Lateral Pelvic Tilt – What it is and How to Get Rid of It?

Proper biomechanics demand a lot of things, one of which is a person’s ability to maintain proper muscular length-tension relationships. As is the case with any joint, a postural abnormality and pain can develop when a muscle is tight while its antagonist is lengthened and weak. The pelvis involves a number of muscles that allow it to tilt anteriorly, posteriorly, and laterally. If a sizable disparity in those length-tension relationships emerge, then pain ranging from nagging low back pain to something more severe, such as piercing or radiating pain in the buttocks and legs can result. In this article, I’m going to be specifically exploring how the pelvis can become fixed in a lateral tilt and what can be done to both identify and correct the problem.

So what is lateral pelvic tilt and how is it best identified? Lateral pelvic tilt can best be described as simultaneously involving two motions: hip hiking and hip dropping. When compared to a neutral pelvic position, where the iliac crests appear level, hip hiking requires that the hip on one side is raised above a neutral position, while the other iliac crest must drop below a neutral level. When standing as evenly as possible, one should be able to determine with a mirror or another set of eyes whether or not their iliac crests appear level. But where are these iliac crests, you ask? The iliac crest is a term used to describe the pelvic border that stretches from the anterior superior iliac spine to the posterior superior iliac spine. Part of the anterior portion can be felt as the bony point of the pelvis situated beneath the oblique while the posterior portion is laterally offset from the base of the spine. If necessary, practice tilting the pelvis forwards and backwards with your hands on your hips to determine their respective locations.

Another important, albeit indirect, screening method requires scrutinizing the walking gait. If there is weakness in the gluteus medius or the tensor fasciae latae, then the gait is characterized by a lateral shift of the trunk when the opposite leg swings forward. A similar conclusion could be reached by standing on one leg with the opposite leg flexed to 90 degrees at the knee and the hip and then assessing the opposite hip’s position. If the hip drops then the abductors are likely weak. Let’s now take a closer look at some of the common dysfunctions that accompany hip hiking and hip dropping.

First and foremost, for hip hiking to take place one most likely has a tight quadratus lumborum, which is a muscle that connects the lumbar vertebrae to the iliac crest and is primarily used in extension and lateral flexion of the lumbar spine. As a result, the hiked side must create adduction in the hip, which likely means that the adductors are tight as well. Consequently, the hip abductors, namely the gluteus medius, are likely to be in a lengthened and possibly weakened position.

On the other side, the dropped hip is likely to have a lengthened quadratus lumborum and a tight gluteus medius, which connects the ilium to the top of the femur. Due to this position, the dropped hip must therefore be in abduction. This then places the hip adductors in a lengthened and possibly weakened position. Another potential contributor to the hip drop could be a tight tensor fasciae latae muscle, which connects the iliac crest to the iliotibial band. Now that the typical dysfunctions have been clarified, what is recommended in terms of treatment?

Before proceeding, I advise everyone with marked pain to consult a physician before initiating any self-treatment program. With that said, the simplest fix for those with only a slight impairment might only require a subtle alteration in posture and walking mechanics. In other words, practice standing with the weight evenly distributed over the feet and with the pelvis in a neutral position. This may seem painfully obvious, but too many people are unaware that they stand in “postural adduction” which is when the hips are shifted outward and the weight bearing leg sits underneath the hiked and shifted hip. If symptoms are a little more pronounced, then some other provisions that include stretching and strengthening will be necessary. When walking, one should use a walking stick or a cane in an effort to support the weak gluteus medius. This should only be necessary in the beginning stages of treatment so as to better manage the pain. If sleeping in an adducted position is painful, then a pillow between the knees might be appropriate. On the side of the dropped hip, one should stretch the tensor fasciae latae by standing on one foot on a sturdy platform 2-4 inches thick and with the other foot on the floor. Be sure that the knees and feet are facing forward. Next, posteriorly tilt the pelvis and hold for 20-30 seconds. Corrective exercise is certainly a vital component to eliminating any movement impairment. Those who have experienced some pronounced pain would be advised to start conservatively in their corrective exercise. Hip abduction exercises from a prone or supine position are recommended initially. Progress to a side-lying position once 20 pain-free repetitions with a full range of motion can be performed in the introductory positions. Eventually, one should move to standing exercises where one places a leg on a 2-4 inch platform to practice dropping the hip so the foot touches the floor and then hiking it back up to a neutral position by recruiting the gluteus medius.

Hopefully, this article has helped clarify the ways to identify and understand lateral pelvic tilt and what can best be done to correct it. I’m confident that with a little diligence and patience your lateral pelvic tilt will soon become a thing of the past.

Decoding The Depression Puzzle

Are We Overusing Antidepressants?

Eleven percent of Americans over 12 years old take antidepressants, which is the second most commonly prescribed medication in the U.S., after cholesterol-lowering drugs. Many more women than men use them. About 21 percent of women aged 20 and over take them; among women aged 40-59, the rate is 25 percent.

Antidepressants are psychiatric medications used to treat mood disorders including depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The most widely used antidepressants are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a class of drugs that includes medications such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, and Lexapro. Less used but a popular alternative to SSRIs are serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs); some of the commonly used medications in this drug class include Effexor and Cymbalta.

With such a high preponderance of usage, some may wonder whether we have become a Prozac nation. Others question if these medications are handed out to patients too casually.

Who Is Prescribing Antidepressants?

In the U.S. nearly 80 percent of antidepressant prescriptions are written by primary care physicians, not psychiatrists. Many depressed patients seen in general practice have not been thoroughly evaluated and may not even meet the full, formal criteria for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Instead, they are given the medications for symptoms of mild depression, likely caused by everyday stress, sadness, and sorrow, which may be alleviated by psychotherapy alone. Pediatric use for depression and anxiety has also skyrocketed but it peaked in 2004 when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a black box warning for SSRIs due to evidence that they may be linked to increased risk of suicidal thinking, feeling, and behavior in young people.

Low Serotonin Levels Don’t Necessarily Cause Depression

SSRIs and SNRIs were developed to treat depression and other mental health conditions caused by an imbalance of neurotransmitter chemicals, particularly serotonin and norepinephrine. This chemical imbalance theory purports that low levels of these chemicals in the brain cause depression. For over two decades, this theory continues to be the dominant paradigm for treating depression.

However, the chemical imbalance hypothesis has its problems and numerous scientific studies conducted in the last 20 years have examined it and rejected it. They found that:

  • Not all depressed patients have low serotonin and norepinephrine levels.
  • In fact, some have abnormally high levels, while others with no history of depression have low levels of these chemicals.

The significance of this finding is huge, yet it is rarely publicized or taught in medical schools. There are probably various reasons for this but financial is likely to be one of them – antidepressants are a $10 billion industry!

