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17 Signs Your Body Is Attacking Itself (Autoimmune Disease)

August 8, 2016 by admin in Health News with 0 Comments

autoimmune-diseaseAre you always tired? Does your body ache? Do you have often feel unwell and suffer from low-grade fevers? You might be suffering from an autoimmune disease.

Your immune system is responsible for keeping you healthy and free from harmful infections, bacteria and viruses. Most of the time our immune systems know the difference between pathogens (bad cells, bacteria and foreign bodies that make us sick) and good bacteria. A good immune system certainly knows what is a part of your body, and what isn’t. But sometimes your immune system becomes faulty.

If you have an autoimmune disease your body basically turns on itself. Your immune system starts to attack your own healthy body cells and good bacteria as if they were pathogens.

Autoimmune diseases (there are more than 80 of them) are not always obvious. The symptoms can be very subtle, especially in the early years, and so they often go un-diagnosed for a long time. The time in between can be exhausting and frustrating while you don’t know why you are feeling constantly unwell. Conditions like leaky gut syndrome can affect you for a long time without you even realising that something is really wrong with you.

The average autoimmune disease sufferer will visit the doctor between six and ten times before a diagnosis is made, and it usually takes about five years to do this! Below are some of the signs that you may be suffering from an autoimmune disease.

17 Symptoms of Autoimmune Disease

Headaches

If you suffer from headaches frequently and can’t seem to understand where they come from it could be a sign of an autoimmune disease. This is often one of the first signs to appear.

Anxiety

You feel anxious and nervous all the time, sometimes for no apparent reason.  It becomes your normal way of seeing the world.

Confusion and Poor Concentration

Do you find yourself feeling frequently confused? Do you have “brain fog” that leaves you feeling like you can’t think clearly? Are you struggling to concentrate on anything for longer than a couple of minutes at a time and need to constantly bring yourself back to what you are doing? These are all signs of autoimmune disease.

Skin Irritations, Rashes, Psoriasis and Acne

If your skin often comes out in rashes, bumps and flakes your immune system may be attacking you. These can be all kinds of rashes, acne, psoriasis, dermatitis and even eczema. All of these skin conditions can be signs of a faulty immune system turning on you.

Allergies

An allergic reaction is an immune system function that is over-reacting to a stimulus in your system. Having allergies tells you right away that your immune system is not behaving normally and you should be aware of any other symptoms that point towards autoimmune diseases.

Asthma

Asthma is another sign that your immune system is not functioning properly. It is often coupled with allergies.

Dry Mouth

This is a symptom that is often over looked. If you often have a dry mouth or feel thirsty all the time it could be due to your body trying to cope with autoimmune disease. Thirst is also a sign of thyroid issues, which in turn are also connected to autoimmune diseases Hashimoto’s disease (underactive thyroid) and Graves disease (overactive thyroid).

Frequent Colds and a feeling of being Unwell

If you suffer from frequent colds don’t just brush it off as a weak immune system. It could be that your immune system is actually working against you instead of for you.

Low Energy levels or hyperactivity

Whether you are constantly exhausted and fatigues, or you have frequent patches of hyperactivity, your energy levels are being effected. Unbalanced energy levels are signs that your body is fighting a battle that you might not even be aware of.

Unexplained weight gain or weigh loss

Sudden changes to your body weight are signs of illness. Sometimes the illness might not even be apparent to you at first, but you should definitely be aware of any other symptoms.

Body Aches, Muscle Pain and Joint Stiffness

These can be signs of rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia – both of which are autoimmune diseases which cause your immune system to attack body cells.

Digestive tract symptoms

If you suffer from any of these symptoms regularly you should discuss the possibility of leaky gut with your doctor, especially if you have a family history of autoimmune diseases:

Irritable bowel syndrome

Gas and flatulence

Bloated-ness

Diarrhoea

Constipation

Stomach cramps

See the section below on how your gut can trigger autoimmune disease.

Autoimmune Disease and your Gut

The most common signs of autoimmune disease are problems with your digestion, your gut and your stomach. Most people with autoimmune diseases also have leaky gut syndrome, and often they don’t even know it. They just feel sickly. Having a leaky gut can actually trigger autoimmune disease, and that is why it is so important to take care of the good health of your intestine.

Leaky gut is something that happens when your intestine becomes inflamed and damaged. It can be caused by infection or a gastric upset, but is also caused by inflammation. Years of eating junk food, taking pain pills and being stressed can cause inflammation in your gut and destroy the good bacteria which is supposed to protect you. The result is that the lining in your intestines is damaged and that is when leaks are developed. These leaks can sometimes heal if your system is fairly healthy, but if you continue to antagonise the situation with damaging foods and substances the chances are it will only get worse.

