4 Mistakes People Make When Going Vegan

Whether you’ve read PETA literature, seen the Alicia Silverstone commercial, or just want to lose weight-going vegan seems like a healthy, earth-friendly choice. Indeed, this animal-free diet and lifestyle features zero cholesterol and 1/20th or less the field growing space required for beef. Since heart disease ranks as the number one killer in the U.S., and our demand for cattle contributes highly to destruction of the rainforest, a vegan diet makes sense. Unfortunately, some people jump right in without much knowledge and soon find themselves living less than optimally. This article lists the top four mistakes people make when going vegan-and offers ways to make a smart transition.

1) The “Fake Meat” and Potatoes Syndrome:

With Tofurky Brats, Tofu Pups, dozens of veggie burger styles, Chik’n and even BBQ Riblets in supermarket freezers, anyone can substitute a meat analog for meat and serve a Standard American Diet dinner with soy and wheat modifications. While these products can work well as transition foods, they also contain both wheat gluten and soy-two high contenders in the food allergy arena. Yes, they offer lower-fat, plant based protein alternatives, but eating gluten and soy at every meal increases your chance of feeling less than great on a vegan diet. Symptoms can include: bloating, sluggishness, irritability, fatigue, and constipation. People who did not previously notice sensitivities to wheat or soy might if these two foods make an appearance in every meal.

The body likes variety. Interview long term vegans and they will tell you that despite the exclusion of animal products, they now eat a wider variety of foods than they ever did as omnivores. Try to break out of the meat and potatoes mindset. Vegetable stir fries, salads with nuts, fruit smoothies with rice or hemp protein powder, and a world of ethnic dishes offer ample protein and nutrients without relying on wheat and soy. When you want to feel mainstream at a 4th of July party or even at family meals with omnivores, meat analogues can help you fit in. But allow yourself to embrace Mother Earth’s bounty: vegans do not live (well) on gluten and soy alone.

2) “I’m So Healthy I Don’t Need Vitamins Anymore”:

For some people who carefully plan their diets, this statement might be true. For most new vegans, it can appear true-for awhile. Compared to the Standard American Diet, vegan diets bring in more antioxidants than average people acquire through food. Several nutrients do require attention, though, namely: B-vitamins (especially B-12), zinc, calcium, and iron.

If you eat whole grains or leafy greens like kale, collards, spinach and chard, you can get lots of these items, but perhaps not quite enough. Although you have stores of B-12, without inclusion of animal products, your reserves can drop to dangerous levels. Low B-12 can result in a form of anemia, increased homocysteine levels (which can lead to heart attacks), fatigue, mood swings and mental fogginess. Gabriel Cousens, M.D. offers a comprehensive article on various vegan B-12 studies: http://www.therawdiet.com/b12.html. The other B-vitamins can help you manage stress, achieve mental clarity, and maintain energy levels. Bottom line: if you feel tired after a few weeks or months of vegan living, a B-vitamin complex and especially B-12 may raise your energy. If symptoms persist, ask your doctor for some blood tests.

Although studies show comparable calcium and iron levels in vegans and people following a standard diet, many people suffer from anemia and pre-osteoporosis conditions. You ingest adequate amounts by drinking green smoothies, eating (and chewing well) at least one salad per day, and juicing calcium and iron powerhouses like broccoli, spinach and kale. Fortified breads, cereals and orange juice can also amp up your intake. Legumes and small doses of blackstrap molasses offer other ways to increase your iron. Look at your diet honestly, though. If you do not consume these things several times per day, consider adding them in or taking a vegan multi-vitamin. If you prefer whole foods, you can add a teaspoon or more of spirulina (a blue green algae) to fruit smoothies for an instant nutrient boost. It’s green, but a kale, spirulina, avocado (and/or almond milk), banana, and agave nectar smoothie will leave you energized and wanting more.

Zinc poses a challenge to animal-free diets, but you can find it in pumpkin seeds, legumes and nuts. Their protein facilitates zinc absorption. If you find yourself getting sick a lot since going vegan, have lower sexual drive, or skin problems, make sure your multi-vitamin contains zinc. If you decide to take a separate supplement, you might want to check with your doctor first. Zinc overdose can quickly become toxic.

3) Low Fat, No Fat and Wrong Fat

Most people have heard of the benefits of Omega-3 Fatty acids, especially as doctors began recommending fish for its Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) profile. “Essential” means you must acquire these fats from food; your body needs them and cannot make them on its own. Ideally, you want a balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty acids, but without planning, a vegan diet can become very Omega-6 heavy. Corn oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, and soybean oil all favor Omega-6 absorption. Imbalances of Omega-6/Omega-3 can lead to mood swings, mental decline, sore joints, poor immunity, and acne, among other problems.

High sources of vegan Omega-3 fats include: flax seeds and oil, walnuts, canola oil (controversial due to genetic engineering) and leafy greens. Hemp seeds and oil provide the perfect ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fats, as does Udo’s Oils, a product created by scientist Udo Erasmus. Additionally, algae-from which fish receive their Omega-3’s-provide great plant source fats. In addition to spirulina, Omega-Zen 3, E3Live, and Crystal Manna offer vegan ways to balance your fat intake.

