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NATURAL REMEDIES FOR STOMACH ULCER

What Are Stomach Ulcers?

Many people confuse peptic ulcers with heartburn, but they are far from alike despite having similar symptoms. Ulcers consist of tiny open sores that develop on the inner lining of the stomach and small intestine, causing excruciating pain.

What Causes Stomach Ulcers?

Helicobacter pylori is the main bacterial infection that triggers stomach ulcers. Helicobacter pylori develops from certain medications, poor dietary lifestyle and stomach acid buildup.

What Are the Symptoms Associated with Stomach Ulcers?

The most common symptoms attributed to ulcers are burning pains that begin at the top of your chest, eventually reaching your midriff. You can also experience sharp pains that keep you awake at night. There are also pains that occur two to three hours after eating, which may provoke mild nausea. These pains generally go away after vomiting.

Food and Beverages to Avoid With Stomach Ulcers:

• Coffee – Coffee stimulates acid production and can cause severe indigestion problems.

• Alcohol – Alcohol can irritate and erode the lining of the stomach and small intestine, triggering ulcers.

• Spicy Foods – Certain peppers found in dishes, such as Mexican chili, can trigger heartburn in a flash. Avoid spicy foods as much as possible, because they stimulate acid reflux buildup and gastrointestinal pains.

Natural Treatments for Stomach Ulcers

  1. Cabbage Juice – Cabbage is packed with an abundance of natural anti-oxidant properties that help prevent stomach ulcers. Cabbage contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, K and folate, all essential for treating acid reflux and fighting cancer.
  1. Zinc Carnosine – Zinc-Carnosine is used to treat stomach ulcers and other gastrointestinal problems. The function of the Zinc-Carnosine is to repair damaged tissues and heal ulcer wounds. Recommended Dosage: Use for eight weeks, with a daily dose of 75mg in divided doses.
  1. Probiotics – Probiotics improve intestinal functions and help fend off Helicobacter pylori. They are also used to prevent other gastric disorders, such as diarrhea and inflammatory bowel disease, from occurring. Recommended Dosage: Take a probiotic of 1 to 2 million CFUs daily.
  1. Glutamine – Glutamine significantly reduces the amount of inflammation brought on by a Helicobacter pylori infection. Glutamine supplements can be purchased at any local health store.

Recommended Dosage: Take 2 grams of glutamine daily for stomach ulcers.

  1. Ginger Root – Ginger limits the harmful helicobacter pylori from acting up. Add several slices of fresh ginger roots to hot water, and drink the ginger mixture approximately 20 minutes or so before each meal for a quick soothing remedy.
  1. Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice Powder (DGL) – DGL can work wonders for peptic ulcers. They protect the inner lining of your small intestine and stomach.

Recommended Dosage: Suggested dose is 200 to 400 mg daily dissolved in 200 ml warm water.

  1. Astaxanthin – These powerful antioxidants help protect the gastrointestinal or GI tract and reduce symptoms of acid reflux. The free radical scavenging activity of astaxanthin also combats against Helicobacter pylori bacterial infection.

Recommended Dosage: Suggested daily dose is 40 mg.

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FLAX – A MUST-HAVE FOOD IN YOUR DIET

Get to know Flax.

Primarily, flax contains alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid. ALA falls under the subheading of polyunsatured fat.

  • Regulates healthy cholesterol level: Flax oil is rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6, and regulates cholesterol levels in the body.
  • Promotes a healthy heart: Laden with fatty acids, these flax oil promotes healthy artery functioning and prevent heart-related problems. The presence of these acids in flax oil also aids in reducing inflammation and blood clotting, as well as promoting overall heart health.
  • Helps reduce the risk of cancer: Flaxseed oil is high in antioxidants and helps prevent healthy cells from turning into cancerous cells. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the risk of developing various forms of cancer.
  • Boosts digestive health: Loaded with soluble fiber, flaxseed helps to regulate digestion by improving the absorption of nutrients. The laxative properties further smoothen the digestion process.
  • Constipation: 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds has been shown in research studies to alleviate constipation.
  • Menopause: 4 tablespoons of flaxseeds per day can halve the amount of hot flashes in post-menopausal women.
  • Improves overall brain health: Enriched with Omega 3 fatty acids, flaxseed helps to promote and regulate overall brain health. Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 acid present in these capsules, is especially linked to good brain health.
  • Provides skin and hair benefits: The omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed oil contribute towards strengthening hair and reducing hair fall. In addition, these acids help in promoting overall skin health by keeping skin hydrated, smooth and moisturized along with preventing pollutants to enter our skin pores.

How to add Flax into your diet?

