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How to Take Antibiotics

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

I hate being prescribed antibiotics- they always make me feel worse than my illness. There are ways though that you can take antibiotics that make you feel better sooner and keep your body feeling normal as much as possible.

If they say take them “with or without food”, take them with food. This way, you’re less likely to feel nauseous on them, and if the antibiotics make you throw up or get diarrhea anyway, at least you have a food substance coming out along with your body reaction to antibiotics.

Drink lots and lots of water. Most antibiotics give you dry mouth like none other, and dry your skin out fast. Staying hydrated and moisturized helps battle this annoying side effect and help you feel more comfortable while you’re taking antibiotics.

Ladies, yeast infections are most caused by antibiotics, since antibiotics flush all the bacteria out of our bodies, including the “good” bacteria that keeps our lady parts in check. Battle this irritating side effect by taking Vitamin C while on antibiotics (I take 1500 mg daily). Just be sure to take your Vitamin C 8 hours before taking your antibiotic or 4 hours after wards, as your vitamin may decrease the effects of your antibiotic otherwise. Also, drink plenty of cranberry juice, water, and lemon juice (I mix lemon juice with cranberry juice) to help flush out bacteria and keep yeast infections at bay. Continue taking these measures against yeast infections a week after you stop antibiotics, as your antibiotic takes about a week (sometimes more) to completely leave your system.

Also ladies- antibiotics can also decrease the effectiveness of your birth control (sometimes depleting your birth control by up to 80%), so use backup birth control while on antibiotics and up to a week after (again, antibiotics tend to stay in the system for a week after ending use), to make sure that you are not opening yourself up to pregnancy.

Quit smoking while on antibiotics if you can. Particularly if you are on antibiotics for a lung or bronchial infection, as your smoking will help the illness take longer to heal, and make the antibiotics have to work harder to do their job. Limit caffeine intake as well, as some antibiotics can raise the heart rate and leave you feeling anxious anyhow. You don’t need to make your antibiotic’s side effects even worse.

If you can, take your antibiotic at night. This way, if it makes you sick like none other, you don’t have the whole day to worry about getting through. When I’m on antibiotics (right now, I’m on Avelox, which is a beast), I take them at 7 PM, so they have about 2 hours to make me puke and feel like I’m going to pass out. It helps when your bedtime is right around the corner when your antibiotics make you feel like you’re having a bad trip. Also, try to take them the same time every day, and if you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can, unless it’s almost time for your next dose. In that case, just take your normal dose and DO NOT take 2 pills. Just take the one antibiotic you missed at your next scheduled time. This means you will be on antibiotics one day more.

Just because you’re feeling better, don’t stop taking your antibiotics doses. The Avelox I’m on right now makes my whole body have a heartbeat and like my eyes are going to pop out of my head, but my bronchitis feels so much better. I’m tempted to quit taking Avelox since it makes me feel like I’m going to have a heart attack, but I’ve got to finish the antibiotics or else I’ll never get rid of this damned cough (which I’ve had for 2 months now- this is the second round of antibiotics I’ve been on). If your side effects are so bad you think you are going to die, talk to your doctor before you outright quit taking them. I have heard of a lot of people who had such a negative response to Avelox and its side effects they quit taking it and switched to something else. Let your doctor make that decision for you- you were given a number of doses for a reason. You need to finish your prescription to truly knock out your illness.

Don’t keep the side effects you feel from your doctor; likewise, don’t automatically think the side effects listed on the antibiotic will happen to you. Avelox tends to tear tendons in people’s legs, and I almost didn’t take it. It also causes tingling, itching, rapid heartbeat, anxiety, paranoia, and other neurological side effects- possibly. The antibiotic has to list all the possible side effects, but most of them are rare, or mild, if they occur. If the listed side effects concern you, talk to your doctor about them prior to taking them, and let them ease your mind.

Do not take antibiotics that are not prescribed to you! Too often, people don’t finish doses of their antibiotics, and then pass them along to a friend or family member who is also ill. If the antibiotics were not prescribed to you, they weren’t meant for you. I once took a Hydrocodone for my wisdom teeth that my brother gave me from when he had strep throat, and the pill made me pass out at work. My boss had to drive me home. No bueno. Don’t ever take advantage of someone else’s unused prescription of anything.

