HAVE A GOOD HEALTH Healthy Habits: April 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

How to Stop Snoring in Men

Snoring is a noise produced when an individual breathes (usually while inhaling) during sleep.

Causes for snoring:

Age: Your throat becomes narrower after you reach middle age and beyond, and the muscle tone in throat also decreases.
The way you’re built: Men have more chances to get narrower air passages than women and are more likely to snore. Some of the conditions which cause snoring are a narrow throat, a cleft palate, enlarged adenoids which can be hereditary.

Nasal and sinus problems: Blocked airways cause breathing difficulty and create a vacuum in the throat leading to snoring.

Overweight: Fatty tissue and poor muscle tone contribute to snoring.

Alcohol, smoking, and medications: Alcohol intake, smoking and certain medications leads to more snoring.

Sleep posture: Sleeping flat on your back causes the flesh of your throat to relax and block the airway.

Remedies to overcome snoring:

Lose weight: weight loss can reduce fatty tissue in the back of the throat and decrease snoring. Follow Healthy Weight Loss tips.

Clear air passages: Having a stuffy nose can cause breathing difficult and creates a vacuum in your throat which results in snoring. You can try nasal decongestants or nasal strips to help you breathe more easily while sleeping.

Quit smoking: smoking increases the chances of snoring. Smoking causes airways to be blocked by irritating the membranes in the nose and throat.

Establish regular sleep patterns: Create regular sleep patterns can promote better sleep and therefore minimize snoring.

Maintain humidification in bed room: Dry air can irritate membranes in the nose and throat.

Reposition: Elevating your head four inches may ease breathing and encourage your tongue and jaw to move forward.

Avoid the following substances to reduce snoring:

Research shows that consumption of certain foods and medicines right before bedtime can make snoring worse.

• Large meals
• Dairy products
• Soymilk
• Alcohol
• Sleeping pills and other relaxants
• Antihistamines
• Caffeine

Exercises to stop snoring:

Following exercises can help you to stop snoring. Start slow and gradually increase the number of sets as you can do every day.

• Repeat each vowel (a-e-i-o-u) out loud for three minutes throughout the day.
• Place the tip of your tongue behind your top front teeth. Slide your tongue backwards for 3 minutes a day
• Close your mouth and purse your lips. Hold for 30 seconds.
• Open your mouth, move jaw to the right and hold it for 30 seconds. Repeat on left side
• With mouth open, contract the muscle at the back of your throat repeatedly for 30 seconds.

Medical treatment for snoring:

Consult an ENT doctor when your own efforts are failed. If you are interested to try a dental appliance for snoring, you need to see a dentist.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure: To keep airway open during sleep, a machine blows pressurized air into a mask that you wear over your nose.
Dental appliances, oral devices, and lower jaw-positioners will help to open your airway by bringing your lower jaw or your tongue forward during sleep.

Traditional surgery: Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, Thermal Ablation Palatoplasty, tonsillectomy, and adenoidectomy, increase the size of your airway by surgically removing tissues or correcting abnormalities. Pillar procedure is also an effective surgery in which small plastic implants are inserted into the soft palate.

New developments: Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty and somnoplasty remove parts of the soft palate to reduce snoring using lasers or radiofrequency signals.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Home Remedy-Piles

  1.    Drink radish juice 1/4 cup two times a day it is foremost home remedy for piles.
  2.    Sesame seeds are very helpful in treating piles. Take 15-20 sesame seeds in a glass of water and boil it. Strain and allow it to cool, take this mixture 2-3 times a day at least for a month.
  3.     Buttermilk with rock salt is also very good remedy to reduce constipation in piles.
  4.     Figs are also good for the treatment of piles.Soak figs in water and keep it overnight. Strain the mixture and drink in empty stomach early in the morning. This will prevent constipation and treat piles as well.
  5.     Take onion juice or raw onion soaked in water containing sugar.Onion will stop the blood flow during the passage of stool. This can be taken 2-3 times a day at least for a month.
  6.      Jambu fruit are also used for the treatment of piles. It is one of the best home remedies for hemorrhoids.

