A Diet To Rid Your Body Of Candida

Candida is naturally occurring yeast in the body generally found in the mouth, throat, intestines and genitourinary tract. When friendly bacteria and properly functioning immune system are not present, balance of the system may be lost and Candida overgrowth may occur, but you can help yourself by paying closer attention to your diet.

Someone with an overgrowth of yeast can experience any number of unpleasant symptoms such as a yeast infection, fatigue, rash, depression and anxiety. The symptoms of Candida overgrowth are frequently treated with anti-fungal remedies. Even with these remedies, however, if your diet is not changed to create an environment within the body to prohibit the overgrowth of Candida, relief is sure to be temporary, and problem symptoms will return.

Once you have established that you have a yeast infection, by reviewing symptoms and confirming the presence of causative background factors, there are a variety of dietary changes that you can make to improve your health. Refined sugar should be eliminated from your diet entirely as it encourages the growth of yeast. Sources of this sugar include honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, corn syrup, molasses, and the familiar white granular sugar. Be sure to read all labels carefully because these sugars are used in many products you may normally buy off the grocery store shelves. Don’t eat fruit – or drink fruit juices – as they contain natural sugars that promote the growth of yeast. Don’t drink beer, wine or liquor as the alcohol also provides sugar, and many of these products are fermented with yeast. http://www.candidarelief.com/candidayeast/

Bagels, muffins, pastries, breads and crackers should also be eliminated from the diet as they contain yeast and sugar. Anything with vinegar – which is made with yeast culture – should be avoided as well. This would include salad dressings, olives, pickles, mayonnaise, steak sauce, barbeque sauce, soy sauce and mustard. Again, it’s important to read all the labels on grocery items. Mushrooms should be avoided as should peanuts and peanut butter, cheeses, and meats that are dried, smoked or pickled. Beverages that should be avoided are fermented drinks such as root beer and cider, black tea, and coffee, including decaffeinated.

Increasing your intake of raw garlic and soluble fiber will help your body to fight the yeast infection. A supplemental dose of acidophilus will help to make your intestinal track more acidic which helps to kill off the Candida. Other recommended supplements include volatile oils, such as peppermint oil or oregano oil – these should only be taken in capsule form as the straight liquid may be toxic. Get plenty of sleep and keep your stress to a minimum as well.

Early in the diet many people notice a worsening of their symptoms. When the Candida is killed it releases proteins and toxins. This process is known as die-off and is temporary. With strict adherence to the diet, the patient will usually begin to notice improvements in two to four weeks.

Keeping your immune system, “friendly” bacteria, and Candida in proper balance can be a lot of work; but it’s a small price to pay to reclaim your good health and transform your life.

10 Tips To Put Your Insomnia To A Rest

Do you feel tired and un-refreshed on waking in the morning?

Do you stay that way throughout the day?

Do you have difficulty concentrating during the day?

The World Health Organization says that one-third of the world’s population experience insomnia at some stage in their lives, with approximately five per cent needing medical treatment!

To avoid medical intervention, try these natural techniques and remedies, and help put your insomnia to rest.

1. Relaxation
Relax before going to bed. Do some deep breathing, listen to soft music. According to Dr. Timothy Sharp from Sydney University, avoiding caffeine, alcohol and nicotine will also help.

2. Bedtime routine
Develop a bedtime routine so your body knows it’s time to go to sleep. By winding down your physical activities and following a set routine prior to bed, your body will start to associate some of these actions with going to sleep. Start with a cup of hot milk. Milk contains a protein called tryptophan, which helps to promote sleep. This can be substituted with chamomile tea, which is known to calm the nerves. Follow this with a hot bath or shower, the heat will help to lower your internal body temperature, again telling your body to go to sleep.

3. Your bedroom is for sleeping only
Make your bedroom your sleep-room. Turn the lights off as soon as you get into bed. Don’t read, eat or watch television in your bedroom, or do any activity that is not sleep related. Make sure the room is dark and cozy; include extra pillows on the bed and even some teddy bears. Make your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary, a room that you will instantly feel secure and comfortable in, and best of all, a room that you will crave to sleep in.

4. Calm down and clear your mind
Clear your mind of the day’s activities or things that are due to be done tomorrow. Write a ‘to do’ list for the following day. Organize uniforms, lunches, etc … the night before. Make arrangements earlier than usual so you don’t worry.

