Brain Injury

A brain injury is among the most serious kinds of injuries that can take place as an outcome of a mishap. There are several signs that can take place as an outcome of this injury. The brain is still quite a secret to even the most skilled physician and brain injuries can be difficult to diagnose.

Various kinds of brain injuries can produce various signs and adult signs can differ from those of kids. In order to get fast treatment to avoid additional mental retardation, however, this kind of injury need to be determined as quickly as possible.

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Food Addiction and Obesity

Most of us don’t need a scientific study to confirm that eating chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream can momentarily wash our cares away. However, a new study on the effects of the chemical dopamine shows that many of the high-calorie foods we love are causing dopamine to be released in our brains, which helps us to feel pleasure and reward.

The study not only demonstrated the link between dopamine and food addiction, which can lead to the onset of obesity – a fact that researchers have known for some time. It also showed that the effect of dopamine on brain cells is associated with cellular memory.

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Natural Treatments For Colitis

Although Crohn’s Disease and Colitis are chronic conditions, sufferers can manage and control their symptoms. Indeed, some researchers are convinced that people can eliminate their symptoms. Many sufferers attest to the benefits of a regular raw food diet and water fasts.

How To Control Crohn’s Disease and Colitis Symptoms

Change Your Diet

The Western diet of processed foods, fats, and sugars is not healthy for anyone. Obviously, Crohn’s Disease and Colitis sufferers will encounter extra problems if they stay with the standard North American diet. A fat-laden diet is not a healthy choice.
Changing your diet can make a big difference in the occurrence of unpleasant symptoms. In fact, sufferers who tried a raw food diet, as well as water and juice fasts, noticed a gradual improvement in their health. Eventually, individuals who followed this plan found themselves to be symptom-free and experiencing good health and a sense of well-being.
If people eliminate junk food, they are taking a big step towards combating these conditions. Junk food contains fat and sugar – ingredients that exacerbate Crohn’s Disease and Colitis symptoms. In addition, caffeine, grains, and milk and other dairy products, can cause woe for sufferers of these diseases.

Juice and Water Fasting

Juice and water fasting can help the body to heal itself. The fasts detoxify the body and remove impurities. A bad diet is not pure nourishment for the body. The Western diet leaves behind impurities from processed food. The fats clog the body’s systems and the sugars add calories but no health benefits.
The fasts help to cleanse one’s system of the undesirable elements left behind by a bad diet. In addition, fasts remove other questionable ingredients from the body such as those found in personal care products. All these impurities can cause mucus and bacteria to form and, eventually, result in ill health for the affected person.
Water and juice fasts help to purify the blood and rebuild the endocrine system. Of course, nobody should embark on a water or juice fast without checking with their doctor. People with multiple conditions (or unknown diseases) can be affected negatively by strict water fasts. Yet people who are healthy and have cleared it with their doctor can experience tremendous benefits from Crohn’s Disease and Colitis water fasts.
Even if you are a perfect candidate for fasting, the process is not an easy one. Yet water fasts can be part of the program that can rid sufferers of unpleasant symptoms. A raw food diet is also touted as the best choice for Crohn’s Disease and Colitis sufferers.
When people make their body adjust to a different diet or practice (such as fasting), the process is never easy at the beginning. The side effects will be worse in the initial stage. You can expect to endure a few side effects until the body adjusts and begins to rebuild itself to a healthy state.

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Knee Injuries And Pain

Knee injuries occur frequently and for a variety of reasons. Knee injuries happen due to sports, age, and accidents among other factors. When a person suffers a knee problem, it impairs their mobility and speaking from experience, a knee injury can be quite painful. Millions of Americans suffer from pain due to knee injuries and the number grows daily.
Athletes know the pain of knee injuries all too well due to the violent nature of their sports. Athletes involved in contact sports like soccer, football, and basketball are at high risk when it comes to knee problems. When 300-pound players collide with one another at high-speed, it’s only a matter of time before knee injuries happen.
In addition, these athletes twist and contort their bodies into positions that make their knees more vulnerable to injury. Sometimes all it takes is for a player’s foot to get caught in turf or to jump and come down on a fallen player causing his knee to buckle and be injured. While these knee injuries occur on courts or fields, some knee damage can happen in the home.
People also get knee injuries from falling off of roofs or ladders and from falling down stairs. Statistics show that most accidents occur in the home or within a few blocks of the home. In fact, there could be problems insuring a home that has stairs that don’t have a required handrail or at has missing or broken stairs. It’s easy to see how this could result in falls and knee wounds. Some injuries o knees occur when homeowners try to save money by doing it themselves rather than hire a roofer to repair the roof. Falls like this have killed some people and maimed others for life. These weekend warriors are fortunate if they escape with just knee pain.
Age can be another contributing factor to knee pain. As we age our bones become less dense, making them more brittle and susceptible to falling and serious injury. This is more prominent than ever with the average lifespan of Americans getting higher and higher. Ironically, this is due to advances in medicine and people taking better care of themselves. But seniors suffer knee damage doing everyday task that at one time were simple, like getting into or out of a bathtub. Task like this become more difficult with age for some and put them at greater risk of falling and hurting their knees.
Whether it be from sports, falls or accidents in the home, knee damage can be serious and steps should be taken to prevent injury when possible. Here are a few simple steps you can take to help prevent knee damage.
1. Repair any broken stairs around the house.
2. Don’t climb on ladders that aren’t stable.
3. Consider hiring a professional for any work on your roof or work that requires climbing on a ladder.
4. Install handrails in the bathtub and shower in your home.

