Types of Yeast Infection

by Head Health Nutter on August 22, 2014

Hey, this might not be the most pleasant subject in the world but it is common enough that we all, both men and women, should be aware of what it is, the types and their symptoms. Why? So we can get treatment at the onset before it gets out of control. Read on as guest blogger, Rachel Pharlain, shares with us some of her research.

There are certain things, as humans, we hope we’ll never deal with. Crazy in-laws, car accidents, and unforeseen medical conditions are at the top of the list. A healthy human body contains trace amounts of a variety of bacteria. Yeast cells, also known as candida albicans, are one type of bacteria that can be found in small amounts without any damage to the body (Editor’s note: actually this low level is necessary for a balanced system).

concerned-with-yeast-infectionIn some circumstances the cells begin to grow too rapidly. When this happens, women and men may develop a yeast infection. Here are the different types of yeast infections that can develop:

Vaginal or Genital Yeast Infection

Men and women can develop yeast infections in or on the genitals. Unfortunately three out of four women (and some men) will need to deal with at least one yeast infection in their lifetime. Vaginal yeast infections can develop through the use of certain antibiotics, hormone shifts due to pregnancy or estrogen based birth control pills, health issues like HIV or diabetes, or sexual contact with someone who has a yeast infection.

Symptoms include:

  • irritation of the genital area
  • pain or burning during urination or sex
  • pain or swelling at entrance of the vagina
  • abnormal white vaginal discharge

Vaginal yeast infections will most likely dissipate without treatment, but who wants to deal with the pain any longer than necessary? Add to that the fact that any sexual contact that you engage in could result in a continual cycle of passing the yeast, why take the chance? The good news is that vaginal yeast infections are fairly easy to shake.

There are a variety of over-the-counter medications and home remedies that can be used to rid yourself of the infection. Before hitting the pharmacy, check with your local physician for an actual diagnosis because vaginal yeast infections share many symptoms with a urinary tract infection.

Oral Candidiasis (Thrush)

Women, men, and children can experience oral candidiasis also known as thrush. Thrush can develop when the number of yeast cells in the mouth or throat increase. Certain medication and illnesses can increase the chances that thrush will develop. Smokers and people who wear improperly fitted dentures also have an increased chance of developing thrush.

Symptoms of this delightful infection include:

  • creamy white raised lesions that bleed when brushed against.
  • redness and soreness in mouth.
  • sore throat or difficulty swallowing.

If you suspect you have thrush, you should consult your dentist or doctor. They will prescribe you with a pill or mouth wash meant to kill the extra yeast cells. Failure to receive the proper medication to get rid of the yeast infection could result in the yeast infection spreading to the blood stream.

Yeast Infection in the Blood Stream (Invasive Candidiasis)

Invasive Candidiasis develops when the yeast infection imbalance spreads from the original site into the blood stream. Once in the blood stream, the infection may eventually spread into organs, bones, muscles, joints, and eyes.

Symptoms include:

  • fever and chills
  • a variety of different symptoms depending on what area of the body the infection spreads to

Doctors will diagnose invasive candidiasis through examining infected tissues with a blood culture. Treatment is usually an oral or intravenous anti-fungal medication for a few weeks. If the infection is not treated, it could lead to organ failure.

Yeast infections can be irritating, painful, and in extreme cases highly dangerous. Your doctor or dentist can diagnose and prescribe treatment if you believe you may have a yeast infection. Medication whether home remedies, over the counter drugs, or prescription drugs can easily eradicate your infection before it seeps in the blood stream and becomes a dangerous problem.

About the Author

Rachel Pharlain is not a seasoned health and fitness nut. In the last year Zombies, Run!, a few uncomfortable illnesses, and a her love of fruit has gradually led her to a healthier mindset.

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10 Technological Wonders for Weight Loss & Health

by Head Health Nutter on August 19, 2014

This is the technological age and there are many benefits that come with it. Although some may argue that technology has created a less healthy, less active society, I believe like most things in this world, it comes down to HOW it is used. Today guest blogger, Jared Hill, shares with us a few ways in which technology has the power to help us become healthier and more active!

