nail polish (either colored or clear) to the affected nails. The nail polish or the acetone will dry out the fungus in the nail.
  • Apply a dash of baby powder into the sock and shoe before slipping them on. This will prevent the dead skin in the sock and shoe from affecting your foot and will keep any moisture out that will facilitate infection.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide: When you have a foot bath, add a bit of hydrogen peroxide into the warm water and soak for about 15-20 minutes. You can also rub the mixture onto the affected area but do so carefully and with gloves on. If your skin is sensitive to the hydrogen peroxide, it is recommended to use the essential oils instead that are a bit gentler on the skin.
  • Tea Tree Oil: Apply the oil or tea tree ointment to the affected area and leave your feet in the open for a few minutes until it absorbs. It is recommended to apply the oil after you shower to maximize the absorption into your skin. If the smell or strength of the oil bothers you, you can add it to a lotion or other scented oils. Other essential oils that work great are garlic oil and oregano oil.

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NATURAL REMEDY: STOMACH GAS

Stomach Gas is a problem that is becoming more prevalent due to modern food groups which encourage the build-up of gas in our system.

Symptoms of gas includes: Frequent passing of gas, Feeling as if bloated, Loss of appetite, Abdomen feels ‘tight’, Belching, Jabbing chest pain etc.

The main cause of gas is poor digestion. Some undigested food remains in our colon and get fermented by the bacteria that live there. This process releases gas that builds up in our abdomen. Unfortunately, the most healthy and fiber-rich foods are the ones hardest to digest, and so will often lead to gas build-up. Intolerance to certain types of food can also cause this effect. And finally, constipation will often lead to excess gas.

But there are easy way to fix this in your own home.

For quick relief:

  • Aid a spoonful of baking soda to a cup of hot water and mix well. Drink this every couple of hours for quick relief.
  • Hot liquids help the most, try herbal tea, but even coffee will help get that gas along.
  • Lie down and keep your head elevated, this position will help pass the discomfort you are feeling in a few minutes. Remain in this position until the discomfort you’re feeling is gone. You can lie down on your side, but still keeping the head elevated. If you are in distress, another position you can take is kneels on your head with your rear in the end, this will encourage the passing of gas from your system. When you are trying to push the gas out of your abdomen, make sure to do so on an empty stomach or over a toilet.
  • Try the following Yogic poses:

Avoid carbonated drinks: Consuming carbonated drinks is a big NO if you want to decrease the amount of gas in the body. Drinking these will lead to an increase in gas and may also lead to chest pain.

Include these in your diet:

  • Mustard is said to decrease the amount of gas in the body as well as preventing its build-up, so try and add it to one of your daily meals.
  • Turmeric, cumin and cardamom are known to aid good digestion.
  • Adding ginger to your food or chew on the root will offer quick relief and aid your digestion.
  • Drink lemon juice or other citrus fruit juice. The papaya is a wonderful fruit to eat when bloated, and will help you get rid of that gas the fastest.

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Unorthodox Natural Remedies

Strange but true – These unusual cures work

If your medicine cabinet is looking a little sparse or you’ve run out effective ideas to treat some lingering ailments, consider looking in other areas of your home. Many seemingly non-medical items can successfully treat common aches and pains. Some of these unusual tips might sound mad when you first hear them, but they really do work once you try them.

1. Vodka removes foot odor

If there’s an unpleasant odor emanating from your feet, soak a washcloth in vodka and wipe your soles. The principle behind this trick is the same as with rubbing alcohol: Alcohol is antiseptic and drying, which prevents bacteria and fungi from growing.

2. Pencils eliminate throbbing tension headaches

In moments of stress and anxiety, you often clench your jaw and teeth without realizing, which strains the muscle connecting your jaw to your temples. This habit can cause unnecessary tension headaches. Placing a pencil between your teeth without biting forces you to relax your jaw muscle, preventing the headache.

3. Yogurt cures bad breath

If you ever feel your breath turning sour and unpleasant, try a cup of yogurt. Yogurt is filled with probiotics, good bacteria, which can overpower the bad breath causing bacteria, leaving you with a nice tasting and smelling breath.

4. Listerine soothes painful blisters

While Listerine is primarily known for giving you fresh breath, it’s also a powerful antiseptic which can remedy blister pain. Soak a cotton ball with Listerine, dabbing it on the blister three times a day. The Listerine should effectively dry out the blister in a few days.

5. Sugar stops hiccups

Mary Poppins claimed a spoonful of sugar helped the medicine go down, but she didn’t realize it could also be the medicine. When it comes to hiccups, sugar can help stop them, because it modifies nerve muscles that would usually cause the muscles in the diaphragm to spasm, which can lead to hiccups. Swallow a teaspoon of sugar when you find yourself hiccupping uncontrollably.

6. Tennis balls help with aching feet

Give your aching feet a massage that both stretches and soothes the arches. Without shoes, roll your foot over the tennis ball. If you want to cool down, your throbbing feet use a bottle of frozen water instead. A soup can or golf ball can also work if you don’t have tennis balls.

7. Vegetable oil helps with brittle nails

Dry nails are caused by lack of moisture. In addition to applying hand lotion regularly try this dermatologist endorsed trick: Apply vegetable oil to your hands followed by wrapping your hands in vinyl gloves. This keeps the oil from rubbing off onto your bed and forces your skin to absorb the oil. Your hands and nails will stop being dry and brittle.

8. Olives and lemons lessen motion sickness

When you’re seasick or motion sick, you often produce excess saliva, leading to nausea. Tannins in olives can dry out your mouth, easing any queasiness. Similarly, lemons also can help dry out your mouth. When you feel a bout of nausea, pop a few olives or suck on a lemon.

