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Are you at risk for a stroke? It seems like a simple enough question – but the answer may elude you! If you have already suffered from a stroke, whether mild or severe, you are definitely not alone. Over 700,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year. About 500,000 are first strokes and about 200,000 are recurrent attacks. Could you be one of that statistic this year? How do you know? What happens when you have a stroke? Keep reading for the answers to all of those questions – and more!
Bacteria is a funny thing. It makes people ill and yet it exists, in less severe amounts, all over the body: the skin, the intestinal and urinary tracts, and a whole host of other places. Some of it helps to keep the body safe from serious illnesses – yet too much bacteria causes a person to get sick. Probiotics are the bacteria which naturally occur naturally in food, or are added to it, and can be beneficial to one's health and overall wellness . . . particularly when it comes to protecting the body against certain illnesses. And as these friendly bacteria gain popularity in both the eyes of scientists and doctors, more options are being introduced to allow you to get the probiotics you need to stay healthy.
Spring is finally here, and along with the gorgeous weather comes pollen. Many allergy sufferers know all too well the symptoms of hay fever, caused by pollen released from budding trees and plants. The airborne pollen is easily inhaled through the nose and mouth, and for sensitive people, it can cause a series of miserable symptoms.
Solving the life-altering condition of chronic fatigue syndrome is a huge challenge for anyone facing the illness. Recent Swedish research suggests probiotics or “good” bacteria found in the live active cultures of yogurt can reduce chronic fatigue symptoms for a significant percentage of individuals.
In 14th century Europe, the plague known as the Black Death swept through the continent killing between 30 to 60 percent of Europe's population. The symptoms were swift and terrible and included painful swellings (buboes) of the lymph nodes that could reach the size of an apple.
Joint discomfort is common in many people and many are still relying on Glucosamine to ease their pain of joint discomfort – you may be one of them! When Glucosamine was first brought onto the market in 1980, it was considered to be groundbreaking for those who were suffering from joint discomfort. But in the past 30 years, even better products have been discovered to relieve joint pain. Let’s take a look at just a few of the best natural elements for joint relief . . .
Did your mom ever tell you not to associate with someone because they were a “bad influence”? Perhaps it was the troublemaker at school, or a girlfriend or boyfriend that she didn’t quite approve of. You might have thought “aw, Mom!” at the time, but could she have been right?
Do you get enough Vitamin E in your diet? Are you “E-ting” enough of the foods containing this “E-essential” vitamin? Or are you unintentionally “E-liminating” them from your daily intake? Keep reading for more information about the ever-important Vitamin E.
Imagine that you have a disease. It’s a disease you’ve had your whole life, and it haunts you every single day. It affects your breathing, your digestion, and it may even make you infertile. And there’s a good chance that it will take your life before the age of 40, because until recently there was no truly effective method for addressing it.
You might say it's about time to jolt the federal government into taking action on energy drinks. For the second time, dozens of the nation's top nutrition researchers, medical doctors and public health officials recently petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about the alarming amount of caffeine in many energy drinks. The following is an excerpt of what those professionals wrote as a research review document in their first communication to the FDA in 2009, including clear action steps for addressing a health consumer issue that affects a significant amount of pre-teens, teens and adults. Why has nothing been done?
Most men experience erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives. It can be a very uncomfortable experience and impact a man's self-esteem, but in many cases it's not unusual. In fact, over half of men over age 40 will experience it to some degree on a regular basis. The causes of erectile dysfunction can vary greatly from patient to patient, but if you're concerned about your risk level, there are a few different psychological and physical conditions that can cause you to be more likely to experience trouble getting an erection. And if you have experienced erectile dysfunction in the past, there are signs that indicate if it's common or if it's part of a larger problem.
1. Are You Stressed?
Despite what your sexual partners might fear, erectile dysfunction has nothing to do with other people. You can be experiencing stress and anxiety completely separate from your sex life. Sometimes men don't even know how stressed they are, but if you have been experiencing a lot of issues at work or at home, it can have an effect on your brain. If you are able to get erections at other times, such as when you are asleep, that is a clear sign that your body is still working the right way and your problem may be psychological instead of physical.
2. Weight Gain and Diabetes
As we age, it's very common to put on weight and experience changes in our diet. These effects of aging can not only impact us psychologically, it can increase the risk for clogged arteries, high cholesterol, and diabetes. The National Institute of Health names erectile dysfunction as the leading indicator of heart disease in men - this is because cardiovascular problems affect blood vessels in a serious way, making erection much more difficult. If you want to avoid or treat erectile dysfunction, the best way may be by taking care of yourself and eating a healthier diet.
