Treating IBS Naturally With Visceral Manipulation

Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects approximately 11% of the population. Only 30% of those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome will consult a physician about their symptoms, which leaves you to wonder how many people out there suffer from this condition undiagnosed. The average IBS sufferer experiences up to 4 distinct episodes of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms lasting up to 5 days. That’s 20 days a month! Those with irritable bowel syndrome have a higher prevalence of anxiety and a lower quality of life.

Common IBS Symptoms:

  • Alternating constipation and/or diarrhea
  • Persistent upper and lower abdominal pain and cramps
  • Feeling very full (or bloated)
  • Gas
  • Mucous discharge in the stools

Irritable bowel syndrome can take some time to nail down the exact triggers and time to heal. Symptoms and healing from IBS can be greatly helped with a manual therapy called Visceral Manipulation. Visceral Manipulation is a very gentle, very specific manual therapy for your internal organs to support optimal motion. That’s right, your lungs and heart are not the only organs that have a rhythmic motion.

When an organ is chronically inflamed, much like with irritable bowel syndrome, that organ tends to develop spasms within the muscle wall affecting its function. The small intestine is on average 20 feet long. There is a lot of potential for inflammation, muscle cramping and spasming which all affect the motion and function of this organ. With the primary responsibility of the SI being 90% of digestion and absorption, this is a problem. It has a very extensive vascular supply, predominantly the superior mesenteric artery and vein. These vessels supply nutrition and oxygen to the organ as well as transport nutrients you consume to the other cells in your body.

People with restrictions in the first part of their small intestine experience:

  • Tightness and discomfort in their mid back
  • Tightness and discomfort near right middle rib region
  • Deep, pinpoint midline abdominal discomfort
  • Difficulty digesting fatty foods
  • General digestive disturbances around 30 minutes to an hour after eating

The first section of the small intestine is called the duodenum and is the shortest section. The duodenum is centrally located just below the rib cage. It is the most fixed portion of the small intestine and is suspended in the abdomen by a ligament that attaches to the diaphragm. This allows for the intestines to elevate and lower with breathing. This portion of the small intestine is a little more muscular than the rest of the small intestine, similar to the musculature stomach. This is also where the common bile duct connects to the small intestine via the Sphincter of Oddi. The common bile duct is where the pancreas and gallbladder dump bile and enzymes to chemically break down your food. The duodenum can become spasmed around the Sphincter of Oddi and impede flow of these enzymes.

Symptoms of restriction in the remainder of the small intestine include:

  • Lower abdominal distention
  • Low energy and fatigue (due to impaired absorption of nutrients)
  • Difficulty digesting raw vegetables
  • Acute and chronic low back pain
  • A weak or wobbly feeling in the legs during or after working out (due to interference of circulation to the legs).

The bulk of the small intestine, the jejunum and ileum, fill the majority of the abdominal cavity, and attach to the back side of the abdominal wall. The small intestine has a very extensive blood supply that can greatly impact digestion and absorption when restricted. Chronic spasms, fascial restrictions and fibrosis can alter the natural motion of the small intestine, impeding blood supply and slowing the transit time of your food.

When Inflammation Goes Bad

But inflammation is a funny thing. Sometimes, the body comes to believe that normal healthy tissue is infected or is a foreign object, and then the immune system starts to fight against and destroy that healthy tissue.

This second type of inflammation–when inflammation goes awry–is believed to be involved in many chronic illnesses that plague us today. Heart disease, many cancers, and possibly even diabetes and obesity seem to be due at least in part to the body becoming chronically inflamed.

Fight It With Good Goods

Since inflammation can sometimes trigger these diseases, it seems logical to find ways of keeping low-level, chronic inflammation to a minimum inside our bodies.

Well, luckily, researchers have discovered that certain foods and dietary habits are linked to lowering levels of inflammation. Also, if you are already living with some of the diseases mentioned above, you might want to encourage your body’s healing processes by eating an anti-inflammatory diet.

What Is An Anti-Inflammatory Diet?