9. Peppermint and cinnamon gum soothe road rage

Traffic-laden commutes cause unnecessary stress, frustration, and anger. You can significantly reduce the feeling of anxiety and fatigue by chewing peppermint and cinnamon gum, which have natural calming qualities. For those who don’t enjoy chewing gum, you can purchase an aromatherapy car diffuser.

10. Apples can whiten teeth

Everyone wants pearly white teeth, but you don’t usually think of foods as the means to do so. Apples contain gentle malic acids that can help dissolve stains. Other crunchy fruits and vegetables serve as micro-toothbrushes when you chew them as they naturally cleanse the tooth enamel, removing stains. It’s another good reason to bite into an apple.

11. Ease symptoms associated with arthritis with raisins

Soak the golden raisins overnight and add a couple of spoonfuls of gin. The vitamins from the raisins paired with the anti-inflammatory effects of the juniper berries that are used to make gin will help reduce swelling and ease your pain.

12. Combat bad breath with celery

Rather than chewing away at gum, celery has long been deemed to be a cure all for bad breath. So be sure to keep a few sticks at hand instead.

13. Cure an earache with lemons

While using lemons to alleviate an earache may seem unordinary, this age old remedy is known to reap results. Squeeze some lemon juice onto an ear bud, cleaning the inside of your ear (gently) for a minute or so. The lemon juice will stabilize pH levels in your ears, alleviating the pain.

14. Banish hair loss with nettle

Nettle leaf contains high levels of protein, calcium, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, and beta-carotene. It also contains high amounts of vitamin A,C,D and B complex. Many of these vitamins and minerals promote hair growth and maintenance, keeping it strong and luxurious. Simply boil 4 to 6 nettle leaves in a mug and rinse your hair with the nettle mix.

Caution: Nettle leaves are high in silica which can be harmful at high doses.

15. Control symptoms associated with menopause with yams

Yams – which tend to have a thicker, rougher skin and are darker in color than sweet potatoes, are nutritionally high in vitamin C, and they also contain some vitamin A which will help balance your hormones. Yams are also rich in dietary fiber and can help lower cholesterol.

16. Consume olives to prevent motion sickness

While this may sound like an old wives tale, there are facts contributing to olives as a remedy for motion sickness. Olives are high in tannins, which can help stop the production of too much saliva.

17. Use baking soda for a urinary tract infection

Add a pinch of baking soda to a glass of water to alleviate UTI symptoms. Baking soda is high in alkaline, preventing harmful bacteria from multiplying.

18. Prevent indigestion with dried apricots

Here’s a remedy my grandfather always insists on. After his dinner he eats five apricots, helping him to digest his food better. Dried apricots are high in dietary fiber, helping your stomach to digest food and prevent bloating. If you’re feeling unwell after your meal, take a handful of apricots.

19. Use raw potatoes over a spider bite

Raw potatoes contain anti-inflammatory properties, alleviating symptoms associated with a spider bite. Wrap a raw, sliced potato in a bandage or thin cloth and gently rub it over the affected area for a couple of minutes.

20. Rub your ears to boost energy:

Instead of reaching for another cup of coffee, give your ears a gentle self-massage. According to Chinese medicine, stimulating the pressure points in the ears increases blood circulation to all parts of the body, giving you an instant energy boost

21. Cure hiccups with peanut butter:

Chewing and swallowing the sticky spread will interrupt your breathing pattern and force your diaphragm to relax.

22. Use honey to soothe a sore throat:

A natural antibacterial and antifungal agent, honey can help coat and soothe sore throats and alleviate minor coughs.

23. Blow-dry waterlogged ears:

Put a hair dryer on the gentlest setting and hold it a few inches away from your ear.

The increased airflow will help to evaporate the water in your ear.

24. Make warts disappear with garlic:

Garlic — which has been shown to have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties — is thought to be an effective home remedy for warts.

Apply a freshly cut garlic clove to the wart, place a bandage over it, and leave the bandage on overnight.

Repeat every night until the wart disappears.

25. Blow on your thumb to calm jangled nerves:

The thumb has its own pulse, and blowing on the thumb will cool down the thumb and thus calm the heart rate, as cold air can slow down your pulse.

This trick might also help simply because the act of blowing forces you to deepen your breathing, which calms the heart.

26. Sniff peppermint to quell a craving:

Chew mint gum, sip peppermint tea or take a whiff of peppermint oil.

Studies suggest that the scent of peppermint stimulates the brain to release appetite-suppressing hormones and promotes a feeling of fullness.

27. Curl your toes to fall asleep faster:

The next time you find yourself tossing and turning, try a progressive muscle relaxation technique.

Begin by slowly curling and uncurling your toes.

Then, work your way up the entire body, from your toes to your neck, tightening a certain muscle group before releasing it.

28. Smile to make yourself happier:

Scientists have found that the simple act of smiling can lower blood pressure and release stress, giving you an instant mood boost (yes, even forced smiles count!).

29. Press your tongue against the roof of your mouth to beat brain freeze:

Also referred to as “ice cream headaches,” brain freezes are caused by a rapid increase in blood flow to the brain. After you down a frozen treat, try thrusting your tongue against the roof of your mouth — this will warm up the palate and ease the flow of blood to the brain.

30. Rub Vicks Vaporub on feet for congestion:

To temporarily relieve a cough, try applying the mentholated topical cream on the soles of your feet and immediately covering with a pair of socks.

There is no scientific explanation for why this old wives’ trick works, but many stuffy nose-sufferers (and even nurses and doctors) swear by it.

31. Use ginger to prevent motion sickness:

Twenty minutes before travel, take two capsules of powdered ginger to ease an upset stomach caused by motion sickness.

32. Shake your head to wake up sleepy feet:

It happens to all of us — you’re sitting in an awkward position when all of a sudden your foot, hand or other body part falls asleep.

To quickly eliminate that uncomfortable tingling sensation, move your head side to side.

The movement helps relieve nerve tension.

