The Diverticulitis Diet

The Diverticulitis DietIf you’ve ever been afflicted with an attack of diverticulitis, you know how uncomfortable it can be: diarrhea, nausea, chills, and cramps are the tell-tale signs that something is definitely out of order. However, diverticulitis may be mistaken for the flu, and that’s why many of us end up in the emergency room before getting a definitive diagnosis.

Diverticulitis occurs in the pockets of the large intestine when feces become trapped. The result? Bacterial growth develops, and the large intestine becomes infected or inflamed. When left untreated, this condition can perforate the intestine.

Ouch.

Although diverticulitis can cause lifelong issues, the good news is that with proper nutrition during your recovery period, you can make the attacks more bearable.

The Diverticulitis Diet

Although the diverticulitis diet may not prevent this condition – or treat it – it will give you a chance to give your digestive system a reprieve.

According to the Mayo Clinic, individuals with mild to moderate diverticulitis should see their medical health practitioner to get a prescription for antibiotics and follow a restricted diet (listed below.)

When you have a diverticulitis attack, Mayo Clinic suggests that you follow this diet for a few days:

  • Broth
  • Fruit juices without pulp
  • Ice pops without bits of fruit or fruit pulp
  • Gelatin
  • Water
  • Tea or coffee without cream

You may also find it helpful to chew on ice chips during this time. Within two or three days, your doctor will suggest that you add low fiber foods to your diet. The key to a quicker recovery time is to give your digestive system a break.

Keep in mind that the diverticulitis diet is just a short-term solution. Since it is low in caloric content and much-needed nutrients, you may feel tired or weak. That’s to be expected, and your energy levels should return to normal once your condition has healed and you’re eating normally again.

When to Call the Doctor

If the pain does not subside within a few days – or if you feel nauseated and/or unable to keep down food – you’ll want to call your physician. While most diverticulitis attacks will subside with treatment, 6 out of every 100 individuals will require surgery.

If you have repeated attacks, complications, or an infection that has spread, chances are that the surgeon will remove part of your colon to prevent further attacks.

There are other chronic conditions that may replicate the symptoms of diverticulitis. The MAP can help uncover undiagnosed health problems.

The MAP uses a saliva and urine test to determine the root cause of symptoms and then provides a series of recommendations using natural home remedies to improve your overall health. The MAP is an important tool to identify underlying health issues and recommend nutritional supplements and other lifestyle changes to maintain optimal health.

If you’d like to learn more about The MAP and arrange for your own private diagnostic evaluation, enter your first name and e-mail address in the field on the right-hand side of this page. We’ll register you to attend our next webinar and show you how The MAP can help you create a personalized road map to good health.

Dangers of Dehydration

Dangers of Dehydration

Muscle cramps. Headache. Thirst.

If you feel these symptoms during or after basking in the sun or working in the summer heat, chances are you’re suffering from mild to moderate dehydration.

Dehydration occurs when your body is low on fluids. If you spend a lot of time outdoors without drinking water or other hydrating liquids, you may become dehydrated. If you’re into extreme workouts, you could sweat yourself into a dehydrated state. Furthermore, individuals who live in high altitudes are also more prone to dehydration.

There’s more.

Dehydration can also occur if you generally do not eat well. Your body consists of 60 percent water so if your diet is lacking in foods that provide the proper hydration, your health will decline because of it.

Dehydration can also lead to digestion issues because your body needs to be fully hydrated to secrete the proper amount of digestive juices. Otherwise, you may suffer from uncomfortable symptoms such as bloating, gas, nausea, and nausea, just to name a few.

How can I tell if I’m dehydrated?

It’s simple. Conduct the “pinch test.”

Put your hand against a flat surface. Approximately one inch behind the knuckle, pinch the skin on your hand. If the skin flattens back into place in about a second, you’re fully hydrated. If not, you may be dehydrated.

What are the symptoms of dehydration?

Dehydration can range from mild to chronic in severity. Although not all of the symptoms below necessarily indicate dehydration, they are red flags to consider.

