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Natural Cures For Anxiety And Depression

In this day and age, in most countries around the world, anxiety and depression have become household words, with many types of treatment.  In this article we want to take a close look at what are some of the causes as well as  some of both the medical and  the natural cures for anxiety and depression

Decoding The Depression Puzzle Most of the statistics used in this article will be from the US, as it is an  example of what is going on in many developed countries today.

Are We Overusing Antidepressants?

Eleven percent of Americans over 12 years old take antidepressants, which is the second most commonly prescribed medication in the U.S., after cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Many more women than men use them. About 21 percent of women aged 20 and over take them; among women aged 40-59, the rate is 25 percent.

Antidepressants are psychiatric medications used to treat mood disorders including depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

The most widely used antidepressants are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a class of drugs that includes medications such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, and Lexapro.

Less used but a popular alternative to SSRIs are serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).   Some of the commonly used medications in this drug class include Effexor and Cymbalta.

With such a high preponderance of usage, some may wonder whether we have become a Prozac nation.  Others question if these medications are handed out to patients too casually.

Who Is Prescribing Antidepressants?

In the U.S. nearly 80 percent of antidepressant prescriptions are written by primary care physicians, not psychiatrists.

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Many depressed patients seen in general practice have not been thoroughly evaluated and may not even meet the full, formal criteria for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).

Instead, they are given the medications for symptoms of mild depression, likely caused by everyday stress, sadness, and sorrow, which could perhaps have been alleviated by psychotherapy alone.

Pediatric use for depression and anxiety has also skyrocketed but it peaked in 2004 when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a black box warning for SSRIs due to evidence that they may be linked to increased risk of suicidal thinking, feeling, and behavior in young people.

Low Serotonin Levels Don’t Necessarily Cause Depression

SSRIs and SNRIs were developed to treat depression and other mental health conditions caused by an imbalance of neurotransmitter chemicals, particularly serotonin and norepinephrine.

This chemical imbalance theory purports that low levels of these chemicals in the brain cause depression.  For over two decades, this theory continues to be the dominant paradigm for treating depression.

However, the chemical imbalance hypothesis has its problems and numerous scientific studies conducted in the last 20 years have examined it and rejected it. They found that:

  • Not all depressed patients have low serotonin and norepinephrine levels.
  • In fact, some have abnormally high levels, while others with no history of depression have low levels of these chemicals.

The significance of this finding is huge, yet it is rarely publicized or taught in medical schools. There are probably various reasons for this but financial is likely to be one of them.

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Antidepressants are a $10 billion industry!

Antidepressants Don’t Always Work

If depression is not caused by an imbalance of serotonin and norepinephrine, then it will explain why antidepressants don’t always work on people who have depression. Countless studies have been done to determine the effectiveness of these medications.

A massive meta-study compiled by the U.S. government that incorporated findings of over 100,000 research studies over a 15-year period concluded that:

  • Antidepressants are only effective in around one-third of cases, and partially effective in another third, and have no benefit at all in the remaining third.
  • High rate of relapse when depression is treated with drugs alone.
  • For many patients, the side effects are more unpleasant than the depression itself, so they discontinue usage.

Likewise, a number of double-blind, randomized controlled studies have come to similar conclusions. They found that:

  • The superiority of antidepressants over placebo is clinically significant only for patients who are very severely depressed.
  • For those with mild, moderate, and even severe depression, placebos work nearly as well as the medications.

Plus They Have Side Effects

Like most medications, antidepressants have side effects, including nausea, weight gain, loss of sexual desire, fatigue, insomnia, dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, dizziness, agitation, irritability, and anxiety.

They are not addictive the same way substances like heroin or alcohol are, but people can still develop a physical dependence if they stop taking the drugs abruptly and may experience rather unpleasant withdrawal symptoms such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia or vivid dreams
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Flu-like symptoms, including achy muscles and chills
  • Nausea
  • Electric shock sensations
  • Return of depressive symptoms

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Compelling Evidence: Inflammation As A Contributing Factor To Depression

There is a huge body of research connecting depression and inflammation. 

In one of the most conclusive findings, a study in JAMA Psychiatry determined that brain inflammation was 30 percent higher in clinically depressed patients.

The research team pointed out that previous studies have only looked at biomarkers of inflammation in the blood; this is the first to find definitive evidence in the brain.

Scientists have long known that inflammation is at the root of nearly every modern disease, including allergies, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, asthma, autoimmune disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

So it is not a huge surprise that depression is also linked to inflammation.

Researchers found that people with clinical depression have elevated levels of inflammatory biomarkers such as cytokines in the blood.

Cytokines cruise through the bloodstream, damaging tissue, causing plaque buildup in the arteries, and sometimes even promoting the growth of tumors.

Cytokines can also travel to the brain, possibly via the vagus nerve which connects the gut and the brain. Specialized immune cells in the brain called microglia become activated in inflammatory states and they too, secrete cytokines.

Neuroinflammation alters neurotransmitter pathways and brain circuits.

In the early 1980s, researchers had already discovered that inflammatory cytokines produce a wide variety of psychiatric and neurological symptoms mirroring characteristic signs and symptoms of depression.

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Known Causes Of Inflammation

If inflammation is a contributing factor to depression, it is critical to understand how we get inflammation in the first place.

This correlation has the potential to suggest both therapeutic and preventative approaches to combating depression.

Stress and traumatic life events

Researchers reported that acute negative life events, chronic psychological trauma, and exposure to childhood trauma hugely increase the risk of developing clinical depression and mood symptoms.

There is very strong evidence that different types of psychosocial stressors may stimulate the pro-inflammatory cytokine network in the brain.

Diet

There have been substantial changes to dietary patterns over the last 50 years. We have swapped a diet high in fiber, nutrient-dense foods, and omega-3 fats (all anti-inflammatory) to one that is high in refined carbohydrates, sugar, and unhealthy refined vegetable oils (all highly pro-inflammatory).

Since 2009, there have been numerous studies reporting inverse associations between diet quality and common mental disorders in children and adults across cultures.

Exercise

Many studies found that exercise is an effective treatment strategy for depression.

Regular exercise protects against the development of new depressive and anxiety disorders while physical inactivity during childhood is associated with an increased risk of depression in adulthood.

Obesity

Without doubt, obesity is an inflammatory state. Inflammatory cytokines are found in abundance in fat cells.

With the prevalence of obesity increasing to epidemic proportions, in many parts of the world, studies have demonstrated a close relationship between obesity and depression.

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Obesity predisposes one to depression, while depression also predisposes one to obesity.

A recent meta-analysis found obesity to increase the risk of later depression by 55%, whereas depression increased the risk of developing obesity by 58%.

Gut permeability

Another diet-related cause of inflammation is gut permeability or “leaky gut”.

Under normal circumstances, immune cells are geographically separated from gram negative bacteria in the gut, which are part of the normal gut flora. 

