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Top 10 Home Remedies for a Toothache

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Top 10 Home Remedies for a Toothache

Toothaches can be extremely painful, and at times so painful you literally feel as if your dying. I’ve dealt with toothaches and they are not fun at all. Some of the main causes of toothaches are cavities, an infection, an exposed tooth root, a cracked tooth, gum disease, a loose filling, or jaw joint disorder. Most people don’t have insurance to get medication to help relief toothache pain or their insurance only covers so much. So they look for home remedies to help or over the counter medicine. We’ve all tried a few of these home remedies and they all can help with the discomfort. There is one thing I suggest that’s not on the list, Motrin, you can get over the counter Motrin, it helps with inflammation. Which is also one of the main causes of toothache. When your gums are swollen around the affected area it puts pressure on the nerve which can be painful. You can also try Anbesol with the Motrin. You’ll be surprised just how much it can help, trust me. I know it’s nothing compared to pain meds or antibiotics but it’ll help as well as these wonderful Top 10 Home Remedies for a Toothache! It’s important to try to go to a dentist, because the infection can be very harmful to your Heart.      

top 10 home remedies for a toothache

1. Asafetida

Dental problems such as toothaches and bleeding gums can be treated at home with the use of asafetida.

  • Simply add a pinch of powdered asafetida to lemon juice and then warm it slightly. Use a cotton pad to apply the solution on the affected area. This will give you quick relief from the pain.
  • Alternatively, asafetida fried in clarified butter can be put in the tooth cavity for instant relief.

top 10 home remedies for a toothache

2. Wheatgrass Juice

Wheatgrass has natural antibacterial properties that will relieve the pain and also help fight tooth decay. Extract the juice of wheatgrass and use it as a mouthwash. It will absorb toxins from the gums, reduce the growth of bacteria and keep the infection under control. If you wish, you can simply chew on wheatgrass.

top 10 home remedies for a toothache

3. Onion

Onions have antiseptic and antimicrobial properties that can control a toothache. It can provide relief from pain by killing the germs causing an infection.

  • At the first sign of a toothache, chew raw onion for a few minutes to relieve pain.
  • If you are not able to chew it, place a piece of raw onion directly on the bad tooth or gum.

top 10 home remedies for a toothache

4. Cloves

No home remedy is better for toothaches than cloves. Cloves have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant and anesthetic properties that help alleviate tooth pain and fight infection.

  • Grind two cloves, and mix it in a little olive oil or any vegetable oil. Now apply this solution on the affected tooth.
  • Dab a cotton ball in clove oil and rub it directly on the sore tooth. Alternatively, you can mix a few drops of clove oil in half a glass of water and use it as a mouth rinse.

top 10 home remedies for a toothache

5. Warm Salt Water

A simple glass of warm salt water can help treat a toothache. Mix half a spoon of common salt in a glass of very warm water and use it to rinse your mouth thoroughly. When the solution comes in contact with the affected tooth, it will extract fluid from the tissue and reduce swelling on the nerves. This mouthwash will also fight bacteria that cause infection.

top 10 home remedies for a toothache

6. Garlic

Use of garlic can also give immense relief from toothache. Garlic has antibiotic and other medicinal properties that can be very effective in slowing down bacterial effects.

  1. Mix a crushed garlic clove (or garlic powder) with some table salt or black salt and apply it directly on the affected tooth to alleviate the pain. If you prefer, you can chew one or two cloves of garlic to get relief.
  2. Repeat this natural treatment for a few days.

top 10 home remedies for a toothache

7. Pepper and Salt

Salt mixed with pepper can be of great use when a tooth becomes extremely sensitive.

  1. Mix equal amounts of pepper and common salt with a few drops of water to form a paste.
  2. Apply the paste directly on the affected tooth and allow it to sit for a few minutes.
  3. Do this daily for several days.

top 10 home remedies for a toothache

8. Guava Leaves

Fresh guava leaves can also alleviate toothache.

  • Simply chew one or two tender guava leaves until the juice starts working on the affected tooth.
  • Another remedy is to put four to five guava leaves in water and boil it. Allow the solution to cool to a warm temperature and add some salt. Use the solution as a mouthwash.

If you don’t have guava leaves, you can use raw spinach leaves instead.

top 10 home remedies for a toothache

9.  Ice Cube

Ice can help alleviate tooth pain by numbing the nerves and gums.

  • Put a small ice cube in a plastic bag and then wrap it in a thin cotton cloth. Hold it on your cheek near the aching tooth for a few minutes. You can also place ice directly on the tooth, but do so carefully. If you have exposed nerves, contact with the cold can cause more pain.
  • An acupressure technique that can ease tooth pain is to rub an ice cube between your index finger and thumb for a few minutes.

top 10 home remedies for a toothache

10. Bayberry

Bayberry is also a good ingredient for pain relief and to strengthen your gums.

  1. Make a paste of bayberry bark and mix it with vinegar.
  2. Apply the paste on the affected tooth for relief from the pain.

top 10 home remedies for a toothache

Viewer’s Recommendation – Paula’s Tip for a Toothache – Green Tea

She uses Green Tea to rinse her mouth, to help relieve minor toothaches. Green Tea has antibacterial properties that helps provide toothache pain relief. Brew yourself a strong batch to get as much nutrients out of it as possible, and swish it in your mouth. The pain will temporarily subside but you’ll still want to visit the dentist to treat your tooth.

Home Remedies for High Blood Pressure

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Home Remedies for High Blood Pressure!

Take Charge and Control your Blood Pressure!

American Heart Association (AHA), research shows that high blood pressure (hypertension) affects more than 76 million American adults. High blood pressure is known as a “silent killer” since many people don’t have any visible symptoms and are subsequently unaware that they are affected by the condition. Blood pressure is the force or pressure in which blood pumps from the heart into the arteries. When blood pressure is high, the increased force of blood flow puts a strain on the arterial walls, causing them to become scarred and damaged. When blood pressure is left untreated, it can lead to many serious health complications, such as stroke, heart attack, kidney damage, and even vision loss. Regular visits to your healthcare provider can help you monitor and control your blood pressure. According to the AHA, a healthy blood pressure reading is less than 120/80 mmHg. A reading of 140/90 mmHg or above is considered high. If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, your doctor should work with you on how to lower it. This may include medication, lifestyle changes, or a combination of therapies. Taking these following steps can help bring your numbers down.

Get More Exercise!

Exercising 30 to 60 minutes a day can help bring down your blood pressure numbers by 4 to 9 mmHg. If you’ve been inactive for a while, talk to your doctor about a safe exercise routine. Be sure to start out slowly by walking or riding a bicycle. Gradually add moderate intensity activities to your routine. If your not a fan of the gym, take your workout outside. Go for a hike, jog, or swim and still reap the benefits. The important thing is to get moving and be active! The AHA also recommends incorporating at least two days of muscle strength training a week.

Slow Down on the Salts!

