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Half Marathon Training Plan – The Basics

Jul 11

A half marathon is exactly what it sounds like, a road race that consists of half the distance of a full marathon. That distance of course is 21-kilometers or 13.1 miles depending on your preference of either the metric or imperial system of measurement.

It should be noted that world records for the half marathon are now ratified by the International Association of Athletics Federations, the international governing body for the sport of athletics.

Half marathons have been growing consistently in popularity over recent years due to the fact that it encompasses a challenging distance for runners while half marathon training plans can be less intense than those plans required for a full 42-kilometer marathon. Usually half marathons are held in conjuncture with full marathons, using the same course layout but starting at a later time. This allows runners who are either not yet ready, or have no desire to run a full 42-kilometer marathon to compete in a long distance run.

As mentioned above training for a half marathon is typically less stressful than that of a full marathon simply because of the notable distance between the two. Usually people interested in running or competing in full marathons start out participating in half marathons because it’s an excellent preparation for both the heavy physical and mental stresses placed on the body during such and incredibly long distance run. Training plans can vary and we’ll discuss them in much more detail in the following post.

Generally speaking training for a half or full marathon consists of about twelve weeks of training, each week building up endurance. Of course this is just a broad generalization as people’s training needs vary considerably. The main idea is to build up cardiovascular endurance along with mental stamina and perseverance over the set training period while tapering off about a week or two before the race or event. This of course is to eliminate the chances of injuries prior to the race.

For those aspiring runners who have never run any serious long distance but want to get into running marathons the marathon is of course the logical answer. It should be noted that for absolute beginner runners, this plan might be too daunting which could lead to injury or straight up frustration with the sport. That being said there is always 5km and 10km runs to start out with before progressing to a half marathon. In the next post we will look more closely at various training plans and how to properly select the one that best suites you.

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What is Tonsillitis

Jul 11

The tonsils are lymphatic tissues located on both sides of the back of the throat. The purpose of the tonsils is to produce antibodies to fight respiratory infections entering through the nose, mouth or throat. Sometimes, during this fight the tonsils themselves succumb to an infection called tonsillitis. The adenoids are another set of lymphatic tissues located in the back of the nasal cavity that also assist the tonsils in fighting infection. It is not unusual for both the tonsils and adenoids to become infected resulting in a surgical procedure called Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy. (T&A)

FACTS ABOUT TONSILLECTOMY

Tonsillitis is very common in children in the age range of 3-7 years.

At birth the tonsils are small. Later they increase in size. Between the ages of 3-7 years they become very large. Between the age of 7-8 years they shrink.

Tonsillectomy is a very common childhood operation.

1 in every 10,000 people under the age of 18 years have tonsillectomy in a year.

In 1994 it was 48 in every 10,000 people under 18 years that had a tonsillectomy in a year.

Today tonsillectomy is a last resort treatment.

It is interesting to note that the first report of a tonsillectomy procedure was made by Roman surgeon Celsius in 30 AD.

Tonsillitis is a contagious disease. It is spread by droplets through coughing, sneezing and through personal contact such as kissing.

Persons with Tonsillitis should avoid close person to person contact until 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has started.

Proper hand washing is also one of the keys to preventing cross contamination to others.

INFECTION OF THE TONSILS

According to Wikipedia the free Encyclopedia; infection of the tonsils may be:

Acute, Sub-acute and Chronic.

Acute infection: this may be caused by a bacteria or virus.

Sub-acute infection: this is caused by bacterium Actinomyces and can last a period of 3 weeks or up to 3 months.

Chronic infection: this is a bacterial infection that can lasts for long periods of time if it is not treated . In these cases a tonsillectomy will be recommended by the otolaryngologist.

SYMPTOMS OF TONSILLITIS

One of the first symptom is a severe throat along with:

Pain on swallowing.

Ear pain especially when swallowing, this is because the same nerves at the back of the throat also goes to the ears.

Headache

Fever with chills.

Nausea and vomiting.

Hoarseness.

On oral examination the tonsils will appear red, swollen, tender and enlarged.

There may also be white patches on the tonsillar tissue.

TREATMENT

The Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist) will take a throat swab to send to the lab for a culture study to diagnose the type of infection.

If the infection is due to a bacteria usually penicillin is the antibiotic ordered.

Treatment will also include pain management sometimes in the form of throat lozenges.

