Buying: A holiday-driven impulse

Buying: A holiday-driven impulse

Current living Dec 12, 2018

The out-of-control desire to buy things is rooted in primal emotions such as sadness or dreariness and is considered...
Ideas for living a more active life

Ideas for living a more active life

Current living Nov 20, 2018

Being physically active is more than just going to the gym or doing regular exercise. It’s about a commitment...
What is the difference between a CAT scan, an MRI and an X-ray?
These are the most common radiological examinations. When are they used and how are they different? Read on to...
Muscle pain? What is better: Hot or cold?

Muscle pain? What is better: Hot or cold?

Current living 15 September, 2018

In order to reduce inflammation, hot and cold therapies are common treatments for muscle injuries or contractures. However, which therapy is best or how it is best applied can sometimes be confusing.

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Kidney stones during pregnancy

Kidney stones during pregnancy

Armony in health 12 September, 2018

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, stones in the urinary tract are the main cause of non-obstetric hospital admissions among pregnant women throughout the world.

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The difference between an inguinal and umbilical hernia

While they sometimes require surgery, in most cases, they are just physical abnormalities that do not cause serious pain in children.

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Learn the warning signs of endometriosis

Learn the warning signs of endometriosis

Keep in mind 7 September, 2018

Menstrual cramping and pelvic pain can both be warning signs of endometriosis.  While this condition may not be serious, it can affect the quality of your of life.

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The causes of dizzy spells

The causes of dizzy spells

Armony in health 4 September, 2018

Experiencing occasional dizziness is not necessarily related to a significant disease as it can occur as a result of a drop in blood sugar or blood pressure. In order to determine if dizzy spells are a problem, however, it is important to detect how often they occur.

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What your hair can tell you

What your hair can tell you

For her 1 September, 2018

It is important to pay attention to how your hair looks, not just as a matter of aesthetics, but because hair loss or a lack of shine can be some of the first symptoms of a health problem.

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Prebiotics: What you need to know

Prebiotics: What you need to know

Armony in health 28 August, 2018

Prebiotics are found in vegetables, milk and whole grains. They encourage the growth of your intestinal microflora.

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Foodborne illnesses: Common and treatable

Foodborne illnesses: Common and treatable

Trends 25 August, 2018

The most common causes of foodborne illnesses include bacteria and viruses. Less commonly, they can be caused by a parasite or chemical.

While the symptoms of these types of conditions depend on the cause; they generally include an upset stomach, abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and dehydration. It is important to keep in mind that the majority of foodborne illnesses are severe, which means they occur suddenly and are short in duration.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases suggests that in order to prevent dehydration, people with food poisoning should replace the liquids and electrolytes they lose. Also, if the discomfort lasts for longer than 48 hours, you should see a doctor who can determine what treatment should be administered.

How does bacteria get in food?

  • Microorganisms can already be in food products when you buy them. For example, raw meats, poultry, fish, seafood and eggs are not sanitized. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also not sanitized such as lettuce, tomatoes and melons.
  • Thousands of types of bacteria are found naturally in the environment. Not all cause disease, however; some are used in the production of cheese and yogurt.
  • Even foods that are cooked or are ready-to-eat can be contaminated by bacteria from raw food products, the juices from meats or other contaminated ingredients as well as by people that handle food without proper food hygiene practices. Often, foodborne illnesses can be prevented by cooking or processing the food.

Related article: 7 symptoms of mercury poisoning

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Taking calcium for bone health

Taking calcium for bone health

All natural 22 August, 2018

The body needs calcium to build strong bones when you are young, and to keep bones stable as you get older. So how much calcium do you need every day?

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Dimpled skin? A visible sign of cellulite

Dimpled skin? A visible sign of cellulite

Current living 16 August, 2018

Cellulite is a type of fat that is deposited in the cavities below the skin’s surface. It forms around the hips, thighs and glutes and appears in the form of dimples.

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