• Do You Have an Acid Reflux Problem?

    Most people have digestive problems that create a variety of illnesses that we see as they age. The main problem is with the food that they eat. As has already been said many times, we eat more junk, processed, and packaged food than our stomach can digest. We eat more meat and protein then we should. We drink more unusual drinks that are mainly sugar. You need to eat more live vegetables and fruits. This will minimize any acid reflux problems you might have. Your body is designed to be electrically balanced. This is done by eating both acid and alkaline foods. If you eat too much acid food or alkaline food you move towards illness. Acid reflux is one of these illnesses. When too much acid food is eaten, the stomach can’t digest it completely. The excess undigested food turns into acid waste. This waste causes stomach spasms or twitching that causes an increase in stomach gas that pops open the valve between the esophagus and stomach. Acidic stomach content is sucked into the esophagus causing a burning sensation in the chest and throat. This is acid reflux or heartburn. Acid Reflux Remedies Here are three acid reflux remedies […]

  • Flax Seeds, Seeds, and Nuts For Constipation Relief

    Here are a variety of home remedies for constipation using flax seeds with other seeds and nuts. They provide the fiber and oils that you need to relieve constipation. Drinking plenty of water with these home remedies will make them more effective.

    Mix equal parts of flax seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds. It is o.k. to mix only three of these seeds, if that is all you have.

    Grind them in a coffee grinder to a power. You can eat the power or add it to a nondairy smoothie, a juice, or morning cereal. You can also sprinkle it on your evening salad. Use up to 3 tablespoons twice a day.

    This mixture will provide you with extra fiber and a batch of minerals.

    Drink plenty of water when using ground up seeds.

    Flax seeds are astringent and have laxative action. They are good for mild or moderate symptoms of constipation.

    Using an excess of flax seed can contribute to the back up in your colon. Flax seeds also have small traces of prussic acid, which is toxic in large amounts. But it would take a lot of flax seeds to reach the toxic level.

    Place between 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of flax seed in 8 oz of warm water and let it sit for one hour. Then just before going to bed, drink the 8 oz. After drinking this glass of flax seed drink another 4-8oz of water.

    Flax Seed and Apple Cider Vinegar

    Boil 1 ½ cup of distilled water.
    Add 1 tablespoon of flax seed and continue boiling the water for 10 minutes – tea will become jelly like.
    After this cools down add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.
    Drink cup of this combination in the morning and until you get good daily bowel movement.

    Flax seed contains the essential oil omega 3. If you lack this oil in your diet you will be prone to disease.
    Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is another extremely important food you should include in your daily eating. ACV is high in various minerals and in particular potassium

    Flax seeds and oat bran

    To get your bowels moving again, prepare the following mixture.

    Mix 1 tablespoon of flax seed and 1 tablespoon of oat bran into a glass of distilled water. Let it sit overnight. First thing in the morning, take 2 tablespoons. Wait half an hour before eating anything. Do this every morning until your bowels start moving

    Flax Seed Oil

    Our body does not make omega 3 oil and we need to get it in our diet.

    For constipation, mix one tablespoon of flax seed oil with goat or cow yogurt. Add a little honey if you like. Take this mixture right about ½ hour before bedtime.

    Do not heat flax seed oil and keep it refrigerated. Heating it may cause some cancer causing compounds.

    There you have it, a variety of home remedies for constipation. Use these home remedies every day and you will see the difference in your regularity.

  • Hemorrhoids Treatment – The Natural Way

    Over 150 million of the living people in America today will experience some kind of hemorrhoids by the age of 50. Most will do nothing about it. Only 500,000 are expected to seek help this year. It is a crazy statistic, because for most people, hemorrhoids can be prevented and cured by making a few simple changes to lifestyle, diet and the use of an anti-inflammatory gel/cream.

    There are 2 types of hemorrhoids, internal and external, both of which left unchecked can lead to more severe cases, and ultimately surgery. But that is if you do nothing about it.

    And there is not much to look forward to if you need surgery. Surgery is an excruciatingly painful experience, especially post-op. Many patients have reported days, if not weeks of pain during the healing period after surgery. You see the outer rectum is one of the most sensitive parts of the body, and the most prevalent surgeries involve burning off hemorrhoids, or banding (tying a band around the affected area until it drops off) which leaves the area extremely tender, and when the patient needs to have a bowel movement, the pain can be even more excruciating than the hemorrhoids ever were.

