Home Remedies for Ovarian Cyst Pain – How to Heal Your Cyst Without Surgery

Are you tired of dealing with the pain from your ovarian cyst? Do you wish that life could return to normal and that you wouldn’t have to worry about the pain anymore? Is it interfering with your work and making you feel negative towards life? Now is the time that you educated yourself on your health and that you took things into your own hands and control.

You don’t have to be forced to live with this pain forever. There are actually plenty of home remedies for ovarian cysts that you can trust to start working for you today. While a lot of women will resort to using methods such as surgery to get relief, you don’t have to go down that route. You can use natural and very safe methods to get the relief that you have been searching for. Forget about surgery and get on a healthy track of treatment now.

You need to learn more about some home remedies for ovarian cysts. You need to learn what remedies you should try immediately and what ones to hold off on for down the road towards the end of healing. Most of all, you just want to get rid of your cyst without surgery and you are going to make that possible today.

The first home remedy that you must try is to change up your diet. The foods that you are consuming on an everyday basis, might actually be working in a very negative way on your ovarian cyst. Now is the time to sacrifice your favorite foods so you can stop the pain from controlling your life. Eating too much red meat, and seafood during this time is only going to aggravate and make your ovarian cyst flare up and worsen in pain. Instead, it’s time to put these foods aside and give your body the healthy fruits and vegetables that it needs. By getting the right amount of nutrients and vitamins, you are on your way to building up a strong immune system to fight off this cyst.

Another home remedy for ovarian cyst pain is to use both heat and ice. These are two of the oldest forms of treatment, but they do work. Applying heat will greatly help to improve circulation to the area and this increase in blood flow will aid in bringing white blood cells to the area to fight off the cyst. Applying ice will help in the fact that it “freezes” the cyst. Ice can penetrate deep within the tissues of the abdomen and when it reaches the cyst, it can aid in reducing inflammation and offering you some well needed relief.

The 7 Macrominerals – Essential Nutrients For All Round Health

The macrominerals are the seven main minerals that your body needs to function properly. They support your body with a wide range of functions including maintaining fluid balance, promoting metabolism and regulating blood pressure. In this article I will be covering each of the seven in more detail.

1) CALCIUM

Calcium was discovered by Sir Humphry Davy in 1808. Approximately 1.5% of an average adult’s bodyweight is made up of this nutrient. The main role of calcium in the body is to promote strong bones and teeth. It also helps control blood pressure, muscle contractions and nerve transmission.

The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for calcium increases with age. Children aged 0-6 months require just 210mg per day whilst adults aged 51 years and older require a much higher 1200mg per day. Dairy products are often the best source of this macromineral with cheese (721mg per 100g), milk (114mg per 100ml) and yoghurt (200mg per 100g) containing very high levels.

Overdosing on calcium by consuming 3000mg per day or more can lead to dehydration, diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain and vomiting. Failing to consume the RDA can be just as bad and may cause high blood pressure, muscle cramps and osteoporosis (reduced bone density).

2) CHLORIDE

Chloride was discovered as a compound by Carl Whilhelm Scheele in 1774. It was later isolated by Sir Humphry Davy in 1807. Around 0.15% of an average adult’s bodyweight is chloride. This macromineral has a number of roles in the body which include assisting with the production of glandular hormones, maintaining blood pressure, maintaining fluid balance, removing waste materials from the body and supporting metabolism.

The RDA for chloride increases with age. Children aged 0-6 years require around 180mg per day whilst adults require 750mg per day. The best food sources of this nutrient include butter (1300mg per 100g), olives (300mg per 100g) and whole grain bread (860mg per 100g).

Whilst there is no recommended upper limit (UL) for chloride some people have experienced breathing difficulties, fluid retention and high blood pressure if they eat extremely large amounts. Not consuming enough of this nutrient can also have adverse effects on your body leading to muscles spasms and weakness.

3) MAGNESIUM

Magnesium was initially discovered by Henry Wicker in 1618 in the form of ‘Epsom Salts’. It was later isolated in 1808 by Sir Humphry Davy. Approximately 0.05% of an average adult’s bodyweight is magnesium. It is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the human body which include promoting metabolism, helping the muscles and nerves relax and supporting healthy bone growth.

The RDA for magnesium increases with age. Children aged 0-6 months need just 30mg per day of this macromineral whilst adults aged 31 years and older require considerably more (men need 420mg per day, women need 320mg per day and pregnant women need 360mg per day). The richest food sources of this nutrient are quite varied with almonds (279mg per 100g), brazil nuts (229mg per 100g) and spinach (87mg per 100g) all containing high levels.

Consuming 1000mg or more of magnesium per day can lead to a number of negative symptoms including diarrhea, fatigue and stomach cramps. Failing to get enough of this nutrient can also have negative effects and cause muscle cramps, nausea, numbness and vomiting.

4) PHOSPHORUS

Phosphorus was discovered by accident in 1669 during an experiment where the German alchemist Henning Brand tried to convert metals into gold. It represents around 1% of an average adult’s bodyweight. The main role of phosphorus is to work in conjunction with calcium and promote the development of strong bones and teeth. It also activates the B-complex vitamins and assists in the production of the genetic information carriers – deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA).

The RDA for this macromineral varies with age. Children aged 0-6 months need to consume just 100mg per day of this nutrient. This requirement increases to 1250mg per day for children aged 9-18 years old but then drops to 700mg per day for adults aged 19 years and older. High protein foods are the best way to get your daily phosphorus with beef fillet steak (265mg per 100g), cheddar cheese (520mg per 100g) and chicken (190mg per 100g) all very rich sources.

Excess phosphorus in the body is very rare and often only develops as the result of kidney disease which then leads to calcification of the soft tissues (a condition where calcium is deposited on the soft tissues which causes them to harden). Not having enough phosphorus in the body is also very rare and usually only develops as a side effect of certain diseases. When a deficiency does develop it can lead to anemia (a low red blood cell count), osteomalacia (softening of the bones) and weakness.

5) POTASSIUM

Early humans were aware of potassium compounds but it was not isolated until 1807 when Sir Humphry Davy managed to extract this nutrient from vegetable alkali. Approximately 0.35% of an average person’s bodyweight is potassium. It has multiple roles in the body which include maintaining fluid balance, promoting muscle growth, regulating blood pressure and supporting healthy metabolism.

