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Drug Taking

Trap #1: Failing to double-check your prescription. Though drug-dispensing mistakes are rare, they do occur, on the part of both doctors and pharmacists. 
Trap #2: Being unaware of a drug's side effects. Take the initiative to ask about side effects for any newly prescribed medication. 
Trap #3: Taking one drug that interacts with another. Having all your prescriptions filled at the same pharmacy will make the best use of sophisticated drug-dispensing software that checks for drug interactions. 
Trap #4: Combining certain prescription and nonprescription drugs. Schedule a "brown bag" session with your doctor or pharmacist. Put all the medications you take in one bag and have the contents reviewed. 
Trap #5: Storing drugs incorrectly. Most people are aware that heat and humidity degrade drugs. Yet most of us continue to store medications in the bathroom, the hottest and most humid room in the house. 
Trap #6: Failing to have the dosage adjusted after a major change in body weight. If you lose or gain more than ten percent of your body weight, alert your doctor, so that your medication is adjusted accordingly. 
Trap #7: Using prescription drugs without medical supervision. It's best to discard pills left over from completed courses of medication. 
Trap #8: Disobeying the doctor's orders. If you have doubts about your doctor's diagnosis, seek a second or even third opinion. But don't attempt to diagnose yourself when you are not qualified. 


Training Your Bladder

Treatment choices for urinary incontinence range from lifestyle changes to surgery.Your treatment will depend on the
underlying problems causing the incontinence. But keep in mind that no treatment works perfectly, and you may
have to try more than one approach before you find the one that best suits your needs.Treatments may be different for men and women. Because there are a variety of options, your preferences are important in developing a plan.

You might be teaching your bladder some bad habits—habits that can gradually result in incontinence or frequent bathroom breaks. For example, if you routinely urinate before your bladder is full, it learns to signal the need to go when less volume is present. That can set up a vicious cycle, as you respond to the new urges and teach your bladder to cry “run” when less and less urine is present. Luckily, old bladders can learn new tricks.

Bladder training, a program of urinating on schedule, enables you to gradually increase the amount of urine you can comfortably hold. Bladder training is a mainstay of treatment for urinary frequency and overactive bladder in both women and men, alone or in conjunction with medications or other techniques. It can also help prevent or lessen symptoms of
overactive bladder that may emerge after surgery for stress incontinence.

Step-by-step bladder-training technique
Keep track.
For a day or two, keep track of the times you urinate or leak urine during the day. Calculate. On average, how many hours do you wait between urinations during the day?
Choose an interval.
Based on your typical interval between urinations, select a starting interval for training that is 15
minutes longer. If your typical interval is one hour, make your starting interval one hour and 15 minutes.
Hold back.
When you start training, empty your bladder first thing in the morning and not again until the interval
you’ve set. If the time arrives before you feel the urge, go anyway. If the urge hits first, remind yourself that your bladder
isn’t really full, and use whatever techniques you can to delay going. Try the pelvic floor exercises sometimes called
Kegels, or simply try to wait another five minutes before walking slowly to the bathroom.
Increase your interval.
Once you are comfortable with your set interval, increase it by 15 minutes. Over several
weeks or months, you may find you are able to wait much longer and that you experience far fewer feelings of urgency
or episodes of urge incontinence.
Keeping a bladder diary
Complete the information for two consecutive 24-hour periods. Record both day and night. Begin with first urination upon arising.Record intake amount in ounces and type of fluid (for example, coffee, juice, water, etc.). Record approximate urine output and time of urination
 


YOUR pH IS IS THE INDICATOR OF YOUR HEALTH

BY SHERRY BRESCIA

I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that you probably have some important questions about your health, especially
if you're dealing with some health problems: illnesses, aches or have low energy levels.
I believe this because thousands of people from around the world ask me questions every week about their particular
health challenges.
Some are pretty straight-forward. What's the best oil to use in cooking? Can eating certain foods help my acid reflux?
Others are more complex. Could my headaches and stomach problems be related? How do Omega-3 essential fatty acids
help with high blood pressure?
And still others.

But one question that pops up again and again is:
“What's the number one thing I should focus on in order to have good health?”

· It's not your weight.
· Your BMI? Nope
· No--it's not your cholesterol.
· Or your triglycerides.
· It's not even your blood pressure!

This one “number” is THE most telling indicator about your state of health and is arguably the most important number to pay attention to if you want a life free of pain, inflammation and disease.
It's your pH
Here is why...

Alkaline pH: Why in the world?
In a flashback to high school chemistry, remember that the pH scale goes from 0 to 14. 0 is pure acid, 7 is neutral, and
14 is pure alkaline.
You came into this world with an alkaline pH. It's how your body was designed and how you're meant to stay.
Without exception, ALL of your organs, tissues, bones and joints work best when your blood pH is slightly alkaline (around 7.365).
If your pH is even just a little too acidic, that's when your body can begin to literally break down. Aches and pains begin to creep up. Tumors (including cancer) can flourish. Diseases can rear their ugly heads.

Although a number of factors can contribute to an acid pH, (including stress, environmental toxins, lack of exercise and
smoking), far and away the number one factor is your FOOD.

Eating acid-creating foods (especially fast food, processed food, meat, dairy, refined carbs and hard to digest meal
combinations) pulls your pH down toward the acid range.

