What is an Aphrodisiac Food?

Gently poached shrimp in red curry over grains of fragrant, jasmine rice. Freshly shucked oysters served ocean-side with a glass of golden Sauternes. The meat of crushed cottage pods steeped with flecks of chile and sweetened by sugar cane. Aphrodisiac foods have been celebrated by the greatest cultures in recorded history. Today, modern science is provoking the nutritional validity of foods historically regarded as aphrodisiac. So why does the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) say there is no such thing as a culinary aphrodisiac?

The FDA not just dispels a belief but also in fact warns consumers against natural aphrodisiacs, maintaining that no over-the-counter product works to treat problems with sexual function. Of course, the FDA is trying to protect consumers from products like the manufactured packages labeled "Spanish Fly," sold at the checkout counters of seedy convenience stores in Chatsworth, California (heart of the American porn industry). But it also offers to define aphrodisiacs rather narrowly as products that only only those directly improving sexual hormone levels.

It is true that until recent years, no controlled studies discovered even the hint of such a culinary Viagra, directly impacting sexual hormones. However, a study completed in 2005 by a group of Italian and American scientists inadvertently discovered that a rare amino acid raised sexual hormone levels in rats. The study was investigating the amino acids of a Mediterranean variety of mussels and the sexual health discovery was simply a sideline of the group's true goals. So, unfortunately, no follow-up studies have endeavored to harness the Viagra-like potential of not just mussels but all bi-valves, (including oysters and clams), containing this miracle amino. However these initial finds, without a doubt, shoot a few holes in the FDA's story.

After the FDA's cold shoulder toward the world's most "exciting" foods, people around the world continue to define culinary delights as aphrodisiacs. Some foods earn their title for their ability to produce an immediate physiological effect on the body. Chile peppers, for instance, have been used as aphrodisiacs throughout the Americas and Asia for centers for their ability to raise body temperature and bring a blush to the cheeks similar to a sexual flush. Ginger, another warm spice, can make the eater's tongue tingle with anticipation and lips plump to proportions that could meet any Angelina Jolie fantasy.

Alcohol is also considered aphrodisiac for its physiological effects. We all know what happens when the first sips of a drink hit the blood stream and the world becomes a warm and glowing place. Champagne is a particularly effective aphrodisiac. The delicious "pop" of a cork and the tickling of bubbles on the nose make the drink much more than an inhibitory assistant. Life becomes a celebration with Champagne in the glass. The teasing idea in the back of the mind that the entire bottle really must be drunk right away less it lose its cheerful effervescence brings to the moment an air of indulgence. But, of course, the aphrodisiac of alcohol must be administered in careful doses. As Shakespeare warned of the temptation of the bottle, 'It increases the desire, but it takes away the performance.'

Thanks to the work of two rather quirky figures in the world of science, we now know that the mere scents of some foods can evoke sexual arousal. In the late 1990's, Dr. Alan Hirsch of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago completed a study in which food aromas caused sexual arousal in subjects in both waking and sleeping states. The most successful scent tested in the study to temptation men was a combination of pumpkin pie spice and lavender. For women, it was cucumbers and Good and Plenty sweets. Other scents, such as glazed donut, butted popcorn and vanilla also offered arousing results.

In a series of slightly less formal studies, Dr. Max Lake, an MD and vintner from Australia's Hunter Valley, discovered similarities between the scents of certain foods and the aromas of human pheromones. In his book Scents and Sensuality, Dr. Lake describes the aromas of some Blanc de Blanc Champagnes as well as ripe cheeses as being startlingly similar to female pheromones. He also discusses the aromatic similarity between truffles and the male pheromone androstanone. (Ever stop to ponder why truffle hunters employ female pigs? Those randy girls are after the scent of androstanone!)

Other foods are considered aphrodisiac for their appearance. This, I believe, is the weakest definer for declaring a food aphrodisiac. For example, I've heard a European belief from a previous century that strawberries are aphrodisiac for their resemblance to a woman's nipples. This rumor was clearly started during a time period in which nudity was frowned upon, because I've looked in the mirror and can assure you that there is absolutely no resemblance.

The same goes for phallic foods. I was under the impression that size matters, so why would any man want to compare his anatomy to a stalk of asparagus?

It is my belief that foods with nutritional content essential for sexual health were, in previous centuries, often explained by appearance since the science of the times did not allow for nutritional analysis. Celery, for example, another one of those rather thin phallic foods, contains natural plant estrogens.

In fact, if you look at the nutritional makeup of most foods celebrated as aphrodisiacs through the course of history, you will find ingredients rich with vitamins and nutrients essential to a healthy libido. We now know that oysters, the most clichéd of all aphrodisiac foods, contain that aforementioned amino acid promoting to raise sexual hormone levels to new heights. But they are also an excellent and easily digestible source of zinc, an ingredient that promotes blood flow to the body's every region.

Oysters are not the only food to get your blood pumping. Almonds, eggs, pumpkin seeds and shrimp are also aphrodisiac foods serving up your daily dose of zinc. Other nutrients that work to embellish your sexual self include – but are not limited to – vitamin C, iodine, omega 3's and magnesium.

Many ingredients probably became known as aphrodisiacs because of their ability to provide sustained energy. Lean proteins like wild boar, fish and fowl give the body energy for an all night pas de deux. Foods with natural sugars and caffeine can give the body a surge of energy when it is needed most. This explains the aphrodisiac reputation of decidedly un-sexy ingredients like yams and beets, as well as that of some of the food world's sexiest players. Imagine honey drizzled across warm flesh or fragile coffee served in bed on a cold morning, which, I promise you, tends to rouse more than a lover's tousled head.

As we learn more about brain chemistry and its impact on the games of love, we will likely discover more reasons to toss out the prescription pad and haul out the grocery list. We now know that certain foods can trigger chemical reactions in the brain to send a flood of happy hormones through the body. (Yes, I speak of the legend of chocolate- unfortunately, you would have to eat a diabetic coma-inducing quantity of chocolate in one sitting in order to ingest enough of the needed compounds. Sad, but true). As more and more secrets of the brain are unlocked through the miracles of modern science, it is very likely that we will discover a dazzling array of foods with abilities to balance mood, invoke romance and trigger sexual desire.

In the meantime, however, we must swallow the bitter pill of the FDA and, at least from a marketing perspective, deny foods their aphrodisiac allure. I look forward to the day when the American government comes to a less simple minded understanding of the relationship between food and romance. After all, would not you rather sit down to a dazzling dinner than pop a blue pellet?

