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22 Jan 2022

Tips on how to stop coughing

What is a cough? A cough is a reflex that helps clear your airways of irritants. Nerves in the airways become stimulated by allergens, medical conditions, medications, and other irritants, resulting in a forceful expulsion of air from the lungs. What causes coughing? There are numerous causes for coughing. Common causes of cough include: Allergens:

14 Jan 2022

10 warning signs of age-related eye problems

Being aware of warning signs of vision problems as you age can help you take appropriate steps to protect your eyesight. Certain eye problems – such as with a detached retina or certain types of glaucoma – require prompt attention by an eye doctor to avoid or minimize permanent vision loss. The following signs and

12 Jan 2022

Antibodies from vaccines vs. antibodies from natural infection: Similarities and potential differences

Antibodies are proteins made by the immune system in response to an infection or vaccination. They are present on the surface of important cells of your immune system called B cells. Other immune cells called T cells help clear the infection. Antibody tests can detect the body’s levels of antibodies against a certain virus. When

10 Jan 2022

Growth hormone deficiency

What is growth hormone deficiency? Growth hormone deficiency (GHD) is a rare condition in which the body does not make enough growth hormone (GH). GH is made by the pituitary gland, a small organ at the base of the brain. In children, GH is essential for normal growth, muscle and bone strength, and distribution of

09 Jan 2022

Bad to the bones: What to avoid for bone health

1. Too much salt The more salt you eat, the more calcium your body gets rid of, which means it’s not there to help your bones. Foods like breads, cheeses, chips, and cold cuts have some of the highest counts. You don’t have to cut salt out entirely, but aim for less than 2,300 milligrams

08 Jan 2022

What to know about fever in babies

Fever in babies is a common concern among parents and caregivers. However, a fever itself is not dangerous. A fever most often means that a baby’s body is fighting off an infection. Parents and caregivers may worry when they notice a baby has a fever, although this is a sign of a healthy immune system.

07 Jan 2022

Can you overdose on vitamins?

Taking vitamins is part of the daily routine of millions of people worldwide. Though directions for safe dosing are listed on most supplement bottles, it’s common practice to take more than what’s recommended. Consumers are bombarded with health information telling them that taking high doses of certain vitamins can benefit their health in many ways.

26 Dec 2021

Precocious early puberty

What is puberty? Puberty is the time of life when a child develops into an adult. It usually begins as early as age 7½ to 8 and as late as age 13 in girls, and between ages 9 and 14 in boys. At puberty, the gonads – ovaries in girls and testes in boys –

23 Dec 2021

Eczema: Tips for everyday relief

Better bathing for your skin When you have eczema, how you wash your skin is important. Take a short, warm (not hot) bath or shower every day. Use a gentle cleanser instead of soap and don’t scrub your skin. Pat it slightly dry. While it’s still damp, apply moisturizer within 3 minutes to seal in

22 Dec 2021

Causes of muscle weakness

Understanding muscle weakness Is it harder to get up from your chair, climb the stairs, or open a jar than it used to be? Lots of things can make your muscles lose strength and leave you feeling weak. Sometimes it happens all of a sudden. But muscle weakness is more likely to affect you little

21 Dec 2021

7 ways to get rid of phlegm: home remedies, antibiotics, and more

What is phlegm? Phlegm is that thick, sticky stuff that hangs around in the back of your throat when you’re sick. At least that’s when most people notice it. But did you know that you have this mucus all the time? Mucus membranes make phlegm to protect and support your respiratory system. These membranes line

19 Dec 2021

Magnesium for migraines

Magnesium is an essential mineral that our bodies need to function properly. It can improve bone health, stabilize blood pressure, and help maintain a healthy heart rhythm and nerve function. Symptoms of low magnesium include fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, muscle cramping, tingling, and muscle contractions. Low magnesium is also linked to headaches and migraines.

17 Dec 2021

Pill–free ways to cut your heart disease risk

Go for a walk Just 40 minutes three or four times a week (or 25 minutes of harder exercise, like jogging) can lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and body weight. You don’t have to do it all at once. Even 10 minutes at a time is great for your heart. Take the dog or meet a

13 Dec 2021

Low birth weight baby risks, types, and causes

Low birth weight (LBW) is the medical classification for a baby who weighs less than 2500 grams – or 5 lbs 5 oz – at birth. While it may be scarier to care for a baby born at low birth weight, there aren’t many differences in your day-to-day care of your newborn. However, family members

12 Dec 2021

Signs you aren’t getting enough sleep

  1. You battle breakouts If you’re not getting good sleep, your skin may soon show it. Some studies have found a link between a lack of sleep and acne, perhaps related to how sleep controls hormones in your body. Sleep deprivation also hurts the immune system, leaving your body open to many different issues.

08 Dec 2021

21 foods that can save your heart

1. Fresh herbs When you add these to foods instead of salt and fat, you’re making a heart-healthy choice. They add flavor without the bad stuff. Spices and other foods are delicious ways to eat heart-smart. 2. Black beans Mild, tender black beans are packed with heart-healthy nutrients. Folate, antioxidants, and magnesium can help lower

05 Dec 2021

The link between your gut microbiome and your health

In recent years, you may have heard digestive experts talk about the “gut-brain connection” or your “gut health,” but what’s all the fuss about? Emerging research is shedding light on the inner workings of the gastrointestinal tract, called the gut microbiome, and how it can affect your whole body – in ways that may not

05 Dec 2021

Checklist for factors affecting wound healing

A complete understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the skin, the phases of the healing process, the types of wounds, and the options for wound repair is essential for recognizing factors that may complicate or delay wound healing. Each consideration plays a key role in assessing and managing wounds of all types. In this

27 Nov 2021

Dos and don’ts of scar prevention

Scars are a natural part of healing. But you don’t have to wear your battle wounds as badges. These strategies can help reduce their visibility. No matter how careful we are, accidents happen. Whether it’s a toddler bumping his head on the sharp corner of a coffee table or an adult slipping up with a

24 Nov 2021

How weight gain and weight loss affect your period

Gaining weight or losing weight can have an impact on your menstrual cycle – either positive or negative. For example, a weight change might take you from irregular to regular, or it might make your periods come less frequently or stop altogether. It depends not just on how much you gain or lose, but where

19 Nov 2021

Symptoms of high cholesterol

What is high cholesterol? Cholesterol is a waxy, fatlike substance that your liver produces. It’s vital for the formation of cell membranes, vitamin D, and certain hormones. Cholesterol doesn’t dissolve in water, so it can’t travel through the body by itself. Particles known as lipoproteins help transport cholesterol through the bloodstream. There are two major

17 Nov 2021

Vitamin D for osteoporosis

Planning to eat right for healthier bones? Calcium is probably the nutrient you think of first. But vitamin D is just as important for keeping bones strong and preventing the bone disease osteoporosis. Vitamin D helps your intestines absorb calcium from the food you eat. Getting enough of both nutrients is an important part of

13 Nov 2021

How aging affects your immune system

As people age, the immune system becomes less effective in the following ways: The immune system becomes less able to distinguish self from nonself (that is, to identify foreign antigens). As a result, autoimmune disorders become more common. Macrophages (which ingest bacteria and other foreign cells) destroy bacteria, cancer cells, and other antigens more slowly.

13 Nov 2021

Tips for blood sugar control when you have type 2 diabetes

Know your numbers Check your blood sugar levels at least once a day with a blood glucose meter, and keep a record of the readings. Know what’s normal, high, and low. You’ll be able to spot patterns and give your health care team the information they need to craft a treatment plan for when things

11 Nov 2021

Calorie restriction may benefit healthy adults under 50

Calorie restriction is a type of diet that reduces calories without impacting nutrition. It can be achieved by eating less overall. Previous research has shown possible health benefits from long-term calorie restriction. Animal studies suggest that calorie restriction can delay progression of a number of age-related diseases. Dr. William E. Kraus of Duke University led

10 Nov 2021

A healing diet after bone fracture

After a fracture, your bone needs to rebuild. A healthy, well-balanced diet rich in key nutrients can help speed that up. You don’t need to take supplements unless your doctor recommends it. They don’t always work well. It’s much better to get the nutrition you need from your plate, not from a pill. Protein About

04 Nov 2021

Stress can increase your risk for heart disease

Stress is a normal part of life. Stress can come from physical causes like not getting enough sleep or having an illness. Another cause for stress can be emotional, like worrying about not having enough money or the death of a loved one. Stress can also come from less dramatic causes, like everyday obligations and

03 Nov 2021

What are the benefits of a salt water gargle?