33. Alleviate nausea by massaging wrist:

Relieve nausea by lightly massaging the pressure point on the inside of your wrist, about three finger widths below the base of your palm.

34. Squeeze lemon to erase pimples:

Banish breakouts by dabbing a little lemon juice on problem areas — its antibacterial properties will help kill excess bacteria and reduce acne.

35. Dab on clove oil to alleviate toothache pain:

Apply a very small amount of clove oil to a cotton swab and gently dab onto the affected tooth area. The essential oil has been shown in studies to have analgesic and antibacterial properties, making it a useful tool in treating bacteria-caused toothaches.

36. Inhale onion vapors for sinus relief:

Chop up an onion, put it in a bowl and inhale the onion fumes.

The vapors help open sinus passageways, providing relief from sinus pressure.

37. Stop mouth bleeds with tea bags:

To stop mouth bleeds after oral surgery or injuries, apply a moistened tea bag to the affected area;

the tannins in tea help the blood coagulate faster.

38. Steam to relieve nasal congestion:

Steam helps to loosen mucus and clear out the sinus cavities, providing relief from nasal congestion.

A hot bath works, too.

39. Sleep on your left side to prevent acid reflux:

Researchers have determined that left side sleeping helps with digestion and eases heart burn pain.

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WHAT IS THE BEST COOKWARE?

Ayurveda gives immense importance to the metals used for cooking food daily. While some metals have a positive impact on your health, others may even harm.

· Copper is known to be the best cooking metal for rice and is known to have anti-bacterial properties in it. For the same reason, it is said that drinking water in a copper vessel is known to have medicinal properties in it and can improve the digestive system, slow down ageing and can heal the wounds faster. You will be surprised to know that copper can detoxify your body and increase hemoglobin. It might be a popular metal used for cooking, but beware of cooking or eating anything acidic as this may impact the taste of the food.

· Silver has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties in it. It is said to be cool in nature and is thus considered good for those with pitta personalities. It’s said that eating and drinking in silverware can calm down your temperament and improve your complexion. It can also improve your metabolic system and immune system.

· While it is okay to serve food in brass, the metal easily reacts with salt and acidic foods, when it is heated. Hence, cooking in such utensils must be avoided.

· Stainless Steel is known to be the ideal metal for cooking any kind of food due to its non-reactive properties. Eating or drinking in this metal is considered to have a safe impact on your health. It’s a metal alloy made of chromium, nickel, carbon and silicon and has aluminum or copper coating at the bottom for heating purposes.

· Aluminum is an ideal metal used for baking purposes. It is best to use scratch-resistant anodized aluminum cookware, as cooking into it will not release the aluminum in the food. Uncoated aluminum cookware can impose a greater risk and hence cooking and serving food in it should be avoided.

· Cast Iron is another cookware that’s highly popular in everyone’s kitchen. The reason behind this popularity is that it can withstand high temperatures and is mostly used for making food that requires slow cooking. It’s an excellent way of including iron in your body and for the same reason, most of the green veggies are cooked in iron vessels. But you must not store food in it as it gives an acrid taste to the food.

· Non-stick with Teflon coating makes any cookware easy to use and clean. However, several reports have suggested that non-stick cookware must be avoided as it can cause cancer when used at a high temperature.

· Due to its non-reactive properties, Glass is good to use for storing or baking any food.

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Natural Remedies for High BP

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a serious health problem that can lead to heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. A blood pressure reading of 140/90 mm Hg or above is considered high. Common causes or contributing factors of hypertension are obesity, genetic factors, excessive drinking, high salt intake, lack of aerobic exercise, stress, birth control pills, pain relievers, kidney disease, and adrenal disease. Medication is often prescribed for hypertension. You can also help control it with simple natural remedies.

1. Lemons

Lemons help keep blood vessels soft and pliable and by removing any rigidity, high blood pressure will be reduced. In addition, you can help lower your chance of heart failure by consuming lemon juice regularly, due to its vitamin C content. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals.

Simply drink a cup of warm water with the juice from half a lemon added to it each morning on an empty stomach. For best results, do not add salt or sugar.

2. Watermelon Seeds

Watermelon seeds contain a compound called cucurbocitrin, which helps widen the blood capillaries. At the same time, it also helps improve kidney functioning. This in turn reduces blood pressure levels and also helps a lot with arthritis.

Also, a 2010 Florida State pilot study found that watermelon can help lower blood pressure due to its vasodilatory effect

Grind equal quantities of dried watermelon seeds and poppy seeds (khus khus). Take one teaspoon of this mixture in the morning on an empty stomach and again in the evening.

Alternatively, add two teaspoons of gently crushed, dried watermelon seeds to one cup of boiled water. Steep it for about an hour, then strain it. Take four tablespoons of this water at regular intervals throughout the day.

3. Garlic

Several studies have demonstrated blood pressure lowering effects of garlic. Both raw and cooked garlic help control high blood pressure and at the same time reduce cholesterol levels. Garlic helps relax blood vessels by stimulating the production of nitric oxide and hydrogen sulfide.

Eat one or two crushed garlic cloves daily. You can simply crush them with your hands. Crushing garlic cloves creates hydrogen sulfide, a compound that promotes good blood flow, removes gas and reduces the pressure on the heart. If you do not like eating raw garlic or if it causes a burning sensation, then take it along with a cup of milk

You can also mix five or six drops of garlic juice in four teaspoons of water and take it twice a day.

4. Banana

Bananas are one fruit that people with high blood pressure can eat regularly to control it. Bananas are a rich source of potassium, which lessens the effect of sodium.

So, try to eat one or two bananas daily. Along with bananas, you can try dried apricots, raisins, currants, orange juice, spinach, zucchini, baked sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, and winter squash.

5. Celery

The high level of the phytochemical 3-N-butylphthalide present in celery greatly helps control high blood pressure. Phthalides help relax the muscles in and around arterial walls, thereby creating more space and allowing the blood to flow in without difficulty.