Bones’ tricorder on Star Trek was so novel a medical device that it seemed like the stuff of science fiction in the 1960s. However, with advances in technology, there are many devices today that medical workers, patients, and fitness aficionados use that can help lose weight, track nutrition, and even get you fit with the aid of a virtual fitness coach.

screen568x568Many are available on smartphones as apps, but some come as next generation smart devices that work in conjunction with a phone or tablet. The future is set to explode with potential new methods to increase health awareness, treat medical conditions, and network specialists with those people that need them at a touch of a screen – as telemedicine pioneer Jay Sanders says, for health care to evolve in tandem with our technologically advanced lifestyles, “we need to bring the exam room to where the patients are.”

Doctors and medical specialists are especially excited about the future of personal medical technology, as HealthITjobs.com’s blog explains:

“The new surge of health, fitness and nutrition apps make communicating with your primary care provider much easier and can even provide them new information that they previously could not obtain. This allows individuals to monitor their own health in ways we have never seen before so the potential for improving preventative care is tremendous.”

Better understanding of a patient’s habits and fitness lifestyle is, for obvious reasons, integral in improving healthcare. But to get to that point, smartphone and tablet users must first wade through the hundreds of self-tracking medical and fitness apps available. We’ve looked into some of the best below:

Top 10 Best Diet and Fitness to Catapult You into the Future

Instead of keeping track of calories on the back of an envelope or even in a spreadsheet, get ready to modernize your approach to diet and fitness with these clever technological solutions:

  1. LoseIt – This app helps you count calories and set a weight loss goal no matter where you are and throughout the day. There is a free version and a paid premium version: LoseIt Premium works with the FitBit Flex bracelet to adjust the calorie count demands when you include more activity in your day.
  2. Fitbit Flex Bracelet – This smart device works in conjunction with weight loss apps (as mentioned above) to track physical activity and calories lost during the day using a wearable bracelet.
  3. MyFitnessPal – This on-the-go food journal knows the calorie counts of a practically any food you want to eat, and it’s totally free. You can log your food intake, as well as your exercise expenditure, to better track your overall calorie and weight loss.
  4. Fitness Buddy – This app is like having a personal trainer on speed dial. Fitness Buddy will show you different exercises to target different parts of the body where you’d like strengthen, tone, and build your muscle mass. You can even change the custom plan it serves up to focus on a specific muscle group. Right now, the app boasts over 1000 exercises and 50 workout plans – all with easy to view animations.
  5. SuperFoods – Most people know that true health is more than exercise; it’s about what you fuel your body with – and if you have an iPhone, you can use the Superfoods app to discover which foods are high in nutrition and able to supercharge your system. This is also good for people trying to supplement their diet due to conditions like cancer, diabetes, food allergies or more – all of which can impact and change nutritional needs.
  6. Nutrino – If you want more direction in terms of meal planning, you can use Nutrino. It will customize meal plans based on your personal nutritional needs and even takes into account medical conditions. It can also customize the menu based on fitness and weight loss goals. And if that wasn’t enough, after it builds the menu, Nutrino will create the grocery list for you!
  7. My Diet Coach – This app is like a cheering squad for weight loss. It will help you devise games and motivate you with virtual rewards for hitting diet goals. It gives you advice when you miss goals, as well.
  8. Low Fat Recipes – Another Apple app for the iPhone or iPad. As the name suggests, this app will help you figure out what’s for dinner by offering low fat recipe suggestions. You can also ask it to make them diabetic-friendly or easy to do. You can ask for a recipe for a specific ingredient, as well.
  9. Noom Cardio – This app will track activity and your heart rate goals when you use it in conjunction Polar’s Bluetooth heart rate monitor. Noom Cardio is best for people trying to reach specific aerobic activity during their workouts, since it can also track various types of cardio to more accurately reflect your cardio burn.
  10. Diabetes Breathalyser – While not an app, and not specifically designed to lose weight, it deserves a special mention as the type of medical devices that tie into fitness. This breathalyzer works by measuring the acetone levels in the breath to track blood glucose levels. As an alternative to pin prick technology, it is an advancement that makes staying healthy a much more pleasant experience.

About the Author

Jared Hill is a freelance blogger who specializes in health, technology, sports and music. Please follow him on Twitter @JaredHIll341.

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How To Keep Hydrated With A Healthy Drink

by Head Health Nutter on August 17, 2014

Part of being healthy means avoiding unnecessary, empty calories. But how do we do that when we’re thirsty and water just won’t cut it? We make and reach for infused water! Keep reading as Chelsea Sawyer tells us about the benefits of infused water, tips and even some recipes!