4) In Search Of: Perfection through Diet

No diet will solve all your problems, all the time. I have personally witnessed some incredible transformations in people switching to a vegan diet, but the changes proved long lasting only in those people who also made major lifestyle and attitude changes. Trying to eliminate every possible animal ingredient, animal testing or negative impact on an animal can become an obsession that interferes with abundant, joyful living. If you’ve made the commitment to live animal-free, I commend your choice. If you would like to inspire others to live this lifestyle, then I suggest you make it seem as easy and attractive as possible.

Yes, you’ll need to read labels in the grocery store and ask questions in restaurants. Yes, you might consult PETA’s guide to shopping, but ask yourself how far you need to go on every single item. We live in a world that, unfortunately, exploits animals and destroys our environment. We can each make small and large strides towards improving that state of affairs. We also live among other human beings. In your new found compassion towards animals, try to remember the people in your life. Education by example usually proves more effective than lectures, shame fests and ultimatums. If you turned to a vegan diet for health reasons, enjoy your new found health! If you turned vegan for the animals, become an advertisement for animal-free living! Look good, feel good, smile more.

Bon appétit!

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.

Exam Phobia

Have you ever felt before an exam or a test that you can`t remember any names, dates, figures that you diligently studied throughout your coursework? Your mind becomes blank, you can`t gather your thoughts, you experience nausea, your legs are shaking, and all you want to do is run away? Or maybe you felt so terrified before an exam that you couldn’t study properly or revise?

If you answered `Yes` to one or more of the above questions you might be suffering from exam phobia, defined as irrational, overwhelming, excessive and uncontrollable fear or dislike of exams.

Everyone get nervous before or during exams. While experiencing fear can be a positive thing as it can motivate you to harder work, phobia on the other hand is an amplified terror that has a negative impact on your life. Phobia makes your life very difficult as you do everything to avoid or if it`s not possible `survive with tremendous pain` the feared situation. In this state you can’t access your full potential and achieve the results you deserve.

Exam phobia is very similar to a fear of public speaking.

So how can you recognise phobia? What is the meaning of phobia? Can you cure exam phobia?

Let`s say you are a good student who has been studying diligently throughout the year. You are ambitious, you know that this exam is important, you want to pass. There maybe also pressure from your parents who want you (that is their beloved child) to be the best. You want to be the best too, and you don’t want to disappoint your parents. Before the exam you experience physical symptoms like insomnia, stomach cramps or diarrhea. You may not be able to eat or you eat too much. You start to wonder whether you are good enough to pass this exam. Your confidence goes down. You start to believe you may fail. You imagine all the negative consequences. You become nervous. You feel overwhelmed. You feel down. You start sweating or maybe experience headaches. You begin to wonder whether there is a point in revising if you are going to fail anyway.

At this point the fact that during the course you proved that you understood the subject and can discuss it with great insight and intelligence becomes irrelevant. You are so anxious that you start panicking, your mind goes blank, your heart start pounding, fear becomes so overwhelming that you can’t breathe. During the exam you don`t remember well known facts, figures, names or dates. You can’t summon up any of the facts or make any sort of argument, or coherent discussion.

You may know on a rational level that an exam is not a death sentence. It is just an assessment to see how well you understood a certain subject and how good your teachers have been in providing certain knowledge to you. You have performed your duty by studying for the exam and there are no consequences to be feared if you can’t answer all the questions. Even if you fail you can always repeat the exam. All of this does not matter if you suffer from exam phobia.

However, I have good news for you. Phobias are quite common (there is nothing to be ashamed of) and highly treatable. It is possible to cure phobia so I strongly encourage you to look for help.

Imagine how your life would look like without exam phobia.

A Jungian Psychology Approach To Anxiety

Anxiety is a very common disorder in today’s world, largely due to the fact that we feel hurried, pressured and pushed to perform, pay the mortgage, deal with kids, and on top of all that, live a full life. No wonder we have anxiety. But what is anxiety trying to tell us? From a Jungian Psychology perspective, anxiety is the psyche’s way of telling us that the way we are living is out of balance. Rather than view anxiety as something to be eliminated, with medication, we need to see that the psyche is giving us a clear message about our one-sided life and is gently asking us to change this. Viewed in this light, anxiety symptoms are there to guide us out of a lifestyle that is no longer working.

Carl Jung argued that anxiety symptoms are purposive, functional and have a goal – the alteration of our lifestyle. When we eliminate the symptoms through medication, we deny the wisdom of the psyche in making normal, natural change. Anxiety often appears in mid-life, when many of us experience a mid-life crisis. The first half of life is aimed at establishing our identity, our relationships, our occupation, and building up the necessary resources to accomplish all of these tasks. But, there comes a time when we need to turn inwards, to encounter the contents of the unconscious (often provided to us in the form of dreams) and search out the essential meaning of life. What is my purpose in life? Why am I here? How could I be living a more balanced, natural life? It is anxiety that often propels us towards answering these questions. When next you feel intense anxiety, ask yourself what the psyche is trying to tell you? What is it that I am doing that creates the anxiety, then begin to address the causes of the symptoms, rather than the cure.

