What are the Effects of Arthritis to our Body?

arthritisWhat are the Effects of Arthritis to our Body?

Arthritis is a disease that affects the joints. It is the most common with older people, but it can also affect the children. It often affects women, rather than men. The disease can manifests in numerous ways. The most people have osteoarthritis, which occurs after a trauma injury, infection or age. Other types are rheumatoid, psoriatic, septic arthritis, and many more.

Arthritis Symptoms

The biggest problem that occurs when the arthritis happens is the joint pain. It usually never stops, and it is constant. It happens because of the inflammation that affects the joint because the joint is damaged or because of the muscle strains. The most common symptoms are the same, whatever the arthritis’ type is:

• Having trouble walking or moving the hands
• Feeling tired
• Losing weight
• Not sleeping enough
• Joint pain
• Disability to move the joint
• Soreness

Have in mind that only a doctor can give you the appropriate diagnosis. He can do all the radiology tests; he can also check your blood, and many more, depending on which arthritis type he is suspecting it to be. It is important to keep track of the symptoms, when did they first occur, and how long do they last.

Disability
Arthritis is one of the most common disabilities in the world. For people who have this diagnosis, it is very hard to do their daily chores or even the simplest things, just like pouring water into a glass. If that little thing can be so painful and hard, it is easy to say that many other things will be even harder.

Many people cannot even leave the house because they have troubles with walking or if they feel muscle weakness. They stay home bound or if the disease progresses, they need to be hospitalised or they need to go to the many of the health care centres that are specialised in arthritis care. That is why it is very hard for them to keep their physical activities. In addition, they also may suffer from cholesterol problems or heart diseases. If this disease affects a person who used to be active, it is a possibility that it will come to a depression because of the lifestyle changes.

Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no instant cure for arthritis. Treatments are possible and advisable, because they can help in so many ways. Depending on which type of the arthritis the person has, treatments can ease the pain or gain some of the joint functions. It is important to go to physical therapies to make some lifestyle modifications, and in the end, even surgery, if the disease has progressed.

As in every other disease, it is very important to visit a doctor as soon as the symptoms occur. The arthritis cannot be cured, but the symptoms can be eased, if the therapy starts in time. People have learned to live with this condition, and it should not be a reason to lose the positive spirit.

One Easy Tip To Improve You Health

Tips To Choose The Best Ecigs

When introduced to the electronic cigarette range, the most important step is to choose a product that is right for your needs. Providing yourself with enough information can assist in making a more informed choice from the size of a cigarette to the vapor emitted and quality in operation. The best ecigs can provide ongoing operation and assist those looking to kick the habit.

Determine how much you wish to spend on the vaporizers and whether it is going to be used on a long term basis. Extended operation means that better quality components should be selected that will fall in a higher price bracket. A closer look at the brand and the reputability of a manufacturer will assist in making the best possible purchases.

If the e cigarette is going to be used on a daily basis, you will need a quality battery life that will last through the day with ongoing use. Many of the well known and more expensive ranges offer electronic cigarettes with batteries that can last for a day or two before having to be recharged. If you only wish to use the electronic range on a temporary basis, smaller and cheaper designs with a lower battery operation can be sought.

Consider which type of e cig you will be using including a disposable or refill kit. The refillable tank is considered the most popular choice because it allows for continued use and the inclusion of different types of liquids from coffee to cherry flavors. It also allows one to manage the taste and the strength of nicotine that should be incorporated.

A high quality range must be selected if you are going to be regularly using e cigarettes that are operated daily. Determine the strength of vapor and nicotine that should be included to achieve the most suitable outcome. Consider a warranty on the parts before making a final purchase.

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Ecigarettes – Do Your Research

By Stacy Coe

Simple Products

E-cigarettes might seem like fairly simple products, but they are actually full of a great range of functions and features. From the vaporizer all the way to the battery source; they are quite complicated to understand and a lot of design and development goes in to their production. Because of all of the bits and pieces that go in to an e-cigarette’s construction, it’s important to know what each and every piece does. Imagine that your television faulted and would no longer turn on – you’d want to understand what the problem was before taking the steps to rectify the situation.