That being said, I believe there is more to the success of aphrodisiacs in romantic relationships than the administration of foods from a prescription checklist. For a romantic meal to achieve the desired results, the experience itself must be an act of pleasure. When planning a night of culinary temptations, I recommend carefully contemplating not just a menu of aphrodisiac ingredients but elements of indulgence, surprise and even downright daring. After all, as Dr. Ruth Westheimer famously quipped, "The most important sex organ lies between the ears."

This article is reprinted from EatSomethingSexy.com.

Stasis Dermatitis and Stasis Ulcers – Skin Disorders

Diagnostic Hallmarks

Distribution: ankle

History of precedenting noninflammatory swelling (stasis)

Presence of varicosities

Clinical Presentation

The term "stasis" refers to the presence of chronic, noninflammatory edema of the lower leg. Stasis dermatitis occurs when the itching that often accompanies companies stasis leads to scratching with consequent excoriations, weeping, crushing, and int1ammation. The color of the inflammation in stasis dermatitis is violaceous rather than bright red because of pooling and deoxygenation of venous blood. In long-standing cases of stasis dermatitis, postinflammatory hyperpigmentation adds a distinct brown hue to the underlying violaceous color. The initial changes of stasis dermatitis are almost invariably found at the ankles, but extension distally onto the foot and proximally up the lower leg is commonly seen.

Many types of eczematous disease, including atopic dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis, occur on the ankle either as a primary disease or superimposed on stasis dermatitis. Correct identification of stasis dermatitis depends on evidence that noninflammatory edema preceded the appearance of the eruption.

Stasis ulcers frequently accompaniment stasis dermatitis. They appear as round to slightly irregularly shaped craters, 2 to 5 cm in diameter, with rolled violaceous borders. The center of the ulcer consists of granulation tissue that mayor may not be covered with purulent material or adherent crust. The amount of pain present is variable; often they are surprisingly asymptomatic.

Stasis ulcers begin as a result of trauma to edematous, eczematized skin. This ulcerated skin, both because of anatomically poor arterial blood supply to the lower leg and the further compromise in blood flow resulting from edema, heals very slowly. When healing finally occurs, it is accompanied by scarring. This, in turn, further compromises blood flow, allowing even minor episodes of trauma to initiate a whole new cycle. Bacterial infection in the ulcers or in the surrounding eczematized skin sometimes further complicates the process.

Course and Prognosis

Stasis dermatitis generally runs a chronic course with intermittent exacerbations and remissions. Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation remains present for months after each exacerbation.

The presence of trauma (cuts, bruises, and excoriation) to the weakened skin in stasis dermatitis sometimes leads to the development of stasis ulcers. Healing of these ulcers causes the development of tightly constricted, thickened skin around the ankle (lipodermatosclerosis). This change is sometimes mistakenly diagnosed as scleroderma. Residual edema may be found above and below the constricted area. Squamous cell carcinoma can occasionally develop in the epithelial margin of long-standing stasis ulcers.

Pathogenesis

The chronicity of stasis dermatitis depends on the continuous presence of edema. Thus, stasis dermatitis is commonly seen when the edema is due to venous valve incompetency (varicose veins) but occurs only infrequently with the intermittent edema that companies congestive heart failure.

Only a small proportion of patients with stasis develop stasis dermatitis. This situation is analogous to the infrequency with which dyshidrosis evolves into dyshidrotic eczema. In both diseases the eczematization occurs primarily because of the superimposition of the itch-scratch cycle, so suggesting that atopic individuals are at particular risk.

Medical Acupuncture – Does it Work Or Not? The Facts

Today, people are quite concentrated on their health. Therefore, they try all kinds of activities for staying fit and getting rid of disorders. One of such activities is that use of acupuncture. It involves inserting needles inside the body. The body gets rid of the ailment when heat stimulation is, provided along with insertion of needles. Acupuncture is kind of a natural healing method and it can enhance the functioning of the body.

Therefore, acupuncture is one of the most effective techniques in the world. Today, acupuncture, is used, to treat pain. It can ensure that the needling involved in this process activates the nervous system so that chemicals are, released innocently inside the muscles and brain. Acupuncture is widely used as an imbalance restoration technique. It can make sure that you do not suffer from any problems in digestion and production of energy. It can ensure that the body is able to carry out all the activities normally.

The technique of acupuncture functions on the energy channels known as meridians, which are rivers that move through the body. Any hindrance in the flow of these rivers causes problems with other meridians. Since acupuncture improves the biochemical balance inside the body, the healing powers of the body are, raised. This makes sure that a person is both physically and emotionally well. The internal regulating system of the body improves tremendously through the generation of proper hormones and chemicals inside the body, which occurs through acupuncture. Today, so many people have started trusting this system as a way to remove ailments like pain in the joints.

Acupuncture is not only, related with pain control, it can have serious implications once a trained practitioner does it. In many surgical disorders, this treatment method can provide the required support. It can be, used to rectify digestive disorders like spastic colon, gastritis constipation, and hyperacidity. Even respiratory disorders can, be cured like bronchitis, sinusitis, asthma and sore throat. Even females can use this technique to cure any kind of menstrual, urinary and reproductive disorders.

Therefore, acupuncture can make sure that you get your periods on time and do not suffer from any unnecessary pain in the periods. It's also the right kind of treatment method for problems like tennis elbow, low back pain and frozen shoulder. If the victim of these disorders is, given medications, then they do not work that effectively on reducing the pain. World health organization has identified the use of acupuncture as an effective treatment method for various illnesses. Most of the people also fear the use of needles in this technique.

No pain is, caused once these needles are, inserted inside the body. When insertion is happening, some pain might, be felt. However, still the pain caused is not as much when a person is, injected. In injections, a hollow needle is used but in acupuncture, the tip of the needle is soft, due to which no chances of irritation on skin and bruising exist. Therefore, use acupuncture and all your troubles will be over.

Alternative Health Tips

Naturopathy is Swasha Vritha or the prophylactic or preventive aspect. Ayurveda is the Athura Vritha or Therapy. Both are related sciences.

Daily Routines or Dinacharya, according to Ayurveda

The ideal time to get up is 04.30 AM. This is known as Brahma Muhurtha or the Time of Brahman, the Absolute.After getting up, one should know the condition of the body. Then one brush one of teeth and go to toilet for bowel movement. One should brush teeth twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.

Then one should go in for an Oil Bath. Oil, preferably coconut oil should be used. This oil should be pasted all over the body and one should wait for at least 30 minutes and then take a bath. Cold bath is ideal but for those suffering from diseases hot water bath is good.

Oil bath gives you good sleep. Weakness of the body will disappear. Your body will grow in strength. Your eyes will sparkle. "Abhyangam Achareth Nithyam" says Ayurveda (Daily you should go in for Oil Bath). But those suffering from indigestion and excess Kapha should not go in for Oil Bath.

