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Complementary medicine for acid reflux

Complementary medicine for acid reflux

If you like this post - share it with others ! Heartburn is usually a symptom of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).  This condition occurs when the stomach acid leaks out of the stomach into the oesophagus. It is beneficial to treat with complementary medicine for acid reflux. Alongside heartburn, the other main symptoms are a metallic taste in the mouth and difficulty in swallowing. This is a very common condition that affects many people. It is estimated that 20% of the population will suffer with an attack of GORD at least once a week. This is remarkably high, and explains the huge sales of antacids and acid suppressing drugs. There are many causes of GORD. These range from a high fat diet, stress through to side effects of prescribed medication.  Another key contributing factor to this condition is being overweight (read articles on weight loss).  Acid reflux is also very common during pregnancy, due to the extra pressure of the womb on the stomach. This can be treated safely and effectively with homeopathic remedies (read article Homeopathic treatment of heartburn in pregnancy). Painkillers such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin and Diclofenac can cause increased stomach acid. Prescription medicines for this condition can bring about a temporary relief in the symptoms, but there are also a number of potential side effects with these medicines. Commonly prescribed medicines such as Lansoprazole, Omeprazole and Ranitidine work by reducing the production of acid in stomach, but this can lead to various adverse effects such as nausea, diarrhoea and even depression. The stomach actually needs to be slightly acidic to digest food into nutrients. There are many complementary therapies that can provide relief from the symptoms of GORD, without the added side effects. Natural Treatments for GORD The first thing to look at is diet. By improving the health of the digestive system, we can easily reduce the risk of acid reflux. Foods high in saturated fat, salt and sugar can all cause a flare-up of symptoms. Alcohol, caffeine and chocolate can also cause the symptoms of GORD. Acidic foods, such as tomatoes, citrus fruits and fruit juices can aggravate the problem as they increase the amount of acid in the stomach. It also very important...

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Omega 3 for Kids

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Omega 3 Fatty Acid is one of the essential fatty acids (EFA’s). The other one is Omega 6. They are termed “essential” as the body does not produce these Fatty Acids, and so they have to be obtained from the diet. These are particularly important for growing kids. Another Fatty Acid is Omega 9, although this is not strictly “essential” as the body does produce small amounts of it.  There have been many studies and trials which have highlighted the benefits of supplementing with Omega 3 oils. In children, the results have highlighted improvements in behaviour, concentration and in ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) symptoms. Another Fatty Acid is Omega 9, although this is not strictly “essential” as the body does produce small amounts of it. There have been many studies and trials which have highlighted the benefits of supplementing with Omega 3 oils. In children, the results have highlighted improvements in behaviour, concentration and in ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) symptoms. Omega 3 contains two essential nutrients, Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).  Whilst they are both important for health, DHA is more important for concentration as this essential nutrient is predominantly found in the brain. Fatty Acids… [read more]

If you like this post - share it with others ! Omega 3 Fatty Acid is one of the essential fatty acids (EFA’s). The other one is Omega 6. They are termed “essential” as the body does not produce these Fatty Acids, and so they have to be obtained from the diet. These are particularly important for growing kids. Another Fatty Acid is Omega 9, although this is not strictly “essential” as the body does produce small amounts of it.  There have been many studies and trials which have highlighted the benefits of supplementing with Omega 3 oils. In children, the results have highlighted improvements in behaviour, concentration and in ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) symptoms. Another Fatty Acid is Omega 9, although this is not strictly “essential” as the body does produce small amounts of it. There have been many studies and trials which have highlighted the benefits of supplementing with Omega 3 oils. In children, the results have highlighted improvements in behaviour, concentration and in ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) symptoms. Omega 3 contains two essential nutrients, Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).  Whilst they are both important for health, DHA is more important for concentration as this essential nutrient is predominantly found in the brain. Fatty Acids can be obtained from the diet. Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and herring are good sources of Omega 3 Oils. Vegetarians can obtain good levels of Omega 3 from seeds such as sesame seeds, linseeds, walnuts and dark green leafy vegetables. There are also many companies that produce Omega 3 supplements for kids. Try to finds one with a low sugar content and higher levels of DHA, which is the more important essential nutrient for brain...

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Natural Remedies For Athletes Foot

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Athletes Foot, also known as Tine Pedis, is a fungal infection that usually affects the skin between the toes and the sole of the foot. The skin around the toes is usually itchy, flaky and can sometimes cause burning and blistering. There may also be a strong smell from the feet, which is another indication of the fungal infection. Athletes Foot is a common condition and is highly contagious in warm, damp places such as gym changing rooms and public swimming pools. The first thing to do if you suspect Athletes Foot is to let your feet breathe as much as possible. This means keeping your feet dry, especially in between the toes. This will help to help to halt the spread of the infection. This may seem obvious but make sure to change your socks daily, and wash the socks in hot water. Wear cotton socks as these let the feet breathe. Wear flip flops in the bathroom or changing rooms – don’t go bare foot. There are a number of natural remedies, supplements and applications that you can use to treat Athletes Foot. The most well known natural remedy for Athletes Foot is Tea Tree Oil. This essential… [read more]

If you like this post - share it with others ! Athletes Foot, also known as Tine Pedis, is a fungal infection that usually affects the skin between the toes and the sole of the foot. The skin around the toes is usually itchy, flaky and can sometimes cause burning and blistering. There may also be a strong smell from the feet, which is another indication of the fungal infection. Athletes Foot is a common condition and is highly contagious in warm, damp places such as gym changing rooms and public swimming pools. The first thing to do if you suspect Athletes Foot is to let your feet breathe as much as possible. This means keeping your feet dry, especially in between the toes. This will help to help to halt the spread of the infection. This may seem obvious but make sure to change your socks daily, and wash the socks in hot water. Wear cotton socks as these let the feet breathe. Wear flip flops in the bathroom or changing rooms – don’t go bare foot. There are a number of natural remedies, supplements and applications that you can use to treat Athletes Foot. The most well known natural remedy for Athletes Foot is Tea Tree Oil. This essential oil must be applied to the feet. The most effective way is by soaking the feet in a foot bath containing warm water and 20 drops of Tea Tree Oil. This should be done twice a day for up to two weeks. You can also apply Tea Tree Cream twice a day to the affected areas. Athletes Foot feeds off sugar, so it is important to minimise your sugar intake at this time to speed up treatment. Another important supplement is a good quality Probiotic. This will help to rebalance your levels of good bacteria and in turn stop the growth of the Athletes Foot Infection. Other natural remedies include Colloidal Silver, which is a natural antibiotic and disinfectant, which also promotes healing. Grape Fruit Seed Extract has been shown to have antifungal properties. This should be applied very sparingly directly to the affected area. Olive Leaf Extract is another supplement that can be taken safely to reduce...

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