 Do Your Homework

This could be a simple trip to the local repairman, or a request for a refund or replacement. The same would go with e-cigarettes, you’d want to know what each piece of the product does so that you could understand how it works. For example, the vaporizer is the segment of the e-cigarette that heats the liquid nicotine and provides it to the smoker as a thin mist, while the battery is in charge of keeping your e-cigarette active and will need recharging for continued use.

Advice on quitting smoking can be found at http://www.quit.org.au/

Unless you take the time to get to know what each part of an e-cigarette is responsible for, you won’t understand how to get the most out of your smoking activity. That’s where product review websites come in very handy. Not only will they review a product in great detail – they’ll do so in an unbiased and professional way that provides you with all of the information that you require. They’ll cover the ins and outs of e-cigarettes, from their ease of operation, all the way to their strengths and weaknesses.

Review Websites

One of the greatest things about relying on e-cigarette review websites is that they’ll discuss both the positives and negatives about a product. You might find that you had your sights set on a particular model of e-cigarette, but after reading a review on that one or another product, that you’ve found a better option. It’s hugely beneficial to get to know the details of a particular product so that you can really decide on what’s best for you. Certain e-cigarettes might be better suited for certain smokers, whereas others might be better suited to different types.

Learn From Others Hands On Experience

Where many people simply dive in at the deep end and just try the first product that they can get their hands on, others benefit immensely from checking out the latest deals, services and offers. This has never been truer than when considering e-cigarettes. The market is continually evolving and new technologies are being introduced on a monthly basis. If you want to learn about the latest functions and features of a great range of e-cigarettes, then relying on a responsible e-cigarette review website is an excellent idea. You’ll walk away much more confident in the knowledge that you know what to expect from your e-cigarette, and you might have even found a great deal in the process too. To find out more about electronic cigarettes NZ has a great review website at www.ecigarettereviews.co.nz

Author’s note: to research more on the benefits and risks of e cigarettes visit health.govt.nz

Pomegranate can affect medicines

By Dani Cooper
ABC

From:http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2014/09/18/4070162.htm

Consuming pomegranate as a food, juice or extract in herbal medicines can interfere with the body’s uptake of pharmaceutical drugs (iStockphoto: RickLordPhotography)

If you are about to take your daily dose of medicine with a salad replete with pomegranate seeds and juice, then think again.

Consuming the exotic fruit as a food, juice or extract in herbal medicines can interfere with the body’s uptake of pharmaceutical drugs, an Australian study has found.

The finding underscores the complex relationship between pharmaceutical drugs and food, says co-author Dr Fanfan Zhou, from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney.

And it highlights the need for further research into the interactions between drugs and foods, she believes.

The study, published in the journal,Pharmaceutical Biology , looks at how the three major active components in pomegranate interfere with the delivery of drugs via proteins known as solute carrier transporters.

Solute carrier transporters play a key role in helping substances or molecules such as hormones move across biological membranes and are known to play key roles in drug absorption and distribution, says Zhou.

They also play vital roles in the elimination of toxic molecules by helping transport toxins to the liver and kidney where they can be eliminated from the body.

Zhou says the research team focused on the impact of pomegranate on drug transport as it contains three components — oleanolic acid, ursolic acid, and gallic acid — that are commonly found in other foods.

Oleanolic and ursolic acid are widely found in plants; while gallic acid is found abundantly in tea, grapes, different berries, fruits, as well as wine.

Pomegranate is also widely consumed in herbal medicines as it is known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

More recently scientific studies have also shown pomegranate to have potential antidiabetic properties.

However, co-administration of these three compounds with other drugs have been reported to be problematic possibly due to drug and food interactions, which lead to altered performance of the drugs in body.

