Your Circadian Clock

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Beauty, Natural Health, Natural Weight Loss, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 01-10-2017

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        Every single person (even animals have it too) on earth has something called a circadian clock. This organ is also called the “biological clock”, and is known scientifically as the “suprachiasmatic nucleus” (SCN). This so-called clock is responsible for the inner rhythms of our bodies, which technically run on a 25 hour cycle (although we assume a 24 hour cycle based on daylight and nighttime hours). Actually the circadian clock is really a tiny organ consisting of two tiny lobes the size of pin heads and made up of thousands of tiny neurons found in the hypothalamus in our brains that is responsible for the timings of our existences. This tiny organ gives the body information and changes things, for example temperature, awareness (wakefulness), and hormonal changes. It is believed that light plays an important part in the operation of this organ, and thus the daytime, nighttime differences that are found. But it is known to be affected by other influences as well, even sounds, etc. (like the ringing of an alarm clock for example). This is also why people get jet lag when changing time zones, especially when going forward in time. The circadian clock basically rules over many important hormonal functions through the pineal gland also found in the brain. It is so important that without the proper workings of it, we can easily die. That is one of the reasons that people who are severely sleep deprived begin to hallucinate and can eventually die in some extreme cases if the lack of sleep continues for any length of time.

It is due to this circadian clock that we have that it is important that we sleep at night and wake up in the daytime. The circadian clock is also why people who work the night shift and sleep during the daytime can possibly become ill, and often (if not always) do not get that completely rested feeling that people who sleep at night get. They go through life feeling “not quite right”. Indeed, they aren’t because there are some important hormones that are only secreted during certain periods of sleep at night, and never during the daytime, no matter what period of sleep the person is in. In fact, most work related accidents occur during the night shift or when workers have been sleep deprived. Also, it is known that shift workers suffer from an inordinately high ratio of mental, emotional, and physical problems. If you think about it, that is quite profound. It really makes you think. For all of us night owls all over the world, and all of the late night diwaniyah lovers in these Middle Eastern countries, this should be a word to the wise. While you might think it fun to stay up all night, your body will take the toll, and you will ultimately pay a price for it. You have to ask yourself if it is worth it. Is your daily late night fun worth trading your health for? I don’t think so. This isn’t to say that you can’t stay up late sometimes. Doing anything once in a while isn’t going to hurt you, but staying up all night every single day is going to be harmful sooner or later. So make sure you get to bed early enough to sleep well at night.

If you or someone you know suffers from problems such as depression (or other mental illness), problematic blood pressure, heart and circulation problems, allergies, acne, psoriasis, eczema, asthma, or a host of other ailments, it might be because your sleep schedule is out of kilter. So, in order to solve the problem, one of the first things you must do is to get your sleep back on track. Make sure that you sleep during the nighttime and get up in the morning. Sleeping relatively early is a good idea as well, in order to give your body plenty of time to get the rest it needs so that your circadian clock will be able to function at its best. Waking up early will put your body in good stead for a healthy and energetic day. Once you get on a regular schedule of sleeping at night and waking up early in the day (preferably not sleeping after eating your lunch), you will soon begin to feel much better and often, without doing anything else, your health will automatically improve.

Naturally, ideally you will need to make other healthy changes in your life as well. It is important to make sure that you also eat well. Eating well means that you need to eat whole, preferably organic foods. You have to make sure to get plenty of fresh, healthy sources of protein including seafood, poultry, meats, eggs, etc, and plenty of fresh, wholesome vegetables, with small amounts of whole grains, fruit, and other supplementary foods added for variety. You must also do your best to get in some form of exercise on a regular basis. Any type will do, including walking, swimming, bicycling, and more. Not only will you feel stronger with exercise, but you will sleep better as well, which will definitely help your circadian clock to work better. This will keep your metabolism up, help your circulation and your lymph to carry away the impurities in your body, and turn you into a much healthier person to be sure.

The bottom line is that our circadian clock is extremely important to our daily living. In fact, without it we simply do not live healthily (and in some extreme cases, at all). Just because it is not something obvious that we think about all the time or even notice, doesn’t mean that it isn’t imperative to our well being. In fact, it is one of the most important organs that we have in our bodies. So, we must do the best we can to keep it in tip top shape. This means getting enough sun, enough sleep, and enough good food and exercise. This means sleeping at night and waking up in the daytime, and making sure we stay on this healthy natural cycle. Let’s get healthy!




