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Understanding The Depression

In this blog we look at understanding the depression.

10 Things to Help You Understand Depression

Following are ten things to consider when viewed from the prospective of the depressed person:

1. Know That We’re Just As Confused As You.

We don’t have all the answers.   We barely have any.

Most people find the best way to start is by asking “What can I do to help?”

This is very kind, and for some even helpful, but people with depression usually always feel a sense of helplessness.

We don’t know what to do either.   If we did we’d be taking action… this shouldn’t be surprising but we don’t want depression either!

So while asking us for ideas is very thoughtful, we usually just don’t know.

2. We ENJOY Being Alone.

10 Things to Help You Understand Depression

  Being alone all the time makes it easier to be depressed.

  When we’re at our lowest, being alone can make us feel isolated and ignored.  However sometimes being alone is fun for us.

We can be ourselves all locked up in our room, and when we don’t feel very sad, it can even be enjoyable.

3. We’re Not Always Sad, But We’re Always Depressed.

10 Things to Help You Understand Depression

Yes, there is a difference. We’re not always ready to burst into tears, (though there are days) but we’re not happy very often.

“How are you feeling?” is also a commonly asked question; and a good one. However, when we’re not actively sad, but not happy either, it’s possible for us to feel nothing. Nothing at all!

Personally, I call it “feeling *meh”. Allow me to put it this way: at our happiest, we’re at your “kinda-happy”.

When we’re ecstatic, we’re at your “happy”. When we’re “kinda-happy”, we’re at your meh. And when we’re “meh”, we seem depressed.

Our normal mood is at a lower “happiness level” than someone without depression.  This may explain why we’re often asked “what’s wrong” when we’re not upset.

4. We’re Not Okay.

10 Things to Help You Understand Depression

Depression hurts.  It’s as simple as that.  It hurts us, it hurts you, it just hurts.

We don’t know how to end it, eventually we learn how to just barely cope. 

One thing can push us over the edge to the point where we’re banging our head against a wall screaming and crying just because we forgot to buy new body wash.

It sounds silly, and it is, and someone without depression can look at that and think that it’s not a big deal, but that’s how bad it is.

We’re just barely coping and any amount of stress can be enough to push us over the edge.

This isn’t to say that you should walk on eggshells around us or that we should be treated different. 

Please don’t do that, despite your best efforts it’ll end up making us feel incompetent and stupid.

This is not your fight, all we would like is your support.

5. Excessive Sleep Seems Necessary To Us.

10 Things to Help You Understand Depression

We’re so emotionally worn out from all the criticism we receive from ourselves that we’re always tired.

This is why we nap all the time, we sleep in, yet we still look tired when we’ve slept 14 hours in one day (give or take).

6. Sometimes We Want To Talk About It, Sometimes We Need To Figure It Out Ourselves.

10 Things to Help You Understand Depression

When we’re ready to talk to you, we want your undivided and unlimited attention.

This isn’t always possible, and we know that, but we still want it.

And yes, we know we’re being irrational.  However, sometimes, we don’t want to talk about it.  We want you to leave us alone and let us figure it out ourselves.

Again, irrational, and the way we explain that to you may leave you feeling hurt.  This is not our intention, please don’t take it personally.

It’s hard for us to tell you how we feel when we don’t completely understand it.

It’s important that you know that the sense of helplessness can be overwhelming.

Subconsciously, fixing our own problems (even though we usually can’t) is how we think we can get rid of that helplessness.

7. Don’t Suggest Therapy.

If we suggest it, help us out, talk it through, etc. but don’t suggest it.

We already feel different.  Suggesting therapy will only make us feel crazy, even if that’s not what you meant.

In certain cases, carefully suggesting a counselor may be helpful, but only if the person doesn’t realize they need help.

(If you plan to do this, it may be helpful to wait until the person is calm to address this.)

8. We Can Be Very Touchy.

We criticise ourselves A LOT, so anything you say can be twisted to be criticism.

Not your fault, it’s just a fact.

Please note that these are things that you should understand, not things that you should change about yourself.

You can’t solve this, but we can’t always help how we feel and it can seem like all of it is directed at you.  It’s not, we just aren’t always sure how to show this.

9. Sometimes We Want To Be Cuddled, Sometimes… Don’t Touch Us.

10 Things to Help You Understand Depression

It sounds sad but internal isolation is something we get used to.

While sometimes we want to curl up and cuddle and be held and cry and then feel better,  I find that usually we try to handle it by ourselves and don’t want to be shown any sign of sympathy.

10. We Know That It’s Hurting You Too, But We Don’t Know What To Do.

We can see the helplessness on your face when you can’t help us out, or don’t know what to do, and we’re sorry, even though there’s nothing we can do.

Maybe that’s part of the reasoning to our isolation.   We don’t want you to have to deal with it too.

We feel hurt, different, incompetent, depressed, and just generally helpless all the time.

This is in no way your fault, and we don’t know how you can help us.

All of these struggles are internal, whether they stemmed from an external source or not, and honestly the best thing you can give us is your patience and support.

Note: Not all of these will be true for everyone with depression.

Everyone’s different, with different levels of depression. You may find that only one or two of these pertain to your loved one.

Since depression is so often now days a side affect of trying to avoid the  Covid – 19, I will again recommend the e-book I did in my previous article. 

You can obtain it for yourself and loved ones here.(The price  is low and the value is high).

As I said before, the author does a masterful  and unbiased job of defining the virus, describing why it is so dangerous and offering tips on how to prevent the Covid – 19, and thus some of the depression discussed in this article.

Any comments?

How To Prevent The Covid – 19

The symptoms are obvious-scratchy throat, watering eyes, sneezing and coughing, and a slight fever.

Some Quick Tips to Gain a Stronger Immune System

Maybe it’s just the start of a cold or maybe it’s something more. It could be an upper respiratory infection such as Covid -19.

Here’s how you can avoid one, and what you should do if you have one.

Recognize the Symptoms

Often, an upper respiratory infection will mimic the symptoms of a cold.

The patient may run a slight fever, suffer from a scratchy or sore throat, and sneeze or cough often. They may complain about feeling slightly achy or chilled, just as with a cold.

Upper Respiratory Infections and How to Avoid Them

A cold may certainly evolve into an upper respiratory infection if the patient continues to sneeze and cough, and this is especially true if someone near them has a cold and they happened to walk past while this person was in the throes of a sneezing or coughing “fit”.

Though they often are not caused by a bacterial infection, a viral infection can be a likely culprit as well.

Any time someone who suffers from emphysema or has had pneumonia begins to develop an upper respiratory infection, medical attention is necessary so the infection won’t worsen and turn into something far worse.

Upper Respiratory Infections and How to Avoid Them

Asthma sufferers must also be careful around those with upper respiratory infections, as they are far more susceptible than the average person.

Avoidance and Treatment

One of the best ways to avoid an upper respiratory infection is to stay out of crowds.