The RDA for potassium increases with age. Children aged 0-6 months need to consume 400mg per day whilst adults aged 19 years and over need to consume a much larger 4.7g per day. Plant based foods are very rich in this macromineral with bananas (350mg per 100g), dried apricots (1880mg per 100g) and spinach (490mg per 100g) being particularly good sources.

Your body controls blood levels of this nutrient very tightly so overdoses are rare and normally only occur as the result of disease or infection. The symptoms of potassium overdose include diarrhea, nausea and ulcers. Deficiencies are also uncommon and normally only develop as the result of digestive problems. The symptoms of being deficient in this nutrient include confusion, dry skin and muscle cramps.

6) SODIUM

Awareness of sodium compounds dates back to ancient times but it was not isolated until 1807 when Sir Humphy Davy made the breakthrough. Around 0.15% of an average adult’s bodyweight is sodium. It has a number of roles in the body which include keeping minerals soluble in the blood, maintaining joint flexibility, promoting healthy metabolism and supporting the body’s vital organs.

The RDA for this macromineral is 1600mg for both men and women although individual suffering from high blood pressure are advised to keep their intake below 1500mg per day. The richest food source of sodium is table salt which contains 38850mg of this nutrient. However, cheddar cheese (610mg per 100g), olives (1800mg per 100g) and prawns (1590mg per 100g) are also good food sources.

Eating too much sodium is a very common problem and can lead to fluid retention, high blood pressure, heart disease and kidney disease. Contrastingly, not eating enough sodium is rare and is usually caused by other conditions removing this nutrient from the body. When deficiencies do occur it can cause confusion, headaches and nausea.

7) SULPHUR

Awareness of sulphur dates back to Biblical times but it was not recognised as an element until 1777. At this time French chemist Antoine Lavoisier proved to the scientific community that it should be classed as one. Approximately 0.25% of an average person’s bodyweight is sulphur. The main function of this macromineral is to treat joint and skin conditions. It also helps keep the hair, nails and skin healthy and supports proper metabolism.

There is no official RDA for sulphur although most sources suggest you should try to consume between 800mg and 1000mg per day. Protein rich foods contain high levels of this nutrient with brazil nuts (290mg per 100g), chicken (300mg per 100g) and eggs (180mg per 100g) all being very good sources.

Consuming too much or too little sulphur rarely has adverse effects. In fact there are no reported overdose symptoms and deficiencies only affect people who consume a very low protein diet. When people do become deficient in sulphur it can lead to arthritis, circulatory problems, inflammation and skin problems.

Detoxification – 5 Vital Foods For Effective Detox

Detoxification or detox for short is one of the liver’s most important functions. Your liver has to break down and safely eliminate everyday substances the body produces such as hormones and metabolic waste products as well the more obvious chemical toxins that you consume through our food and water.

It relies on two complicated detoxification phases involving enzyme reactions to break down toxins and render them safe for excretion via the bile in the form of feces or into the urine produced by the kidneys. Research has shown that specific foods and nutrients have an inhibiting effect or enhancing effect on these detoxification enzyme systems. Plenty of these foods should be used for the most effective liver detoxification diet. These same foods and nutrients can even be used to treat some common toxicity and immune system disorders.

There are two detox pathways known as Phase I and Phase II. Diet can help regulate and balance their activity for more effective and safe detoxification. For example if Phase I detox is working well but Phase II is slow the toxins processed by Phase I can build up causing damage while waiting to be dealt with by Phase II.

Many of these intermediate toxins may be more dangerous than the original substance and can have adverse effects on the glandular system, the immune system, and the nervous system causing health problems.

Some of the substances that cause increase in Phase I detox without the equivalent increase in Phase II are pesticides, cigarette smoke, exhaust and paint fumes, burnt or barbequed food, alcohol, intestinal toxins and certain medications.

Top foods to support liver detoxification:

1) Cruciferous vegetables: cabbage, Brussels sprouts, rutabaga (swede), broccoli, broccoli sprouts, mustard greens, turnips, radish, cauliflower, kohlrabi, collard greens, daikon.

They contain potent phytochemicals and antioxidants that support Phase II detoxification activity. They help the liver convert chemicals that could be cancer causing into something far less toxic that can safely be excreted. Broccoli sprout extracts inhibit Phase I but stimulate Phase II. This is beneficial for people exposed to a high level of toxins from paint fumes, cigarette smoke, pesticides and alcohol.

2) Sulfur foods: fish, meat, eggs, onions, garlic, turnips, radishes, celery, kale, string beans. These foods are beneficial for Phase II detox which uses sulfur for its sulfation pathway.

3) Fresh fruit and vegetables: Eating your 5 or preferably more portions a day helps supply the amino acid glutathione needed for Phase II detox. If you are exposed to a high level of toxins then eating glutathione rich foods is essential. Commercially prepared foods contain very little glutathione. Frozen vegetables seem to retain their glutathione content.

Especially rich in glutathione are cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, avocado, dill and caraway seeds. Fruit and vegetables are high in antioxidants which help protect the liver from free radical damage caused by toxins. Organically grown are best.

Grapefruit and its juice is an exception. It contains a substance, naringenin, which if regularly consumed inhibits Phase I detoxification. Drugs and toxins can stay in the body longer before detoxification causing damage. So if you are taking drugs or are exposed to a high level of toxins do not eat grapefruit or drink the juice.

4) High quality protein: Meat, fish and eggs supply the amino acids needed for the conjugation pathways of Phase II detox. It is important to eat organically produced or free range meat and eggs to avoid further toxins stored in the fats of intensively reared produce. Fish is best from deep clean waters or organically farmed.

5) Essential fatty acids: Many diets are sadly lacking in the beneficial fats that are vital for Phase I detoxification. Avoid all hydrogenated fats found in many commercially produced and processed foods and meals, and heated fats which can damage them.

Eat fresh nuts and seeds and their unheated cold pressed oils. Oily fish may be contaminated with mercury and other pollutants so it is debatable if they should now be included.

No matter how good your diet or how clean your environment you will always be exposed to toxins. Strengthening detoxification pathways through specific foods mentioned above will help you stay well or can improve existing conditions. It’s worth it!

The Vegetarian Diet – Frequently Asked Questions

What foods do lacto-vegetarians eat?

Lacto-vegetarians eat dairy products, such as yogurt, butter, and milk, along with fruits, grains, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes (beans, lentils, etc.).

Can I and my children get enough protein if we become vegetarian?

