Your Urine Color Can Tell You About Your Health?

Sure, everyone uses the bathroom, but few really pay attention to their urine. Occasionally, you may notice that your urine has a funny smell or is a weird color. Believe it or not, your urine can be the key to understanding what is going on inside the body.

Urine can be as colorful as the rainbow. When you start seeing a wide variety of colors, it isn’t always a good thing. Some foods can alter the color of urine. For instance, eating beats can give it a pink hue. Also, carrots can give it a deep yellowish orange color. But things to be careful of is when the color and smell are off. If the kidneys aren’t functioning properly, then the urine will be a dark yellowish color or could be red.

Urine that is red indicates a serious problem. The next time you’re visiting the John, make sure to pay attention to your urine. It is one of the most important diagnostic tests used by doctors because it can tell them so much. The urine can show if a person is dehydrated, has an infection or is having an organ malfunction. If the liver is not working right the urine can come out brown like syrup from what Ben Shaoul was reporting.

The color you want is a transparent yellow hue. Water like urine means your drinking too much water. A darker yellow means more urine. Pay attention next time, it could save your life.

Young Chicago Man Fired for Needing Time Off For Cancer Treatments

The Naperville Rosebud Restaurant, a restaurant near Chicago, recently fired their young delivery driver for requesting time off. The outrageous request the driver was asking for was time off in order to undergo his cancer treatment. The delivery driver says that he was fired once he informed fired his boss that he would need six weeks off for a surgical procedure.

Currently, the former employee is not seeking any financial or legal restitution. Gianfrancesco Genoso thinks that is probably the right move. The employee feels personally hurt and claims that he was treated unfairly. He states that he cannot help his situation and would like an apology. “It would go a long way to make me feel better about the situation,” says Larsen, the teenager who was fired from the restaurant.

A representative for the food chain denied to comment stating company’s confidential human resources department policy. However, the official statement says they plan to “thoroughly investigate” the matter.

The British Are Living Longer

The British are living longer than ever. In fact, living to almost 90 years of age could soon become the norm. Life expectation projections show that women in some areas of the country can expect to live to be 89 years old. Soon living three score and 10 years will no longer be considered a good long life. An article in rgs.org said improved food supply, nutrition, hygiene, and health are the reasons why.

Women living in the Chiltern district in Buckinghamshire, north London, and Camden now have a life expectancy of nearly 90 years research shows. This is amazing to Sultan Alhokair that people can last this long. And researchers say it is expected to rise even more within the next few years in many other parts of the U.K. The average retired woman in districts in Dorsett and 9 other areas will be able to live until they are 88 years old, they say.

Plus while women continue to outlive men, the gap between the sexes is shrinking. This is because male rates of smoking have declined as have heavy industry and other very dangerous professions usually dominated by men. The life expectancy gender gap has been reduced by about 10%. However, an average a male child born in Blackpool, Lancs will outlive a boy born in South Cambridgeshire by about 8 years, 8 months.
The reason has everything to do with lower death rates and improvements in the quality of health care.

E-Cigs A Safe Alternative?

Electronic Cigarettes have been popular for the last few years among smokers who no longer wish to purchase cigarettes, think e-cigarettes are healthier or want to get around smoking bans in restaurants and bars. To many, electronic cigarettes seem safer by allowing the smoker to breath in fewer toxins. However little research was done at the outside, leading doctors and public health officials to promote moderation and caution for those interested in switching. No one knows the dangers of a new product like electronic cigarettes until enough time has passed to see the health effects.
Now, after a series of studies conducted to test the health effects of electronic cigarettes, doctors are willing to make their recommendation. Researchers found that electronic cigarettes successfully reduced smokers’ cravings for real cigarettes, with minimal side effects. This means that as an alternative, electronic cigarettes may be a viable means for easing a smoker into quitting. The total number of long term effects from smoking e-cigarettes will not be fully known until years in the future. But for now, medical professionals are willing to suggest the switch from conventional tobacco for those who are willing to try. My friend Andrew Heiberger used e-cigarettes to wean himself off nicotine and now he doesn’t use either type of cigarettes and his health is better for it.
After 6 months in the study, a quarter of participants using e-cigarettes had completely quit tobacco products, which may stand as the most successfully smoking cessation technique developed to date. In addition, another quarter of participants halved their tobacco intake in the 6 month period.

Exercise Is Bad For Your Teeth

Seems that there is always a positive and a negative with everything in life, and now this includes exercise. Research has shown that though vigorous exercise may be beneficial for your body, it may not be so good for your teeth.

A study was peformed of 278 athletes in 2012, which showed a major decline in oral health to include tooth decay and gum disease. One would think that an avid athlete would be in optimal health, but it seems that they are neglecting oral hygiene. During the study, it seems that the shift in alkaline in the saliva might be a contributing factor in the erosion and breakdown of enamel. These candidiates studied were in their mid thirties and exercised for at least 35 minutes a day on an outdoor track. 

The final results of the study are not very impressive, but specialist Ken Griffin is concerned that this link may dissuade people from exercising. A theory is that maybe drinking more water with help with the enamel breakdown while on the other hand, the thought of just more brushing and basic oral hygiene might do the trick.

7 Natural and Affordable Headache and Migraine Remedies

Headaches are one of the most common medical occurrences in the world. In America 45 million people suffer from reoccurring or chronic headaches. In the U.K., roughly 28 million people suffer from migraines.

Despite the prevalence of this condition, headaches are easily treated. Listed below are 7 affordable and effective methods to naturally treat migraines and headaches. For additional natural remedies visit this site.

