Saturday, July 5, 2014

Common Skin Ailments

These days, more and more skin disorders are becoming prevalent, thanks to pollution as well as people’s neglect of their health. Some common skin ailments are:

Acne: The reason why people develop acne is because a person’s pores, the skin’s tiny holes are being clogged by dirt, oil and bacteria. Though this is not hazardous to a person’s general health condition, it can be a bit painful if not taken cared of right away.
Hemangioma: If you see people having unusual growths on their skin, they are suffering from a skin disorder called Hemangioma. The reason behind this is because of blood vessels collecting in one portion of the skin. Most of these are small but may eventually grow which would require removal.

Cold Sore: These appear as red blisters which are filled with fluid that often manifests around the mouth or other areas in the face. Though they may appear in fingers, nose and even inside the mouth. The bad thing though with cold sores is that they can be contagious and they really do not have any cure and may recur in occasion.

There are a lot of skin ailments out there and learning a lot about them can help keep you from acquiring one.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Healthy Food Talk: Yams

If you are one of those people who are health conscious then including Yams in your diet would be good. Yams in general is a species of tuber plants which are edible and are part of the Dioscoreae family and there are around two hundred kinds of them and depending on the yam in question, they may appear to have white, ivory or yellow in color. So what are the health benefits of yams?

Yams are good for the body because they are sufficient source of vitamin B6 which is necessary for the body to be able to digest a substance called homocysteine. This is a harmful substance which can directly damage blood walls. People who have heart ailments are often the ones who have a high concentration of the said substance in their body.

Yams are also good sources of potassium which is necessary to manage blood pressure. And these days, people tend to neglect these kinds of foods and are often found consuming too much sodium which is bad. Yams also have a storage protein called dioscorin which is beneficial for people who have hypertension. Overall, yams are good to have as part of a person’s overall diet.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Tips In Taking Care Of Your Lungs

A lot of people tend to neglect taking care of their lung’s health especially those who have smoking as a vice. People should realize that our lungs are one of the most important organs of our body. For you to be able to keep your lungs healthy, you must practice the following:

• Never Smoke: Simple as that. Do not even bother trying or learning how to smoke. Try to avoid getting yourself around people who smoke. This will keep you from second-hand smoke which is worse than smoking.

• Exercise Regularly: Exercise on a daily basis, specifically increasing your aerobics activity. Aerobics is a good exercise which can strengthen your lungs.

• Breathe Through Your Nose: Your nose has hair which serves as a filter. It keeps you from inhaling harmful foreign objects except for microscopic particles. Make breathing through your nose a habit especially when you are around fumes. Better yet, cover your nose with a clean handkerchief.

• Be Careful When Inhaling: There are odors which can be harmful to the body if inhaled directly such as tobacco smoke, smoke coming from fire, paint, cleaning supplies and or car exhausts and gasoline. Making shallow breathes when you are exposed around these odor can lessen the damage it may cause your body. Once you are no longer around them, it would be best if you could cough so that you may be able to force some of the harmful particles out.

The lungs like any other organ in the body are not impervious to foreign substance and it has its limits. However, by doing things that keeps your lungs from being damaged, not only are you able to keep it healthy but you are also able to prolong your life.

Friday, April 18, 2014

How To Floss Your Teeth Effectively

It can be sometimes frustrating when some small chips of the food you eat gets stuck in between the spaces in your teeth and even harder to brush them away. This is where a dental floss comes in. Just with brushing your teeth, if you do not know how to use a dental floss, it will not effectively clean your teeth. By following the steps below, you will be able to optimize a dental floss’ function.

Step 1: Strip away an 18-inch floss from the floss dispenser. That is enough for you to clean your teeth.

Step 2: Spin the floss around your middle finger. Do this to both hands and leave an inch section opening for flossing. Once you are done, you can start flossing your teeth starting from the top teeth going down.

Step 3: Afterwards, place the floss within your mouth and use your index fingers to insert the floss in between the spaces of your teeth. Just make sure that you are gentle when doing so because if you are rough, you might end up injuring the gums.

Step 4: When you are moving the floss on an upwards and downwards motion against the tooth and around the gum line, the floss should form a C-shape around the tooth being flossed. It is like sharpening a blade though in this case, it is like sharpening your teeth except that you are removing bits of food in between the teeth. Also make sure that you floss each tooth carefully as well as the back portion of the teeth.