Lots of fluids will also be recommended.

Gargling with warm salt water helps to sooth and relieve the soreness of the throat.

If conservative treatment does not work removal of the tonsils (tonsillectomy) will be prescribed by the Otolaryngologist.

The following symptoms requires Emergency Medical attention when one has tonsillitis:

Drooling.

Difficulty breathing.

Inability to eat or drink.

These symptoms may be due to swelling of the tonsils or the formation of a peritonsillar abscess.

Peritonsillar abscess afflicts 1 person in 3000 per year.

The tonsils are one of the first line of defense against infections to the nose, mouth and throat. When their defense break down you must seek medical attention.

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Using an EPT Pregnancy Test

Jul 11

You’re due for your period but, there are still no signs of it. You doubt you may be pregnant. However, you and your partner are not yet ready for it. What could be a cheap and accurate method to test for pregnancy?

If you do not want to wait, you could go for an EPT pregnancy test. EPT which stands for Early Pregnancy Test is a home pregnancy test that allows you to test for pregnancy at the earliest. In fact this test is one of the most popular brands among the home pregnancy tests. This article aims at shedding light on the EPT home pregnancy test- the types, its working and the method of reading an EPT test.

Types of EPT Tests

There are two main types -The regular EPT test and the digital EPT test. Both, the regular and digital pregnancy tests are based on the same principle. They detect the presence of HCG in urine. Each of the tests is designed for different sensitivity levels.

The main difference in the two is the manner in which they represent results. Positive test results on a regular EPT test are denoted with two pink lines or a plus sign while negative results are denoted by a single pink line or a minus sign. Digital EPT tests enhance readability by dispensing with the use of signs and symbols. It displays “Pregnant” for positive results and “Not pregnant for negative results. So, there is no scope of blunders with faint or half lines. It is either a clear yes or no; there is nothing in between.

Some EPT tests have an added feature. There are two windows. The first window is a square window used to indicate if the test is working or not. The second is the round window that indicates the results. Digital tests flash “Test Ready” option.

Using an EPT test

Which ever type of EPT test you buy, one should take time to read the package instructions carefully. The basic component of an EPT kit is a pen like handheld device containing the absorbent strip. The absorbent strip is covered with a cap. You have to uncap the EPT strip to use it for testing.

The Digital EPT pregnancy test varies slightly in its design. It comprises of two parts which includes the test holder with the digital readout screen and the tester (absorbent strip). They have to be affixed before it is used for testing. There are directional arrows to show you how. A click indicates that it has been fitted appropriately.

When testing, the tip of the absorbent strip is dipped into the urine. It can be held in a stream of urine for at least 5 seconds or it can be dipped into the urine sample collected in a cup. Allow the tester to stand for the recommended reaction time (approximately 2 minutes). The results will be displayed in the result window. The best urine sample to test for pregnancy is the first morning urine. It has high concentrations of HCG and will give the most accurate results. Avoid missing reaction time or waiting beyond the mentioned reaction time as it will render your test invalid.

You can purchase your home pregnancy testing kit at your local drugstore. Make sure that you check the expiry or best before date when buying it.

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What Do Labor Contractions Feel Like

Jul 11

Contractions are the most painful process of the pregnancy but do not worry if you know in advance. Women have to experience such conditions to have a healthy baby.

But in general, what do they feel like if labor contractions during pregnancy? If you feel something like contractions, you do not have to harry to run somewhere, because they are still very feeble, but the feeling is – if you have PMS, pulling the stomach, somehow it hurts waist. When battles to behave calmly, do not panic and do not cheat yourself, such as, “how can I face,” Calm down, parents, and if this is the first child, the circumstances under good seven hours just parents.

So, it took another two hours and the contractions become frequent, it is time to take a bag and forth, in a maternity home. There you will draw up, will do all that is needed for delivery and sent to the ward, waiting for the start. When the contractions become more frequent and more painful, try to breathe properly, namely a nose to inhale and exhale mouth, you’ll see that it’s easier. Mouth breathing can you override the child oxygen, and it has a lack of oxygen – it is born purple, you do not want to! Do you feel that you have PMS, but a thousand times more painful, but you are a strong woman.

