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Category Archives: Health

Deadly Effects of Hypertension

Stroke – Stokes are caused when a certain part of the brain becomes deprived of nutrients and oxygen, which then leads to the death of previously healthy brain cells. Hypertension can lead to strokes as it weakens blood vessels in the brain, eventually resulting in them narrowing, weakening, or even rupturing altogether. Another reasons why strokes can be caused by hypertension is the fact that it can lead to the formation of blood clots in arteries leading to the brain, meaning that the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen or nutrients.

Diabetes – Although hypertension doesn’t cause diabetes, it can greatly exasperate the side effects associated with diabetes. For example, diabetes already damages the arteries, weakening them and putting them for at risk. When you factor in hypertension as well, the already weakened arteries simply cannot cope, resulting in hardening of the arteries. Diabetics also suffer from poor circulation, which is another side effect associated with hypertension.

Heart disease – Heart disease, or cardiovascular disease is another very common side effect of hypertension. As the heart is responsible for pumping blood all around the body, high blood pressure can lead to a number of irregularities. Hypertension results in a lack of blood being transported to the heart, which can lead to irregular heartbeats, chest pains, or even a heart attack. Enlargement of the left side of the heart is another common side effect of hypertension, due to the fact that the left ventricle in the heart can become stiff and thickened, affecting the heart’s ability to pump blood and therefore causing it to become enlarged.

Eye disease – The eyes are also commonly affected as a result of hypertension mainly because tiny blood vessels in the eyes can become damaged. This can lead to retinopathy, which is a condition which can cause blurred vision, bleeding in the eye, or even complete loss of vision. Nerves in the eye are also damaged due to hypertension, particularly the optic nerve.

Kidney disease – The kidneys act as filters for our blood, filtering out impurities to keep it as healthy as possible. With hypertension however, as the blood flows much faster through the kidneys, and in much larger volumes, this can force them to work twice as hard and can result in them becoming worn down. Over time, it can even result in full kidney failure, resulting in them shutting down completely.

Atherosclerosis – Perhaps better known as artery disease, atherosclerosis is a very common side effect of hypertension, resulting in damage to the walls and lining of the arteries which in turn causes them to harden. The increase in blood pressure can wear away at the lining of the arteries, making them weaker and more vulnerable. This can eventually lead to the arteries becoming hardened, resulting in blocked blood flow to the other vital organs in the body.

Getting Enough Sleep

More and more scientific research is coming out showing the importance of sleep, and how detrimental lack of sleep is to your health. Recent research has found that people who routinely sleep less than seven hours per night have 21-26% higher chance of dying of any cause, than people who routinely sleep more than eight hours per night.

Every single animal sleeps. There are no animals that do not sleep. Biologically, that means sleep is as important as breathing and eating.

There’s been some fascinating brain research recently that found out more about how the brain works and what it does at night. I was astounded when I read it. When we’re active during the day, working, exercising, and doing our daily activities, we’re heavily using our brain functions. This causes a build up of toxins and chemical byproducts that naturally occur as part of that process. When we sleep at night, the brain actually pumps through a nightly “wash cycle”, like a dishwasher, that washes out those toxins and built up byproducts from the day. Just stop and think about that for a moment. What happens if you don’t wash your dishes thoroughly? Lots of crud builds up. Now think about that happening in your brain. What do you think happens when lots of toxins and crud build up in the brain? Is it going to have an impact on brain function and health? Absolutely. If you don’t get enough sleep at night, the wash cycle doesn’t run properly.

Decades of sleep research show that eight hours of sleep per night is the magic number. Kids and teenagers need a little bit more.

In Chinese Medicine, we want to balance yin and yang in the body to restore and maintain health. Yang energy provides the heat, fire, and functional activity in the body. Daytime is yang time. It’s warm, light and the time when we’re busy going about our daily activities. Many of us end up acting “too yang”, that is, go, go, going all the time, without enough “down time” or time to rest and rejuvenate the body (and mind and spirit, for that matter).

