Can Osteopathy help you with your Chronic Anal Fissure ?

Osteopathy

Can Osteopath or Osteopathy help you with Chronic Anal Fissures?

Before I even had heard of Osteopathy, I had been suffering from a Chronic Anal Fissure for longer than I could remember or wanted to. My boss at work has suggested I look at Osteopathy because his wife had been suffering from a muscle disorder and nothing was helping her. At this point, I was willing to try anything. I was in so much pain I was in tears. I couldn’t walk, I could sleep properly, I was in agony all the time.

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a form of alternative medicine. The idea behind osteopath is to help improve mobility, restore health and vitality. Sounds like a mouthful to me, but is it worth considering? Absolutely.

Osteopathy is a treatment formulated to help you understand the relationship between the structure of the body and how it functions. Osteopath practitioners study for years to develop very sensitive palpation skills.

Typically when you see an Osteopath, they will examine, ask you why you there to see them and make a determination on or how they can help you. They will examine your posture, how you walk, how you stand, how you sit. They will also do a physical examination just like a doctor would look and feel your muscles and body. Prepare to be prodded and poked.

Doctor

How can they help with Anal Fissures?

It’s all about your posture, the way you sit, the way you walk, the way you stand. Your body could be leaning the wrong way causing an imbalance in your body. It could be as simple as just leaning forward all the time or not walking properly. Things you don’t even notice because you have been doing it for so long. It is a good idea to get an outside perspective and have them take a look and make some recommendations.

You will be truly surprised and your eyes will be open because a lot of it is obvious, but you simply not looking for it. I speak a lot of the Table Top Method in my blogs or as the Osteopath I saw called it, making sure you treat your butt like a plateau.

I admit I was skeptical before I went, it was new, I was in so much pain, how could they possibly help? I called one of the local clinics in the Vancouver area where I live and after speaking to a few people I was recommended to see a specific Osteopath. Not only did she specialize in Osteopathy, but she was also licensed for internal work (more about that later), her interests and training professionally were Osteopathy, Physiotherapy and Acupuncture.

Osteopathy

The person I saw was Diedre from the Vancouver Osteopathy Center

Her special interests are:

  • Chronic pain and misalignments
  • TMJ, jaw dysfunction
  • Chronic pelvic pain, dysfunction, incontinence, tailbone issues
  • Athletes, weekend warriors, and clients involved in the performing arts
  • Vestibular rehabilitation, dizziness

The reason I want to draw attention to this specific individual so you can look for someone similar in your area.

I think it is important if possible for this person to have experience with osteopathy, physiotherapy and acupuncture because it is going to help with your recovery. Osteopathy allows her to understand your body. Physiotherapy is going to help recommend specific exercises for your condition.

Acupuncture is going to help relax your muscle is in your lower body area. I had never had acupuncture, can’t say I was too excited about, but it was fine and relatively painless.

Osteopathy

 

Consultation

When I first saw Diedre, she did various examinations on my body. She asked me to show her how I would stand, walk, sit and she took notes and made recommendations. She noticed I was leaning forward a lot even when walking.

She also noticed I would sit forward, things I didn’t even realize I was doing until she pointed it out. I explained during my visits that I was in an incredible amount of pain, had seen many doctors and take various medications without success.

Diedre had not treated a Chronic Anal Fissure before or at least they seemed to be my initial perception, however, no challenge was too small for her. She did not want to shoo me out the door. Diedre was up for the challenge and truly wanted to help me any way she could. She just had specifically treated someone with a Chronic Anal Fissure before. She did not shy away or make me feel awkward or uncomfortable in any way. She was kind, gentle and I could truly sense she wanted to try to help me.

We started off doing various exercises, stretches, educating or teaching me to be more observant the way I walked and sat. Some of the exercises were

  • Taking a large rubber ball and putting it in the arch of my back and squatting up and down a wall and doing 10-20 squats a day
  • Holding onto a table and putting my right knee forward and going into a squat position and then doing the same with the other knee
  • Lying down and lifting my butt into the air as you would be doing in an aerobics class tightening your butt muscles
  • Sitting with your back upwards and your butt flat, pay special attention to keep your posture straight at all times.
  • Walking with your back leaning backwards as if you were about to fall backwards and continue walking in this position, almost like a cripple man would walk.
  • Sitting on a chair and pulling your butt cheeks outwards left and right
  • Sitting with  two rubber balls just at the front of your butt cheeks so it raised your butt while sitting

I probably had 2-3 consultations and I was sent home with a list exercises to do on a daily basis which I did, all of these were really to get your body back aligned to what it was meant to do naturally and to tighten your muscles in your buttocks area.