A leaky gut allows all kinds of bacteria, viruses, fungus, chemicals and pathogens direct access to your bloodstream. Your immune system is triggered as your body tries to deal with the influx of unchecked substances. It sees all foreign matter as infection that needs to be fought. To do this it produces T cells. The problem is that T cells also irritate and inflame healthy cells, and if you have a genetic predisposition to autoimmune diseases these genes will be triggered.

 

Different Kinds of Autoimmune Disease

If you don’t know which diseases are autoimmune dieses you may be wondering what is so bad about having them. There is more to it than feeling unwell, though. Some autoimmune diseases can be debilitating and even fatal. Take a look at the list of autoimmune diseases below and see if you recognise any of them:

  • Addison’s disease
  • Alopecia areata
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Autoimmune hemolyticanemia
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Autoimmune pancreatitis
  • Autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type II
  • Autoimmune progesterone dermatitis
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Celiac disease
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Graves’ disease
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome
  • Hashimoto’s encephalopathy
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Lupus
  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Ménière’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcus (PANDAS)
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Psoriasis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon
  • Reiter syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Rheumatic fever
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Transverse myelitis
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Vasculitis
  • Vitiligo

Now that you know how serious autoimmune diseases are, take a look at your health. If you have any recurring symptoms you should take them very seriously. You can also see yet another reason why maintaining a healthy diet and healthy digestive tract is so crucial to your good health.

When you start healing your digestive system, it will boost your immune system and prevent your body from attacking itself. Here are 3 important tips to strengthen your digestive system.

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Emma Deangela is the best selling author of The Alkaline Diet Program and 80/20 Fat Loss. She has helped over tens of thousands of men and women to lose weight and transform their health with sound nutrition advice. Is your blood making you sick? Watch this video presentation and find out how to alkalize your body..

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Vitamin D or Skin Cancer – How Much Sunlight Do We Need?

July 22, 2016 by admin in Health News with 4 Comments

vitamind-sunlightDid you know that vitamin D is essential to your health? Don’t worry if you didn’t – many people don’t know about the importance of vitamin D, because it’s something that doctors seldom talk about. Yet you should take stock of your vitamin D levels because many people are deficient in this vital vitamin. A vitamin D deficiency can have serious effects on your health and well-being.

Vitamin D is important because it protects your body from many different ailments. Maintaining healthy vitamin D levels can protect you from osteoporosis, arthritis, asthma, prostate cancer, heart disease and even eczema. Vitamin D deficiency can cause clinical depression and puts you at high risk for the illnesses above.

Many people don’t even realize that the depression and lethargy that they feel is due to a vitamin D deficiency. Instead they treat the symptoms – when in fact what most people need is a healthy dose of vitamin D. If you suffer from seasonal depression during the winter months then  you should defiantly have your vitamin D levels assessed.

As you can see maintaining your vitamin D levels is essential. Unfortunately a lot of controversy exists around how to boost your vitamin D levels.

Why? Because the best known source of vitamin D is sunlight. That’s right. Your body uses sunlight to convert vitamin A into vitamin D.

Which is why many people exposes themselves to the sun to try and up their vitamin D levels. The problem is, while exposure to sunlight may be a great source of vitamin D, it also causes melanoma – skin cancer.

There are some doctors who will recommend sun exposure to increase your vitamin D levels, but other doctors who maintain that the sun exposure is too dangerous – because of the risk of skin cancer that comes with it.

According to experts from the Cancer Council Australia (one of the sunniest countries in the world) two out of three Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetimes, and roughly 2000 Australians die from skin cancer every year. They also warn us that having a tan is a sign that your skin has already been damaged.

So what should you do? You want the benefits of Vitamin D, but by exposing yourself to the sun you are risking skin cancer instead.

How to get enough Vitamin D without risking Skin Cancer

 

Limit your Daily Sun Exposure

In summer time you are probably getting enough vitamin D just by walking around in your daily activities. If you really spend all day indoors then you should try to get some sun exposure in the early morning or late afternoon / evening, when the sun is not too strong.

In winter time, or colder climates, you can go out into the sun during the middle of the day for up to 15 minutes a day. That’s all you need for your vitamin D boost. Then you should return indoors, cover yourself up with a hat and protective clothing, and apply a good zink sunscreen to any areas still exposed to the sun.

