We live in a world which is fast moving and impermanent. Nothing lasts the same forever and we are all constantly changing too. It’s the world in which can affect our mental state on a great level and while you might not think too much about your mental health, it’s an important element of life. When our mental health is healthy and happy, we can live a fairly decent life and when it’s out-of-shape, everything can go wrong. How can we deal with mental health within the transient community?…
That Embarrassing Smell
Admit it. You’ve had your share of embarrassing moments when you were on a bus that was crowded with passengers, and your sweat just won’t stop dripping from your armpits, smelling really bad. You remember people looking at you, candidly covering their noses. You thought, “Well, you smell too, you know!” And they did. They, too, were sweating like crazy. What’s worse was that you were still on your way to work! How can you survive this sticky feeling walking around in your office and stinking like you haven’t bathed for days?
Most likely, we blame our sweats for the stink that comes out of us when are in crowded or hot places, but surprisingly they are not the reason for the smell. Do you sometimes notice that sometimes even when you’re in a cool place you smell something bad from your body – the underarms perhaps? It is because it’s not the sweat but the bacteria that have proliferated in the sweat that caused the smell. Bacteria love to stay in moist areas so don’t wonder why the groin and the armpit areas are some of the most common areas that stink.
There are some natural ways that we can do to control or stop our body odor, some quick tips to remedy that smell when you’d have to stay in the office the whole day and can’t go back home to change.
- Practice proper hygiene. Taking a shower everyday is the most basic way to avoid body odor. You can use a mild soap if you think strong soaps clash with your natural body smell. If your underarms sweat and stink most of the day, you can try washing it with warm water, as this kills more bacteria. Wash and soap all parts, especially those that sweat easily, such as the underarms, the feet, and the groin. And after showering, take time to dry your whole body so that no moisture is left for bacteria to thrive. If you’re someone who’s extra-sweaty, it would be best to bathe twice or thrice a day.
- Wear clothes that are made of cotton or silk. These types of material do not absorb sweat but rather allow it to evaporate. Synthetic materials lock moisture and cause body odor. Also, if you plan to go somewhere busy and crowded, wear comfortable, loose clothes that won’t stick when you perspire. Don’t use strong perfumes and deodorants, as these can clash with the acid that forms in your body.
- Watch what you eat. Do you notice that people who regularly eat spicy food smell ‘different?’ It’s because whatever we take in reflects in our body through smell. If you want to smell clean and fresh, you have got to eat food that’s mildly flavored. Also, research has proven that beef and pork produces more sweat in the body than does chicken, fruits, and vegetables.
- Manage your stress levels. When you are tense or anxious, your body produces more sweat, which in turn causes more body odor. Find simple ways to relax, like stretching every morning when you wake up or meditating.
- Dab some apple cider vinegar on your underarms. Acid from apple cider vinegar or from a lemon is believed to prevent the proliferation of bacteria that triggers body odor. However, you must make sure that you don’t have cuts or wounds in your underarms, as acid causes skin irritation.
Body Odor Comes from Anywhere
It may be surprising to know that unpleasant smells not only come from the underarms or the feet, but also from other parts of the body – the hair, scalp, and the back of your ears! Bacteria so love to live in you, so be keen and keep clean.…
Summer is probably one of the most-awaited seasons for kids and adults alike. It means spending time with family, swimming in the beach, or traveling. But because the mornings are super hot and the evenings are cold, some of us suffer from itchy eyes, runny nose, and constant sneezing. These are the symptoms of hay fever.
Headaches And What They Mean
Introduction to Headache
Often, when we wake up on ‘the wrong side of the bed,’ we complain of a morning headache that won’t disappear after eating breakfast or taking a pain reliever. Your eyes are teary throughout the day and it’s just disturbing. At night, you wonder where that pounding one-sided headache came from and you wish it would go away with rest but it doesn’t. Wouldn’t it be great if you knew what your headaches were trying to tell you?
Almost half of the world suffers from headaches once or twice a year. They are among the most common health concerns worldwide, which have been left for granted despite their high prevalence in late teens, working adults, and seniors. This article will attempt to describe three common types of headaches and hopefully help you know how to treat them.
What type of Headache Do You Have?
- Tension headache. Most commonly seen in the late teens and adults, tension headaches are also referred to as stress or chronic headaches. They are elicited initially by a tightness of the head, shoulder, and neck muscles due to excessive stress. You can also get these headaches when you have poor posture or have the habit of grinding your teeth.
Pain relievers usually cure tension headaches but are not to be used too often as this may cause addiction or dependence. Taking too many pain killers has also been reported to cause rebound headaches and eventually hepatic damage.
The safest and healthiest way to get rid of these headaches is exercise. Rolling the shoulders backward with palms facing your body can greatly influence and correct one’s posture. Stretching the neck muscles by tilting it to the right, left, back and center also relaxes the neck and shoulders. These moves may be simple but are definitely beneficial in getting rid of the tension that is building up from the day’s work and may help in avoiding another headache episode.
- Migraines. This presents with a sore or pounding headache, with mostly mild to moderate pain. The individual looks sick and pale. He usually feels nauseated with blurry visions and a hypersensitivity to light, strong smells, and noise. Migraines interfere with daily activities if left untreated, as they may persist for 3 to 4 hours. When stomach pains are present, these are called abdominal migraines.
