Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
An ear infection can occur when a virus or bacteria develops in the middle ear. The ear is responsible for allowing sound to travel into the ear drum and into other parts of the ear so the brain can decipher sound waves and ‘hear’ sounds. An infection can create a problem with this process and make a person quite miserable! This can be more common among children than adults and can occur depending on the health and vulnerability of a person. Different risk factors can influence a person’s susceptibility to developing an ear infection:
Upper respiratory infections
Allergies to food
Seasonal or environmental allergies
Deficiencies with nutrition
Fetal alcohol syndrome
A person that is suffering from an ear infection may exhibit certain signs or symptoms. They may have one or many that show up:
Pain (in the ear)
Fever, vomiting or diarrhea
Fluids coming from the ear canal
Does not respond to sound or difficulty hearing
Tugging the ear
If an ear infection remains unresolved or untreated, serious damage can occur. Some people may choose home remedies to alleviate the pain and problem, though if the infection continues to remain persistent and painful a physician should be seen.
-Rice or Salt – Heat a fabric satchel of salt (1 cup) and lay it over the infected ear for up to 10 minutes. This can be repeated as many times as desired through the day. This works to draw out fluids and help minimize pain and swelling.
-Basil – used for earaches and to minimize infections. Crush leaves to get juice and use basil juice on infected ear topically.
-Garlic – Naturally antimicrobial, garlic cloves can be cooked in sesame/mustard oil until black. The oil can be used (not boiling hot) as ear drops. Also eating 3 cloves daily can help to heal quicker.
-Apple Cider Vinegar – This can reduce the fungus associated with an ear infection. Combine 1 part vinegar to 1 part alcohol/water and soak cotton ball, plugging it in ear as a plug for 5 minutes. Drain any fluid out of ear when done. (gargling the vinegar can also help)
-Mango leaf – smash leaves to get juice and drop into ear once warmed.
-Mustard or Olive oil – Warm olive oil dropped into the ear can help clear wax or buildup that may have led to the infection.
-Tea Tree oil – Mix 3 drops with a tsp of colloidal silver, tsp of apple cider vinegar, 2 tbs olive oil and heat. Fill ear with combination for five minutes, drain out.
-Breast milk – antibodies can speed up healing time. Place a few drops of milk directly into the ear.
-Onion – microwave chopped onion for up to 2 minutes then strain juice once cooled. Drop 2-3 drops of juice into ear and leave, and then drain out.
Thursday, September 25th, 2014
The human body is host to millions of bacteria, many of which are good. These bacteria help with digestion, microbe penetration and other uses. The process that can cause bacteria to become imbalanced may turn into a cycle that does not allow it the ability to repair. When the amount of good bacteria and normal function of the digestive tract is jeopardized a person may experience dysbiosis.
Dysbiosis is a bacterial overgrowth or imbalance, presence of parasites or virus or an abundance of yeast that can cause ailments with digestion and other uncomfortable side effects. Many people that have a chronic fatigue syndrome, IBS, colitis or cancer may suffer from a dysbiosis problem. A poor diet that includes alcohol abuse or overused antibiotics may lead to an imbalance of good bacteria as well. A person that has dysbiosis in their gut will experience long term and steady symptoms within the small and large intestines. These may look like:
-Fat in bowl movements or stool that appears ‘sticky’ in the toilet.
-Very dry skin, from poor food fat absorption
-Bloating or excessive gas when eating anything
-Inability to pass painful gas
-Bowl movements ‘float’
-Constipation or diarrhea that is recurring
-Anemia without deficiency in diet or bleeding
-Yeast infections that seem consistent
-Extreme fatigue, anxiety or depression
-Insomnia without a reason
-Skin rashes alluding to an intolerance of gluten
Dysbiosis that exists in the small intestine can make it almost impossible for the body to absorb nutrients and vitamins from the food that is consumed. Certain supplements may aid in relieving dybiosis.
-Aloe Vera Concentrate
Dysbiosis can cause extreme fatigue as well as alter a person’s hormone balance and affect the immune system. This can result in depression or anxiety and have an overall negative impact on a person’s mind and energy.
The causes of dysbiosis have been divided into four categories.
-Putrefaction – this is the result of a diet low in insoluble fiber and high in animal fats and flesh. Switching the consumption of these nutrients in a addition to specific probiotics can cause improvement.
-Fermentation – bad bacteria has grown in the small intestine, stomach and top of the large intestine resulting in carbohydrate intolerance. A person may experience fatigue and difficulty with mental function in addition to constipation and immune deficiency.
-Deficiency – a diet with limited soluble fiber and over exposure to antibiotics can create a lack of good bacteria in the digestive tract. Many IBS patients and persons with food intolerances may suffer deficiency.
-Sensitization – Chron’s, Ulcerative Colitis, connective tissue disease, IBS, spinal arthritis, psoriasis and acne may result.
Thursday, September 18th, 2014
The human cardiovascular system includes a series of organs and tissues used to provide oxygenated blood to the body, as well as clean and process the blood.
- The heart is responsible for re oxygenating blood and pumping it through circulation in the body.
- Blood vessels, including arteries and veins, carry the oxygen where it needs to go.
- Bone marrow helps in blood creation and is crucial to the system.
- The spleen is made up of immune system cells and cleans and stores the blood. In the event of an emergency, this organ acts as the regulator for blood volume.
Cardiovascular health can have a direct impact on the quality and length of a person’s life. When a person’s cardiovascular system is in decline in some way, the body does not get the oxygen it needs and blood is not as clean as it should be. Certain supplements can be taken to help maintain good cardiovascular health, help improve a deteriorating situation or help prevent the onset of problems.
Omega 3 fatty acids (or fish oil) – Those with cardiovascular disease will benefit more than others from this supplement. Omega 3 fatty acids can lower a person’s blood pressure and risk of irregular heartbeat. It has also been found to minimize triglyceride amounts in the blood and help decrease the rate of plaque buildup.
Niacin (vitamin B3) – This supplement decreases cholesterol by allowing the intestines to better absorb it. This is wonderful for prevention!
Garlic – Blood pressure and cholesterol levels can be decreased when garlic is consumed regularly. Sufferers of hypertension and hyperlipidemia may find great benefits from this supplement.
Red yeast rice extract – This supplement has the potential to raise HDL cholesterol levels, which can minimize the LDL cholesterol present in the blood, and improve overall cardiovascular health. The lower a person’s LDL cholesterol level, the lower their risk for heart disease caused by blockage.
COQ10 (CoEnzyme Q-10) – This supplement can increase cell energy production making it an excellent tool for cardio illness prevention as well as treatment. People that have suffered a heart attack can dramatically decrease their risk of additional attacks if they consume this supplement within three days of their initial heart attack.
Vitamin D – A person that suffers from a vitamin D deficiency may have an increased risk of heart disease, obesity, blood pressure problems and diabetes.
Magnesium – Researchers have found that many people that suffer from high blood pressure have a magnesium deficiency.
Natto K – This supplement helps increase viscosity of blood vessels and decreases blood clotting. It helps bind to fibrin in arteries helping to break down plaque.