Pathya – Diet Control

When Ayurvedic medicines are taken, one should observe Pathya or Diet Control.

The Six Tastes of Ayurveda are – Sweet, bitter, astringent, sour, pungent and salty. Those suffering from Hyperacidity or Ulcer should not take in foods that are Sour or Pungent. This is known as Pathya.For every disease, there are foods that should not be taken in. For people suffering from heart trouble, cholesterol containing eggs, meat, beef etc. should not be taken in. This is Pathya.

Now there is a saying in Ayurveda that for one observing Pathya, there is no need for medicine, as negative food is phased out and Spontaneous Cure takes place. Also for one not observing Pathya, as intake of medicines become useless, as negative food devastates his disease.Pathya means the Way to Health. Apathya means taking in the negative food which foster the disease.

Banana – Nature's Tonic

The Banana is full of vitamins and minerals. It contains iron, phosphorus and vitamins like Niacin and Riboflavin. A big banana can confer more than 200 calories.

The fructose contained in banana turns to energy after intake. Along with protein and starch, it contains minerals like sulphur, iron, magnesium, copper & calcium. There is less fat content in bananas.Bananas will reduce the acidity in blood. It contains Vitamins C, A, B, D & E.

Along with bananas, warm milk should be taken. This is the ideal food for growing children. But then the obse should not take milk along with bananas.As Bananas have Rasayana properties, use of it will keep you young. You can live for months only on bananas.Bananas can be used as medicine for patients with liver complaints and for digestive tract disorders. Also it can be taken by those suffering from Malnutrition and Scurvy. Also for patients suffering from eye and dental diseases. (as it contains Vitamin A & Cacium).

Continence or Brahmacharya

By Continence or Brahmacharya, we mean the control of libidinal life. Both Ojas (Light) and Veerya (Virility) are based on the Seventh Tissue Element, Semen. Avoid the misuse of this great Dhathu, says Ayurveda. Too much indulgence in sex makes you lose this Seventh Tissue Element and this will result in weakness of body. Body ache, headache etc will be the result. Loss of semen adversely affects adversely the other Six Tisssue Elements.

If you observe Brahmacharya (practice Continence), improved memory, grapsing power, physical strength, discriminative intellect, mental happiness, increase of Ojas or effulgence on the face etc will be the result. In order to have good health, you have to control sex. But then as pure Brahmacharya is impossible for married men, controlled Brahmacharya or celibacy is advocated.

Insomnia

Lack of sleep is due to many factors – Anxiety, mental tension, over exercise, emotional suffering etc. When Anger and enmity are suppressed, sleeplessness is the result. Constipation, digestive tract disorders, coffee, tea etc will destroy sleep. Thoughts for sleeplessness will only compound the problem. Use of sleeling pills is not ideal. You may have to depend on such pills. And increasing the quantity is asking for trouble. If Alcohol is taken along with pills, there will be repercussions.

Avoid beverages like Cola, tea and coffee. And take in less fatty foods. Avoid fried foods. Take only small quantity of food at night. If you have warm milk before going to sleep, if you keep the mind tranquil, you will doze off to slumberland. You should take food 3 hours before going to bed. It will be better if you can hear peaceful music. Reading is also a good habit which will take you to slumberland. You should walk at least half an hour before going to sleep. It will help to digest the food taken. Meditation will give you good sleep.

Constipation

The modern fast food culture is responsible for Constipation. Anxiety, fear, mental tension – all these create Constipation. Naturopaths averr that Constipation is the root cause of all diseases.Some antacids also create Constipation. In certain conditions, water will be absorbed in the colon and faecal matter may solidify. Such hard stools are difficult to dislodge.Lack of proper timing of food, anxiety, mental problems etc all cause Constipation. Constipation will create back pain, weight in the stomach, headache, loss of appetite etc.

Intake of fruits and vegetables organically grown, 12 glasses of water daily, ensure mental peace, correct bowel movements – all these will cure Constipation

Gas Trouble or Hyperacidity

This is a very common disease. In India, there are very few homes without antacid tablets! On one side, we take a lot of antacids and on the other take in acidic foods! Amongst the Six Tastes, that which is Sour, Pungent and Salty foster Hyperacidity.

Fried foods, foods containing Masala, very cold drinks, potato, plantains – all these fossil Gas Trouble. Lack of exercise is one of the causative factors. Also working for long hours.Mental tensions also foster this disease. It is not what you eat, but it is what eats you that is the cause of this common disease.

Mental pain, thoughts of revenge, fear – all these pave the way for this malady. There is an Emotional Center in the brain. When we have mental upsets, this Emotional Center stimulates the oxintic cells in our stomach to secrety Hyrochloric Acid.Lots of gas going from the rectal tract, indigestion – all these are the symptoms of gas trouble. Naturopaths averr that Constipation is the cause of this disease, nay, for all diseases!

Hurry, Worry and Curry are the main causative factors for this disease. Eating food fast, overeating, foods with masala, sour, pungent, salty foods, pickles, chillies, potato, soda, cola, chilled beer, nictoine, alcohol, very hot foods, chewing gum – all these cause Hyperacidity.Prevention is better than Cure. Avoid the Apathya foods and be healthy!

Contradictory Foods

Contradictory Foods are known in Ayurveda as "Samyoga Viruddha". When contraceptive foods are taken in, it will increase the Doshic imbalance and becomes the cause of many diseases.Shrimp and Milk, Fish and butter, Sour fruits & Milk – are some examples of Contradictory Foods. They are to be avoided at all costs.

Chicken & butter should not be taken in simultaniously. Honey and ghee in equal quantities also is prohibited in Ayurveda

Colon Hydrotherapy

Naturopathy says that diseases are caused by the accumulation of morbid matter. Natural Hygiene says the cause is Toxemia, or the infusion of toxins into the blood.

One of the methods of cleaning the colon is Enema or Colon Hydrotherapy.I have been practicing Enema for the last 18 years. In 1989, while I was participating in an Exhibition Stall in Trichur (a 41 day affair), the nearest stall was a Naturopathy stall and the Chief Naturopath told me that the best way to get rid of Gas trouble was to take 15 light enemas.

I bought an enema can and have been doing this when I have any rectal block. This therapy is effective as we can see putrefied faecal matter going out 10 minutes after the enema is administrated.This is Jalopasana or Water Therapy or Hydro Therapy. All the ancient cultures advocated Hydro Therapy, as Water has gained tremendous medicinal properties. Not only faecal matter, but gas, mucous and toxins go out of the rectal tract.