Mild Dehydration

  • Thirst
  • Dry mouth or tongue
  • Thick, sticky saliva
  • General feeling of malaise
  • Feeling weak
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dry skin
  • Decreased urination
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Feeling sleepy, tired, or restless
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Chronic Dehydration

If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical treatment immediately.

  • Extreme thirst
  • Delirium or unconsciousness
  • Extremely dry skin that does not pass the pinch test
  • Crying without the presence of tears
  • Low blood pressure
  • Sunken eyes
  • Irritability
  • Confusion
  • Little or no urine output
  • Dark urine
  • Bloody or black stool
  • Diarrhea without vomiting
  • Rapid breathing
  • Rapid heartbeat

What are the health risks of dehydration?

If you’re mildly to moderately dehydrated, drinking lots of water or other electrolyte-infused beverage should get you back on track to good health.

However, dehydration – in its chronic form – can lead to serious health issues such as kidney disease, gall stones, joint problems, permanent brain damage, and, if left untreated, death. That’s why it’s important to get plenty of fluids if you’re going to spend a lot of time in the heat or if you are an extreme athlete who sweats a lot. Children and the elderly are especially at risk for dehydration.

Chronic illnesses can also lead to dehydration. The MAP can help uncover undiagnosed health problems.

The MAP uses a saliva and urine test to determine the root cause of symptoms and then provides a series of recommendations using natural home remedies to improve your overall health. The MAP is an important tool to identify underlying health issues and recommend nutritional supplements and other lifestyle changes to maintain optimal health.

If you’d like to learn more about The MAP and arrange for your own private diagnostic evaluation, enter your first name and e-mail address in the field on the right-hand side of this page. We’ll register you to attend our next webinar and show you how The MAP can help you create a personalized road map to good health.

How to Boost Your Brain Power Naturally

How to Boost Your Brain Power NaturallyWe know that consuming a healthy diet is good for weight management and for preventing a variety of chronic health issues. However, what you eat is also integral to boosting your brain power.

Here are three ways you can supplement your diet – naturally – to ramp up your memory, alertness, and cognition.

Think B. Vitamin B-6 and B-12 are paramount to maintaining brain health. If you’re like most of us, you may have noticed changes in your memory as you’ve gotten older. Healthy doses of B vitamins will help create the internal environment in your body to improve overall memory functions.

You can find these essential B vitamins in the following foods:

  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Beans
  • Peanuts
  • Asparagus
  • Corn
  • Citrus fruits and juices
  • Beef liver

Add antioxidants for learning, remembering, and using knowledge. If you want to improve your overall cognitive functioning, foods rich in antioxidants will give you optimal brain power.

Add lots of dark fruits and vegetables to you diet to get the antioxidants you need. Here are just a few of the foods you need to super-charge cognition:

  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Plums
  • Wild blueberries
  • Granny Smith apple
  • Red Delicious apple
  • Dried kidney beans

Omega-3 fatty acids will keep you alert. Consume foods rich in Omega-3 at least three times a week, and you’ll find that it easier to remain alert throughout the day.

Although cold-water, oily fish are great sources of Omega-3, you don’t have to eat fish three times a week to get your brain boost. Here are other sources of Omega-3 fatty acids:

  • Cauliflower
  • Flax seeds
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Beef
  • Sardines
  • Salmon
  • Tofu

Remember, overall health includes a healthy brain too. That’s why it’s important to include food in your diet that will not only help you to stay healthy and happy but will also improve your clarity of mind.

With all of the medical advice on the market, it’s easy to become confused about what’s best for your body. How do you separate the fact from fiction? We make it easy. The MAP can help.

The MAP uses a saliva and urine test to determine the root cause of symptoms and then provides a series of recommendations using natural home remedies to improve YOUR overall health. There’s no guesswork because The MAP is a personalized assessment of your health.