Antidepressants Don’t Always Work

If depression is not caused by an imbalance of serotonin and norepinephrine, then it will explain why antidepressants don’t always work on people who have depression. Countless studies have been done to determine the effectiveness of these medications.

A massive meta-study compiled by the U.S. government that incorporated findings of over 100,000 research studies over a 15-year period concluded that:

  • Antidepressants are only effective in around one-third of cases, and partially effective in another third, and have no benefit at all in the remaining third.
  • High rate of relapse when depression is treated with drugs alone.
  • For many patients, the side effects are more unpleasant than the depression itself, so they discontinue usage.

Likewise, a number of double-blind, randomized controlled studies have come to similar conclusions. They found that:

  • The superiority of antidepressants over placebo is clinically significant only for patients who are very severely depressed.
  • For those with mild, moderate, and even severe depression, placebos work nearly as well as the medications.

Plus They Have Side Effects

Like most medications, antidepressants have side effects, including nausea, weight gain, loss of sexual desire, fatigue, insomnia, dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, dizziness, agitation, irritability, and anxiety.

They are not addictive the same way substances like heroin or alcohol are, but people can still develop a physical dependence if they stop taking the drugs abruptly and may experience rather unpleasant withdrawal symptoms such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia or vivid dreams
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Flu-like symptoms, including achy muscles and chills
  • Nausea
  • Electric shock sensations
  • Return of depressive symptoms

Compelling Evidence: Inflammation As A Contributing Factor To Depression

There is a huge body of research connecting depression and inflammation. In one of the most conclusive findings, a study in JAMA Psychiatry determined that brain inflammation was 30 percent higher in clinically depressed patients. The research team pointed out that previous studies have only looked at biomarkers of inflammation in the blood; this is the first to find definitive evidence in the brain.

Scientists have long known that inflammation is at the root of nearly every modern disease, including allergies, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, asthma, autoimmune disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. So it is not a huge surprise that depression is also linked to inflammation.

Researchers found that people with clinical depression have elevated levels of inflammatory biomarkers such as cytokines in the blood. Cytokines cruise through the bloodstream, damaging tissue, causing plaque buildup in the arteries, and sometimes even promoting the growth of tumors.

Cytokines can also travel to the brain, possibly via the vagus nerve which connects the gut and the brain. Specialized immune cells in the brain called microglia become activated in inflammatory states and they too, secrete cytokines.

Neuroinflammation alters neurotransmitter pathways and brain circuits. In the early 1980s, researchers have already discovered that inflammatory cytokines produce a wide variety of psychiatric and neurological symptoms mirroring characteristic signs and symptoms of depression.

Known Causes Of Inflammation

If inflammation is a contributing factor to depression, it is critical to understand how we get inflammation in the first place. This correlation has the potential to suggest both therapeutic and preventative approaches to combating depression.

Stress and traumatic life events

Researchers reported that acute negative life events, chronic psychological trauma, and exposure to childhood trauma hugely increase the risk of developing clinical depression and mood symptoms. There is very strong evidence that different types of psychosocial stressors may stimulate the pro-inflammatory cytokine network in the brain.

Diet

There have been substantial changes to dietary patterns over the last 50 years. We have swapped a diet high in fiber, nutrient-dense foods, and omega-3 fats (all anti-inflammatory) to one that is high in refined carbohydrates, sugar, and unhealthy refined vegetable oils (all highly pro-inflammatory). Since 2009, there have been numerous studies reporting inverse associations between diet quality and common mental disorders in children and adults across cultures.

Exercise

Many studies found that exercise is an effective treatment strategy for depression. Regular exercise protects against the development of new depressive and anxiety disorders while physical inactivity during childhood is associated with an increased risk of depression in adulthood.

Obesity

Without doubt, obesity is an inflammatory state. Inflammatory cytokines are found in abundance in fat cells.

With the prevalence of obesity increasing to epidemic proportions, studies have demonstrated a close relationship between obesity and depression. Obesity predisposes one to depression, while depression also predisposes one to obesity. A recent meta-analysis found obesity to increase the risk of later depression by 55%, whereas depression increased the risk of developing obesity by 58%.

Gut permeability

Another diet-related cause of inflammation is gut permeability or “leaky gut”. Under normal circumstances, immune cells are geographically separated from gram negative bacteria in the gut, which are part of the normal gut flora. However, if there is a loosening of the tight junction barrier in the gut wall, toxins produced by gram negative bacteria called lipopolysaccharides (LPS) may get into the bloodstream, causing immune cells to respond and produce pro-inflammatory cytokines. Since the gut and brain are connected by the vagus nerve, mental disorders are highly associated with gut permeability.

The most common causes of leaky gut are:

  • Food sensitivity, such as gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley) and dairy.
  • Chronic gut infections, such as parasites, Cryptosporidium, Clostridium difficile, Blastocystis hominis, and Helicobacter pylori.

Smoking

Cigarette smoke contains many thousands of chemicals, many of which induce inflammatory responses in the body and direct damage to cell tissues in the brain. Studies showed that smoking may increase one’s susceptibility to developing depression.

Periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that involves infections of the structures around the teeth, which include the gum, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone. Periodontal disease is associated with high levels of systemic inflammatory cytokines. It is a significant predictor of other inflammatory illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, and may also increase the risk of depression as well.

Sleep deprivation

Research has demonstrated that chronic sleep deprivation results in impairments in immune functioning, characterized by increased levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines. It is estimated that up to 80-90 percent of individuals who suffer from a major depressive disorder experience sleep disturbances. Studies have suggested that sleep disturbances may also predispose individuals to subsequent development of mood disorders.

Vitamin D

There is a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in developed countries. Low vitamin D is linked to many diseases including osteoporosis and cancer. Vitamin D receptors are present in key brain areas and vitamin D plays a major role in circadian rhythms and sleep. Vitamin D has a regulatory effect on immunity too. In human studies, supplementation greatly reduces inflammatory markers associated with depression.

Strategies To Overcome And Prevent Depression

Check for inflammation

Depression can be a devastating illness. For very severe depression, studies show that antidepressants appear to be rather helpful in alleviating symptoms. But if your depression is milder, antidepressants may only be just as good as placebos. Therefore, it is worthwhile to check your inflammation level by getting a blood test forC-reactive protein (CRP), which is made by the body in response to high levels of inflammatory cytokines.

Address stress

Depression is a sign that your body and your life are out of balance. Unless you address your stress, it is difficult to return your life to balance. Both mindful meditation and cognitive therapy have been proven to be extremely helpful in combating depression.

