Sunday, July 31, 2016

8 Alternative Medicine to Lower Bad Cholesterol & Fats

8 Alternative Medicine to Lower Bad Cholesterol & Fats

By: Arlene Gentallan

8 Alternative Medicine to Lower Bad Cholesterol & Fats
Tuna, orange, & honey can lower your cholesterol
8 Alternative Medicine to Lower Bad Cholesterol & Fats

        There are alternative natural ways to reduce your "bad" cholesterol level aside from taking "statins"? High "bad" cholesterol in the form of low density lipoprotein (LDL)  can pose threat to your health.

        I'll share with you the best herbs proven to lower your cholesterol level. But first, how about an introduction about cholesterol.

"Good" and "Bad" cholesterol explained

        Cholesterol don't dissolve in blood so they need lipoproteins to serve as a vehicle to be able to transport them to various areas of the body.

        High-density lipoproteins (HDL) is known as the "good cholesterol", while low-density lipoproteins (LDL) is known as the "bad" cholesterol. The reason behind this is LDL contributes to atherosclerosis which is build-up of hard plaque in the inner wall of blood vessels leading to it's narrowing and poor blood circulation. On the other hand, HDL collects cholesterol from different areas of the body then transports them back to the liver.

What is cholesterol?

        Cholesterol is lipid (which means it's insoluble in water but soluble in alcohol) that is fat substance. It is soft, white, odorless, and waxy.

        Cholesterol is manufactured inside the body but can also be obtained from animal sources. Cholesterol is found in all cells of the body. They serve essential function for our survival but everything else, having to much is not good.

Did you know that cholesterol is different from fat? Here's 5 main difference between cholesterol and fat.

Cholesterol's Function

        Cholesterol isn't completely bad. Did you know that cholesterol is found in every cell of the human body? Phospholipids comprises cell's plasma  membrane which serves as a protective membrane. It serves a crucial role to our survival. Cholesterol is essential to make hormones (estrogen and testosterone), Vitamin D, bile (which digest foods we eat.)

Why is high cholesterol dangerous?

        Having a high "bad" cholesterol such as LDH (low-density lipoproteins and triglycerides) puts you at grave risk. It can lead to gallstone formation,  plaque build-up in the arterial walls (atherosclerosis) leading to it's narrowing and insufficient blood circulation that's a culprit of extremity pain, nape pain, headache, chest pain (angina). If left untreated may occlude heart or brain circulation which may lead to fatal heart attack or stroke.

        If you suffering from other chronic disease like hypertension and diabetes, your risk of developing complication gets higher.

Natural Home Remedies

        Hypercholesterolemia or high cholesterol level may be caused by several factors like over indulgence of fatty foods and sedentary lifestyle. It may also be an inevitable consequence of genetics (inherited.)

1. Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

        Coriander, also known as Chinese parsley is a traditional remedy to lower both cholesterol and bood sugar. Research have shown that intake of coriander decreases total cholesterol, LDL (bad cholesterol), while increasing HDL (good cholesterol.)

        All part of coriander plant can be eaten although the most popularly used parts are it's leaves and seeds in culinary. Consumption of coriander leaves has also been shown to prevent platelet aggregation.

2. Onion & Garlic

        Traditional kitchen companion onions and garlic also works as an alternative medicine to lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels. They can be use as an alternative medicine for hyperlipedemia and diabetes. Also, research has shown that onion and garlic are effective home remedies to reduce gallbladder stone. To maximize their potential, it is best to consume them raw.

3. Lemon, Orange, and Tangerine

        Citrus peel have been studies as an alternative medicine to reduce blood and liver cholesterol levels without the side effects of conventional medicines. "Polymethoxylated flavones (PMF)" has been identified as the primary component responsible for lowering LDL (low-density lipoprotein) "bad" cholesterol.

4. Green Tea

        Researches have been made to understand the efficacy of green tea as a home remedy to reduce cholesterol level. Studies have shown that it significantly reduces LDL "bad" cholesterol but has no significant effect in raising HDL "good" cholesterol and triglycerides. Green tea is a powerful antioxidant that has many health benefits.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

        Apple cider vinegar is made from fermented apples. It is rich in acetic acid which lowers total cholesterol and triacylglycerol levels. Apple cider vinegar also has beneficial effect to those with diabetes along with other health benefits. Before buying, read the label to ensure that it contains "the mother" which are protein strands packed with nutrients.

