How Ganoderma Lucidum Helps Prevent and Stop Allergy and Sinus Problems!

Do you suffer from allergies? Do you have red puffy eyes when you wake up in the morning… that feel like they are full of sand and so itchy that you want to claw out your eyeballs? No manner of scratching or rubbing will help… only make it worse. It drives you crazy! Then the runny nose starts… followed by a hacking cough and a sinus migraine headache that would stop a truck. My headaches would get so bad that I just wanted to die. I would go into my bedroom, shut out the lights, cover my face with the heating pad and pray it would ease some and eventually go away. No amount of sinus medication or allergy pills seemed to help. If anything, it intensified things.

Have you experienced some or all of these uncomfortable symptoms that made life just miserable? Trying to carry on a normal routine, looking after young children, doing my housework, going to my place of employment and trying to be civil to people in the workplace was almost impossible. I worked for a lawyer and trying to take dictation and type on the typewriter (before computers) was horrible. Every pound of the keys sent vibrations throughout my head that were horrific and I just wanted the workday to end so I could go home. But at home things were no better. Most of time it was only the passing of the hours that brought some relief. I just had to bear with it. Not a pleasant experience! Not something you want to see anyone else have to deal with. That is why I am writing this article, hoping it will help someone who is experiencing what I went through find some relief.

In starting my search for answers I found out something I did not know before and it changed the way I addressed my allergy concerns. The following is information that helped me get on track to finding solutions to my problems:

A. Deficiencies of the Immune System:

“When the immune system is deficient or does not function properly, it leaves the body susceptible to a wide array of illnesses. However, allergies and hypersensitivity to certain substances are considered immune system disorders.”

B. Allergies are Immune System Disorders:

“Allergies are disorders of the immune system. Most allergic reactions are a result of an immune system that responds to a “false alarm.” When a harmless substance such as dust, mold, or pollen is encountered by a person who is allergic to that substance, the immune system may react dramatically, by producing antibodies that “attack” the allergen (substances that produce allergic reactions). The result of an allergen entering a susceptible person’s body may include wheezing, itching, runny nose, and watery or itchy eyes, and other symptoms… ” Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

If you have allergies and enter a room where someone has doused themselves with perfume… how long does it take for your nose to let you know it does not like the scent? What about going to a friend’s house and their pet cat decides it prefers your lap to any other comfortable place in the room? Much more serious, what if you are allergic to bee stings or Peanuts… that could be life threatening. If you have an immune system disorder all the foregoing are concerns you must be aware of. Allergies can also trigger asthma attacks which can be very serious, even life threatening.

Due to major surgery that depleted my immune system, I developed not only allergies… but an asthmatic condition that was so severe that I was taken to the hospital on several occasions for emergency treatment. I was constantly fighting off allergy attacks and lived in fear of another asthma attack that would send me back to the hospital. After going to an Allergist and Asthma specialist, only to find out that my condition was chronic and would not improve but only get worse over time… I decided to look to alternative treatments and supplements that might help alleviate my condition.

An Answer At Last!

It was not until I clued into the fact that Allergies are caused by Immune disorders did the “light bulb” come on. Neither my doctor nor the specialists I went to provided me with this information. If they had done so, it would have helped me tremendously in my search for a solution. Either they did not know or felt the information would be beyond my comprehension, I am not sure… but without that information, I would still be suffering today from this problem.

A friend of mine gave me a sample of coffee with an herb in it that had an immediate effect on my immune system’s allergy symptoms. At first, I could not understand why one cup of this coffee, with this particular herb, could all of a sudden take away my sinus headache. This herb is called the Red Reishi Mushroom. I started doing some research and this is what I found.

There have been many studies on the effects of Reishi on the immune system, including its Anti-Allergic/Anti-Inflammatory Actions.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Reishi’s anti-allergy action became the subject of ongoing research in both China and Japan. Studies showed that Reishi inhibited all four types of allergic reactions, with positive effects on asthma and contact dermatitis. Depression can also be caused by food allergies. Research shows Reishi’s dramatic help in clearing food allergies. Reishi revitalizes the blood and helps normalize IgG, an immunoglobulin responsible for triggering many food allergies.

Just What is Ganoderma Lucidum Anyway?

The Red Reishi also known as Ganoderma Lucidum, is primarily grown in the Orient. Those who study the Reishi for it’s medicinal purposes are amazed at it versatility in working with the human body. It’s adaptogenic properties make it the most powerful herb on the planet… giving it the status of the “King of Herbs” in China. Natural foods like the Reishi exist in nature for a reason, they provide us with the help we need to keep our bodies finetuned, providing antioxidants and nutrients that our diet does not provide. The Orientals practice preventative medicine and the Reishi is on top of their list in the prevention of disease. Do you think we maybe could take a lesson from them?

How Does Ganoderma Work?

I needed to know more about how this amazing herb could be so effective. I did more research and found the answer… I found out that the Reishi supports and builds up the Immune system. It has so many properties that I decided to continue my growth of knowledge about this amazing herb. I have been able to reach many, many people, who after trying this herb, have found it has the ability to provide solutions to their many health concerns. I am in awe of this miraculous mushroom called the Red Reishi and my continual research has increased my appreciation of what nature can provide us and I will continue to pass on this valuable information to everyone who wants to benefit from my findings.

“Life is a precious gift from God. Although fragile, it demands our continual nurturing and should never be taken for granted.” Java Joan Maxymuik.

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Depression and Disorganization

Although it appears to be a mundane sort of thing, I find disorganization and chaos to be one of the biggest problems reported by depressed and anxious individuals.

The symptoms of feeling overwhelmed and not wanting to face the day often stem from not knowing where to start or not wanting to face the mountain of tasks that lay ahead. I have found folks to be so bogged down with even the everyday task of leaving the house on time that their entire day is a mess before they ever get started and they are frazzled by 8 am. There are children screaming, pets need walking, work begins at a certain time, the laundry isn’t done and available clothing is something picked out of the bin from the week before that didn’t make it to the dry cleaner. Stress chemicals are running rampant and irritability and panic set in as well as resentment of the household, job, family and whatever else.

What is worse is that typically if disorganization is a problem at home it is a problem at work as well. A cluttered desk, half finished tasks and deadlines not met are the work version of the problem and are with you all day. Does your automobile look like a homeless person’s shopping cart? If so, none of your major environments is peaceful. There is nothing pleasant about your surroundings and this is a major stressor.

The problem is not that you have too much to do or work full time, it is that you have not found a routine and organizational plan that works yet or you found one but are not consistent in following the plan.

Running around willy nilly, being chronically late, never being able to find things and having a dirty or sloppy house are stressful conditions and contribute to the anxiety depression cycle. Things scattered about affect your ability to concentrate and irritability sets in if not outright anger. Reflect on what your thoughts are while this is going on, those thoughts probably sound something like this:

“I will be late for work and get fired because it happens all the time.”

“My children will be late for school and marked tardy for the 5th time.”

“I can’t find that project that needs to be in by 9AM.”

“I am going to have to eat fast food because I don’t have time to make breakfast and I am already 20 pounds overweight.”

“I can’t find my keys so I can’t get to work.”

“I can’t even look at the sink because it is so full of dirty dishes.”

“The dog has a snarled hairball the size of Rhode Island and I don’t have time to get him to the groomers.”