At the same time, it can help reduce the stress hormones that constrict blood vessels, which contributes to high blood pressure.

Try to eat one stalk of celery along with a glass of water daily. If you prefer, you can munch on celery throughout the day.

6. Coconut Water

People with high blood pressure must keep their bodies well hydrated. It is a good idea to drink eight to 10 glasses of water daily. Coconut water is particularly beneficial for lowering blood pressure.

A 2005 study published in the West Indian Medical Journal found that coconut water, being rich in potassium, magnesium and vitamin C can help decrease systolic blood pressure. Along with coconut water, you can also use coconut oil when cooking.

7. Cayenne Pepper

Those suffering from mild hypertension will benefit from eating cayenne pepper. It helps smooth blood flow by preventing platelets from clumping together and accumulating in the blood.

You can add some cayenne pepper to fruit or vegetable salad, or add a pinch to a bowl of soup. Because cayenne pepper is quite spicy, you only need to use a little bit.

8. Onion Juice

Onions have also been found to lower your blood pressure due to the presence of an antioxidant flavonol called quercetin.

Try to eat one medium-sized, raw onion daily.

You can also mix one-half teaspoon each of onion juice and honey and take it twice a day for one to two weeks.

9. Honey

Honey can reduce pressure from the heart and it also has a calming effect on blood vessels, hence it can be helpful in reducing high blood pressure.

Eat two teaspoons of honey on an empty stomach each morning.

You can also mix one teaspoon each of honey and ginger juice with two teaspoons of cumin seed powder. Eat it twice a day.

Another effective remedy is to mix basil juice and honey in equal amounts and have it on an empty stomach daily.

10. Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek seeds are an effective ingredient for lowering high blood pressure due to their high potassium and dietary fiber content.

Boil one to two teaspoons of fenugreek seeds in water for about two minutes, and then strain it.

Put the seeds in a blender and mix it into a paste.

Eat this paste twice a day, once in the morning on an empty stomach and once in the evening. Follow this remedy for two to three months to notice a significant improvement in your blood pressure level.

In addition to using these natural remedies as part of treatment for high blood pressure, it is essential to follow your doctor’s medical and dietary advice and go for regular checkups.

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Natural Remedies for Food Poisoning

All of us have suffered from food poisoning at some point in life. With symptoms ranging from mild to severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness and dehydration, food poisoning is a condition not to be ignored. Listed below are a few effective home remedies to cure food poisoning:

  • Ginger: It adds flavor to your dishes, but is also an excellent home remedy for curing almost all types of digestive problems. Take a tablespoon of honey with a few drops of ginger juice to reduce inflammation and pain.

· Cumin: Cumin or jeera seeds are a good way to soothe the inflammation in your stomach, reduce the tenderness and aid healing. Crush a tablespoon of cumin seeds and add it to your clear soup.food poisoning remedy

· Basil: Basil is another excellent home remedy to cure infections of both the stomach and the throat. Strain the juice of a few basil leaves and add it to a tablespoon of honey. It’s bound to show positive results within a couple of hours.

· Bananas: Bananas are a rich of potassium. They aid recovery and reduce the effects of food poisoning to an impressive level. Mash a couple of bananas and apple, or whip up a quick banana shake.

· Apples: Apples are as effective against food poisoning as they reduce heartburn and acid reflux. Apples are known to have enzymes that inhibit the growth of the bacteria that cause diarrhea and stomach ache.

· Lemon: The acidity of the lemon juice kills most of the bacteria that cause food poisoning. Squeeze the juice of a lemon and add a pinch of sugar to it. Drink it as you would take any medicine, or you can even add lemon to your tea.

· Activated charcoal: Activated charcoal absorbs all the unwanted gases and substances that may be harmful to the delicate lining of the stomach, thereby aiding speedy recovery.

· Water: It is very important to keep yourself fully hydrated during the period of food poising, as your body tends to lose more water through diarrhea. Also, keeping up your water content, rapidly flushes out the toxins and bacteria, which enhances your recovery.

· Apple cider vinegar: Being acidic in nature, vinegar, specifically apple cider vinegar, soothes the gastro-intestinal lining. Also, it makes the environment of the stomach inhospitable for the bacteria to breed in, which helps speed up the recovery.

· Peppermint tea: It’s not just aromatherapy. Peppermint oil is known to have a soothing effect, which is extremely beneficial for people suffering from stomach spasms due to food poisoning. Add a few drops to your tea; your cramps will vanish in a couple of hours.

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2019 Holiday hours

Natural Pediatrics will be closed on Dec-25-2019 and Jan-01-2020.

In the week between Christmas and New Year, we will be operating only out of our Frisco Clinic to give some well-deserved time-off for our staff and providers.

However, we will be open in Frisco. If you need after-hour, please dial: 1-855-456-6976


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Natural Remedies for Smelly Feet

No one wants to have to deal with stinky feet. While we have all suffered from foot perspiration and odor at some point in our lives, for some, sweaty and stinky feet can be a relentless problem that causes much discomfort. A study that was conducted at the Skin and Care Foundation in Australia found that sweaty feet commonly come with an offensive odor, known as bromhidrosis. This condition usually begins in childhood or adolescence and can have a real negative impact on education, social development, and career choices. However, for those who suffer from this problem, the good news is that with a daily hygiene routine, you can get rid of your stinky feet and any embarrassment that they may cause. Below are 6 things you can do at home that may bring you much relief.

1. Ensure Good Hygiene

Getting rid of foot odor could be as simple as following a daily foot hygiene routine.

It’s very important to wash your feet every day and dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes. When you’re drying your feet after a shower or bath, dab between your toes with some cotton wool that has been dipped in apple cider vinegar or witch hazel. Sweaty feet can be treated with some antibacterial foot scrub, but avoid using scrubs if you have eczema or broken skin.