The MAP is an important tool to identify underlying health issues and recommend nutritional supplements and other lifestyle changes to maintain optimal health that supports essential brain functions.

If you’d like to learn more about The MAP and arrange for your own private diagnostic evaluation, enter your first name and e-mail address in the field on the right-hand side of this page. We’ll register you to attend our next webinar and show you how The MAP can help you create a personalized road map to good health.

3 Ways to Prevent Gallstones Naturally

GallstonesGallstones develop because cholesterol and pigments in bile sometimes form hard particles. Cholesterol stones and pigment stones[/caption]Approximately 20 million individuals in the United States have gallstones. When substances – such as cholesterol, calcium carbonate, or calcium bilirubinate – harden in the bile duct or gallbladder, lumps called “stones” are formed.

There are two common types of gallstones.

  • Pigment Gallstones – These stones are less common among the population at large and more common in individuals who have liver disease, blood disease, or infections in the bile tubes.
  • Cholesterol Gallstones – These stones are more commonly diagnosed. In fact, approximately 75% of individuals who are diagnosed with gallstones have stones that are caused by excessive cholesterol in the bile.

It’s quite possible that you may have gallstones without being aware of it. In fact, most people are unaware that they have this condition. If, however, the gallbladder becomes inflamed, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Back pain
  • Pain in the right shoulder
  • Pain below the ribs (right side of body)
  • You may awaken in the middle of the night with pain
  • Pain may become continuous and last for hours
  • Difficulty breathing

Once you’ve reached the stage of a gallbladder attack, the only intervention is medical intervention. However, there are steps you can take to lessen the chance that your body will form gallstones. Here are three ways to prevent gallstones naturally.

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5 Foods That Boost Your Metabolism

5 Foods That Boost Your MetabolismLosing weight can seem like a project instead of a process: counting calories and fat grams, tracking your headway at the gym, and focusing on “the number” instead of inches lost is a lot to keep track of. You already know that you can boost your metabolism with regular exercise, but did you know that you can include certain foods into your diet to stoke your calorie-burning furnace?

It’s true.

Here are five foods you can add to your diet to give you an added edge on your weight loss journey.

Oatmeal. Eating oatmeal at breakfast is a great way to start your day. Your body has to work harder to metabolize oatmeal because of its rich fiber content, and you’ll get the added benefit of reducing your cholesterol when eaten on a regular basis. For best results, choose steel cut oats instead of rolled oats. The steel cut varieties are lower in calories and contain no sugar.

Spices. Spices are a great way to not only flavor your food, but they also possess amazing metabolism boosting benefits. Below are just a few spices you can add to your food to burn calories more quickly.

  • Cinnamon
  • Cayenne
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Black Pepper
  • Mustard Seed

When you reach for a flavor enhancer, consider adding a calorie-burning option instead of salt.

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5 Summer Health Concerns

5 Summer Health ConcernsWe often think of summer as a time of outdoor activities, fun, and, of course, time spent in the sun. However, all this fun can put us at risk for some bothersome medical conditions.

Here are five medical conditions that peak during the summer months.

Swimmer’s Ear. It’s a painful price that some of us pay for spending time in the water, but swimmer’s ear is also expensive. In fact, it accounts for nearly $500 million yearly in health costs. Swimmer’s ear is caused by the growth of bacteria and fungi, so it’s important to dry your ears immediately after swimming. You can use a hair dryer to dry the ear canal, as long as you’re careful and hold it several inches away from the skin. Always use the coolest setting to prevent injury.

Hyperthermia. Hyperthermia refers to heat-related illnesses caused by spending too much time in the sun. Older individuals are particularly susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke, as well as individuals who have chronic health conditions. That’s why it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat-induced illness.

If you experience nausea, dizziness, cramping, or extreme sweating after spending time in the heat, you’ll want to find a cool spot right away. If you do not feel better within a few minutes, seek medical attention right away.