6. Oats and Barley

        Oat β-glucan, the soluble fiber content of oats and barley has been shown to decrease total cholesterol and LDL levels. Studies have shown that Oats and Barley have no significant effect in raising HDL and lowering triglycerides.

7. Omega-3 Fatty Acid

        Omega-3 fatty acid reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases. It decreases triglyceride levels and reduces inflammation, however studies have shown no significant effect on LDL and HDL levels. Omega-3 is an essential nutrient the body can not make on it's own so we have to obtain it from our diet.

        The three types of omega-3 fatty acids involved in human physiology are alpha linolenic acid (ALA) which is found in plant sources; eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which are commonly found in animal sources.

Foods rich in omega-3 includes:
  • Fish oil
  • Herring
  • Mackerel
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Tuna
  • Oysters
  • Achovies
  • Flaxseed
  • Chia seed
  • Walnuts
  • Nuts
  • Soybeans

8. Honey

        Honey is healthier than table sugar. Substituting table sugar with honey can lower cholesterol and triglycerides level.

Don't forget exercise!

        Every health fitness initiative is not complete without exercise. Add at least 30 minutes exercise to your daily regimen. It pays a lot to your health.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Interesting Things # 4:

facts about the human body
A fingernail takes 6 months to grow
while a
Toe nail needs 1 year to grow into full length

Inspiring Motivational Quotes # 2:

inspiring motivational quotes
Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.
 -- Farrah Gray

Weight Loss Tips # 4:

weight loss tips quotes
You are too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.

Daily Health Tips # 4:

daily health tips quotes
A fit, healthy body—that is the best fashion statement
 -- Jess C. Scott

5 Main Difference between Cholesterol and Fat

How to differentiate cholesterol and fats?

By: Arlene Gentallan

what is the difference between cholesterol and fats
What is the difference between cholesterol and fats?

        Cholesterol and fats are classified as both lipids. (A lipid is a substance that's insoluble in water but soluble in alcohol.) But that doesn't mean they're the same. At times, it may be difficult to point out the difference between the two. Here are 4 main difference between them:

1. Fat is an energy source

        Fat is one of the 3 macronutrient (the other 2 are carbohydrates and protein) which provides us with calories and energy source. On the other hand, cholesterol is not a macronutrient so it does not provide us with significant energy source.

        However, the fact that we do not obtain significant calorie from cholesterol doesn't mean that it's not dangerous. High cholesterol level is risk for developing cardiovascular disease.

2. "Good" and "Bad" cholesterol vs "Good" and "Bad" Fats

"Good" and "Bad" cholesterol

        Cholesterol don't dissolve in blood so they need lipoproteins to serve as a vehicle to be able to transport these molecules to various areas of the body.

        High-density lipoproteins (HDL) is known as the "good cholesterol", while low-density lipoproteins (LDL) is known as the "bad" cholesterol. The reason behind this is LDL contributes to atherosclerosis which is plaque-build up in the blood vessel. On the other hand, HDL facilitates the transport of cholesterol from different areas of the body into the liver.

"Good" and "Bad" Fats

        "Good fats" includes monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These types of fats lowers "bad cholesterol" which reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases. These are commonly found in plants and fish such as avocados, peanut, cashew, sunflower seeds, walnuts, flaxseeds, canola oil, olive oil, peanut oil, sesame oil, safflower oil, tuna, mackerel, salmon, sardines, and fish oil. These types of fats decreases your risk of developing heart attack and stroke.

        "Bad fats" include saturated fats found which is commonly found in animal sources. These increases your "bad cholesterol." Common sources includeds beef, chicken, pork, lamb, butter, cheese, whole milk, coconut oil, palm oil, and eggs.

        Trans fat is a dangerous kind of fat commonly found in processed foods such as cookies, crackers, pies, cakes, doughnuts, french fries, margarine, pancakes, waffles, junk foods, ice cream, and partialy hydrogenated oils. You should avoid trans fat since it increases risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

3. Difference in the Function of Cholesterol and Fats

Function of Cholesterol in the body

  • Cholesterol is found in all cells of the body. They comprise the cell membrane (outer layer) that provides integrity to the cell.
  • Cholesterol are also form the myelin sheat which provide an insulating layer for electric signals to travel in nerves.
  • Cholesterol is also the major component of bile secreted by the gall bladder to digest foods you eat especially fats.
  • Cholesterol is important for the production of Vitamin D which promotes calcium absorption.

