Why Do Food Allergies Happen?

Immune systems protect our bodies by producing special proteins called antibodies, which identify potential threats in our bodies. They signal our immune systems to release chemicals to kill these threats. A food allergy occurs when the immune system overreacts and mistakenly identifies proteins in foods as threats, signaling a release of chemicals that cause food reactions to kill them. In most common food allergies, it is the antibody Immunoglobulin E (IgE) that recognizes proteins in foods as threats. It can release many harmful chemicals, including Histamine. Histamine is a main cause for many of the symptoms of allergic reactions, such as small blood vessels expanding, swelling and reddening of surrounding skin, itchiness, and increased mucous production in the nose lining, causing itching and a burning sensation. There is also another type of food allergy called “non-IgE mediated food allergy,” which is caused by different cells in immune systems. These are usually harder to detect because there are no tests to confirm their presence. This type of allergy usually only affects the skin and digestive system. This can lead to symptoms like heartburn, indigestion, and eczema, although, in babies it may also

Conditions That Can Cause Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition where individuals do not produce adequate insulin to fulfill their body’s requirements and/or their cells do not respond appropriately to insulin. Insulin is predominant as it strikes glucose, sugar, into the body’s cells from the blood. It additionally has a number of alternative results on metabolism.

The meals that human beings consume provide the body with glucose, which is utilized by the cells as a supply of power. If insulin is not produced or does not work properly to move glucose from the blood into cells, glucose will stay within the blood. Excessive blood glucose levels are toxic, and cells that don’t get glucose miss the fuel they need.

There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.

More than 85% of individuals with diabetes have type 2. Total, about 30 million people in North America have diabetes. It has been found that about two-thirds of persons with type 2 are aware of it and are receiving therapy, and for a lot of people, early signs of having diabetes aren’t noticeable without testing.

Type 1 diabetes happens when the pancreas

Tricks To Have A Good Night Sleep

Lack of sleep or insomnia is brought about by many factors including: stress, hormonal imbalance, stimulants, and stress. Failing to have a good sleep has effects on your concentration, mood, and productivity. The cool thing is that there are plenty of things that you can do to overcome sleeplessness. Some of these things include:

Invest in a comfortable bed and beddings

Studies show that you can lack good sleep when your bed is uncomfortable. To sleep fast when you get to bed you should invest in a comfortable bed. Different people love different things. To ensure that you have bought the right unit you should first research on the bed that feels comfortable on.

The best way of going about it is visiting different hotels and trying their beds. You can also visit beds of your friends and feel them. In addition to the bed, you should also invest in good quality pillows. There are some people that have reported a lack of sleep due to the clothing that they wear to bed. Some will feel comfortable sleeping with lingerie while others will feel comfortable sleeping naked. You should

How to Avoid Snoring While Sleeping

According to a recent survey, 45% of the world’s population would have snored at least once-in-while during their lifetime; whereas, 20% of this crowd turn into chronic snorers after sometime. By definition, snoring is a health issue caused by the throat muscles. It shows that the individual has obstructed breathing patterns. In most cases, snoring can be cured through simple lifestyle changes, usage of nasal strips and healthy oral appliances. With all this being said, how will you avoid snoring in the long run? Here in this short write up, you will come across few natural yet effective tips to avoid snoring.

First, Sleep On Your Side: The list of snoring remedies begins with “Sleep on your Side”. Mayo Clinic believes that sleeping on any one of your sides will reduce the risks and chances of snoring. On the other hand, lying upside down will force your tongue to fall backwards. This will obstruct the flow of air through your throat and increase the likelihood of snoring. A narrow airway has high chances of snoring. Conversely, you should stop or at least avoid sleeping on your back. And, American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) believes

Is Back Pain Hereditary?

There are many characteristics that follow down from generation to generation but could back pain be one of them? Could it be that just like hair and eye colour, the chances of developing certain forms of back pain may be inherited?

Quite possibly.

Many medical professionals have long had suspicions that genetics play a role in the development of back pain and various studies have shown that persistent back pain often runs in families.

