Some overlooked aspects of remaining healthy

Some Overlooked Aspects of Remaining HealthyHuman beings in first world countries have become almost over -zealous about cleanliness and determination to rid our home of so called “enemies”.

 

Many a shelf is lined with an array of aerosols having convincing labels and guaranteed results to eradicate bugs, germs, viruses and fungi - not to mention air fresheners that cloud the atmosphere with masses of particles that we inhale daily. 

 

Medically speaking, many of us certainly overdo the ingestion of antibiotics and masses of pills of all shapes and colours convinced that these will ensure better health.

 

Few can deny that we are the “darlings” of the alternate medicine industry putting millions of Rands annually into corporate bank accounts.

 

In our homes we wipe, vacuum, wash and polish, buy hypo-allergenic products and ensure that hand sanitizers are never lacking, not to mention the fear of a myriad of diseases lurking like strangers about to attack, because we have a multitude of symptoms listed on the internet, a doctor’s nightmare !

 

In reality, much of the above is probably not bad practice and better than neglect arising, but there are other important health issues such as having our bodies scanned,  X-rayed and examined for more serious problems often undetected until too late, such as mentioned below :

 

Pap smear

It is generally advised that this procedure be undertaken once women are sexually active and / or over the age of 21 years. Early detection of prematurely active cancer cells in the cervix at the mouth of the womb, can lead to treatment to ensure a more healthy environment.

 

Cellular changes too can be observed for the human papilloma virus which causes warts .

 

Mammogram

This entails an X-ray of breast tissue to establish any foreign activity such as a growth manifesting as a lump in the breast or underarm area.

 

This procedure is essential if there is a history of cancer in a family and is not uncomfortable as is generally thought.

 

Statistics reveal that a greater number of women die from breast cancer than any other type.

 

Colonoscopy

Should one discover that faeces are black in colour, this may indicate that blood is present or that abnormal cells are evident in the bowel and be indicative of  colon cancer. Polyps on the other hand may be found by the surgeon usually just benign growths.  A short hospital stay is required.

 

Finally, in terms of topical body care, that old adage comes to mind that  “beauty is only skin deep”, however there is no reason not to constantly take of this important outer organ that envelopes our bodies.

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Myths regarding Body Hydration

Myths Regarding Body HydrationLectures, conversations and advice regarding the intake of water stimulate much speculation, so this week’s article will attempt to “bust” some myths.

 

It now seems to be the norm to carry a bottle of water as if a permanent extension of one’s arm! But is this liquid that one drinks more hype than fact?
In the first place, without expanding on the intricate physiology of the bodies water needs, water is essential to maintain body temperature and the volume of one’s blood.

 

Although “water fanatics” in all good faith attempt to flood the body with water, this is absorbed relatively slowly and is mostly extra–cellular [whereas intra-cellular represents 40% of the bodies water] and it is not generally known that water moves in and out of all cells via chemical reactions.

 

Readers are no doubt familiar with the term electrolytes, the intake of which are essential especially after a bout of diahorraea and / or vomiting.

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In Celebration of Mother’s day

In Celebration of Mothers DayIt goes without saying that when one enters the realm of motherhood, there is a belief that one is going to be the perfect mom but sadly this can only exist in the world of fantasy.

 

When that very special time arrives, there are many outside occurrences that can have powerful influences such as a traumatic delivery, “wise advice” from a grand-mother and the power of the ever presence media.  And at times one person’s idea of the perfect mom will clash with others ideals.

 

Life changes a great deal during the fascinating journey through parenting and no doubt some guidelines come in useful but patience will over-rule during episodes of poop, pees and smelly potties !

 

Basically the job description is common sense to new moms, but motherhood has undergone great upheavals in the last century. In earlier times their instincts were never questioned, but rather ruled sacrosanct !

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The Joys of Autumn

The Joys of AutumnAutumn has a special way of rejuvenating the soul and although some will be “ bidding farewell “ to Summer with a sense of melancholy, the change in seasons is quite refreshing.

 

One would never truly appreciate the 4 seasons in juxtaposition as nature intended, should one’s home be in equatorial regions where heat and humidity persist relentlessly without change . Fungal infections are forever being fought and bugs galore abide in these climates ever keen to “ befriend “ one with not too congenial outcomes.

 

With the onset of Autumn the sharp glare of the summer sun softens and the gentle light paints the sky in subtle tones of orange and gold. One can literally smell the commencement of this season as the falling leaves create new aromas combined with the soil.

 

Life changes in many forms especially as one becomes aware of the sounds of birds migrating in their unique, courageous way to warmer climates.

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EGGS – a different perception

eggsEggs have been sacred to many civilizations, both because of the form and the inner mystery that holds the secret, a latent “nothing” that produces a “something” within a closed shell needing nothing but warmth.

 

Although eggs are slightly more oval than round, the shape typifies the great circle ‘O’ symbolic of the universe and its spherical bodies. Within the oval shape of the bird’s egg, one discovers nature’s unique secret. Had the egg been created in the perfect round shape, it would have rolled away as dictated by gravity. But instead, the egg rotates in an almost circular manner coming to rest with the pointed side facing inward!
So this ensures better preservation, and a bonus for egg laying hens!

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