Sunday, December 22, 2013

Urinary Tract Infection


A urinary tract infection is usually a bacterial infection that affects the urinary system. The urinary system produces, stores and eliminates urine and consists of two kidneys, two ureters, the bladder, the urethra and two sphincter muscles.A urinary tract infection can affect any part of the urinary tract.Urine contains a range of salts, fluids and waste products, but is usually bacterium-free. When bacteria enter the urinary tract, e.g. the bladder or kidney, they can reproduce rapidly in the urine, causing urinary tract infection.


Symptoms
  • A strong, persistent urge to urinate
  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
  • Urine that appears cloudy
  • Urine that appears red, bright pink or cola-colored  (a sign of blood in the urine)
  • Strong-smelling urine
  • Pelvic pain, in women
  • Rectal pain, in men

Causes
  • Being sexually active
  • Using certain types of birth control
  • Having urinary tract abnormalities
  • Having blockages in the urinary tract
  • Having a suppressed immune system
  • Using a catheter to urinate

Action plans
  • Drink plenty of water to dilute urine and help flush out bacteria.
  • Avoid drinks that may irritate bladder. Avoid coffee, alcohol, and soft drinks containing citrus juices and caffeine until infection has cleared. They can irritate bladder and tend to aggravate frequent or urgent need to urinate.
  • Use a heating pad. Apply a warm, but not hot, heating pad to abdomen to minimize bladder pressure or discomfort.
  • Wipe from front to back. Doing so after urinating and after a bowel movement helps prevent bacteria in the anal region from spreading to the vagina and urethra.
  • Empty your bladder soon after intercourse. Also, drink a full glass of water to help flush bacteria.
  • Avoid potentially irritating feminine products. Using deodorant sprays or other feminine products, such as douches and powders, in the genital area can irritate the urethra.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Tooth Decay

Tooth Decay is an infection that originated from bacteria that causes demineralisation and destruction of the hard tissues of the teeth. It is the result of the production of acid by bacterial during fermentation of food residue accumulated on the tooth surface. Tooth decay is among the world's most common health problems. They're especially common in children, teenagers and older adults. But anyone who has teeth can get tooth decay, including infants.If they aren't treated, they will get larger and affect deeper layers of teeth. They can lead to severe toothache, infection and tooth loss.


Symptoms
  • Toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking something sweet, hot or cold
  • Visible holes or pits in teeth
  • Pain when bite down
  • Pus around a tooth, especially when  press on gums

Causes
  • Does not brush teeth twice a day, in the morning and before bedtime.
  • Does not floss teeth each day.
  • Eat foods with a lot of sugar. The longer a sugary food stays on teeth, the more the bacteria feed and make acids. 
  • Lack of fluoride in the public water supply also makes tooth decay more likely.
  • Pass the bacteria that cause tooth decay to baby. This can happen when share spoons, forks, and other utensils with babies. 

Action plans
  • Brush after eating or drinking  at least twice a day and ideally after every meal, using fluoride-containing toothpaste. If can't brush after eating, at least try to rinse mouth with water.
  • Rinse mouth. If dentist feels you have a high risk of developing cavities, he or she may recommend that you use a mouth rinse with fluoride.
  • Visit dentist regularly. Get professional tooth cleanings and regular oral exams, which can help prevent problems or spot them early. 
  • Avoid frequent snacking and sipping. Whenever eat or drink something other than water, mouth bacteria create acids that can destroy tooth enamel.
  • Avoid foods that get stuck in grooves and pits of  teeth for long periods, such as chips, candy or cookies.
  • Eat food that protects teeth, such as cheese, which some research shows may help prevent cavities, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables, which increase saliva flow, and unsweetened coffee, tea and sugar-free gum, which help wash away food particles.
  • Consider fluoride treatments.Dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment, especially if you aren't getting enough fluoride through fluoridated drinking water and other sources such as  fluoridated toothpaste or mouthwash.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Sore Throat


A sore throat is the inflamed feeling, pain, scratchiness or irritation in the tonsil area or back of the throat that oftein accompanied by a slight fever. Sore throats are common, especially in children and teenagers. This is because young people have not built up immunity (resistance) against many of the viruses and bacteria that can cause sore throats.


Symptoms
  • Pain or a scratchy sensation in the throat
  • Pain that worsens with swallowing or talking
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dry throat
  • Sore, swollen glands in neck or jaw
  • Swollen, red tonsils
  • White patches or pus on tonsils
  • Hoarse or muffled voice

Causes
  • Toxicity
  • Colds
  • Low immunity
  • Shouting and over-using the voice
  • Chronic stress
  • Glandular fever
  • Streptococcal infection
  • Viral infection
  • Allergies

Action plans
  • Get plenty of rest to ease voice
  • Avoid food and drinks that might irritate the throat
  • Avoid irritant such as chemicals, smoking and smoky environment
  • Drink plenty of water to keep the throat moist
  • Gargle salt water can help soothe sore throat and spit it out
  • Eat cold, soft food and drink cool or warm water
  • Take probiotic supplement to increase the body immunity

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Rosacea


Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness in face and often produces small, red, pus-filled bumps. Rosacea can occur in anyone but it is most commonly affects middle-aged women who have fair skin. If left untreated, rosacea will tends to worsen over time. Rosacea signs and symptoms may flare up for a period of weeks to months and then diminish before flaring up again. Rosacea can be mistaken for acne, an allergic reaction or other skin problems.


Symptoms
  • Flushed, red face with sensitive, dry skin that may burn or sting
  • Small bumps and pimples or acne-like breakouts
  • Skin that gets coarser and thicker, with a bumpy texture
  • Dry, red, irritated eyes
  • Enlarged nose

Causes
  • Parasites
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Spicy foods
  • Poor digestion
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Stress
  • Poor liver and lymphatic function
  • Hereditary predisposition
  • Food intolerances
  • Sunlight
  • Hot bath
  • Strenuous exercise

Action plans
  • Eat cabbages, cauliflower, celery, kale, seaweeds to help removing the toxicity of liver.
  • Increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables to prevent constipation.
  • Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher
  • Avoid irritating your facial skin by rubbing or touching it too much
  • Wash problem areas with a gentle cleanser (Dove, Cetaphil)
  • Avoid facial products that contain alcohol or other skin irritants
  • Avoid dairy products, pastries, cakes, sugary biscuits, margaine, fried foods and foods containing the dangerous form of fat, trans-fatty acids.


