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.

  • 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

  • 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


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.

  • 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 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.

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

  • 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.