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Natural Remedies for Heart Burn

Heart burn is a very simple name given to a medical condition that may lead to a complex gastric disorder named as acid peptic disease. Acid peptic disease encompasses multiple disorders like gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer or gastroesophageal reflux disease(GERD). Moreover, it may also cause esophagitis, barret’s esophagus, strictures and may lead to esophageal carcinoma. Basically, it is the gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that is responsible for the causing heart burn. Common symptoms of heart burn are severe burning pain in the central chest, belching, sour taste, nausea or may be vomit. This pain usually aggravates on lying down. GERD or heart burn occurs due to reflux of gastric acid in the esophagus.

Although numerous prescription and over the counter drugs are available to relieve the symptoms of heart burn, however, it is always better to try natural home made remedies first to relieve heart burn.Here are few very common and effective natural remedies for heart burn;

Avoid diet triggering heart burn – common diets triggering heart burn are coffee, citric juices and fruits, alcoholic and carbonated beverages, fatty and spicy food, and vinegar. These must be avoided in excess.

Eating habits – you must reconsider the eating habits. Always take meals in small portions and chew it properly. Chewing food helps in digestion of the food and avoids heart burn. You must not go to bed just after taking the meal. It is always better to walk for at least forty to fifty steps before lying down.

Smoking – aggravates heartburn by increasing gastric acid secretion in the stomach.

Stress management – numerous studies have revealed that more than fifty percent of the individuals suffering from heart burn are having stress in their life that aggravates the symptoms of heart burn. Although no direct relationship of stress in the causation of heart burn has yet been established, however, it is suggested that stress may lead to increased smoking, increase alcohol intake etc that indirectly aggravates heart burn.

Chewing gum – studies have shown that chewing sugar free gum after the meals for almost half an hour vanishes the symptoms of heart burn. It is suggested chewing gum increases the salivation that dilutes the acid in the stomach decreasing the chances of having heart burn.

Baking soda – it is a very common substance in the kitchen for baking purposes. It is a base and neutralizes the gastric acid thus relieving the symptoms of heart burn. Although it is very effective in treating heart burn, however, it must not be used excessively because of its high salt content and risk of causing nausea.


Natural and Herbal Remedies for anxiety

Life is full of stresses leading eventually to anxiety or may be depression. It is always better to plan your daily activities in such a way that you have minimum anxiety during the daily activities. Despite this practice we may have a lot of factors that trigger anxiety. In our brain, a small part known as amygdala, deals with the anxiety mainly. So, anxiety is something which has to do with the neurological system of the human body and is not only a psychological disorder.

In order to manage the anxiety it is always good to know what are the main triggering factors and the symptoms of your anxiety. Common symptoms are anxiety are palpitations, stomach cramps, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and emotional instability. Once known exactly then it will be very easy to counter it. It is always better to try natural and herbal remedies initially for the management of anxiety because some of these remedies are equally or even more effective than the prescription drugs for anxiety. Moreover, they have lesser or almost no side effects. In addition to these benefits, anxious people on remedies learn to cope with anxiety whereas patients of drugs do not develop this quality and become dependent on the drugs though out their life.

Here are few natural and herbal remedies for preventing and managing anxiety;

Deep breathing exercises – deep breathing or belly breathing exercises are very effective in relieving the stress. In such breathing diaphragm becomes the main muscle of respiration and eventually the heart rate and blood pressure drops which is helpful in the relieving the symptoms of anxiety like heart palpitations etc.

Cartnip – it is a herb of mint family used as a remedy for anxiety since long. It is effective in relieving multiple symptoms of anxiety like stomach cramps, anxiety spasms, irritability, headache, loss of appetite and loss of sleep. Moreover, it is helpful in relaxing the skeletal muscle spasm which are in continuous state of contraction due to anxiety.

Chamomile is a naturally occurring sedative agent. It not only relieves the abdominal symptoms of anxiety but also relieves headache and is good for the anxiety specifically in children.

Kava – it is also known as Kava Kava. It is an anxiolytic herb, most effective for moderate anxiety. Studies have shown that this herb not only relieves the symptoms related to anxiety but also improves the negative thoughts associated with anxiety.

In addition to these remedies physical exercises and diets are also very much effective in relieving the anxiety naturally.

Natural Remedies for Acne

Acne commonly known as pimples among most of the women around the globe is a very common skin condition. It is caused by collection of excessive oil in the pores of the skin. It is a bacterial infection caused by Propionebacterium acnes. Other names of Acne are black heads, white heads or zits. Commonly Acne occurs both in the females and males in their teens and resolves in few years. It is recommended that acute acne must be treated at home with few simple remedies instead to visiting a dermatologist. Here are few common home remedies for Acne;

Cleaning and washing the face regularly – it is the most important step in the prevention of acne as it removes excessive oil, dirt and dead cells from the skin.