If you’ve got high blood pressure it’s vital to keep your sodium intake to a minimum. The AHA recommends limiting your sodium intake to less than 1,500 mg of sodium a day. That’s a little over half a teaspoon. One teaspoon of table salt has 2,400 mg of sodium! Table salt isn’t the only culprit when it comes to high sodium; processed food and many restaurant dishes tend to be loaded down with sodium. Consuming too much sodium can cause the body to retain fluid, resulting in a sharp rise in your blood pressure.

If you Smoke, Please try to Quit!

Research shows that smoking a cigarette can temporarily raise blood pressure 10 mmHg or more for up to an hour after you smoke. If you’re a heavy smoker, your blood pressure can stay elevated for extended periods of time. People with high blood pressure who smoke are at greater risk for developing dangerously high blood pressure. Even secondhand smoke can put you at increased risk for high blood pressure and heart disease.

Eat your Fruits and Vegetables!

Following the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) can lower your blood pressure by as much as 14 mmHg. The DASH diet consists of eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, low-fat dairy, lean meats, and fish. Eliminate foods high in saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol, such as processed foods, whole milk dairy products, fatty meats, and fried food.

Control your Weight!

Weight and blood pressure go hand in hand. Losing just five pounds can help lower your blood pressure. It’s not just the number on your scale that matters, but the number of your waist size. The extra fat around your waist, called visceral fat, is troublesome because the fat tends to surround organs in the abdomen, which can lead to health issues including high blood pressure. Men should keep their waist measurement to less than 40 inches, while women should aim for less than 35 inches.

Limit your Alcohol intake!

Having a glass of red wine with your dinner is perfectly fine and may even offer heart health benefits when done in moderation. Drinking alcohol in excess can lead to many adverse health issues, including high blood pressure. What does drinking in moderation mean? The AHA recommends limiting alcoholic drinks to two per day for men and one per day for women.

Take a Breather and Relax!

In this hurried, multitasking society we live in, it’s hard to slow down and relax. It’s important to step away from your daily stress and take a few deep breaths, meditate, or practice yoga. Stress can temporarily raise your blood pressure, and too much of it can keep your pressure up for extended periods of time. Try to identify what’s triggering your stress, such as your job, relationships, or your finances, and find ways to fix the problems.

Home Remedies for an Earache

Home Remedies for an Earache

Summer is coming to an end and Fall is approaching fast, the season for nice chilly weather and the beautiful changing colors of the leaves. It’s definitely one of my favorite seasons. Like Winter, it comes with the coughs and sniffles which can often lead to ear pain and ear infections. Earaches can result from a variety of causes such as loud sounds, an ear infection, wax in the ear, blockage in the nasal passage, physical damage to the inside of the ear, an increase in air pressure and even fluid buildup and of course the common cold. Earaches occur more commonly among small children than adults. Thankfully, most ear infections get better without treatment and can be taken car of easily at home with natural home remedies. Earaches can be pretty painful and uncomfortable, so I’ve put together a list of some of the best home remedies for earaches, to help soothe aching ears.

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1. Olive Oil

Olive oil can provide fast relief from an earache. It serves as a lubricant and helps get rid of an infection in the ear. Olive oil can also help stop the buzzing sensations inside the ears.

  • Put 3-4 drops of lukewarm olive oil as ear drops into the ear canal.
  • Alternatively, you can dip a cotton bud in the oil and put it firmly into the ear.

home remedies for a earache

2. Heat

Take a hand towel and place it into some nice hot water, if you prefer it to be hotter you can place it in the microwave for a few seconds. Use the towel during a day. At Night I prefer to take a small throw pillow or even a hot pack. But you take a throw pillow and place it either in the dryer or microwave get it nice and hot and lay your aching ear on it when you lay down to sleep. Same with a hot pack, the heat will provide some comfort that’s for sure.

home remedies for a earache

3. Ginger

Ginger has strong anti-inflammatory properties that can be really helpful in treating various types of ear infections. It’s also an excellent natural painkiller.

    • Extract juice from fresh ginger and put the juice directly into the ears to get relief from pain and reduce inflammation.
    • You can also mix one tablespoon of fresh ginger root with one-fourth cup of warm sesame oil. Allow it to cool a bit and then apply the mixture externally around your infected ear.

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4. Licorice

Licorice is a great herb that can bring quick relief for your earache.

  1. Warm some licorice slightly in clarified butter to make a thick paste.
  2. Apply the mixture externally around the ear until you notice that your earache is improving.

home remedies for a earache

5. Garlic

Garlic is very effective for relieving earaches and can be used in a number of ways. Garlic oil (which is simply garlic infused into olive oil) can be warmed and used in the ear as ear drops. The garlic oil can also be rubbed around the ear itself and used along the side of the neck for the lymphatic drainage massage.

Garlic contains powerful aromatic compounds that have an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory action. Garlic is actually quicker and more powerful at fighting ear infections than pharmaceutical antibiotics. The antiseptic compounds will be absorbed through the skin and the eardrum into the inner ear and surrounding tissues, fighting infection and reducing inflammation at the same time.

home remedies for a earache

6. Onions

One of the remedies I’ve found that usually relieves earache pain very rapidly is onions. As with the garlic, there are a number of ways the onion can be used. Start by steaming or baking an onion with the skin on until it is soft. Keeping the skin on helps to hold the onion juices inside. Crush some of the cooked onion in a bowl to press out some of the juice of the onion. (If necessary, add a small amount of water to extract some of the juice.) Using an eye or ear dropper, place some of the warm juice in the ear. Usually, this relieves the pain in a matter of minutes.

An alternative method is to cut the cooked onion in half and place the cut surface against the outside of the ear and hold it there for 5-20 minutes. This has also proven highly effective in easing the pain. Make certain the onion has cooled enough that it’s warm, but not hot enough to burn the skin.

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7. Cinnamon Oil

If you don’t have onions or garlic handy, then you probably have some cinnamon in your spice cabinet. Sprinkle a little cinnamon into some olive oil (or another vegetable oil if you don’t have any olive oil, but olive oil is best). Heat the oil over the stove at a low temperature. Simply put the olive oil and cinnamon in a tablespoon, hold it with a hot pad and heat the spoon over the stove. When the oil is hot, remove it from the stove and let it cool to body temperature. Strain it through a fine cloth and use the oil as ear drops

home remedies for a earache

8. Essential Oil Ear Ache Rub

Lavender, cajuput, tea tree and thyme are all very effective for earaches. Use 1 drop of essential oils. Essential oils can also be diluted in olive oil for a similar effect. Like the garlic and onions, these mixtures will fight infection and reduce inflammation. While this isn’t a remedy you’re likely to have lying around the house, it’s a remedy I recommend for your herbal home medicine chest.

home remedies for a earache

9. Hydrogen peroxide

All you do is pour some hydrogen peroxide in your ear! It’ll work instantly!!

home remedies for a earache

10. Hot Herbal Tea

While you’re applying warmth from the outside, you can also apply warmth from the inside.  Echinacea, German chamomile, and holy basil are herbs that promote healing and relaxation.

