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Superfoods to Fight Fatigue

Fatigue, also known as tiredness, exhaustion, weariness, lethargy and listlessness, is a term used to describe the general feeling of being tired and weak. It can be related to physical or mental tiredness. Feeling fatigued is not the same as feeling drowsy or sleepy, although these may be symptoms of fatigue.

According to the National Institutes of Health in the U.S., approximately 1 in every 5 Americans has fatigue that interferes with their daily lives. Also, fatigue affects females more than males.

Several lifestyle factors, medical conditions or psychological problems can cause fatigue. Some of the lifestyle factors that contribute to this problem include excessive alcohol use, excessive intake of caffeine, excessive physical activity, inactivity, poor sleep and unhealthy eating habits.

One can also feel fatigued due to mental health problems like anxiety, depression, grief and stress. Even certain medical conditions can make one fatigued, such as liver failure, anemia, cancer, kidn…

Get Thicker Hair Naturally

Hair loss is a common problem nowadays. As hair is regarded as an asset that enhances one’s physical appearance, balding or thinning hair is a problem that many want to correct as soon as possible.

Some of the common factors contributing to thinning hair are excessive physical or emotional stress, hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, pollution, allergies, use of wrong hair care products, poor hair care routine, and heredity.

If you have thinning hair, there is no need to spend money on expensive treatments and products. There are many natural remedies to help you get thicker and voluminous hair.

Here are the top 10 ways to get thicker hair naturally.

1. Eggs
Regular protein treatment is essential to enjoy stronger and thicker hair. For a protein hair treatment, the best ingredient is eggs.
Take one or two eggs, depending on the length of your hair, and beat it properly. Apply the egg on wet hair and allow it to sit for about 30 minutes. Wash your hair with lukewarm water and shamp…

How to Heal and Prevent Chilblains

People living in a cold and humid climate definitely know about chilblains. It is a medical condition that occurs due to sudden warming of the skin after exposure to cold temperatures.

The sudden change in temperature causes the blood vessels to quickly expand, leading to leakage of blood into the nearby tissues.

Chilblains can affect different body parts, such as the feet, toes, hands, fingers, ears, earlobes and nose. Some symptoms are a burning sensation, intense itching, redness on the affected area, pain, swelling, inflammation, and dryness. In severe cases, blisters may appear on the affected area and infection and ulceration can also set in.

This problem can affect people of any age, but it is more common in children and elderly people. The condition also affects more women than men. Other risk factors include poor circulation, a family history of chilblains, a poor diet, low body weight and excessive smoking.

In most cases, chilblains will heal on its own within 1 to 3 weeks when …

Home Remedies for Clogged Arteries

Clogged arteries refers to a condition in which deposits of fatty plaque within an artery leading to the heart or brain restricts blood flow. Due to this, the blood carrying oxygen and nutrients cannot reach different body organs and tissues, potentially causing huge damage and preventing organs from functioning properly.

This is a serious condition that is not easily detectable. The exact cause behind clogged arteries is still unclear. However, experts believe it starts with damage or injury to the inner layer of an artery.

Factors that may contribute to or worsen this problem include excessive smoking, a high-fat diet, lack of physical exercise, being overweight, having either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It can also occur due to inflammation from diseases like arthritis, lupus or infections.
Clogged arteries in different parts of the body can lead to health problems like coronary artery disease, carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease …

Top 10 Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds, in either white or a dark brown and black color, were a staple ingredient in Mayan and Aztec diets for years. Today, owing to their nutritional profile and an array of health benefits, chia seeds have gained the reputation of a superfood.

Chia seeds are an excellent source of antioxidants, even more than fresh blueberries. They are also loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and iron.

They also contain a good amount of zinc, vitamin B3 (niacin), potassium, vitamin B1 (thiamine) and vitamin B2. Moreover, they are a whole-grain food and are naturally gluten free.

There is no need for the chia seeds to be ground. Include this superfood in your diet by sprinkling whole chia seeds on top of salads or toasts, or add milled seeds to smoothies, porridges, soups, puddings or baked goods.

Health experts recommend eating 20 grams or about 1½ tablespoons of chia seeds, twice a day.

