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Friday, 31 October 2014

NATURAL WAYS TO MANAGE HIGH BLOOD PREASURE

A relative of mine visited the hospital about two days ago, and later he informed me that his blood pressure was a little bit on the high side and He  wanted to find out from me how he manage it without depending so much on drugs.I gave him a few suggestions which I am going to share with you in this post.Although it causes no symptoms, high blood pressure boosts the risks of leading killers such as heart attack and stroke, as well as aneurysms, cognitive decline, and kidney failure.
f you haven't had yours checked in 2 years, see a doctor. 
While medication can lower blood pressure, it may cause side effects such as leg cramps, dizziness, and insomnia. Fortunately, most people can bring down their blood pressure naturally without medication. and some of that natural ways are listed b
1. Go for power walks
Hypertensive patients who went for fitness walks at a brisk pace lowered pressure by almost 8 mmhg over 6 mmhg. Exercise helps the heart use oxygen more efficiently, so it doesn't need so much power to pump blood. Get a vigorous cardio workout of at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. Try increasing speed or distance  each day
.2. Breathe deeply
Slow breathing and meditative practices such as , yoga,  decrease stress hormones, which elevate renin, a kidney enzyme that raises blood pressure. Try 5 minutes in the morning and at night. Inhale deeply and expand your belly. Exhale and release all of your tension
Increase your potassium intake
Loading up on potassium-rich fruits and vegetables is an important part of any blood pressure-lowering process, says Linda Van Horn, PhD, RD, professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medical. Aim for potassium levels of 2,000 to 4,000 mg a day, she says. Top sources of potassium-rich produce include sweet potatoes, tomatoes, orange juice, potatoes, bananas, kidney beans, peas, and dried fruits such as prunes and raisins.
. Indulge in dark chocolate
Dark chocolate varieties contain flavanols that make blood vessels more elastic. In a study, 18% of patients who ate it every day saw blood pressure decrease. Have ½ ounce daily (make sure it contains at least 70% cocoa).
Take moderate Alkohol
According to a review of 15 studies, the less you drink, the lower your blood pressure will drop—to a point. A study of women at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, for example, found that light drinking (defined as a quarter to one-half a drink per day for a woman) may actually reduce blood pressure more than no drinks per day. One "drink" is 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of spirits. Other studies have also found that moderate drinking—up to one drink a day for a woman, two for a man—can lower risks of heart disease. "High levels of alcohol are clearly detrimental," says Obarzanek. "But moderate alcohol is protective of the heart. If you are going to drink, drink moderately."
8. Switch to decaf coffee
Scientists have long debated the effects of caffeine on blood pressure. Some studies have shown no effect, but one from Duke University Medical Center found that caffeine consumption of 500 mg—roughly three 8-ounce cups of coffee—increased blood pressure by 4 mmhg, and that effect lasted until bedtime. For reference, 8 ounces of drip coffee contain 100 to 125 mg; the same amount of tea, 50 mg; an equal quantity of cola, about 40 mg. Caffeine can raise blood pressure by tightening blood vessels and by magnifying the effects of stress, says Jim Lane, PhD, associate research professor at Duke and the lead author of the study. "When you're under stress, your heart begins pumping a lot more blood, boosting blood pressure," he says. "And caffeine exaggerates that effect." If you drink a lot of coffee, pour more decaf to protect your heart.
9. Take up tea
Lowering high blood pressure is as easy as 1 to 2 cups of tea: Study participants who sipped 3 cups of a hibiscus tea daily lowered systolic blood pressure by 7 points in 6 weeks on average, say researchers from Tufts University—results on par with many prescription medications. Those who received a placebo drink improved their reading by only 1 point. The phytochemicals in hibiscus are probably responsible for the large reduction in high blood pressure, say the study authors. Many herbal teas contain hibiscus; look for blends that list it near the top of the chart of ingredients—this often indicates a higher concentration per serving.
TAKE MORE SOY BEAN PRODUCTS
A study  found for the first time that replacing some of the refined carbohydrates in your diet with foods high in soy or milk protein, such as low-fat dairy, can bring down systolic blood pressure if you have hypertension or prehypertension
 Eat a lot of fish per week
Fatty fish is high in essential omega-3 fats and these fats have been shown to reduce the risk of herpertention and cadiovascular events in multiple studies.  
The many advantages of fish for promoting overall health are hard to argue against, and those with high blood pressure may especially benefit from including more fish in their diet.
Reduce your salt intake
People with hypertension can substantially reduce their blood pressure by reducing their salt intake.The dietary guidelines recommend that people with hypertension limit their intake of salt to less than 1,500 milligrams(about 600milligrams of sodium)a day.We get most of our sodium from processed food so stick with whole food,
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Sunday, 26 October 2014