Check the UV index in the Weather Report

The weather report will always tell you what the expected UV index is in your area for the day. The UV index is measured on a scale from one to ten. Here is what you should do at the different levels on the UV index:

UV Index of One to Two: Danger to your skin is fairly low. If it’s bright you should wear sunglasses and if you are very fair (you burn easily) you should always wear a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or more.

UV Index of three to five: There is moderate danger to your skin under these conditions. You should stay out of direct sunlight during the heat of the day. If you are in the sun, make sure to wear protective clothing, a hat and sun glasses. Use an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen on any exposed skin.

UV Index of six to seven: This is means there is a high risk of serious skin damage if you are exposed to the sun. You should protect both your skin and your eyes. Stay out of the sun between 10:00AM and 4:00PM if you possibly can.  If you have to be outside, make sure you wear SPF 30 sunscreen or higher, a wide hat, sun glasses and protective clothing. Remember that swimming may cool you down but it doesn’t protect you from the sun. Reapply your sunscreen every two hours.

UV Index of eight to ten: These are extremely high risk conditions. Take extra care or you will burn quickly. Stay out of the sun between 10:00AM and 4:00PM, wear sunscreen, protective clothing, a hat and sunglasses.

UV Index of eleven or more: Extreme Risk. Stay out of the sun. Use all of the precautions laid out above, but try to stay out of the sun instead.

Sun Rules to Remember: Bright surfaces like sand, snow and water increase your UV exposure because they reflect the sun’s UV light. Take extra precautions under these conditions.

If your shadow is taller than you, as it is in the early morning and late afternoon, your UV exposure is lower. If your shadow is shorter than you, as it is at midday, your UV risk is higher.

 

Natural Alternative Sources of Vitamin D

Instead of exposing yourself to the harmful rays of the sun for your vitamin D  boost, you can eat foods that are rich in vitamin D. Here are some great sources of vitamin D that are really healthy and delicious:

Maitake mushrooms, Portabella mushrooms, Chanterelle mushrooms, egg yolk,fortified Almond milk, fortified orange juice, fortified yogurt – both the soy and the cow’s milk varieties, and Swiss cheese. You can also buy vitamin D fortified milk.

Of these foods, Mushrooms and Egg Yolk provide the highest levels of vitamin D. By eating these two things regularly you can ensure that you are getting plenty of vitamin D without having to be exposed to direct sunlight.

Vitamin D Supplements

If none of the foods above appeal to you, or maybe you are still worried about your Vitamin D levels in spite of eating vitamin D rich foods, then you can always take a good supplement. It’s better to supplement your diet than allow yourself to become deficient in such an essential mineral.

Lastly, medicinal mushrooms contain a form of a vitamin D precursor that can be transformed into usable vitamin D! Go to the next page and learn more about medicinal mushrooms that are rich in vitamin D precursor and helps boost your immune system.

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5 Summer Cancer Causing Foods to Avoid

July 11, 2016 by admin in Health News with 5 Comments

Grilling at summer weekend Summer is here and that means everyone is enjoying summer activities and the foods that traditionally go with them. You need to be careful, though, because these five favorite summer foods actually cause cancer, and you should avoid them at all costs.

Five Summer Foods that cause Cancer:

Hot Dogs

These Barbecue favorites are packed full of cancer causing ingredients. In fact they have been linked so conclusively with cancer that the American Institute for Cancer Research recommends cutting them out of your diet entirely. Eating a hot dog a day increases your chances of colorectal cancer by 21% and children who eat a pack of 12 in a month are more at risk of developing leukemia.

Cancer causing ingredients in hot dogs include:

Artificial flavorings, when you see this on your label you have no idea which flavorings are actually being added to your food. Artificial flavorings are chemically created, and don’t occur naturally. There are hundreds of different artificial flavorings and most of them are toxic.

Sodium Nitrate, hotdogs have sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate in them. These two chemicals make old meat look red and bright. They are known for causing cancer in the liver and pancreas. In 1970 the USDA tried to ban the use of them in the states, but food manufacturers complained and the ban was dropped. Sodium nitrate is also found in fertilizers and in fireworks.

Dextrose which is essentially processed sugar, only more refined and more easily absorbed by your body. It causes your body to create large amounts of insulin (insulin spikes) and this ups your chances of type 2 diabetes, causes weight gain, and increases your bad cholesterol levels

Sodium diacetate, which is a fungicide.  It is designed to stop fungal growth in packaged foods, but unfortunately also upsets the human digestive system, which can cause stomach problems.