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Preventing Varicose Veins In The Legs

Our veins are the blood vessels which transport blood from all the organs of our body. The veins in our legs must work against gravity to bring the blood toward our heart. They have valves which act as one-way flaps to prevent blood from flowing backwards. If one of the valves fails to function, blood would seep back and would begin to pool in our lower legs. It would then cause  the wall of our veins to weaken and bulge over time which results to varicose veins. Having this condition could be painful and disfiguring for women and men.
The tendency to develop varicose veins can be inherited. Certain genes may have defects in the structure of the veins and valves. Here are some suggestions on how to prevent or at least postpone the appearance of varicose veins in our legs:
1. Flex, Stretch and Move
Being in a stationary position for too long, whether standing up or sitting down, results to the blood having the tendency to pool in the lower legs. If you are prone to be in this position day in and day out then it could weaken your veins which ultimately leads to their swelling.
Try walking in your place or flexing your foot up and down if you are standing in line for something to be processed. You can also rotate your foot clockwise and then counterclockwise to keep the blood pumping out of your foot and flow back to your heart.
It is critical in a long journey or in a typical day of prolonged sitting at your office chair that you get up and stretch your legs from time to time. The blood is challenged to flow back to your heart at a normal pace since the knees and groin are bent while sitting. Take mini breaks to grab some refreshments and chat with someone.
2. Exercise and Tone your Leg Muscles
While genes could dictate our predisposition to having varicose veins, we can counteract this by doing light cardiovascular and leg toning exercises in our daily life. You can ride a bike, brisk walk, run short distances, or dance in an aerobics class. These are great exercises to promote active blood circulation in our body and helps maintain a healthy weight.
Toning leg exercises such as leg lifts or raises specifically build up muscles in the buttocks, thighs and lower legs. Every muscle contraction in these areas assists the blood to find its way back to the heart. A well-toned leg muscle will pump out much more blood than a weaker one.
In a nutshell, avoid the sedentary lifestyle.
3. Eat Wisely
Go for fruits, protein, and whole grains. They help in losing your excess weight and at the same time provide nutrients to prevent varicose veins.
Citrus fruits have antioxidants such as flavonoids and Vitamin C which can enhance blood vessel function by reducing breakage. Also, protein and Vitamin C are components of collagen. Collagen is mostly found in fibrous tissues such as our blood vessels. These tissues may not swell that easily if the collagen is healthy. A diet with high fiber also helps in relaxing the blood vessels in your legs by promoting ease in bowel movement.
4. Choose Shoes Wisely
Choose shoes that are comfortable, low-heeled, and properly fitted because they do not put strain to your calf muscles that much. If you must wear high heels, please ensure that you are not wearing it for long period at a time.
5. Seek Good Support
Support pantry hose is way better than the regular ones in controlling the development of varicose veins. It is useful for women who are always on their feet like sales ladies working in stores, office personnel, or mothers who have children whom they need to carry in their arms. It can be worn underneath your sweats or pants. It comes in a variety of styles, colors, and strength.
This type of stocking applies more pressure to the lower leg than to the thigh area. Thus, blood is more readily pushed up toward the heart.

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Raising Healthy Kids

Raising healthy kids is not as difficult as people make it out to be. However, parents would need to know about the advantages and benefits of a healthy diet as opposed to a junk diet. A junk diet may be very easy to prepare, but it is definitely going to be made up of processed foods, lots of salt, chemical preservatives, soy products and other ingredients which are going to be potentially harmful for the body in the long run. On the other hand, if the child gets used from childhood to a diet of whole grain products, cereals, lentils, beans, fresh and organically grown fruit and vegetables, he is going to include them in its diet automatically when he grows up.
Now, how best can a parent get a child to eat fresh fruit and vegetables, when the parent is not used to including those items in his diet, himself. It is a case of “monkey see monkey do” so if the parent eats plenty of processed foods, food stuffs made of high fat, soybean products, high-fat dairy products, etc., the child is definitely going to acquire a taste for them. This is why, if you are thinking of raising healthy kids, you need to take a bit of trouble about their diet. You may want to encourage them to snack between meals on fruit and nuts. You will also like them to crunch on raw vegetables, when they are feeling peckish.

