Gentian Violet For Infant Thrush – Is it Safe?

Infant oral thrush can be difficult and frustrating to treat. Babies’ undeveloped immune systems, combined with the frequent consumption of sugar-rich breast milk or formula, can cause infant yeast to be a persistent and chronic problem without the proper treatment.

In baby, infant thrush may cause symptoms such as white patches on the baby’s cheeks and gums or a thick, white film on baby’s tongue. Your infant may also be excessively fussy and reluctant to feed. Breastfeeding moms may notice that their nipples are red, sore, cracked or flaky; they may also experience discomfort while nursing or deep, stabbing pains in their breasts.

Many moms turn to the internet looking for safe, natural (and inexpensive) cures to treat infant thrush. Gentian violet is one home remedy that is popular for being effective and easy to use. Available in some drug stores, gentian violet is known for its dark purple color — which will stain anything it comes into contact with!

However, besides the inconvenience of having purple stains everywhere, a recent study raised serious concerns about long term safety. The study linked use of gentian violet with increased risk of oral cancer. Excessive use can also cause ulcerations inside a baby’s mouth and throat.

Gentian violet is prohibited by the FDA from being added to animal feed. Further evidence has shown that it may cause cancer in the digestive tract of animals.

For these reasons, as a natural health advocate, I strongly recommend against the use of gentian violet for infant thrush–it’s simply not necessary to treat infant thrush effectively.

It’s important to treat infant thrush at the root of the problem, which is an underlying yeast imbalance, otherwise even when the yeast is killed, the underlying imbalance remains. This translates into further yeast problems or other health problems down the line.

Drug Induced Hepatitis Symptoms

Drug induced hepatitis causes potentially irreversible liver damage. It can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer. If you suffer from this disease it is important you put a stop to it and reverse any damage your liver may already have. But how do you know you have drug induced hepatitis?

Let us explore the symptoms:


Jaundice is best seen in the whites of the eyes. When they turn yellow it means that your liver is not being able to process all hemoglobin from dying red cells and the excess waste is being stored in the skin and eyes. This can happen because too much red cells are dying or because your liver is damaged.

Fatigue and Dizziness

Your muscle and brain may be the ones burning energy, but your liver is the one that gives the muscle the sugar it needs. When your liver is damaged it can’t provide the energy the other parts of the body need, so you feel fatigued.

Loss of Appetite and Nausea

When your there is hepatitis because the liver is next to the stomach this organ gets very sensible and any food or drink you take up will cause you to be noxious. Even before this happens, the chemical messengers of inflammation from the liver enter the stomach and make you lose your appetite.


This is most often with jaundice, but it can happen without jaundice. Because of the waste being stored in the skin, the largest organ in the body reacts and you feel like scratching all over.


Because your body does not have energy you cannot go to sleep. The part of your brain that puts you to sleep needs energy to begin doing that. And even when you manage to go to sleep you will have vivid dreams and nightmares, because the resting part of sleep also needs energy the liver is not providing.

Other symptoms and Treatment

Liver And Libido – How To Improve Libido By Detoxing

How are low libido and a congested liver related? A clean liver is essential for your libido to function well and for your sex drive to remain healthy and natural. I still maintain, finding out this fact purely by accident was my single best discovery of a natural remedy for increasing your sex drive.

Detoxing your body and cleaning a congested liver can be beneficial for both men and women. An efficient, clean liver works absolute wonders for your sex drive and your general vitality. And looking around a bit, it appears that very few people actually know this. More people are focused more on using sexual health supplements as solutions.

Supplements are also necessary for sexual health but the importance of libido and liver shouldn’t be underestimated.

A toxic world for libido and congested liver

Living in the world we do, many of us are ignorant about the potential effects certain types of food have on the liver. Eating processed food, junk food or even fresh meat and vegetables can cause our livers to clog up with toxins.

Animals (including fish) are farmed using techniques our bodies are no longer really compatible with and are fed substances including steroids and antibiotics.

Chemicals in our bodies

Crops have been sprayed with chemicals for years. The campaigns encouraging to you eat 10 fruit and vegetables per day are all very well-intentioned, but there’s no mention that the chemicals they carry can ruin your liver long-term.

These products eventually filter through to you and your liver of course. Your liver has to try to remove this alien substance from your body and filter it out. This makes it work harder and harder. Add on to this the fact that most of us enjoy a drink or two and why shouldn’t we? Drinking can be relaxing.

However, once all this accumulates, you get a liver that is half clogged up with junk by the time you hit your thirties. This tends to have an adverse effect on your libido and the general balance of your body.

What does the liver do?

The liver acts as the body’s filter, and removes all the toxic stuff from you. A bit like an air filter that you put in damp, moist rooms. Or like a cigarette filter that removes the worst of the tar from your cigarette.

Congested Liver = Low Libido

So when it starts to slow down or work less well due to it being clogged up, the filter is less effective. And just like staying in a basement room with an air extractor that stops working properly, you’ll start to become unhealthy.

Getting a bloated gut, bad skin, bad breath and a weak libido are all signs of a poorly functioning liver. Any one of these can be down to your liver having to struggle to do its job.