However, if there is a loosening of the tight junction barrier in the gut wall, toxins produced by gram negative bacteria called lipopolysaccharides (LPS) may get into the bloodstream, causing immune cells to respond and produce pro-inflammatory cytokines.

Since the gut and brain are connected by the vagus nerve, mental disorders are highly associated with gut permeability.

The most common causes of leaky gut are:

  • Food sensitivity, such as gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley) and dairy.
  • Chronic gut infections, such as parasites, Cryptosporidium, Clostridium difficile, Blastocystis hominis, and Helicobacter pylori.

Smoking

Cigarette smoke contains many thousands of chemicals, many of which induce inflammatory responses in the body and direct damage to cell tissues in the brain.

Studies showed that smoking may increase one’s susceptibility to developing depression.

Periodontal disease

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Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that involves infections of the structures around the teeth, which include the gum, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone.

Periodontal disease is associated with high levels of systemic inflammatory cytokines.

 It is a significant predictor of other inflammatory illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, and may also increase the risk of depression as well.

Sleep deprivation

Research has demonstrated that chronic sleep deprivation results in impairments in immune functioning, characterized by increased levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines.

It is estimated that up to 80-90 percent of individuals who suffer from a major depressive disorder experience sleep disturbances.

Studies have suggested that sleep disturbances may also predispose individuals to subsequent development of mood disorders.

Vitamin D

There is a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in developed countries.  Low vitamin D is linked to many diseases including osteoporosis and cancer.

Vitamin D receptors are present in key brain areas and vitamin D plays a major role in circadian rhythms and sleep. Vitamin D has a regulatory effect on immunity too.

In human studies, supplementation greatly reduces inflammatory markers associated with depression.

Strategies To Overcome And Prevent Depression

Check for inflammation

Depression can be a devastating illness.

For very severe depression, studies show that antidepressants appear to be rather helpful in alleviating symptoms.  But if your depression is milder, antidepressants may only be just as good as placebos.

Therefore, it is worthwhile to check your inflammation level by getting a blood test for C-reactive protein (CRP), which is made by the body in response to high levels of inflammatory cytokines.

Address stress

Depression is a sign that your body and your life are out of balance.

Unless you address your stress, it is difficult to return your life to balance.  Both mindful meditation and cognitive therapy have been proven to be extremely helpful in combating depression.

Change your diet and lifestyle

  • Trade in the processed and sugary foods for an anti-inflammatory diet that consists of fatty fish like wild Alaskan salmon, leafy greens, fermented vegetables, cultured foods such as unsweetened yogurt and kefir, berries, garlic, and green tea.
  • Make sure you have at least 30 minutes of physical activity everyday.
  • Get a minimum 7-8 hours of quality sleep daily.

Take supplements to lower inflammation

  • High quality animal-based omega-3 fish oil (3 g daily if you have depression)
  • Vitamin D3 (5,000 I.U. daily) with vitamin K2 (for bone and heart health)
  • Probiotics (for gut health)
  • Curcumin (active component of turmeric)

Other supplements to lessen depressive symptoms

  • Vitamin B12 and folate (vitamin B9)

Studies found a link between deficiencies in these B vitamins and depression. Vitamin B12 is found mainly in animal proteins; hence, vegans are more susceptible to B12 deficiency.  Folate is found in abundance in dark leafy greens and beans.

f you have symptoms of depression and you know that you are not eating enough of these foods, you should consider incorporating them in your daily diet.

If you are a vegan, you need to take a B12 supplement.

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The following amino acid supplements should only be taken after consultation with a knowledgeable healthcare practitioner and a completed neurotransmitter test.

For some individuals, these amino acids may help to alleviate the symptoms of depression by balancing the body’s neurotransmitter levels.

However, it is still critical to address the underlying causes of depression (as mentioned above).

  • 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) or L-tryptophan

L-tryptophan is first converted to 5-HTP, which is then converted to serotonin in the brain.

Some people cannot tolerate 5-HTP.  They will have to use L-tryptophan instead.

For those who have low serotonin levels and are either negative, obsessive, worried, irritable, sleepless, or have low self-esteem, 5-HTP and L-tryptophan have a positive effect on sleep, mood, anxiety, and carbohydrate cravings.

  • L-Tyrosine and DLPA (D,L-Phenylalanine)

For those who have low norepinephrine, epinephrine, and dopamine, and have a flat-tired type of depression and crave stimulants like caffeine and sugar, L-tyrosine and DLPA will help you feel more energized, improve mood and drive, and increase mental focus.

  • GABA (Gamma amino-butyric acid)w

For those who feel wired, stressed, and overbwhelmed, GABA will help with anxiety and stress, reduce excess stimulation, and improve sleep.

I truly hope that some of the aspects of this article will be of help to someone out there who is struggling with these debilitating  health problems. 

Please do not hesitate to add your own comments and/or life experiences below.

How to Overcome A Depression

We hear a lot about depression these days, but people of all ages continue to struggle with how to overcome a depression.

How to Overcome From Depression

If you had been active in social media you would have noticed that even Deepika Padukone, who is a famous Bollywood star, has gone through depression.

This makes us wonder that if even a celebrity who seems to have everything in life, is battling with depression, what could be a possible reason?

What is depression?

Depression is usually connected with being sad and unhappy.  But, that’s not all. 

Depression is a widespread phenomenon.  it is said that every 1 person out of 10, is prone to be suffering from depression.

Depression is actually a state of being unwell, or having a negative mindset about anything and everything. The main point is that there is no particular cause for being sad.

How to Overcome From Depression

This is what differentiates the state of being unhappy from the state of depression, 

In the former case, you have a cause to be so, such as a death in the family.   Depression on the other hand is not associated with any particular cause.

There is also no age bar for depression.  People of all ages who are suffering from depression experience high levels of anxiety, and negativity, which is a feeling that doesn’t leave them.

What are it’s symptoms?

The most common symptoms include loss of interest, loss of energy, sadness without any reason, being gloomy all day long, not being able to enjoy pleasurable things, not even those which you had liked in times gone by.

Even self harm is an evident symptom of depression.

The peak point of depression is said to be self harming, or suicidal indications.  Unfortunately In extreme cases, this can become a reality.

What leads to depression?

As stated earlier there is no definite cause for depression.

Finding a cause can aid in a better treatment. It can be because of unemployment, family problems or any past trauma.

Some say that disapproval, or not being able to withstand the pressures and expectations of parents, colleagues and/or other people can also be a cause.

Getting help

How to Overcome From Depression

Depression can be serious, as it can harm both the individual and others around him/her. Getting help from a medical practitioner could be one method. Don’t be an expert yourself and start experimenting.  

Doctors may also recommend anti-depressants. This may be in combination with other methods. But mostly it is seen that these medications can have side effects on the patient’s health.

There are also natural ways of overcoming depression which will be addressed more fully in a future blog post.

