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White Tongue: Causes And Tips For Prevention

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Have you ever noticed white patches on your tongue? It may be the result of bacteria, debris or dead cells getting lodged between inflamed or enlarged papillae. Papillae are fingerlike projections on the surface of your tongue. Dehydration, fever, a diet low in roughage, excessive use of alcohol, breathing through mouth, tobacco use and smoking are the common causes of white tongue. In most cases a white tongue is a harmless symptom. However, there are some rare cases in which having a white tongue maybe indicative of a serious condition. While most people get a white tongue because of poor oral hygiene, others might have it despite having healthy oral hygiene habits.
Read below to know some common causes of white tongue:
1. Oral thrush
Oral thrush is referred to a fungal infection which may cause white tongue. Candida yeast can be the reason behind oral thrush. It causes white patches in the mouth and tongue. Oral thrush is a fungal infection which may cause pain during eating or drinking. If you have a weak immune system, you are more prone to risks of oral thrush.
2. Oral lichen planus
This is an inflammatory condition which results in thick and white patches of skin on mouth and tongue. These white patches may also be accompanied by painful cheeks, gums and ulcers.
3. Syphilis
Yes, a sexually transmitted disease (STD) like syphilis can also be the reason why you have white tongue. If left untreated, syphilis can cause sores in the mouth.
4. Leukoplakia
This condition also results in white patches on tongue and mouth. Regular smokers and alcohol drinkers are likely to have white tongue because of leukoplakia. Irritation from dentures and inflammatory conditions may also cause leukoplakia. White patches causes by leukoplakia are usually harmless.
Treatment of white tongue
For treating oral thrush, antifungal medicines are recommended. Persistent white tongue should be monitored by your doctor to prevent it from getting worse. This is the case with leukoplakia and oral lichen planus.
In case of syphilis, you need to treat it with antibiotics which destroy the bacteria that caused the disease. Quitting smoking and cutting down on alcohol intake can also help in getting rid of white tongue.
Preventive tips for white tongue
1. Maintaining proper oral hygiene is the most effective way to prevent white tongue. Brushing teeth twice a day and flossing teeth regularly are some effective ways of maintaining proper hygiene.
2. Cleaning your tongue with tongue scraper can also help in preventing white tongue.
3. Make sure you visit your dentist every 6 months to ensure proper oral hygiene and prevent white tongue.
4. Using probiotics can also help in preventing white tongue. This is because probiotics contain bacteria which are beneficial for the digestive system.
5. Another effective home remedy for preventing white tongue is eating raw garlic. Garlic can help in fighting infections caused by candida.


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Bring Blood Sugar Down with These Home Remedies

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Dealing with high blood sugar when you are pre-diabetic can be tough since having elevated glucose levels can push you to having diabetes. The problem with this condition is that it’s not just the adults who are prone to it, but even youngsters too. If your diabetes has been detected early on, there are certain precautions that you need to take to keep your blood sugar levels at a normal level, but this doesn’t mean that you should wait to be diagnosed before taking care of yourself. If your family has a history of diabetes, then these home remedies may help keep your blood sugar levels in check.

Bitter gourd

Bitter gourd contains charanthin which is a type of chemical that lowers your blood glucose levels. When consumed, this vegetable boosts the amount of pancreatic insulin in your body to help rectify the imbalance. Nutritionists recommend this vegetable to those who have diabetes as it helps keep their blood glucose in check.

 

Gooseberry

Another home remedy that can help you with your diabetes problem is gooseberry which is known to contain high amounts of vitamin C. This particular vitamin can actually benefit your pancreas since it keeps your insulin levels in check. You can combine it with bitter gourd for a powerful remedy or you can eat it raw too if you like.

Aloe vera

This plant is commonly used in treating hair and skin problems, but it appears that it can also contribute to regulating your blood sugar levels too. Packed with phytosterols, aloe vera can help reduce the sugar levels in your blood safely. You can use it along with bay leaves and turmeric which can also help with your blood sugar problems.