Fasting Therapy

Fasting Therapy is one of the best therapies. The digestive system gets rest during fasting. "Lankhanam Paramoushadam" – Fasting is the best medicine. Water Fasting, Fruit Fasting, Juice fasting — there are many types of fasting. Juice Fasting is superior to Water Fasting as the body is supported nutritionally.

The basic principle of Naturopathy is that Nature has healing power and that the Five Doctors are the Elemental Five -Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. (Annam Brahma). By Annam is not mean Food, but the Five Doctors, the Five Elements. "The Five Doctors are the best, as the Five Elements are prior to all", declares the Upanishads. (Annam hi bhoothanam jyeshtyam, thasmad Sarvoushadam Uchyathe)

Ghee – The True Rasayana

Rasayana Therapy is Rejuvenation Therapy. That which rejuvenates the body is Rasayana. Ghee is considered to be the True Rasayana. All Ayurvedic preparations are based on ghee, I mean, almost all the Rasayanas. Ghee contains Vitamins AE, KD etc. Vitamin E and Vitamin A are anti-oxidants. Diseases are caused by the excessive production of Free Radicals and these two are antidotes to Free Radicals. The famous Chyavan Prash is based on Ghee. It is said that the Rasayanas confer beauty, longevity, intelligence, youthfulness, health etc. Ghee, taken in moderate quantities, will confer these.

All You Need to Know About Gastritis – Guarding Your Gut Is not Easy As You Think

I've had it happen to me too many times and trust me … it's not your normal stomach ache that you can handle after having too much dinner. The agony is real and sometimes even your closest folks at home will not be able to understand what's going on with you and mistake it for just the traditional gas pain.

It's even tougher if along with it, you also have GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) or acid reflux and ulcers. But that's another story.

Gastritis in itself is an irritation of the stomach often thought about by medications, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, spicy, acidic or fatty food, skipping of meals and emotional stress. Its other name is Acid Peptic Disease.

When I was first diagnosed with it, I have to admit I denied the "emotional stress" part, but after further research, I did link it to my condition. I learned that stress does not need cause gastritis, but it can put you in a position where the acid levels of your body are increased. Stress can put a physical strain on the human body, making it more difficult to heal it with medication or as much as possible, naturally.

The symptoms of gastritis include stomach pain concentrated at the upper part of the abdomen (usually felt as a crampy, spastic or burning sensation), nausea, indigestion and vomiting.

If you have chronic or recurring gastritis and ulcers, you may want to get yourself checked for H.pylori bacteria. This is normally done via an endoscopy procedure. People who have this bacteria go through special tests and potentially antibiotic treatment to cure their condition. In my case, I did not have the bacteria but still had gastritis along with a weak esophageal sphincter causing GERD and heartburn.

Medication used to treat gastritis are the same as that for ulcers and acid reflux. Antacids such as Tums and Gaviscon, acid blocking drugs (proton pump inhibitors) such as Prevacid, Zantac and Nexium, and pre-motility agents such as Motilium and Ganaton. There are other brands and dosages so be sure to check with your physician on your recommended amount.

Here's a red flag you should know. Avoid taking aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen, Mefenamic acid and Naproxen as all these can be highly irritating on the stomach. Of course, this is quite a challenge especially if you have body pains and headaches and want immediate relief. Consult with your doctor on this.

In the course of your treatment, stay away from spicy, acidic and fatty foods. Avoid alcoholic and acidic beverages along with fruit juices. Sodas, chocolates, coffee, tea, and dairy products are a big no-no. It takes discipline to do this and I've had more than my fair share of violations and painful consequences. During this period, it's best to have a list of foods you can eat and consult a nutritionist on how you can maintain a healthy diet without drastically losing weight (often an outcome of gastritis). Be sure to stick to it and do not skip your meals. And again, learn to manage emotional stress.

One last note. I have nothing against conventional medication as long as it's in emergency situations or just for a short period of time. For long-term treatment however, it's best to go natural. Simply popping up pills or gulping on a liquid antacid every time you have an attack is nothing but a band-aid approach to the root problem. Why do that if you can trace the main cause, eliminate it and become gastritis free?

Older Dog Care – Tips for Senior Dog Health

It's never pleasant to think about, but dogs age faster than humans and older dog care will become necessary. Before you know it, your dog will be showing signs of age-but this is not a bad thing; it just means that you're going to have to give him some extra extra care. Dogs begin to show visible age-related changes at about seven to twelve years of age. There are several changes that occurs and it is your job as an owner to be prepared for them. Some of the changes are unavoidable; others can be managed or treated with diet, medicines, or other forms of therapy. Read the information and follow the steps below to help make your dog's adult life enjoyable!

1) Feeding the right diet. Size is used to determine when it's time to feed your dog a senior diet.

• Small breeds, less than 20 lbs-7 years of age

• Medium breeds, 21 to 50 lbs-7 years of age

• Large breeds, 51 to 90-6 years of age

• Giant breeds, 91 pounds or more-5 years of age

2) Be aware of common health issues that may arise. This may include:

• Determination of skin and coat

• Loss of muscle mass

• Intestinal problems

• Arthritis

• Obesity

• Dental problems

• Decreased ability to fight off infection

3) Prevent obesity. Dogs undergo changes in body composition that may cause them to put on body fat. This is most often caused by a slow metabolism. When it comes to older dog care and avoiding weight gain, feed your dog a diet that contains optimum levels of highly digestible protein to help maintain good muscle mass.

4) Focus on protein. Avoid "senior" diets that contain reduced levels of protein. Studies have shown that the protein requirement for older dogs does not decrease with age. Dogs need to maintain their muscle mass just like humans does.

5) Antioxidants including vitamin E and beta-carotene help eliminate free radicals that can damage your dog's body tissues and contribute to signs of aging. Foods that you purchase for your aging pet should contain high amounts of these compounds.

6) Regular veterinary exams are still important. This can not be emphasized enough-routine care for older dog care is important for veterinarians to assess the presence or progress of chronic disease. Your vet can also give you tips to enhance your pet's life.

The main goal when feeding older dogs should be to maintain health and optimum body weight, slow or prevent the development of chronic disease, and minimize or improve clinical signs of diseases that may already be present. Keep an eye on your senior pet's health and ask a veterinarian about even the slightest concern.

Calcium Magnesium Potassium Boron & How Can They Help You

Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Boron

Potassium

Potassium is one of the basic minerals needed by the body for its proper functioning. Being an electrolyte it is capable of conducting electricity.