Actually, it’s not a diet per se, but a way of eating that, in short, encourages consumption of natural foods instead of packaged ones. Such a diet also calls for eating foods that have been identified by researchers as being able to decrease inflammation–for example, salmon. This fish is naturally high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have turned out to be Mother Nature’s big-time inflammation tamers.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet Tips

You can read about the anti-inflammatory diet in many places, but I’ve been most impressed by the information on Dr. Andrew Weil’s website. I’m going to summarize his main points below.

  • Include as many fresh food as possible, including plenty of fruits and vegetables right out of the garden.
  • Try not to eat processed foods and fast foods. Particularly avoid products made with high fructose corn syrup–and please note that the Corn Refiners Association is now calling this non-food “corn sugar.”
  • Eat a variety of foods.
  • Eat more whole grains like brown rice and bulgur wheat. During the processing of these crops, the grain is kept whole and intact, or else is cracked into only a few large pieces.
  • Whole-wheat flour is no longer a champion. Products made with it have the same glycemic index as those made with white flour, so whole wheat probably won’t stabilize your blood sugar level as well as, say, brown rice and bulgur.
  • Consume more beans, winter squash, and sweet potatoes.
  • Decrease your intake of saturated fat. Eat less butter, cream, high-fat cheese, un-skinned chicken, whole milk, and fatty meats, as well as of any products made with palm-kernel oil.
  • Use extra-virgin olive oil as your primary cooking oil or, alternatively, expeller-pressed, organic canola oil.
  • Also acceptable: organic, high-oleic, expeller-pressed sunflower and safflower oils.
  • Avoid the regular types of oils. Regular safflower, canola, sunflower, corn, cottonseed, and mixed vegetable oils are not as nutritious.
  • Avoid margarine, shortening, and all products listing them in their ingredients, as well as any products made with partially hydrogenated oils or palm kernel oil.
  • Include avocados and nuts in your diet.
  • Consume foods high in omega-3-fatty acids, such as salmon (choose wild over farm-raised fish), sardines, herring, black cod, hemp seeds, and flax seeds. (Grind up the seeds first.).
  • Take fish-oil supplements if you’re not eating oily fish at least twice a week. Dr. Weil recommends buying only “molecularly distilled” products, which are certified free of heavy metals and other contaminants.
  • Decrease your consumption of animal protein, except for fish and high-quality, low-fat, natural cheeses and yogurts.
  • Eat more vegetable protein, especially from beans in general, and from soybeans in particular. Also look into whole-soy foods, as opposed to foods made with processed soy.
  • Drink pure water. (Note: Expensive bottled waters are not only environmentally unsound; they are also not guaranteed to be pure. Look into buying a high-quality water filter.)
  • Drink teas instead of coffee, including white, green, or oolong tea.
  • If you drink alcohol, red wine is the preferred kind.
  • Enjoy (in moderation) plain, dark chocolate that has at least 70-percent cocoa content.

My Thoughts About The Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Dr. Weil’s outline above might sound overwhelming, but if you think about it, it’s really pretty basic:

  • Eat natural, unprocessed foods as much as possible.
  • Steer clear of saturated fats, particularly animal fats.
  • Increase fiber consumption by eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat more ancient grains, which have the added advantage of being free of gluten, the protein in wheat that can cause serious chronic inflammation in some people.

If you’re a vegan/vegetarian and aren’t eating fish oils of any kind, you can still get the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids by taking high-quality DHA/EPA supplements. (DHA and EPA are abbreviations for two of the omega-3 fatty acids: docosahaxanoic acid and eicosapentanoic acid, respectively).

Consider adopting at least a few of these tips right now, particularly if your diet doesn’t incorporate many anti-inflammatory practices. Then gradually begin to add other foods and strategies that appeal to you. See if such a diet helps you feel better overall.

What to Do When You Have a Toothache – Natural Cures for Tooth Pain

A toothache is generally the cause of tooth decay or infection. There may be a sudden pain when some food comes in contact with a dental cavity. If you do not brush properly, some food particles stuck between the teeth which may cause infection or cavity. Infection can be at the root level or in the gums. This is also called as a tooth abscess. Its main symptoms may include pain while chewing food, bleeding in gums, and bad smell in the mouth. If you have severe pain or deep cavities then you must visit the doctor but before that, you can also take some natural cures at home to have relief from a toothache or to cure cavity. So here are some natural cures that can be taken at home:

Rinse with Salt Water: Mix 1 tbsp of salt in one glass of warm water, rinse your mouth with this. Warm salt water is a natural disinfectant which can be used to lose the food particles those are stuck in the teeth.

