Category Archives for "Health and Fitness"

Food And Drug Interactions How To Avoid

Medicines are powerful substances and when you ingest them they can interact with the food you eat. This can make them work slower, faster or even prevent them from working. Some food and medicine combinations can even have toxic results. So you should be sure to ask both your doctor and your pharmacist if there are any foods or beverages you need to avoid while you are on the medication. You should also be sure to inform your doctor of all the medications you take when getting a prescription. This includes a complete list of vitamins and supplements. Continue Reading ...

Golfers Elbow

Golfers elbow is a tendonitis condition that develops on the inside part of the elbow in the bony area where the flexor tendons attach. It is the counterpart to tennis elbow which is the same type of tendonitis condition that develops on the outer part of the elbow. Although it is termed golfers elbow, it is not just playing golf that can lead to the condition.
Activities such as weightlifting, cleaning, or any activity that involves flexion of the elbow and usage of those muscles where they attach can lead to the problem.
Who is most likely to get the condition? Of course those people participating in activities that involve sports are most at risk. But that is not all, people who have no clue as to what activity they had been doing to lead to the condition often develop symptoms of medial epicondylitis. It may be something as simple as carrying a heavy briefcase, or performing some sort of cleaning activities over a weekend. Continue Reading ...

Incontinence Issues

As we age our bodies change, and we may develop a variety of health issues. When it comes to accidental urination and leakage it can be a very humiliating and embarrassing situation. There are several options to help you with this problem. We are going to talk about easy tips to deal with incontinence, you will learn about the different products you can use and some of the ways you can prevent accidents.
When you first discover you have some bladder leakage, make an appointment with your doctor to rule out a medical reason. Most people that suffer from this, their doctor will tell them this is normal for older people and that the bladder muscles are not as strong as they were when you were younger. The news from your doctor should be a relief to you.
After you know you have leaking problems, get yourself on a schedule to use the restroom every few hours. If you are forgetful, set an alarm clock or a kitchen timer, each time it goes off you know it is time to use the bathroom facilities. This works for people that are in the beginning stages of bladder weakness. Later you will probably need to use pads and other types of protection. Continue Reading ...

Good Toe Health

There are innumerable toe fungus treatment options both in the market and at home. You can go for prescribed medication or you may choose to stay confined with home remedies in this case. The decision is entirely yours. Continue Reading ...

4 Ways to Lose Your Memory

memory loss2 We all experience times of forgetfulness, but perhaps you’ve been experiencing them more often than usual lately. Just the occasional short lapse isn’t a reason for concern, because they’re so common. But if you believe you’re experiencing memory loss, and just can’t recall things like usual, you should check out the following list and make sure you’re not doing any of these. Continue Reading ...

Probiotic For Digestive Health

When you chew a piece of chicken, for example, the mechanical action of chewing along with enzymes in your saliva begins to break the food down. Then, more enzymes in the stomach break down the food even further. It’s because of this natural food processing that you don’t have pieces of chicken floating around in your blood! Instead, the protein in the chicken is broken down and ends up as amino acids in your small intestine.
If you imagine your digestive system as a long tube going from your mouth to your anus then this will help. In one sense, it is actually “outside” your body because it doesn’t interact directly with your internal organs. Substances must first pass through the intestinal lining to get into the bloodstream and be carried to all the tissues of the body.
However, the digestive tract is also more than just a tube. It’s actually a whole complex ecosystem filled with living microorganisms-mainly bacteria and yeasts that co-exist there in a healthy balance. It’s like other natural ecosystems where health and harmony are maintained as long as nothing interferes with the natural balance of the inhabitants.
The intestinal lining is an intelligent “gatekeeper.” When healthy and functioning properly, it only allows nutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, and glucose) into your bloodstream. It also keeps foreign invaders and waste material out. Whatever isn’t usable will be part of your next bowel movement. This is the way the system works when digestion is healthy with enough probiotics in the intestines. When this balance of good and bad bacteria is disturbed, the intestinal lining becomes “leaky.” Then leaky gut sets us up for many health problems including candida overgrowth. It is not only candida that is a problem, but also the eggs or larvae of worms that can then pass through the intestinal lining. Continue Reading ...

What Is Norovirus?

The Basic Facts of Norovirus

A norovirus variant referred to as the Sydney 2012 strain (so called due to where it has emanated from) poses a significant risk to the people of not only Australia, but Japan, New Zealand, France, and now the United Kingdom where it has spread. So what is a norovirus and why does it pose such a health risk?
Norovirus is the term used for viruses that are the most common cause of gastroenteritis, often referred to as the “stomach flu” despite not technically being connected to influenza. Typically this virus is spread through the transmission or consumption of food or water contaminated by fecal matter, through person-to-person contact, or via the aerosolization of the virus contaminating surfaces.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States have found that norovirus accounts for over 21 illnesses each year, with approximately 70,000 of those cases requiring hospitalization and as many as 800 resulting in death.
This particular strain of norovirus has sickened many in Australia and New Zealand and spread to Europe where in the United Kingdom it has accounted for over 4,000 cases, up 63% from the previous year. Important to note is that for approximately every laboratory-confirmed case, scientists estimate that there are as many as 288 unreported cases, meaning that more people transmit the disease and suffer from the effects than can be properly tracked.
Norovirus proves more dangerous in some cases than just influenza due to the increased degree of dehydration that can result from the excessive and projectile vomiting and diarrhea. Additionally, those stricken with norovirus experience stomach cramps, headaches, and fever, which many sufferers confuse with influenza.
So what is the difference between flu and norovirus? In many instances, symptoms can be similar although the differences typically revolve around the fact that the flu is an infection of the upper respiratory system resulting in coughing, runny nose, chills, and a sore throat. As previously mentioned, norovirus results in symptoms primarily associated with the gastrointestinal system. The H3N2 strain currently circulating throughout the United States has caused more severe flu symptoms leading to some confusion between what is causing the symptoms.
Many are wondering if, on top of the influenza outbreak that has been plaguing the United States in recent weeks, the country will see the introduction of the Sydney 2012 norovirus strain as well.
Both norovirus and influenza can and should be managed in the same fashion including:
Over-the-Counter pain relievers for a reduction in aches and pains as well as fever.
Consume plenty of fluids especially those that have salt and sugar such as juice or sports drinks.
Avoiding contact with others for at least five days, the period during which you will be contagious.
Get plenty of rest.
While there is no treatment for norovirus, you can receive a flu shot to help prevent contracting the flu this season. Follow the above guidelines and if necessary visit your local Emergency Room or physician if you are concerned by your symptoms.