Banish Sore Joints With These Handy Hints

With age, many of us experience sore joints on occasion. If this happens once in a while, as a result of sleeping in an odd position or overdoing your exercise, then this really shouldn’t be anything to worry about. A little bed rest and perhaps a few ibuprofen should have you back on your feet within a day or two. But what if joint pain is becoming an ever more common part of your life?

Under these circumstances, you may be unfortunate enough to start feeling the early effects of arthritis. Remember that arthritis can strike at almost any age and most certainly isn’t just restricted to the elderly. Alternatively you may be suffering from another condition which has resulted in tender, swollen or sore joints.

Whatever the situation you’ll know the feeling of discomfort (or downright pain) and reduced mobility. But what can you do to resolve your joint problems?

In this article we’ll discuss some of the most effective solutions, which have been shown to work in numerous scientific investigations.

Change Your Diet

One of the most surprising discoveries made in recent years is that the food you eat can have an enormous impact on your joints. One compound in particular – known as arachidonic acid – has direct links to inflammation in the body. It is also present in very high amounts in some foods.

Studies have shown that eating a so-called “anti-inflammatory diet” or AID can significantly reduce both joint tenderness and swelling.

Seeing as inflammation is one of the most common causes of joint pain, be that from over-exercising or from conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, being able to naturally reduce this effect by changing your diet is an exciting possibility.

So what are the foods you should be avoiding to benefit your joints?

An interesting piece of research known as the “National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey” took place in 2005, and carefully collated the arachidonic acid levels of common western food stuffs. They found that the highest levels are found in chicken, closely followed by eggs. Other foods with high levels include fish, beef, pork and turkey, together with their derivatives such as burgers and sausages.

Broadly speaking, therefore, a diet that avoids animal-based foodstuffs is likely to be most effective for reducing your intake of arachidonic acid and, by extension, joint inflammation. If the idea of a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle doesn’t fill you with joy then at least consider cutting down on your meat consumption. This has the secondary benefit of being an environmentally-sound decision too, as meat is considered to rate very low on the scale of environmental friendliness.

Get Spicy

You might be surprised to learn that many of the spices we traditionally use in recipes also display anti-inflammatory properties when used correctly. Of the various options the following have some of the strongest scientific backing:

Turmeric

The active ingredient in turmeric is known as “curcumin”. Sadly, the curcumin content of most turmeric powder is quite low. Worse, the body struggles to absorb curcumin from the gut. Nutritionists have noted that combining curcumin with piperine – a constituent of black pepper – significantly improves your body’s ability to absorb and use curcumin.

Therefore, while there are plenty of articles that suggest adding more turmeric to your diet this is likely to have a very minimal benefit. Instead, look for a prepared supplement that has been specifically designed to offer high levels of curcumin combined with piperine.

Ginger

Ginger is another natural product which seems to help control chronic inflammation in the body. Unlike turmeric, plain old ginger root powder (dried ginger) can be used, so it can be easy to source from standard grocery stores. All the same, many people still opt to take ginger in supplement form, where the tablet or capsule can make it easier to consume.

Studies of giving ginger powder to those suffering from a range of joint problems – from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis – suggests that over 75% of people experience at least a degree of improvement as a result.

Chilli Pepper

The active ingredient in chilli peppers, which makes them so “hot” on the palette, is known as “capsaicin”. Unlike the two previous spices, however, capsaicin seems to be most effective when used topically, rather than when consumed in the diet.

A study in which a relatively weak ointment was used – just 0.025% capsaicin – reported that over half of participants experienced reductions in pain when it was applied to sore joints 3-4 times a day.

If there is a downside to the use of capsaicin it is the mild burning sensation that most people experience when first applying it. Interestingly, scientists believe that it is this very burning sensation that is actually having the positive benefit. Research has shown that the feeling of “heat” derived from topical chilli causes the nerves to “overfire”, running out of the chemical messengers that normally transmit sensations of pain. In doing so, capsaicin stops pain in its tracks.

Consume More Omega 3 Fats

We’ve already discussed the importance of reducing your arachidonic acid intake to help reduce joint swelling and inflammation, but there’s something else we can do too – and that’s to consume more omega 3 oils. Think of consuming these oils as rather like throwing water onto a fire; they soothe the inflammation.

The best source of omega 3 fats are oily fish like salmon and mackerel. Try to consume one or two portions of these fish per week. The reason that fish works so well is that it also contains a host of other vitamins and minerals which offer additional health benefits.

Of course, a rather quicker and easier alternative is to pick up some cod liver oil tablets from your local pharmacy or grocery store.

