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Category Archives: Health

Eat To Beat Common Cold

1. Garlic. While not classed as food, if you add garlic to as many dishes as you do eat, you will be much better off. Garlic is a potent immune booster and can also help kill unwanted infections in your body as well. Garlic kills unwanted viruses and bacteria thanks to the level of allicin it contains: allicin is an active component that offers antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.

2. Sweet Potatoes. To help give you an energizing boost, sweet potatoes should be your go-to. You do need to eat some carbs while trying to beat a cold even if you aren’t very active right now; it’s these carbs that will give you the energy you need to fight the infection.

Sweet potatoes are great because not only will they help to keep your blood sugar levels stable, but also they’re also a very rich source of vitamin A, which is essential for maintaining your mucosal surfaces. Since these mucosal surfaces are your first defense against infection, they’ll help prevent any further unwanted viruses or bacteria from entering your body.

3. Kale. Preparing yourself a kale salad is another excellent idea when you are down with the common cold. Kale is very rich in vitamin C content, which plays a crucial role in restoring a healthy immune system.

A high intake of vitamin C while you are suffering from a cold can help you lower the overall duration of your cold, helping you get back to feeling better.

4. Chicken Noodle Soup. Finally, the old saying is true: “chicken noodle soup can cure a cold.” The hot liquid will help soothe your sore throat as well as clear up some of the congestion. The recovery is thanks to the fact the hot liquid will raise your internal body temperature which helps loosen mucus secretions in your airways.

About Baby Cold

Cold:
Since your baby’s immune system is still unseasoned he is extremely vulnerable to the cold pathogens. Sneezing and coughing by infected people leaves germs in the air which can create havoc with the little creature’s immune system, also it can spread via physical contact with the infected person or surfaces.
Symptoms: sneezing, sore throat, runny nose and difficulty is swallowing.

Cough:
Cough can be a serious or trivial condition depending on the baby’s age. If your tot is less than 4 months old, then it can be something to worry about, specially in winters, as it could be some dangerous viral infection. For baby older than a year cough is less distressing as it can be due to a common cold or at times body’s reflex action to clear the throat and nasal airways.

Flu
The flu or the influenza virus is airborne, highly contagious and spreads in much the same way as the common cold. If flu is widespread in your community then you need to watch out for the symptoms more cautiously. More often than not, flu can be easily identified by the doctor,however in some cases tests maybe needed, specially is your baby is prone to other chronic health problems like asthma, heart disease or HIV. Also, for little ones between the ages of 0-5 immunization against influenza is highly recommended.
Symptoms: Fever above 101 degree F, chills, muscle aches, headache, dry cough and runny nose.

Use Blood Glucose Monitors

1) Open the package with extreme caution.

2) Make sure that you have washed your hands with mild soap before proceeding further.

3) Take out the lancing device, glucose monitoring strips and the blood glucose monitor.

4) Insert a fresh (unused) lance in the lancing device. Now you need to set it to 3, which is usually achieved by rotating the base. Prime it.

5) Insert the code chip into the receptacle.

6) Once you’re done, turn on the device and wait till a code appears on the digital display. If no code appears, it means that the monitor and test strip is not synchronized properly.

7) Take out an unused glucose strip and be ready with it. Hold the lancing device vertically on the tip of your finger and release the trigger. A fine and tiny hole will be punctured in your skin. If you can’t see a small drop of blood, you might press around the area till you can.

8) Switch on the blood glucose monitor and pause until the blood icon flashes. After that, sweep the end of the glucose strip athwart the drop of blood.

9) Insert the glucose strip into the receptacle and wait for the results.

10) Note down the reading and remove the used lance as well as the glucose strip. Discard them. Turn off the device and keep it in a safe place.

Cure Psoriasis

1. Flax Seed Oil: Taking a regular dose of flax seed oil or even fish oil has been known to help people with this condition. You will want to begin taking at least 1500 mg per day of fish oil.

2. Detergent: There are certain detergents that can be extremely harsh and cause your psoriasis to continue breaking out and become inflamed. Avoid detergents that contain any type of harsh chemicals and perfumes and begin using detergents that are geared for children to wash your clothing.

3. Diet: Unfortunately, we all know that most of us do not eat enough of the right types of food. In fact, most of us do not realize that we a lot of junk; if you are currently suffering from this skin condition then you may want to begin eating more green raw vegetables that will be better for your body and provide it with the nutrients and vitamins that it needs.

4. Vitamin D: Chances are your body may not be getting enough Vitamin D to help fight off this skin condition. If you attempt to avoid the sun every day; begin spending at least 30 minutes each day outside in the sun. The sunlight is a great way to provide your skin with the Vitamin D that it requires.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar: If you notice that your skin is extremely itchy and you want to scratch; then applies some apple cider vinegar directly to the psoriasis. This is extremely helpful for relieving the itching; you will want to begin with 10 parts apple cider vinegar and 90 parts distilled water to get the best effects.

6. Stress: We have already discussed that it is extremely important that you begin avoiding any type of stress in your life. Stress has been known to trigger this condition and can easily cause it to spread to other parts of your body.