Never use eardrops or oils inside the ear if a child has ear tubes or there is a chance of eardrum perforation. Please see your healthcare practitioner if pain is extreme or persists for several days. Earaches can be extremely painful, especially for the little ones. The best thing to do is take them to their healthcare provider. At home, make it relaxing for them, sounds of the night or calming waters playing on their little night light stand. When I was a child, I remember going on a camping trip with my family. When I came home, I had a horrible earache, probably the worse one I’ve ever had. I took antibiotics and Tylenol. Then one day, it just seemed to bother me even more. So my big brothers girlfriend, laid me down on her lap and would rub my ear and it was so soothing.

Then she took a baby Bulb Syringe, it’s used to clean their little noses. She took the syringe and sucked out all the build up and infection in my ear. As I was lying their, to be honest it felt so much better. But to our surprise she sucked out a cock roach. Yes, you heard that right. So always make certain your babies doctor checks the ear carefully and please feel free to use the syringe if your child seems to not get better. After that day I felt so much better. Since then I haven’t had an earache that bad. Thankfully!! I hope these home remedies help you and your little one. Please fell free to leave your own home remedies and questions. We have other home remedies for you to browse through as well. Thank you and come back! 

Home Remedies for Kidney Stones

Home Remedies for Kidney Stones

home remedies for kidney stonesKidney stones (renal lithiasis) are small “pebbles” of acid salt and minerals that form in the kidneys. The most common symptom is severe pain. Most stones pass on their own but medical procedures may be used to remove some kidney stones. Kidney stones have many causes and can affect any part of your urinary tract — from your kidneys to your bladder. Often, stones form when the urine becomes concentrated, allowing minerals to crystallize and stick together. Passing kidney stones can be extremely painful, the stones usually don’t cause any permanent damage. Depending on your situation, you may need nothing more than to take pain medication and drink lots of water to pass a kidney stone. In other instances, surgery may be needed. Your doctor may recommend preventive treatment to reduce your risk of recurrent kidney stones if you’re at increased risk of developing them again. A variety of minerals and chemicals are excreted in the urine and sometimes these combine to form the beginning of a stone. Over time, this can grow from an invisible speck of sand into a stone that can be an inch in diameter or larger.

There are different terms for kidney stones depending upon where they are located within the urinary tract:home remedies for kidney stones

  • Urolith: A stone anywhere within the urinary tract                               
  • Ureterolith: A stone within the ureter
  • Calculus: A stone within the body
  • Nephrolith: A stone within the kidney

Anyone can get a kidney stone, but some people are more likely to get one. Men are affected more often than women and kidney stones are more common in non-Hispanic white people than in non-Hispanic black people and Mexican Americans. Overweight and obese people are more likely to get a kidney stone than people of normal weight. In the United States, 8.8 percent of the population or one in 11 people, have had a kidney stone.

Kidney stones can form when substances in the urine—such as calcium, oxalate, and phosphorus—become highly concentrated. Certain foods may promote stone formation in people who are susceptible, but scientists do not believe that eating any specific food causes stones to form in people who are not susceptible. People who do not drink enough fluids may also be at higher risk, as their urine is more concentrated.

Causes of Kidney Stones

People who are at increased risk of kidney stones are those with

  • a family history of kidney stones
  • cystic kidney diseases, which are disorders that cause fluid-filled sacs to form on the kidneys
  • hyperparathyroidism, a condition in which the parathyroid glands, which are four pea-sized glands located in the neck, release too much hormone, causing extra calcium in the blood
  • cystinuria, a condition in which urine contains high levels of the amino acid cystine
  • renal tubular acidosis, a disease that occurs when the kidneys fail to excrete acids into the urine, which causes a person’s blood to remain too acidic
  • hypercalciuria, a condition that runs in families in which urine contains unusually large amounts of calcium; this is the most common condition found in those who form calcium stones
  • hyperoxaluria, a condition in which urine contains unusually large amounts of oxalate
  • hyperuricosuria, a disorder of uric acid metabolism
  • chronic inflammation of the bowel
  • a history of gastrointestinal (GI) tract surgery
  • blockage of the urinary tract
  • gout, a disorder that causes painful swelling of the joints

Other increased risk factors of kidney stones are people taking certain medications including

  • calcium-based antacids
  • diuretics—medications that help the kidneys remove fluid from the body
  • the anti-seizure medication topiramate (Topamax)
  • the protease inhibitor indinavir (Crixivan), a medication used to treat HIV infection

There is a genetic component as well, and stone formers run in families, especially when it comes to difficulties metabolizing chemicals like cysteine, oxalate, and uric acid.

Common Symptoms of Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are one of the most common disorders of the urinary tract. Each year in the United States, people makehome remedies for kidney stones more than a million visits to health care providers and more than 300,000 people go to emergency rooms for kidney stone problems. When kidney stones move through the urinary tract, they may cause

  • Severe pain in the side and back, belly or groin
  • Pain that comes in waves and fluctuates in intensity
  • Frequent or painful urination
  • Blood in the urine
  • Cloudy or foul-smelling urine
  • Nausea and vomiting and at times dizziness, to where you may feel like your going to pass out.

Pain caused by a kidney stone may change, shifting to a different location or increasing in intensity as the stone moves through your urinary tract. Some small stones may pass without causing any symptoms.

Seek immediate medical attention if you experience:

  • Pain so severe that you can’t sit still or find a comfortable position
  • Pain accompanied by fever and chills
  • Pain accompanied by nausea and vomiting
  • Blood in your urine
  • Difficulty passing urine

How to prevent Kidney Stones

Preventative measures depend on the type of stones. In those with calcium stones, drinking lots of fluids, thiazide diuretics and citrate are effective as is allopurinal in those with high uric acid levels in the blood or urine.

Current dietary recommendations to minimize the formation of kidney stones include.

  • Increasing total fluid intake, with the objective of increasing urine output to more than two liters per day
  • Increasing intake of citrate-rich drinks such as lemonade and orange juice
  • Attempt to maintain a calcium intake of 1,000–1,200 mg (1.0–1.2 g) per day
  • Limiting sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg (2.3 g) per day
  • Limiting vitamin C intake to less than 1,000 mg (1.0 g) per day
  • Limiting animal protein intake to no more than two meals daily, with less than 170–230 g (6.0–8.1 oz) per day. (An association between animal protein consumption and recurrence of kidney stones has been shown in men.
  • Limiting consumption of soft drinks which contain phosphoric acid to flavor the soft drink, to less than one liter of soft drink per week.

Maintenance of dilute urine by means of vigorous fluid therapy is beneficial in all forms of nephrolithiasis, so increasing urine volume is a key principle for the prevention of kidney stones. Fluid intake should be sufficient to maintain a urine output of at least 2 litres (68 US fl oz) per day. A high fluid intake has been associated with a 40% reduction in recurrence risk.