Above all, have faith that your antibiotic will work. I feel like a slug, my heart is beating so hard I can feel it in my fingertips and toes, I can hardly swallow for the dry mouth, and my head hurts like the world’s ultimate hangover. I’d rather just be coughing up a lung, but in order to get better, I have to continue taking my demon antibiotics and trust that they will make me better. 2 more days to go…

sources:
webmd.com
personal experience and use
my doctor who prescribed me both Azithromycin and Avelox- 5 day doses of each

How to Get Rid of Heartburn for Good

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Heartburn can range from being just an occasional nuisance to being an excruciating condition. For anyone who’s never had it, or is looking for a description of heartburn, it feels like a burning sensation in the bottom of your throat or in your chest. If you have chronic acid reflux, it can definitely be more difficult to enjoy life, especially in the evenings. With these tips, you will be able to prevent heartburn and get back to your life and all of the activities you love to do.

Quit Smoking

While smoking is a bad habit for anyone and causes many more serious health problems, it also contributes to an increased likelihood of heartburn. This is because the nicotine in cigarettes relaxes the opening to the esophagus and allows stomach acid to enter the esophagus.

Lose Weight

A diet is another tool that you can use to prevent heartburn which will have many other positive benefits as well. Extra body weight, particularly around the waist, puts pressure on the stomach and forces the acid to rise. Any pounds that can be lost will help relieve this pressure. If you’re overweight, make this lifestyle change in order to help reduce your acid reflux.

Avoid Trigger Foods

If you have frequent heartburn, you may notice that it is due to a certain type of food you are eating. There are many foods which cause acid reflux, some of them being: chocolate, spicy foods, tomato products, fatty foods, onions, citruses, mints and peppermints. Drinks which cause heartburn include: coffee (decaffeinated and caffeinated), carbonated beverages (the bloating puts pressure on the stomach), and alcohol. Instead, drink water, milk, or non-citrus juices with your meals.

No Alcohol

This was already mentioned in the previous section, but it’s important to reiterate that alcohol can nosedive any plan you have for getting rid of your heartburn. Some alcoholic drinks are worse than others, my rule is that if it burns my throat when it goes down, it’s going to burn later, too. For instance, Hypnotiq is instant heartburn in a bottle. Light beers are good because they don’t cause all of the bloating that regular beers do.

Don’t Eat Late at Night

Eating right before bed or before lying down can possibly trigger heartburn. This is because your stomach is already churning and trying to digest the food. Lying down makes it easier for stomach acid to reach the bottom of your esophagus.

Fluff up Your Pillows

In addition to the previous tip, you might want to elevate your head when you are sleeping because that will make it more difficult for the acid to reach your esophagus.

Avoid Certain Medications

There will be some times that you might decide to live with heartburn. For example, if you have to choose between heartburn and a headache. Aspirin and ibuprofen can both potentially cause acid reflux. There are other additional medications that cause it, too, like certain blood pressure medications. Ask your doctor if you can switch to one that doesn’t have that side effect, but never stop taking prescribed medications without consulting your doctor.

Wear Loose Clothes

Trying to fit into your skinny jeans? Don’t. Squeezing your stomach and waist with tight clothes and belts will cause unnecessary pressure to build up in your stomach, and by now you know what that means. Pass the Pepcid.

Eat Small Meals

It’s pretty obvious that smaller meals are going to cause less heartburn, but try explaining that to yourself when you sit down at an all-you-can-eat buffet. We all love to indulge, but heartburn sufferers have to look out. Try your best to not overeat and if you do, definitely make sure you’re not eating any of your trigger foods.

“Oops, I forgot my pill”

If you take medication for your heartburn, try to take it at the same time every day. This will keep your system in balance and you will be able to fight off heartburn before it even starts. Most of these types of daily medications don’t have much of an effect after the pain of heartburn has already set in, they have to be taken before.

Record Keep

How are you going to know which foods trigger your heartburn? How are you going to know if your medication gave you heartburn? Maybe you want to know which type of alcoholic drinks you can have without burping up fire the next day. If you keep track of all of these things, you will have a clear view of what to avoid and be able to make a clear plan to fight heartburn.