One of the exercises which I call the Table Top Method or Plateau Method (I am sure there is probably a more technical name). The idea was to flatten your butt instead of clenching it while sitting caused pressure where you do not want it. I talk in more detail in my first anal fissure blog. Basically, you pull your right cheek to the right and your left cheek to the left and keep your butt flat like a table.

If you in pain like I am, it will hurt initially, but keep doing it and it will strengthen the muscles in your anus and actually relieve the pain. It was interesting to realize that this exercise actually helped with the pain. Whenever I have a bad BM, this is the first thing I am doing to relieve the pain in that area. You have to be very conscientious and keep your butt stretched at all times and you will notice over time. Pull your cheeks apart and literally you will feel your anus touching the chair, keep them spread for as long as possible while you are sitting. You will notice over time how this helps tremendously.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Since Diedre was a licensed Acupuncturist and since I wasn’t getting better, I decided to give it a go. I was willing to try anything. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. The needles are so thin you hardly feel them. You do feel them the deeper the needles are pushed, but it basically relieves tension and pressure in various areas of your body. I am not sure if it did help me, but the collection of the various things that were tried, I think had a very positive effect.

Internal Work

Diedre is also licensed to do internal work, which means she can go inside you to relieve pressure. Again I was willing to try anything, I had already been prodded and poked by other doctors and this was really no difference. I was impressed with Diedre that she was willing to try and perform this work even though I was clearly in a lot of pain. Unfortunately, it was too painful for me, I had to stop but she did try it two times in two different sessions.

Conclusion

Definitely, check out a local Osteopath in your area, talk to them. Don’t be scared to seek them out and give them a try. In most cases, it is covered under your extended health plan, so it shouldn’t cost you anything. Even if I had to pay out of pocket, it would have cost me around $100 – $150 per session, which was well worth the visit and price.

I truly believe Osteopathy helped me with my healing and more importantly taught me some very valuable life lessons and keeps me conscious about how I walk, sit, and more aware of my body if nothing else. Worth the visit and highly recommend going see one.

Do your research, speak to them and understand what they do. I do recommend finding one if possible who does Osteopathy, Physiotherapy and Acupuncture.

Sources:

http://vancouverosteopathycentre.com
http://www.osteopathy.co.nz
http://www.osteopathybc.ca/faq

 



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How to Cure Anal Fissures Permanently ?

Pain

A fissure refers to a cut or tear that occurs around the anus region, and it is characterized by pain during bowel movements especially the rectum. The pain can be more severe and is coupled with itchiness and bleeding. The fissures appear along the specialized tissues that line the anal canal referred to as anoderm.

Globally, fissures are approximately responsible for 6% to 15% of rectal surgeon visits. It is the predominant cause of rectal bleeding in infancy, and common causes of anal fissures include long bouts of constipation, childbirth and straining bowel movement

Anal fissure often heals naturally within a few weeks just like other small skin cuts and tears. However, they can recur easily. There are various approaches to healing fissures which are broadly classified into self-help and medicated remedies.

Self-help remedies include the following;

Drinking enough water

It is pretty simple, but it makes tremendous change and improvement in the overall body health. Water is crucial to making the body hydrated. The common approach of ensuring consumption of adequate water is observing “The 8×8 Rule” meaning, drinking at least eight ounces of water eight times a day. If you unable to drink water which I understand can be difficult to drink, including myself. I could never really drink 8 glasses of water and I tried. If you can, then you should, but if you can’t, then drink your favourite juice  or beverage. Avoid alcohol, but the point is get liquids into your body.

Bottle Water

Your body takes about 2 months to get used to the liquids you are taking, so keep taking as much liquid each day and avoid stool softners as they are in theory not good for your body and it is not good to take unnecessary medication anyway.

Using soft toilet paper after a bowel movement

Use of soft toilet paper to wipe after a bowel movement is a great way to ease the pain as compared to using abrasive ones. The softer the toilet paper, the better for the fissure as it ensures minimal disturbance to the healing fissures.

Increasing fibre intake

Minimal intake of fibre may lead to constipation which is a major cause of anal fissures. This leads to strenuous bowel movements due to the unnecessary excessive force exerted around the anus. Dietary fibre is found in high quantities in foods such as fruits, wholegrain, and vegetables. These foods have the ability to relieve and prevent constipation. The following table illustrates the recommended daily fibre intake.

