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Acid Reflux.

By Li Zheng 

 

Acid reflux, also known as heartburn. Is the result of the lower esophageal sphincter either not closing at all? Or closing inadequately and allowing the acid produced; by the stomach to go up into the esophagus.

Common causes of acid reflux include. The presence of a hiatal hernia, being overweight, and having unhealthy eating habits.

The common symptoms experienced during acid reflux include. A sensation of bloating, burping, nausea, and dysphagia or narrowing of the esophagus.

Acid reflux can be treated with lifestyle changes; such as adopting a healthier style of eating. As well as a healthy choice of foods. This acupuncture is also known to provide relief and target at the root cause of acid reflux.

 

 

Treatment of the Root Cause.

 

People suffering from GERD often have indigestion along with symptoms. Such as acid regurgitation and frequent burping.

Medications offer some symptomatic relief, but over a period, it may worsen symptoms. Or the patient may suffer side effects such as headaches and muscle cramps.

Treating the root cause is the only way to rid the patient of this problem. Failure to treat it can lead to an increased risk of esophageal cancer, Barrett’s esophagus, or chronic coughing.

The increasing presence of this disease in the population. Has led to intensive research to find definite causes for its appearance. As well as possible alternative treatments including acid reflux acupuncture.

 

 

Conditions That Cause.

 

The presence of a hiatal hernia causes acid to escape into the esophagus. As a result of the upper part of the stomach protruding over the diaphragm.

Additionally, malabsorption of food is also known to be a factor of acid reflux. As a result of this, there is a build-up of stomach pressure. Which causes the opening of the sphincter between the esophagus and stomach.

Aging is another factor that causes acid reflux. Aging also causes a decrease in the production of stomach acid which leads to less efficient digestion.

Unhealthy food habits such as snacking or eating big or spicy meals close to bedtime. It does not allow the food to digest adequately and exerts pressure on the diaphragm.

While medications help to relieve the immediate effects of acid reflux. They can also cause malabsorption of vitamins and minerals.

Furthermore, long-term use of antacids can cause anxiety, panic attack, heart problems, and neuropathy.

 

 

Treating with Acupuncture.

 

Acupuncture focuses on the roles of the pancreas, gallbladder, spleen, and liver in the digestion of food.

A disruption in the function of any of these organs can cause acid reflux and other digestive problems.

Acupuncture uses fine needles to stimulate these acupuncture points. To help restore the normal function of the digestive system.

Acupuncture can also help tone the sphincter muscles between the stomach and the esophagus. As a result of treatment, you will be able to digest food; with normal movements of the stomach and intestine.

Since emotional distress can also upset the digestive pattern. The acupuncturist also formulates a therapy program. That helps the patient reduce stress and strengthen their digestive function.

Dr. Li Zheng, Ph.D. is a licensed acupuncturist & herbalist with a Ph.D. in medical science. A graduate of the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. Who practiced as a physician in China, she has 26 years of experience?

In addition, she is also a professor. And clinical supervisor of the New England School of Acupuncture; a consultant for Health Grid Inc. And the author of two books, “Acupuncture and Hormone Balance” and “Chinese Acupuncture, and, Herbs for Common Diseases”.

Her website is http://bostonchineseacupuncture.org/treatable-disorders-autoimmune/digestive-disorders/

 

 

 

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How Stress Is Causing Your Digestive Problems.

By Nick Kowalski

 

Most of us have direct experience of how chronic. Or intense psychological stress can affect the digestive system.

Ancient practitioners of Chinese Medicine. It also theorized that the gut (particularly the Liver) was the seat of emotions.

Modern science explains this phenomenon, discovering that up to 90%. Of our neurotransmitters and hormone are produced in the gut.

 

 

What Happens to Digestion When We’re Stressed?

 

Something not many of us knows, at least logically, is that the digestive system. Is in fact governed by the Central Nervous System. Namely, a sub-branch of the nervous system referred to as the “parasympathetic nervous system”.

The parasympathetic system is our “rest and digest” state. Only when we are relaxed and free of stress. Do the parasympathetic system and therefore digestion, activate?

When we enter a state of stress, the counterpart to the parasympathetic system; the sympathetic system, activates.