Salt water gargles are a simple, safe, and affordable home remedy. They’re most often used for sore throats, viral respiratory infections like colds, or sinus infections. They can also help with allergies or other mild issues. Salt water gargles may be effective for both relieving infections and preventing them from getting worse, as well. Making

29 Oct 2021

Combination of healthy lifestyle traits may substantially reduce Alzheimer’s disease risk

Combining more healthy lifestyle behaviors was associated with substantially lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease in a study that included data from nearly 3,000 research participants. Those who adhered to four or all of the five specified healthy behaviors were found to have a 60% lower risk of Alzheimer’s. The behaviors were physical activity, not smoking,

27 Oct 2021

What causes dizziness and how to treat it

Overview Dizziness is the feeling of being lightheaded, woozy, or unbalanced. It affects the sensory organs, specifically the eyes and ears, so it can sometimes cause fainting. Dizziness isn’t a disease, but rather a symptom of various disorders. Vertigo and disequilibrium may cause a feeling of dizziness, but those two terms describe different symptoms. Vertigo

23 Oct 2021

10 science-backed reasons to eat more protein

The health effects of fat and carbs are controversial. However, almost everyone agrees that protein is important. Most people eat enough protein to prevent deficiency, but some individuals would do better with a much higher protein intake. Numerous studies suggest that a high-protein diet has major benefits for weight loss and metabolic health. Here are

21 Oct 2021

20 reasons for blood sugar swings

UPSWING 1. Caffeine Your blood sugar can rise after you have coffee – even black coffee with no calories – thanks to the caffeine. The same goes for black tea, green tea, and energy drinks. Each person with diabetes reacts to foods and drinks differently, so it’s best to keep track of your own responses.

19 Oct 2021

12 reasons how extra pounds can affect your body

Excessive pounds (obesity, being overweight) do more than increase your weight – they increase your risk of major health problems. People who are overweight or obese (BMI 30 or more) are more likely to have heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and depression. Here are 12 other reasons how too many extra pounds affect your body:

15 Oct 2021

Fun facts about the immune system

Your immune system is your body’s version of the military: sworn to defend against all who threaten it, both foreign and domestic. It has some really interesting soldiers that help make this possible. Your immune system protects against disease, infection, and helps you recover after an injury. A river of blood and lymph The immune

14 Oct 2021

How do you use a suppository?

Suppositories are solid medications that enter the body through the rectum, vagina, or urethra. Rectal suppositories are the most common type of suppository. Doctors recommend the different forms of suppositories for different medical conditions and purposes. People place some in the rectum and others in the vagina. Less commonly, a person will need to use

12 Oct 2021

Controlling eczema by moisturizing

Keeping your skin’s moisture intact is one of the most important things you can do to help control your eczema. Moisturizers helps protect the outermost layer of skin known as the stratum corneum or skin barrier. People living with eczema have a damaged skin barrier, which makes their skin more sensitive to irritants, allergens, bacteria

09 Oct 2021

Insulin resistance

What is insulin resistance? Insulin resistance is when cells in your muscles, fat, and liver don’t respond well to insulin and can’t use glucose from your blood for energy. To make up for it, your pancreas makes more insulin. Over time, your blood sugar levels go up. Insulin resistance syndrome includes a group of problems

06 Oct 2021

Can we reduce vascular plaque buildup?

The key is lowering LDL and making lifestyle changes. High blood levels of cholesterol encourage the formation and growth of vascular plaques that put you at risk for heart attack and stroke. So can we reduce plaque buildup? “Making plaque disappear is not possible, but we can shrink and stabilize it,” says cardiologist Dr. Christopher

05 Oct 2021

12 reasons you have swollen ankles, according to doctors

Swollen ankles can be totally harmless, but may also signal a serious health condition or injury. Known in the medical world as edema, swelling can be incredibly annoying and alarming – and it’s particularly common in the ankles. When left untreated, your swollen ankles can become painful, make it difficult to walk, cause stiff joints,

04 Oct 2021

The 14 best foods for hair growth

Many people want strong and healthy hair, especially as they grow older. Interestingly, your hair grows around 0.5 inches (1.25 cm) per month, and 6 inches (15 cm) per year. How fast it grows depends on factors like age, health, genetics and diet. Although you can’t change factors like age and genetics, diet is one

03 Oct 2021

16 natural ways to boost fertility

Fertility issues affect up to 15 percent of couples. The road to parenthood can sometimes be a huge challenge, but know you’re not alone in those challenges. Luckily, there are a few natural ways to increase your fertility. In fact, food choices and lifestyle changes can help boost fertility. Here are 16 natural ways to

03 Oct 2021

Fatigue in older adults

Everyone feels tired now and then. But, after a good night’s sleep, most people feel refreshed and ready to face a new day. If you continue to feel tired for weeks, it’s time to see your doctor. He or she may be able to help you find out what’s causing your fatigue. In fact, your

02 Oct 2021

9 signs of an unhealthy gut – and what you can do about it

It’s been said that the gut is the body’s second brain – and when you have an unhealthy gut, it can take a toll on your entire body. In order to understand why this happens, it helps to first know how a properly functioning gut is supposed to operate. Signs of good gut health Your

26 Sep 2021

5 spasticity triggers to avoid

Learning what they are – and lowering your exposure to them – can make your life easier. If you or a loved one have suffered a stroke, a brain or spinal cord injury, or are living with cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis (MS), you might be familiar with a condition called spasticity, which affects over

26 Sep 2021

The 13 most anti-inflammatory foods you can eat

Inflammation can be both good and bad. On one hand, it helps your body defend itself from infection and injury. On the other hand, chronic inflammation can lead to weight gain and disease. Stress, inflammatory foods, and low activity levels can make this risk even greater. However, studies demonstrate that some foods can fight inflammation.

25 Sep 2021

Heart disease: 12 warning signs that appear on your skin

Warning signs can appear on your skin and nails, which is why your dermatologist may be the first doctor to notice that you have heart disease. If you know what to look for, you can also find warning signs of heart disease on your skin and nails. The following pictures show you what to look

24 Sep 2021

The facts about carbs, fiber, and diabetes

Carbohydrates (carbs) When you watch your diet because you have diabetes, you’ll want to pay special attention to carbohydrates, because they can affect your blood sugar level faster than protein or fat. You get carbs from sweets, fruit, milk, yogurt, bread, cereal, rice, pasta, potatoes, and other vegetables. It can help to count your carbs

22 Sep 2021

Can you treat a food allergy by altering the gut microbiome?

Food allergy refers to an abnormal immune reaction to harmless proteins in food (referred to as allergens) that repeatedly occurs on exposure to the proteins and causes mild to severe symptoms, ranging from an itchy mouth through to the life-threatening allergic reaction anaphylaxis. The prevalence of food allergy has increased worldwide over the last two

21 Sep 2021

Hormone links exercise with cognitive benefits

Exercise may benefit brain health and improve cognitive performance during aging. It’s also associated with reduced Alzheimer’s disease risk and cognitive decline. But the mechanisms responsible aren’t well understood. Factors secreted into the bloodstream may play a role. If so, these factors would be promising leads for developing treatments for cognitive disorders. Past studies found

19 Sep 2021

What do we know about healthy aging?

What factors influence healthy aging? Research has identified action steps we can take to maintain our health and function as we get older. From improving our diet and levels of physical activity to getting health screenings and managing risk factors for disease, these actions may influence different areas of health. Get moving: Exercise and physical

18 Sep 2021

Drug interactions: A guide for consumers

We live in a world where incredible drugs exist to treat many conditions that seemed untouchable in the past. It’s encouraging to know that there are options to address many of our common ailments. However, the impressive availability of medications also increases the possibility of drug interactions. What is a drug interaction? Drug interactions involve

17 Sep 2021

5 alarming dangers of extreme weight-loss you can’t afford to ignore

Being obese isn’t good for our health – this we know. Healthy lifestyle campaigns have always emphasised the need to keep our weight within an acceptable range, and for good reason. However, weight-loss isn’t a one-flavour dish; there are plenty of ways to achieve this goal. Consequently, more is never always better. When it comes

16 Sep 2021

Consuming a diet with more fish fats, less vegetable oils can reduce migraine headaches

A diet higher in fatty fish helped frequent migraine sufferers reduce their monthly number of headaches and intensity of pain compared to participants on a diet higher in vegetable-based fats and oils, according to a new study. The findings by a team of researchers from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute

15 Sep 2021

How to treat hair loss

Hair loss is a concern for some people. Aging and genetics can both cause hair loss. The underlying cause of hair loss affects what treatments will be most effective. This article contains several tips for preventing hair loss and ways to regrow hair. WHY HAIR FALLS OUT Hair grows and eventually falls out as part

15 Sep 2021

6 Foods that cause inflammation

Inflammation can be good or bad depending on the situation. On one hand, it’s your body’s natural way of protecting itself when you’re injured or sick. It can help your body defend itself from illness and stimulate healing. On the other hand, chronic, sustained inflammation is linked to an increased risk of diseases like diabetes,

14 Sep 2021

Mental stress-induced constricted blood vessels more likely in women

In women with heart disease, constriction of peripheral vessels during mental stress affects the heart circulation more than men’s, potentially raising women’s risk of heart-related events and death, according to research in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, an American Heart Association journal. In most people, mental stress causes peripheral vessels to constrict. In people with

12 Sep 2021

Diabetes and eye diseases

Introduction Diabetes is a common, chronic condition that affects the body’s ability to control sugar levels. This can be due to autoimmune damage to the pancreas (Type 1 diabetes), or due to decreased effects of insulin (a natural hormone in the body that regulates blood sugar concentrations) due to poor diet, such as in the

12 Sep 2021

Heavy metal poisoning

What is heavy metal poisoning? Heavy metal poisoning can happen when you’re exposed to a lot of certain types of metals. It makes you sick and affects the way your body works. Heavy metals, like arsenic, lead, mercury, and others, are all around us. They’re in the ground we walk on, in the water we

03 Sep 2021

What is a high insulin level?