Lose Weight

Statistically speaking, it has been shown that people with a higher BMI are more likely to end up with arthritis, particularly in the hips, knees and ankles. This is hardly surprising, as such joints find themselves under additional strain when carrying around extra weight. Getting into shape and shedding any excess pounds can therefore be a highly beneficial practice.

If your joint discomfort is to be found elsewhere in the body – such as your fingers or wrists – then don’t assume that remaining overweight is perfectly safe. After all, you’re already starting to see the signs of arthritis. Now would therefore be the ideal time to start a calorie-controlled diet to minimize the chance of your condition spreading to other joints.

Apply Ice

Changing the heat of your joints can positively influence the discomfort you experience. Over the years both heat and cold have been variously recommended, so which is better in reality?

Research has shown that adding warmth – such as with a topical treatment or using a heated blanket – can be effective in many cases. However, this doesn’t apply to *all* cases. It seems that warmth is better for treating some joint conditions than others. Gout, as an example, tends not to respond as well to heat treatment as osteoarthritis might.

Interestingly, ice seems to have a positive impact on all major joint-related conditions. As a result, especially if you’re not sure of the medical reasoning behind your joint discomfort, using an ice-pack is likely to yield better results.

Keep Moving

When you’re suffering from sore joints it can be tempting to stop exercising unnecessarily. After all, why move around if it hurts? The answer is that while rest and elevation may benefit short-term discomfort, the impact can be rather different over the long-term. It seems that there really is a “use of lose it” principle when it comes to many joint conditions like arthritis.

Numerous studies have noted that encouraging low-impact activities like walking, gardening, swimming, aerobics or tai chi can all benefit the joints in many ways. This applies just as much for arthritis sufferers, with such activities helping to reduce inflammation.

Elsewhere, studies have examined whether building muscle can help in cases of arthritis. Broadly speaking the results have been very positive. Researchers have noted that ongoing resistance training programs designed to grow the muscles around a joint help to provide additional support. In essence, the additional muscle mass adds structural support, taking pressure off the joint itself.

While it is advisable to only undergo such a rigorous training program with full support from your doctor, it could be argued that just staying moderately active and combining this with a healthy diet is ideal for supporting muscle health. While you may want to avoid high protein foods like meat and eggs – to limit your arachidonic acid intake – whey protein powders can be a great way to aid muscle growth thanks to regular exercise.

Consider Glucosamine

According to Matt Durkin, head nutritionist as Simply Supplements, glucosamine is a sugar that represents an important structural element of the joints. Glucosamine has also been shown to influence the level of hyaluronic acid in your joints – the liquid that lubricates and cushions joints during motion. Unfortunately, levels of glucosamine can fall over time, either thanks to injury or natural ageing. In recent decades ever more people have started to take supplementary glucosamine as a way to top up their natural levels.

While the medical community is far from unanimous in its support of glucosamine, there is a growing body of research that illustrates the potential benefits. Studies have found, for example, that glucosamine can slow down joint degeneration and increase both speed and range of movement.

Perhaps most excitingly glucosamine is reportedly as potent as ibuprofen for pain relief for people suffering from joint conditions, but without the nasty potential side effects.  For these reasons a huge number of people opt to take a daily glucosamine supplement to keep their joints in good condition.

Conclusion

While it can be difficult to completely reverse sore joints, there are a host of different ways in the impact can be mitigated. Numerous studies, involving thousands of participants, have shown that a huge range of dietary and lifestyle changes can positively impact joints. All you need to do now is decide which of the many options you’ll try first.

Serious Cough? 8 Signs You Should Visit the Doctor ASAP

Are you constantly coughing but aren’t worried if it’s something serious? Before you start any self-diagnosis and assume that it’s nothing to worry about, you should understand that not all coughs are minor and you may need the treatment of a doctor.

True enough, you can treat minor coughs at home by taking convenient cough tablets. However, for a cough that extends far longer than 2-3 weeks, you need the expert diagnosis of a doctor.

Here are signs to watch out for when it comes to coughs, and do consult your doctor ASAP.

1. Cough duration

Although it’s normal for a cold to last for about 21 days, coughs that last more than three weeks should be cause for concern. These prolonged symptoms could be a sign of pneumonia, asthma or a type of lung pathology. More importantly, over the three-week period, your symptoms should have improved instead of getting worse.

2. Sputum Color

When you have a coughing fit, examine your phlegm on a napkin or tissue. If the phlegm is clear, then it’s normal. Any change in color means you have an infection that may lead to a serious health problem.

If your phlegm or sputum is yellowish, greenish, reddish or brownish, such coloration can indicate an inflammation or infection. When you are having a productive cough, keep an eye out and check your phlegm as this will give you a clue on whether or not you need to visit your doctor without delay. If there’s blood in your sputum, you need to go to a hospital ASAP.