Monday, November 25, 2013

Peptic Ulcer Disease

A peptic ulcer is an open wound on the lining of the esophagus, stomach and the upper portion of small intestine (duodenal ulcer).There is usually much inflammation around the area.Stomach ulcer are caused when the lining that protects the stomach wall from stomach acid gets worn away or the membranes in stomach wall fail to secrete sufficient protective mucus. Duodenal ulcers occur when acid from the stomach gets into the small intestine. This may due to a fault in the valve that controls what passes from the stomach to the small intestine.

Symptoms
  • Burning pain from navel to the breastbone
  • Changes in appetite
  • Nausea
  • Bloody or dark stools
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Chest pain

Causes
  • Excess of stomach acid or insufficient production of the protective lining of the digestive tract can lead to ulcer formation.
  • The presence of Helicobacter pylori bacterium in stomach.
  • Regular use of certain pain relievers
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Skipping meals
  • High meat diet
  • Stress

Action plans
  • Maintain a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables and whole grains which will promote the healing of ulcers.
  • Drink plenty of water which can quickly dilute the stomach acid that may cause pain and irritation. Drink water at 30 minutes before meals and an hour after.
  • Switch pain reliever
  • Control stress that may worsen the signs and symptoms of peptic ulcer.
  • Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee, salt, chocolate, spices, sugar, fatty foods, fizzy drinks, processed foods, dairy products, and red meat.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Osteoporosis


Osteoporosis will causing the bones to become weak and brittle. It occurs when the inner mesh of the bone,
which resembles a sort of honeycomb, develops larger and larger holes, making the bone fragile and prone to fracture. The bone is living tissue that constantly being absorbed and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn't keep up with the removal of old bone. This condition affects men and women of all races. But white and Asian women especially those who are past menopause  are at highest risk. 


Symptoms
  • Back pain
  • Loss of height over time
  • A stooped posture
  • A bone fracture that occurs easily than expected

Causes
  • Lack of vitamin D, calcium,and magnesium
  • Poor diet
  • Salty food
  • Too much coffee,fizzy drinks and alcohol
  • Malabsorption
  • Too much meat
  • Smoking
  • Sufferer of coeliac disease
  • Medications
  • Genetic disposition
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Crohn's disease
  • Lack of exercise

Action plans
  • Increase the intake of fruits and vegetables that rich in vitamin C which aid in mineralization of the bones. 
  • Take plenty of green vegetables for magnesium that act as calcium mobilizer.
  • Do take nuts and seeds which are also excellent source of calcium and other bone nutrients.
  • Take phyto-oestrogen rich foods which helps to strengthen bones that includes soya,chick peas,lentils and linseeds.
  • Avoid the drinking of fizzy drinks such as canned and bottled drinks which contains phosphoric acid that cause leaching of important bone-building minerals from bones.
  • Lower the consumption of meat which digestion of it leaves acid residues in the body that need to be neutralized with the alkalizing minerals that taken from the bones.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol that interfere with the absorption and utilization of nutrients, including calcium and magnesium in the body.
  • The salt and sugar will also increase the excretion of minerals and decrease the absorption of calcium.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Nasopharyngeal cancer is the cancer that starts in the nasopharynx, the upper part of the throat behind the nose and near the base of skull. It is differs significantly from other cancers of the head and neck in its occurrence. Nasopharyngeal cancer is difficult to detect early. That's probably because the nasopharnyx isn't easy to examine and symptoms of nasopharyngeal cancer mimic those of other more common conditions. Moreover, it is most common with male and people that staying in the regions of East Asia and Africa than elsewhere. 


Symptoms
  • A lump in  neck that caused by swollen lymph node
  • Blood in saliva
  • Bloody discharge from nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Hearing loss
  • Frequent ear infections
  • Headaches

Causes
  • Poor diet that lack of nutrient and high consumption of salt-cured foods
  • Viruses such as Epstein Barr virus (EBV)
  • Inheritance
  • Chemical exposure such as chlorophenol
  • Ear, nose and throat disease
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol

Action plans
  • Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Avoid salt-cured fish and meats
  • Do not smoke
  • Do not drink a lot of alcohol

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Migraine

A migraine is severe headache that are often preceded or accompanied by flashing lights, blur vision, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light.Some people also suffer from strange tastes and smells.The migraine can last from an hour to several days and can be severely debilitating. It is thought to be linked to a constriction of blood vessels in the brain.


Symptoms
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Food craving
  • Hyperactivity
  • Irritability
  • Neck stiffness
  • Uncontrollable yawning

Causes
  • Stress
  • Liver imbalance
  • Lack of sleep
  • Food intolerances
  • Poor posture or previous neck injury
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Constipation
  • Female hormonal fluctuations
  • Exhaustion
  • Toxicity
  • Teeth grinding
  • Dental problems
  • Medications
  • Dehydration
  • Bright or flashing lights
  • Smoking

Action plans
  • Drink plenty of water with at least 2-2.5 litres which migraine maybe caused by simple dehydration.
  • Keep a food and symptom diary to identify any offending foods.
  • Maintain a stable blood sugar levels. Eat small meals and snack regularly and avoid refined carbohydrates, caffeine and alcohol.
  • Get an adequate amount of sleep each night but don't oversleep.
  • Try muscle relaxation exercises which may help to ease the pain of migraine headache.
  • Observe the body posture especially while working at a computer all day. Try to keep the spine long and the shoulders down as this allows for good circulation to the head.
  • If get migraine, put the feet in a basin of hot water and place a cold towel on the head.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Lung Cancer

In Malaysia, lung cancer is one of the main causes of cancer deaths. In fact, 95% of lung cancer patients die within 5 years of diagnosis.Lung cancer is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the lungs. These cells lose control of their orderly division and produce a growth called a tumour. If a tumour is benign, it is not cancerous and will not spread to other parts of the body. A malignant tumour, on the other hand, is cancerous and can invade neighboring tissues and organs or break away and spread through the bloodstream or lymph channels.