High insulin level Insulin is a hormone (a chemical substance that acts as a messenger in the human body) that is secreted by an abdominal organ called the pancreas. It controls the breakdown of carbohydrates, fats and proteins in the body. It also guides the liver and muscles to store glucose and fat that can

01 Sep 2021

Too much salt weakens the immune system

A high-salt diet is not only bad for one’s blood pressure, but also for the immune system. This is the conclusion of a current study under the leadership of the University Hospital Bonn. Mice fed a high-salt diet were found to suffer from much more severe bacterial infections. Human volunteers who consumed an additional six

29 Aug 2021

How much fiber is too much?

Too much fiber in the diet can cause bloating, gas, and constipation. A person can relieve this discomfort by increasing their fluid intake, exercising, and making dietary changes. These uncomfortable side effects of excessive fiber can occur when someone eats more than 70 grams (g) of fiber a day. This is not uncommon, and it

28 Aug 2021

How to improve your blood circulation

Why you need good blood flow It’s hard to believe, but your body holds about 60,000 miles of blood vessels. Along with your heart, they make up your circulatory system. Circulation is vital to the health of your entire body.  This network of roadways carries blood to every corner of your body. In fact, about

27 Aug 2021

How do I get healthy before I get pregnant?

A healthy pregnancy begins with a healthy mom Women who improve their heart health before pregnancy can reduce their medical risks later. This proactive approach can lower the likelihood of pregnancy complications. Starting early also protects mother and child from long-term problems, research shows. Pregnancy puts stress on a woman’s heart. This can worsen any

20 Aug 2021

Abdominal fat and what to do about it

Visceral fat more of a health concern than subcutaneous fat Though the term might sound dated, “middle-age spread” is a greater concern than ever. As people go through their middle years, their proportion of fat to body weight tends to increase – more so in women than men. Extra pounds tend to park themselves around

17 Aug 2021

What are NOACs and what do they do in your body?

For over 50 years, warfarin has been the drug of choice in preventing AF-related strokes, but a new type of anticoagulant offers more options. What is an anticoagulant medicine? An anticoagulant medicine makes the blood take longer to clot. It plays a vital part in helping to prevent strokes specifically caused by atrial fibrillation (AF).

16 Aug 2021

A baby’s gut bacteria may predict future obesity

New research into the growing problem of early childhood obesity suggests the bacteria in a baby’s gut may indicate weight problems in the years to come. Researchers examined gut microbiota – bacteria and other microbes in the digestive system – of babies, as well as their body mass index, a common gauge of overweight and

15 Aug 2021

Risk factors for dementia

OVERVIEW Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability that affects your everyday functioning. Common symptoms include: memory loss difficulty thinking difficulty communicating difficulty with coordination and motor functions general confusion and disorientation, Several factors can affect your risk for developing dementia. You can change some of these factors, such as smoking,

14 Aug 2021

Top 5 ways stress affects thyroid function

A functional medicine approach to supporting thyroid health (or any other health issue) involves widening the lens to consider the bigger picture.  All bodily systems are interconnected, and when there are imbalances in one area, there are typically knock-on effects into other areas too. The holy grail therefore for any functional medicine practitioner is to

12 Aug 2021

Diabetes and infection: How to spot the signs

Diabetes can slow down your body’s ability to fight infection. The high sugar levels in your blood and tissues allow bacteria to grow and help infections develop more quickly. Common sites for these problems are your bladder, kidneys, vagina, gums, feet, and skin. Early treatment can prevent more serious issues later on. What to look

10 Aug 2021

The truth about fats: the good, the bad, and the in-between

Avoid the trans fats, limit the saturated fats, and replace with essential polyunsaturated fats Why are trans fats bad for you, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats good for you, and saturated fats somewhere in-between? For years, fat was a four-letter word. We were urged to banish it from our diets whenever possible. We switched to low-fat

10 Aug 2021

An oral pill for COVID-19? Molnupiravir shows promise

[Updated to July 2021] The results of the trial demonstrate the safety, tolerability, and antiviral efficacy of molnupiravir to reduce replication of SARS-CoV-2 and accelerate clearance of infectious virus and support ongoing trials of molnupiravir to prevent progression of COVID-19 and eliminate onward transmission of SARS-CoV-2. After more than one year into the coronavirus disease

06 Aug 2021

Constipation might be serious and it should not be left untreated

Although occasional constipation is very common, some people may experience chronic constipation that largely interferes with their daily tasks. Chronic constipation may also cause excessive straining and pain to have a bowel movement. More importantly, if it is overlooked and left untreated, it can eventually lead to serious complications such as hemorrhoids and anal fissure

05 Aug 2021

Why do I still feel tired after 8 hours of sleep?

Getting a full eight hours of sleep a night is often a struggle. To make matters worse, there are times when one continues to feel tired despite supposedly having gotten sufficient sleep. Truth is, there are many reasons to explain tiredness persists even after getting the recommended number of hours. One of the simplest explanations

03 Aug 2021

What you should know about white hair

It is normal for hair color to change, as people age. But white hair can appear at almost any time in life. Even teenagers and people in their 20s may notice strands of white hair. The human body has millions of hair follicles or small sacs lining the skin. The follicles generate hair and color

02 Aug 2021

What your nails say about your health

Nails and health: Read the signs Did you know your nails can reveal clues to your overall health? A touch of white here, a rosy tinge there, or some rippling or bumps may be a sign of disease in the body. Problems in the liver, lungs, and heart can show up in your nails. Keep

31 Jul 2021

How emotions and organs are connected in traditional Chinese medicine

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), emotions and physical health are intimately connected. This integrated mind-body approach to health and healing operates in a dynamic loop where emotions impact the health of the body and vice versa. For example, according to TCM theory, excessive irritability and anger can affect the liver and result in multiple ailments,

30 Jul 2021

5 tips for women to keep their reproductive health concerns at bay

Don’t we all want complete physical well-being in matters related to our reproductive system? We all do, right? But that’s not all. Good reproductive health extends to complete mental and social well-being too. That’s how the World Health Organisation (WHO) sees it. It’s when you have the following three things: A safe and fulfilling sex

29 Jul 2021

Diabetes ages the brain 5 years faster than normal

People diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in middle age showed greater mental decline than people without metabolic problems. Having diabetes in middle age appears to set the mind on a path toward greater cognitive decline, shaving off the equivalent of five years of brain health. These findings, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine,

28 Jul 2021

The link between the gut microbiome and protection against viral infections

There are various protective measures that we can take to improve our immune defences such as eating healthily, getting enough sleep and taking supplements such as vitamins D and C. But did you know that supporting your gut is just as important for your immune system? Immune defence begins in the gut The digestive system

27 Jul 2021

Should you lose weight fast?

When you’re trying to lose weight, it’s tempting to want results as fast as possible. But losing weight fast is unlikely to help you keep the weight off – and it also comes with health risks. If you’re trying to lose weight, you’re probably keen to see, and feel, a difference quickly. It can be

27 Jul 2021

Understanding your cholesterol report

A lipid profile is a blood test that measures the amount of cholesterol and fats called triglycerides in the blood. These measurements give the doctor a quick snapshot of what’s going on in your blood. Cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood can clog arteries, making you more likely to develop heart disease. Thus, these tests

23 Jul 2021

Erectile dysfunction may be warning sign for more serious health problems

How men perform in the bedroom could suggest how healthy their hearts and arteries are. According to new research, erectile dysfunction may be a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. Erectile dysfunction (ED) – defined as the inability to achieve or maintain an erection long enough for satisfactory sex – is a common condition,

21 Jul 2021

What is good nutrition and why is it important?

Most of us do know what healthy eating is all about: less fried food, less sugar and more vegetables and fruits. When it comes to having good nutrition, however, too many of us don’t know the full details of the benefits of good nutrition and how to go about achieving it. Nutrition is an essential

20 Jul 2021

Cold and flu: what to eat to help relieve specific symptoms

Cold and flu: what to eat to help relieve specific symptoms Cold and flu symptoms are unpleasant, but many symptoms can be relieved by eating and drinking certain foods and beverages. Eating and drinking are also important for preventing dehydration and weight loss which may occur during periods of cold and flu infection. The best

20 Jul 2021

Top 10 reasons to give your kids omega-3

1. Omega-3s support brain growth and brain function The brain grows at its greatest rate from birth up until about 2 years old, though development continues throughout childhood and adolescence. Over 60% of the brain is made up of fat and the Omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) makes up around 10-15% of this. DHA

16 Jul 2021

6 health benefits of vitamin A, backed by science

Vitamin A is the generic term for a group of fat-soluble compounds highly important for human health. They’re essential for many processes in your body, including maintaining healthy vision, ensuring the normal function of your immune system and organs and aiding the proper growth and development of babies in the womb. It’s recommended that men

15 Jul 2021

How to boost bone health before and after menopause

Time isn’t your friend when it comes to bone density. But no matter what your age, you can improve the health of your bones with these tips. Part of being a woman means paying attention to bone health throughout your life. There’s good reason for this: Your bones are likely smaller and thinner than a

13 Jul 2021

Drug overdose

Drug overdose meaning A drug overdose is taking too much of a substance, whether it’s prescription, over-the-counter, legal, or illegal. Drug overdoses may be accidental or intentional. If you’ve taken more than the recommended amount of a drug or enough to have a harmful effect on your body’s functions, you have overdosed. An overdose can

12 Jul 2021

Obesity and fertility

Introduction to obesity Obesity may be defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. It is a medical condition in which excess body fat builds up to the extent that the health of the individual becomes negatively affected. It is becoming increasingly common in both men and women and exerts significant financial

11 Jul 2021

Which nutrient for which joint issue?