How can I clean my body to improve my libido?

Just imagine, getting down to that dusty, damp, unhealthy and moist basement room where the extractor fan doesn’t work well and replacing it with a new, high performance fan that sucks out all the unhealthy air.

The room would be clean and healthy again within a day or two.

Likewise, with flushing or cleaning your vital organ is essential to regaining your libido power again. How do you do this? Milk thistle and cysteine are the most reliable natural herbs that help to protect, clean and regenerate the liver.

I detoxed my liver and got to feel cleaner, lighter and improved my concentration just by following the techniques outlined in Using a supplement such as Milk Thistle is also excellent for a faster detox.

Treating Kidney Stones – Prevention Methods

Effectively treating kidney stones involves correctly identifying the type of the problem and prescribing the correct remedy for them. Here are the four types of kidney stones and tips for preventing their formation.

Calcium stones are the most common type of this problem; these are composed of calcium compounds, mainly calcium oxalate, although calcium phosphate may also be present. This condition is caused by high levels of calcium in the system, which may be the result of conditions such as hyperthyroidism. Thiazides or potassium citrate may be prescribed to prevent calcium stones from developing and stop existing ones from getting bigger.

Uric acid stones occur when uric acid, a waste product that is normally eliminated by the body, builds up. Causes of uric acid stones include low urine production, gout, and consumption of too much red meat, excessive alcohol consumption and inflammatory bowel disease. Sodium bicarbonate and potassium citrate prevent the urine from becoming too acidic, helping stop the development of uric acid problems.

Struvite stones may develop as a result of urinary tract infection or kidney infections; if they grow large enough, they can also be called staghorn calculi. These can be a serious condition because of their size and because they may be indicators of an infection; antibiotics may need to be prescribed.

The least common type of this condition is cystine stones, which may occur in families which have a genetic predisposition to cystinuria, a condition that results in excessive cystine in the system. Potassium citrate may also be used in treating kidney stones of this type, as well as medicines such as penicillamine and captopril which help keep cystine dissolved in the urine.

Swollen Glands, Purging and Your Bulimia

Often when a bulimia sufferer is on the path of recovery, the most distressing sight to witness is the swollen face. Especially when working on bulimia recovery with a resolve to stop vomiting, noticing the swollen glands brings the sufferer back to throwing up in an attempt to bring the swollen neck glands back down.

Often this high motivation to beat bulimia is sabotaged by continually developing swollen glands, which makes recovery very difficult. If this is the vicious cycle you can relate to, then there are things you can do to regain a sense of health, well-being and your usual face shape and form.

In an ordinary person, any form of gland swelling is usually a normal body response to an injury, infection, disease or abnormal growth of this area.

Unlike an infection of the glands where a response to a course of antibiotics would flush out any bacterial invasion – facial swelling in the cheek and jaw regions due to bulimia is NOT curable using conventional medicines. The simple fact is as long as a person with bulimic tendencies continues to throw-up; she or he will always have signs of swelling in the facial area.

Vomiting damages the gland tissue by constant attack from the stomach acids. Swelling is a normal defense reaction to healing any irritation caused by vomiting. Most of this swelling is simply water retention in your glands, as well as the glands themselves working to over compensate the loss of fluid elsewhere in the body.

This means when you vomit, all you are doing is getting rid of the water from your glands such as Salivary glands & Parotid glands. Thus giving the impression of reduced swelling, but this is only temporary because your body immediately tries to repair the damaged glands and starts to retain water again – bringing about a vicious circle.

The only way to treat this is to stop vomiting all together, but gradually. For most bulimia sufferers like you, that means actually stopping the binges that takes place – which is far easier to control than the auto-reflex of vomiting.

Binging and purging is an automatic learned response; because it is a learned behavior, you can choose to un- learn it in no time. Once you stop vomiting, after a few months you should see your face returning to normal. But be patient, return of your normal facial size could take time, depending on your own healing process as well as where the other severe damages are found in your body (eg: stomach lining, ulceration of digestive tract, load on your heart/liver/kidney functions, abnormalities of electrolytes, teeth and gum damage, knuckles and so on).

Here are some natural remedies you can try:

Many natural remedies can also help you recover your face that much faster by taking better care and giving it the best condition for your own body to heal itself.

Gargling every day with rock-salt water (use warm water) can help to clear any minor infection, as the Iodine found in the rock salt will help to speed up this recovery process.

Nutritionally you can do a lot too:

. Eating Mackerel can reduce inflammation by the active release of prostaglandins (hormone like substance).

. Berries are a good source of vitamin C – which helps with any Thyroid glands problem due to the immune boosting abilities.

. Sea vegetables such as seaweed are a rich source of iodine, as is Salmon which also contains Omega-3 Fatty acids.

. Brazil nuts contain Selenium, which helps to maintain any endocrine systems including Parotid glands in your neck.

. Eating carrots can help to soothe the mucous membrane throughout the digestive tract, reducing irritation and inflammation. It is a very good to cleanse your overworked liver with toxins too.

Onion on the other hand counter acts fluid retention, and helps with Gout (swelling) in the neck region.

