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What is Raynaud’s Disease?

Raynaud’s Disease

Raynaud’s disease, syndrome or phenomenon as some may refer to it, is a condition that occurs when blood vessels in your bodies extremities overreact to either cold conditions or stress.

The symptoms most commonly occur in the feet, fingers/ hands, one’s nose and even your ears and knees in more severe conditions. People who live with this condition are often unphased by it, and some don’t even know that they have it. Reduced blood flow in your body, however, can cause more damage than one might think.

The Raynaud’s Syndrome

When it’s cold, your body naturally tries to preserve its heat by slowing down your blood flow, which is reserved for your extremities, your arms and legs specifically.

It often causes your feet and fingers/hands to feel numb and even turn various colour, especially blue.

Ultimately this condition causes your smaller arteries to reduce the amount of blood flow to those points and as a result also moves further away from your skin.

Having the condition isn’t dangerous in all cases per say, but it can get dangerous in severe cases, as adequate blood flow to your extremities or any part of your body is always extremely important.

It generally lasts for around 15 minutes but can last longer. As soon as the arteries recover, and your body is back in tune with its body heat, the affected area might feel like its tingling before returning to normal.

Different Types of Raynaud’s Phenomenon

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There is a primary and secondary type of Raynaud’s. The primary type will occur without any underlying illness, resulting in symptoms that are only considered to be mild, while secondary Raynaud’s happens because of other diseases.

Secondary Raynaud’s is more severe than primary and is a condition that attacks the body’s connective tissues. Illnesses present in secondary Raynaud’s are most popularly rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. The secondary Raynaud’s is much less common than primary but can also cause some serious health issues if not treated properly. The effects include skin sores, as well as gangrene, which can even cause you to lose your fingers or toes, in severe conditions. It all depends on the amount of blood flow you’re getting to your extremities.

Who is More Likely to Get it?

Although Raynaud’s is a condition that to most, is unheard of, one out of ten people have it and don’t even know about it. It is the case with primary Raynaud’s.

When it comes to secondary, only one out of a hundred people have it.

Raynaud’s Disease

Women are far more likely to get this condition, as opposed to men. It can also occur in people of all ages, which can start to appear between the ages of 15 and 25.

Those who have scleroderma, lupus and arthritis are more prone to develop secondary Raynaud’s.

It can be a dangerous condition, which if present, should be treated with a health professional’s medical expertise.

Food poisoning treatment: What to expect

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The symptoms of food poisoning include diarrhoea and vomiting with abdominal pain and cramping. Food poisoning is widespread touching millions of people each year.

In cases of food poisoning, destructive organisms produce toxins that aggravate the lining of your stomach and intestines. The toxins can result in painful inflammation in your stomach causing abdominal cramping.

Watery, loose stools categories diarrhea. It occurs as inflammation makes your bowel less useful at reabsorbing the water and other fluids that secretes during digestion.

You are in danger of dehydration. Therefore, it is vital to keep drinking fluids to keep you rehydrated. In connection with water, sipping broths like the soup can help combat dehydration and give you nourishment when you cannot tolerate solid foods

Headaches are completely common, and people may suffer from them for a little while. Food poisoning can make you dehydrated and fatigued.

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It is natural for people with food poisoning to vomit. It happens when your abdominal muscles and diaphragm pull actively forcing you to bring up the contents of your stomach automatically and to pass them through your mouth forcibly. It is a mechanism of your body to get rid of the contaminants in your body from toxins that are damaging to your body. Food poisoning leads to a forceful projectile vomiting. If you vomit continuously and cannot keep fluids down, you should seek help from a doctor or pharmacist immediately to prevent dehydration.

Generally feeling sick, loss of appetite and feeling fatigued is experienced and happens when your immune system responds to fight the infection. Fever and chills follow to these symptoms with extreme weakness and fatigue. Nausea and muscle aches are also common symptoms.

Treatment start at home, and usually, most cases resolve within three days. Remain properly rehydrated. Some pharmacies sell rehydration fluids that contain electrolytes to help you regain your strength. Fruit juice and coconut water can restore carbohydrates to combat fatigue. Do not drink coffee or caffeine, and it irritates the digestive tract.

Over the counter medicines can help control diarrhoea and help to suppress nausea. Only use these if the symptoms are very severe.

In extreme cases of food poisoning, intravenous fluids are given at the hospital to restore hydration. Some people require more extended hours of hospitalisation to recover from their ordeal completely.

It is good to gradually hold off on solid foods until the vomiting and diarrhoea have passed. Ease back to your regular diet by eating easily digestible foods.

Here are a few examples: rice, oatmeal, chicken broth, boiled vegetables, toast, soda without caffeine and diluted fruit juices.