Step 5: You can also use used floss as much as you need. When doing so, just wind them around your fingers.

Developing this habit will lead to healthy gums and lessens the chances of cavity piling up.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Steps In Effectively Brushing Your Teeth

It is equally important to care for your gums the same as you would care for your overall well-being. Though brushing your teeth after meals and before you sleep are perhaps obvious ways of caring for your gums, there are ways to effectively do it.

Step 1: Place a small amount of fluoride or toothpaste on the head of the toothbrush. Make sure that you use a soft brush so you will not be uncomfortable brushing your teeth with it.

Step 2: This may sound too technical but brushing your teeth is not just randomly brushing it up and down but rather, you have to discipline yourself that the toothbrush is at a forty five degree angle to the gum line.

Step 3: What you have to do next is to move the brush not in an upward and downward motion on your teeth but rather, move it in a small circular motion. Discipline yourself into brushing each of your teeth in this manner. Take note that you should not press your toothbrush too hard against your teeth and make sure to keep the bristles of the toothbrush against the gum line. Remember, the bristles of the toothbrush are the ones that are supposed to clean the teeth and also make sure that they are able to reach the spaces between your teeth. Do the same with the back side of your teeth, the ones which are facing your tongue.

Step 4: When it comes to cleaning the inside of the bottom of the front teeth, position your toothbrush in such an angle that it you can do an upwards and downwards motion. Make sure that the tip of the head is aimed at the ceiling of the mouth inside then brush in a circular motion.

Step 5: Brushing your teeth is not limited to your teeth alone. By brushing your tongue as you brush your teeth, you are promoting a healthier and fresher breath. Though you do not need to be rough, and just a gentle brushing will do. Just brush the back of your tongue and then forward but refrain from scrubbing it.

Step 6: Make sure you rinse your teeth after brushing it for a minute or two. Now, this may not be advice on how to brush your teeth effectively but then again, make it a point to replace your toothbrush every two months.

Brushing your teeth should not be done carelessly. Keep in mind that brushing your teeth is promoting good health and knowing how to better brush it will get you healthy gums and a fresher breath.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Health Benefits Of Singing

A lot of people enjoy singing and the fact is that singing can be beneficial to a person’s health. However, just singing out of habit is not enough. It is important that the person sings from deep within his or her chest and even as far as from the abdomen. The thing is that when you are singing, you have to learn to use your diaphragm to push up the air through your vocal chords.

By doing so, you are exercising your lymphatic system which also helps strengthen your body’s immunity. If you are someone who really loves singing and who is health conscious, one of the best ways that you could keep yourself healthy while enjoying you craft is to sing with someone else. In addition, singing can definitely improve a person’s mood since it releases endorphin within the body which energizes the person. Not to mention that it also exercises the lungs.

In addition, singing keeps the vocal chords young even though the singer is already old. And this in turn makes a person feel younger which eventually gives them a “feel good” experience. Another is that singing also encourages a better posture since it expands the chest as well as a person’s back. Overall, a lot of research supports the fact that singing is ultimately healthy for a person and if you have not started the habit of singing, now is a good time to do so.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Ways to Treat Leukemia

Leukemia is a kind of cancer of the blood or bone marrow wherein there is an abnormal increase of immature white blood cells and anyone can be diagnosed with such illness. The good news is that today’s technology allows medical professionals to treat it through the following methods:

Bone Marrow Transplant: This is perhaps the most effective method in treating a person afflicted with leukemia. This is done after the patient’s body has been cleaned of the cancer cells and other infections through the use of intensive radiation. Afterwards, the patient is implanted with normal blood-forming cells which helps reconstruct the damage cells of the patient.

• Chemotherapy: This is used to counteract the advance stages of leukemia. This is initially done before conducting a bone marrow transplant wherein the intensive radiation is aimed to destroy the leukemia cells which are multiplying within the body. This allows the body’s bone-marrow to regain its standard blood-forming functions.

Western and Chinese Medicine: Not all individuals favor this option however; experts have proven that combining the two world’s expertise in ridding a patient of the illness is effective. Though chemotherapy and biotherapy may be harmful to the patient’s body, Chinese medicine helps counteract the negative effects of these methods.

Thanks to the continuous advancement of technology as well as the tireless research and experiments done by health experts, diseases like leukemia have become curable.