You can also flavor your food with a pinch of Saffron, as it has anti-inflammation properties, but also gives you a fantastic aroma and color to your dish.

Avoid foods such as coffee, cola, sugary foods, cabbage as well as eating salt (as opposed to gargling it) – as they hinder healing of the damaged tissue and slows recovery.

Natural interventions to treat your swollen glands due to purging, needs dedication and patience from your part! Avoid expecting over-night miracles, for the bulimia effects to wear off, as you accept your own personal responsibilities for weaning off purging. If you take better care of yourself, bulimia symptoms like swollen glands, sore throat, constant loss of voice and regular infection in this area will diminish with time and you will see a marked difference in the size and shape of your face!

Holiday Food Poisoning and Your Rights

The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 apply to all package holidays and they make the tour operator or holiday provider responsible for all services which are provided as part of a package holiday including:

If you suffer food poisoning or any other type of holiday illness on holiday which was not your fault you can make a claim for compensation against the tour operator when you return to the UK.

Food poisoning can be serious and if you suffer illness when you are thousands of miles from home it can seem even worse. Frequently asked questions about holiday include:

1. What causes holiday food poisoning?

Food poisoning is caused by eating food or drink contaminated with bacteria. Common causes of food poisoning are cross-contamination when the same chopping board is used to prepare different foods without being washed in between or when meat is allowed to drip onto other food in a fridge. Undercooked chicken, for example, can cause serious illness as it carries the Salmonella bacterium. When infected food is consumed, it releases toxins into the digestive system, causing illness.

2. Who is most susceptible to holiday?

Anyone can be affected by food poisoning but children, older people, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to suffer serious symptoms.

3. What symptoms can I expect if I contract on holiday?

symptoms can vary but typical symptoms include diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach cramps and fever. If you suffer you may also suffer headaches, listlessness and general lack of energy.

4. What is E-coli and how does it develop?

E-coli is a type of bacterium that is found in the digestive system of both humans and animals and it normally develops after eating raw or undercooked meat and unwashed vegetables. E.coli is also commonly contracted by drinking unpasteurised milk or untreated water.

5. How long does Salmonella last?

Salmonella normally lasts between 4 and 7 days and the bacteria are commonly found in seafood, poultry, eggs and unpasteurised milk. You must seek medical help if you suffer symptoms of diarrhoea and sickness on holiday and also get checked out by your own doctor when you return to the UK.

6. How can I avoid holiday food poisoning?

You can make sure all meat you eat is thoroughly cooked and all food is served at the correct temperature. If standards of hygiene are below standard at your holiday hotel and/or if other holidaymakers are sick after eating the food, make a complaint to the holiday rep and contact a personal injury solicitor when you return to the UK.

7. How common is holiday food poisoning?

You are much more likely to avoid holiday food poisoning than to contract it but cases of holiday illness have increased during the past 12 months particularly in all-inclusive holiday hotels.

If you suffer holiday food poisoning after eating in a holiday hotel which is part of a package tour, contact a personal injury solicitor as soon as you return to the UK for advice about claiming compensation.

Diet For Acidity – Peptic Ulcer Patients – Doctor’s View

Since acidity and peptic ulcers are now a days a more common condition as the changing lifestyle of the people with more stress and workload, I have seen so many patients in my past few year’s experiences and want to share with all my opinion on what diet should be taken by these people. Here are the points to be noted.

Some Basic tips are “avoid period of starvation”, “Avoid all chilies”. Let we see all of them one by one.

1. Avoid Period of starvation:- Take small meals every 3 hours. Do not keep the stomach empty, also do not take heavy meals. Heavy meals too can cause trouble. There are two types of ulcers in such conditions like duodenal ulcer and peptic ulcer. It won’t be clear until you do endoscopy but better avoid Heavy meals and also starvation due the fact.

2. Avoid Tea & Coffee. Yes it is advised to avoid tea and coffee. The reason is clear as it increases the gastric acidity. So try to avoid them and never take on empty stomach. Please note that down as by doing this you are making your condition more worse.

3. Milk should be taken. Milk is always preferred. Cold milk is better than a hot milk. Add some nutritive in the diet like horlicks or anything else for taste as you have to take it for a long time.

4. What should be taken in Breakfast:- For breakfast you can get following items to eat like Bread or Toast with jam, cheese or butter, Cornflakes, Plain Khakra. IF you are from country like India then can take some milk and pohe or idli.

Avoid Hamburger and kind of deep fried & hot foods. You may take sweets, cakes.

5. Avoid all chilies: Avoid Chaat preparations.

6. For meals:

Vegetables and other preparations should be non-spicy. Take plenty of raw and boiled vegetables.

Take Rice with plain Dal or milk or Ghee.

You make take Jelly. Pudding or ice creams after meals.

7. Avoid Sour Fruits like citrus fruits, Grapes. Take sweet fruits, dry fruits.

These are the diets for normal peoples but if you have someone of yourself acute exacerbation of peptic ulcer then patient should take absolutely bland diet. Take plenty of cold milk, chocolate milk shakes, ice-cream and food without chilies like bread butter, Rice with plain Dal, boiled vegetables, sweet biscuits, sweet fruits, plain idili, etc till acute phase is controlled.