“Whoops, I forgot the dog at the groomers.”

You get the picture. Not one of these thoughts brings about peace and serenity in your brain. They are alarming at best and exhausting at worst. Just think about if you have more than one of them each day just in the first hour of waking up. Your physiological response to each of these involves your brain chemicals and stress hormones and you can see why they are going to be off balance right from the get go. Cortisol is gobbling up serotonin at the speed of sound. Being organized with your things and your time makes you more effective, more peaceful, more efficient and more successful in general. Being organized feels good.

Look around your house. It should be your sanctuary, not a hell hole screaming your name to come clean it. The house and time management issues are all about the planning and execution of a schedule and routine. If something is not getting done or is causing you distress in the household it is because you have not found the right system for you.

Very simply, a place for everything and everything in its place is a good saying to live by and you should consider it your new mantra. Think of the simplicity of that statement. Yet this is the biggest bug-a-boo I see, not knowing where you left your car keys, clothing, sports equipment, check book, you name it. I use to struggle with these issues myself and after getting dressed in the dry cleaners parking lot, having to ask the grocery store to put my groceries aside till I got back with my checkbook that I forgot or lost for the moment and finding a year old half bagel under my car seat I realized there had to be a better way.

We often allow our emotional state to dictate these sorts of practical matters. “I am so depressed I don’t care what the house looks like.” “I am so nervous I can’t concentrate.” “I am so ADD, I will never be able to organize myself.” It does not matter if you are depressed or anxious, your house and time need streamlining and with that will come a lessening of your symptoms. You will feel an immediate shift just stemming from the empowerment you are giving yourself and the taking control of your life. If you really are ADD then organization and time management are the very set of skills that you require.

Getting Started:

To get started take an inventory of the areas where you need organizing. Maybe there is just one area out of control or maybe the entire place needs an overhaul. Either way it can get done and not be overwhelming by breaking it down into sections and tasks. The major areas that cause disruption are your house, car, purse or wallet, finances and paperwork. Maybe it is just time management and not organization that will benefit you.

I am now going to take you through a general plan that you can institute immediately.

Get out a pad of paper and look around. Jot down room by room what the major problems are such as laundry everywhere, kid’s toys, paper clutter, etc… Where are the major stressors?

1. Now go to where these items would ideally reside. Is there enough room for them all to be put away at once? Do you need to get rid of some of it or do you need more space or better organization of it? If you have enough space then it is probably more a problem of time management and routine, if there isn’t enough space you may be keeping too much stuff or just not have the proper storage.

2. If you do not have an appointment calendar please get one now. If you live alone a portable one will be fine, if you have a family please get a big one you can post somewhere as everyone needs to be involved.

3. On your pad of paper list every activity for the week that has to be performed and how long it takes. For instance work-9-5, travel time 30 minutes each way. That is 9 hours of your day plus how long it takes you to shower and get ready. Ballet lessons for daughter one hour plus travel time on Wednesdays only. Put everything down and then write them in pencil on your new calendar. This shows you where your free time is going to be.

4. Dedicate some of that free time to getting yourself together. It won’t take that long although it seems daunting right now.

5. List all chores that require travel such as groceries and dry-cleaning. Can you do those on your way home from work? Can you do them all at once in order to be more efficient rather than make multiple trips? Decide on a good time and put that on your calendar also.

6. Think through your morning routine, this is usually where the day starts to go downhill. How much time do you need to get yourself ready? Pets? Kids? Breakfast? Pick up house before you leave so as not to come home to depressing mess? If you have a family I suggest getting up 2 hours prior to when you need to leave or when they need to be out the door. This gives you time to get ready, get them up and ready, prepare and have breakfast as a family and squeeze in a 30 minute walk or exercise of some sort. In order to do this you will need to have already planned the night before for things such as:

a. Lunches

b. Clothing

c. Homework

d. Projects of your own

e. List of priorities for day, knowing exactly where to focus your energies on any given day.

f. Gas in car

7. Now think through your evening routine. How do you get the above things done? Is there too much stuff in your evenings? Maybe the kids are in too many activities or you need help getting them around. Are you eating healthy food at night? Are you eating too late and not cleaning up because you are exhausted? Then you have to get up to a mess and again it’s all downhill from there. Remember you are in control of your schedule and your life, and sometimes too much is just too much. Even though you are trying to provide a quality of life by having many activities available for your family it is not a quality of life if you are depressed and agitated and the house is a mess and you are eating at drive thrus every night. Think about the memories you are creating.

Now you know where the problems areas are and where your time may be being wasted. Here are some general guidelines that will make a world of difference immediately if you put them to work for you.

House

1. Keep dishes and plates put away all the time, fill dishwasher after every meal.

2. Do a good cleaning once a week. Enlist the family, including children, to help especially in their own rooms. Many people feel guilty making their children learn chores but there is nothing to feel guilty about. They are simply participating in the household and will have to run their own households someday. If they learn now they will not have to struggle with these issues later.

3. Keep money matters in one place as well as files for all your important papers and issues such as credit card information, taxes, medical, legal, travel, etc… It is very nice to be able to put your hands right on something the minute you want it.

4. A place for everything and everything in its place. It’s really that simple.

5. Go with a schedule for cleaning, weekly daily, monthly and seasonally and stick to it.

Financial

To be a financial mess is very depressing and anxiety provoking. It also can damage relationships if you and your partner have a very different style of organizing finances. You have to take control of your finances. If your wife or husband does all the financial recording and planning for the family, still make sure you understand what is going on, what accounts you have and whose name is on them. What happens to them if the other person dies or in the case of divorce? There is never a reason in a marriage for each person not to be fully aware of family finances. If you and your mate keep separate finances that is fine, just be in control of yours and ones that your name is on at all times.

Many of us do not learn about money as children or just have never made it a point to learn it as an adult. Some of us feel uncomfortable with it. But every day we have to pay for things, we have to eat and live somewhere and it takes money to do all these things. Saying you are not good with money is like saying you are not comfortable with buttoning your clothes. There are great books and websites written on financial matters, find the system that works for you and utilize it.

Car

Does your car look like you live in it? This too is very stressful and carries chaos from your home into your driving. You will be more distracted and harried while driving if your car is a mess.

1. Clean it out daily from anything you may have eaten, wrappers, coffee cups, etc…

2. Wipe console free of dust and grime with a wipe made for this to free your view of dirt.

3. Take it to car wash once a week if finances permit or at least every other. Allow them to vacuum it and wipe it down.

4. Each child riding in car is responsible for their own seat area if old enough.

5. Dog nose prints on window wiped off daily.

Purse/Wallet

Another war zone, filled with extra papers, bunched up money, cough drops, candy with dirt embedded in wrapper, year old receipts, hair items and cosmetics, this is a virtual dumping ground of things we collect daily. None of them should be here.

Go through all purses and wallets and take out all junk.

Vacuum or wipe out purse.

Time Management

Chances are you need some help in this department also. Taking on too much as well as not being organized definitely places you on the road to depression and being overwhelmed. There is only so much time and only one of you. In order to manage time effectively you have to take control of it and yourself, and not allow things to get in your way. Prioritize what has to be done on any given day and do those things first.