The kidneys are one of the most important organs in the human body. They help detox and filter impurities from the blood, as well as waste products from your urine. Kidney stones form when the kidneys are not able to process toxins efficiently. Specifically, a crystallization of unprocessed minerals builds up. Kidney stones cause horrible pain and possible blockage of urine flow. In addition to conventional medications, a majority of cases can be treated with the help of natural ingredients as well. Many of them also will help prevent stones from developing in the future.

Moreover, make sure to drink plenty of water. If you drink eight to 10 glasses of water along with other kinds of fluids daily, the color of your urine will become clear, which is a good sign. Here are the top 10 home remedies for kidney stones. Also, be sure to consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Home Remedies for Kidney Stones

home remedies for kidney stones

1. Pomegranate

Pomegranates are so delicious and healthy, and also one of the best ways to help treat kidney stones. Both the seeds and juice of pomegranates have astringent properties that can help in the treatment of kidney stones.

  • Try to eat one whole pomegranate or drink one glass of freshly squeezed pomegranate juice daily. You can mix pomegranate in a fruit salad also.
  • Another option is to grind one tablespoon of pomegranate seeds into a fine paste. Eat this paste along with a cup of horse gram soup once daily. This remedy will help dissolve the stones. You can find horse gram in Indian markets.

home remedies for kidney stones

2. Dandelion Root

Organic dandelion root is a great kidney tonic and cleanser. Taking up to 500 mg twice a day may be beneficial.

home remedies for kidney stones

3. Lemon Juice, Raw Apple Cider Vinegar and Olive Oil

This is one of the natural home remedies that is not only easily available in your home, but quite efficient when it comes to curing kidney stones naturally. Symptoms such as abdominal pain can be managed by blending olive oil with lemon juice extract. After drinking the mixture, ensure that you have drunk at least 12 ounces of water. Wait for at least 30 minutes before blending 0.5 ounces of lemon juice in 12 ounces of water. Add one tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar before drinking. Repeat this cycle every one hour until the pain has subsided.

home remedies for kidney stones

4. Magnesium

Studies show that people with recurrent kidney stones who have taken magnesium supplements had a 92.3 percent improvement rate in reduction of kidney stones. 300 mg of magnesium orotate is recommended daily for prevention and reduction of stones.

home remedies for kidney stones

5. Watermelon

Who doesn’t love watermelon! It’s definitely one of my favorite fruits! Watermelon is a great and tasty way to treat kidney stones composed of calcium and magnesium phosphates and carbonates. The potassium present in watermelon is an essential ingredient for healthy kidneys. It helps regulate and maintain the acid level in urine. Along with potassium, watermelon also contains a high concentration of water, which helps in flushing out stones from the kidneys. Eating watermelon regularly can help greatly in the treatment as well as prevention of kidney stones. You can have watermelon seed tea as well.

home remedies for kidney stones

6. Change your Diet and drink plenty of Water

Unhealthy food intake is a primary cause of kidney stones. Cut down on the amount of soda and energy drinks you consume. Avoid processed foods and alcoholic beverages. Add more fruits and veggies to your diet and drink plenty of water.

home remedies for kidney stones

7. Basil

A kidney tonifier, basil tea can be taken throughout the day for overall kidney health. If you have kidney stones, try taking one teaspoon each of basil juice with raw honey daily for up to six months. Doctors and scientists have been able to prove that taking basil tea can greatly enhance the general well-being of your kidneys and it can also help induce stone expulsion from the urinary tract.

home remedies for kidney stones

8. Nettle Leaf

The nettle leaf helps maintain the flow of water through the kidneys and bladder and also promoting smooth urination. At the same time, nettle leaf helps keep crystals from forming into stones and keeps bacteria away. Nettle tea will also enhance the benefits of water by acting as a natural diuretic.

  1. Add two teaspoons of dried nettle leaf to a cup of hot water.
  2. Let it steep for 10 minutes and then strain it.
  3. Drink two to three cups of nettle tea daily for several weeks.

home remedies for kidney stones

9.  Uva Ursi

On top of enabling to combat infections that are triggered with the onset of kidney stones. Uva Ursi functions in assisting in pain reduction and cleansing of the urinary tract. Uva Ursi is also a common folk remedy for kidney stones. 500mg three times a day is recommended for kidney stones.

home remedies for kidney stones

10. Celery

A glass of raw celery juice can help relieve pain from kidney stones due to its anti-spasmodic properties. Celery juice helps clear out toxins that contribute to the formation of kidney stones. Raw celery juice is also a diuretic, which means it increases the volume of urine and helps flush out the stones.

  • Drink a glass of celery juice daily in order to prevent more stones from forming.
  • You can also use celery seed to treat kidney stones. Drinking herbal tea made with celery seeds can help treat kidney stones resulting from uric acid accumulation.

home remedies for kidney stones

11. Kidney Beans

Being high in fiber, kidney beans can be effective in the treatment of any kind of kidney or bladder problem, including kidney stones. The shape of this bean may be indicative of its healing potential. An effective urinary home remedy for kidney stones, traditionally the pods were used as a medicinal tonic. Try removing the beans from inside the pods, and then boil the pods in purified hot water for six hours. This liquid can be strained through cheese cloth, cooled and taken throughout the day for one day to ease kidney stone pain.

home remedies for kidney stones

12. Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass juice is highly effective in treating kidney stones and other kidney diseases naturally. You can also have a glass of wheatgrass juice mixed with one teaspoon each of lemon juice and juice extracted from basil leaves.

Take it two to three times a day. Wheatgrass juice is a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron, amino acids, chlorophyll, and B vitamins.

TIP: If you have a kidney stone that is stuck, sit on the floor and move as though you’re rowing a boat. This has worked for me and I always recommend it to everyone. It’s a miracle worker! Always make sure if you ever experiencing pain so bad that you feel as if your going to pass out, get to the ER as soon as possible. Especially if none of these wonderful and effective home remedies for kidney stones do not help. 

Home Remedies for a Sinus Infection

 

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Home Remedies for a Sinus Infection

True misery is the pain and swelling caused by sinus inflammation. The bones around the nose, the eyes and the cheeks are lined with membranes that produce mucus, which function to warm and moisten inhaled air, plus to filter out any germs. When congested and unable to drain properly, the mucus continues to accumulate, stagnate and become infected. There are a number of causes for chronic and even acute sinus infections.

Causes for Chronic and Acute Sinus Infections

  • Excessive dairy consumption (cheese, milk, ice cream, yogurt)
  • Environmental allergies
  • Tobacco and pollution irritation
  • Food allergies
  • Dental infection
  • Fungal infection in the sinus cavity
  • Systemic Candida albicans (overgrowth of yeast)
  • Colds and flu symptoms

The Symptoms of Chronic Sinusitis

  • Facial congestion/fullness
  • A nasal obstruction/blockage
  • Pus in the nasal cavity
  • Fever
  • Nasal discharge/discolored postnasal drainage
  • Headaches
  • Bad breath
  • Fatigue
  • Dental Pain

These Symptoms can last up to 8 weeks or more!