This stress state or the “flight or fight” response shuts down digestion by reducing blood flow. To the digestive organs, it inhibits digestive fluid secretion. And instead sends the blood and biological energy to the muscular-skeletal system, to prepare for battle.

When the sympathetic system is chronically stimulated by prolonged stress. It can lead to gastrointestinal disorders, inflammation, and weaken the immune system.

 

 

One example of how stress can cause common digestive issues.

 

Is by causing the esophagus to spasm and altering stomach acid secretion.

This leads to heartburn, acid reflux and can make you feel nauseous. Another example is the effects stress has on the colon. Intense stress increases the secretion of stress hormones cortisol, prolactin, and serotonin. Which can cause the colon to become hyperactive or tense, which leads to diarrhea or constipation?

When any of these conditions become persistent. The inflammation and overall poor functioning of the digestive system can eventually lead to stomach ulcers, IBS, and inflammatory bowel disease.

 

 

How to Manage Stress for Better Digestion.

 

Reducing total stress is not a quick-fix job, it requires a holistic, multi-factorial approach. However, psychological stress is one of the primary, dominant stressors; that negatively affect the digestive system.

While getting a handle on the causes of psychological stress can take time. There are some simple things you can do to mitigate their effects.

One simple way to de-stress is to engage in fun, moderate exercise. Physical exercise relieves tension, gets us out of our heads. It improves our mood by releasing endorphins but also helps with the elimination of stress hormones.

Some of the healthiest forms of exercise include. Walking, hiking, biking, swimming, dancing, yoga, Thai qi, and weightlifting.

 

 

Other great ways to reduce stress include:

 

Relaxation – People with digestive issues are often overly stressed and do not relax enough. Getting authentic, deep relaxation is more challenging in today’s world. But can be achieved through yoga, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation. Visualization, cognitive therapy, biofeedback, good music, spending time in nature, camping, lovemaking. And working on an enjoyable project or hobby.

 

 

Communication therapy – A major source of psychological stress dwells in the world of communication.

 

In fact, most stress and problems in life have their roots in communication trouble. If you’ve ever been in a situation where you didn’t know what to say. Someone wasn’t talking to you; you know the stress associated with poor communication.

Taking courses or reading books communications can be helpful for improving. Our quality of life, relationships, and reducing a great source of stress.

However, simply having a good friend or loved one you can talk to freely about your stress. It can be a major stress reliever. Personally, I have found cognitive therapy to be a major help in relieving chronic stress in my life.

There are even studies that have demos rated a 70 percent improvement. In stress symptoms after 12 weeks of cognitive therapy.

 

Nutrition –

 

A bad diet can ruin a good digestive system. Poor nutrition can be a source of biological stress, but also, eating the right foods can help curb the effects of stress.

In general, it is helpful to eat more protein and salt when stressed. In fact, soldiers in the army are required to eat a higher protein diet to mitigate the catabolic effects of combat.

So, it is best to take a two-sided approach nutritionally, where you avoid junk foods. That adds to your stress and eat nutrient-dense, wholesome foods that help replenish a stressed body.

 

Choose your battles –

 

An interesting thing about life is that problems seem to be valuable. If we had no problems at all, we’d be existentially bored.

So, the goal is not to eliminate all problems and stress from our lives. Instead, we need to pick our problems wisely.

For example, starting a new fulfilling relationship will have its challenges. But in the end, the problems are usually worth it.

The same goes for starting a new project or goal. A good rule of thumb is that any given condition in life would ideally be 80% pleasure with 20% pain.

The pain is the optimal amount of stress that just makes like interesting and helps us grow.

 

 

In Conclusion

 

Mental and emotional stress can cause a lot of problems for an otherwise healthy digestive system.

Stress all together is unavoidable, it seems to be a natural part of the game of life.

What’s important is how we react to our stress and problems. And that we ultimately avoid it from becoming chronic.

If you know you are under too much stress and/or have symptoms of digestive stress. Then, these tips will help.

If stress management is the problem, there are cognitive therapists. Yoga, and meditation instructors who can provide verified help.

For solutions to a wide variety of digestive problems and tips for effectively reducing stress.

