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Category Archives: Health

Thyroid Health

Sudden weight gain and hypothyroidism

Although not everyone can blame their thyroid for unexpected weight gain there are others who have found their difficulty in losing weight can be attributed to hypothyroidism.

If a person has hypothyroidism, it means their thyroid gland is functioning in a sluggish manner. This sluggishness leads to an impaired ability of the gland to produce the right hormones. As a result, the ability to use the nutrients provided by food in a properly functioning manner will also slow down.

The reason more women are prone to having issues with their thyroid health and weight gain is because the thyroid glands are linked to other systems in their body. Some of the key systems which impact on thyroid function are the neurotransmitters, adrenal glands and reproductive hormones.

How can you avoid weight gain and thyroid problems?

One obvious answer to this question is to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. When it comes to nutrition, consistency is very important.

If you are diagnosed with hypothyroidism it is very important that you are consistently only eating healthy foods all the time, not just when the urge takes you.

It is an all-too-common scenario to embark on a healthy food program only to relapse, then repeat the cycle.

This yo-yo dieting can adversely affect metabolic rate, weight gain and overall health.

How to support thyroid health

Thyroid health or otherwise is not a random event and there are steps you can take to care for your thyroid. Here are some recommendations.

  • Eat whole foods to obtain essential vitamins and minerals. Selenium, iodine, zinc, copper and iron are some of the nutrients required for thyroid health.
  • Those people who follow a low-salt diet and those who live in northern climates will possibly suffer from iodine and vitamin D deficiencies. Please consult your doctor before taking any vitamin D and iodine supplements.
  • Always observe your eating time for regular meals and snacks. Avoid skipping meals and ensure that you eat breakfast to kick-start your metabolism.
  • Protein and fiber should always be present in every meal. Learn which foods are good sources of fiber and protein so you can plan your meals to include them.
  • Foods made from gluten, sugar, processed foods and alcoholic beverages should be strongly avoided because they contain substances that can negatively affect proper thyroid functioning.
  • Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are a few examples of goitrogens that should be eliminated from a sufferer’s diet because they contain thyroid-suppressing compounds.

 

Have a Slipped Disc

The good news is that spinal disc herniations can usually be treated with conservative care without the need for surgery. Such treatments may include manual manipulation techniques or mechanical traction therapy to reduce the degree of disc herniation and relieve pressure on the nearby nerve. Other treatments may include anti-inflammatory and/or pain medications, injections and a variety of more invasive surgical interventions, depending on the problem type and severity in each particular case.

It is important that disc and related conditions are evaluated by a qualified provider before recommendations can be made regarding the best approach in each individual situation. However, it is generally recommended that you AVOID trying to stretch or do other exercises prior to being evaluated and given appropriate recommendations as certain movements may worsen this condition. There are also “red-flags” that your provider will look for such as a loss of bowel or bladder function or control, numbness or “pins and needles” sensation in the groin and inner thighs as well as some other symptoms and physical findings that may indicate a rare but serious condition known as Cauda Equina Syndrome (if you do have these symptoms or if your condition is rapidly worsening you should have immediate ER evaluation to ensure appropriate timely management).

Although spinal disc problems can sometimes be serious and even require surgery, they can most often be effectively treated with conservative care and the patient can return to their usual activities with little or no limitation. It is important to consult with your primary care physician or other qualified provider to ensure that you receive the necessary evaluation (including MRI and/or other testing if/as appropriate in each individual case) to determine the best course of care for your condition and to allow you to begin this care as early as possible for the best therapeutic results and outcome.

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Ways To Help Stop Drinking Soda