There are different types of sinusitis, including:

  • Acute sinusitis: A sudden onset of cold-like symptoms such as runny, stuffy nose and facial pain that does not go away after 10 to 14 days. Acute sinusitis typically lasts 4 weeks or less.
  • Sub acute sinusitis: An inflammation lasting 4 to 8 weeks.
  • Chronic sinusitis: A condition characterized by sinus inflammation symptoms lasting 8 weeks or longer.
  • Recurrent sinusitis: Several attacks within a year.

About 37 million Americans suffer from at least one episode of sinusitis each year. People who have the following conditions have a higher risk of sinusitis:

  • Nasal mucous membrane swelling as from a common cold
  • Blockage of drainage ducts
  • Structural differences that narrow the drainage ducts
  • Nasal polyps
  • Conditions that result in an increased risk of infection such as immune deficiencies or taking medications that suppress the immune system.

In children, common environmental factors that contribute to sinusitis include allergies, illness from other children at day care or school, pacifiers, bottle drinking while lying on one’s back, and smoke in the environment. In adults, the contributing factors are most frequently infections and smoking. Whether it’s acute or chronic, sinusitis is painful and wearying. It’s common too: every year, it affects 37 million people in the U.S. and costs us $5.7 billion. But despite its pervasiveness, it’s also widely misunderstood. Many people with sinusitis wind up with the wrong diagnosis or use treatments that aren’t likely to help.

Some of the Primary Symptoms of Acute Sinusitis

  • Facial pain/pressure
  • Nasal stuffiness
  • Nasal discharge
  • Loss of smell
  • Cough/congestion
  • Fever
  • Bad breath
  • Fatigue
  • Dental pain

Acute sinusitis may be diagnosed when a person has two or more symptoms and/or the presence of thick, green or even yellow nasal discharge. The symptoms of acute and chronic sinusitis are similar. The good news is that, regardless of the type of sinusitis, treatments can help. The key is to figure out what’s really causing the underlying problem. For instance, if your case of sinusitis is caused by allergies, decongestants alone will probably not help much. If you have sinusitis symptoms for more than a couple of days, check in with your doctor. With a good exam — and sometimes imaging tests, like X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs — you may be able to figure out exactly what’s causing the problem. Often, the best sinusitis treatment is a combination of different approaches — typically medication combined with self-care. Home care can help open the sinuses and alleviate their dryness. Here are some great and effective Home Remedies to help sooth or even cure your sinus infection. You choose which ones best suits you and if you have any of your own, please share with us! Thank you and hope you feel better soon.

1. Spice It Up

We are going to start off with one of the best Home Remedies for a Sinus Infection. To dissolve excess mucus spicy foods such as cayenne pepper or horseradish can be mixed with apple cider vinegar and lemon juice to create a mucus dissolving elixir. Try a few times to break up that mucus!

2. Grapefruit Seed Extract

This citrus extract is a powerful natural antibiotic and is used to inhibit microbes, parasites, bacteria, viruses and 30 types of fungi including Candida yeast. GSE helps to clear out mucus and may prevent other microbial contaminants from taking root in weakened and inflamed sinus tissues. For sinus infections you can purchase Grapefruit Seed Extract as a nasal spray and use it as an adjunct to your treatment protocol.

3. Steam Inhalation

Break up thick mucus with a few drops of Eucalyptus or Peppermint oil in hot water. With your face down over the water, drape a towel over the back of your head and inhale the steam. Do this at least two to four times per day. Taking a hot, steamy shower may also work. Mentholated preparations, such as Vicks Vapo-Rub, can also be added to the water or vaporizer to aid in opening the passageways. A Great Remedy to help break up that mucus!

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

At the first sign of infection take two or three tablespoons of raw, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar and add it to a cup of hot water or tea, doing this three times daily will help thin out excessive mucus relieving congestion an sinus pressure. Mix with lemon and honey or Stevia to taste. Apple cider vinegar is a wonderful natural ingredient with a huge array of health benefits.

5. Vitamin C to help boost your Immune System

Available as caplets, liquid, chewables (as well as some other forms), Vitamin C is perhaps the most popular over-the-counter immune booster. Studies have shown us that Vitamin C helps the body to resist immune system deficiencies and improves overall health. Vitamin C is an excellent immune booster, and can help to fend off sinus infections. Try taking up to 1000 mg of vitamin C 1-3 times daily.

6. Neti-pot

Dissolve a teaspoon of sea salt in 2 cups of warm water. Standing over a sink fill the neti pot with one cup of water and place the tip of the spout into one nostril. Tilt your head to the side and allow the water to run out through the opposite nostril. Careful not to tilt your head back and up or the water will reroute down your throat. Refill the neti pot and repeat with the other nostril.

7. Turmeric / Ginger Root

Turmeric root is a wonderful, fragrant spice commonly found in Indian and some Middle eastern dishes.  Not only does Turmeric contain the natural anti-inflammatory cur cumin, this spice is also an anti-oxidant.  When combined with spicy ginger root and brewed for hot tea, this combination can help loosen mucus from clogged nasal passages, alleviate sinus pressure, and make you feel better all around.  Ginger root also has the added bonus of calming an upset stomach – a frequent side-effect of excessive nighttime sinus drainage.

8. Get Plenty of Fluids

Drink plenty of water, no sugar added juices, clear broth, and hot tea. These fluids will help to thin out mucus and help to drain it from irritated sinuses. Avoid drinking alcohol, caffeine, and sugary beverages, as well as from smoking. All of these substances will dehydrate your system causing mucus to thicken and clog already inflamed airways. Drinking water regularly can keep a person away from any forms of nasal and sinus infection. Water can wash up mucus on the throat. It carries away any forms of bacteria and fungal build-ups. You can also avoid this infection by checking the food that he eats.

9. Add some Heat

Apply warm compresses to your face multiple times daily for 5 minutes each. Taking nice hot showers and even bathes to help you relax can be beneficial.

10. Sleep it Off

It’s always important to get plenty of rest, but be sure to always get plenty of rest when sick. Take you a nap if possible. Sleeping it off will help you recover faster and elevate your head while sleeping.

11. Oregano Oil 

While it may not be the most accessible of the home remedies for a sinus infection, oregano oil can be an effective sinus infection treatment. Not only could you simply ingest the oregano oil, but the oil can also be steamed and inhaled over a stove (with eyes closed). In addition to being a potential treatment for sinus infection, oregano oil benefits may also help to improve digestion, aid in fighting infections, and improve biological function – especially in the liver and colon.

12. Herbs

Herbs like garlic, cayenne pepper, horseradish and onion have to be included in meals, as this helps in elimination of mucus.

13. Watch your Diet

The afflicted person must stick to a moderate diet that includes beans, whole grains, lentils, cold-pressed oils and lightly-cooked vegetables. Foods such as chocolate, egg and dairy products, to cite a few, have to be avoided. Also, lot of water has to be taken.

