Wednesday, November 06, 2019

How to stay healthy while traveling in South America

Staying healthy when you travel can be a challenge. It does not matter where you are traveling. It’s easy to be exposed to bugs or parasites, which can either leave you with a mildly upset stomach or send you to the hospital. Thankfully, there are a few things that you can do to stay healthy.
Fight off Mosquitoes

There are number of countries in South America that are known for infected mosquitoes. Serious diseases such as dengue, malaria, and chikungunya have been reported throughout South America. You can protect yourself from bites by wearing lightweight long-sleeve shirts and pants. Purchase strong repellent from a neighborhood pharmacy.

At night, use a mosquito net. They serve as a mechanical barrier to keep mosquitoes away from you. If you are in a climate controlled area, keep the doors closed, keep the windows closed, and keep the mosquitoes out.

Stay Healthy by Being Careful with the Water

The most common reason why travelers in South America get sick is because they are exposed to contaminated water. Contaminated local tap water in South America allows bacteria and parasites into your body. Residents of the country where you are visiting have developed immunity to many of these parasites and bacteria. You have not. Nothing can ruin your trip more than having terrible stomach cramps and diarrhea.

When traveling through Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia, it’s recommended that you buy bottled water or that you carry a portable water purifier with you. There are a number of high quality water purifiers that can get rid of contaminants, making it safe to drink.

Another word of caution is to avoid ice cubes and vegetables that have been washed with tap water. The contaminants in the ice or in the water used to wash the vegetables can get you sick.

Argentina is one of the more developed countries in South America, so the drinking water is safe. It might have a strong chlorine taste, but that’s not going to harm you.

Bolivia, on the other hand, has contaminated drinking water, even if you are in major cities. You should not even use it to brush your teeth. Thankfully, bottled water is available and you can easily purchase it.

Columbia has safe water in large cities. However, if you are going to rural areas or tourist areas outside of the city, we recommend that you purchase bottled water.

If you do find yourself seriously ill because of contaminated water, there are a number of private hospitals in countries such as Colombia that may be able to provide you with a good level of care. Private hospitals will require you to pay out-of-pocket. If you did not bring enough money with you on the trip, you may need to look into effective ways to send money to Colombia from the US to cover your hospital stay. It is usually better to avoid these circumstances and just be careful with the drinking water.

Protect Yourself from Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness can either be simple and annoying or can be a life-threatening illness. Altitude sickness is commonly seen at 8,200 feet or more above sea level. You are more prone to get altitude sickness if you ascend quickly, like if you step off of a plane that lands in a high altitude area, if you hike quickly, or if you travel by car. The best way to protect yourself from altitude sickness is to ascend slowly. If you get altitude sickness, the best cure is to slowly descend the elevated area.

South America has a number of beautiful countries that include vibrant people, delicious food, and energetic cultures. There is a reason why millions of people visit South America every single year. If you go, taking a few precautions can help keep you healthy so that you can enjoy your trip.

This is a guest blog entry

Cleaning The House For Better Holiday Health

Wow, the holiday season is upon us. Thinking about all the cleaning that you need to take care of is an overwhelming emotion. Go through the house and make notes about what is in your home that would appease the nosey in-laws or picky relatives. For instance, you want your parents to spend a couple of days. What about a new mattress and bed for their comfort? Holiday furniture sales allow you to find full size bed dimensions that fit your sleeping preferences and budget. If you need a new mattress, there should be sales galore.

New bedding is also a healthy choice because today’s bedding options are designed and manufactured to fit the body perfectly and to lessen the chances of people suffering from allergy symptoms.

Let’s go over your cleaning list and see if we can’t narrow it down for the holidays to keep your loved ones in good health:

1. Closets

Closet cleaning is very important in your hallways, personal closet, and guest room closets. Your holiday guests will need to use your closet to store their items. There is nothing worse than opening a closet door and having things fall out. Go through your closets and get rid of things that you haven’t used or don’t need to help make room for the holidays.

2. Entryway/Hallway

When you open the door to greet your family and friends, there is nothing better than to introduce them to an open and roomy entrance way. Also, dirt and germs are brought into the home and will lie around making the air polluted and our floors looking dull. In the weeks leading up to the guests arriving, remove the family coats, hats, etc. Clean and decorate your hallway with festive decorations that say welcome.

3. Living Room

The living room is where your family and guests will most likely gather to watch TV or just to chit-chat. Get rid of any carpet and upholstery stains via a DIY project or call in a cleaning service. Remember that carpeting and furniture fibers are great hiding places for dust mites, molds, dead skin cells, and insect feces.

These conditions alone are enough to create skin irritants, respiratory and allergy problems, and stomach ailments. Also, change your curtains and drapes, or just take them down to wash and refresh them. During the last week of your holiday celebration, clean the cushions on the couch, pillows, and chairs with a vacuum.

4. Bathroom

Cleaning the bathroom is a task that no one is fond of. Of course, you must keep the bathroom clean every day because germs love a moist environment. Mold, mildew, and staph bacteria that cause sickness also thrive in bathrooms if not kept well clean. A week before your guests arrive, perform a thorough cleaning. On the night before the holiday event, lightly clean all surfaces so that it will smell clean and fresh.