Doctors will come to watch how the disclosure in the womb, listening to the heartbeat of the child, well, and of course you have to comfort and tell jokes. When battles recommended more walking and do not drink the water, but see for yourself, of course liters of drinking water is not necessary, but in the prone position, you may find it easier to transfer it all.

Then, when the disclosure would be 10 cm, and attempts to start, but that’s all it is time to family room, and everything happens quickly.

Council for future mums: Listen to whatever the doctor tells you and you give birth very quickly and without additional pain. I wish you light delivery and healthy babies! I think this article will help you to do everything in right way and to prepare yourself for the best moment of your life.

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Garcinia Cambogia Dosage – Tips & Precautions

Jul 11

Garcinia cambogia is one of the most popular weight loss aids on the market today. The supplement, made from the rind of the Garcinia fruit, is touted as one of the most effect aids that help reduce cravings, stabilize moods, burn fat and reduce cholesterol levels in the blood stream. The added bonus of it being 100% natural with very few noticeable side effects has seen its quick rise as one of the most highly acclaimed weight loss solutions.

The correct garcinia dosage varies depending a lot of factors including the subjects weight, age, and the brand of extract you are using. Because the amount of active ingredient varies a lot depending on the manufacturer, the dosage amount will also vary.

The correct dosage varies depending your present weight & metabolic rate. The standard recommended dose for weight loss is somewhere between 500 mg and 1500 mg a day if the extract contains at least 50% HCA. It is important to make sure you are using a solid and quality brand for maximum active ingredient and the best results. Most good brands of the extract will call for three pills a day, or one before every meal.

If the supplement is used solely as an appetite suppressant or to help control snacking or stress eating then lower doses of one pill a day have been reported to work very well. Higher doses are best for active weight loss efforts, fat burning, and sugar and fat suppression.

Unless you eating habits are extremely unhealthy, there is no reason to actively change your diet while taking the supplement. Because garcinia cambogia extract inhibits the creation of new fat cells and prevents your liver from absorbing and using sugars and oils in your food it essentially fixes your diet for you. This essentially eliminates the need to modify your diet, although creating healthy eating habits will help you keep off the weight lost for much longer.

The timing of each dosage is a very important part of achieving the best results, taking the pill about half an hour before you eat each meal is best and is the most effective way to achieve the best results with the supplement. Because garcinia extract is water-soluble it is absorbed very quickly and goes to work even faster. Waiting the thirty minutes before your meal is the best way to ensure you get the full effects and your it is dissolved completely.

Individuals on low-carb diets tend to experience less immediate weight loss than other users. The reason is because the active ingredient in the extract works by blocking the creation of fatty cells from carbohydrates. So, if you are already cutting down or have eliminated carbohydrates from your diet the results of the supplement will be less pronounced.

Many users have also opted for taking the supplement after meals to help them avoid snacking. Although there is very no evidence that there is a danger of overdosing on the supplement, it is best to be cautious and follow the instructions provided as far as minimum and maximum dosage is concerned. This will eliminate the possibility of any unpleasant side effects due to an excess of the supplement in your system.

Garcinia cambogia is one of the most promising natural weight loss supplements available on the market today. It is highly acclaimed by celebrities and fitness experts around the country and has been featured on many well known and respected TV shows, such as Dr Oz. The supplement, when taken correctly, and raise serotonin levels and increase weight loss exponentially.

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Do Calories in Almonds Outweigh their Health Benefits?

Mar 9

Almonds: A High Fat Food that is good for your Health?

The calories in almonds are 500 to a half cup. How can this little nut be good for you?

Although nuts are known to provide a variety of cardio-protective benefits, many avoid them for fear of weight gain. However, almonds (and nuts in general) have been found to lower the risk of weight gain!

Almonds contain high amounts of heart healthy monounsaturated fats and vitamin E and are well known to reduce LDL cholesterol level, as well as to reduce the risk for heart disease. LDL cholesterol has been linked to heart disease and atherosclerosis.

Additionally, a quarter cup of almonds also contains 99 mg of magnesium and 257 mg of potassium. Magnesium improves the flow of blood, nutrients and oxygen throughout the body and potassium is essential in maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. Almonds are also known to protect against Diabetes and Cardiovascular disease by reducing spikes in blood sugar levels after meals. To lower your risk of heart disease, have a handful of almonds at least four times a week.

With these health-essential ingredients the health benefits far outweigh the calories in almonds.