Home Remedies For A Sore Throat

Home Remedies For A Sore Throat

Home Remedies For A Sore Throat A sore throat can be the first sign of a cold, a side effect of strained vocal cords, or an indication of something more serious (like strep throat). Regardless of the cause, your immediate concern when soreness strikes is how to get relief, fast. You may be tempted to run to your doctor, but some of the best treatments are home remedies. Sore throats are often caused by viral, not bacterial infections. That means antibiotics won’t help.

Allergies, dry air, and outdoor pollution, as well as illnesses like the common cold, flu, measles, chickenpox, mononucleosis (mono), and the croup, can all cause sore throats. These illnesses are all viral infections that will not respond to antibiotics. Bacterial infections are responsible for only a small percentage of sore throats, including those linked with strep throat, whooping cough and diphtheria. Most doctors recommend calling a doctor only in cases of severe sore throat accompanied by a fever, or when swollen tonsils block the throat.

 A sore throat can be a royal pain. Like blinking, we never notice how much we swallow until we start paying attention to it and when it hurts like nobody’s business, it’s kind of difficult not to pay attention. But before you go getting down about how long you’re going to have to suffer with it, consider taking some action-relief that may be closer than you think. Gargling is a simple and remarkably effective way to kill germs and soothe a sore throat. Below are 22 simple at home sore throat remedies that will help you get started on naturally soothing the ache.

 

home remedies for a sore throat

Anti-inflammatories

One of the most effective treatments for sore throat is probably already in your medicine cabinet: an over-the-counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as Advil or Motrin.

These medicines are combination pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, so they’ll make you feel better and they’ll also reduce some of the swelling associated with a sore throat. If you have a fever that’s also contributing to your symptoms, they can help reduce that as well.

 

home remedies for a sore throat

Honey

Honey mixed in tea or simply taken straight up has long been a home remedy for sore throat. Scientific studies have confirmed this natural wonder works. A study of 139 children with upper respiratory infections, for example, found that honey was even more effective at taming nighttime coughs than common cough suppressants.

Studies have also shown that honey is an effective wound healer, which means it may also help speed healing for sore throats.

 

home remedies for a sore throat

Saltwater gargle

Several studies have found that gargling several times a day with warm salt water can reduce swelling in the throat and loosen mucus, helping to flush out irritants or bacteria. Doctors generally recommend dissolving half a teaspoon of salt in one cup of water. If the salty taste is too unpleasant for you, try adding a small amount of honey to sweeten the mixture slightly. (Just remember to spit the water out after gargling, rather than swallowing!)

 

home remedies for a sore throat

Kick It With Cayenne

Drinking warm water with cayenne can actually make you feel better. This is another one of those really funky sounding home remedies, but again, a lot of people swear by it. Dumping something involving hot peppers in any way, shape, or form down your already searing throat seems counterintuitive to helping it, but there’s a method to the madness. Cayenne (and other hot peppers) have a chemical compound called capsaicin that temporarily relieves pain, much like Advil or Aspirin does. It accomplishes this by hindering something called substance P, which is what transmits pain signals to your brain. Thus, the discomfort from your sore throat is diluted when coming in contact with the Cayenne-and quickly to boot.

 

home remedies for a sore throat

Ginger, honey, and lemon in water

This home remedy mixes 1 teaspoon each of powdered ginger and honey, 1⁄2 cup of hot water, and the juice of 1⁄2 squeezed lemon. Pour the water over the ginger, then add the lemon juice and honey, and gargle. Honey coats the throat and also has mild antibacterial properties.

 

home remedies for a sore throat

Turmeric and water

This yellow spice is a powerful antioxidant, and scientists think it has the strength to fight many serious diseases. For a sore throat remedy, mix 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon of salt into 1 cup of hot water and gargle.

 

home remedies for a sore throat

Green tea

Green tea is known to naturally fight infections. Next time you brew a cup, make a little extra and gargle with some of this remedy to kill any bacteria your sore throat may be harboring. 

 

home remedies for a sore throat

Apple cider vinegar, salt and honey

If your throat is left raw by a bad cough, grab a bottle of apple cider vinegar because germs can’t survive in the acidic coating it’ll form on your throat. Gargle with 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt dissolved in a glass of warm water; use several times a day if needed. For a gentler treatment, combine 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and 1/4 cup honey and take 1 tablespoon every four hours as needed.

 

home remedies for a sore throat

Echinacea and water

Echinacea is an herbal virus-killer. Add 2 teaspoons tincture of echinacea to 1 cup water and gargle this home remedy three times daily. In addition to easing sore throat pain, an echinacea gargle will give your immune system the boost it needs to fight the infection.

home remedies for a sore throat

Chicken noodle soup

A Japanese study found that chicken contains an amino acid which helps thin out mucus in the lungs, allowing you to cough up the bad stuff faster and remedy a huge cause of sore throats–postnasal drip. Plus a landmark study from the University of Nebraska Medical Center proved that the famous chicken noodle soup really can help fight off a virus by acting as an anti-inflammatory. Stick to a vegetable-packed version, it’s the combination of vegetables, chicken and the broth that makes mom’s soup so powerful. Also something I do is add about a half teaspoon of garlic, pepper, Cajun seasoning, sprinkle of salt. The pepper and garlic and even Cajun seasoning works wonders. After eating my noodle soup and drinking all the broth, I’ll take a hot shower and sleep it off, waking up to feeling a lot better and even to no sore throat!

Remember if your sore throat seems to get worse, be sure to consult your doctor. I sure hope these remedies help you recover faster so you can get back to feeling better and living your life. If you have any suggestions or even a home remedy that always helps you, share with us and help others get fast relief! Hope you feel better soon!!

How Alcohol Affects Weight Loss

We’ve all heard the cautionary tales about alcohol, weight loss, and how the two don’t mix.

As it turns out, this is good advice. There are some very sound reasons to avoid alcohol when you’re trying to lose weight. There are also plenty of healthier options for dieters who like a little drink now and then.

Here is a list of the reasons why alcohol can slow your weight loss and affect your weight.

 

Alcohol is high in empty calories.

Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram. By way of comparison, protein and carbohydrates contain 4 calories per gram, and fat contains 9 calories per gram.

The difference is that proteins, carbohydrates, and fats pack nutrition into their calories. Calories from alcohol do not provide nutrition, and will not satisfy your hunger. This makes it easy to keep drinking – and racking up a high calorie count.

 

Alcohol delays the fat-burning process.

According to Dr. Robert Atkins, the human body burns alcohol before any other fuel source. That means your body will burn off all the alcohol you’ve consumed before turning to its store of carbohydrates and fat. This can delay your weight-loss efforts, especially if you drink
frequently.

If you can’t bring yourself to abstain from alcohol, try sipping wine instead of beer or cocktails. Dr. Atkins considered the most diet-friendly drinks to be wine, hard liquor, or either of the above mixed with seltzer, tonic water, or diet soda.