Think about the amazing job our joints do for us throughout our lives. They enable movement to happen between bones that allows us to act and move. Our joints withstand years of use. It’s no wonder that most of us, at some stage suffer with a joint problem, be it an injury, or in future

10 Jul 2021

Detoxing your liver: Fact versus fiction

Your liver is on the right side of your body, just under your rib cage. Your liver represents the human body’s primary filtration system, converting toxins into waste products, cleansing your blood, and metabolizing nutrients and medications. A healthy liver naturally cleanses itself. Over time, however, exposure to chemicals can damage your liver. For example,

10 Jul 2021

Avoid shoulder pain at work

Overview Your shoulder consists of several joints that connect to various tendons and muscles. The complexity of your shoulder is what enables you to do so much with your arms. It’s also the reason why many people suffer from shoulder pain and injuries. Chronic shoulder pain often stems from prolonged, repetitive, or awkward movements. This

09 Jul 2021

Five worst enemies of your skin and how to combat them

The sun is your biggest enemy as it causes irregular texture, wrinkles, pigmentation and dullness. Find out the other common causes of skin damage and how to combat them. You may be born with the best skin but as you get older, it will start losing its shine and texture. Increasing lines, wrinkles, age spots,

09 Jul 2021

The top 10 benefits of regular exercise

Exercise is defined as any movement that makes your muscles work and requires your body to burn calories. There are many types of physical activity, including swimming, running, jogging, walking, and dancing, to name a few. Being active has been shown to have many health benefits, both physically and mentally. It may even help you

07 Jul 2021

5 reasons you may be at risk for liver disease

The human liver is a wondrous organ. Each day it makes bile, converts nutrients from your diet, cleans toxins from your blood, breaks down fats, alcohol and medications, controls blood sugar and hormone levels, stores iron and much more. Dr. Saleh Alqahtani, director of clinical liver research for Johns Hopkins Medicine, notes that you shouldn’t

06 Jul 2021

5 vital nutrients drained by stress

Most people know when they’re stressed but very few consistently take the healthiest action to combat its negative effects. In fact, when stress strikes, most people do the opposite; they skip meals, eat junk, guzzle alcohol, drink more coffee, and throw out of the window all those nurturing self-care habits that help to protect health

06 Jul 2021

The 12 best foods to boost your metabolism

If you’re trying to lose weight or maintain your weight, you might be looking for foods that can boost your metabolism. It’s true that certain foods may help slightly increase your metabolic rate. This is the number of calories that your body burns. Adding these foods to your diet may make it slightly easier to

01 Jul 2021

How headphones, earbuds can slowly harm your hearing over time

It’s not just about the volume. The length of time you spend each day listening to devices through your headphones or earbuds can also contribute to hearing loss later in life. Cranking up your earbuds as you listen to music or a podcast might be your favorite form of self-care. However, it might not be

01 Jul 2021

How you can prevent chronic diseases

Many chronic diseases are caused by key risk behaviors. By making healthy choices, you can reduce your likelihood of getting a chronic disease and improve your quality of life. Quit smoking Stopping smoking (or never starting) lowers the risk of serious health problems, such as heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and lung disease, as

29 Jun 2021

7 ways to keep your immune system healthy

Put simply, it’s your immune system’s job to defend your body against illness and disease. The complex system is made up of cells in your skin, blood, bone marrow, tissues, and organs that – when working the way they should – protect your body against potentially harmful pathogens (like bacteria and viruses), and limit damage

24 Jun 2021

What to do before, during, and after your COVID-19 vaccine appointment

In the US, people are recommended not to wait for (or avoid) a specific shot. Rather, people should get vaccinated as soon as possible with whichever vaccine is available to them. Right now, vaccines are in high demand. More doses are on the way, but it might be a while before you can secure an

17 Jun 2021

Chemical in veggies helps heal fatty liver

A new study shows that a compound naturally occurring in a variety of commonly used vegetables as well as being produced by gut microbes is very useful in melting fat away from a fatty liver. The study, published in January 2020 in the journal Hepatology, focuses on the compound called indole, that is manufactured by

03 Jun 2021

Natural ways to cleanse your lungs

Lung cleansing techniques may benefit people who smoke, people who get regular exposure to air pollution, and those with chronic conditions that affect the respiratory system, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cystic fibrosis. Breathing in air pollution, cigarette smoke, and other toxins can damage the lungs and even cause health conditions. Maintaining

29 May 2021

9 ways to prevent disease (and to live your healthiest life)

Health is wealth. This common saying holds a lot of weight because it has truth behind it. But what exactly is disease prevention and how can you prevent diseases from happening? Integrative medicine physician Irina Todorov, MD, offers nine ways to prevent diseases and how to take care of yourself so you can live your

24 May 2021

How to treat and prevent bacterial gastroenteritis

Bacterial gastroenteritis occurs when bacteria cause an infection of the stomach or intestines. People often refer to bacterial gastroenteritis as food poisoning. Bacterial gastroenteritis commonly results from the consumption of food or water that has become contaminated with bacteria or their toxins. It can cause a range of symptoms, including diarrhea, abdominal cramping, nausea, and

21 May 2021

Older adults who ‘feel younger’ tend to live longer

Researchers say older adults who “feel younger” tend to be in better health and live longer. Experts say feeling younger includes energy for recreation, fitness activities, and creativity. They say you can feel younger by taking time to meditate, laugh, and learn new topics. You can fight the damaging effects of stress simply by feeling

15 May 2021

How to reduce your risk of infectious diseases

There are several practical ways to keep yourself healthy and free of infection. In the age of COVID-19, this has become especially important given that many traditional infections are becoming multidrug-resistant, and emerging infectious diseases are challenging researchers and public health officials faced the prospect of an epidemic or pandemic. There are even reports about

14 May 2021

How to check your pulse (heart rate)

What is your pulse? When your heart beats it pushes blood around your body. This heart beat can be felt as your ‘pulse’ on your wrist or neck. Your pulse is measured by counting the number of times your heart beats in one minute. For example, if your heart contracts 72 times in one minute,

13 May 2021

What is a chronic illness?

Overview A chronic illness (chronic disease; being chronically ill) is one that lasts for a long period of time and typically cannot be cured. It is, however, sometimes treatable and manageable. This means that with some chronic illnesses, you or your loved one can return to everyday activities. With other chronic illnesses, it may be

12 May 2021

How heart disease affects your body

What is it? From clogged arteries to infections, heart disease covers a lot of ground. It’s not just one thing, but a group of conditions that affect your heart and body in different ways. It can lead to problems like heart attacks and strokes, and it’s the most common cause of death for both men

11 May 2021

Osteoporosis prevention: what you need to know

Many of the things that raise your chances for osteoporosis are things you can’t change, like your genes, your age, and your sex. But that doesn’t mean you can’t prevent the disease. The things you do every day can be part of your plan to build strong bones. Women typically start out with lower bone

10 May 2021

Fatty liver: what it is, and how to get rid of it

Fatty liver disease is becoming increasingly common in many parts of the world, affecting about 25% of people globally. It is linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes and other disorders characterized by insulin resistance. What’s more, if fatty liver isn’t addressed, it may progress to more serious liver disease and other health problems. What is

07 May 2021

7 reasons you’re not hitting your A1C goal in type 2 diabetes

The A1C is a blood test that can be used to help determine how well your type 2 diabetes management plan is working. A high A1C could be a sign that it’s time to adjust your type 2 diabetes management plan. You’re doing everything right to manage your type 2 diabetes. You’re watching your carb

05 May 2021

Insomnia – What it is, how it affects you, and how to help you get back your restful nights

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s ICSD-3 manual, insomnia is defined as “persistent difficulty with sleep initiation, duration, consolidation or quality.” Insomnia has many potential contributing factors and symptoms, but its diagnosis hinges on two essential components: sleep difficulties that occur despite adequate opportunities for normal sleep daytime impairment that directly results from

04 May 2021

How to boost your immune system

Helpful ways to strengthen your immune system and fight off disease How can you improve your immune system? On the whole, your immune system does a remarkable job of defending you against disease-causing microorganisms. But sometimes it fails: A germ invades successfully and makes you sick. Is it possible to intervene in this process and

28 Apr 2021

What to know about heart attack

What is it?   When blood can’t get to your heart, your heart muscle doesn’t get the oxygen it needs. Without oxygen, its cells can be damaged or die. The key to recovery is to get your blood flow restored quickly. Get medical help right away if you think you’re having symptoms of a heart