  • Combine ground flax with cinnamon and use as a dip for fruit (like apples) or berries
  • Mix ground flax in milkshakes, cereal or salads
  • Add ground flax to salad dressing
  • Sprinkle on cooked vegetables
  • Add ground flax to hummus or nut butter
  • Add to recipes like pancakes, bars, cookies, muffins


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LATEST NEWS: MEASLES OUTBREAK AMONG UNVACCINATED

From January 1 to July 14, 2018, 107 people from 21 states (Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington) and the District of Colombia were reported to have measles.

Per CDC: The majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated. Measles is still common in many parts of the world including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa. Travelers with measles continue to bring the disease into the U.S. Measles can spread when it reaches a community in the U.S. where groups of people are unvaccinated.


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SINUS ACCUPRESSURE POINTS

SINUSES:

The sinuses are a connected system of hollow cavities in the skull. The largest sinus cavities are about an inch across. Others are much smaller.

  • Your cheekbones hold your maxillary sinuses (the largest).
  • The low-center of your forehead is where your frontal sinuses are located.
  • Between your eyes are your ethmoid sinuses.
  • In bones behind your nose are your sphenoid sinuses.

Follow these 6 simple pressure points to relieve your sinus pressure/pain.

All of these massages will have a positive effect on reducing the clogging of your sinuses, which are the air pockets located within the bones that surround your nose.

1. Between your eyebrows

Location: Between the eyebrows, higher than the nose bridge, where your eyebrow ridges meet. And this is where you will be focusing.

Directions: Simply press or tap on this amazing pressure point for about one minute..

Results: This will have your mucus secreting as it should be, meaning your sinuses won’t dry up and get inflamed. It will relieve pressure from your frontal sinuses. This massage can keep colds and rhinitis at bay too. Taping a little bead of plastic or glass on this point will even help you nod off at night if you have trouble doing so. Other results you could see are improved concentration and even intuition. This point helps activate a region of your brain that reduces nervous tension.. It can even help with the regeneration of the skin around your eyes and mouth.

2. The sides of your nostrils

Location: Right to the side of your nostrils.

Directions: Press both sides at the same time with two fingers positioned 90 degrees in relation to the face.

Results: This will relieve cheek pain and will also better drain your sinuses. This massage relieves pressure from your jaw or maxillary sinuses, increasingly circulation flow there. This point is also a key area in helping stave off respiratory illnesses.

3. Your nose bridge

Location: At the top of your nose where it joins the eyebrow ridge.

Directions: Press inwards and upwards simultaneously. It is possible to hold this pressure for up to 5 minutes. But first you should experiment with briefer periods.

Results: Many of us instinctively put pressure on this point when we have a headache, that is because this point helps relieve pressure behind your eyes. By doing so it can also wake your eyes up.

4. Beneath your cheeks

Location: The base of your cheekbone.

Directions: Trace with your finger along your cheek bone until you find the spot which feels tender as you press inside against the cheek.

Results: This pressure point effects a release of pressure from all of your sinuses and eustachian tubes. If you feel pressure or pain in the maxillary sinuses, cheeks or mouth (e.g. toothache) this will be a great remedy.

5. At the philtrum

Location: Right under your nose above the small groove on your upper lip.

Directions: Against your nose’s base push inwards and upwards.

Results: If you push here for a long enough time you can stop your sneezes and even allergic reactions from occurring, should you feel them about to erupt. Even after a couple of seconds your sinuses will begin draining down your throat, if you are a bit clogged up.

6. Your eyebrows

Location: This is an area, rather than a point, which follows your eyebrow’s ridge.

Directions: Using your thumbs press upwards and gradually move out.

Results: If you feel pressure behind your eyes, this shiatsu massage will relieve it.


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DEALING WITH IN-GROWN TOE NAIL

1. Soak Your Toe

To relieve the soreness, soak your foot in a bucket of warm (not hot) water mixed with a tablespoon or two or Epsom salt. Leave your foot soaking for about five to ten minutes. Soak once or twice a day for the best results.

2. Apply Ointment

If your nail has already broken the skin, or is close to doing so, apply antibiotic ointment, like Neosporin, to prevent infection. It is best to apply the ointment after you have soaked the foot as outlined above. Make sure to cover the toenail properly after applying the ointment. If you will be wearing open-toed shoes, make sure to apply a bandage to keep the toenail safe from infection.

3. Don’t Play the Surgeon

Do not try to take the toenail out. By playing with it, you risk infection in the nail and skin. If the nail is deep enough down, you may need to see a podiatrist. If the nail is still very painful, place a small piece of cotton under the nail to help raise it off the skin.