Foods to avoid is dairy products, fatty foods, food with high sugar content, spicy and fried foods, caffeine, alcohol and nicotine.

We have discussed what to expect from food poisoning and the treatment options for the medical condition. Be preventative by preparing, storing and cooking your food well.

Top 3 Home Gym Equipment of 2018

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Having a home gym is great for building strength as well as staying fit. All you need is a room or a few square feet to spare to set up a home gym. Not to mention the money you’ll be saving from gym memberships. Here are three equipment that will help you stay healthy right at the comfort of your home.

Dynapro Exercise Ball

An underrated and underutilised workout equipment, the exercise ball not only helps you stretch but also assist in working with various weight exercises. An exercise ball will also help you accomplish your core while working or watching the television.

The Dynapro exercise ball inflates quickly since it’s a professional grade ball. The exercise ball is made out of a material that is burst proof. An exercise ball that can withstand nearly 2000 pounds of body weight, the Dynapro also has a non-slip body which enables direct body contact while working out.

CUXUS Resistance bands

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Having a workout session with a resistance band will help you burn fat as well as increase muscle strength, stamina and flexibility. The CUXUS resistance band set comes with five colours; yellow which is 5lbs, green which is 10lbs, red which is 15lbs, blue which is 20lbs and black which is 25lbs.

The CUXUS resistance band set also comes with two cushioned handles, a pair of ankle straps, a storage bag as well as a door anchor. Also, did I mention the whole set is made of natural latex and steel D-rings for extra durability?

ProSource Multi-Grip Bar

Pull-ups, although a really challenging routine, work your arms as well as your back and core. It also operates a vast number of big and small muscles in your arms especially the biceps and lats. Because of the fact that it works your back, pull-ups will help you achieve better body posture, making you look leaner and more extended.

The ProSource Multi-Grip Bar is great for any standard doorframe, and the best part is, it doesn’t leave any damage behind. The ProSource can also withstand up to 300 pounds, but it also depends on the strength of the doorframe as well.

Apart from pull-ups, you can also use the bar for other exercises such as crunches and sit-ups if you take the bar from the top of the doorframe and put it on the base. You can also place the bar against the floor for exercises such as dips and push-ups.

 

 

 

How to Combat Iron Deficiency

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Iron deficiency is something that is not talked about enough. Up to 80% of people are at risk of having an iron deficiency, and it’s all due to having a diet that isn’t balanced or doesn’t contain the proper nutrients.

Anybody who doesn’t consume a nutrient-rich diet, are prone to many types of deficiencies, but because having an iron deficiency is so common and bad for your health, it is often highlighted when people experience most health-related problems.

When it comes to having a severe iron deficiency, there are 30% of people who are at risk of getting anaemia, which has the same symptoms as iron deficiency, just more severe.

Symptoms of Iron Deficiency

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Before establishing how to combat iron deficiency, it’s important to take note of all the symptoms the condition presents you with. By doing this, you’ll be able to fight it better, especially when you take note of the fact that you have iron deficiency.

Moderate or severe iron deficiency symptoms include feeling weak or fatigued, dizziness, shortness of breath, pale skin, tingling feeling in your legs which feels like pins and needles, an irregular heartbeat, cold hands and feet, swelling of the tongue, having brittle nails, headaches, poor concentration and a weakened immune system.

Who is at Risk of Getting Iron Deficiency?

Due to the large number of people who are prone to the condition, those who have a bigger chance are pregnant women, cancer patients, women with heavy menstrual bleeding symptoms, someone with a poor diet, premature babies, children, people diagnosed with heart failure, vegetarians and vegans who don’t follow the proper RDA diet-intake and people with gastrointestinal disorder.

Some women who are premenopausal might also experience iron-deficiency.

 How to Combat Iron Deficiency

Eating a proper diet and living a healthier lifestyle can ultimately reduce symptoms of iron deficiency and after a few months to a year of consistently balanced nutrient-intake, it might eliminate the condition.

You must, however, implement the correct methods and the right foods into your diet, to support your deficiency.

Including foods that are rich in vitamin C in your diet, will help your body absorb iron easier, which is very important as some people have a problem of not being able to consume iron in their bodies.

The most iron-rich foods include spirulina with 8mg of iron, liver with 4.05mg of iron, lentils with 3.3mg per half a cup serving, grass-fed beef with 4mg per 200g a serving, dark chocolate with 3.3mg per ounce, spinach with 3.2mg per half cup, sardines with 1.8mg per quarter cup, black beans with 1.8mg per half a cup, as well as pistachios and raisins, with1.1mg each per one ounce of serving.