If we answer the question – what is the anxiety trying to tell me – we begin to address the cause. This may mean some change in the way you life your life, but this change does not necessarily mean that you become less competent, or less valued, rather, it means that you begin to value the wisdom of your psyche more than before. By addressing the causes of the anxiety and making lifestyle changes, the anxiety should diminish, having achieved its goal – leading you towards a more full, balanced lifestyle.

How to Get Rid of Insomnia With Goji Berries – The Way to Good Sleep

Insomnia is a very common problem in our stressed out lives today. You might be having the most comfortable bedroom and the softest bed but sleep might be far away from you. There are millions of people across the world who suffer from the problem of insomnia or very little sleep. Reasons may be many and some are totally unavoidable – so what can be done?

We choose to pop in pills that help to sleep – but how long? Soon your body will get used to such pills and they will no longer help you to fall asleep. This problem had initiated a lot of research in the past and soon we found a solution in the form of goji berries which helped people to sleep all through the night peacefully and that too naturally.

Goji berries are truly a wonder fruit available from the Himalayas and are known to aid everyone to fall asleep. These berries are enriched with several medicinal properties which are known to help in treating quite a few ailments. Magnesium and Thiamin contained in the berries makes this berry a little different from every other fruit which is available. Thiamin present in rich quantities in this berries helps to relax the body while magnesium helps the person to get into a deep sleep very easily and quickly. Those who consume goji berries never have any kind of problem with their sleep.

These berries are also known to stimulate the pituitary glands of the body, thereby helping to cure sleeplessness of the body. This happens only when these berries are consumed regularly – those who are eager to solve their problems related to sleeping habits and sleeplessness need to have adequate quantity of goji berry every day. It has been seen that obesity and excessive fat in the body is also responsible for lack of sleep – this is also controlled to a large extent by the consumption of goji berries. When people have goji berries it helps to drastically improve their memory and get rid of all excess fat from the body. The person is helped to relax a lot as these berries are also rich in various antioxidants which aids in good sleep.

It has been proved medically that those suffering from insomnia can benefit a lot from the consumption of such berries as goji berries have the ability to calm down the body. Those who wish to consume these berries to get rid of sleeping can have them in many different forms such as creams, capsules, bars and juices. These can also be consumed as health drinks in the form of tea which is very rejuvenating and refreshing. You can also purchase these berries in the array of a variety of products and as different health supplement which has various positive effects in our body, apart from promoting good sleep.

So, next time when feel the need having the dangerous seeping pills, it’s recommended you start using these berries for a good nights sleep and leave behind every other worry while you sleep to the content of your heart.

Podiatry – 5 Little Known Facts About Podiatrist’s and Their Field

Here are some facts about Podiatrists and Podiatry:

1. Podiatrists most definitely must be licensed and have about 3 to 4 years of education. They must also complete a 4 years of podiatric college and pass national and State examinations.

2. Many Americans spend an enormous amount of time on their feet. Good foot health is imperative to a healthy life style.

3. According to Columbia Encyclopedia, “The human foot consists of 26 bones, connected by tough bands of ligaments. Seven rounded tarsal bones (the internal, middle, and external cuneiform bones, navicular, cuboid, talus, and calcaneus) lie below the ankle joint and form the instep. Five metatarsal bones form the ball of the foot. There are 14 phalanges in the toes (two in the great toe and three in each of the others. The foot bones form two perpendicular arches that normally meet the ground only at the heel and ball of the foot (see flat foot); these arches are found only in humans.”

4. Podiatrists are trained health-care professionals. They treat bunions along with calluses. They also treat corns, even ingrown toenails. They treat arch problems as well as heel spurs and ankle and foot injuries. They also treat infections, deformities; and diabetic foot issues. In order to take care of these problems, podiatrists prescribe drugs. Podiatrists can set fractures and order physical therapy, as well as perform surgery. They also take advantage of corrective inserts (orthotics) and design plaster casts and strappings to correct deformities. They even design custom-made shoes.

5. Many times the foot is the first place that shows signs of serious conditions such as arthritis, heart disease and diabetes.

6. 23 percent of doctors of podiatry are self-employed. They also work in private practice, clinics and hospitals. Other podiatrists work in hospitals or are employed by the Federal Government.

7. Some podiatrists can perform Cryosurgery; work with soft tissue tumors, and Plantar Fasciitis. They can help with heel pain and Plantar Fasciitis. Podiatrists perform x-rays (in office) as well as Diabetic foot exams. They treat Diabetic Neuropathy; Tarsel Tunnel; Plantar Warts; even Ingrown Toenails. Some podiatrists provide in office Ultrasound. Podiatrists can provide Wound Care in office skin grafting; and Hammertoes’ surgical correction.

Toenail Fungus Treatment and Why Proper Cutting of Your Nails Matters

Toenail fungus treatment options vary from unproven home remedies to somewhat dangerous prescription drugs.  However, some sufferers will see dramatic changes with basic and better care of their nails. 

In addition to the proper washing and drying of your feet on a daily basis, keeping your nails trimmed properly is crucial in fighting against nail fungus. 

Dangers of Not Keeping Your Toenails Cut

One of the ways that some people get toe nail fungus is from trauma or damage to the toe nail.  A gap or split in the nail may give an easy entry point to fungi looking for a new place to live. 