Work routines are very important also. Studies have shown that significant amounts of time are wasted daily by excessive email and social media use. If you are checking your face book page you are not getting your tasks done and they are building up, ready to cause you more stress. Set daily goals and priorities, then finish them.

As stated before, these are just general guidelines to gaining peace and control of your life, but they will get you started and provide immediate results as well as significant reduction in your symptoms of anxiety and/or depression.

Five Quick Ways To Reduce Stress, Depression and Anxiety

No point in beating around the bush, let’s get straight to it. Here are my top five ways to reduce stress, depression and anxiety.

1. When at work it is important to remember to take regular breaks from your desk. Working intensely without one is sure to create a build up of stress and tension, which can lead to anxiety and depression if maintained over a long period of time. Take at least one 15 minute break during the morning and one mid- afternoon as well as a lunch break. Try and have a change of scenery and eat your lunch away from your workstation. Also, if you have a lot of issues going on in your life right now, make time and take yourself away for a day, or a weekend to give yourself some breathing space, you will really feel the benefit. If removing yourself from the situation seems totally out of the question allow yourself a few hours to distance yourself from your problems by doing something that you really enjoy. Creating some free time will help reduce your stress levels, but it also gives you some much needed space to gather your thoughts.

2. Regular exercise is a great way to alleviate moments of stress, depression and anxiety. Regular exercise releases chemicals called endorphins into your blood stream, giving you a natural boost of happiness. It will also offer you a distraction from brooding and dwelling on your problems – but only if you carry out the right kind of exercises. High energy exercise is fun, fast and requires total concentration. Avoid: Low energy exercise, like weight lifting, jogging or treadmills as they can be done almost automatically, leaving you freedom to ponder your situation, which is not good. Competitive sports such as squash, tennis, badminton and circuit training are all excellent examples of high energy exercises which will keep you totally focused and in the ‘here and now’. It is important that whilst doing exercise to remove yourself mentally from your situation, although you will be benefiting physically your levels of stress will increase and depression and anxiety will only get worse.

3. Give yourself a break and stop beating yourself up. Self-deprecation plays a large part in creating stress, depression and anxiety. Each time you behave negatively towards yourself, you chip away at your confidence and self-esteem. Under no circumstances is it right to tell yourself you are useless, worthless, stupid, hopeless, boring, ugly or even a loser. Don’t take things personally and convince yourself that others hate you and that they don’t like your company, so you would be better off alone. You would never think it okay to say these things to other people, so why think it is acceptable to say them to yourself? These words are very powerful and once said can never be taken back and long term they will hurt you. It’s okay that you are not perfect; you will make mistakes – lots of them, but from them you learn and grow, just like everyone else. So cut yourself some slack and from this day forward, I want you to make a pact with yourself never to indulge self-deprecation ever again! IT IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE AND BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH.

4. Isolating yourself from other people is another big problem when suffering from stress, depression and anxiety. That being said, it’s OK to spend time on your own, there will be occasions when you just want your own space. But it is very easy to mull over your problems and situation too many times, punishing yourself for hours on end with no positive outcome. Instead use this time in a much more positive manner. Preoccupy your mind by doing a jigsaw puzzle, a crossword in your daily newspaper, read a book or carry out a hobby like painting, playing a musical instrument or whatever it is you enjoy doing. Using your time in a more positive way will help you to grow; it is an alternative to causing yourself additional pain.

5. Television, radio and newspapers are packed full of negativity that will contribute to lowering your mood. Stories constantly reflecting the negative side of life: crime, corruption, war, scandal and natural disasters will give you a much distorted outlook on reality. Not forgetting the countless images that have been manipulated by advertisers to get you to subscribe to their products. Do yourself a favour and remove yourself from this daily negative drip feed of unrealistic expectations on your reality. Avoid all form of media for just one week, see how you feel, you never know you might even find, like I have, that they have no place in your life anymore. Trust me, you won’t miss them.

Have fun, keep smiling and be happy!

HIV-AIDS Phobia – What Is It And Can It Be Treated?

AIDS and HIV are words that can still provoke feelings of fear and anxiety in many people today — and this in spite of the fact that this viral infection is no longer the killer it once was. With the advent of sophisticated drugs used in combination therapy, HIV has become a largely manageable condition, something that can be successfully lived with.

Where HIV was once shrouded in mystery, and even called ‘God’s vengeance’, today we know that HIV is a viral infection that may be acquired through a few well-established routes.

We know that HIV transmission can occur through sexual contact, blood-to-blood contact, such as sharing hypodermic needles, and passed from mother to baby during pregnancy, the birthing process or through infected breast milk.

HIV simply cannot be transmitted through activities such as hugging or most kissing, nor can it be acquired from toilet seats, shared eating utensils, glasses, cups or plates etc. because of this there is no real need to be anxious about these particular areas. In fact, HIV is such a fragile virus – or, to be exact, a ‘retrovirus’ – that the virus can survive for only a brief period of time when outside of the body.

Though HIV infection has been with us for more than 30 years, many people still remain uninformed about it and how it may be acquired. Because of this, HIV-AIDS continues to cause much irrational fear and anxiety — and prejudice. This kind of irrational fear can often be quite easily cleared through education, a basic understanding of the means by which HIV is transmitted, and knowledge of how it can be prevented.

Prejudice, though, in any shape or form, can be more difficult to counter. Only when we are aware of the reason for our prejudices and are prepared to see prejudice for what it really is can it be vanquished.

But apart from the fear and anxiousness that can come from basic ignorance and blind prejudice, there is also another form of fear that can develop regarding HIV-AIDS and this is what has come to be known as ‘AIDS Phobia’.

People who have this disorder – and there is an overlooked and sizable demographic – remain extremely worried and often paranoid about contracting the infection despite being educated about HIV, being reassured by doctors and health advisors, and even having taken blood tests which prove that they are not infected and so have no reason to be fearful or remain anxious. Such people are what has been referred to as ‘the worried well’. For these individuals, HIV-AIDS phobia is an extreme form of anxiety disorder.

Over the past several years, working both in private practice and as a consultant psychotherapist for one of the largest HIV and sexual health organizations in Europe, I have worked with a number of different people who were experiencing this particular problem and have seen how truly incapacitating it can be. It is an anxiety disorder that completely side-steps rationality and logic, so that no matter how often the person is assured and re-assured that they have not contracted HIV-AIDS, and so have no reason to worry, they persist in their belief that they may indeed be infected.

Based on experience, I believe the word ‘phobia’ is, in fact, inappropriate here, because it sounds like something that can be quite easily treated with simplistic measures such as a couple of NLP or EFT techniques, simple desensitization, or a few counseling sessions. ‘Phobia’ suggests that it is nothing more serious than a fear of spiders or elevators or having to stand up and talk in front of other people. This in no way minimizes the real difficulties experienced by people who have these common phobias, but these things are true phobias and so can very often be cleared in just a couple of brief sessions using the right kind of therapeutic techniques.

Though AIDS Phobia can be successfully treated, it appears to be very different in nature to ordinary phobias, and so usually resists such treatment.

In my experience, AIDS Phobia is less of a simple phobia than it is a mental health issue closely aligned to obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD.

Because of this, I prefer to call AIDS phobia ‘HIV Anxiety Disorder’, or HIV AD.

People experiencing HIV AD share many of the same symptoms as those diagnosed with OCD. These include fear about safety and security, thinking or feeling that objects are dirty or contaminated, worrying about health and hygiene, and intrusive, disturbing thoughts about aggression or sex.