Dehydration is common especially during summer months when the temperature and humidity rises. Anyone can become dehydrated if they lose too much fluid. Children are at greater risk because of their smaller body weights and high turnover of water and electrolytes. One of the means to preventing dehydration is drinking lots of fluids, including water. Although water is said to be the best drink choice, it’s far easier for children to reach for a bottle of soda to quench their thirst.

Fruit Infused Water BottleOver the years, people have started to recognize the importance of hydration, as researchers time and again have proven that good hydration can increase concentration and productivity. Dehydration is said to be a one of the reasons for illnesses, causing headaches, constipation, obesity and joint pains. Drinking water can help prevent these conditions and also promote good complexion, aid weight loss and maintain high energy levels and mental performance.

Children, including adults often complain that they get bored drinking plain water. While purchased flavoured drink mixes to water are readily available, why not make your own flavoured water by infusing it with different fruits and herbs?

Why infuse water with fruits or herbs?

This is to improve the flavour of plain water. By adding fruits and herbs, you are including essential vitamins. Although there are many flavoured waters being sold in the supermarket, a home-made drink is still cost effective and healthier. You can choose the fruits and herbs that are on sale to make new combinations and keep your fruit-infused waters frugal. Feel free to use your imagination to produce a flavour that your children will like.

Steps to infusing water:

  1. Fill a pitcher with water.
  2. Add thinly sliced fruits, veggies, herbs, or spices.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator.

You can also add sliced fresh fruit in a fruit infuser water bottle if you own one. Some recipes may require muddling, which means you need to bruise your fruit or herbs to release the flavours. A wooden spoon can be used for this.

What are good combinations?

The combinations are endless. You can create any combination that your mouth desires and you can add as little or as much fruits and herbs into your drink as you wish. Some fruits work better than others so it is all up to you to experiment. Berries tend to break down faster than citrus fruits such as lemons or limes. If you prefer stronger flavoured water, prepare it a day ahead and keep it in the refrigerator overnight before drinking. (Editor’s Note: Check out this post for 5 refreshing and healthy summer drink recipes!)

A fun activity with children

Involve your children in flavouring the water. Let them select the fruits and allow them to watch as their own flavours come together. As the activity gives them fun, it will also encourage them to start drinking healthier too.

About the Author

Chelsea Sawyer is a nurse and a certified health coach who has been helping many people in changing their behaviours to keep them focused on achieving their health and fitness goals. Her hobbies include writing and sharing helpful techniques on topics like losing weight, achieving a healthy lifestyle through physical activities as well as through proper diet and way of eating. She recommends http://www.infuserwaterbottles.com/ for more helpful tips about healthy living and lifestyle.

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Weight Loss with Garcinia Cambogia: Live Life Slim & Beautiful

by Head Health Nutter on August 15, 2014

As a long time Live Lighter reader, you’ll know we advocate getting healthier over slimmer: healthy is beautiful. Our approach to health is through a natural, balanced lifestyle which includes a wholesome meal plan, regular exercise, proper sleep, meditation and stress management. We believe living a healthy lifestyle through hard work and determination is what will pay off in the end and result in long-term success. However, we also believe what works for one person may not work for another. So here is guest blogger, Sharron Hunt, with the scoop on the now popular weight-loss supplement, Garcinia Cambogia, so you can make up your own mind about what’s good for you (with the help from your doctor, of course). 

Weight loss is a major concern for most people living in today’s fast-paced culture. Especially during the summer when we see people with a toned body which is motivation to look more like them!

slim waist Almost everyone wants to have a fit body. In order to achieve these results, exercise and fad diets are a common approach. But due to lack of patience and this time-consuming procedure, diet pills have gained popularity.

Garcinia Cambogia

There are lots of varieties of weight loss pills available on the market with the sole aim to make you lose weight. Weight loss pills contain some useful and powerful ingredients that enable you to lose body fat. If you are looking to lose weight fast and efficiently, then Garcinia Cambogia may be the one. It’s a natural plant extract which helps you lose fat from your body naturally and quickly.

What is Garcinia Cambogia Extract?