3. Quality of breathing

Do you have any difficulty breathing? Or are you unable to talk and flail your arms in the air? If you have any of these symptoms and are turning blue, you need to go to the emergency room immediately.

Breathing problems go together with serious coughs as both involve the lungs. Listen for any wheezing, a high-pitched noise or “bark” when you breathe. Also, check for retractions by pulling up your shirt and observing your breathing in the mirror.

4. Temperature

Experiencing a high fever with your cough means that you have an infection and you need to treatment from a doctor quickly. If your temperature is over 37.8 degrees Celsius, or even if it’s a low-grade fever but lasts longer than 72 hours, you should go to your doctor immediately.

5. Intense pressure

You should be cautious if you’re experiencing pressure or pain in a specific area of your body together with your cough. For instance, a sinus infection can cause pain in your nasal passages and even teeth. Furthermore, a strep throat will noticeably cause pain in your throat.

Any hearing loss or severe pain in your ear, making it hurt to the touch and any ear discharge are good reasons to see your doctor right away.

6. Worsening symptoms

When you start to feel better but then suddenly the cough gets worse, this is a sign that you need immediate medical attention. Flu-like symptoms that appear to improve but come back with a cough and worse fever are alarming. You may have a secondary infection which could be pneumonia or bronchitis.

7. Upper respiratory infection (URI)

An upper respiratory infection is caused by fungi, bacteria or viruses. This can cause irritation to your lungs and throat, triggering your coughs. This also produces colored phlegm, so if you notice any increased irritation in your lungs and throat, go and see your doctor.

8. Weight loss

It’s normal to lose weight if you’re not eating properly when you’re sick. But if you’re continuing to lose weight together with your cough even if you’re eating well – that should be a cause for concern. Sudden weight loss combined with symptoms similar to colds can be a sign of hyperthyroidism, a bacterial infection and even HIV.

 

If any of the eight signs and symptoms above manifest with your cough, you should visit your doctor without delay. Now that you know that coughs can evolve into something serious, you shouldn’t take them lightly, and should undergo proper examination and treatment.

Make sure your home goes through a deep cleaning periodically to eliminate any allergens that can frequently cause coughing. More importantly, avoid self-diagnosis and medication when the the aforementioned signs and symptoms related to coughs are present.

 

5 Tips To Maximize The Weight Loss With HCG Diet

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HCG diet has earned the reputation for being the wonder diet and it truly deserves to be called so. The reason is simple enough that it facilitates rapid weight loss without having to starve for days or burn fat with vigorous exercise. Amazingly, dieters have reported an average weight loss of 1-2 pounds a day with HCG diet. If you plan to try this plan, it is better to understand it completely first so that you can get the best results. HCG diet uses a combination protocol that comprises a low calorie diet along with the use of HCG hormone in the form of drops or injections (drops are more popular for the obvious reason).

The three-phase diet plan initiates with a two-day loading phase when you will be allowed high-fat diet to get your body ready for the protocol. Phase 2 or core phase permits a daily intake of only 500 calories along with 6-8 drops of HCG hormone thrice a day. This is the longest phase of the diet and also the one that brings about the maximum weight loss. Finally comes phase 3 or maintenance phase when you increase the calorie intake to 800-1000 calories a day and accompany it with the discontinuation of the drops. The overall result of the plan is usually amazing but you can still do your bit to maximize the weight loss. Here are some tips that you can try:

  1. Eat a high-fiber diet

The HCG diet is meant to be super-low so that your calorie intake is limited to only 500 calories a day. While you have to keep an eye on the calorie count, eating the right kind of foods is equally important. It is best to stick to a high fiber diet as fiber keeps you full for longer and curbs your appetites. Moreover, fiber-rich foods are easy to digest and promote the removal of toxins and fats from the body. Experts suggest that the dieter should eat two meals a day, with a single serving each of a fruit, a vegetable, bread and lean protein in every meal. Also, you can add some variety by mixing and matching the foods that are allowed. There are websites that give you some good ideas about adding variety to your everyday diet as you follow the protocol.

  1. Drink green tea

An easy way to boost your weight loss efforts while following the HCG diet is to drink at least a cup or two of green tea every day. This magical beverage boosts your metabolism and promotes weight loss, which makes an additional support for the HCG drops that you are taking. While 1-2 pounds is a daily average for dieters, those consuming green tea can get better results with more weight loss. Additionally, there are countless other health benefits that this healthy drink renders. It is high in antioxidants, the potent chemical that makes it capable of flushing out toxic substances and fat from your body. Besides green tea, water taken in adequate quantities also does miracles for the dieter. HCG diet also permits the consumption of coffee and tea but green tea is definitely a healthier alternative.