It is seen that often the patients can be cured or their mental health can be significantly improved through counseling methods.

Another method called “psychotherapy” is also quite useful and is usually done to detect the behavioral traits, like how you behave and react towards others.

Depression is most common among students and working professionals.   In any country where the majority of the population is youth, lack of counselors is a serious problem.

Even though there is a wide spread acknowledgement of counseling needs in most societies many educational institutions have not included training for these in their curriculum.

Having these counseling experts as a part of a panel can often help people to identify depression at an early stage,and cut it off at the roots.

We need to understand that having expectations of our children or friends is reasonable but pressuring and forcing them is not okay.

Also, those who are recovering or have recovered from depression need  immense support.  Be strong pillars for them!

How to Overcome From Depression

Hang out, have fun, do things together, but don’t judge. If they are resistant to do something, don’t force them. Let them take their own time.

It takes time to heal these wounds. Let them be themselves!

We should always remember that life is for us to enjoy, not to be wasted in stressing about things that we can’t excel in.  It’s okay not to be up to someone else’s expectations. You will excel in many other things.

You can’t judge an elephant on the basis of climbing a tree. SEE, how irrelevant that is?

Likewise, don’t let people judge you.  Be yourself and achieve your goals the way you want to. 

ALL these small things can help you to rule out depression.

Let’s do it together people. Bye-Bye depression!!

You are more than welcome to make comments or ask questions below and I will make every effort to reply.

Health Concerns for Older Women

As much as everyone wants to move fast in  life, nobody wants to age quickly. Everyone is doing their best to make the most of the present, but they fear too much of what lies ahead. Particularly, this is true when it comes to the health concerns for older women.

Old Age Health Concerns for Women

Old age health, diet, life, and security almost everything about old age scares them. They feel that they will lose a part of themselves as they move forward.

They fear that they will not be prepared to take care of themselves and others. Universally, women are known to live longer than men, so,that being the case, they represent the higher proportion of older adults.

54% of people 60 years of age and older are women, a proportion that rises to almost 60% at age 75 and older, and to 70% at age 90 and older.

The usual old age problems that women face are more serious, as now their body is less equipped to handle such issues.

Many of the health problems faced by women in older age are the result of exposure to risk factors in adolescence and adulthood, such as smoking, sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diets.

Old Age Health Concerns for Women

Non communicable diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases and cancers, are the biggest causes of death among older women, regardless of what country they live in and how well they have lived.

Cardiovascular diseases account for 46% of older women’s deaths globally, while a further 14% of deaths are caused by cancers – mainly cancers of the lung, breast, colon and stomach. Chronic respiratory conditions, mainly COPD, cause another 9% of older women’s deaths.

Other health troubles experienced by elderly women that reduce bodily and cerebral function include poor vision (including cataracts), hearing loss, arthritis, depression and dementia.

In many countries women are far less likely to receive treatment or supportive aids for such conditions than men. The plight of women in such countries is deplorable.

This when combined with factors such as increase vulnerabilities, and reduced access to needed and effective health services makes it harder for women to stay healthy.

Most of us do not want to start afresh, because of the way we have behaved in the past. We think that whatever we do now won’t amount to anything because of the hard living that we have experienced in the past.

But the thing is that even if you’ve had some unhealthy habits throughout your lifetime, it’s never too late to begin activities that will enhance your health and well-being now and in the years ahead.

This advice also works if you have a chronic medical condition.  You often can make lifestyle changes that will improve your health.

Old Age Health Concerns for Women

.The reality is that after several decades of a continuously working body, you can expect some decline in physical well-being. The body just like most machines goes through a little wear and tear from regular use

You’ll need to take greater care of your body-but not just your physical health.  Your emotional, sexual and mental well-being needs attention, too.

Unfortunately, we live in a culture where youth is valued more than maturity, especially for women.  At this age, women may have to work harder than ever to preserve their sense of self-worth, potential and sexuality.

Most of the ailments linked to aging are caused by daily routine choices, including smoking, lack of exercise, chronic stress and obesity.   Family history, such as diabetes, heart disease, overweight or cancer, also can play a noteworthy part.

To follow the statistics, as a chronic condition, heart disease affects 37 percent of men and 26 percent of women 65 and older.

As people age, their risk factors increase, in such areas as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, thus increasing the chances of having a stroke or developing heart disease.

Hopefully these facts will help some of you older ladies out there in the world to realize that it is never too late to work at improving your chances of living a long and healthy life.

Feel free to comment or ask questions.

 

Natural Ways To Battle Depression

Many people in this world suffer from depression, and many of those rely on medications to help them cope.  But the good news is that there are also natural ways to battle depression.

4 Things to Know If You Are Battling Depression

Depression can be the shackles of pain that prevents the rays of hope from reaching the affected person. It can dominate the mind with such suppressible thoughts that they would threaten to blow up the very existence of the sufferer.

In fact, depression just bends anyone under its increasing pressure of distress and anguish.  But it can be overcome with proper therapies and treatments.

Millions of people across the world are fighting depression.  However, at times, they tend to overlook or are ignorant about certain facts that hold true for this mental condition.

People should understand depression in depth to cope with the instabilities of the mind.

Given below is a list of key truths, adapted from the Huffington Post website, which a person struggling with depression should know:

1. Not everything you think might be real:

More than the situations4 Things to Know If You Are Battling Depression, it is our thoughts that make us depressed.

For example, if a woman is struggling with weight gain, she would tend to see only lean and thin women and would forget the fact that many women are out there battling weight gain.

The mind tends to come up with certain thoughts that would make the person believe that everyone else other than him or her is happy in the world.

Depression makes a person believe what one thinks. Everything that is backed by rationality vanishes into thin air and irrationality becomes the norm.

So, it is important for a person to debunk such thoughts and try to think only about pleasant things.

2. Deflate negativity, upgrade for the better:

Generally, a depressed person has thoughts like: “Things are never going to get better”; “I can never come out of this”; “My life is ruined”, and so on. But such thoughts will do no good and only aggravate the problem.

With a little support and willpower, a person can transform such negativity into some positive outlook toward life like: “Things can be better”; “I can overcome my situation”; “I am worthy enough to succeed”.

3. Do the opposite of what “the voice” suggests:

During a depressive episode, the inner voice will give life advices, which should not be followed.  For example, if it suggests to stay at home during a weekend and sulk for all the mishaps of life, one should do just the opposite.   Visit a friend’s home, go out for shopping, watch a movie with a loved one, etc.

Learning to behave in contrast to the voice will help one kill negative thoughts and move out of the painful grip.

4. No one is fighting depression alone:

When depression sets in, one tends to believe that he or she is the worst sufferer.  But that is not the case.

There are people who have felt depressed and have gone through the worst of phases, while there are some who have never had depression in their lives.

One has to realize that the world is a home to all kinds of people, some battle mental issues and some don’t.

