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9 Common Causes of Abdominal Pain in Women You Shouldn’t Ignore
Pain in the abdominal area is quite an unpleasant and dangerous issue that should alarm you. However, many women tend to endure pain instead of seeking proper medical attention. It is essential to understand that there are a lot of factors that can contribute to abdominal pain and most of them require special treatment. Here is a list of nine common causes of abdominal pain in women you shouldn’t ignore. 1. Endometriosis Endometriosis is an unpleasant condition that can cause abdominal pain that is accompanied by severe menstrual cramping, heavy periods, and pain during sex. It develops when the endometrial tissue grows outside the uterus on the pelvic organs. It is better to start endometriosis treatment as early as possible to prevent severe pain and infertility. 2. Urinary tract infection Urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that occurs when the bacteria from the anus penetrate the urethra and bladder...Continue reading
5 Effective Essential Oils for Hair Growth and Thickness
Hair is a very important part of your appearance. Well maintained and long hair is often associated with effeminacy and beauty. You probably choose a shampoo and hair conditioner depending on the type of your hair. Apply sprays and creams to prevent damage caused by high temperatures and brushing. You take care of your hair to promote their radiance and beauty. Sometimes women face a problem like hair loss. You most likely know how to deal with split ends but you may be confused about how to stop hair loss. Cosmetic clinics offer several procedures but you may consider trying some natural home remedies. Ancient women considered essential oils the biggest secret of beauty. Oils may improve your skin, nails, and hair. It is easy to include essential oils in our beauty care routine. You may add them to shampoo or make homemade hair masks. Regardless of the method, you...Continue reading
7 Amazing Tips for Better Skin
Wrinkles, age spots, acne, and skin dryness are skin problems that women literally hate. You opt for expensive creams and other skincare products but still look like a teenager during puberty. While expensive products can provide temporary solutions, they are unlikely to eliminate the root cause of skin breakouts. To ensure skin health you need to make healthy choices and follow certain simple recommendations. Keep reading to discover 7 amazing tips that can help you achieve better skin. 1. Lower your stress levels Any stressful events in your life increase cortisol levels in your body. Cortisol can trigger inflammation and wreak havoc on your skin. Inflammation makes you more vulnerable to skin infections and prone to acne. If you want to get rid of acne, you need to reduce your stress levels. You can try relaxing techniques or mediation. 2. Take care of your teeth Proper oral hygiene can improve...Continue reading
8 Reasons for a Lump in a Throat: From Harmless to Dangerous
The feeling as if something is stuck in the throat is familiar to everyone, although it is interpreted differently: unpleasant sensations, itching, lump in the throat, squeezing, and so on. The medical term for this condition is globus. Such a sensation often appears only in specific periods, but can also become a permanent phenomenon. In addition, a lump in the throat may be accompanied by problems with breathing and swallowing, which negatively affects the quality of life. Let’s check out what can be the reason for globus sensation. Acute stress Nervous tension can cause vasospasm in the throat. Subjectively, this is perceived as a pressing, bursting sensation. Up to 96% of all patients complaining of globus pharyngeus:are undergoing periods of intense anxiety. So you just need to calm down. Muscle spasm When we are not talking or eating, the muscles in the pharynx and larynx relax. But it happens sometimes...Continue reading
The 5 Worst Foods for Your Teeth You Can Buy at the Supermarket
Most people think that the worst foods for our teeth are sugar or candy. However, there are many other foods that can be more harmful to our teeth. Many of them are considered healthy. It’s not just candy you should avoid. There are other foods you should avoid to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Here are the top five foods that can make your teeth rot: 1. Goldfish Crackers Goldfish crackers can negatively affect your teeth since they are made of simple starch. The problem is that this kind of starch converts to sugar almost immediately. Sugars feed harmful bacteria in your mouth leading to dental activities. Therefore, doctors don’t recommend eating Goldfish, or any kind of white cracker, especially for kids. If you want your kid to eat a healthy snack, you can choose almonds, baby carrots, apple wedges with almond butter, cheese squares, and squares of dark...
