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How can Yoga help you with your health problem?

There are a lot of people who are crazy about yoga. The reason why most people do yoga is that it makes them feel better, and it gets them into shape. The different poses and postures help to make your body healthy. Yoga is for most people, the best way to relax and unwind. If your aim is to keep your body in shape, this might be the best exercise for you.

Did you know that yoga is good to fight of certain illness? There have been numerous research, which proved that yoga helps you to control anxiety, reduces asthma, arthritis, blood pressure, back pain, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, epilepsy, diOffice Worker Meditating at Work Reducing Stress Levelsabetes, headaches, stress and many more.

Yoga has a lot of benefits and advantages. All in a day’s work, it can reduce tension and stress. Of course after a heavy day, you will feel that your muscles have been stuck up, and you will feel wasted.

If you do yoga, your self esteem will be higher. It is important to gain more confidence inside and out so that you can face people with no worries.

Yoga is good for the body in increasing your muscle tone, strength, endurance and flexibility.
If you are too fat and conscious about your body figure, yoga can help you lower your fat and keep your body in shape. Yoga exercises can burn excess fat and give you the desired figure that you want.

If you need time to relax and forget your responsibilities, yoga will be good to improve your concentration and enhance your creativity. Yoga will help you to think in a more positive way. If you have a fresh mind, you can think of good things and apply it easily.

Your body needs to relax once in a while. Sometimes, work can leave us wasted and exhausted. During the heavy days, we may not find time to unwind because work is still on our mind. Yoga can help you create a sense of calmness and well being.

Yoga exercise helps you improve a good circulation. Your organs and veins need to be exercised for it to function properly. Yoga can help stimulate your immune system and keep diseases at bay. If you have a good immune system, you can be sure that you are free from sickness.

Some people do yoga to be enlightened. They believe that yoga will help them bring up their spirit and keep them relieved. Yoga works differently for everyone, be it spiritual, emotional, psychological, mental and physical.

People think that yoga is only for spiritual people. But that belief is wrong. Even if you are not that religious, you can still do yoga. You will see and feel the difference at the same time. Find out how it works for you.

Due to the pressure and demands of life, we become stressed out, and we forget the essence of life. We tend to lose touch with the ones we used to spend time with, even ourselves.

We find that we are, most of the time, having to deal with deadlines and the hassle of keeping up with the paste of life. This leaves us a small time to wander and have that physical awareness.

These are the few things that yoga can provide. Find time to dedicate a part of it to yourself to relax and unwind in a way only yoga can give you.Man Performing Yoga by Lake

Aromatherapy; Lavender

LavanderLatin name: Lavandula Augustifolia

Of all the Essential Oils, Lavender is unquestionably the most versatile and well-used oil and is also one of the few oils
that can be applied to the skin without diluting first. The antiseptic properties of lavender make it, especially valuable in skin care.
Lavender’s calming and soothing properties have a balancing effect on body and mind. Which is ideal when you’re stressed and tensed, and you’re in desperate need of relaxation. Furthermore, it will help, bring you in the mood to sleep.

Extraction:
The oil is extracted from the flowering tips of the evergreen shrub. It is cultivated in southern Europe, and in countries as apart as Australia and Britain.

Herbal Tradition:
Lavender was a favourite bathtime cleanser for the ancient Romans and has been used to speed healing.
Since the 18th century, it has been used in soap, perfumes, talc and pot-pourri

Properties:
The essential oil is one of the most commonly used. It is both relaxing and stimulating, a powerful antiseptic and healer.
It also calms, refreshes, invigorates and lifts the spirit.

Actions:
In aromatherapy it is excellent for tension, tiredness or depression, skin problems and aches or pains.
Because it is so gentle, it may be applied undiluted to burnt skin or insect bites and is safe to use during pregnancy.

Home Use:
Massage, baths, inhalation, poultice, compress.
A few drops in a hot bath will make you feel pleasantly drowsy and relieve anxiety. In a cool bath, it will refresh and energise.
Inhale a few drops from a tissue to clear the head and lift the spirits.
In massage, it is good for tense muscles or mental fatigue.
A lavender bath at night or a few drops on a pillow produce a calming effect.
Give your feet a treat with a delicious lavender foot bath.