Change your diet and lifestyle

  • Trade in the processed and sugary foods for an anti-inflammatory diet that consists of fatty fish like wild Alaskan salmon, leafy greens, fermented vegetables, cultured foods such as unsweetened yogurt and kefir, berries, garlic, and green tea.
  • Make sure you have at least 30 minutes of physical activity everyday.
  • Get a minimum 7-8 hours of quality sleep daily.

Take supplements to lower inflammation

  • High quality animal-based omega-3 fish oil (3 g daily if you have depression)
  • Vitamin D3 (5,000 I.U. daily) with vitamin K2 (for bone and heart health)
  • Probiotics (for gut health)
  • Curcumin (active component of turmeric)

Other supplements to lessen depressive symptoms

  • Vitamin B12 and folate (vitamin B9)

Studies found a link between deficiencies in these B vitamins and depression. Vitamin B12 is found mainly in animal proteins; hence, vegans are more susceptible to B12 deficiency. Folate is found in abundance in dark leafy greens and beans. If you have symptoms of depression and you know that you are not eating enough of these foods, you should consider incorporating them in your daily diet. If you are a vegan, you need to take a B12 supplement.

The following amino acid supplements should only be taken after consultation with a knowledgeable healthcare practitioner and a completed neurotransmitter test. For some individuals, these amino acids may help to alleviate the symptoms of depression by balancing the body’s neurotransmitter levels. However, it is still critical to address the underlying causes of depression (as mentioned above).

  • 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) or L-tryptophan

L-tryptophan is first converted to 5-HTP, which is then converted to serotonin in the brain. Some people cannot tolerate 5-HTP, they will have to use L-tryptophan instead. For those who have low serotonin levels and are either negative, obsessive, worried, irritable, sleepless, or have low self-esteem, 5-HTP and L-tryptophan have a positive effect on sleep, mood, anxiety, and carbohydrate cravings.

  • L-Tyrosine and DLPA (D,L-Phenylalanine)

For those who have low norepinephrine, epinephrine, and dopamine, and have a flat-tired type of depression and crave stimulants like caffeine and sugar, L-tyrosine and DLPA will help you feel more energized, improve mood and drive, and increase mental focus.

  • GABA (Gamma amino-butyric acid)

For those who feel wired, stressed, and overwhelmed, GABA will help with anxiety and stress, reduce excess stimulation, and improve sleep.

Possible Risk Factors for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Although no one is sure what causes it, there are possible risk factors for irritable bowel syndrome. Most of them are unavoidable. Women are more likely to develop IBS than men and symptoms seem to show up more often in people between the ages of 16 and 40 than at other times. But, anyone can get IBS and a lot of people do. It is a very common syndrome.

You may be able to avoid some of the possible risk factors for irritable bowel syndrome. Diet plans that include more fiber and less fat may prevent flare ups. Keeping a food and symptoms diary can help you identify food sensitivities. Milk and dairy products are a problem for many people, but not for all. It is important when using irritable bowel syndrome diet plans to include a multi-vitamin, a calcium supplement and any other nutrients that may be excluded by following a strict diet. Water is important to everyone, but those who suffer from IBS should be sure to get at least 64 ounces or eight 8 ounce glasses per day of plain water. Those who have IBS with diarrhea need the water to replace lost fluids and avoid dehydration. IBS with constipation may be relieved by increasing water intake.

Other possible risk factors of irritable bowel syndrome include stress and emotional issues. While stress and anxiety may not cause IBS, most people who suffer from IBS have stress management problems. Leading a fast paced lifestyle, eating fast food, eating on the run, etc … All can lead to stomach upset. Learning stress management techniques is often recommended for those who suffer from IBS. Those who follow diet plans for irritable bowel syndrome should remember to eat slowly, chewingly and eat in a relaxed environment, not at the desk.

Eating large meals is another of the possible risk factors for irritable bowel syndrome. Diet plans should be tailor to several small meals per day, rather than two or three large meals per day. Eating every couple of hours, rather than letting six or seven hours pass between meals is healthy for many reasons and may help relieve or prevent symptoms of IBS.

Taking certain medications may be possible risk factors for irritable bowel syndrome. Antibiotics and drugs containing sorbitol, a sugar substitute, have been linked to IBS in scientific studies. Anti-depressants, which are sometimes used to treat IBS, have been linked to the syndrome, as well. There are many anti-depressants on the market and some are more likely to trigger symptoms than others. It is important to tell your doctor what medications you are taking, even if they seem unrelated to your symptoms.

When designing unique irritable bowel syndrome diet plans, you may want to remember that farm animals (cows, pigs and chickens) are typically fed antibiotics. Too much meat in the diet could cause problems. Fish is a better choice than beef or pork. Beans and other legumes are also excellent sources of protein and a serving of spinach supplies as much iron as a steak. While you may be unable to avoid all of the possible risk factors for irritable bowel syndrome , diet plans that follow these suggestions will certainly reduce your chances of developing IBS or reduce your symptoms if you already have it.

For more information about irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive problems, visit www.digestive-disorders-guide.com

Tips to Enjoy Cruises When It’s Your First Time

Today, travelling on a cruise has become the best option to many people unlike in the early days when it was meant for the royal families only. Initially, travelling on a ship was very expensive and cruises on business were few. There are various ships on business today and the competition is relatively high. The transportation charges are low with many passengers opting for these kind of travel. The following are some good tips that will help you enjoy your cruise.

1. Prices are high during the pick season in every travel organization. Always travel when the prices are down and you will save quite good money. If your schedule travel is flexible, book your ship the last hour. One thing you should know is, the cruise line would prefer charging less money than leaving with a partially or an empty cabin. This way, you may get up to 50 percent discount.

2. Use the ship lines of transportation. If you live far from the port, use a bus from your cruise company. If by bad luck the bus breaks down on the way, the ship will still wait. Even though the charges will be a little high, it will be fun being driven to the port. It would be better going at an extra cost rather than missing your flight after wasting much time and money on booking the ship.

3. Always keep an eye on your luggage. Make sure you have all your luggage when you get off the bus. Wait until the porter has carried all your belongings. It is important to mark your baggage for easier identification, there will be many similar briefcases in the ship. While purchasing your briefcases, it is advisable to opt for unique colors which be easier to identify. Pack light to avoid carrying many bags. The light your pack, the easier to manage.

4. Have permanent tags on your luggage. The tags should contain your names and your home address. Your names should march with the names in your identification card. This will easily help you to relocate your luggage in case it lost.

5. A travel insurance is very important. Purchase a travel insurance with your cruise company to cater for your goods in case of theft. Make a list of all your belongings and if possible have their photos.

6. Make sure you have all the travelling documents in your carry-on bag. This will include documents such as passport, visa, identification card (ID), birth certificate and your home address. These are important documents and you can hardly travel without them.

