Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Headaches Defined and Treatments that Actually Work

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Headaches are quite common. Everybody gets them, albeit some are more severe than others and some can indicate something more severe. Everyone has had them - sinus and allergy headaches, migraines, etc... This article will answer the questions of what causes them and how we should treat them.

Tension and allergy related headaches. When you feel pressure in your sinus areas or if you feel pressure around the top part of your head this is what you are experiencing. They are usually a dull bothersome ache that feels like a weight hanging from that area. They also tend to slow your reactions and make you lethargic. They can last from a few hours to a few days. Allergy headaches are usually associated with sneezing, stuffy nose, and can drain from one side to the other. Treatment for these headaches is similar - acetaminophnen (ibuprofen) usually works to reduce the severity of this headache. Also, Claritin works well for alergy related symptoms. For more severe tension headaches doctors have been known to use oxygen machines and a few injectable drugs that give a more immediate effect.

Migraines. These can be quite serious and are by far the most painful. They feel like a burst blood vessel or artery as they have a pulsing feel to them. They can be so painful that they can make you sick to your stomach (nausea), cause light sensativity and even virtigo. Migraines are quite prevalent and can also indicate something more severe like a brain tumor, a weakened blood vessel, abnormal changes in blood pressure and pH, etc... Repeated patterns of migraines or other headaches should be brought to the attention of your doctor for this reason. Your body many times will tell you when something is wrong and a abnormal or irregular headache or bodyache that has become chronic is a good indication that something may be off. It may be as simple as a hormonal imbalance, new stress, etc... Regardless, your doctor knows best and it should be brought to their attention. There are over the counter products that contain pain relievers and caffeine that may work. Doctors usually prescribe beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, and other various narcotics.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Good Carbs, Bad Carbs, Ugly Carbs - Carbohydrates in Your Diet

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Good carbs, bad carbs... What's the difference?

Good carbs, bad cards -- they're both carbohydrates. The short word for carbohydrates is "carbs." Carbs are organic compounds composed of hydrogen and oxygen (like water). Naturally, they are called carbohydrates. The abbreviation is CHO -- carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Together, the carbohydrates in your diet, proteins and fats comprise the three essential macronutrients your body needs for good health.

What do Carbohydrates do?

The most important carbohydrate is glucose, a simple sugar (monosaccaride) that is metabolized by nearly all known organisms. The human body, through aerobic respiration, metabolizes glucose and oxygen to release energy with carbon dioxide and water as byproducts. The brain and neurons generally cannot burn fat for energy, but can use glucose or ketones. Oxidation of 1 gram of carbohydrates yields approximately 4 kcal of energy -- hence we say 1 gram = 4 Calories (capital C means 1000).

The Good Carbs

Whole grains include the whole seeds, not just the refined flour inside the seed shell. The germ of the grain has lots of vitamins and minerals. Whole grains contain phytochemicals such as lignans, flavenoids and polyphenols. Most whole wheat products are brown in color. Fiber can't be digested, so it helps slow down digestion making you feel full. Multi-grain breads are good. Oats are rich in beta glucans which absorbs cholesterol. Buy 100% whole grain breads and 100% whole grain pastas.

The Bad Carbs

Nutritionally, all sugars are the same. White sugar, raw sugar and honey should be used as little as possible. Instead, rely on the naturally-occurring simple carbs in fruits and vegetables.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Healing Fibroids Naturally - How to Shrink Fibroids Without Surgery

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A few years ago now, I started to look for ways of healing fibroids naturally after being diagnosed with multiple fibroids-the largest of which was the size of a small melon. Indeed, my abdomen, according to my doctor, was the size of a seven month pregnancy!

We talked through all the surgical options and because of the size of the fibroids, a hysterectomy was recommended. I needed some time to think and research my options as there was no way I wanted to lose my uterus. Not only was I reluctant to undergo major surgery, but I was worried about the psychological and physical effects of losing part of my womanhood.

My avid research led me to a comprehensive system of treatment which promised to teach ways of healing fibroids naturally. I was naturally skeptical, but went forward with it because I was running out of options. I embraced the system and followed it rigorously. It required my to make various changes to my lifestyle and diet. In addition, there were herbs and supplements which were relevant in my particular case and I had to keep track of it all. In the early days, there were honestly times when I felt like giving up as although I felt less discomfort from my fibroids even in the early days of treatment, I could not see any progress in my quest to shrink fibroids. However, I persevered and after a couple of months, I began to notice subtle changes. My clothes were feeling slightly looser and I didn't look quite as bloated.

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Three months down the line, I went for a follow up scan. This was to be the time when I decided whether to press forward with my surgery or not. My doctor confirmed that the largest fibroid had indeed shrank slightly and said there was no harm in carrying on with the treatment. Within 9 months, I was more or less symptom-free and although they had not disappeared, my fibroids were of a completely manageable size and the system of healing fibroids naturally had worked.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Good Carbs? Bad Carbs? What the Heck?

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When talking on the topic of carbohydrates, the most frequently asked question would have to be 'What's the difference between good and bad carbs other than the name?'. Well here I am to help clear up a lot of that confusion.