Lavender is a brilliant first aider – dab neat onto cuts, abrasions, burns, insect bites and stings and watch how fast they heal.

It blends well with most oils, especially:
citrus oils;
Clary Sage;
Rosemary

Warning:
It is perfectly safe for home use.

What is Vitamin B12 and Why is it important?

Vitamin B12 is one of eight B vitamins and is also known as Cobalamin. It is the most complex vitamin in the human body. It is essential for a range of healthy bodily functions including the production of red blood cells, the health of the nervous system, immune function and sperm production.

There is also evidence to suggest that Vitamin B12 reduces cancer risk and the chances of suffering from heart disease.

The fact that the body does not store this important substance efficiently means that to avoid the levels of Vitamin B12 depleting rapidly it must be regularly absorbed into the body from food.

Fortunately, research is uncovering various conditions and illnesses that are thought to be linked to a vitamin B12 deficiency.

Sources of Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is found in quite a wide range of foods but because it is only produced by bacterial fermentation-synthesis, it is only found naturally in animal products.

It is commonly added to foods and is available as a supplement or as a vitamin B12 spray. Those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet can easily become deficient in vitamin B12 or they may absorb enough to avoid severe deficiency but not to protect against the risk of heart disease or dangerous complications during pregnancy.

For this reason vegetarians and vegans should be especially aware of their vitamin B12 intake. The body can safely take on high doses of vitamin B12 because any that is not needed can be either stored or excreted.

The following are sources rich in vitamin B12;

Liver

Lamb’s liver and pork liver are amongst the richest sources of vitamin B12. Lamb’s liver provides 85.7μg (1428% RDA) of vitamin B12 per 100g serving, a truly impressive vitamin B12 content.

Shellfish

Shellfish are another excellent source of vitamin B12, especially oysters, clams and mussels. These also provide other important substances such as zinc, copper and iron in significant amounts.

Clams contain 98.9μg per 100g serving, accounting for 1648% of the RDA. That is 84μg (1401% RDA) per 3 ounce serving, and 187.9μg (3132% RDA) in 20 small clams, or 9.4μg (156.6 %RDA) in one small clam!

Crab and lobster are also high in vitamin B12, not as high as clams etc but a 100g portion of crab contains 11.5μg of vitamin B12 (192% of the RDA).

Lobster can provide 4.04μg (67% RDA) per 100g serving, or 6.59μg (110% RDA) in an average whole lobster (163g).

Fish

There are many types of fish that provide substantial levels of vitamin B12.

Mackerel provides the most vitamin B-12 with 19μg per 100g serving (317% RDA),

followed by Herring (312% RDA),

Salmon (302%),

Tuna (181%),

Cod (167%),

Sardines (149%),

Trout (130%), and Bluefish (104%).

Fish eggs (caviar) are also high in vitamin B12.

The eggs of white fish contain the most vitamin B-12 with 56.4μg (940% RDA) per 100g serving.

Caviar contains a third of that with 20μg (333% RDA) of vitamin B12 per 100g serving.

OctopusOctopuses

While octopus is more commonly found in traditional Mediterranean and eastern cooking, it is becoming more popular on a global level.

Octopus typically provides 36μg of vitamin B-12 per 100g serving accounting for 600% of the RDA.

Beef

The amount of vitamin B12 in beef depends on the cut you choose but the best choice in terms of vitamin B12 levels is lean chuck steak, followed by sirloin then rib-eye.

Lamb

Lean lamb is a good source of vitamin B12 and also is a good source of protein and zinc. Lamb shoulder is the best cut of lamb for vitamin B12 levels.

Cheese

As well as providing calcium and vitamin B2, cheese is a fairly good source of vitamin B12.

Swiss cheese provides the most with 3.34μg (56% RDA) per 100g serving,

followed by Gjetost (40% RDA),

Mozzarella(39% RDA),

Parmesan (38% RDA),

Tilsit (35% RDA), and Feta (28% RDA).

Eggs

Chicken eggs are another fairly good source of vitamin B12 , the yolk has the highest level. Goose eggs and duck eggs have even higher levels of vitamin B12.

Eggs

Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Not getting enough vitamin B12 leads to a deficiency which causes the red blood cells that are produced to be larger than normal and unable to function properly.

This is more common in older people but can affect people of all ages.