7. Visit your doctor before your travel to advice you on which medicine to carry for seasickness. Pack enough medicine to last your travel. You can also avoid seasickness by taking Ginger tea in the morning and in the evening. There are also Ginger tablets available.

8. Carry sunburn lotion and sunglasses with. Sometimes, the it is extremely hot in the ship and this will be the only way to help your body from getting bruises.

9. If you are a smoker, smoke in designated areas. If you are to smoke in the room, make sure all the other members are smokers. Smoking is harmful to your health therefore, do not offend other passengers.

A Guide to Fertility Testing for Men and Women

When you have your first visit with your fertility specialist they will review your medical history along with your partner’s history for clues as to why things are not working. For some folks, the reasons will be obvious, while other couples may not have a clear reason for infertility based on history alone. Fertility testing can help identify potential problems and guide your fertility specialist in recommending the most appropriate and efficient treatments for success.

Typically, fertility testing will include the following 4 ‘tests’: Bloodwork, ultrasound/examination, hysterosalpingogram (HSG a.k.a. x-ray dye test) for ‘her’ and semen analysis for ‘him’.

Bloodwork: For some patients, especially for women who are 35 years or older, bloodwork will be ordered for the 3rd day of your menstrual period. If it is inconvenient to go on this particular day, day 2 or 4 of your menstrual period are okay as well. The 3rd day of your period is defined as 2 days after the 1st day of red, heavier flow.

FSH/estradiol: To test ovarian function, your specialist may order levels of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and estradiol. FSH is a hormone produced by your brain, and estradiol is a hormone produced by your ovaries. A normal level for FSH is <10 miu/ml; between 10-15 miu/ml is considered ‘borderline’; above 15 is considered very concerning for diminished ovarian function. It is important, however to test estradiol along with FSH since a high estradiol can ‘mask’ a high FSH. A normal level for estradiol is <50 pg/dl; between 50-80 pg/dl is considered ‘borderline’; above 80 pg/dl is concerning for diminished ovarian function. Thus, an ideal test result would be both a low FSH and a low estradiol level.

TSH: Your specialist may screen for a thyroid problems with a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test. Thyroid problems can contribute to irregular or absent periods and thus problems with infertility.

Prolactin: This is a hormone that, if elevated, can subtly or significantly change your menstrual pattern. Thus, your provider may check this as well.

Ultrasound/examination: It is important to rule out general physical problems as well as to evaluate the uterus and ovaries through a combined physical examination and internal ultrasound. Depending on your situation, your fertility specialist may want this done during a certain time of your menstrual cycle.

Physical examination: This commonly involves listening to your heart and lungs and also having a brief pelvic examination.

Ultrasound: This ultrasound is commonly done internally (via the vagina) as it gives much better pictures and information than an abdominal ultrasound about the pelvic anatomy. This ultrasound helps your doctor to identify certain abnormalities of the uterus (e.g. septum, fibroids) and also gives important information about the ovaries (e.g. are there cysts – what kind; how big are the ovaries; how many follicles (egg sacs) do they contain; are the ovaries in the right location?)

Hysterosalpingogram (HSG): Since the ultrasound generally gives no information about the patency of fallopian tubes, it is important to look at them through a test called an HSG. This test is done by a radiologist and involves placing a thin catheter into the uterus and injecting dye into the cavity of the uterus (where a pregnancy would grow). This dye shows up on x-ray, and pictures are taken during this test to determine if both fallopian tubes are open. This test can also give more information about the inside of the uterus. This test is generally short (about 15-20 minutes usually), but it can cause cramping. Consider talking to your nurse about taking extra pain medication (e.g. ibuprofen) 30-60 minutes before the procedure. Even though it is not a comfortable test, it can be very informative for evaluation of anatomy – there also appears to be a mild fertility boost for some couples in the first few months following this test.

Semen analysis: As sperm problems affect around 30% of couples with infertility, it is important to do a semen analysis to identify any issues. After 2-5 days of abstinence, the male partner can provide a semen sample into a sterile cup. This can be done at home if the couple lives within an hour of the clinic. Alternatively, a collection room can be available. Usually collection is done via masturbation; however, a ‘collection condom’ can be used to collect sperm during intercourse. The semen analysis will give information about sperm numbers, the percentage of sperm moving, and the percentage of sperm that look ‘normal’. Certain treatments are not successful with low numbers of moving sperm, so this is important information for your fertility specialist to have.

The above tests are commonly done for couples having problems with fertility. Your doctor will let you know if there are further tests to consider for your specific situation. After basic testing, the next step will typically be a consult visit with your doctor to determine the best approach to get you closer to your goal of growing your family!

Mosquito Control Information

People who live in hot humid climates become familiar with the high-pitched whine that mosquitoes on the prowl can make, especially in the quiet of the night. Some people can make a sport of allowing a mosquito to land on the skin and be hauled into sucking blood before they are splattered dead with a vengeance. There are different species of mosquitoes and they can be found in almost all places of the globe. Regardless of specie however, all mosquitoes go through four stages in their life cycle, from egg to larva to pupa to a full-grown adult mosquito. The lifespan of a mosquito is quite short. A female may live from 3 – 100 days while a male may last from about 10 – 20 days during which period they may get to a fever on human blood, their favorite source of sustenance, a good number of times.

A female mosquito can lay up to 250 eggs at a time, usually after gorging on your blood to provide enough nutrients for all these eggs. The eggs are usually laid on the surface of any stagnant body of water. Among the favorite places for laying eggs are ponds, moats, marshlands, vases or flowerpots inside the house, any place with water where they can germinate until they are hatched which is only about 48 to 72 hours. Mosquitoes can not thrive in fast moving bodies of water like rivers or streams. Once a mosquito egg hatches, it becomes a larva or more commonly known as a "wriggler," a longish creature like a pin with a head and a tail. They can be seen actively wriggling to the surface and down to the bottom of the body of water, they have been born into. After five or six days, they enter the pupa stage with a more pronounced head and after two or three more days are ready to metamorphose into the adult mosquito as we know them. At the pupa stage, they no longer wriggle but instead somersault from the top of the water to the bottom.

Generally, mosquitoes eat plant nectar, honey dew or any other sugary substances. But their favorite, especially the females, is human blood. Some species are also known to bite and suck the blood of birds or other animals such as dogs and horses. The females "bite" using a pair of very thin tubes through which they drip a pain suppressor mixed with their saliva into the bloodstream and then suck your blood. So you really do not feel pain while a mosquito bites and sucks your blood. An anti-coagulant is also introduced into your system through this same tube to keep the blood flowing. A female mosquito, after gorging on your blood is now fortified to start the four-stage life cycle of the mosquito all over again.

