Month: May 2019

Ailments Treated in Family Medicine

Headaches

Another common complaint is headaches, including migraines. Many issues may cause headaches. A practitioner may diagnose chronic migraines and prescribe medication to ease the painful symptoms. Headaches may also be due to an allergic sensitivity or a nasal infection, such as Sinusitis. An appropriate diagnosis in this situation would be an allergy test to determine the patient’s allergies or antibiotics to treat the infection. If the problem persists, the doctor may suggest an eye exam, MRI, or a CT scan to rule out neurological problems.

Cold and Flu Symptoms

Some of the symptoms of cold and flu that doctors commonly see in family medicine include chest congestion with an accompanying cough, fever, aches, tiredness, a sore throat, and a runny nose. Once one person is sick, the cold or flu virus or bacteria will usually make the rounds throughout the whole household. The physician may prescribe antivirals or antibiotics to shorten the duration of the illness and will recommend plenty of rest and fluids until the patient is well.

Stomach Pains

Abdominal pain is another common complaint heard by general physicians. Abdominal pain may also be present with symptoms such as diarrhea or constipation and can be either acute or chronic. The practitioner will usually treat the symptoms and make recommendations to prevent dehydration. If the pain is severe and persistent, the doctor may run tests to determine if the patient has ulcers or another condition such as gastritis.

Eating Habits

Emotional eating is not healthy. It is dangerous. You begin to lose control the moment you start. Predictably, those who eat for emotional reasons also tend to develop health problems. Type 2 diabetes and obesity are two common consequences of emotional eating since it often leads to weight gain and high blood sugar readings.

If you seek comfort in food, it is time to stop. To be fair, there is a chance you do this unknowingly. Reflect on your eating habits and where your health currently stands. If there is anything in regards to the former hard to admit and anything about your health that is concerning, there is a good chance you are guilty of seeking comfort in food to some extent. To stop this behavior, you need to realize food is not primarily a source of pleasure. While it can be pleasing to eat, especially when you are hungry, you must eat for sustenance to provide your body with what it needs to function. You can of course still eat for pleasure. You don’t have to forego your favorite foods. But you do have to stop unrestrained eating and learn to moderate your portions.

Moreover, many people eat for emotional reasons because food acts as a source of relief. You can change this by doing other things more productive and beneficial to your health.

Are you stressed? Unwind by reading a good novel before bed. Feeling a burden? Exercise it off, and follow-up your workout with a satisfying, but sensible meal. What you must stop is mindless eating, because it raises your blood sugar and expands your waistline.

Do not eat when you are not hungry. A good test for this is to ask yourself if you could eat an apple whenever you think about food. If the answer is no or if you would prefer something else, it is because you are not hungry enough, or are just looking for an emotional reward.

Fitness Holidays

For those who want to boost their mental health as well as their physical, a fitness holiday which incorporates relaxation as well as exercise could be the answer. Stress and anxiety are two of the most common ailments of busy professionals, and have been shown to be the root cause of many physical health issues, so it makes sense to include some much needed relaxation time into this kind of holiday. Yoga retreats are a great option for those interested in a holiday which involves physical activity as well as specific relaxation methods. This type of break also usually includes healthy meals and plenty of time spent outdoors, and so will certainly leave you feeling refreshed, calm and healthy on your return home.

For those who want a fitness holiday which is a little bit livelier than a yoga retreat, getaways which involve hiking, cycling or a combination of both might be a better choice. There are hundreds upon hundreds of guided hiking and cycling tours in almost every country, and these allow visitors to explore some of the more ‘off the beaten track’ locations. Instead of spending your holiday cooped up in the city or town, you can delve deeper into the beauty of the natural surroundings in the local area. Although these kinds of fitness holidays can be done alone, rather than with a tour group, it is generally safer and more sociable to do this within the structure of a guided tour.

These are just a couple of examples of fitness holidays; the sky is the limit in terms of what you can do, and where you can go. Skiing in the Rocky Mountains, snorkelling in the waters of the South Pacific, or running along the beaches of the Caribbean – the choices are endless. Just remember to choose an activity which you know you’ll enjoy, as whilst it’s great to get healthier during your time away, it’s even more important to have a relaxing, memorable, holiday.

