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Suffering From Peripheral Neuropathy? Try These Natural Remedies To Reduce Pain And Numbness

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Any kind of weakness, pain or numbness in extremities in the hands or feet can lead to peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral nerves in the brain and spinal cord are responsible for sending messages to the rest of the body. Any damage to these peripheral nerves interrupts these messages. This in turn affects how your body responds to temperature, pain and other reflexes. Infections, alcohol abuse, traumatic injuries and diabetes are some of the top causes of such damage to peripheral nerves. Peripheral neuropathy can either develop suddenly or spread slowly over time. Its treatment depends on what caused it.
Natural remedies for peripheral neuropathy:
1. Exercise
Exercise if the go-to remedy for numerous health conditions. People suffering from peripheral neuropathy can benefit from regular exercise as it helps in combatting pain and improving overall health of a person. Exercising improves blood flow to arms, legs and reduces stress.
2. Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a process which facilitates natural healing by stimulating pressure points in the body. It triggers the nervous system to release chemicals which change experience of pain.
3. Quit smoking
Almost all health conditions have smoking as a causative factor. Blood circulation is widely affected by smoking. It narrows the blood vessels. People with peripheral neuropathy can experience more numbness and pain from smoking. Here are some effective ways to quit smoking.
4. Essential oils
Pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties of essential oils can be helpful for people suffering from peripheral neuropathy. Essential oils can boost the healing process as well. But make sure you dilute essential oils in other oils like olive oil or coconut oil. They can help in reducing tingling and stinging pain caused by peripheral neuropathy.
5. Warm bath
A warm bath can go a long way in terms of helping people with peripheral neuropathy. It helps in alleviating symptoms of pain. Warm water increases blood circulation in the body and decreases the pain which numbness causes.
6. Pepper
Cayenne pepper or red chilli powder contains capsaicin – which is an ingredient in hot peppers which makes them spicy. Capsaicin is an ingredient commonly used in topical creams for its pain relief properties. This ingredient helps in reducing intensity of pain signals sent through the body. Cayenne pepper should be taken as a remedy for peripheral neuropathy only under the supervision of a doctor.
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy:
Motor nerves, sensory nerves and automatic nerves are the three kinds of nerves.
Damage to the motor nerves may lead to weakness in the muscles. A person suffering from peripheral neuropathy may experience difficulty in moving arms or legs along with muscle spasms. They also experience reduction in their reflexes.
If peripheral neuropathy affects sensory nerves, it may cause sensitivity to touch along with decreased sensation. A person may be unable to feel changes in temperature in the body or pain on exposure to something hot and cold. There is also a loss of reflexes and coordination.
When peripheral neuropathy affects automatic nerves, it may cause vomiting, dizziness while standing, nausea and excessive sweating. A person may lose the ability to control bowel and bladder functions and may also experience irregular heart rate along with difficulty in swallowing.


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Weight Loss Tips Recommended by Personal Trainers

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Weight loss is something that we all struggle with. Sometimes we are successful in reducing our weight but more often than not, the number in the weighing scale slowly creeps back up. Most of us have already tried the latest diet trend in the hopes that it will lead us to a better looking us, but then, life happens and we forget that we are on a diet or that we feel frustrated with the lack of results. Still, we keep on finding ways to get rid of the excess pounds that we are carrying. With that being said, it might be a good idea for us to stop for a while and take stock of what personal trainers have got to say about losing weight. Who knows? We might pick up a thing or two about their weight loss tips that we can apply in our day to day lives. Here are some suggestions that you might want to consider.

Stay away from booze and sugar

If you really want to lose weight then ditch the sugar and booze. These two are known to be calorie-laden which is why they contribute to weight gain. If you can’t stay away from drinking alcoholic beverages, you can limit to a glass for girls and two glasses for men. As for the refined sugars, there are natural sweeteners available such as honey and stevia.

 

Don’t go more than 3 hours without eating

Although the exact science for this is still being studied, it appears that eating snacks in between meals can help keep your blood sugar levels steady. This means that your energy level will remain stable throughout the day and less sugar or carb binges which can cause weight gain on your part.

Mix your exercises up

Another tip that personal trainers have given with regards to losing weight is to mix your fitness routine as much as possible. Sticking to the same program for months will cause you to hit a plateau in your progress which can make you feel frustrated with the lack of improvement. A better option would be to mix your exercises so that your muscles will remain guessing as to which muscle group will be tested. The best part is that you are constantly strengthening and conditioning your muscles for a more even looking physique.

Drink plenty of water

Who would have thought that even the simplest act can do your weight loss goal a whole lot of good? Drinking water constantly can help flush the toxins from your body while ensuring that your skin remains properly hydrated. Water can also help improve digestion so that your body will be able to absorb nutrients from the food that you eat better.

These are just a few tips that you might want to consider the next time you are planning on shedding weight. What’s great about these fitness tips is that they are simple enough to follow but will get you amazing results in no time.

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Study: Dietary supplements won’t help you live longer

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Doctors at Tufts University in Massachusetts, the US, say it’s pretty clear that supplement use has no benefit for the general population and is not a substitute for a healthy balanced diet.

Their research found that vitamins A and K, magnesium, zinc and copper were linked to a lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke — but only when they came from foods, abc7news.com wrote.

Coauthor Fang Fang Zhang, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, said getting nutrients in the right quantities from food was associated with a longer life.

 

In fact, Zhang said some supplements even appear to have health risks. People who took high doses of calcium supplements had a 53 percent higher risk of dying from cancer than people who were not taking supplements,

However, if you have been diagnosed as deficient in a certain nutrient, don’t stop taking it without talking to your doctor first.

The research team used data from 30,000 US adults who participated in a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999 to 2010.

The research was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Whitening products may damage teeth:Study

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Teeth whitening products – that promise to make your smile brighter – may also be causing tooth damage, a study has found.

Scientists at Stockton University in the US found that hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in over-the-counter whitening strips, can damage the protein-rich dentin tissue found beneath the tooth’s protective enamel.

The tooth is made of three layers: the outer tooth enamel, an underlying dentin layer and connective tissue that binds the roots to the gum.

 

Most studies of whitening strips have focused on tooth enamel, which contains very little protein.

The team focused on dentin, which makes up most of the tooth and has high levels of protein, most of which is collagen.

It is well established that hydrogen peroxide can penetrate the enamel and dentin. Previous work by the researchers showed that collagen in the dentin layer decreased when teeth were treated with whitening strips.

“We sought to further characterise what the hydrogen peroxide was doing to collagen. We used entire teeth for the studies and focused on the impact hydrogen peroxide has on the proteins,” said Kelly Keenan, associate professor at Stockton University.

The researchers demonstrated that the major protein in the dentin is converted to smaller fragments when treated with hydrogen peroxide.

In additional experiments, they treated pure collagen with hydrogen peroxide and then analysed the protein using a gel electrophoresis laboratory technique that allows the protein to be visualised.

“Our results showed that treatment with hydrogen peroxide concentrations similar to those found in whitening strips is enough to make the original collagen protein disappear, which is presumably due to the formation of many smaller fragments,” Keenan said in the statement.

The researchers point out that their experiments did not address whether collagen and other proteins in the teeth can be regenerated, so it is unknown if the tooth damage is permanent.

Next, they plan to further characterise the protein fragments released when collagen is treated with hydrogen peroxide and determine if hydrogen peroxide has the same impact on other proteins in the teeth.

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