Archive for May, 2012

Remedies for Seasonal Flu

Influenza or flu is a highly contagious acute viral infection caused by the influenza virus that affects mainly the nose, throat, bronchi and occasionally , the lungs. The World Health Organization said that there are 3 types of seasonal influenza: type A, B, and C. Type A and B are the most common flu that is why they are included in seasonal influenza vaccines. Here are some helpful tips on how to prevent flu:

Increase fluid intake. Drinks lots of water and fruit juices to prevent dehydration. This way, you are also increasing your intake of Vitamin C which is very good to prevent flu.

Vaccination. This is the safest and best way to prevent flu and may be given as early as 6 months of age.

Wash hands frequently. This will help lessen the chance of transmitting any virus from hand to mouth, nose, or eyes.

Add caloric intake by switching from a soft diet to regular diet.

Cover mouth when coughing and sneezing to prevent the spread of viruses.

Get enough rest of 7 to 8 hours to strengthen your immune system.

 Take in antipyretics like paracetamol every 4 hours for fever. If children experience fever for more than 3 days, it is best to seek your doctor.

Tips to a Dandruff-Free Hair

People with unsightly dandruff or even those who do not wish to be afflicted by dandruff are always on the look out for the right treatment to finally end it and its source permanently. Dandruff is a result of a weak and damaged scalp that eventually becomes weak against a fungus called malassezia. While there are some solutions available over the counter to treat dandruff, there are some practical ways to banish this dreaded hair and scalp condition completely- right at its source. Here are some facts and tips to help you counteract dandruff:

Keep your scalp clean and healthy. Dandruff occurs following excessive shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. Use a medicated shampoo for dandruff that washes it away and treats your scalp as well to regain its optimum health. You can then  opt for a mild shampoo and conditioner for everyday use to keep your scalp clean and healthy.

Watch your diet. Avoid foods that are too salty, spicy, or sweet. Refrain also from heavy alcohol intake as these can aggravate the condition of your hair and scalp.

Avoid stress. Stress always do not result into something good, so might as well ditch it. When one is stressed, an excessive production in sebum (oil secreted from skin glands) occurs,  resulting to the growth of malassezia.

When shampooing, massage and improve blood circulation around the areas close to your ear and down the nape as these are the areas where dandruff tends to settle.

The Different Types of Bottled Water

Bottled water has become almost a staple addition to the supermarket cart. We all need to drink water for hydration and survival as our body is 70% water and requires water to maintain our cells and body healthy. Water is also a main component of human blood which is the body’s transport system for everything from oxygen to nutrients. But with all the different types of bottled water available, how do you know which one to buy and how are they different from each other other?

There are essentially 2 types of bottled water which are Natural/Spring water that comes from a protected spring; and Natural Mineral water that naturally has 250 parts per million of minerals dissolved in it. The ones available in the supermarket shelves are versions of these 2 types, differentiated by the processes they go through before they become bottled water, they are as follow:

Mineral water. Minerals like calcium, magnesium, and bicarbonates are added to mineral water after the purification process. Some people prefer this type of bottled water for added benefits to help the body function better.

Sterilized. This is type of bottled water is medical-grade that is heated to high temperatures to kill all forms of microorganisms, viruses, bacteria and chemicals.

Distilled. This purified water that has undergone distillation and is vaporized and then condensed into its purest form. It has no sodium, calcium or anything in it but water.

Tips for a Better Sleep for Pregnant Women

Some pregnant women experience disturbances in sleeping than at any other time of their lives. This is common and it usually begins early in the first trimester when pregnant women tend to make more trips to the bathroom due to the rising of the level of the hormone progesterone and the faster clearing of the blood protein creatinine. To make sleeping easier for pregnant women, here are some tips to remember:

Make a consistent sleep-wake hours, limit naps, and avoid caffeine. You can also establish a relaxing routine before going to bed like drinking hot milk or reading a nice book.

Reduce stress and get into relaxation techniques instead. You can do meditation, deep breathing, or yoga.

Limit fluid intake after 6pm to avoid frequent trips to the bathroom.

Be relieved from lower back pain through massage, local heat, and special pregnancy pillow support.

Use stimulus-control techniques like using the bed only when you are sleepy and getting out of bed in the event of prolonged awakenings.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol totally to prevent insomnia. If it persists, see a doctor to get expert advice.

 

Be Arthritis Free

 

Arthritis is commonly associated with back pains, joint and knees stiffness, and muscle aches. This is a disease of joint disorder that includes inflammation in and around the joints. It can cause stiffness and limit movement in the joint of the person suffering from the disease or can lead to being bedridden or home bound to those with severe cases. There are about 100 types of arthritis, the most common forms are:

Osteoarthritis– affects twice as many women as men and occurs mostly in women of advancing age. Trauma and injury are also risk factors. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative for of arthritis resulting from the breakdown of cartilage covering the ends of bones. This is most common in weight-bearing joints like spine, hips, and knees.

Lupus– or systemic lupus erythematosus, is autoimmune disease with no known cure. It is chronic and can be severely debilitating when left untreated, attacking the skin, nerves, kidneys, lungs, and heart, aside from the joints.

Rheumatoid Arthritis– Seen mostly in women with a female-to-male ratio of about 3:1. This is also an autoimmune disease wherein the body’s immune system inadvertently attacks a joint lining, usually in the wrist, fingers, elbow, shoulders, neck, knees, ankle, and feet, causing inflammation.

To treat arthritis, a long-term management by a qualified rheumatologist is needed. Medicines are available to treat various stages of arthritis like analgesics that include paracetamol and acetaminophen for pain relief. NSAIDS or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are widely prescribed to relieve both pain and swelling but can cause side effects like nausea and ulcers.

For more severe cases, surgery is recommended to replace a joint that is totally destroyed. There are also many people finding relief from adjunctive therapies like acupuncture. It is advised to do this as a complement to traditional medical treatment. Before the onset of arthritis, it is best to keep a healthy lifestyle, exercise to strengthen the muscles around the joints, increase flexibility, and burn the extra body weight that puts you at greater risk of osteoarthritis.