27 Apr 2021

Is dairy bad for you, or good? the milky, cheesy truth

Dairy products are controversial these days. While dairy is cherished by health organizations as essential for your bones, some people argue that it’s harmful and should be avoided. Of course, not all dairy products are the same. They vary greatly in quality and health effects depending on how the milk-giving animals were raised and how

26 Apr 2021

How to stop tossing and turning at night

Spending hours tossing and turning at night when you’re trying to fall asleep is uncomfortable, disruptive, and downright frustrating. Anxiety, stress, and overstimulation are just some of the factors that can cause an increase in tossing and turning at night. In this article, we’ll explore why you might be tossing and turning so much at

24 Apr 2021

The Facts About Carbs, Fiber, and Diabetes

Carbs When you watch your diet because you have diabetes, you’ll want to pay special attention to carbohydrates, because they can affect your blood sugar level faster than protein or fat. You get carbs from sweets, fruit, milk, yogurt, bread, cereal, rice, pasta, potatoes, and other vegetables. It can help to count your carbs from

24 Apr 2021

11 fascinating facts about body temperature

11 fascinating facts about body temperature Your body temperature can reveal a lot about your health. Body temperature is one of four key vital signs doctors look at, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. An infection can cause a fever, but your body temperature also fluctuates according to your age, your sex, and even when you

23 Apr 2021

Things that hurt your heart

You know that a bad diet and too little exercise can hurt your ticker. But there are lots of sneaky sources of heart disease that you may not be aware of. Here are some you need to know about, and heart-smart steps to help you keep healthy. Dental problems Need extra motivation to brush and

20 Apr 2021

Gestational diabetes

What is gestational diabetes? Gestational diabetes is a condition in which your blood sugar levels become high during pregnancy. It affects up to 10% of women who are pregnant in the U.S. each year. It affects pregnant women who haven’t ever been diagnosed with diabetes. There are two classes of gestational diabetes. Women with class

16 Apr 2021

Collagen — What is It and what is it good for?

Collagen is the most plentiful protein in your body. It has various important roles, including providing structure to your skin and helping your blood clot. In recent years, it has gained popularity as a nutritional supplement and ingredient in shampoos and body lotions. Still, you may wonder what collagen is, as well as what it’s

15 Apr 2021

7 essential facts about metabolism and weight loss

Are you having trouble shedding pounds? The key to weight loss success may be understanding how your metabolism really works. If you’ve ever struggled with the numbers on the scale, you’ve probably blamed it on your metabolism. But what is metabolism exactly, and how does it work? The term metabolism refers to all the processes

10 Apr 2021

Metformin: 10 things you should know

1. Metformin is a workhorse for type 2 diabetes Metformin has been available for the oral treatment of type 2 diabetes since 1995. Metformin helps to control blood sugar (glucose) levels and is sometimes used in combination with insulin or other medications. Metformin is a true workhorse for diabetics: a study published in Diabetes Care

09 Apr 2021

10 ways to boost your metabolism

Can You make your metabolism better? Metabolism is a term that describes all the chemical reactions in your body. These chemical reactions keep your body alive and functioning. The word metabolism is often used interchangeably with metabolic rate, or the number of calories you burn. The higher it is, the more calories you burn and

08 Apr 2021

Malabsorption syndrome

Malabsorption syndrome WHAT IS MALABSORPTION SYNDROME? The main role of your small intestine is to absorb nutrients from the food you eat into your bloodstream. Malabsorption syndrome refers to a number of disorders in which the small intestine can’t absorb enough of certain nutrients and fluids. Nutrients that the small intestine often has trouble absorbing

07 Apr 2021

How much should I weigh?

Many people want to know the answer to this question: How much should I weigh? However, there is not one ideal healthy weight for each person, because a number of different factors play a role. These include age, muscle-fat ratio, height, sex, and body fat distribution, or body shape. Having excess weight can affect a

05 Apr 2021

Restless legs syndrome

What is restless legs syndrome? Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a nervous system disorder that causes an overpowering urge to move your legs. It’s also known as Willis-Ekbom disease. Doctors consider it a sleep disorder because it usually happens or gets worse while you’re at rest. You might have trouble sleeping or sitting for a

02 Apr 2021

Vaginal atrophy

WHAT IS IT? Vaginal atrophy is a change of the vagina that develops when there is a significant decrease in levels of the female hormone estrogen. The condition also is called atrophic vaginitis. Estrogen, which is produced by the ovaries, plays a vital role in keeping vaginal tissues lubricated and healthy. When levels of estrogen

01 Apr 2021

12 anxiety symptoms that might point to a disorder

The symptoms of anxiety can be hard to detect. Here are the ones you need to pay attention to, and how to know if you may have an anxiety disorder. What does it mean to have an anxiety disorder? Everyone can expect to have the occasional bout of anxiety – maybe you get nervous before

31 Mar 2021

Morning breath: Causes and how to get rid of it

Morning breath is the term that people commonly use to describe breath that smells bad when a person wakes up. Waking up with morning breath can be unpleasant and it probably isn’t the way you want to greet your partner, or the day. But it’s extremely common, and most people experience it at some point.

30 Mar 2021

Symptoms and Complications of Hypothyroidism

When your thyroid gland is underactive (called hypothyroidism) and produces too little hormone, your metabolism slows down and your organs’ ability to function normally is diminished. This may lead to a variety of symptoms, including weight gain, fatigue, depression, dry skin, brain fog, cold intolerance, muscle cramps, and constipation. Without treatment with thyroid hormone replacement,

29 Mar 2021

Symptoms and Complications of Hyperthyroidism

When your thyroid gland is overactive (hyperthyroidism) and produces too much hormone, your body’s metabolism speeds up. Considering the whole-body effects this can have, a variety of symptoms may result, including weight loss, irritability, irregular heart rhythm, tremor, insomnia, hair loss, and more. Hyperthyroidism also carries some potential complications with it, such as bone weakening,

27 Mar 2021

Everything you should know about oxidative stress

Oxidative stress is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in your body. Free radicals are oxygen-containing molecules with an uneven number of electrons. The uneven number allows them to easily react with other molecules. Free radicals can cause large chain chemical reactions in your body because they react so easily with other molecules. These

26 Mar 2021

How to prevent antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance leads to higher medical costs, longer hospital stays and, sometimes, death. Key ways to prevent antibiotic resistance are by avoiding infections, using antibiotics correctly and disposing of them safely. What is antibiotic resistance? Antibiotics are a group of medicines designed to treat bacterial infections. However, the misuse and overuse of antibiotics have allowed

25 Mar 2021

How to prevent scarring

Scars form on your skin after an injury as part of your body’s healing process. The size of the scar you’re left with depends on the severity of your injury and how well it heals. Shallow cuts and wounds that only affect your top layer of skin usually don’t scar at all. Some scars fade

24 Mar 2021

Debunking common myths about thyroid disease

Your thyroid gland keeps your body’s metabolism humming and plays a key role in your overall well-being. So if you have some type of thyroid disease, you’d know it, right? Not necessarily, says endocrinologist Mary Vouyiouklis Kellis, MD. In fact, here are several problems with the butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck: Hyperthyroidism

22 Mar 2021

5 steps for preventing kidney stones

If you’ve ever had a kidney stone, you surely remember it. The pain can be unbearable, coming in waves until the tiny stone passes through your urinary plumbing and out of the body. For many, kidney stones aren’t a one-time thing: in about half of people who have had one, another appears within seven years

19 Mar 2021

Should you take antioxidant supplements?

Antioxidant supplements are popular and commonly considered healthy. In part, this is because fruits and vegetables, which are rich in antioxidants, are associated with many health benefits, including a reduced risk of disease. Yet, there is strong evidence to suggest that you may be doing your health a disservice by supplementing with antioxidants. For this

18 Mar 2021

Symptoms of throat cancer

Throat cancer is a type of head and neck cancer that occurs in the pharynx or the larynx. The throat is important to many vital functions like eating, breathing, and speaking, so symptoms of throat cancer may get in the way of daily activities. When cancerous tumors develop in the larynx – or voice box

17 Mar 2021

What causes mouth ulcers and how to treat them

Mouth ulcers — also known as canker sores — are normally small, painful lesions that develop in your mouth or at the base of your gums. They can make eating, drinking, and talking uncomfortable. Women, adolescents, and people with a family history of mouth ulcers are at higher risk for developing mouth ulcers. Mouth ulcers

17 Mar 2021

10 ways to boost male fertility and increase sperm count

If you and your partner are experiencing fertility issues, know that you’re not alone. Infertility is more common than you might think. It affects about one in every six couples, and researchers estimate about one in every three cases is due to fertility problems in the male partner alone. While infertility is not always treatable,

15 Mar 2021

Tips for flaky, itchy and dry skin

Dry skin (xerosis) occurs when skin doesn’t retain sufficient moisture. This can happen as a result of frequent bathing, use of harsh soaps, aging, or certain medical conditions. And for those in colder climates, it can stem from cold, dry winter air. People may suffer from red, rough, raw, and itchy skin. This is because

13 Mar 2021

Can vitamin D lower your risk of COVID-19?