This is especially true in fall and winter, when the weather and other conditions-such as children returning to school-may precipitate a more physically crowded environment.

Wash hands often with anti-bacterial soap or if soap and water are unavailable (such as when traveling) use an anti-bacterial hand sanitizer or hand-sanitizing lotion or gel.

Upper Respiratory Infections and How to Avoid Them

Should a coughing or sneezing fit occur, cover the mouth and nose, and try to sneeze “into” the shoulder or elbow to avoid spraying with contaminated mucus or sputum.

If you work in a health-related field, wear a facial mask around the nose and mouth.

Also try to avoid large groups of children and the elderly, as these two age groups are far more susceptible to lung trouble and upper respiratory infections.

If the infection doesn’t begin to clear itself from the body within a few days, or if symptoms last longer than 14 days, seek medical attention.

Most respiratory infections are caused by an irritant in the mucus membranes of the nose or throat.

Upper Respiratory Infections and How to Avoid Them

But sometimes the irritant can be viral or be caused by bacteria. If this is the case, a doctor may have to prescribe anti-biotic medication before the infection evolves into emphysema or pneumonia.

Upper respiratory infections can happen to anyone, but they are more likely to occur in the fall or winter months.

They are more likely to cause difficulties for small children, the elderly, or anyone who may already suffer from respiratory difficulties.

The best way to avoid infection is to frequently wash hands, avoid crowds, and seek medical attention when appropriate.

Upper Respiratory Infections and How to Avoid Them

You can be the one to take control of your own well being.

In case, you have to roll out a few improvements in your dietary patterns and in your way of life, then do it!

I trust you will discover it to be well justified.

As to preventing the Covid – 19 in particular, I highly recommend that you procure for yourself and your loved ones  this clear and helpful e-book (The price  is low and the value is high).

The author does a masterful  and unbiased job of defining the virus, describing why it is so dangerous and offering tips on how to prevent the Covid – 19.

Any comments?

Self Compassion Scale

Of the many types of arthritis, about 120 of them altogether,  osteoarthritis is the one most people are suffering from.

Anti Arthritis Solution: Ease The Pain And Ward Off Those Creaky Joints

Anyone with arthritis can endure endless pain, stiffness in the joints and struggle to move. This is the one that causes the “wear and tear” damage in the joints.

Osteoarthritis is a deterioration of the joints whereby the cartilage has worn away so bone rubs on bone.

There are many people paying big amounts of money for surgery and joint replacement which doesn’t always fix the problem.

Lifestyle changes and arthritis diets have become more successful over the years, therefore a better and safer option than replacements.

Arthritis does tend to occur more as we get older.

There are ways we can stop joint pain and its associated symptoms.

To avoid painful and expensive surgeries which cannot be reversed, therefore, the better option is to try everything that is available first.

Rheumatoid versus osteoarthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is the second most common form of arthritis. This type of arthritis is more common in younger people than osteoarthritis,

In some cases teenagers and even younger ones can get it.

The symptoms of both are similar such as pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of mobility. The treatment for both forms of arthritis is the same.

Anti Arthritis Solution: Ease The Pain And Ward Off Those Creaky Joints

The first thing required is the right diet where the body can select the right minerals to lubricate the joints.

The body will draw nutrient rich fluid from the diet to repair and keep the joints healthy and pain-free.

Research and tests have shown that over time cartilage cells can repair themselves and restore vital tissues around them.

Although, exercise is just as important as the diet itself movements of the joints and staying as active as possible is part of that healing process.

All of this is not an overnight solution; this will take time, lots of time.

Therefore many people give up and go back to drug medicine and pain killers with horrible side effects and worsening conditions.

To have some relief from pain use an infrared light, also keep the joints warm as much as possible. This is often the case for people to feel less pain by moving to a warm climate.

Weight is an issue

Anti Arthritis Solution: Ease The Pain And Ward Off Those Creaky Joints

Weight has also an influence on joints; just a few kilos you carry above the normal recommended body weight adds extra stress to the already weak joints.

That will obviously speed up their wear and tear and increase the risk of developing the condition even more.

Losing some weight can make a big difference to ease that extra pressure to the joints.

Inflammation

This is an insidious disease that can affect other organs in your body and gradually increase change and decay.

Therefore, an inflammatory condition in your body can bring on arthritis and joint pain.

The types of food you eat can worsen or improve that condition.

There are other signs brought on by inflammation such as mood issues, aches and pain, memory impairment, brain fog, etc.

Anti Arthritis Solution: Ease The Pain And Ward Off Those Creaky Joints

Any symptoms as such should not be ignored.

Choose the right diet and oils

The right type of food and supplementation is crucial to treat arthritis, such as multi-vitamins that contain vitamin C, E, zinc, B 6, copper and boron are important to have in your diet.

It has been found that some nutrients, minerals and vitamins have been deficient in diets and therefore worsens that condition when suffering from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Anti Arthritis Solution: Ease The Pain And Ward Off Those Creaky Joints

With a little bit of effort you can find a big improvement making your own homemade bone broth.

It’s good for arthritis as it has a number of important nutrients, such as minerals, silicon, glucosamine and sulphate which will help to rebuild bones and cartilage.

Also add to your diet a mixture of nuts or any other product that is rich in omega 3 oils.

You can get hardly enough of omega 3 when treating arthritis which is the best anti inflammatory agent.

Select a variety of fish in your diet as well as krill oil which is more potent than fish oil.

For cooking, frying etc. use macadamia or coconut oil which have a tremendously high smoke point. 

Macadamia oil has one of the healthful fats you can eat, monounsaturated fatty acids.

Cold pressed olive oil is best for salads and toppings, as well take at least one tablespoon every day.

Here are some of the unhealthiest oils to stay away from:

Any vegetable oils may sound healthful but they are not, such as soybean, canola, safflower and cotton seed oils.

 It is worth  remembering.  The most important step to a healthy painless life is the change to a healthful diet!

Feel free to add your comments or observations.

Long Term Effects of Opiates

Heroin, Codeine, papaverine and morphine all are related drugs, as they all have the same source. 

Addiction of Opiates

These drugs are deprived from the latex produced from the plant opium, which is scientifically called papaver somniferum from the family papaveracea, by incision.

Generally, drugs that are deprived from this plant are called opioids.

Clinically:  are considered as narcotic analgesics, they are usually combined with anesthetics.

They also can be used as cough sedatives and astringent in diarrhea.

But the abuse of these drugs without consulting a physician or a pharmacist always leads to dependency and then addiction.

This article will focus on the pharmacological effect of opioids, the symptoms that result from their abuse and withdrawal and how to treat or overcome their addiction.

1- Let’s start with Morphine:

Addiction of Opiates

It’s the most strong sedative, it changes the way of perception of pain, it’s given mainly as injection before and after operations and during anesthesia, also acts as gastric sedative.

Although the CLINICAL doses DO NOT CAUSE ADDICTION.