  • Count Your Calories:
    Counting calories can be a great way to keep your waistline in check. If you toss back cans of soda like they’re the cure for cancer, you may be surprised at how many calories you actually consume purely from soda. The best way to do this is to download a calorie counter app, unless you feel like writing it down every time you drink a soda. And don’t order sodas when you go out to eat. Those free refills rack up the calories real quick.
  • Switch to Unsweetened Tea:
    A lot of people drink soda for caffeine. If you aren’t a coffee drinker, unsweetened green tea or black tea can be a great source of caffeine. If you aren’t a tea purist and need a little extra flavor, try mixing in some fresh lemon juice and a little stevia with your tea to sweeten it. Don’t forget to stay away from artificial sweeteners!
  • Drink a Glass of Water Instead:
    When you feel that desire to drink a soda, drink a glass of water instead. Boredom or stress can sometimes cause people to grab whatever is in plain sight, but these are often unhealthy choices. Pour yourself a glass of water instead of cracking open that can of soda. Chances are soda drinkers don’t drink enough water, so drinking water will cut the urge to drink a soda and ensure you are sufficiently hydrated. Flavor your water with fresh lemon juice or other fruit for added flavors and health benefits.
  • Try Drinking Seltzer Water:
    Soda drinkers are often addicted to the carbonation. If it is carbonation that you seek, try drinking seltzer water. You can get that bubbly craving without the negatives of soda. Just be sure to avoid the flavored seltzer waters because they have artificial sweeteners, which aren’t conducive to your health. You can also make your own seltzer water if you have a Soda Stream.

Prevent Hearing Loss in Children

Parents should be aware of the fact that hearing loss in children can be prevented and they can save their children by following certain guidelines.

  • Avoid or limit the exposure of your child to loud music.
  • Make your child wear ear plugs when exposed to loud noises. Even the noise created by vacuum cleaners is found to be dangerous for ears.
  • If your child is very small take proper care that you use hearing protection devices for your child when you expect more than normal noise.

There is medical help available and if a hearing problem is detected at an early stage, it can be treated and cured as well. If you find any kind of hearing problem in your child, you must consult the concerned doctors and get help as soon as possible. Sometimes a speech therapist can turn out quite helpful and your child will be normal in due course of time.

Make your children aware of the warning signs and if they notice any of them, they should immediately inform you so that you take action in time. You can advise your kids to wear hearing protection when visiting any noisy place. Also, make sure you limit noisy activities at home and monitor your listening level as well. Since prevention of hearing problem is so critical, it is advisable for the parents to be alert and careful always with their children and their activities.

Stick Your Tongue Out

Relax your tongue.

It’s not something we give a whole lot of thought to – our tongue. But, when you stop to consider its importance in your life, you’ll be quickly amazed. That’s one heck of an intelligent and active muscle you’ve got hanging out in your mouth.

Inherently linked with the brain, your tongue can be an important key to a good night’s sleep.

Like many others, I tend to live a busy life leading up to bed. It can be quite difficult to simply let it all go and drift off to sleep. Often, bedtime is the first chance I’ve had to be with my own thoughts. So, there I lay with a monkey mind ready to play, play, play.

There are many relaxation techniques and each has its merits. But, sometimes you feel you’re pulling out all the stops and nothing works. That’s why I want to share this one with you. I’ve found it works nearly every time.

THE POWER OF THE TONGUE

It’s a remarkable relationship we have with our tongue. In fact, it’s one of our primary sources of info when we first come into the world. Watch a waking baby and it won’t be but a moment before something’s in their mouth. Anything is game. And they’re not doing that because it all tastes good. (I’m sure much of it doesn’t!) What babies are doing is learning. They’re learning with their tongues.

That’s how we began. We had to develop our oral and motor skills, learning movement of the mouth and tongue, so we could graduate our way to speech. And, all along our tongue was sending lots and lots of data to the brain.

If you want to sleep, learn to bite your tongue.

When a kid’s doing a task that requires concentration, their tongue will likely escape out the side of their mouth – suddenly clenched between their teeth as if it would otherwise run away.

Researches Gillian Forrester and Alina Rodriguez studied children doing tasks, paying specific attention to their tongues. All of the children being studied stuck their tongues out during tasks and games. It’s quite a common & normal phenomenon. They also found it was most prevalent during tasks requiring deeper thought and concentration.

Our human instincts understand it’s hard to concentrate when our tongue’s involved. The deep connection our tongue has to the brain’s language centers means it’s working on our words even if we’re just thinking them. Thinking creates tiny micro-movements in the tongue and that sends more information to the brain. When it’s time to concentrate kids naturally aim to cut off the flow of data – literally biting their tongue.

And, so we come full circle: Lying in bed unable to sleep.