All about Almonds

The Almond (Prunus dulcis, syn. Prunus amygdalus Batsch., Amygdalus communis L., Amygdalus dulcis Mill.) is a species of tree of the genus Prunus, belonging to the subfamily Prunoideae of the family Rosaceae and native to the Middle East. Within Prunus, it is classified in the subgenus Amygdalus, distinguished from the other subgenera by the corrugated seed shell.

Almond is also the name of the edible and widely cultivated seed of this tree. Although popularly referred to as a nut, the almond seed or fruit is botanically not a true nut, but the seed of a drupe (a botanic name for a type of fruit).

Enjoy your Almonds in many Ways!

Almonds are not just a between-meal snack

  • Spread some almond butter on your toast or down the center of a piece of celery
  • Add a handful of roasted almonds to a salad
  • Finely chop almonds and use them as a topping for pasta or steamed vegetables
  • Also add chopped almonds to plain yogurt
  • Pair with an apple for a healthy snack

To prepare chopped almonds, grind by hand or pulse them in a food processor. If you want to remove the skin (although almonds are healthier with the skin intact) simply blanch the nuts for a few minutes, rinse and the skin should come right off when pinching the almonds.

If you want to roast your own almonds, place almonds on a cookie sheet and roast for about 20 minutes in a 165 degree (Fahrenheit) oven.

Another Health Benefit of Almonds

Weight Loss

A low calorie diet high in monounsaturated fat can help people lose weight more effectively than a comparable diet high in complex carbohydrates, even if the amount of total calories ingested is the same! In a study published in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders those on an almond-enriched diet had greater reduction in weight, body fat, and systolic blood pressure. Those eating almonds also experienced a 62% greater reduction in their weight/BMI (body mass index), 50% greater reduction in waist circumference, and 56% greater reduction in body fat compared to those on the low calorie high carbohydrate diet!

Another study published in the British Journal of Nutrition showed that despite the high calories in almonds, the actually promote eating healthier. While eating almonds in their diets, study participants’ intake of health-promoting monounsaturated fatty acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, fiber, vegetable protein, vitamin E, copper and magnesium significantly increased. At the same time, their intake of trans-fatty acids, animal protein, sodium, cholesterol and sugars significantly decreased.

Almond Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

1 lb chicken breast, skinless
1 cup vegetable oil, plus extra to fry almonds
5 slices fresh ginger root
1/2 cup diced bamboo shoots
1 green pepper, chopped
3 green onions, chopped
1/3 cup slivered almonds

Marinade

1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp white pepper
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1 egg white
Seasoning Sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp dry sherry
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp sugar

Directions

  • In a frying pan, heat some vegetable oil and fry the almonds until crispy.
  • Remove the almonds to drain on a paper towel.
  • Cut the chicken into 1 inch chunks.
  • In a bowl combine and whisk all ingredients for the marinade and add the chicken. Stir to coat evenly and let marinade for ½ hour.
  • In a wok heat 1 cup of vegetable oil. Add the chicken and stir fry until golden brown. Remove the chicken top drain.
  • Add ginger, pepper, bamboo and onion to wok and stir fry until crisp and tender, about 1 minute.
  • In small bowl add and whisk the ingredients for the seasoning sauce.
  • Remove any oil from wok and add sauce. Bring sauce to a boil, add the chicken and stir fry until chicken is well coated, then add the almonds. Stir fry a few more moments, then serve the almond chicken over rice.

Almond Butter Recipe

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

2 cups of blanched almonds, skin removed

Directions

Roast almonds in 170 degree oven for 20 minutes or until golden.
Process the roasted almonds in a food processor until butter forms.

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Toddler Cough Remedies

Mar 8

There are almost 10 to 15% toddlers who suffer from chronic coughing due to a variety of reasons such as asthma, allergies and reflux from acid. It is extremely important to take a toddler to a physician if the toddler has been coughing for 10 weeks or longer. Gastroesophageal reflux disease is one of the most common causes of chronic cough in toddlers. Similarly even allergy and asthma are the most common causes of chronic cough affecting at least 5% of all toddlers.

Chronic cough in toddlers is not considered to be productive since it does not produce any gunk resulting from congestion in the throat. Treating chronic cough in toddlers can take almost 8 weeks since the treatment can begin only after the physician is completely sure that all the causes of chronic cough in the particular toddler have been identified. This is because at least 2 to 3% of all the toddlers with chronic cough simply cough out of the habit and the reason for coughing cannot be attributed to any other cause such as allergies or asthma.