Activities To Stay Healthy

Plant A Garden

Do you like the great outdoors? One of the greatest benefits of gardening is that it gets you out of the house and provides you with some less than strenuous physical activity. Gardening might seem like a hobby for old folks, but it offers some health benefits for everyone: exercise, stress relief, nutrition (if it’s a vegetable garden).

A number of studies have indicated a correlation between brain activity and a decrease in Alzheimer disease. In this respect, gardening may even help keep your brain healthy since your mind stays active as you tend your garden.

Cook at home

Many people consider cooking to be a leisure activity. When you consider cooking can give you a lot of creativity opportunities and it definitely requires thinking that keeps your mind active, it only makes sense that it could be considered an important activity to your overall mental and physical health.

There’s a good possibility that you may be more likely to eat a healthy and nutritious meal when you are spend time in the kitchen preparing it yourself. If you happen to be cooking with products that you grew in your own garden, then you’ll reaping the rewards of two leisure activities.

Do Some Low Impact Exercise

Take a Walk; It goes without saying, exercise is necessary for maintaining your weight and good overall health. Most people equate exercise with going to a gym, lifting weights or some strenuous activity. But, the fact is that just walking is sufficient to promote good health, help battle the ravages of disease like diabetes. It’s also been proven to be beneficial for maintaining good BMI and lowering high cholesterol and blood pressure.

The CDC website has reported that walking is an ideal place to start a physical exercise program, Try twenty minutes a day, three days a week to start. You can increase the time or distance as your strength improves or start other more strenuous activities like tennis, bicycling, or whatever. Find a partner and use the time for socializing and to hold yourself accountable for completing the walk.

Low Impact Yoga; Yoga is a centuries old holistic ancient methods of exercise that aims to treat the entire body and mind. Yoga instruction teaches you how to use good breathing techniques and the various poses allow you to strengthen your body through stretches and which help keep you flexible.

Smoking Messes Up Your Digestion

Feel The Burn

Your stomach is a bucket of acid which you use to digest food. It’s in your best interest to keep that acid in this bucket. You have a special valve that does that. Smoking allows acid to flow into food pipe.

You have things to do and you can’t spend every waking moment smoking but you still want to feel that great feeling. You are in luck as for those times when you are not sucking on a cigarette, smoking has conveniently weakened this valve.

This way smoking lets you realize your childhood dream of being a dragon by giving you a near constant heartburn.

Your Stomach Starts Eating Itself

Unfortunately it’s not all good news as smoking continues its mission and messes up with production of acid and protection of your bucket. Have you ever thought “how come acid dissolves my food but doesn’t dissolve me”? That’s because stomach is a place of harmony and peace.

Once you start introducing cigarette smoke or other crap, it’s like you are throwing stones at a sleeping lion. It will eventually wake up and tear your face off. In this case smoking messes up the stomach balance and you get painful sores, called ulcers, in your stomach.

Ulcers are more likely to heal if you stop smoking.

Spare Your Liver

Smoking does its magic on your organs indirectly as well. Good example is your liver. It is a filter that cleans your blood. When you smoke you add large amounts of additional chemicals to your blood and those are not vitamins.

Every filter has its limit. Smoking adds large quantities of toxins and increases oxidative stress on liver. Liver of a person who smokes is worse at filtering blood and is at a greater risk of shutting down completely.

Liver has a lot of work on its hands as it is. It already has an exciting and fulfilling life so by smoking you are not doing it any favors.

Good News Keep On Coming

Another “advantage” smokers have is an increased chance of getting Crohn’s disease. This disease helps you better understand jokes about diarrhea and stomach pain by making them painfully relatable. It is an inflammatory disease which can affect you anywhere in your digestive system – from anus to mouth.

Smoking increases the risk of getting this disease significantly and if you suffer from frequent stomach pains, diarrhea and experience fever and weight loss – see a doctor and quit smoking!