If your nails are too long, they may bang or rub against the inside of your shoe and cause an opening.  In addition, excessively long nails will often begin to curve and not grow straight.  This can lead to possible ingrown toenails which also lead to openings for fungi. 

Benefits of Keeping Nails Trimmed

1.  Less likely to get ingrown toenails which can lead to fungus invasion.

2.  Reduces the chance of nail trauma and expensive toenail fungus treatment. 

3.  Eliminates nail debris caused by fungi and may reduce foot smell. 

4.  May help to stimulate new and faster nail growth. 

Tips on Cutting Nails

It’s important that your nails are cut straight across the top and not rounded on the sides.  This could lead to ingrown nails.  Try cutting nails after they are softened from a shower, bath, or foot soak.  Use a file to smooth rough edges.  There are some electric devices that may make this task easier. 

Make sure not to use unclean clippers whether at home or in a salon.  Toenail fungus is very contagious and can be easily transferred to you from the use of contaminated nail clippers. 

If you are struggling to get clear nails again, there are several treatments for toenail fungus that use powerful antifungal ingredients like thymol, tea tree oil, and undecylenic acid to halt the growth of fungus safely and naturally. 

Sprains and Strains: What's the Difference?

Strains and sprains are typical problems in busy folks, and typically they will not be serious. No matter the seriousness of the problem, though, it is always smart to have an injury diagnosed by a doctor.

Just What is a Strain?

A muscle strain is tearing or hyper extending of a muscle or a tendon. A tendon is a fibrous connective tissue that attaches muscles to bones. A muscle strain takes place when a person lifts heavy objects or hyper-extend a muscle. Muscle strains are also called pulled muscles.

Types of muscle strains could be back strain and tendonitis. You can get three distinct strain grades: Grade 1 is mild injury to the muscle fiber. In a Grade 2 muscle strain, more muscle or tendon is hurt, but the muscle tissue just is not entirely torn. Grade 3 is a total tear of a muscle tissue and quite often must have surgical repair.

What Exactly is Sprain?

A sprain is stressing or rupture of your ligaments. A ligament is an elastic fibrous tissue that joins one bone to another bone, and mostly can be found in the joints such as the elbows, wrists, ankles and fingers.

Sprains often happen whenever people fall on an outstretched limb, or should they unintentionally twist a joint. This leads to tearing and also stretching of your ligaments. The consequence could be some bruising, discomfort and lack of movement. Different types of sprains could be ankle and finger sprains. The seriousness of sprains is also grouped into degrees of sprains, comparable to strains.

Grades of Sprains

Grade 1 Sprain

These injuries are a minor over stretching or slight tearing of a ligament without having joint lack of stability. People who have grade 1 sprains go through slight pain and minimal inflammation, without having discoloration or functional disability.

Grade 2 Sprain

This joint sprain is generally moderate damage to the soft tissue of the joint. It will have definite discomfort, bruising (little blood vessels are damaged) and puffiness (the blood belonging to the injured blood vessels fill the adjacent tissue). Anyone with a second grade sprain will be unable to set weight on the afflicted joint and there will be minimal functional disability.

Grade 3 Sprain

It's a total tearing of the connective tissues of the joint, resulting in serious pain, swelling and discoloration. There will be complete chronic problem and of course the patient will not be able to apply pressure on that damaged joint. A health care provider might confuse it with a bone fracture, so an x-ray is usually needed.

Therapy of Sprains

Therapy for joint sprains depends on the severity. Typically, they ought to be treated with the RICE method. The shorter variation begins with rest. Through much less exercise, the blood is not going to keep going to the neighboring tissue, which often cuts down on inflammation and soreness. The applying ice on the area affected is very helpful. Place ice inside a bag or towel and apply the ice to the damage to lower the inflammation and the pain. Next compression by using a brace or wrap to hold still the injured area and provide the injury some time to rest and heal, however it should never too restrictive or it will cut off the circulation of blood. Lastly, elevate the hurt arm or leg; lifting the arm or leg could decrease the inflammation.

Not surprisingly, movement should be started off once more carefully, but sooner or later, so your muscle tissue will heal and recover their ability for exercise. Or else there'll be weakened muscles and that is a different predicament. You can find medications to decrease any pain so the affected person could move and carry out the exercise to regain normal range of motion. These drugs include non-steroidal pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin, but that's the subject of a different document.

Wheatgrass and Soft Tissue Injuries

Anybody who has heard of wheatgrass would know that it is often taken as fresh juice or shots. While the health benefits of taking wheatgrass have been well known for centuries, what is less well-known is that wheatgrass may be used topically, i.e., on the skin to treat a range of injuries and conditions.

There is still debate as to exactly what the active ingredient is in wheatgrass but some highly respected wheatgrass researchers term it the Grass Juice Factor (GJF). While chlorophyll has terapeutic properties, it rapidly breaks down on exposure to light and so is unlikely to be the healing promoter found in wheatgrass extracts. Until a better term is coined I’ll continue to refer to this healing promoter as the GJF.