Symptoms
  • A new cough that doesn't go away
  • Changes in a chronic cough or "smoker's cough"
  • Coughing up blood, even a small amount
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Wheezing
  • Hoarseness
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Bone pain
  • Headache

Causes
  • Cigarette smoking 
  • Pipe and cigar smokinng 
  • Passive smoking 
  • Family history of lung cancer 
  • Scarring from previous lung disease 
  • Air pollution 
  • Exposure to radon gas 
  • Frequent exposure to inhalent chemicals including asbestos, metal dust and fumes, paints, herbicides and insecticides

Action plans
  • Eat plenty of fresh vegetable and fruit with minimum 5 portion a day which packed with phytonutrients that act as the cancer- fighting compound.
  • Drink plenty of water with atleast 8 glasses a day to help keep the cells cleansed and hydrated.
  • Avoid the meat intake which has been linked to an elevated risk of lung cancer.
  • Avoid the intake of saturated fat and cholesterol rich food that appears directly related to the risk of lung cancer.
  • Maintain a regular exercise such as yoga that combine with stretches movement and deep breathing meditation to enhance a better sleeping quality.
  • Focus on the breathing pattern which concentrate on the moving of diaphragm while breathing and try breathing through pursed lips and pacing breaths with activity.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Incontinence


Incontinence refers to an inability to fully control the emptying of the bladder It is a common and often embarrassing problem. The severity of urinary incontinence ranges from occasionally leaking urine during cough or sneeze to having an urge to urinate that's so sudden and strong that unable to rush to the toilet in time. Anxiety, emotions, heavy lifting may also trigger the release of a few drops or more of urine from the bladder.


Causes
  • Weak pelvic- floor muscles
  • Prostate problems
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Constipation
  • Gynaecological problems
  • Obesity
  • Strokes
  • Smoking
  • Old age
  • Stress
  • Spinal injuries
  • Bladder cancer or stones

Action plans
  • Eat plenty of green vegetables which high in calcium and magnesium needed fir proper muscle and nerve contraction and relaxation.
  • Reduce the intake of salt, alcohol, caffeine and chocolate which can put a strain on the kidneys.
  • Practice pelvic-floor exercises daily which involve the isolation and contraction of the muscles that control flow of urine.
  • Perform a daily massage at the lower abdominal area.
  • Apply heat to the kidney area either via hot water bottle or hot compress.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Heart Disease


Heart disease (Cardio-vascular disease) is the number 1 killer in term of disease in Malaysia. It is the general term for heart problems which may include conditions such as coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy, cerebral vascular disease, stroke, carotid artery disease and peripheral vascular disease. Heart disease is generally caused by a lack of blood flow to the arteries supplying either  the heart, carotid arteries, brain or legs. This can result from a condition known as atherosclerosis or a build up of plaque which leads to a lack of oxygen supplying the vascular tissue.


Symptoms
  • Chest pain
  • Skipped or irregular heart beats
  • Shortness of breath
  • High blood pressure
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Pain in the jaw or legs

Causes
  • Poor diet
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Atherosclerosis
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Excessive use of alcohol or caffeine
  • Being overweight/ obese
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • High fat, trans-fats and saturated fat diet
  • High levels of inflammatory markers
  • Bacteria

Action plans
  • Increase the intake of fiber which helps to lower the total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol.
  • Keep the blood pressure under controlled which the optimal blood pressure is below 120 systolic and 80 diastolic.
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy body weight which being overweight will increase the risk of heart disease.
  • Manage stress by learning muscle relaxation and deep breathing technique.
  • Practice good hygiene habits by washing hands regularly and avoid staying close to sick people for preventing the viral and bacterial infection that can put stress on heart.
  • Avoid the intake of fatty food, alcohol, cigarettes, refined foods and processed food. 


Monday, October 7, 2013

Gout

Gout is one of the common type of arthritis. It is refers to the deposition of uric acid crystals around joints caused by the disturbance in protein metabolism. The uric acid should be excreted in the urine but sometimes this elimination does not occur and crystals can form. The fingers, and toes are the most likely joints to be affected.


Symptoms
  • Severe pain in the joints
  • Red, hot, shiny and swollen joints
  • Fever
  • Less flexibility
  • Less urine with strong smell

Causes
  • Genetic predisposition
  • High alcohol consumption
  • Diet high in purine foods, such as seafood, meat and organ meat
  • Insufficient water intake
  • Insufficient fiber,fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Obesity
  • Crash dieting
  • Abnormal kidney function
  • Hypertension

Action plans
  • Drink at least 2-2.5 L of water daily to eliminate uric acid through the kidneys and bladder.
  • Apply an ice pack with a towel on the joint. Do not apply directly to your skin without a towel as this could damage skin.
  • Eat fresh pineapple as it contained enzyme bromelain with the anti-inflammatory effect.
  • Avoid the intake of yeast product, alcohol, fried foods, high salt, anchovies,sardine, mussels, mushroom, chilies and tobacco.
  • Take green supplement such as Cryptomonadales 
  • Take fish oils supplement as their essential fat can help to reduce inflammation.
  • Keep a moderate exercise daily by starting with walking and build up gradually.
  • Lose weight slowly if overweight.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Fractures

The bone fracture is a crack or break in a bone. A fracture can be complete or partial. An open fracture is when the skin is pierced, while a closed fracture is when the skin is not broken. There is likely to be extreme pain and swelling and sometimes tingling or numbness around the fracture. The most common site of fractures are the wrist, ankle and hip.


Symptoms
  • Out-of-place or misshapen limb or joint
  • Swelling, bruising or bleeding
  • Intense pain
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Limited mobility or inability to move a limb


Causes
  • High impact of sport injuries
  • Traumatic, forceful and unnatural movements
  • Overuse- prolonged  long distance walking or running
  • Falls
  • Accidents
  • Osteoporosis
  • Tumors growing near the bone


Action plans
  • Until the cast has set properly, avoid direct heat such as hot water bottles.
  • Rest the limb as much as possible.
  • Avoid any lifting or driving until the fracture has healed.
  • If the skin under the cast is itchy, don’t poke anything between the cast and limb. Instead, use a hairdryer to blow cool air into the cast.
  • Don’t get cast wet, as wet plaster becomes soft and does not provide the necessary support.When showering, wrap the cast in a plastic bag and tape it directly to your skin, to keep the area watertight.
  • If presence of swelling, blueness or loss of movement of the fingers or toes, pins and needles, numbness or increased pain, do visit doctor immediately.
  • Take fresh pineaaple which contains bromelain as anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Take a bone-supportive supplement containing magnesium,calcium,boron,zinc,vitamins A,D and K.
  • Take glucosamine sulphate as presence of anti-inflammatory properties and stimulates repairing of joints.
  • Take vitamin c as it is important for bone health and repair
  • Avoid soft drinks, red meats, tea, coffee, alcohol, processed foods. These can all act as anti-nutrient for bone healing.