Yin energy is the cooling, moistening, nourishing energy in the body. Night is yin time, when it’s cooler, dark, and quiet. During yin time, our body naturally needs to be quiet and rest, in order to replenish itself from the activities of the day. What happens when you stay up too late, do too much, and don’t rest enough? You overwork, burn up the yin energy, and feel tired. The yin/night/ rest time is just as important as the yang/active time! Unfortunately, all of our great technology to make us more efficient, instead of giving us more leisure time, has made us do much more stuff in less time. We’re always trying to fit in one more thing that we can get done before we go to bed.

If you think doing more stuff is more important than sleeping, consider the research mentioned above. And, research has shown that those who don’t get enough sleep (less than 8 hours) gain more weight, and there’s an increase in heart attacks in those who don’t get enough sleep.

As you can see, eight hours of sleep per night really is important. Tonight, consider whether you really need to do one or two more things before bed. Do you really need to stay up and watch the end of the movie or finish reading the book tonight? Plan your time at night, just like during the day. What time do you need to go to bed in order to get eight hours of sleep? If you start watching the TV program or movie, will it end in enough time to let you get in bed at your target bedtime? Set an alarm if you need to, to tell you to stop whatever you’re doing and get ready for bed. It’s a matter of creating good habits and training your body when it’s time to stop and go to sleep. Never work in bed.

Diabetic Foot Care

a) Check your feet daily for cuts, sores, red spots, swelling and infected nails.

b) Do not cut corns and calluses( hardened or thickened part of the skin). Consult your doctor if you have developed corns and calluses rather than cutting them off using razor, corn plasters or some liquid corn removers.

c) Make sure your toe nails are trimmed properly. Trim them straight across and smooth them using a nail file.

d) If you are diabetic, consult your doctor. Diabetic patients are at more risk to developing foot complications and wounds which do not heal easily. There are three major problems which a diabetic person faces if he develops some foot disease.

. Ischemia: It is poor circulation of blood.

. Neuropathy: It is a nerve disease.

. Infection: Precipitation Factor.

Tip: Keeping your blood sugar level in good control and taking care of your feet properly can help you avoid serious foot problems. Also avoid sitting with your legs crossed as it can reduce the flow of blood to the feet.

e) Scrub your feet each time you take a shower. You can also wash them using mild soap and lukewarm water and then drying them gently.

f) Wear clean socks and shoes that fit you properly. Right shoes helps you put off injuries and soreness. If you feel your feet sweat more than others, go in for leather or canvas shoes but not synthetic ones or plastic shoes. Plastic or vinyl shoes do not stretch or breathe. Sandals are also a good option. Use foot powder daily.

Exercising With Hypothyroidism

Build muscle – this may be the last thing on your exercising to-do list. But building muscle is important in many ways. Not only will you be strong, but having more muscle has been proven to burn more fat by increasing metabolism, even when you are at rest.

There are lots of exercises you can use to build muscle. If you would like to do them at home, then you can buy free weights to use. Alternatively, you can build muscle with strength training exercises. These include pushups, lunges, leg raises, and squats. If these aren’t for you, then visit any nearby gym; you will find a good selection of equipment aimed at building muscle.

Get motivated to exercise – when just getting started with exercise, you will likely be very motivated. You will see yourself exercising every day. However, it does not take long before all this motivation disappears. And you may soon find yourself sedentary.

But there are lots of tricks you can use to keep your motivation. One of them is by listening to music while you exercise. This makes the workout fun and it distracts you so you don’t pay attention to your exhaustion.

Secondly, you can also try working out with friends. Just make sure that your goals are not broadly different. This will ensure that you do the same exercises most of the times.

Create fitness goals – it is pointless to start exercising without first having a goal; you won’t know what you would like to gain in the end. And chances of losing your motivation are high.

Are you trying to lose weight? Do you want to build muscle? Whatever it is that you want, make sure that it’s specific. And it helps to write it down so you can look at it at least once a day.

Use Healthy Sleeping Habits

Insomnia can be brought on in a variety of ways that can be both medical and non-medical.