MORE NATURAL HEALTH TIPS FOR UNPRODUCTIVE COUGH

Unproductive cough is really terrible and embarrassing no body prays to have it but unfortunately one gets affected by it sometimes. I started coughing a few days ago and came across some home remedies that worked for me I shared some in my last posting and I am going to share some more in this posting.
Thyme drink
 Thyme, has been used for centuries, and was even used during one of the most devastating pandemics to take place in human history. The Black Death was a plague that peaked in Europe from 1346-1353. During that time, and in other incidents of the plague thereafter, townspeople would gather to burn large bundles of thyme to ward off the disease, or carry pockets of thyme on them. Indeed, thyme does have anti-microbial properties,  Thyme relaxes the muscles of the trachea and bronchi, and also opens up airways. The result is less coughing, and increased comfort.
You will need…
2 tablespoons dried thyme
-8 ounces of fresh water
-Honey and lemon
Directions
Lightly bruise the thyme, e.g. with a mortar and pestle, and then place in a mug. Cover with 8 ounces of boiling water, cover, and let it steep for 10-15 minutes. Add half squeezed lemon and honey to taste, and drink the whole thing. Repeat 2-3 times daily as needed. It’s absolutely delightful just before bedtime (unless you aren't a fan of thyme. But drink some anyways.)
GROUND WHITE PEPPER AND HONEY
You will  need 
ground white pepper and honey
Directions: Get a table spoon full of honey and sprinkle ground white pepper on honey and take.twice a day..
And last but not the least the simple bitter cola.I took one first thing in the morning and another last thing at night
That is a summary of the natural remedies I took for my unproductive cough and fortunately it worked for me after ten days .Hope you can try some of this remedies if you happen to come down with unproductive cough and I also hope it works for you.BUT REMEMBER GOOD HEALTH IS A CONTINUOUS HABIT NOT AN EVENT.Please do not forget to drop your comments if you happen to try these remedies.or if you have other natural remedies to share please do.
Article source:
http://everydayroots.com/cough-remedies

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

NATURAL HEALTH TIPS FOR CALMING UNPRODUCTIVE COUGH

I developed a cough 5 days into my malaria treatment  and the cough was terrible in the night, affecting my sleep .You know that kind of cough that comes on suddenly as a reaction to an irritation on your throat.I was not coughing out anything but the actual act and sound of the cough  was very embarrassing.I remember that I was in church and the irritation in my throat started and I could not help the reflex action of coughing.The woman that was sitting next to me in the pews shifted further away from me.I really did not blame her probable I would have done the same thing if I were in her shoes.That is to let you know how irritated people around you get when you cough severally.
I decided to google and find out whatever new thing I could do to calm the cough naturally.First I had to find out if it was a side effect of the co-arinate I had taken and in my search, I discovered that unproductive cough was one of the symptoms of malaria infection (www.patient.co.uk)It can also be caused byallergies, dry air, a random tickle at the back of your throat that won’t go away, the aftermath of a cold, being in a dusty environment, etc. etc. For these we turn to demulcents, ingredients that soothe irritated mucous membranes and remove the irritant triggering the cough. Studies conducted in 2004 found that the main ingredients in cough syrup (dextromethorphan and diphenhydramine) have the same effectiveness in treating coughs as a placebo ingredient. Instead of turning to chemical solutions I decided to, try some home remedies instead. They are not only better for you, but they taste a whole lot better than most cough syrup too! here below are some of the remedies I tried
1. A Spoonful of Honey
Studies, such as one conducted at Penn State College of Medicine, have found that honey can work more efficiently to calm a cough than over-the-counter drugs. It is a rich demulcent, with a high viscosity and stickiness that does an incredible job of coating and soothing those irritated mucous membranes. Thanks to an enzyme added by bees when they harvest honey, it also has antibacterial properties as well, which may help shorten how long you have the cough if it is due to bacterial illness
Note: This is an excellent alternative remedy for both kids and adults, but should never be given to children under the age of 2 years due to the risk of botulism.
You will need…
-1 tablespoon of organic, raw, honey
Directions
Take 1 tablespoon of honey 1-3 times daily as needed to control coughing. Take immediately before bed if cough is disrupting your sleep. For children, you can adjust the dosing to 1 teaspoon up to one tablespoon.
 Gargle Salt Water
Also a popular remedy for sore throats, salt water can ease the discomfort caused by a cough the same way it helps a sore throat-through osmosis. When the concentration of salt is higher outside of the cells in your mucous membranes, water flows out of the cells to balance everything out. When water leaves the cells, swelling goes down, and discomfort is decreased. If you have a cough that happens to come along with inflamed tissue, this is a good route to take. It can also help dislodge any phlegm that’s hanging out and allow you to expel it easily.
You will need…
-1 teaspoon of salt
-8 ounces of warm water
Directions
Stir salt into water until it is thoroughly dissolved. Gargle for 15 seconds, spit, and repeat with the remaining water. Rinse with plain water afterwards.
In my next posting, I will continue with more natural tips for calming an irritating cough.
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Friday, 17 October 2014