It’s highly addictive, the body builds up tolerance to it so larger and larger doses may be necessary to have the same effect.

Morphine also depresses the function of the brain center that controls respiration so high doses of morphine can kill by respiratory arrest.

Morphine interacts mainly with the opioid receptors in certain brain cells and other anatomical structures as the gastrointestinal tract and the urinary bladder.

Effects of morphine on the body include:

1- Pin point pupil.

2- Vomiting.

3- Decrease the reflex effect of cough.

4- Morphine decreases the respiratory rate by depression of respiratory centers, which may cause death by overdosing.

5- Analgesia.

6- Morphine activates the reward system of the brain leading to the sense of contentment.

7- Morphine releases histamine from mast cells leading to urticaria

8- Increases the secretion of growth hormone.

Dependence and tolerance to the drug:

Dependence to morphine occurs due to its effects of depression, sedation and analgesia.

Withdrawal produces a series of autonomic, motor, and psychological responses that incapacitate the individual and cause serious symptoms, although it is rare that the effects cause death.

2- Codeine:

Addiction of Opiates

Codeine is a moderately strong opiate drug that is used in pain relief when combined with acetaminophen and for the suppression of coughs at doses that don’t cause analgesia.

Codeine crosses the blood brain barrier and activates the reward system in the brain by stimulating the release of certain neurotransmitters.

Some individuals use for legal medical purposes, but over time develop an addiction problem.

After prolonged use an individual develops a tolerance for this substance and needs to take more and more of the drug in order to feel the effects.

3- Heroin:

Addiction of Opiates

Heroin is considered an opiate not an opioid as it’s synthesized partially in a lab by the acetylation of morphine.

Heroin is highly addictive opiate drug which is considered to be the most common of them.

Heroin is more potent than morphine

Most street heroin is cut with substances as sugar or starch or powdered milk, therefore heroine abusers don’t actually know the true strength of the drug, and they are at high risk of overdose and death.

Heroine is commonly injected, sniffed or smoked.

Treatment of addiction of opiates:

Addiction of Opiates

It’s not simple. Because addiction is a chronic disease, people can’t simply stop using drugs for a few days and be cured.

Buprenorphine: partial agonist that has mild opiate effects and reduces withdrawal cravings ( popular in France)

Doloxine: psychotic way to detoxification, but the side-effects are nasty.

 Any comments or observations?

Natural Remedies Hair Loss

Hair plays an important role in establishing the identity of every individual.  Thus, we investigate here, natural remedies hair loss.

Top 10 Natural Remedies for Hair Loss

A head full of shining and healthy hair increases the level of attraction in a person’s identity.

However, hair loss is a major problem that deprives people from their attractive hair.

It can occur due to various reasons like ageing, extreme stress, genetic reasons, hormonal imbalance, and infections on scalp.

Also,natural deficiencies, excessive smoking, and usage of chemical products, autoimmune diseases, thyroid disorder, chronic illnesses, and consumption of heavy medications.

Here are the top home remedies that can slow down the speed of hair loss.

  • Regular Hair Oil Massage

Top 10 Natural Remedies for Hair Loss

Massage your scalp with appropriate oil such as olive oil or almond oil to reduce the speed of hair loss.

It conditions the scalp, increases blood flow to the hair follicles, and gives strength to the hair’s roots.

  • Apply Onion Juice

Onion juice has high sulfur content, which reduces inflammation, regenerates follicles and improves blood circulation to the hair follicles. It also kills germ, parasites, and treats scalp infections.

  • Use Aloe Vera

Top 10 Natural Remedies for Hair Loss

 

There are enzymes present in Aloe Vera which directly influence healthy growth of your hair.

Aloe Vera has alkalizing properties which bring the scalp and hair’s pH balance to the required level and thus helps in hair growth.

  • Fenugreek

Fenugreek, which is commonly known as Methi in India, can help prevent hair loss. Hormone antecedents are present in Fenugreek seeds which help hair growth and rebuild hair follicles.

  • Indian Gooseberry

Top 10 Natural Remedies for Hair Loss

Indian Gooseberry which is commonly known as Amla in India.  Indian gooseberry provides a high dose of vitamin C, which reduces the speed of fall of hair.

Calcium, vitamins B and C, phosphorus, potassium, protein, and carbohydrates are present in beetroot juice.

For healthy hair growth, all these nutrients are quite essential.

  • Coconut Milk

Essential fats and proteins present in coconut milk prevent hair loss and promote hair growth.

  • Flax Seeds

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in abundance in flax seeds, which reduce the speed of loss and encourage hair growth.

  • Licorice Root

Licorice root opens the pores, soothe the scalp and removes irritations, which helps to prevent hair loss and damage.

  • Chinese Hibiscus

Top 10 Natural Remedies for Hair LossThe natural properties of Chinese hibiscus flower can help to treat hair loss.

It can be used to prevent split ends, cure dandruff, thicken hair and stop premature greying.

Hair transplant performed by the best hair transplant surgeon is surely one of the most effective treatments that can bring back hair on an individual’s head permanently.

If you’re facing this problem then you could follow some of these natural remedies to at least reduce the speed of hair loss.

Feel free to leave comments or observations.

Good Blood Pressure Numbers

A question that is often asked is ‘”What are good blood pressure numbers?”

How to Say Goodbye to Blood Pressure Problems

There are about a million-and-one health concerns we have, especially as we get older.

The doctor is probably talking to you about blood pressure, weight, nutrition, respiratory health, muscular/skeletal health and more, all at the same time.

This can all be a little overwhelming, yet luckily, being all around healthy may be easier than you think.

One of the biggest issues people begin to run into, especially as they get older, is blood pressure.

Too high or too low, whatever it is, having blood pressure that’s out of whack can throw your whole system off.

Luckily there are a ton of different methods out there that can help you get your blood pressure back on track, a lot of which will improve your overall health in many different areas!

How to Say Goodbye to Blood Pressure Problems

#1 Blood Pressure Check-Ups

You’re probably already receiving regular check ups at your doctor, but it’s good for you to be able to check in-between visits yourself.

There are several different types of equipment you can use to do this, so you should choose the one that works best for you.

1. The Aneroid Monitor

This is the cheaper option, but it is a little more of a hassle. It uses a pointer in order to let you read your own blood pressure.

2. The Digital Monitor

The digital monitor is quick and easy and allows you to check your blood pressure point-blank with a digital reading.

#2 Lifestyle Changes

How to Say Goodbye to Blood Pressure Problems

This can seem like a daunting task, but when you’re being plagued with bad blood pressure, the first place you should look is in your lifestyle habits.

What does your diet look like?

Sodium is a huge culprit for giving people unhealthy blood pressure levels, so cut that out where you can.

Also, try eating more vegetables and fruits.  It becomes easier and easier, and more fun and enjoyable, to eat natural foods like this the more you do it.

You’ll begin to acquire a taste for it, and you won’t even be interested in the junk food you once ate.

