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Is Aspirin Easy to Use

Is AspirinAspirin to some, acetylsalicylic acid to others, this synthetic compound helps relieve pain and reduce inflammation. So it comes to no surprise that many doctors recommend it when dealing with fevers or pain recovery. A few even believe it can help prevent heart attacks.

But is this pill really some sort wonder pill? Aspirin is already a source to use to help reduce fevers, relieve pain especially in muscular joints, and stop headaches. Now a study earlier this year suggests aspirin can combine with enzyme GAPDH which causes human cells to die on purpose.

By limiting GAPDH, aspirin could limit cell death and thus stop diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Another recent study shows that daily usage of a low doses (81-100 milligrams or less) of aspirin for at least a decade can reduce the threat of cancer up to 35-50 percent. These studies are coming out now because scientists only recently began to figure out why aspirin works even though it has been regularly used for more than a century. Its medicinal uses were actually first theorized way back around 400 B.C. by a physician named Hippocrates. He claimed that if a bark of a willow tree was ground into powder, it could treat pains and fevers. Because of his work and discovers, Hippocrates is now regarded as the father of modern medicine.

Yet it wasn’t until 1829 when the salicin was a compound found in the bark as the real reason for the successful treatment. Salicin helps in headaches, but is hard on the stomach and cause bleeding in the digestive tract. Decades later, the compound was mixed in with sodium and acetyl chloride, thus creating acetylsalicylic acid. By 1899, the German pharmaceutical company Bayer had trademarked the name Aspirin and was selling the pill for medicinal purposes. Oddly, it wasn’t until the 1970s when scientists began to figure out how aspirin worked.

Aspirin reduces pain by limiting prostoglandins, a hormone-like compound formed by the body’s enzymes. When in pain, prostoglandins are created to provide neural response to the brain. With aspirin bonding with them, it limits the process and limits the pain. The compound also is bond with platelets which initiates blood clotting. The bonding again limits the process, helping to prevent blood clots. Aspirin also affects the hypothalamus which regulates body temperature, thus causing fevers to go down. However, prostoglandins also do some good as it is the compound which keeps stomach lining thick.

Taking aspirin too often can cause stomach bleeding as the lining are no longer keeping the stomach acids contained to just digesting one’s food intake. Also, the benefits of aspirin can sometimes be overstated. While it can reduce a second heart attack, it won’t stop heart attacks or strokes from occurring in people with no previous hereditary issue. Even the safety coating of aspirin to protect against stomach bleeding could only result in the small intestine to suffer from bleeding. Still, many doctors recommend many people to take it every day, but should they?

Those who do take it regularly should be on the lookout for potential negative side effects. Also, aspirin isn’t for everyone. People who have stomach ulcers and bleeding disorders shouldn’t be taking aspirin. Some people are allergic to aspirin or ibuprofen. Children under ages of 16 shouldn’t take it unless under specific medical supervision. Speaking of medical supervision, there are other groups who should be wary of taking aspirin and should consult a physician before doing so.

Those include people who suffer from asthma, who have liver and kidney problems, or women late in their pregnancies. So while aspirin can be safe for some, it could produce more harmful effects for others. In other words, be sure to consult with a doctor about one’s medical condition before using it daily.


The Importance Of Water To The Human Body

The Importance Of Water To The Human BodyFor centuries, humans have been searching for a magic elixir or potion that can extend life, heal sickness, and make us feel euphoric and forever young. Recent studies are beginning to show that the elusive liquid has been right under our noses the entire time. It makes up most of our planet and it makes up the majority of our bodies. The magical liquid has been with us since the beginning of time but we are only now starting to understand the wondrous qualities of H2O, better known as water.

The fluids that flow throughout our body create a sense of well being and help to keep us healthy. The human body is a water tank built to exist on minerals and water. We are made up of 72% water, 8% chemical compound combinations, and 20% solid tissue and bone. Therefore, it stands to reason that the consumption of water, or lack of consumption, will have a profound impact on the condition and state of our body. Water consumption is responsible for almost every healing process that our bodies possess.

Healing And Water

Our bodies have an amazing ability to heal themselves. Over the last decade scientists have studied that ability and it’s connection to water consumption. It is in our nature to be as young and healthy as possible. We are designed to heal ourselves physically, with all the complex components of the body working in unison to achieve the healing process. When we are cut, our skin heals itself. If we break a bone or sustain any type of injury, our body immediately and instinctively begins the healing process. In every single one of these processes, there is one common denominator, water.

Blood And Water

Human blood is the very life force of the body. It delivers oxygen, nutrients and antibodies to fight bacteria and infections, whenever and wherever the body needs it most. Blood is made up of 83% water. In order for blood to do its job properly, the body must be adequately hydrated with clean, healthy water. If the hydration levels are too high or too low, or if the water is contaminated, our blood is negatively affected and practically every aspect of our health is as well.

The Brain And Water

The human brain consists of 80% water and is literally ‘the brains behind the operation’ that is known as the human body. It controls every single process that goes on inside us and works by constantly transmitting and receiving electrical signals through the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS is a system of intricate waterways throughout the body. The fluid in our nerves is made up almost exclusively of water and minerals. If the fluid is corrupted or impure, the electrical signals or messages may become distorted or delayed. Growing numbers of scientists believe the distortion of these messages could be the leading cause of maladies such as Attention Deficit Disorder, Alzheimer’s Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or even depression and anxiety. The clarity of the signals has a huge effect on the ability to handle stress and it can even affect motor coordination. Since water plays such an important and colossal role in our brains and central nervous system, the quality of the water could be one of the biggest factors in staying healthy and extended longevity.

