Thursday, August 21st, 2014
A person may choose to do a detox diet or cleansing to help clean out the body and mind and reach a more healthy state. Some reasons that a person may do this are:
• Lethargy or sluggishness
• Blemishes or skin irritations
• Emotional distress
• Remove toxins from the body
• Weight Loss
• Digestive health
• Improve constipation
• Increase vitamin and mineral absorption
• Sore muscles
• Overall feeling of achiness
• Give the immune system a boost
• Mental fogginess
• Menstruation problems
• Lack of balance or clarity
The end result though, is to feel healthier and have more energy with an overall feeling of better health. A detox can be accomplished in a number of different ways and should be determined based off of a person individual health and reason for the cleansing.
A detox is used to help remove the ‘gunk’ out of the blood and liver where toxins are prepared by the body to be passed out. When these are overloaded, other organs meant to assist in the elimination may not be able to adequately rid the body of the toxins. A detox can be used to stimulate the liver or other organs to help pass the toxins more effectively. Other organs may receive rest through specific fasting or a diet meant to nourish with certain nutrients. Some people may include dry brushing or other ways to increase blood flow to help pass toxins along.
Eastern and ancient medicine has supported detoxifying of the body for thousands of years and understands the benefits clearing the system can have for a person. Our bodies are pummeled every day with toxins, metals, chemicals and free radicals that are biologically trapped and absorbed. Over time a build up may occur, and a detox or cleansing may need to be used to get the body back to a more balanced state. Once this is accomplished, the body can more easily absorb nutrients and maintain a strong immune system.
A person can do simple things to help decrease the amount of toxins that are being allowed into the body before starting a detox or cleansing. Limiting alcohol and coffee as well as refined sugar and cigarettes are a great place to start. Using natural based products as opposed to chemically created products can help limit toxin absorption as well. (Deodorant, household cleaners, shampoo, toothpaste, ect..) In addition to these jump starters, minimizing stress will make a noticeable difference. A body that is stressed produces hormones and can create an overload if the stress has become chronic. Choosing the right detox program and understanding the goal will help a person decide where to start and how they want to finish.
Thursday, August 14th, 2014
Prostate Cancer is a common cancer that is usually seen in older men that develops in the prostrate tissue. The prostrate is a small gland (described as the shape and size of a walnut) that is located right under the bladder but in front of the anus. The prostate is part of a man’s reproductive system and is responsible for the creation of semen, which is needed to transport sperm. Every year over 230,000 men will be diagnosed though the cancer can be slow and limited to the prostrate only, or may become aggressive and become life threatening. Prostate cancer can be difficult to detect early through symptoms but when discovered early, a person’s chance of survival increases. Once the cancer has progressed, a person may notice certain symptoms and choose to seek medical care for a screening.
• Pain in bones
• Urine stream strength has diminished
• Blood in the urine or semen
• Difficulty with urination
• Pain in the thighs, hips or lower back
• Overall discomfort in lower abdomen or pelvic area
• Erectile dysfunction
A person’s risk for prostate cancer can increase with age. This form of cancer is common in men who are 65 years old or older. Black men may also be at greater risk; although the reasons are unknown, prostate cancer may also appear more aggressive in this ethnic group. Men who have a family background where breast cancer and prostate cancer have occurred may place them at a higher risk as well – certain gene mutations may also do this. Men who suffer from obesity may be at a greater risk for late detection of the cancer and difficulty with treatments.
When a person is diagnosed with prostate cancer they may face certain complications and medical treatment options. In the event that the cancer is aggressive and spreads to other tissues in the body it may no longer be curable; just controllable. Incontinence and erectile dysfunction can occur due to the cancer itself or as a result of medical treatments, though both may be able to be improved or reversed as a person heals.
Basic screening for prostate cancer is not a common practice among physicians, and may only be suggested in situations where family history or health risk makes it necessary. If a screening is completed and a potential problem suspected, an ultrasound or biopsy of prostate tissue may be needed to diagnose the cancer. Depending on the stage and aggression of the cancer, different treatments may be suggested. Choosing the right cancer treatment and plan of action will be unique to every patient and should be thoroughly discussed with a trusted health care provider.
Thursday, August 7th, 2014
When a woman becomes pregnant, her health not only affects her well being but that of her unborn child. Making the decision to eat healthy may not always be enough. Many women will experience morning (or all day!) sickness which causes them to have specific food aversions or have difficulty eating and keeping food down. This can keep a person from getting a well balanced diet. Prenatal vitamins and supplements may be prescribed or recommended by a healthcare provider to help aid in the development of the baby and especially if a woman is not getting all of the nutrients she need for her growing baby. A prenatal vitamin is somewhat different than a women’s daily multivitamin and should contain the following items:
• A range of 200 – 300 mg Calcium
• Minimum of 70 mg Vitamin C
• Minimum of 400 mcg Folic acid
• Minimum of 400 IU Vitamin D
• Minimum of 6 mcg Vitamin B12
• Minimum of 10 mg Vitamin E
• Minimum of 20 mg Niacin
• Minimum of 2 mg Riboflavin
• Minimum of 3 mg Thiamine
• Minimum of 17 mg Iron
• Minimum of 15 mg Zinc
Prenatal vitamins come in different brands, shapes, strengths and can be found over the counter or by prescription. Certain vitamins and minerals can be imperative in the development of a baby.
• Folic Acid – helps with development of the brain and spinal cord and may prevent neural tube birth defects. These defects generally occur within the first four weeks of pregnancy, so it can be imperative for a woman to take 400 mcg of folic acid daily while trying to conceive and through the first trimester. Eating additional citrus fruit, leafy greens, beans and nuts can also help provide additional folic acid.
• Iron – aids blood with oxygen travel and prevents anemia. (this can sometimes cause constipation, so it can be important to drink lots of water and consume fiber)
• Calcium and Vitamin D – this may help a woman from losing bone density as the growing baby sources calcium for their own bone development and helps provide the baby with addition nutrient resource.
• Omega 3 Fatty Acid – helps with brain development.
Some prenatal vitamins and supplements may make some women nauseated. (Especially if the pregnancy is already creating nausea.) If a pill is difficult to swallow, other options may be available besides that form of prenatal, like a gummy or liquid. If the level of certain vitamins or minerals in the prenatal are causing the disturbance, than a healthcare provider may be able to prescribe a specific brand that has a more appropriate dosage to fit specific needs. Taking care of your body and nutrition during pregnancy can directly correlate to the developmental health of your unborn child.