Embarrassing Health Conditions, what to do Part 2.

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Headache

Before you think about how you are going to treat your headache, ask yourself, what headache do I have.

  • Circulatory Headaches (Coffee withdrawal)
  • Tension Headaches (Muscle tension)
  • Hypoglycemic Headaches (Low blood sugar)
  • Sinus Headaches (Common cold)

In terms of treatment consider the following!

  • Drink plenty of water if you are dehydrated.
  • Eat complex carbohydrates such as sprouted whole grains and nuts to balance blood sugar.
  • Use peppermint essential oil and apply it topically on the location of pain and watch the ache dissipate.
  • Eat foods rich in Magnesium (Swiss Chard, Spinach, Pumpkin Seeds), this mineral dilates your blood vessels and relaxes muscles.
  • Never underestimate the power of a good stretch and magic of a massage!

Urinary Tract Infection

A UTI is a significant bacterial presence in the urinary tract in the presence of symptoms such as urinary urgency, frequency, and burning urination, If not treated swiftly, it may progress up the urinary tract and affect the kidneys; signs and symptoms include fever and back pain.

  • Drink lots of water, you have to flush the bacteria out of the urinary tract.
  • Stay away from sugars! It lowers immune function and decreases resistance against infection.
  • Cranberry juice has been used for many years to prevent and treat UTI. The compounds prevent the bacteria from binding onto the walls of the urinary tract so it becomes easier to flush them out. It also increases the acidity of your urine which inhibits the growth of certain bacteria.
  • Vitamin C enhances immune function so take some!
  • Consider a probiotic to bolster your immune system especially if you are apt to taking antibiotics.

Cramps

A common by product of PMS, which results in pelvic or back, pain during menstruation and is often associated with headache, nausea, acne and other symptoms.

  • Food allergies contribute to menstrual cramps due to the release of histamine.
  • Magnesium helps relieves spams, such as cramps.
  • Ginger can be used as an anti-inflammatory and has shown efficacy in studies.
  • Increase of essential fatty acids (pumpkin, sesame, flax, sunflower seeds)
  • Have you ever heard of seed cycling, if not, check this out.

Menstrual cycles are governed by a group of hormones which ebb and flow at different times during the cycle.  Subtle manipulations of diet, and choosing different food groups at different times of the month can assist the body in achieving a natural and more harmonious cycle.

Between the onset of menses and ovulation (Days 1-14)

  • focus on foods with Omega 3 fatty acids such as cold water fish (salmon, sardines, anchovies, mackerel, etc.)
  •  include 1 Tbsp each of flax seeds (ground) and pumpkin seeds per day
  • avoid foods high in Omega 6 fatty acids such as vegetable oils and most baked goods

Between ovulation and the onset of menses (Days 15-28)

  • focus on foods with a higher Omega 6 fatty acid content whole grains, wild/organic meat and poultry
  • include 1 Tbsp each of sesame seeds and sunflower seeds each day (smoothies, salads, raw trail mix
  • avoid foods high in Omega 3 fatty such as most fish, flax seed oil and hemp seeds.

Cold Sores

Cold sores are an infection of the skin caused by one of two herpes simplex viruses. The virus travels along nerves towards the lips which leads to itchy, painful, burning cluster of vesicles. This commonly takes place after the body has been stressed which include excessive sun exposure, skin abrasion, fever, fatigue, menstruation and/or a lack of sleep. It predominantly takes place when you have a low immune system.

  • Stay away from the sugar as it lowers your immune system.
  • Increase your intake of Vitamin C and Zinc (Pumpkin Seeds)
  • The proteins made by the virus contain the amino acid arginine, which another amino acid called lysine breaks down. Foods rich in Lysine are dairy which is tough to get around so a supplement is a great choice. Otherwise avoid Arginine rich foods such as nuts, seeds and chocolate!
  • The best value for the prevention of herpes simplex infections is increasing your intake of lysine instead of arginine.