5. Dusting

It seems like dust particles settle on everything in our homes. Leaving dust particles in place is the cause for creating an indoor environment of germs and bacteria that causes allergens and asthma. Preparing to dust for the holidays must be carried out in a scheduled fashion so that you don’t tire yourself out at the last minute. Use a static dust tool to reduce dust that collects on ceiling fans, window sills, wall shelving, and other furniture locations. Dust regularly leading up to the night before the big holiday event. You’ll be glad you did.

6. Toys

If you have children, you know that toys show up in interesting parts of the home. Stepping or sitting on one unawares can easily cause problems. This task is a partnership. Yes, the children should become involved in locating all their toys and toy parts to deposit them in the appropriate containers in their room. This cleaning task can occur a week before family and friends arrive. Make it fun, and not demanding, by rewarding them for finding their toys and putting them away.

7. Pets

Before we give tips on pet cleaning, be mindful that if you use poinsettias, live holly, and mistletoe to decorate your home, these plants are poisonous to cats and dogs. For the weeks leading up to your festive holiday, check for pet hair, keep their beds clean, and refresh the litter box consistently. Pet hair can be an allergy-causing problem for certain individuals. Also, if your doggie or kitty also needs to be refreshed, you can use dry pet shampoo the day before your holiday festivities.

8. Refrigerator/Freezer

The longer foods remain in the refrigerator, the more likely it is to create bacteria that release bad odors and create dangerous health issues. As part of the kitchen clean-up project, your refrigerator and/or stand-along freezer should be cleaned of old foods to make room for the new meals you are preparing. The shelves should be washed and the condenser coils should be checked and vacuumed to ensure that these appliances remain operable during the holidays.

9. Air

Cleaning the air in your home not only keeps the family safe and healthy, but it also staves off illnesses. Would you believe that outdoor pollutants are also inside your home’s air environment? Stale or bad air quality can trigger coughing with a tightness in the chest, a sore throat, itchy eyes, and severe allergies. Cleaning the air can be accomplished with the use of HEPA air filters, using the A/C to lessen humidity, and reducing dust mite allergens causing coughs and sore throats.

10. Kitchen

An unhealthy kitchen is one filled with bacteria and germs that make you sick. Perform a deep cleaning before the holidays by sanitizing countertops, floors, oven vents, cabinet handles, and trash bins. Use lemon mixtures for disinfectant purposes and to keep the kitchen smelling fresh. Wash and polish the floor with products that can withstand heavy foot traffic.

There, you are all done. Now that the cleaning is finished, you can sit back and enjoy the holidays with your company. Planning ahead can really save the day and lighten the stress. If only you could get someone to cook!

This is a blog post by Nancy Evans.

Monday, November 04, 2019

7 Potential Benefits of LDN Explored

Chances are that you may have already heard of LDN or low-dose naltrexone prescription stories that tell of its effectiveness in the treatment and management of a wide range of seemingly unrelated medical conditions. LDN, based mostly on anecdotal evidence, may be an effective alternative treatment for medical conditions such as autoimmune diseases, chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, and chronic fatigue. Although studies about the effectiveness of LDN are still ongoing, positive reviews from its growing number or users continue to increase.

Low-dose Naltrexone: What Is It?

As its name implies, LDN is a low-dose administration of a substance called naltrexone. Developed in the early 1960s, naltrexone was synthesized in a small pharmaceutical company based in New York City. The substance was characterized by Blumberg, Dayton and Wolf in 1965 and was found to properties that counteracts the psychoactive effects of opioids. Within the next few decades, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved the use of naltrexone for the treatment of opioid addiction and alcohol dependence. Naltrexone, in 50-milligram (mg) doses, has since been proven effective in counteracting overdoses of opiates like heroin and morphine.

A couple of decades ago, a number of studies suggested that the administration of naltrexone in small doses might have important medical uses. Doses from 1.5mg to not more than 5mg have shown effectiveness in treating or at least mitigating the symptoms associated with some debilitating medical conditions. LDN, as the studies suggest, can influence the immune system and regulate it to mitigate and even eliminate the symptoms of chronic and degenerative conditions.

The Benefits of LDN 

To date, the exact mechanism of action of LDN is yet to be determined. However, experts theorize that its ability to counteract the effect of opioids also give it its curative and therapeutic properties for a number of conditions. The current hypothesis is that by inhibiting opioids receptors with small doses of naltrexone, the body is stimulated to release more endorphins, which in turn regulates the body’s immune system response.

Higher levels of endorphins in the system and by regulating the body’s immune system, LDN administration may have the following benefits:

●    Fewer flare-ups: Users with multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases report reduced episodes of flare-ups
●    Slows down multiple sclerosis progression: LDN users with multiple sclerosis also report that it slows down the progression of the disease like traditional medications minus its unpleasant side effects
●    Immune system regulation: LDN has shown effectiveness in stopping the immune system from attacking healthy cells
●    Reduces fatigue
●    Improves mood and helps manage anxiety disorders
●    Helps manage pain

Where Can You Get LDN?

Is LDN legal? Using LDN is not against the law, and its administration is categorized as being off-label. However, LDN is not the type of medication that you can buy over the counter from your neighborhood pharmacy. Since LDN is a compounded medication, you can only buy it from compounding pharmacies.

It will be a good idea to purchase LDN from a reputable and established compounding pharmacy to ensure that you’re getting genuine and high-quality products. Keep in mind that LDN use does have some side effects, and it doesn’t go well with certain drugs. It will be a good idea to consult your physician before you start dosing with LDN.

This is a guest blog entry.