Garcinia Cambogia is a small fruit native to Indonesia and also grown in Southeast Asia, India and some parts of Africa. Traditionally it has been used in spices, chutneys and curries. When it is used in the food as an ingredient, it makes the meal more filling. It is used for reducing the appetite. Due to this quality it is used in soups or meals so that there is no extra intake in the body, thus keeping us from over-eating. The pills contain the natural extract from the plant called hydroxycitric acid (HCA) which gives people the capability of losing weight 2-3 times more than any other pills. [click to continue…]

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Allergies: Are You at Risk?

by Head Health Nutter on August 13, 2014

Do you think you have allergies but don’t know for sure? Check out this guest article by Miss Marks to see if you’re at risk of developing allergies – and if you find you are, you might want to book an appointment with your doctor for confirmation.

iStock_000016665350SmallToday allergies are very common, affecting a great number of people yearly, both adults and children. Sneezing, coughing, cramps, skin irritation, difficulty breathing and other symptoms show that something is wrong with your body.

The best way to find out if you are at risk of an allergy is to check out the most common factors that trigger different types of allergies. In this article we are going to give you some information about these factors. Read on:

Food Allergy Risk Factors

The risk factors of food allergies include:

  • Age: most food allergies occur in children, as their bodies are still very immature and unable to deal with all types of food. As a result, they absorb components that can cause food allergies. Fortunately, most of these allergies fade as children grow. But there are allergies that are lifelong such as allergies to shellfish and nuts.
  • Family: if there are members of your family that suffer from allergies, eczema, asthma, hives, then you are at risk of developing a food allergy at some point in life.
  • Asthma: usually food allergy and asthma occur together.
  • Other allergies: if you already have a food allergy, chances are that you develop another allergy.

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Get Massive Gains With The Right Testosterone Booster

by Head Health Nutter on August 5, 2014

If you feel less than the man that you used to be, you might be dealing with low testosterone levels. Read today’s article by guest blogger, Chelsea Sawyer, for a natural way to boost your testosterone levels.

Young Muscular AthleteTestosterone is an important hormone that is responsible for primary and secondary male characteristics in men like the presence of facial hair, a deep voice, muscular development and sex drive. Although it is also present in the female body, its role in the development of women remains unclear.

It is natural for the testosterone levels of men to decline once they reach the age of 30. However, low T-levels among young men can also be attributed to a host of causes including medications, pituitary disorders and diseases.

But how do you know if your T-levels have dipped? Among the signs you are lacking in testosterone are: slow muscle gains (even if you go to the gym religiously), the presence of fat especially in the chest area, low libido and other issues in the bedroom, mood swings, and if you have recently become prone to diseases.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, there are several ways that you can boost your testosterone naturally including consuming more nuts, limiting your consumption of alcohol, lifting heavy weights, taking ice baths, getting more sleep, avoiding stressful situations, and using a testosterone booster.

Whatever your goals are for taking testosterone supplements, whether for improved performance beneath the sheets or to help you gain more muscle mass, it is crucial to carefully study the content and effects of these supplements. Some supplements may boost T-levels but may damage your body in the long haul. [click to continue…]

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Staying as natural as possible is what we like to talk about here on Live Lighter. For instance, I recently learned that coconut oil and lavender oil can be a great mosquito repellent (although you have to reapply it often for it to work). If you like where this is going, then keep reading for today’s guest post on natural beauty treatment options by blogger, Dixie Somers.

If you’re a green girl trying to save the planet and look fabulous at the same time, it can be tough to find beauty products that won’t harm the environment either in the making of the product or disposing of it. A lot of products are harmful to the environment, however the toxins and chemicals they include aren’t the best for your body either. If you want to stay beautiful and keep the planet safe, here are a few products that will help you to do both at the same time:

Soft AND Healthy Skin

Green Girl Many moisturizers contain a chemical called BHA that is harmful to fish and wildlife, and BHA can cause allergies and possibly even cancer in humans. Plain yogurt and honey can moisturize your skin without hurting anyone, and honey can help reduce acne. Make a mask by evenly combining yogurt and honey in a mixture big enough to coat your face, and let the mask sit for 15 minutes before washing it off with warm water. Not only will you be helping the wildlife, but you’ll be putting all-natural ingredients on your face—sparing yourself from harmful chemicals.