Underlying issues connected with sex, sexual orientation, the fear of illness, abandonment, or of death very often pre-exist the appearance of HIV Anxiety Disorder.

Often the person presenting with HIV AD has experienced a strict upbringing in which sex was very much a taboo subject, or in which certain forms of sexual expression were frowned upon, or have undergone premature sexualization experiences, and so powerful feelings of guilt have been subconsciously associated with the sexual urge and these have then become internalized.

For others, sickness, death of a significant other, or the sense of being abandoned or rejected at some stage in their development, has left them with an underlying sense of real fear. Very often fear and guilt combine, and when these powerful emotions come together the ground is fertile for HIV Anxiety Disorder.

Treatment involves going to the cause of the fear and resolving both this and any guilt that may be driving the disorder. This means uncovering those earlier, initial sensitizing events that laid the groundwork and in all probability preceded the actual HIV AD symptoms, and then re-processing the subconscious mind’s interpretation of such events so that it can clear the anxiety. This is most effectively accomplished through the use of hypnosis and hypnotherapy strategies, which allows direct access to the subconscious mind. When this is achieved, then the person can be taught cognitive strategies that enable him or her to examine irrational thoughts and better process them in the future, thereby better managing or lessening the anxiety.

Like OCD, HIV Anxiety Disorder or AIDS Phobia can take longer to treat than other simple phobias, and progress is not necessarily linear, but the good news is that it can be successfully treated.

If you or someone you care about is experiencing excessive anxiety or an irrational fear of HIV-AIDS then do not despair, help is available. Contact a competent and well-trained hypno-psychotherapist who has experience in this area and free yourself from this unnecessary anxiety.

DISCLAIMER: This article is provided for general information purposes only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical or psychological advice of your own doctor or health care professional.

Common Foods That Cause Anxiety and Panic Attacks – You Must Know This to Become Anxiety-Free

If you could have a simple and effective technique that could cure your frequent panic attacks right now, you’d definitely take it, right? It probably comes as no shocker to you then that there are foods that cause anxiety and panic attacks.

When it comes to choosing a treatment for panic disorder and anxiety, nothing substitutes for high caliber, quality natural treatments to eliminate general anxiety and panic disorders without medications.

Simply said, if you do not know that there are foods that cause panic attacks, you may find it difficult to become free from the symptoms of generalized anxiety and panic disorders.

Getting immediate relief from an attack can become challenging and sometimes costly, but there are simple and effective techniques which you can use to get rid of general anxiety disorder and frequent panic without heavy expenses.

There are 3 common foods that cause anxiety and panic attacks. These are alcohol, caffeine and sugar.

Drinking of alcohol causes anxiety. Alcohol affects the level of serotonin in the brain. Most people have noticed that every time they enjoy a weekend of drinking, they usually experience an overwhelming feeling of anxiety, panic attacks and depression. Sometimes, they would in turn drink more with a view to dealing with the symptoms and before they know it, it becomes a vicious cycle that leads to more drinking and more attacks.

It is wise you carry out a self-evaluation of the effects of alcohol drinking on your anxiety and panic attacks and learn the right technique to eliminate any further attacks permanently from your life.

Caffeine found in coffee, chocolate, cola, tea and energy drinks can disrupt your brain chemistry and trigger an increase in anxiety attacks, panic, insomnia, depression and stress. Even small amounts of caffeine in the decaffeinated version of most foods and beverages can cause you to have panic attacks. By avoiding caffeine, you could reduce anxiety, panic and depression from your life. Start by gradually reducing your caffeine intake over a period of time to avoid withdrawal syndrome.

What about sugar? You may be asking yourself how exactly sugar causes anxiety and panic attacks. It is all in your blood. Sugar, contained in the foods or drinks you take in can lead to a dramatic buildup of lactic acid in your blood. It also leads to a sudden increase and decrease in the insulin level in your blood. This sudden change can cause a rapid swing in your mood and cause serious agitation and anxiety. So, if you discovered that you frequently experience anxiety and panic, reduce your sugar intake.

Have you found yourself frustrated due to your inability to stop anxiety and panic attacks? I have found myself struggling with the same problem as well. To effectively understand how foods cause anxiety, you need to do a personal evaluation of your body’s reaction to certain foods.

Reiki and Insomnia: How Reiki Can Help You Sleep Better

If you suffer from sleeplessness or insomnia, Reiki can help you sleep better.

Isn’t it awful when you lie awake at night, tossing and turning with your mind racing? You can’t get comfortable, you can’t relax and before you know it, it’s time to get up and you’re just as exhausted as you were when you went to bed? For many people, this is not just an occasional event, but a constant round of insomnia and exhaustion.

There are many reasons for sleeplessness, including dyspraxia, pain killers, some anti depressants and stress. If you suffer from a medical condition, you should seek advice from your doctor.

Imagine for a moment how you would feel if you could be totally relaxed when you went to bed, slept well for eight to ten hours and arose the next morning feeling fresh, energised, your batteries recharged, alert and ready to face the day.

Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Too good to be true?

Research has shown that one of the many benefits of Reiki is that it aids restful sleep. Studies of people who are recovering from heart attacks or who are receiving treatment for cancer indicate that Reiki helps them sleep better than those who have not had Reiki treatments.

If you are simply someone who does not sleep, most practitioners have anecdotal evidence that a course of Reiki treatments helps most people sleep better. Sometimes clients will say that they hadn’t realised how badly they slept until they had had some Reiki treatments. Their sleep became deeper, they woke up less during the night and when they woke up they felt so much more rested and better able to cope with life.

In fact, many people learn Reiki for just that reason: so that they can self treat and improve their sleeping habits. The other benefits of Reiki include stress release, relief from anxiety and help to meditate.

Reiki is an observable system only measurable in its effects. When a Reiki practitioner treats a client, they can’t tell you how it works, just that it does. Many practitioners will talk about universal life energy, prana, ki or a variety of other things, but the truth is that we don’t know for definite. However, it is generally accepted to be harmless, even by mainstream medicine, and is now beginning to be accepted as a worthwhile complement to allopathic treatment.

When you have a Reiki treatment for sleeplessness or insomnia, you will usually sleep well that night. When you have several Reiki treatments you will probably begin to sleep better every night. When you learn Reiki for yourself and self treat every day, you will have the power to help yourself sleep well every night.

A Guide to Managing Fallen Arches

If you have recently visited a podiatrist or chiropractor who has diagnosed you with fallen arches, you may be interested in learning about healthy lifestyle changes. The best way to prevent the pain from fallen arches or flat feet is to understand how balance and harmony between bones and muscles can be improved. When the body suffers from diminished arch support this causes stress and pressure to be placed in other parts of the foot, ankle, and leg which cannot support the weight. This causes friction between bones, tendons, and ligaments which impairs the overall balance of the whole body. There are different steps one can take to prevent chronic conditions from forming due to the presence of fallen arches.

The best way to prevent the common problems associated with fallen arches is through balancing your lower extremities and vertebral canal. When you offer your body extra support you are able to move pain free. Inflammation is a biological process which is stimulated when bones and muscles interfere with each other and tissue damage occurs. This is one reason why those who suffer from reduced arch support are prone to ankle, leg, hip and back pain. Tissues are more easily damaged, the area becomes inflamed, and inflammation means pain. Fallen arches and flat feet may be worsened with age and the onset of arthritis.