Function of fat in the body

  • Fat serves as a concentrated energy source. While carbohydrate and proteins gives us only 4 calories per gram, fats gives 9 calories per gram! That's more than double!
  • Fats aid in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.
  • Adipose tissue which is stored fat protects underlying structure and provides heat (insulates the body.)

4. Which one can the body make?

        Cholesterol serves a vital role. Although you can get cholesterol from the foods you eat, your liver can actually make all the cholesterol your body needs. On the other hand, the body can also make the fats it needs, but not all. Out body depends on the foods we eat to supply us with 2 important essential fatty acids linolenic and linoleic acid to make omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

5. Fats and cholesterol differ in their structure.

        Fat is composed of one glycerol and three fatty acids. Excess calorie from your diet are converted to triglycerides -- the most abundant fat in the body. Triglycerides are stored in the liver and fat cells "adipocytes" forming adipose tissues, a loose connective tissue found in various areas of the body such as under the skin (subcutaneous fat), around internal organs (visceral fat), yellow bone marrow, etc.

        On the other hand, cholesterol is composed hydrocarbon rings (which is the the signature of steroids) and hydroxyl ring (which is the signature of alcohol.) That makes cholesterol a "sterols "--combination of steroid and alcohol. Cholesterol is the most abundant sterol in the human body. Excess cholesterol is also stored in the liver.

        The chemical formula of cholesterol is C27H45OH.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Weight Loss Tips # 4:

weight loss tips quotes
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference between weight loss success and weight loss failure.
 -- Felicity Luckey

Weight Loss Tips # 3:

weight loss tips quotes
The Ultimate Weight Loss Tip
Turn your head to the right, then to the left...
Repeat the exercise every time you are offered something to eat.

Weight Loss Tips # 2:

weight loss quotes tips
Losing weight is a mind game. Change your mind, change your body.

Atorvastatin protects you from Heart attack and Stroke

Your atorvastatin prescription may save your life.

By: Arlene Gentallan

Why take atorvastatin? It protects your heart and brain.

        If you have high cholesterol level, you may have already been prescribed atorvastatin by your physician. Atorvastatin is a drug that lowers bad cholesterol "triglycerides" and "LDL."

        There's a good reason. Atorvastatin serves protective purpose by decreasing your risk of developing life-threatening diseases such as heart attack, and stroke.

        Medicine always have side effects. You may be tempted to skip these "statin." But research have shown the vital role and tremendous benefits those with high cholesterol level can get from following their atorvastatin medication regimen. A study by Koren, Feldman, and Mendes shows the efficacy of high-dose atorvastatin treatment among older population ages 65 to 78 years.

        Bad cholesterol are nasty. They can accumulate over time in your blood vessel's inner lining. It's hard to remove those that already stuck inside your arteries. Hindering blood flow which causes angina. If unmanaged, bad cholesterol can completely bock the vessel supplying the heart or brain. So it's crucial manage them before they cause trouble.

        Atorvastatin decreases bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol. But that doesn't mean it's okay to eat high-cholesterol foods. You should strictly follow your dietary plan to maximixe health benefits.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Interesting Things # 2:

Daily Health Tips
Take care of your eyes. You need both your eyes to be able to determine how far something is from you

Daily Health Tips # 3:

Daily helth tips
Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live in.

Weight Loss Tips # 1:

Weight loss tips
Do not reward yourself with food. You are not a dog!

Interesting Things # 1:

Interesting facts
Brain is the fattest organ in the human body. It's 60% fat!

Daily Health Tips # 2:

Daily health tips
Patient: The problem is that obesity runs in our family.
Doctor: No, the problem is that no one runs in your family.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Inspiring Motivational Quotes # 1:

Inspirational quotes
Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best.

11 Health Benefits of Avocado

List of Amazing Health Benefits of Avocado

By: Arlene Gentallan

Avocado, also known as "alligator pear" is berry fruit that's becoming a popular health trend diet. Here's why...