“Our study confirms the three pomegranate components can impact on these transporters, which means if there are other drug molecules going into the cells through these transporters, then the presence of those pomegranate components is going to interfere with the drugs,” says Zhou.

The most likely impact is that it will inhibit the drug molecules from going into the cells as they are competing with the pomegranate components for the same transporters, she adds.

Zhou says a wide range of drugs are transported into the body by solute carrier transporters. These include a number of statins used to treat heart disease and anti-cancer drugs such as paclitaxel and methotrexate.

Food and drug interactions

Zhou says it is the first study of its kind to widely show the interactions of the pomegranate components with the set of solute carrier transporters and will have a significant impact on drugs used together with certain foods or herbs, such as natural medicines and Chinese herbal medicines.

“It doesn’t matter if you drink the juice or eat the real fruit, these three components stay the same.

“So our study will have a wider application than just herbal medicines made from pomegranate,” says Zhou.

The research also suggests that any food or herb extract — not just pomegranate –that contains those compounds could be an issue.

“We want to warn people that when they are taking particular drugs they need to find out if this drug will be affected by other foods or medicines consumed at the same time.”

Zhou says users of Chinese medicines in particular need to be aware that traditional medicines can impact on pharmaceutical medicines.

“In Asian countries people do like taking prescription medicines with herbal medicines. And they don’t even know there is a potential risk in co-administration of drugs,” she says.

Enhancing brain function with butter

FEATURE—It is estimated that we use only 10 percent of our brain’s capacity. During a foggy day using 10 percent seems like a very high percentage. Our brains comprise about two percent of our body weight, but use at least 20 percent of the electrical energy in our bodies. Interestingly, our brain’s energy use increases to 25 percent when we are sleeping. So how can you keep this incredibly vital organ functioning at its best?

The key to having healthy brain function is to give your brain an optimal energy supply. Most would argue that the brain needs glucose as its optimal energy source but what we are finding is that only a small portion of your brain needs sugar. What the brain actually prefers are ketones from fat as its energy source.

For those of you wanting to optimize your brain performance, not to mention decrease inflammation in your gut and heart, it is necessary to eat more fat from butter.

Butter is now considered by many to be the new superfood, even though it has been used for at least 4,500 years. How did we get so far removed from fat? One of the early campaigns against fat began when Dwight Eisenhower was diagnosed with heart disease in 1955. His team of scientists and doctors, including the snit-fat crusader, Ancel Keys concluded that saturated fat and butter caused his chronic disease.
The then President was put on a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet of dry toast and Sanka for breakfast and only one egg per week, even though his total cholesterol was 165 ml/dl at the time of his heart attack.

Even with his strict dietary program Eisenhower’s total cholesterol continued to rise up to 259 ml/dl the day he left office. He was also diagnosed with Crohn’s disease (or ileitis) on May 10th, 1956, and Eisenhower continued to have several more heart attacks and eventually died of heart disease even with his new diet. President Eisenhower’s diseases were caused by chronic inflammation. Research shows that inflammation is the cause of at least 95 percent of chronic diseases in the body.

Most inflammation starts in the gut from food sensitivities. Food sensitivities have been shown to cause a number of chronic conditions including migraine headaches, Alzheimer’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, joint pain, fibromyalgia and brain fog.

The first step in eliminating inflammation is by testing what foods you are having a delayed immune reaction to with ALCAT labs. This blood test measures how your neutrophils react to food particles. About 70 percent of your immune cells are aimed at the gut to expel and kill foreign invaders. With the amounts of genetically modified and chemically laden foods that we are exposed to, our immune system overreacts to even healthy foods. For nutrients to get to your brain they have to first be digested in the gut. If you have inflammation then the digestive process is greatly reduced and your brain function will suffer.

The new science shows that our brains perform better by using fat as a fuel source rather than glucose. Just like electrical wires need insulation to carry energy, so do the nerves in your brain. Fat provides the lubrication that allows you to put together information for creativity, memory storage and for name recall or the date of your anniversary. When the myelin sheath is
fully lubricated, thoughts and words form faster and you feel more clarity, you will also be using ketones as your primary brain food which is your brains preferred source.