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a number of critical roles in your body. This nutrient is especially important for immune system health, leaving many people wondering whether supplementing with vitamin D may help reduce the risk of contracting the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. While there’s currently no cure for COVID-19, preventive

12 Mar 2021

Blood clot symptoms to know

What’s a clot? It’s a clump of cells and protein in your blood. A clot helps slow bleeding when you’re injured. It usually dissolves as you heal. But if it doesn’t, or if it forms when it’s not needed, it can clog up or completely block a blood vessel. What problems can it cause? An

11 Mar 2021

Myths about diabetes

Globally, diabetes is becoming increasingly prevalent, as are the myths and misconceptions that surround it. Although diabetes is a familiar word, symptoms vary, and the biological mechanisms involved are complex. Because it is both common and complicated, half-truths abound. Unfortunately, some of the myths which are mentioned below increase the stigma attached to diabetes. For

11 Mar 2021

Antioxidants explained in simple terms

What are antioxidants? Antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals in your body (they neutralize free radicals). Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause harm if their levels become too high in your body. They’re linked to multiple illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Your body has its own antioxidant defenses to keep

09 Mar 2021

Comparing the COVID-19 Vaccines: How are they different?

[Updated: February 27, 2021] Although each COVID-19 vaccine is unique, all of them may help with herd immunity. Even if you’re still waiting for a vaccine, watching the first people get their COVID-19 vaccinations may have felt like a huge relief. As the weeks pass, countless reports are coming out about the effectiveness of new

08 Mar 2021

Why sitting too much is bad for your health

1. It hurts your heart Scientists first noticed something was up in a study that compared two similar groups: transit drivers, who sit most of the day, and conductors or guards, who don’t. Though their diets and lifestyles were a lot alike, those that sat were about twice as likely to get heart disease as

03 Mar 2021

What can help prevent gestational diabetes?

Some women can prevent gestational diabetes (diabetes in pregnancy) by getting enough exercise and changing their diet. But it’s not clear whether this also prevents complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Women’s metabolism changes in pregnancy. This can cause their blood sugar levels to increase temporarily. If certain levels are exceeded, the woman is considered to

02 Mar 2021

Swollen legs: Causes and Treatment

Have you noticed lately that your socks are tight and your pants feel snug? Your legs swell for two main reasons: Fluid buildup (edema): It happens when the tissues or blood vessels in your legs hold more fluid than they should. This can happen if you simply spend a long day on your feet or

01 Mar 2021

Common medicine side effects and how to deal with them

When your doctor prescribes you a medicine, try not to be put off taking your new treatment by reading the information leaflet that comes with it. Yes, all medicines can have side effects. Drug manufacturers have to list all the possible side effects that could be attributed to their medicine, but in reality, the majority

26 Feb 2021

Everything you need to know about erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is more common than you might think and this debilitating condition – characterised by the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse – is also on the rise. Studies estimate that 322 million men across the globe will be affected by 2025, causing a significant impact

23 Feb 2021

How your gut health affects your whole body

Helpful germs You have many bacteria in your body. In fact, you have more of them than you have cells. Most are good for you. The ones found in your gut not only help you digest foods, they work all over your body and can be good for your physical and mental health. Gut microbiome

19 Feb 2021

Minding your memory

Not all memory issues are cause for concern. Everyone experiences the occasional “senior moment” as they age. You may misplace everyday items, fail to recall the name of someone you just met, or forget to do something. While these memory slips can be embarrassing and stressful, they usually don’t mean that you are on a

03 Feb 2021

Diarrhea: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment tips

WHAT IS DIARRHEA? Everyone has a different bowel habit which is normal for them, but diarrhea is commonly defined as having looser or more frequent stools than is normal for you. It occurs when the lining of the large intestine becomes inflamed or irritated. This prevents essential salts and fluids from food in the intestine

02 Feb 2021

6 simple ways to reduce water retention

Water retention occurs when excess fluids build up inside your body. It is also known as fluid retention or edema. Water retention occurs in the circulatory system or within tissues and cavities. It can cause swelling in the hands, feet, ankles and legs. There are several reasons why it happens, many of which are not

30 Jan 2021

Reasons you’re not losing weight

Some health problems can make it really hard to lose weight even if you diet and exercise. Your genes can also play a role in how much you weigh or where your body stores fat. Talk to your doctor if you just can’t seem to lose weight. Tests can show if you have a health

21 Jan 2021

What to know about brittle nails

Brittle nails, or onychoschizia, can affect nearly anyone. It is a common issue that causes soft, thin, or splitting nails. According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD), brittle nails are more common in women than in men. In many cases, people with brittle nails can take steps to strengthen them and prevent future

20 Jan 2021

Is Glucosamine good for Joint Pain?

If you’re looking for a supplement that may ease your joint pain, glucosamine might be worth a try. Some studies show it gives relief for mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis, and it may work for other joints, too. Some supplements combine glucosamine with other ingredients, such as chondroitin sulfate, shark cartilage, or methylsulfonylmethane (MSM). What

19 Jan 2021

Best diet for Gout: what to Eat, what to avoid

Gout is a type of arthritis, an inflammatory condition of the joints. People with gout experience sudden and severe attacks of pain, swelling and inflammation of the joints. Fortunately, gout can be controlled with medications, a gout-friendly diet and lifestyle changes. What is gout? Gout is a type of arthritis that involves sudden pain, swelling

18 Jan 2021

Manage your memory with D.A.N.C.E.R.S.

There are steps you can take to enhance your memory and help to delay or even prevent dementia. Lydia Cho, a neuropsychologist with Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital, suggests focusing on D.A.N.C.E.R.S., a set of lifestyle criteria created by Dr. James Ellison, former director of the geriatric psychiatry program at McLean. D: Disease management Maintain a healthy

16 Jan 2021

7 ways to treat chronic back pain without surgery

Back pain is considered chronic if it lasts three months or longer. It can come and go, often bringing temporary relief, followed by frustration. Dealing with chronic back pain can be especially trying if you don’t know the cause. Back pain rehabilitation specialist Andrew Nava, M.D., offers insights into common chronic back pain causes and

15 Jan 2021

Antibiotic Do’s & Don’ts

Smart use of antibiotics is the best care. Here are some steps you can take to use antibiotics appropriately so you can get the best treatment when you’re sick, protect yourself from harms caused by unnecessary antibiotic use, and combat antibiotic resistance. Take antibiotics only if you need them Antibiotics only treat certain infections caused

14 Jan 2021

8 lifestyle tips to help reverse prediabetes naturally

Prediabetes is where your blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. The exact cause of prediabetes is unknown, but it’s associated with insulin resistance. This is when your cells stop responding to the hormone insulin. The pancreas produces insulin, which allows sugar (glucose) to enter

13 Jan 2021

Diarrhea: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment tips

WHAT IS DIARRHEA? Everyone has a different bowel habit which is normal for them, but diarrhea is commonly defined as having looser or more frequent stools than is normal for you. It occurs when the lining of the large intestine becomes inflamed or irritated. This prevents essential salts and fluids from food in the intestine

12 Jan 2021

Menopause and mental health

The years leading up to menopause and the transition itself can bring changes to your body. But they can also have an effect on your mind, specifically your mental health. Shifts in the levels of female hormones can cause temporary mood changes, including symptoms of depression. The incidence of depression doubles during this time. Women

11 Jan 2021

Why some diabetes patients taking metformin need more vitamin B12

Researchers say metformin could be reducing vitamin B12 levels in some people with diabetes. The number one most prescribed drug to treat people with type 2 diabetes may actually be causing irreversible nerve damage in many patients. Metformin (Glucophage) is prescribed to more than 120 million patients worldwide. It works by reducing the amount of

09 Jan 2021

A high-fiber diet can reduce your risk of breast cancer

Your diet may influence your breast cancer risk. An analysis of 20 studies by researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, which was published online April 6, 2020, by the journal Cancer, found that women who ate the most fiber were 8% less likely to go on to develop breast cancer compared

08 Jan 2021

Treating low testosterone levels

Testosterone is the hormone that gives men their manliness. Produced by the testicles, it is responsible for male characteristics like a deep voice, muscular build, and facial hair. Testosterone also fosters the production of red blood cells, boosts mood, keeps bones strong, and aids thinking ability. Lack of testosterone, often nicknamed, low-t, can cause unwanted

07 Jan 2021

Skin Cancer: Symptoms, Risks, and Prevention

What is Skin Cancer? Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. The two most common types of skin cancer—basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas—are highly curable, but can be disfiguring and costly to treat. Melanoma, the third most common skin cancer, is more dangerous and causes the most deaths.