Because they tap into a person's blood, mosquitoes are known to be transmitters of diseases like malaria, dengue fever, encephalitis and yellow fever among humans. Mosquito-borne diseases cause the most damage among men, especially those who live in the tropics. Mosquito bites can also cause severe irritation among humans and can be easily seen as red rounded welts on the skin. Among animals, mosquito bites can also cause dog heartworms, the West Nilevirus and equine encephalitis.

To control the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, a vicious campaign to break the lifecycle of the mosquito must be launched. This can be done by spraying insecticides on slow-moving bodies of water and by getting rid of any containers that may contain stagnant water where they can breed. However, the easiest and most convenient method of killing mosquitoes is the mosquito misting system.

A mosquito misting system is installed on your property and automatically programmed to spray for these pests early in the morning and again in the evening. This method is consistent and leaves you free to enjoy your yard without worrying about mosquitoes infesting your property.

Hidden Poison

Did you know that there might be poison in many of your favorite foods found on grocery store shelves everywhere? Breads, crackers, cookies, energy bars, tortillas, frozen pizza are just a few examples of these dangerous foods. The poison in these items is called partially hydrogenated fat, often referred to as trans-fatty acids.

A trans-fatty acid is usually made from a vegetable oil- corn, cottonseed, or soybean, for example- that has been treated by a process called hydrogenation to make it a solid at room temperature. Originally, when margarine first appeared in supermarkets, consumers were led to believe they could lower their risk of heart disease and cancer by replacing butter with this product. What became evident later is that the chemical process that made vegetable oil “look” like a saturated fat by solidifying caused it to act like one as well, making high levels of either fat a health risk.

Some of the harmful effects of trans-fatty acids include:

– Cause you to store fat and burn sugar

– Increase levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol

– Decrease levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) or “good” cholesterol

– Increase your perception of pain

Thankfully, trans fats are starting to appear on nutrition information on some food products. This trend will continue to rise as the law goes into affect next year forcing brands to disclose the amount of trans fat per serving.

Still, I’m betting you will see foods advertised as “low in trans fat.” Don’t fall for it.

Small amounts of trans fats are more harmful than larger amounts of saturated fats. A small increase in saturated fats results in a 17 percent increase in coronary artery disease. A similar increase in trans fats leads to a 93 percent increase!

As a general rule, avoid all foods containing trans-fatty oils. Most of these include foods that have to sit on a shelf, such as baked goods, snack chips, some national brands of peanut butter, candy bars, cookies, etc. Even some supposedly healthy diet products that are marketed as a food to help you lose weight contain this poison!

Don’t make the mistake of eating these product just because they’re there, or because “everyone else is.” Take your health into your hands and make sure you read those labels!

Christmas Check List For Asthma Sufferers

Good advice this winter for asthma sufferers is to take care and avoid exacerbating asthma symptoms this Christmas and winter period,

Going on a ski holiday is a great way to beat the winter blues, but for asthmatics ski holidays are known to negatively affect their symptoms if due care and precaution is not taken.
Cold weather can have a dramatic effect on people with chest problems, on a cold and windy winters day use your reliever inhaler before going out and always wrap a scarf around your face to reduce the effect of cold air on your lungs.

At Christmas a big factor to avoid if you can is stress because this is well known to be a major asthma trigger try to insure that you do not become too over stressed during the festive time, try to plan everything well in time and delegate tasks to other members of the family and this will help to reduce the impact of stress levels on you. but remember controlling stress is not the only factor in controlling your condition there are plenty of items around the home that can trigger an attack.

Christmas tree gather mold from being left out in the open in wet conditions and mold spores are a well known asthma trigger. Ideally one should buy a artificial tree to avoid any mold and always vacuum it to remove dust particles, if you must have a real tree allow the tree to dry completely before bringing it in to the house.

Other things to avoid at this festive time are, artificial snow sprays and fragrance sprays and also fabric decorations should be washed in hot water before displaying this will rid them of any dust that has been gathered while it was in storage, plastic glass or metal decorations should be used as they wont collect dust mites.

Do not forget if you are lucky enough to be going on a skiing holiday this year, get a letter from your doctor outlining your medical history and the severity of your symptoms, also check will any medical insurance you take out will specifically cover an asthma attack and ensure that your medication is carried in your hand luggage with spare supplies in your main luggage.

Fit healthy people with well under control asthma should have no problems coping with high altitudes provided they ascend slowly and recognize their limitations, One more thing .. in freezing conditions prescribed inhalers may not work properly and so should be warm up inside your clothes or hands before you attempt to use them.

The main thing is with the right fore planning, sufferers of this condition should experience a happy and stress free holiday this Christmas.

Chiropractic For Back Pain

Introduction to Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic is a continuously growing practice of non-invasive procedures used to alleviate pain and headaches. It is a healthcare approach focusing on the relationship between the body’s structure, specifically the spine, and the body’s functions. Practitioners may use a variety of approaches, but primarily they perform adjustments to the spine with the goal of correcting alignment problems and encouraging the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Misalignments in the spine can interfere with the flow of energy needed to support health.

The term chiropractic itself comes from the Greek words cheir (hand) and praxis (action) to describe treatment done by hand or hands-on treatment. Today, chiropractic in the United States is considered to be a Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Some chiropractic procedures can even be traced back to ancient times. Chiropractic is based on three key concepts:

  • The body has an ability to heal itself
  • The body’s structure, especially the spine, and the body’s functions are closely intertwined and this relationship affects overall health
  • Treatment aims to rectify this relationship between structure and function enabling the body to do what it does naturally, heal itself

According to a national survey from 2007, about 8 percent of American adults and 3 percent of adolescents or children had received chiropractic manipulation in the past 12 months. Those figures are probably higher today.

Why Chiropractic?

Many people seek chiropractic care in lieu of surgery, or simply because they have pain which may be brought on by stress or physical injury. This may be chronic low-back pain, neck pain, headaches or other pain related health conditions such as fibromyalgia. Although chiropractic is not a treatment for any one disease or condition, if there is a misalignment, chiropractic may help a body’s healing ability. Because chiropractic is a natural, non-surgical and non-invasive treatment it is wise to consider chiropractic for any of these pain related issues and definitely before undergoing any surgery for such problems.

If surgery is clinically indicated, chiropractic is also often utilized even after surgery to assist the body in its natural healing process.

Common Chiropractic Misconceptions

Although chiropractic has been around since the late 19th century, there are still various misconceptions about chiropractic treatment. Even though there are over 60,000 chiropractors practicing in the US today, and colleges all over the country offer chiropractic certification, we still see some common misconceptions when the term chiropractic is mentioned. If we can clarify or understand some of these misconceptions it may assist individuals to feel more comfortable about chiropractic care. Here are some of these misconceptions and an explanation of the facts.