The Best Therapeutic Care for Your Fallen Arches

Collapsed foot arches can be corrected through several therapeutic means such as orthotic insoles and even acupuncture therapy, as well as customizing your shoes. The key is to balance the bones, muscles and tendons so that the joints do not suffer from an abnormal amount of weight being placed on them. This is one of the primary reasons for the inflammation of joints in the lower extremities. When inflammation and swelling occurs near a joint such as the ankle or the knee, it can damage surrounding structures and can potentially lead to infection.

In order to make healthy lifestyle changes to accompany healing of the foot arches and to avoid complications with your fallen arches, you may need to make adjustments to your daily activities. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may need rest and avoid strenuous activities from time to time, especially if you have a very fast paced and physical lifestyle. This will also help to avoid straining or tearing muscles that are involved in foot motion. Preventing excessive weight and pressure to be placed on parts of the foot such as the heel or ankle can reduce likelihood of inflammation and foot pain.

Improving foot biomechanics to absorb shock and pressure on joints is absolutely essential to relieving inflammation and swelling of joints caused by problematic arches. Fallen arches can lead to other foot problems such as inflammation of tendons and the stiffness of the ankle which inhibits normal walking capabilities. Physical therapy, acupuncture and even chiropractic care may be recommended if treating your condition independently does not prove to be effective. These healing arts offer the body the ability to grow and enhance strength so that imbalances do not occur through the skeletal or muscular systems. They can be a real help to people with fallen arches.

Home Remedy for Athlete’s Foot – Apple Cider Vinegar

One of the oldest and most trusted home remedies is apple cider vinegar. This valuable product has been heavily relied upon throughout the ages to prevent and alleviate a number of ailments. It helps alkalize the body and is rich in potassium, which supports cell growth. Throughout history apple cider vinegar has been used to treat earaches, infections, arthritis, and as an aid in digestion. It has also been said to aid in the detoxification of bodily organs and eliminate warts. It is easily accessible, inexpensive and useful for a variety of disorders and conditions.

For all of these reasons, apple cider vinegar may be the best natural remedy for athlete’s foot. It is the ability of this type of vinegar to destroy fungal infections that makes it an ideal natural remedy for athlete’s foot fungus. Not only is it considerably less expensive than prescription drugs and even over the counter medications, pure apple cider vinegar relieves the itching that is caused by athlete’s foot making it a gentle, all natural answer to this common and painful problem. And best of all, you may already have it in your cupboard.

Athlete’s foot is a well-known, persistent ailment caused by fungal growth on the feet. This type of infection occurs when the highly contagious tinea pedis fungus contacts the skin. Often the most affected area of the foot is between the toes, where it is especially warm and moist; however, it may also spread to the rest of the foot. When athlete’s foot fungus is given an opportunity to develop, it may first result in an itchy red rash, typically beginning between the fourth and fifth toe. If the infection is not remedied, the skin may become soft and extremely sensitive to the touch. In the most severe cases, the edges of the afflicted area will become white and the skin can peel away, creating a milky discharge.

To combat this unfortunate condition, people have turned time and again to apple cider vinegar. This type of vinegar is made from the liquid extracted from crushed apples. Sugar and yeast are added to encourage fermentation, which turns the sugars into alcohol. It is in the second fermentation process when acetic acid-forming bacteria transform the alcohol into vinegar.

This acidic product can be used to treat feet that have become raw, cracked, and damaged by the fungus that causes athlete’s foot. Not only does it relieve the persistent itch that comes with the condition, it also has been reported to rid the body of the fungus that causes the condition. It may not have the most desirable odor, but the relief that is immediately felt as sore feet contact the vinegar will surely be worth it.

An apple cider vinegar foot soak is an effective way to fight athlete’s foot fungus. Simply mix one part pure all natural apple cider vinegar with one part warm water and soak for 20 minutes. Feet should be cleaned with a gentle soap both before and after the treatment. It is necessary to make sure that the feet are thoroughly dried after the treatment to prevent the fungus from spreading in a moist environment. If necessary, it is permissible to use this method of treatment twice daily. Depending upon the severity of the condition, the feet should be rid of the fungus within one to two weeks of regular home treatments.

For less severe cases of athlete’s foot fungus, use a washcloth or cotton ball soaked in apple cider vinegar. Gently rub the cloth over the affected areas. This treatment works especially well for children who may not be willing to sit for a foot soak as the combination of the vinegar and the rubbing of the washcloth allow instant relief from the itchiness caused by the fungus.

It is wise to take some common sense precautions to lessen your exposure to the fungus as preventing athlete’s foot fungus is typically much easier than curing it, it. The most important step you can take is to keep the feet dry, especially between the toes. Ensure that the environment in your socks is inhospitable to fungal growth. Socks that are made of cotton, wool, or other natural materials allow feet to breathe and remain dry. If your feet commonly sweat, see that your socks remain clean and dry, even if this means changing socks during the day. Choose shoes that are well ventilated and give them a chance to dry out before wearing them again. It is also important to reduce the risk of exposure by wearing waterproof sandals or shoes in public showers, locker rooms, and any other warm damp place that may host tinea pedis. Taking proper care of your feet and treating them with all natural apple cider vinegar should ensure that the athlete’s foot fungus clears up and does not return.

Exercising With a Ankle Sprain – Making the Most Out of Your Gym Time

Ligament sprains are a very common injury. If you have ever played a sport that involves cutting, odds are you have sprained an ankle at some point. Even recreational off-road runners contend with ankle sprains due running over uneven surfaces. However, an ankle sprain does not need to keep you out of the gym. Always remember to talk to your doctor before engaging in exercise after injury. Once you get the go-ahead, here are 4 tips for working around your injury:

1. Warm up thoroughly.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but warming up is extremely important when dealing with an ankle sprain. Synovial fluid, the fluid inside your joints, has thixotropic properties. This means that the particles in synovial fluid change in structure when they are moved around. This change results in improvements in ligament strength. As a result, it is imperative to warm up before working out with an ankle sprain. With that said, do not mobilize a swollen ankle. Wait for the swelling to go down before doing joint specific warm-ups.

2. Choose exercises that do not load injured tissue.

Nearly all ankle sprains are inversion sprains. These sprains occur when your foot turns inward too far. As a result, it is best to avoid lower body movements that involve inversion. Usually, single leg movements (such as lunges) are very uncomfortable for sprained ankles because the ankle rolls in between inversion and eversion in order to maintain balance. Additionally, any movement that involves a lot of dorsiflexion is typically painful with inversion sprains.

Variations of the deadlift are usually a pain-free choice for people who have recently suffered from an inversion sprain. If your ankle is recently sprained, traditional deadlifting may not be an option as it involves some dorsiflexion. The Romanian Deadlift, Stiff-Legged Deadlift, and Rack Pull involve little ankle movement and are appropriate as long as it does not hurt to perform the movement. These exercises are a great way to maintain lower body strength while recovering from an ankle injury.