06 Jan 2021

Whole-foods, Plant-based Diet, and the benefits

There are many arguments about which diet is best for you. Nevertheless, health and wellness communities agree that diets emphasizing fresh, whole ingredients and minimizing processed foods are superior for overall wellness. The Whole-foods, Plant-based Diet does just that. It focuses on minimally processed foods, specifically plants, and is effective at stimulating weight loss and

05 Jan 2021

Tips for relief from dry eye

Tears provide moisture and lubrication to help you see and keep your peepers comfortable. What’s in a tear? They’re a mix of: Water, for moisture Oils, for lubrication Mucus, for even spreading Antibodies and special proteins that keep infection at bay The ingredients come from special glands around your eye. Dry eyes often mean your

04 Jan 2021

High Blood Pressure? These 3 Things Could Save Your Life

If you’re concerned about your high blood pressure, you’re right to be. High blood pressure is called the silent killer for a reason. Although high blood pressure typically doesn’t cause symptoms, it has a devastating effect on our health. High blood pressure is the primary or contributing cause of more than 1,300 deaths every day

31 Dec 2020

Vitamin B12 deficiency

Vitamin B12 deficiency is a relatively common condition in children and adults. Besides a low dietary intake, other factors that may cause vitamin B12 deficiency include gastric bypass surgery and diseases associated with gastrointestinal (GI) malabsorption. Diagnosing vitamin B12 deficiency can be tricky because there are so many symptoms that mimic those of other health

30 Dec 2020

What you can do about your back pain

Many people among us get back problems at one time or another. You might sleep awkwardly or wrench your back while lifting something heavy. Or you might hurt your back in an accident. But often, says physical therapist Eric Robertson, DPT, who also is a spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the culprit

29 Dec 2020

How sugar really affects your cholesterol

If you’re like most people, you probably think it’s high-cholesterol foods that are the worst for your cholesterol levels. But that’s not really the case. Because it’s not actually the cholesterol in food that’s the problem. Most of the cholesterol that circulates inside our bodies is made inside our bodies, and not absorbed from the

28 Dec 2020

An overview of zinc deficiency

Zinc is an essential mineral that is present in many types of food. A deficiency of this mineral can cause a number of health effects, such as decreased immune function, diarrhea, and more. The symptoms of a zinc deficiency do not start until zinc levels have been low for several months. Inadequate zinc can be

26 Dec 2020

Benefits of drinking lemon water for arthritis and gout

Lemon water have been touted as a sort of cure-all for various health conditions, including arthritis and gout. Some of these statements may be overblown, but lemon water does have some health value. Researchers have studied lemon water as a potential source of vitamin C and antioxidants. Additionally, some people may be more hydrated if

26 Dec 2020

Immunity benefits of zinc as we age

Low zinc can threaten your immune system. As we age, our immune system is more susceptible to weakening, which can lead to serious, even fatal, health problems. In order to limit this decline, it is essential to maintain healthy immunity through a diet rich in phytochemicals and essential nutrients. Eating healthy reduces vulnerability to respiratory

25 Dec 2020

7 simple steps to avoid a heart attack

Every 37 seconds, someone in the United States dies from heart disease.   That’s about 650,000 people a year. And the numbers have been increasing every year since 2014. Perhaps even more shocking than those numbers is the fact that this disease, in most cases, is largely preventable – and the steps of prevention really aren’t

22 Dec 2020

What is an autoimmune disease? Causes, Common diseases, Treatment

Many individuals have diseases and illnesses that are caused by their immune system mistakenly attacking itself. This is called an autoimmune disease, and there are many different autoimmune diseases that someone can suffer from. What is an Autoimmune Disease? An autoimmune disease is a condition characterized as the body’s own immune system mistakenly attacking itself.

21 Dec 2020

Gut health and how to improve it

In recent years the topic of gut health has become more and more popular. But what exactly is this referring to, and how can we improve this area of our life? Gut health refers to the condition and function of the gastrointestinal tract. Problems can arise in the gastrointestinal tract leading to persistent symptoms, such

19 Dec 2020

11 common allergy triggers and how to avoid them (Part 2)

6. Insects and insect sting Insects can either contaminate surfaces that cause an allergic reaction on contact or release the allergens directly in your body through stinging. a. Stings The usual effects of an insect sting to a person are swelling, itching, and redness. Severe reactions can result from insect stings. Anaphylaxis resulting from wasp

18 Dec 2020

11 common allergy triggers and how to avoid them (Part 1)

Allergies refer to hypersensitive immune reactions in some people against certain foreign bodies that are typically harmless. These factors, known as allergens, can include dust, pollen, medication, food groups, pet dander, etc. MOST COMMON ALLERGY TRIGGERS AND THEIR PREVENTION Below are some common allergy triggers. 1. Pollen Pollen is a very fine dust-like substance that

17 Dec 2020

4 tricks to rev up your memory

Stay ahead of age-related changes in thinking skills by making the most of your brain’s memory process. We all have moments of forgetfulness about where we put the keys, why we walked into a room, or what an object is called. Most likely, this reflects age-related changes in thinking skills. “In terms of brain function,

17 Dec 2020

Taking too much vitamin D can cloud its benefits and create health risks

In recent years, research has associated low blood levels of the vitamin with higher risks of everything from heart disease, diabetes, and cancer to mood disorders and dementia. The findings have not gone unnoticed. Vitamin D supplements and screening tests have surged in popularity. “Vitamin D testing is one of the top Medicare lab tests

17 Dec 2020

The pros and cons of testosterone therapy

The number of men who take testosterone has dropped dramatically in the past few years, in part because of growing awareness of the risks that may accompany it. Should you avoid it? Testosterone, a hormone, helps men maintain muscle, bone health, libido, and the ability to perform in the bedroom. But beginning in their mid-30s,

16 Dec 2020

Age-related macular degeneration: Early detection and timely treatment may help preserve vision

Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the leading cause of blindness in adults over the age of 60. As its name implies, the condition primarily affects the macula, which is the region of the retina responsible for central vision. A person whose macula is impacted by retinal disease may develop difficulty with tasks such as reading

15 Dec 2020

What’s the best time of day to take your medication?

Timing may improve potency and help you cope with side effects. We all want our medicines to be as effective as possible, and that requires effort on our part. It may be necessary to avoid taking pills with certain foods or drinks, and to check that medications won’t interfere with each other. And in some

15 Dec 2020

How to stay younger

Trying to live longer is a great goal, but those extra years won’t mean much if you’re not feeling healthy and energetic. So why not try to help your body act younger than your chronological age, by following a few basic steps towards a longevity lifestyle? See what changes you should make today, to make

15 Dec 2020

What to know about bruising easily

A bruise occurs when blood becomes trapped under the skin, usually because of an impact that damages a tiny blood vessel. A fall, blow, or anything else that puts sudden high pressure on the skin can cause a bruise. Very forceful blows can damage bones, causing deep bleeding and bruises that take several weeks to

09 Dec 2020

What you should know about vaccines and how it works

Credited for causing drastic reductions in dangerous diseases like measles and polio, vaccines are widely heralded as one of the greatest public health achievements in modern history. Vaccination trains your body’s immune system to identify and fight specific diseases. It’s is a lot like prepping your army before a war begins. You ready your soldiers

09 Dec 2020

Does smoking raise blood pressure?

Smoking raises your blood pressure in the short term and over a long period of time, putting both young and old smokers at high risk of developing hypertension (high blood pressure), compared to those who do not smoke. A longitudinal study of nearly 29,000 people, ages 36 to 80 found that smoking not only raises

07 Dec 2020

How lifestyle and habits affect biological aging

Everyone ages at a different rate. Some people seem to age very rapidly, while others experience aging at a much more gradual pace. We’ve all experienced meeting someone for the first time who appears to be much younger – or older – than they really are. Chronological vs. Biological age Chronological age is the number

04 Dec 2020

Top 10 safety tips when using topical medicines

Most people wouldn’t think twice about applying over-the-counter (OTC) creams, lotions, ointments, gels, sprays, or patches to the skin. However, the medicines in these products can enter the body just like medicines taken by mouth. Although harm does not happen often, when using topical medicines applied to the skin, be sure to follow the directions

04 Dec 2020

Aging Types, Causes, and Prevention

Aging: it’s something we all do but understand very little about. Sure, it’s easy to make a list of all the changes that come with age — memory loss, wrinkles, muscle loss — but no one really understands what aging is, why it happens and how to stop it. What is aging? Think of aging

04 Dec 2020

10 tips for healthy eating with diabetes

There are different types of diabetes, and no two people with diabetes are the same. So there isn’t a one-size-fits-all ‘diabetes diet’ for everyone with diabetes. But we’ve come up with tips that you can use to help you make healthier food choices. These healthy eating tips are general and can help you manage your

02 Dec 2020

How to take oral medications properly

The most common way people take medications is orally (by mouth). Depending on what your doctor prescribed, your oral medication can be swallowed, chewed, or placed under your tongue to dissolve. Medications that you swallow travel from your stomach or intestine into your bloodstream and then are carried to all parts of your body. This

30 Nov 2020

Guide to protect kidney health

Kidneys are vital to your overall health, so it’s important to look after them. Kidney disease is a major public health concern. Kidney disease often goes undetected until it is very advanced. Unfortunately, this is when someone would need dialysis or a transplant. The key is to find kidney disease before the trouble starts. Regular

28 Nov 2020

How to use eye drops properly

Many eye problems are treated with eye drops. And it could be a challenge to put on eye drops, especially if you are a first time user. However, with practice you’ll get more comfortable and confident with the process without missing, spilling or using too much eye drops. Follow these steps to use eye drops