  • Chiropractors can only treat back problems: While chiropractors are known for treating spine problems and back pain, chiropractic treatment itself is more of a holistic approach focused on correcting spinal problems which in turn helps all of the body to operate at its optimal functionality. Chiropractic not only helps alleviate back pain, but may also help to cure a child’s ear infection, a person’s headaches, lower blood pressure, help with the pain of arthritis, and many other ailments.
  • Chiropractors can prescribe medicine and perform surgery: While some chiropractors may provide heat/cold therapy, offer additional types of physical therapy and even oversee herbal therapy, they do not prescribe drugs nor do they perform surgery. Chiropractic itself is based on the idea that the body is able to heal itself and the chiropractor is helping the body to realize its innate ability to do so.
  • Chiropractors are not real doctors:Chiropractors are indeed certified doctors, schooled in the specific field of medicine called chiropractics. They must pass national board exams and licensing tests like all certified doctors before they can practice.
  • Once you go to a chiropractor you have to go for the rest of your life: A lot of people confuse maintenance appointments with a never-ending series of visits to the chiropractor. However, like regular exercise and good nutrition many chiropractic patients choose to get checked for misalignments regularly as a healthy way of life and to maintain the body’s optimal health and performance. A treatment plan will be discussed with the patient and it is always the patient’s choice whether or not they are benefiting from repeat visits.
  • I have had surgery on my spine so I am afraid to use chiropractic: Many chiropractic patients have had surgeries, or are in wheel chairs or even have steel rods in their backs. They still enjoy the benefits of chiropractic care. Each patient is different as is their situation and treatment plans are based on the needs of the individual.
  • Someone said I have a pinched nerve: Actually a pinched nerve is really a bone on a nerve and it is a rare occurrence, happening only to about 15% of the population. Most likely you have an irritated nerve or a facilitative lesion. Chiropractic may help this condition.

Chiropractic for Children?

You may not realize how important it is to have children checked for subluxation or misalignment of the vertebra. Subluxations do occur in children and often have little or no symptoms at this early stage. The birth process alone is a very traumatic experience for a child’s body and can certainly cause enough pressure for a subluxation to occur. I am sure you’ve heard of deliveries resulting in broken collar bones and breech deliveries, etc.

Subluxations can also occur when the child is learning to walk and also when they are older and playing sports and games. What is important to note is that children have certain windows of development that are often only open for a short period of time. This is predicated by the neural system which is the first system formed in a child’s development. If the neural system is being affected by subluxation your child’s potential is being limited. Chiropractic moms have claimed that their children are more expressive, don’t get sick as often and have better concentration than those who do not benefit from chiropractic treatment.

Some Famous People Who Enjoy Chiropractic Benefits

Famous athletes and movies stars are continuously enjoying the holistic benefits of chiropractic treatment. Here are just a few.

  • Mark Victor Hansen
  • Tony Robbins
  • Tiger Woods
  • Dan O’Brien
  • Lance Armstrong
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Jon Bon Jovi

So don’t give up on a natural chance to help your body heal itself. Check into chiropractic. You never know until you try.

How Important Are Enzymes For Good Health?

The majority of people have probably never even heard the word 'enzymes' and so they are ignorant of what they are and their purpose in the body. There are three types required for life. They are metabolic, digestive, and food enzymes. Their function will be dealt with in this article. The point to remember is that without them there can be no life and while we are ignorant of their function the spike in preventable diseases increases.

METABOLIC ENZYMES

These are produced in the pancreas and are essential for keeping our blood, tissues, and organs healthy. Their purpose is to remove toxins from the body along with old dead material from the cells. That means they play an important role in aging but as bodies mature they produce less of this substance, allowing for development of diseases, loss of bone density, and wrinkles.

The pancreas also produces the hormones insulin and glucagon. They work together to regulate blood sugar which, when normal, allows oxygen and nutrient to travel efficiently through the body. This is also where digestive enzymes are manufactured.

Best Foods for this enzyme are:

a) Bananas, kiwi, grapes, papaya, and so on

b) Raw honey

c) Extra virgin olive oil

d) Avocado

e) Dates

f) Raw oils

g) Sprouts

DIGESTIVE ENZYMES

These are essential to break down foods so nutrients can be absorbed into the blood stream for healthy body functions. Most people would have heard of this but not the reasons why they are essential for health. Food is broken down into nutrients that include amino acids, fatty acids, cholesterol, and simple sugars, but that is only the start of the process. Vitamins, minerals, and compounds from plants and animal food have to be extracted.

This is where the digestive enzymes play their part. Aside from those contained in saliva and the stomach the main source is the pancreas. There are many things that hinder production of this vital part of the system and when they are mal-functioning here are some of the symptoms to watch for:

a) Gas and bloating after eating

b) Feeling like there is a rock in the gut

c) A full sensation after only a few bites

d) Undigested food in stools

e) Floating stools

f) Undigested fat in the toilet.

FOOD ENZYMES

Plant enzymes actually start digesting foods before the body's system begins working. They enhance the digestion process and deliver nutrients to the blood even if the digestive system is non functional. What is not known is that they are killed at temperatures above 115 degrees Fahrenheit. As people usually cook their food the essential elements may be missing from them.

The thing to note is that food enzymes occur in RAW food. Studies undertake by Edward Howell (lauded as the enzyme pioneer) in the 1930's. He was specifically focused on the ability of raw food to slow chronic degenerative diseases. What we do when we cook our food is to create an environment for bad-health. Many have turned to changing their habits in order to 'heal' things like cancer and other diseases.

CONCLUSION

There are lessons to be learned from understanding the basic functions of enzymes. Training people to eat raw rather than cooked food may result in less need for medicines, surgeries, and even doctors.

There is plenty of research available for those interested enough to follow it through. This article is meant only as an introduction to better health and not as material from an expert in this subject.

Cancer Treatment – Is It Curable?

Cancer refers to a number of related diseases. In this disease, the cells in the human body start dividing and the process continues. These cells spread and affect the tissues around the area.

Location of the disease

As far as the location of the cancer goes, it can affect any part of the body. Usually, the cells in the human body continue to grow and divide in order to create fresh cells. As soon as a cell grows old, it dies. A new cell comes into existence to take the dead cell’s place.

But when a person gets cancer, the process gets disrupted. The cells become abnormal. The old cells begin to survive instead of dying. Moreover, new cells develop even when they are not needed. To make the matter worse, the additional cells divide and may develop into tumors.

The disease may appear as tumors. Another type of cancer is known as blood cancer or leukemias. Normally, cancer tumors can infect the surrounding tissues as well. Aside from this, as the tumors develop, some cells of the cancer can travel to other parts of the body via the lymph system or the blood. As a result, new tumors may develop.