Medical causes include:

• Pain due to injuries such as a fracture or sprain
• Chronic muscle pain
• Irritation due to allergies (itching, sneezing, watery eyes, etc.)
• Acid reflux and other gastrointestinal problems
• Asthma and other breathing conditions
• Certain medication prescribed to treat other ailments such as a cold or throat infection
• Illness in general
• Depression as well as anxiety

Non-Medical causes include:

• Stress (Loss, bad working conditions, marriage trouble)
• Change in schedule through change in working hours or even extreme jetlag
• Environmental factors such as light, noise, smell or temperature

Once you have identified the cause or causes of the insomnia, you can find ways to tackle them individually to help you sleep.

There are some things that you can do to get that much needed sleep that you have been missing.

First and foremost you should try to get yourself into a regular routine, setting a time to sleep every day and sticking to it as well as getting a regular and reasonable amount of exercise daily to not only stay healthy but to tire you out and make it easier to sleep. However, be sure not to exercise too close to bedtime because that can be counterproductive and keep you awake.

You should avoid alcohol which can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night and caffeine which keeps you up at night.

Use thick curtains to block out any light from outside and try to get the room to a comfortable temperature either by using more blankets or by installing an air conditioner or cooler.

If you still can’t sleep, get up and do something that isn’t over stimulating such as reading a book or planning out your next day.

Information of Prehypertension

Prehypertension is when your blood pressure levels are slightly elevated above what they should be, and is often a precursor to hypertension, which basically means that, if left untreated and unaddressed, prehypertension will eventually lead to hypertension. When a person suffers with prehypertension, their systolic (top) number reading will be 120 mmHg-139 mmHg, or their diastolic (bottom) number reading, will be 80 mmHg – 89 mmHg.

Prehypertension is actually, a very worryingly, a very common health condition with more than 50% of all adults aged 18 or above, suffering with either hypertension, or prehypertension. In the USA alone for example, a staggering 59 million people are believed to suffer with prehypertension, and those numbers are increasing every single day. So then, you may conclude that prehypertension is an indirect result of aging and growing older, although experts say that this is not the case at all. In some parts of the world for example, some countries will see virtually no increases in hypertension or prehypertension as people grow older. For this reason then, the most obvious cause is considered to be poor lifestyle choices.

As you can now see, prehypertension is not to be taken lightly and should be taken very seriously. Some of the main risks associated with prehypertension include:

Increased chance of hypertension – This is the most obvious risk of prehypertension, as the condition itself is a precursor to hypertension. Put simply, if the condition is not addressed, it will eventually lead to hypertension and all of the health complications associated with high blood pressure, which all have the potential to be fatal.

Cardiovascular disease risk factors – Another danger associated with prehypertension is that it could present a number of risk factors commonly found in individuals suffering with cardiovascular disease. These include: High LDL cholesterol levels, blocked arteries, diabetes, obesity, strokes, and heart attacks, all of which have the potential to be fatal.

What are the main causes? – As mentioned, the main causes of prehypertension are believed to be directly linked to poor lifestyle choices, although genetics also are believed to play a role. Some of the main causes of prehypertension include:

Being obese or overweight – The larger a person’s body mass and body fat levels, the more oxygen, blood, and nutrients their bodies will need to be supplied to their cells. This gradually leads to an increase in blood volume, thus increasing the pressure and force being placed on the arteries.

Age – It is actually younger adults who are more likely to suffer from prehypertension, and sadly, that doesn’t mean that older adults are likely to be more healthy, it actually means that older adults are more likely to have moved onto hypertension instead.

Genetics – If you have a history of high blood pressure, or prehypertension in your family, you will be more at risk of developing the condition yourself. That doesn’t mean you will, it simply means you will need to be careful.

Unhealthy lifestyles – If you eat a lot of junk food, don’t get enough nutrients, don’t get enough exercise, smoke, drink excessively, use drugs, or anything else which is considered unhealthy, you are far more likely to develop prehypertension, which could quickly evolve into hypertension. Diets rich in salt and low in potassium are also strong risk factors.