It is very easy, if one eats a reasonably varied diet, to get plenty of protein. Milk is a complete protein, which means that it contains all the essential amino acids. Other foods such as beans, grains, soy products, fruits, and vegetables, provide varying amounts of amino acids. Meat substitutes made with high quality vegetable protein are now widely available in supermarkets and natural food stores.

How can I get a substantial, satisfying meal as a vegetarian?

Whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruit contain complex carbohydrates which provide optimum energy and a feeling of satisfaction. When adjusting to the vegetarian diet, it is best to substitute high quality vegetarian protein for the meat portion of the meal. Make a list of filling, nutritious vegetarian items that appeal to you and rotate them into your diet. Either use prepared mock-meat substitutes or try new recipes. Since vegetarianism has become so popular, there are hundreds of vegetarian cookbooks on the market. They are available for a range of ethnic preferences: low-fat and specialty diets, vegetarian teens, entertaining needs, quick-and-easy recipes for those on-the-go, gourmet meals, etc. We recommend Vegetarian Creations by SK Publications. This book was developed with the new vegetarian in mind as well as the experienced vegetarian cook. It has excellent kitchen-tested recipes that can be used for entrees, side dishes, breads, soups, appetizers, desserts, salads, and more.

Are vegetarians really healthier?

Not only are they healthier, but research shows that their quality of life is better. An excess of protein, which is common in Western meat-centered diets, can put a strain on the liver, kidneys, and digestive system. Meat is also high in saturated fat and cholesterol, both of which impact cardiovascular disease. One of the unique benefits of a vegetarian diet is a reliance on natural grains and vegetables, which in turn reduces the risks of colon cancer and diverticulosis.

The director of the renowned Framingham Heart Study (1990) concluded: “Some people scoff at vegetarians, but vegetarians have a fraction of our heart attack rate and they have only 40 percent of our cancer rate … On the average, they outlive other men by about six years, and they outlive other women by about three years.” Dietary cholesterol is found only in foods of animal origin. The U.S. Surgeon General recommends that the public reduce its consumption of saturated fat and cholesterol, and “increase consumption of whole grain foods, cereal products, vegetables, and fruits.” (Sources: Science, Feb. 1974, pg. 416, and Burkitt, D., British Medical Journal, 1:274, 1973; National Research Council, Recommended Dietary Allowances, 9th ed., p.46. British Journal of Urology, 51:427, 1979)

An interesting note: The most common cause of death in the United States is heart disease. The risk of death from a heart attack for the average American male is 50%. The risk of death from heart attack for an American male who consumes no meat is 15%. (Source: Journal of the American Medical Association, 215; 1617, 1971)

A Normal Cholesterol Level is Critical to Health – 5 Ways to Reduce Cholesterol Levels Quickly

Cholesterol is a problem because of our diets. We eat way too much red meat and saturated fats and not nearly enough fish or fruit and vegetables. High cholesterol, which once was seen to be a middle age threat, is now affecting people as young as teenagers.

Not having control over your diet and cholesterol is a problem at any age level. If steps are not taken to lower cholesterol levels you put yourself at greatly increased risk for heart disease which is about as serious as it gets. If you suspect your cholesterol levels are too high, by all means have a blood test and get it checked!

How often it should be checked depends on your age and your history. If you are over 20, you should have a blood cholesterol test every five years. If you are diagnosed with high cholesterol and are controlling it with diet you need to be tested every twelve months. As bad a problem as cholesterol is, the good news is that you can significantly reduce your risk with a few lifestyle changes. Here are the top 5 things you can do to reduce your cholesterol levels almost immediately:

1. STOP SMOKING If you smoke, stop immediately! Smoking reduces the HDL (good) cholesterol levels and is a major cause of cancer. There is nothing “cool” about smoking. Avoid it all costs.

2. ELIMINATE SATURATED FATS Look for canola or Light Virgin Olive Oil (LVO) instead of vegetable oils and butter

3. CUT WAY BACK ON RED MEAT Stop the drive through burger habit and eat fish or baked (not fried) chicken instead. The hamburger chains are masters of the quick taste good meal but the red meat and salt are not good!

4. GET MORE EXERCISE You don’t have to join a gym (although that is a good thing) to get exercise. Something as simple as walking 30-60 minutes a day will have benefits. Try parking at the end of the lots instead of fighting for the closest open space. Not only will you get more exercise, you will probably be less stressed too.

5. EAT MORE WHOLE GRAINS, FRUITS AND VEGETABLES All of these are very high in dietary fiber which is important to lower cholesterol as well as other very good vitamins and minerals.

There is another step you can take to enhance all of these above steps to make them even more effective and that is to supplement your diet with substances that offer even more dietary benefits. Historically two of the most popular supplements have been fish oil and flax (both seed and oil). Both are have high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids which are essential to lowering cholesterol.

Fabulous Vitamins That Make Your Boobs Bigger

When it comes to naturally enhancing your breasts food can play a pivotal role. Not just any foodstuff you like it has to contain the right vitamins and minerals. To help you through this particular minefield I have listed the top 7 vitamins and minerals to help make your boobs bigger and the benefits each one actually possesses.

1. Vitamin A Helps to keep the cells in your body healthy and boosts the immune system. This vitamin will help to keep your skin soft and smooth and prevent the effects of aging. With regards to your breasts vitamin A will help prevent wrinkles and sagging of the breast (essential when wanting bigger boobs). Vitamin A can be readily found in foods such as milk and eggs. Don’t worry if your vegan though as it can also be found in various fruits and vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes and cantaloupe melons.

2. Vitamin B6 is a useful vitamin that ensures our circulatory system is in tip top condition. It also promotes healthy red blood cells. Having a good circulation of red blood cells will help your boobs get bigger when you use a massage technique on your breasts. This added stimulation will cause the bountiful blood cells to populate the breasts and help them get bigger. Vitamin B6 is found in nuts, seeds, potatoes and bananas.

3. Vitamin C is important for growth of the muscle tissues, which in turn will help your breasts grow when using any of the exercise techniques. You will want to help your pectoral muscles as much as possible so they will give your boobs a good lift and make them more firm and rounded. Vitamin C is commonly found in oranges and other citrus fruits but is also present in spinach and broccoli.

4. Vitamin E helps in the health of red blood cells and is also said to be able to help prevent cancer, as we mentioned above healthy blood cells are a must for anyone looking to get bigger boobs. Another benefit of vitamin E is that it can help reduce your cholesterol levels too. Vitamin E can be found in Nuts and green vegetables. Avocados are a rich source of vitamin E too.

