Our blood requires oxygen for various processes in our body and oxygen supply is managed by the lungs. When we breathe in air, dust and debris also settle in, blocking the airways. Also, the air inhaled should be moist. For this purpose, the lining of the lungs continually produces mucus. Looking after the chest and keeping the lungs clear is extremely important to prevent infection in the lungs. If the sputum is not cleared regularly, then the lungs start to work below its capacity and we get less supply of oxygen. Very often this phenomenon is termed as restrictive lung disease which restricts lung expansion, resulting in decreased lung volume, leading to inadequate oxygenation of the blood (blood carrying less oxygen). Any infection or inflammation can block the airways, making breathing difficult, leading to a life threatening disease known as cystic fibrosis. To avoid such problems, mucus should be expelled from the lungs. Lung infections and diseases can easily spread from one person to another. Personal hygiene e.g. Washing hands, covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing and disposing of tissues and sputum pots in appropriate waste bins, should be maintained to prevent cross infection.
Multiple sclerosis is a disease or neurological disorder which affects the nerves of our brain and spinal cord. Multiple sclerosis is often called MS and is found to be an autoimmune disease. In MS, a person’s own immune system attacks his body. Basically, it attacks the protective sheath (myelin) which covers our nerves. Multiple sclerosis is often found in young adults in whom myelin damage obstructs the communication between brain and rest body parts. There is no strict multiple sclerosis diet prescribed for treating the disease. The signs and symptoms depend on the amount of damage and the affected nerves.
Ears constitute an important part of our auditory system; they are an important sense organ that help in balance and body positioning. Ears can get clogged up because of too much earwax (cerumen). Earwax may cause complications when it gets accumulated in excess as it can block the external auditory canal or hearing aids and hinders hearing. Basically, earwax is a yellowish waxy substance that helps in protecting the skin of the ear canal and also assists in lubrication. Moreover, earwax is helpful in fighting against bacteria, fungi, insects and water.
Sleep is necessary for a healthy lifestyle and for his/her mental stability. When a person is not able to get proper sleep, then it is regarded as a sleep disorder. Various common sleep disorders include snoring, insomnia, sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, and sleep deprivation. But, one of the most common sleep disorders is snoring, which is described in this blog.
Heart diseases, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases are amongst the leading causes of death in US counting to 800,000 adults each year. Of these, 150,000 follow in the age group of 65. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Atherosclerotic Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study and Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS), an estimated 10 million people in the US suffer from angina and heart attack. Two main reasons for heart disease as per National Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion are high blood pressure and cholesterol, which leads to heart problems like Angina and Heart attack.
Sound sleep is a necessity of every individual. When your sleep is disrupted by any factor, it is a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders are changes in the pattern of sleeping. Daytime sleepiness, irregular breathing, increased movement during sleep, difficulty to sleep and abnormal sleep behaviours are all signs of sleep disorders. Good sleep is important for our physical and mental health whereas any interruption affects our overall health, safety and quality of life. We tend to feel more tired, fatigued and irritated due to sleep disturbances. Any one from a young child to an adult can develop a sleep disorder, be it short term or long term. Insomnia, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy, bed-wetting and sleep apnea are some common sleep disorders.
A gluten-free diet is one that excludes the protein gluten. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). No one can thinks of even compromising with the regular food they eat. Basically, we eat foods that contain gluten, which is regarded as a protein composite and is mainly found in wheat and related gains including rye and barley. Gluten gives elasticity to dough, which helps it rise and gives the bread a chewy texture. It is composed of two different proteins: gliadin protein and glutenin protein. Moreover, the related grains of wheat like barley and rye also contain protein composites such as prolamins and glutenin.
Most of our work positions are sedentary, largely impacting our lifestyle and health. Staring at the computer screen from 10 to 6 is a regular routine, which causes mental and heart problems, neck, back and lower back pains. Muscles burn less fat, allowing fatty acids to clog the heart and increase the risk of high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. Such people are at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and obesity. Moreover, sitting at your desk for hours on end can make the brain foggy and reduce cognitive abilities. Basically, when our body moves, muscles pump fresh blood and oxygen through brain. However, a stable position slows down the working process of the brain.
No party is complete without drugs or alcohol. Drinking one or two glasses of wine or beer occasionally is understandable. The real problem arises when alcohol is taken in excess. Drug or alcohol abuse typically leads to issues at work, home and school, and society. Basically, both the substances can be addictive and it is not true that everyone who consumes alcohol will become addicted. But, some people may be more susceptible to addiction. It should be kept in mind that alcohol addiction and abuse are not the same. Continue Reading…
Phobias are referred to a group of anxiety symptoms that are based on certain situations or objects. It has been reported that an estimated 5%-12% of Americans have phobias while 6.3 million people suffer from specific phobias. The United States report has mentioned that phobias generally appear in adolescence and adulthood, but can occur in people of all ages. Moreover, phobias are more common among women than men. Basically, phobias are classified into three main types such as, specific phobias, social phobias (social anxiety disorder), and agoraphobia. These are as mentioned below: Continue Reading…