Neem

Also referred to as Indian lilac, the bitter taste that it has is actually good for your diabetes problem. Adding neem to your diet can regulate your blood sugar levels by boosting your insulin activity without any difficulty. Before using this remedy, however, you should consult with your doctor first, especially when your glucose level is consistently high.

Okra

Okra is another healthy vegetable that can help you deal with your high blood sugar levels. Cut the okra in half and soak them in water overnight. Drink this solution while your stomach is empty in the morning as it can help boost your digestion.

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That One Exercise You Need That Tightens Your Every Muscle

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One of the most popular and most effective exercises around the world would be the Plank. Some may hear that this is only good for the abs, but it also affects also the muscles of the whole body. Try doing this for five minutes a day and be surprised by the results. This may seem easy, but to be in such a position in 2 minutes – is not really a convenient task. A large number of muscles are activated, doing this with consistency, this will result to a you stronger back, tight ass with no cellulite, shaped legs and flat stomach.

How to exercise the “Plank” correctly and effectively:

Plank is a static exercise. It does not require movement, so it is important to keep the body properly.

 

Lie on the floor on your stomach down. Bend your elbows 90 degrees and set in the lying position on your elbows. The body should form a straight line from head to heels. Rely only on your forearms and the fingertips on your feet. The elbows should be directly under your shoulders. Keep your body as flat as possible, strain the abdominal muscles and do not relax. Try not to lower your hips toward the floor.

Feet

Assemble them. It will be difficult to keep the balance that will increase pressure on the abdominal muscles.

Legs

They should be straight and tight, otherwise, the pressure in the right abdominal muscle, which reserves the lumbar spine, will also be reduced.

Buttocks

Stretch and do not relax until the end of the exercise, as this increases the activation of all muscles of the lower torso.

Lower back

The most important moment. For proper execution of the exercise, your lower back should be flat. This means that it must not be curved or dented. Imagine that your back adheres tightly to the wall.

Stomach

Bring it in, and in such a position, try to even tuck it under the ribs. During the exercise hold your stomach in such a position, but do not hold your breath.

Elbows

To avoid unnecessary burden on your shoulders, put your elbows directly below the shoulder joints.

Hold this position as long as you can. To begin with, is enough for 10 seconds. As a rule, people with different physical readiness maintain this posture for 10 seconds to 2 minutes. After a break of 2 minutes, repeat the exercise. 5 repetitions will be enough. If you are a beginner, do not try to break the record, start slowly.

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Why do people suffer from nosebleed during summers; ways to stop it

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Summers in India are harsh, and the side effect of the heat leads to health problems like dehydration, heat strokes, skin rashes and many more. A common problem that occurs during this season is nosebleed. Although it is most common in children, a nosebleed can also affect adults when the mercury rises.

So what leads to nosebleed? When the minute blood capillaries burst due to hot air, or due to nose picking, the protective mucus coating inside the nose gets dry which leads to bleeding. Although rare, the inability of the blood to clot can also cause the nose to bleed at times. In some cases, high blood pressure can also be a cause.

How you can stop nosebleeds in hot weather

 

Although it can be a bit messy, nose bleeds usually are not serious and can be easily stopped. Here are some quick ways you can try if you are prone to nose bleeds during the summer season.

  • Rubbing ice against your nose can be effective in controlling nose bleeds. The ice helps in reducing the swelling in the blood vessels.
  • Ensure to eat foods that are rich in vitamin C. Fruits and vegetables like guavas, kale, mustard, parsley, oranges, strawberries, and lemons help in blood clotting.
  • If your nose suddenly starts to bleed, quickly elevate your head and sit in an upright position until the bleeding stops.
  • It is advised to keep washing your face with cold water so that the nostrils also say hydrated.
  • Cover your head with a cap or a scarf when outdoors. Also, cover your nose with a handkerchief or a cotton cloth to avoid hot air drying the insides of the nose.
  • Taking steam also works wonders as it cleans the respiratory passage and moistens and protects the nasal cavity as well as reduces nasal irritation.

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