Once hot dogs are heated compounds called nitrosamines or carcinogens are formed by the nitrites and nitrates merging with the amines.

As if this cocktail of chemicals isn’t bad enough, most hotdogs are also made from the otherwise unusable offcuts and scraps from various different animals. Because you are getting a mix of dicey mixed offcuts you are even more at risk of being exposed to contaminated meats.

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Cold drinks and mix-a-drink syrups are a big art of summer for most people. The problem is almost all of these drinks, even the ready-to-drink varieties that you buy at the store, are based on high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup is a sugary sweet substance that’s used in all kinds of sweetened products, most especially sweetened beverages.

High fructose corn syrup is associated with pancreatic cancer. According to Dr Lena Suhaila, ND, from The Cancer Treatment Centres of America in Goodyear, Ariz. She has done extensive research with more than 1,156,512 participants, which proves that these drinks cause pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths.

High Fructose corn syrup can increase your chances of cancer by altering your cellular metabolism, increasing the reactive oxygen species, damaging your DNA and causing inflammation. It is also linked with obesity and type 2 diabetes.

The reason why fructose is worse than other carbohydrates is because your body uses this sugar compound first in the synthesis of nucleic acids (your body favors it). The high speed synthesis of nucleic acids that it causes, stimulates the rapid growth of cells, especially cancer cells. The Fructose enhanced protein synthesis seems to promote a more aggressive cancer phenotype.

According to the US department of Agriculture, the average American consumes around 65 pounds of high fructose corn syrup every year, most of which is in the form of sweetened beverages. That’s a lot of cancer promoting drinks.

Soda Pop

Do you love a bottle of cola or pop in the summertime? Most of us do. Unfortunately most sodas, especiallythe caramel coloured varieties like Coke, Dr Pepper and Pepsi, are loaded with unsafe levels of cancer causing chemicals.

 

In a study done by a Singapore Chinese Health Study which was conducted with 600 thousand people, over 14 years, people who drink more than two sodas a week have an 87% higher chance of developing pancreatic cancer.

 

4-methylimidazol

According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), sodas from most popular brands contain high levels of 4-methylimidazol (or 4-MI), a chemical which is believed to cause 15 thousand cases of cancer in the US alone. The levels of 4-MI in these drinks has been found to be four times the safe limit as stipulated by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.

The diet or sugar free varieties also contain artificial sweeteners that are known to be carcinogenic. These include aspartame and saccharin, which are respectively linked with bladder tumors and brain tumors.

 

Microwave Popcorn

No summer is complete without a couple of movies nights with your friends. And what movie is complete without popcorn? But you might want to leave the microwave popcorn on the shelf and go for the old fashioned pop-in-a-pot variety instead.

 

Microwave popcorn manages to pump toxins into you on a number of levels.

First there’s the bag you pop it in.

The popcorn bag itself contains perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA. PFOA is a listed carcinogen with the US Environmental Agency (EPA). According to laboratory tests, once heated PFOA releases a toxin that causes infertility and cancer in animals.

PFOA has been linked with cancerous tumors in more than four different organs in animal tests done on lab rats.

According to a study published by the Human Reproduction journal PFOA dramatically decrease your fertility. They can increase your chances of infertility by up to 150%.

PFOA studies have also found the chemical to be linked to thyroid disease, which can also led to heart disease, muscle weakness, osteoporosis and stunted development in children.

 

The Popcorn.

The popcorn and flavorings used in microwave popcorn are not much better than the toxic bags they come in. Microwave popcorn is made with a number of unsafe ingredients.

Soybean Oil is usually a GMO product and is linked with various cancers.

GM Corn. About 86% of corn grown in the US is GM. The “Bt corn” is a strain that was developed which generates its own Bt-toxin, a pesticide that has subsequently been found in traces in the blood of pregnant mothers and their babies. If allowed to build up in your system Bt toxin is toxic to humans and triggers allergic-like reactions.

Preservatives and propyl gallate. Propyl gallate is one of the most common preservatives used in microwave popcorn. It’s been linked to stomach illness, breathing problems and skin rashes.

Diacetyl, responsible for the yummy butter flavoring in most microwave popcorn, is an ingredient which is banned in some places because it is linked to lung diseases.

TBHQis made from poisonous butane gas and can be found in your microwave popcorn. It is associated with dizziness, skin conditions, stomach cancer and asthma. It is something which can accumulate in your body over time, so even though the microwave popcorn contains ‘safe’ levels, if you eat it regularly it can build up ion your system.