Let's get one thing straight, on paper low carb diets do work. However I believe the main reason for this success is due to peoples inability to control their consumption of refined carbs - breads, pastas, cakes, candies, sweets etc. However, a reduction in these types of carbs will help you lose weight. Conversely if you continue to over eat these types of refined carbs you will find it nearly impossible to lose any weight - even if you exercise like a maniac. Your blood sugar levels, insulin levels and metabolism will all be poorer for it.

Even carbs that are seemingly 'healthy' are really calories that you are going to have to burn off, and to top it off these carbs are not going to give your body the nutrients it needs - Or if you will, a very small bang for your buck. Marketers have conditioned us to believe that most whole grain breads are indeed good for us. I tend to disagree, the reason being is that these products will contain refined flour, which will affect your bloody sugar levels. This has two outcomes, firstly your appetite is not appeased and secondly down the road you may be the proud owner of type two diabetes.

It is my opinion that most people struggling to lose weight would see better results by following the following rules:

Decrease your intake of grain based foods and eat more free range meats and dairy, an awful lot of vegetables - raw and cooked.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Heal Your Acne the Proven and Natural Way

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If you’re currently suffering from acne, you are not alone. Over 90% of people will have acne sometime in their lives. A high percentage of those will carry their acne condition into their adult lives.

Acne is mostly classified as a “personal problem”, meaning that it can have effects in your personal life. It can have a major affect on dating, relationships, self esteem, and many other nuances that make you who you are. While I agree that it does have a huge affect in these areas, for adults it can also be what I call a “professional problem”.

Since many people think that the only people who are constantly plagued by acne are teenagers, the thought of acne has been closely coupled with adolescence. When a professional business man or woman enters a room and is suffering from acne, he or she is looked upon as unprofessional, and all those traits that are normally associated with adolescence.

This is common human nature, and it is not your fault. While knowing it is not your fault provides very little comfort, you will be glad to know that there are things you can do to help your acne…right now!

Below is a small list of things that you can do to help rid yourself of acne. It is my philosophy that acne should be cured naturally, and believe me, there are definitely natural acne cures out there that work!

1. You should be using a chemical free skin cleanser every day. By cleaning your skin, you can help eliminate new blemishes from forming. Cleaning your skin every day is the best thing you can do to achieve healthy, acne free skin.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Heal Stretch Marks Through Safe and Natural Means

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First of all you should realize that you can't heal stretch marks in the blink of an eye. The marks on your skin are scars on the inner layer of your skin. Like any other scar, these streaks can resist attempts to remove them. This is even if you decide to aggressively attack them.

Some people have the mistaken notion for example that expensive clinic visits will do the trick. You can opt for laser therapy, dermabrasion or even surgery. In some people, these methods may work. In others however, they may only produce moderate results. The procedures may even be accompanied by risks and side effects that may be temporarily unpleasant at the very least or damaging at the worst. This is why you may prefer to heal stretch marks naturally.

Natural means are safer than aggressive methods. Most ingredients used for stretch mark conditions in particular are safe as long as they are used correctly. Even pregnant women may use some natural products as indicated on product packet instructions. In any case, if aggressive means do not work completely, wouldn't you rather avoid possible side effects by using safe solutions?

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There are two major types when it comes to natural solutions. You can use home remedies directly or you can use a product with natural ingredients. These can help nourish, rejuvenate, repair and promote the general health of your skin.

There is still no guarantee that natural means can heal stretch marks completely. Nonetheless, they seem to offer a genuine chance for healthy and safe healing.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Good Carbs, Bad Carbs - How Do I Choose?

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Carbohydrate Food Selection

This is rather a controversial topic. The popular diet plans in the market have contributed confusion among the consumers when it comes to including carbohydrates (carbs) in the diet. The consumers are often faced with a challenge in their selection of carbohydrate foods where they either don't know what to consume and what to avoid or are perplexed with whether or not to consume carbohydrate foods at all.

Carbohydrates have been providing energy to the human body since the beginning of the evolution. In other words, our human bodies have adapted to consume carbohydrate foods for millions of years. Therefore, an avoidance of carbohydrate from our diet would not be ideal. However, a precaution needs to be taken for the selection of good carbs over the bad carbs.

Good Carbs

The sources of good carbs are whole grains like rice, wheat, oat, barley, whole grain cereals, whole grain breads, fruits, vegetables, etc. The good carb foods are generally low in sugar, fat and salt - the three main enemies of good health. The good carb foods like fruits contain a complex form of sugar that is not so readily absorbed in the human body and thereby keeps your blood sugar levels low. The good carb foods are also in general high in fiber. Therefore, replacing the carbohydrate portion of your daily diet with these good carbs would be a step towards better health.

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Bad Carbs

They are mainly derived from processed foods and sweet snacks and desserts, such as, candies, cookies, chips, doughnuts, brownies, Danish, etc. Their sugar content is very high. Some of these foods may also be high in fat, salt and overall calories. These bad foods, in addition to being high in calories, are burned quickly by the body and make you hungry again. Unfortunately, the foods available in the western world are abundant in bad carbs. It has also to do somewhat with the western culture. For example, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners would not be complete without pies and cakes, the spirit of the month of Christmas is incomplete if homemade cookies are missing, and taking candies out of Halloween and Ester is like taking a fish out of water. So over the time, people in the western world have gotten accustomed to consuming foods high in these sugary foods. A big part of this trend is contributed by the processed food industry.