Health Rules Do They Work?

DSCF0422 applesWe’ve all heard them, they are almost like mantras. But, will an apple a day really keep the doctor away? What about swallowing your chewing gum. Does it really stay in your stomach? There are a lot of these rules, let’s examine a few of them.
1) An apple a day: The answer to this one is sometimes. Apples are full of vitamins and other healthful qualities. When eaten in a healthy diet, this fruit may help prevent a lot of unnecessary problems. However, there will always be times when a doctor is needed. The idea that eating an apple will heal a broken leg or stop a heart attack in progress is as silly as it sounds when you read it.
2) Carrots are good for your eyes: I’ve been told all my life that I have to eat carrots to make my eyes better. In a way, that’s true. The beta-carotene content in carrots will help prevent some vision problems, even for those who have other, less easily corrected vision problems.
3) Cracking knuckles causes arthritis: This one was probably made up by someone related to a notorious knuckle cracker. No, cracking them doesn’t cause arthritis, but it does annoy the rest of the population. Out of consideration, you may want to break the habit, even if it won’t hurt you.
4) Cranberries can help prevent/treat Urinary Tract Infections: Believe it or not, there may be some truth to this idea. A study indicates that something in the berries and juice that prevents bacteria from attacking cells. It’s still a good idea to see the doctor if you suspect an infection.
5) Don’t swallow your gum: While it isn’t a good idea to swallow it, chewing gum will pass through the digestive tract. It won’t stay in your stomach forever, which is probably a relief to those who routinely swallowed it as children.
6) Feed a cold/starve a fever: Not really. Adequate nutrition is required when you are sick, though it may be a good to eat lighter foods and drink plenty of fluids.
7) Wet hair causes colds: There is no relationship between wet hair and colds.R3-30 Colds
8) Eight glasses of water: While most of us are at least somewhat dehydrated, eight glasses may be a little too much. Liquid in fruits and vegetables can provide some of the needed fluids. Fruit juices can also be helpful, although don’t count coffee or cola beverages towards your liquid count. They’re diuretics and will make dehydration more likely.
9) Five second rule: Under most conditions, eating something that landed on the floor briefly should not be a problem. You don’t need to blow on it or worry if it’s been six seconds instead of five. Now, if it landed in the manure pile, I’d suggest you leave it.
10) Stepping on a nail: Mom is right; if you step on a nail or otherwise puncture yourself with rusty or dirty nails you need to see the doctor right away and make sure your tetanus booster is up to date.

Adrenal Fatigue

I guess you’ve heard about adrenal fatigue before. If not, then this is probably the best time for you to learn it and the various adrenal fatigue causes that you should put to a halt even at the very first stages. Adrenal fatigue per say is when you find it very difficult to get up from bed because of too much physical and mental exhaustion brought about by overworking despite more than enough hours of sleep. Because of these adrenal fatigue causes, you won’t be able to finish your work in time and would probably end up with you being very frustrated because you just can’t regain your energy.
People experiencing adrenal fatigue often times wonder what’s wrong with themselves and usually find themselves saying, “This is not me!” You are not alone with this; there are probably hundreds or even thousands of people who have adrenal fatigue without them knowing. In reality, people who juggle two or even three jobs and pay for their credit card bills will no doubt experience great stress.

Adrenal Fatigue Causes And How You Can Prevent Them

Mental Exhaustion. Most of the times at work we really need to use complicated reasoning skills and logic just to be able to function well and get positive results. But if we are bombarded with a lot of problems, we have to admit that at times we cannot immediately get the answer. If we continue to pressure ourselves to do tasks not within our capabilities, it would certainly result to mental, physical, and emotional stress. To prevent this from happening, you should just take one problem at a time and allot a moment for brainstorming. Take note, you cannot solve problems when your mind is not at peace. Some people are born with great skills to solve problems in a heartbeat, but not all can be superman. Take it easy on yourself!
Never Saying “No”. You might think that this is an old cliche, but never learning to say “no” actually contributes a lot to the growing stress in people. When at work, there is always that someone who loves to pass the bucket and pass their responsibilities to you and you are just afraid to say no even if you have tasks of your own. At school, there is always that parasite who’s forcing you to answer his or her test paper and you just can’t find the right words to say. It’s not being selfish, but in life it is survival of the fittest by making sure you help yourself first before you help others. Otherwise, you’ll also be one of those people who need to be helped. So, make yourself matter!
There are still a lot of adrenal fatigue causes out there. All you have to do is make a list of what’s making you feel so stressful lately and slowly minimize your exposure with them. If your work is making you feel awful, then it is probably one of those perfect times for a weekend off or probably the time for you to spend a great holiday with your family and friends.
Remember, when you don’t feel good about something at work, you won’t be able to finish tasks and do a good job. Take a break!