 

Age 50 years and below Age 51 and older
Men 38 grams 30 grams
Women 25 grams 21 grams

 

Exercise

Exercise is vital in promoting cardiovascular health which in turn helps the heart in pumping sufficient blood to various body organs. Walking, stretching, yoga and canoeing are good in healing anal fissures as they promote good blood flow to the anal area since it does not get as much blood supply compared to other areas. However, biking, sports that require a lot of running, heavy weight lifting and all other exercises that cause straining should be avoided.

Medical Therapies

Using Glyceryl trinitrate

This is an ointment applied to the anal canal twice a day. This medication is recommended especially if the symptoms do not improve within two weeks. It works by increasing blood supply to the fissure and expanding blood vessels around the anus. This helps in reducing pressure around anal canal and helping it heal faster. The ointment should be applied for at least six weeks. It is documented that acute fissures will heal using Glyceryl trinitrate treatment and around seven in every ten chronic fissures respond to the ointment if used correctly.

 

Botulinum toxin injections

This medication is relatively new and used in cases where others have not helped. Botulinum is poisonous but safe when used in small doses. The medication helps by paralyzing the sphincter muscle after injection which prevents spasming hence reducing pain and allowing the fissure to heal. Although it is not very clear how effective the medication is for anal fissures, research has shown it was helpful in more than half the people it was administered to.

Botox Injections

Lateral sphincterotomy

The Lateral sphincterotomy procedure involves reduction of tension around the anal canal by making a small cut in the sphincter. This helps in healing and reduces the probability of developing more fissures. The operation is done under a general anesthetic on a day patient basis

This remedy is one of the most successful treatments of anal fissures with an excellent track record of success, and most patients heal within two to four weeks

Advancement anal flaps

This procedure is recommended in treating chronic anal fissures that are mostly caused by injury to the anal canal or pregnancy. It involves transferring a healthy tissue from another body part and using it to repair the fissure. This helps in improving blood circulation to the fissure.

Calcium channel blockers

They are majorly used in the treatment of high blood pressure. However, once applied directly to the anal canal has proved helpful in treating people with anal fissures. This medication works by relaxing the sphincter muscle hence increasing the blood supply to the affected region.

There are side effects that are associated with the use of Calcium channel blockers which can include dizziness, headaches, and itchiness especially the area applied. The side effects are expected to disappear once the body gets used to the medication.

Sources

https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/196297-treatment#d9
https://www.quora.com/How-do-I-cure-anal-fissure-permanently-with-home-remedies
http://healfissures.com/top-10-ways-to-heal-your-anal-fissure-as-fast-as-possible
https://patient.info/forums/discuss/how-to-cure-anal-fissure-quickly–270871
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/anal-fissue/treatment/



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Pain management for a Chronic Anal Fissure

Pain Management

 

Pain Management for Chronic Anal Fissure

I am going to try to provide you with some advice how to try manage your Chronic Anal Fissure. First off let me start, I had a Chronic Anal Fissure and was in chronic pain for over a year. I couldn’t sit down without being in pain, I couldn’t stand without being in pain, I couldn’t lie down without being in pain, everything I did basically would cause me to be in pain. Sometimes I would lie down, it would subside a little bit, but basically, I was constantly in pain no matter what I did.

Everyone is going to be different, so you ultimately you going to have to find what works for you. I will talk about various things I tried and I am pretty sure I tried everything, every position. One thing for sure know this, eventually, you will heal and eventually, the pain will stop. I know right now it may not seem so, but it will.

If you haven’t already gone to see your doctor please do and see if he/she can prescribe any pain medication. Also, go see a proctologist and in my case I went and saw two proctologists, just ask your doctor to prescribe you to an alternative proctologist if the one you see doesn’t seem to be working.

Pain

Unfortunately, neither proctologist actually ended up helping me I don’t think, I got two different creams from each one, each supposedly was supposed to do the trick, but neither one really did. The creams helped a little bit, probably more for the itching than the pain, but it may have helped a little bit with the pain as well. I guess we all different and we react differently to medication and creams. However, it was a good exercise to see more than one proctologist else I wouldn’t have tested the second type of medication and got a second opinion. Definitely, go get a second opinion, talk to as many people as you go, join forums and ask as many questions.

 

Things that Helped with the Pain and some other ideas

So in the back of my mind, three things stick out as helping me with the pain, these may or may not help, but I would suggest trying them.