On the other hand, when your diet contains many alkaline foods (like fresh fruits and vegetables) and is easy for your
body to break down, you encourage a more alkaline pH


AN INTERNAL SNAPSHOT
Let’s take a look at your innards and see some examples of how your body can break down when you're acidic:

Your Heart
Your heart pumps an unbelievable 13,000 quarts of blood a day, enough to fill a small swimming pool!
If there are toxins in your blood, that puts a huge strain on your heart to do its job.
Acid wastes in your system also rob your blood of oxygen, which causes your heart tissue to deteriorate.
And you don't want your ticker breaking down, do you?

Your Liver
The liver serves over 300 different functions-with two of the most important being to remove acid wastes from your blood
and make alkaline enzymes for your body.
If you're like most people who live in industrialized countries, your blood resembles a war zone with far too many toxins floating around, and your liver is constantly being stressed cleaning them out.
If that goes on long enough, it can completely shut down.
And so will you.

Your Pancreas
The pancreas is super important... in fact, it's responsible for completing digestion in your small intestine. And it helps
regulate blood sugar by producing insulin. Like I said, is super important.
More so than any other organ, the pancreas is extremely sensitive to your pH and absolutely CANNOT function when
you're acidic -- it MUST have an alkaline environment.
If your pancreas is not working right, you can be looking at type II diabetes, pancreatitis or even pancreatic cancer
(which can kill you FAST).

Your Kidneys
The kidneys create urine and help get rid of excess acid from the body. About one liter of blood passes through them every
single minute! If your blood has too much acid and toxins, your kidneys are over-stressed and unable to do their job. (Ever hear of dialysis or of Kidney stones?)

Your Stomach
When your stomach properly breaks down your food, the small intestine can finish the job and digestion is completed like it should be. But foods that are acid-creating are hard for your stomach to break down, and in its efforts to do its job, it may
overproduce acid. The result can be poorly digested food, fewer nutrients being absorbed, and acid rising up into your throat.
Acid reflux, GERD, IBS, hiatal hernia and gastritis are all on the rise and this is why. The typical American diet is LOADED with hard to digest, acid-creating food.

Your Colon
Wastes are supposed to easily pass through the colon and “out your back door.” But if digestion has not been accomplished properly, they don't move through like they should.
Instead they can clog your colon walls, become a breeding ground for bacteria and disease and cause you to put on weight. Plus, the toxins can be reabsorbed into your bloodstream, make you ill and encourage the development of food sensitivities.
It's no surprise that colon cancer is the number one cancer killer, and that so many people suffer with IBS, diverticulitis
and chronic constipation, is it?

An acid pH is normal when you're DEAD
There is one time when you're SUPPOSED to have an acid pH when you're DEAD. Your body automatically becomes acidic upon death so it can decompose like it's supposed to. I don't want that happening any time too soon, do you?

So how do we get this magic 7.365 pH?
Hopefully you've gotten the idea of how important it is to have a slightly alkaline pH while you're still breathing and vertical. Now I'll tell you the 4 steps to attaining and maintaining an optimal alkaline pH:

Step 1- Check your pH at regular intervals
You can get a saliva test or urine test kit at most drug stores or health food stores. The saliva test is the least accurate and
urine is slightly more accurate.
You can also have your blood tested by a doctor. This is the most accurate measure but also the most expensive. If you
want this done and your doctor won't do it, find one who will.
The normal pH for urine is about 6.5-6.8 (it's acidic because urine is an exit for toxins), for saliva 7.0-7.4 and for blood
7.365 is your target.
If you're testing your pH with saliva or urine, it's important to perform the test several times at different times of the day,
since pH can be affected by what you eat or drink.

Step 2- Drink pure water
Aim for at least 5-8 glasses per day. Stir in a little fresh squeezed lemon juice to make it more alkaline if you'd like.
Alkalizing drops are also available at health food stores.

Water means water and does not mean coffee, tea, Gatorade, soda or other sweetened drinks.
But avoid drinking tap water as it can contain chlorine and/or fluoride. Strive to drink filtered or bottled water.

Step 3- Eat more alkaline foods
Alkaline foods include most fruits and vegetables.

Now, don't think I'm talking about you turning into a rabbit and eating nothing but lettuce and carrots! You CAN continue to eat some “good” acid foods that have important nutrients-so if you don't want to give up that juicy steak you love or that roasted chicken, you don't have to.

Just make sure that those acid foods are counterbalanced by a good portion of alkaline foods. 50/50 is a good place to start,
and the more alkaline, the better.

“Good” acid foods include nourishing things like:
* Eggs
* Fish
* Chicken, turkey
* Brown rice
* Yogurt
These foods have nutrients that do benefit your body. So it's not necessary to eliminate them. You just need to make sure
to keep them under control, and make sure they represent no more than 50% of your calories.
And remember it's NEVER a good idea to eat processed food, fast food or drink soda. Keep those to a bare minimum
or preferably none at all.

Step 4- Keep your digestion efficient.
In order to keep your digestion humming, it's vital to eat meal combinations that are easily broken down and don't cause your stomach to overproduce acid, and make sure you have adequate enzymes to do the job.

Simply put:
Easy digestion = proper elimination of wastes = a more alkaline pH
Poor digestion = acid waste build-up = Sickness and a more acid pH


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Author's Name: Dr. Dipak R. Sarbadhikari
Contact address: Click here
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Updated: 31 Mar 2013

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