Newborn Baby Eye Problems

  1. Blocked Tear Ducts. Tears are drained from each eye from four tiny holes on the eyelid margins, two at the top and two at the bottom. Another common condition in babies is that one or more of the ducts may be blocked. This can cause eye infections and the baby might need antibiotics to clear up the infection. If the tear duct does not open naturally, then surgery with an ophthalmologist may be required, but most tear ducts do open up by themselves within the baby’s first year.
  2. Ptosis. Again, ptosis is a problem seen a lot in older adults where one or both eyelids start to droop. This can also be found in newborn babies where one or both eyelids do not develop correctly. Surgery may be needed, as if it is left untreated it can cause a lazy eye later in the baby’s life.
  3. Retinopathy of Prematurity. Babies that are premature can be born with underdeveloped eyes. It tends to be the blood vessels that transport blood to the retina that are not fully matured and need more time to grow. Once a baby is born, the inside of the eye could be damaged if these type of blood vessels do not grow as they should. Premature babies will be under constant monitoring and they will have an examination of their eyes to make sure the blood vessels have developed correctly, if they are not then treatment may be needed to prevent any more damage to the eye.
  4. Eye Infections. Babies are exposed to whatever bacteria is found in the mother’s birth canal during labour, and this can cause eye infections. It isn’t uncommon for babies to contract conjunctivitis soon after birth, an antibiotic drop or ointment will clear this up. There are also various sexually transmitted infections which can be passed onto the baby during labour that cause eye infections.
  5. Eye Defects. Newborn babies can be born with eye defects that can affect any part of the eye such as the cornea, lens, retina, eyelids, one eye being smaller than the other, and sometimes there is an abnormality or loss of vision that cannot be explained. If a baby is born with an eye defect it is known as a congenital condition, and depending on the type of defect it is, will depend if treatment or surgery is needed.

Remove An Eyelash From Your Eye

  1. Rinse With Water: Use clean water such as mineral or bottled water when using this method. If you do not have mineral or bottled water available you can also use tap water (as long as your tap water is treated and filtered properly). The best method is to cup your hand and splash the water into the irritated eye. Most of the time this method works well and seamlessly flushes the debris out. If this method does not work you can resort to a gentler method by filling up a bowl with water and submerging the eye. Inevitably the act of submerging your eye under water will likely help flush the debris out.
  2. Saline Solution: If the method above yields no results you can use saline solution as a possible solution. Unlike the method above, saline solution provides a little more pressure during the rinsing process which may help dislodge and remove the foreign object.
  3. Q-Tip: This method should only be used if the above two do not succeed. It is never prescribed to introduce foreign objects into the eye especially for the purpose of attempting to dislodge another foreign object. However, if you are unable to rinse the debris out you may need this more aggressive approach. Once you have located the debris use a Q-Tip, with the cotton tip having been wet with bottled or filtered water try to gently wipe away the debris. It is important to highlight the fact that the key to success here is a steady hand and extreme caution when applying pressure onto the eye with the Q-Tip. If you doubt having steady enough hands as well as the ability to apply measured pressure onto the eye this method may not be a suitable option for you.
  4. Use Your Finger: This method is probably the most popular when dealing with unwanted eye debris. Using your finger to guide the debris to the corner of your eye where it can be more easily and safely wiped away comes to most of us second nature. Placing your finger on the affected eye lid and targeting the location where the object is located is the first step. Then maneuvering the debris to the corner of your eye may help you more easily wipe it away. Of greatest importance with this recommendation is to make sure that your hands are clean. The last thing that you want to do is to introduce additional debris or irritants into your eye.
  5. Sleep On It: Surprisingly there are times when the best course of action is to do nothing at all. Simply going to sleep might be the answer. Your eyes are designed to naturally flush foreign objects out. It is possible that your eye will naturally flush the irritant out while you sleep.
  6. Consult a Doctor: If none of the above methods work or if your eye is becoming incredibly irritated the safest and best option is to consult an eye doctor.

About Common Heel Ailments

If you have pain or discomfort in your heel, there are many causes. If the pain is chronic and severe enough to greatly impact the daily use of your foot, it is highly recommended that you see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

For other heel pain ailments, you may be able to get relief and treatment in a variety of ways from stretches to orthotics.

Not every heel pain ailment can be effectively treated in the same manner. It is important, then, to know what the cause of your heel ailment is.

Below are common heel ailments that you may be suffering from:

Stone Bruise

This common heel ailment occurs when you step on a hard or sharp object such as a stone or pebble. A bruise on the fat pad of the heel can result, with some, temporary minor pain and discoloration. The pain typically goes away with rest.

