Health

The Benefits of Vitamin D

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Despite all the press about this vitamin, most of us have chosen to ignore the findings and hope we have sufficient levels in the bloodstream. The vitamin in question is of course Vitamin D3 and most of us are still not getting sufficient levels of this important vitamin in our bloodstream. According to the Department of Health, as much as 25% of the population is deficient in this vitamin! In reality, scientists estimate that this figure is actually low and could be nearer 60% or higher.

What is vitamin D?

Vitamin D is not strictly a vitamin. A vitamin is a compound that cannot be produced by the body and since vitamin D is produced in the skin as a result of exposure to sunlight, this is why vitamin D is more accurately described as a hormone. Although we are capable of producing vitamin D, we rarely manufacture sufficient levels due to the latitude we live in and the fact that we constantly being told to wear sunscreens which of course block sunlight. Small amounts of vitamin D is found in fortified foods including milk, cereals, oily fish and juices but this amount is too small to make any significant difference. In fact it is estimated that we would need to drink 20 glasses of milk everyday to maintain optimal levels of vitamin D! Read More…

Managing Glaucoma Naturally

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Glaucoma; causes and symptoms

Glaucoma is the said to be one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. Other causes of blindness include age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Glaucoma is actually a group of diseases that result in the damage to the eye’s optic nerve. The optic nerve is responsible for delivering information from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma is often referred to as the “silent thief of sight” because it often goes unnoticed with a gradual loss of peripheral vision which means that a person is less able to see the edges of their field of vision. Without treatment, glaucoma can progress to permanent, irreversible vision loss and yet glaucoma is preventable. Read More…

Drug-Free Relief From Heartburn

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It is estimated that 40% of the adult population suffer from heartburn. Drugs are often prescribed for sufferers from recurring heartburn and these are not without side effects. In fact many of these drugs prevent nutrient uptake, may increase risk of dementia, and may make one more liable to allergies. For these reasons, many sufferers are looking for drug-free relief from heartburn.

Heartburn occurs when the contents of your stomach travel backwards into your oesophagus causing pain, inflammation and damage with recurring episodes. This condition is called GERD or just called reflux and the inflammation accompanying this is term “oesophagitis”. Whilst most people attribute this inflammation and discomfort to excess acid, this is not always the case. In fact, other enzymes found in the contents of the stomach such as pepsin and bile can also cause damage the oesophageal lining resulting in the symptoms of heartburn. Read More…

A Natural Solution To Chronic Stomach Problems

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Gastric distress is a very common health concern and if you suffer from heartburn constantly, belch, have abdominal pain or have a very sensitive stomach, the chances are you may be suffering from gastritis.

Gastritis is the inflammation of the lining of the stomach and there are many causes of gastritis, which include stress, excessive alcohol consumption, prolonged use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), certain auto-immune diseases and sometimes gastritis can develop after a chronic infection. However, one of the most common causes of gastritis is an infection by the organism Helicobacter pylori. Read More…

How To Fade Acne Scars

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Acne sufferers face more than one concern which of course includes the nuisance of acne itself, however most sufferers are usually anxious about acne scars since unlike acne, which may be temporary, acne scars are perceived to be for life.

There are numerous topical products aimed at treating scar tissue but before we investigate the types of acne scars, it is important that one should try and prevent acne in the first place. Read More…

Reducing The Risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis

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Deep Vein Thrombosis, DVT, is caused by the pooling of blood in a vein which triggers the blood clotting mechanism. The formation of the blood clot, known as a thrombus, usually occurs in a deep leg vein usually between the ankle and the upper calf.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a very serious condition because it can cause permanent damage to the leg or it can lead to pulmonary embolism which is life-threatening. Anyone can be at risk of developing DVT; the risk of developing blood clots increases by 48% for those who sit more than four hours a day. This is not a long period of time when you imagine the number of people sitting at a desk, movie theatre, whilst driving or on a train and watching television. Read More…