5. Give time back to yourself
Instead of trying to cram as much as you can into the day then find you haven’t left much time to sleep, try to find short cuts or solutions to give a little time back to yourself. Make a double casserole and freeze half for another night. Spot clean the house as you go. Have more barbecues, using paper plates (less washing-up). Offer to pay the kids, or the neighbour’s kids, to do some extra chores.

6. A balanced diet helps to make a balanced mind
If you’re lacking in essential vitamins and minerals your body cannot operate at its best. Throw out the junk food and fizzy drinks, and make a new start to good physical and mental health. Add in some regular exercise and watch your body respond with some improved sleep.

7. Don’t lie in bed if you can’t sleep
If you don’t feel sleepy enough to drift off, your mind will probably anguish over the fact that you can’t get to sleep. This will only make it harder to get to sleep each time you experience this. Get out of bed and go into a different room. Do something to distract yourself until you do start to feel sleepy and then try to sleep again later.

8. Medications may interfere with your sleep
It has been shown that some of the medications below may cause sleep problems. Check with your doctor if you are experiencing insomnia and are also taking any of these medications – amphetamines (diet pills), antidepressants, beta blockers (heart and blood pressure), cimetidine (ulcers), clonidine (blood pressure), cortisone, diuretics (fluid), levodopa (parkinsons), methyldopa (blood pressure) and ventolin (asthma).

9. Above all: de-stress
Sharp says that stress is the worst cause of insomnia. Use some of the techniques above and try to remove as much stress out of your life as possible, and finally put your insomnia to rest.

Tip number 10: Have the right bed and mattress for a healthy sleep.

The Real Reasons You Have Hair Loss

All men have to face sooner or later and women too, usually later – hair loss. So, why does it occur and what can you do about it. If you look of the structure of your hair, you’ll find at the very bottom of the hair shaft, the follicle, a bulb called the papilla.

The papilla is what creates and controls the formation of your hair and is the area that is filled with blood, which brings to the hair the nutrients it needs to grow.

It is through your genetics that hormonal messages are sent to the follicle cells and papilla on what type of hair you will have and when it will fall out.

These hormones are called androgens – testosterone is one of them. When testosterone reaches the papilla, it combines with an enzyme – 5-alpha reductase – which then changes to dihydrotestosterone, DHT.

It is DHT that causes hair loss by restricting the flow of blood into the papilla. Since women have more estrogen then men, they have less hair loss. It turns out that estrogen blocks the effects of DHT. But once women go through menopause, some of them produce less estrogen and they start to experience hair loss.

Despite your genetic tendency towards hair loss at a particular time in your life, it is possible to interrupt this process and reduce the speed at which you loose hair. If you do nothing to stop your hair loss, you will lose plenty, if not all.

Here are some common sense things to do to protect your hair:

When you have stressful times in your life, you can experience rapid hair loss. Knowing this, you can bring the level of stress back to normal and start a program to regain your hair. You’re hair is not damaged and follicles are still open and your can recover your hair. If you keep stress levels up and do nothing to nourish your hair, you will lose much of your hair sooner than normal.

Hair will stop growing when you don’t have the right nutrients in your blood. When your body is ill, terribly stressed, or nutrients are desperately need somewhere else in the body, the last place these nutrients will go is to your hair papilla. During these times, take a supplement that supplies the hair nutrients that you need.

Always wait for your hair to dry before combing it. At this time your hair is soft and can be easily damaged.

Excessive shampooing, with cheap shampoos, can dry out your hair. You can also damage your hair by vigorous shampooing, poor scalp massage, or rough towel hair drying.

Sunlight and chlorine can weaken your hair, so after swimming quickly wash your hair. In the sun, wear a hat or cap to avoid sun damage. In the shower, put a filter to get rid of the chlorine.

In all of the conditions listed above on how you lose hair, DHT included, or damage your hair, here’s what it boils down to:

When you subject you hair to conditions that damage your hair, sebum – oil that lubricates your hair shaft – starts to build up in your follicles. As time passes, your follicles become blocked creating further damage to your hair and reducing your changes of these follicles growing hair.

This is why you have hair loss as you age or even at a young age.