Lemon juice – it is recommended to used lime juice on the pimples as it dries most of the oil from the pores due to its astringent property. Once the oil is gone the pimples die down. Although, it is a very effective technique for Acne removal but it bleaches the facial skin and make skin more sensitive to the sunlight. Lemon juice effect can be doubled by adding some salt in it as it increases the drying power of lemon juice manifold.

Honey and Cinnamon – mix almost a pint of cinnamon with honey and make its paste. Apply the paste on the pimples and leave it overnight. The pimples will be disappeared overnight.

Tomatoes – paste or juice of tomato must be rubbed on the pimples for almost twenty minutes and then face is washed. This practice surely removes the pimples.

Nutmeg – paste of nutmeg and boiled milk is very effective in relieving acne if applied for almost half an hour daily for few days on the blemish area of skin.

Mint – fresh mint leaves or juice is as effective as lemon juice in extracting excessive oil from the pores and making it acne free. It should be applied for almost six to eight hours for good results.

Oranges – oranges have vitamin C and they are otherwise good for the skin if taken in the diet regularly. Moreover, ground orange peels with few drops of water added in them is very effective in treating acne.

Rose water and Sandalwood – this combination if applied for twenty minutes on the face has very promising effects in reducing pimples.

These are just few home remedies that help in treating acne. However, even if few of these techniques fail, it is always better to consult a dermatologist for an expert opinion.


Natural remedies for constipation

Before discussing the remedies for constipation, I would like to make people aware of what constipation is and what are the common causes of constipation. Bowel habit is an individual characteristic. It varies from one individual to another and it can never be generalized. People having excessive flatus (gas), hard stools and inability to pass them at the usual interval are said to have constipation.

Here I would like to highlight few common causes of constipation like excessive stress, physical inactivity, decreased fiber and fluid intake, use of certain medications, artificial sweeteners and aging. Few medical conditions that may lead to constipation are diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, irritable bowel syndrome and malignancies.

It is always better to try natural home remedies in order to relieve constipation instead of jumping directly to the laxatives or purgatives. Although laxatives and purgatives are very much effective but with side effects. Moreover, patients are likely to get dependent on these agents. Here are few remedial measures for constipation;

High fiber diet – it is the key. Fiber is the undigested part of your diet and it keeps the bowel moving if adequate fluid is present in the bowel. High fiber diet includes whole cereals, grains, beans, fruits and vegetables. At least six ounces of whole grains must be consumed in order to keep your bowel moving.

Fruits – fruits like apples, oranges, pears, peaches etc have high fiber content. Almost five to six servings of fruits must be included in daily dietary plan. Instead of fruit juices whole fruit must be consumed as it has high fiber content.

Vegetables – vegetables like peas, potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli and sweet potatoes should be included in daily diet. Mildly cooked vegetables have more fiber content as compared to well cooked ones.

Avoiding refined products – refined flour, grains, rice and cereals must be avoided because they are poor source of fiber. Brown rice should be preferred on white rice because it has more fiber content.

Honey – honey is very effective in preventing constipation but it cannot be used regularly for this purpose because of its high sugar content.

Physical activity – daily physical activity for at least forty minutes prevents constipation more than any other remedy. It is very helpful in initiation of bowel movements.

Adequate water intake – almost 8 to 10 glasses of water must be taken in order to prevent constipation. Water must be added to the high fiber diet as it helps in the movement of fiber within the gastrointestinal tract.

Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure or Hypertension is a clinical condition in which the systolic blood pressure is more than 140 mm of Hg and diastolic pressure is more than 90 mm of Hg. Chronic hypertension has a very devastating effect to almost all the vital organs of the body like heart, brain, kidneys, eyes etc. Long lying hypertension usually leads to heart attack, stroke, brain hemorrhage, renal failure and loss of vision. So, it must be diagnosed in time and tightly controlled.

High blood pressure or hypertension is usually classified as essential and non essential hypertension. Almost 90% of the individuals having high blood pressure suffer from essential hypertension having no specific cause. Rest 10% have non essential hypertension secondary to some anatomical or physiological defect in the body.

Essential hypertension or high blood pressure is the one that can be prevented and even controlled with the help of natural remedies. Here are the few remedies;

Lifestyle modification – it encompasses all the aspects of controlling hypertension. It primarily includes improving dietary habits, doing physical activity daily and controlling weight.

Physical activity – a brisk walk or jogging for at least forty minutes per day is necessary for lowering blood pressure. Moreover, other activities like yoga and aerobic exercises are very helpful in reducing both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

Dietary modification – Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) have been introduced all over the world. Studies have shown that DASH has very promising results in overall reduction of morbidity associated with high blood pressure. This includes increased use of fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy products, beans and nuts. Numerous studies have shown that this dietary approach reduces the blood pressure in almost two weeks.