Vitamin deficiencies often go unnoticed. Therefore it can be difficult to pinpoint the underlying cause of the wide ranging symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency.

Symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency;

Because vitamin B12 is of influence in so many systems in the body, the symptoms of a deficiency will be different for everyone.
Where one person in particular suffer from fatigue, tingling, memory loss and problems with muscle cramps, someone ells can be suffering from an inflamed tongue, menstruation complaints, trouble concentrating and depression.

The symptoms can also vary during the years.

Neurological:

  • Weird feeling in the feet (feeling of walking on felt, wadding or pads; surface feeling is disturbed, under-sensitivity to pain; burning sensation on the skin)
  • Tingling feeling (in the feet and hands and later in legs, arms, face “feels like being charged “; “ants walk”; also numbness in hands and feet, shaky hands, loss of control over your arms/legs)
  • Concentration and memory problems (can’t think clearly, wadding head, drowsiness)
  • Heavy and stiff feeling in the legs (pain in the hips)
  • Fasciculaties /myokymieën (muscle vibrations; contraction of a small part of a muscle most common near the eye, but can be in other places of the body; involuntary movements, restless legs)
  • Ataxia, loss of position (unstable / difficult walk, stumble; walking like being drunk until no longer able to walk; walking against things; unexplained fall; dropping things out of your hands; being clumsy)
  • Aphasia (problems with speaking; using wrong words; can’t remember the right words; speaking with “double tongue”; “keyboard-aphasia”: swapping letters)
  • Mental health problems:
    “Short fuse” / irritability; Mood swings; Irrational to serious mental complaints
  • Panic attacks and suicidal behaviour; Nervousness; Psychosis; Paranoia
  • Dementia (memory loss); Depression; Confusion

Other:

  • Fatigue (sometimes very tired)
  • Drowsiness (need a lot of sleep, just fall asleep spontaneously)
  • Lack of energy
  • Discolorution around the knockles (skin is browner then the rest of your fingers)
  • Glossitis (inflamed tongue; burning, painful or irritated tongue, especially among seasoned/spicy food, sour drinks and when brushing your teeth; inflamed and/or bloody gums; iron-/metal taste); Canker sores
  • Dizziness
  • Tightness of chest (angineuze pains, palpitations, arrhythmias, accelerated heart rate, shortness of breath)
  • Being cold (sometimes a burning sensation on the skin)
  • Myalgia (muscle pain after exercise, is worse than before; sometimes muscle cramps; muscle weakness; strength loss)
  • Pain (including back, hands, wrists, joints, hips and knees)
  • Inflammation in the digestive system (up to bowel perforation)
  • Nausea (no appetite, indefinable feeling in the stomach)
  • Bowel complaints, diarrhoea (with some regularity)
  • Derogatory reflexes
  • Weight loss (loss of appetite, loss of taste/smell)
  • Anaemia, sometimes little, often not; (fainting; dry skin; itching; yellowing eyes and skin; paleness; hyper pigmentation; spontaneous bruising; petechia)
  • Problems with eyes (optic neuropathy, blurred vision, loss of visual field)
  • Hearing problems (tinnitus, distorted sound),
  • Hair loss
  • Friable nails
  • Hyper tone bladder (incontinent, even a little bit and/or weak bladder)
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Infections (vaginal-and an increased risk of urinary system infections)
  • Menstrual problems (irregular, heavy, long, increased pain, sometimes no menstruation at all, error-positive PAP smear)
  • Infertility/miscarriages, birth abnormalities; libido loss, impotence
  • Young children with a deficit: growth and development is lagging behind, autistic behaviour

Who is most at risk from vitamin B12 deficiency?

Some groups of people are more at risk from vitamin B12 deficiency than others and the risk increases with age. The following groups should be especially vigilant for signs of a possible vitamin B12 deficiency;

Those with Atrophic Gastritis may have trouble absorbing vitamin B12 properly and so a supplement is often recommended to keep levels up.

Vegans and vegetarians may not get enough vitamin B12 because they do not consume animal products, supplements and foods with vitamin B12 added to them are recommended for those who avoid animal produce, especially during pregnancy when it more important than ever to have the right levels of vitamin B12 in the body.