Potato Chips and French Fries

We all love potato chips. Sadly, they are one of the most toxic convenience snack foods of all.

First of all you have your “stackable” chips like Pringles. The company themselves have admitted that there is so little potato in these that they can hardly even call them potato chips. So what are they made of? A mush of rice, wheat, corn and potato that’s pressed into the signature stackable shape, then while they’re in their moulds, they are cooked in boiling oil, blown dry and sprayed with powdered flavorings before they reach the can.

Trans fats.Needless to say boiling oil is full of trans fats. Regardless of what kind of chips you’re eating, most of them have been processed with boiling oil at some stage. Even the ones that are baked are not safe.

Acrylamide. This is one of the most dangerous neurotoxic chemicals in chips and crisps. It’s created when the carbohydrates are cooked at super high temperatures (so it doesn’t matter if they are baked or fried or roasted). It’s found not only in crisps but in French fries and chips as well. Usually acrylaminde is found in any food cooked until it has a dry brown or yellow surface (like all chips, crisps and fries). According to tests done in 2005, every brand of potato chip tested was found to be between 39 to 910 times over the legal limit of acrylamide.

Heat Toxins. Well known carcinogens heterocyclic amines (HCAs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and advanced glycation end products (AGEs)are all commonly found in crisps and are very toxic. This is according to a three year long project, called Heat-Generated Food Toxins, which was published in 2007.

Here’s what they do to your body:

Heterocyclic Amines (HCAs)is typically found in meat flavored and meat products. They are linked to cancer in various body organs.

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)are formed when fat drips onto direct heat. The fat makes smoke which permeates your food and can transfer its cancer causing PAH’s to your food.

Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs)are formed when your food is cooked at high temperatures. AGEs build up in your body over time, causing oxidative stress, inflammation, heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes.

The Solution

For almost every harmful, toxin-loaded summer snack, there is a healthy alternative. If you are willing to be discerning and take a little time to prepare your food, you can enjoy the best of summer without risking your health.

Make your popcorn from scratch, cook your own home-made potato chips and choose good cuts of meat over hot dogs. You can also make sure that you drink fresh, organic juices and avoid anything that’s pumped up with sugar or corn syrup.

The rule of thumb is that if you can’t pronounce half the ingredients you probably shouldn’t eat it. So check your labels. Then buy fresh food and take the time to prepare it. That way you and your family are likely to be around to enjoy the good times for many more summers to come.

Lastly, boost your body’s immune system by eating immunity boosting foods – Go to the next page and learn more about foods that boost your immune system.

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Emma Deangela is the best selling author of The Alkaline Diet Program and 80/20 Fat Loss. She has helped over tens of thousands of men and women to lose weight and transform their health with sound nutrition advice. Is your blood making you sick? Watch this video presentation and find out how to alkalize your body..

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9 Signs of Heart Failure

June 21, 2016 by admin in Health News with 5 Comments

1390244582000-XXX-179643269Are you having a silent heart attack?Most people know that shooting pains down your right arm coupled with chest pain are signs of a heart attack. But not every heart failure looks like the chest clutching drama you see in the movies. You could be having minor heart failures and not even realize it. Every one of these failures could be contributing to the deterioration of your heart health.

And you want to catch these signs before it is too late.

Signs that you are having heart failure

Take a look at the list of symptoms below. If you are frequently experiencing two or more of these symptoms then you should get yourself checked by a health care professional, because your heart could be at risk.

Shortness of Breath

If you are often short of breath, regardless of if you are resting or exercising, it could be a sign of heart failure. Sometimes you may even wake up because you are short of breath, or find that it’s difficult to breath when you are lying flat, but easier when you are well propped up.

The reason heart failure can make you feel short of breath is because your heart is not keeping up with the blood returning from your lungs through the pulmonary veins. What happens then is that blood leaks into your lungs, making you feel breathless.

Chronic Coughing or Wheezing

If you find yourself coughing and wheezing, even though you’re not sick, it could be your heart. As described above, heart failure can cause blood to leak into your lungs. This blood in the lungs can trigger coughing and wheezing.

If you are short of breath and have a persistent cough, even though you’re not ill, you should visit a medical professional and tell them you are worried about your heart. If you cough up pink or bloodied mucus from your lungs, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Water Retention in body tissues (Edema)

Swollen feet, ankles, legs, belly or excessive, unexplained weight gain are all signs of heart failure.