1. Good Fat
        Avocado is high in a healthy way. Not all fats are equal. Avocado contains good fats  (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats) which actually lowers bad cholesterol (saturated and trans fat).

Did you know butter and cheese contains saturated fat, while margarine and common processed food contains trans fat? Choose avocado. It's much healthier.

2. Lowers risk of Heart Attack and Stroke
        The mono saturated fat content of avocado lowers "bad" LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, while increasing good cholesterol in your body which in turn lowers your risk of developing heart attack and stroke.

3. Weight loss Diet
       According to USDA, 1 cup (150 g) avocado, contains only 1 g Sugar (fructose, glucose, and galactose). That's too low compared to the 15 g Sugar content of apple of the same amount of serving. It's 240 calorie content is mostly from it's fat content which has remarkable health benefits.

4. Did you know that avocado contains more protein than most fruit?
        A cup of avocado contains about 4 g protein. Compare that to the less than 1 g protein content of orange, apple, and pineapple of the same serving. Protein fights craving and appetite.

5. It's an excellent source of Fiber!
        A great portion of avocado's carbohydrate content is fiber. It has 10 g fiber content which is about 40% of your daily requirement (if you're in 2000 calorie diet). Fiber can help you loose weight too!

6. Rich in Nutrients

A cup of avocado can provide many of your daily recommended nutrient needs.

According to USDA, 1 cup (150g) avocado contains:

  • 240 Calories
  • 10 g Fiber
  • 1g Sugar
  • 15 mg Vitaminc C
  • 3.11 mg Vitamin E
  • 11 mg Sodium
  • 728 mg Potassium
  • 44 mg Magnesium
  • 31.50 mcg Vitamin K
  • 0.28 mg Copper
  • 121.50 mcg Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5)
  • 0.4mg Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) (20% Daily Value for those with 2000 calorie requirements)
  • 121.50 mcg Folate (Vitamin B9)

7. Increase nutrient absorption
        Consuming avocado increases absorption of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K from the diet.

8. Antioxidant
        A cup of avocado provides about 20% of your Vitamin C and Vitamin E requirement (if you're in 2000 calorie diet.) These are essential vitamins to repair your skin, hair, and body.

9. Sharp eye sight
       Avocado contains carotenoids lutein, beta-carotene, and zeaxanthin which are good for the eyes. It's lutein content is generally more abundant compared to other plant sources.

10. Did you know that avocado contains more potassium than banana?
       A cup of avocado contains about 728 mg potassium while the same amount of banana contains about 537 mg potassium. Potassium is important to avoid water retention caused by excess sodium in the body. It also helps lower risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease. This super food from the Persea Americana tree is really good to the heart.

11. Osteoarthritis

        Avocado has shown potential noninvasive relief from pain caused by the bone degenerative disease "osteoarthritis." The vegetable extract avocado and soybean unsaponifiables (ASU) has the amazing effect of aiding cartilage repair and inhibiting it's destruction. It also promotes collagen production.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

11 Quick Tips when putting on Make-up

11 Quick Tips when putting on Make-up

By: Arlene Gentallan

1. Make sure to apply moisturizer on your face before putting on a powder foundation to avoid premature wrinkles.

2. Applying face primer before putting on foundation will make your make-up last longer. Primer serves as base for foundation to smoothen the texture of your skin.

3. Apply moisturizer first before face primer.

4. If you have dry skin, try using liquid foundation.

5. If you have oily skin, you can use powder foundation.

6. Apply foundation before concealer.

Don't put too much foundation. It will flake off.

8. Make sure the color of your face and neck matches!

9. Use eye liner to make your eye appear larger.

10. Use lip liner to make your lips appear bigger.

11. The right Make-up order:

  • Skin treatment
  • Moisturizer
  • Face primer
  • Foundation
  • Concealer

How to catch "date rape drug" with Nail Polish

How to catch "date rape drug" with Nail Polish

By: Arlene Gentallan

        Nowadays, it's hard to know who to trust. Fearing someone slipped "roofies" into your drink? check out this latest breakthrough. It's a nail polish that can detect "date rape drug" on your drinks invented by four college students of North Carolina State University--Ankesh Madan, Stephen Gray, Tasso Von Windheim, and Tyler Confrey-Maloney.