Teeth Grinding Problems

Teeth grinding is a habit that can turn into a disorder when not taken care of properly. One of these complications is the temporomandibular joint or TMJ problems. It is a disorder that is involved with the inflammation of the temporomandibular joint. This joint is responsible for connecting the mandible to the skull, and is jointly responsible for the opening and closing of the jaw. Without it, speaking, eating and other activities associated with mouth movement are not possible. That is why problems with this joint can cause serious disabilities to an individual.
TMJ problems can be caused by a number of reasons. As stated above, teeth grinding can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD. In fact, TMD is one of the most serious consequences of teeth grinding. This is because teeth grinding can damage the muscles and joints surrounding the teeth and the jaw. An individual is said to be developing TMD from teeth grinding if he wakes up in the morning with an aching ear or jaw. Any damage or trauma to the jaw can also lead to the disorder. Like other bones in the body, when this joint gets damaged, it will be nflamed.Damaged bones take at least 2-4 months to heal. When the joint does not heal correctly, it can deform the temporomandibular joint, causing TMD. Activities that distort the jaw and the upper body can also lead to the condition. 

Damaged bones take at least 2-4 months to heal. When the joint does not heal correctly, it can deform the temporomandibular joint, causing TMD. Activities that distort the jaw and the upper body can also lead to the condition. An example of this is frequent usage of telephones and awkward sleeping positions.
When TMD is suspected, the individual can exhibit a number of symptoms. The most common symptom of TMD is headache, accounting to 80% of the patients. This headache is accompanied by facial pain, aggravated by movement of the jaw. This can be explained by the damage sustained by the joint. When the joint is damaged, the trigeminal nerve can be compromised as well. This nerve is responsible for the movement of the jaws and the ability of the face to feel touch. Ear pain is also common to affected individuals.
The temporomandibular joint is located right in front of the ear, so pain in this area is very likely. Clicking sounds can also be heard when the mouth is being opened and closed, indicating misalignment of the joint. A grating sensation can also be felt if the temporomandibular joint is felt while moving the mouth. To confirm the diagnosis, the individual will undergo an X-ray to identify any abnormalities in the joint. The physician will also conduct a physical assessment of the teeth and jaws to gauge the extent of the disorder.
When a diagnosis has been made, the individual with a TMJ disorder will undergo treatment. Treatment modalities include physical therapy, medications to relieve pain, correction of the alignment of the joint and stress management. All of these interventions are geared toward the relief of the symptoms of TMD, correction of the factors that caused the disease and treatment of other factors that aggravate the disorder. Treatment can be long and difficult, so a lot of patience is needed from the individual.

Common Eye Problems

The four most common vision problems are nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. They are usually caused by focusing problems of the cornea or the lens, or by an abnormal shape of the eye.

1. Nearsightedness (or myopia)

Also known as shortsightedness, it is the most common eye problem in the world. This could be caused by the cornea protruding too far away from the eye or from an excessive elongation of the eye structure itself.
People with this condition will notice they can see nearby objects more clearly than the distant objects.
Nearsightedness can be corrected with concave lenses (which are thinner in the middle than at the edge) on eyeglasses or contact lenses. There are procedures like refractive surgery to reduce the curvature of the cornea.

2. Farsightedness (or hyperopia)

Also known as long-sightedness, it is a vision problem which can arise from having a short eyeball or a lens that is inflexible to the point of maintaining a stretched shape under natural condition of focusing.
People with this condition will notice that as objects comes nearer, the power of the cornea and lens are not enough to keep the image on the retina and the image appears blurred.
Farsightedness can be corrected with convex lenses (which are thicker in the middle than at the edge) on eyeglasses or contact lenses. There is a surgical option too, but it is not as frequently performed as that for correcting myopia because of its complexity.