Potassium present in this supplement can help reduce its deficiency and maintain the required levels in human body. It is a positively charged ion, which is concentrated inside the cell while the sodium ion is concentrated outside the cell. An electrochemical gradient called membrane potential is created due to their concentration difference. Ion pumps use energy or ATP to take the sodium out from the cell membrane and bring in the potassium, since maintaining this critical concentration gradient. This is very important for muscle contracting and heart functioning.

Deficiency

The potassium deficiency is called as hypokalemia. Hypokalemia results from prolonged vomiting, some forms of kidney disease, the use of some diuretics, or disorders of metabolism. The symptoms of hypokalemia include muscle weakness, intestinal paralysis, fatigue, and cramps, and, which may lead to constipation, bloating, and abdominal pain.

Calcium

Another important mineral present in this supplement is Calcium. It is an important mineral of the body.Healthy bones and teeth require adequate amount of calcium. Bones contain large amounts of calcium. Calcium is also present in blood.

Calcium maintains proper functioning of muscles. It also helps in blood clotting action of enzymes and proteins are maintained by calcium. It also controls composition of body fluids.

Deficiency

Calcium deficiency can be the cause of weak bones and teeth. Calcium requirement can be fulfilled by a calcium-rich diet, so that the average loss of 400 to 500mg of calcium by a human body each day can be avoided.

Magnesium

Magnesium is a very vital trace mineral and its deficiency can affect several hundred functions performed in the body. About 50% of magnesium present in the human body is found in the bones, almost the rest of the magnesium in body cells. The blood contains about 1% of magnesium.

Magnesium maintains muscle and nerve functions, supports the immune system and keeps bones strong. It also regulates sugar level, body metabolism, blood pressure, protein synthesis and events hypertension and diabetes.

Deficiency

Many disorders take place due to magnesium deficiency. Its deficiency causes mitral valve prolapse, asthma, migraines and other allergies.

Boron

Another very important mineral present in this supplement is boron which is an essential trace mineral needed for several body functions such as maintaining joint and bone functions.

Boron helps in absorption of magnesium, calcium and vitamin D. The utilization of calcium and the activation of Vitamin D are also assisted by it. It should be taken along with other minerals and vitamins.

Benefits

Boron is good for healthy bones due to efficient absorption of calcium. Boron can also be helpful for postmenopausal osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and can be useful for ischemic heart disease

Heart Attack – Causes of Heart Attack

It is a popular term for an acute failure of the pumping action of the heart, accompanied by lung congestion and the accumulation of fluid in the dependent parts of the body. The symptoms of heart attack include coughing, copious frothy spittle, discomfort when lying down, labored breathing, rapid heart action, blueness of the skin and lips, swelling of the legs and fatigue. Heart attacks rank first as the cause of death, cancer being second and diabetes third. Men are more prone to heart attacks than women. Heart attacks are not rare in young men between 30 and 35 years of age but beyond 35 years and up to 60, the likelihood of heart-attacks increases sharply. After the age of 60, there is a sharp decrease in the incidence of heart-attacks.

Causes of heart attack

A major cause of heart failure is coronary thrombosis. In this disorder, a blood clot in one of the small coronary arteries obstructs the delivery of blood to a portion of the heart. If the affected muscle segment dies, the heart may no longer be able to function properly. Other leading causes of heart-attack include severe hypertension (excessively high blood pressure) and obstruction or blocks in one or more of the heart valves. Heart failure may occur within a few minutes after a coronary thrombosis or may develop slowly over several weeks as when a valve is obstructed.

Other causes of heart-attack are obesity, stress, strain, fast living, consumption of more fat and cholesterol containing foods like beef, mutton, bacon, chicken, lobsters, shrimp, oyster, duck, goose, frankfurters, hamburgers, cheese, butter , ghee, dalda, coconut oil etc. Although heart disease is not contagious but it is certainly a hereditary disease like high blood pressure, asthma, iron deficiency, nervous disorders etc.

Fats: Fats are a class of energy rich organic compounds of plant or animal origin which are basic components of animal diets. Fats and oils are primarily compounds of long-chain fatty acids and glycerol. Oils and fats of animal origin include butter, lard, tallow, fish oils, and whale oil. Lard is produced from the melted and strained fat of hogs. Tallow refers to the solid fat of cattle, sheep or horses. Unsaturated fats like oil, sunflower oil, maize oil, gingeli and raw fruits and vegetable juices possess less cholesterol and less fat and they are often eaten to reduce the danger of coronary thrombosis or arteriosclerosis.

Cholesterol: Cholesterol is a sterol, widely found in highest concentration in nerve and brain tissues. Its high concentration in all nerve tissues suggests that it plays a vital role in nerve construction. Gall-bladder stones are composed primarily of cholesterol; in fact gallstones may be more than 90% cholesterol. Deposits of cholesterol are found in the lining of arteries in a group of disease of the blood vessels and heart. These deposits may be quite thick through the interior of the treaties and make clot formation more likely. Diseases related to excess cholesterol deposition in the arteries include arteriosclerosis, angina pectoris, myocardial infarction (coronary thrombosis or heart-attack), cerebral vascular disease, stroke and dissecting aortic aneurysm.

It is thought that a reduction in the psychiatric intake of cholesterol might be helpful in preventing and controlling diseases of the blood vessels. Although the liver produces far more cholesterol than is usually ate in food, it appears that the dietary cholesterol is more likely to be deposited in the arteries than the endogenous cholesterol. According to some doctors now advise limit in the intake of high cholesterol containing foods like butter, cream, cheese, mutton, chicken, pork, bacon, hogs, crabs, sprawn, lobster, frankfurters and hamburgers.

Importance of unsaturated fats in the diet:

It has been found that the kind and amount of fat in the diet influence the rate at which the body produces cholesterol, the rate at which the cholesterol is deposited and the incidence of heart attacks. In general, these fats that are planned tend to increase the deposition of cholesterol. Such fats are coconut oil, vegetable oil (dalda), ghee, butter, cream, cheese, beaf, chicken, pork, hogs, shrimp, crab, lobster etc. The unsaturated fats are til oil, maize oil, sunflower oil, gingelly, soyabean oil, peanut oil and raw fruits and vegetables. These fats remain liquid at ice-box temperature and so they do not cause any harm to the body. It was seen that substituting unsaturated fats for saturated fats lowered the incidence of heart-attacks. Therefore many doctors now recommend the substitution of unsaturated fats for saturated fats in diet. So dietary control is the first and foremost duty in order to check heart-attacks.

Heart rate: The normal heart rate is considered to be about 72. beats per minute. Under stress or vigorous exercise, the heart rate may reach as high as 170 to 180 beats per minute. At birth the heart rate may be up to 160 times a minute but settles down during the first year to about 100 beats a minute.