  1. Take the drops in the right way

As a part of this diet protocol, HCG can be taken in the form of drops, injections, pills and sprays. Most dieters prefer to take the hormone in the drops form. These are taken sublingual or under the tongue to facilitate rapid absorption in the bloodstream. Taking the drops in the right way and at the right time is extremely critical to the success of the plan and ensures that it yields maximum weight loss. You have to take around 6-8 drops thrice a day and should not eat or drink anything right before or after taking the dose. The best way to determine an optimal dosage and set a routine is by consulting an expert who can suggest a personalized dosage depending on your requirements and goals. The dosage may even have to be altered if you are not getting optimal results.

  1. Make exercise a habit

Even though you can get great results as HCG boosts the metabolic rate, exercise is still recommended to keep you fit and help you shed those pounds faster. Not only does it maximizes weight loss but also keeps you in good health. Kick your unhealthy habits and start exercising every day. A moderate activity such as walking for at least 150 minutes in a week is ideal to get the best benefits. However, you should not overdo anything because you would already be on a super low calorie diet and may feel drained.

  1. Focus on stress reduction

Stress and anxiety are the most likely impacts of following HCG or any other diet plans. The rigors of the diet and the anxiety of not getting results can double up and give you stress, which itself can have a baneful impact on your efforts. When you get stressed out, there are chances that you will not be able to optimal levels of weight. On the other hand, you can try holistic therapies like yoga and meditation to alleviate stress and get the best results from HCG diet. Getting plenty of sleep and rest is equally important as it keeps you energized and motivated. Connect with fellow-dieters and share mutual experiences to spread positivity. Do not be demotivated if you do not get desired benefits in the initial stages because your body will probably pick up later and lose weight at a rapid pace.

These tips are simple and easy to incorporate in your daily life. Despite their simplicity, they are capable of bringing the most wonderful results with unexpected weight loss. This means that you will get bonus benefits without investing any extra efforts. The best approach while following the HCG diet is to make a personalized plan that is tailored according to your unique requirements, weight loss expectations and medical background. An expert diet specialist can help you with the same.

Womanhood Can Only Be Nurtured When Health of The Woman is Properly Nourished!

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Women across the nation are beginning to recognize the effects that their weight has on their overall health. Obesity can contribute to a variety of severe health conditions such as heart disease, breast cancer, arthritis, diabetes and, infertility. The efforts they make to achieve their wellness goals can be hampered by the subconscious choices they make every day. Even minor bad habits and negative thoughts can unintentionally prepare them for failure, even when they are working hard to succeed.  So, stay focused on your goals, whether it is to lose weight, tone up, or maintain the healthy habit of exercise.

Most women during pregnancy try to keep themselves fit by eating healthy and exercising regularly. However, just exercising is not enough, in fact, taking external vitamins should be a part of whatever they do in order to stay fit and keep the baby fit as well. But, how does one get to know that which vitamin is best for babies and the mothers during pregnancy? Well, reviews on Prenatals.com are of great help while finding the correct answer to this question.

 

And if health is your priority then following are the things you need to do:

Read and discover how powerful training and transformation methods help you get the results you want – easily and quickly!

  1. Flexibility –. Flexibility is the art of bending without breaking! Quality of life is enhanced by improving and maintaining a good range of motion in the joints. It helps you overcome: –
  •        Risk of injury
  •        Poor posture
  •        Lower back pain
  •        Poor blood flow and insufficient nutrients to soft tissues
  •        Poor overall health and vitality
  1. Balance – refers to the ability to stay upright or stay in control of body movement. It helps you overcome: –
  •        Poor communication between your brain and muscles.
  •        Muscle non-isolation
  •        Produce more calories
  •        Poor core stabilization
  1. Cross training – this training method is the key to the best desirable results, this is considered the best world class training method from all over the world to make you more confident and boost your self-esteem. It helps you with:-
  •        Burning a high number of calories in a short period of time
  •        Heart rate remains elevated throughout the entire workout, which increases the endurance
  •        Increase in joint mobility
  1. Fartlek training – It is a combination of continuous and interval training. It is an efficient form of training that can condition you like many sports. However, this is not recommended to everyone. Without special guidance and an expert advice, this training method can be dangerous
  2. Nutrition program – proper nutrition promotes the optimal growth and development of a human being. It forms the 75% of any training technique, the body always reflects the type of nutrition lifestyle one has. Having a nutrition plan replenish your body and soul which works well with vitamins especially if you are in your pregnancy stage. It helps you with:-
  •        Heart health
  •        Bone and teeth strength
  •        Energy
  •        Brain health
  •        Weight control
  1. Meditation: – It is art and science of the unknown world. Meditation has a lot of intangible benefits and those which are tangible, are listed below.
  •        Keep stress free
  •        Reduce aging
  •        Add more hours to your day
  •        Appreciate life more
  •        Feel more connected
  •        Increase your attention span
  •        Increase immunity and helps fight diseases
  •        Improves metabolism and helps you lose weight
  •        Helps you have a good night sleep
  •        Improves functioning of your brain
  •        Makes you and those around you happier
  1. Yoga – The Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures are widely practiced for health and relaxation. It helps you in:-
  •        Increasing your flexibility
  •        Building muscle strength
  •        Perfecting your posture
  •        Preventing cartilage and joint breakdown
  •        Protecting your spine