If you smoke or drink excessively, try to cut back.

How to Say Goodbye to Blood Pressure Problems

It’s certainly not easy at all to cut back on these things when you’ve created a dependency to them, but with a little help from your doctor, you can make the process easier.

Exercise is another area that you should pay careful attention to.

Exercise in general will help even the healthiest looking body work better, but if you’re overweight, then you’re at a higher risk of dangerous levels of BP.

Whether you’re overweight, underweight or just right, exercise will always help your BP and overall health.

The best part about this is that eating healthy will help you in virtually all aspects of health, not just BP.

If you find it hard to get motivated, try getting an exercise buddy so that the two of you can encourage each other, and have a little fun while you’re doing it.

#3 The Numbers

How to Say Goodbye to Blood Pressure Problems

Now for some of the numbers I promised which should give you targets to shoot for.

According to my own Life Source Instruction Guide the figures are as follows:

For adults within the US:                                                                                                                                                                                                               Normal  less than120 (systolic) and less than 80 (diastolic)   Prehypertension   120-139/80-89                                                       Stage 1 Hypertension  140-159/90-99                                             Stage 2 Hypertension  greater to or equal to 160/100″

“SOURCE: The Seventh Report of the Joint National Commission on Prevention, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure for Adults.                                          National Heart Lung and Blood Institute – May 2003”

 

For adults outside of the US  (e.g.  Canada, Mexico):

Optimal    less than 120 (systolic and less than 80 diastolic  Normal    less than 130/85                                                                        High-Normal    130-139/85-89                                                               Stage 1 Hypertension     140-159/90-99                                           Stage 2 Hypertension    160-179/100-109                                     Stage 3 Hypertension     greater than or equal to 180/greater or equal to 110″

“SOURCE:  Standards to access high blood pressure, without regard to age or gender, have been established by the World  Health Organization (WHO).”


#4 Fall Back On Your DoctorHow to Say Goodbye to Blood Pressure Problems

If you’ve tried these lifestyle changes and you’re still dealing with dangerous BP levels, talk to your doctor about your next options.

Doctors can provide you with professional guidance, medications, and personalized care plans that will work best for you.

 

Feel free to leave comments

What’s The Difference Between Allergies And A Cold?

In this article we will be investigating what’s the difference between allergies and a cold?

Is It An Allergy, or Is It A Cold?

After successfully surviving this winter without a cold, not even a sniffle, I was feeling pretty good about things.  After all, I do write articles about staying healthy.  Thus, I am supposed to stay healthy and not be sick.

Then it happened!   All of a sudden I began to feel a little bit puny, started sneezing, and developed a runny nose.  As a person who doesn’t usually experience allergies, I was puzzled.

I had not even been around anyone who had a cold.

  But one afternoon when I was cleaning for a friend who had been hospitalized and undergoing rehab for several months, I did kick up a lot of dust, mixed with powder and cat hair that had been there for many months.

At first, I just thought I was extra tired because of having had a couple long, hard days of doing physical work.

Is It An Allergy, or Is It A Cold?

However, when the sneezing and sniffles showed up, I started analyzing.  What is this?  Do I have a cold?  Have I developed a new allergy that I never had before?

Thus, I looked at common symptoms of colds and of allergies. 

My conclusion was that most likely I had acquired a dust mite allergy, which did go away in a few days.

COLD SYMPTOMS

Usually last between 3 and 14 days

Usually occurs in the winter

Frequent coughing

Sometimes the person aches

Sometimes fatigue

Often a sore throat

Itchy, watery eyes is rare

Often a runny nose

Congestion

Sneezing

ALLERGY SYMPTOMS

Is It An Allergy, or Is It A Cold?

Could last days to months, as long as you are exposed to it

Could occur anytime or be seasonal

Sometimes coughing

No aches

Sometimes fatigue

Often itchy, watery eyes

Sometimes a sore throat

Often a runny nose

Congestion

Sneezing

A cold is caused by a virus and is contagious. An allergy can be caused by many things, but is not contagious.

Is It An Allergy, or Is It A Cold?

What really causes an allergic reaction is your own immune system.

Allergies get started because of exposure.   Even though you’ve been there many times, for some reason this time, the body flags it as an invader.

At this time the immune system studies the allergy and gets ready for the next exposure by developing antibodies, which are special cells designed to protect it.

That activates other cells called mast cells. The mast cells are responsible for allergy symptoms in the lungs, skin, lining of the nose and the intestinal tract.

There are various kinds of allergens:

Is It An Allergy, or Is It A Cold?

Airborne allergens, such as pollen, animal dander, dust mites and mold.

Certain foods, such as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, eggs and milk.

Insect stings.

Medications, such as penicillin.

Latex, or other things you touch.

Many people become allergy victims from time to time.  If you are one of those people, you may want to take a look at some natural ways to avoid that nuisance condition.

To start with, there may be certain foods you could avoid, such as dairy products and sugar.

Otherwise, don’t eat the kind of foods that contribute to mucous and congestion.

Is It An Allergy, or Is It A Cold?

There are also certain foods that may be helpful such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, and flax seed.  You may need to drink more fluids, especially water, too.

There are also things you can do in your environment to help reduce the likelihood of getting allergies:

*Wash your bedding each week to avoid dust mites

*Use non-toxic cleaning products

*Wear a mask when doing yard work, gardening, or working in dusty conditions

*Clean your living environment.

*Clean or replace your carpet

*Get rid of clutter that collects allergens

*Check your house for mold and pollen. Get a dehumidifier

*Wash your clothes after working outside

The above lists of what to do and what not to do could probably go on and on.

As with most issues in life which affect our health, obviously the better you have taken care of yourself on a daily basis, the fewer problems you should have with other issues, such as allergies.

So, in my opinion, the standard advice applies here, too. Eat your veggies, take your vitamins, exercise, and get plenty of sleep, and drink lots of water ( one-half an ounce of water daily for each pound you weigh).

Is It An Allergy, or Is It A Cold?

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Are there any comments or observations?

How To Prevent Kidney Problems

Nowadays the frequency in cases of kidney damage are being diagnosed at an alarming rate.   Therefore, it is important to know how to prevent kidney problems.

Prevention of Kidney Failure and Diseases

There are many causes of kidney failure, which could be avoided due to an unhealthy habit or lifestyle. 

In this post  I shall dwell on some of these habits and the effects they could have on the kidneys.

You will also find out how you can keep the organs healthy, through a conscious effort, to avoid behavioral patterns that negatively affect the kidney’s functionality.

The kidneys are like two bean-shaped organs that extract waste and toxins from the blood stream and balance the fluids within the body.

They also form urine and performs other essential functions like regulation of blood pressure through the salt and water balance, and aid in red blood cell production in the body.

The kidneys are located on each side of the spine in the back muscles below the rib cage

Prevention of Kidney Failure and Diseases

There are common symptoms that indicate a problem of the kidney organs, like a change in color and quantity of your urine, dizziness, fatigue, breathing challenges, and sudden pain in the body.