Be sure to check out my online digestive course Perfect Digestion. You can find the course here: http://thewellnessacademy.thinkific.com/courses/perfect-digestion

 

 

 

 

 

Eczema-Dermatitis is a condition which affects the skin which can affect anyone.

 

 

 

Eczema and Dermatitis.

By Zubair A

 

What is eczema?

 

There are two main types of eczema, atopic and contact. Atopic eczema is usually found in folds of skin, such as armpits, behind kneecaps in on the joints of your arm. Atopic eczema is common in individuals who have either a personal. Or the family history of hay fever or asthma as “atopy” often runs in families. The second type is called contact eczema, and this most commonly occurs on the hands and feet.

Eczema affects the skin and is inflammatory. Causing the skin to become dry, red, itchy, and cracked which in turn can lead to further problems and discomfort. See the symptoms below for more information.

Eczema commonly affects young children at an early age. But will often disappear within a year or so, or perhaps as the child reaches the teenage years.

It can also persist for a longer period and in some cases, sufferers may not have any symptoms until they reach adulthood. In some cases, individuals develop eczema in later years.

For some, however, the condition will be with them long-term, possibly for the duration of their life. And can lead to a lot of discomfort and frustration.

A study in 2009 suggested that cases of eczema were on the rise, increasing by some 40% in the previous four years. It is still not known what exactly causes eczema. Nor is there an outright cure for the condition. Atopic eczema often passes on through generations of a family. And sufferers of atopic conditions will often have others in addition to eczema.

 

 

What are the symptoms of eczema/dermatitis?

 

The predominant symptom associated with eczema or dermatitis is itching. And the areas of skin affected will also become red, dry, flaky, and often cracked. The itching may be limited to just one area of the body, such as an arm or hand, or it may be widespread on feet, legs, hands, and other areas.

The symptoms will also differ from person-to-person in terms of severity. With some having only minor irritation from the itches and subsequent skin damage. While others will have particularly distressing and long-lasting symptoms.

One of the issues with eczema is that the more the sufferer itches the affected area, the worse condition that the skin will then be in.

Eczema can be further mess up due to the deterioration effect of the area of skin. If a sufferer itches a lot, skin can become cracked and open which can lead to infected eczema – which typically requires doctor-prescribed treatment.

 

 

Non-medical treatment of eczema

In addition to purchasing specialist creams and seeing your GP. There are other steps that you can take to relieve symptoms of eczema. Additionally, it may be possible for you to identify things that trigger your eczema, in which case you can take preventative action.

Areas to concentration on that may make a difference include:

 

 

Hydration.

Dehydration can cause the skin to become drier than usual. There is evidence to suggest that a lack of hydration can affect cells in your body and trigger eczema. So you may find that keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day can help with your skin condition.

 

 

Clothing.

Clothing can also further irritate a sufferer’s skin. Especially if it causes them to become too hot or the fabric itself irritates the skin (e.g. woolen jumpers). Additionally, if you wear gloves at home or at work for tasks such as washing dishes or doing gardening, then be careful which type you use. Rubber gloves, for example, have been known to irritate skin and thus worsen eczema.

 

 

Soaps and shower gels.

Pay attention to the soaps, hand wash, and shower gels that you use each day. Many mainstream soaps and cosmetics cause the skin to become drier than before using them, despite sometimes claiming to the contrary.

Again, it can differ person-to-person, so if you find your skin is regularly dry in the hours after taking a shower. Then look for alternative and perhaps medicated alternatives from your local pharmacy.

 

 

Daily activities.

Finally, beware of the impact of routine daily activities can have. If you wash your hands at work after going to the toilet, for example, ensure you dry your hands properly. Also, frequent washing and drying of hands can make eczema on the hands worse so it is important to use a soap substitute.

 

 

Medical treatment of eczema.

 

If you notice that you have symptoms of eczema, at first you should seek help from your pharmacist who can offer over-the-counter creams and ointments from your local pharmacy. There are many creams available to help moisturize your skin and thus relieve the symptoms of eczema.

However, the effectiveness of each will differ from one patient to the next. So you may need to prepare to try several before you find one which works best for you. These emollient creams should use at least 3-4 times per day – ensuring that your skin is kept well hydrated throughout the day.