Dr Chris Reynolds is one of many doctors who have been convinced of the effectiveness of wheatgrass in the treatment of patients. He is a practicing doctor and after more than 20 years in the profession he was becoming discouraged. He became a doctor to heal people but was finding that most modern drugs do not cure people. By chance he came across some research on wheatgrass and started to use it in his practice. The results were astounding to say the least.

Dr Reynolds had a young woman carried into his office. She had fallen down some stairs and sprained her ankle resulting in such severe pain that she could not walk. The normal treatment would be to apply an ice pack, pressure bandages and give her crutches for a few days. Instead he applied wheatgrass mixed in a cream to the ankle. Twenty minutes later she was able to limp out of the office without crutches. The next day the swelling was gone and she was able to walk with minimal pain.

On another occasion Dr Reynolds was in the change room at half time with his local football team. One of the players had received a severe blow to the head causing a large bruise. (Okay you could argue that this is not soft tissue but rather a hard head.) Normally the bruise would have been treated with ice although ice itself can cause further tissue damage. Instead Dr Reynolds applied wheatgrass cream to the bruise. Less than 24 hours later the bruise was completely gone.

Despite reading about these fantastic results, I was not entirely convinced about the effectiveness of wheatgrass until i had tried it myself. Some time later the opportunity arose when two of my children had some bruising. One had a bruise that she got in a fall while playing and the other had a bruise from a tick which had lodged just under the eye and been removed. Both bruises were gently covered with wheatgrass cream. When I saw the children about 2 hours later the bruising on both was gone.

Wheatgrass is truly one of nature’s great secrets. As time goes on, researchers are discovering more and more amazing properties. And it is reassuring to see medical practitioners who are promoting it as they have a lot of experience in treating people for many injuries.

Best of all you do not need to buy wheatgrass products from a pharmacist. If you have the time and the inclination you can make some natural wheatgrass remedies at home. Of course, having products available off the shelf can be very convenient.

How Alternative Medicine Can Help With Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction

The Sphincter of Oddi, named after Ruggero Oddi, an Italian anatomist who described this structure in 1887, is the muscle valve that regulates the flow of bile and pancreatic juice into the duodenum (beginning of the small intestine). Regulation of the Sphincter of Oddi is accomplished through the nervous system and the blood by special messengers- digestive hormones.

If there is no food in the intestine, the Sphincter of Oddi valve remains closed. Bile is retained in the gallbladder and pancreatic juice is retained in the pancreas. Spasms or blockage of this valve may cause bile and pancreatic juice to back up.

If a tiny amount of bile gets into the pancreatic duct, serious trouble can ensue. Bile can activate digestive enzymes inside the pancreas and these enzymes start to digest their own pancreatic cells, causing pain, congestion, inflammation and even the death of pancreatic tissue. This is referred to as pancreatitis.

The blockages of the Sphincter of Oddi by tumors, large gallbladder stones, or scars after inflammation, certainly need surgery. The number of individuals with these problems is relatively small, but millions of Americans suffer from occasional transient spasms of the Sphincter of Oddi with pain, nausea and bloating. In most situations, their tests are normal and these individuals get labeled with acid reflux disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), stomach flu, food poisoning or other diseases.

Many of those ppersons have type III Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction (SOD). According to statistic information, the prevalence of Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction in the general population is 1.5%. It can mean that 4.5 million people in the US suffer from SOD.

A lack of proper treatment of Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction can later cause serious complications like pancreatitis and gallbladder inflammation.

Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction can affect children, women after age 40, overweight individuals and people after abdominal surgeries. For example, statistics show that almost 20% of individuals with pain after gallbladder removal have the Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction.

Why does the Sphincter of Oddi become spasmodic? The answer depends on many reasons if we put into account the very complicated regulation of this sphincter by the nervous system and special blood messengers – digestive hormones. Here are some examples of what can make the Sphincter of Oddi spasm:

• Stress, depression and anxiety

• Poor eating habits such as “eating on the go”, eating while watching television, irregular diets, dieting, fasting and wrong combinations of foods such as mixing fatty foods with starches and sugars

• Drugs, some medication, alcohol and nicotine

• Harsh, intensive and repetitive “liver cleansing”

• Hormonal imbalance such as lower thyroid function or menopause

• “Aggressive” acidic bile with sand, sludge, gallbladder stones and more

Usually we can see combinations of these factors in predisposed individuals with overweight issues, sedentary lifestyles and stress for long periods of time.

The Standard American Diet, which is full of processed and acidic foods (meat, sugars, alcohol, animal fats, white flour, etc.) causes acidity in the whole body. The Standard American Diet leads to acidic conditions in the bile and pancreatic juice as well. The bile becomes acidic and the amount of bile acids in the bile increases as well. Bile acids are very aggressive substances; they irritate the wall of the Sphincter of Oddi causing muscle contractions – spasms.

3-4 liters of mixed pancreatic juice and bile travel through the Sphincter of Oddi daily. Acidification of these fluids makes them very “aggressive,” corroding and irritating for surrounding tissues, particularly the Sphincter of Oddi. Putting into account that bile is a vehicle for removing toxic chemicals such as bile pigments, heavy metals, drugs, medications and poisons from the body, and that bile ducts and the gallbladder often harbor parasites, there is no question that the Sphincter of Oddi is an easy target for irritation. Additionally, alcohol, unhealthy foods, irregular eating and improper food combinations cause chaos in the normal functioning of the Sphincter of Oddi as well.