Keeping your toenails clean and trimmed will also help to prevent toenail fungus. Furthermore, it’s best to remove any hard skin with a foot file. When hard, skin becomes soggy from the dampness, it provides a great home for bacteria.

2. Use a DIY Foot Powder or Foot Scrub

Once you’ve cleaned and dried your feet, you can apply powders such as baking soda or cornstarch as these can absorb extra moisture. Antifungal foot powders are great and they can even be made right at home with just a few ingredients. One such recipe can be seen below:

Ingredients

• 1 ½ tablespoons of bentonite clay

• ½ teaspoon cayenne powder

• 2 drops cinnamon essential oil

• 2 drops clove essential oil

• 2 drops frankincense essential oil

• A shaker bottle or glass jar

Directions

1. In a small bowl, combine the bentonite clay and cayenne powder.

2. Add the essential oils and blend well.

3. Place the concoction in your container.

You can apply this mixture twice a day for two weeks. You can even sleep with it on, but make sure you wear socks to prevent it from soiling your bed sheets.

3. Soak Your Feet

You can try home remedies such as salt baths or apple cider vinegar or tea soaks. With proper hygiene and rotation of shoes, your foot odor should be eliminated.

For temporary relief, consider an apple cider vinegar bath using one part vinegar and two parts water to reduce the levels of bacteria that can cause odor.

In addition to this, tea soaks are also an effective home remedy. Simply add four to five tea bags to a quart of water. You can use regular or mint tea bags. Make the tea as you normally would, then allow it to cool before soaking your feet in it for 20 minutes a day.

Another option is a salt bath. To do this, pour half a cup of Epsom salt into four cups water and soak your feet in it for 10-15 minutes. Salt baths help to improve skin health and kill fungi, which is why they can help prevent skin disease and smelly feet.

4. Rotate Your Shoes

Wearing different footwear each day can help you avoid shoe odor and smelly feet. Rotate two to three pairs of shoes so you can give them a chance to dry out before wearing them again. You should also consider well-fitting shoes made of leather, as they will allow your feet to breathe, and typically do not soak up as much sweat as cloth shoes. Wear open-toed sandals or flip-flops when possible as well. Put a used teabag in your old shoes to absorb the fragrance. Alternatively, put some baking soda inside your shoes to take away the odor.

5. Wear Socks and Change Them Frequently

Wearing cotton or wool socks that absorb moisture is also a great way to avoid smelly feet. These types of socks are much better than nylon. You could also consider buying some sport socks as these often have ventilating holes to keep your feet dry.

6. Change Your Diet

Go on an anti-inflammatory diet such as eliminating refined carbohydrates and balancing healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and protein by eating anti-inflammatory foods such as bok choy, green leafy vegetables, beets, broccoli, blueberries, and pineapple.

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Natural Remedies for Arthritis

50 million adults and approximately 300,000 children have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis in the United States, which is a disease characterized by inflamed joints. It’s especially common in women or obese people, as opposed to men of a healthy weight. But the elderly or those genetically predisposed to arthritis are at a greater risk of developing the disease. One other risk factor to bear in mind is whether you have had a joint injury in the past.

What are the symptoms?

People with arthritis often experience the following symptoms:

• Inflammation

• Stiffness

• Swelling

• Redness

• Pain

Arthritis may also cause you to feel fatigued and weak and can negatively impact your range of motion and your ability to perform everyday tasks.

What treatments are available?

While no treatment is available to cure arthritis, treatments are usually aimed at mitigating damage and reducing pain. Herbs and the food that you eat, can greatly affect arthritis. The 10 following herbs can be added to your tea, they can be used to season your food, or used in topical preparations.

1. Turmeric

This is the number one spice to go to when dealing with arthritis. Also known as curcumin, turmeric has been at the forefront of a number of clinical studies, all of which have proven that this spice has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. To reap the benefits of turmeric, use it as a mild and flavorful kitchen spice, which you can add to a wide variety of dishes. Turmeric may also be purchased in capsule format and used as a supplement. It’s generally advisable to take 400 to 600mg of turmeric three times a day.

2. Licorice

Licorice extract has been shown to be quite effective in both the prevention and treatment of chronic, acute inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. It has been shown to reduce the inflammation and damage caused by free radicals in the body. You can add it to your tea by steeping a teaspoon of dried licorice root powder in a mug of boiled water for 10 minutes. You can also take it in capsule form. However, it is advised that you speak to a healthcare professional before taking it in a concentrated form, as it’s not suitable for those who have low potassium levels, diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease and/or hypertension.

3. Stinging Nettle

This surprisingly beneficial herb is good for your overall health and is especially effective in treating arthritis. It’s packed with anti-inflammatory properties and delivers a remarkable dose of minerals such as magnesium, calcium and potassium all of which help make your bones stronger and ease your pain. Purchase nettle in its dried herb form, in tea-bags, or take it as a supplement.

4. Cinnamon

This flavorful and popular spice contains valuable antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. According to studies, cinnamon extract is very useful in reducing redness, swelling and stiffness in the joints. Cinnamon can be added to your everyday diet in its natural form – you can sprinkle some on toast, in oatmeal or in baked goods. You may also add a teaspoon to a cup of warm tea first thing in the morning alongside a tablespoon of honey. Drink the mix daily on an empty stomach to reap the benefits.

5. White Willow Bark

This old fashioned remedy contains a chemical known as salicin – a natural analgesic. Originally, aspirin was d from white willow bark. Ingesting this herb in the form of tea, or taking it as a supplement can help relieve the pain of osteoarthritis. It has been found to be especially beneficial for pain in the back, neck, hips and knees.