4 Things to Know If You Are Battling Depression

The way to a depression-free life

Depression is treatable with the right kind of strategies.

However, seeking professional treatment with a specialized depression treatment plan may sometimes be  the best way to conquer this mental illness.

In addition to the strategies listed above, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), for example, has at times proven to be an effective treatment for depression.

As always, please feel free to add your  comments or observations here:

 

What Is The Best Natural Treatment For Acne?

Our first reaction is to panic from this embarrassing and burdensome problem and the overwhelming fear that we won’t have any control over the breakouts. But with a few simple tips this fear can be conquered.  Yes, there is natural treatment for acne.

Natural Treatment of Acne

Before calling for an appointment with the dermatologist, there are natural remedies that can be just as effective as medications. The right nutritional balance and proper skin care is all your body needs.

By following these simple tips you are taking the first steps to help heal your acne. In about 4 weeks you should see a noticeable difference.

Tips for Acne Free Skin:

Apply a honey mask

By applying this to your face once or twice a week, the antibacterial properties will disinfect and heal minor blemishes. This is great for those  with sensitive skin.

Use acne soap

Wash your face twice a day with a sulfur based soap specifically designed for acne. Get into a routine of washing your face when you first wake up in the morning and then again before going to bed.

A gentle rotating motion is recommend and be cautious not to scrub your face.

In addition, use a soft washcloth in place of one that is rough.  Avoid over washing your skin as this will encourage your sebaceous glands to produce more sebum, thus creating an increase in acne.

Clean hair

Long hair or bangs are stylish but hair contains oils that can add to acne breakouts. Pull your hair off your face and wash it everyday and after sports or strenuous workouts.

Eat your carrots

Natural Treatment of Acne

Eating your carrots is a great source of carotene (Vitamin A).

Vitamin A prevents acne by strengthening the protective tissue of the skin. This vitamin is crucial for the maintenance and repairs of tissue that skin and the mucous membranes are made of, and helps reduce the production of sebum.

Vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant, is needed to rid your body of toxins.

Take your vitamins

Your skin is a vital organ that is usually neglected.

Depending on nutrition, acne can be a signal that there is something wrong on the inside.

When the body does not receive the proper nutrition it rebels by producing excessive sebum, clogging pores, and reducing the ability for your skin to fight bacteria and heal.

Makeup

Many makeup products on the market today may contribute to clogging your pores thus causing more pimples and blackheads. Use a water-based makeup if you must wear makeup.

Natural Treatment of Acne

 

Avoid squeezing

Resist the temptation to pick, squeeze, rub or touch your blackheads and pimples.

These actions increase the sebum production and rupture the membrane below your skin. This can in turn cause an infection and spread the sebum underneath your skin resulting in more pimples.

Clean pillow case 

When your face lies on your pillow case it is absorbing the oils from your skin and collects dirt and oil.  Keeping your sheets and pillow cases clean will decrease breakouts.

Foods rich in Zinc

Zinc is an antibacterial agent that is a necessary element in the oil-producing glands of the skin.  Diets low in zinc may actually cause acne breakouts.

Getting into a good skin care routine takes time and dedication. 

You will need patience, as results will not happen overnight.  However, with time you should see positive results.

Any comments or questions?

Sleeping Tips for Night Shift Workers

Night shift is always a challenge and can have a dramatic effect on your overall health.   Having myself experienced night shift over a ten year period, in my younger years, it seemed appropriate to offer here seven sleeping tips for night shift workers.

7 Tips for a More Enjoyable Night Shift

Most people are extremely sleep deprived. They also do not know how to adjust to this new shift and survive let alone thrive while working this shift.

7 Tips for a More Enjoyable Night Shift

There are definitely challenges and the need for support from those you live with. Here are a few tricks to help you get started.

  1.  Sunglasses are your friends. Light exposure as you are driving home will stimulate your brain that it is time to stay awake so invest in a good pair of dark sunglasses so you do not get too much light exposure.

2.  A daylight simulation light that is at least 10,000 lux               will help your brain to say it is time to be awake (while            you are working).

      Also, one to two hours of light exposure when you wake        up works wonders for your alertness.  You can use it                while getting ready for work.   Just keep the light in                   your peripheral vision.

3.   Always keep a sign next to your doorbell warning that            you are a night shift worker and to not wake you                        unless it is an emergency.  Most people will respect                  that.

7 Tips for a More Enjoyable Night Shift

4.   Eating is your friend and your worst enemy.  When you          are sleep deprived it is difficult to make correct                          decisions about what to eat. You will crave more                        high carbohydrate foods because it will increase                        your sugar levels.

        The jolt is what you are craving.  If instead you realize             and plan for these cravings by having some fruit or                   oatmeal you will avoid the weight gain that is                               usually associated with the change to night shift.

5.   You will be cold at around 3 am so plan ahead and have          a sweater or sweatshirt handy. This is part of the                        body’s circadian rhythm and will just be part of the                  experience.

6.   Do not sit in a dark room during the night. You may find          that you get headaches from sitting in a room with                    light but if you are in the dark room your body will say            it is time to sleep and release Melatonin.  Light is your            friend while working at night.

7 Tips for a More Enjoyable Night Shift

  7.  Movement is also your friend. Walk around, move                    around, do jumping jacks or squats.  Anything that                    causes you to take deep breathes and raise your heart            rate will help your concentration.

As you are adjusting to this new shift you will find that there are tricks for creating routines, working during the shift and how to work with your family and friends to enjoy your life.

Your comments or questions are welcome.

What Causes Snoring When You Sleep? (Can It Be Prevented?)

Do you snore? Or do you sleep with someone who does? If  either is true you have probably often wondered what causes snoring when you sleep and if it can be prevented.

Not only does snoring make you sound as though you’re cutting wood with a chainsaw – hence the term “sawing logs” – but it can also be dangerous.

What Causes Snoring (And Can It Be Prevented)?

 Whether you snore or you know someone who does, here are some of the possible causes of snoring and a few solutions so that you can alleviate the problem for good.

What Causes Snoring?

In many cases snoring is caused by one or more of the following problems:

• An anatomical defect, such as a narrow breathing passage

• A tongue or jaw that is positioned too far back and closes off the airway

• Larger than average tonsils

• A bulky uvula (the part that hangs down in the back of your throat)

• Too much fat tissue blocking your airway

Other causes of snoring include being overweight, allergies or deformities of the cartilage of the nose.

In addition to biological factors, there are a few lifestyle choices that can also contribute to snoring.

Smoking, drinking alcohol and taking certain medications can cause a person to snore, even if they weren’t prone to otherwise.  Even if these causes were not harmful in themselves, it’s still annoying for anyone sleeping near you.

There is one cause of snoring that isn’t so harmless, and that’s when you suffer from sleep apnea.

What is Sleep Apnea?  What Causes Snoring (And Can It Be Prevented)?

Some people who experience sleep apnea  quit breathing for only  a second or two.