Poisonous Plants. Poison ivy. Poison oak. Poison sumac. If you spend time outdoors, there’s a chance that you may come in contact with one of these poisonous plants. Swelling, redness, and itching are common symptoms. The good news is that they are usually treatable at home. Use calamine lotion or an oral antihistamine to alleviate symptoms. If your infection becomes severe or spreads to your eyes or genitals, seek medical attention immediately.

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3 Vitamins You Must Take During the Summer

3 Vitamins You Must Take During the SummerDid you know that your nutritional needs change during the summer? The heat, humidity, and rays of the sun can rob your body of important nutrients. That’s why it’s important to adapt your nutritional needs as the seasons change.

If you spend a fair amount of time in the sun each week, you can temporarily stop taking vitamin D. Because our bodies produce it naturally, there’s no reason to take more than you need. If, however, you begin to show signs of vitamin D deficiency, you’ll want to add it back to your diet. A simple blood test can determine if you’re vitamin deficient.

Summer Nutritional Needs

As the days heat up, our bodies react to the changes in temperature. We’re in the heat. We sweat. We lose essential vitamins and minerals. Get plenty of vitamins A, C, and E to compensate for these losses. Here’s why.

Vitamin A

There is some evidence to suggest that vitamin A may prevent skin cancer when taken as a daily supplement. Vitamin A also helps repair skin damage from the sun, which can make the summer more tolerable as your skin is exposed to ultraviolet rays.

One note of concern is that Vitamin A does not react well when taken in adjunct with certain medications. Here are just a few:

  • Birth control pills
  • Blood thinners – Coumadin, Jantoven
  • Isotretinoin – Accutane, Sotret, Claravis, Amnesteem
  • Bexarotene — Targretin
  • Tretinoin – Vesanoid
  • Cholestyramine – Questran, Prevalite

Additionally, when taken in large doses, vitamin A can have serious – even life-threatening –health effects. Always ensure that you take the recommended daily dosage to stay within safe limits.

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7 Causes and Cures for Edema

7 Causes and Cures for EdemaIf you’ve ever awakened in the morning with your ring feeling tighter on your finger or have been surprised at the sight of puffy eyes looking back at you in the mirror, you know how uncomfortable – and sometimes embarrassing – edema can be. Edema – swelling caused by excess fluid in the tissues – is most often experienced in the hands, arms, legs, ankles, and feet, although other parts of the body, such as the face, may also be affected.

In most cases edema is not a sign of a serious medical condition. In fact, a few lifestyle changes may be all you need to eliminate the excess fluid that causes your body to swell. With a few modifications, you should see a reduction in symptoms within a few days.

Here are seven causes of edema and steps you can take to naturally rid your body of it.

Inactivity – Inactivity can cause an increase in fluid retention. That’s why it’s a good idea to get moving when edema becomes an issue. Take a brisk walk to get the blood flowing or head to the gym for a heart-pumping workout.

Elevated or Reduced Sodium Levels – When you have a sodium imbalance, low or high, your body responds by retaining fluid. Furthermore, potassium levels must also be in balance because it works with sodium to regulate the transport of nutrients and to regulate waste within the body. By drinking plenty of water and regulating sodium intake, you’re likely to notice a reduction in swelling. Before self-regulating sodium, however, it may be worth your while to visit your doctor to determine if excessive – or not enough – sodium is the cause of your edema.

Heat and Humidity – Many individuals notice that heat and humidity lead to excessive swelling, particularly during summer months. Drink more water, reduce sodium intake, and get moving to reduce swelling in the tissues.

Dehydration – When we do not get enough fluid intake, the body will naturally hold onto fluid because metabolic processes require the presence of water in our bodies. To curb edema caused by dehydration, the best course of action is to drink more water.

Menopause – Menopause brings an array of bodily changes, and water retention is one of them. To reduce swelling, increase your fluid intake and elevate your feet at night so that they are above your heart. Adding vitamin B supplements can also go a long way toward reducing swollen ankles since vitamin B deficiency can also lead to water retention.