5. Zinc is needed by the body for a healthy immune system it also helps to promote the growth of healthy new tissues. This is a must when we are looking to get bigger breasts. Zinc is commonly found oysters, lamb and even dark chocolate. You did read that right chocolate can have health benefits.

6. Selenium is a helpful mineral to have in the body as it helps to repair damaged cells and promote growth of new ones. This is essential when looking to make your boobs bigger naturally. You will find selenium in foods such as Brazil nuts, tuna, beef and cod.

7. Folic acid also known as vitamin B9 is another mineral that promotes the growth of healthy cells and tissues within the body and can be found in asparagus, dried beans and liver.

Please bear in mind when you are looking to get bigger breasts naturally that these vitamins are essential, but be aware that too much can have negative effects. If you are going to take vitamin supplements to compliment your diet then make yourself familiar with daily recommended amounts.

Taking these vitamins can help with natural breast growth especially when used in conjunction with breast massages or breast enhancement exercises. They can also be found in most creams and lotions that help you to get bigger breasts without the pain and cost of surgery.

Anxiety and Me

I am familiar with stress, anxiety and panic attacks on theory but to experience them in a peculiar manner has become debilitating for me.

I have a sedentary lifestyle, working in an environment that is target oriented, married and has a 1 year old daughter. I can very well provide for the day to day needs of my family but when you aspire for financial stability, dream for a house of your own and car to drive everyday, there is a sense of urgency to do them all together. However, reality will not conform to your desires. You have to plan, prioritize and do things one after another and it takes a while.

4 months ago I experienced sudden shortness of breath, feeling of impending doom, chest tightness and numbness of extremities. I was rushed to a medical facility where I was diagnosed with hypertensive urgency. A battery of tests were conducted and showed within normal results. Dietary modifications, lifestyle change and oral medications were given.

I thought all the while it was a solitary event and my life will be back to normal, but it was not to be. After discharge from the hospital, immediately upon sitting inside the car, my shortness of breath returned, I was trying to calm myself by thinking that this is only psychological but to no avail. I opened the window and the rush of air slowly made my nostrils clear and I began to breathe naturally.

Each time I drive the car, this sudden shortness of breath returns, sometimes accompanied by palpitations and tingling sensations in my extremities. It makes me pull-over, switch off the air conditioner and open the windows to allow for the warm air.

As I research and read literature regarding these symptoms, it begins to fit the description of anxiety. I may be having generalized anxiety disorder.

I applied some self help procedures to calm myself such as taking deep breathing exercises, walking, counting my blessings, listening to aural music and others but it may have only helped a bit.

My bouts of anxiety have made my nose stuffy most of the time but one day in the office, while writing a letter in the laptop, I suddenly felt my nose clearing, my breathing cold, my chest tightening and was about to pass out. I hurriedly went out of the room and was again rushed to the emergency room. And EKG was performed, blood tests done and all returned with normal results.

Additional out-patient procedures were conducted such as stress-echo, 2D echo, 24 hours holter monitoring and others. The results were non-remarkable and did not warrant further tests. My thyroid function was also assessed but it was normal too.

I was feeling lethargic for most of the days last week and again had a check-up. My complete blood count and electrolytes were checked and another EKG done, still with normal results.

It is very debilitating, I have to keep saying to my self that this is anxiety and I have to live with it until it resolves. I am also contemplating of andropause, can it be since I am 41 y.o. already?

Whatever it is I have to live with it, Pray to God for good health and trust Him that He will heal me. All these I entrust to Him.

Shoulder Injuries Can Feel Like They Last Forever

Having suffered a shoulder injury earlier this year I started researching the subject on the internet and was surprised by how many different ways there are to injure your shoulders and just how common it is. Around thirty percent of us will injure one or more of our shoulders. The majority of those injuries fall into two categories. Wear and tear as we get older is by far the biggest followed closely by sporting injuries.

Anyone who throws or hits a ball in a sports activity is at risk of shoulder injury. Throwers shoulder as it is sometimes called is in fact a shoulder impingement. In the course of playing sports you manage to pull or tear one of the four muscles that make up the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles which help to stabilise and move the shoulder. Because they are all very close to each other and run over and under the bones of the shoulder back and chest any swelling in them caused by injury can result in the muscle being pinched or impinged.

Once you get a shoulder impingement the muscle is catching every time that you move it which results in more damage, more swelling and increased pain. This is what happened to me and what started out as a dull ache in my shoulder had turned into a debilitating level of pain within about three days. Any movement above shoulder level was excruciatingly painful and trying to reach behind me was almost impossible. I had torn one of the tendons on my supraspinatus muscle. This tendon ran under my collar bone and due to the swelling was catching on my collar bone every time that I made certain movements.

The doctor recommended an eight week course of high dosage Ibuprofen. By consistently taking a high dosage of anti-inflammatory drugs the aim is to keep the swelling down 24/7 so that the muscle gets a chance to heal without getting damaged any further. In minor injuries this may work but in my case unfortunately it didn’t, so the next step was a steroid injection deep into the muscle. Again the aim was to bring down the swelling and give the muscle a chance to heal on its own.

This appeared to work perfectly. Within two days of the injection I was pain free but as the days passed the inflammation and pain returned, not as bad as before but definitely back with a vengeance and deteriorating week by week. Eventually it was decided that I should undergo shoulder surgery. The aim was to shave a small piece of bone away from my collar bone to increase the gap through which the tendon moved. This would allow the inflamed muscle to move more freely and allow it to heal.

A date was set for 3 months away. We may not pay for health care in the UK but it comes with a price, a waiting list. Being impatient to get better I decided to research the subject to see what alternatives there were to surgery if any.

I discovered that conservative, non-surgical treatment of shoulder injuries and shoulder impingements focus very strongly on physiotherapy as the way to not only fix injuries but also to prevent future injuries. Because of their position, you tend not to use your rotator cuff muscles a great deal and as we age the blood and oxygen supply to them can reduce leaving them susceptible to injury. Through careful exercise it is possible to strengthen the muscles and improve the blood supply helping with the healing process.

After more research I started exercising my shoulder. Very carefully at first, avoiding any movement that caused pain or discomfort and gradually building up the range of movement and load on the muscles I exercised on a daily basis for six weeks and was surprised to find that my shoulder gradually improved until I had full movement and was free of pain.