6. Garlic

Here’s a herb you likely use in your everyday cooking. Garlic contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties that have been shown to be helpful in combating the pain and swelling that arthritis causes. To get its beneficial effects, garlic is best eaten raw – aim to eat two to three raw cloves of garlic a day on an empty stomach. Chew them up a bit first, breaking each clove open in order to release their beneficial properties and enabling you to swallow them whole. Alternatively, you can purchase garlic capsules or garlic oil which can be applied topically to painful areas.

7. Green Tea

This incredible health tonic has long shown success in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Green tea’s health benefits can be found in the polyphenols that it contains – it has very powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, suppressing the immune response and preventing the immune system from attacking the lining of your joints. This popular beverage is widely available in the form of teabags.

8. Cat’s Claw

Available in supplement form, cat’s claw has been found to be very effective in relieving the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. It also has positive effects on swelling and inflammation. Aim to take between 250 to 350mg of Cat’s Claw per day.

9. Ginger

This well-known aromatic and flavorful herb is very good for easing arthritis pain. It also helps to reduce swelling and inflammation. Ginger can easily be added into your diet and can be used as a fresh ingredient. It can also be purchased dry and used in tea. Ginger oil may also be applied topically to painful areas for relief of swelling and inflammation. To reap its benefits further, after applying the oil, warm the area with a heated compress.

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Natural Remedies for swollen hands and legs

Here are a few natural solutions you can easily apply to relieve your swollen limbs.

Note: Swollen limbs could be a symptom of a bigger health problem. So, to be on the safe side, consult your doctor if your feet, ankles or legs are experiencing swelling of any kind.

1. Prop up your legs

You don’t have to be injured to reap the benefits of putting your feet up. Make a habit of elevating your legs for half an hour per day. This will help drain your body of excess fluids, which may be causing swelling. There are a few yoga asanas that can help in this.

2. Drink plenty of water

Water, and plenty of it, is one of the most important ingredients of almost any medical remedy, and this certainly holds for swollen feet and legs. Staying well hydrated prevents swelling toxins from building up and maintains tissue health. It’s currently estimated that men should drink around 13 cups (3 liters) of fluid and women 9 cups (2.2 liters) per day. How much of this should be water is up to you.

3. Soak yourself with Epsom salts & apply apple cider vinegar

Epsom salts will make your legs and feet actually feel a whole lot better. To give your swollen legs this boost, simply add some Epsom salt to your bath or foot spa. After soaking, apply some apple cider vinegar. Apple cider makes a truly wonderful vinegar, and perfect for fixing swollen limbs. Not only will it help relieve swelling pains, when rubbed into your skin, but it’ll also absorb the excess fluid from your limbs.

4. Get more magnesium in your diet

Magnesium often gets forgotten about when it comes to healthy vitamins and minerals, but it could hardly be more important when it comes to preventing inflammation and keeping your heart and immune system healthy. You don’t need to go straight for the supplements either. You will find lots of magnesium in the following foods: lean meat and poultry, dark, leafy, green vegetables, milk, yogurt, eggs, nuts, beans, and whole grains.

5. Get plenty of exercise

The last option is the easiest of all: exercise. Nothing is better at stopping fluid build-ups in your body than keeping yourself active with your favorite activities. Anything that can get your heart pumping and blood moving is a great choice, but swimming may be the most therapeutic.

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MYTHS ABOUT FLU

Here are some common and sometimes harmful myths about the common cold and the flu.

The flu is just a stronger cold

It’s understandable how these two conditions may be confused, as both colds and the flu cause symptoms like a runny nose, sore throat, fever, sneezing, and coughing. However, the two conditions are caused by two distinct strains of viruses – the rhinovirus causes a cold, whereas the influenza virus produces the flu. Of the two conditions, the flu is a lot more dangerous, and sometimes even life-threatening. In the United States alone, 36 thousand people die as a result of the flu each year, and around 200 thousand are hospitalized. Risks are especially high for immunocompromised individuals, children, seniors and persons with some preexisting conditions.

It cannot be the flu if you don’t have digestive issues

The presence or lack of digestive symptoms is not a way to distinguish between a cold and the flu. As a matter of fact, the influenza virus rarely ever causes nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.

The confusion likely stems from a group of viruses not related to influenza that cause a condition commonly referred to as ‘the stomach flu’. But don’t be confused, digestive issues are a poor identifier of the flu. Also, digestive symptoms alone are more likely than not a different germ altogether and should not be confused with influenza.

Drinking milk will worsen your cold

Despite popular belief, drinking milk while you’re suffering from a cold or the flu will not worsen your symptoms. What it will do is make your phlegm slightly thicker, which can cause some discomfort, but it is a myth that milk makes you produce more phlegm. Overall, it’s completely safe to drink milk and reap all of its nutritional and hydrating properties even if you’re suffering from a cold or the flu.

If you get your flu shot too early, it won’t last

of the common concerns with the vaccination is that people are afraid to get the shot too early, as they think it won’t last throughout the flu season. If that is one of your concerns, rest assured that the vaccination will protect you from the virus for much longer than the flu season. Even if you get vaccinated in late August, you’ll be protected for at least 6 months, or at least until the end of February.

Not dressing warm or going out with wet hair is guaranteed to cause a cold

Viral infections don’t magically appear when you feel cold, you have to be exposed to the virus in order to get infected, so being cold won’t cause a cold or the flu. What is true, however, is that sudden jumps in temperatures can make your immune system more susceptible to infections, so you probably should try to maintain a steady temperature and adjust your clothing accordingly anyway.

You can prevent colds and the flu by washing your hands more often

There is no one universal habit that will help you prevent colds and the flu, and washing your hands is no exception. If you happen to spend time with people who have the flu, washing your hands often and cleaning the shared surfaces are among the best ways of minimizing your risks. Influenza virus can survive on a surface for up to 8 hours. You should also keep a distance of at least 6 feet (1.8 m) from a person with the flu or cold, as when they sneeze, the little droplets of saliva contaminated with viruses can travel through the air and land on you, significantly increasing your risk of contracting the disease.

