The Common Cold

The upper respiratory system is infected in the common cold. It is caused by a viral infection which primarily involves the rhinoviruses and coronaviruses. The common cold is the most common infection in humans today. The average person contracts it at least once a year and often more than that.

It usually takes the virus about two to six hours before it starts replicating in the human body. Symptoms will usually start showing up a few days after this. Research demonstrates that the symptoms may begin as early as 10 hours after initial infection. There is not a cure for the common cold, but the body is usually able to get rid of it in 7 to 10 days.

Infection usually starts when there is contact to the eyes, nose or mouth with the virus. This is often the result of touching these areas with our hands. Washing your hands regularly can help to prevent the cold. You should be aware of objects and surfaces that others have touched who are infected with the cold. Studies now demonstrate that viruses can live longer on objects than originally thought in the past. Continue Reading

Maintain A Healthy Tongue

Your tongue can be the host for bacteria that can lead to bad breath or halitosis. Indeed, food debris and bacteria can still be present in your mouth and in your tongue that may cause tongue problems that can be uncomfortable and in some cases, may be painful. Keep in mind that a simple routine to clean your tongue can be your first step towards maintaining a healthy tongue.

Here Are Useful Tips You Can Start With To Clean Your Tongue And Maintain A Healthy One.

– Clean your tongue with a toothbrush or a tongue cleaner to remove food debris and eliminate bacteria on the tongue’s surface. The small protrusions in the tongue can trap very tiny food particles after eating and in fact may lead the surface of the tongue to appear whitish. You can run a tongue cleaner to eliminate this white area and follow it up with a good mouthwash.
– Maintain good amount of vitamins and minerals. The health of your tongue is dependent on the nourishment and care you give it to from inside out. To have a healthy tongue and to make you free from problems like geographic tongue, thrush and the burning syndrome, you have to keep your body healthy with vitamins and minerals from a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. With proper nutrition, you can indeed, be able to prevent tongue problems especially those that are not quite defined when it comes to its causes.
– Manage stress in your life. Stress is most often a culprit in the many health problems that we experience in life and if you want to stay healthy and fit, it is important that you are able to manage stress in your life and not allow it to affect your health.
– Cleanse your colon. Cleansing and detoxifying is important for your body to eliminate toxins out of your system. And to be able to maintain a healthy digestive tract, detoxify and cleanse regularly. Any internal diseases and problems in our bodies often show in the health of our tongue, so make sure you don’t forget to look deeper into your overall health.
– Keep a good oral hygiene. Of course, if you want to have a clean and healthy tongue, you have to make sure you do have a good oral hygiene. Toothbrush and floss regularly including tongue cleaning and scraping.
– Keep yourself hydrated. Another simple but important thing to keep in mind is to drink plenty of water to make your body function well.
Start with these tips and suggestions to keep your tongue and your mouth in clean and healthy condition and enjoy being clean and free from bad breath as well. Keep in mind always that maintaining a clean and healthy tongue is not just about learning how to clean your tongue itself but starting from inside the body. The tongue is often an indicator of health problems from deep within your body and thus, having a healthy body often shows with a healthy tongue.

Types Of Headaches

Headaches are one of the most misunderstood areas of health. A headache is something that is thought of as normal and “everyone gets them”. A common answer to “How often do you get headaches?” is “No more than the next person”. Headaches, although common, are not normal. The headache itself is a symptom of an underlying problem.
There are many types of headaches. The most common are posted below with a brief description as well as the best ways to manage them:

Migraines

A migraine is described as a recurrent moderate to severe headache. It is often a throbbing type headache and is preceded by an aura. This could include visual changes, nausea, and sensitivity to light among other things. The most widely accepted reason as to why migraines occur is due to a problem in the central nervous system and potentially a problem in the vascular system also.
Migraines are often found to have triggers whether this is stress, certain foods, or an accident. It is important to try to distinguish what the problem is in order to attempt to manage them. If you have migraines try to cut out chocolate and alcohol, as well as starting an exercise regime and having your neck checked out. There is evidence to suggest that with chiropractic treatment to the neck that this reduces the frequency and intensity of headaches.

Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are the most common form of headache. They are described as constant pressure around the head that often feels like a tight band. Tension type headaches can occur as a one off episode or can occur quite regularly (chronic). The most widely accepted theories are that of increased muscle tension due to stress, sleep deprivation, bad posture, or eye strain and that there is probably a problem in the central nervous system.
Like migraines it is important to get to the cause of the problem. Try to reduce stress, improve posture, have your eyes tested, and potentially have a massage. A massage may help relieve the muscle tension and reduce the frequency or intensity of the headaches. Continue Reading