Truth about Butter

Butter provides you with loads of vitamin A to support thyroid and adrenal function. It also contains lauric acid which keeps fungal growth down in your gut. Butter contains lecithin which is essential for cholesterol metabolism and is a great source of Vitamins E, K and D. Butter is
used by the body as an energy source and is a high source of iodine. It also helps in children’s brain and nervous system development. But the best part about butter is that it tastes great.

When shifting ones diet to using healthy fats as a primary fuel source, an improvement in memory by 40 percent is often shown, as well as strength and sleep improvement. Ideally 50-70 percent of your calories should be from healthy fats, 20-25 percent from healthy proteins and 20-25 percent from healthy carbohydrates. Fruits and small amounts of starches need to be consumed in the evening if you want to keep your body in fat-burning mode.

The first step in any new process is to try it out for yourself. A note of caution: your brain will run like a G-6 so get ready!

Regan Archibald

Regan Archibald

Written by Regan Archibald for St. George Health & Wellness magazine and St. George News.St. George Health and Wellness and the St. George News

Regan Archibald is a board certified licensed acupuncturist, master of science in Oriental medicine and is the clinic director at East West Health. He teaches courses on nutrition, brain function, food sensitivities and wellness throughout the U.S. and has even made an appearance in Ireland.

Smoking Alternatives

ecigarettes and healthOne of the greatest things about relying on e-cigarette review websites is that they’ll discuss both the positives and negatives about a product. You might find that you had your sights set on a particular model of e-cigarette, but after reading a review on that one or another product, that you’ve found a better option. It’s hugely beneficial to get to know the details of a particular product so that you can really decide on what’s best for you. Certain e-cigarettes might be better suited for certain smokers, whereas others might be better suited to different types.

Where many people simply dive in at the deep end and just try the first product that they can get their hands on, others benefit immensely from checking out the latest deals, services and offers. This has never been truer than when considering e-cigarettes. The market is continually evolving and new technologies are being introduced on a monthly basis. If you want to learn about the latest functions and features of a great range of e-cigarettes, then relying on a responsible e-cigarette review website is an excellent idea. You’ll walk away much more confident in the knowledge that you know what to expect from your e-cigarette, and you might have even found a great deal in the process too.

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Growing Popularity To Smoking Alternatives

Why Are E Cigarettes So Popular?

ecigarettes vs tobaccoOver the last couple of years electronic cigarettes such as VaporFi (see Vaporfi review here) have become really popular. They seem to be everywhere with people using them everywhere and the products on sale in all sorts of stores. Their success has been quite sudden so why are e cigarettes so popular?

You could say that their popularity has something to do with the decline of tobacco. Smoking has been banned in public places in many countries and so smokers are increasingly shoved out in the cold, literally! Social acceptance is important to all of us so it is not wonder that smokers are giving up now that it is disliked by the majority.

Electronic tobacco does not have the same social stigma. Firstly it does not have the terrible odor that smoke has. They are vaporizers which emit steam rather than smoke and people around you will not even notice you using one.

They are also seen as healthier. Everybody knows that the most damaging aspect of tobacco is the smoke which carries thousands of harmful chemicals. Second hand smoke is now known to be dangerous to those in the vicinity so non-smokers are less accepting of tobacco these days.

Many tobacco users are turning to electronic products to reduce their tobacco intake or quit altogether. The vapor in electric versions contain nicotine so produce similar feelings without the tar and chemicals present in smoke. This means that you still get the hit and do not crave tobacco.

Electronic cigarettes are also much cheaper than tobacco. In recent years lot of Governments have taxed it at extortionate rates to try to discourage people from smoking. This means it is now an expensive habit but electronic products are a lot cheaper. There are lots of reasons why these new tobacco substitutes are so popular, they are cleaner, healthier, cheaper and more socially acceptable that tobacco.