 

Excessive alcohol consumption is linked to higher BMIs.

There is a direct correlation between the amount of alcoholic drinks a person consumes during a day, and that person’s Body Mass Index (BMI).

According to a study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), study participants with the lowest BMIs drank three to seven times a week, but had only one drink during those days.

Participants with the highest BMIs drank alcohol less frequently, but consumed several drinks at a time.

As with any food, alcohol isn’t disastrous in small quantities. The real danger lies in overindulgence.

 

Alcohol ads are misleading.

The latest alcohol marketing campaigns refer to certain alcoholic beverages as “low-carb” or “zero-carb”. These campaigns are obviously targeting dieters, who have long avoided alcohol in their quest to shed pounds.

While it is technically true that straight liquors are distilled and therefore contain no carbs, they still contain plenty of calories and no nutritional value.

Beer and wine do contain carbohydrates, which can lead to cravings and bloating. Mixed drinks are the worst of the lot, as they contain all sorts of added sugar and calories.

 

Alcohol lowers inhibitions.

When we drink alcohol, our inhibitions go down. This can cause us to make decisions we would never consider while sober. When a dieter’s inhibitions are lowered, they may find it difficult to say no to overeating or eating rich foods that are high in calories.

Intoxicated dieters might be susceptible to friends’ urges to try “just one bite”, or their insistence that “just one time won’t hurt”. Mindless snacking is also common while drunk.

While the occasional planned splurge can actually help you stay on track to lose weight, alcohol can lead to an unplanned splurge followed by guilt and discouragement.

It’s up to you. The bottom line is that any diet boils down to how many calories you consume versus how many you burn.

In small quantities, alcohol can be an occasional part of your weight loss plan. Just tread carefully, save the harder drinks for special occasions, and factor the extra calories into your daily total.

Amazing Health Tips You Need To Know!

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Amazing Health Tips You Need To Know!

My patients are among my best teachers. They’ve taught me how to communicate clearly—and how to live a better life. On The Dr. Oz Show, I’ve seen that once people are emotionally involved, change happens quickly, especially if they feel that their behavior is letting loved ones down. Large-scale change seems daunting. We want simple routines that we can automatically follow. Adopt some of the steps here, which anyone can do, and you will like your life more in just a couple of weeks. And you’ll live longer. Try them—they work for me.

Laugh More
Laughing not only eases stress, promotes social bonding, and lowers blood pressure, it may also boost your immune system. So bring some humor into your life, whether it’s through friends or even a new TV show (preferably mine).

Don’t Skip Breakfast
Fiber in the morning means less hunger late in the afternoon, when you’re most likely to feel tired and gorge yourself on sugar. My morning dose comes from steel-cut oatmeal, usually mixed with raisins, walnuts, and flaxseed oil. An early start on eating also keeps your metabolism more active throughout the day; breakfast eaters are thinner than people who just rush out the door.

Hit the Sack
Conan and Dave are funny, but they’re not worth the strain on your system. Seven hours of sleep a night not only helps you live longer, but also lowers your stress, sharpens your memory, and reduces cravings for pants-splitting foods. Set a bedtime and stick to it. My target is 10:30 p.m. I record the late shows and then watch them the next day as I pedal a stationary bike.

Admire Your Work
Don’t be so trigger-happy with the flusher. Turn around and take a look at your poop, which speaks volumes about your gut and overall health. Poop should be smooth and S-shaped, like your colon. If it comes out too lumpy, or drops into the bowl like marbles, you’re constipated. Increase your fiber and water intake. This happens to me when I travel, so I fiber-load before a trip to avoid getting irritable.

Don’t Pamper Your Bad Back
Even if you’re hunched over in agony, taking to your bed will only make a bad back worse. The latest research shows that bed rest weakens back muscles and prolongs the suffering. Married men may suffer more than single men because of all the pampering. I used to love milking the care from Lisa, but the best solution is to get up and exercise daily.

Taste the Colors
Foods with bright, rich colors are more than just nice to look at. They’re also packed with flavonoids and carotenoids, powerful compounds that bind the damaging free radicals in your body, lowering inflammation. (Sadly, skittles do not count.) Eat nine fistfuls of colorful fruits and vegetables each day and you’ll reap the benefits without having to give up other foods. Whenever I shop the produce aisle, I’m reminded that these foods are often more powerful than the drugs sold in pharmacies. My favorites are arugula and blueberries.

Brushing is Not Enough
If you plan to spend your later years eating more than yogurt and applesauce, invest in some floss. No matter how thoroughly or long you brush your teeth, you’re missing a good portion of their total surface. That’s like washing one armpit after a workout. But the dangers of skipping floss go beyond hygiene: The bacteria that linger can increase your risk of heart disease. I use Reach Ultraclean floss, which stretches to glide between teeth.

Join a Yoga Class
Yoga is the most important exercise of my daily routine. Being surrounded by beautiful women in spandex should be reason enough for you to join a class, but if you need more motivation, consider this: Yoga eases stress, lowers blood pressure, slows heart rates, and increases flexibility. And there’s nothing mystical about it. Loosening your muscles will make them more adaptable, so you may be less likely to injure yourself playing sports. Sure, some of the poses may look ridiculous, but that’s for a reason you’ll learn quickly enough. Yoga can reach and work muscles that are ignored during routine sports and daily life. My favorite maneuver is the sun salutation.

Take a Deep Belly Breath
Do this anywhere, anytime. Push out your bellows and suck air through your nose until your lungs are full. They’ll fill with nitric oxide, a chemical found in the back of your nose that opens up blood vessels. The dose of oxygen will make you feel happier and more alert. This is my secret technique for calming down before a show or a tough stitch in the OR.

Don’t Be an Island
Ever wonder why women live longer than men do? One major reason: You form tight networks and actually talk about your problems. If you face life’s stresses alone, you will make yourself older. Bankruptcy, for example, causes enough stress to wreak havoc on your body. With another person’s love and support, that inner aging can be reduced. Don’t forget to reach out to your friends when you need them.

Avoid Fad Diets
The secret to weight loss is not to avoid carbs, fats, yellow foods, solid foods, or foods that start with the letter G. The real trick is to lower your daily intake by about 100 calories. You’ll hardly notice, but it’ll add up to a loss of about 10 pounds in a year. Calorie restriction has been shown to lengthen life (in rats and monkeys). I cut back once a year to reset my appetite and tastebuds. Healthy food tastes great afterward. Frankly, any food would.

Lose the Belly
Grab a tape measure and put it around your body at the level of your belly button. That number should be less than half your height. So for my 6’1″ frame, I need to keep my waist under 36.5″. Just think—you’ll be avoiding heart attacks and diabetes as well as looking hot in your bikini. That’s a win win win.