Ten weeks on and I was able to play a round of golf without any problem, apart from taking too many shots. I have decided to postpone the operation for the time being to see if my good fortune lasts. So if you have a shoulder injury and don’t feel like exercising, think again. It might not work for everyone but it is well worth considering, but take it easy and remember no gain if you feel pain!

Herbal Remedy for Tinnitus: Seven Herbs to Relieve the Ringing Sensation

If you experience tinnitus, it indicates that there is something wrong in your auditory system. Certain factors have been identified as causes of this problem, such as certain drugs, loud noises, genetic abnormalities or head injuries, but other causes remain unknown. Tinnitus is not considered to be a serious health problem. However, it can be annoying since there is no cure that can totally eliminate the ringing sensations. For the most part, the available treatments are intended to reduce the ringing or buzzing sounds.

Fortunately, there are herbal remedies that can help you relief tinnitus effectively. It is nice to know that nature has given us many herbs to relieve ailments including tinnitus. Herbs have become popular alternative to relieve ailments since they have fewer negative side effects. Listed below are some herbal remedies you can use to relief tinnitus:

1. Ginkgo biloba: This is the most common herb used for tinnitus treatment. It helps you improve blood circulation in your brain. With the increased blood flow, you can obtain faster healing of damaged nerves. If you want to relieve the ringing sensation effectively, Ginkgo bilobais the herb to try first. The ideal dosage is 40 mg of dried Ginkgo or 1 to 2 teaspoon full of the liquid extract per day. Though Ginkgo is known to be effective in relieving the ringing sensations, it may take some time to show results. It can take several weeks or even months for relief to appear.

2. Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa): This plant is used to relieve bronchitis, rheumatism, fatigue, sore throat and tinnitus. It is also a mild sedative, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. Black Cohosh has a relaxing effect thus it is effective to treat anxiety or stress. Herbalists recommend that you combine Black Cohosh with Ginkgo for more effective results.

3. Vinpocetine (Vincamine): This is the extract of periwinkle that is able to increase blood flow to your brain and inner ears. Just like Black Cohosh, it also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.

4. Sesame: Chinese herbalists have long used sesame seeds to treat tinnitus, dizziness and blurred vision. You can add sesame to your food to relief the ringing or buzzing sounds. The other forms of sesame are halvah, tahini and sesame candy. Sesame butter can also be found in health food stores.

5. Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis): In some cases, goldenseal can help relieve tinnitus. However, this herb is not recommended for pregnant women. You can combine goldenseal with equal amounts of Black Cohosh.

6. Zinc: Lack of zinc can lead one to suffer from tinnitus or hearing loss. Therefore, it is essential to consume foods containing zinc to relief the ringing sensations. Zinc can be found in some vegetables such as spinach, collards, cucumbers, papaya and string beans. Zinc supplements are also available.

7. Fenugreek Seed Tea: The sounds in your ears can be relieved by taking a cup of Fenugreek seed tea in the morning, afternoon and night.

Diabetic Coma, What Every Diabetic Should Know

Diabetic coma symptoms are something every diabetic should be aware of. It is true that type 1 diabetics are much more likely to experience them than type 2, but diabetics are living longer, so the chances of experiencing symptoms is greater. One statistic is that up to 15% of diabetics will go into diabetic coma because of severe hypoglycemia.

What Is a Diabetic Coma?

Coma means unconscious. A person is in a coma if he cannot be wakened and can’t respond to sounds and sights. It does not mean the person in a coma will die. These days, with swift blood test results and and treatment, a diabetic will come out of a coma very fast. Diabetic medical alert bracelets and neck chains keep us from being misdiagnosed as drunk or epileptic when we cannot speak.

But just knowing you are a diabetic is not enough when patients are taken to an emergency room and the doctor reads their diabetic alert charms. The diabetic coma symptoms need to be diagnosed correctly so the proper treatment is started, because the complications are brain damage and death.

Oddly, either chronic high blood sugar or sudden low blood sugar can trigger diabetic coma symptoms. That’s why it’s good to know how we react to both of them.

With high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia, you feel thirsty and have to urinate more often. You feel fatigue, and there is always nausea and vomiting, often for days. You can feel short of breath and have stomach pain. There is a fruity or acetone smell to your breath and a fast heartbeat. The symptoms are not sudden.

But low blood sugar comes on very swiftly and can wake you out of a sound sleep. You feel shaky, nervous, tired and either hungry or nauseated. You sweat a lot and your heart races. You can get irritated and even aggressive for no reason, and confusion makes it hard to think. Blurred vision can keep you from being able to read your meter as you try to check your blood sugar.

Get help fast. Someone needs to test your blood sugar, and if it is low, below 70, you are in a hypoglycemic reaction and need some orange juice or other sugary drink, or any quick source of glucose right now. Test your blood sugar again in 15 minutes, and if it is not responding and your confusion, sweating and blurred vision remain, you need to be taken to the hospital. Paramedics can begin treating you as soon as they arrive, so call 9-1-1.

Diabetic Coma Symptoms, the Three Sources

At the hospital, emergency room doctors will need to find out the source of your diabetic coma symptoms. There are three possibilities:

  • Diabetic ketoacidosis (diabetic acidosis)
  • Diabetic hyperosmolar syndrome
  • Hypoglycemia

In diabetic ketoacidosos, the muscle cells are starving for energy because insulin is not available to them. So they break down fat cells for energy which produces ketones, leading to ketoacidosis.

Meanwhile sugar is building up in the blood because it is not being used by the muscle cells. Severe hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) causes the diabetic’s body to dump sugar into the urine, and it takes a lot of water with it. That is the cause of dehydration, unquenchable thirst and going to the bathroom constantly.

Dehydration leads to shock and exhaustion. There will be vomiting that can go on for 36 hours, so these symptoms are not sudden. As it gets worse you will see flushing and rapid breathing (hyperventilation), and you can slip into a coma.

In the hospital the doctor diagnoses by blood tests that show high blood sugar and metabolic acidosis with dehydration. You would be treated with IV fluids including electrolytes to restore the balance of fluid in your blood, and given insulin and monitored carefully to make sure you do not become hypoglycemic (low blood sugar). Patients wake up quickly with rehydration.

With diabetic hyperosmolar syndrome the ketoacidosis is missing. But extremely high blood sugar that is not controlled over time leads to lethargy, confusion and sleepiness, slipping into coma. This is seen in nursing homes among older diabetics, but it can happen to anyone who lets his blood sugar stay out of control. The patient does not recognize thirst, and dehydration will lead to a coma if not treated.