Allergies in a toddler can occur almost at any time of the year and are usually seen during the spring and the fall season. Hence if a toddler is coughing during the spring fall season it is essential to get the toddler checked by a physician to determine if the toddler is suffering from any allergies. Similarly several environmental factors such as smoking near the child can cause chronic cough in toddlers.

Asthma in toddlers does not cause any wheezing and instead this respiratory disease manifests itself in the form of a chronic cough. Hence if your toddler has been coughing for eight weeks or more without any wheezing you must still visit the physician to determine whether your toddler is suffering from asthma. Often a bad cold can also be a cause of chronic cough in toddlers since the treatment of a bad cold involves the use of postnasal drips which usually remain at the back of the throat of the toddler causing the chronic coughing. Hence if your toddler has been suffering from a bad cold and the coughing refuses to go then it is best to consult a physician to ensure that this side-effect of the postnasal drops is eliminated.

More often than not coughing in toddlers is a form of habit and hence the toddlers continue coughing simply out of habit. To treat habitual coughing it is best to direct the attention and energy of the toddler into some other activity since no other treatment or toddler cough remedies will work on habitual coughing. It is also not correct to say that the toddler is coughing on purpose and instead it is a habit which has manifested itself in the toddler and it is something that the toddler has not chosen to do.

While wondering about the different cough remedies there are certain natural remedies which can provide relief from chronic or acute coughing in children. Popsicles are one of the most common toddler cough remedy used by mothers to provide relief to the children from coughing. There are certain low-sugar popsicles available which can numb the nerves in the throat of the child which usually trigger the coughing and it can also be a low-tech approach to treating chronic coughing in your child without having to worry about any potential side effects or overdoses.

Similarly even ice cream is considered to be one of the most popular remedies by mothers. Ice cream also works in a way very similar to popsicles and numbs the nerves in the throat of the child which triggers the coughing. Like ice cream and popsicles you can also use sherbet with which is low fat and almost always dairy free to control the chronic coughing in your child. Sherbet is considered to be more effective in comparison to ice cream or popsicles since it consists of a creamy texture which travels very slowly down the food pipe into the stomach and providing much more time to the cold sensation to penetrate the inflamed nerves at the throat of the child and to subsequently numb the nerves.

For mothers who do not wish to use cold remedies to get rid of a cough they can use yoghurt smoothies or plain yoghurt. The yoghurt smoothies or plain yoghurt are not as cold as popsicles or ice cream and can provide a great coating on the irritated nerves in the throat of your child. It is a common misconception that the milk contained in the yoghurt smoothies or plain yoghurt begets mucus but there have been no scientific studies to back up this belief. Unless your child suffers from lactose intolerance plain yoghurt or yoghurt smoothies are one of the best toddler cough remedies available.

Using a cool mist humidifier in the room of your child can also help reduce the chronic coughing in your child. Wet air reduces the instances of the throat of your child from drying out thus preventing dry throats which are often the cause of chronic coughing in children. The cool air created by the cool mist humidifier will also make it easier for your child to breathe and hence installing a cool mist humidifier in your child’s room is a must if your child has been suffering from chronic coughing for over eight weeks.

Most physicians consider accumulation of postnasal drip at the back of the throat of a child as one of the causes of chronic coughing in children. Hence if your child is suffering from a bad cold and you wish to prevent the chronic coughing from continuing even after the cold has been treated, it is advised to make your child sit up straight as you administer the postnasal drop. The upright position of your child will prevent the postnasal drop accumulating at the back of the throat and will thus prevent chronic coughing in your child.

Administering vitamins to the toddlers is also among the best toddler cough remedies since the vitamins can boost the immune system of your child and help your child fight out the infection and shorten the duration of the chronic coughing. In case your child has already been suffering from chronic coughing for at least one or two weeks it is the best time to start administering vitamins to your child. Vitamins such as vitamins C and vitamin D3 can not only prevent the prolongation of chronic coughing but can also prevent any bouts of coughing in the future.