The most common and prominent symptom of Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction is upper abdominal pain. This is often experienced as a sharp pain in the middle of the abdomen right below the rib cage. Pain can be severe in nature, bring people to the hospital and require pain medication. But in many cases, pain may be mild and usually does not need painkillers. Symptoms of Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction are divided as biliary pain and pancreatic pain.

Symptoms of Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction Biliary Abdominal Pain include:

• Biliary pain felt in the middle or right part of the upper abdomen

• Pain radiating on the back at the lower tip of the scapula or right shoulder

• Pain accompanied often by bloating, nausea and vomiting

• Pain precipitated by fatty food or alcohol intake

• Pain varying in intensity and lasting anywhere from 15 minutes to 4-5 hours

Symptoms of Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction Pancreatic Abdominal Pain include:

• Pain located in the upper abdomen on the left or right side

• Pain radiating directly through the abdomen to the back

• Pain accompanied often by bloating, nausea, and vomiting

• Pain precipitated by incorrect food combinations of protein/fat/starch/sugar food or consumption of alcohol

Non-drug holistic approaches may be helpful. Holistic remedies for healing of the Sphincter Oddi Dysfunction Type III are widely used in many countries throughout the world.

The healing program of the Sphincter Oddi Dysfunction type III may include some actions:

• Healing Customized Diet

• Drinking healing mineral water prepared from genuine Karlovy Vary spring salt

• European Whole Body Cleansing through the Restoration of Friendly Intestinal Flora and Colon Hydrotherapy

• Anti-Candida Program

• Acupuncture

• Herbal Medicine

• Nutritional Supplementation

• Chiropractic Manipulations

• Visceral Massage

• Relaxation, Meditation, Hypnosis, Custom Hypnosis CDs

Healing courses of alternative and holistic medicine can be used separately or as complementary approaches to traditional medicine.

The information on this article is presented for educational, informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for the diagnosis, treatment and advice of a qualified licensed medical professional.

Your Menstrual Cycle – Is it Normal?

There are many women who suffer from a common misconception that they are having abnormal periods, even though they actually have a normal monthly cycle. There are many reasons why women may think this and it is typically not their fault as they are generally not fully aware of what a normal period is. When it comes to the question of your menstrual cycle, whether it is normal or not, there are many women who find this question difficult to answer. The following are some helpful points that will help you learn whether your period is normal or not:

– If you see blood clots you should not panic. These clots are actually the clots of tissue in your menstruation. It is a quite common occurrence and there is also no cause for alarm as these blood clots are generally caused by the shredding of the lining of the uterus.

– Normal menstrual bleeding lasts around 5 days, but can be as little as 3 days and as much as 8 days.

– If you are actively involved in sports and other activities you may often skip your periods. This again is a very normal phenomenon and you do not need to worry if it occurs.

– Menstrual cramps are normal and they can range from mild to severe. There are some women who do not experience menstrual cramps at all. If you experience painful and severe menstrual cramps or unusual cramping from your normal period, you should consult a doctor.

The above symptoms indicate that you have a normal period. With the following symptoms, you should consult with a doctor, preferably a gynecologist to make sure there is not a problem:

– If you are a female under eleven or in the post menopausal state you should consult your doctor if you face vaginal bleeding.

– If menstrual bleeding exceeds over 8 days you should consult your doctor.

– If you are over 16 and have not yet experienced your first period yet, you should consult your doctor. There is a possibility that you are suffering a syndrome called polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS.

– You need to change sanitary napkins or pads every one to two hours, this is quite a lot of flow and should be checked out.

– You experience heavy bleeding than normal. If it’s different than your previous periods, then have it checked out, just in case.

– You get bouts of fever, vomiting, diarrhea, fainting, bloodshot eyes, muscle aches or other unusual symptoms during your periods.

The Mental Colon Cleanse – The Metaphysical Alternative to Cleanse the Colon

A healthy colon is essential to a happy and healthy life; and colon cleanses are one of the more popular methods for clearing and cleaning the colon. Enemas, colonics, purgatives, and various mixtures of salts and fruit juice or extracts, are all commonly-used weapons in the fight for colon health; but there’s one seldom-used tool that can make all these methods more effective and encourage the colon to do the job naturally – just as it was designed to do.

Here’s the secret to colon health: Your colon naturally wants to let-go of things; all you have to do is let it. The colon, in metaphysical terms, represents the release of waste and the ease of letting-go of that which is over. When you are experiencing colon problems, there is a fear of letting-go of what is no longer needed, or a desire to hold on to the past – or, general insecurity. The fear of letting-go, fear of the future, fear of the unknown, or resistance to release the past, activates the stress response, or fight-of-flight mechanism. Besides causing a general feeling of tension and anxiety, the stress response also causes your digestion to slow or stop, among other things – causing constipation, and all sorts of bowel/colon problems.

To restore the healthy flow, and encourage the release of the past, all you need to do is relax and turn-off your stress response. Also, to restore natural health, order, and flow to your colon, Louise Hay recommends these specific affirmations to correct the underlying metaphysical causes of bowel/colon problems:

“Letting-go is easy.”