 

JAPANESE YOGA: – “Now I am completely awakened from the wandering dream, and I stand at the entrance to a new, enlightened existence. My eyes are open to see a brilliant life in the future. My heart is filled with inexpressible and infinite joy.” – Nakamura Tempu Sensei

It heals not only physical ailments but mental ones as well. It relaxes your mind and also de-stresses you. It assures you physical agility while improving your bone health and overall fitness. To relax, opt for Japanese yoga. It ensures that you are absolutely stress-free. Practicing this kind of yoga will release endorphins into your system, thereby reducing the stress of any kind. It helps you with:

  •        Improving mental clarity
  •        Enhancing muscle tone and flexibility
  •        Releasing emotional and mental tensions

 

CHINESE YOGA:- Chinese yoga is the ancient practice of combining movement with breath to improve a person’s overall well-being as well as mind and body connections. This type of yoga practice focuses on relaxation, controlled breathing, and stretching and strengthening the body as a whole. It helps you with:-

  •        Self-healing and improved health
  •        The correct ways to breathe and ensure all systems of the body are properly saturated with oxygen.
  •        To create long, lean and powerful muscle groups
  •        Deeper connection to oneself
  •        Improving overall life experience

 

TAI CHI: – It is the antidote to bring you back to balanced health. It is a type of martial arts very well known for its defense techniques and health benefits. Tai Chi has evolved over the years into an effective means of alleviating stress and anxiety. It has been considered to be a form of ‘Meditation in Motion’ which promotes serenity and peace. Tai Chi makes you “strong as oak, flexible as a willow and clear as still water”. It helps you with:-

  •        Mobility, movement, and flexibility
  •        Finding Health, Happiness, Balance and Strength
  •        Boosting the immune system to beat back the symptoms of arthritis, asthma, and insomnia
  •        Ills of aging
  •        Lifelong well being

Body Image In The US Is Worse Than Ever Before – How To Improve Your Body Confidence

Over 90% of US women are unhappy with their bodies, resorting to dieting and expensive procedures to alter their appearance. This shows a serious problem with body image in America – and to make it worse, only 5% of women actually possess the body type that is portrayed by the US media. This could be why there is more discontent with body image in the US than ever before –so if you have low self-confidence, you’re not alone. But what can you do to improve your confidence?

Understand Your Body

Everyone inherits physical traits from their parents; maybe you inherited your dad’s tall height, or your mother’s sturdy legs. These are traits that you cannot change, no matter how much you diet or exercise, so you should try to accept them and even learn to love them. It is your body, it is unique, and it is who you are.

Be Realistic

When you truly understand your body, you can set goals that are healthy and realistic. If you want to gain muscle mass you can start strength training and eating more protein, and if you want to lose weight you can do regular cardio. This will make it easier for you to be happier with your overall appearance, but remember it can take a few months to see significant results.

Consider Using The Help Of Professionals

With some insecurities it can be best to seek out a professional opinion. For instance a fitness trainer will be able to set a personalized routine for you to help you achieve your goals, and a hairdresser could advise you on which hairstyle will suit your face best. If you have serious insecurities about an area that you can’t change with diet or exercise, you may also want to consider speaking to a plastic surgeon about undergoing cosmetic surgery. This is a serious step however, so it is important to weigh up your options before making a decision.

Low body image is a big problem across the United States, so if you are unhappy with your appearance, remember that you are not alone. Many people experience feelings of insecurity about the way that they look. There are lots of ways to improve your body confidence, but the first thing that you should always do is try to accept yourself for the way you are – which is beautiful.

Tooth Problems 101: How to Handle a Dental Emergency

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Every individual suffers a tooth problem once in a while; it could be a knocked-out, chipped, broken or cracked tooth. Accidents happen, and knowing what to do when these accidents take place can spell the difference between losing and saving a tooth.

