Mental illnesses are more prevalent than most Americans know. Unfortunately there is a negative stigma associated with mental illnesses which leads to people being underdiagnosed and not treated. Depression is the number one mental illness in the world with an estimated 350 million people living with it worldwide and about 1 million people committing suicide every year because of it. It is one of the largest health concerns of today. Depression is a vast problem that goes undertreated because people feel embarrassed to seek help due to the negative stigma. They continue to live with the symptoms of hopelessness, sleep deprivation, difficulty focusing and social withdrawal. Depression is often associated with other conditions as well such as cancer, heart disease and stroke. The scale of the problem is huge, but there is hope; up to 90% of people find themselves feeling better with treatment in just a few weeks.
Anxiety in today’s world is treated with many chemicals and with many different drugs. These treatments use a lot of time with many doctor’s appointments. Why not take the natural approach and find a way to deal with it with natural supplements and foods to help control your anxiety. Fruits, nuts and health-improving plants and calming exercise practices can assist in your battle with anxiety, naturally. These answers to anxiety can help in other physical ways also. We’d all like healthier blood pressure, less symptoms of allergies and would love getting the right amount of quality sleep! This would all help to increase our ability to enjoy regular socialization without experiencing debilitating anxieties.
Health and weight maintenance has become a priority for a lot of Americans. With mainstream media glamorizing unrealistically thin models and actors, the average American feels they don’t measure up and become obsessed with losing weight. This desire to fit in and look the best has become a driving force that is leading to bad habits that can become eating disorders. There are three main types of eating disorders. Bulimia Nervosa is characterized by eating large amounts and then purging afterwards such as vomiting or abusing laxatives. Anorexia Nervosa is characterized by losing weight no matter what the cost through self-deprivation. Lastly, the other common type is binge eating where the person has an uncontrollable urge to overeat and cannot stop. All of these represent serious problems and they should seek help from their health care provider.
We have all struggled with back pain at some point in our lives. Whether you have a strained back, a pulled muscle or something more serious that is causing you to have back pain, there are several things you can do to alleviate that pain. This list of 10 sure-fire ways to kill your back pain will give you the knowledge you need so your back pain doesn’t put you down and out. All of the remedies listed are smart, efficient and proven to take your back pain away and let you get on with your life. Stop waiting. Take control of your back pain now without the headache and hassle that comes with going to the doctor’s office. These 10 remedies are sure to alleviate your back pain once and for all.
Surprisingly, a recent survey of Americans indicated that many would trade life savings, give up sex, or turn away new friends for more hair. That’s right, more hair. There are four signs of hair loss; a wider part, thinning hair, hair accumulation, and a more visible scalp. When you notice any of these things, you can be sure that you are losing hair. But how can you treat hair loss? The first thing to do is talk to your doctor because they are the only ones that can diagnose the causes of hair loss and provide effective treatment. Hair loss can be caused by emotional stress or it could be an indication of a serious health problem. Some treatment options include hair transplant surgery, where the healthy hair from the sides of the scalp are taken and transplanted into the balding areas. Hair loss drugs can help to lessen the amount of hair lost, but they are not always able to regrow hair. Low level laser therapy is also a way to treat hair loss. Lasers are designed to wake up hair follicles.
There is new research that indicates that it is possible for humans to retrain our brain. Our brain consists of neurons and synapses. Neurons process and transmit information in our brains. Synapses are the gaps between the neurons that allow information to pass from one neuron to the next. When we are infants, we have the fewest number of synapses, which means that is when our brains have the greatest capacity for growth. As we age the synapses increase and if we rarely use the synapses, they get eliminated. It was previously thought that neurons can’t reproduce after the first few years of life, but new research indicates that it can. There is also hope that scientists will discover a way to repair the areas of the brain that have been damaged. The neural pathways of the brain connect and every time we think the new thoughts make a new pathway. When we repeat and practice these thoughts we strengthen these pathways. However, when old pathways don’t get used they weaken over time. But with direct attention towards a change, we have the ability to rewire our brains. We must set goals, recognize the triggers, make conscious decisions, and seek rewards from healthy pursuits. If we do this, a new pathway is strengthened and a healthy habit is formed.
The Natural Fertility Health Infographic describes the benefits of the fertility health diet, briefly outlines reproductive concepts, and details a recommended diet. Some of the benefits of the diet include reproductive health, reduced chance of miscarriage, and improved energy. The infographic also points out the balanced nutrition achieved under the diet. Reproductive concepts discussed within the article include the mechanism of egg fertilization and a summary of factors effecting male and female reproductive health. Viewers are reminded that fertility is affected by stress, age, and obesity. Finally, the diet is outlined, placing emphasis on whole foods, water, and light exercise. Lean protein and essential fatty acids from oily fish or nuts is paramount. It is recommended that soft drinks be avoided in favor of water, and foods made from unfermented soy be avoided as well. Generally the diet seems to follow the good nutrition guidelines from the original food pyramid, with the one change being a reduction in carbohydrate intake to only 1-2 servings per day. The infographic makes planning to follow this diet clear and seemingly attainably by outlining recommendations and giving a sample of a daily menu.
Water is essential to human life. Your body is approximately 75 percent water. Dehydration can lead to a number of health problems, including joint stiffness, constipation, premature aging and weight gain. Drinking water can help you control your asthma and your high blood pressure. Consuming eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day can help you control or prevent many health problems, including obesity. Drinking cold water can help you lose weight. Cold water speeds your metabolism and can help you lose as much as five pounds per year. Drinking eight ounce glasses of water with your meals helps you feel fuller, so you eat less. If you substitute water for higher-calorie beverages full of sugar, you will lose even more weight and be healthier.
As the below infographic from UKS Mobility points out, cerebral palsy is the most common movement disorder in children, happening in about 2.1 of every 1000 live births in the world. While 70% of these cases occur due to brain injury during the developmental stages of the fetus, injuries to the infant’s brain at birth account for another 20%. Sadly, no one has been able to find a cure for this disorder yet. Measures like immunizing the mother and preventing head injuries in children can help partly prevent the occurrence of this lifelong condition, while supportive treatments, therapy, surgery and medicines may help alleviate symptoms in some people. (more…)
When you choose a new doctor, how do you go about it? You’re probably picking someone close to home with plenty of parking. You might even ask your friends to see who has had a good experience with their doctor or look on Yelp! for peer ratings. As it turns out, peer ratings are not the best way to determine whether your doctor is good. If you need a specific procedure it’s important to find a doctor with the best outcomes for that procedure. You can be happy with your experience one minute and dead the next minute! (more…)