They called the nail polish "Undercover Colors." Simply dip a finger into your drink and you'll know if someone put roofies in it because your nail polish will instantly change color.
Drug rape drugs "club drugs" such as GHB, Rohypnol, and Xanax are tasteless, colorless and odorless so it's nearly impossible to detect. It can be slipped into drinks to aid the criminal in committing heinous crimes like sexual assault. It's effect on the victim includes confusion and loss of consciousness. It's a dangerous drug because the victim may have totally no memory or recollection of what happened.

Undercover Colors is already gaining popularity although it's still in the process of development.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

27 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

27 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

By: Arlene Gentallan

        Apple cider vinegar is as popular as it is useful. It has been around for about 5,000 years. It's made from fermented apple so it has the nutritional and health benefits of the fruit without the calorie. When buying, ensure that it's organic and contains the "mother."

1. Headache

      Add 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and drink it as a kitchen remedy for headache. If you feel your migraine is about to escalate, drink this solution to get pain relief.

2. Hiccups

       Hiccups is a common annoying problem. I'm sure you've experienced it yourself. The next time you have it, just swallow 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to get an instant relief.

3. Sore throat

       Sore throat is a common problem especially when you have cough and colds. Apple cider vinegar has anti-bacterial property which is perfect to relieve your throat's itch and pain. Simply mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. Use the mixture as gargle as needed. You can also add honey to this mixture, which also has antibacterial property.

4. Bad breath

     You can use apple cider vinegar as a home remedy and alternative to mouthwash. Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. You may also add honey and use it as a cost-effective mouthwash to freshen your breath.

5. Whitens teeth

     Your smile brightens your face. Sparkling white teeth makes it perfect. Mix 2 parts of apple cider vinegar with 1 part baking soda, and use it as gargle.

6. Heartburn & Acid-reflux (GERD)

      Apple cider vinegar is an alternative medicine to antacid. It contains enzyme which helps you digest food properly, thus avoiding heartburn and acid relux. Take 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar after meals.

7. Diarrhea

      Whenever you feel the strong urge to go to the bathroom to do the thing, drink 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and it'll work it's wonder to relive your loose bowel movement and stomach cramps. Especially if the cause if bacteria, this preparation will help kill bad bacterias in your tummy.

8. constipation

     Taking apple cider vinegar improves bowel movement, eliminating the agony of constipation.

9. Stomachache & Bloating

      Taking apple cider vinegar improves digestion, as well as relieves stomachache, gas pain and bloating. 1 tablespoon can do the trick.

10. Lowers bad cholesterol

      Studies have shown that the acetic acid content of apple cider vinegar lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglyceride while increasing good cholesterol (HDL).

11. Weight loss

      If you want to fight obesity, take apple cider vinegar. Research shows that apple cider vinegar inhibits the liver to form new fat cells.

12. Craving problem

     What destroys most weight loss and dieting program is cravings. Now, you can fight this problem simply with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. It works as an appetite suppressant.

13. Diabetes

     Want an alternative medicine to lower your blood sugar? Try apple cider vinegar. It has proven hypoglycemic effect. It increases insulin sensivity. Take it before eating to prevent your blood sugar from shooting up. Also take it before bedtime to decrease your fasting blood glucose level.

14. Atherosclerosis

     Apple cider vinegar prevents arterial plaque build-up called "atherosclerosis" which helps prevent life-threatening conditions such as heart attack and stroke.

15. Anti-cancer

     Studies has found that apple cider vinegar inhibits tumor and cancer cells. It also acts as antioxidant.

16. Antioxidant: Detoxifies your liver and kidneys

      Consuming apple cider vinegar protects your liver and kidneys from oxidative damage. It also increases certain level of nutrients in the body.

17. High blood pressure

      Studies have shown that apple cider vinegar lowers high blood pressure. It has beneficial effect to the cardiovascular system like preventing plaque build-up within blood vessels.

18. Varicose 

        A research shows that topical application of apple cider vinegar significantly reduces varicose cramps and pain.

19. Acne & Make-up remover

       Did you know that you can use apple cider vinegar as a healthy natural substitute of  facial toner. Apple cider vinegar balances the natural pH of your face to prevent colonization of acne-causing germs. Plus you can also use it to remove make-up!       To make a toner using apple cider vinegar, combine one part of it, and 2 parts water. Store it in a jar. Dip a cotton ball and apply it on your face in a circular motion

20. Exfoliant & Dark spot remover

        Apple cider vinegar lightens dark spots and acts as an exfoliant that gets rid of dead skin cells. Combine one part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water. Dub it into your skin using a cotton balls.