Because your heart is not coping with the load of blood returning to it from your body it begins to back up in your veins. This causes the blood to build up in your body tissue, making your kidneys less effective. When this happens your kidneys can’t properly dispose of water and salts, and so the fluid builds up inside your tissues.

This extra fluid is what causes swelling and weight gain.

Fatigue and lightheadedness

Feeling tired all the time is another sign of quiet heart failure. If you are tired and you feel lightheaded or dizzy it could be because your heart is not able to pump enough blood around your body. Your body tissues need fresh oxygen delivered to them to keep you functioning normally.

Suzanne Steinbaum, Director of Women’s Heart Health at the Heart and Vascular Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, says that many people, especially women, brush this symptom off too lightly. Instead you should be having a medical checkup if you are constantly tired and can’t seem to get better.

If your heart is struggling to pump enough blood then your body will protect its most vital organs (like your brain) by sending enough blood to those organs first.  The muscles in your limbs will only receive blood after your vital organs are safe – which is why your limbs may feel heavy and everyday tasks like walking up the stairs or pushing a shopping cart may seem exhausting.

Nausea or lack of appetite

Another symptom you may experience if your heart is struggling to get enough blood around your body is stomach problems. Your digestive system, like your limbs, is only going to receive fresh blood from your heart after the vital organs.

The result is that you may experience all kinds of digestive problems, nausea and lack of appetite.

Confusion or slow thinking

This is a symptom your family and friends may notice before you do. You may start to become very forgetful or find that you are easily confused. This can be quite scary and disorientating when you start to notice it.

Because your heart is not pumping blood properly and your blood is not being fully replenished with all of the chemicals and nutrients that should be in it – your blood is unable to feed your brain with the delicate balance of chemicals it needs to function properly.

 

High Heart Rate

If you feel like you are having heart palpitations, like your heart is racing or skipping beats, then you should definitely visit the doctor. These symptoms usually occur because your heart is not able to pump the right amount of blood with each pump, so it is having to work harder to keep you healthy.

 

You feel pain when you’re active

If you find your muscles are sizing up in pain whenever you’re even slightly active, it could be your heart failing. If you have peripheral arterial disease (a buildup of fatty plaque in your arteries inside your legs) then walking could become painful for you.

 

Headaches are a sign of heart failure

If you are having headaches often and you are also experiencing any of the other symptoms above it could be because of heart failure. Both heart failure and migraines are symptoms of automatic nervous system imbalances.

How heart attacks differ for men and women

Did you know that men and women experience heart failure differently?  Although many of the signs and symptoms are the same, we do have some important differences between us.

Women often experience more shortness of breath and difficulty with physical activity when their hearts fail. Women also experience water retention (swollen ankles and wrists) more frequently as a side effect of heart failure, than men do.

Most men display congestive heart failure much sooner than women, whereas women tend to develop heart problems at an older age.

Women who experience heart failure often do so as a result of high blood pressure, coronary disease, diabetes mellitus or valvular disease. Men are more likely to develop heart disease without long-running prior illnesses.

Women who suffer from diastolic heart failure (heart failure caused by stiff, inflexible heart muscles) tend to maintain a more regular ejection faction than men do. That means that they are pumping more blood out of the left ventricle of the heart than men with diastolic heart failure.

Women are more likely to develop Systolic heart failure (heart failure caused by weakened heart muscles) than men are.

More women than men suffer from depression – which is often associated with heart failure.

There is a type of heart failure which is exclusive to women, this is heart failure caused by peripartum cardiomyopathy. It occurs only during the last month of pregnancy and during the first five months after the baby is born.

In spite of these problems women with heart disease tend to outlive men with heart disease

How can I prevent Heart Disease?

Quit Smoking. Smoking is very bad for the health of your heart. If you want to prevent heart disease you have to quit smoking right away. Seek professional help if you have to.

Regular exercise is essential to raise your good HDL levels (good Cholesterol) and thereby make LDL (bad Cholesterol) levels less of a problem. Exercise also keeps your heart healthy because it works just like any other muscle in the body – it needs gentle exercise to keep it strong.

Have a Stress Release Mechanism. Stress is a killer because it is such a major factor in creating a heart disease environment inside your body. You need to find ways of releasing stress naturally. These can be physical outlets such as fishing, golf, tennis and other sports, even yoga and surfing. You can also have spiritual outlets for stress like prayer and meditation. If you can’t find a way to release stress on your own you might want to visit a stress councilor for a consultation on stress management.