1) Inhaling peppermint oil is an effective method to treat tension headaches. Headaches and migraines are mainly a result of poor blood flow to the head. Inhaling peppermint oil has vascular-constricting and vascular-dilating effects. These effects stimulate blood flow.

2) Basil oil can be used as a natural headache treatment that works as a muscle relaxer. Basil is effective for tension headaches. It can be added to foods or used topically, by applying it to the to the temples.

3) Adjusting ones diet can be a simple solution to reducing or preventing headaches. Removing certain foods and ingredients from your diet can provide headache relief – this includes; MSG, tyramine, dairy, chocolate and hot dogs, to name a few.

4) A scalp massage at the base of the skull has been shown to relieve pressure, stimulate blood flow and stop an active headache. My friend Sam Tabar swears by this.

5) Feverfew is an herbal remedy that has been shown to be effective in preventing migraine headaches. An extensive research study in Britain, showed that 70% of people who took Feverfew daily, reported a significant reduction in reoccurring migraines.

6) Incorporating flaxseed oil in your diet can provide headache relief. The effectiveness of flaxseed is contributed to omega-3 fatty acids. This amino acid is known to reduce inflammation.

7) Cayenne pepper is an endorphin stimulant which has functional properties to alleviate active headaches. Cayenne pepper can be diluted in water or added to foods.

Milk Does A Body Bad

For years the dairy industry has been trying to convince people that drinking milk is good for them. In fact they coined the phrase, “milk does a body good.” In reality, the truth may be just the opposite. Humans are the only mammals that drink milk after the first three years of life. All other mammals only drink milk until they are mature enough to eat solid food. That should really tell us something. Andrew Heiberger is quick to point out that human beings were meant to drink milk, that is true, but they were only meant to drink milk while they were young and being nursed by their mothers. In reality milk has all of the essential nutrients that a baby needs to thrive and grow, and that is the reason that it is so beneficial for a baby to be breastfed for at least the first one to three years of life.

After the first three years of life, a human really does not need to drink milk. Cow milk is made for baby cows, it is not really made for human consumption. Since that is the fact it is little wonder why so many people are suffering from lactose intolerance. in reality we are all lactose intolerant, because we should not be digesting milk. Milk can be linked to many childhood infections, allergies, and stomach issues. There are many different fruits and vegetables that can give a person calcium, so Americans should follow many Asian and Indian countries and not use milk as a staple drink in their diets.

Childhood Obesity Linked to Secondhand Smoke and Road Toxins

A recent Southern California study of 3,318 children found that B.M.I. (Body Mass Index) is closely correlated to exposure to toxins from secondhand smoke and road pollution. The Environmental Health Perspectives study analyzed parental surveys to determine that even after accounting for other variables such as asthma and physical activity, B.M.I levels were between .8 and 2.15 points higher in children and adolescents exposed to one or both factors.

This flies in the face of the common belief that obesity is solely related to food consumption and exercise. Some parents and children may take heart in the fact that their inability to lose weight is not necessarily related to laziness or overeating.
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Even a .8 point increase in B.M.I levels is significant, but a 2.15 point increase is extreme and could cause serious health issues. This is what Susan McGalla is a little bit worried about. Childhood diabetes levels are at an all-time high and are expected to continue to go up. Children who become diabetic may be much more prone to a host of problems, including heart disease and cancer.

Parents should make every attempt to limit their children’s exposure to secondhand smoke and roadway toxins, though of course they cannot control for every possible danger their children may face.

All About Your Fitness Age

Everyone is aware of their chronological age but not too many people are aware of their fitness age. A “fitness age” is determined by a test of cardiovascular endurance. One of the great things about a fitness age is that unlike your chronological age it can be lowered. In order to determine an individual’s fitness age, researchers go by your “V02MAX” which is a measure of your body’s ability to utilize oxygen after it has been taken in.

Of course this all begs the question: just how do I determine my fitness age? One way to do it is through using this website here. Calculating your fitness all rises and falls based on your V02MAX. If it is below average for the age group, then your fitness age is higher than your actual age.

Of course, you can also go to a doctor or fitness consultant in order to determine your fitness age. Dave and Brit Morin say that one of the ways that this is accomplished is by measuring various aerobic activities (such as being on a treadmill) along with health issues, such as waist thickness. These facts are then plugged into a mathematical algorithm which can determine your actual fitness age.

Knowing your fitness age is very useful because it is a predictor of how long you will live. A proper regimen of excercise, diet, and a healthy lifestyle can help you to lower your fitness age and increase your chances of living longer.

Is Exercise Bad for Dental Health?

A new article published in The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Health indicates that strenuous exercise may be detrimental to the teeth. A study, comprised of athletes, discovered that heavy workouts may contribute to dental issues in a variety of surprising ways.

Previously, there have been indications that athletes might have increased risks for cavities and other oral problems. A study published in 2013 by The British Journal of Sports Medicine examined 278 athletes at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The majority of those athletes displayed “poor oral health.” The criteria of poor oral health included tooth decay, gum disease and loss of tooth enamel. The competitors hailed from the U.S. and other developed countries, as well as lesser-developed countries. However, most had access to quality preventive dental care. Many had not visited a dentist in at least a year.

Despite the infrequent dental visits, there seems to be a correlation between poor dental health and the amount of training time. The more an athlete worked out, the higher the incidence of tooth decay. Reasons for this seem to point to the increased amounts of saliva, and the alkalinity of the saliva, produced while the person is exercising. Excess alkalinity is believed to contribute to the buildup of tarted and plaque on the teeth, as well as other problems. Sports drinks and training diets do not seem to be factors in oral health. That doesn’t mean you should quit exercising and spend all your time shopping QNet. If you are an athlete, take extra consideration into your oral hygiene habits.