21. Wound disinfectant

      Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial property. It has been used since the ancient times to treat wounds of soldiers. Vinegar is an effective alternative medicine to prescription antibiotics.

22. Bug bites

        Apply apple cider vinegar directly into a mosquito / bug bite to relieve the itch and pain.

23. Sunburn

       Relieve the sting of sunburn by directly applying apple cider vinegar into the sunburned area. You can use a washcloth or spray bottle to do the trick. You can also add apple cider vinegar to your bath water for it's soothing property.

24. Bruise

      Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory property. Apply directly onto the bruised area to relive the pain. It will also help fade the bruise.

25. Anti-dandruff

       Dandruff is embarrassing. It's itchy, it's flaking! Combine equal part water and apple cider vinegar and store it in a bottle. Spray into your hair after taking a bath. Allow it to stay on your scalp for 15 minutes before rinsing it off. Do this once or twice a week.        You can also use this same preparation to get rid of your pet's fleas!

26. Foot deodorizer

       The acidity of apple cider vinegar terminates fungus and makes it hard for them to grow. Simple apply it with a washcloth or spray it directly into your soles and in between your toes.

27. Wart remover

       Place a piece of cotton ball soaked in apple cider vinegar directly on the wart and secure it with a band-aid or bandage. Let it say overnight. Repeat it until the wart is remove.

Apple cider vinegar has multi-purpose usage. It's other uses includes:


       It adds flavor, giving a sour twist to salads. It can also be use as a sauce for barbecues.

Home Cleaner and Disinfectant

       You can mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water and use it to clean your kitchen and bathroom. It kills disease causing microbe without the artificial chemical content of modern house cleaners.

Removes cloth stains

       Soak your dirty clothes in a mixture of equal parts apple cider vinegar and water for a few minutes to get rid of those hard-to-get stains.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

How long should I take antibiotic?

How long should I take antibiotic?

By: Arlene Gentallan

        Chances are, you too may have already been prescribed an antibiotic. Have you ever wonder if it's okay to stop taking antibiotic once your symptoms are gone?

What is an antibiotic?

       Antibiotic is a kind of drug that kills or inhibits the growth of bacteria. It is use to treat bacterial infections. It can save many lives if use appropriately.

Should you stop taking antibiotic if you're already feeling better?

        The answer is no, it's important to continue taking the prescribed antibiotic at the full course of the treatment.  Most antibiotics are prescribed for a period of 7 to 10 days.

        Taking antibiotic for a few days may already relieve your symptoms, but not completing the full course of the antibiotic treatment can be dangerous because it will lead to the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria which are hard to kill.

        During the first few days, those bacteria that are weak are first to be killed. Tougher bacteria persist. Taking the prescribe antibiotic throughout the recommended period will ensure even those tougher bacteria gets eliminated. Remaining bacteria will undergo changes in their structure / dna enabling them to resist the antibiotic. This ability is then passed on to their offspring.

How long should I take antibiotic?

Conventional antibiotic therapy is 7 to 10 days. Your doctor will determine how long you should take an antibiotic. Do not self medicate.

Not taking antibiotic at the full course of the treatment has led to the emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

10 Home Remedies for UTI

10 Home Remedies for UTI

By: Arlene Gentallan

        Urinary tract infection can be a recurring issue for women. Women are more prone than men to develop UTI because of their short urethras. E. coli (Escherichia coli), which are natural inhabitants of out gut (colon), are the most common cause of UTI. Because the anus and urethra are near each other, it's easier to get infection.

What is UTI (Urinary tract infection)?

        Urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of the urinary tract. The urinary tract includes the urethra, urinary bladder, ureters, and kidneys. In UTI, bacteria enters the urethra into the urinary bladder where they grow in number, causing infection.

If untreated, infection can go up through the ureter into the kidneys.