No more Sugar, refined carbs and bad fat. You should cut out all sugars and all refined carbohydrates that revert to sugar (these include white bread, cakes and white pasta) because sugar causes inflammation in your body.This inflammation can cause all kinds of problems, including heart failure and cancer.

Bad fat is another major culprit. Bad fats are saturated fats, they are the fats you find in foods which have been deep friedor highly processed. Saturated fats clogs up your arteries and restrict the flow of blood around your body. The combination of saturated fat and sugar together does the most harm to your heart and arteries.

Eat Well. Increase the amount of fresh fruit, nuts, vegetables and whole grains that you eat. These things should make up the bulk of your diet every day. You can moderate how much fish and chicken you eat as a little of these is okay for your body. Cut back on red meat. Red meat is not good for the health of your heart and you should eat as little of it as possible, or cut it out altogether.

Replace refined carbohydrates and “bad” fats with healthier options. These would include whole wheat bread and pasta, brown rice and large flake rolled oats. Good fats to eat include coconut oil, avocados, pumpkin seeds, nuts and dark chocolate. Read more about good fats in our article, 5 fats that help you lose weight.

 

Remember, heart disease and heart failure can have all kinds of “quiet” symptoms. If you want to lead a full, healthy life you have to pay attention to all of the possible warning signs. Make sure that you are at a low risk because you eat well and live a healthy, active lifestyle.

 

Now that you know the 9 signs of heart failure, go to the next page to learn about how you can prevent a heart failure by eating this 1 nutrient (the nutrient helps to reduce cholesterol)

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Is Your Drinking Water Toxic?

June 1, 2016 by admin in Health News with 3 Comments

drink_waterWater is essential to our survival. To live a healthy, happy life we need to drink between one and two liters of water every day. But what if the water you’re drinking is full of toxic chemicals? What if instead of cleansing your body and keeping you hydrated, the water you’re drinking is slowly killing you?

Is our water safe?

Back in 2014, there was a water crisis in Flint, Mitch, when it was discovered that the water supply contained dangerous levels of lead and other chemicals.

To make matters worse officials who should have been monitoring the water contamination levels have been implemented as having covered up the problem by tampering with reports. It’s enough to make you really worry about the water supply wherever you are.

Don’t take it for granted that just because officials tell us the water is safe that it really is. The people of Flint assumed that because their officials didn’t tell them there was a problem that everything was fine. They were misled and they have suffered because of the lead that was in their trusted water supply.

 

Lead is not the only chemical contaminating our water

As if lead poisoning isn’t bad enough – there are all kinds of other dangerous chemicals being found in our water supplies too. According to a post in the New York Times, Radon, Arsenic, and Nitrates are all toxic pollutants commonly found in our water. Other nasties include the contamination by antibiotics, pharmaceuticals, and agricultural chemicals that have leached into the water supply over time.

Another contaminant that is being found often is perflourooctanoic acid (PFOA) which is used in Teflon and firefighting foam. This chemical in drinking water has been linked with kidney cancer.

In West Virginia and Ohio there was contamination from a leak at a DuPoint factory. The chemicals found were perflourinated chemicals, PFOs or PFCs. These are chemicals that are not yet regulated as they are still being studied. The drinking of this contaminated water has been linked to six different diseases, including kidney cancer. PFCs can stick around in the human body for about four years, and that’s if no more in taken in.

The other two major contaminants in our drinking water are chlorine and fluorine. These two chemicals are actually added to the water supply by the government under the guise of promoting good health.

Chlorine is used to clean the water, removing bacteria before it reaches us in our homes. Fluoride (not to be confused with Fluorine, which is a poisonous yellow gas) is supposedly added to the water to strengthen our teeth enamel. Both of these dangerous chemicals are being purposefully added to our water in spite of research proving that they’re bad for us.   Read the section below on how chemicals in our water affect your health for more information on what they do.

 

The law can’t always protect you

According to a New York Times article, the federal laws regulating US tap water are more than 35 years old, and completely out of date. Only 91 chemicals are regulated by the Safe Water Act, but there are more than 60 000 different chemicals used in the United States which find their way into our water system. Hundreds of these are associated with cancer, cell mutations and all kinds of allergies and ailments.

Analysis was done with more than 19 million drinking water tests – what they found was that more than 62 million people have been exposed to water that didn’t meet even one of these outdated safety guidelines.

What’s more is that not all of our water sources are publicly owned. About 15 million homes in the United States get their water from private wells. Private drinking water is not regulated by the authorities.