Rinse with Hydrogen Peroxide: You can rinse your mouth with hydrogen peroxide directly or by diluting it in water. It is temporary pain reliever. It will kill the bacteria and will give you relief from pain.

Cold compress or Icing: Cold compress is one of the best methods to get relief from pain. Use an ice bag or wrap ice in the towel and keep it on the affected area for about 15-20 minutes. Repeat this every few hours.

Alum: It is also known as fitkari India, and is used by Ayurveda. Apply alum powder to tooth or bleeding gum, keep it for half an hour. Repeat the process for few hours in a day.

Clove: It has been used throughout the history for a toothache as it reduces inflammation. Dab cotton ball with clove oil and apply on affected area. You can also chew clove directly and release its oil and keep it on the same place for half an hour. Diluting clove oil in water can be used as mouthwash also.

Garlic: Garlic has many medicinal properties. Grate garlic clove and make a paste from it, apply it on the affected area, it will kill bacteria. You can chew garlic directly also.

Apple Cider Vinegar: It has antiseptic properties which may kill bacteria causing toothache. Apply vinegar using a cotton ball on the tooth and soon you will get relief from pain.

So to prevent tooth infections or tooth decay, you must follow good oral hygiene practices which include brushing your teeth twice a day especially before going to bed, rinse mouth after having a meal, once in a day use an antiseptic mouthwash, avoid eating chocolates and food having high sugar content.

Heat Stroke: Common Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

Heat stroke, also known as sunstroke, is a dangerous malady that happens when your internal body temperature rises above 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius). Caused by high temperatures, if gone untreated, could lead to damage to many of your internal organs, including your brain. Avoiding this, especially in the hot summer months, is very important. The simplest way to ensure staying healthy is by drinking lots of water. Drinking water can be made more enjoyable by adding flavors, or by motivating yourself with a reward for drinking more than 8 cups of water each day.

Heat Stroke Symptoms

  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Confusion or agitation
  • Muscle weakness
  • Not sweating in the heat
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Fast pulse or rapid breathing
  • Fainting
  • Loss of appetite

Heat Stroke Prevention

  • Stay hydrated! Staying hydrated prevents you from losing too much liquid in your body by sweating.
  • Wear loose clothing. As much as you want to wear as little clothing as possible, wearing loose, billowy clothing is actually much better for keeping you cool because of how little it actually touches your body, while also protecting you from the sun’s harmful rays.
  • WEAR SUNSCREEN!!! This should go without saying, but sunscreen should be applied regularly, and only contain SPF 30 or higher.
  • Try to avoid being outside. Less exposure to the sun means less risk.
  • Try not to drink very much alcohol or coffee. Both of these drinks are dehydrating, and being hydrated is one of your main defenses against heat stroke.
  • Avoid heavy exercise
  • Invest in a fan. For a floor fan, try this bestselling, oscillating one.
  • Eating foods with heavy water concentrations, such as watermelon, cucumbers, and celery

Heat Stroke First Aid

  • Call 911 immediately if you suspect someone has heat stroke. The longer you wait for medical treatment, the worse the condition.
  • Keep them as cool as possible. Move them to an air-conditioned area, if you can, or at least as far out of direct sunlight as you can find.
  • Put them in cold water, such as a shower or bath. Natural bodies of water work too, as long as they’re cold and the patient has no risk of drowning.
  • Fan them while spraying them with cold water.
  • Put them in an ice bath, BUT only if they got heat stroke from exercising. It’s dangerous to put children or senior citizens in an ice bath, and especially if it wasn’t sustained while exercising.
  • Put ice packs in sensitive places close to blood vessels. Ice packs are best around the neck, armpits, groin, back, and inner knees. You can buy a pack of 24 disposable ice packs, and keep them in your first aid kit in case of an emergency.
  • Have them drink lots of water
  • Check their body temperature regularly
  • Make sure they’re lying down, with their feet slightly propped up

Higher Risk for Heatstroke Included People with

  • Diabetes
  • Alcoholism
  • High blood pressure
  • Physically exhausting jobs, such as gardening
  • Recreational drug usage
  • Mental illnesses
  • Certain medicines, including antihistamines, diuretics, SSRIs, antipsychotics, and heart medicine.