Heart disease: Heart disease may be of varied types- rheumatic heart disease, syphilitic heart disease, thyrotoxic heart disease, congenital heart disease, septal defects, coarctation of aorta, hypertensive heart disease, transposition of the great arterties, coronary heart disease etc.

Heart Attack – Causes of Heart Attack

It is a popular term for an acute failure of the pumping action of the heart, accompanied by lung congestion and the accumulation of fluid in the dependent parts of the body. The symptoms of heart attack include coughing, copious frothy spittle, discomfort when lying down, labored breathing, rapid heart action, blueness of the skin and lips, swelling of the legs and fatigue. Heart attacks rank first as the cause of death, cancer being second and diabetes third. Men are more prone to heart attacks than women. Heart attacks are not rare in young men between 30 and 35 years of age but beyond 35 years and up to 60, the likelihood of heart-attacks increases sharply. After the age of 60, there is a sharp decrease in the incidence of heart-attacks.

Causes of heart attack

A major cause of heart failure is coronary thrombosis. In this disorder, a blood clot in one of the small coronary arteries obstructs the delivery of blood to a portion of the heart. If the affected muscle segment dies, the heart may no longer be able to function properly. Other leading causes of heart-attack include severe hypertension (excessively high blood pressure) and obstruction or blocks in one or more of the heart valves. Heart failure may occur within a few minutes after a coronary thrombosis or may develop slowly over several weeks as when a valve is obstructed.

Other causes of heart-attack are obesity, stress, strain, fast living, consumption of more fat and cholesterol containing foods like beef, mutton, bacon, chicken, lobsters, shrimp, oyster, duck, goose, frankfurters, hamburgers, cheese, butter , ghee, dalda, coconut oil etc. Although heart disease is not contagious but it is certainly a hereditary disease like high blood pressure, asthma, iron deficiency, nervous disorders etc.

Fats: Fats are a class of energy rich organic compounds of plant or animal origin which are basic components of animal diets. Fats and oils are primarily compounds of long-chain fatty acids and glycerol. Oils and fats of animal origin include butter, lard, tallow, fish oils, and whale oil. Lard is produced from the melted and strained fat of hogs. Tallow refers to the solid fat of cattle, sheep or horses. Unsaturated fats like oil, sunflower oil, maize oil, gingeli and raw fruits and vegetable juices possess less cholesterol and less fat and they are often eaten to reduce the danger of coronary thrombosis or arteriosclerosis.

Cholesterol: Cholesterol is a sterol, widely found in highest concentration in nerve and brain tissues. Its high concentration in all nerve tissues suggests that it plays a vital role in nerve construction. Gall-bladder stones are composed primarily of cholesterol; in fact gallstones may be more than 90% cholesterol. Deposits of cholesterol are found in the lining of arteries in a group of disease of the blood vessels and heart. These deposits may be quite thick through the interior of the treaties and make clot formation more likely. Diseases related to excess cholesterol deposition in the arteries include arteriosclerosis, angina pectoris, myocardial infarction (coronary thrombosis or heart-attack), cerebral vascular disease, stroke and dissecting aortic aneurysm.

It is thought that a reduction in the psychiatric intake of cholesterol might be helpful in preventing and controlling diseases of the blood vessels. Although the liver produces far more cholesterol than is usually ate in food, it appears that the dietary cholesterol is more likely to be deposited in the arteries than the endogenous cholesterol. According to some doctors now advise limit in the intake of high cholesterol containing foods like butter, cream, cheese, mutton, chicken, pork, bacon, hogs, crabs, sprawn, lobster, frankfurters and hamburgers.

Importance of unsaturated fats in the diet:

It has been found that the kind and amount of fat in the diet influence the rate at which the body produces cholesterol, the rate at which the cholesterol is deposited and the incidence of heart attacks. In general, these fats that are planned tend to increase the deposition of cholesterol. Such fats are coconut oil, vegetable oil (dalda), ghee, butter, cream, cheese, beaf, chicken, pork, hogs, shrimp, crab, lobster etc. The unsaturated fats are til oil, maize oil, sunflower oil, gingelly, soyabean oil, peanut oil and raw fruits and vegetables. These fats remain liquid at ice-box temperature and so they do not cause any harm to the body. It was seen that substituting unsaturated fats for saturated fats lowered the incidence of heart-attacks. Therefore many doctors now recommend the substitution of unsaturated fats for saturated fats in diet. So dietary control is the first and foremost duty in order to check heart-attacks.

Heart rate: The normal heart rate is considered to be about 72. beats per minute. Under stress or vigorous exercise, the heart rate may reach as high as 170 to 180 beats per minute. At birth the heart rate may be up to 160 times a minute but settles down during the first year to about 100 beats a minute.

Heart disease: Heart disease may be of varied types- rheumatic heart disease, syphilitic heart disease, thyrotoxic heart disease, congenital heart disease, septal defects, coarctation of aorta, hypertensive heart disease, transposition of the great arterties, coronary heart disease etc.

Understanding Pericarditis

Pericardial disease or pericarditis is an inflammation of any of pericardial layers. Pericardium is a thin double-walled fibroserous sac that surrounds the heart and consists of:

  • Fibrous layer – the most superficial pericardial layer.
  • Serous layer – the inner layer which in its turn is divided into outer parietal and internal visceral layers.
  • Pericardial fluid – the lubricating serous fluid located in the pericardial cavity between the parietal and visceral layers. It serves to reduce the friction of the heart during cardiac contractions.

Pericardium performs an important function by protecting the heart and maintaining its adequate position so that it could work properly.

Causes

In most cases pericarditis develops as a complication of an underlying disease. Since it’s an inflammatory condition, it might seem that it could be the consequence of an infectious disease. However, there are different types of pericarditis depending in its cause:

  • Pericarditis caused by viral, bacterial, parasitic or fungal infections. The most common infectious organisms include streptococcus, Epstein-Barr virus, Candida fungi, toxoplasma, echinococcus.
  • Pericarditis provoked by autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma.
  • Traumatic pericarditis that results from severe injuries or trauma in the chest area. Sometimes it can develop after a surgical intervention in this area.
  • Pericarditis developing due to tumors located directly on the pericardial layers or in the adjacent areas.
  • Pericarditis associated with serious metabolic disorders such as Addison’s disease.

The most common causes of pericarditis include rheumatism and tuberculosis. Besides, the provoking factors for pericarditis are myocardial infarction, endocarditis, allergic reactions, and radiation therapy.