Energy And Water

Energy in the human body comes from a chemical compound named Adenosine Tri-Phosphate (ATP). When water, through the act of osmosis, flows through the cell membranes, hydroelectric energy and ATP are produced. The ATP is stored in pools of energy and wind up being used as chemical energy to operate and fuel our body. The mineral and water content of our contaminant free bodily fluids create the ideal setting for energy production. Water purity has a major effect on strength and energy levels. Whenever the water is impure, our body must use up a certain amount of energy and strength to lessen the negative impact of the contaminant. Water is also a key ingredient that our liver utilizes to convert fat into usable energy. Drinking lots of clean water speeds up the metabolism and assists the body in the assimilation of nutrients. The more nutrients we take in the more energy and strength we get out of them.

Detoxification And Water

The detoxification system is probably the single most important factor to living a long and healthy life. It also requires the largest intake of clean water to work properly. A common myth is that drinking 8 glasses of water per day is the perfect amount, but drinking 8 glasses will only provide the minimum amount of health benefits. Our body uses at least that amount to maintain it’s basic functions like digestion, keeping a constant temperature, and more. Even our heartbeat uses up water. By consuming a lot of clean water, we can boost the body’s ability to filter and flush out any harmful toxins. Besides the quantity of water ingested, the quality is equally as important. The greater the amount of chemicals in the water, such as chlorine, the less that water will be able to contribute to the detoxification process.

The recommended amount of water to live a healthy lifestyle is 10-12 glasses per day, but 14-16 glasses a day will achieve even better results. Water benefits your ability to heal, blood, brain, energy level, and the detoxification process. Try drinking a lot of water. You will be amazed at just how great it makes you feel.

Does Holding Your Pee Affect You?

Holding Your PeeThe human bladder can hold up to 0.5 liters of liquid. A normal person taking 8 glasses of water a day takes 64 ounces (1.9 liters), hence the need to constantly get rid of the excess water. The bladder stores this excess liquid and when half full, sends signals to the brain to let one know that they should pee. This however, is bearable and one may decide to hold the pee for longer.

But how long is long, well it varies with different people. Others can hold it for so long while others can’t hold it in for long. It is however advisable that you hit the head as soon as the urge to do so comes.

While holding it for a short period has no effect apart from the difficulty to concentrate on anything else than your desire to pee, doing so for long and too many times is harmful. It may lead to infections and other numerous side effects. The bacteria on the genital surface is not being flushed out, hence it can enter through the ureter and migrate in to the bladder. The accumulation of these bacteria may cause lower urinary transmitted infection (UTI). In rare cases, the bacteria may walk its way up the ureter, reaching the kidney, causing pyelonephritis, a kidney ailment, whose symptoms include a fever, back pains. If this goes untreated, the bacteria will enter the blood stream causing a systemic disorder that is extremely life threatening.

For pregnant women, these bacteria spread faster, there are other infections that may arise from this. They include:

Kidneys stones a condition where tiny stone like develop in the kidneys due to excess accumulation of calcium and sodium salts along the tract. The stones make it difficult to pass urine as the pain that comes along is unbearable since the stones will be large compared to the tract size.

Cystitis an inflammation of the bladder walls mostly experienced by women. Its symptoms are: pain in the pelvis, burning and pain when urinating and swelling of the bladder.

Voiding dysfunction this occurs mostly in children. It is the inability to retain urine as the sphincter muscles have been weakened and are unable to relax.
The bladder may also swell since it is holding more than its capacity. Too much swelling may call for a surgery.

Other possible diverse effects are anxiety, cramps, shivers and stomach pains.

The Benefits of Deep Breathing

Deep BreathingWhen we were born, we knew how to breathe correctly. We instinctively knew to breathe deeply. Our breaths were rhythmical and relaxed. At the time of our very first breath, we knew what to do.

Somewhere along the line we forgot how to breathe deeply. We may have been frightened, stressed or shocked. We may have panicked and our automatic response was to breathe quickly into our chests. Over time this became our new habit. When I look around a yoga class, I see most people are shallow breathing. But if we do this for a long period of time, we begin to think this is normal.

As you sit at your computer now, notice what your breath is doing. Now breathe deeply. Notice what your shoulders are doing and how your stomach is feeling. Now sit up straight, roll your shoulders back and down. Release any tension in your stomach. Now check in with your breath. Are you breathing deeply into your stomach? This new habit will take effort to maintain at first. Keep checking in with your breath during the day and eventually any tightness in your stomach will reduce.

Shallow breathing means that our organs do not get the same level of oxygen as they do during deep breathing. When you take a long inhale, imagine the air is filling your lungs and expanding your diaphragm. Your intestines are filled with fresh oxygen. If you lay the alveoli out flat (the air sacks in your lungs), they would be the size of a one bedroom flat which is about 450 square feet. Imagine how much more efficient and healthy our bodies would be if we breathed properly!

During shallow breathing, your sympathetic nervous system goes into a state of stress. This informs your body that you are stressed and releases the associated stress hormones. This then creates an imbalance in the body.

Imagine the difference to our health, vitality and energy if we were to breathe deeply everyday. Imagine the positive impact on our performance. Breathing deeply helps your body to perform at its best. It relieves tension, stress and fear. I find that when my breathing is quick and shallow, then my mind is over active. When I consciously control my breathing and aim for deep inhales and long exhales, my mind becomes more peaceful and I am less stressed.

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