Similarly you can also increase the quantity of blueberries in the daily diet of your child since blueberries are full of bioflavonoids which help strengthen the immune system of children. The bioflavonoids in the blueberries also protect the cells from germ invasion during the course of infection. Thus not only will the duration of chronic coughing be reduced in your child but the severity of the coughing will also be reduced. You can also ask your child to consume frozen blueberries which will help numb the nerves in the throat and provide relief from chronic coughing. However you must refrain from using the blueberries in smoothies or other drinks since making a paste of the blueberries for addition in the smoothies will destroy the bioflavonoids.

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Treatment For Xanax Addiction

Mar 8

Xanax also known as Alprazolam (2 mg) imprinted with gg249 is a drug that may be taken for legitimate purposes but it is also a widely abused drug. Benzodiazepine-type drugs like Xanax have long been known to have the potential to be addictive and must be taken with care so are often prescribed only for short periods. Sometimes, despite one’s best efforts to take that care, one can become addicted to Xanax.

Xanax can be prescribed as a prescription drug to reduce anxiety, to cause them not to worry about their problems, or to help them sleep. When abused, Xanax is often taken as part of a “cocktail” of drugs, for example, with Vicodin (hydrocodone, an opioid pain reliever) and Soma  (a muscle relaxant). The combination can be fatal and is certainly addictive.

Since Xanax is such a widely abused drug, many people may become addicted to Xanax after using it recreationally and then find that they cannot quit taking the drug without having problems with withdrawal symptoms.

Treatment for Xanax addiction is what makes it possible for both legitimate users and recreational users to leave this drug behind for good.

While the idea of treatment for Xanax addiction might cause some people to feel uncomfortable or embarrassed, the truth is that staying addicted to Xanax  is far more problematic than a treatment program would ever be.

When you decide it is time to stop taking Xanax or when you are trying to help a loved one stop, it’s time to find treatment for Xanax addiction. Without treatment, it can be very difficult to stop by oneself, especially if Xanax was being taken in conjunction with other drugs. It is critical not just to get off the drugs but to learn how to stay sober permanently. This can much more reliably be done with the support of the team at a good drug addiction treatment center. And getting off Xanax and any other drugs can be a life or death matter due to the threat of overdose or the combined effects of a “cocktail” of drugs.

The counselors talk to families like yours every day. It’s important to have some guidance at a time like this when crucial decisions are being made. The counselors have helped hundreds of people review drug rehab program features and make their best choice for the long term sobriety of themselves or their loved one. The process can be much faster when you have someone who understands the patterns of addiction, who know the pitfalls of helping the addicted person get started on a path to sobriety, and who can tell you what type of drug rehab program might best fit your situation.

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What Is Bacterial Vaginosis and Why Home Remedies

Mar 8

Bacterial Vaginosis is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria within the vagina. Under normal circumstances, the two main types of bacteria present within the vagina co-exist in harmony, with the “bad” bacteria (Gardnerella) being controlled by the friendly bacteria (Lactobacillus).

When something happens to upset the balance, the bad bacteria may grow to excess and the typical symptoms of bacterial vaginosis appear. The main symptom is a grayish discharge which has a foul, fishy odor and sometimes this is accompanied by itching and burning. Some women also experience symptoms similar to those of a urinary tract infection.

There is no one reason why women get bacterial vaginosis. Indeed the reasons are varied and will not necessarily be the same from one woman to another. Common reasons include over washing, douching, using a different washing detergent and a change in sexual partner. It is also thought that some women develop this condition when their resistance to immunity is low and they are “under the weather”. In addition, there are other numerous reasons, and one common culprit is antibiotics, which is ironic really as these are sometimes misguidedly given to treat BV.

How To Recognize Bacterial Vaginosis

It is completely normal for women to have a certain amount of discharge from the vagina. It acts as a kind of “barometer”, in that if you notice any changes in your discharge, it is a sign that something has changed within you, and this could be either positive or negative. Normal vaginal discharge helps to clean and moisten the vagina, keeping it healthy so you should not attempt to clean it constantly if the discharge is normal.

Most young girls will notice a discharge before they have their first period. Normal vaginal discharge is yellowish or white and cloudy. In some women it is odorless, but in others it can have a slightly acidic odor. The consistency can change throughout the menstrual cycle and can range from thick creamy white to almost clear and stringy-very similar to egg whites.

If the discharge has an offensive fishy smell, is thin and milk-like in consistency and a grayish white color, then it is likely to be bacterial vaginosis.