In this type of coma blood tests show extremely high blood sugar, sometimes above 1,800, and dehydration. It is treated with IV fluids and insulin therapy, and the patient recovers.

Then there is hypoglycemia. Our brains need glucose to function. If there is too little, we pass out. It’s that simple, and it can happen fast. The cause is too much insulin or too little food. Doing a lot of exercise that you are not used to, or drinking alcohol without food can drop blood sugar drastically, even two days after drinking.

Here are three things that, if you do them, could save your life:

  • Wear a diabetic ID bracelet or necklace all the time.
  • Be careful with alcohol. Eat a snack with it or don’t drink at all.
  • Teach your friends and family about the symptoms of low blood sugar and tell them to call for help if you get confused, sweat profusely, or pass out. If anyone in my family sees me sweating, they want to know why, and I’d better be able to explain clearly or they will take me to the hospital, period.

If you wear an insulin pump, you need to keep an eye on the tubing. Kinks or disconnects will stop insulin delivery, and for type 1 diabetics this can be fatal. If you have an illness, trauma or surgery, know what to do to protect yourself from high or low blood sugar. Congestive heart failure and kidney disease lead to hyperosmolar syndrome. GI tract flu and diarrhea can cause blood sugar to bottom out quickly in some people.

Manage your diabetes. Take your medicines and use your glucose monitor. Don’t ever skip insulin to lose weight. Some have actually done this. Don’t ever, ever take illegal drugs. You could get severe high blood sugar, and you will neglect your health. Diabetics can’t take that chance.

What should you do if you are faced with a diabetic in a coma? Call 9-1-1. If you are trained in diabetes treatment, while you are waiting you can test the person’s blood sugar. If it is low, give an injection of glucagon. If there is no glucagon you can rub honey or syrup on the inside of her cheek, but do NOT pour anything into her mouth. If the sugar is not low, do nothing. Do not give insulin to an unconscious person.

I hope you never need this information. If you take care of your diabetic chores daily, you probably won’t.

Penis Health Watch – Discover the Penis Health Benefits of Vitamin B5

Even men who pay close attention to their physical condition, hitting the gym regularly and making appropriate dietary choices, often overlook an important aspect of their well-being – their penis health. Like any other part of the body, the penis requires appropriate care to ensure good health and proper function. Using a moisturizer or penis health crème containing penis-specific vitamins such as vitamin B5 may provide important penis health benefits, helping to resolve common penis skin complaints and protecting the penis against loss of sensitivity. The five most important penis benefits of vitamin B5 are discussed here.

What is Vitamin B5?

Vitamin B5 is a water-soluble vitamin, which means that traces of the nutrient that are not absorbed by the body are eliminated through urine. Also known as pantothenic acid, this vitamin is essential to the metabolic process, as it is needed to convert food into energy to fuel the muscles and maintain proper cellular function. Vitamin B5 is known to play a role in circulatory health, as well as promoting disease fighting ability and sexual health; it also helps the body to utilize the benefits afforded by other vitamins and minerals.

The top 5 penis benefits of vitamin B5

1. Prevent or reverse loss of penis sensation: Vigorous manual stroking, sexual intercourse, and even restrictive clothing create friction that, over time, can lead to toughening of the outer layers of the penis skin, just as heavy manual labor causes callouses on the palms of the hands. This can lead to a loss of penis sensitivity; men as young as 17 to 19 years of age have reported reduced penis sensation due to neural damage often caused by frequent masturbation or aggressive sex. Treating the skin with restorative vitamins such as B5 can stimulate the growth of new skin cells and provide support for the thousands of nerve endings found under the delicate outer dermal layer of the penis.

2. Promote healthy circulation: Vitamin B5 plays an important role in promoting circulatory health, maintaining the blood vessels and stimulating blood flow; this is particularly important to penis health, as adequate blood flow is needed to nourish the skin and nerve cells of the penis, as well as permitting an erection to occur.

3. Boost immune system function: Pantothenic acid is critical to proper immune system function, helping the body to fight off disease and infection; in fact, vitamin B5 is often referred to as a “life-sustaining” vitamin. Bacteria and fungi (such as those that cause “jock itch” and yeast infections) tend to flourish in warm, moist places such as the genital area. Adequate levels of B5 are needed to help stave off common bacterial and fungal infections that can affect the penis, causing soreness, irritation, and pain during intercourse and can be passed on to sexual partners.

4. Reduce soreness and skin irritation: The penis skin is delicate, and it can become easily irritated, especially with rough handling due to frequent masturbation or aggressive sex. Repairing damaged skin cells and preventing soreness, irritation and itching depends on proper nourishment from vitamins such as pantothenic acid.

5. Keep skin youthful and healthy: Moisturizers containing vitamin B5 are a top choice of women who want to keep their skin soft, supple, and youthful looking – but men, too, can benefit from the rejuvenating effects of pantothenic acid. Penis vitamin formulas containing B5 can help to prevent wrinkling and maintain the integrity of the penis skin.

How to make the most of the penis health benefits of Vitamin B5

Even men who get adequate amounts of vitamin B5 in their diet or take a nutritional supplement containing pantothenic acid may not be getting the full penis benefits of this important penis vitamin. After nutrients are broken down in the digestive tract, they are often delivered to the other organs or eliminated as waste before they can reach the penis.

Treating the penis skin with a topical penis health crème (most health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) can help to ensure that the penis is properly nourished. By ensuring that the penis skin receives the full benefits of important nutrients such as vitamin B5, as well as making healthy lifestyle choices and receiving appropriate medical care, men of all ages can promote long-term penis health and function.

Is Sinusitis A Communicable Disease?

In a majority of cases, sinusitis or rhinosinusitis is not spreadable, but there are sinus infections that can be transmitted from one person to another. In this section, we are going to see if or not sinusitis is contagious.

The experts have different opinions on it. Usually, sinusitis is caused due to a sinus infection that is triggered by bacteria, viruses or fungi. With these microorganisms, it’s more likely that this condition can be spread further amongst individuals. In that way, it can become contagious.

On another hand, it’s also believed that it’s not the organisms that may cause sinusitis, but it’s usually the condition of one’s sinuses that can make them vulnerable, more or less to infections.

Note: Infection is also spread from one to another due to such microorganisms that already live in our body only. There are no occasions required for outside contamination.

Many doctors think that sinusitis is only spread in rare cases. However, it’s advisable that a person with such condition stay away from the child and elderly for prevention.