Monday, September 23, 2013

Endometriosis


Endometriosis is a common disorder of the female reproductive organs and is the leading cause of chronic pelvic pain in women. It is the abnormal growth of cells similar to those that form the inside of the uterus, but in a location outside of the uterus. Most commonly within the pelvic area or the abdominal cavity. The endometrial tissue may attach itself to the ovaries, the outside of the uterus, the intestines, or other abdominal organs.


Symptoms
  • Painful periods
  • Heavy periods
  • Lower back pain during menstruation
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Difficulty becoming pregnant
  • Fatigue
  • Lower backache

Causes
  • Menstrual tissue reflux along fallopian tube
  • Genetic predisposition, embryonic defect
  • High oestrogen and low progesterone
  • Liver weakness
  • Environmental toxins and oestrogens
  • Over-consumption of caffeine
  • Stress
  • Immune damage from dioxin
  • Iodine deficiency

Action plans
  • Eat more wholefoods such as soya beans, lentils, tofu, beans, legumes, vegetables and seaweeds ( for the iodine which if deficient may trigger the condition).
  • Eat pineapple for its anti-inflammatory property.
  • Take warm baths and a heating pad can help relax pelvic muscles, reducing cramping and pain.
  • Getting regular exercise may help improve symptoms
  • Avoid the intake of alcohol, red meat and dairy products.
  • Reduce sugary baked goods intake as they will create inflammation in the body.
  • Avoid coffee as it inhibits mineral absorption.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Depression

Depression is a state of low mood that can affect the thought ,behavior, feeling and sense of well being of a person.Depressed mood is not necessarily a psychiatric disorder. It may be a normal reaction to certain life events, a symptom of some medical conditions, or a side effect of some drugs or medical treatments. 


Symptoms

  • Feeling of helplessness and hopelessness
  • Lost of interest in daily activities
  • Significant weight loss or gained
  • Insomnia or oversleeping
  • Anger or irritability
  • Loss of energy
  • Self-loathing
  • Reckless behavior
  • Concentration problems
  • Unexplained aches and pains

Causes
  • Liver stagnation
  • Food sensitivities
  • Vitamin deficiencies especially B group vitamin
  • Hereditary factors
  • Personal loss or bereavement
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Thyroid problems
  • Emotional stress
  • Medications
  • Too much sugar in diet
  • Poor diet
  • Low level of tryptophan and serotonin
  • Low blood sugar
  • Low hydrochloric acid

Action plans
  • Drink 2- 2.5 liters of water daily to allow liver detoxify properly
  • Increase the intake of wholefoods high in complex carbohydrate that contains serotonin to improve the brain function and mood.
  • Eat more fish, nuts and seeds which contain essential fats to lower the mood of depression.
  • Eat food that contain high chlorophyll such as algae or Cryptomonadales.
  • Increase intake of fresh vegetables and fruits which are good source of magnesium to improve mood.
  • Avoid the intake of alcohol and caffeine.
  • Avoid diet drinks and colas which containing chemical sweeteners and additives that can trigger depression.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Cold Sores

It is caused by the herpes simplex virus which related to the herpes virus that causes chickenpox and shingles.It can remain dormant in the body for years. Many people carry the virus but do not suffer from cold sores. They usually appear on the lips, around the mouth or nose and sometimes at the eyes.It can be extremely painful and may last 2-3 weeks.


Symptoms
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Pain around mouth and lips
  • Swollen gland at neck or other part of body

Causes
  • Bright sunlight
  • Stress
  • Compromised immune function
  • Poor diet
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Low iron levels
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Amino acid imbalances

Action plans
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables which contains antioxidants needed by the immune system to fight infection.
  • Drink more water up to 2- 2.5 liters daily.
  • Try deep breathing , meditation and exercise to relax if cold sores is triggered by stress.
  • Eat more fish and beans which contains lysine to inhibit the growth of the cold sore virus.
  • Avoid skin contact with others when blisters are present. The virus spread easily when there are moist secretions from blister.
  • Be careful about touching other parst of body especially eye and genital areas that susceptible to spread of virus.
  • Avoid sharing items such as utensils, towel, lip balm, and other items.
  • Keep hands clean by washing hand before touching another person.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Bloating

 
It is when substances, such as gas accumulate in the stomach causing its outward expansion beyond the normal girth of the abdomen. Bloating is normally have wind occasionally, farting and burping. It is typically a symptom of an underlying disease or dysfunction in the body, rather than an illness in its own right.


Symptoms
  • Sensation of fullness
  • Abdominal pressure
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Stomach cramp
  • Hiccup
  • No appetite

Causes
  • Eating too fast or talking while eating
  • Stress
  • Side effect of medication or supplement
  • Weakened abdominal muscles
  • Constipation
  • High fat diet
  • Gas producing food
  • Gastrointestinal diseases

Action plans
  • Drink a glass of room temperature before meals and only take little sips during meals to avoid bloating.
  • Eat and drink slowly also avoid using straw for drinks.
  • Avoid food that cause gas such as broccoli,cabbage, and beans.
  • Keep calm and avoid anxiety or tension which cause swallow of air.
  • Do not overeat but maintain smaller portion and frequent meal
  • Increase the intake of fiber and probiotic to avoid constipation
  • Do not drink or smoking
  • Limit the intake of caffeine, refined carbohydrates, salt, dairy products, carbonated drinks, and processed or packaged foods.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Acne


Acne is the common human skin disease that can range from blackheads and red pimples to wide, reddened pores and noticeable, scarred tissue.If the pimples is scratched or squeezed, it will lead to infection and spreading of the acne. It normally appears on the face, chest, neck,shoulder and the back.Acne often occurs during adolescence which usually cause by the increase of testosterone and continues into adulthood. For most people, acne tend to disappear or decrease by the age of  25. However, no way to predict how long it will take to disappear entirely.




Causes
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Inherited
  • Overly stimulated sebaceous glands
  • Yeast overgrowth and fungal infections
  • Congested colon and constipation
  • Food allergies and food sensitivities
  • High fat diet and/or refined food diet
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • High consumption of meat
  • Essential fatty acid deficiency
  • Zinc or vitamin A deficiency

Action Plans
  • Clean the face gently with mild cleanser at morning, evening or after heavy workouts.
  • Do not squeeze, pinch, or pick the pimple that can get scar or dark spot on the skin.
  • Choose make up carefully that is oil free or with the word "noncomedogenic" on the label.
  • Shampoo hair regularly.
  • Eat plenty of natural foods such as fresh fruit, vegetables and drink pure water.
  • Engage in some form of relaxation such as meditation or breathing exercise to reduce impact of stress.
  • Opt for probiotic and fiber source of food to reduce the occurrence of constipation.
  • Avoid stress, pollution and chemicals that can suppress the immune system.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Weak Immune System

The immune system is composed of lymphoid tissue of the body which includes thymus, spleen , lymph, bone marrow and parts of the gastrointestinal tract. The weaken immune system refers to a poor response of the immune system on protecting the body towards harmful substances. This will result to a frequent and severe colds, flu, allergies, mucus congestion and other serious disease.