Here’s how you can manage common dental emergencies once they occur to you or a member of your family:

 

1. Severe Toothache

A toothache can run from a minor irritation to a serious dental emergency. If the pain does reach serious levels, head to the dental office quickly .

Here are other things you can do:

  •         Make sure your mouth is clean by brushing and flossing. Ensure that the pain is not caused by food and plaque stuck between teeth.
  •         Avoid Aspirin. Placing aspirin on your gums as it can burn your gum tissues and if you require an extraction it reduces your ability to form a blood clot so will increase the risk of bleeding after treatment.
  •         If you are having difficulty swallowing and experiencing severe facial swelling, go to the nearest emergency room in your area

 

2. Bleeding Gums

If you are seeing blood inside your mouth, you may have gum disease or gingivitis. If the bleeding is caused by gum disease, the sooner you get treated, the better.

However, if bleeding occurs and still continues after undergoing treatment by your dentist, head back to the dental clinic. If the bleeding is caused by an injury, arrange to see your dentist as soon as possible. A moist handkerchief or towel and firm, continuous pressure over the site of bleeding will typically stop any bleeding fairly quickly. Avoid using tissues for this purpose which stick to everything and often cause more bleeding on removal.

 

3. Cracked or Broken Tooth

When your tooth gets cracked or broken, locate any tooth fragments and make sure to bring them with you to the dentist as soon as possible. Sometimes the dentist can bond the fragments back to your tooth quickly before more damage is sustained.

Follow these steps as well:

  •         Clean the area with the broken tooth gently. Is the tooth sensitive? Is the tooth bleeding? Your dentist will want to know to arrange the correct treatment.
  •         Protect the detached tooth fragments. They are easy to lose! Place them in a jar with some water in it.
  •         Reduce any bleeding by applying a cold compress on your face

 

4. Knocked-out Tooth

When one of your teeth has been knocked out, rushing to a trusted clinic for emergency dental care is crucial if you are to preserve and keep your tooth.

Your knocked out tooth needs to be re-implanted as soon as possible. This is the key to survival of the tooth. If the tooth is clean, replace it in the socket as quickly as possible.

If the knocked-out tooth is dirty, keep it moist in a biological fluid. Saliva and/or blood is the ideal fluid because you’ll have both readily available. If you do not have a container, the tooth can be kept under the lip until you see a dentist.

It is advisable that you see the dentist ASAP to increase the chances of successfully re-attaching the tooth. Re-implanting the tooth within the first 30 minutes greatly improves the chances of success.

 

5. Broken Jaw

This is a very serious emergency that you must bring to your dentist’s attention immediately. Attending an emergency department of a hospital will be necessary for treatment.

A broken jaw is usually caused by accidents when riding an automobile, playing a sport, or even at work. The signs of a broken jaw can include difficulty opening, a change in the way your teeth bite together, numbness, swelling or bruising in your face, jaw pain, bleeding from your mouth, and teeth that are broken or have become loose.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Apply a cold compress on the affected area by using ice wrapped in cloth to reduce the swelling
  • Make sure to provide steady support to your jaw

Your dentist will then examine your jaw and determine whether there is a fracture and arrange for you to be cared for by a maxilla-facial surgeon for definitive treatment.

With healthy teeth and gums, you can continue flashing that vibrant smile with a complete set of teeth, enjoying your favorite food and drinks, and communicating freely with others. However, you may experience dental issues every now and then. With these helpful tips, you can react appropriately to various dental emergencies in the event that they happen to you.

 

AUTHOR BIO

Dr. Michael Letham is the owner and dentist at 24/7 Dental and Bayside Smiles. He graduated from Sydney University in 2000 with Honours, receiving the R Morse Withycombe Prize for Proficiency in Clinical Periodontics (gum treatment). Striving to provide a modern, holistic approach to dental care that is tailored to each individual’s requirements, Mike’s focus is on being thorough and meticulous whilst being caring and compassionate.

5 Natural supplements you should consider using to help you lose weight

Losing weight has always been a struggle for a lot of people, specially women. Several methods have been making the news yet none of them seem to be worth sticking to. A lot of methods involve artificial supplements that promise to suppress hunger, improve metabolism, and flush out toxins. And yet so many people have suffered from side effects. Headaches, nausea, yoyo weight, and more. Is there really a perfect solution to keep the weight off? Perhaps you need to look into a more natural way of losing weight like supreme garcinia cambogia, green tea extract, or even water. Here are 5 natural supplements you should consider to help you lose weight without the nasty side effects:

 

  1. Garcinia cambogia

The weight loss factor in this plant can be found from the extract, called hydroxycitric acid or HCA. It promotes weight loss by working in two ways. First, it suppresses your appetite by increasing the levels of serotonin in your body. As it rises, it improves your mood and makes it less likely for you to reach for food. Now for the second way, HCA inhibits fat production in the body by limiting the enzyme called citrate lyase. It’s the enzyme responsible for making fat from carbohydrates. HCA also appears to be helpful in lowering levels of bad cholesterol.