Quick and Easy Way to Get Rid of UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections)

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Herbs, Natural Health, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 27-07-2015

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Many people suffer from recurring UTIs (short for urinary tract infections). This can be a particular problem in the hot weather that we’re having now, when you don’t manage to get enough liquids into your body and become more dehydrated than you should be. While making sure that you get plenty of liquids helps, some people suffer anyway, no matter how much liquid they drink. Wintertime can also be a problem, since people drink less and less liquids at that time.

Our kidneys and bladder need plenty of liquids, preferably plain, fresh water, flushed through them all the time in order to keep all the bacteria that pass through these organs in check. If the intake of liquid falls too low, bacteria are given a chance to grow and multiply, which they do so fast that a UTI is the result. People who are suffering from certain diseases are particularly likely to get UTIs. Those who have diabetes, etc. are more likely to get UTIs. Elderly people are more prone to getting UTIs as well. Also, women are more susceptible than men to bladder infections, due to the short distance that the bacteria have to travel from the outside to get into the bladder. Pregnant women and those going through the menopause are more likely to get UTIs. While most UTIs are not normally life threatening or seriously dangerous, they are most certainly extremely uncomfortable and can sometimes be excruciating, and left out of control can lead to more severe problems.

You know that you have a UTI if you suffer from the following symptoms:
• Feeling of fullness while urine output is minimal
• Stinging or pain on urination
• Feeling of constant need to urinate
• Discomfort in the lower abdomen
• Pain in the back or sides of the back
• Bloody urine
• Fever
• Chills
• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Discharge (from the urethra (the opening of the bladder) or surrounding areas, particularly for women).
• Referred pain in the thighs, etc.
• Cloudy urine
• Bad smelling urine
• Confusion (in more serious cases, or with the elderly)

A simple test will be able to tell you right away if you are suffering from UTI, in fact the one that is used in the government hospitals here now is instant. You will know your results within seconds of dipping the stick into the urine. If that type of test is not available in your area, a more traditional urine test will be done with the results in several hours, up to a day or two.

So, what do you do if you are suffering? Naturally, prevention is the best medicine, so do your best to make sure that you eat well and get plenty of liquids in order to keep UTIs away in the first place, but if you end up with one anyway, don’t worry, there are plenty of things you can do. If you seem to be prone to getting UTIs then keep out of the bathtub! Make sure that you shower instead, in order to prevent the entry of more bacteria through the urethra. Make sure that you wash very well with water after going to the bathroom. This is particularly important for those women on their monthly cycles. Wearing cotton underwear instead of synthetics has been shown to help prevent UTIs as well.

Conventional doctors usually treat UTIs with antibiotics, which kill the bacteria. But, the problem with that solution is that the antibiotic kills other good bacteria as well as the bad guys, which causes other problems. The good news is that there are plenty of natural alternatives to treating the UTI with chemicals. Nature has given us many options when it comes to this.

The easiest solution is to drink plenty of water. Flushing out the bacteria is the easiest method of preventing and solving UTIs. Also, make sure that you urinate often enough, because leaving the urine to build up in the bladder is another way that the bacteria have a chance to grow. But, if you still end up with something more serious even after taking these precautions, there are several herbs that are great for getting rid of UTIs.

Probably the most potent that I have ever found, is one of the easiest to get and use. Corn silk is one of the best herbs for UTI. Just take it out of the husk while it is fresh and steep (preferably don’t boil) it covered in a big pot of water. The resulting light tea can be drunk hot or cold, and doesn’t have much of a taste at all. If you suffer from frequent UTIs you can dry your corn silk for future use, and some people like to keep it in the freezer.

cornsilk

Cranberry juice (which has always been the old standby) is still a great choice but try to make sure that your juice is pure and not mixed with lots of sugar or other juices. Blueberries and blueberry juice are also good for this problem, but they are not widely available in Kuwait and are very expensive. You can find some lovely frozen blueberries in most freezer sections in most supermarkets.

cranberry juice   organic cranberries

There are other herbs that are great for dealing with urinary problems. Some of them are: parsley, ginger, juniper berries, dandelion leaf, marshmallow, golden seal, uva ursi, buchu leaf, dong quai, birch leaf, Echinacea, stinging nettle leaf, horsetail, and more. While most of these are not available in Kuwait, you can certainly find them easily and widely available in any herb shop in the USA or the UK, so do make an effort.

dandelion leaf       nettle leaf

echinacea

UTIs are not the way you want to start (or end) your day, but help is certainly on the way. It’s right there in your kitchen or at your local grocery store. So, you don’t have to suffer in silence any more, and you can often get rid of the problem yourself, without having to take chemical medications. So, what are you waiting for?

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From the Arab Times June 2006