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6 Symptoms of Stress That Will Surprise You
Stress is a feeling of emotional tension. This is your body’s response to situations that cause negative emotions that make you feel angry or nervous. Short bursts of stress can be even positive, but chronic stress is the root cause of many health problems. Ongoing stress will eventually affect your mental health and can cause depression and even personality disorder. If you regularly experience stress it is important to lower its levels. Below you can find 6 main symptoms of high levels of stress. If you find out that stress is the cause of your health problems you may try different relaxing techniques to relive it. If stress is too severe you may need a qualified therapist to help you. 1. Headache Stress plays a key role in triggering headaches or making it worse. Emotional stress is one of the main causes of migraine headaches. Patients who suffer from migraines...Continue reading
6 Unusual Things That Might Happen to Your Body During Stress
Stress can affect your body in odd and unpleasant ways like insomnia and overeating. Oftentimes, prolonged stress can lower the immune system making you more prone to infections. However, stress can also provoke less known side effects. So, let’s look at seven unexpected symptoms that are caused by stress. 1. Skin Problems Stress can affect your skin and provoke reactions such as viral exanthem, hives, acne, and cold sores. This is due to the fact that stress makes your body produce hormones called cortisol and epinephrine. These two hormones activate skin glands making them produce too much oil. This can result in acne and other skin issues. Plus, during stress, we often neglect our usual self-care regimens and don’t sleep well. This can lead to acne and trigger acne flare-ups. 2. Anger Anger and irritability are very common manifestations of long-term stress. During stress, your body starts to produce certain...Continue reading
4 Symptoms of Endometriosis You Should Know
Endometriosis is a quite common condition that affects many women all over the world. In many cases, it develops asymptomatically which leads to the late diagnosis and more complicated treatment. You should also know that endometriosis most often affects women in their 30s. The most common causes of endometriosis include heredity, pelvic or uterine surgery, and immunodeficiency. Endometriosis is a condition in which the uterine lining called endometrium starts to overgrow. It means that the endometrium cells begin to spread on the neighboring organs. Most often, endometriosis affects fallopian tubes and ovaries. However, it can also affect other pelvic organs. In this article, we gathered four symptoms of endometriosis you should know. 1. Pelvic pain Pelvic pain is considered one of the most common symptoms of endometriosis. Women who suffer from this condition, report that pelvic pain usually intensifies before periods. However, painful sensations can occur at any time throughout...Continue reading
5 Signs Your Acne Is Caused by Hormone Imbalance
Acne is one of the top problems ruining the lives of many people around the world. Acne can occur for various reasons such as liver issues, dysbiosis, and many others. Although, imbalanced hormones can also wreak havoc on your health resulting in those painful and unpleasant pimples. Hormonal acne most commonly occurs in adult women ages 20 to 40. It’s necessary to understand the difference between hormonal acne and non-hormonal acne. The hormones that cause this type of acne are called estrogen and progesterone. They both can vary extensively throughout the menstrual cycle month. Plus, fluctuations of each of these hormones can impact women’s testosterone levels as well as contribute to hormonal acne. Actually stress hormone cortisol can influence the levels of these hormones as well. Experts believe that hormonal changes, which can be menstrual or cyclical in women increase oil production in the pore, and this is how hormonal...Continue reading
7 Convincing Reasons to Visit a Cardiologist
Heart disease is the main cause of premature death in the United States and worldwide. It is very important to monitor the health of your heart. A timely visit to a cardiologist may save your life and prevent complications that heart disease may cause. It can be complex for a regular person to know when to see a cardiologist. However, these 9 reasons may assist you in knowing when schedule an appointment with a cardiologist. 1. Diabetes Diabetes is linked to an increased risk of heart disease. Poorly controlled blood sugar affects your blood vessels and makes you more prone to developing coronary artery disease. Your cardiologist along with primary care physician may develop prevention strategies. This will help lower your risk of heart diseases. 2. High blood pressure High blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease. Permanently high blood pressure cause your heart to work harder to...