Symptoms
  • Allergies or food sensitivities
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Frequent colds or flu
  • Swollen glands
  • Sore throat
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Headaches
  • Pain under right rib

Causes
  • Gastrointestinal problem
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep and exercise
  • Nutrient deficiency
  • Excessive use of electronic gadgets
  • Inherited immunodeficiency disorder
  • HIV patient
  • Ageing
  • Poor diet

Action plans
  • Take 5 serving of fruit and vegetables daily to provide antioxidant to fight against illness.
  • Take probiotic supplement to boost up the immune system of body.
  • Drink 2 litres to 2.5 litres of water to flush out the toxin in body.
  • Maintain a regular exercise to release stress that lead to a weaker immune system.
  • Get a drainage lymphatic massage to move lymph through lymphatic system.Please click here to view video
  • Obtain some algae supplement  to reduce the body acidity which lead to weak immunity.
  • Always have some raw food such as salad with every cooked meal as enzyme of raw foods helps to maintain a strong body.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Vaginitis


It is an inflammation of the vagina that result in discharge, itching and pain. Vaginitis also often associated with an irritation or infection of the vulva. There are four common types of vaginitis which includes:

i) Bacterial vaginosis- result from the overgrowth of organism in vagina.
ii)Yeast infection-cause by natural occurring fungus of Candida albicans
iii)Trichomoniasis- a parasite that commonly transmitted by sexual intercourse
iv)Vaginal atrophy- reduction of estrogen level after menopause


Symptoms
  • Changes of colour, odour, or amount of vaginal discharge
  • Itching or irritation of vagina
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Painful urination
  • Spotting or light bleeding of vagina

Risk factors
  • Birth control pills
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Antibiotic treatment
  • Immune system disorder
  • Thyroid or endocrine disorders
  • Pregnancy

Action plan
  • Wear loose natural fiber clothes
  • Avoid wearing tight pants
  • Limit usage of feminine deodorant
  • Limit usage of deodorant tampo or pads
  • Change out of wet clothing right after bath
  • Wash underwear in hot water
  • Use condom to prevent sexual transmitted disease
  • Limit sugar intake to keep blood sugar level close to normal
  • Avoid foods high in yeast or mold such as alcohol, cheese, dried fruit, nuts
  • Avoid taking fermented food such as pickle, vinegar, tempeh and soy sauce
  • Take probiotic supplement to maintain good bacteria in body
  • Consume raw garlic and onion liberally for the antifungal properties 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Ulcerative Colitis

This is a form of inflammatory bowel disease which causes inflammation of the large intestine and rectum with an open sore. It is an intermittent disease with period of  exacerbate symptoms, and periods that are free from symptoms. Ulcerative colitis is often treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, immunosuppression, and biological therapy. Colostomy is necessary for severe condition without responds of treatment.


Symptoms
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Fierce bowel movement
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Stomach distension
  • Bloodied diarrhoea with period of constipation

Causes
  • Genetic inheritance
  • Food allergies
  • Food sensitivities
  • Dairy intolerances
  • Intestinal parasites or protozoa disease
  • Bad bacteria
  • Excessive arachidonic acid
  • Liver stagnation
  • Smoking
  • Emotional problems, stress
  • Poor immunity, auto-immune disease
  • High sugar intake

Action plan
  • Take probiotic to help keep the good bacteria high for better immune system
  • Eat smaller and more frequent meals to maximize nutrient absorption and tolerable by the digestive system.
  • Follow a low residue diet to relieve abdominal pain and diarhea
  • Increase intake of Omega 3 fatty acid in diet such as salmon, mackerel, hering and sardine that promote anti-inflammatory effect.
  • Take nutritional supplement such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium,and folate if appetite is poor and solid foods are not tolerated well.
  • Avoid the consumption of alcohol.
  • Avoid food that may increase stool output such as fresh fruits and vegetables, prunes and caffeinated beverages.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Thalassemia

It is an inherited blood disorder characterized by less haemoglobin or abnormal haemoglobin production of the body. The haemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that helps red blood cells carry oxygen to the body. Low level of haemoglobin may cause anaemia that individual feel weak and tired. Severe haemoglobin can damage organ and lead to death.Therefore, severe thalassemia may need regular blood transfusion while the mild thalassemia may not need any treatment.


Symptoms 

  • Abdominal swelling
  • Dark urine
  • Facial bone deformities
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Pale appearance
  • Shortness of breath
  • Slow growth
  • Yellow discolouration of skin (Jaundice)
  • Weakness

Action Plan
  • Avoid excess iron intake or supplement contain iron which may cause liver and heart damage.
  • Eat a balanced diet with plenty of nutritious food  to boost the energy level and maintain good health.
  • Consume adequate amount of vitamin B9 to help in the formation of healthy red blood cell.
  • Maintain an adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D for healthy bone.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Skin cancer

Skin is the largest organ for human body. It is function for protecting the internal organ from injury, serves as a barrier to germs and  also helps to get rid of certain body wastes. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancer. It is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skins. It occurs when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells triggers mutations  that lead to skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumours. There are three types of skin cancers : basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.

Symptoms
  • A spread of pigmentation beyond the border, such as dark coloring that spreads past the edge of a mole or mark
  • Changes of the skin, especially size, colour,spot or a new growth
  • Bleeding, scaliness,oozing of the bump
  • Feeling of itchiness, tenderness, or pain


Cause
  • Unprotected or excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation
  • Occupational exposure to coal tar,pitch,creosote,arsenic compounds,or radium
  • Family history of skin cancer
  • Multiple or unusual moles
  • Severe sunburns in the past
  • Smoking
  • The use of many immunosuppressive drugs
  • Chronic non healing wounds

Action plan
  • Avoid direct exposure to the sun between 10am- 4pm.
  • Cover up with protective clothes to protect skin from the direct sunlight exposure
  • Apply sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) 30 by 30 minutes before outdoor activities.
  • Undergo regular checkups and bringing changing lesions to the attention of doctor.
  • Increase the consumption of carrot,orange,tomatoes, red peppers, spinach and kale which rich in antioxidant to lower the risk of skin cancer.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease where the body attack own tissues and cells that result in chronic inflammatory condition. It may affect many tissues and organs but more targeted on flexible joints. It may cause mobility difficulties and pain which can lead to substantial loss of functioning if not adequately treated.

