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July 18 2011 2 18 /07 /July /2011 11:00

You may be wondering, "What is cystitis?" Cystitis is a bladder and sometimes urethra inflammation that can occur along with a urinary tract infection, which causes pain in the bladder.There are things at home you can do to help and treatments through a doctor's care. Read this article to learn more about cystitis.

What are the symptoms?

Cystitis is commonly caused by a bladder infection, which is much less apt to happen in men because a woman’s urethra is shorter, making it easier for bacteria to enter and infect the bladder.

Symptoms

The symptoms of cystitis can come in many forms. Some of the typical cystitis symptoms can include: cloudy urine, fever, lower abdominal pain, a urinary problem such as having difficulty going to the bathroom, strong smelling urine and more. Some may even find blood in the urine, female patients seem to have this more often.

Causes

Cystitis causes can be due to a bladder infection, prostate enlargement or inflammation, irritation to the genital area from soaps and detergents. As a matter of fact, medical treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy can cause chronic cystitis. If you notice any serious symptoms such as a high fever or inability to urinate, seek a doctor's care as soon as possible.

Cystitis treatment

There are a few different remedies for cystitis but most of them will involve an initial visit to a physician. Antibiotics are typically used as a cystitis treatment but there are a few things you can do at home that can help prevent intestinal cystitis such as drinking enough water each day, eliminating perfumed soaps, sprays and baths and urinating when you need to and often.

Complications

Although it's not common, there are certain complications that can arise with cystitis such as kidney failure, kidney infection and sepsis. That is why it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible if you suspect that you have cystitis. It is also important to keep up with the proactive things you can do at home. You can get cystitis relief once you start on the right treatment, whether it is through a doctor's care with antibiotics or for minor cases or prevention, making sure you do the right things and get enough fluids in order to flush out the bladder properly.

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May 2 2011 2 02 /05 /May /2011 10:41

Insomnia strikes many people every night. Many insomniac people often wonder: "How do you sleep at night?" Not only do they have problems falling asleep but sometimes they can't fall asleep at all. This article provides some tips for falling asleep that may help yo to get the rest your body needs.

Reasons why you can't sleep

Brain activity

Having an active mind is one reason why you cannot fall asleep quickly. This means that your mind is racing with thoughts about anything - from finances, work and family to even school. It can be difficult to stop the mind from creating new ideas that makes it hard to go to sleep.

Caffeine

Another culprit of insomnia is caffeine. Drinking coffee or soda can stimulate us, making it very hard to get a good night's rest. While you may enjoy that cup of coffee at 5 p.m., the caffeine can have a negative effect on you a few hours later, therefore affecting your sleep habits.

What you can do

There are a few things you can try to help you to fall asleep fast. While some of these options may work for others and not for you, don't be afraid to try something until you find the one thing to help you fall asleep.

Medication

While medication to help you sleep should never be used in excess or without trying every other alternative first, sometimes over-the-counter sleep medication can really help you to get some sleep. There are even some natural choices that are non-addictive and safer to use.

Reading

Reading before bed can be helpful in putting your mind in a state of relaxation. The only thing to worry about is to make sure you stop when you are tired. Don't push yourself to read more even if you are at an interesting spot in the book. It will still be there the next day.

Visualization

You don't have to be an expert at meditation to try a few simple tasks to set your mind at ease.

Try to "think about nothing"

Try to relax as much as possible and think about nothing at all. That is harder than it sounds, but if you have already used meditation or relaxation techniques in your life such as yoga, then you know how to get started.

Hypnosis

If you can't empty your mind, then try some hypnosis techniques. Think of a calm, peaceful place such as the beach. Feel yourself there, warm and serene.

Final word

These are several ways to get to sleep. Everyone is different and will react differently but you may find that these helpful ways to fall asleep actually work for you.

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May 2 2011 2 02 /05 /May /2011 09:54

Learning to have better nutrition and lose weight with healthy diets can benefit everyone, no matter what your size is. It can be difficult to find easy diet plans but by learning more about health and nutrition in this article, you can make a successful change in your life.

Take it slow

One of the first problems that many experience when dieting is that they worry more about fad diets instead of diet & nutrition.

Benefits

A good diet plan won't have you starving yourself or having to visit bariatric doctors for expensive surgery. If you are serious about weight loss, then the best way to start is to make a lifestyle change instead of trying to take it all on at once.

A lifestyle change

Ask anyone who has successfully lost weight on a long term basis and they will tell you that they made a change in their lifestyle. Sure, you may lose weight at first on a fad diet but often the weight will creep back up once you resort to eating like you did in the past. By starting slowly, you can build on a successful diet that includes a diet meal plan you can live with.

The diet meal plan

Start by eliminating unhealthy items from your menu that you can live without. Work your way on to eliminating everything that is harmful but allow yourself a treat once in a while.

Choose one day out of the week that you are allowed to splurge. This not only sets a goal but it allows you the option of not feeling deprived of something you love.

Long term goals

Long term objectives

The most important aspect you may want to consider once you do lose fat weight is your long term goals. It can be extremely disappointing to lose weight only to gain it back after a while.

By making a lifestyle change you have already changed yourself so that it is easier to stick with the meal plan rather than a fad diet that may work at first then fail as you tire of it.

Food preparation

The healthy foods you are already eating should be prepared in ways that you can enjoy them no matter when you are eating, whether it is maintaining your diet or trying to lose weight in the first place.

Tips

Find delicious recipes and substitutions that won't make you feel like you are missing out. In this way, you will have much more success in eating healthier foods and you will be able to maintain your ideal weight.

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