Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Easy Ways To Treat The Virus From Your Home

A cold sore virus is a horrible thing, thankfully there are some cold sore home remedy methods that you can look through to fight the battle at home instead of having to go out into public without doing a thing about it. These are just simple changes and things you can do with household items so it does not require you to go out and buy anything such as the over the counter medication as well. The following article will give you some useful cold sore home remedy treatments that you can use to help you get rid of cold sores quickly and effectively from your home.
· Milk
As soon as you start to feel the tingling of a cold sore (if you've had them you know that this is the first sign of the virus becoming active and getting ready to form on the lip). You will want to use the milk technique.
This doesn't mean get a cup of milk and drink it, it is simpler than that, all you have to do is soak a cotton ball in milk and then dab it onto the affected area a couple of times a day.
This method has been said to be very effective and people have also claimed that using it early can stop the virus from breaking out.
· Change Your Toothbrush
Changing your toothbrush is a highly effective technique to slow down the rate of infection.
As you know tooth brushes are great for cleaning your teeth and your mouth of germs and plaque but not all of it comes off of the toothbrush once you're done.
When you have the cold sore virus reusing the same toothbrush is going to speed up the infection so you need to change as soon as possible to stop this from happening. This is very effective and is highly recommended for everyone to do otherwise you will just be aiding the virus.
· Nail Polish
This is a very weird method but one that has had some really good results.
It is said that the skin is permeable so by putting anything on it there is always a high chance it will seep in the skin.
So with nail polish it is said that by applying some to the area and letting it sink in can be very effective in getting rid of the cold sore due to some of the chemicals in the mixture.
However also due to the chemicals some of you may suffer allergic reactions or if you have sensitive skin you may go through other side effects so it is worth researching this cold sore home remedy before going on to applying your sisters nail polish to your face straight away.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Healthy Foods, Healthy Living

Do you know that eating the right foods can improve your health? An average person eats three times a day with 2 snacks in between. However, most of the food that comes in the diet are just fillers- food for the stomach, to relieve hunger. However, what most people do not realize is that what you eat today can have a great impact in your health.
There many healthy foods, those found in the kitchens that are often overlooked, that could boost one's health. One example is turmeric. Besides the fact that it is a good source of Vit. C and magnesium, it is also a good source of fiber. However, its most notable characteristic is its anti-inflammatory effect. In fact, it is even combined with cauliflower to cure prostate cancer and prevent the further growth of cancer cells. It is being used nowadays to heal gastrointestinal diseases and even for the cure of gallbladder stones.
Another food often overlooked for its health benefits is garlic. It is effective in lowering low density lipoprotein, the bad cholesterol. Research shows that it has blood thinning effect, important in hypertension control. Even more important, it is shown to decrease risk of stomach and colon cancer. On the other hand, ginger is also a healthy food. Because it also has anti-anflammatory effects, it can block prostaglandin release known for the development of arthritis and migraine.
Salmon is also a food that should be included in one's diet often. It is considered as one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. This type of fat can lower the risk of heart disease. Beans are also important to have in one's diet as it is nutritionally packed and good in keeping the blood sugar stable, good for diabetes control. Lemon is also good because it boosts the immune system.
Green tea is also good for one's health as it can increase insulin tolerance and increase the metabolic rate. It is even used by some to lose weight, although researches are still inconclusive. However, what I known is that it contains an antioxidant, epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG, that can prevent lung, breast and prostate cancer.
If there are healthy foods for the body, there are also those which have bad effects on one's health. Some examples are carcinogenic foods such as pickled, salted and fermented foods, especially implicated in stomach cancer. High intake of fat and calorie are also not good as it promotes several types of cancer such as breast and endometrial. Low intake of vegetables and fruits are also implicated in diseased of the gastrointestinal tract. Alcohol can also bring about diseases such as cirrhosis of the liver, hypercholesterolemia and brain dysfunction. Junk foods are also bad for one's health.
Eating healthy foods does not only affect the current status of a person as it also has a bearing in one's future. Some diseases that are not apparent now may manifest in the future. By starting to eat the right kind of food now, healthy living can be obtained.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Joint Pains No More

Joint pains can be really disturbing. Approximately 1 out of 70 UK adults suffer from gout. In the United State, it is estimated to be 840 out of every 100,000 people. The most debilitating aspect of having gout is its inflammatory effect on joints causing pain that has a significant effect on daily living.
Benjamin Franklin once said, "Be temperate in wine, in eating girls, and sloth; or the Gout will seize you and plague you both." There is truth to that. In fact, eating certain foods can exacerbate joint pains. First of all, gout is caused by increased uric acid in the body, which forms deposits in joints and tissues causing inflammation that leads to painful joints with stiffness. The culprit in this exacerbation of pain is food high in purines, which are chemical compounds that form uric acid once metabolized by the body.
One thing that can make a great impact on the lives of those affected with gout is to know which foods are the ones that should be avoided. This includes organ meats, certain fishes, grain, alcohol, legumes and vegetables.
It is best that patients with gout avoid organ meats namely, hearts, kidneys, testicles and brain which contain high purines that cause increased levels of uric acid. The tongue is particularly high in purines as well a mincemeats, broths, meat extracts and bouillons. Other meats include those of goose, duck, partridge, pheasant and turkey
Aside from meat, seafoods can also cause gout pains. These include anchovies, mackerel, herring, sardines, mussels and scallops. Eating fish eggs can also increase uric levels acid as well as haddock and salmon.
Even vegetables, though known to be healthy for most people, can increase uric acid in the body. The main vegetables to be avoided are peas, spinach, asparagus, cauliflower, beans, lentils and mushrooms. It is true that these vegetables are nutritious but for those afflicted with gout, it may just cause exacerbation of signs and symptoms.
Grains are also sources of purines. Whole grain cereals, breads, wheat bran and oatmeal wheat germ should be taken in moderation as these foods are sources of purines. These foods are common in the diet so, one should really think on how they can avoid these as much as possible.
What patients with gout should really avoid is alcohol as it contains high levels of purine that can trigger inflammation and stiffness of joints. Beer in particular is high in purines together with wine and hard liquor. In brewing alcohol, yeast is used which contains significant levels of purines. In fact, it is also used in baking.
It is difficult to cut these foods in the diet, however patients with gout should consider modifying their lives to lessen joint pains. The solution to this is moderation. Of course, one cannot live life normally without eating meat, fish, bread and alcohol. However, for these people, eating only a small portion is enough. It may surprise them as to how it can significantly reduce inflamed and painful joints.