The following are common habits that could damage the kidneys.

1. Insufficient intake of water:

The functions of water in the body are numerous, and it has no substitute. Taking carbonated or energy drinks cannot replace the need for water as dehydration usually results in kidney failure.

The kidneys flush out metabolic waste from the body and regulate erythrocyte production.   However, if the blood is concentrated because of lack of adequate water, it inhibits the ability of the kidneys to eliminate toxins in the body.

Therefore, the kidneys need to be properly hydrated to perform their functions correctly.  You need to take at least 12 glasses of water on a daily basis to ensure your body is hydrated.

 

Prevention of Kidney Failure and Diseases

 

2. High Salt consumption:

Although intake of salt is essential to the body, too much consumption of salt can cause damage to your kidneys.

It’s important to curtail the quantity of salt you add while cooking as it could pose a serious threat to your health and kidneys.

The kidneys metabolize 95% of the sodium taken through food consumed, and the kidneys work harder to extract the excess salt if it’s high.

This could reduce the functioning of the kidneys as it becomes strained due to the work pressure exerted on them and the result is retention of water in the body.

A consequence of water retention is an increase in the blood pressure and the risk of kidney disease or failure. You should be mindful of how much salt you consume and your choice of diet.

3. Filled up bladder:

 

It’s important to empty the bladder no matter the number of times you have to use the restroom for that purpose.

The urge to urinate is a signal from the body to get rid of toxic waste, and when you delay this pressure urge, it could result in kidney failure.

Urine contains bacteria and when it stays in the bladder more than necessary these bacteria could multiply which could cause a kidney infection or a urinary tract infection.

It’s imperative to empty your bladder whenever the urge arises.

4. Excessive drinking of Alcohol:

Prevention of Kidney Failure and Diseases

Excessive drinking can lead to serious damage to the kidneys. If you must drink then, let it be done in moderation.   My doctor friend recommends complete abstinence from drinking alcohol.

However, you may drink red wine occasionally due to the health benefit it yields for the heart.

A high quantity of alcoholic beverages causes uric acid to be stored up in the renal tubules which lead to tubular obstruction.

5. Cigarette smoking:

Lots of research by medical practitioners all contend that smoking is bad for all organs of the body, including the kidneys.

Several studies have shown the relationship between tobacco use and kidney disease among affected patients who indulge in smoking.

Different health challenges are associated with smoking of cigarettes and kidney disease is not an exception.   

Smoking reduces the blood flow in the body as it also constricts the blood vessels in the kidneys.

It also accelerates the blood pressure and heart rate.

The best you could do for yourself is to put a stop to smoking if that’s a dangerous lifestyle you are engaged in, to avoid the attendant health challenges it poses.

Prevention of Kidney Failure and Diseases

6. High Protein diet:

Enormous intake of food containing protein like red meat, and other forms of the animal protein can increase the risk of developing kidney disease.

Beef, Pork or Lamb consumption should be reduced to the barest minimum or entirely avoided. Furthermore, people with kidney disease should avoid eating any type of red meat as it exacerbates the kidney disease and condition.

7. Use of Analgesics:

If you are fond of taking pain relievers, especially without medical prescription then it’s time to stop.

Consuming any form of analgesics to reduce pain, inflammation or feverish condition should be done with the prescription of a physician

Research shows that long-term use of analgesics without prescription may reduce the flow of blood to the kidneys and result to kidney failure.

8. Ignoring infections:

You could have damage to your kidneys due to common infections like cold, cough, the flu, tonsillitis among others.

These common diseases have bacteria or viruses that can damage your kidneys if not treated in time.

It goes without saying that you should treat common infections appropriately and immediately to avoid any further breakdown of your health.

9. Lack of sleep:

Prevention of Kidney Failure and Diseases

The benefits of sleep to health should not be overlooked. You need an average of 7 hours sleep every day to stay fit and healthy.

Organ tissues go through a renewal process while you sleep, so the lack of sleep disrupts this normal process which could result in damage to the kidneys and other vital organs.

Sleeplessness may also cause high blood pressure so it’s better to adopt a healthy sleeping lifestyle that would enhance your health.

10. Lack of exercise:

Exercise is an excellent means of staying healthy, and it improves your level of fitness and well being.

Studies reveal that people who exercise regularly have lower risks of developing kidney diseases in comparison to others who have engaged in little or no form of exercise.

How about comments or observations.

Dealing With Depression Tips

With Covid-19 running wildly throughout the world and causing many new forms of stress, it seems timely to present an article based on dealing with depression tips.

Depression: Is Self-Awareness An Important Part Of Dealing With Depression?

Everyone on this planet will have experienced physical pain at one point or another, and there is also the chance that they have suffered mentally and emotionally.

Although it could be said that there is a greater awareness around the former than the latter, it doesn’t mean that this is because what is taking place within can simply be overlooked.

One Outlook

As based on how today’s world is, it would be easy to say that what is taking place at a mental and emotional level is not as important as what is taking place at a physical level.

There is then no reason for each area to receive the same amount of attention and everything should stay as it is.

If one has suffered on the inside, they will know that physical pain is not something that is more important. They could find it hard to understand why the world is the way it is, and this is to be expected.

Another View

At the same time, if one hasn’t suffered in the same way, they might find it hard to understand why someone would have this outlook.  In their eyes, it could be seen as something that doesn’t have much of an effect on how someone experiences life.

Depression: Is Self-Awareness An Important Part Of Dealing With Depression?

In this case, if they were to come across someone who is suffering internally, they might wonder why they can’t just ‘get over it’, for instance. They could believe that these kinds of people are weak.

Advice

Therefore, if they were to come across someone who is suffering, they may tell them that they need to toughen up. And that if they were to start taking action or to simply change their life, they would soon feel better.

Still, it would be inaccurate to say this outlook will apply to everyone that hasn’t suffered, as there will be people that have good understanding of what it is like.

This could be a sign that they have friends and/or family who have a mental and emotional problem.

In The Past

Along with this, one may also have suffered in one way or another in the past, and this then gives them a deeper understanding of what it is like.

Depression: Is Self-Awareness An Important Part Of Dealing With Depression?

Either way, they will have the ability to empathize with people who are suffering as opposed to dismissing their experience.

As when one looks down on people who suffers from depression or wonders why they can’t just ‘get it together’, it can be a sign that they find it hard to empathize.

But if they do have this ability, then it shows that something is stopping them from putting themselves in these people’s shoes.

Shame

One of the reasons why physical pain receives more attention than mental and emotional pain is due to a number of reasons. For so long, having mental and emotional problems has been seen as something to be ashamed of.

Depression: Is Self-Awareness An Important Part Of Dealing With Depression?

This has then stopped people from reaching out for the support that they need and it then sets them up to suffer in silence.

Fortunately, as time has passed, this is starting to change; however, there are still plenty of people who are still unable to reach out for the support they desperately need.