3. Train the healthy leg.

While deadlifting variations are a great option for working out your lower body, you should also throw in some extra work for the healthy leg. Research has shown that exercising one limb results in some carryover in strength to the inactive limb. In addition to deadlift variations, you can always do single leg work, such as Rear Foot Elevated Split Squats, Single Leg Box Squats, and other squatting variations for just the healthy leg.

4. Use this time period to focus on the upper body.

While deadlifting can maintain a lot of lower body strength, your overall training volume is likely to decrease. As a result, you should have more time to train your upper body. Use this downtime to focus on any weak points.

While getting injured is never an enjoyable experience, it does happen. Rather than letting a sprained ankle negatively effect your weight-training, try applying the above principals to make the best use of your time in the gym.

Why Does My Hula Hoop Keep Falling?

Why does your hula hoop keep falling to the ground like gravity just multiplied 10 fold!?

Do you feel like giving up?

Have you thrown your hula hoop across the room in frustration, causing sheer destruction in it’s path?

Well don’t worry, I have been there!

Some people pick it up straight away and can keep it spinning for ages (these were probably the same people you hated at school).

However, us mere mortals can sometimes have a harder time.

Over the past 4 years I have been teaching hula hoop fitness to women of all ages, shapes and sizes. Occasionally some people just can’t seem to get the “knack”… or so they thought! Usually it just takes a bit of tweaking and like magic they can do it!. If you are finding yourself in this position then I’m going to cover some of the possible reason’s why your hula hoop might be falling. Read on…

Reason #1 – It’s The Wrong Size.

If you have one of those kids hula hoops from your local supermarket then FORGET IT! They are far too small and far too light. You need an adult sized weighted hula hoop, you can get these on eBay or Amazon and possibly local suppliers, just type in ‘adult weighted hula hoop’ to Google and see what happens.

Personally I don’t like the really heavy weighted ones (2lbs or over) I have 2 of these and I never use them because of how much they hurt, plus they bruise me, I can usually only waist hoop for 5 or 10 minutes with them.

I recommend the hoops that are 2lbs or under and are wrapped in grip tape (gaffer tape) which is cloth based and sticks to your clothes and skin.

Reason #2 – Wrong Technique!

If you’re struggling to keep the hoop spinning then it could be because you just haven’t got the technique down yet! If you’re stuck in the 50′s and still doing the circular hip movements then you need to get with the times!

Here is the correct technique..

– Stand with one foot in front of the other (doesn’t matter which foot)

– Push the hula hoop with good force around your waist and make sure it’s straight

– Begin rocking your hips forward and back, shifting your weight from front to back foot.

Please try to avoid the big hip circles.. you will NOT have success trying to hoop like that.

Think of it as a push pull movement, pushing forward with your belly and back with your lower back.

Keep the shoulders back and down and head still.. try to avoid flailing!

If the hoop is still falling then try hooping faster. I call it double time hooping.. that should do the trick!

Reason #3 – Your Clothes Are Holding You Back

This one sounds a bit random, but it’s true!

If you are wearing the wrong type of clothing then this won’t come easy to you. Let me give you some examples of clothes to avoid when hooping.

– Loose t-shirts, jumpers, cardigans

– High waisted shorts or jeans

– Sweat pants/workout clothes that are made of nylon or non natural fibers.

Wear some tight fitting clothing like vests or t-shirts and tight pants or leggings made of natural fibers such as cotton. I would recommend as a beginner wearing trainers or something to cover your feet. If the hoop is falling a lot you don’t want some bruised tootsies!

If you want to learn more about how to hula hoop then sign up for my Free Video Course. You won’t be sorry!

Feel free to leave me a comment if you have any questions or need any help!

Until next time,

Happy Hooping!

Carly

Oyster Extract – The Whole Food Supplement

The food supplement business is booming. No where is this more evident than on the internet where thousands of companies compete to offer the latest cure all’s and at the best discounted prices. Americans will spend $30 billion this year alone on anti-oxidants. Europe is catching up fast with growth in the bio actives market reaching 35% last year. All very good news for the manufacturers and large multinationals who have jumped on the band wagon, but what about the unfortunate consumer who wants to augment their nutrition with a supplement, but doesn’t want to waste half their life searching through thousands of identical brands, gaining a PhD in nutritional studies along the way, before purchasing that all important anti-oxidant, which promises to be the elixir they have been searching for all along.

The solution!

The answer, in a nutshell, is not in fact in a nutshell, it may in fact, be in an oyster shell. There are few supplements on the market that contain the variety and quality of micro nutrients, in the one place, as oyster extract.

The product!

Oyster extract is the dried meat of the oyster, usually but not always excluding the shell. It is then powdered and placed in a capsule or made into a tablet and packaged ready for oral consumption. Assuming it is manufactured with due regard for the time of harvest, it contains all 59 of the trace elements needed by the body, vitamins, amino acids, taurine, omega 3 & 6 fish oils and it is the highest natural source of the trace element zinc. Only oyster extract harvested at times of the year when zinc potency is high can boast this claim, and very few of the companies making oyster extract recognise this.

The history!

Oyster extract has been used for centuries in eastern medicine for liver cleansing and healthy male sexual functioning. In recent decades however our knowledge of micro nutrients has grown. Research in the last 50 years into the role of zinc in human biochemistry has drastically increased the uses to which oyster extract can be put in human nutrition.

The science!

We now know that zinc controls over 300 enzyme reactions in the body. These enzymes govern the way we look, feel and think. Everything from immunity, to sexual health, to skin condition and DNA synthesis rely on the correct levels of zinc for proper physiological functioning. However oyster extract also contains all of the 59 trace elements the body needs, vitamins, fish oils, amino acids and good levels of taurine. It is this combination of essential nutrients that make it a whole food and a food supplement all in one.

The co-factors!

One of the unique aspects of oyster extract powder is that it contains not only high levels of zinc but also significant levels of zinc’s co-factors. These include copper and manganese. This is a very important fact as taking zinc on its own can lead to imbalances in other trace elements in the body as they can have a negative feedback effect on each other. For example taking zinc on its own can lead to copper deficiency. Oyster extract has both elements in a balanced form, just as nature intended.

The various brands!

Not all oyster extract powders are the same. Most use oysters harvested when the oyster’s meat yield is high and this is when the zinc concentration is lowest. These tend to be the cheaper ones from New Zealand, China and Japan. Water quality from the growing areas is also something not easily traced in countries who do not have trade agreements with the US and Europe. Other oyster extracts are in pill form so half the weight is binding agents and excipients with no nutritional value. Some brands actually include the shell, which means there is very little extract in the product and even less potency.

The best brands!

There are however some very potent ones on the market who harvest the oysters at the right time and process the oysters with this same potency in mind. While more expensive, they far out weigh the synthetic alternatives on the market and are ultimately money well spent when one considers the benefits of taking a superior product.

The alternatives!

There are many synthetic zinc supplements on the market. The efficacy of many of these synthetic zinc supplements is questionable. These hard pills and lozenges have to disintegrate and bind to transport proteins before leaving the stomach or the zinc is useless. The zinc receptor cells are located in the duodenum and once zinc passes here very little uptake can occur. This is why eating foods rich in zinc is the best policy. These foods have the zinc already bound to active transport molecules such as amino acids and certain acids. This makes zinc from natural sources much more bio available. This is the case with oyster extract powder.

The high risk groups!