But then there are those cases where people stop breathing for several long minutes. That’s when things can take a turn for the worse.

What is really frightening is that some sufferers of the condition experience traumatic sleep disturbance several times during the night, sometimes over 30 times an hour.

Sleep apnea not only keeps you from resting properly, but it can wreak havoc on your entire day. You’ll wake up groggy, and you may find yourself falling asleep at odd times during your daylight hours.

It increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and many other illnesses.

If you have a job, like construction, truck driver or pilot, you will certainly want to get tested for sleep apnea right away so that you don’t put yourself or anyone else in danger.

What Causes Snoring (And Can It Be Prevented)?

Unfortunately, many people who suffer from sleep apnea are never diagnosed.

But what if you want to get diagnosed?  What can you do?

How Do You Know If You Have Sleep Apnea?

If you are wondering if someone you know is suffering from the condition, listen carefully as he or she sleeps. You’ll hear the person wake up suddenly with a loud snort or inhale as they struggle to breathe.

If you fear that you might be suffering from the condition, have someone listen to you while you sleep to see if you do the same thing.

Of course, there are more scientific ways of finding out if you are suffering from this debilitating disorder.

Testing for Sleep Apnea

What Causes Snoring (And Can It Be Prevented)?

To get to the bottom of your snoring condition and to test for sleep apnea, you might want to ask your physician to refer you to a sleep clinic.

An alternative is to ask your dental professional about a home test.

The Medibyte Machine

The Medibyte is a portable polysomnography (PSG) machine that can test for sleep apnea.

You will be given the machine to take home with you. While you sleep, the machine will test for things like apneic events, pulse rate, oxygen levels, sleeping positions and your snoring volume.

Many people prefer this because they can sleep in the comfort and privacy of their own bed and home. However, only a physician can diagnose sleep apnea but a dentist can use a portable PSG device to establish a baseline of their sleep behavior so treatment can be adjusted and verified.

Oral appliances made by a dentist are a great way to treat snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. They can be adjusted as needed and are a wonderful alternative to a CPAP machine.

How to Alleviate Snoring

If you snore, or you suspect that you do  (others have told you), you can try to diminish the problem by:

• Losing weight

• Avoiding cigarettes and alcohol before bed

• Trying to rest on your side as opposed to your back to prevent your tongue from blocking your airway.

You can also get fitted for a custom oral appliance that can be made to hold the lower jaw forward so that your tongue can’t block your airway.

Many patients prefer this type of appliance because it feels much more comfortable than the traditional CPAP machine, which has long been used to treat patients with sleep apnea.

If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, take a sleep apnea questionnaire, then make an appointment with a dentist.

What Causes Snoring (And Can It Be Prevented)?

By eliminating snoring and by getting help with your sleep apnea, you’ll successfully restore your sleep and improve the quality of your life.

Any comments or questions?

Medications For Pain Relief Is Not The Solution — What Are The Alternatives?

There is a countless number of people suffering from pain, which has also a negative impact on the quality of life. So the question is what to do about this nagging pain that just never goes away.  What is the medical solution for pain?   Do we turn to medications for pain relief? 

Medication For Pain Is Not The Solution - What Are The Alternatives?

So if you do go to see a doctor, he/she will more than likely subscribe some pain-killing medication, which is not a cure but may only take away the symptom.

Prescription pain pills have a track record of causing serious health complications and even death if taken over a long period of time, especially by older people.

Studies have shown that long-term and strong dosage of products like naproxen, ibuprofen and even aspirin can have side effects including liver and kidney damage, ulcers, increased heart attack risk, to name just some of them.

There is not much available in pain management.  People who suffer severe pain are effectively convinced that their only option is to take a dangerous pain killing medication for as long as it takes.

Not so long ago a painkiller vioxx was being approved as safe by the authorities,  but actually, over time, claimed thousands of lives before being removed from the market.  Or more politely put on a voluntary withdrawal from the market due to safety.

There are many dark sides of pain-killing medications and we will never know the full consequences of them.

One of the most common of the pain related illnesses is inflammation.  Signs include joint pain, lower back pain, swelling, heat etc. 

Arthritis related conditions are also mainly disorders of the muscles and joints that cause pain and stiffness in the arms, neck and shoulders.

For children and teens it is not uncommon to suffer from  heat related illness and pain.  Heat cramps is a heat related illness that results in painful muscles.

Heat exhaustion is often more severe than heat cramps. This can be caused by strong sport activities and over exhaustion.

Marijuana is already legalized in some places. This type of drug is becoming more popular as time goes on.

Medication For Pain Is Not The Solution - What Are The Alternatives?The marijuana plant has chemicals that can help to treat a range of illnesses.  It is already being used to decrease pain, inflammation and many muscle problems.

  It has been used very successfully for the treatment of epileptic seizures, with great relief for so many sufferers.

Medical marijuana overall has shown to have many health benefits.  According to surveys and research, marijuana is less dangerous, and not as addictive, as are many other prescription drugs on the market.

Of course there will always be some who will choose for a variety of reasons not to become in any way involved with marijuana in any form.

To reduce pain with carotenoids you can eat dark green vegetables, such as spinach, kale, mustard greens, or turnip, squash, carrots, sweet potato, just to mention a few.

Using strong antioxidants such as astaxathin is a natural carotenoid which is a potent inflammation and pain fighter.  Increase the intake of astaxathin as in salmon, red trout, red sea bream, lobster, shrimp, crab,etc.  These are just some to choose from.

Medication For Pain Is Not The Solution - What Are The Alternatives?The omega 3 fats found in krill oil are extremely effective at combating joint pain and inflammation.  Omega 3 from krill oil absorbs faster than those found in fish oil and is by far more potent.

Natural pain solutions can really work. There are constant remarkable discoveries about natural ways to lessen or reduce pain.

This goes far beyond what any other prescription pain-killer drug can do.  With natural pain solutions there are no negative side effects, with the exception that they will take longer to produce any effect than pain-killers.

Because there is no immediate improvement people often think that these natural pain solutions are not working and give up.

Yes the natural healing process takes longer, like a cut on a finger or hand, it will take its time to be healed by the body.

Healing time for pain is similar.  It becomes a healing process, unlike pain-killers which only suppress the symptom but do not heal the core problem.

Generally speaking,  people are becoming more aware all the time about the health risks of medications for pain.  But, because pain can sometimes be impossible to tolerate, we tend to seek relief as quick as possible with a pill.

Medication For Pain Is Not The Solution - What Are The Alternatives?

As a short-term solution there may not be much harm done but we know most pain will persist, therefore it is most crucial to change to an alternative solution for a proper long term healing process.

Your comments or experiences regarding this are welcome here.

 

The Difference Between Headache and Migraine

Headaches and migraines can vary greatly in severity, and each can create debilitating problems for the sufferer.  The major difference between headache and migraine are the causes, symptoms experienced, and the different ways that they are treated.