 

  1. Green tea

Green tea probably has the most modest effect in losing weight but is definitely among the safest, most natural weight loss aid. It’s the healthiest beverage in the planet, being loaded with several antioxidants and substances that’s good for your health.

The caffeine content in green tea helps in fat burning and improves physical performance. Green tea is also super rich with this antioxidant called catechins that help fights diseases and improve your health. The longer you steep your tea, the more of these flavonoids you’ll get. Aside from caffeine and antioxidants, green tea also contains EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) which boosts the body’s metabolism.

 

  1. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a popular health tonic that’s been used for thousands of years. It has reportedly shown many health benefits, including lowering blood sugar levels. Adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of it as part of your diet has shown to have a positive impact in weight loss. It improves the body’s metabolism and reduces fat storage. It also helps suppress your appetite and burn fat. A common weight loss aid nowadays involves drinking a cup of warm water with 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar twice a day.

 

  1. Green coffee bean extract

Green coffee beans are basically unroasted beans. At this state the beans contain a higher amount of the substance called chlorogenic acid. This acid is responsible for weight loss and other health benefits. Green coffee bean extract is known to burn fat fast without the need to diet and exercise. Aside from weight loss it also helps people with obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and bacterial infection.

 

  1. Water

The most natural supplement of all, water is definitely the weight loss supplement that’s often overlooked. Drinking at least eight glasses of water daily helps in improving your overall health. You are kept hydrated throughout the day, and it cleanses your body of waste. It also helps boost your metabolism and acts as a natural appetite suppressant.

How to Choose a Fertility Clinic

 

If you or your partner are worried that you may have fertility problems and you’re trying to conceive, a specialist clinic is perhaps what you need to help you on the route to parenthood.

It can be a very difficult decision to pick the right fertility clinic for your needs. There are many things to consider when choosing a clinic, such as the treatments they offer, the length of wait for treatment and what success rates they’ve previously had.

Below, read some helpful tips on how you can make the right decision:

Where to begin

It’s important to remember when you’re considering fertility treatment that every clinic has its differences.

Make a list of the clinics in your local area and take time to find out the information you require regarding the treatments they provide and any other concerns you have. It’s then time to narrow down your choices and get in touch with the ones which most closely match your needs.

After your first point of contact, whether over the phone or by email, pay a visit to the top two or three clinics on your shortlist and arrange a meeting with a consultant or consider attending open evening events.

You can gather a lot from this initial contact as how receptive staff are can make or break your decision when it comes to choosing which clinic is best for you.

Are their treatments right for you?

Arguably, the most important factor is finding which clinic has the right treatments for you and the standard at which they’re performed.

Whether it’s natural cycle or standard IVF that you’ve looked at, it’s important to find out which treatments your body is receptive to.

Other things to consider include, what other investigations each clinic can offer, in order to look into your fertility troubles – this could include things such as analysing sperm DNA or PGS.

Can you cover the cost?

There are numerous costs to consider when you’re undergoing fertility treatment, so you’ll need to look carefully at what each clinic on your shortlist offers.

These include the costs of consultations, the treatment, any required investigations.

However, in some cases some of these separate payments can be merged into one.

Once you get a list of costs from your desired clinics, find out which one best suits your budgeting requirements.

For example, Reproductive Health Group’s fertility clinic in Warrington is one service that shows all their prices for treatment online. This is handy as you can research whether certain clinics are out of your price range before making a visit.

What success rates do their patients receive?

The success rates for different clinics across the UK vary.

It’s important to remember however that IVF treatment, for example, carries a good average success rate for women under 35.

However, some clinics’ success rates can be affected by the age of patients they take on, so it’s wise to address this during your consultation.

How long is their waiting list?

Fertility treatment usually occurs after numerous attempts to conceive.

This can be a testing time for some couples, so their patience can be worn thin by the time they come to treatment.

To ensure you’re getting the best treatment regarding quality, costs and time, make sure to get in touch with a few different clinics when getting information and arranging your first consultation.

