Holiday Health Guide – The Most Common Summer Health Problems Solved

Most of us don’t worry about our holiday health until we come down with something while we’re away – cue the dash to the local pharmacy to try and explain our symptoms in sign language.A little forward planning can make this panic unnecessary. The most common summer problems – sunburn, upset tummies, travel sickness, insect bites – are all preventable or quickly treatable with a little know-how.

Traveller’s tummy

Food poisoning can happen when you eat food or drink that are contaminated due to poor sanitation or preparation. There’s also a risk if there are pesticides on fruit and veg, or food is stored at the wrong temperature. Research has found that 60 per cent of visitors to Africa and India get stomach upset, while in medium-risk destination like the Mediterranean and Caribbean, where water quality and food hygiene may be better, 15 to 20 per cent people had problems.

Prevent it – Avoid drinking water from unsealed bottles, ice (which may have been made from unfiltered tap water), and unpeeled fruits. It’s also advisable to steer clear of raw or undercooked meat or fish, as bacteria won’t have been destroyed in the cooking process.
Look after your digestive system with a probiotic supplements that can help maintain your gut health.

Treat it – Most cases of traveller’s tummy last three to five hours. It’s often best to let it take its course, as diarrhoea is your body’s way of getting the bug out of your system.
Keep fluids up by sipping water and consider replacing lost electrolytes with rehydration salts (available at pharmacy).

Travel sickness

It can happen while you’re in a car, plane, boat or even on a fairground ride. You feel sick because, although sitting still, your body will see and feel that you’re moving, and this confusion can cause nausea.

Prevent it – Choose your seat carefully. You’ll feel less sick in the front or the middle back seat of a car (as you can see the road) or at the front of a coach. Travel sickness tablets will also help, and generally work best if taken at least two hours before the journey.

Treat it – If you feel sick, breathe slowly and deeply. This can help stop nausea. One possible reason for this, according to motion sickness experts is that it’s impossible to vomit and breathe at the same time – so, by focusing on the latter, you avoid the former.

Insect bites

Each year, 2,000 Brits are bitten by mosquito and contract malaria.But this is tiny compared to the huge numbers who suffer less serious bites that itch like mad.

Prevent it – No one knows exactly why some people get bitten more than others. Experts believe it’s something you excrete in sweet that attracts the insects, but no one has isolated what that is yet. what we do know is how to stop them. The most powerful contain a chemical called DEET – and these should be first choice if you’re travelling to a malarial area (it is not suitable for pregnant women or children).

Treat it – When you react badly to an insect bite, you’re suffering a mild allergic reaction to the saliva the insect insert in the wound. A topical antihistamine or steroid cream is therefore the most effective treatment. Whatever you do, don’t scratch as, although it eases the itching, it can break the skin, leading to infections. Another way to ease discomfort is to use an electronic zapper, which sends a mild electrical pulse through the bite yo relieve the itch.

Foot problems

The two biggest summer feet problems are blisters and painful condition called plantar fasciitis (PF) – an inflammation of a tendon that runs along the base of the foot. It’s commonly triggered by walking in flat shoes like flip-flops. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include pain as soon as you get out of bed in the morning or when you stand up after sitting down for a while.

Prevent them – Blisters form when the outer layer of the skin becomes damages where shoes rub. this creates a pocket of clear fluid, which is the body’s way of protecting the skin from further damage. Blisters occur more often if feet are dry cracked or grubby. So make sure you wash and moisturise your feet daily.

Plantar fasciitis is best prevented by not mixing flip-flops and sightseeing. In any very flat shoe, the arch of the foot flattens when you walk, which pulls on the plantar fasciia tendon. In flip-flops, people also walk with feet turned slightly outward, which further aggravates the problem.

Treat them – The worst thing that can happen to a blister is if it bursts or the top scrapes off. A blister plaster over the top will protect against further damage or infection, however.
If you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis, stretching is key. Sit on a chair and put your painful foot on top of your opposite knee – now gently pull back your toes toward your shin. Hold for 10 seconds, and repeat 10 times. Do this at least three times a day – particularly before you get out of bed first thing in the morning.