1. Coconut Oil

This one is interesting and you likely have this in your home already. Coconut oil for some reason, immediately stops the pain, if you are in absolute agony definitely give this a try. Unfortunately, it does not have a long-lasting effect, it does immediately stop the pain for a short while, it may be enough to help you get thru the day or bump. The coconut oil we had came in hard chunks, I am not sure if it comes in liquid form or not, but it is the chunky version of it you want, this will help you insert it in. It melts pretty quickly, just put it in a plastic bowl/tub in the bathroom to keep it in so you don’t contaminate the batch in your kitchen and use it as many times as you need throughout the day. Coconut can be used for many things and is a good healing agent as well as a food source. You may be beneficial to even put it on your food as well as it may just help heal the body and your fissure possibly in other ways.

Coconut Oil

2. Sitz Baths

This didn’t really work for me or maybe I was doing it wrong, but I am sure it helped at least a little bit. My proctologist said putting your fissure in hot water is extremely bad for it and you should not do it, but if you in agony, I say do whatever you need to do to stop the pain. Try keep your baths lukewarm. His advice was don’t take a longer than 5-minute showers and keep it lukewarm else it will prevent it from healing. This does make some sense, so probably good advice.

Another he said which made some sense, he said fissures are basically skin conditions such as Eczema, I just happen also be an Eczema sufferer, so maybe he is right, which means avoiding certain foods, but assist in the healing, food for thought, literally.

3. Stretching your butt (Tabletop method)

This was given to me by my Osteopath as an exercise and it I think it really helped. I talk about this method more in my Chronic Anal Fissure blog. This may sound counterproductive, but stretching your butt from left to right made a huge difference. Basically, reach into loose-fitting patches (doesn’t work great with jeans, but you can still do it). When you sitting (Try to sit upright), pull your left cheek to the left and pull your right cheek to the right. Even now when I have a bad BM, this is the first thing I start doing. I recently had one and started with this exercise and I was back to normal in two days. Basically, you want to treat your butt like a flat table. You don’t want to squish or clench your butt, you want to stretch it out. If you sitting and you feel your butt is under pressure, then you are sitting incorrectly and should consider this method. You may not even realize you doing this until someone points it out to you, I certainly didn’t.

I sit a lot and I also recommend when you sitting, you sit on a pillow or cushion, even now I tend to make sure whenever I am sitting, I try to avoid hard services. I didn’t even realize I was putting pressure on my butt other than the more than obvious pain I was in in the clenching of my butt but was oblivious I was doing harm to it.

Pain

4. Drink some Wine

Not my recommendation as I am not a wine drinker, but I spend time on anal fissure forums assisting others with this condition and this is one of the recommendations is to have a glass of wine to try to relax.

5. Drink lots and lots of liquids (not just water)

One thing that was not obvious to me as no one really pointed it out, but it is more than obvious. Yes, I was told to drink lots of water, but other than the obvious that it keeps you hydrated etc. Basically the more liquid you can put in your body the more liquid has that has to come out and will ultimately make your stools softer. I could never really drink a lot of water, if you can, then try to get at least your 8 glasses of water in every day, this will just help everything with the flow.

If you like me and cannot drink a lot of water, then drink your favourite drink, whether this is fruit juice, water, tea, lemon water, milk, you name it. Just try and get liquids in your body. This will make your stools softer.

Avoid stool softners and realize this is not an overnight cure and is hard to realize it helps at all, but give it a few months and if you practise this will realize the benefits. Even now I self doubt, but trust me, get liquids into your body consistently, daily and hourly if possible. Not only will it help you with your fissure, it will help you with your general health.

6. Do not wash with soap

Do not wash your butt area with any soap, just avoid you, you don’t need to use soap in your butt area. Yes, you are probably raising your eyebrows, if any area probably needs soap it would be your butt. That being said, as my proctologists’ recommendation, I stopped use soap in that area, probably for 3 years ago and with no adverse effects. Especially if you use any sort of fragrant soap that could irritate your fissure. Even today, I just wash with warm water, I make sure I am clean, I stick my finger in my butt and make sure I am also clean. Just use water, you need nothing else in that area.