With these tips, you will be able to win the battle against heartburn. Happy fighting!

5 Ways to Prevent Phlebitis

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Phlebitis occurs when a blood clot forms in some part of your body, usually your leg. This blood clot causes inflammation in one or several of the veins in the affected area, resulting in swelling, redness, tenderness, and pain.

For many people, the thought of having a blood clot in any part of their body. And, after the horror stories many of us have heard, it’s no surprise.

But phlebitis isn’t usually cause for alarm. In fact, for superficial phlebitis, doctors often recommend their patients try different home remedies to clear up the condition.

However, phlebitis can cause pain and discomfort. And the more severe form of phlebitis, known as deep vein thrombosis (or DVT) can indeed pose a serious health risk.

The best way to deal with the pain, discomfort, and potential health risks of phlebitis is to take a few simple steps to help prevent yourself from developing the condition.

Beware Long Periods of Inactivity

Long periods of inactivity can lead to phlebitis. This can include sitting in a car or a plane during long trips, or being bed ridden during an illness or injury.

During long trips, do something every thirty to sixty minutes to keep your blood flowing. This could mean taking getting out of your seat and walking down the aisle of the plane, or pulling over the car and moving around for a few seconds by the side of the road.

If getting out of your seat isn’t an option, you should do something to move your legs. Bounce your legs, flex your ankles, or even just swing your legs back and forth. This will not only help prevent phlebitis, it will also help keep your ankles from swelling.

Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise will help improve your circulation, which will help to prevent phlebitis.

Quit Smoking

Smokers are at greater risk for developing phlebitis. And, if you’ve already suffered from this condition, smoking increases your risk of phlebitis reoccurring.

Don’t Wear Tight Clothes

Wearing tight clothes, especially clothes that are tight around the waist, interferes with proper circulation, and increases your risk of developing phlebitis.

Elevate Your Legs

If you are confined to bed due to an illness or injury, you are at risk of developing phlebitis. If possible, elevate your feet so that they are at least six inches above your heart to help increase blood circulation. There are also exercises you can do while lying down. Ask your doctor for some suggestions.

In most cases, phlebitis is a condition that can be easily dealt with. However, by taking a few simple steps, you can decrease your chances of developing phlebitis in the first place.

5 Tips for the Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Once most people hit middle age they begin to have thoughts and fears about getting Alzheimer’s disease, or dementia. This is especially true if you have had a loved one who has suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. While there is no way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia 100% of the time, the more that we learn about Alzheimer’s disease, the more we see that there are a great many lifestyle choices that may help prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s. The wonderful news is that these lifestyle choices are totally in your control and if you are currently making poor choices, now is the time to make some serious changes that will serve you well for years to comes.

Quit Smoking

It has been determined that if you smoke and you are over the age of 65, you increase your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 79%! That is a huge amount and is it completely your choice to continue, or quit smoking. No matter your age, quitting smoking is a smart choice that may not only save your memory but may save your life. Make the choice now to quit smoking.

Lose Weight

People who are obese, and that is about one third of Americans, are three and a half times more likely to get Alzheimer’s disease. Losing weight may significantly lower your risk of developing dementia, as well as heart disease, and diabetes. People with diabetes are twice as apt to develop Alzheimer’s disease so if you are obese and have type 2 diabetes, it is essential that you lose weight if you want to live a long life, full of sweet memories.

A diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and fish is recommended to promote brain health, as is taking an omega 3 supplement. Learn good eating habits and portion control and add those into the mix with the healthful foods. While you lose weight you will also lower your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and high cholesterol, all of which also raise your risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Exercise

While you are eating more healthfully and losing weight you will want to add a moderate exercise program to your anti-Alzheimer’s regimen. Take a brisk 30 minute walk five times a week. Do stretching exercises daily and begin a strength building routine. The more you exercise, the more oxygen filled blood you are sending to your brain, which will help keep it healthy in turn. Find creative ways to get yourself moving more each day such as taking the stairs, parking as far away from the store or office as possible, and getting a dog that you MUST walk daily. Like Nike says, “Just do it.”

