Common Triggers for Headaches

Common Triggers for HeadachesWhen you have a headache, your world changes. Migraines can sideline you from your daily routine, and a cluster headache may take you by surprise in the middle of the night and last for weeks, even months. Although tension headaches may not prevent you from going about your day, they can make it very difficult to focus on the tasks at hand.

Regardless of headache type or severity, there are several triggers that may cause you to develop headaches. Read on to discover why you may be experiencing pain and how you can avoid or lessen it.

Stress. Stress is a common cause for tension headaches. While it may not be possible to avoid stress altogether, you may find it helpful if you take steps toward managing stress more effectively. If you can control your reaction to stressful events in your life, chances are you’ll control the number of headaches you’ll experience. Try massage, meditation, exercise, or deep breathing techniques to decompress from a taxing day.

Smoking. Smoking is a common cause of headaches, particularly if you suffer from cluster headaches. In fact, you may be able to reduce the severity or duration of the pain by eliminating smoking from your life altogether. Keep in mind that secondhand smoke is also a trigger. If you can avoid exposure to smoke, you may be able to curb – even eliminate – your headache pain.

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Natural Remedies for Urinary Tract Infections

Natural Remedies for Urinary Tract InfectionsIf you’ve ever experienced a urinary tract infection, you know that the symptoms can range from mild discomfort to nauseating pain. A urinary tract infection (UTI) can affect anyone, but women are 10 times more likely than men to develop a UTI. In fact, approximately eight million U.S. women are treated for UTIs each year.

Overall, urinary tract infections account for the second leading cause of doctor’s office visits in the United States alone. Most UTIs begin as infections in the urethra or bladder and are often treated successfully with antibiotics. However, left untreated, a UTI can eventually lead to a serious kidney infection.

A UTI may go unnoticed at first because it often begins as an urge to urinate more frequently; however, there are several telltale signs that may indicate that you have a urinary tract infection and should, therefore, seek treatment.

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3 Causes of Memory Loss

3 Causes of Memory LossMemory loss. For many of us, it seems to be a natural consequence of growing older. However, there are many other reasons why you may not remember as well as you did when you were younger. While there are several factors that can contribute to a faulty memory, such as substance abuse, stroke, sleep deprivation, depression, and stress, there are a variety of other reasons and lifestyle choices that can impair your cognitive functioning, as well.

Here are three common causes of memory loss that may surprise you.

Smoking. If you smoke – even if you consider yourself only a “social smoker”— you may experience smoking-related memory loss. It’s true. In fact, when compared to non-smokers, individuals who light up daily – or just occasionally – can lose up to one-third of their “everyday” memory. This includes tasks that require “familiar” recall, such as matching names to faces or remembering the words to a song. Because smoking decreases the amount of oxygen that reaches your brain, it impairs cognitive functioning, even in younger people.

Medications. Certain medications are often instrumental in memory loss; however, if you’ve been taking your medicine over a long period of time, you may not attribute your memory lapses with your prescriptions.

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5 Common Symptoms of Adult ADD/ADHD

5 Common Symptoms of Adult ADD/ADHDThe diagnoses of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are often associated with children; however, ADD and ADHD are also common in adults. Individuals with ADD or ADHD are often misunderstood because impulsivity and lack of focus often interfere with work, social situations, and family dynamics.

Although many individuals are diagnosed during childhood, it is possible that you or someone you know could be living with ADD or ADHD and not be aware of it. Read on to discover five common symptoms of these disorders.

Difficulty staying motivated. Individuals with ADD/ADHD have a difficult time staying motivated. For instance, they may begin a task with enthusiasm but soon thereafter get bored or lose interest. Because their brains have lower levels of dopamine, their motivation levels are, consequently, low as well.

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter in the brain that is involved in motivation. Therefore, individuals with ADD/ADHD are naturally wired to lower levels of long-term inspiration. Because they tend to get overwhelmed easily and have difficulty prioritizing tasks, they often feel stressed when there are unfinished tasks at hand.

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5 Simple Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

5 Simple Remedies for Seasonal AllergiesAllergies. If you have them, you know how frustrating and difficult it can be to get through your day with the sneezing, wheezing, and overall feeling of malaise. Approximately 50 million individuals in the United States suffer from seasonal allergies. This equates to nearly 30% of adults and 40% of children. While there is no cure, there are steps you can take to relieve some of your discomfort.

Here are five simple remedies for calming allergy symptoms.

Wash your hair at night. If pollen throws you into a sneezing, wheezing fit or makes your eyes water, try shampooing your hair at night before going to bed. Since pollen collects in your hair during the day and deposits on your pillow as you sleep, allergy symptoms often intensify at night. If you use hair mousse or gel, your hair will trap even more allergens. Therefore, you’ll also want to wash your pillows and bedding to ensure that there is no lingering pollen in your bedroom.

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Do You Experience Chronic Fatigue?

Do You Experience Chronic Fatigue?It’s not uncommon to experience occasional tiredness, especially if you have had a restless night, have been sick, or have engaged in heavy physical labor. However, if you feel tired all the time despite your best efforts to get enough sleep, you may be experiencing chronic fatigue.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disorder characterized by a persistent feeling of tiredness that is not relieved by rest and lasts for a period of at least six months. CFS goes beyond just feeling tired; it causes individuals to feel so run down that they find it difficult – and, at times, impossible – to function and engage in daily activities.