Holiday cystitis

Although it can affect anyone, it’s generally woman who suffer from cystitis, and holidays can be a prime trigger. Heat, alcohol and air travel can lead to dehydration, which concentrates your urine, making it easier for the bacteria that causes cystitis to flourish. For some women, cystitis is triggered by having sex, which moves bugs into the urinary system. So if you get more frisky on holiday, you could find yourself suffering.

Prevent it – It helps to empty your bladder after sex, and make sure you wipe from front to back after you’ve been to the loo, to stop germs from spreading.

Treat it – As soon as you develop symptoms (ie the constant desire to urinate and burning pain when you do, sometimes accompanied by cloudly or bloody urine), increase your water intake to two litres a day. This can be enough to flush out the bacteria and stop an infection taking hold. Avoid alcohol, as it feeds the bacteria that causes disease. If you don’t feel any relief in 24 to 48 hours, see a doctor, as you may need antibiotics.

Parsley: One of the World’s Seven Most Potent Disease-Fighting Spices with 33 Health Benefits

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum), the world’s most popular culinary herb is also known as “rock celery” and belongs to the Umbelliferae family of plants. Parsley is one of the world’s seven most potent disease-fighting spices which also include Ginger, Oregano, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Sage, and Red chili peppers. Parsley grows in most climates and is readily available throughout the year. It is a biennial plant which means that it produces seeds during its second year of production and will reseed itself if you let it.

While parsley is a wonderfully nutritious and healing food, it is often under-appreciated. Most people do not realize that this vegetable has more uses than just being a decorative garnish that accompanies restaurant meals.

Parsley is native to the Mediterranean region of Southern Europe and has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years. It was originally used as a medicinal plant (see below) prior to being consumed as a food. Ancient Greeks held parsley to be sacred, using it to not only adorn victors of athletic contests, but also for decorating the tombs of the deceased. While it is uncertain when and where parsley began to be consumed as a seasoning, historians think it may be sometime during the Middle Ages in Europe. Some historians credit Charlemagne with its popularization as he had it grown on his estates.

Parsley’s Many Therapeutic Health Benefits Include Its Use For:
o Anemia: Builds up the blood because it is high in iron. The high vitamin C content assists the absorption of iron.

o Antioxidant: Increases the anti-oxidant capacity of the blood.

o Bactericidal (kills bacteria)

o Bad breath

o Baldness: Believe it or not, men even scrubbed parsley onto their scalps to cure baldness–which doesn’t work.

o Blood purifier

o Blood vessel rejuvenation: Maintains elasticity of blood vessels, and helps to repair bruises.

o Diarrhea is greatly helped by drinking parsley tea.

o Digestion: Parsley is an excellent digestion restorative remedy. It improves the digestion of proteins and fats therefore promoting intestinal absorption, liver assimilation and storage. Because of its high enzyme content, parsley benefits digestive activity and elimination.

o Dissolves cholesterol within the veins.

o Diureticparsley tea helps resolve swollen ankles.

o Ear health: Treats deafness and ear infections.

o Edema: Acts as a diuretic and blood vessel strengthener.

o Fatigue: Parsley is high in iron so helps repair and provides components for better blood cells.

o Gallstones: Helps dissolve them.

o Glandular support of the liver, spleen, kidneys and adrenal glands.

o Gout

o Hormonal support: In women, parsley improves estrogen and nourishes and restores the blood of the uterus. Conditions like delayed menstruation, PMS, and the menopause (dry skin, irritability, depression and hair loss) can often improve.

o Hormone balancing is achieved through the volatile fatty acids contained in parsley.

o Immune booster: The high vitamin C, beta carotene, B12, chlorophyll and essential fatty acid content render parsley an extraordinary immunity enhancing food. Parsley is an immune-enhancing multi-vitamin and mineral complex in green plant form and one of the most important herbs for providing vitamins to the body.

o Inhibits tumor formation, particularly in the lungs.

o Insect bites: Rub on to relieve the swelling and itch.