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5 Best Supplements for Chronic Pain Management
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. In fact, the overall chronic pain prevalence in the United States is higher than that of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined. Many sufferers turn to medications to control their pain, but these medications have lots of side effects and can bring a lot of harm to health. Many experts believe that in some chronic pain cases proper diet and getting enough nutrients are one of the best options to reduce pain intensity and manage pain attacks. It's true that you can change your body chemistry every time you eat. You can take your health into your own hands by adding foods or supplements that can support your health and modify your behavior accordingly to reduce your pain. Diet and Chronic Pain Inflammation is a natural process that occurs when your body fights...
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5 Effects of Smoking on Oral Health
Although teeth are not researched as often as the rest of the body, the effects of smoking on teeth are important. The effects of smoking on the teeth are especially important if you want to quit smoking. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death worldwide, which kills millions of people each year. Everyone knows smoking is harmful to our organism but did you know that in majority cases it contributes to dental problems as well? Below we discuss five effects of smoking on our dental health. 1. Creates Plaque and Tartar Chemicals that you inhale during smoking affect saliva flow in the mouth, which makes it easier for bacteria to attach to teeth and gums. The bacterial film can form on teeth and along the gum line. While accumulating on the teeth for a long time, plaque can harden into tartar also known as calculus. This substance is so...
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Severe Ovulation Pain: 7 Causes and Treatment Options
Many women suffer from dull, sudden, sharp or cramping pain in the lower abdomen during ovulation. Painful sensations can be located on the right or on the left, depending on where ovulation occurs. Pain can spread to the lumbar region, sacrum or groin and intensify with active physical exertion, a sharp movement, and sexual intercourse. Painful sensations may be accompanied by vaginal bleeding (spotting). In addition, some women experience weakness, nausea, and even vomiting during ovulation. In some women, pain can accompany each ovulation, while other women can experience it from time to time. The duration of pain can vary from a few minutes to 24 hours. This is one of the features that distinguishes ovulatory syndrome from gynecological diseases (endometriosis, inflammatory diseases of the pelvic organs). In this article, we gathered seven causes and treatment options for severe ovulation pain. 1. “Middle pain” Most often, pain during ovulation...Continue reading
7 Reasons for Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy You Shouldn’t Ignore
Pelvic pain during pregnancy is not unusual, especially in the first trimester. This is often just a side effect of the uterus growing in order to adapt to the increasing size of the child. However, this pain should be mild. If it is severe or accompanied by bleeding of any kind, you should immediately visit your doctor in order to rule out a more serious condition like a miscarriage. In this article, we gathered seven reasons for pelvic pain during pregnancy you shouldn’t ignore. 1. Miscarriage Miscarriage can occur in one of four pregnancies in the United States. Most of them occur in the first trimester as a result of a genetic abnormality. More than 85 percent of miscarriages occur by the eighth week of pregnancy. The most common symptoms include mild or severe spotting, severe cramps in the abdominal area, and mild or severe back pain. 2. Ectopic pregnancy...