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Here are the top 10 health b…

Home Remedies for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, also known as jogger’s heel, is a common disorder that causes acute pain in the heel and the sole of the foot. According to a report by the Palo Alto Medical Association, heel pain affects more than half of Americans, and the most common cause is plantar fasciitis.
It occurs due to inflammation in the plantar fascia, a thick band of connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. Repetitive stretching and tearing can cause the plantar fascia to become irritated or inflamed.
Plantar fasciitis can affect both men and women and is very common in runners and hikers. However, it most often affects active men between ages 40 to 70.
Apart from age, other factors that may increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis include regularly indulging in activities that put a lot of stress on your heels, faulty foot mechanics, obesity, jobs that keep you on your feet for long hours and wearing shoes with poor arch support or soft…

How to Deal with Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes repeated seizures or fits. Seizure episodes can last for very brief periods to long periods. The seizures occur due to bursts of electrical activity in the brain that are not normal. Experts do not yet know what causes epilepsy.

The main symptom of epilepsy is repeated seizures that happen without warning. This can lead to convulsions and problems with muscle control, movement, speech, vision or awareness. At times, a person may also faint or lose consciousness.

Often, the onset of epilepsy happens during early childhood or after age 60, but it can occur at any age. Certain factors increase your risk of epilepsy, including family history, a head injury, strokes and other vascular diseases, brain tumors, dementia, brain infections, lead poisoning, prenatal brain development problems, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Epileptic seizures can be scary, but they do not cause mental illness or intellectual disability. In addition, not everyone who has se…

Home Remedies for Gastritis

Gastritis can be defined as inflammation, irritation or erosion of the lining of the stomach, known as the gastric mucosa. All or part of the gastric mucosa may be involved, thus it can be classified as acute or chronic.

Symptoms of gastritis vary from person to person, and many people have no symptoms at all.

However, the most common symptoms are nausea, vomiting, a feeling of fullness in the upper abdomen after eating, a burning or gnawing feeling in the stomach between meals or at night, indigestion, heartburn, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, dark stools and bloating.

While there are several reasons why people suffer from gastritis, there are four primary causes: infection of the stomach mucosa by the Helicobacter pylori bacteria, vitamin B12 deficiency, taking too many pain relievers or other anti-inflammatory drugs, and acidic and spicy foods and drinks.

Those who drink too much alcohol, older adults and people suffering from diseases and conditions like HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease a…

Top 10 Liver-Cleansing Superfoods

1. Garlic Garlic is great for cleansing your liver. It helps activate enzymes in the liver that help clear out toxins. It also contains two natural compounds called allicin and selenium, which aid in the liver-cleansing process and protect the liver from toxic damage.
Moreover, garlic reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which can overload the liver and hamper its functioning.
To promote liver health, use fresh raw garlic instead of processed, minced garlic or powder.
Eat 2 to 3 raw garlic cloves daily and include garlic in your cooking whenever possible. You can also take garlic supplements, but only after consulting your doctor. 2. Grapefruit Being a good source of vitamin C, pectin and antioxidants, grapefruit also aids the natural cleansing process of the liver.
It also contains glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and detoxifies the liver. Glutathione also helps in the detoxification of heavy metals. Moreover, the flavonoid naringenin in grapefruit h…

Common Habits that Damage Your Kidneys

Here are the top 10 common habits that damage your kidneys.

1. Not Emptying Your Bladder Timely Maintaining a full bladder for a long time or delaying the urge to urinate is one of the main reasons behind kidney damage.
When urine remains in the bladder for a long time, it can cause the bacteria breeding in urine to multiply. In turn, these harmful bacteria can cause a urinary tract infection or kidney infection. Moreover, retaining urine increases pressure on the kidneys and can lead to renal failure and incontinence.
If you habitually delay responding to the call of nature, it’s time to rectify it for the benefit of your kidneys. No matter how busy you are, listen to the nature call signals and follow them.
2. Insufficient Water Intake Not drinking an ample amount of water can also cause huge damage to your kidneys. The main function of the kidneys is to flush out metabolic waste from the body and regulate erythrocyte production.
When the body lacks sufficient water, there is less blood fl…