So think twice before drinking “government approved” water – their approval doesn’t account for a vast array of circumstances.

How is water pollution affecting your health?

As outlined briefly above, the different chemicals and pollutants which threaten our drinking water do different things to our bodies. Here is a brief outline of the main players:

Lead: Lead affects the frontal cortex of the brain, which is essential for learning, memory, reasoning and abstract thought. Lead can cause permanent damage in the brains of young children. Lead poisoning also causes various cancers.

Perflourinated chemicals (Including perflourooctanoic acid): These chemicals are found in all kinds of things, but most commonly in substances like Teflon and the foam used for firefighting. They have the ability to build up in the human body so even if you are only consuming small amounts at a time it can still have a cumulative effect on your health. These chemicals have been linked with birth defects, pregnancy complications, heart disease, thyroid disease, and kidney and testicular cancer.

Antibiotics and Pharmaceuticals: We all know that we should never take medicines that are not prescribed for us. But what if we are ingesting them every time we drink a glass of water. One of the problems with constantly consuming antibiotics in the water is that you are helping bacteria to develop resistance to medications, making them stronger. The result is that we have super strains of illnesses and need even stronger medications to combat them.

Other pharmaceuticals found in the water include mood stabilizers, hormone replacement medication, prescription drugs and over the counter medications.

Chlorine: It’s well documented that chlorine forms cancer causing compounds in water. According to a study published by the International Journal of Epidemiology in 1992, consumption of chlorinated water increases your chances of colon and rectal cancer by as much as 40%. But the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) insists that the risk of water-borne diseases outweighs the cancer risk. Their assertions are based on information and tests that are decades old. Today we have an almost 50% chance of either ourselves or our loved ones developing cancer, so maybe we should start paying attention to the cancer risks too.

According to research done at both Harvard and the Medical College of Wisconsin, drinking chlorinated water causes 15 % of all cases of rectal cancer and 9% of bladder cancers in the US.  These percentages are more than doubled if you are drinking chlorinated water for prolonged periods of time. Chlorinated water increases your cancer risk because chlorine reacts with organic substances in the water and forms carcinogenic compounds. These compounds are called trihalomethanes, DCA and MX, and are responsible for all kinds of mutations and illnesses and cancer.

Fluoride: Known to be almost as toxic as arsenic, fluoride causes cancer and increases the carcinogenic (cancer causing) effects of other chemicals. It has this effect as quantities as low as 1 part per million. The reason the authorities give for adding fluoride to the water is that it’s meant to improve dental health and make our teeth stronger. However according to tests done in the 1950’s, it has no real effect on our dental health.

Fluoride increases the chances of young males getting cancer by almost 600%. It also increases your chances of getting skin cancer. For those with existing tumors drinking fluoride in quantities as low as 1 ppm (part per million) can increase the tumor growth by 25%. According to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), fluorine – which is found in fluoride – inhibits DNA repair activity that normally correct flaws and genetic mutations.

 

What can you do about water pollution?

You can start by being conscious of the problem. Don’t make the situation worse. Limit the amount of pills and drugs you purchase. Make use of Drug take-back programs to discard of unwanted medicine. Never dump medicines in the drain!

If you are worried about contamination in your area contact your local water sanitation authorities and request a copy of the water report. It has to come out annually and they are obliged to give you the information you need

If you find that the levels are too high for comfort consider getting an under the counter filter or reverse osmosis system.

Can a water filter help?

Yes! If you have the right water filter it should be able to remove a huge portion of the chemicals that might be lurking in your drinking water.

For the removal of organic and biological waste from your water the average filter system is probably more than adequate. If you have chemicals in your water or are worried that you might have, consider a point-of-entry reverse osmosis filter. You can at least protect your drinking water this way.

Here’s a recommended water filter to get – Reverse Osmosis Filter System.

If the water filter system is too costly for you, start with a water pitcher. It can help to reduce zinc, chlorine taste and odor, copper, mercury and cadmium, all of which may be commonly found in tap water.

Invest in a shower filter. Many chemicals can be absorbed through your skin. This can be even more dangerous than drinking contaminated water, in some ways. When you drink water it has to be filtered through your kidneys and digestive system which is designed to remove impurities. When chemicals are absorbed through your skin they don’t go through the same internal filtration system. They can just leech straight into your blood stream.

In addition to these measures you should also make sure you take a good immunity-boosting supplement and eat foods rich in antioxidants every day.

Go to the next page and learn more about the immune boosting elixir that you can eat for better immunity.

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