How do I check If I have a sinus infection?

Both acute sinusitis and chronic sinusitis occur with specific symptoms. They may include:

– A plugged nose (nasal congestion)

– Facial pressure with pain

– Nasal discharge

– Cough

– Sinus headache

– Mild fever

– Bad breath

One may also experience,

– Drowsiness

– Pain in ears

– Throat infection and pain.

Note: A person needs to be accurately diagnosed based upon existing symptoms, pertinent history and several physical examinations.

How long the sinusitis lasts

An acute sinus infection can last for nearly three weeks whereas a chronic sinusitis for eight weeks or more. Recurrent sinusitis that usually goes on and off may also turn into a chronic sinus infection and can last for a year as well.

The type of treatment depends upon the kind of sinusitis one has. If the symptoms of it stop, a person may consider being completely cured. At the same time, people with chronic and recurrent sinusitis may prevent the symptoms or continue experiencing the triggers for a long time.

Note: The treatment of bacterial sinusitis will differ from that of viral sinusitis.

How important is it to see an allergist / immunologist for treatment?

If your symptoms are not under control (especially in the case of chronic or recurrent sinusitis) often accompanied by continuous fever, you should see your doctor.

You will also require immediate medical care if you have

– Shortness of breath

– Severe headaches

– Inflammation on eyes or forehead etc.

Consult your doctor for the most accurate sinusitis treatment.

Be aware. Stay disease-free!

Menopause – 5 Tips to Overcome Post Menopause Problems

Menopause and aging in general are associated with some emotional torments; depression, irritability, suspicion, insomnia etc. These emotional elements have wrecked havoc in most advanced marriages. Some people wonder why marriage of over twenty years with children could suddenly breakdown. Therefore, to every woman, post menopausal years particularly the first five years must be jealously and wisely guarded.

Do not forget that it is in this particular time that most men of the old used to take up new wives as the culture then permits. Therefore, during your menopausal and post menopausal period, you must vow to secure your marriage, not through fighting but through knowledge and wise counseling. It is expected that when a woman is not capable or willing to give what a man expects from her, there may be possibility of misunderstanding. This kind of misunderstanding abounds in most marriages particularly at a time the woman starts getting dry and aging.

Therefore, to have a stress-free menopausal period, you must be ready to cushion, conquer and overcome the associated challenges in your marriage. You can achieve these successfully with the aid of the following key points and tips:

Overcome Post Menopause Problems 1: Look Good For Life Is Good

One way to deal with menopause problems is by looking good. It would be most unfortunate for you to leave yourself unkempt and dirty simply because you feel you have given the man children. If you feel so, you may get more than you ever bargain. Menopausal and post menopausal periods are very crucial and sensitive. It is the time to look good. That you are advancing in age does not mean your beauty has tarnished. No! You must be clean, make up and remain on. Your breast must be seen standing, even if it is standing with the help of foam or iron brassier. Pay attention to your looks. Don’t forget that it is your beauty not necessarily character that attracted your husband to you for the first time. Menopause is truly a challenging moment for every woman but you can make good the time by putting more beauty on yourself.

Overcome Post Menopause Problems 2: Sacrificial Love and Good Character

Sacrificial love is the kind of love that lives for the sake of others. Without mincing words, post menopausal period may demand more than you can freely give or accept but for the sake of peace, you may need to go extra miles. Against your sexual convenience, if your husband is in need of you, give yourself cheerfully without making it a subject of strong contention. However, where need be, make your husband understand your feelings through reasoning together with him but never make him a victim of circumstances. Otherwise, you may end up making him a ‘sugar daddy’.

Overcome Post Menopause Problems 3: Avoid Suspicion

Post Menopause problems will be reduced to the minimum if you can keep away from suspecting your partner. It is very characteristic of humans to analyze situations and make conclusions. Suspicion has shown to be the root cause of marriage disaster in most countries. As a man comes back from work, the wife would be searching the pockets of his wears with intent of finding lip stick or another woman’s left over to confirm her suspicion. Some smell their husband’s wears in view of perceiving a strange perfume or odor, which of course must be from another woman. Some women go further to send spies after their husbands with hope of catching them in the ‘very act’. Friend, always know that your assumptions or conclusion could be dead wrong. Your own heart can deceive you. As a matter of fact, you may never find peace in your marriage if you toll the path of suspicion. The irony of it is that which ever fault you seek in a man, you are most likely to find it because man is n imperfect character; perhaps, the very reason for seeking ‘help mate’.

Overcome Post Menopause Problems 4: Don’t Listen to Peer’s Advice

Most victims of marriage disaster don’t usually initiate the counter productive actions themselves. Rather they acted based o what they were advised by a friend or a group of friends. It is important for you to know that during the period of menopause and thereafter, there are variable changes that occur in the male counterpart generally. At such time, some men may be almost impotent and thus have little or no affection for sexual activity, while others may be battling with one form of sickness or the other. If you abide by this rule, you’ll sure overcome your post menopause problems.

Depression Among College Students – An Essay

Depression among college students, with a focus on Freshmen.

Who is at risk, and what can be done?

Graduation time rolls around, and you already know where you will end up next year for college. Your two best friends will be joining you there, where you will all live in the same apartment complex. You have already put your first payment, and deposit in preparation. Now you wait.

When the time comes around, you pack up and move thousands of miles just to go to college. You haven’t heard from either of your friends yet, and you can feel the anticipation welling in your gut. You are so excited, you haven’t heard from them all summer.

Then you find out they never came. Both decided on going to a different college without you, or telling you. You keep telling yourself you will cope, and make new friends, but you still feel lonely and rejected.

Once you are actually in college, things are harder than you expected. You don’t have a car, so it is harder to get around buying food, finding a bank, and getting school supplies. Often times you find yourself taking naps, or just sleeping, because you can’t focus, or feel overwhelmed. One of the many signs of depression.

Money is tight, and you don’t have a job, because you can’t find any job openings within walking distance, you are afraid to ride the bus, because it is such a big city, compared to the one you came from. You biggest fear is getting lost, and not being able to make it home.

You often times feel overwhelmed by homework and such. You can never do it quite good enough, and are often times to shy to ask for help, so you sit in silence, confused, and helpless, like a grain of sand on a beach. Not noticed and not much potential.

This is the story of a college freshman. Probably many. That guy who sits next to you in math class, struggling with theorems, or that girl in your chem. class, under pressure to learn her Periodic Table of Elements. Who ever it is, they are there.

