Lack of sleep and high levels of stress can increase the cortisol hormone, when this is
persistent over a long period is greatly lowers the immune system. Tobacco also affects the basic immune defenses and increases the risk of bronchitis and pneumonia and ear infections in children. Alcohol in high consumption restricts the immune system and increases exposure to lung infections. Similarly if you don’t eat enough healthy food such as fruit and vegetables with the right nutrients your immune system lacks in antibodies that it needs to protect against infection. This is why a lot of older people that don’t have enough nutrients often develop Streptococcus pneumonia. Studies show that respiratory and gastro infection may occur less with regular intake of probiotics.
These 5 simple steps can greatly improve yourdefences and increase your changes on fighting infection this winter:
- Take probiotics regularly
- Avoid tobacco smoke and cut down on alcohol consumption
- Get sunrays in the summer and some abroad in the winter where possible to build good levels of vitamin D, which greatly reduces your risk of flu.
- Quality D3 supplementation would also be advisable, extra Zinc and Vit.C as both are excellent
A fracture means that one or more of your bones have been broken due to an impact with more force or pressure than your bones can support.
Fractures can be open or closed. Open fractures occur when the ends of a broken bone break the skin and are exposed. Closed fractures are also known as simple fractures, and happen when the bone does not break the skin.
Fractures can also be classified by the way the bone breaks:
- Greenstick fracture: an incomplete fracture in which the bone only breaks on one side, while the other side is merely bent.
- Torus fracture: an incomplete fracture where the bone is broken on one side and this causes a bump on the other side.
- Non-displaced fracture: when a bone breaks into even pieces that can be aligned in place afterwards.
- Displaced fracture: when a bone breaks into pieces that cannot be aligned.
- Hairline fracture: as the name suggests, this fracture occurs when the bone is broken in a thin crack.
- Single fracture: when the bone only breaks in one place.
- Compression fracture: when the bone is crushed.
- Comminuted fracture: when the bone is crushed or broken in three or more pieces.
- Segmental fracture: when the bone breaks in two places, leaving a piece of
The heel is the largest bone in your foot, and heel problems can be extremely uncomfortable. In fact, millions of people experience problems with foot and heel pain related to conditions such as: sprains or strains, tendonitis, arthritis, bursitis, which is inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs that cushion the bones and joints, or plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot.
Here are seven simple but effective ways to soothe heel pain.
-Rest. First and foremost, it’s important to stay off your feet as much as possible for a few days to give them time to recover. You could make the injury worse if you don’t give your body a chance to heal itself. A combination of rest and a few of the other solutions below, like OTC pain relievers and ice, will resolve most acute injuries without a trip to the doctor. But use common sense; if symptoms persist or drastically worsen, give the doctor a call.
-Take over-the-counter pain relievers. Try ibuprofen or acetaminophen, which will reduce swelling and inflammation to help your feet feel better.
-Ice it up. Ice will also help reduce swelling and inflammation. If you don’t have
Not-so-healthy health products
You buy these products with the best intentions: antibacterial soap to kill germs, toothpaste to prevent cavities, a humidifier to relieve sinus congestion. But everyday items like these can trigger your allergies, leave you with a skin infection, or cause other problems if used incorrectly. The good news: the fixes are resoundingly simple, super quick, and keep you safe.
It might make your shower nice and sudsy, but you wouldn’t believe what’s hiding in the nooks and crannies of your loofah. “These act as a perfect environment for growth of bacteria, fungi, and mold,” says Jessica Weiser, MD, of the New York Dermatology Group. Any small open wounds (even microscopic ones from shaving or dry skin) are at risk for infections, from impetigo to folliculitis, she says.
Stay safe: Loofah lovers, don’t worry—you can still use one. Choose one made with natural fibers—they have enzymes to control bacteria, mold, and mildew growth—and replace it every month. Rinse thoroughly and wring out all the water after each use, and store the loofah in a cool, dry environment.