Symptoms

  • Painful and swollen joints ,especially hands,feet and knees
  • Difficulty moving joints
  • Stiffness and pain in affected joints
  • Fever
  • Red, puffy hands
  • Fatigue
  • Hard bumps just under the skin near the joints
  • Loss of appetite

Cause


  • Genetics 
  • Food allergies
  • Abnormal gut and bowel permeability
  • Deficiencies of B vitamins
  • Deficiencies of essential fatty acid 
  • Smoking
  • Chronic stress
  • Adrenal weakness
  • Constipation
  • Infection

Action Plan

  • Increase the intake of fruit and vegetables for the antioxidant.
  • Eat more deep sea dish like salmon,mackerel and sardines for the omega-3 fats as anti-inflammatory agent.
  • Take supplement such as vitamin B-complex, vitamin D and E.
  • Avoid the intake of refined food such as white bread, pastas and sugar.
  • Reduce intake of red meat and trans-fatty acids that found in commercially baked goods such as cookies,cakes,doughnuts and processed foods.
  • Avoid caffeine and other stimulants, alcohol and tobacco.
  • Maintain a regular exercise such as swimming, walking,  or biking for 30 minutes of 3-5 times a week.
  • Use hot and cold treatment by applying direct to the pain site; heat maybe useful for chronic pain while cold provide relief to acute pain.
  • Try massage therapy to relax the muscle, reduce the tension, and relief arthritis pain.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is an organ that  produces digestive enzymes that help to break down protein, fat and carbohydrates from food as well as insulin and glucagon that control blood sugar levels. Pancreatitis can be acute or chronic. The acute pancreatitis may only last a few days and may resolve completely .For chronic pancreatitis, it starts off as acute and scarred it may not recover and the  damage can worsen. Often there is no pain in chronic pancreatitis; this may be a signed that the pancreas has stopped working altogether.


Symptoms
  • Severe upper abdominal burning pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chill
  • Jaundice
  • Increase heart rate

Cause
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Gallstones
  • Medications
  • Oxidative stress
  • Antioxidant deficiencies
  • Injury
  • Genetics
  • Surgery
  • High blood calcium level
  • Scorpion sting
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Infections
  • High blood fats

Action plan
  • Maintain a low fat foods diet but make sure to eat some sources of essential fat daily for anti-inflammatory functions that needed for health.
  • Increase the intake of fruit and vegetables that rich in antioxidant to reduce pain and severity of pancreatitis.
  • Avoid the intake of alcohol which will put a huge strain on the pancreas.
  • Limit the intake of refined carbohydrates, processed fats and saturated fats.
  • Supplement with antiocidants such as vitamin C,E, beta-carotene and methionine.
  • Eat small, regular meals and snacks to put less strain on the pancreas and digestive system.
  • Stop smoking as cigarette create free radicals damages and used up antioxidant. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Osteoarthritis

It is also called "wear-and-tear arthritis", this tend to strike people in their fifties and above and affects more women than men.It refers to the erosion of cartilage that covers the ends of bones between joints.The usually smooth cartilage becomes rough and this results in friction, pain and inflammation.The changes in the cartilage stimulate the overgrowth of bone cells as the body tries to correct the imbalance.This overgrowth can lead to bony spurs that contribute to more pain.The affected joints includes wrist,hands, knees,spine and hips.

Symptoms
  • Joint Pain
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Joint Swelling
  • Reduction in mobility of affected joints
  • Bony enlargements in the middle and end joints of the fingers

Cause
  • Inherited defect genes responsible for making cartilage which leads to rapid deterioration of joints.
  • Obesity increase risk of osteoarthritis for the knee, hip, and spine.
  • Injuries contribute to the development of osteoarthritis such as athletes with knee injuries or people who have had severe back injury.
  • Overuse of certain joints increase risk of osteoarthritis.For instance, people in jobs requiring repeated bending of knee.
  • Other condition such as rheumatoid arthritis ,iron overload or excess growth hormone also increase risk of osteoarthritis.

Action Plan
  • Eat deep sea fish such as sardines,salmon,mackerel which contain anti-inflammatory omega 3 essential fats.
  • Increase the intake of fruits and vegetables that high in anti-inflammatory nutrients and can help to alkalise the body.
  • Eat fresh pineapple that contains bromelain to reduce inflammation.
  • Avoid intake of saturated fat from food that have an inflammatory effect.
  • Reduce intake of tea, coffee, and spinach that contain oxalic acid to increase acidity and worsen inflammation.
  • Place cold packs on inflamed joins to reduce inflammation.
  • Have hot then cold shower to promote circulation circulation and healing.
  • Get regular, moderate exercise such as walking or swimming to strengthen surrounding muscles and ligaments.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Nausea

Nausea is a sensation of unease and discomfort in the upper stomach,leaving the feeling of draining energy and wanting to vomit. Nausea is not a sickness but rather a symptom of several conditions which many does not related to the stomach.

Causes
  • B vitamin deficiency
  • Lack of food
  • Malnutrition
  • Food poisoning
  • Infection
  • Stress
  • Digestive disturbances
  • Migraines
  • Anorexia
  • Pregnancy
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Medication
  • Travel sickness

Action plan
  • Plain wholemeal toast or dry crackers to help settle the stomach
  • Miso soup to helps neutralize stomach acid
  • Pumpkin seed to reduce nausea
  • Drink ginger tea or hot water with ginger slice
  • Avoid travel sickness by eating papaya or whole grains before setting off 
  • Avoid alcohol, spicy and fatty food before travel to prevent travel sickness

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is defined as a cluster of any 3 condition which includes the increase of blood pressure, a high blood glucose level, excess of body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol level. The combination of all these conditions will lead to the higher risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.