Be a Smart Patient
Your doctor can help keep you in good health, but the responsibility ultimately falls on you. Seek a second opinion before undergoing any procedure, because 30 percent of the time, that opinion will change the diagnosis or plan. Keep a written medical history, and educate yourself about any family problems, even if that means calling your creepy uncle. You might even consider signing onto Microsoft HealthVault or Google Health, so your files are accessible in case you find yourself in trouble away from home.

Go Green
I drink green tea three times a day. It’s packed with heart-boosting and cancer-stopping polyphenols that black tea doesn’t offer. (These beneficial chemicals are lost when it’s fermented.) Green tea also delivers a boost of alertness, but from a smaller dose of caffeine than black tea. Green tea can even fight dandruff, although only if you pour it directly onto your scalp. (It’s probably a good idea to let it cool down first.)

Sweat Till You’re Wet
If you can work up a sweat for just 1 hour a week, you’ll enjoy a range of benefits: reduced risk of heart attack, better mood, and lower blood pressure. I like interval training on the elliptical, with 15 pullups and 15 dips every 10 minutes. Your muscles will become more efficient, so you’ll have more stamina for more enjoyable activities that also work up a sweat.

Have as Much Sex as Possible
If a 50-something woman could have sex 700 times a year, the exercise and stress reduction would make her look and feel years younger. I wouldn’t recommend quitting your day job in order to hit that number—but what’s the harm in trying? The next time you don’t feel particularly in the mood, remind yourself that not having sex is literally killing you. It works for me.

Put It in the Bank
Most people rank personal finance as their number one stressor, usually because they feel powerless. Stress not only shortens lives, it also drives people to habits like smoking, drinking, or bingeing on food. Keep some money in a special bank account, safe from your lust for a new television, and you’ll establish an emotional comfort zone with major health benefits.

Know Your Numbers, Then Aim Lower
Take the part of your brain dedicated to your nail salon’s phone number and reassign it to your heart’s vital signs. These include blood pressure (which ideally should be below 115 over 75), LDL cholesterol (under 100), resting heart rate (under 70), and fasting blood sugar (under 100). If your numbers aren’t ideal, change your diet until they improve.

Add Some Weights
Just 30 minutes twice a week spent lifting weights can build significant muscle mass. What’s more, working all that muscle burns tons of calories, making it a great way to lose your gut, too. Don’t have weights? Try lifting yourself: Pullups are the most valuable muscle-building exercises I do. Oprah’s trainer, Bob Greene, pointed out to me that pullups work the back, pecs, arms, and belly all at once. And since you’re lifting yourself, you’ll think twice before eating that doughnut, because you’ll just have to lift it later.

Grab Some Nuts
Nuts are among the best sources of healthful fats and protein around. I keep a bag of walnuts in my fridge and use their massive dose of omega-3 fatty acids to boost my brainpower while I see patients. Half of a handful eaten about 30 minutes before a meal will temper your appetite and help you avoid the drive-thru.

Hit the Dance Floor
Crosswords and card games aren’t the only way to keep your brain razor sharp. It turns out that any kind of dancing with complex moves is stimulating enough to give your neurons a workout. Even the simplest moves provide some physical exercise. So don’t be such a wallflower on your next night out.

Learn to Cook
Think you know how much butter goes into those mashed potatoes at a restaurant? You’re probably off by half. If you can cook, you not only save money but also gain control over what goes into your meals. Plus, cooking is sexy. I have trouble boiling water. Thankfully, I’m already married.

Some Pills Should Be Popped
The indoor life gives us protection from the elements and the ability to watch Gossip Girl in private. Unfortunately, roughly half of us are deficient in vitamin D which the sun is a major source. This crucial vitamin may aid in fighting cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. I take a 1,000 IU supplement each morning.

Source: Womens Health – Dr. Oz

 

Foods That Help With Back Pain

Foods That Help Back Pain

Foods That Help With Back Pain

Could it be true? Are there really foods out there that can heal back pain? Truth? Absolutely. In fact, there’s a variety of different foods out there that can help you with your back pain. Data and scientific evidence is there, data and proof can be a powerful thing. In this article, we’re going to explore these foods and how they can help you relieve and prevent back pain.

The foods below all help with back pain and as you’ll notice, all of them have other healthy attributes. Back pain can be caused by a variety of different things. Your pain could be caused by a simple injury or a dangerous disease. You may be suffering from acute back pain or something more severe like chronic back pain. We always recommend that you consult with a doctor first before choosing a course of treatment. If you’re still searching for answers for your back pain, be sure to read this entire article through.

Pineapples

Pineapples are one of the healthiest foods in the world, having a variety of healthy benefits. What is pineapple known for? Anti-inflammatory enzymes. Pineapple contains a multitude of extremely powerful antiinflammatory enzymes that help the body heal naturally. Incredible by all measures, pineapples can benefit the back and several other areas of the body. In order to get the benefits of anti-inflammatory enzymes, you have to buy organic pineapples. Canned pineapples won’t cut it, they don’t contain the ingredients you need. Be sure to make a note.

Green Tea

Although green tea is not technically food to some, you have to be sure to keep some close by at all times. Green tea is a powerful natural detox system for your body. In my article, 5 great healthy drinks for weight loss, you’ll learn about the many powers of tea and how specific teas can benefit you in specific ways. It’s a great article. Now, how does green tea benefit the back? Green tea contains flavonoids and polyphenols that act as antioxidants. In terms you can understand, green tea supports healthy cell functions and protects from damage.

Berries

There’s a number of different berries that are healthy, each having special benefits to your body. Strawberries, blackberries, cranberries and blueberries are all healthy and beneficial. These berries contain phytonutrient antioxidants that help the body control inflammation and enhance the immune systems ability to aid in healing. Berries are great for reducing back pain naturally. Nearly every injury in the back causes inflammation, such as pulled muscles or torn ligaments. Strained muscles are one of the most common injuries that occur in the back, this is your natural Motrin.

Fish

Fish is yet another great superfood that helps with back pain and maintaining a health body. The secret ingredient? Omega 3. Most fish, such as fish found in lakes and streams, are rich in fatty omega 3 acids. Natural compounds found in fish have been proven to act as an inflammatory agent and reduce back pain. You should always be aware of where you get your fish. Don’t go behind your house and casting into the river. That type of fish is not good for you.

Water

Yes, not typically a food but well worth noting that your back pain may be caused by lack of water. Our bodies are mostly made up of water. Lack of water can contribute to back spasms, causing you bouts of mild back pain. Not to mention the many of affects of dehydration. At he least and I’m not recommending it, have a cup of water. Water is powerful, your body needs it to be healthy. Daily recommendations are 8 cups of water a day, so you get a clear idea of what you’re lacking.

Back Pain

Back pain affects 80 percent of us all at least once.  That’s a lot of people. Living with back pain can be quite difficult. Here at Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems, we do our very best to give you accurate information you can trust and give you options for your pain. If you’ve been trying to relieve your back pain without success, we do have back pain treatments and more importantly, you have options. Don’t let your back pain control your life, get the help you need today with Dr. Jason Hurst and the Doctor’s Back Pain Systems.