In Western society moderate to severe zinc deficiency is restricted to certain groups. These include the elderly who have a reduced ability to absorb zinc, vegetarians who are not diligent on zinc intake, alcoholics who excrete a lot of zinc via the kidneys, and athletes and body builders who loose more zinc through sweat and have an increased demand to their exercise regimes. Sexually active males should also be careful about zinc intake.

The benefits!

High potency oyster extract is a very good supplement to treat any of the symptoms of zinc deficiency. These include skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis and psoriasis. Likewise brittle nails and weak or falling hair are early signs of zinc deficiency.

People with compromised immunity or those trying to prevent and eliminate infection can use it as an immune booster.

For men’s sexual health it is excellent for prostate health, testicular health and better all round libido. In women it can also boost hormone levels which counteract osteoporosis and increase libido.

Oyster extract also contains useful amounts of taurine which has a cardio protective effect.

The conclusion!

If you feel you are zinc deficient or have any of the symptoms of zinc deficiency consult your health adviser and/or decide on a zinc replenishment plan that is suitable for your lifestyle. Think before you zinc!

10 Possible Reasons Why You’re Having Trouble Getting Pregnant And 10 Ways To Increase Your Chances

So you want to get pregnant? You may be wondering what’s taking so long. “Why does it seem so difficult?” you may ask. “Why can’t I seem to get pregnant?”

I had all these questions and more. I wanted to know how to get pregnant fast.

First, let’s talk about the odds of getting pregnant in any given monthly cycle. One study cited a couple’s chance of getting pregnant within the first month of trying at about 25%, while 60% will get pregnant within 6 months, 75% within 9 months, 80% within 1 year, and 90% of couples get pregnant within 18 months of trying.

Now let’s talk about the factors that may be affecting your fertility and your partner’s fertility. In other words, what’s hindering your chances of getting pregnant fast?

Here are the 10 most likely causes of infertility issues followed by some conception tips to help increase your odds of getting pregnant faster.

1. Smoking. If you or your partner smoke cigarettes, this will greatly hinder your trying-to-conceive efforts. Women who smoke are 60% more likely than non-smokers to be infertile. Medical research indicates that egg depletion and sperm damage caused by smoking is the cause for this decrease in fertility. Smoking is very bad for your health anyway, so this should give you a worthwhile incentive to quit for your own health and those around you. An unborn baby is at a high risk for many complications if the mother is a smoker. Also, if your partner smokes around you, you are affected by the second-hand smoke, which is very harmful as well. Remember that with over 2,000 different chemicals in tobacco smoke, not one of them is nutritious or enriching for you or your baby.

2. Illicit Drug Use or Alcohol Use. This may seem like a “no brainer” for most of us, but some women and men need to be reminded that illicit drug use is a no-no for those trying to conceive. Marijuana use specifically suppresses hormone production, which can cause decreased sperm count and possible erectile dysfunction in men and irregular periods in women. Alcohol in moderation may not significantly affect fertility, but if you want to definitely increase your chances of getting pregnant sooner rather than later, it’s best to avoid alcohol completely (both the woman and the man).

3. Caffeine Intake. Caffeine is believed to reduce fertility. It also is believed to be risky during pregnancy with an increased risk of miscarriage with more than very mild use. Caffeine’s effect on fertility and pregnancy is controversial – some believe it to be harmful in even small quantities and others believe it is fine with moderate use (up to three cups of coffee per day). But why take a chance, especially if you want to conceive quickly and avoid a potential miscarriage? Caffeine is in chocolate, coffee, tea, and most sodas. Even decaffeinated coffee and tea (black and green) has a small amount of caffeine, so be aware of this when drinking. If you truly want to get pregnant more quickly, you should give up caffeine altogether for a better chance of increasing fertility. If it’s too hard and you have a caffeine addiction, then wean down gradually in order to make it easier on yourself.

4. Poor Diet. What you eat or don’t eat is crucial to your overall well-being and reproductive health. Getting pregnant is a complex process, one that requires many different body organs and glands to function properly to have proper hormonal balance and functioning. Most people don’t get the recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables and water per day. This is very basic, but it’s crucial to pay attention to in order to help increase your fertility and your chances of getting pregnant more quickly. Eat lots of green leafy vegetables (leaf lettuce, kale, collard greens, etc.), whole grains (oatmeal, whole grain breads, brown rice, etc.), raw nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, cashews, etc.), and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Organic is best, and fresh is better than canned or processed. (Note that Brazil nuts are especially good for sperm health).

5. Lack of Exercise. If you’re sedentary, get moving. It will help you feel better, lose weight if needed, and will improve your fertility and chance of getting pregnant. Walking, swimming, biking, or aerobics are great forms of exercise. Do something that you enjoy, and it will be easier to keep up. Exercise at least 3 times a week for 20-30 minutes at a time.

6. Obesity or Being Overweight. If your BMI is greater than 25, you are considered overweight and are prone to health risks. A BMI of 30 or more is considered obese. Avoid fad diets or skipping meals. It has been proven that starving yourself only makes things worse. Do eat, but eat smaller portions more often, and cut out the junk food. Start slowly if you need to, but definitely start.

7. Stressful Lifestyle. If you have a stressful work environment, consider changing jobs. Stress will not only affect your fertility, it will affect your overall health and place you at greater risk for heart disease and many other health problems. Also, do what you can to relax often (at least once a day). Practice deep breathing to help relieve stress. What I do is inhale as deeply as I can with my mouth closed. Then I exhale slowly through my mouth. This is an instant stress reliever for me. Try it and see what it does for you! Another stress reliever can be a leisurely walk, especially if it’s something you enjoy and is in a beautiful environment. Go with your mate and use it to catch up on events of the day or just to dream of your future together. A warm bath can also be a great stress reliever, just don’t make it too warm, especially for the males, as it could affect sperm quality and quantity.

8. Advanced Age. Advanced age is widely considered to be age 35 and older. Women who are 35 years old and older do have somewhat of a disadvantage when trying to conceive. It is said that a female is born with the total amount of eggs she will have her entire life. Thus, at age 35 and beyond, her eggs are considerably “older” than they were in her 20’s, making it more difficult to conceive. That said, those of us who are older need to be even more diligent to be optimally healthy in order to increase our changes of getting pregnant faster. Men can be affected by age as well, especially as libido tends to decrease with age. I have found maca to be a wonderful libido enhancer and also fertility promoter. It is said to improve the quality of a woman’s eggs as well. I believe it helped me to get pregnant at 39 and carry my beautiful, perfectly health baby boy to full term.

9. Poor Intercourse Timing. In order to conceive, a couple needs to have intercourse near the woman’s ovulation time – the closer the better. If a couple just has intercourse “whenever”, their chances of getting pregnant are not as good. Especially for the older couples in their late 30’s to 40’s, timing is crucial to getting pregnant faster. To get the timing right, you need to determine your ovulation date.

I like to track my cycles by using a basal thermometer. This thermometer is different from the regular thermometer used to determine a fever. A basal thermometer is an ultra-sensitive thermometer that tracks your body’s most minute temperature shift and helps you calculate ovulation. Another means I like for determining ovulation date is an ovulation predictor kit (OPK). There are two kinds – the urine strips and also the fertility monitors. The strips are like a pregnancy test stick, only they measure LH (or luteinizing hormone) instead of the pregnancy hormone. The fertility monitors use saliva to determine your most fertile period by showing a ferning pattern when you’re most likely to conceive.