Although it is not uncommon for people to refer to a severe headache as a migraine, a migraine presents with much different symptoms than does a run of the mill headache.

The Difference Between Headaches and Migraines

A headache is simply a pain located in any area of the head or upper neck. More often than not, the pain experienced during a headache is not very severe and does not interrupt one’s daily routine.

There can be a few warning signs that a headache is coming on, including; a tingling sensation or pain in the area of the eye(s), tingling of the scalp, neck pain, and a throbbing without pain in the head.

Headaches can be caused by a variety of factors, and symptoms can vary greatly from one person to another. Following is a list of some common headache causing factors:

  • Stress
  • Tension
  • Hunger
  • Alcohol
  • Dehydration
  • Erratic sleep patterns
  • Preservatives and other food additives

Although these may be some of the common causes of headaches, illness and medications can also be a contributing factor.

Migraine headaches are much different than everyday headaches, and they can come on suddenly and seemingly without any reason at all. They have been described as an intense pulsating or throbbing sensation in one particular area of the head that comes and goes with repeat episodes, or attacks.

They can also  be accompanied by an extreme sensitivity to light and nausea and/or vomiting, and each episode can last up to several hours or even several days.

 

 

Migraine attacks can be so debilitating that the sufferer may only gain relief by finding a dark, quiet place in which to lie down and rest.

Other common migraine symptoms include:

  • Neck Pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Pain in the temples
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Seeing flashes of light or auras
  • Tingling sensations in the extremities, even numbness

The exact causes of migraine headaches are still not very well understood, but it is believed that genetics and environmental factors may play a significant role.

The Difference Between Headaches and Migraines

Regardless of the exact mechanism of migraines, there do seem to be some common migraine triggers, including:

  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Smoking
  • Allergies
  • Bright lights
  • Certain smells
  • Skipping meals
  • Menstrual cycles
  • Physical exertion
  • Environmental changes
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Bright lights and sun glare
  • Hormonal changes in women
  • Certain foods and/or food additives
  • Medications (such as oral contraceptives)

There are many treatments and drugs available to headache and migraine sufferers, but some of the most effective are to be found among the list of natural remedies for headaches, including:

  • Acupuncture
  • Scalp massage
  • Regular exercise
  • Dietary regulation
  • Proper sleeping position
  • Regulation of sleep schedule
  • Reading under sufficient lighting
  • Vitamin and mineral supplements
  • Chinese herbal formulations and teas
  • Abstinence from unhealthy lifestyle habits
  • Acupressure & Tui na Chinese medical massage

If you are experiencing frequent headaches , migraines, or any other chronic and/or severe pain, you could try consulting your local acupuncturist.

Do you have any comments or observations you would like to add?

 

6 Alarming Signs of Heart Disease

Modern lifestyle and day to day stress has made heart diseases one of the leading health risks people face today. This article will outline just some of the signs of heart disease.

In addition, heart disease  can comprise of:

  • Arrhythmia
  • Angina
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Heart failure
  • Infections related to heart

Most people think that the symptoms of heart disease are obvious, such as a sudden crushing feeling in the chest and shooting pains down the arms, followed by a fall to the floor.

6 Alarming Signs of Heart Disease

But you may develop heart disease without even knowing it, as some heart symptoms don't even happen in your chest.

Knowing the hidden signs of heart disease is crucial to get early treatment and prevent more serious health issues.

Thus, we have put together this quick guide to six of the most alarming hidden signs with their medical reasons which signifies that all is not well with your ticker.

  1. Light headedness and dizziness

Random dizziness or feeling faint can signpost the problems like an irregular heart rhythm or even a heart attack

Medical Reason- Drop in Blood pressure or an abnormal heart rate can cause reduced blood supply to the brain.

  1. Reduced tolerance to exercise

Struggling with physical activities that you previously found easy could be an indication that your heart is struggling.

Medical Reason- When your heart becomes unhealthy, it is less effective at pumping oxygen-rich blood to your muscles, and so physical activity becomes harder.

  1. Spontaneous sweating

6 Alarming Signs of Heart DiseasePerspiring at random moments, like while sitting or relaxing, could be an indication of heart disease.

Medical Reason- Heart problem can result in over-activation of the sympathetic nervous system which can make you sweat at unexpected times.

  1. Memory Loss

Memory loss and befuddled thinking is an understated sign, might first be noticed by friends or family before you do.

Medical Reason- Heart problem may cause restricted blood flow to the brain leading to injury to the brain cells resulting in memory loss.

  1. Swelling in feet

Your feet might feel sore and visibly swollen with no obvious explanation. This may go together with sudden weight gain.

Medical Reason- If your heart is not pumping well, the blood returning to the heart gets backed up causing the fluid to accumulate in the tissues of your legs, ankles and feet.

  1. Non-chest pain6 Alarming Signs of Heart Disease

Chest pain is not the only sign of a heart problem. The pain can also be felt in shoulders, arms, elbows, jaw or neck.

Medical Reason-It is termed "referred pain", i.e. a person feels pain in an area away from the actual source of the pain. This can occur when strong pain stimulus running along nerves overpower nearby nerves, causing pain to be felt elsewhere.

Prevention remains the best cure, whether you have symptoms or not. So, follow simple rules like no smoking, eat good, do exercise, stay healthy and your heart will remain healthy.

Please leave comments or questions below.

Does Stress Affect Your Health?

The question is,”Does stress affect your health”?   If you have elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure and or belly fat you need to read this article.

It will help you understand why taking medication is not the only answer or choice to reducing cholesterol.  I will share with you a general understanding of how stress drives up cholesterol, blood pressure and belly fat.

How Stress Drives Up Cholesterol, BP and Belly Fat - What to Do About It - It's Not Drugs

Elevated cholesterol is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and a big concern for many. The first question to ask is ” where does cholesterol come from”?

Research shows, 15-30% of the total blood cholesterol comes from your diet depending on what you eat.

Over the last 25 years or so there has been a huge public awareness campaign for people to stop eating cholesterol.  So we see food packages with a “no cholesterol” label.

And here is a key finding… many have actually reduced their cholesterol intake yet they may still have elevated cholesterol in their blood. How is this happening?

Your body makes cholesterol in the liver and this may account for some 70-85% of the total cholesterol in your blood.

So even if you eat zero cholesterol your body would make all it needs in the liver.How Stress Drives Up Cholesterol, BP and Belly Fat - What to Do About It - It's Not Drugs

A smart question to ask is “why is my body making cholesterol”?

What is stimulating it to produce it and an even better question would be “how can I slow it down”?   What is becoming very clear in the research is that one of the strongest stimuli on the liver to produce cholesterol is… insulin!

Yes that’s the hormone involved in blood sugar management.

Insulin is a very powerful stimulus that tells the body to store energy and produce cholesterol. In the liver it turns on enzymes that produce cholesterol. Insulin also stimulates the liver to make more LDL the “bad” cholesterol.

