What is endometriosis?

I can remember the first time I had my period.

It was messy, painful and really uncomfortable.

Through the years I have come to expect that once it is that time of the month I would have some cramping. These cramps are an uncomfortable but manageable pain especially when I take some ibruprofen but when do menstrual cramps stop being normal and become something more?

Endometriosis is a painful disorder in which the endometrium tissue, which lines the inside of the uterus, grows outside the uterus.

The tissue usually grows to the surrounding tissue including the ovaries, bowel or the tissue lining the pelvis.

Normally the endometrial tissue thickens, breaks down and bleeds with each menstrual cycle.


How learning CPR can help save a life

When I was much younger I watched lots of movies where the hero gave strangers “mouth-to-mouth” the slang for CPR and he miraculously saved a life.

I earnestly watched these movies because I thought “You’d never know when you would need to know these maneuvers” and I didn’t know just how right I was.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, also known as CPR, is a life saving technique that can be used on heart attack and drowning victims.

It is used to keep the oxygenated blood flowing long enough for emergency services to restore blood circulation round the body for the affected patients.

CPR helps preserve life by delaying tissue death due to blood flow loss.

Even if you have not been properly trained in CPR techniques, it is better to try and perform chest compressions than to do noting at all in an emergency.


How to recognize and treat UTI’s

Have you ever felt pain or a burning sensation when you are peeing and wondered what it was?

If you have you probably have UTI.

UTI stands for Urinary tract infections and it is extremely common.

Studies show that UTI’s affects 1 in every 2 women at least once in their lifetime.

Urinary tract Infections occurs when the urethra, which is the tube, that transports urine from the bladder to the outside of the body becomes infected with bacteria.

UTI is characterized by dysuria, which is pain or a burning sensation when urinating, dark colored urine, pain in the lower abdomen and more frequent urination.

UTI’s are usually mild and heals without any treatment but if it lasts for more than five days then consult your Doctor.

Antibiotics can be used to treat UTI’s and are recommended for people who tend to have reoccurring Urinary tract infections.


What causes persistent cough?

Over the weekend I got a really bad cold and with it came the usual cough.

I am a bit of a germophobe so having disgusting things come out of my body really pisses me off.

As I drank my glasses of orange juice by the gallon, swallowed some chicken soup and swaddled myself in a warm blanket I felt like the terrible ill feeling would never end.

By Monday I felt much better, the flu virus had passed and I was almost feeling like a person but I still had a persistent cough.

That got me thinking what causes persistent coughs?

Coughing is a normal body function that helps clear the lungs of foreign substances but if you have a cough that wont go away there must be an underlying health issue.

Possible health issues that could cause persistent coughs include asthma, postnasal drips, infections, bronchitis and medication

Asthma: Asthma is a respiratory condition that is caused by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs. When these spasms occur the patient would have difficulty breathing. Some forms of asthma are triggered by environmental factors such as exposure to cold air and this could lead to persistent coughs.


Why you shouldn’t clean your ears with cotton buds


I have a confession to make.

I have an addiction, it a small harmless addiction but an addiction nonetheless.

And it is (drum-roll please), I love cleaning my ears with cotton buds.

I know I really shouldn’t, but my ears get so itchy especially after I take a shower and cleaning them feel so good.

I have read numerous times that this can be harmful to my ears but how can a simple cotton buds harm me?

To understand this we have to understand the use of earwax.

Earwax is also known as Cerumen, and though it might seem gross it actually keeps your ears clean.

It keeps your ears clean by protecting the eardrums against dust and dirt.


Foods that are great for your skin.

I have written about the benefits of various foods for quite sometime now and I couldn’t help but notice how some foods can also be used as beauty products.

From Oats to milk numerous healthy foods are also used as beauty products.

So which foods in my kitchen can also be used as beauty products?

There are numerous foods that can be used as beauty products and some of them are commonly eaten as breakfast foods. These foods include the following:

Honey: Honey is a food made by bees using the nectar from flowers. It is a common alternative to processed sugar and a staple in my kitchen. You can make various beauty products from honey including facemasks and hair conditioners. To create a honey face-masks apply honey directly to your face leave in for ten minutes and rinse off with warm water.


Ways to prevent premature aging of your skin.

As I stare into the mirror and earnestly try to massage the creases formed between my brows I wonder how I can permanently remove these annoying wrinkles.

I can no longer deny it; I am not as young as I used to be.

My skin is starting to signs of wear due to a combination of stress, exposure to the harmful effects of the sun and time.

How do I reverse the effects of time naturally and get back my youthful skin?

There are some basic habits you can start to slow down the effect as time and these are:


Ways to ease your aching back.

I work with computers all day.

As a systems analyst, I work 12-14 hour days on the computer  and this has led to a common problem aching backs.

When I get home at the end of the workday, I tend to feel stiff and uncomfortable.

An Advil tends to bring instant relief, but I prefer natural remedies to pharmaceuticals.

So how do I fix my aching back naturally?

The ways that seems to work best for me include the following

Stretch it out:

Bad posture and sitting in a particular position for extended periods of time tend to lead to aching back. You can ease this pain by stretch exercises that can be performed anywhere.



Dangers of Skin Lightening

Creams, pills, soaps, oils, gels, injections, chemical peels and lasers.

There are so many options available to you if you want to lighten your skin and the difference between most of them is your budget.

Many people want a lighter skin tone, they admire the “clean” look that ladies have when they bleach their skin and they lust after the attention this garners.

Even celebrities lighten their skin, if you compare a dark skinned reality star five years ago when her show just took off and today she probably looks brighter.

But is this trend safe?

The skin naturally produces a brown pigment called melanin.

Skin lighteners’ work by blocking the formation of this pigment on the skin and eventually the skin gets lighter.

Some foods that contain Vitamins C, A and B can naturally limit the production of melanin in the skin but it might take a while before you see the effect.

These foods include lemons, apples and even milk.


Foods That Heal

Can  food be used as medicine?

Some people are part of a school of thought that nature has provided us with the necessary tools to treat all illness and we don’t need synthetically produced medication to treat us.

But is this a possibility or just naivete on the part of a group of people with cave men mentalities?

But there is proof to support this theory.

Diets have been the preferred alternatives to reversing what ails us from time immemorial.

Soups and juices are used to treat colds.

Garlic to treat infections.

Honey to treat coughs and yoghurt for digestive problems.