10. Physical Issues. There are many physical issues that can hinder your chances of getting pregnant. Eating right, exercising, losing weight, and quitting bad habits can greatly help to heal many of these conditions. Sometimes medical intervention is necessary, though. These conditions can include irregular menstrual cycles, anovulation (lack of ovulation), PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), endometriosis, low sperm motility or mobility, low sperm count, or luteal phase defect, among others.

I suggest that you get some prenatal tests done for you and your partner. If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for six months or more, especially if you’re 35 or older, see a reproductive endocrinologist. He or she will help you to decide which testing is best for you and your partner. Semen analysis will most likely be helpful to determine sperm health. And the woman’s symptoms will help to determine what tests are performed for her. Prenatal testing is very beneficial even if you want to get pregnant naturally. If you know what your condition is, you’re more likely to be able to overcome it.

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Ovarian Cysts And Pregnancy: How To Tell The Difference

Confusing symptoms of ovarian cysts and those of pregnancy is not uncommon. Women who confuse these symptoms are not to blame since it is even possible to get a positive pregnancy test due to cysts on ovaries. Most of the symptoms associated with pregnancy such as delayed or missed periods, nausea, vomiting, bloated abdomen and dizziness may also be caused by cysts. This is because of the physical and hormonal effects that cysts have on the body of a woman. Not knowing if you are pregnant or whether the signs and symptoms that you are experiencing are as a result of ovarian cysts may not only be frustrating but also dangerous to your health. Here is how to tell the difference.

While most of the symptoms of ovarian cysts are similar to those of pregnancy, there are some which can help a woman to know if the symptoms she is experiencing are as a result of having cysts on ovaries. Normally, a woman never experiences pain during pregnancy, unless she is experiencing pregnancy complications such as having an ectopic pregnancy. Sharp pelvic pain and pain on the lower abdomen which tends to increase when your bowels are full or when moving is a definite sign of the presence of cysts on your ovaries and not a pregnancy. Pain from ovarian cysts tends to be sharp and is sometimes continuous and if you are experiencing it, it is a definite sign of cysts on ovaries.

Vaginal pain and spotting is another common sign of pregnancy which does not usually occur during the early stages of pregnancy. Experiencing pain during sexual intercourse is also an indication of the growth of ovarian cysts and not pregnancy. This may also be accompanied by fullness or heaviness in the pelvic or abdominal area. These are signs of cysts on ovaries which point to the fact that the cysts may be large and thus the chances of having complications are high. They may also be a sign of an ovarian cyst rupture, a complication which is sometimes fatal especially when left untreated because it usually leaves a woman susceptible to infections and shock. A difficulty in emptying the bladder and an increase in the frequency with which a woman empties her bladder is also a common sign of ovarian cysts which usually occurs when cysts start to put pressure on adjacent organs.

While these symptoms may help you to differentiate between symptoms of ovarian cysts and those of pregnancy, they are never a sure way to tell the difference between the two. This is because some of these symptoms may develop during a pregnancy especially when pregnancy complications arise. The only sure way to tell the difference is through an ultrasound.

Oral Thrush Yeast Infection Treatment – How to Get Rid of Your Thrush Yeast Infection Naturally

Oral thrush yeast infection is one of the most embarrassing and irritating disease. Thousands of people suffer from this disorder and seek the definite solution to get rid of it forever. But how many of them are really successful? The reason of your failure is your inability to find the best solution or the best treatment available to cure this skin infection. Keep reading further to discover the true solution.

When people are diagnosed with this disease, the very first thing they do is to start using over the counter drugs, lotions, creams and ointments available in the market. Certainly many of them do work. But they can only cure the external symptoms. The root cause of your infection remains untreated with these OTC products. That is why when you stop using them, the infection comes back in few days.

This is the reason why many sufferers are now started to use completely harmless and effective natural home remedies. The most important advantage of using these treatments is their ability to provide you long term and permanent relief. They can eliminate the root cause of your disease. Plus they do not produce any harmful side effects for your body which happens many times in the case of OTC products.

So here are some simple yet very effective home remedies to get rid of your oral thrush yeast infection:

1) Use of garlic: Garlic is very effective herb and can be used to minimize the bacterial fungus present inside our body. Just boil around 3 cloves of garlic in the water and allow it to simmer for 5-7 minutes. After this, mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt in it and then use this mixture in the form of mouth wash. Wash your mouth 4-5 times in a day. This will definitely reduce the infection in your mouth.

2) Eat the right foods: Some foods can feed the fungus inside our body and if you keep on eating those foods then there can be fungus outbreak. To stop this, you need to avoid foods like soda, alcohol, tobacco, snacks, pasta, bread and grains. I know these foods are major part of your daily diet. But to control the fungus outbreak, you need to control the food you eat. Green vegetables and fruits are your friends. Eat lots of green veggies and fruits like apple, banana, etc.

These are some of my effective treatments which I used in the past to get rid of oral thrush yeast infection. Now to completely eliminate this skin infection, you need your will power and the knowledge about the most effective natural home remedies.

Hepatitis – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver resulting in damage and destruction of the liver cells. Hepatitis can be either acute or chronic. Acute hepatitis is usually caused by viral infection, drug overdose or reaction, and exposure to chemicals. Hepatitis which persists longer than six months is termed as chronic hepatitis.

Acute hepatitis usually results in jaundice, which is a yellowish pigmentation of the eyes, urine, and later, the nails and skin. This is called as “Kamla” in Ayurveda, and is divided into two types: “Bahupitta Kamla” and “Ruddhapath Kamla”. The first type is caused by excessive breakdown of the red blood cells( e.g. malaria), whereas the second type is caused by obstruction of bile flow due to swelling in the liver cells or due to some actual obstruction in the bile duct. The main apparent difference in the two is that feces (stools) are normal colored in the first type, and pale or whitish in the second type. Treatment for both types of “Kamla” is radically different.

Ayurvedic medicines are very effective in both acute and chronic hepatitis. Ayurvedic formulations which are well known for the treatment of liver disorders are: Arogya Vardhini, Kumaryasava, Rohitakarishta, Praval Panchamrut, Kamdudha, Chandanadi Vati, Chandrakala Rasa, Shankh Bhasma and Sutshekhar Rasa. Herbal medicines useful in hepatitis are: Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), Trikatu (Three pungent herbs), Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata), Bhrungraj (Eclipta alba), Bhumiamalaki (Phyllanthus niruri), Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Triphala (Three fruits), Kakmachi (Solanum nigrum) and Sharpunkha (Tephrosia purpurea).

Most of these medicines act directly on the liver cells, reduce inflammation and swelling, and normalize cell function. Some of these medicines have strong anti-viral activity. Some medicines boost the immune mechanism of the body. These medicines help in bile secretion and improve appetite. Because of these properties, the above mentioned medicines are effective in all types of hepatitis. These medicines can also be given to reduce or eliminate the toxic effects of essential drugs like anti-tuberculosis and anti-cancer drugs.

For chronic hepatitis, in addition to the above mentioned medicines, some special formulations are used such as Suvarna Sutshekhar Rasa, Suvarna Malini Vasant and Tamra Bhasma. Fermented herbal formulations called “Asavas” and “Arishtas” are used.