Manage Stress For Thyroid Health

Some stress, specifically called acute stress, is fine. It helps us get away or protect ourselves from danger. And the body has no trouble dealing with this. Chronic stress is the one that’s detrimental to health. Our bodies were not made to cope with high levels of stress for long periods of times. Studies indicate that over 30% of the population faces extreme stress.

One of the most notable ways that stress affects thyroid health is by depressing the HPA axis (hypothalamic pituitary adrenal). This is connected to the production of thyroid hormones. In addition to this problem, stress hormones disrupt the convention of T4 to T3. And this leaves the body with insufficient T3, worsening the signs of hypothyroidism.

Stress hormones have also been found to weaken immune barriers. As such, foreign elements enter into parts of the body they are not supposed to. And this, in turn, causes autoimmune reactions.

This stress can cause an inflammatory response, which may trigger an underactive thyroid. Therefore it is important to manage stress to reduce your chances of hypothyroidism or other thyroid disorders.

Adopt a good diet – some of the stress is because of the food we eat. So following a good diet is a good starting point. The diet I recommended in Chapter 2 should help you avoid most of the foods that stress the body. This particularly refers to sugar.

You must also avoid stimulants. Examples of these include alcohol, caffeine, and drugs.

Relax – our gigantic schedules usually leave us too exhausted to do anything else by the time the day ends. And this is bad since we all need some time to relax. The body cannot be healthy if it is being put in a state of high-productivity at all times. You will burn out in the end.

There are lots of options as to how you can relax. Meditation is one good example.

If you just need something simple, then you can try breathing exercises. Inhale while counting to 4, hold your breath for 7 seconds and then release it for 8 seconds through your mouth. Do this for at least 10 minutes.

Another great way to relax is to take walks in forests. Nature has healing capabilities. You can also watch the sun rise or set. Both these actions will provide relief from stress.

Sleep – Some boast about sleeping for less as if it’s a sign of strength. But this is simply a lack of knowledge. Whether you have hypothyroidism or are as healthy as the sun, you need to get adequate sleep every night. Studies have shown that sleep reduces stress, helps the body restore hormone imbalances, and strengthens the immune system. It is recommended that you sleep for at least 6 hours 30 minutes every day. But do not let this be over 8 hours. That will be unhealthy.

Dangers Of Taking Excessive Sugar

Hidden Sources of Sugar:

1. All processed foods are the richest sources of hidden sugar and different names are used to conceal this fact.

2. All salad dressings contain hidden sugar.

3. All soft drinks are the richest sources of hidden sugar.

4. All bakery items, including pizzas, pasta, sauces, and burgers are full of hidden sugar.

The sad part of the story is that we take all these items as healthy alternatives to normal meals. It means that the persons taking these things as an alternative to normal foods for the purpose of weight loss are on the wrong path. They are adding more sugar in their bodies, which increases their weight instead of decreasing it.

Dangers Related to Hidden Sugar Intake:

1. Belly Fats: Intake of excessive hidden sugar will increase deposits of fats in your belly. As a result you will experience increased level of triglyceride, overweight and a huge tummy.

2. Diabetes: Excess sugar in the body will result in “Diabetes”. It is one of the fatal diseases all over the world. A sugar patient will experience all problems related to diabetes.

3. Heart Disease: Elevated sugar level in the blood (diabetes) will result in the heart diseases. Diabetes is the prime cause of all the heart diseases. The heart attack risk of a diabetic patient increases many times as compared to a non-diabetic patient.

4. Vision Problems: Excess sugar level in the blood (diabetes) may result in leaky blood vessels in the eyes (Diabetic Retinopathy). It may result in blurred vision or spots in the field of vision, which may lead to glaucoma and cataract.

5. Central Nervous System: Excess sugar level in the blood (diabetes) may lead to a poor perception of heat, cold and pain, making you more prone to injuries. Ignoring such injuries, especially, when at a place not easily visible, may lead to serious problems like amputation of a finger or a foot.

