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  • How to reduce chronic back pain?
    By Health Blog on May 17, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    Back pain is one of the health problems that are very difficult to deal with because no one can exactly say the origin of this problem. The intensity of pain varies from individual to individual. Our way of handling pain is also of a different nature. One may have the capacity to bear the pain whereas the same pain can be intolerable to the other person. All of us experience toothache, headache, and several other painful health problems in our lives. In short to handle pain is not an easy task and this article will advise you on how to handle chronic back problem.

    back pain

    back pain

    The term chronic suggests that it has come to stay with us and back problem that stays with us throughout is difficult to deal with. The solution lies in the way the problem is dealt with. You can enter a phase of depression thinking about your pain and the amount of trouble it is causing you.

    Prepare your mind: This can cause only harm to your body and mind as well. The best approach is to inculcate positive thoughts and register this fact in your mind that the pain is quite bearable and is not bothering you at all. But a person experiencing chronic back problem probably may not agree with you on this point saying that only the person undergoing the pain can know the trouble lying behind it.

    Stretch exercises: But I would like to defer on this point. You are ultimately what your thoughts make you. Exercise plays a dominant role in chronic back pain. Certain back exercises can stretch your muscles and this can prove to be an advantage to you as this enhances their strength. A person having chronic back pain may find it a Herculean task to exercise as it causes pain to him.

    Lack of exercise will only worsen the situation as the muscles become quite weak and then your slight movement can increase your pain. Chronic back pain should be handled in its initial stages and the person should click upon a solution to deal with his back problem.

    Never delay: Delays can increase your torture and make the pain unbearable. Your positive attitude towards life can help you take a step towards exercise and sort out many health problems.

    Medication: Medicines usually go a long way in treating chronic back disorders. Pain killers relieve you of your pain but they also carry a certain amount of addiction with them.

    Certain drugs should be consumed after much research on that particular medicine as you become immune to them and then the dosage of the medicine need to be increased to relieve you of pain. Stronger doses of any medicine can only carry an adverse impact with it on your body.

    Drowsiness sets in and your active life is adversely affected by it. Eventually your functioning of the brain becomes slow. Accelerate your positive thinking process and get hold of the right medicines with no side effects and get relief from chronic back disorders.

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  • Vitamins & Minerals
    By Health Blog on May 4, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    Have you seen people who got shorter as they aged? Do you remember the stories about sailors and scurvy where their gums would bleed?  What about people who are anemic and get short of breath easily?    All of these are examples that show the importance of vitamins and minerals.

    vitamins

    vitamins

    Vitamins and minerals are important for our bodies.  The cells in our bodies need vitamins and minerals to do their jobs correctly.  Vitamins and minerals help  with  wound  healing,  healthy  red  blood  cells,  bone  growth,  blood clotting,  breaking  down  food  properly,  and many  more  important  actions.  Remember  the  stories  about  sailors  and  scurvy  where  their  gums  would bleed?   That was from a lack of Vitamin C since they had a steady diet of salted pork on ships with no fruits or vegetables.

    Vitamin & mineral deficiencies can occur later in life.  It is important to eat a wide variety of foods in order to get all your vitamins & minerals.  Often, as we age, we start eating the same foods and limiting our variety.  We like certain foods and ignore those we don’t like. Losing teeth or developing acid reflux, intestinal problems, or other medical conditions can make eating some foods difficult or impossible.  Cooking some foods can also get more difficult as time goes by.

    To get all your vitamins and minerals, take these steps:

    • Eat a wide variety of foods, including lots of fruits & vegetables.
    • Take a multivitamin daily that is for your age group.  Centrum Silver is one example.
    • Talk to your doctor about whether you may be at risk for any vitamin/mineral deficiencies.
    • Do not take vitamins or minerals individually unless approved by your doctor.
    • Talk to your pharmacist to learn how your medications interact with vitamins and minerals.  Your pharmacist can also help determine what you should and should not be taking.

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  • How Glycemic index and heart diseases are related?
    By Health Blog on April 26, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    Most of us do not think of the foods we eat in terms of heart disease, except the obvious ones such as those high in cholesterol. Failing to recognize the potential for any food we consume to lead to heart disease is a dangerous idea to hold. Although carbohydrates that have a higher glycemic index will not on their own cause heart disease, when they are combined with other risk factors, the potential risk is increased by ten times. The highest potential risk lies in the fact that those who are not eating a healthy diet that includes carbohydrates that have a lower glycemic index are not likely to be eating other foods that are healthy.

    heart attack

    heart attack

    The greatest risk factors for heart disease include high cholesterol and high blood sugar (diabetes) both of which can be reduced with a healthy diet and an exercise. A healthy diet begins with one that is low in fat and cholesterol and includes low glycemic index carbohydrates such as whole grains and other complex carbohydrates. The importance of this lies in the fact that simple carbohydrates or those with a high glycemic index value are those that turn to sugar rather than energy and thus have the potential to cause diabetes. The combination of high blood sugar content and high cholesterol make for an unhealthy situation for the heart, and thus the potential for heart disease is increased.