‘Feed a cold, starve a fever’

This popular saying has no medical truth behind it, so don’t starve and eat a healthy diet when you’re sick, and while you’re at it, also stay hydrated and drink your way to health and a swift recovery.

You can’t catch the flu in summer

There is no reason why you couldn’t catch the flu in summer if you happen to encounter it. But the thing is, you’re a lot more likely to be bombarded by the virus during the cold months, because in winter, people tend to congregate in closed, poorly ventilated spaces more in the cold months, so you’re more likely to meet someone with the flu during the fall and winter. Apart from that, the influenza virus itself is a bit more resilient in cold weather than it is in warm weather, as exposure to warm humid temperatures destroys the protective coating of the virus more quickly, cutting down the time it can survive on surfaces dramatically.

Chicken soup will make you recover from the cold and flu faster

In terms of its ability to speed up your recovery, chicken soup is comparable to any other hot drinks, such as tea or warm cocoa. All these drinks can do is soothe your sore throat and hydrate your body. Both of these reasons make chicken soup and any other hot drink an excellent choice for people experiencing cold and flu symptoms, but don’t expect a miracle.

If your symptoms persist for more than a few days or you have a high fever, you should take antibiotics

If you feel like your flu or cold symptoms persist for more than a week or you’re experiencing a high fever that isn’t responsive to OTC drugs, a good idea is to visit or call a doctor, as you may be experiencing some complications. What you shouldn’t do is take antibiotics right away, as these are useless for viral infections like the flu or colds. Antibiotics can only kill bacteria. Taking antibiotics unnecessarily can be dangerous, as it promotes antibiotic resistance and can cause side effects like diarrhea, digestive issues, nausea, and fungal infections.

Sweating out a fever will help you recover faster

The theory is that raising your body’s temperature will help you kill the viruses infecting your body, so you should exercise, or breathe in warm steam or go to the sauna to raise your body’s temperature. Unfortunately, there is no scientific proof of that theory, and sweating profusely may actually cause dehydration, so you may end up slowing down your recovery by engaging in any of these practices.

You won’t spread the flu if you’re not feeling ill

This might come as a surprise, but even healthy-looking people can be carrying the influenza virus or the rhinovirus. In fact, 20-30% of people with the influenza virus exhibit no symptoms, but you can still get the virus from them and become sick. Apart from that, some people infected with the influenza virus can exhibit no symptoms during the first day, but they will spread the disease nevertheless.

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Natural Sinus Relief Solution

Sinus headache can be painful. It feels like an excruciating pain in and around the nasal cavities and a pulsating headache accompanied by a stinging pain.
Sinusitis is caused by the inflammation of the mucous membrane that build up excess mucus behind the cavities of the face which creates pressure on the face.


Natural Remedy for Sinus:
To create this magic potion you need:

  • Horseradish is naturally warm and spicy. So when you chop it up, the chemicals present in it get activated and attach themselves to the olfactory sensors, fighting the sinus pores. Chewing it up with soon release the effects and you will start to feel the sinuses start to drain. Horseradish also contains high sulfur content in it, which acts as the body’s natural antibiotic, acts down on the mucus and further protects the nasal cavities. It can also be an incredible help during bad throat infections.
  • Honey, on its part, acts as a natural immune booster as well as soother which takes care of irritants. That is why honey is the home cure for any sudden nose or throat infections.
  • Apple cider vinegar again is a good sinus reliever. Unfiltered ACV has amazing health benefits which thin out mucus build-up and alleviates the sinus pressure. It also clears up the passageways and supplies good antioxidants, which also neutralize the pH levels in the body.


Ingredients

  • 1 large root of horseradish
  • 1/4th cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey


Procedure

  • To make this concoction, start by making the horseradish into a paste.
  • Add the vinegar and honey and stir it up nicely. You can also choose to add a pinch of salt to this mix.

Use

  • The solution is now ready to be used. It can be safely stored in the refrigerator for up to a year, using as and when needed.
  • Consuming 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture whenever you suffer from a sinusitis infection can do the job really well and open up your clogged sinuses.

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We are responsible for ruining our kid’s world

Look at this chart below. Let it sink in….. Global production of plastic is growing exponentially.

We all know the plastic is the leading cause of pollution that our kids are inheriting from us.

And we have started hearing about actions that people have been taking to lower their plastic footprint.

Yet, it has had virtually no impact. It is time to take more stringent actions to curb plastic pollution in our environment or we will leave behind a planet that is disastrous for our kids.

Consider this:

  • Over 90% of all seabird have plastic pieces in their stomach
  • Disposing plastic in soil leads to decline in soil fertility
  • Burned plastics releases poisonous chemicals in air
  • Over 1 million sea creatures die each year due to discarded plastics
  • Phthalates in plastics are known to be hormone disruptors that lead to diabetes and obesity.
  • Benzene in plastics are known carcinogens.
  • Other toxic stuff from plastics have known to cause thyroid disruptions, reproductive and development problems, asthma and allergies in kids

What can we do?

  • Avoid disposable Styrofoam and plastics cups. Use glasses.
  • Stop buying bottled water. Use a steel bottle
  • Use non-disposable metal/ceramic plates, spoons, knifes, forks, and straws
  • Avoid Tupperware and re-use the glass jars
  • Bring a cloth bag to the grocery store and avoid plastic bags
  • Compost to reduce garbage bags
  • Recycle plastics that can be recycled

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WHY YOU DON”T NEED AS MUCH PROTEIN AS YOU THINK YOU NEED

We have been systematically ben brainwashed by the clever marketing play of the beef and pork producers who convinced America that “you need protein and only meat can provide you with adequate amount of proteins.” But you don’t need as much protein as you are convinced that you need. See the daily amount of protein needed in a child.