How to Avoid Heartburn – 5 Steps You Can Do to Prevent Acid Reflux

If you have been suffering experiencing heartburn on a regular basis, chances are you are eating foods that are not right for you and engaging in activities that worsen your situation. Though it might just be considered as just a “heartburn”, you should be informed that overtime, it can develop into a more serious condition called GERD or acid reflux disease. If you have very mild symptoms of this disorder, you can still reverse it through proper diet and lifestyle modifications. It is never too late to be healthy, there is always a room to take care of your body and do what is needed to bring it back to its pristine condition. Here are some suggestions.

1. Eat smaller frequent meals instead of three big ones. Small meals do not bring pressure to the stomach and digestion is easier.

2. Avoid foods and beverages that can stimulate acid. These are

  • citrus fruits and juices like lemon and lime
  • spicy dishes like Italian and Indian
  • Chocolates and peppermints
  • tomatoes and tomato based products
  • carbonated drinks such as cola
  • caffeinated drinks such as tea and coffee
  • alcoholic drinks like beer, wine, rhum etc.

3. Avoid midnight snack and try to eat at least three hours before bedtime. The reason for this is that lying down right after eating puts the esophagus and stomach on the same level thereby making it easier for the acid to reflux back.

4. Avoid activities that can bring pressure to the abdominal area right after eating. These includes bending over, lying down immediately and doing strenuous exercises.When sleeping, elevating the head of your bed to prevent the content of the stomach from traveling back into the esophagus can also help. You can use a special wedge pillow for this purpose. It is also advisable sleeping on your left side. Facing on your right can actually cause more pain.

5. Wear a comfortable and loose fitting clothes when sleeping. Tight clothing especially around the stomach and waist area can again, encourage acid from refluxing back into the esophagus.

Acid Reflux Diet

Acid Reflux, or heartburn, is created by a simple imbalance of chemical make-up in the body and affects not only adults but also infants and children. This makes it necessary for everyone to be aware of its symptoms and how it can be prevented.

Research has shown that specific food can trigger Acid Reflux. i.e. chocolate, citrus fruits, spicy foods, including fried and fatty foods, and also the time of day the food is consumed. Therefore, it is vital for everyone to be cautious about what they eat, and especially what they should not eat if they suffer from heartburn.

People suffering from heartburn should have a light meal for dinner and follow it up with a small snack before they go to sleep, crackers are considered a suitable snack.

Likewise, meals that are rich in carbohydrates, such as bread, rice and pasta; will help reduce the excessive acid in the stomach, and ease feelings of discomfort.

Food must be well chewed and eaten slowly. This will help extract all the nutrients that you can get from your food. It is also advisable to sit up straight while having your meals and be in an up right position for at least 45 minutes after meals. It is always better to take several small meals a day instead of three heavy meals at regular intervals.

Any food with a high content of fat should be removed from your meal plan since fatty foods tend to stay in the stomach longer, as a result of which the stomach will be forced to produce more acids for digestion.

In order to get a proper dietary plan, you should visit a dietitian or nutritionist who will prepare one that would fit your specific health needs.

If acid reflux remains untreated, it will just get worse and before you know it you might experience regurgitation, wherein the food that you just ate will go back to your mouth causing nausea and vomiting. You might also get chest pains and have difficulty in swallowing food.

The simple and everyday remedy for acid reflux is antacids which come in tablet or liquid form. If you are taking it in tablet form, it should be chewed well for it to take proper effect. If the condition worsens however, surgery will be a last resort which will aim at eliminating acid reflux completely from the system.

Eliminate H Pylori and Ulcers Naturally

If you have an ulcer and you have tested negative for H. Pylori then your sore is almost certainly due to something else and you should look into methods of healing the ulcer by reducing inflammation and providing a means to promote healing through appropriate nutrition and acid reduction.

If you’ve been diagnosed with an ulcer or gastritis and tested positive for H. Pylori, then you’re doctor will most likely prescribe two antibiotics and a proton pump inhibitor to treat your condition(s). Typically, a combination of amoxicillin and chlarithromycin antibiotics are used. It is far less likely that a bacterium is going to be resistant to both of these antibiotics rather just one. Taking these antibiotics for some people produces symptoms that are comparable or even worse than the ulcer itself, so many individuals opt not to take them at all. This is a personal decision and could make the difference between controlling the infection sooner rather than later.

When taken with food, the symptoms of these drugs is often reduced. Taking the antibiotics with food also increases absorption, but there is another problem with antibiotics that many people wish to avoid – candida overgrowth. When you take an antibiotic for an extended period of time, it often results in an increase in the growth of microscopic fungi within your body. The reasons for this are related to simple microbial ecology. Bacteria and Fungi, much like ants and termites, are natural competitors for both nutrition and “territory”. In the case of microbes, the territory is your body. If bacteria and fungi are naturally keeping themselves in balance, and you disturb that balance by killing off much of the harmful and helpful bacteria, then you create a condition in which the fungi can more easily flourish. Your doctor might have already described this phenomenon to you in an attempt to prepare you for the side effects of taking these drugs.