4. Trim Your Nails Properly

This is the first step in preventing ingrown toenails. When you are trimming your toenails, get in the habit of cutting them straight across and not in curved shapes. If the corners of the nail are too sharp, file them down with a nail file. Also, make sure that you don’t cut your nails too short. When you stand up, the weight of your body places pressure on your feet, which pushes up the skin in front of the toenail, producing an ingrown toenail.

5. Wear the Right Socks

It is more important than you think to wear the right socks. If the nail has already cut into the skin, wear only white socks. This is because the color dyes used in hosiery and colored socks can run and leak into the wound, causing further complications especially if you are allergic or sensitive to dyes.

6. Buy New Shoes

An ingrown toenail may be a sign that you need new shoes. Make sure that you buy shoes that fit you well, which do not pinch your toes. For women, it is best to avoid high heels because this will exacerbate the wound. If you must, wear a lower heel so that you are not putting so much pressure on your toes.

7. Wear Sandals

If your ingrown toenail has already progressed and it is very painful, try wearing sandals for a few days if you can. This will give your toe the room it needs to heal.


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A SHORT GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapists use essential oils and create unique oil combinations to promote the healing process and stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself. The idea behind this therapy is that each ingredient in an essential oil, made from herbs, plants, flowers or spices, carries the life force of the ingredient’s origin. This practice is commonly used in combination with other alternative medicine practices.

Ayurveda

This is an ancient Hindu medicinal practice, which works with the 5 elements (ether, fire, air, water, and earth) to achieve a balance of energy within the body. This holistic approach investigates how the body interacts with the 5 elements and finds the strong and weak points in the body in relation to each element. The Ayurveda practitioner looks at a patient’s whole life and suggests lifestyle changes to improve the healthy elements of the body to encourage the body to heal.

Acupuncture

An acupuncturist works to tap strategic points in the body to balance the flow of the body’s energy. The tapping stimulates nerves, muscles, and connective tissues. This treatment is perceived as scary and off-putting by many because of its use of needles. Fans of this therapy say that the practitioners insert them quickly and you barely feel the needles. Acupuncture works to reduce and relieve chronic pain.

Homeopathy

A homeopathic doctor is similar in manner to a general physician but seeks to treat the cause of ill health and not mask symptoms. They seek a more complete picture, enquiring how symptoms are affecting patients, about relationships in their lives, sleeping patterns, eating habits and mental capacity. Homeopaths make use of natural ingredients to strengthen the body’s natural defense system so that the body can heal itself. They also use natural techniques to avoid the negative side-effects often associated with pharmaceutical medication.

Naturopathy

A naturopathic doctor is concerned with treating the whole body and offers a proactive and preventive approach to health. They will work with a patient to make adjustments to their lives that will lead to health and encourage adoption of healthy lifestyle choices. Their customized approach focused on natural treatment techniques.

Reiki

A Reiki master transfers energy to encourage healing and this is done using their hands, a technique known as palm healing. This natural and spiritual practice believes that low energy can make one vulnerable to physical or mental illness while high energy enables one to thrive in life. Reiki treatments are also effective in reducing stress, which can drain the body of energy.

Reflexology

This practice uses application of pressure to specific areas on the hands, feet and sometimes ears, to reduce pain, anxiety and stress in other parts of the body. Each point is said to communicate with organs and other parts of the body and pressure to these areas can cause a reaction that helps with the flow of energy in the body.


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HAVE GLASSES? SIMPLE EYE EXERCISES TO LOWER POWER

1. Regulate blood circulation in your eyes by blinking for two minutes.

2. Maintain blood circulation by rotating your head from right to left, then up and down. Keep your gaze fixed.

3. Look to your right, then slowly move your gaze to the left. Slowly repeat on the opposite side.

4. Close your eyes and relax. The darkness is believed to help strengthen the photoreceptor cells in your eyes, maintaining clear vision.

5. Move your gaze in various directions. Look right to left, up and down. Then rotate your eyes in a circular motion. Complete your exercises by drawing a figure eight.

6. Relax your eye muscles, while increasing blood circulation to your eyes by closing your eyes tight for three to five seconds, then open them.

7. With your fingers, lightly push against your temples. Keep this pressure for around two seconds, and repeat the exercise four to five times.

8. While keeping your eyes open, draw simple geometric figures with your gaze..

9. Keep your eyes closed and gently move your eyeballs up and down, repeating this exercise five to ten times.

10. The below exercise will strengthen your vision:

Sit or stand in front of a white wall and place your thumb about 10 inches in front of your face. Focus on your thumb for 10 to 15 seconds.

Next, focus on an object that is 10-20 feet in front of you without moving your head. Keep your gaze focused for 10 to 15 seconds.

Bring your gaze back to your thumb, holding for 10 to 15 seconds.

Practice this exercise for a total of five times.