o Jaundice

o Kidneys: Parsley is effective for nearly all kidney and urinary complaints except severe kidney inflammation. It improves kidney activity and can help eliminate wastes from the blood and tissues of the kidneys. It prevents salt from being reabsorbed into the body tissues; thus parsley literally forces debris out of the kidneys, liver and bladder. It helps improve edema and general water retention, fatigue and scanty or painful urination.

o Liver congestion: It enriches the liver and nourishes the blood. Parsley helps reduce liver congestion, clearing toxins and aiding rejuvenation.

o Menstrual irregularity: Parsley helps to make the cycles regular by the presence of apiol which is a constituent of the female sex hormone estrogen.

o Menstrual pain

o Night blindness: Bad eyesight is a sign of Vitamin A deficiency.

o Rheumatism

o Spleen strengthening: The parsley root in particular strengthens the spleen, and can, therefore, treat malabsorption.

o Stamina loss and low resistance to infection, point to a sluggish liver. This can manifest itself in blood deficiencies, fatigue, a pale complexion and poor nails, dizzy spells, anemia and mineral depletion.

o Stomach problems

o Strengthens loose teeth: In the Middle Ages parsley was used for many conditions including ‘fastening teeth’ (Scurvy, which is caused by a Vitamin C deficiency, makes the gums spongy and the teeth loose.)

o Uterine tonic

o Weight loss benefits from being a diuretic

Nutritional Benefits of Parsley:Parsley is a nutrient powerhouse containing high levels of beta carotene, vitamin B12, folate, chlorophyll, calcium, more vitamin C than citrus fruits, and just about all other known nutrients. Parsley is a moistening, nourishing, restoring, ‘warming’ food, pungent with a slightly bitter, salty flavor. It enhances and stimulates the energy of organs, improving their ability to assimilate and utilize nutrients.

Beta carotene is used for protein assimilation. This nutrient benefits the liver and protects the lungs and colon. Beta-carotene is converted by the body to vitamin A, a nutrient so important to a strong immune system that its nickname is the “anti-infective vitamin.”

Chlorophyll: Parsley is abundant in chlorophyll, thus purifying and inhibiting the spread of bacteria, fungi and other organisms. Chlorophyll from parsley is slightly anti-bacterial and anti-fungal which acts to enhance immune response and to relieve mucus congestion, sinusitis and other ‘damp’ conditions. Chlorophyll, high in oxygen, also suppresses viruses and helps the lungs to discharge residues from environmental pollution.

Essential Fatty Acids: Parsley is a source of alpha-linolenic acid, an important essential fatty acid that is too frequently deficient in today’s diets.

Fluorine is an important nutritional component abundantly found in parsley. Fluorine has an entirely different molecular structure from chemically-produced fluoride. Tooth decay results from a shortage of fluorine, not fluoride. It is the combination of calcium and fluorine which creates a very hard protective surface on teeth and bones. Fluorine also protects the body from infectious invasion, germs and viruses.

Folic Acid, one of the most important B vitamins, but one of its most critical roles in relation to cardiovascular health is to convert homocysteine into benign molecules. Homocysteine is a potentially dangerous molecule that, at high levels, can directly damage blood vessels and increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke in people with atherosclerosis or diabetic heart disease. Folic acid is also a critical nutrient for proper cell division and is therefore vitally important for cancer-prevention in two areas of the body that contain rapidly dividing cells–the colon, and in women, the cervix.

Iron: The iron content of parsley is exceptional with 5.5mg per100g (4oz). A half-cup of fresh parsley or one tablespoon dried has about 10 percent of your iron daily requirements. Plus, parsley has the vitamin C your body needs to absorb that iron.

Protein: Parsley is made up of 20% protein. (About the same as mushrooms.)

Vitamin B12: Parsley contains traces of B12 producing compounds. Such compounds are needed for the formation of red blood cells and normal cell growth, important for fertility, pregnancy, immunity and the prevention of degenerative illness. The action of vitamin B12, however, is inhibited by birth control pills, antibiotics, intoxicants, stress, sluggish liver, and excess bacteria or parasites in the colon or digestive tracts. Parsley helps to counteract these inhibitors.