People who are taking medications including Proton pump inhibitors, Metformin, Histamine antagonists, Bacteriostatic Antibiotics and anticonvulsants. Advice should always be taken from a medical professional if you are taking medication and think you may have a vitamin B12 deficiency.

Vitamin B12 and the Earth

The level of vitamin B12 in foodstuffs depends on how much nutrition the animal absorbs from the food it eats.

If vitamin and mineral levels in the earth are low, the animal then does not absorb as much and then we in turn do not absorb as much.

Intensive farming, chemicals and environmental damage all play a part in the depletion of nutrients in the soil and so farming techniques that take this into account will always produce better sources of vitamin B12 and other important nutrients.

Also there is the matter of the preventive vaccination the animals receive. The more we give this to the animals, the worse their general health will be, which in turn has his effect on the meat we eat.

Vitamin B12 and Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a condition that experts are only really beginning to understand.

Sufferers experience widespread pain, fatigue, sleep disorders and depression. Many sufferers also have high levels of homocysteine and low levels of vitamin B12 (vitamin B12 reduces the level of homocysteine) and research now suggests a link between the two conditions.

Experts are researching how chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia could be successfully treated with vitamin B12 supplements.

Solutions to vitamin B12 Deficiency

The solutions to any vitamin deficiency are to increase the levels of that particular vitamin in your body.

For vitamin B12 deficiencies you can increase your intake of foods that are rich in vitamin B12, increase your intake of foods that have had vitamin B12 added to them or choose a supplement.

There are various supplements available, in various forms including injections. Research suggests that one of the most effective ways to take a supplement is in the form of a vitamin B12 spray.
Check with your health practitioner if you think you depleted with vitamin B12.

 

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Headache, The Common Causes by Dr. Sarah Myhill


This is a common symptom which is only too often diagnosed by sloppy thinkers as Paracetamol deficiency! headache one should always think of the cause and the best clues come from careful history taking rather than tests.

ACUTE

Meningitis – this is one of the rarest causes of headaches, but understandably it is the one most people worry about. In acute meningitis, almost always there is a high temperature and nearly always the patient is not with it. They cannot think clearly, they are totally occupied by the pain, there may be lowering of the level of consciousness, or even acute confusion. They are irritable and dislike bright light, loud noises. Any movement of the head is painful and clinically this results in a stiff neck. In advance cases, there may be bleeding of the small vessels – in the skin this causes a rash that does not fade when you press on it. The treatment is high dose injected antibiotics given as soon as is possible. Indeed one should not wait for hospital admission or tests before initiating therapy as a matter of urgency.

Eye disease – a visit to an optician is always a good idea.

Glaucoma, (raised pressure in the eye) – can present with loss of vision.

Ear disease – infection or pressure can cause headache.

Shingles – before the rash appears the diagnosis can be awkward.

Dental problems – undetected abscesses, impacted wisdom teeth, temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction (feel for the jaw joint in front of the ear – does it hurt when you press on this joint and open and close the jaw?).

Sinusitis – may be acute or chronic. Often this causes headache which is worse lying down – this is because it increases the pressure in the head. Chronic sinusitis is often caused by allergy to dairy products.

CHRONIC HEADACHE – all of the above, plus:

Lack of sleep.

Excessive caffeine – if the problem is caffeine, then when you stop drinking caffeine suddenly this can cause the mother of all headaches within a few hours. It can be surprising how little caffeine is necessary to do this.

Allergy – migraine is the classic food induced headache but allergy can cause almost any headache.

Toxic headache – many of my patients with CFS and/or poisoning – complain of headache, the characteristics of which sound like raised intracranial pressure. It is fairly constant, waxes and wanes a little, feels like a pressure and is worsened by movement. It feels like a nasty hangover from alcohol – which of course is another sort of toxic headache! Sometimes it can be so severe as to be mistaken for meningitis. My guess is that it is due to some sort of inflammation in the brain which results in mild oedema or swelling of the brain. But the brain cannot swell within the bony skull – so there is pressure in the ultrasensitive coverings of the brain i.e. the meninges. It is this that causes the headache. But why should there be oedema? Usually because of inflammation. Where there is a toxin there is often immune activation against that toxin. This type of headache may be made initially worse by a detox regime (as toxins are mobilised) but in the longer term got rid of by detoxing.

