Archive for November, 2013

Diet for a healthy pregnancy

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

A pregnant woman needs to ensure that her diet provides enough nutrients and energy for her baby to develop and grow properly, and also to make sure that her body is healthy enough to deal with the changes that are occurring.
For a healthy pregnancy, the mother’s diet needs to be balanced and nutritious – this involves the right balance of proteins, carbohydrates and fats, and consuming a wide variety of vegetables and fruits. If you are pregnant and your diet may be impacted by ethical beliefs, religious requirements, or health conditions, you should check with your doctor.
The mother should follow a varied, balanced, and nutritious diet, and it must include:
Fruit and vegetables – she should aim for five portions of fruit and/or veggies per day. They may be in the form of juice, dried, canned, frozen, or fresh produce usually have higher vitamin and other nutrient content. Experts stress that eating fruit is usually better for you than just drinking the juice.
Starchy carbohydrate-rich foods – including potatoes, rice, pasta, and bread.
Protein – good animal-sourced proteins include fish, lean meat and chicken, as well as eggs. Vegan mothers should consider the following foods as good sources of protein. Beans, lentils, legumes, nuts, seeds and nut butters are also good sources of protein. (Beans, lentils and legumes are also rich in iron)
Eating seafood reduces anxiety during pregnancy – British and Brazilian researchers that pregnant women who regularly ate seafood had lower levels of anxiety compared to their counterparts who did not.
Fats – should not make up more than 30% of a pregnant woman’s daily calories. Researchers from the different Universities state that a high-fat diet may genetically program the baby for future diabetes.
Good nutrition during pregnancy, and enough of it, is very important for your baby to grow and develop. You should consume about 300 more calories per day than you did before you became pregnant.

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Monday, November 25th, 2013

 

 

Symptoms and Prevent Achalasia

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Achalasia, literally ‘failure to relax’, is characterized by uncoordinated, non-progressive contraction within the esophageal body. There is derangement of the neuromuscular mechanism responsible for the normal working of the cardiac sphincter which fails to relax when food reaches it. Achalasia presents with Dysphagia as the primary symptom. As the disease progresses the esophagus dilates proximal to the obstructing LOS, and can harbor large volumes of food, which may be regurgitated or even aspirated if it doesn’t pass distally. Patients often lose weight as the symptoms progress. Dysphagia in Achalasia is variable and can occur to solids and liquids. Patients may be able to assist esophageal emptying by employing manoeuvres such as straightening up or lifting their arms.
Treatment of achalasia is aimed at decreasing the resting pressure in the lower esophageal sphincter to a level at which the sphincter no longer impedes the passage of ingested material. This can be accomplished by mechanical disruption of the muscle fibers of the LES (eg, pneumatic dilation or surgical myotomy) or by biochemical reduction in LES pressure (eg, injection of botulinum toxin, oral nitrates, or calcium channel blockers)

Get rid of diabetes

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Diabetes is the condition that results from lack of insulin in a person’s blood, or their body has a problem using the insulin it produces (Insulin resistance). There are other kinds of diabetes, like diabetes insipidus. However, when people say “diabetes”, they usually mean diabetes mellitus. People with diabetes mellitus are called “diabetics”. Glucose is not regular sugar that is available in stores and supermarkets. Glucose is a natural carbohydrate that our bodies use as a source of energy. The kind of sugar sold in supermarkets is called sucrose, and is much different from glucose. High concentrations of glucose can be found in soft drinks and fruits. Glucose level in the blood is controlled by several hormones. Hormones are chemicals in your body that send messages from cells to other cells. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas. When you eat, the pancreas makes insulin to send a message to other cells in the body. This insulin tells the cells to take up glucose from the blood. The glucose is used by cells for energy. Extra glucose that is not needed right away is stored in some cells as glycogen. When you are not eating, cells break down glycogen into glucose to use as energy.
Type 1 diabetes mellitus
Type 1 diabetes mellitus happens when the part of the pancreas that makes insulin is destroyed by that person’s own immune system. When the pancreas does not make insulin, glucose – sugar – in the blood cannot get into the parts of the body that need sugar to live. In order to live, a person with Type 1 diabetes must take insulin for the rest of their life. They need to check their blood sugar level on a regular basis, often, many times each day. Type 1 diabetes happens most of the time in younger people, however it can occur in adults, although this is much less common. About 1 out of every 10 people with diabetes have Type 1 Diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Type 2 diabetes mellitus is an illness very different from Type 1 diabetes. In Type 2 diabetes, the person makes insulin, but either the insulin does not work in that person’s body as it should, or they do not make enough insulin to process the glucose. When insulin does not work as it should, glucose (sugar) in the blood cannot get into the parts of the body that need sugar. Type 2 diabetes happens most of the time in an older person who is overweight.
Gestational diabetes
Gestational diabetes mellitus is like Type 2 diabetes. It happens to some women when they are pregnant.
Other types of diabetes include but are not limited to: Latent autoimmune diabetes of adults (LADA)
Maturity onset diabetes of the young (MODY)
The goal of treatment for diabetes is to maintain blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible. There are three basic treatments:

1. Diet: Changes in diet to be 30 percent fat (mostly monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat), 40-55 percent carbohydrates (high fiber, low glycemic index) and 15 percent protein. The distribution of carbohydrates and calories throughout the day are important, as well as limiting total calories to achieve a near ideal body weight. These changes will lower blood glucose and lipid levels.
2. Exercise: Exercise burns calories and muscle glycogen, which lowers blood glucose. Exercise decreases insulin resistance, which allows insulin to normally manage glucose levels.
3. Medications:
- Oral medications reduce blood glucose levels by:
1. Improving insulin release from the pancreas,
2. Reducing the available glucose
3. Decreasing insulin resistance.

Get Rid of dandruff

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Dandruff is the shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. As skin cells die a small amount of flaking is normal. Some people, however, experience an unusually large amount of flaking either chronically or as a result of certain triggers which can also be accompanied by redness and irritation. Dandruff is a common scalp disorder affecting almost half of the population at the post-pubertal age and of any gender and ethnicity. It often causes itching. It has been well established that keratinocytes play a key role in the expression and generation of immunological reactions during dandruff formation. The severity of dandruff may fluctuate with season as it often worsens in winter. Most cases of dandruff can be easily treated with specialized shampoos.
washing your hair every day with a dandruff shampoo until the flakes subside, and then continuing to wash your hair with the anti-dandruff shampoo 2-3 per week.Excessive shampooing, especially with harsher chemicals, such as lauryl sulfate, can irritate the scalp and dry it out, causing more dandruff. To help prevent dandruff, brush your hair after you shower and shampoo. Avoid stress and stressful situations. Stress can cause dandruff, so try to exercise your stress away or deal with your stress in other healthy, effective ways.
An infusion of thyme, nettle or sage with 2 tablespoons of vinegar can be used as a final rinse. To make an infusion, fresh or dried herbs can be used in loose or tea-bag form.Warm a teapot and put in 1 dessert spoon of herb for each cup required. Pour in a cup of boiling water for each cup of tea; allow to steep for 10-15 minutes, then wash out the yogurt into a dish and add the remainders for a healthier scalp.Replace your shampoo with a handful of baking soda. Baking soda is used in a wide variety of ways, and is reputed to work as a natural dandruff remover.Wait for the baking soda to work its magic. After two weeks of your baking soda shampoo, your scalp should begin producing natural oils, leaving the skin on your head moisturized and dandruff-free.Clean your brush regularly in vinegar.If you keep getting flakes, you might have scalp psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis. See a dermatologist for tips.
Wash hair with tea tree oil shampoo and dry immediately afterwards. Never leave your hair to towel dry either.Do not scratch your head. Scratching makes the problem worse.Don’t pick at the scalp, it irritates it and makes it sore, causing the dandruff to increase. Massage your scalp with tea tree oil after having a shower to give your hair some extra oils.Don’t itch your scalp. It will only make it spread to other parts of your hair.Put a little bit of baby powder onto the scalp (where the flaky bits are) and use a small toothed comb to comb the dandruff out.

