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Is It Chronic Dry Eye or Just Allergies? How To Tell

Allergies can often be confused for a chronic condition of dry eyes. Knowing the difference can be very useful when trying to deal with and treat the problem. The symptoms of both are similar, but they’re very different problems. And they require different approaches. Worst of all, it’s not uncommon for some people to actually suffer from both dry eye and allergies at the same time.

Tears are a saline based solution produced for the eyes. When the tears aren’t produced in sufficient quantity, or if the composition of tears produced by the body isn’t right, dry eye can occur. Tears normally include water, lipids, and mucin. Lipids help prevent tear evaporation, and hold the tears in the eye longer before spilling out. Many dry eye conditions relate to low lipid levels in a patient’s tears.

An allergic condition is when tearing and burning symptoms are experienced after exposure to an irritating substance. Eye allergies are normally annoying, but not medically harmful. Histamine production when coming into contact with the allergen produces the telltale symptoms of itching, swelling, and redness. Most allergens are environmental, and usually don’t require medical intervention.

Treating both often involves a bit of investigation, and trial and error. Doctors might prescribe oral antihistamines, lubricating drops, or look for anatomical solutions that might involve more direct measures.

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Chocolate is Finally Put to the Test

Seeds are extremely healthy.  Every seed contains an entire embryonic plant that is surrounded by an outer later full of all the things to help the plant grown, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.  All that nutrition makes them super healthy.

Chocolate comes from the cocoa bean.  Beans are seeds too, therefore high in nutrients.

Consumption of cocoa beans is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.  So that is GREAT news.

A recent study found that men and women who frequently consumed chocolate had a lower BMI than those who ate chocolate less often.  This study did have a flaw in only a small window in time was recorded.  While cocoa hardly has any calories most foods made with chocolate are calories dense.

Another study that was 6 years long found that those with a chocolate habit did have a long term weight gain.  So, overtime that chocolate habit might start hurting your health through unnecessary weight gain.

Dark chocolate is healthier than milk chocolate.  And cocoa powder is better than both of these.

Don’t let the candy companies fool you into over consumption of sugary chocolate treats.

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Use Your Five Senses to Eat Healthier

 Food should be pleasurable, that first smell of coffee in the morning.  We use all 5 of our senses when we eat.

Sight: You start to taste your food the minute you see it.

Smell:  After sight the sense of smell starts.  The aroma hits your nose and mouth passing hundreds of odor receptors.

Taste: With your first bite your taste buds send messages to your brain about the flavor (sweet, salty, sour, or savory).

Texture: The texture of the food also affects your perception.  The more crunchy the potato chip the more it is liked.

Sound: Even sound effects how you view food, think of the crunch of an apple or the break of a bread stick.

If your senses all aren’t functioning due to illness (a cold for example), poor vision, reduced hearing or a medication you are taking you are not going to enjoy your food as much.  The taste will be off to you and the experience less enjoyable. This can lead to you eating less or choosing foods that aren’t as nutritious and healthy.

If you are struggling with eating healthy check out the tips in this article for amping up the appeal to each of your five senses.

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Five Bedtime No Nos

Looking for a quality tips for a good night’s sleep? You will find 5 of them here, ranging from slightly obscure to potentially previously unheard. Similarly, these tips may be incredibly impacting for the troubled sleeper or it may provide at least a brief and informative read. The content includes making salient a few common habits, like drinking a cup of coffee or how much light you can allow into your sleeping quarters. It seems likely that poor sleepers would likely benefit from informing themselves on the damaging impacts that we impart on ourselves throughout our day. We see the impact that computer and screen use has on sleep as well. Often poor sleepers turn toward distractions early in their stages of circadian disruption.

The No Nos List

  • Do not check your email or phone or any type of screen.
  • Do not have a before bed alcoholic beverage.
  • No coffee after dinner.
  • Close your curtains – eliminate light from outside.
  • No late night snacking.

While the writings here do not dive heavily into the science behind their writings, it does provide an essential short list of the “don’t” (no no) behaviors contributing to sleep problems. Perhaps the most surprising issue discussed here is the affect that eating has on poor sleepers and it strongly suggests that one limits themselves to not eating late into the evening. It does not provide and exact time, as the scientific community is at odds. This brief read is a worthwhile list that may help the limited insomniac looking for ideas.

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Moving Just 1 Hour a Week May Curb Depression Risk

Dealing with depression could be as easy as getting some exercise. When thirty-four thousand adults were studied in Norway, results pointed to physical activity being a significant factor in reducing how many in the pool suffered from depression. And the study ran for over ten years, bolstering the findings.