Now you are probable asking, “what makes my insulin levels go up”?

Great question. One of the biggest components is your diet and specifically your intake of the sugar spiking foods. We call these the High Glycemic foods.

It can also be the excessive intake of carbohydrates which as a society we take in way too many.

Nutrient insufficiencies can also contribute to “insulin resistance”.

This means the insulin receptors that help bring down blood sugar don’t work quite right, so the body compensates and produces more insulin to get the job done, and to drive the sugar into the cells.

There are also other factors at play that alter your physiology to increase insulin.

One very key player is lack of sleep.

Reducing your sleep from 8 hours to just 6 hours a night for 7 days can greatly increase your insulin production. (It will also increase hormones that make you eat more as well, and reduce your satiety so you don’t feel full and keep eating.)

And finally the elevated stress hormone, which is called cortisol, also drives up insulin in turn driving up cholesterol production.

Cortisol elevates blood sugar and insulin reduces it, thus they work in opposition. Chronic stress drives up insulin, which in turn drives up cholesterol production.

It is also interesting to note that lack of sleep also greatly drives up cortisol levels and feeds forward this cycle. Cortisol also directly acts directly on the liver to increase cholesterol production.

How Stress Drives Up Cholesterol, BP and Belly Fat - What to Do About It - It's Not Drugs

The story doesn’t stop here.

It has been know for a long time that elevated blood pressure is part of the “ticking time bomb” of cardiovascular disease.

It is not uncommon for many to have elevated cholesterol and elevated blood pressure and maybe even belly fat at the same time.

Insulin also working through multiple mechanisms contributes to “vascular inflammation” which is what drives up blood pressure (BP). And chronic stress also causes elevated blood pressure directly.

Earlier it was stated that insulin promotes storage of fat.

It does this everywhere on the body including the belly area. The fat tissue around your organs is unique in that it has high levels of cortisol receptors. What this means to you is…

when you are chronically stressed, your fat cells are continually getting the signal to “store fat”.

The external “symptom” is that you gain belly fat. It is a sign that your physiology is out of balance and has been for a while.  Simply cutting calories is not the answer to reducing belly fat.

It is vital to understand that belly fat sits in you not on you.

It sits deep within your abdominal area around your organs where it causes damage. It is the most dangerous type of fat.

There is a condition called Metabolic Syndrome which to simplify we could say is kind of like “pre-diabetes”.

Some of the “symptoms” include elevated blood pressure and or cholesterol, and or elevated LDL and low HDL and belly fat.  Can you see how these pieces of the puzzle work together to give or take away your health?

Elevated cholesterol is not your problem.

Your out of balance physiology which is driving up cholesterol production is.  And that’s most likely due to your lifestyle.

You have complete control over these factors! As a matter of fact, believe it or not, the major governing bodies that recommend treatment to doctors recommend diet and lifestyle before medications!

Now, you could use medications (statin drugs) to bring down your cholesterol.

And they can do that, but they do have some negative effects associated with them, including muscle pain and fatigue.

Or you could work “upstream” and take actions which give you direct control and which directly target the root cause of your elevated cholesterol (and other risk factors!). What’s your choice?

Some key solutions include:

Improving the amount of your sleep to the recommended eight hours per night.

Focus on reducing stress in all the different areas of your life (workplace, home life, life purpose, mission, direction, reducing sources of inflammation, financial stress, etc) .

How Stress Drives Up Cholesterol, BP and Belly Fat - What to Do About It - It's Not Drugs

And also key is reducing your intake of high glycemic carbohydrates.

It is important to reduce intake of “liquid candy” and boost your diet with key nutrients to overcome any shortfalls (multi vitamin-mineral).

Increasing both soluble and insoluble fibers: 

This will help to stabilize blood sugar, reduce insulin as well as bind cholesterol before it enters your blood which all bring cholesterol down.

I can also strongly recommend and encourage you to move more.

Can you move more for fun, joy purpose and socialization?  Of course you can.

Exercise helps tire one out so we sleep better.  It works better than any medication to improve insulin resistance and lower insulin levels.

It also  helps “burn” stress and fat and it gives our bodies muscle tone which is sexy! NICE. We did it as kids and we can do it as adults.

I hope this article serves you well and shows you how stress drives up your cholesterol, BP and belly fat. I also hope it empowers you to take control of your health.

Please feel free to comment or ask questions.

Natural Sound Sleep!

Natural sound sleep is something we all need, but are you one who easily gets to sleep, then you wake up at some point and cannot get back to sleep?

Or do you struggle to fall asleep, staying awake late into the night?

We take sleep for granted, assuming it will just happen… until it doesn’t.

The frustration of feeling tired more often than energetic is a growing problem that requires attention beyond medication.

Sound Sleep!

If you are ready to improve your sleep then consider implementing the following five steps.

 

  1.  Create a dark sleeping space.

Add room darkening curtains and remove any visible light from clocks or electronics.

You might also consider adding smart technology with LEDs for your bedside lamp that transition from energizing white light in the morning to calming, subdued orange light before bedtime.

 

2.  Establish a bedtime routine.

At least 30 minutes or more before sleeping, turn off all electronic devices: computer, TV, e-readers (Kindle, Nook or other), cell phone or any other device you use to “fall asleep” – the blue light emitted from each of these is actually stimulating brain waves to keep active.

Even if you fall asleep, your brain activity does not support a sound sleep, only a restless one. Turn it all off; anything truly important will be there tomorrow when you have more energy to be more efficient.

 

3.  Drink water.

Sound Sleep!

Optimal hydration is required for your body to help you sleep soundly!

Fatigue, headache, and food cravings are often a signal of dehydration, so drink more water. However, the water your body requires needs to be ingested during the activity of your day. Stop drinking any water or other beverage at least 1 hour before sleeping.

Do not keep a glass of water available to drink during the night. When you drink anything before bed or during the night you give your body permission to wake you up to use the bathroom.

Create a water intake habit that is met during waking hours. Aim to drink a minimum of 60+ ounces of water daily, or up to half your total body weight in ounces.

 

4.  Eat more vegetables.

Nutrition is a primary tool for getting your body to sleep more soundly.

Increased sugar or caffeine during the day will deplete nutritional reserves needed for digestive activity and sound sleep. Your body needs you to eat more vegetables and leafy greens rich in fiber and antioxidants.

These critical nutrients support your physical body to optimize your body’s metabolism.  All the colors of vegetables support digestive processes that reduce inflammation, improve nutrient absorption, and deliver more hours of restful sleep, greater energy during your waking hours.

Eat a minimum of 4 fist-sized servings of vegetables daily.

 

5.  Practice gratitude, mindfulness.

The purpose of all of these previous suggestions is to teach your body to let go of accumulated stress.

Consider breathing techniques or practice mindfulness options as a way to train your mind to embrace a still point for helping you to relax muscles and quiet unrelenting energy related to thinking or worrying.