The overgrowth of fungi, in particular candida, within your body can produce other undesired symptoms such as thrush, increased abdominal gas, and acid reflux among other things. Are you beginning to understand why many people oppose the use of antibiotics in the first place? It is important to understand that not everyone that has experienced antibiotic therapy develops candida overgrowth. However, the use of antibiotics SIGNIFICANTLY increases the probability that it will develop. What then is the alternative? How does an individual eliminate this bacteria without using conventional antibiotics?

Broccoi and Broccoli Sprouts!

Why am I so excited about broccoli and their spouts? Broccoli has been scientifically proven to reduce the titer (concentration) of H. Pylori bacteria within the GI tract. The power of broccoli doesn’t end there; broccoli also contains vitamin K, chlorophyll, fiber, AND a compound called sulforaphane, which destroys H. pylori. You probably won’t be winning any points for taste if you’re preparing a meal with broccoli sprouts, but despite the lack of flavor, they contain significantly higher levels of the H. Pylori-killing sulforaphanes that you desire. Also, broccoli has been known to promote the expression of P53. This gene regulates a process known as apoptosis withn cancer cells of the body, so broccoli is actually one of the most powerful anti-ulcer foods that you can add to your diet while trying to heal yourself naturally.

Mastic Gum

You might have heard about the effectiveness of mastic gum against H. Pylori infections. The literature on its efficacy is open to debate. However, many people claim to have ONLY used mastic gum as a means to destroy H. Pylori with positive results. Even the people that use this product rather than using conventional antibiotics often report have to use it for at least a month and possibly longer. This might explain the mixed results seen by some individuals. Since mastic gum is not as potent (typically) per capsule as the dosage of amoxicillin or clarithromycin, an individuals will probably have to take mastic gum for a longer period of time. Another option is to increase the dosage that is recommended on the bottle, but be careful – mastic gum can significantly lower blood pressure at high doses, so whenever a deviation from the recommended dosage is considered, one must take potential side effects of the increased dosage into account. At recommended dosages, mastic gum has not been strongly correlated with any side effects, which is why many people prefer to use this natural antibiotic to eliminate H. Pylori.


Good old-fashioned garlic has been shown to fight Helicobacter Pylori without producing the side effects of nausea and candida overgrowth. Garlic contains an antimicrobial compound known as allicin. This compound is produced when garlic is injured in someway and probably developed naturally as a means to defend the plant itself from infection. Allicin is not a very stable compound, so cooking it will alter its structure and thus alter its infection-fighting capabilities. Consequently, it should be consumed fresh AND raw. Like everything else in the medical community, some doctors questions the efficacy of garlic as an antimicrobial compound, so it will be up to you to use your own judgment when deciding to use garlic alone, or garlic in combination with other things such as mastic gum.

Kidney Congestion, Kidney Stones and Fluid Retention – Contributory Factors Of Weight Gain

The kidneys perform one of the most delicate balancing acts in the human body – maintaining the right acid-alkaline concentration of sodium and potassium in the blood and other fluids. While sodium is an alkaline mineral, potassium is acidic. The ratio between these two natural minerals is expressed as the pH (power of hydrogen) value and needs to be maintained within an extremely narrow range.

One of the main reasons is that every one of the 100 trillion cells in your body needs a certain specific pH value so that they can perform even their basic functions. This job is entrusted to the kidneys. If your body’s internal environment tilts towards being acidic, you run the risk of suffering from acidosis, and depending on your diet, you will speed towards a toxicity crisis. Alternatively, if your blood and other fluids tilt towards being too alkaline, you run the risk of alkalosis.

When the optimal pH value is under threat, the kidneys are forced to take defensive action in an attempt to restore the imbalance. Among these measures are kidney congestion, kidney stones and fluid retention, all of which are associated with weight gain.

As we have seen with other organs such as the liver, small intestine and bowels, congestion causes a toxicity crisis, which in turn leads to various health issues such as obesity, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, stomach ulcers, hypertension, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and many other chronic diseases.

Some of the main factors contributing to toxicity and kidney congestion are dehydration and the consumption of acid-forming foods.

Dehydration results from insufficient water intake; consuming foods and beverages that have a dehydrating effect (meat, artificial sweeteners, sugar, alcohol, tea, coffee and sodas); smoking cigarettes; or watching television for too many hours at a stretch.

Feeding off a diet rich in acid-forming foods, such as meat, fish, dairy products, baked goods, candy, and sugar, is another way the kidneys get congested, as is consuming food and beverages that contain large amounts of oxalic acid.

Body drought occurs when you don’t drink enough water. Most individuals substitute this life-giving fluid with processed beverages and drinks with caffeine such as tea and coffee.

When the body is dehydrated, the pH value gets altered. Also, the amount of water outside the cells increases to help neutralize the toxic waste products that have accumulated there. The kidneys begin to hold on to water, drastically reducing urinary secretion and causing further retention of potentially harmful waste products. As a result, fluid builds up in various parts of the body, selectively in some individuals and across tissues and organs in others. This puffiness and bloating, also called water edema, leads to weight gain.