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Natural Ways to Prevent Kidney Stones

Natural Ways to Prevent Kidney StonesApproximately one million individuals develop kidney stones each year. If you’ve had them, you know just how excruciating the experience can be.

The symptoms may begin as a pain in your back or side – just below the ribs – and often radiates with variations in intensity. Eventually, the pain becomes worse and gravitates toward your groin. Regardless of whether they are as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball, kidney stones can be very painful.

Other symptoms may include nausea and vomiting, frequent and painful urination, foul-smelling urine, and urine that is pink, red, or brown.

Kidney stones form from soluble salts in the urine, such as calcium-oxalate, calcium phosphate, and struvite. These substances form crystals and can bind with other crystals, forming a stone. Although they do not usually cause pain while in the kidneys, stones can become very painful as they pass through the bladder and out the urethra.

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5 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Vitamin D

5 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Vitamin DWe’ve touted the benefits of vitamin D and for good reason. Vitamin D is necessary for optimal wellness. You can drink milk fortified with vitamin D; you can take a vitamin D supplement; and if you spend a few minutes in the sun each day without sunscreen, your body will naturally produce enough vitamin D to keep you healthy.

On the other hand, it’s possible to mistake vitamin D deficiency for unrelated health issues. Here are five warning signs that your body may be deficient in this essential nutriment:

Vitamin D deficiency is linked to chronic infections. Vitamin D is often used for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. When you’re supplementing your diet with vitamin C during the autumn and winter months, consider adding vitamin D as well. Research shows that infections – such as influenza and other respiratory infections – rise during the winter months when we are not exposed to the sun; therefore, it’s essential that we add the daily recommended allowance of vitamin D to our diets to stay healthy.

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3 Weight Loss Myths

3 Weight Loss MythsThere’s no shortage of information available for individuals who want to lose weight. For some, the weight seems to melt away with a few dietary modifications and moderate exercise. Others, however, seem to struggle to lose just a few pounds.

The confusion lies in the conflicting information that is available today. Conduct an Internet search or walk down the health section in any bookstore, and you’ll see a multitude of claims made by “experts” who promise to give you the secret to remarkable results.

Unfortunately, many of these claims tout immense weight loss in just a few days or a few weeks. To the contrary, any eating plan that promises a quick fix will probably not lead to long-term success. That’s why it’s essential to change your lifestyle by eating healthier and exercising more frequently instead of embarking on a “diet” that will make you miserable and lead to nowhere.

Let’s lay to rest three of the most common myths that could be sabotaging your weight loss goals.

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Why Am I Getting Leg Cramps?

Why am I getting leg cramps?If you’ve ever been jolted out of a deep sleep by contracting muscles in your calves, you know how painful leg cramps can be. Muscle cramps – also known as charley horses – may last as little as a few moments, but soreness from these twitching muscles can linger for several days.

There are different reasons why we experience cramping in our legs. For instance, we can have muscle contractions in our extremities from over-exertion due to exercise or physical labor. Dehydration can also lead to muscle cramps so if you lead an active life, drink plenty of water.

There are other reasons, however, that cause some individuals to experience leg pain. Many times, these symptoms can be alleviated by home remedies, but some instances require medical intervention.

Certain medical conditions can cause muscle cramps. If you’ve received one of these medical diagnoses, then leg cramps may be part of your life:

• Multiple sclerosis
• Narrowing of the arteries
• Parkinson’s disease
• Fibromyalgia
• Thyroid disease
• Kidney disease
• Diabetes
• Liver disease/cirrhosis

If you are living with one of these diseases and are experiencing leg cramps – particularly on a regular basis – you’ll want to contact your medical provider to seek relief.

Dietary deficiencies can cause leg pain. It’s true. The good news, however, is that proper dietary supplementation will often resolve this issue. If you are deficient in these nutrients, you’ll want to consider adding them to your nutrition plan:

• Magnesium
• Potassium
• Calcium deficiency, particularly in pregnant women
• Vitamin D
• Vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3, B-6 or B-12
• Vitamin C

Identifying the root cause of your dietary deficiency may provide the answer you need to resolve your problem. That’s why it’s important to follow a well-balanced diet and supplement your meals with minerals and vitamins to keep your muscles in good working order.

Prescription medications can cause leg cramps. Many of the prescriptions we take for serious health issues have painful tradeoffs – muscle spasms and pain. Here are just a few of the medications that contribute to this condition.

• Diuretics (water pills)
• Beta blockers
• Statins
• Fibrates
• ACE inhibitors
• Asthma medications
• Certain cancer drugs

This is not an inclusive list. It’s always a good idea to contact your health provider to see if your leg cramps could be a side effect of the medicine you take.

If you live with frequent leg cramping from muscle spasms, there may be other hidden causes for that pain. The MAP can help you to identify the root causes of your pain and suggest nutritional supplements and other lifestyle changes to eliminate discomfort from your life.

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 help you manage and eliminate pain so that you can live a healthier, more active life.

If you’d like to learn more about The MAP and arrange for your own personal diagnostic evaluation, enter your first name and email 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 take that first step toward optimal wellness.