There are true emergencies (or small children) that need attention regardless of sleep, but many of the stressors we reflect on are chronic issues, accumulating tension. They will be there tomorrow – let yourself sleep tonight.

Pray, breathe deep and slow, create thoughts of gratitude, sleep.

Commit to do these steps for 6 weeks by making just one change each week.

Sound Sleep!

Chart the hours you sleep each night and  create a total at the end of each week. Observe how your body responds to slow and steady changes.

The key to these steps is to add each one as a daily habit.

Transforming restless or interrupted sleep into sound sleep requires you to re frame existing habits. The profound benefit is a more energized, happy life.

If sleep is still elusive after 6 weeks of making changes, you may need the support of a nutritionist to evaluate any nutritional deficiency, dig a little deeper into your unique physiology or add supplemental support to reduce other factors known to interfere with sleep.

I am here to support you.  Feel free to ask questions or make comments.

Smart Ways That Technology Has Improved Dental Care

General dentistry services are instrumental in promoting oral health.  In this blog we will look at some of the smart ways that technology has improved dental care.

Smart Ways That Technology Has Revolutionized Provision of General Dentistry Services

The facilities that offer these services are keen on ensuring that they provide high-quality services to their customers. They do this by investing in advanced equipment and technologies.

Instant Results

Patients suffering from missing, damaged, or broken teeth used to have to make countless trips to the dentist and suffer through numerous painful injections. The recovery period after treatment was long and unpleasant.

With new technologies, such as crown printing and 3D imaging, dentists are now able to perform same-day procedures.

Some of the facilities have invested in computer-aided design and computer aided manufacturing technology (CAD-CAM) that captures and reproduces a 3D image of the damaged tooth and prints a perfect match in minutes.

Smart Ways That Technology Has Revolutionized Provision of General Dentistry Services

Messy impressions and temporary crowns are being phased out as a result of this technology.

Interactive Treatment Options

Using an advanced intra-oral camera, patients are able to see everything that the doctor is doing during the procedure. This small device also enables dentists to examine teeth in detail to recommend the most appropriate treatment.

In addition, the camera pinpoints the specific areas one should focus on when brushing, thereby promoting overall oral hygiene.

No More Pain

Many people fear going for checkups due to anticipated pain. Laser procedures have changed that fear by allowing personnel to conduct procedures, such as tooth extraction, painlessly.

For example, the CO2 dental laser equipment allows experts in this field to work on soft and hard tissues without exposing the patients to excruciating pain.

Safer and Faster Diagnoses

X-rays are used to diagnose various oral health conditions, especially conditions that affect the gums. Unfortunately, research studies have proven that traditional x-rays expose individuals to high levels of radiation, which can lead to other complications.

Smart Ways That Technology Has Revolutionized Provision of General Dentistry Services

On the flip side, modern digital x-rays machines have made the diagnostic process easier and safer. These images are transferred to a computer system for analyses in minutes, thereby enabling the expert to offer comprehensive treatment.

Concisely, digital x-rays provide more comfort and reduce a patient’s exposure to radiation by up to 90 percent.

Increase Profits and Reduce Overhead Costs

By investing in a modern practice management system, health care facilities save money and time, which was previously used to call patients to remind them of their upcoming appointments.

New programs also allow an office to capture and update a patient’s information and records automatically.

New management systems streamline these processes, thereby reducing overhead costs and increasing profits.

How about comments or questions?

Causes of Night Leg Cramps

The causes of night leg cramps have long been debated, but following are some of the possibilities, and most likely causes and remedies:

Nocturnal leg cramps are agonies that happen in the legs during the night. As a rule they cause arousal from rest, but they might likewise happen while conscious, during the evening amid times of dormancy.

Things to Know About Nocturnal Leg Cramps

These cramps are usually in the calf muscles but can likewise happen in the thighs or feet.

Nocturnal leg issues are very excruciating and cause the influenced muscles to feel tight or hitched. Pain might last from a few seconds up to a few minutes. There might likewise be muscle soreness after the issue leaves.

Cramps are more normal in grown-ups over age 50.  However, they   can happen in more youthful grown-ups and youngsters.  Both men and ladies appear to be similarly affected.

What causes Nocturnal leg spasms?

The reason for leg issues is in many cases obscure, yet a few cases have been connected to:

 .   Sitting for drawn out periods of time

 Over-use of the muscles

 Standing or playing sports on solid floors

.   Sitting in odd positions

Things to Know About Nocturnal Leg Cramps

Nocturnal leg issues have likewise been connected to certain other conditions . These include:

Pregnancy

Alcoholism

Dehydration/electrolyte uneven characters

Parkinson’s  disease

 Endocrine disarrangement (diabetes, hypothyroidism)

 Who gets Nocturnal foot spasms?

Anybody can get these sorts of spasms. On the other hand, they have a tendency to occur more frequently in individuals who are middle aged or more advanced in age..

Do I need any testing done to assess my leg issues?

On the off chance that leg issues are continuous and extreme, your specialist might arrange lab work to guarantee that there is no electrolyte lopsided characteristics.

What would I be able to do to keep these issues from happening?

Things to Know About Nocturnal Leg Cramps

  1.  Make sure, beyond any doubt, that you stay hydrated.  In other words, make sure that you drink at least six to eight glasses of water every day.

2.  Wear appropriately fitted shoes while still up .

3.  Gently extend your leg muscles before you go to rest.

4.  Spend a couple of minutes riding a stationary bike before going to bed.

5.  Keep covers and sheets free around your feet so toes are not twisted.

What would I be able to do to make nighttime leg issues leave in the event that they happen?

Immediately extending the affected muscle is generally the best approach to soothing the issue. You may have the capacity to ease the spasm by strolling around, shaking your leg, or rubbing the leg.

Even just putting weight on your feet may do the trick.  On the other hand, applying ice has additionally demonstrated some advantage.

Are nocturnal foot issues the same as eager legs disorder?

No. While both sorts of foot aggravations have a tendency to happen during the evening, or when you are very still, eager leg disorder does not bring about torment or cramping.

Eager leg disorder is to a greater extent a distress, or a creeping sensation, which culminates in a craving to move the legs. While moving, the anxiety is alleviated, yet the uneasiness returns when movement stops.

This does not happen with cramps where the fixed muscle should be effectively extended for alleviation.

Is there any prevention for leg issues?

Things to Know About Nocturnal Leg Cramps

If  known, dependable attempts to treat the basic cause first fail, then Vitamin E supplements or Vitamin B complex might be useful.

Magnesium supplements have likewise demonstrated some advantage, for the most part in pregnant ladies.

Quinine used to be utilized for the treatment of leg spasms, but because of its potential for genuine and life-undermining unfavorable impacts (heart arrhythmias, thrombocytopenia, and excessive touchiness responses), it is no longer recommended as a treatment option.

As always, your comments or questions are welcome.