So the best thing to do is make a plan for your own self. Maps out things which help you cure psoriasis naturally, stick to your plan, and whenever you think about quitting remind yourself that why you started all this. Psoriasis up till now is a disease with no permanent cure available. But you can fight a way out of it and live a healthy life.

Remedy for Nail Fungus

Hence everyone needs to be cautious about this painful ailment and if it cannot be prevented at all, then it is more likely that the patients will look out for some easy home remedies for quick relief, rather than the expensive medicines and ointments prescribed by the doctors for its cure.

So hereby, some easily available home remedies are discussed which are sure to be beneficial for the patients suffering from nail fungus.

Application of garlic juice and vinegar – Garlic is always considered as a very effective herbal treatment for any kind of fungal infection, due to its anti fungal quality. Hence, when few cloves of garlic are crushed to make a paste and mixed with a little amount of white vinegar, this mixture makes a wonderful remedy for nail fungus, if applied directly on the infected nails regularly. The daily consumption of raw garlic with water is also a good option for preventing fungal attack.

Soaking of nails in diluted apple cider vinegar – Apple cider vinegar is known for its highly acidic nature, which has proved to be effective in killing the fungi and thus stopping their growth on the infected nails. Therefore, some amount of apple cider vinegar should be mixed with the same amount of normal water, and then the fungi-infected nails have to be soaked in this liquid for minimum 30 minutes per day for obtaining the best result.

Commonly used mouthwash in diluted stage – The usual mouthwash daily used at home is known to have antiseptic and anti fungal properties, which actually kill the bacteria of the mouth. Hence this same quality can be used in the treatment of nail fungus too, by dipping the affected nails in a little amount of mouthwash for at least 15 minutes regularly.

Rubbing Vicks Vaporub over the affected nails – Vicks VapoRub is the most popular decongestant which is usually rubbed on chest for curing the common cold, but this same ointment can provide great results in destroying fungi when applied over the infected nails before sleeping at night, and then the affected hand or foot should be covered with glove or socks for retaining the warmth given out by Vicks VapoRub.

Alkaline Water

Why is it that some believe alkaline water can cure cancer? According to the manufacturers of the ionizing machine it’s because the water becomes an anti-oxidant. What this means is that it takes on surplus electrons that can then get rid of “free radicals”. Free radical damage in the body is supposed to be the cause of serious diseases like arthritis and cancer.

Getting rid of free radicals (which are presumed to be running unchecked in our bodies) will reverse these terrible diseases.

While this sounds very plausible, it doesn’t take into account that our bodies actually have devastatingly powerful NATURAL anti-oxidants which are MILLIONS of times more effective!

A bit of a problem crops here. Is alkaline ionized water REALLY an anti-oxidant as claimed? Well, consider this: Did you know that alkaline water can bleach the color from iodine? What is significant about this? It does this (wait for it… ) because it’s an OXIDANT! Think of bleach. The oxidizing power of bleach can do the same thing!
Anti-oxidant that can cure cancer? I don’t think so.

ACIDITY IN YOUR BODY CAN BE REVERSED BY DRINKING ALKALINE WATER.

All your body fluids have different pH readings. Some are alkaline others acidic.

An example is stomach acid. It has to have a low pH (Acidic) or your food would never be digested. On the other hand your blood has to be slightly alkaline or you will die. The body has excellent mechanisms for maintaining these balances. So, biologically speaking, alkaline water cannot change these measurements.

If we’re on the subject of biology, why don’t we discuss what would happen if you were to drink a glass of alkaline ionized water? Your very acidic gastric juices will strip the water of alkalinity. So acidic water will enter your intestines. The next step is that pancreatic fluids will neutralize the acidity of the water and make it? – ALKALINE!

Healing With Light

The applicator, a small diode inserted in the nose and a low-intensity dose of laser light 655mm applied to the blood vessels.

You should note that the nose the perfect host for this treatment. As our nose one of the parts of the human body with the highest number of blood capillaries closest to the skin surface.

After a 25 minutes used of intranasal therapy, it visibly see red blood cells under a microscope in their good form with fewer clumping and this indicates efficient blood circulation and the ability to transport oxygen and minerals throughout the body. The application of this device experts recommend every day at least once or twice.

The Intranasal Light Therapy device maintained by a good number of scientific proofed and evidence that breaks down its inner mechanisms and efficiency to fight against many diseases.

For safety purposes, users are only required to avert looking at the source of light for the device.

The device works by triggering a biological response and transferring photonic energy to the tissue and this energy modulates all biological processes and linked systems of the tissues.

The body activates to return its internal balance by means of Intranasal Light Therapy. During and after this process, not only the overall wellness of the body achieved, energy levels of the body and memory are also higher.

While early researchers did not believe this could be achieved through the nasal cavity, the V-Light device has since changed that opinion.

In countries like China and the Middle East where the government has alternative treatments, this device as the alternative treatment in public hospitals.

The V-Light device designed to deliver the breakthroughs that have been associated with blood irradiation.