Garlic – studies have shown that garlic can help in the reduction of both the diastolic and systolic blood pressure in both the normal and hypertensive individuals. It must be used with caution as it is a blood thinning agent and may cause bleeding if used excessively or with other blood thinning drugs.

Other supplements like Hawthorn, fish oil, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and folic acid are also known to reduce the blood pressure in the individuals. They must be included in our daily diet.

Other micronutrient supplements like potassium, calcium and magnesium are also very effective in reducing the systolic as well as diastolic blood pressure. All these micronutrients must be monitored regularly in order to prevent hypertension or high blood pressure.


Do I Really Need Health Insurance?

For various reasons, many people nowadays choose to do without health insurance. This is especially common in young couples and individuals, who in addition to feeling very healthy, may not be that financially stable or well off. When there are many other expenses to juggle, something as intangible as health insurance can tend to take a back seat to other expenses. Many feel that, since they are healthy and never get sick, health insurance is going to be a waste of financial resources. However this reasoning is flawed. Health insurance is a necessity, not a luxury that you may consider purchasing if you have extra money. In fact, if you are struggling financially, you cannot afford to not have health insurance.

No one ever plans falling ill, or getting seriously injured in an accident. However, these things happen, and when they do, they can be extremely costly. Medical costs due to an accident such as a car crush or sports-related injury can easily skyrocket into thousands of dollars. You may also incur even more medical expenses if your injury requires additional treatment, physical therapy, or surgery. In addition, time spent recovering from your illness will be time where you will be unable to work. Without medical insurance, you may find yourself in a situation where you have thousands of dollars in liabilities and no income; quite a bind. If you have children or dependents, they will be forced to bear the burden of caring for you while you recover, with reduced or no family income.

If you are suddenly diagnosed with a serious illness, you may suddenly decide that medical insurance is a good thing to have. You will have missed your chance to get a good deal though. Insurance companies may factor in any medical conditions you have been diagnosed with, or even mere symptoms, in the computation of your insurance premiums. Your premiums will be significantly higher if you apply after you have been diagnosed, than if you apply while you are healthy and illness-free.

Perhaps the reason many people procrastinate health insurance is because getting sick or injured is not something we look forward to. It may be hard or unpleasant to imagine ourselves in such a situation, which may contribute to the reluctance to think of insurance. And yes, if you could somehow make sure that you will never require medical treatment in your life, you should forgot about health insurance. However, in the real world, if you want the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are covered, being insured is a must. In times of good health, it can provide peace of mind and security, and in times of trial and tribulation, it can provide much-needed relief and financial aid.

Surprising natural remedies for chronic pain

You all must be aware of this fact that pain can be both physical and mental or psychological. So, in order to manage the pain in a effective way, one has to address both the physical and psychological factors contributing to the pain. Only in this way we will be able to control the pain in a befitting manner.

Common physical causes of pain may be trauma, cancer, abnormal posture, muscle spasm, post operative or any sort of inflammatory process going on in the specific part of the body. So, allopathy concentrates on reducing the inflammation by administering the non steroidal antiinflammatory drugs. Here, I would like to mention that all these drugs do have multiple side effects and their long term use for chronic pain can be devastating for the body. In order to avoid the unwanted side effects a multitude of natural and herbal pain remedies have been discovered so far;

Capsaicin – it is the best pain relieving substance marketed all over the world with different brand names. It is derived from the hot chilly peppers. Studies show that substance P in the peripheral nervous system is the primary pain mediating substance in the human body. Capsaicin inhibits the production of substance P in that specific area and thus relieves the pain.

Other common natural substances used for the pain management act by decreasing the inflammation and resemble non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs but with no side effects. Common examples are Ginger, Turmeric, St John’s Wort, Fever few, Valerian root etc. Some of these substances are very effective in relieving muscular spasms causing abdominal pain.

Another common technique for the pain management is massage. Studies have shown that massage increases the levels of serotonin and endorphins in the body. Both the hormones or neurotransmitters are the naturally occurring pain killers in the human body. It also decreases the levels of stress hormones in the body, thus reducing the pain.

In order to address the psychological or mental causes of pain we must know that how mental stress can cause physical pain. Here comes the role of autonomic nervous system because whenever an individual is in stress sympathetic nervous system activates resulting in unusual and abnormal contraction of the skeletal and smooth muscles. This causes pain in different parts of the body. Although massage is very effective in stress management and relieving anxiety, however, the role of cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnosis and meditation is very important for the management of chronic aches and pains.