6. Reproductive System: Excessive sugar level in the blood (diabetes) may lead to gestational diabetes, which results in high blood pressure during pregnancy. Due to this problem, the birth of the baby will be difficult due to a “higher birth weight”.

Orthopedic Mattresses

Fabricated As Per Your Requirements – Sleeping on your back is not easy when you have a rock hard mattress. The doctors highly recommend to make your sleep system comfortable as per the demands of your body because it actually affects your back and make your life in distress if the mattress is not comfortable. It supports the back and the spine perfectly to give you complete rest.

A Comfortable Sleep System For Luxuries – Sleeping on a hard bed is a good reason for your back and orthopedic mattresses are designed for providing maximum support to your back so you can enjoy the better sleep in luxuries. It is fabricated with the anti-rolling effect so you can share the bed with your partner without disturbing your own sleep.

Improves Posture – The orthopedic mattress keeps the spine erect to maintain a good posture and keep you away from the strains. It is designed to bash all the alarming concerns of back problems so you can get a good posture and sleep comfortably out of the distress. For the proper alignment of your back and incredible support it is a must try that is recommended by all the doctors.

Say Goodbye To Back Pain – Improving your posture indicates bashing down many back problems at once. Another good reason to choose the mattress is its pain relieving technology that lets you sleep comfortably without slipping or bearing the pain anymore.

It’s Economical – Besides all the benefits, the mattress is also affordable in price so you won’t end up breaking your bank. The top brands offer a wide selection for the different problems so you can get the product for the economic price. It is durable and comfortable that is available in different sizes and foam densities.

Relation High Blood With Sleep

The Brain: High BP (Hypertension) is considered as the most critical risk factor for stroke.

Vision: It may even cause blurred or impaired vision or even worse, as could result in blindness also.

Arteries: Plague buildup in arteries could also be one of the reasons for hypertension as this will make your heart and kidney work harder.

Kidneys: It can also lead to narrow blood vessels in kidneys due to which kidneys don’t function properly and toxins builds up in the blood.

Are there any warning signs of High blood pressure?

Well, in most of the cases, there are rarely any symptoms. People usually relate it to increased levels of stress, nervousness and tension, but the truth is that even a relaxed person can have high blood pressure.

So instead of assuming on your own, the best way to know if you have hypertension is by getting it checked by your health care provider. This should be done regularly as this disease of elevated blood pressure can develop over time. Prompt treatment of it can also reduce your risk of stroke, heart failure, kidney failure and heart attack.

High Blood pressure and Sleep apnea

Missing out on sleep can leave you feeling irritated and slow-witted in the morning, but let us tell you that the consequence does not end here. Over the time, sleep may also take a toll on your heart and BP.

High BP and Sleep apnea are associated with each other and the studies show that it can result in even graver conditions like heart failures, irregular heart rates and heart related diseases. The simple reason for hypertension with Sleep apnea are sudden drops in oxygen levels due to sleep apnea which will increase the blood pressure and stress will be put on heart.

How to control High Blood Pressure?

The risk factors like age, family history and ethnicity are among the ones that are not in our control. So when we talk about the preventive measures for hypertension, our focus would be on the factors that you can actually change.

Try to follow the below mentioned lifestyle changes to eliminate any reasons for high blood pressure and to bring down the numbers in case of elevated blood pressure.

Maintain Healthy weight – People who are overweight should look for methods to lose weight and get a healthy body. Talk with your doctor about the ideal weight you can have and try to achieve it.

Follow a balanced diet – Taking a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables and limiting your intake of calories, fat and sugar will surely help in eliminating even the minor signs.

Cut back on salt – Living on a low-sodium diet helps in keeping the symptoms of high blood pressure at bay. You should cut back on your total salt intake per day by avoiding high-sodium processed foods and by limiting the use of salt in your daily meals.

Do regular Exercise – A moderate exercise of about 30 minutes, three times in a week will be a good start to control hypertension. Furthermore, keep in mind, the more you exercise the better.