From: Chosemyplate.gov – the US government guidelines for protein intake.

Some common problems of consuming too much proteins:

  • Protein is essential for the body to grow and repair. Protein-rich food are broken down into amino acids in the stomach and absorbed in the small intestine. The liver sorts out which amino acids the body needs. The rest is flushed out in our urine.
  • First, realize that not getting enough protein can lead to hair loss, skin breakouts and weight loss as muscle mass decreases. But these side effects are very rare, and largely only occur in those with eating disorders.
  • Second, an analysis of 36 papers found that protein supplements have no impact on lean mass and muscle strength during the first few weeks of resistance training in untrained individuals.
  • While protein itself isn’t harmful, many protein supplements are high in carbohydrates called FODMAPs that trigger digestive symptoms like bloating, gas and stomach pain.
  • And eating excess protein can lead to “Protein Poisoning”.

Takeaway: Stick to a balanced diet of Carbs, proteins and fat as suggested by the US Dept of Health. See https://www.choosemyplate.gov/


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Self-Maintenance Check-up

Following these easy self-checks below that can indicate if something is serious.

  1. Eye Check: A lack of white in your eyes normally indicates that you’re tired or hung-over, but surprisingly enough, excess white in your eyes, such as a white line circling your iris, might be indicative of high cholesterol levels. Finding that your eyelids have a flat, yellowish color with velvety patches is also a serious sign. Do not let this symptom go unnoticed and risk getting further complications, such as coronary heart disease, which can lead to heart attacks in the future. Get your cholesterol checked and treated!
  1. Mole Check: Moles are generally harmless, but if you find that you have more than 50 moles on your body, take this as a big warning sign, especially if they are multi-colored, growing in size, seem inflamed, or have a ragged edge. If you notice any of these signs in your moles, a good idea would be to regularly keep a record of their development by taking photos so it would be easier for your doctor to inspect them. If your moles also start to redden, become itchy or even bleed, seek medical advice as soon as possible. Such unusual-looking moles may be the cause of a type of skin cancer called malignant melanoma.
  1. Check you pee and poop: Our excretions can also tell us about the health of our intestines, our digestion and our level of hydration. Every stool color, for instance, indicates different dietary causes or even problems. For example, a yellow color indicates excess fats, due to a malabsorption disorder such as celiac disease. What is most worrying is finding black or red stools, which may signify stomach or intestinal bleeding. These call for prompt medical attention. Urine can also be checked for its color: A pale color signifies good health, whereas a dark yellow color might mean you’re dehydrated and need to increase your intake of water.
  1. Check your eyebrows: If you notice an unusual lack of thickness in your eyebrows, it could be that you are suffering from an underactive thyroid, which means that your thyroid gland is not producing enough hormones. You may need to speak to a doctor, especially if you are also gaining weight and feeling tired and/or depressed. A blood test should easily confirm this problem. If left untreated, it might lead to heart disease, the appearance of goiters, pregnancy complications and other health issues.
  1. Feel your stomach: Bloating in your stomach area can have a range of different causes, including menstruation, intolerance to dairy products, eating too fast, constipation, medical side-effects, and a typically common assumption – weight gain. However, did you know this could also be the cause of very serious health conditions? Ovarian cancer is one of them, and its symptoms also include nausea and persistent pain or cramps in the stomach or back. Speak to a doctor if you experience these in a severe way so you can treat it in its early stages. Reduce general stomach bloating by eating more slowly, consuming less carbonated drinks, and avoiding chewing gum and drinking through straws.
  1. Check your breathing: Have you been feeling more tired than usual after climbing up a flight of stairs? This can also be directly connected to your health. Doing some exercise can both act as a test for yourself and also as practice. Step-ups are mostly recommended because they elevate the heart rate and hence our breathing. For this exercise, you must find a relatively high step (not higher than your hips) and step up and down. Try doing 70 of these in three minutes and then put your fingers on your pulse to check it. If it’s over 100 and you’re still out of breath 10 minutes after the exercise, then you need to consider exercising more frequently. Lack of exercise can lead to serious diseases such as obesity, breast cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even early death.
  1. Check your activity level: The consequences for a sedentary lifestyle can be very serious, including deep vein thrombosis, colon cancer, osteoporosis, kidney stones and a Spinal disc herniation (slipped disc). Improve your lifestyle by adding regular physical activity to your routine, at least 2.5 hours a week.
  1. Look out for temperature changes in your body: Excess heat from the sun, stress, and eating very spicy food may cause flushing in the face – particularly redness in the cheeks and nose. This means that the blood vessels are dilating and this may not be a healthy sign, especially if you are a woman between 30 and 55. Cold conditions can be just as dangerous to our body if we aren’t prepared for them – frequently experiencing cold feet or hands indicates lack of circulation, which could lead to Raynaud’s disease (suffering from excessively reduced blood flow). So, make sure to take the necessary precautions before this becomes a risk!
  1. Girls – Inspect your nipples for signs of breast cancer: A well-known pointer that calls for a professional body check-up is having abnormalities in your nipples. Be on the look-out for inward-facing nipples as this could be a typical sign of breast cancer. If your nipples show any eczema, discharge or bloodstains, take action. Make sure to look out for these signs regularly when showering and find time to do regular exercise, eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, and drink less alcohol to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer.
  1. Examine your nails to look out for fungal infections: It is rather easy for toenails to get an infection and one of the obvious symptoms of this event is when the nail becomes discolored, thickens, or becomes brittle, causing discomfort in your feet. Keep your feet safe from this by checking them regularly, keeping them clean and dry from excess sweat due to the heat, using shoes that are just right for your feet and not too old, not trimming or picking the skin around the toenails, and avoid walking barefoot in public places. If you do suffer from an infected toenail, seek medical assistance and use antifungal spray or powder to treat it.

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.