Difference between normal cells and cancer cells

There are a lot of differences between normal cells and cancer cells. Actually, cancer cells behave differently and play a negatively different role. While normal cells stop dividing after a certain period of time, but cancer cells continue to grow.

Is Cancer Curable?

Nowadays, it is possible to treat most types of cancers. As a matter of fact, 70% of kids with the disease have been cured successfully. The treatment methods of today can treat different types of cancers, such as Hodgkin’s lymphoma, testicular cancer and leukaemia, just to name a few. If the skin is affected with this disease, it is usually treated with surgery. Patients with larynx and thyroid cancers are treated with radiotherapy.

Many other types of this disease can be treated if diagnosed at early stages. For instance, 75% of patients with breast cancers are diagnosed at an early stage. The problem is that different types of this disease are caused by different things. As a result, it is harder to use the same treatment to treat it.

Research is still in progress in order to treat all types of cancers. The researchers have been working day and night in order to develop new treatments in order to fight with new types of this deadly disease. Biological therapies like gene therapies, monoclonal antibodies and cancer vaccines are part of the research process.

So, if you or your loved one has this disease, we suggest that you don’t lose heart as there are powerful treatments out there that can help you get rid of this disease. As a matter of fact, most people have had their cancers cured at an early stage. Therefore, we highly suggest that you get in touch with your doctor if you have any of the symptoms of this disease. Early diagnosis is of great help.

Female Ejaculation – How to Make Her Ejaculate

It may surprise you, but female ejaculation does exist! When a woman ejaculates, there will be some amount (sometimes a lot) of fluids coming out from here glands and urethra before and after orgasm. Also known as gushing or squirting, female ejaculation is a sign of her orgasm. Why it's important to make your partner ejaculate? Simple: it produces fluids that will make penetration more enjoyable later. In this article you will learn how to stimulate her to make her ejaculate.

  1. Prepare her: before you start, you need to put her in the mood of love. You can not just put her on bed, take off her cloth and do whatever you want. I recommend that you start by preparing an environment for love. You may include following check list: soft and comfy pillow. In addition, make sure you smell good and look good. Arrange a special date for sex, and let her know that she's the queen of the night.
  2. Turn her on: as rule of thumb, you must keep your foreplay to at least 20 minutes as women take long time to be aroused. To begin with, slowly take off remove her clothes and yours as well. Take the time to caress, stroke and rub her gentle body. You may explore her body with different methods, including kissing, biting, licking, stroking, and rubbing. Always monitor her body response and breathing to find out how to best turn her on.
  3. Locate her G-spot: it's hard to tell where exactly her g-spot is, but it should be about 1 to 3 inches inside front wall of the vagina. The g-spot is walnut-like, and it's a little rough compare to other areas in vaginal wall.
  4. Stimulate her G-spot: once you find where the G-spot is, you can begin to stimulate it to make her ejaculate. Firstly, you may push the G-spot and monitor how she feels. Then, use your fingers to massage the area back and forth until she squirts. You may want to experiment with different lightness of touch and speed. If you have a big penis, you may want to press her G spot with your penis. It is a surefire way to make her orgasm and ejaculate very quickly!

How to Get Over Your Ex With a Smooth Ending

Almost all of us went through teenage years and experienced how it felt to be loved, to love and the like. Crushes are very common during this time and so are heartaches and break ups. When a person falls in love, almost always we give it our best shot and tend to forget leaving something for ourselves. We allow ourselves to be so engrossed and hooked with the one we treasure the most. Admit it, almost every one of us have tried becoming blind, deaf and impervious to what other people may say or do because of love.

Being in love has its advantages and disadvantages; people who are in love are always inspired and feel they can do anything because of love. But what if that love suddenly vanished, leaving you sad, mournful and very depressed? Is there still a way to come right back up and face the world again? The answer is yes! We all have been there and a lot has survived. It's just a matter of positive attitude and outlook in life on how to get over your ex. It is not the end of the world yet and here are some simple guidelines in doing it.

Step 1:
Acceptance. You should accept the fact that you and your partner are really over. There is no turning back once you really accept that it is the end. It would be easier for the both of you and mostly yourself if you conclusively end all your hopes of having reconciliation with your ex. You should be able to put in your mind that you must go separate ways and live your life without your partner.

Step 2:
Find a way for release. This is meant as a positive one. A lot of people tend to go drinking and take drugs once they are depressed, but what they do not know is that they are just adding another problem in their life. Write your ex a last letter telling them everything you are feeling, all the sad, negative and cheesy things you would want to say. After that, look at the letter for the last time and separate yourself from it then burn it. Of course you would not be giving it to your ex or else all this crap on how to get over your ex will be useless.

Step 3:
Practice your freedom. This is the best and last thing that you should do. A lot of things has been stripped from you when you were still in a relationship. Go out and have fun, drink with your friends and flirt with other people. It does not necessarily mean that you have to sleep with everyone that you meet, just mingle and enjoy every little thing that goes your way. Go to the places you have never gone to. Explore and do a new hobby, believe me this would make wonders. Just remember there are a lot of things you can do on how to get over your ex, you just need to open your eyes and believe that it's possible.

What Is the Difference Between Weight Loss and Fat Loss?

What is the different between weight loss and fat loss? Which of these two types of body mass losing processes is healthier? Which of the two can be attained quicker, which of the two works more effectively? And ultimately, which between weight loss and fat loss is an overall better body mass losing process? A great comparative match-up these two make, but in the end, there may only be one which would ultimately be better than the other.

First off, fat loss and weight loss are two totally different processes. The common misconception people often make is thinking and claiming that the loss of fat and weight loss are one and the same. That could not be any more wrong. While losing weight can mean loss of fat, it does not necessarily mean that they are one and the same process of losing body mass. There are specifics ways each hold, and though they may have a few elements which are highly identical, they are separate processes overall.

Fat Loss

What is fat loss? In its most basic definition, the loss of fat is the process of losing body fat using a variety of means. Those means may differ from exercise, to diet, to even liposuction procedures. However the means may differ, as long as their goals are focused toward losing fat.

Fat is not all bad, but is not all good either. Fat is needed by the body because it is what the body burns when it is put through stress and work. It is unhealthy for either a man or a woman to have 0% body fat; what would his or her body have to burn then? In the absence of fat, the body eats other parts of itself like muscle, which is more on weight loss already. The normal fat percentage men should have is between 12 to about 20 percent; women should have significantly more, around 15 to about 25 percent, since they would need extra fat for when they get pregnant.