Chronic Medical Conditions – Although in most cases a simple case of edema can be eliminated by avoiding salty foods, drinking more water, and engaging in an exercise routine, there are times when fluid retention may be a sign of a chronic medical condition. If you have prolonged edema, it could be a red flag that warrants attention. Here are just a few diseases that cause bodily swelling:

• Damaged or weakened veins in the legs
• Cirrhosis
• Congestive heart failure
• Kidney damage or disease
• Insufficient lymphatic system

If you suspect your fluid retention may be symptomatic of an underlying medical condition, schedule an appointment with your physician as soon as possible.

Reaction to prescription medication – There are a variety of medications that may cause edema. Here are just a few.

• Birth control pills
• Menopausal hormone therapy
• Blood pressure medication
• Corticosteroids
• Antidepressants
• Antipsychotics
• Endocrine agents

The list goes on.

If you experience edema that does not go away within a few days, contact your physician to schedule an appointment. You can also turn to The MAP for answers at the cellular level.

The MAP uses a saliva and urine test to determine the root cause of symptoms and then provides a series of recommendations using natural home remedies to improve your overall health. The MAP is an important tool to identify underlying health issues and recommend nutritional supplements and other lifestyle changes to treat and/or eliminate edema and the underlying causes of it.

If you’d like to learn more about The MAP and arrange for your own private diagnostic evaluation, enter your first name and e-mail address in the field on the right-hand side of this page. We’ll register you to attend our next webinar and show you how The MAP can help you create a personalized road map to good health.

The Diabetes/Gum Disease Connection

The Outlawed Cure For All Disease
If you have diabetes, you know that it puts you at risk at developing other chronic conditions; however, did you know that there is a direct link between diabetes and gum health? It’s true.

Individuals who develop diabetes are at a much higher risk of developing serious dental conditions such as periodontitis – an infection of the gums that can be managed but not reversed. In its milder state, called gingivitis, the dentist can clean away tartar during regular dental checkups and effectively treat this condition. However, when left untreated, tartar build-up can cause the gums to bleed, recede, and, if left untreated for prolonged periods of time, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis – one of the leading causes of tooth loss.

So, what is the connection between gum disease and diabetes?

Each condition can directly influence the other.

The key to maintaining good dental health goes beyond regular dental checkups. It’s also important to keep your blood sugar under control. As long as you can maintain good control of your diabetes, your risk for developing peritonitis is no higher than individuals without diabetes.

While individuals with uncontrolled diabetes are more susceptible to gum disease, it is also true that gum disease has a direct correlation on blood glucose levels and may, in fact, contribute to the progression of diabetes.

Furthermore, if you have diabetes you may be at higher risk for fungal infections and cavities.

  • That’s why you’ll want to take a proactive stance to prevent complications of the teeth and gums due to diabetes.

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Cancer Caution

Dr Keith Scott-Mumby

Cancer … It’s the dreaded diagnosis none of us want to hear from our doctor.

In fact, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, with more than 1,500 individuals dying of cancer each day. The good news is you can survive cancer depending on the type you have, whether it is aggressive, and the stage in which it is diagnosed.

While many individuals do not suspect that they have cancer until they receive a definitive diagnosis, there are signs that serve as a red flag that cancer may be an issue. The American Cancer Society defines several warning signs with the acronym CAUTION.

Change in bowel or bladder habits – For instance, when bowel cancer is present, you may notice an increase in the frequency of your bowel movement. Bladder cancer may also increase the frequency of urination.

A sore that does not heal – Individuals who have skin cancer may have wounds that do not heal.

Unusual bleeding or discharge – Blood in your stool or urine may be an early warning sign of cancer.

Thickening or lump in the breasts, testicles, or elsewhere – Often, the first warning sign of cancer is the appearance of a lump under the skin. It’s important for women to do a self-check for breast cancer each month and to get mammograms as prescribed by their doctor. (Although less common, men can develop breast cancer too.) Men should also conduct a testicular self-check each month to discover any abnormalities.

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