Home remedies for BODY ODOUR

  1.    Add rosemary oil in a small quantity of water you can use this mixture to get rid of body odor. Apply      on underarms and thighs.
  2.      Prepare a mixture of few drops of glycerin and radish juice. It acts as a good home remedy for controlling body odor. Apply this mixture on feet, underarms, neck etc.
  3.     Prepare a mixture of white vinegar and alcohol. This is a natural and safe home remedy for controlling body odor and perspiration.
  4.      Turnip juice is most effective in controlling body odor and perspiration.
  5.      Tomato is the best remedy of controlling bad odor. Add 2 cups of tomato juices in bath tub and enjoy a refreshing bath.
  6.      Take 2 tablespoon of baking powder, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and apply this mixture on the sweat prone areas. It is very helpful especially in summers for controlling body odor.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Home Remedies for your teeth

Home remedies for Teeth whitening:
• Strawberry paste is known for its teeth whitening effect. It has enzymes, which makes teeth bright and shiny. Crush some strawberries and make paste out of it, then apply this paste on toothbrush and brush your teeth. But after brushing with strawberry paste, brush your teeth with normal toothpaste. Continuous use of strawberries makes teeth look white and bright.
• Soda bicarbonate is another whitening agent which is known for its bleaching properties. It is easily available in every kitchen; apply it on the toothbrush to remove stains. Prolonged use of soda bicarbonate makes teeth white.
• Lemon is also used for teeth whitening. Rubbing lemon peel on teeth removes stain ,but prolonged used can even makes teeth sensitive because of citric acid.
• Eating apple regularly removes yellow satins from teeth.
Home remedies for tooth ache:
• Ice pack is an excellent remedy for suppressing pain. Pack ice cube in some cotton cloth and then apply on affected tooth, it will take few minutes to calm down.
• Clove has analgesic properties. Apply clove oil or place clove near the affected tooth to reduce pain.
• Oregano has antibiotic properties. Apply oregano oil on the affected tooth to drain abscess. Hence after it will reduce pain.
• Pour few drops of vanilla extract on the tooth, in few minutes pain will reduce.
• Take pinch of turmeric powder and mix it with mustard oil, it acts as excellent remedy for toothache. This paste you can apply twice a week to reduce caries and other teeth problems.

Home remedies for Gum diseases:
• Vitamin C is effective in curing gum disease. Include oranges and Amla in your diet to get rid of Gingivitis. If condition is severe then take vitamin C tablets after the prescription of doctor.
• Gum massage with gum paints or gum oil increase the blood flow and helps in curing gum diseases.
• Warm saline rinses twice a day is effective in removing bacteria present in mouth.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Rectal Abscess

Rectal abscess is a condition where pus will be collected in the recta area .It is mainly caused by a bacterial infection which results in localized collection of pus (abscess).An abscess of the rectum is very uncomfortable, embarrassing, and even painful. With out treatment Rectal abscess can spread through out the body especially in the groin and rectal lumen.


Rectal abscess is mainly caused by the following bacteria.

Escheria coli
Proteus vulgaris
The main cause of rectal abscess is hard and large stool because of constipation and anal sex.


• Anal and rectal pain
• Severe Bleeding
• Blood in the stool, in the toilet, or on the toilet paper.
• Rectal warmth
• Rectal Swelling
• Pain in the anal area or buttocks
• Lower abdominal pain
• Fever
• Night sweats
• Fatigue


Rectal abscess is detectable on physical examination. The external opening of a fistula generally appears as a pink or red, elevated, discharging sinus or ulcer on the skin near the anus. A proctosigmoidoscopy may be performed to exclude associated diseases. Diagnosis includes CT scan, MRI, and or Trans rectal ultra sound.

Certain people are more likely to develop perirectal abscesses with the following medical problems:

• Diabetes problem
• AIDS or HIV infection with low white blood cell counts
• Crohn disease
• Persons on medications that suppress the body’s immune system, such as steroids (prednisone, methylprednisolone), or those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.


Two types of treatment are there and these treatments will be discussed below:

Self care at home:

• Nonprescription pain medicine, such as Tylenol may help control the pain and fever.
• If the abscess opens by itself, there will be a release of pus and possibly some relief of pain and fever.

Medical treatment :

• Rectal abscesses, unfortunately, cannot be treated by a simple course of antibiotics or other medications. Even small abscesses will need the attention of a surgeon immediately. Treatment is possible in an emergency room under local anesthesia, but it is highly preferred to be formally admitted to a hospital and to have the surgery performed in an operating room under general anesthesia.

• Blood tests and several tests may be required to evaluate your progress after treatment.