If water retention alone does not actually make an individual obese, it is usually a contributory factor, more in some individuals than others. Normally, cellular enzymes signal to the brain when cells run low on water. Enzymes in dehydrated cells, however, become so inefficient that they are no longer able to register the drought-like condition. Subsequently, they fail to convey the emergency situation to the brain, which would normally push the ‘thirst alarm button’. This results in a vicious cycle.

At the neurotransmitter level, the Renin-Angiotensin (RA) system is activated whenever there is a water shortage in the body. Apart from signaling the kidneys to inhibit urination, it also signals the blood vessels to constrict to reduce the amount of fluid circulating, which could potentially cause water loss. This is one reason why obesity is usually accompanied by cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension. The RA system also stimulates an increase in the absorption of sodium or salt, which helps the body retain water.

Ironic as it may sound, the main solution for water retention is to drink water! That’s because it facilitates the release of toxins and brings down the acid levels in the blood and other fluids. The body no longer needs to store water to save itself. Here’s something you might want to think about if you’re not drinking sufficient water:

  • An estimated 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated
  • In 37 percent of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak, it is mistaken for hunger. According to research at the University of Washington, drinking just one glass of water shuts down midnight hunger for almost 100 percent of dieters involved in the study
  • Even mild dehydration slows down your metabolism by 3 percent.

Kidney stones are another manifestation of congestion. There are different kinds of stones depending on their composition, which in turn depends on the specific biochemical process that is off-balance.

Stones begin as tiny crystals and can eventually become as large as an egg. The tiny crystals are too small to be detected by X-rays, and since they do not cause pain, they are rarely noticed. Yet they are big enough to block the flow of liquid through the tiny kidney tubules. Crystals or stones are formed in the kidneys when urinary constituents, which are normally in solution, are precipitated. Precipitation occurs when these particles occur in excessive amounts or when urine becomes too concentrated. Most crystals or stones originate in the kidneys, although some may also be formed in the bladder.

If a large stone enters one of the two ureters, urinary discharge becomes obstructed. This can lead to serious complications such as kidney infection or failure. Regardless of where in the kidneys the blockage occurs, it restricts their ability to remove and regulate water and chemicals, causing these delicate organs to suffer injury.

Some studies claim that kidney stones bring around 2 million individuals to a doctor’s clinic every year. According to these studies, obese women have a 90 percent higher risk of developing kidney stones than women who are not obese. Obese men have a 33 percent higher risk.

Some researchers believe that abnormal accumulation of fat tissue induces insulin resistance, causing changes to the urine that favor the growth of kidney stones.

Others believe that another reason why obese individuals are prone to developing kidney stones is the over-consumption of soft drinks and colas. Soft drinks are highly acidic and have radical mineral imbalances. To counterbalance this and restore the body’s pH level, the kidneys draw calcium from the bones and other tissues. Excess levels of calcium in the kidneys promote the development of stones in these organs.

Cutting soft drinks out of your diet is one of the biggest favors you can do yourself. This includes sports drinks or ‘energy drinks’, which according to a study by the University of Californian in Berkeley can raise body weight by a stunning 13 pounds a year if only one 20-ounce bottle is consumed every day.

Another study, conducted at Boston University School of Medicine, shows that drinking as little as one can of soda per day – regular or diet – is associated with a 46 percent increased risk of metabolic syndrome, which plays a major role in heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

According to the study, other harmful side effects of soda, both diet and regular, include:

  • A 31 percent greater risk of becoming obese
  • A 30 percent higher risk of having a larger waistline
  • A 25 percent higher risk of developing high blood triglycerides or high blood sugar
  • A 32 percent greater risk of having low levels of good cholesterol
  • An increased risk of high blood pressure

Heart Disease Can Be Controlled

There are conflicting theories about the causes of heart disease with no clear answers to protect the heart completely. The most recognized causes are linked to cholesterol in the diet, lack of exercise and smoking. While each of these causes of heart disease are documented and preached by the medical community, conflicting views claim that research does not correspond to history. They point to the fact that the number of heart attacks was lower when smoking was more popular and eating foods high in fat content was in vogue.

Numerous studies whoever, link these causes of heart disease to many deaths in the United States. Cholesterol is blamed for thickening the blood, causing the heart to work harder as well as thickening the blood and causing blood clots. It is the blood clots that often block the arteries to the heart resulting in a heart attack. By reducing the amount of cholesterol in the blood, it is one of the causes of heart disease that can be controlled by a change in lifestyle.

A lack of exercise is also pointed to as one of the causes of heart disease and logic bears this out. People who do not have some form of regular exercise often have weakened heart muscles. A sudden surge in activity level will cause the heart to work harder that it is used to an can cause weakened blood vessels to collapse.

Strengthening The Heart Also Opens Arteries.

Another benefit to exercise is that it prompts the heart to pump more blood, which includes an increase in oxygen levels. Exercise does not have to be on level with professional athletes training for a big event, but about 30 minutes a week can help eliminate one of the causes of heart disease with minimal effort.