Easy On The Eyes (And Skin)

Organic Wear Duo Eyeshadow gives you two colors without exposing your eyes to any harmful materials. Those with sensitive skin or eyes can use this shadow to look great without worrying about irritation. There are several choices for colors depending on your preference and eye color, and it’s 100% organic! [click to continue…]

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Dental Implants: The Closest You Can Get To Natural Teeth

by Head Health Nutter on July 24, 2014

Do you or someone you know have or need dentures? If so, check out today’s post for another option!

Let us be honest. Dentures are not for everyone, not because they are uncomfortable, but rather because many people want false teeth that they do not have to put in a glass of water at night. Many edentulous individuals, whether completely or partially toothless, dream of brushing their teeth the way they used to, without having to take them out and handle them with their hands. Luckily, with great advancements in dental technology, this is now possible.

dental-implantsWhat Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the closest you can get to your original dentition. This type of prosthetic does not just come with a crown that looks like a real tooth, but with a root as well. Titanium posts are used to anchor the “tooth” to your alveolar ridge. Therefore, these teeth stay in place and allow you to chew on tough yet juicy steaks, eat corn from the cob and enjoy crunchy apples and carrots without having to worry about your denture slipping out.

Why Titanium?

If you look through many dental implant forums, you will notice that most people wonder why titanium is used as posts, instead of any other metal. This is because countless studies show that there is little to no chance of tissue rejection when titanium is used. The titanium fuses to the bone once the area is healed. This process is called osseointegration, and it is defined as the functional and structural connection between the surface of an artificial implant and living bone tissue. So far, titanium is preferred because it meshes best with alveolar bone.

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The Easiest Ways to Create Delicious Healthy Meals Every Day

by Head Health Nutter on July 20, 2014

Healthy living can be summed up as simply as healthy eating and activity on a daily basis. Here to help with the eating part is guest blogger, Harry Roberts. Keep reading for some simple ways to eat healthy.  

Getting your family to eat healthy every day can be a challenge, but with the right meal plans and the right ingredients, you can encourage everyone, from your youngest child to the oldest adult in the family, to choose foods that are better for their bodies and their minds. Stumped for ideas on how to do this? Then continue reading for some tips and some easy ways to create delicious meals right in your kitchen that your family will gladly devour.

Olive OilIncorporate the Right Kinds of Fats

Certain types of fats are actually good for you, and you should make it a point to incorporate more of them into your family’s daily diet. Not only do they make your food richer and tastier, but they are also great for cardiovascular health, as well as the health of your brain and your skin. Try to avoid any products that contain saturated and trans fats, which are the enemies, and opt instead for polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats from plant sources like flaxseeds, chia seeds, olive oil, and coconut oil. As with everything else, use these in moderation for the best results.

Beware of dairy products and meat, which are all high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Limiting these substantially will make a big difference in the way your entire family feels, especially if you are replacing them with healthier plant-based options (there are many mock meat substitutes out there today to experiment with to make any meat-based meal healthier).

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Have you had an injury or are you suffering from chronic pain? Any kind of pain, no matter where it comes from, can limit your abilities all around but especially when it comes to keeping a regular fitness regime. If you or someone you know fits this category, then please keep reading today`s guest post by Anita!  

Trying to maintain some type of fitness after a serious injury can be a challenge, especially if you suffer from bouts of pain and fatigue. However, pushing yourself beyond a normal capacity can create further injury. The following tips are sure to get you back on your feet and feeling good again.

How To Stay Fit After A Serious Injury Without Pushing Your Body Too MuchHealthy Diet

The fear of gaining weight is normal after a serious injury. If you were used to a great deal of activity and now have restrictions, you may see the scale creeping upward. However, in order to speed up your recovery and promote healing, you’re going to need to follow a healthy diet. While you may want to limit your food intake, smaller meals, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and drinking plenty of water can help you maintain your weight and get back into shape faster.

KT Tape

Whether you were training for a marathon or trying to reach your own personal fitness goals, an injury can sidetrack you from your workout. KT tape provides hours of relief and sustains humidity, sweat and exercise exertion. Whether you have knee pain, lower back discomfort, an ankle strain or carpal tunnel syndrome, KT tape works to provide support and relief to your serious injury. The use of the tape also allows you to get back into your workout slowly and pain-free. [click to continue…]

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