When evaluating the cause of possible inherited back pain, it’s important to take into account that we get many of our emotional and physical traits from our parents. Many of these dispositions, physical forms and personality traits are trickled down through the genes and enhanced by the lifestyle choices we make. In other words, being aware of our family’s medical history may be significant in discovering any increased risks of developing back pain. Early diagnoses and accurate treatment play a major role in the successful cure of many spine conditions. It is therefore important to know of any major back problems experienced by our immediate relatives so that we can be aware of any potential risk to ourselves.

Those of

Strategies to Avoid Negative Effects of Prolonged Sitting at Work

I started working in an office 5 years ago, and during the past two years I have started to suffer a few consequences of bad habits that can were formed while sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day.

The reality is that a large amount of people work office jobs these days, and a lot of them do not correlate their type of work with their health condition. It is hard to change the way society works and avoid working office jobs altogether, as we often don’t have that choice. However, we do have the choice of making a few adjustment at work that will allow us to prevent illnesses and health issues caused by sitting at your job for long hours each day.

In my case, I exercise very regularity, and always have made a decent effort to eat healthy. However the past two years a few health issues have started to manifest, and it took some digging to find out the root causes. I started to develop a lot of gastrointestinal problems, and inability to breathe properly. I had to make a conscious effort to intake enough oxygen, as I often felt

Tips for Finding Relief During Horrible Allergy Seasons

If you’re planning to travel this summer, you may end up in a location with high pollen counts. These tiny little particles can become lodged in your nose, throat and eyes, triggering common symptoms associated with allergies, including itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing, headaches, diarrhea and runny nose. You should plan your family trips carefully with the help of a naturopathic care physician.

Seasonal Allergies Increase

The amount of people struggling with seasonal allergies is increasing, along with the severity of the symptoms. Remember, allergies is nothing but an over-reaction of your immune system to particles that aren’t harmful. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, there has been a rapid increase over the past 15 years, bringing allergic rhinitis cases up to 10 to 16 percent of the American adult population. This costs the healthcare system around $18 billion every year.

So far, there aren’t any solid reasons for the increase in allergies. However, there are various steps and techniques naturopathic family care professionals recommend.

Get Allergy Testing

Are you sure why you’re having allergic-like reactions? Some people mistake allergy symptoms for a cold or virus. One way to know

How To Know If Your Child Is Suffering From A Seasonal Allergy

You may have noticed that your child tends to fall ill during a particular season every month. Or you may suspect an allergy but not be sure of it. If you know what to look for, it will help you get one step closer to helping your kid deal with it better and possibly preventing certain allergies. If you know what has caused the problem, simple things like cleaning your air conditioner or washing your linens more often could help cut down the allergens in your home.

Common Allergens to Look Out for

While a lot of kids do get affected by the pollen in the air during the spring, many of them also react to indoor allergens during the fall. So it can be a little difficult to pinpoint what is causing the problem. For example, dust is one of the leading causes of an allergy. Dust is made of tiny dust mites along with pollen, mold and a number of other fine particles that can affect a lot of people. The fur of animals like dogs and cats may not agree with some children while others may react to certain materials used in clothing

Things to Know About Drug and Alcohol Detoxification

Making a decision to seek treatment for addiction to drug or alcohol, and then sticking to it is very difficult. A great deal of courage and grit is required to accept the fact that one needs treatment for attaining sobriety. Detoxification, which helps remove the toxins from the body accumulated for years due to continuous drug and alcohol abuse, is the first step toward the recovery process.

However, many people have preconceived notions about detox that might be deceiving. One needs to understand that a successful recovery is a grim affair without detox. Listed below are some of the facts that an individual needs to know about the detoxification process:

  1. Drug and alcohol detox is the first part of the treatment process: Just by opting for a drug or alcohol detox does not make you sober. A comprehensive treatment follows detoxification that includes therapies, medications, counselling, and alternative treatments, etc. Detox helps to free the body of all the harmful toxins accumulated due to the prolonged abuse of a drug or alcohol and also helps manage difficult withdrawal symptoms.
  2. Detox must be completed before starting the next part of treatment: The body should be free of all

Detoxifying Carcinogens in Smokers Through Watercress Extract

Watercress extract can be a potent detoxifier for smokers, according to a recent study. If taken multiple times a day, it has the ability to detoxify carcinogens produced in the body due to prolonged cigarette use. Watercress is an aquatic or semi-aquatic perennial plant that is one of the oldest leafy vegetables consumed by humans.