This is easily mistaken to be the same as weight loss since a lot of people think all their weight is composed of fat. This is not true. Yes, a person’s weight is composed of his or her fat, but overall weight is total accumulation of more than just fat (which will be touched upon later on when weight loss is discussed). Fat is not the only factor which makes a person heavy. Fat is, however, the most dispensable and expendable excess of the body which can be lost to make a person’s weight lighter, without his or her body being unhealthy.

Weight Loss

Weight loss, similar to fat loss, is also the process of the body losing fat, but not only fat. A person’s body is composed not only of fat, but also of bones, muscles, tissues, organs, skin, and many more. Fat alone does not make a body heavy, but all the internal and external parts of the body, as long as it is attached to it, is what makes a body weigh the way it does. Weight loss then, is the process in which the body loses fat, or muscle mass, or bone mass, or organ weight, or skin weight, or a combination of all of these.

Weight loss is not entirely a bad process your body can potentially go through, but compared to losing fat, it is not an advisable process for your body to go through. Weight, as an overall category, is highly essential for your body’s overall health. Losing muscle mass or bone mass is not something your body should go through. This is why your body needs fat, so it does not eat muscle or bone mass.

When a person loses more than just fat, the body highly decreases in weight. If you are an individual who has no more fat to burn or lose, you should be very, very careful not to go overboard and lose more than just fat. People like anorexics suffering from anorexia often do not have fat left in their bodies to lose or burn, so they become thinner, and more fragile, until they die due to severe weight loss.

In this match-up between these two goals, it may seem that fat loss is the preferred victor over weight loss. It may be the case, but do keep in mind that weight loss is not an option you shouldn’t choose to take. Just be wary, however, to only have a goal of losing fat and not any other type of weight, and this match-up might end with a draw.

How Ayurvedic Treatment Is the Best Remedy for Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition in which patient gets the dry flaky skin on his different body parts, more commonly on knees, scalp and elbow area. This disease is considered a chronic and incurable one with variability in the degree of inflammation. Science is still finding a remedy for skin allergy like Psoriasis. This skin disorder has very visible symptoms which appear on the body in the form of dry scaly patches, skin redness, itching or burning skin, skin blisters and bumps.

It can be mild when a small part of the body gets affected as well as severe with the inflammation spreading to a larger portion of the body. Mostly, Psoriasis is considered to be caused due to genetic or immune system related issues, but there are some other triggers as well for this underlying condition. Many people seem to be finding an effective Psoriasis treatment in Ayurveda. Ayurveda works on the natural herbal way for diagnosing the causes of a disease. It is emerging as the best remedy for skin allergy.

Causes of Psoriasis in Ayurveda

In Ayurveda, Psoriasis is considered as the destruction of two basic energies in the human body, called Vata and Kapha. When a large number of toxins get accumulated in the body, then also Psoriasis is said to occur. Apart from this, overconsumption of yogurt, seafood, and irregular eating habits are said to be some other causes of Psoriasis. Ayurvedic treatment for Psoriasis involves some strict lifestyle and dietary changes.

Triggers for Psoriasis

Stress: Most of the people complain of Psoriasis around the time when they were in chronic stress. Hence, stressful conditions for the prolonged period of time have been regarded as the possible trigger for Psoriasis.

Traumatised Skin: This condition is also linked to the bruises, burns, cuts, Tattoo and other skin problems. When these skin problems give rise to Psoriasis, it is termed as Koebner Phenomenon.

Smoking and Alcohol: Smoking and Alcohol is supposed to worsen the symptoms of Psoriasis.

How Can Ayurvedic treatments Help

Though this skin disease is considered incurable, it can be controlled with some effective Ayurvedic remedies. Ayurveda offers a natural herbal remedy which comprises of practicing a healthy diet, detoxification, and meditation. The foremost priority of any Ayurvedic treatment is blood purification. It is said that detoxifying your body works as the best Ayurvedic medicine for skin allergies. For Psoriasis treatment in Ayurveda, a therapy called Panchkarma Therapy is used. This remedy is based on doing some necessary changes in your diet and preparing your body for the process of detoxification. This therapy suggests the patients follow the strict vegetarian diet.

Panchakarma treatment has certain rules to follow. Under this treatment, the patient is suggested to use medicated ghee, cover his affected parts with the medicinal paste and pouring medicated buttermilk on the head. This is considered as an Ayurvedic medicine for skin allergies.

Also, there are some herbal remedies, which can help to control this condition. A cording to the herbal experts, if you want to ease down the symptoms of the disorder, You should increase the consumption of garlic and onion to purify the blood. Since Psoriasis is said to be caused by the compromised immune system, you can start eating neem leaves for boosting the immunity. Jasmine flower paste is considered as one of the best skin allergy treatment in Ayurveda to relieve the inflammation caused by Psoriasis.

Meditation and Exercises

Ayurvedic treatments for Psoriasis are based on creating a perfect balance between three elements that is, Universe, body, and life forces of the body. This balancing act is a recommended remedy for skin allergies. The best way to balance them out is to create a stress- free lifestyle. To keep stress and anxiety away from the lifestyle, Pranayama and meditation is a mandatory thing to do, according to the Ayurveda.

Dietary and Lifestyle Changes

The Ayurvedic treatment for Psoriasis asks for some simple lifestyle changes which can improve the condition in bigger ways. If you have this disorder even in small part of your body, you should refrain from eating opposite foods together. Also, you should control the intake of salty and acidic foods. Most of the psoriasis treatments in Ayurveda restrict the patient from consuming non-vegetarian food. They also need to keep a check on their carbohydrates, sugar intake and consumption of preserved foods.

If you have been eating the fast food for a maximum portion of your life, it could be the possible trigger for your skin condition. Ayurveda asks their patients to give up on junk foods and cold drinks. These changes help to support the function of Ayurvedic medicine for skin allergy. As a part of lifestyle changes, patients should avoid taking cold water baths just after carrying out heavy workouts and exercises.

Topical treatments in Ayurveda

Topical solutions are the best skin allergy treatment in Ayurveda. For a person who is suffering from skin-disorder, the topical solution comes as a great relief. One of the most popular topical solutions for psoriasis is the application of banana leaf on the affected area. You can also use Aloe-vera, Garlic, Bosewellia and Black Nightshade as your treatment paste. This solution not only reduces inflammation but also prevents the allergy from spreading and has been so far an effective skin allergy treatment in Ayurveda.

Ayurvedic treatment is far different from the modern medical techniques today and they try to cure the disease with the help of balancing the energy. Though there are many Ayurvedic medicines for skin allergies, they give a solution for the skin conditions like Psoriasis by bringing the two energy called “Vata” and “Kapha” to an equilibrium. Psoriasis is an incurable skin problem, but with the help of Ayurveda, you can reduce its severity and get the remedies for skin allergy.