“I freely and easily release the old and joyously welcome the new.”

“I easily release that which I no longer need. The past is over and I am free.”

“I am part of the perfect rhythm and flow of life. All is in Divine right order.”

Try repeating these affirmations, at least three-times each, in the morning just after waking-up, at night just before falling asleep, and any other time during the day you happen to think about it. You can even record these affirmations and listen to them whenever you’d like in order to further compound the new, free, healthy way of thinking about the past and letting-go. You can also try to relax and repeat these affirmations any time you are experiencing intestinal pain or discomfort. When you faithfully and persistently apply affirmations, things change. Even if you opt to do some other form of colon cleanse, these affirmations will increase the effectiveness of any treatment you choose. These affirmations are designed to restore colon health; so make sure you drink plenty of water to aid the cleansing process.

Most Common and Effective Complex Ovarian Cyst Treatments

Complex ovarian cyst treatment is a complex process. This is because the condition is deemed to be stressful for women. These are fluid-filled pouches which develop in or outside the woman’s ovary. In most cases, it is benign. However, around 15% have been found to be malignant.

Information on Ovarian Cyst

Information on complex ovarian cyst can be illustrated based on the occurrence inside the woman ovary. What happens is that during ovulation period, hormones are produced by the ovary to promote follicle growth and production of eggs. Once the egg is ready, the follicle raptures to release eggs from the ovary. When it doesn’t do this, most likely it will result to cyst.

Treatment

First, what you need to do is to consult the doctor whether you indeed have complex ovarian cyst. Remember that only the doctor has the right knowledge and equipment to diagnose the condition. You should be aware of the common symptoms of complex ovarian cysts such as nausea, irregular bleeding, vaginal discharge, and fullness.

Second, treatment should be examined every two to three months to see whether or not the cyst has grown in size or not. If the cyst is smaller than 2 inches, then doctor may not opt to remove it just yet. Also, women nearing their menopausal period are advised to wait before invasive treatments are executed.

Third cyst treatment that the doctor usually prescribes is the intake of birth control pills. Taking of birth control pills has shown that it reduces the cyst size itself. Also, it can hinder the condition to turn into ovarian cancer. You should know what type of pill is best for you in the market.

Another treatment to consider is laparoscopy which is used to diagnose and treat the cyst at its early stage. This is a simple procedure that will remove the cyst in a painless manner.

Lastly, cystectomy is advised as a treatment which means the removal of ovary. This is considered as the last resort in case the condition worsens. Because of that, complex ovarian cyst treatment should be done properly to avoid resulting to major surgeries.

Diabetes and Hepatitis B, Do You Need Vaccination?

Diabetes and hepatitis B are linked in my mind because of my father. He had type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and he had spent time in the hospital after a heart attack. But none of that killed him.

He contracted hepatitis B, and he never got over it. He was 55 when he died. So when I hear about a study that concludes type 2 diabetics are twice as likely to get hepatitis B it gets my attention.

The CDC Says Diabetics Need Vaccination for Hepatitis B

The US Centers for Disease Control have come out with a new recommendation. They are asking doctors to get their type 2 diabetic patients under the age of 60 vaccinated against the hepatitis B virus (HBV). And they think glucose monitors may be the culprit in the passing of HBV.

Since hepatitis B is passed on in blood and fluids, there has to be some kind of contact with infected blood. If a blood glucose monitor or lancet device was shared among several diabetics, the virus would be carried from one person to another.

The amount of blood can be microscopic, and the virus stays alive up to seven days on surfaces. That's why sharing toothbrushes and having unprotected sex are two of the big no-nos among people at risk for hepatitis B.

High risk lifestyles like having multiple sexual partners and sharing drug needles are well known to cause the transfer of the virus, and people who travel to countries where they might come in contact with hepatitis often get the vaccinations before they leave.

But now type 2 diabetes and hepatitis B are linked because of the constant need to check blood sugars and get blood testing done. So who among us is most at risk?

What Hepatitis B Is All About

Understanding diabetes and hepatitis B is the first step. Because HBV is a virus, antibiotics will not do anything to help. There are many kinds of hepatitis, but hepatitis B is a concern because, unlike hepatitis A, it has both acute and chronic types. And it is the chronic type that causes liver damage.

Hepatitis, put simply, is inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. In acute hepatitis B you may have nausea, vomiting, fever and aches. It looks and acts like the flu. The problem is that you may have no symptoms at all.

During this acute stage all you can do is treat the symptoms if you have any. Many people simply get over it with no damage done. Their bodies fight it off like any other viral illness.

But if after six months the virus remains, you now have the chronic form. Some of the warning signs are easy bruising, dark-colored urine, and clay-colored stool. And you may develop jaundice. Your skin and the whites of your eyes will become tinged with yellow.

These are signs that bilirubin is building up in your body. The reason? Your liver is a blood filter, among its other jobs of fighting infection and helping with digestion and blood sugar control.

One of the waste products of the breakdown of red blood cells is bilirubin, and your liver is supposed to filter it out into your urine, giving it that yellow color. But if hepatitis B inflammation is present, bilirubin is not getting filtered out very well, and your body tries to get rid of it through your eyes and skin.