5 Things you should know about mesothelioma

You have probably come across memes making fun of Mesothelioma on the internet. This might have led you to think that mesothelioma is a joke however this is not the case. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the lungs linings. It’s so rare that there are very few specialists who can manage this condition. To give you a better understanding, let’s look at 5 things you should know about mesothelioma.

 

  1. It is caused by asbestos exposure

Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. In fact, in most medical journals, it is defined as an asbestos related lung cancer. There is no other medically known cause of mesothelioma. That’s because, the condition in itself develops when asbestos fiber are lounged on the lung walls. This makes it quite different from lung cancer which has a varied causes and affects different lung cells, not just the lung fiber.

  1. You have a right to reparation if diagnosed with Mesothelioma

If you or somebody you know is diagnosed with this condition, you should not worry about the medical bills. You are legally entitled to compensation. That’s because the condition you or your loved one are suffering from is not due to a personal mistake or negligence, but rather due to exposure to a dangerous mineral, which the government is yet to ban. As such, it is up to the government to ensure that people who develop this cancer due to asbestos exposure are fully taken care of.  

  1. There is a genetic element to Mesothelioma

While exposure to asbestos is the only known cause of this condition, there is a genetic element to it, which makes some people more vulnerable to this condition than others. People whose genetic makeup does not pre-expose them to this condition may not develop it, even if they are exposed to asbestos. Therefore, if there is no one in your family who has developed this condition even after being exposed to asbestos in the past, then you have nothing to worry about, even when you fear that you may have been exposed to asbestos. People whose genetic makeup predisposes them to Mesothelioma can get this cancer even by washing clothes of someone who has had contact with asbestos.

  1. This condition has a long dormancy period

It can take a long time before someone who is exposed to Asbestos gets to know that they are suffering from Mesothelioma. In fact, it can take up to 50 years before a person who is exposed to asbestos gets to know that they are suffering from Mesothelioma.

  1. Diet can help a mesothelioma patient feel better

While a good diet may not do much towards curing Mesothelioma, it can go a long way in helping the patient feel better. For instance, a diet of fruits and vegetables can help slow down the progression of this cancer, hence reducing the level of pain that the patient has to endure. Besides, diet improves the patient’s immune system, which helps minimize the effects of cancer medicine.

How to Avoid Becoming a Flu Statistic This Winter

Winter Weather

Annually, on average, between 5 and 20% of the US population gets the flu with tens of thousands being hospitalized and thousands dying from it. This costs the USA an estimated $10.4 billion a year in direct medical expenses and an additional $16.3 billion in terms of lost earnings every year. Each winter, flu-related infection put millions of people out of commission yearly, necessitating the need to take stringent preventative measures.

Immunity is a magic word as far as winter is concerned. When the temperature drops and windows and doors are kept close, viruses tend to thrive indoors and if your immune system is compromised you are likely to catch the newest flu strain doing the rounds. It is vital to ward off the early signs and symptoms of flu and to boost your immune system as much as possible in order to protect yourself from getting ill this winter. Being financially prepared for unforeseen medical expenses will give you peace of mind and will make facing the dreaded winter months a lot less harrowing.

Get a flu shot

A flu vaccination can significantly reduce the risk of contracting the illness by as much as 60% in the general population as well as decreasing the severity if you do get sick. The flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older.  The quadrivalent vaccine which includes a nasal-spray version inoculates against 4 different viruses and is said to offer better protection than the standard trivalent shot. The best time of year to get vaccinated is in October or November, a few weeks prior to when flu season is expected to peak.

Flu Weather

Take a daily multivitamim

Multivitamins can go a long way towards boosting your immune system. Make sure to get one that offers as close to the recommended daily values of vitamins A, B6, B12, C and D as well as the minerals chromium, folic acid, copper, zinc, calcium and selenium. The best time to take your multivitamin is after a meal that contains some fat as this will enable you to absorb the nutrients better.

Stock up on hand sanitizer

Researchers at the Children’s Hospital in Boston studied 292 families for a period of 5 months and found that those who carried hand sanitizer with the, fell ill 59% less than those who didn’t.  The reason for this is because, when used correctly, a good-quality hand sanitizer will eliminate nearly all germs.

Move more

The University of South Carolina conducted research that concluded that men who engaged in 3 hours of mild activity a day were 35% less likely to catch a cold, compared to those who were only active for 1 hour.  Even better news is that you don’t have to participate in strenuous activity every day. Tai Chi, for example, reduces the release of catecholamine, a neurotransmitter that suppresses the immune system, reducing the risk of contracting flu and other illnesses.

By making small changes to your lifestyle such as eating healthy and sleeping you can significantly reduce your risk of falling ill this winter. Take the necessary precautions and avoid becoming just another American flu statistic this festive season.