Although results may vary with the careless user, regular application of this product improves our quality of life.

Watched changes in condition don’t inexorably decipher into a cure, and the upgrades may not be enormous. In any case, a few clients have met sensational turnarounds when previous medications have not succeeded.

Home Remedies for Cough

Probiotics

Probiotics are not able to give direct relief from a cough, but still able to help balance the build up of bacteria in the intestines. By controlling the bacteria it is possible to promote the immune system to make it more efficient at fighting off the cough. Probiotics are naturally found in several foods, including sourdough breads, miso soup and some yogurt types.

Bromelain

Bromelain is a type of enzyme found in fruit like the pineapple. It is useful for loosening the build up of mucus in the throat and to suppress further coughs. The best way to introduce bromelain to the diet is to drink a glass of pineapple juice two or three times per day, or simply eat a slice of fresh fruit.

This enzyme can have other useful benefits such as treating swelling and inflammation, as well as allergy-based sinus issues.

Peppermint

Peppermint leaves act much like a decongestant to help break down mucus and soothe the throat. The preferred way to benefit from this remedy is a regular drink of peppermint tea. Alternatively, it is possible to inhale peppermint vapors by creating a steam bath consisting of hot water and peppermint oil. Add 150 ml of hot water for every ¾ drops of oil.

Thyme

Thyme is rich in flavonoids that are useful for relaxing the throat muscles to lessen inflammation and minimize the discomfort from coughing. A regular drink of thyme tea is a useful remedy. This is created by blending 2 tsp of thyme leaves with 1-cup of hot water. Leave the tea to steep for 8-10 minutes before drinking.

Caregivers

Understanding your triggers for stress will also provide the information you need, to combat the situation before it rises to an unmanageable level. Use the tips below to provide the self-care required to maintain your well being in your role as caregiver.

1. Your needs

Determine what is it that you do now or have done in the past to eliminate your stress. There are many ways to reduce, or eliminate stress. Some common activities include – deep breathing, physical & mental exercises, meditation, comedy clubs or movies, 7-9 hours of sleep per night, petting your dog or cat, and massage. Think about what you usually do to tone it down when faced with a stressful situation.

2. Schedule ‘me time’ regularly

The definition of ‘me time’, and the regularity will be different for everyone. For some it could mean something as small as a 15 minute warm, bubble bath. For others it could mean a two hour lunch with the girls. It actually means whatever it takes for you to unwind, and recharge.

3. Let your emotions come out

Realize that caregiving is a tough job, and most care recipients understand that as well. When you provide care for someone else, you WILL feel frustrated, angry, sad, overwhelmed, and many more negative feelings, and also some positive feelings. We have a tendency to try to keep these negative feelings inside, so we don’t upset our care recipients. It’s true we don’t want to upset them, but even though you try not to let it show, it will. When you realize a negative feeling is coming on, I recommend that you go someplace out of earshot to let out your feelings. I even apologized in advance to one of my care recipients, because I knew that I may, let’s say, be less than amiable at some point. You need to get it out of your system in some way. Sometimes just talking with another family member or a friend helps. There are also support groups for caregivers that really understand what you’re going through.

4. Get help

No one can, or should take on the role of caregiver alone. We all have full lives, and this role will add to a potentially already full schedule of activities for ourselves. Because of this fact, we need help to fulfill our role of caregiver, not only for us but also for the care recipient. The type of help you need will depend on the level of care required by the care recipient. Determine the times in the day or night when you need the most help. If you have other family members that can help, that’s great, if not, there are respite care services available.

Hopsice Program

Your doctor has likely dealt with most of the programs surrounding your hospital. Ask for his opinion on the matter. If a member of his or her family were to need hospice care, where would he send them? What criteria does he base that decision on? Does he have a personal connection with that facility that influences his decision? Have previous patients complained to him about any specific programs? Your doctor is a valuable resource for information, so use it to the fullest extent.

How does the program communicate with the hospital?
Are the workers and volunteers up to speed on your loved one’s condition, or will you need to provide a copy of the medical records yourself? Will they be sending updates to your doctor? Make sure that the service you are entrusting with the last days of someone’s life is playing an active role in their treatment plan.

How are services provided after hours?
How many staff are available at night? Who will be available to administer treatments after hours? How many after hours staff are volunteers? How thoroughly have the volunteers been trained on your loved one’s treatment program?

What services are provided?
Obviously food and lodging must meet your standards, but what other services does the program offer? What entertainment will be available for your loved one on their good days? Is childcare provided for family members coming for an extended visit? What kind of grief counseling is available? With which long-term care facilities do they work? These questions are critical when choosing a program with an indeterminate length of stay.

What is the hospice program’s mission, or goal, for your loved one?
This question may seem superfluous, but it is critical to understanding the vision behind the program’s treatment plan. Do they have a clear idea of what they hope to provide not only to the patient, but also to the family and friends who will be leaning on this program to provide for their loved one in their greatest moment of need. Make sure that the mission statement of the program matches up with what you desire for your loved one in their final days.