In a phase-II clinical trial presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting in New Orleans in April 2016, researchers of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) and UPMC Cancer Center stated that watercress hinders the activation of a tobacco-derived carcinogen in smokers.

The trial also showed that all the environmental toxicants and carcinogens found in cigarette smoke can be detoxified by using the watercress extract. The effect of the extract is particularly stronger in people who lack the genes engaged in processing carcinogens.

Cigarette smokers are more prone to develop lung cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarette smoking is linked with about 90 percent of lung cancer cases in the United States. Moreover, people who smoke 15 to 30 cigarettes are more susceptible to developing lung cancer in comparison

Eat Your Way to Heart Health

The frustrating thing is, heart disease is entirely preventable, yet I have met countless people who seem to think it is just something you “get.” Although most will admit they could have eaten healthier or exercised a tad bit more, they perceive it to be mostly out of their control. This perception is not entirely their fault, however. Some doctors barely even mention diet or exercise (although some do, or refer to RDs, and kudos to them). In most cases, meds are dispensed and symptoms are monitored.

But that’s why I’m here. I’m here to tell you that number one, heart disease is preventable and reversible. Number two, there are a plethora of healthy foods you can eat to “treat” yourself to better health. Let’s visit a few categories.

Omega 3s

Omega 3 fatty acids are heart healthy fats. They help lower LDL cholesterol and reduce overall inflammation in the body. Whenever there is inflammation there is a higher likelihood of oxidized LDL being deposited in the arteries. We need to keep LDL at healthy levels and decrease inflammation in the body. Omega 3 fats can help us do that. Where do we find them? Unfortunately Omega 3s are not prolific in the

Tips for a More Enjoyable Night Shift

Night shift is always a challenge and can have a dramatic effect on your overall health. Most people are extremely sleep deprived. They also do not know how to adjust to this new shift and survive and thrive during while working this shift. There are definitely challenges and the need for support from those you live with. There are a few tricks to help you get started.

    • Sunglasses are your friends. Light exposure as you are driving home will stimulate your brain that it is time to stay awake so invest in a good pair of dark sunglasses so you do not get too much light exposure.
    • A daylight simulation light that is at least 10,000 luxe will help your brain to say it is time to be awake. One to two hours of light exposure when you wake up works wonders for your alertness. You use it while getting ready; just keep the light in your peripheral vision.
    • I always kept a sign next to my doorbell warning that I was a night shift worker and to not wake me unless it was an emergency and that worked well.
    • Eating is your friend

Is Cholesterol Healthy or Unhealthy?

‘Bad’ LDL cholesterol and ‘good’ HDL cholesterol – the former kills while the latter is beneficial to health. Some people are extremely fit and lead healthy lifestyles, yet have high levels of LDL and very low HDL levels. What is going on?

The truth is that no one knows everything about the workings of cholesterol in the body.

Cholesterol is an insoluble lipid – a fat. That means this compound must travel in the blood by binding to and being carried by protein molecules.

Combinations of fat and protein are unsurprisingly called lipoproteins. There are two types: low density lipoproteins (LDL) and high density lipoproteins (HDL). The former is ‘bad’ because it is a risk factor for atherosclerosis – furring up of the arteries, which can cause heart attack or stroke.

However, there are many other factors involved with atherosclerosis that add to the confusion, such as immune responses and inflammation.

Cholesterol levels are affected by how much dietary fat is absorbed into the bloodstream from the gut, and how the liver makes ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol.

There are also genetic factors involved with an individual’s cholesterol levels. These are linked to levels

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