Symptoms

Since this pathology usually develops as a complication of other diseases, it lacks specific clinical symptoms; however, depending on the type, pericarditis symptoms include any of the following:

  • Piercing or sharp pain in the middle or left side of the chest that can spread to one or both shoulders
  • Attacks of heart palpitations
  • Fever
  • Fast or irregular heart rate
  • Swelling of ankles, legs or feet
  • Breathlessness
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Dry cough

Treatment

The goals of pericarditis treatment involve:

  • Relieving symptoms
  • Treating the underlying conditions
  • Preventing complications

Treatment methods and its duration are determined by the cause that provoked inflammation and complications, if any. Once experiencing first symptoms of pericarditis, one should seek medical advice as soon as possible.

Complications and prognosis

In general, pericarditis is considered a disease with a benign outcome since timely qualified treatment leads to a complete recovery in the majority of patients. However, in rare case severe pericarditis can cause serious complications:

  • Cardiac tamponade is caused by too much fluid being collected in the pericardium. It’s a dangerous condition that prevents adequate cardiac contractions and leads to a dramatic decrease in blood pressure.
  • Chronic constructive pericarditis, a rare disease that needs time for development. It causes the formation of scar-like tissue throughout the pericardium, which makes it stiff thus preventing the heart from functioning properly.

Famous People and the Infectious Diseases They Were Affected With

With the recent discovery that King Tut was afflicted with the parasitic disease malaria, I wanted to briefly discover infectious diseases that affected or killed famous people through history, ancient and current.

The diseases are as old as history, like tuberculosis, polio and syphilis, and particularly in the pre-antibiotic and pre-vaccine era, afflicted people regardless of fame and socialeconomic status.

Here I'd like to go over some of the more common diseases and famous people.

Tuberculosis has afflicted famous people through history and was once considered a romantic disease since it produced no repulsive or unattractive lesions like smallpox for example. Some musicians, poets and writers are notorious for their affliction with TB.

Here is a small list:

Writers are well represented in the tuberculosis list: Walt Whitman, John Keats, Lord Byron, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Sir Walter Scott, DH Lawrence, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Allen Poe, and George Orwell are a small sample of writers who were afflicted with TB .

Others included musician Frederic Chopin, Gone with the Wind star, Vivian Leigh and former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis have also been a "plague" on humankind since the beginning. The conventional theory is that Columbus bought it to Europe from the New World. But it is certain that some people had syphilis: Al Capone, Henry VIII and Ivan the Terrible did have the STD.

JEB Stuart, Joseph Goebbles and Frederick the Great each were infected with Neisseria gonorrheaoe, the cause of gonorrhea.

Several of the US Presidents also could not escape the scourge of infectious diseases. As everyone knows, Franklin Roosevelt had polio, Woodrow Wilson had influenza from the 1919 pandemic and the father of our country, George Washington perished to a peritonsillar abscess infection.

Many historians believe Alexander the Great perished to typhoid fever.

AIDS, which many consider the modern day "plague" and makes people susceptible to a plethora of infectious agents has claimed the lives of actor Rock Hudson, Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and tennis great, Arthur Ashe.

In addition, we saw Muppets creator Jim Henson perish to a streptococcal pneumonia / bacteremia, and rock icon Bob Dylan suffer from a Histoplasma fungal infection surrounding his heart.

This is a very short, non-exhaustive list, but it illustrates that infectious diseases do not respect status, fame, fortune or time, and will certainly raise its ugly head even in the era of vaccination and antibiotics.

Pheochromocytoma – What is This Tumor?

Pheochromocytoma is a kind of tumor which is generally begon in the adrenal gland. Its particular place of origin is from within the chromaffin cells, which are neuroendocrine cells found in, among other potential places, the adrenal medulla (located in the middle of the adrenal gland). The tumor secretes levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline, and possibly additional catecholamines, which are excessive relative to the norm.

Symptoms of a pheochromocytoma in a patient are also symptoms that can be found in other conditions, so having one or more of these does not necessitously mean that an individual does have such a tumor. Additionally, this is not an exhaustive list, and a patient may also simply be unable to detect any symptoms, so not having or noticing certain symptoms on this page does not mean that a person does not have a pheochromocytoma. Some potential symptoms are outlined below with brief details:

Panic attacks, anxieties, or nervousness can be one symptom. One possible differential diagnosis (used in an attempt at a process of elimination) is a panic disorder.

Nausea can also be one of the symptoms of pheochromocytoma. Nausea is simply the feeling of discomfort and / or unease in the region of the upper stomach or head, along with the sensation of the urge to vomit. It does not necessarily mean that the patient will vomit.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is another such possibility. In this case, it would be secondary hypertension, as it was brought on by an under condition condition – the pheochromocytoma.

What Are the Warning Signs of Pneumonia You Should Know

Pneumonia is an infection and consequent infection of the lungs. It can cause difficulty with breathing, produce a cough and cause chest pain. Pneumonia can affect either one or both of your lungs and various forms exist of the disease. It is known that the most common cause of pneumonia is a pulmonary infection associated with viruses or gram-positive or gram-negative bacteria. Some infectious agents that share both the similarities of viruses and bacteria can also cause pneumonia.

Aspiration pneumonia is caused by the inhalation of foreign substances: liquids, dust particles, chemical fumes and other irritants. This type of pneumonia mostly affects small children, but adults are not immune to it, because they have inhaled either vomit or food. The symptoms of Aspiration pneumonia are not always intense and may disappear within a few days, but in rare cases the aspiration of either food or vomit can result in respiratory arrest and death. The main symptoms of Aspiration pneumonia include: a dry cough, chest pain and soreness, wheezing during normal breathing, and difficulty in breathing. It is advisable to see your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

Viral pneumonia is very common form of pneumonia affecting children, teenagers and the elderly. It can sometimes be mistaken for either the flu or a cold. Viral pneumonia presents the following symptoms: inflammation of the throat, productive or non-productive cough, a swelling in the lymph nodes, chest discomfort during breathing, mild to different headache and a generalized feeling of fatigue. The cough may or may not produce varying amounts of mucus. You may also experience a mild fever and chills.

Bacterial pneumonia is a more severe form and can produce symptoms that are more intense. The bacterial forms of pneumonia seem to be more common in adults and those who have a weak immune system. Bacterial pneumonia can cause symptoms such as: a high fever, sweating excessively, a productive (mucus-producing) cough, SOB (shortness of breath), chest discomfort and pain (a feeling of soreness when breathing), nausea with abdominal pain, muscular pain and a pronounced body weakness. A critical symptom of Bacterial pneumonia is cyanosis, which is a bluish coloring on the lips and fingernail beds, because of inadequate blood oxygenation. Also the person may cough up a greenish to brown-colored mucus. There may also be traces of blood in more advanced stages.

