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

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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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5 Ways to Prevent Aging

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5 Ways to Prevent AgingAging. It happens to all of us, but most of us don’t give it a second thought until we begin to show signs of it. Usually, during the middle years of our lives, the face is one of the first places to reveal the tell-tale signs that we are getting older. While we cannot turn back the hands of time chronologically, there are steps we can take to slow the aging process.

The good news is there are natural ways to look and feel younger. Here are five of them.

Smile. Did you know that your body releases endorphins when you smile? It’s true. Endorphins are not only responsible for making us feel happy, but they also make us feel less stressed. Consequently, the stress hormone cortisol decreases as endorphins increase, helping us feel calmer and more relaxed. Smiling also lowers blood pressure and boosts the immune system.

Here’s the kicker: your body does not know the difference between a fake smile and a genuine smile. That’s why you’ll get all the key benefits, regardless of whether you fake it or genuinely feel it.

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3 Health Concerns for Middle-Aged Men

3 Health Concerns for Middle-Aged MenAsk anybody when middle age begins, and you’ll get a variety of responses. Some say it begins at 50 while others think it begins as young as 35. Most experts agree, however, that the ages between the years of 40-60 are a fairly good measuring stick for when most of us meet the standard for middle age.

While it’s true that you may feel better during this period of your life than you did when you were in your twenties or thirties, it’s an undeniable fact that regardless of how much we may deny that we’ve entered this milestone of our lives, our bodies may remind us that we aren’t as young as we used to be.

Here are three mid-life issues that men may encounter.

Weight gain. Women are not alone when it comes to weight gain during middle age. In fact, men are also likely to pack on the pounds after the age of 40. There are steps, however, that you can take to lose the weight.

Eat more protein. You’ll need 10% more protein during this period of your life than you did when you were younger. Eat more protein, and you’ll keep your metabolic furnace burning much more efficiently. Cottage cheese, eggs, and Greek yogurt are optimal breakfast foods. For best results, eat within the first two hours of waking.

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3 Natural Remedies to Treat Gingivitis

3 Natural Remedies to Treat GingivitisIf you’ve ever brushed your teeth and noticed that your gums were red, pink, or swollen, there’s a possibility that you may have gum disease. The first stage – and most common – is called gingivitis.

There are other symptoms that may indicate that you are in the early stages of gum disease: a sour taste in your mouth, ill-fitting dentures, and pain while chewing are just a few signs that a trip to the dentist may be in order.

Ignoring this chronic condition can lead to big trouble for your health. Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontal disease – a condition that can lead to receding gums, as well as deteriorating connective tissue and jaw bones.

Gingivitis occurs when there is a buildup of plaque on your teeth. Because plaque can form within 24 hours of brushing, regular oral hygiene is paramount to preventing this condition. When you don’t remove all of the plaque from your teeth with good oral hygiene, tartar can form after a few days. Unlike plaque, tartar is not easily brushed away. You’ll need a trip to the dentist to remove it.

There are several conditions that can also create an environment for gum disease to thrive. Here are just a few:

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