White Tea

White tea is made from the very young leaves and buds of the tea plant, and it is minimally processed. It tastes like delicate flowers with just a hint of jasmine. There is a natural sweetness to the tea, which means you will not have to add sugar to it. This not only saves you calories but also gives you a chance to drink this even if you are suffering with sugar-related diseases such as hyperthyroidism or diabetes. Ideal as a health drink, white tea is often used for losing weight, and it’s a very effective help if you’re trying to get rid of a few extra pounds. Just a few cups a day will help you keep the extra pounds at bay.

Current evidence suggests that white tea stimulates activity of the lipolysis and inhibits adipogenesis. This means that your fat cell development is inhibited. If your body stops manufacturing fat cells, there is no possible way that fat storage can occur. This means that you can lose weight while enjoying a great beverage.

In addition to helping you lose weight, white tea also contains the least amount of caffeine content among all teas in the current market. This means that you will not experience the same caffeine-related side effects such as frequent headaches, trembling, anxiety and insomnia.

Today’s modern pace sometimes results in unhealthy habits such as too much caffeine ingestion and also the tendency to eat unhealthy food.

For this reason, drinking white tea is a great habit to develop since it takes the place of the time you usually take to consume unhealthy fast food. Instead of the usual large soda or latte you have as a late afternoon pick-me-up, a cup of white tea will give you health benefits you will not get anywhere else.

For this reason, this type of tea is a big step towards achieving the health goals you have set for yourself. As you lose weight and enjoy a relaxing moment drinking tea, you will get encouraged to pursue other similar healthy activities such as beginning a healthy exercise program and eating healthier food.

This tea has strong antibacterial properties and promotes good oral health. It will also not stain the teeth the way that coffee and other teas might.
This exclusive and healthy tea is good for the soul, as well. Studies show that it can help alleviate anxiety and promote clarity.

Become a Non-Smoker

Has the fear of a heart attack, emphysema, or lung cancer ever stopped you? No. The reason is that smoking kills nerve endings in your mouth, throat and lungs. You don’t smell or taste as much as you used to, right? Years go by, and that’s how the damage is done. So since you feel no pain, knowing the negative consequences of smoking isn’t sufficient motivation. And since the majority of cigarettes you smoke are simply out of habit, you don’t think about the dangers, even with the graphic images on the cigarette pack or dire warnings from your doctor.

Motivation only comes in two flavors: fear, pain, suffering… or self-interest.

Here’s what I have found helps people be successful long-term: focusing on the positive rather than the negative… on what you want, and not on what you don’t want. Hypnosis is a focusing and amplifying tool that can help you to do just that.

In other words, it is more useful to focus on “being a non-smoker”, rather than on “not smoking”. Try not to think about a pink elephant right now and you’ll understand what I mean. Try not to think about smoking and that’s all you can think about… when can you have your next cigarette. For most smokers, thinking about “not smoking” causes great anxiety!

And when is quitting something a positive? It sounds like failure. Focusing on the positive, and on being different in situations when you used to smoke is what makes being a non-smoker more sustainable.

After all, who wants to live with a dark cloud hanging over their head? Do you need to amplify more stress and worry in your life? That could cause a heart attack!

Once you have chosen your day to become a non-smoker, reducing the amount you smoke per day rather than stopping “cold turkey” is paramount. Going from smoking 10, 15, or 20 cigarettes (or more) per day is like jumping off a fast moving train. It’s going to be difficult and turn your world upside down.

The key here is to build experiences of delayed gratification rather than generating fear of deprivation which drives you to smoke more.

Cutting down to 2-3 cigarettes per day by smoking a brand you don’t like and altering your ritualistic smoking behaviors will make the transition much, much smoother. This is the principle behind nicotine replacement methods. Unfortunately for most, with nicotine replacement, you have not addressed the hand that still reaches for a cigarette out of habit. It’s not about chemicals; it’s about increasing self-awareness, and you can’t put self-awareness in a pill or patch.

Remember, it’s going to be an experience that will motivate you to stop, one way or another. Either it will be an experience of bad news from the doctor (or worse) that forces your hand and is usually not very pleasant… or it will be an experience of delayed gratification, which is by far much more empowering. The choice is yours.