Part of Life

Having a mental and emotional problem can then become a life sentence and not something that one can gradually move beyond.

It then won’t matter what kind of condition their body is in, as they won’t be able to enjoy the life that they have been given.

 One of the most common mental and emotional problems that someone can suffer from is depression.

This can be a something that is fairly mild, or it can be something that is far more extreme.

Depression

Depression: Is Self-Awareness An Important Part Of Dealing With Depression?

Through this experience, one can feel down and lose interest in life. Each day will then be a struggle. This is not to say that everyone experiences depression in the same way, as there can be a difference in how if affects people.

At the same time, this is how a lot of people experience life when they are depressed.  And when one ends up feeling depressed, they can end up suffering in silence or they can go and see their doctor, for instance.

The Second Option

If one was to go and see their doctor, they might end up being referred to a therapist and/or end up being put on antidepressants.

It could be said that it would be better for them to work with a therapist than to simply take something.

The reason for this is that it will give them the chance to look into why they are experiencing life in this way, whereas if they were to simply take something, they wouldn’t be able to gain a better understanding of themselves.

There is also the chance that it might be better for them to avoid taking anything, but this can all depend on the circumstances.

Self-Reflection

Depression: Is Self-Awareness An Important Part Of Dealing With Depression?

Through working with a therapist, it will give them the chance to bring their attention within themselves and to take a deeper look into why they are experiencing life in this way.

Yet this doesn’t mean that one needs to work with a therapist in order to do this, as they can do this by themselves.

This can be a time where one can think about when they first started to experience life in this way and what was taking place for them at that time. Or if this in an experience that comes and goes; they can look into what takes place when it comes and what takes place when it goes.

A Process

When one’s point of focus is on what is taking place within them, they will be observing their thoughts, emotions and sensations.

The feelings that arise within then could relate to something that has occurred during their adult life or what took place during their childhood.

This can then mean that one is carrying trapped emotions in their body, and this will have an effect on what is taking place in their head.

But like most things in life, it can take a while before one is able to observe what is taking place within themselves.

Different Factors

At the same time, this doesn’t mean that depression is also caused by what is taking place within them, as it can be due to what they eat, the kind of environment they live in and what has been passed down from their ancestors.

When their experience is not their own and it has been passed down, they will be suffering out of their need to be loyal.

Awareness

Through developing self-awareness one will be able to get the ball moving and from here, they can begin to see  why they are experiencing life as they are.

The alternative would be for one to have absolutely no awareness of what is taking place within them and it would then be a lot harder for them to change their life.

Depression: Is Self-Awareness An Important Part Of Dealing With Depression?

If one wants to develop self-awareness, they can do this through working with a therapist and by meditating. Reading books on self-development can also help.

Are there any comments or observations?

Alzheimer Interesting Facts

Tere are many aspects of Alzheimer interesting Facts that are worth investigatingAlzheimer's Facts and Myths

Many people are taking care of their senior loved ones. They may be suffering from Age Induced Medication Mistakes (AIMM’s). This is a normal part of the aging process.

What is Alzheimer’s Disease and what causes it?   Age is the No. 1 risk factor. The older you are, the more likely you are to get Alzheimer’s.   The actual cause isn’t fully known.

The list of things that don’t cause dementia includes aluminum cans and cooking pots, flu shots, artificial sweeteners, and silver dental fillings.

 Dementia is a generic term for having trouble with learning and memory and function. 

Alzheimer's Facts and Myths

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It accounts for up to 60% to 80% of all cases. Other types of dementia include:

  • Vascular Dementia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Drug side effects
  • Brain Damage
  • Alcoholism

These symptoms may get better when treated. Alzheimer’s on the other hand can not get better with medication. There are some experimental drugs that have been shown to slow the progress.

Alzheimer’s Myths

Can a better diet slow or cure the disease?   As of today, the answer is No.

There is no current vitamins or supplements that have been shown to affect Alzheimer’s.  Research suggests a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, and nuts to help protect your brain’s function.

Alzheimer’s is Inherited (myth) 

Alzheimer's Facts and Myths

Your genetics play a role, though. If you have a parent or sibling with Alzheimer’s, you’ll have a higher chance of getting the disease. That’s something you can’t change.

Repeating yourself, getting lost when going to a familiar place, and showing fuzzy thinking skills all show up after the process of Alzheimer’s has already begun in the brain.

Researchers believe the disease may start to cause physical changes years or decades before symptoms appear.

Memory Loss Begins

It’s normal to forget your car keys or to forget to pay a bill. It’s a warning sign you may be developing Dementia if you forget lots of things, big events or taking your medication.

It’s normal to forget pills but finding them in the microwave, or accusing a loved one of stealing them is not.

Alzheimer’s is normal for Seniors (myth)

No, Age Induced medication Errors (AIMM’s) is Normal.

Alzheimer’s isn’t a normal part of aging.

It’s true that most people who get it are over 65. Statically the risk doubles every 5 years after 65. That being said, nearly 75% of 85-year-olds don’t have it. It can start young in rare cases.

Alzheimer’s prevention Techniques

Studies are inconclusive. They don’t show evidence that doing mental work can prevent Alzheimer’s.  But it may help build brainpower that helps you hold off memory loss.

For general health, it’s a good idea to work out your brain every day.

New Wave of Medications

Alzheimer’s medication studies are on the fore front of medical research.

Alzheimer's Facts and Myths

The public and private outpouring of support is a sign that one day the disease will be cured. 

Caregivers take heart, you are true angels if you are taking care of an individual with Advanced Alzheimer’s.

Any comments?

Mindfulness Stress Reduction Healing

You live in the industrialized world and have been affected by stress at some point in your life.   But more than ever, right now, there is a need for mindfulness stress reduction healing.

How Mindfulness Can Help You Reduce Stress

Chances are, if you are reading this, you have access to electricity, an internet connection and a smartphone.

Stress in modern times is unavoidable.  This could never be truer that right now in the midst of the current world wide pandemic of Covid-19.

It is the frontier for worry and anxiety, reflecting the conditions our ancestors faced on the plains of the Savannah centuries ago.

The mention of stress has found its way into everyday use.  Teenagers now use the term to describe rising stress levels studying for mid-term exams.

But are we stressed or feigning the symptoms to drawn attention to our struggles?

One Thing Is Certain, Stress Is Real

How Mindfulness Can Help You Reduce Stress

Yet how your body interprets it varies from person to person.

In fact, your tolerance for stress is different to a trained Navy Seal soldier. Yet, we can all agree, when pushed beyond our stress point, our health declines.

The good news is, we can use mindfulness to help us navigate the torrents of stress and manage our lives better.

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; with purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.

It helps you cope with life’s challenges by being present and inhabiting your body with attentiveness. This is in contrast to runaway thoughts which pass through your mind without your conscious awareness.