Remedies for Migraine Headaches

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Migraine is a disorder characterized by repeated attacks of severe headache. A migraine headache causes throbbing or pulsating pain, usually on only one side of the head. These headaches are often associated with nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound; they generally last between four hours and three days. Migraine headaches, which are often misdiagnosed as sinus or tension headaches, are severe enough to interfere with sleep, work, and other everyday activities. They may occur as often as several times per week or as rarely as once or twice a year. During a migraine, the temporal artery, an artery that lies outside the skull and just under the temple, enlarges or dilates. This enlargement stretches the nerves that are coiled around the temporal artery and causes them to release chemicals that can cause inflammation, pain, and even greater enlargement of the artery. As the artery grows larger, the pain becomes worse. Both migraine and tension headaches plague women more than men. In fact, 70 percent of migraine sufferers are women. This may be due to hormone fluctuations brought on by menstruation or menopause. Migraines do not always require a prescribed or over the counter medicine. Migraines can be cured, or at the least lessened, by using folk remedies. More commonly called alternative medicine, home remedies are not complex chemical compounds but rather common sense and know-how. There is inexpensive forms of relief from migraine headaches. One that is packaged on the open market is ice wraps. The store bought type is meant to be placed on the forehead or neck of the migraine victim. This originated with the homemade version of ice wraps. Wet a towel liberally, then squeeze, not wring, some of the water out. Fold until the towel can easily be placed in the freezer. Leave in for about five minutes or until the towel begins to stiffen up. Unfold the towel and refold, trying to place the frozen section towards the middle and the wet sections toward the outside. When the towel is reasonably frozen, place around the head and eyes. Another home remedy is salt consumption. If the migraine is in the starting stages, a snack of Fritos corn chips, fries covered with large amounts of salt or any other very salty food will calm the attack. Sometimes this calm before the storm is the end, sometimes it is not. However, this calm period does provide you with time to prepare the frozen towel treatment. This next treatment requires a second person. In a darkened quiet room, relax as someone massages your scalp. Massage the head, but not the temples. Another form is to be massaged with the ice towel wrap on the head and eyes. Ten minutes of massage should do the trick, if not then it is time for something else.A good way to relieve the headache is to prevent it. Close scrutiny can uncover patterns, such as getting a migraine attack after eating certain foods or after not getting enough sleep. Some people may find that the attack is caused from bright or flashing lights, loud noise or even stress. Defining the cause is a giant step in controlling and relieving migraine headache attacks. Not all migraine attacks are treatable with home remedies. If you are suffering and these tips do not help, then there is treatment medicines that can be purchased. If you are suffering many headaches, or are receiving no relief from over the counter medicines, please consult your doctor for medical care.

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Thursday, November 14th, 2013


 

Treatments for Thyroid Problems

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Your doctor can diagnose hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism by testing the levels of thyroid hormones in your blood. Doctors measure hormones secreted by the thyroid itself, as well as thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), a chemical released by the pituitary gland that triggers hormone production in the thyroid.
When you are hypothyroid, higher quantities of TSH are circulating in your blood as your body attempts to increase production of thyroid hormones. The reverse is true with hyperthyroidism, in which TSH levels are below normal and circulating thyroid-hormone levels are high.
For thyroid disorders stemming from the over- or under-production of thyroid hormones, both conventional and alternative treatments offer varied methods to restore hormone levels to their proper balance. Conventional treatments rely mainly on drugs and surgery. Alternative treatments attempt to relieve some of the discomfort associated with thyroid problems, or to improve the function of the thyroid gland through approaches ranging from diet supplements and herbal remedies to lifestyle changes and special exercises.

Remedies for ‘Asthma’ – Home Remedies

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Asthma is a chronic lung disease characterized by a decreased ability to breathe easily. The flow of air in and out of the lungs is obstructed in the airways that carry air to the air sacs deep inside the lung. The larger airways (bronchi), branches into smaller airways (bronchioles), which may be obstructed by tightening of muscles, irritation or swelling in the airways, and accumulation of mucous thereby resulting in asthma. Asthma can either be acute or chronic. Symptoms associated with asthma are coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness.

Common Causes of Asthma
•Allergy to pollen, dust mites
•Air pollution
•Respiratory infections
•Non-specific hyperirritability
•Sulfites in food
•Certain medication
Home Remedies for Asthma

Mix 1 tsp honey with ½ tsp cinnamon powder. Consume just before sleeping.

Boil 8-10 cloves of garlic in ½ cup of milk. Have at night. Good for early stages of asthma.

Figs are good for draining phlegm. Wash 3-4 dry figs with water. Soak in 1 cup of water. Eat these on an empty stomach and drink the water that the figs were soaked in also. Do not eat anything else for an hour at least. Do this for 2 months.

Add 1 tsp of honey in very hot water and sip slowly. Take this just before sleeping to remove phlegm from the throat.

In 1 cup of water soak 1 tspn of Fenugreek seeds overnight. Strain. Add 1 tspn of Ginger juice and 1 tspn of honey to this. This should be taken morning and evening.

Remedies for toot decay, cavity

Saturday, November 9th, 2013