Never leave children or pets in the car on a hot day. Between the year 2000, and 2017, over 500 children have died from being left in the car. Pets, especially dogs, are even more susceptible to heat. The inside of a parked car can quickly reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Leaving a window cracked does not do very much, and it has been recommended that you bring your pet to the storefront, and leave it in the shade with a bowl of water, if possible. Children have occasionally been forgotten in the back seats of cars. There are many ways to avoid this, such as leaving your wallet in the backseat next to them. If a child is left on purpose in a car, the guardian can be liable to prosecution.

Swimming may be a good way to keep cool, but always remember to drink water and apply sunscreen. Another way to keep cool and have fun this summer is to explore some. Museums and libraries typically have air-conditioning, along with some interesting things you might not have seen before. Heat exhaustion is often a precursor to heat stroke, so if you feel fatigued after spending some time in the sun, get to someplace cool as soon as possible, and start rehydrating.

Staying Healthy and Fit

There are a variety of reasons why people exercise, and many continue to exercise daily. Exercise has so many benefits that the list goes on and on. A few reasons why you should incorporate exercise into your daily routine are:

  • Weight Maintenance
  • Weight Loss
  • Stress Reduction
  • Combat Disease and Health Conditions
  • Improve Mood
  • Improve Circulation
  • Promotes Better Sleep
  • Improve Sex Life
  • And More

Getting Started with Exercise

We are not all in the most perfect shape of our lives. Our jobs can even take a toll if we are having to sit in one place for extended amount of times. Our bodies gradually begin to adapt to our daily routines and then the downhill battle begins. There are ways to incorporate exercise into our daily lives without it taking up too much time and energy.

Before beginning any type of exercise routine, it is best to speak with your personal physician to be sure that the exercise is good for your health and any predisposed conditions.

Beginning slowly is the key when it comes to beginning an exercise routine. Exercising does not have to cost an arm and leg and there are routines that can cost you very little. Things like taking a walk a couple of times a day take nothing but your time. Of course, it is important to dress appropriately for the weather where you live and walk.

Exercise at Home or the Gym

Nowadays, there are many people who do not want to go to the nearest gym. Whether you are uncomfortable being in front of others or just do not want to pay for a gym membership the option to exercise at home is always available.

There are many choices for exercise equipment that can be used right at home. Many stores carry a large supply of equipment and clothing for every level of fitness. Below are a few examples of the equipment and accessories available from this company.

  • Waist Trimmers: These beauties make it possible to have a thinner waist without having to take time out of your busy schedule and can be used in addition to your workout routine. Waist trimmers can add extra back support when you are working out and add heat to the area to help burn fat faster. These belts are comfortable and are made with materials that can breathe.
  • Indoor Bike Trainers: For those of us who love to ride bikes these bike trainers are an ideal way to exercise. Of course, the weather and time may not always be on our side, so the use of a bike trainer allows us to exercise when we want whether it is too dark outside or too cold.
  • Running Shoes: Sports equipment stores and shoe stores carry the best when it comes to running shoes. It is very important to wear good running shoes while out jogging to avoid injury to our feet and body.
  • Treadmills: This is a must have if you are serious about your exercise routine. Using a treadmill daily to walk or run allows you to still be able to exercise even if the weather is too hot or too cold. Treadmills have become more affordable over the past few years and are becoming a staple in many households.

Whether you are planning on walking, running, or even playing basketball there is a company out there to help you acquire the gear you need at very affordable prices. Many sports equipment offers up-to-date reviews on the best options available for your exercise routine.

The Best At-Home Oral Hygiene Routine

The regular care and maintenance of your teeth and gums are crucial in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. While we all have likely been taught at an early age to make sure to brush our teeth every day, is it enough to maintain a healthy, white smile?

It’s a common belief that a simple brushing of the teeth, regardless of how long or thorough it is, is enough. While it is recommended that patients to brush their teeth every day, there is a better way to do it.