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5 Mind-Blowing Ways Chocolate May Benefit Your Health
Everyone losing weight does not allow often scold themselves for eating even a few pieces of their favorite treats. While bitter chocolate is allowed even for those who lose weight, milk chocolate has a bad reputation. But did you know that cocoa is a kind of superfood? Recent studies show, even milk chocolate is good but only if it doesn’t contain various trans fats. What are the benefits of black and milk chocolate for health, figure, and beauty? And what happens to our body and skin when we eat our favorite treat. 1. Chocolate Protects Heart Health A 12-year study at universities of Aberdeen, Manchester, Cambridge, and East Anglia showed that people who eat up to 100 grams of chocolate per day are 11% less likely to face heart attacks, strokes, or other cardiovascular diseases than people who don’t eat it at all. Scientists obtained such data after studying gastronomic...Continue reading
Too Healthy Diet: Facts You Should Know About Orthorexia Nervosa
There is nothing wrong with the desire to maintain a healthy diet and exercising. But sometimes it goes beyond all bounds, especially if a person refuses to eat something outside the house or talks about the benefits of a keto diet three hours a day. These symptoms may indicate orthorexia Nervosa. Below we describe reasons why it appears, how it threatens your body, and how to cope with this condition. What Is Orthorexia Nervosa and Its Symptoms? Orthorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder when a person is obsessed with eating exclusively “healthy food”. The term was coined by Stephen Bratman in 1997. The doctor lived for a long time in a community with strict rules to eat only organic food and later became obsessed with the idea of a healthy diet. Orthorexia is not considered a disease, so it cannot be officially diagnosed. The main difference between anorexia or bulimia...Continue reading
What Are Chondroprotectors and Do They Really Work?
Chondroprotectors are dietary supplements that are prescribed to people with joint diseases, as well as to people who are actively involved in sports. However, recent studies have questioned their effect. So let’s figure out whether it is beneficial to take them or if you should avoid them. What Are Chondroprotectors? Chondroprotectors (symptomatic delayed-action drugs) are a group of drugs used for the prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis and tendinopathies, as well as other joint diseases as part of complex therapy. Under this complex definition, you will find the usual dietary supplements, which are often advised to those who are actively involved in sports. Their main task is to protect our joints. These nutritional supplements enter the joints along with synovial fluid, strengthen cartilage and slow down its degradation. Cartilage tissue consists of chondrocytes, chondroblasts and an amorphous substance (collagen fibers, hyaluronic acid, and proteins). In the human body, there are...Continue reading
Everything You Should Know About Supernumerary Teeth
Adult people usually have 32 permanent teeth and children have 20 baby teeth. Despite the fact that extra teeth in the mouth are quite rare, they affect 0.15-4% of the population. This condition is called hyperdontia and these extra teeth are called supernumerary teeth. Hyperdontia can occur in everyone but it is more often associated with people who have Gardner's syndrome, Down's syndrome, or those born with a cleft lip. In adult men, supernumerary teeth occur twice as often as in adult women. In this article, we will tell you everything you should know about supernumerary teeth. Types Supernumerary teeth can develop in any part of the mouth but they tend to grow among permanent teeth. They can be found among baby teeth and it’s more difficult to identify them since they are similar to other teeth and are in the correct position. A clinical examination at the dentist or...
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What to Do With a Cut in Your Mouth?
A cut in the mouth can be caused by various factors, both internal (for example, a bite of the cheek) and external (for example, dental procedures). Although many mouth cuts require little treatment, others may be dangerous and need emergency care. These include direct facial injuries, deep lacerations on the inner cheek, gums or tongue and related tooth injuries. Minor injuries If the cut is small, try to rinse your mouth with cold or ice water. This decreases some of the blood vessels and can help ease pain and swelling. A cold compress to the outside of the cheek can provide the same effect. Some people prefer to roll an ice cube in their mouth until the bleeding stops and the pain decreases. If the cut is a little bigger and deeper, you may need to apply direct pressure to the injury. First and foremost you should wash your hands...Continue reading
6 Tips on How to Use Your Cosmetics Safely
To make sure your cosmetics are safe, it is not enough to avoid certain ingredients when choosing them. A product with a seemingly harmless composition may turn out to be poor quality due to your incorrect beauty habits. Below are some tips on how to use your cosmetics and makeup tools safely. 1. Buy at Trusted Places Focusing on large brands when choosing good cosmetics is not enough, it is also important to buy the product at a trusted place. There are a huge number of fakes of famous brands on the market, which are especially easy to find on the Internet. Often you may stumble upon fakes on limited collections of brands like ColourPop and Kylie Cosmetics. The demand for them is huge, and the scale of production is not the same as that of the giants of the industry. This forces users to look for such cosmetics in...
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