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How to Deal with a Cough

by Sonia Chartier, on 25 May 2014, Cold and Flu
How to Deal with a Cough

A persistent cough can be very annoying but why do we cough?

Coughs are often caused by excess mucus or other irritant matter from external sources – dirt, smoke, household cleaners – lying on the surface of the respiratory tract, and your body is trying to expel them out of your system.

The body uses the mucous membranes as an exit route for toxins. When a bug infects you and your immune system attacks it, dead bacteria and dead immune cells can be pushed out via mucous secretions. Also, if other eliminatory organs such as the bowel aren’t working well, then some toxins may be diverted to the respiratory tract to be offloaded through these membranes.

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Health Conditions – What Men Don’t Talk About

by Sonia Chartier, on 25 May 2014, Men's Health
Health Conditions - What men don’t talk about!

Women outlive men by six or seven years on average. More boys than girls suffer from hyperactivity, reading and behavioral problems, clumsiness, stammering and autism. Once they make it into adulthood, boys are more likely to suffer from circulatory disorders (including the biggest killer, heart disease), diabetes and alcoholism, ulcers and lung cancer. Male infertility rates are on the increase too.

WHY IS THIS?

One of the problems is testosterone. While helping out in many areas, it also has some drawbacks, including raising cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and lowering immune function.

Luckily there is an upside to all this and many simple ways to reduce the risk of having these problems…

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Prostate Problems – The Great Male Taboo

by Sonia Chartier, on 25 May 2014, Men's Health
Prostate Problems - The Great Male Taboo

The issue of prostate trouble continues to be a taboo subject for a large number of men. Often, men confuse a healthy prostate gland with virility.

What man would dare admit to having a weakness in this area? Prostate trouble has even been called an “old man’s illness.” A man’s reluctance to have a doctor examine his prostate as a preventive measure—in a process that involves the doctor inserting a finger into the patient’s rectum—is also the reason that so many men act as though nothing were wrong. That’s why only about 40% of men who may be considered at risk seek treatment—with a majority preferring to remain silent.

When left untreated, prostate ailments make it increasingly impossible for the bladder to empty itself completely. Residual urine begins to accumulate, and bacteria, which thrive in this warm environment, quickly begin to multiply.

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Enlarged Prostate – Can Food Effect It?

by Sonia Chartier, on 25 May 2014, Men's Health
Enlarged Prostate - can food effect it?

 “You have to eat anyway, so you might as well eat things that are good for your health in general and your prostate in particular.”

WHAT IS BPH?

BPH is a benign (non-cancerous) swelling of the prostate, which obstructs the flow of urine from the bladder, creating uncomfortable symptoms such as incomplete emptying of the bladder (and the consequent feeling that you constantly need to go to the loo), a weak urine stream, and getting up several times a night for an unsatisfying pee.

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Stress Management 101

by Sonia Chartier, on 27 April 2014, Stress and sleep
Stress Management

Everyone goes through stressful periods in their lives, and some of us suffer from chronic stress. Learning how to cope is the key to living an enjoyable and healthy life – thankfully there are natural  ways to beat stress.

What is stress?

Stress may be defined as the mental state when we are unable to cope comfortably with events facing us. These can occur suddenly and be short-lived or be around us for long periods of time.

This results in the release of specific chemicals or hormones into our bloodstream, namely adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol, triggering a stress response in the body.

When we speak of stress, we usually refer to stress on the mind or psychological stress, rather than that on the body (physical stress).

Stress symptoms

Many of us are so used to living with stress daily that we may not even understand what stress symptoms are. Here are some signs: Continue reading >