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What Place Does Milk Have In Nutition?

Ask nutritional experts and medical professionals whether milk is good for you and you’ll get a wide spectrum of replies. Ultimately it depends on your own tolerance to milk, and on the quality of the milk, you drink.

Cow’s Milk: Convenient, Affordable, and Rich in Nutrients

There is no question that cow’s milk is nutrient-rich. Protein, good fats, and a host of micronutrients such as calcium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and vitamins A, B, D, E, and K, are all present. The controversy arises when the saturated fat in full-fat milk is considered, and the negative effects on those who are lactose-intolerant (ie – people with low levels of the enzyme lactase, which is needed to metabolize the milk-sugar lactose).
If you’re lactose-intolerant, don’t drink cow’s milk. There are plenty of alternative sources of the nutrients that milk provides. Lactose intolerance can lead to bloating, wind, cramps, diarrhoea, eczema.
If you can digest milk, then it’s a rich source of all the nutrients listed above, and it’s particularly appropriate for young children and the elderly, who both need a convenient and easily consumed source of nutrients.
Another controversy surrounding cow’s milk is the degree to which animal-feed, antibiotics and growth hormones fed to cows seep into the milk they produce. In addition, there’s some evidence that intensive machine-milking can cause inflammation of the udders (mastisis) which can produce pus which then goes into the milk.
Full fat, low fat, or zero fat?
Full fat cow’s milk has around 22 g of fat per pint. There is evidence that over 90 g of fat per day from dairy can lead to breast cancer, and the saturated fat can cause eczema and heart disease if consumed in excess. However, a pint a day is within healthy range for most people. If you suffer from eczema, try cutting dairy out of your diet.
Semi-skimmed milk has around 10 g fat per pint, and skimmed milk has under 1 g of fat per pint. The downside is that the lower the fat content, the lower the level of fat soluble vitamins. The upside is that lower fat milk has more calcium and more B vitamins, which reside in the watery part of the milk and not the fatty part.
Strong bones and the calcium in cow’s milk
It’s certainly true that cow’s milk is high in calcium, and also true that calcium is vital for healthy strong bones. But there’s a lot more to bone health than just calcium intake. The prevalence of osteoporosis in modern society has as much to do with our reduced ability to absorb calcium, regardless of how much we consume.
One cause of poor absorption is lack of exposure to sunlight, which produces the vitamin D needed for calcium absorption. Another cause is excess protein in some diets, which overloads the kidneys, and the processing and expulsion of excess protein requires the body to leech calcium from the bones. The Chinese consume half the calcium as the US, yet there are high levels of osteoporosis in the US and very low incidence in China.
Raw unpasteurized milk vs pasteurized/homogenized milk
Mass-produced homogenized milk is far more widely available, and has a longer refrigeration life. But raw milk retains the digestive enzyme lactase which modern processing methods kill off
Organic vs non-organic
Although it’s more expensive, organic milk comes from cows that have eaten grass in clean pastures, exercised outdoors, and enjoyed a better quality of life. The result is around 24% more fatty acids (good fats), a milk richer in vitamins, and without the undesirable elements like traces of growth hormone, antibiotics, pus.

Alternatives to Cow’s Milk

Soya milk is a good alternative if you’re lactose intolerant, and it’s rich in isoflavones (anti oxidants) and the phytochemical geinstein (which can inhibit growth of small tumours). But beware manufacturers who add sugar to soya milk.
If you’re a vegan, try rice milk, but check it has been fortified with calcium and vitamin A.
Another healthy alternative is almond milk, which has a nutty taste and silky texture, and is free from cholesterol or lactose. Again, check that it’s sugar-free, as manufacturers sometimes add sugar to these alternative milk products. It’s not advisable for people with low thyroid function to drink almond milk.
So you can see that there are many issues surrounding milk, and hopefully this article leaves you better informed, and able to make healthy choices that are right for you. People are different in their tolerance to different kinds of milk, so what is good for one person, may not be so good for another.