27 Nov 2020

Tips to keep joints healthy

Stay in motion It’s the golden rule of joint health: The more you move, the less stiffness you’ll have. Whether you’re reading, working, or watching TV, change positions often. Take breaks from your desk or your chair and get active. Safety first Padding is your pal. So suit up when you do things like in-line

26 Nov 2020

Easy, affordable and healthy eating tips during COVID-19

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak is upending life for families around the world. As schools and childcare centres close, many parents are finding themselves stuck at home for most of the day juggling childcare, full-time work and other competing responsibilities. Figuring out “What’s for dinner?” can be yet another daily challenge. To make things even

24 Nov 2020

Top 10 healthy heart tips

A healthy lifestyle will make your heart healthier. Here are 10 things you can do to look after your heart. 1. Give up smoking If you’re a smoker, quit. It’s the single best thing you can do for your heart health. Smoking is one of the main causes of coronary heart disease. A year after

23 Nov 2020

10 signs and symptoms of iron deficiency

Iron deficiency occurs when your body doesn’t have enough of the mineral iron. Your body needs iron to make hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that enables them to carry oxygen around the body. If your body doesn’t have enough hemoglobin, your tissues and muscles won’t get enough oxygen to be able to work

20 Nov 2020

Medical myths: All about Dementia

Today, an estimated 5.8 million people aged 65 years or older in the United States have dementia. Due to the fact that the average lifespan of people in the U.S. has increased over recent decades, some experts project that by 2050, the number of older adults with dementia could reach 13.8 million. Figures of this

16 Nov 2020

What to know about cancer

Cancer causes cells to divide uncontrollably. This can result in tumors, damage to the immune system, and other impairment that can be fatal. In the United States, an estimated 15.5 million people with a history of cancer were living as of January 1, 2016, according to a 2018 report from the American Cancer Society. What

14 Nov 2020

Dementia in older adults

Dementia is an umbrella term for a range of conditions that affect the brain. Symptoms often include difficulties with memory, problem-solving, language, and judgment. While dementia mainly affects older adults, it is not a regular, expected part of aging. The World Health Organization (WHO) report that 5–8% of people aged 60 or older have dementia.

13 Nov 2020

What are the early signs of type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes causes a person’s blood sugar levels to become too high. Recognizing the early signs and symptoms of this chronic condition can result in a person getting treatment sooner, which reduces the risk of severe complications. Type 2 diabetes is a common condition. A 2017 report from the Centers for Disease Control and

12 Nov 2020

Green tea and coffee found to reduce risk of death among type 2 diabetes

Drinking four cups of green tea and coffee on a daily basis could help people with type 2 diabetes live longer, researchers have said. Those who develop the condition are more prone to other health issues, such as dementia, cancer, and bone fractures. But now a team from Japan say they have found evidence to

11 Nov 2020

Sleeping with artificial light at night associated with weight gain in women

Sleeping with a television or light on in the room may be a risk factor for gaining weight or developing obesity, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health. The research, which was published online June 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine, is the first to find an association between any exposure to artificial light

10 Nov 2020

Everything You Need to Know About High Cholesterol (Part 2)

Complications of high cholesterol If left untreated, high cholesterol can cause plaque to build up in your arteries. Over time, this plaque can narrow your arteries. This condition is known as atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a serious condition. It can limit the flow of blood through your arteries. It also raises your risk of developing dangerous

09 Nov 2020

Everything You Need to Know About High Cholesterol (Part 1)

What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a type of lipid. It’s a waxy, fat-like substance that your liver produces naturally. It’s vital for the formation of cell membranes, certain hormones, and vitamin D. Cholesterol doesn’t dissolve in water, so it can’t travel through your blood on its own. To help transport cholesterol, your liver produces lipoproteins.

05 Nov 2020

Quitting can help undo smoking’s consequences on bone health

Bone homeostasis is disturbed in smokers, though cessation seems to have a rescuing effect, a recent study has found. Researchers conducted two human studies. The first included 471 pre- and post-menopausal women, of whom 54 were current smokers and 417 were nonsmokers. The second included 139 current smokers who were determined to quit. Osteocalcin and

04 Nov 2020

Eating more plant-based foods ‘reduces type 2 diabetes risk’

“Eating more fruit and vegetables can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by almost a quarter,” reports The Independent. The headline is prompted by a new review that pooled the results of 9 studies looking at the link between how “plant-based” over 300,000 people’s diets were, and their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The

02 Nov 2020

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the term for a range of conditions caused by a build-up of fat in the liver. It’s usually seen in people who are overweight or obese. A healthy liver should contain little or no fat. It’s estimated up to 1 in every 3 people in the UK has early

31 Oct 2020

How Much Water Should You Drink Per Day?

The body is about 60% water, give or take. You are constantly losing water from your body, primarily via urine and sweat. To prevent dehydration, you need to drink adequate amounts of water. There are many different opinions on how much water you should be drinking every day. Health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses,

30 Oct 2020

15 Foods You Need to Consume to Get Rid of Joint Pain

Joint pain might be caused by a recent sports injury or most commonly might be related to arthritis. If you suffer from bone or joint pain you know from personal experience that it can be devastating and annoying in daily life. Even though no exact diet has been proven to cure it, studies have shown that certain foods and spices do help patients — working like natural remedies. Here is the

29 Oct 2020

Diet and Heart Health Basics

Heart health and your diet Your doctor may have recently told you that you’re at risk for heart disease due to your lifestyle or your family history. Perhaps you’ve recently experienced a major cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more Americans die of heart disease than any other condition.

28 Oct 2020

What Is Sudden Death Syndrome, and Is Prevention Possible?

What is sudden death syndrome? Sudden death syndrome (SDS) is a loosely defined umbrella term for a series of cardiac syndromes that cause sudden cardiac arrest and possibly death. Some of these syndromes are the result of structural problems in the heart. Others may be the result of irregularities within the electrical channels. All may cause unexpected

27 Oct 2020

Study hints that early morning exercise may reduce cancer risk

A new study has suggested that people who exercise in the morning between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. may be less likely to develop cancers than those who exercise later in the day. The research, appearing in the International Journal of Cancer, may help inform future research into the timing of exercise as a potential way

26 Oct 2020

Eating spicy food can alter pain perception

Spicy stimulation appears to trigger an analgesic effect that lasts beyond the taste stimulus, a recent study has found. In contrast, keeping a long-term spicy diet may instead lower the threshold for basal pain sensitivity. Sixty healthy undergraduate volunteers (aged 20–35 years; 50 percent female) were enrolled in this study. Pressure pain (PPT) and cold

26 Oct 2020

Study finds association between sugary drinks and infertility

Fair warning to couples looking to get pregnant: Limit or do away with sugary drinks. A Boston University study has found a link between consuming high sugar beverages and infertility. Fertility expert Dr Guia Pastorfide explained that when a couple is unable to conceive for a year even with unprotected sex, they are diagnosed as

21 Oct 2020

12 foods to avoid like fire if you want to unclog your arteries

When it comes to heart health, you might already know that eating healthy and avoiding junk food is a good place to start, but it can be more complicated than you think. Plenty of foods that you enjoy every day, even foods that are otherwise healthy for you, might actually be doing a lot of damage to your heart. Because of this, it is always important to be aware of both what you

21 Oct 2020

Medical myths: Vitamins and supplements

Vitamins and supplements are more popular today than they have ever been. People, understandably, want to be healthy and free from disease. If popping a relatively inexpensive pill every day ups their chances of a healthy, long life, it is no surprise that supplements are popular. It is important to note that supplements are important

19 Oct 2020

Too much white rice a bane to endocrine health in South Asia

Eating higher amounts of white rice raises the risk of diabetes, and this association is especially pronounced in South Asia, a study has found. Meanwhile, in other regions of the world, the risk is modest or inconsequential. “Overall, our findings are consistent with results from some of the previous studies conducted in Asia and Europe

15 Oct 2020

Study Reveals That WiFi Devices Affect Male Fertility

If you have been trying to have kids for a while and haven’t had much success, the answer could be right in your pocket. Literally. Kumiko Nakata, a researcher from Japan, found that the electromagnetic waves from WiFi devices, like mobile phones and home routers, can do significant damage to sperm. 30% of fertility problems come from men According to the World Health Organization, about 15% of couples in the world

14 Oct 2020

7 Dangerous signs of blocked Arteries we often ignore

What increases the risk of clogged arteries?

14 Oct 2020

10 early signs your body is running out of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is super important in keeping your body healthy and functioning properly.

12 Oct 2020

Excessive sleepiness at daytime may signal heart disease, cancer, diabetes

Older adults who are excessively sleepy at daytime are twice as likely as their non-sleepy counterparts to develop either heart disease, cancer, or diabetes

10 Oct 2020

Study investigating the effect of tadalafil 5mg daily treatment on the ejaculatory times with erectile dysfunction

A daily dose of 5mg tadalafil can be safely used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction and LUTS, that prolongs the ejaculatory latency time.

20 Oct 2018

Let stand 1-5 minutes after every hour of work

Stand 1-5 minutes after an hour of work would benefit to your body health