Hooking up a humidifier can bring you much-needed relief from cold-weather ailments like stuffy nose and dry skin. The downside: if not
Most people with allergies have to take medication throughout their life: Their body “thinks” that proteins from the environment are so “strange” that they elicit an immune reaction. Until present, it was not possible to develop an efficient therapy so that the body “learns” to stop in an overreacting way.
Scientists from the Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF) in Davos, from the University of Tokyo, the RIKEN Research Institute in Yokohoma, and from Stanford University recently discovered a mechanism that could be the basis for a new way to handle allergies.
Mast cells play a key role in the disease process in allergies: As a reaction towards an allergen — for example pollen or dust mites — they release big amounts of substances that initiate an inflammatory process. Study leader Hideaki Morita and his team discovered that mast cells are not only “bad guys,” but also have a “good side”: They release the substance interleukin-2 that induces the production of certain immune cells called T-regulatory (Treg) cells. Treg cells can suppress the allergic inflammatory process in the airways induced by interleukin-10.
It is already known for some time that Treg cells can subdue an excessive immune response
There are different technologies of air disinfection but ozone treatment tends to stand out from the rest probably because of how effective the method is in dealing with all sorts of odors in any given area. Ozone is naturally a colorless gas with a pungent odor and generated when atmospheric oxygen rises to stratosphere and gets exposed to ultraviolet rays of the sun. The natural creation of ozone is what gives spring rain that clean and fresh smell experienced after a storm.
When dealing with home odors, this same technique is used by the ozone generators used by odor removal professionals to offer you clean air same as that generated by nature. The equipment mimics the natural process of oxygen conversion into ozone. Considering that ozone is a highly effective sterilizer it inactivates any organic contaminant it comes into contact with. This highly reactive gas reverts back to stable form through the release of atoms that turn into oxygen in a continued cycle. As the oxygen atoms break free, organic matter, they touch is oxidized, thus organic contaminants are killed at the cellular level. The gas works by disrupting the cellular structure through the cell wall rupturing in a process that
What is depression exactly, and how do you get over it? Studies show that depression rates are on the rise in industrialized nations, and their number continues to climb. In fact, just about all of us will experience bouts of depression at some point in our lives. The trouble happens when we start to experience longer lasting and more persistent bouts of all those yucky feelings… It is important not to confuse depression with grief or sadness that is appropriate to a situation of bereavement or loss, as this is a healthy and normal state that is temporary. But when your feelings of overwhelming sadness, despair and lack of interest in normally enjoyable activities begins to take over your life, is when it may be a good time to think about being evaluated by a mental health professional.
I want to be clear that even though I espouse natural remedies, I am not on a crusade against anti-depressant medications. There are plenty of individuals that have had their lives turned around by the help of antidepressants. However, they are not without their risks, and I do want to point out some additional methods of treatment that can benefit sufferers alongside medications,
Satisfying food cures
These tasty eats will boost your mood, up your love life, and help you burn fat without trying.
Feel-Good Salmon Sandwich
Pan-seared salmon with walnut-and-spinach pesto on whole-grain roll with radicchio.
Salmon is a great source of mood-boosting omega-3 DHA fatty acids, and spinach is packed with magnesium, which has a relaxing effect and helps lower blood pressure. Get your fill of walnuts—they are a natural source of melatonin, which can help you get a better night’s sleep.
The Benefit: makes you happy and calm all for just 420 calories and 35g of heart-healthy fats.
Mediterranean Detox Salad
Watercress, artichokes, celery, red onion, and feta tossed with cucumber vinaigrette.
Loaded with bloat-fighting water, cukes also have vitamin C and caffeic acid, which combats swelling. Watercress and artichokes both have diuretic properties to help you beat the bloat, and artichokes are also a natural source of the soluble fiber inulin. The sodium and potassium in celery help bring your fluids back into balance.
The Benefit: flushes toxins and beats the bloat for a mere 170 calories and 11g of fat.
Skirt steak stir-fried with bell peppers, asparagus, ginger, soy sauce, lime juice, and brown rice, and topped with cashews.
Asparagus serves up a hit