First, when it comes to brushing your teeth, it ought to be done twice a day; once in the morning and once in the evening just before bedtime. When you sleep, the saliva production decreases, drying out the mouth. A dry mouth creates an ideal environment for plaque to form and bacteria to grow. Brushing your teeth right before bedtime and in the morning shortly after you get up will minimize the bacteria activity and plaque build-up.

When you brush your teeth, a quick brush-over won’t cut it. Plaque and bacteria live and thrive in the crevices on teeth surfaces and between teeth. A quick brushing of the surface of teeth will fail to clean off the majority of plaque-causing debris. It is recommended that patients brush their teeth for a solid two minutes. In these two minutes, try to brush all surfaces of the teeth as well as gently massaging the gums and gently scraping the top surface of the tongue. Be sure to not brush too hard or too vigorously as this can scrape off tooth enamel and injure and irritate gum tissue. A soft-bristled toothbrush is also recommended.

Don’t Forget About Flossing

Even if you have an impeccable teeth brushing routine, it isn’t enough to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. As mentioned earlier, plaque-causing debris and bacteria tend to accumulate between teeth. The spaces between teeth are too small for a toothbrush to adequately clean.

This is where flossing comes in.

Many patients exclude flossing from their at-home oral hygiene for many reasons including the tedious, time-consuming nature of it and the fear of cutting their gums and causing them to bleed.

Flossing, however, is the best way to dislodge those stuck food particles that will turn into cavity-causing plaque. As effective as flossing is in removing hard-to-reach food particles, it should take the place of teeth brushing. Both are necessary for proper oral hygiene.

Patients should floss at least once a day. Flossing does take a few minutes, but healthy teeth and gums will be your reward.

Use Mouthwash for Extra Clean

Mouthwash is a great, optional add-on to your at-home oral hygiene routine. Mouthwash can aid in producing a clean mouth by washing debris from the surface and crevices of the surface of teeth as well as dislodging food particles in between teeth.

Mouthwash often contains alcohol, an anti-septic that produces a burning, fresh clean feeling in the mouth. Mouthwash can also help freshen breath.

How Safe Is the Root Canal Treatment?

The root canals are the most controversial topic in the dental world. Most people tend to question the safety of the procedure. That is because of the misleading information that is being shared on the internet. That is why most patients would prefer an alternative treatment. However, in some cases, treating the pulp cavity remains the only alternative. The dental experts have no choice but to advocate for root canal safety. In fact, the modernized dentistry has increased the safety of endodontic procedures.

The root canal is the perfect solution to treating dental cavities that affect the root of the teeth. The treatment involves the removal of infected pulp. After the removal, the teeth are properly cleaned. After cleaning, dental filling materials are fixed in the tooth to cover the space left by the pulp. The procedure allows the patients to keep their teeth. However, the tooth is dead because the living tissue was removed. Apparently, it is a perfect solution since it prevents loss of teeth.

The safety of this treatment depends on how it is done. According to various researches, the bacterial infections in the root canal are at 100%. The researchers argue that in most cases, only 44% of the bacteria are removed. Hence, the remaining 56% of the bacteria will continue causing damage to the neighboring teeth. That would culminate in serious long-term dental problems. Listed are ways in which root canal can lead to more dental problems.

  • Infections both inside and outside the pulp cavity
  • Negative immune response due to pulp cavity filling
  • Irritation of tissues by accumulation of cholesterol crystals
  • Cystic lesions on the affected root
  • Scar of healing tissue in the root canal area

After the root canal treatment, the remaining bacteria might lead to further infection if not contained. That is why the dental patients are given antibiotic treatment. The antibiotics have their own negative side effects. Apparently, the antibiotics are not effective in pain and swelling reduction. That shows they might not be helpful for patients that have undergone root canal procedure. To be assured of quality treatment, consider the following aspects.

Quality of treatment

You need to ensure you are getting quality treatment. Hence, do not just choose any dentists available in your area. Check their past successes in delivering effective treatment. Take time and read the reviews shared by their previous patients about them. Dentists that provided quality and effective treatment will have numerous positive reviews. Avoid dentists with many complaints from past clients.

Competence of dentists

The skills and knowledge of the dentists limit their proficiency in delivering root canal treatment. To be guaranteed of better treatment, look for a highly qualified dental expert. They should have the essential credentials that prove they are qualified. Make sure your preferred dentist is licensed.