Vitamin K: Getting at least 100 micrograms of Vitamin K a day can drastically cut your risk of hip fracture. Vitamin K is necessary for bones to get the minerals they need to form properly. Parsley is loaded with vitamin K (180 mcg per 1/2 cup). Cooking parsley nearly doubles its Vitamin K.

Vitamin C: Parsley contains more vitamin C than any other standard culinary vegetable, with 166mg per 100g (4oz). This is three times as much as oranges. Flavonoids, which make up the Vitamin C molecule, maintain blood cell membranes, and act as an antioxidant helper.

Volatile oil components – including myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene. Parsley’s volatile oils, particularly myristicin, have been shown to inhibit tumor formation in animal studies, and particularly, tumor formation in the lungs. It acts as an antioxidant that can help neutralize particular types of carcinogens (like the benzopyrenes that are part of cigarette smoke, charcoal grill smoke, and the smoke produced by trash incinerators).

Parsley also contains calcium (245mg per 100g), phosphorus, potassium (1000mg per 4 oz), manganese (2.7mg per 100g), inositol, and sulphur.
Many of my client’s test they would benefit greatly from eating parsley for all kinds of health problems.

How to Use Parsley:

Top off your sandwiches with it, include it in your salad greens, put it in Tabbouli or better yet, toss it into simmering soups, stews and sauces. We eat it raw in salads and those days when I can’t eat it raw, I often add a couple of parsley capsules to my nutritional supplements.

Parsley juice, as an herbal drink, is quite powerful and is usually taken in quantities of about 2 fl oz (50ml) three times a day and is best mixed with other juices. I noticed that it’s most effective to juice parsley in between other vegetables as the juice is heavy and thick and doesn’t move through some juicers very readily.

Types of Parsley:The two most popular types of parsley are curly parsley and Italian flat leaf parsley. They are both related to celery. The Italian variety has a more fragrant and less bitter taste than the curly variety. There is also another type of parsley known as turnip-rooted parsley (or Hamburg) that is cultivated for its roots, which resemble salsify and burdock. Chinese parsley, is actually cilantro.

How to Pick and Care for Parsley:Whenever possible, choose fresh, dark green, organically grown parsley that looks fresh and crisp over the dried form of the herb since it is superior in flavor. Avoid bunches that have wilted or yellowed leaves indicating over-mature or damaged produce.

Parsley can be stored loosely wrapped in a damp cloth or plastic bag and refrigerated for up to a week. Wash just before using. If the parsley wilts, either sprinkle it lightly with some water or wash it without completely drying it before putting it back in the refrigerator.

The best way to clean it is just like you would spinach. Place it in a bowl of cold water and plunge it up and down like you would a toilet plunger. This will allow any sand or dirt to dislodge. Remove the leaves from the water, empty the bowl, refill it with clean water and repeat this process until no dirt remains in the water.

If you have excess flat-leaved parsley, you can easily dry it by laying it out in a single layer on a clean kitchen cloth. I pre-chop mine (both varieties) and place it on a cookie sheet on top of the refrigerator where it is warm. Stir it occasionally to allow consistent drying. Once dried, it should be kept in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dark and dry place.

Some feel the curly leaved variety is best preserved by freezing, as opposed to drying. Although it will retain most of its flavor, it has a tendency to lose its crispness, so it is best used in recipes without first thawing.

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Love Energy – The Forgiveness Factor And Treating Mental Illness

At first, I did not appreciate the magnitude of forgiveness of sins, reasoning that I have been a good person and have not done much that I considered wrong. On the scale of the average individual, that might be true; but when we add up all the negative thoughts, the bitterness, resentment, and non-forgiveness some of which is deeply embedded and present since very early childhood and we add up all the desires, self-aggrandizements, lustful thoughts, and greed, we begin to see that possibly very few of us ever move beyond the break even point for a positive net outflow of love energy.