    But that is what happens if you do NOT attend to your hemorrhoids early. And considering that one of the major causes of hemorrhoids is from straining during bowel movements due to poor diet/lifestyle, then there really is no reason that most sufferers can’t avoid getting more/worse hemorrhoids. That is, most people strain during a bowel movement because the stool (feces) has become hard and requires a lot of pushing and straining. Simple changes to diet and lifestyle can improve regularity and reduce painful ‘straining’ bowel movements, and thus wipe-out the cause of hemorrhoids.

    This is where the health of your colon kicks in. The colon (large intestine) can hold anywhere between 6-40lbs of fecal matter in the average adult. People who experience regular bowel movements (at least once daily), typically have a lot less of this fecal matter in their system, and quite obviously people who are less ‘regular’ have a lot more in their system. The colon, the last major part of the digestive system, actually draws a lot of water out of the fecal matter (stool) before it reaches the rectum. If the stool spends too much time in the colon, or if your diet is missing some key foods, then too much water is drawn out of the stool, and this is when you experience a hard bowel movement that requires straining and pushing….resulting in hemorrhoids.

    There is much debate about what causes the stool to spend more time in the colon and thus become harder, but most agree that a clean and clear colon will assist in helping the stool to move freely and smoothly through the intestine. Couple this a diet rich in water and fiber (which assists in making the stool softer and easier to pass) and you’re on the right path towards reducing the cause of hemorrhoids.

    Exercise is another major factor in improving you inner health. Many experts believe that exercise assists in speeding up our metabolic rate which actually sees our digestive system work quick, thus resulting in ‘regularity’ and less fecal matter sitting virtually idle in the digestive system (colon).

    So if you have a diet that incorporates a lot of fiber (wholemeal breads/cereal and fruits), you drink ample water (6-8 glasses daily) and you partake in regular exercise, then you could well be on your way towards improving your inner health, improving your bowel-movement regularity and reducing your hemorrhoids.

    And for many people who are already ‘dealing’ with hemorrhoids, the use of an anti-inflammatory cream/gel can be the first step in helping to cure, and rid themselves of their hemorrhoids. Poor diet, laziness and lack of hydrating fluids are CAUSES of hemorrhoids, so making improvements in these areas will probably help to ease the current hemorrhoids, but will NOT FULLY CURE the sufferer. The use of an anti-inflammatory will assist here (in most cases) by soothing the affected area, and also helping with circulation in the rectum area. These products act as a kind of decongestant in the rectum by reducing the swelling, which naturally brings with it better blood circulation in the veins, which in turn helps to diminish the size and existence of the hemorrhoids.

  • So What Are The Menopause Symptoms?

    Menopause symptoms vary greatly; in fact, there are no two women that will have the same menopause symptoms in the same order. There are some women who don’t have any symptoms as all, but not many. Symptoms last different lengths of time for different women and are caused by the hormonal transition and imbalance in a woman’s body.

    One of the menopause symptoms in women is mood swings. Approximately 10% of women suffer from mood swings during menopause. Mood swings, basically, are drastic changes in mood over a short period of time. For example, laughing one minute, yelling and being angry, then crying, and then feeling depressed very shortly after. Many women get on medication for mood swings, while others prefer a more natural solution.

    One of the main menopause symptoms in women is change in the menstrual cycle. In fact, less than 10% of women go through menopause without any irregularity. Periods will more than likely shorten and begin sooner than usual. The heaviness of blood flow may change as well and your periods may become either lighter or heavier. Birth control is often prescribed to help make periods more regular.

    Women can begin having hot flashes, also called vasommotor symptoms, either in the pre-menopausal stages of peri-menopause or after their last menstrual period. They last longer for some than they do for others, but usually last somewhere between three and five years. Sometimes women will feel anxious, tense, agitated, or unsettled as a hot flash is coming on, and many times the heart rate will increase. They are often worse the first year following the last period. The only outward physical sign of a hot flash is the skin turning a pink or reddish color and sweating. Hot flashes can be mild or severe and some women may experience chills. As with any other menopause symptom, it is different for every woman.

    Insomnia is a common menopause symptom. Some women have hot flashes mainly at night and cannot sleep due to that; while others have difficulty falling asleep even without hot flashes. A common pattern in many women is falling asleep for a few hours, waking up, and then not being able to go back to sleep.

    Women sometimes complain of having short-term memory loss and difficulty concentrating as a menopause symptom. While many experts say that lower estrogen levels probably do play a role in memory loss and a lack of concentration, some think this is due to aging. The stress of going through menopause also may have an effect on memory and concentration.

    Lower levels of estrogen cause some sort of menopause symptoms in all women, but they are different in every case. Some women will have very distinct and obvious menopause symptoms, while others only go through mild changes.