Plantar Fasciitis (Subcalcaneal Pain)

With plantar fasciitis, the tissue band (fascia) that connects the heel bone to the toes becomes inflamed and irritated. The pain is located under the heel and is worse with the first few steps in the morning. Heel pads, medication and certain exercises can help reduce the severity of pain and inflammation flare-ups.

Heel Spur

Heel spurs often form as a result of chronic plantar fasciitis. They are calcium deposits formed on the fascia tissue. There may not be pain associated with heel spur.

Pain Behind the Heel

Pain behind the heel can have multiple causes, with the most common being a tear or inflammation of the Achilles tendon. The heel pain tends to build over time and the skin behind the heel can become thick, red and swollen.

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is a common sports injury caused by the overuse of the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Sharp, debilitating pain from the back of the heel may result.

Heel Bone Fracture

It takes a lot of force and pressure to fracture your heel bone. Falls from ladders, jumps from high heights and victims of car accidents are common causes of heel bone fracture. Heel fractures are painful and severe, requiring prompt treatment, which is usually heel reconstruction surgery.

Heel bone fractures can lead to future heel issues including chronic pain, swelling, loss of motion in the foot and arthritis.

Ionic Foot Detox

Many people swear by the ionic foot detox to rid their bodies of all the toxins that are constantly bombarding us. While one session won’t rid your body of everything, with a set of sessions under your belt you will notice cleaner water at the end as your body slowly rids itself of the toxins found within.

Many people say that the detox helps them have less pain, especially in the joints like knees, elbows and hips. There is increased energy and improved sleep patterns and of course the big one, toxin reduction that is also widely reported. Some people say they have less swelling and improved digestion after a set of treatments and others say they have an increased metabolism, better skin and a better functioning circulatory system after as well.

The foot detox is also known to purge the body of yeast and help with liver, kidney and parasite cleansing and it also leaves the body with a better pH level. It re-energizes the body and the red blood cells and triggers the lymphatic system to work more efficiently. In short, just a few treatments can make a huge difference in our bodies.

The ionic foot detox is a safe procedure and there are no needles, pokes or invasive methods, it is simply a foot soak in salty water. Sit back, relax and let science take hold, it’s interesting to see just what comes out of a ‘normal’ body but when you realize just how much we are breathing in and eating each day it all falls into place.

Fix Bad Back Without Drugs or Surgery

  • Myofascial Release:

According to Wikipedia, myofascial release is “a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. This alternative medicine therapy aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles.”

A very common and well-known form of MFR is massage. Another is foam rolling. Since massage is not always an easy or affordable option, the best way to affect MFR, in my opinion, is with a good foam roller. The one I recommend is made by Trigger Point.

When it comes to rolling for back pain, you need to keep in mind that the body is a single muscle, and that in order to “fix” your back, you have to treat the entire body. So don’t just roll your back. Roll your entire body, both lower and upper. Done properly, foam rolling can get you out of pain and back on your feet quickly.

  • Stretching:

One of the reasons you have lower back pain is due to tight muscles. This would include muscles in the lower and upper body. Remember, the muscles in your body are really just one big muscle.

What’s happening in your back when it flares-up could be caused by tight muscle in your neck, shoulders, or even your feet. These muscles need to be stretched and lengthened in order to provide relief and prevent future flare-ups. The best stretches for your back, in my opinion, come from yoga. If you have never done Yoga to help your back, you should give it a try.

  • Strength Training:

When muscles are not used, they become weak. When they become weak, they have no durability. So when called upon to work overtime, they quickly fatigue and fail. That’s never a good thing.

The body’s response to this failure is to have the muscles, “spasm” in order to immobilize the area of the body that those muscles are designed to support and prevent injury. Kind of like the body’s circuit breaker.

For example, if the muscles in your core can no longer support your lumbar spine, they signal the brain to “spasm” the muscles in your lower back and immobilize the area. This is the pain and stiffness you feel when your back goes out, thus protecting it from damage.

The best fix for this condition is strength training – exercises designed to activate and strengthen the muscles that support your vertebrae. Daily strengthening of the core and pelvic floor muscles will not only relieve pain, but will also help to prevent future flare-ups and injury such as disc herniation’s and ruptures.