Researchers say most people have a twelve percent chance of developing depression. Study participants came in at only seven percent, and only nine percent were even found to have clinical symptoms of anxiety. Those who conducted the study are at a loss to fully explain how or why the exercise has this effect, but they think there are many different factors involved.

The good news for those who persistently lack physical activity in their lives is that even a small amount of exercise was enough to realize the results. There was no need to dive into an intensive program of physical activity just to improve mental health. Even an hour or two a week was enough to add beneficial results to study participants’ mental health. More exercise was not found to create a greater mental health benefit.

The findings apply to anyone, male or female, and whether they exercise a little or a lot. Physical activity yields mental health benefits. Researchers did note, however, that the activity does continue to have physical benefits even if the mental ones seem capped.

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Foods to Eat to Help Prevent Diabetes

There has always been a question asked within the food industry and that question is, Why does meat lead to a higher risk of diabetes and why does that risk drop whenever a person begins to reduce the amount of meat they intake daily? In the article it’s mentioned multiple times that plants are a big prevention of diabetes as they are full of different minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that can lower blood pressure and reduce sugar levels within your body. Fiber can also decrease that risk, so it’s very important you eat foods that provide you a lot of fiber as they can flush out any extra or left over estrogen within your body. Really what the article and what people have gathered overtime is that you should always balance out your meals and not go strictly meat. You put yourself in like for risk of diabetes and just a plethora of other different issues you can run into, it’s all about balance, healthy and clean dieting and keeping up with your nutrition. Sure all meat isn’t bad and meat is definitely needed in a diet for it’s protein but you can’t rely on it all the time, in order to protect yourself and stay healthy and to most importantly reduce any issues or said risks that come with over consumption of meat eating, make sure you take the necessary steps to prevent diabetes by balancing out meals and eating healthy.

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Help Your Child Nap Well: A Nap Schedule for Every Age

While it is important to attempt to set a sleep schedule for newborn infants, the kids often have their own notions of how, when, and for how long they will sleep. There are some guidelines available though, that can help parents understand how their child’s sleep patterns will change with age.

Newborns will sleep much of the time, and this is natural. Most such children will take very frequent naps for the first portion of their life. And their total sleep in a single day and night period can often result in as few as five waking hours. This much sleep will help the infant support development of both brain and body.

With age, around about six months, children will begin to take fewer naps. Two or three such naps, usually about an hour to an hour and a half each, are normal. But doctors still recommend the children still spend more of their day and night asleep than conscious. Over the next three to six months, their sleep periods will begin to scale back a little, and many will usually need only two naps, plus the night, to get the needed sleep.

By one year of age, most children are only napping once a day. It will be a little longer than it used to be, but it will still be less sleep total than they once needed. It is important, however, that any nap at any age, not be too short. Naps that are too short can make the child irritable and tired.

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Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination Promises to Detect Alzheimer’s

Early detection of Alzheimer’s is easier with a new test that has been confirmed by scientific studies. The Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination allows individuals to test themselves for possible Alzheimer’s at home, using nothing more than a pen and paper. If the test indicates there could be a possible diagnosis, patients can take the test results to a doctor or other medical professional for further evaluation.

The SAGE test measures cognition, a key factor in confirming an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Developed and evaluated over multiple years, the test has been given refined and confirmed by a study that included one thousand participants. Their scores were evaluated against known diagnoses, and researchers are confident the test will be a very important factor in increasing the number of patients who can have their Alzheimer’s detected earlier. This will be vital because early detection can be key in managing and slowing the progression of the disease.

Since the test is self-administered, it will reduce both cost and possible embarrassment. Those who suspect or fear they might have Alzheimer’s can answer the question with great confidence without having to expose themselves to others while doing so. Only after they have their self-scored results would they need to deal with a doctor.

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How to Get Rid of Constipation

A very effective method of dealing with constipation, that does not require drugs or medical treatment, is to increase the amount of dietary fiber consumed. Fruits and vegetables are a primary source of such fiber, and the five to seven daily servings typically recommended to be included in anyone’s diet are often enough to help.

Fiber adds bulk to stool, as it is primarily plant material that the human gastrointestinal tract cannot digest. This material often binds to water in the intestines, which helps retain it in the body longer. This water will usually soften stool, which further assist in dealing with constipation.

Today, there are sources of fiber other than simply increasing how much actual fruits and vegetables are eaten. Fiber supplements are made from plant sources, and can serve to achieve all the goals of fruits and vegetables for this purpose. For slightly more natural, or at least less processed, sources of fiber, wheat and oat bran can be traded in for the fruits and vegetable servings.

The only real drawback to fiber consumption is flatulence. Gas is produced when the intestinal bacteria attempt to digest fiber as much as they are able. When they do, the byproduct is gas, and this gas will be expelled from the colon.

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