Power Meals

FRENCH CREPES

2 cups flour

2 large eggs

2 Tbs sugar

2 cups milk

2 Tbs Cooking oil

Combine the flour, sugar, eggs and milk and beat until smooth. The resulting batter should be the consistency of thick cream. Add oil to the batter and mix lightly. Spray an 8-inch crepe pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Ladle about ½ cup of the batter into the pan and rotate the pan to spread the mixture evenly. Cook the crepe until it looks firm and is lightly browned at the edges (about one minute). Turn the crepe over with a thin spatula and cook the other side about 30 seconds. Re-coat pan with non-stick cooking spray about every other crepe, or when crepes begin to stick.

Add your favourite sugar-free fruit filling to top off these thin, delicious breakfast favourites.

(* Standard Cup Measurement: 1 cup = 250ml)

FRUIT FLAVOURED OATMEAL

1 cup one-minute oatmeal

½ cup raisins

¼ cup walnuts, chopped

1 banana, sliced

¼ cup skimmed milk

1 tsp artificial sweetener

Cook the oatmeal and place in a bowl. Add fruit and walnuts; mix in milk and sweetener and enjoy! Add cinnamon if desired.

BLUEBERRY PROTEIN PANCAKES

1 cup oatmeal

8 egg whites

¾ cup blueberries (frozen or tinned if not in season)

6 tsp sweetener

Mix all ingredients in a blender until consistency is smooth. Cook in pan coated with non-fat cooking spray; turn once to cook both sides. Makes one serving. Each serving consists of: protein 50g, carbohydrates 60g, and calories 440.

This recipe really packs the protein and carbs to give you energy for your morning workout.

Stay Healthy In Retirement

Establish a Healthy Eating Plan

There are many benefits you can derive from having a healthy eating plan, which you can alter as your body and life change over time. A healthy diet is the foundation of everything, and with it you can stay mentally sharp, strengthen the immune system, drive up your energy level, and ward off illness and disease. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, a balanced diet makes it easier for you to manage chronic health issues and speeds up recuperation.

To have a well-balanced diet, don’t forget to include breads or any other cereals, milk and milk products, meat or protein alternatives, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables in your daily eating plan. Make sure to minimize sugar, sodium and fat consumption. To keep your body well-hydrated, drink at least eight glasses of water each day.

Maintain an Active Lifestyle

Living an active lifestyle in retirement is one of the critical things to keep you in good physical shape and mental health. Your health will immensely improve even if you can only spare 15 to 30 minutes each day to devote for walking or any forms of physical activity. Exercise helps to build strong muscles and bones. When combined with a balanced and healthy diet, exercise reduces fat tissues in your body. With strong muscles, you become mobile, improve your balance and protect your joints and spine. The risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and strokes is significantly diminished with physical activity.

Keep Stress under Control

Stress can adversely affect your health and quality of life, if not managed properly. Stress can bear heavy on your emotional state, but it is the damage it inflicts on your heart and digestive system that can be most harmful. To help release stress from your body and mind, you may want to engage yourself in some stress-busting activity such as yoga and meditation.

Make sure to identify the things that put too much stress into your life. After you have done so, minimize interaction with people or avoid situations causing the stress. Live within your means. This may not be usually cited in stress management programs, but it will surely eradicate many stresses in your life.

Children to Be Active

First of all, it helps if you’re pretty active, yourself. You can’t just talk the talk, here. You have to walk the walk. Kids do what they see YOU do.

When your children see that you actively participate in and enjoy outdoors activities, they’ll want to do the same. It’s a blueprint that you’re setting for them that they will touch back on later in life. Be it biking, going swimming, or just playing catch with them, seeing you active and enjoying sports and physical activities will rub off on them in a very big way.

Remember that children tend to pick up your good habits, as well as your bad ones. It has been proven that children with parents who smoke are more likely to become smokers later on. It’s the same for everything else they see you do. Or not do. They are learning from you what to do, and how to be. So, by the same token, your good habits will set an example for them, as well. If they see you just sitting around on the couch all day just lounging around when you’re not at work, and never being active, then that’s setting the tone for the type of adults they’re more likely to become. Sedentary and inactive. Try to avoid that by getting outside and doing physical activities, both with and without your kids.

Good influences start early. Be sure that you’re setting a good, healthy, active example for your child. It can only lead to a better, healthier, happier future for them