Smoking is another of the causes of heart disease that can be eliminated by a lifestyle change. Smoke from cigarettes blocks the lungs ability to pass along oxygen to the blood, which carries it to the heart, the brain and to all of the other organs. By eliminating the toxins in cigarette smoke, the oxygen going to the blood is more pure and more healthy.

Another of the causes of heart disease is hereditary. With parents passing along congenital heart problems there may be generations that will suffer heart disease even when they do not participate in any lifestyle activities considered to be at risk for heart trouble.

Common Vitamins and over the counter products can help with Heart Disease such as Vitamin B, Green Tea, and Oat bran.

Vitamin B taken together as a team perform vital biological processes including aiding in the healing process for congestive heart failure and reduces fluid retention. It is required for the development of red blood cells.

Green Tea Contains antioxidants that may protect against heart disease, several types of cancer, and skin damage.

Oat bran muffins lower blood cholesterol among healthy college students by almost 10 percent.

Risk Factors For Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)

Risk factors for coronary disease should be determined from the medical history prior to a fitness assessment or the beginning of an exercise program.  

Risk factors have a synergistic effect or the evidence of two such factors magnifies the effect of the one. Risk factors are defined as positive or negative which is not to be interpreted as good or bad. However, positive risk factors are considered to be those that place the individual at greater risk for a coronary event while negative factors decrease the risk for such.

There are 8 positive risk factors while only one negative factor. If a client demonstrates the one negative risk factor, then a positive risk factor can be deleted.

Positive risk factors include:

A. Family history – count this risk factor IF the client demonstrates the following:

1. has a relative (see below) that has suffered a heart attack (myocardial infarction), coronary revascularization (such as angioplasty) or sudden death AND:

a. is a daughter, sister, mother younger than 65

b. OR a son, brother, father younger than 55

B. Cigarette smoking – count this as a risk factor IF the client is currently smoking or has quit within that last six months

C. Hypertension – count this as a risk factor IF the client has a

1. systolic blood pressure ≥ to 140 mm Hg

2. OR a diastolic blood pressure of ≥ to 90 mm Hg

3. OR is on antihypertensive medication

D. Hypercholesterolemia – count this as a risk factor IF one of the following conditions is met:

1. total cholesterol > 200 mg/dL desirable

2. LDL (low density lipoprotein or “bad” cholesterol) level > 130 mg/dL

3. HDL (high density lipoprotein or “good” cholesterol) level 102 cm for â(TM),; >88 cm for â(TM)EUR

G. Sedentary lifestyle – count this as a risk factor IF the client doesn’t meet the CDC-ACSM recommendation of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week.

H. Age – men at/younger than 45; women at/younger than 55

Negative risk factors include:

A. High HDL cholesterol – negate a previous positive risk factor IF the client has an HDL of ≥ 60 mg/dL

Use the number of risk factors to determine if a person is a low risk or a moderate risk.

IF the client has no risk factors or one, then s/he is a low risk.

IF the client has two or more risk factors, then s/he is a moderate risk.

Using the following ACSM recommendations, determine whether a current medical examination, presence of medical personnel, or exercise testing prior to participation is necessary. Note: Necessity is based on how you will be testing the individual (submaximal vs. maximal) as well as how you will be training the individual (moderate vs. vigorous exercise program).

Low Risk Individuals can be assessed and/or trained without an exam or medical personnel present. It is NOT necessary to meet these conditions.

High Risk Individuals should always have a medical exam or medical personnel involved in testing them BEFORE any tests or training from the personal trainer. It is HIGHLY recommended that these conditions be met BEFORE working with him/her.

Moderate Risk Individuals can be given a moderate exercise program or a submaximal test WITHOUT a medical exam or medical supervision. HOWEVER, if you are training this individual vigorously (greater than 69% MaxHR) OR you are performing a maximal field test, then it is HIGHLY recommended that you have a physician present or have a medical exam PRIOR to assessment and/or training.

Client safety is paramount.  When working with new clients, it is prudent on the part of the personal trainer to discuss the client’s medical history for anything that might preclude exercise prior to a physician’s release.

How Does Coronary Heart Disease Affect the Body: Here Are the Facts You Need to Know

If you are a person like me that wants to enjoy life to its fullest, you know there are certain things you need to do. First, save enough money to live a decent life. Second, make the most of your relationships, because you only live once.

Most importantly, keep yourself healthy so you can attain the first two goals! If the term coronary heart disease doesn’t get your attention, it should. How does coronary heart disease affect the body? The answer is, every way that will make your remaining days miserable if you don’t prevent this problem before it starts.

What causes coronary heart disease?

Assuming you are not genetically predisposed to suffer from heart disease, the causes are mainly self- inflicted. For something that sounds so complicated, it’s really quite simple. The diet we consume is the direct cause of the condition that is referred to as coronary heart disease.

Diets deficient in Omega 3 fatty acids that are found in healthy foods like beans, green vegetables, fruit, poultry, fish and whole grains, are often replaced with foods that are heavy in saturated fat and too much sugar.