Known to be the sixth most disabling illness worldwide, migraines are more prevalent in women than men and are thought to be genetic in some instances. They are considered a neurological condition, due to disrupted electrical changes from the brain stem. Individuals who have migraines are often coffee or alcohol drinkers and are advised to reduce their consumption of these substances to prevent further aggravation. Those who diet inappropriately and are dehydrated also get these disturbing headaches that come and go.
The best way to stop migraines aside from taking strong pain relievers is to prevent them from occurring, which means keeping track of triggers and staying away from them as much as possible. Some examples of triggers are caffeine, alcohol, cheese, and chocolates.
- Cluster headache. As its name implies, this type of headache occurs in groups and is described as pain that is intense and excruciating. It occurs just right after falling asleep and may last for about two hours, up to seven or eight episodes a day for a few consecutive weeks. Ironically, most individuals report that the headaches disappear suddenly after occurring for several weeks, and then come back, still as intense as they were. Triggers are nicotine and alcohol.
Since cluster headaches are by far the most painful and distressing, stronger painkillers are used to treat them. Some people don’t get cured with painkillers and need to be injected by a nerve block at the back of the head so the individual can tolerate the pain. Pure oxygen therapy has also proven to be very effective in treating cluster headaches.
Whether the cough you have right now is dry or filled with phlegm, cough keeps kids and adults up all night. It can be embarrassing to be coughing incessantly while in a lecture or in an important meeting. People look at you when you can’t stop coughing inside a plane – afraid they might catch something each time you do. Coughs really are irritating and terribly uncomfortable, and most people, including me, get them often – as often as we go out of the house and roam the city for work and play. I personally wish there was some way I could get rid of my almost regular coughs the natural way, because I hate taking medications all the time.
So I gathered some helpful information about the natural ways to cure cough. Some are simple, and some are, well, unorthodox, and are yet to be tried – by you and me. Read along and try them yourselves. There might be one or two that may help you get rid of your cough for good.…
With our ever changing climate, everyone must be prepared for emergencies. You will never know when the next disaster will happen. Disaster knows no boundaries as it can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone. Flooding, earthquake, fires, volcanic eruption, typhoon etc. are just some of the disasters that may require you and your family to evacuate.
If a disaster happens and you only have 5 minutes to evacuate and grab the most important things you need in your house what would they be? Will you be able to grab all of them in those 5 crucial minutes? In those stressful moments will you still be able to think straight on what important things to bring?
I don’t think so.…
Understanding heartburn and heart attack
After eating quite a heavy meal that was finished up with a glass of iced tea, I felt a burning, sort of tight, sensation in my chest, and I felt dizzy. It was actually just a heartburn (I know now), but I got a little anxious and thought for a while that I was having a bout of heart attack. I’m a diagnosed hypertensive and my family has a history of heart problems. So the incident really got me worried, until I read about acid reflux and how it very much mimicked a heart attack.
I learned that heartburn had nothing to do whatsoever with the heart and that it is actually a symptom of acid reflux, not a disease in itself. But why is it frequently mistaken for a heart-related condition? Let us try to understand the presentation of heartburn and how it is similar, and different to a heart attack.
What is heartburn?
A heartburn is an uncomfortable burning sensation that occurs when food from the stomach moves back up to the chest due to acid reflux. It is more related to your esophagus than to your heart. But because both of these organs are close to each other, they can cause chest pain. This is why heartburn is often erroneously diagnosed as a heart attack.
When you experience reflux, the food that regurgitates up to your throat is accompanied by a bitter taste, which perhaps you also have experienced, especially when you’ve eaten too much acidic food or drinks. Some symptoms of acid reflux such as belching, nausea or vomiting may occur with heartburn.
What are the common symptoms of heartburn?
Severe heartburn may be difficult to distinguish from a heart attack, as these two start off with chest pain. However, one of the most essential differences would be that taking anti-acidic medications almost always cures heartburn. The chest pain from heartburn often occurs after having a meal or while lying down, and some of the food that you’ve eaten might move up (regurgitation) and leave a sour or bitter taste. Most doctors would suggest that if the chest pain is reduced or disappears after belching, then it would be safe to say that you’re having heartburn.
What are the symptoms of heart attack?
In the case of a heart attack, on the other hand, the pain is described as dull and squeezing and is usually located at the center of the chest, which is not relieved with lying down or taking antacids. The pain also radiates to the neck, shoulders, jaw, and arms.
An individual who suffers from symptoms of a heart attack most often has generalized weakness and cold sweats, distinguishing features that rarely occur with heartburn. After one takes antacids and feels that his symptoms have not disappeared, he must call 911 or contact his physician immediately.
When do you seek medical attention?
If you’re not sure whether you’re experiencing a heart attack or heartburn, it would be best to seek medical attention immediately. Visiting your doctor and discussing your symptoms with him or her would be the wisest choice for safety and prevention.
If the doctor finds that you have heart problems, then you can take the necessary tests and precautionary measures to prevent a heart attack from happening. If what you’re experiencing is a heartburn, it would be such a relief to know straight from a medical professional that the burning sensation and pain in the chest is not heart-related after all.
No one is really immune to sore throat. If you’re a baby, kid, a smoker or someone with allergies, you’re most likely to get a sore throat when it’s triggered by a viral infection such as the common cold or flu. Best if you don’t get too comfortable with it. Once it gets worse, it impends upper respiratory tract infection.…
You’ve already noticed that left red eye yesterday, and today it’s starting to itch and swell. It’s almost covering the white of your left eye and it’s really irritating you. What’s worse is that your ears ache, you can’t stop tears from falling from your eyes, and you have a runny nose too! How bad can it be?…