Problems with the cervical spine (e.g. following neck whiplash injury from car accidents) – often causes occipital headaches (back of head). X ray or MRI scan may be needed to make sure it is safe for a physio to manipulate the neck.

Head injury – sometimes a headache will persist for weeks after.

Raised intra-cranial pressure – this is a rare cause of headache (usually worse in the mornings) but should be picked up at an eye examination where the back of the eye is viewed. If the headache gets progressively worse despite one’s best efforts to find a cause, then further investigation is required.

Blood pressure is not supposed to cause headache unless the pressure is very high. However many of my blood pressure patients instinctively know when their pressure is up.

Hypothyroidism sometimes presents with headaches.

A brain tumour is the cause of chronic headache that everybody worries about, but again is uncommon. It is often accompanied by neurological symptoms, which may be subtle at first, such as change in personality, depression, lack of motivation and so on. MRI scans are now inexpensive and freely available to anybody and one can self refer to organisations such as Lifescan.

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Headaches

Headaches

They can be caused by a variety of psychological and physical dysfunctions, from stress and tension to digestive disorders and postural problems up to pollution, bad lighting or domestic gas leaks (no matter how minute), eye strain, bad diet, allergies or other factors.

Advice:

Western Herbalism

You can take a relaxing bath with any of the following herbs, if possible including Lavender as one of the ingredients.

Balm, Cayenne, Chamomile, Elder Flower, Ground Ivy, Jamaican Dogwood, Lady’s Slipper, Lavender, Marjoram, Peppermint, Rosemary, Rue, Skullcap, Tansy, Thyme, Valerian, Wood Betony and Wormwood.

The bark of birch trees is commonly used as a pain-reliever by American Indians. And despite the fact that aspirin is inexpensive and readily available, there are still people in Europe and America that chew on the salicylate-rich bark of the willow and black poplar trees to cure their headaches. You can use the willow by making a herbal tea. (see How to make a)

You can also use one of the herbs that are rich in volatile oils (the best ones for headaches being Lavender, Rosemary, Marjoram and Peppermint).

This can be used in the form of essential oils or as strong infusions. They can either be rubbed on the forehead and temples or their vapour can be inhaled, both methods often easing pain surprisingly fast. When you’re using the essential oils make sure that you mix these with a carrier oil.

Other remedies
*Using relaxing techniques can also be helpful, try a walk in the forest or beach, do some yoga or Tsai Chi exercises.

*The Lamaze technique can be very helpful for counteracting headache pain. Drop your head so that your chin is on your chest. Slowly turn your head, leading with your chin, to the right and then to the left. Tighten your muscles from the shoulders on up, hold for 15 seconds, then relax.

*This breathing exercise is not only used to relieve headaches, but is also reported to relieve eyestrain, and neck and shoulder tension – and improve vision: Let your head drop forward and inhale through your nose. Hold that breath as you count to 10. Exhale, open your eyes, and blink quickly 10 times. Move your eyes in a circle – first clockwise, and then counter-clockwise. Then move your eyes diagonally, and up and down, 10 times each.

Slowly move your head toward your right shoulder, and then toward your left shoulder. Then rub your hands together quickly, close your eyes, and cover them with your palms. Breathe five very slow breaths, and picture yourself being filled with renewed energy.

Acupressure Therapy
*Massage the spot on the brow bone. Try this yourself by locating the small depression that’s just above the pupil of your eye. Then press with your fingertips, rotating clockwise for 30 seconds.

Visualization Therapy
*If your headache is stress related, try visualization to take a short, mental vacation. Whenever you feel the tension start to build, close your eyes and picture a tranquil scene or recall a very pleasant experience. If that image has soothing music associated with it, keep this handy to trigger an immediate relaxation response.

Traditional House & Folk Remedies
* Honey has natural pain-relieving powers, which is used as a traditional Chinese remedy for headache. You can eat the honey straight out of the jar, or mix three large spoonfuls in boiled water and drink. The Chinese also raid the kitchen for fresh radishes, buck thorn berries, licorice, cinnamon, mint leaves, orange peels and ginger root to ease their throbbing heads.

Caution: Honey is not recommend for people with low or high blood sugar. Unpasteurized honey may not be eaten by pregnant women and for children to a small degree. Only buy cold-pressed honey because heated honey contains additions and thereby loses its healing properties.

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