Christians believe that with salvation, all is forgiven and forgotten. When we consider the sum total of all bitter, revengeful, spiteful, non-forgiving thoughts (negative energy outward), combined with all ego needs, desires, selfishness (energy we direct back to the self) over the course of an entire lifetime, that’s quite a promise.

While the laws of physics, described above, seem easy to understand (once revealed), and while they are confirmed repeatedly throughout Scriptures, seldom are they recognized or applied in the field of mental health.

Treating patients through the understanding of love can cure both depression and anxiety. A person who achieves total love can neither be depressed nor anxious.

I use a multidimensional approach to the treatment of depression, but the one factor I never lose sight of is the direction of flow of love energy. I always point out when the problem is primarily the patient’s need, desire, or lack of forgiveness. This same enhancement of love energy is very valuable in treating psychosis because psychosis relates to a partial return to infancy with all the needs of the infant. When a person becomes predominantly loving, this is movement away from the needs of infancy and movement back into adult mind/brain/reality.

This also holds true for the addictions. At an addictions’ unit, a counselor voiced the opinion that it is very important to show the patients that the counselor really cares about them. He was corrected and told it is much more important that he get the patients to care about him and to do something for him. He then recognized that he himself had overcome his own addiction when he began helping others with theirs.

Enhancement of love energy should be a part of every physical remedy because it is a vital ingredient to healing. If persons are angry or hateful, they will not heal as quickly or as well. There are numerous studies that demonstrate the enhancement of the immune system with love energy or prayer, but these studies are just touching the surface or catching a tiny aspect of this energy. A thorough understanding of the laws of physics, which govern this energy, is important because it enables us to identify the direction of flow of this energy and reverse it at will if it is flowing in the wrong direction.

Exploring Options For Healthy Dog Treats

Do you want to feed your dog some tasty treats, but you are concerned about the possibility of your pet putting on too much weight? Giving your dog treats is a great way to help with training as well as to simply show your love and affection. At the same time, obesity is a major health concern for dogs that can lead to a number of problems such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and pancreatitis. Therefore, it is important to seek out health treats that you can give to your pet so you don’t have to worry about packing on too many pounds. You should of course consult your Veterinarian who may know specific dietary needs of your pet or health concerns of certain breeds.

Feeding Your Dog Vegetables

You may be surprised to learn that many dogs actually enjoy eating vegetables. This is partially due to the history of canines. Since dogs were hunters before they were domesticated, their bodies became accustomed to eating the large amounts of digested plant material found within the entrails of their prey. Therefore, most dogs still crave having a certain amount of vegetation in their diets. Offering some cooked carrots, green beans or peas may be well-received by your pooch.

Feeding Pasta and More

Pasta and other similar foods, such as popcorn and rice, are also good treats for your pooch. Rice cakes, cooked rice and cooked pasta all make great treats that are relatively low in calories and fat.

Feeding Dairy Products

Dairy products such as cottage cheese are also great treats for dogs. Not only will it give your pooch some much-needed calcium, it is also a good substitute for calorie-filled snacks such as ice cream.

Feeding Eggs to Your Canine

Many dogs also enjoy eating eggs, but try sticking to feeding only the egg whites in order to keep it healthy. Egg whites are high in protein and without all the fat, making them a good treat choice. Try keeping some hardboiled eggs with the yolks removed on hand to feed your pet whenever he or she wants a treat.

Special Considerations

Before you start feeding treats to your dog, it is important to have a good understanding of your pet’s health. If your pet is suffering from obesity or other health issues, for example, you may want to consult with your veterinarian about following a specific dietary plan. In this case, you certainly don’t want to feed your pet any foods that might cause additional health issues to develop.

In addition to watching your pet’s weight, you also need to be cautious about food allergies when giving your dog treats. Many dogs do suffer from food allergies, though most are related to artificial flavorings, dyes and preservatives. While this may not be an issue when feeding human food as treats, you should exercise caution when purchasing treats from the store that may contain some of these additives.

Finally, regardless of the treat you give to your pet, be certain you do not overindulge it with snacks. It is easy for your dog to put on extra pounds quickly – and this weight can be difficult to take back off once it is on.