How Mindfulness Can Help You Reduce Stress

“Mindfulness – the steady, non-judgmental awareness and acceptance of experience – leads to self-awareness and to shifts in our perspectives that allow us to see clearly what’s happening and how we are reacting, to respond to triggers and traumas with far more open-mindedness, and to face the process of necessary change with far more flexibility and tolerance,” affirms author Linda Graham MFT in, Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being.

Lurking Beneath Surface

Practicing mindfulness can help you reduce stress because it shifts your autonomic nervous system from a stressed state to a calm state.

As you are reading this, there are minor stresses taking place in the background you are unaware of, yet your subconscious mind is attentive to.

Stress is insidious. It lurks beneath the surface and strikes when you least expect it, carrying with it accumulated stress from the past which can tip you over the edge.

How Mindfulness Can Help You Reduce Stress

I liken it to a sequinned pearl necklace, cut at one point and left to unravel into pieces. Stress has the same effect causing life to crumble if left untreated.

Mindfulness can help you cope with the habitual patterns of thinking that dominate your everyday life.

“The practice of mindfulness – training the brain to focus its attention and to strengthen conscious awareness – allows us to see our conditioned patterns of response clearly so that we can get unstuck from them when we need to,” avows Linda Graham MFT.

Mindfulness helps you notice the stream of thoughts passing through your mind moment to moment.

It is a means to check in with yourself to notice what is taking place beneath the surface of your thoughts.

You may be prone to reacting to external conditions, yet seldom take the time to note your emotional well-being. It is often too late when you sense something because an emotional crisis has occurred.

Your thoughts can pull you into the past, where you re-experience uninviting events.

How Mindfulness Can Help You Reduce Stress

You are not present, but recalling a mental screenplay taken place long ago.

This becomes a stressor because you bring unresolved emotions into your interactions with others, contaminating the beauty of the present moment.

“But any time you let your thoughts, worries, and stresses dictate how you experience this moment, you inevitably suffer, because you’re in conflict with reality, with truth.  Rather than dancing with life, you’re in a wrestling match-and the outcome of the struggle isn’t in doubt,” declares author Hugh G. Byrne in, The Here-and-Now Habit: How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and for All.

Carving Out Time for Silence

Mindfulness can go a long way when you devote regular time for silence.

This is attained through meditation and the sensations created in the body.

How Mindfulness Can Help You Reduce Stress

Meditation anchors your mind to the present moment, so you become attentive to your present moment experience.

It is important not to fight your thoughts or add a commentary to what you feel, but allow yourself to connect with your feelings.

As you become comfortable sitting in silence, you may wish to advance your practice via structured meditation. This is ideal to strengthen your knowledge and take you into a deeper meditative state.

The benefits of meditation allow you to detach from your thoughts. You become a silent witness and less invested in the stream of activity created in the mind.

You are less reactive because you interact with what is taking place before you.

Stress abounds because people believe their thoughts.

So, if you are driving home after a hostile encounter with your boss or colleague, and an inconsiderate motorist cuts you off in traffic, you offer them a piece of your mind.

How Mindfulness Can Help You Reduce Stress

Yet, by practising mindfulness you become attuned to the physical sensations of anger before you retaliate since you are mindful of your emotional state.

Linda Graham MFT affirms, “Mindful awareness – observing and reflecting – allows us to step back from the experience of the moment and observe it from a larger field of awareness that is not any of those experiences, that is larger than any of those patterns. With that awareness, we can begin to see different possibilities for responding.”

Mindfulness has a positive effect on your relationships. Your emotional well-being is enriched, instead of succumbing to external stimuli.

The success of mindfulness-based stress reduction lies in noting your thoughts non-judgmentally, through the eyes of equanimity and compassion.

In doing so, you recognize thoughts pass through the landscape of your mind, and they needn’t turn into negative emotions.

We are heavily invested in our thoughts and have a negativity bias when challenged. This is an evolutionary mechanism to help us make sense of our environment.

So, when thoughts, feelings or sensations emerge, don’t ignore them or suppress them, nor analyse or judge them.

Note them as they occur and observe them intentionally but non-judgmentally, moment by moment, in your field of awareness.

How Mindfulness Can Help You Reduce Stress

If your mind wanders say to yourself, “wandering” and bring your mind back to the present moment.

If you wish to be happy and live a peaceful life, be mindful of your thoughts before they lead you down a perilous path.

Stressful thoughts are not the source of your happiness, but a by-product of unconscious thinking left to run wild.

Mindfulness helps you to reduce stress because it anchors you to the present moment where your body inhabits.

After all, if your body is present doesn’t it make sense that your mind also be here and now?

Are there any comments or observations?

How To Prevent Covid 19

With so much infection and malady all around, by what method would you be able to keep yourself away from being another casualty?  Due to the outbreak of the latest pandemic  the most common question today is how to prevent Covid-19.

Some Quick Tips to Gain a Stronger Immune System

A natural safety framework can offer assistance here. With an insusceptible framework, you can enormously diminish your chances of turning into a casualty of a genuine ailment for sure.

Great safety is the body’s fundamental strategy for battling diseases.

There are microbes, germs, and infections in the outside world that need to utilize our bodies as their home. Our insusceptible framework offers our body security and an approach to battle off most microorganisms and ailments.

for example, as a result, we can have a strong guard against both virulent infections such as Covid-19, as well as gently disturbing things like sensitivities and minor colds.

It is realized that keeping up the right corrosive soluble balance is important for ideal well being.

  Sometimes you make yourself more corrosive by just not giving careful consideration to what you eat.

Some Quick Tips to Gain a Stronger Immune System

On the other hand, if you are somewhat soluble, you are most likely going to be healthier and make yourself more antacid by what you eat.

So what are the procedures that can help you stay sound and avoid illness?

Taking after the proposals here truly shouldn’t be hard, yet it is astounding that such a large number of individuals don’t utilize practical judgment skills in terms of what they eat and how they live.

So, here are some quick tips…

  • Drink a lot of water.

Ideally the water will be sanitized and numerous nutritionists suggest that whatever you weigh, you devour a large portion of that sum in ounces of water.

For example, in the event that you weigh 150 pounds, you ought to drink 75 ounces of water per day. What’s more, that is water, not espresso, soda pop, squeeze, or whatever else!

Some Quick Tips to Gain a Stronger Immune System

  • Get a lot of rest. For the most part, no less than 7 or 8 hours every night for grown-ups is vital.
  • Eat a lot of green vegetables and eat natural product regularly.
  • Keep away from handled sustenance.
  • Keep away from sugar, including counterfeit sweeteners.
  • Have practically no liquor or caffeine.
  • Try not to smoke.
  • Take vitamin and mineral supplements.
  • Do activities to decrease stress and to be more grounded.

You can be the one to take control of your own well being. In case, you have to roll out a few improvements in your dietary patterns and in your way of life, then do it!

I trust you will discover it to be well justified.

As to preventing the Covid – 19 in particular, I highly recommend that you procure for yourself and your loved ones  the clear and helpful e-book  below:  (The price is low and the value is high).