If chronic hepatitis B continues unstopped the virus will damage your liver. Cirrhosis, cancer and liver failure are possible outcomes, and some people have had to get a liver transplant because of it.

Diabetes and Hepatitis B Diagnosis and Treatment

Your doctor can use simple blood tests to screen you for hepatitis and find out which kind you have. He can also use ultrasound and x-rays to check your liver health. If HBV has become chronic he will send you to a gastroenterologist or other liver specialist.

That doctor will monitor you closely and if the need is great, he will do a liver biopsy to see what stage of liver disease you have. He has antiviral medications to offer. You will probably have to be on them for a year before the virus is cleared, and since the medications have serious side effects you will visit him often.

The longer you had HBV without getting diagnosed the more difficult it will be for you. So if you've been exposed or even suspect that you have, get tested. If the virus is caught early there's an immune globulin shot your doctor can give you along with your first HBV vaccine shot, and that may keep the virus from settling in to stay. There is a series of three shots you must get for the vaccination to be complete.

The earlier your doctor can catch hepatitis B the less liver damage it will do. And many health professionals would prefer to vaccinate those at high risk of getting it. So should you be vaccinated?

The people most at risk of having type 2 diabetes and hepatitis B are those who get assistance from someone else to do their blood sugar testing. That's because they are more likely to come in contact with another person's blood from a shared glucose monitor.

If you do your own blood testing and never share your meter or lancet device, you are not going to catch hepatitis B from your glucose monitor. But if you are in a high risk occupation, such as nursing, or you visit people in the hospital where the virus is more likely to hang around, you need to think about getting the vaccine.

Diabetes and Hepatitis Are Incurable But It's Not the End of the World

Because both diabetes and hepatitis B can be quiet in the beginning, regular testing for them is a great idea. Be assured that you will not get this virus just by being around other people. Shaking hands, hugging, sitting next to sick people does not transfer hepatitis B.

Drinking after someone else, sharing a toothbrush, any transfer of fluids or drops of blood, those are the things that put you at risk. It is why your nurse always wears gloves even if she is just pricking your finger to get a fingerstick blood test.

I have noticed that my nurse opens a packet with a single lancet and does not use a lancet device. After she uses a test strip she leaves the room with it, and I never even see a glucose monitor. I wondered why until I learned about hepatitis B. Now I'm grateful she is so careful.

If you have type 2 diabetes and hepatitis B worries you, you will be able to get vaccinated now that it is a recognized problem with official recommendations. Remember, you'll have to get all three shots to complete the course or the vaccination will not take.

And practice good hygiene with your glucose monitor, lancets and needles. Washing your hands and keeping your testing area clean is basic, but it's easy to forget that when you have to do it every day, and several times a day for many of us.

I do hope diabetes and hepatitis B are never a problem for you, but if that should happen, and this information helps you, then I've done what I set out to do. Take care.

Causes of Swollen Legs and Ankles – 8 Proven Reasons For Edema

In this article we’re going to discuss some of the main causes of swollen legs and ankles. The swelling, also called Edema and formerly known as dropsy or hydropsy, is an abnormal retention of fluid underneath the skin or in one more parts of the body. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons on why you are having the swelling in your legs and ankles.

Congestive Heart Failure

The degree of the swelling in the legs and ankles rely on the heart’s capability to pump blood, when the individual is standing or sitting. If your job requires you to stand or sit for a very long period of time then the gravity will act on your body. The heart must work hard to pump more blood to make up for the blood that’s flowing to the legs. If your heart is having a hard time pumping more blood, then the swelling can be seen in the legs and ankles.

Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis is an enduring disease that hinders the normal functions of a liver. In cirrhosis, the kidney stores salts and water. This results to the gathering of these fluids in the tissues underneath the skin of the legs and ankles, thus the reason behind the swelling of legs and ankles.

Kidney Disease

My mother has complications in her kidney and most of the time her legs and ankles can really swell up. The kidney filters out the salt that gets into your body and if it’s not functioning properly, salts are stored in the body which will retain water eventually. Excessive water retention will definitely cause the swelling.

Lymphedema

This is the swelling that generally takes place in one of your arms and legs. Most of the time this only affects just one leg but there are also cases which both arms and legs may be swollen. This is caused when your lymphatic system is clogged which prevents lymph fluid from draining effectively. As the fluid builds up, the swelling will continue.

Lung Diseases

Extreme chronic lung diseases like bronchitis can also cause swelling in the legs. The blood flow is constricted in the lungs which causes swelling in other parts of the body including the legs and ankles.

Hormone Changes

During menstruation, the swelling can be seen in the pelvic area and the legs because of the hormonal changes the body goes through. Take note that not all women can have this symptom.

Pregnancy

Most of the time pregnancy can cause swelling in the legs. The fluids are being contained in the tissues because of changes in the blood’s chemistry. Also the uterus is getting bigger and it adds pressure to the pelvis veins, which can lead to swelling. The swelling can be seen in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy.

Obesity

One of the obvious reasons for the swelling is being overweight. Because of gravity, the swelling in your lower leg increases after long periods of standing or sitting. You can tell if the condition is worse when you try pushing your finger into the swollen area and leave a mark when you remove the finger.