    "Cystitis" Urinary bladder infection 
    "Urethritis" Urethral infection 
    "Pyelonephritis" Kidney infection 

Classic Signs & Symptoms of UTI

  • Strong frequent urge to go to the bathroom to urinate
  • Scanty urine output
  • Pain when you urinate
  • Back pain
  • Cloudy urine
  • Blood tinged or dark color urine
  • Fever

E. coli (Escherichia coli) don't generally prefer alkaline environment. They can thrive in acidic environment.

        What is the best home remedy for UTI? Here are some of the popular alternative medicine you can take when you have uti. You can also take these to prevent recurrence of your uti. Choose among them and see which works best for you.

1. Garlic

        Garlic contains allicin and other sulfur compounds which has antimicrobial property. Garlic is a powerful antibiotic. Studies has shown it effective even against multi-drug resistant bacterial. You can consume 3-4 cloves of garlic per day.

        Do take note that allicin is destroyed by heat so it's best to take garlic raw and crushed. Mix it with honey so you can bare the taste.

Note: Garlic alkalizes urine.

2. Green Tea

        Green tea, one of the best form of antioxidant, used for various health issues is shown to be an effective home remedy for UTI. In a study by Wanda Reygaert and Ilir Jusufi, they've found out that Green tea has antimicrobial property against E. coli, the bacterial that commonly cause urinary tract infection. They concluded that:
"The results of this study have shown that green tea can have an antimicrobial effect on E. coli bacteria that cause UTIs. This is the first time that green tea has been reported to have this kind of effect"
Note: Green tea alkalizes urine.

3. Ginger 

        Ginger has potent antibacterial property which works as an effective natural home remedy for UTI.  Ginger kills E. coli. It also relieves inflammation, lowers blood sugar and thins the blood. Daily consumption for adults should not exceed 4-5 grams.

Note: Ginger alkalizes urine.

4. Peppermint

        Peppermint contains "menthol" and "menthone" which has potent antibacterial activity. It can also ease the pain Recommended intake of peppermint tea is around 3 cups per day.

Note: Peppermint alkalizes urine.

5. Lots of Water

        Water is an indispensable home remedy for UTI because it aids in flushing bacteria and cleaning your urinary tract. Make it a habit to drink at least 11 cups or 2.7 liters for adult women and 15 cups or 3.7 liters for adult men.

6. Coconut Water

        Drinking coconut water, as opposed to plain water alone, can help rehydrate you because it contains electrolyte and minerals (sodium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium) which helps replenish those lost from fluid therapy. Coconut water is also a natural diuretic.

Note: Coconut water makes your urine alkaline.

7. Hot compress

        You can place a hot compress over your pelvic area as an alternative medicine to relieve the pain caused by UTI. You may also find a hot shower relaxing, but don't soak yourself on the bathtub since it's a potential source of bacteria.

8. Baking Soda

        Baking soda ease pain of UTI by making urine alkaline. Mix 1 teaspoon baking soda with a 1 cup or 8 oz. water, then drink it once in a day. Take it on an empty stomach. Be sure not to take too much or it can lead to metabolic alkalosis.

Note: Baking soda makes your urine alkaline.

9. Cranberry juice

        Cranberry juice is a popular home remedy for UTI. It has a component preventing bacteria from attaching to the urinary tract wall. These aids in flushing the bacteria easier. It also makes urine acidic. There's no agreed recommendation as to how much of it's juice you have to drink. Studies shows that drinking 8 oz. juice a day can prevent recurrence of UTI.

        Cranberry does not have antibacterial activity, but aids in helping flush out bacteria from the urinary tract. Be careful though, cranberry juice is effective as a home remedy for uti but it is not recommended if you have kidney stone because cranberry contains oxalate which can aggravate your kidney stone.

Note: Cranberry makes your urine acidic.

10. Vitamin C

        Studies have shown that Vitamin C has can kill bacteria. It also boost your immune system. Getting your daily requirement of Vitamin C from natural sources such as fruits and vegetable may help reduce your chances of acquiring UTI.

Note: Vitamin C makes your urine acidic.

Healthy Habits to avoid UTI

  1. Drinks lots of water.
  2. Avoid bladder irritants such as chocolate, caffeine citrus, and carbonated drinks such as soft drinks.
  3. Use cotton based underwear.
  4. Don't fight the urge to urinate.
  5. After urinating, wipe from front to back
  6. Avoid soaking in the bath tub; shower instead.
  7. Urinate after intercourse to flush out bacteria that may have entered the urethra.