Symptoms
  • Triglycerides                  >= 1.7 mmol/l
  • HDL-C  
          Men                                 < 1.0 mmol / l
          Women                            < 1.3 mmol / l
  • Blood pressure(mm Hg) >= 130 / >=85
  • Fasting glucose               >= 6.1 mmol / l
  • Waist Circumference
          Men                                  >90cm
          Women                             >80cm


Causes
  • Lack of  physical activity (sedentary lifestyle)
  • Excessive intake of carbohydrate
  • Smoking
  • Ageing
  • Insulin resistance
  • Excess blood clotting
  • Hormone changes
  • Increase level of blood substances that are sign of body inflammation
  • Excess weight around middle and upper parts of body


Action plan
  • Increase fibre intake for lowering the insulin and blood sugar level.
  • Take garlic for protecting the cardio-vascular system.
  • Consume more deep sea fish which contain omega-3 essential fat to protect heart and improve cell response to insulin.
  • Avoid high sugary and refined carbohydrate food which will increase the insulin level such as soft drinks, biscuit, cake, pastries, chocolate, sweets, white rice, white bread, crisps and potatoes.
  • Lower the salt intake to control the blood pressure level.
  • Restrict the intake of tea, coffee and caffeinated soft drinks as caffeine will indirectly raises blood sugar levels and therefore insulin.


Monday, May 6, 2013

Lactose Intolerance

Individual that are lactose intolerant will be unable to digest the milk sugar lactose. Digestion of lactose requires the enzyme lactase, which is produced by the cells lining the small intestine. The lactase will break down lactose into two simpler form of sugar called glucose and galactose to be absorbed  into the blood stream. Lactose intolerance usually results in unpleasant digestive symptoms when products containing lactose are eaten.


Symptoms
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • flatulence
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea

Causes
  • Genetics
  • Damage of digestive tract due to coeliac disease, gastroenteritis or colitis,infection, surgery and injuries

Action plan
  • Add plenty of non-dairy calcium-rich food to diet such as broccoli, soy milk, tofu,oat and soya yoghurt
  • Eat magnesium rich food to ensure correct uptake of calcium such as white beans, dark green leafies, pumpkin seeds, brown rice, and seaweed
  • Check labels carefully, dairy products and lactose are found in many products.
  • Eat milk products that are easier for people with lactose intolerance to digest, such as yogurt and hard cheese
  • Take a tablet that contains the lactase enzyme when eat foods that contain lactose

Monday, April 29, 2013

Kidney Stones

Kidney stone is formed by the collection of waste product from the blood which crystallize in the kidney. After a kidney stone has formed, the body will try to pass it out of the body in urine.Small stones may be passed out painlessly in the urine and may even go undetected. However, it can cause terrible pain in the abdomen when blocking part of the urinary system.


Symptoms
  • Intense pain in the back or side of  abdomen which last for minutes or hours
  • Restless and unable to lie still
  • Nausea 
  • Blood in urine
  • Cloudy or smelly urine
  • Burning sensation when urinate 
  • Fever
  • Frequent urination 
  • Pain during urination

Causes
  • Poor diet
  • Family history
  • Hyperthyroid
  • Urinary tract blockage
  • Chronic bowel inflammation
  • Calcium oxalate build-up
  • Too much coffee
  • Over refined diet
  • Too much meat
  • High sodium intake
  • Lack of dietary fibre

Action plan
  • Increasing fluid intake of citrate-rich foods ( lemonade and orange juice)
  • Maintain a calcium (Ca) intake of 800 mg per day
  • Limiting sodium intake to less than 2000 mg per day
  • Limiting vitamin C intake to less than 1000 mg per day
  • Limiting animal protein intake
  • Limiting consumption of foods high in oxalate (such as spinach, strawberries, nuts, rhubarb, wheat germ, dark chocolate, cocoa, brewed tea)


Monday, April 22, 2013

Impotence


Also refer as erectile dysfunction is when a man lack of desire for sex or an inability to maintain an erection either partially and/or fully.Erection problems are common in adult men. Almost all men sometimes have trouble getting or keeping an erection.In many cases, the problem goes away with little or no treatment. In other cases, it can be an ongoing problem. If a man have trouble getting or keeping an erection more than 25% of the time, it is a problem.


Causes
  • Diseases including diabetes, hypertension, heart or thyroid conditions, poor blood flow, depression, or nervous system disorders (Parkinson's disease)
  • Stress,anxiety, fear, or anger
  • Medication such as blood pressure or heart medications, peptic ulcer medications, sleeping pills, and antidepressants
  • Smoking, alcohol or cocaine use
  • Lack of communication with partner
  • Hormonal imbalance (low level of testosterone )
  • B vitamin deficiency
  • Nerve damage from prostate surgery
  • Overweight


Action plan
  • Eat celery, banana, garlic, cinnamon, ginger,beetroot and avocados to promote the health of reproductive organ.
  • Reduce the intake of coffee,white processed food, and tinned food.
  • Cut down on smoking, alcohol, and illegal drug use.
  • Get plenty of rest and take time to relax.
  • Exercise and eat a healthy diet to keep good blood circulation.
  • Use safe sex practices to prevent HIV and STD.
  • Talk openly to your partner about sex and your relationship. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Haemorrhoids


Haemorrhoids or piles are swollen blood vessels of the rectum. The haemorrhoidal veins are located in the lowest area of the rectum and the anus. Sometimes they are swollen bluish, reddish or purple, often large,inflamed veins and capillaries sticking out of the rectum.Haemorrhoids are classified into two general categories which are internal and external.The internal haemorrhoids is lie far enough inside the rectum that hardly see or feel them. Whist the external haemorrhoids is lie within the anus and are often uncomfortable.


Symptoms
  • Anal itching
  • Pain or lump near the anus
  • Red bleeding from the anus
  • Tenderness or pain during pass motion


Causes
  • Straining on the toilet
  • Bad eating habits
  • Lack of fibre
  • Too much sugar
  • Too much coffee
  • Too much alcohol
  • Laxative use
  • Constipation
  • Lack of exercise


Action plan

  • Eat plenty of fibre to provide bulk in diet by including lots of fruits,vegetables, and nuts
  • Avoid straining in toilet
  • Consider fibre supplements
  • Drink plenty of water and fruit juice to avoid dehydration
  • Keep a regular bowel habit and go to the toilet when needed and don't try to hold it in
  • Maintain regular exercise to promote bowel movement

Monday, April 8, 2013

Gallbladder Removal


The gallbladder collect bile from the liver. The function of the gallbladder is to concentrate the bile and to secrete it into the digestive tract when food is eaten to aid the digestion of fats.Once the gallbladder is removed, a continuous trickle of unconcentrated bile from the liver goes directly into the small intestine.So, difficulties with the fat digestion are common.Bile also acts as a natural laxative so changes in bowel habits may also result after surgery causing bloating and abdominal discomfort. This may due to the constant secretion of bile into the intestines or from post- surgical adhesions or intra-abdominal scars.