Bar of Soap

7. Keep Clean

This may not be obvious enough, but you probably know by now that it is important to keep your butt clean. Every time you have a BM you are in extreme agony, because of the feces get’s into the anal fissure causing you a lot of pain. It is not only because the fissure is stretching or tearing open again, but also because it is an open wound and it is getting feces in. You probably inserting cream into your anus now, just whenever you go for a BM, take a quick shower and stick your finger in to make sure it is clean as can be, this will help with the healing, it might also help with stretching. I read that someone starting inserting one and thentwo fingers into his anus to stretch it and this ultimately helped him fix his fissure because, over time he stretched it enough, it helped cure his fissure. I tried this but was too painful and I am not sure stretching it to that extent is a good idea.



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7 Ways To Treat Chronic Anal Fissures Naturally

Anal fissures in the human digestion system have traditionally been known to be caused by bowel movements during defecation. Whereas many people have different ways of describing and defining what anal fissures are, both patients and medical practitioners mutually agree that an anal fissure is a slight tear or an open sore in the internal walls of the anus.

Chronic anal fissures are known to cause burning or stinging sensations leading to extreme discomfort and bloody fecal material. Besides constipation, there is a myriad of reasons that trigger this condition. Persistent diarrhea also has been noted to cause a painful burning sensation; this coupled up with a
victim’s tight anal sphincter muscles cause considerable abrasion to the anal walls hence causing an anal fissure. Inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis, STIs and Crohn’s disease are some of the conditions that spill over and bring instances of regular and chronic anal fissures.

 

Aloe vera

The benefits of aloe vera have been out for everyone to see, though not many people understand the benefits of this wonder plant. The plant is a tried and tested a remedy for treating skin related ailments, and at treating anal abrasions or anal fissures, the plant’s creamy gel is a sure way. For quicker results, the use of fresh aloe vera is best due to the fact that most of the products at your local supermarket contain very little amounts of aloe vera, it is best to use the unprocessed creamy gel from the plant for the best results. It is advisable to use the product twice a day for a few days until the fissures are gone through this home remedy.

Aloe Vera

 

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is an exceptional home remedy for treating mild and chronic anal fissures, due to the presence of triglycerides a medium oil lipid that also has glycerol and three fatty acids. Coconut oil provides the digestive system with the needed lubrication and healing of the anal fissures. Besides eating coconuts to alleviate yourself from pain, use of coconut oil in cooking is also good for the abrasions in your anal walls and your general health too. Coconut oil can also be directly applied on to the affected areas using your hands for up to 3 times a day until you are relieved from the sensational burning in your anus.

Coconut Oil

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains heteropolysaccharide or pectin which is essential in promoting bowel movements and digestion. A mixture of water and two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar provides relief from the intense burning due to anal fissures. Pectin enhances the production of colon and rectum secretions that cover their walls hence promoting healing. Honey may be added to the solution for those with a sweet tooth.

Wheat Germ Oil

The consumption of wheat germ oil is beneficial due to the high presence of octacosanol. Octacosanol is a waxy product obtained from
this oil when consumed the oil provides insulation and lubrication to the digestive system. The product is associated with useful cholesterol in the body; the oil is also a rich source of omega six acids. Wheat germ oil is a good anti-inflammatory agent which promotes
the healing of chronic anal fissures without corrosion. The oil may be directly applied on to the affected areas for at least twice a day. It is important to note that after application, the oil should be wiped off after two hours to give room for healing.

Flaxseed

Linum Usitatissimum or flaxseed as commonly known is an awesome superfood to humankind being one of the best plant sources of omega three fatty acids. The high presence of laxative properties in flaxseed, hardened stool in the colon mushes up into pulp hence improving defecation hence protecting against possible instances of anal fissures; and for those already suffering, flaxseed rejuvenates the internal walls of the anus thus relieving you from the persistent throbbing pain. Flaxseed may be taken orally in a mixture with water; it is
recommended that you take it in the evening before bed. Also, there are herbal flaxseed tablets that may be bought over the counter at your local drug dispensing outlet.

Pineapple

Due to our day to day lifestyles, our eating habits make us prone to constipation. Consumption of highly processed foods and sugars
further complicates bowel movement, to this effect, possible instances of anal fissure arise. The Pineapple has been described as a juicy fruit whose benefits in healing chronic anal fissures is noteworthy, the fruit provides the much-needed fibre in the body to promote and ease digestion.