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Reducing High Cholesterol

As the name itself suggests, a “low cholesterol diet” will concentrate on limiting, or eliminating foods that are have a high cholesterol content and replacing them with food that has either lower, or no, cholesterol.
It is well known that there are certain foods that naturally have much higher cholesterol content than most others and it is a relatively simple matter to limit how big a part they play in your diet, or even avoid them altogether.
The “Big 6” foods that are naturally high in cholesterol and should be limited if you are working on reducing your cholesterol are: Meats from organs (brains, liver, etc.)
Egg Yolks (but egg whites are fine)
Dairy products
Whole milk (use 2%, or low fat)
Red meat
While it is true that avoiding these foods will reduce cholesterol intake, it really isn’t a very good idea to completely eliminate any of the foods listed above. Besides having high levels of cholesterol, these foods also contain vital proteins, minerals, and vitamins our bodies absolutely require to maintain proper basic functioning.
Plus the body does require some cholesterol as well. It is a fundamental building block of the cell membranes and is also a vital source of energy. So, before beginning a diet primarily made up of cholesterol lowering foods you will need to plan on how to replace not only the lost nutrients but also make up for the lost energy source as well.

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Dangers Of Childhood Obesity

A large number of responsible parents are slowly waking up to the fact that the dangers of childhood obesity are a clear and present danger and they are looking for ways how to prevent it. Childhood obesity is an epidemic which has gained momentum during the past couple of decades. Children are getting to be more overweight and thus they are suffering from weight related diseases like diabetes, hypertension, kidney failure, heart problems, high cholesterol, and even high blood pressure.
This danger is coming to light because recent statistics show that one out of every four child is suffering from obesity. You are going to be surprised to know that childhood obesity is caused because of bad eating habits and undisciplined children eating junk food without any restrictions from parents or other responsible adults. Apart from that, the sedentary lifestyle being followed by a large number of children who are not encouraged to exercise but are allowed to sit for hours and hours in front of a TV or a computer is responsible for childhood obesity.

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Improve Your Digestion

With convenient take-away foods, highly processed and refined low fiber meals, sugar and preservatives laded snacks, it is a no wonder we find digestion problems to be a common occurrence in today’s society. According to the Harvard School of Public health, the average person takes about 12-18 grams dietary fiber a day when the recommended daily intake is 20-35 grams a day. Hence, due to our low fiber intake, there are many people that experience symptoms of problematic digestion such as diarrhea, high occurrence of flatulence, bloating, constipation and indigestion. While many of us think that these problems are not serious, it is a fact that many health experts believe that serious diseases start in the colon. The general consensus in the health industry is that toxic buildup in the intestines can lead to diseases such as obesity, colds and flus, colon cancer, cardiac problems, fatigue, skin problems, joint paint, etc. Hence the saying… “You are what you eat”!
Thus, it is important as part of a healthy lifestyle to keep your digestive system in optimum condition. Here are some very simple tips to get you going and ensure that you’re on your way to having a healthy digestive system.

Creating A Healthy Digestive System

1. Chew your food properly

Most people don’t realize that if you chow down your food, your digestive system is unable to process larger chunks of foods as well as compared to smaller chunks of food. Saliva in your mouth also helps the digestive process by breaking down carbohydrates as it contains digestive enzymes which start carbohydrate digestion.  Learn to take your time to enjoy your food and chew each bite thoroughly.

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Implications Of High And Low Blood Pressure

There is a very high degree of complexity in the way the fluid systems within our bodies function. This holds true, as well, for the circulatory system. Because the circulatory system is complex, there are many different blood pressure causes which are possible. Our heart rate and the thickness of our blood are just two of the many different factors which can affect the pressure of blood circulating within our body. There are many influences outside of our bodies which affect our blood pressure. Some examples of these factors are exercise, diet, drug or alcohol use, pre-existing disease and many others. In fact, there are many more outside influences which affect blood pressure as compared to the influences within our body.
First of all, let’s look at the most important element which is responsible for high or low blood pressure causes. The heart rate, or more specifically, the number of times our heart beats per minute is one of the biggest features related to our blood pressure. For the average healthy adult, a heart rate somewhere in the range of between 60 to 75 beats per minute would be considered normal. As our heart rate increases, so too does our pressure. Now another important element which has an influence on our pressure is the total volume of blood within our body. When the volume of blood increases, the volume of blood returning to the heart via our circulatory system also increases. This in turn, drives up our pressure. There is also a very direct relationship between our blood volume and our salt intake. As we increase salt intake, our blood volume and therefore blood pressure will rise due to a biochemical reaction known as osmosis.

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