Depression effects 76 out of a 100 college students. Mainly freshmen entering a new world so to speak. Often times you won’t see it right away or not at all. This is an age group that’s tricky, states a psychologist at Davidson College in North Carolina, DeWitt Crosby said, They are adults by law, but they’re still dealing with making decisions on their own.

More attention is spent on alcohol consumption, and crimes among students, so that little energy or money is left for the awareness or the treatment of mental health. Often times the only funding is for counselors who will perform â scattershot therapy. They don’t actually treat what is wrong, but try to cover many possibilities of what could be wrong within a short period of time.

USA TODAY states in a recent study 14% of the 701 students who took a survey in the Boston area showed significant symptoms of depression, and over half of them could qualify as having major depression. If treatment of the depression was sought, at least 80% would get better.

The National Survey of Counseling Center Directors reported an 85% increase in severe psychological problems over the past five years. Also 30% reported at least one student suicide on their campus within the last (2001/2002) school year.

A hard part in treating depression is recognizing it. Some major symptoms of depression as told by http://www.campusblues.com are as follows.

1. Sadness, anxiety, or empty feelings

2· Decreased energy, fatigue, being slowed down

3. Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities

4.· Sleep Disturbances (insomnia, oversleeping, or waking much earlier than usual)

5· Appetite and weight changes (either loss or gain)

6· Feelings of hopelessness, guilt, and worthlessness

7· Thoughts off death or suicide, or suicide attempts

8· Difficulty concentrating, making decisions, or remembering

9· Irritability or excessive crying

10 · Chronic aches and pains not explained by another physical condition

It’s normal to have these feelings at one time or another, but five or more, for a two week or longer period is something to pay attention too. Also watch for changes in the way the person functions. The anxiety is normal in college, when you are studying for classes, or preparing to take a test, but when it rules your life, and they way you think and act is a time to seek help and gain control again.

Overcome Your Anxiety With Phosphatidylserine

Almost all of us deal with stress on a daily basis. Its clammy, familiar grip wrecks havoc on our insides: our hands get sweaty, our heart races, our stomach gets tied up in knots. None are immune. At home, at work, at school, worry can overwhelm us because stress-induced biochemical reactions are often beyond our control. They are an automatic response to some internal or external stimuli that puts our bodies on high alert. And in our hectic world, worry is all around us.

A modern malady

Like most bodily functions, stress has a positive, or at least protective, role to play in our lives. When we are in harm’s way, powerful stress hormones like cortisol and adrenalin are released from the adrenal glands to give us the strength and energy we need to survival an ordeal. Called the fight-or-flight response, it has served humankind well – until now, that is. Why the sudden change?

Some experts believe that the frantic pace of modern life and all the stressors we are subjected have put us in an endless emergency state; one where stress hormones are coursing through our bodies when we don’t need them. This prolonged period of chronic stress can have both short and long-term effects on our health. One of them is the increased risk that we will develop an anxiety disorder.

The most common mental illness in America, more than 40 million adults suffer from an anxiety disorder. Most receive treatment in the form of powerful prescription medications designed to treat depression and related disorders. Although popular, these mood-altering drugs have a laundry list of serious side effects, including toxicity. In fact, nearly 30 percent of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. involve prescription antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications! With numbers like those, it’s no wonder a growing group of anxiety suffers are embracing natural supplements.

What is phosphatidylserine?

Clearly, we need to find a way to manage our stress that does not involve addictive, potentially-deadly prescription medications. Both exercise and meditation have proven effective at inducing the release of hormones that reduce stress. However, they cannot combat the stress hormones that are already in our systems. To control cortisol and adrenalin from within, we need to fight it from without, through nutrition. One popular and effective treatment option is a nutritional supplement called phosphatidylserine. How does it work?

A vital chemical that is in every cell of the human body, phosphatidylserine plays a key role in maintaining cellular structure, especially in the brain. By keeping the billions of nerve cells in our heads healthy and secure, the nutrient helps them complete their signal-transmission functions. One of the many benefits of this action is enhanced memory, which can be compromised with age, injury, or disease. Because the body does not make enough of the chemical on its own, we must get phosphatidylserine from other sources, such as food and dietary supplements.

Well-tested for stress reduction

In addition to memory enhancement, clinical trials also found that phosphatidylserine helped alleviate mental and emotional stress. This unexpected discovery suggested that the supplement might be helpful in treating anxiety disorders. Of course, more testing was needed. At last count, there have been at least 3,000 research papers and 60 clinical trials on the benefits and function of phosphatidylserine, making it one of the most studied supplements around.

After cognitive benefits, the most common finding was a positive effect on mood when test subjects were put in stressful situations. These reports and observations were confirmed by significant reductions in stress hormones by subjects who were taking 400 mgs a day of phosphatidylserine. In particular, one study found that the nutrient helped reduce stress in young adults because it helped them better regulate fluctuations in cortisol levels. (The link between elevated cortisol levels and a reduction of stress-relieving hormones and neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin, has been firmly established.)This observation was corroborated by another study that found that phosphatidylserine kept cortisol levels induced by exercise and muscle stress comparatively low.

Effects

Because elevated cortisol levels over protracted periods can result in numerous health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes, it behooves us to regulate them when under stress. Although its mechanism of action is poorly understood, testing has confirmed that phosphatidylserine can help lower cortisol levels, which may help alleviate anxiety by inducing the release of stress-relieving chemicals like dopamine and serotonin.

Dosages and side effects

As we mentioned, the nutrient is found in every cell of our bodies, making it completely safe for regular consumption. The only reported side effects are mild stomach issues from users who took more than the recommended dosage, which is 400-600 mgs daily, according to most sources. It should also be noted that there are natural food sources for phosphatidylserine, including herring, tuna, soft-shelled clams, and white beans. However, the average American gets far less than the recommended dosage just 75 to 184 milligrams a day, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Therefore, supplementation is an attractive option for most folks.

Conclusion

A safe, natural, and ostensibly effective treatment for anxiety, phosphatidylserine is an increasingly popular alternative to powerful prescription medications. By regulating cortisol to healthy levels, the nutrient can help prevent a whole host of health issues, from heart disease to diabetes and high blood pressure. Not to mention the fact that phosphatidylserine acts as a neuroprotective in the brain, enhancing memory and recall in patients with cognitive impairment. All of this makes phosphatidylserine supplementation a no-brainer… Pun intended!