Get a Good Nights Sleep

Set a reasonable bedtime and stick to it. I know that this is easier said that done in a world where it seems like there are not enough hours in a day. Eight to ten hours of uninterrupted sleep a night is optimum for Alzheimer’s prevention. So, learn about sleep hygiene, such as staying away from the TV and computer for 2 hours before bedtime, develop a bedtime ritual, and get a DVR so you can watch Conan tomorrow at an earlier hour. No more burning the midnight oil, because if you keep it up you might not be able to remember what was so important that sleep didn’t matter.

Tease Your Brain

They say that you should learn something new every day and they are right, whoever they are. Keeping your mind active keeps it from getting lazy and keeps your memory sharp. All of these things help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. So, do crossword puzzles, learn the capitals of the all the countries in the world, memorize Bible verses and play word games. Become a Jeopardy home champion. Not only will you have more to talk about and be less prone to boredom, you will be keeping your mind sharp as a tack so that when you have grandkids, you will remember every single embarrassing story that there is to tell them about their Mom or Dad. Making a few important lifestyle changes is worth that, in and of itself, isn’t it?

Why You Should Avoid Red Meat

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Back in the year 2001, I decided to become a staunch Seventh – day Adventist believer, and after relaxing my spirituality, I have come to discover that the lifestyle I adopted has increased my strength and vigor in daily performance of personal and corporate duties. Alertness duration, ease of conception, muscle’s ability to strain on heavy load, and general good health, measured against the period that I was a slug, lazy boy, has, according to me, been influenced by the positive change of lifestyle.

Adventists have an organized teaching on health that focus on the four facets of human life and this is spiritual, mental, physical and social. On physical, emphasis are on eight sure ways that a man can be spiritually fit without taking in a lot of diet prescription and dos and donts found in most of the health guidance we come across from other spheres of life. The eight sure steps to health and happiness are given as Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunlight, Temperance, Air, Rest, and Trust in Divine Power whose acronym is NEW START.

On nutrition, the importance of consuming a lot of vegetables and fruits is emphasized with warning against consumption of meat and meat products. Special emphasis is laid on the advantages of abstaining totally from red meat.

Causes of tumor and cancer cells have been greatly attributed to the presence of such cells in the red meat that we consume. Though it has been found that meat protein is good for you health because meat provide you with the eight essential amino acids, it has been shown by scientific studies and research that those who consume a lot of red meat are more likely to contract cancer than those who major their diet on vegetables and fruits. Other research areas on functional foods have considered that more than 98% of foods considered functional foods are from the plant kingdom.

Reasons why red meat is not healthy for humans is due to the fact that a lot of meat sold in the market are not ‘natural’ meat but meat that come from ranches kept under ‘artificial’ conditioning for good muscles. Feeding and chemical treatment given to the animals meant for slaughter makes the animals grow big, fat and huge within a very short time, with the chemicals (hormones, antibiotics, and enzymes) depositing on the muscles and get their way to the human body. These chemicals react with the human body physiological functions in many ways some of which are yet to be fully understood and appreciated.

Even if red meat is consumed from a domesticated animal through the traditional way, there is risk of zoonotic disease transmission due to improper care and animal husbandry. A lot of dieses are shared between the animals and man, and since the proper level of hygiene to totally isolate these ailments from the tissues of the animal by chemical or/and heat treatment would sometimes mean denaturisation the animal protein, it would be prudent just to forgo consumption of red meat (or even all kinds of meat if so considered) for the advantage of your own well being.

Recent studies have also shown that overcooking of meat (if you might just want to overcook it in order to get rid of all kinds of diseases associated with improper cooked meat) would also be a major cause of cancer. And even to under do the cooking poses your health to risk of acquiring the cancer you would want to avoid by overcooking.

And finally, some logical reasoning; if we did not tend thousands and thousands of slaughter animals, especially those that feed on a lot of green vegetables, and cultivate just enough greens for human consumption, we would save a lot in resources and everyone would get sufficient food since one animal consumes quantity of greens that could feed over 10 people. Don’t you think that being a vegetarian could reduce the rate of global warming?