 

Feel free to add your own comments or observations.

What Is Good For Your Brain?

I‘m sure you’re aware that there are many things that can damage your brain: for example, illness, accidents, injuries, toxins, infections, and medications.  On the other hand you could well be asking “What is good for your brain?”

Is This Damaging Your Brain?

But did you know that toxic relationships, stress, dissatisfaction with your job, loneliness, fear or a high level of anxiety, and depression are all factors that can damage your brain as well as your body? Your mind influences your mental health as well as your physical health.

The mind and the body are not separate. They work together to help you survive. In other words, a healthy mind equals a healthy body.

Does this topic seem a bit scary?

It shouldn’t be.  Reading this article will help you to learn more how to improve your overall health, both physical and mental.  But before you can accomplish this, you have to start paying attention to your brain. Why? Because everything starts and ends with it.

The first thing to remember is this:

Don’t think “sick” if you don’t want to get sick!

Is This Damaging Your Brain?

How many people pay attention to the connection between their illness and their unsatisfying or abusive relationships, chronic stress, or fear?

How often has your physician expressed an interest in your present relationships, your social life, your stress level, your fears, or your anxiety?  Not much, or perhaps not at all?  I understand.

The mind-body connection works, but many medical professionals ignore the knowledge and teachings to be gained from an alternative, non-traditional, holistic, Eastern approach to medical problems.

Even worse is the fact that some of them don’t believe in the placebo effect or spontaneous remission, which is defined as “a temporary or permanent decrease of manifestations of a disease.”

( http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/remission ).

Is This Damaging Your Brain?

A pill won’t save your marriage or reduce your stress, but understanding what’s going on in your life can save your relationship, reduce your stress, or even heal your illness.

Problems at home (relationships, spouse, job, kids, financial situation) are actually chronic stress, which negatively influences the immune, metabolic, and cardiovascular systems. Ultimately, it will attack the brain, causing changes to the brain structure.

These changes, which result in impaired function, causing problems with memory, decision making, concentration, orientation, and reasoning, are also associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s important to remember, however, that you are the one in control of your health.

Consider the field of epigenetics. The term refers to “external modifications to DNA that turn genes “on” or “off”

( http://www.livescience.com/37703-epigenetics.html ).

Is This Damaging Your Brain?

Your genes are not fixed; rather, they are influenced by your environment, nutrition, exercise, social life, positive or negative thoughts, and your emotions.

When you accept a fact that changes your thoughts, emotions, and behavior, you are changing your internal chemistry, either for good or for bad. When these changes occur, you can clearly see the relationship between the mind and the body.

In terms of your health, your mind has only two options: to make you well or to make you sick.

Change your thoughts and your behavior’s for the better, and you’ll also change your biochemistry for the better.

Is This Damaging Your Brain?

Your thoughts could be your medicine, if you know how to properly address the cause of the illness.  Sometimes, however, even medicine can’t logically explain everything, such as phenomena like spontaneous remission or the placebo effect.

You need to keep your hopes high and believe that you can heal yourself… just by the ways in which you think and behave.

What you believe is manifested in your body. And what is manifested in your body affects your mind.

Make no mistake: The connection between your brain and your body is a strong one. Now it’s up to you to make it a good one.

If you would like to add some knowledge to this, check out this publication.

Please feel free to leave your comments.

Best Natural Treatment Eczema

The term eczema refers to a set of medical conditions which cause inflammation or irritation of skin.

Living Better With Eczema

The most common type of eczema is termed as atopic eczema or atopic dermatitis.  Atopic means a cluster of diseases, with a usually inherited tendency, to suffer from other allergic conditions, like hay fever and asthma.

In the US alone, around 10% to 20% of infants and around 3% of children and adults are affected by eczema.  Most infants outgrow the condition by the time they reach the age of 10, while some individuals continue having symptoms on and off for their entire life.

However, the disease can be controlled with proper treatment.  Especially if you beware of dry skin, you can manage eczema well.

Symptoms of Eczema

The major symptom of eczema is itchiness of skin. Sometimes itching starts before the appearance of rashes.

The rash appears most commonly on face, hands, wrists, back of knees or feet.  It can also affect other areas.

Living Better With Eczema

When affected by eczema, the skin appears very dry, thick or scaly.

In fair-skinned individuals, the affected areas look reddish first and then they turn brown, while in dark-skinned individuals, eczema may affect pigmentation and the affected area turns lighter or darker.

In infants, there is a possibility of the itchy rash producing a crusting and oozing condition that appears mainly in the scalp and on the face. However, patches may appear everywhere.

Causes of Eczema

The cause of eczema is not known yet. However it is thought that eczema is an overactive response of the immune system of the body to an irritant.

Besides, eczema commonly occurs in families having a history of asthma or other allergies.  Also, skin barrier defects can allow germs in and moisture out.

There seems to be a vast variation in the causes of dry itchy skin in different people.

Some people develop itchy rash because of specific substances or conditions, while some others develop them after getting in touch with some coarse material.

For some others, exposure to certain soaps or detergents, extreme heat or cold or contact with animal dander may cause an itchy rash.

Living Better With Eczema

In some patients, upper respiratory tract infections may trigger the condition and stress can worsen the condition.

Though there is no definite cure, most patients can control the disease with medical treatment and by keeping away from irritants.

The good thing is eczema is not contagious.

Medically Related Treatment

Treatment of eczema aims at relieving and preventing itching, which can cause infection.

Since the skin becomes dry and itchy, creams and lotions are prescribed to keep skin moist. They are usually applied on damp skin, e.g. after a bath, to help skin hold moisture.Living Better With Eczema

Itching can also be relieved by cold compresses.

OTC products like hydrocortisone 1% cream or prescription ointments and creams containing corticosteroids are also usually prescribed to reduce inflammation.

And if the affected area is infected, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics too.

Other treatments are antihistamines to reduce harsh itching, tar treatments, phototherapy (using UV rays) and drug cyclosporine for those who don’t respond to other treatments.

 Natural Measures Which Can Be Applied To  Prevent or Lessen Eczema Outbreaks:

  • Frequent moisturizing of skin
  • Avoid abrupt changes in humidity and temperature
  • Avoid overheating and sweating
  • Stress reduction
  • Avoid scratchy material like wool
  • Avoid strong soaps, solvents and detergents
  • Keep an eye on foods that cause the outbreak and avoid them

Thus, even though you will not likely cure your eczema, you can control it well and improve your quality of life  by natural means.

 For anyone interested in pursuing yet more research regarding natural remedies for eczema click here.  

I ordered a copy of this e-book for myself and  found that it was more than worth the very small price because in it, among other pieces of valuable information, the author:

  • Clearly identifies the main types of Eczema
  • Outlines a strict diet for beating even severe cases of Eczema
  • Offers detailed recipes for creams and oils which can be made at home

Any comments or observations to share?