Other abnormal discharge could be a sign that something else is wrong. If it is yellow/green in color and of a heavy consistency with a bad odor, it could be Trichomoniasis. If it is white and of a cottage-cheese like consistency accompanied by intense itching but no odor, it is likely to be a yeast infection.

Natural Home Remedies For Bacterial Vaginosis

The very nature of bacterial vaginosis means that conventional treatments, such as antibiotics and over the counter remedies simply mask the symptoms and do not eradicate the root cause.

Antibiotics will kill the bacteria associated with BV but they have the unfortunate effect of killing off all bacteria present in the vagina. This includes the beneficial bacteria which, under normal circumstances, help to keep the harmful bacteria in check. So whilst the symptoms will initially be eradicated, once bacteria begins to naturally repopulate the vagina, the new strains of good bacteria will not be of sufficient strength to maintain good balance and so the symptoms will start again.

Did you realize that over 70% of women who take antibiotics for BV will suffer from at least one repeat attack within just a few short weeks?

This is why I only recommend natural home remedies for the condition. You need to learn how to prevent the condition occurring in the first place and how to quickly get rid of it naturally should you happen to get it again.

There is no doubt that the best way to treat bacterial vaginosis is by using strategies will enhance and strengthen the levels of good bacteria, thus ensuring that bad bacteria is never able to grow to a level where it causes the symptoms of BV. In addition, there are some very good natural cures which will eradicate the symptoms within minutes, and these feature in the Home Remedy treatments which I recommend.

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Are Tonsil Stones Dangerous

Mar 8

Worried that tonsil stones are dangerous? Rest assured that these stones are not a danger. But, they come with a range of uncomfortable symptoms. These range from infection to embarrassing bad breath. As a result, most people seek to get rid of their tonsil stones quickly. Here are some of the symptoms that will alert you to the presence of tonsil stones – and why you should treat them promptly.

White Spots at The Back of The Throat

The most immediate, visual sign of tonsil stones is the appearance of ugly flecks of white at the back of the throat. Not only do these spots smell, but they have the power to terrify and nauseate the poor people who have to watch you yawn or laugh.

They are a combination of food and bacteria that calcify over time, forming hard, white dots that come to be known as tonsil stones. Although not life-threatening, small tonsil stones can irritate and cause mild forms of throat pain. This pain increases as the stones get larger, as does the risk of infection in the form of tonsillitis. People with large tonsil stones are recommended to visit their doctor or local Ear Nose and Throat therapist.

Bad Breath

Scientifically known as halitosis, this is probably the most socially problematic symptom of tonsils stones. It comes about because of the anaerobic bacteria within the stones themselves. This bacteria reproduces and creates sour-smelling complexes of sulphur, with emit nasty egg-laden aromas that have the power to chase most people away. Over seventy-five per cent of people suffering from bad breath have tonsil stones. Conditions like post-nasal drip, sinusitis and allergies result in dramatic overlays of bacteria in the throat, triggering tonsil stones and bad breath. It’s also possible to experience a metallic taste in your mouth with these stones.

Sore Throat, Swallowing Difficulties, Swelling

Sometimes, tonsil stones can rub up against each other. This can cause swelling and throat pain. These symptoms can also arise if the stones are lodged close to nerve endings and other sensitive parts of the throat. Chronic coughing and an unpredictable gag reflex may also result. If the stones are particularly large, eating and swallowing can be agonizing.

The flesh of the throat also tends to swell if the stones are large or if they catalyse the development of secondary infection. People with chronic swelling of the tonsils usually have their stones surgically removed. They may also opt for a permanent solution in the form of a complete tonsillectomy.

Vertigo and Ear Ache

Have you ever experience sensations of dizziness after a dip in the pool? Sometimes, water may get trapped in your ear, which in turn interferes with your sense of balance. This is because the water is placing pressure on your Eustachian tube, a vital organ for the maintenance of stability on your feet. Stones on the palatal tonsils are also very close to this tube and if they are large enough, may also interrupt its functioning. This makes dizziness another common symptom of tonsil stones. The nerves of the ear can also be affected by the pressure of tonsil stones, resulting in chronic sensations of ear ache.

Reference

1. How to get rid of tonsil stones – health guides daily
2. What are tonsil stones: symptoms and treatment – Health Guidances

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