Laser Eye Surgery

Is the world a complete blur for you without your glasses or contact lenses? And when you do get your glasses on, do you resent the lack of freedom in all your movements? Perhaps it’s time you went in for corrective eye surgery.

Most corrective eye surgery is technically known as refractive eye surgery, an elective procedure intended to correct common eye disorders, or refractive errors, such as myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness) and astigmatism (distorted vision).

Where does laser eye surgery come in?

Laser refractive surgery is rapidly becoming the most technologically advanced and popular method available today to correct refractive errors, primarily because it provides near-total precision and predictability. However, there are still a relatively small number of ophthalmologists in the US who are trained in laser refractive surgery and in the calibration and operation of the laser.

The excimer laser, which is used in this type of surgery, received FDA approval in 1995 for correcting mild to moderate nearsightedness. At present, the excimer laser is approved for use in procedures called photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and laser in situ Keratomileusis (LASIK).

Photorefractive Keratectomy

Performed with local anesthetic eye drops, PRK is a refractive surgery that reshapes the cornea by removing tiny amounts of tissue from the outer surface with a computer-controlled ultraviolet beam of light. The beam is so precise that it can notch a strand of human hair without breaking it. The procedure is the commonest form of laser eye surgery, takes only a few minutes, and you can get back to normal life in a couple of days.

Is Laser Surgery for You?

Millions of patients have experienced total freedom from any kind of eyewear after laser surgery, but there are cons too, as with every surgical procedure. It is best to find out whether you are eligible for laser eye surgery. Here’s a checklist so you don’t end up with worse eyesight than you had before you went in:

– People who are slow healers or have ongoing medical conditions like glaucoma or diabetes are not good candidates for laser surgery

– Those with uncontrolled vascular disease, autoimmune disease, or people with certain eye diseases involving the cornea or retina are also poor candidates, so make sure you have a long chat with your doctor before you opt for surgery

– Pregnant women should avoid refractive surgery of any kind because the refraction of the eye may change during pregnancy

Facts you should know

– You needn’t worry if your pain threshold is low, since there is hardly any discomfort during surgery. Once the anesthetic wears off, the degree of pain varies from individual to individual, but any irritation is minor and usually vanishes within hours

– Worried about when you can return to work? Usually in one to three days post-surgery, but a better idea is to wait until you feel up to it

– Convalescence is minimal, and usually you can be driven home about 30 minutes after surgery. Typically, your eyesight improves within 3 to 5 days

– According to numerous surveys in the U.S. and worldwide, the effects of surgery appear permanent. As people age, however, their vision deteriorates naturally, so re-treatment may be necessary

– Laser surgery does not really restrict your activities, except you should not rub your eyes after surgery. Other than that, you can do whatever work you feel up to provided you follow doctor’s orders

The risk factor

In one word, minimal, but there have been a handful of cases where complications resulting from laser eye surgery have resulted in corneal transplants. So here goes:

– There is about a 0.1 percent chance of the cornea becoming infected after PRK, which usually means added discomfort and a delay in healing, but no long-term effects within a period of four years

– It is as yet not possible to definitely predict how your eye will respond to laser surgery. As a result, you may still need lenses after surgery for good vision. In some cases, a second procedure can improve the initial result

– Some patients find that their best vision with corrective lenses is worse than it was before the surgery. This is a result of either irregular tissue removal or development of corneal haze

– However, corneal haze is part of the normal healing process after PRK. In most cases, it has little or no effect on the final vision. However, some cases of excessive haze interfere with vision. As with under-correction, this can often be corrected by additional laser treatment.

– In some patients the effect of surgery gradually fades over several months. In such cases, a re-treatment is once again usually sufficient

– Some patients experience the halo effect, an optical effect noticed in dim light. As the pupil enlarges, a second faded image is produced by the untreated peripheral cornea. This can interfere with night driving. However, recorded cases are extremely rare.

Lt. Col. Charles Reilly drops solution into Senior Airman John Paul Marsh’s eye just after laser eye surgery Aug. 23 at the newly opened Defense Department Joint Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Colonel Reilly is the chief of the Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center and Airman Marsh is with the Air Force Band of the West. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Larry A. Simmons)

As of now, a number of other lasers for eye surgery are being tested to determine their safety and efficacy. Such tests may allow for clinical studies involving the excimer laser and the correction of farsightedness, provided the FDA grants approval, which is something a potential patient should always check.