Action plan


  • Increase fibre intake such as whole grains and pulses to remove toxins and excess cholesterol from the body and to keep the bowels health.
  • Increase fruits and vegetables intake which packed with nutrient for healthy liver function.
  • Beetroot which is great for the liver.
  • Avoid saturated fats from margarines, fatty meals and dairy products.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, sugar and refined carbohydrates which put extra strain on the liver and irritate the digestive tract.
  • Eat small meals and snacks to avoid extra strain on the liver and digestive system.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Fibrocystic Breast Changes

Fibrocystic breast changes is refer to small lumps on the breast under the skin. The lumps can easily move and may change in size. They are not usually considered to be precursors to cancer. Fibrocystic breast changes is common in menstruating women which affecting more than half of the women at their childbearing age.The changes can be diagnosed by doctor using mammogram or breast ultrasound.


Symptoms
  • Feel full, swollen, and heavy of breast
  • Thick or lumpy breasts
  • Pain or discomfort in both breasts
  • Pain or discomfort under the arms


Causes
  • Excess oestrogen relative to progresterone
  • A diet high in sugar and refined foods with high levels of insulin
  • Underactive thyroid or iodine deficiency


Action plan
  • Get tested by health care provider
  • Consume more fresh fruit and vegetables for their cleansing effects
  • Eat small and regular meals and snacks
  • Take magnesium citrate and vitamin B6 for hormonal balance
  • Check breast regularly to ensure the breast in normal condition
  • Take regular exercise to keep blood sugar level stable and gets the lymph moving

Monday, March 25, 2013

Eczema

Eczema or dermatitis is an inflammation of the outer layer of the skin. Eczema can vary in severity and develop on any part of the body but typically occurs on the face, neck, scalp and the insides of elbows, knees. and ankles. Mild forms leave the skin dry, itchy, and inflamed, whilst in more severe cases the skin can become raw and broken, causing it to weep or bleed. However, this skin condition is not contagious.


Symptoms
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Dry, flaky skin
  • Redness and inflammation
  • Blisters
  • Bleeding or weeping

Causes
The cause are varied and there are several types:

Atopic eczema
-an over active immune response to environmental allergens such as dust mites, animal hair, or dietary allergens
-stress, emotional upset, nutritional deficiencies or weather changes.

Allergic contact dermatitis
-develops when body's immune system reacts to a material in contact with skin.
-arise several hour after contact with material and settle down again within few days once skin no longer in contact with it

Irritant contact dermatitis
- cause by regular contact with everyday substances, such as soaps, detergents and other chemical based product which irritating skin



Action plan
  • Get tested for food allergies test
  • Eat whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Drink lots of water
  • Take probiotic product which may reduce allergic reactions by enhancing bowel health and alter immune system
  • Take vitamin C for boosting the immune system which may reduce eczema symptoms
  • Eat food rich in essential fatty acid such as cold water fish, flaxseed,sunflower and pumpkin seeds
  • Avoid food with clogging effect such as red meat, dairy product,  fried and oily foods
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these have dehydrating effect on skin

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Dandruff

Dandruff is a common inflammation of skin which characterized by flakes of dead skin accumulating in the scalp and hair. It is thought to be due to a combination of imbalance in the oil-secreting gland of the scalp, fungal infection, hormonal imbalance and deficiency in essential  fats or zinc.


Symptoms

  • Greasy, oily areas of skin
  • Hair loss
  • Itching and become more itchy if infected
  • Mild redness
  • Plaques over large area
  • Skin lesions
  • Skin scales with white and flaking or yellowish, oily, and adherent

Action plan

  • Increase fibre intake which are high in a range of antioxidants, as well as minerals that encourage hair, skin and nail growth, a green diet can be good for preventing dandruff.
  • Increase omega 3 fatty acid intake which high in food such as cold water fish, flaxseed, sunflower seed and pumpkin seeds that act as anti-inflammatory agent. 
  • Take food rich in zinc to encounter low dietary levels of zinc that cause dull, unmanageable hair and even hair loss which including fish and pumpkin seeds.
  • Avoid intake of high sugar, alcohol, refined carbohydrates, yeasts and dairy products which adversely affect fungal conditions.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Cirrhosis of Liver

A condition that refers to liver cells have become hardened and fibrotic. The scar tissue builds up and obstruct of blood flow in liver. Liver has many important function which include detoxification; blood sugar and cholesterol control; digestion and absorption of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Liver is an organ that can regenerate well but in cases of cirrhosis, the liver cells hardly replaced to become a healthy liver.


Symptoms

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Eye problems
  • Fatigue
  • Indigestion
  • Jaundice
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low-grade fever
  • Nausea


Causes
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Damage from gallstones
  • Bacterial or viral infections (Hepatitis)
  • Obesity
  • Poor diet


Action Plan
  • Increase the intake of fresh vegetable and fruit that provide abundant antioxidant for healing.
  • Consume food that rich in chlorophyll for cleansing and rejuvenating the cells.
  • Eat more plain foods rather than heavily spiced or flavoured food.
  • Avoid the intake of sugar, margarine, heated fats, fried foods, processed meats, pastries, caffeine,  refined carbohydrates and foods containing additives.
  • Avoid the alcohol used

Monday, March 4, 2013

Backache

Backache can be a very tiring experience as pain is such a drain on the body's energy system. You may feel aches, sharp pains, gnawing pain. Back pain can be radiate anywhere from the neck, right down the spine to your tailbone. The pain can even move into the buttocks and hips too. Lower-back pain is the most common back complaint and a huge problem for many.


Causes:


  • Back injuries
  • Congesting foods
  • Heavy lifting
  • Kidney weakness
  • Obesity
  • Poor posture
  • Scoliosis
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Spinal malformation


Action Plan:

  • Eat oily fish, flax seeds, walnuts and avocados contain anti-inflammatory essential fats.
  • Drink water about 6 - 8 glasses daily are required to flush out toxins and hydrate the body.
  • Avoid consuming saturated fats and trans-fats found in margerine and baked goods as these can increase inflammation.
  • Lie down with a hot-water bottle place under lower back. The heat is soothing to the kidney area and give warm relief to sore back.
  • Do gentle stretches to release stiffness and prevent muscle spasms.
  • Do not sit for long periods of time.
  • Lose weight. The extra frontal weight will pull posture out of line and cause undue back strain.
  • Get regular massages. This can help to soften muscle tissue and release pain.