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Why Becoming A Herbalife Distributor Is A Great Business Idea

herbalife distribution in AustraliaThere are few consumers who are not interested in finding easy ways to generate some extra cash. There are also many people who are eager to learn how to improve their health and lose weight. Herbalife can help you to accomplish both of these things and with minimal effort on your part. They produce products that enable people to significantly enhance their life qualities and their overall well-being in a nominal amount of time.

Before signing up to take part in any network marketing opportunity, there are a few important features that you should look for. These include stability, a reasonable compensation scheme and a product or products that people actually need or want. This company fits the bill for all of these things as it offers systems that have been in demand for decades and reasonable payment structures. It has also been around for many years and will continue to provide it services for quite some time to come.

One of the greatest benefits in becoming a distributor for this Herbalife  brand is the ability to access a wealth of resources that will help you to learn how to become a better seller. If you do not have a lot of sales experience this does not mean that you cannot succeed in these endeavors. Once you join the team, you are guaranteed to have access to all of the information that you need for generating maximum profits.

Another important thing to do before signing up for one of these systems is to try the available products out for yourself. This company produces many different goods that can be used to stimulate weight loss in a safe, healthy and all-natural fashion. They also have a number of supplements and other products that are designed to improve a person’ overall health.

Trying these products will make you believe in their efficacy. It will also give you an easy way to offload the items that you have signed up to distribute. When people notice the remarkable improvements that this brand has produced in your life, they will be eager to give it a try themselves.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS – What Treatments Are Available

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS

Naturopath sydney J.McGuireIrritable bowel syndrome or IBS is a common gastrointestinal disorder that causes bloating, stomach cramps, constipation and diarrhoea. There’s no known cure for IBS but the symptoms can be eased with treatment.

IBS is a functional disorder of the gut, which means that the gastrointestinal tract is not working properly, but nothing is wrong with the structure. It is a condition that affects one in every five people, in the UK at least once in their life. It can affect anyone, but teenagers and young adults are likely to show symptoms of the ailment. It is also known to affect women more than men.

Irritable bowel syndrome usually brings discomfort and pain in various parts of the abdomen. The pain goes on and off, and the length varies. The pain usually goes away after passing stools or wind. People suffering from IBS describe the pain as colic or spasm. The level of the pain varies from mild to severe.

Irritable bowel syndrome causes the swelling and bloating of the abdomen and could make the patient pass wind more often than normal. Some people with IBS suffer from diarrhoea as well as constipation. Other symptoms of the ailment include nausea, headache, throwing up, muscle pains, tiredness, heartburn, and tiredness.

Some people with IBS have occasional mild symptoms while other people suffer for long periods. It should be noted that blood in stools is not a symptom of irritable bowel syndrome.

Irritable bowel syndrome is thought to be caused by the over-activity of some parts of the gut, which is the long tube that extends from the mouth to the anus that includes the small and large intestines. Food goes through the gut by contractions of the muscles in the wall.

Pain and other symptoms are experienced if there are abnormal or overactive contractions. Constipation or diarrhoea is formed depending in the area of over-activity. Emotional upset or stress can cause IBS as some patients confessed suffering from the symptoms during a stressful event in their life. Symptoms tend to worsen when the patient is anxious or stressed.

A small number of IBS cases are attributed to intolerance to specific food. A small number of IBS cases are believed to happen after suffering from gastroenteritis, which is an infection of the gut that causes vomiting and diarrhoea.

The pain and discomfort brought by irritable bowel syndrome can affect a person mentally. Some patients with IBS also suffer from depression and more than half are diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder.

IBS can be troublesome, but it doesn’t pose a serious health risk. It is also unpredictable because symptoms can flare up without any warning. Some people also suffer from irritable bowel syndrome for long periods of time. For more on what a naturopath can do for you if you have IBS visit http://www.sydneynaturopath.com/