Some creams can also double up as a soap substitute for showering and washing your hands with. Many flare-ups of eczema happen when individuals do not use enough of these creams often enough and this is one of the first things that your doctor will recommend for you to do.

 

If your symptoms are quite bad, do not go away within a couple of weeks, or over-the-counter medications have not worked, then it is advisable to see a GP. A GP will first confirm whether you do have eczema and then possibly prescribe a steroid cream to use on your eczema when it is particularly troublesome.

The GP will normally recommend that you keep on using copious amounts of the emollient creams in addition to any prescribed steroid cream. Very rarely, a GP may have to refer you to a specialist if your eczema is particularly troublesome and not responding to the normal treatment.

 

 

 

 

One eczema sufferer on why she's ditching topical steroids

 

 

 

Introduction to Six Effects of Enzymes in the Human Body.

 

By Fiona Bingly

From birth to death, enzymes have been active in our human body. After the cells’ nutrients are gradually lost to death, the enzyme will lose its effectiveness. The organs that make enzymes are the digestive organs and internal organs.

Do you know when enzymes begin to produce in the human body? The answer is that they existed during the egg and sperm period. It is also because of the activity of the enzyme that the egg and sperm can be combined.

Cell division must use enzyme as the medium so that the egg and sperm can combine in the mother body to produce new life. From birth to death, enzymes have been active in the human body. After the cells’ nutrients are gradually lost to death, the enzyme will lose its effectiveness.

The organs that make enzymes are the digestive organs and internal organs. The enzymes produced are mix in the blood and flow to various work positions to carry out their own work.

 

 

Eating.

 

When we eat, saliva immediately produces an enzyme called sialidase, which breaks down the starch in rice into maltose. Secondly, when food enters the stomach, an enzyme called gastrin appears immediately, decomposing proteins such as meat to some extent.

Next is the small intestine, which contains enzymes such as an intestinal enzyme, amylase, lipase, etc., which can decompose protein and fat. After these procedures, food is decomposed into a form that can be easily digested and absorbed. These nutrients convert into energy and substances that constitute cells.

 

It can be seen from the above digestion process that the smooth operation of enzymes can make the various functions of the human body function normally. Without enzymes, the human body immediately died. Therefore, we believe that enzymes are the source of life.

 

 

Our way of life and diet is constantly changing.

To increase the shelf life of foods, more and more foods have been specially processed. As a result, many of the digestive enzymes inherent in the food itself that help the body absorb nutrients may have been exhausted during this process. To make food consumption safer, our bodies must work harder to break down and digest food.

 

Enzymes can provide these important digestive enzymes and beneficial microorganisms for your body recovery so that you can fully absorb the nutrition of food and make up for the defects of processed food. The six functions of enzymes are below:

 

 

Maintain good physical condition

This function is to keep the blood weakly alkaline, maintain a balanced bacterium in the intestine, strengthen cells to promote digestion and strengthen the resistance to pathogenic bacteria.

 

 

Anti-inflammatory effect.

It is also a conditioning function of the internal environment. The so-called inflammation refers to inflammation caused by local cell damage and destruction. In fact, the enzyme has no healing power, but it can transport a large number of white blood cells to give the cells the power to heal wounds.

No matter what kind of disease, the most basic treatment still depends on the body’s self-healing ability. Even special effects drugs and antibiotics can only destroy pathogenic bacteria.

 

 

Antibacterial effect.

 

In addition to promoting the fungus-eating effect of white blood cells, the enzyme also has an antibacterial effect, which is eliminating the original bacteria. On the other hand, enzymes have a role in promoting cell regeneration and can fundamentally treat diseases.

 

 

Decomposition.

This is an important function of enzymes. Decompose and eliminate the pus and dirt in the affected area or remaining in the blood vessel and restore the body to a normal state. In addition, promoting the digestion and absorption of food is also one of the decomposition effects.

 

Blood purification.

Decompose and excrete waste products in the blood and viruses produced by inflammation. In addition, it can break down cholesterol, keep the blood weakly alkaline, promote blood circulation, and at the same time treat diseases such as baldness, shoulder pain, and bruises.

 

 

Cell activation.

It has the function of promoting the metabolism of cells and is a part of generating basic physical strength. In addition, Find Article, it can also promote the regeneration of injured cells.

 

 

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