MY MALARIA TREATMENT ORDEAL

I woke up October 5th 2014 feeling terrible.All my joints ached and I was having cold chills allover my body .I did not understand the sudden fever or where it was coming from.
Naturally, medicine was not my immediate reaction.I decided to take a lot of fluids and I dipped my face towel in cold water and placed it over my head and forehead.I had some relieve for some hours of the day and up  to the next day .I actually went to work but by midday I felt awful.
My nostrils was blocked with catarrh  and I started developing fever again which by this time I could no longer ignore.
I decided to do a blood test and it turned out to be malaria infection.Thank goodness for that especially in this era of Ebola disease.
My first  reaction was where did I get this mosquito bite from.?then I remembered that a few weeks back I had been in Lagos and I had not requested the hotel staff to fleet the room.
The reason I had to question myself was because I always ensure that I take my bitter kola  every day for over two years now ,I fleet the house every evening,take my lemon water, have a good balanced meal and fruits every day ,never keep my doors or windows open  without the protective net  etc.But despite all that here I am with malaria parasite in my system.Oh well I had to treat it.and believe me when I say that some of the side effects of this malaria drugs are terrible.
My doctor prescribed Co- arinate tabs with paracetamol and decavite plus.I started the treatment on the 8th of October.
I could not sleep in the night ,I was sweaty and oh my mouth tasted terrible as if I had eaten cement
Second day, still felt awful and I really started feeling sorry for people that take malaria tablets every other month.and I wondered how they managed with the side effects a mean even water tasted bitter in my mouth thank God for oranges and tangerine and apples and cucumber that I could take intermittently in place of water.
Third and fourth day, still felt awful.fifth day started feeling better but unfortunately developed a splitting headache and cough that did not allow me to have a good nights rest.
I eventually got better by the ninth day.and I handled the cough naturally.will discuss this in my next posting.
The reason I have given such details is to let you know that you need to exercise patience for some days for the malaria treatment to run its course.and don't be too quick to take another bout of treatment because you may not be feeling better by the fourth day.
I guess I can conclude by saying that even though I am sold out to natural treatment ,I do also take medications when the need arises and even though we may do the right things and eat the right food ,ultimate good health comes from God and therefore we should always thank God for each day of good health He gives us.
BUT REMEMBER GOOD HEALTH IS A CONTINUOUS HABIT NOT AN EVENT

Friday, 10 October 2014

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NATURAL CONSTIPATION TREATMENT .

All around the globe, there are still a great portion of the population who believe in the efficacy of natural constipation treatments. This is despite the existence of over-the-counter and prescribed medications.

Constipation can be a great nuisance especially if you are someone who pays importance to time. Just imagine if you have to attend a conference or an appointment with a client, how would you handle the trouble your stomach is giving you? Surely, nobody dreams of this experience.

The problem with being constipated is that you wouldn�t really know what might have caused it. So far, people often point at two things whenever constipation symptoms attack them. These two are stress and foods that cause constipation.

However, for chronic constipation, doctors may point to other causes. Severe constipation could be a result of a gastric problem that you are not aware of.

If you have this problem, you should not wait too much time before giving your doctor a visit. But for normal cases, you can consider some of the recommended natural constipation treatments.

With the existing natural remedies for constipation, it is almost impossible that you will not find one that can give you continuous constipation relief. Moreover, with the various references that we have now, it is very unlikely that you�ll have hard time looking for cures for constipation.

As you search for a treatment, do not forget to start from your home. That is because every family knows a natural cure for something that others may not be aware of. Ask your mom or grandparents if they can suggest you anything before looking for solutions somewhere else.

For some of the widely used natural constipation treatments, you may refer to books and the internet. Moreover, you may seek advice from your doctor, an alternative doctor or even your friends and other people that you know.

Surely, if you will ask them what to do for constipation, you�ll come up with multiple remedies for bloating and bowel movement problems.

On the other hand, while you are on the process of searching for natural constipation remedies, here are some alternative solutions that you can follow. These are inexpensive and simple processes that will keep you away from abdominal pains due to constipation.