Walking pneumonia or Mycoplasma pneumonia can be hit anyone, as your health condition and age do not matter. This type of pneumonia is generally mild. It can produce symptoms of: a cough with mucus, some chest pain from excessive coughing, difficulty with your breathing, mild headache and fatigue. You may also experience a slight fever, the chills, nausea, abdominal discomfort and vomiting. Walking Pneumonia tends to develop slowly and you may not experience any of the symptoms until several weeks after becoming infected. Although this type of pneumonia is not really considered to be serious, it is strongly advised that you see your doctor if you experience any of the above symptoms.

Since Pneumonia is a very contagious illness and the infectious agents that cause the disease are transmitted through the air we all breathe, it is very easy to become infected simply through breathing. Given the fact that the respiratory system has its own natural defenses of nasal hairs, mucus and the cilia), some of the microorganisms are still able to penetrate into the lungs and cause both the inflammation and infection. Once the microorganisms are able to break through our natural body defenses, the fumes, irritants, viruses and bacteria are able to quickly spread inside the alveoli (tiny constituents of air sacs where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide take place) and this can cause serious damage to the lungs, if untreated.

Pneumonia can strike anyone, since age is not a factor. It is a fact that older people and very young children are the most likely targets to developing pneumonia. You may also be very susceptible to developing pneumonia if you have a weak immune systems, suffer from chronic pulmonary obstructive diseases (COPD), other internal dysfunctions (liver, kidney problems), have had chemotherapy or have gone through a recent surgical procedures.

Walking pneumonia used to be responsible for the deaths of thousands before antibiotics was discovered and the availability of the pneumonia vaccine. Most people who have walking pneumonia will confuse the symptoms with the flu (influenza) and if the wrong treatment is used, it can progress further.

Pneumonia can spread rapidly in schools, army barracks or any place where there are large numbers of people where they are reliably close together and the microorganisms can easily be transmitted through a simple cough or sneeze from an infected person. The first symptom can be a mild sore throat that worsens each day. Then a dry cough is noticed. You may experience a general state of fatigue all the time.

The real problem to be concerned with is that the initial symptoms of pneumonia can be the same as a cold or the flu. After developing the cough, a mild fever may also appear, followed by a runny nose, exactly as when you have a cold. The first major clue that indicates you do not have a simple cold is that the frequent or excessive coughing is not cured with the normal medications. This is due to the bacteria that actually cause pneumonia respond only to antibiotics and can only be treated with antibiotics. Even though you may have taken cough medicine, it continues to get worse until you begin treatment with antibiotics.

Try and remember the symptoms and facts about pneumonia as it can save you a lot of time and trouble from confusing the signs of pneumonia with the flu, but if you do have the symptoms of pneumonia, you need to see your doctor as soon as possible and avoid the illness from becoming more serious. It is really no fun to cough so hard that it makes your chest hurt, or cough up nasty looking mucus or to have trouble breathing. Pneumonia is treatable with the correct medications.

How to Treat Pleurisy Symptoms With Homeopathy

Pleurisy symptoms typically include a cough, fever, a sharp sticking pain and shallow breathing. The pain is usually worse for any movement, such as breathing in. It can be a complication after you have had pneumonia or some other lung related condition, and your treatment did not make things any better.

There are two types of pleurisy – the wet type and the dry type. The wet type, as the name suggests, means you have fluid between the lung and the pleura, the membrane which encases the lungs. The dry type means there is no extra fluid.

In both types, your main concern may be the pain you experience. If this is the case, then you may want to consider the use of this excellent homeopathic medicine which can help in so many cases.

Bryonia.

In homeopathy, you always have to match up your symptom picture with that of the medicine. Only then with it work for you. And it does that by improving your immune system. This then cures you.

So let's look at the symptom picture of Bryonia.

  • the pain is worse for the slightest move, even a cough
  • the pain is better for pressure, such as lying on the affected side
  • you have a large thirst at infrequent intervals
  • you are irritated when disturbed, preferring to be left alone and quiet

If you can see a match, then Bryonia will probably be all you need to resolve your pleurisy. It has such a close match to the typical pleurisy symptoms, it's almost a specific medicine for it.

How to Lose Belly Fat Fast – The Truth About Belly Fat After 30 and What You Can Do About It!

While belly fat is one of the biggest physical challenges both men and women face today I can tell that you can lose belly fat fast and easily. The reason for the excess fat around the belly area has very little to do with the failure of proper dieting, or the amount crunches you did or the amount of carbohydrates you ate, it has everything to do with a change in hormonal production.

Belly fat can be a very soul destroying personal challenge and is responsible for many health risks along with loss of sex drive, fatigue, depression and hot flushes and it all comes down to a shift in hormone production. Of course some fat however is required, because without it we would freeze on a very cold day. But excess belly fat isn’t good for you.

It doesn’t matter what your own personal challenges are: food cravings, old age or just simply puppy fat. Of course by eating too much of any food, can make you fat. Whenever we gain 5 or 7 pounds, it’s in our belly that it shows. And when we try to take these pounds, that’s where they remain… Cutting down on our cardio or weight training will simply just add inches all over the body so that is not advisable either.

Male body fat tends to concentrate around the belly area, chest and face, and even though they often refer to it as “beer belly” – it doesn’t really have much to do with beer, only for the fact that beer is used as a catalyst for gaining weight.

Women’s body fat, tends to concentrate on the hips, bum and thighs but as women get older the estrogen levels also decline, so they start putting on weight around the belly area, just the way males do.

Why is it that we start to form belly fat around the age of 30? It’s in fact anywhere between the ages of 30 and 55. And it is all down to hormonal dominance, namely estrogen, in both men and women. Yes you heard right, in men as well.

As we age, our hormone production begins to shift and our estrogen levels can become dominant, our bodies are then unable to efficiently use fat stores for energy, which means that our metabolic rate, the rate at which we burn calories, is compromised. The end result is excess fat that is harder to shift even with less food intake and more exercising.

So, How to Lose Belly Fat Fast?

The answer lies in a diet specifically designed to reduce estrogen levels and restore hormonal balance while boosting our metabolism rate. Start to include the following foods designed to target belly fat reduction in your every day diet:

  • Cruciferous Vegetables: consume large amounts of these “belly flatters”: broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, radish, turnip and beet root.
  • Insoluble Fiber: these can help bring about hormonal balance causing you to burn fat around the belly quicker.They include: whole-wheat bread, barley, couscous, brown rice, whole-grain cereal, seeds, cucumber, tomatoes and wheat bran.
  • Citrus Fruits: these include lemons, limes, grapefruit, tangerines and oranges. You will lose weight a lot faster if you eat large amounts of these fruits.