    For many people, eating healthy is not something they are prone to do, and unless they grew up in a family where nutrition was stressed, they may not even know that what they are eating is bad for their health. This is especially true of those who do not suffer a weight problem because even though you may feel that because your weight is within normal range, your eating habits are healthy; this is not always the case. Quite often people who are within normal weight range are able to do so because they simply eat less of the foods they consume or they have a very high metabolism that allows them to burn calories quickly. Being within normal weight range does not guarantee that you will not develop diabetes or heart disease, though you may be less at risk than someone who is overweight. To avoid this possibility, follow a diet that is high in low glycemic index carbohydrates and high in whole grains and fruits and vegetables.

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  • Way to man’s heart is through his stomach!
    By Health Blog on April 24, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    There is always a lingering suspense involved with food, isn’t it? When we hear the age old maxims like ‘The way to man’s heart is through his stomach’, we don’t just pass them off candidly. After all, most of the good times- party, dates etc revolve around food. Sometimes, they do really make us wonder, what divine power does food have? Most religions have some sort of traditional ritual feast. The idea is to create intimacy banking on the x-factor of good food.

    Good Food cuts across through cultures and moods alike. Moreover, in this multi-cultural age, it is highly likely that we co-exist with people of different cultures. One keeps experimenting with the food of different cultures. This not only educates us about the different food habits, but it also gives us a chance to experiment with our taste buds. The Mexican, the continental and the Indian in the same breath!

    For some, cooking is a hobby. Home makers revel in the appreciation of their cooked food. The urge for appreciative nods drives them to find the right taste tinge. Many websites have come up to their help by providing the recipes to the most exclusive of dishes. It is almost a never ending process of trying and testing with different approaches. For most of the home makers, cooking balances between nutrient values and the taste touch. So it gets particularly awkward when it comes to cooking for party occasions. Party food ideas can really be a dicey thing. It is one thing to cook for a few, and it a totally different ball game together to come up with good ideas for party food.

    In general food provides the general indicator of any function’s success- be it a party or be it a marriage. Carefully investing time in picking up the right food for the particular occasion will pay rich dividends. A pre-requisite to good cooking is always judging the pulse of the people concerned. Good food is always a bliss- a joy which is never enough!

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  • What is bad breath and how it is caused?
    By Health Blog on April 24, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    Bad breath is one of the troubling and irritating health problems.Even though there several reasons for the occurrence of this problem but almost all cases of bad breath & taste disorders involve a group of anaerobic sulfur producing bacteria that live below the surface of the tongue, in the throat, and often in the tonsils (if present). They react to changes in their environment by producing odorous and lousy tasting Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSC’s), such as hydrogen sulfide (the rotten egg smell), methyl mercaptan (similar to the odor of old socks), and several other chemicals.

    bad breath

    bad breath

    The conditions that trigger bad breath and halitosis include, but are not limited to:

    •A dry mouth

    •Thick saliva

    •Excess mucus in the throat

    •Post nasal drip

    •A diet high in proteins (dairy foods, red meat, beans, etc.)

    •Smoking

    •Alcohol (in adult beverages or surprisingly in your mouthwash)

    •Hormonal changes

    •Medications which have dry mouth as a side-effect (anti-depressants, high blood pressure medications, anti-histamines, etc).

    •History of Diabetes

    •Special types of Diets (i.e. The Atkins Diet or other high protein diets)

    •Excessive use of “old-fashioned” oral products (containing alcohol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) – check your medicine cabinet now to see if you’re in this category.

    Although some cases of dry mouth are naturally occurring, most cases are caused by one of these factors; prescription medications that are usually prescribed for high blood pressure or depression, adult beverages and mouthwashes with alcohol in them When your mouth is drier, you have less saliva, among other soluble components. Saliva contains a healthy helping of Oxygen, which keeps your mouth healthy and fresh. These bacteria are anaerobic, which simply means that they will thrive and make more sulfur in the presence of little or no oxygen. Thus if you have less Saliva, you have less oxygen, thereby creating an anaerobic environment, perfect for the bacteria to produce more of these odorous and sour/bitter compounds.

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