Above anything else, make sure that you have enough fluid in your body. For that, you have to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. Aside from water, you can also enjoy prune juice to cure your bowel problem.

Moreover, stuff your body with food that is rich in fiber. This will help you improve your digestion. Having an apple an hour after eating will stabilize your digestion. Papayas and guavas with their seeds are two more fruits that you can enjoy to stop your constipation problem.

You can also count on some spices and oils in resolving your obstructed bowel worry. You can grind almond, sunflower, sesame and linseed then mix them with your food.

Natural constipation treatments are great alternative to taking laxatives and avoiding their negative effects. However, seeing a doctor is still the best solution if you are suffering from recurring bloating and pain in the stomach.

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

USES OF "OXYGEN"(SECOND HABIT)

You will be amazed at the many uses of oxygen.The first thing we all do when we are born is to BREATHE IN AIR. Man may live  5-6 weeks  without food, a few days without water, only a few minutes without air. Our bodies most important nutritional requirement is oxygen. The cells of life in the body cannot be maintained without an abundance of oxygen in the body.
THE WAY WE BREATHE IN AIR CAN
SUBSTANCIALLY AFFECT HOW WE LOOK ,FEEL,RESIST DISEASE AND EVEN HOW LONG WE LIVE.
In order to have good blood, we must breathe well. Full deep Breathing in of pure air , fill the lungs with oxygen, purify the blood, sending it  a life -giving current to every part of the body. Good breathing exercises sooths the nerves, stimulates the appetite ,renders digestion more perfect and induces sound refreshing sleep.
when did you last pause in your busy schedule to take in a deep breathe for several minutes. I can bet that most people don't even remember to do that. But its not too late , it is a habit that you can begin today. As a matter of fact. some diseases can be cured through proper deep breathing exercises , for example, the most successful cure for tuberculosis of the lungs requires an unusual large amount of fresh air for the patient day and

night my next post I will discourse how your posture can affect your air intake. BUT ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT GOOD HEALT IS A CONTINOUS HABIT NOT AN EVENT.

HOME REMEDIES TO GET RID OF HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE

Sometimes after a long day of work, you often sit back complaining about a terrible headache, don't you? Well, headaches can be nasty and quite a mood spoiler. In worst case scenario, this health problem is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and unbearable pain. The reasons for this headache can vary from person to person. Some of the common causes of a headache are stress, inability to sleep properly, migraine, drinking inadequate amount of water, sinus and the list continues. While most people run to the nearby medicine counter for one of those easy to pop pill as a remedy to get rid of their headaches, we would strongly advise you against it. After all, relying on medication for such a small problem tends to have an adverse impact on the body in the long run.
Here are a few easy to do home remedies that can help you get rid of that nasty headache really fast.
Drink some water
If your headache is being caused by over exposure to the sun during the day, drinking plenty of water can solve your problem. Apart from water, you can also drink plenty of fresh fruit juices to hydrate the body. You can also try some sport drinks because they have plenty of electrolytes that help in hydrating the body faster. As the liquid content in your body increases, the headache will also disappear.
Try some ice!
Believe it or not, there is nothing like a cold ice pack to soothe a pressing headache. If you don't have an ice pack, just wrap a few cubes in a piece of cloth and use it on your head to get rid of the pain. Sometimes you can also use a frozen pack of vegetables to act as an ice pack.
Hot water massage
In case of headaches that occur due to stress, you can also use hot water bag massage on the neck to ease the nerves and therefore get rid of the headache instantly. The heat is guaranteed to ease the nerves and resume the blood flow gradually removing the headache. Even for people suffering from chronic headache, a simple technique is to dip your legs in a bucket full of hot water for a few minutes daily before you go to bed.
Lemon water
For headaches caused due to indigestion, improper eating, etc. drinking a little bit of lemon juice in warm water is an excellent remedy. The unique properties of lemon get rid of the gas in the stomach and therefore eases the headache as well.
Massage your temples with coconut oil and you will get relief during the summer days. Herb oils as lavender oil, Eucalyptus oil, almond oil are very efficient in treating headache..
 Compresses with cabbage leaves are often used in migraine treatments. Take some cabbage leaves and crush them. Put the crushed leaves in a cloth and apply the compress on your forehead. Keep the compress on your forehead for a while.and you will definitely notice some relieve.BUT REMEMBER THAT GOOD HEALTH IS A CONTINUOUS HABIT NOT AN EVENT.







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All articles in this blog are designed solely for educational and information purposes and is not intended to serve as a medical advice .If you have or suspect any health problem please consult your doctor/Health provider.