Archive for February, 2010

PostHeaderIcon What Is Good For Watery Diarrhea

nullWatery diarrhea also referred to as loose diarrhea is watery stools which occur more than three times in a single day. Diarrhea is the inability to control or prevent bowel motions. It is commonly caused by a gastrointestinal virus and parasitic conditions such those caused by the infections of the small bowel (giardiasis in human) or crypto. Constipation can also cause diarrhea, as only watery feces passes through or around the blockage.

Since any diarrhea causes dehydration, one important item that one should have is a lot of liquid substances; mostly pure and clean drinking water. Certain types of fruits are also recommended. Hygiene is a very important factor in human life. Diarrhea sometimes comes by because of the unhygienic environments.

It is very difficult to figure out when it will occur. It is therefore advisable for one to be near a toilet as often as you can, if not always.

PostHeaderIcon Top 5 Unglamorous Healthy Foods

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1. Beet is highly enriched with betacyanin, iron, fiber and vitamin C. It helps in preventing cancer risk and in particular, colon cancer. Beet possess anti oxidant property which helps in reducing the risk of lowering total cholesterol thereby increasing the levels of good cholesterol.

2. Beans contain antioxidant, fiber and protein which contribute in preventing disease such as coronary heart disease and cancer thereby regulating blood sugar. Canned beans are very effective in treating disease rather than dried beans which are cheaper.

3. Dried plums have pectin which is a soluble fiber, potassium which is responsible for lowering cholesterol levels in the blood.

4. Eggplant has high amounts of vitamin B6, B3 and B1, nasunin and chlorogenic acid which provides protection to the brain cell lipids, helps in preventing arthritis and prevent cancer.

5. Pumpkin is highly enriched with antioxidant known as beta carotene which boosts up immune system thereby reducing the risk of developing heart disease and cancer.

PostHeaderIcon Lycopene in Tomatoes and Prostate Cancer

nullLycopene is usually found in tomatoes in high amounts and is a strong antioxidant which proves to be effective and beneficial in treating coronary heart disease and cancerous conditions. Lycopene is compound which is responsible for giving red color to fruits and vegetables. Lycopene is very useful in treating the prostate cancer in male. Studies have shown that men who consume abundant amount of tomatoes or tomato products are at a lower risk of developing prostate cancer than others.

Intake of lycopene rich diet rich will help to reduce the chances of developing prostate cancer in men. Lycopene taken along with cheese on pizza will help the body to absorb more amount of lycopene by intestine. Lycopene is naturally produced from fruits and vegetables and hence it does not have any side effects and it is absolutely safe for consuming by human beings. Prolonged consumption of lycopene in tomatoes and processed tomato products gives orange color to the skin.

PostHeaderIcon Top Signs of Pregnancy Nausea

nullNausea and vomiting are ailments had by many individuals. Nausea is the unpleasant, painless sensation that one may potentially vomit.

Nausea in pregnant women is a common thing. The significant causes of nausea include iatrogenic causes, toxicity, infectious causes, gastrointestinal disorders, and central nervous system or psychiatric conditions.

Pregnancy is the most common endocrinologic cause of nausea and vomiting and must be considered in any woman of childbearing age. The correct and recognizable symptoms are mainly dehydration or electrolyte abnormalities. Nausea can be psychological or physical in origin. It can originate from the problems in the brain or organs of the upper gastrointestinal tract. This makes the diagnosis of the cause of prolonged nausea a hard task.

All stimuli that cause nausea work via the vomiting center in the brain which gives rise to the sensation of nausea and coordinates the physical act of vomiting.

PostHeaderIcon What You Need To Know About Intestinal Biopsies

nullThe intestine is the alimentary canal of an animal through which food passes after having passed all stomachs. It connects the stomach and the anus. The intestine is lined with superficial cells that contain a few immune cells that release chemical mediators that attract other cells to the area and fight off foreign invaders. Some of these cells only seen microscopically play an important role in digestive symptoms.