Now, how does coronary heart disease affect the body? Very simply, if you eat all the wrong foods and build up your cholesterol above 199mg/dl, you are filling your arteries with waxy type plaque known as LDL cholesterol.

This bad cholesterol is responsible for cutting off blood supply to the heart. If the blood and the essential nutrients and oxygen contained within are deprived from the heart, the chance of heart attack increases exponentially.

How will the rest of my body be affected?

Remember, a sick heart that is struggling to pump blood to other organs will cause damage to other organs in the body that are needed to function. One potentially deadly set back could be the kidneys. Your body needs functioning kidneys to filter out waste from the blood.

Other organs that can be adversely affected from reduced blood flow include the liver. The liver also acts as a catch basin for impurities in the digested foods we eat. In addition, the liver can also be a contributor to high cholesterol if not working at one hundred percent capacity.

Is there a way to prevent coronary heart disease?

The best way to avoid coronary heart disease is to try to prevent the problem from happening in the first place. There are several ways to accomplish this task. First, take the plunge and quit smoking once and for all. Smoking robs the blood of precious levels of oxygen that the heart needs, not to mention other damage to the body including the lungs. Second, a healthy diet that consists of high dose fish oil will do wonders to promote good heart health.

Clinical studies from Mayo Clinic have shown conclusive proof that high dose fish oil from cold water fish like sardines and salmon are beneficial in fighting cholesterol and specifically triglycerides.

Remember, bad cholesterol levels are a major contributor to poor heart health. As the arteries become clogged with plaque as a direct result of the saturated fat we consume, lacking in proper amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids, like those found in high dose fish oil; the damage to the heart is potentially deadly.

These same clinical studies have shown the efficacy of high dose fish oil in helping to reduce high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a result of constricted blood vessels in the arteries. As it becomes more difficult for blood to circulate through the arteries, the chances of heart attack and stroke increase dramatically.


So, there are the facts. Now you can answer the question, how does coronary heart disease affect the body? The stakes are very high, but with proper nutrition built around foods filled with Omega 3 fatty acids and avoidance of saturated fat, you can go a long way to insuring good heart health. Why not give it a try now?

Top Mutual Funds for Best Investment Strategy in 2014 and 2015

Here we consider the top mutual funds for putting together your best investment strategy for 2014 and 2015. Investment strategy will be crucial going forward, because these are unusual times. Which will be the top funds and which ones should you avoid?

What’s so unusual and why is it so important to pick the top mutual funds in putting together your best investment strategy? People have short memories. For example, interest rates are now abnormally low and have been falling for over 30 years. What happens if rates go back up, as many experts forecast? Avoid long term bond funds, because they will get clobbered. The top mutual funds in the bond department will be the intermediate-term variety that invest in corporate, not government bonds. That way you’ll earn a respectable dividend yield, with less interest rate risk.

Your best investment strategy for 2014 and beyond in the stock category is to lighten up on diversified stock funds, and avoid aggressive growth funds. What’s so unusual here? U.S. stocks have advanced over 150% over the past 5 years… while unemployment is still high in a lackluster economy where corporate sales have not kept up with corporate profits. The top mutual funds when the tide turns could be those that don’t necessarily follow the crowd. Your best investment could be funds that specialize in energy stocks (oil, natural resources), gold stocks, and foreign stocks.

Diversified stock funds are by far the most widely held, and they invest in domestic (U.S.) stocks. If the U.S. stock market tumbles, even the best mutual funds in that category get hit. Your best investment strategy for growth? Go outside of the box and diversify both abroad (foreign or international funds) and in specialized sectors like gold, natural resources and energy. Many U.S. fund companies offer these, and they are often the best investment options in unusual times.

What if the American stock market unravels in 2014 or 2015? If you are willing to go against the tide and be proactive, the top funds and best investment options for 2014 and beyond are not actually mutual funds in the conventional sense. They are called ETFs (exchange traded funds) and they trade as stocks. Some of them, like stock symbol SDS, are a bet that our stock market will fall. They also offer financial leverage of 2 or 3 to 1. Adding these funds to your investment portfolio can be the best investment strategy for offsetting potential losses in your other stock funds. They can quickly and easily be bought or sold on any business day, through a discount broker.

I made the statements earlier that these are unusual times, and people have short memories. This brings me to the top mutual funds for safety: money market funds. In recent years they’ve paid next to nothing – like money in the bank. In 2007 they paid about 5%. In another unusual period of time, 1981, they paid as much as 20%! That’s how much rates have fallen. These funds do not fluctuate in value, and the dividends paid (interest) follows interest rate trends. The best investment strategy for 2014 includes owning money market funds, as a cash reserve available to take advantage of future opportunities.

You’ll never find the top mutual funds within a specific category (like diversified U.S. stock funds) on a consistent basis. Focus instead on being invested in the top mutual funds in terms of broad categories like: long-term bond funds vs. intermediate… and foreign stock vs. diversified U.S. stock funds. Your best investment strategy for 2014, 2015 and beyond is to broaden your horizons and diversify more than usual. Unusual times call for unusual measures.