3. Smoking and Drinking
Most men already know that drinking can make it more difficult to get an erection. But if you already have other symptoms leading to erectile dysfunction, you can make your condition much worse. Smoking also has a negative affect due to its impact on your heart and blood flow. Studies show that close to half of all impotent men are smokers. You probably already know the adverse effects of having that cigarette, but you might not know they extend to your sexual health as well.
Unfortunately, many of the conditions that can be associated with erectile dysfunction are treated by medications which might cause or increase your erectile dysfunction themselves. Certain high blood pressure medications, as well as antidepressants, have been associated with the condition. And if you are undergoing chemotherapy or treatment for Parkinson's Disease, your pills might interfere with your ability to get an erection. It's always important to talk to your doctor to see which medications could be affecting you and to get medical advice before stopping any of them.
If you are aging or experiencing changes in your health or stress level, you might be at risk for erectile dysfunction. Your doctor will be able to give you medications to treat the condition, as well as suggest the lifestyle improvements you need to maintain an active and healthy sex life for years to come. Just remember, most men go through it, and erectile dysfunction could be the catalyst for positive changes that you need.
In today’s world, it seems that our days are hectic with more and more stuff to do and less time to do it in. Between being all we can be as parents, employees, entrepreneurs, and civic patrons; we can barely find time to eat and sleep. Moreover, more of us take less time for both of these very vital bodily requirements. In the following discussion, we examine just why getting enough sleep is so important to your overall health, and compelling reasons to start prioritizing your health over all these busy tasks you may have that are stopping you from getting adequate sleep.
When the seasons start to change – particularly from winter to spring – do you notice that you’re easily congested, with itchy, watery eyes? If this sounds familiar, you may be one of the millions of Americans affected by seasonal allergies. Keep reading to find out how you can lessen your symptoms and be allergy-free.
The old adage “an aspirin a day keeps the doctor away” has just taken on a whole new meaning. Researchers from Oxford University have discovered some rather remarkable properties possessed by the common little white pills most of us have perched on our bathroom shelf right now.
If you’re like most Americans, you always have someplace to be. With work and appointments and meetings and errands, you’re constantly en route to the next destination and usually counting on your car to get you there. This might explain why there are 200 million licensed drivers and almost 260 billion registered highway vehicles in the U.S. alone, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
But while those four wheels might be the most efficient way to get to Point B, they might not be the healthiest. It turns out all this driving could have a negative impact on our wellbeing if we’re prone to certain harmful habits. If you do any of the following while behind the wheel, take extra caution… you could be heading straight for illness.
It's an unusual (and fortunate) person who hasn't had someone they know or love fall victim to cancer. The United Nations’ Cancer Research Agency tells us cancer will kill more than 13.2 million people a year by the year 2030. So if you are worried you will suffer or die with cancer, it’s a completely natural reaction. There IS cause for concern. That’s why now more than ever it’s so important to arm yourself with facts.
When it comes to stress relief
, most of us need a little help. Whether you practice daily meditation, take brisk walks or engage in a friendly chat, there are many forms of relief that don’t require a pharmaceutical drug or a trip to a psychiatrist’s office. However, many anxiety-reducing treatments, both conventional and alternative, can make you feel drowsy and even fatigued. The following suggestions are natural therapies that can help keep you focused and energized while encouraging you let go of the stresses that commonly overwhelm you mentally, physically and emotionally. These options can help improve your mood, relieve anxiety and boost immunity while keeping your mind alert and your energy stable throughout the day.
We’ve talked about prisons who give their inmates meals consisting almost entirely of soy solely for the purpose of saving money, despite the overwhelming evidence showing that excessive soy intake is dangerous for the human body. What if the opposite took place and prisons developed an extraordinary vegan diet for their inmates in hopes of improving their lives and minimizing aggression?
Have you ever experienced a runny nose, congestion and itchy eyes - but don't have the other tell-tale signs of the flu or a cold? Maybe you’ve developed a sudden rash, or dry sensitive skin. These symptoms can all be an indication of some form of allergy. And you may not even know you have one! If you’re one of the more than 30 percent of Americans who suffer from allergies, there are many ways to help ease your suffering.
Have you ever had just one too many helpings at the dinner table and regretted it later? It’s certainly understandable - sometimes mom’s cooking is just too good to pass up! Perhaps you’ve been out to eat and the dessert menu is just calling out to you “pick me, pick me” and even though you’re stuffed to the brim you order a piece of cheesecake. It may have sounded like a good idea at the time, but in an hour’s time you may have been cursing your decision when you feel full and bloated, and maybe even a bit nauseous.