Lymphocytes, eosinophils and mast cells are the immune cells that are commonly present in the surface of the gastrointestinal tract. The lymphocytes survey the wall of the intestine looking for any potential infectious agent. The sign of more lymphocytes on the surface cells suggests the existence of inflammatory condition of the intestine.

The eosinophils and must cells are immune cells involved in allergy reactions in the body. They are only present when there are parasites, food allergies or chronic inflammatory diseases.

PostHeaderIcon Lactose Intolerance

nullLactose intolerance is the inability of the body to fully digest milk sugar contained in dairy products. Though the condition cannot be said to be very dangerous, it can cause a lot of discomfort. This lactose intolerance is normally caused by the deficiency of the lactose digesting enzyme called lactase produced in the small intestines.

The signs and symptoms that come with the lactose intolerance condition include nausea, stomach cramps, bloating and flatulence. Diarrhea is the most common symptom. The severity of the symptoms usually depends on the age, ethnicity and speed of digestion of the individual suffering from lactose intolerance. Injury to the small intestines may cause the organ to produce less lactase than you actually need. Congenital lactose intolerance is also possible, but not very common. You can control your diet to ensure that you do not include the food that will cause lactose intolerance in your system.

PostHeaderIcon Irritable Bowel Syndrome

nullIrritable Bowel Syndrome is a stomach disorder that causes considerable discomfort to the patient. The syndrome normally affects the colon, but it does not cause any serious damage to the organ. The syndrome is easy to control in most people. The symptoms of irritable Bowel Syndrome include diarrhea, bloating, flatulence, cramping, stomach pains and constipation. Dehydration is also common among people with this syndrome.

Certain types of food can cause these symptoms. These include milk, alcohol and chocolate. High levels of stress can make the symptoms worse. Certain hormones can also cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Treatment for the syndrome includes an intake of fiber supplements to control constipation. Drinking a lot of water will also help. You should stay away from foods that cause too much gas and stressful situation if you want the symptoms to go away. For the more severe cases, seeking medical help is a good idea.

PostHeaderIcon Introduction to IBS

nullIBS are the initials that stand for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This syndrome normally affects the large intestines. The symptoms that come with this syndrome include stomach cramping, bloating, flatulence, abdominal pains, constipation and diarrhea. It is easy to control the symptoms, therefore the condition can be said not to be very serious.

The causes of IBS are mainly the food that you eat. Some types of food, such as alcohol, chocolate or even milk might trigger this syndrome. Dry foods and foods that have high caffeine levels can also cause IBS. Stress, though associated with IBS, only makes the symptoms worse, it does not cause them. It is also believed that hormones are also causative agents for IBS. You should refrain from food or situations that could trigger IBS. If the symptoms do not go away after five days since the time they start, then you should see a doctor.

PostHeaderIcon Avoid Food Poisoning

nullFood poisoning occurs as a result of ingestion of food that has been infested by bacteria. Food poisoning usually occurs in people who have a weak immune system, the elderly and expectant women. Children are also susceptible to attacks of food poisoning. Food poisoning does not only occur after eating restaurant food, even food from home can cause this stomach disorder.

The symptoms of food poisoning include stomach pains or cramps, fever, vomiting, sweating, headache and diarrhea. The vomiting and diarrhea leads to dehydration. Though the cases of food poisoning normally resolve after a few days, there have been known to be death related to food poisoning. The best way to avoid food poisoning is by observing hygiene, especially where food is concerned. Make sure that you wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap before handling food. It is also important to buy the packed food that has not yet expired.

PostHeaderIcon What Organism Causes the Swine Flu?

nullSwine flu is the latest deadly flu to have hit the world. This flu was at one time only suffered by pigs, but it later spread to humans. Like all types of influenza, Swine flu is caused by a virus. This virus is related to the one that causes common colds and flu. The virus that causes swine flu in humans also has the characteristics of the bird flu virus. This makes it hard to identify if the flu is swine flu or the normal flu.

The virus that causes swine flu can be transmitted from one patient to another. However, since the incubation period of the virus remains unknown, it is advisable to stay in isolation when diagnosed with this illness. Wearing mouth guards in public will also prevent the spread of the flu. You should see a doctor the moment that you suspect that you have the virus.