Pineapple

 

Take plenty of water, exercise and maintain good hygiene

The recommended daily intake of water for an adult is eight glasses or two litres. To this effect, the body remains well hydrated and the excess in passed out in urine and fecal waste. Water is a natural lubricant in the body which promotes the production of body mucus which is a slippery aqueous substance to encourage bowel movement in the digestive tract. The hardened stool is softened through the consistent intake of water thus promoting the treatment of anal fissures

 

Exercise also plays a significant role in promoting bowel movement; extreme caution should be taken on the types of exercise you choose. A little bit of running or jogging would be good for a bowel movement and increasing blood movement in the body and more so in the affected areas. Avoid biking as it would worsen the condition due to the pressure applied to the anus by the bike saddle or the bike seat. To add salt to injury would be riding the bike on uneven terrain, this would severely cause the anal fissures more damage and more pain ultimately.

 

Above all, maintain cleanliness in your daily endeavours, practice hygiene by use of good wipes, tissue paper or even toilet napkins. The wipes should not contain alcohol or any other corrosive substances as it would provide good grounds for germs breeding. Water-based wipes are best to use for patients with anal fissures. You should avoid soap in your anus at all cost. Soap irritates the mucosal lining of the anus wiping away valuable mucous; in addition, soap severely irritates the anal sphincter hence is not desirable to use in cleaning up.

Sources

http://vkool.com/home-remedies-for-anal-fissures/
https://www.nice.org.uk/advice/esuom3/ifp/chapter/what-is-a-chronic-anal-fissure
https://www.thealternativedaily.com/ways-to-treat-anal-fissures-naturally/
https://www.top10homeremedies.com/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-anal-fissures.html



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The Toilet isn’t the Dirtiest Place on an Airplane

 

Where is the dirtiest place on an Airplane?

We all like to travel just as much as we would all like to avoid those nasty germs that make us sick or give us the flu. Unfortunately with so many people sick nowadays, travelling isn’t the joy it should be to some of us who have to travel on a regular basis. I am going to talk about some of the dirtiest places on the airplane you are going to want to avoid. I also have two videos at the bottom worth watching talking about the places to avoid on airplanes. Some of the places you want to avoid may actually surprise you, more than others.

Various tests were done and the lab results indicate that the tray table was indeed the dirtiest place out of all the locations. Table trays were tested and found to have an average of 2,155 Colony Forming Units (CFU’s) per square inch.

Top 5 Dirtiest places on an Airplane

  • Table Tray
  • Chair Arm Rests (porous)
  • Chair Pockets
  • Toilet Handles
  • Toilet’s in General

Eating Tray / Table

Since the table tray is probably the most used piece of furniture on a plane when travelling, as well as most people are likely to eat off of the table tray, possible drop food on the tray and then eat it and could provide bacteria directly to a person’s mouth, you should take care to either avoid using it or make sure you clean it or drown it in hand sanitizer before using it. People also place dirty laptops, toys, you name it on the trays, so they are literally full of bacteria.

Airplane Table Tray

Chair Arm Rests

Chair armrests are typically made of rubber and are very porous. Because the pours are typically quite deep, they aren’t necessarily the worst but you should wipe them down anyway as you will be resting on them for the entire journey. A quick wipe hand sanitizer should do the trick.

Airplane Armtest

Chair Pockets

Chair pockets carry a high count of bacteria including the magazines that reside in them, people drop things, put used tissues in there, sometimes food. A lot of people will read the magazines transferring everything on their hands to the magazines which you then touch. I would avoid reading or touch any of the content in the chair pockets. The Auburn University researchers found MRSA could survive in the seat pocket material for up to 168 hours. At least, in theory, that’s plenty of time for multiple passengers to contract the difficult-to-treat infection.

Airplane Chair Pocket

Toilet Handles / Push Buttons

Toilet handles or Push Buttons which are not porous are touched by so many people and hands, even though has a lower count of bacteria, the transfer is more likely due to the non-porous surface. Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly after visiting an airplane washroom with warm water and soap. 

Airplane Bathrooms

If you can avoid the bathroom altogether, we would recommend you do so. There are so many surfaces which people come into contact with and even though the bathroom is cleaned more often than anything else on the plane but is still a breeding ground for bacteria and E-coli. 

Airplane Washroom

Video talking about the dirtiest place on an airplane

Airplanes are filled with bacteria and microbes, and they can live on the plane for days! Where are the dirtiest places on the plane? Tara takes a look at some of the grosses places that bacteria can be found.

CTV News Video talking about How to avoid germs on an airplane

CTV News Video on how to avoid germs on an airplane

 



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6 Hidden Benefits of Avocados

Avocados

Avocados are arguably becoming a favourite fruit due to the many health benefits that are associated with its consumption. With more and more people becoming health conscious by watching what they eat, avocados have now become a superfood. Here are some of the known and the little known hidden benefits of taking avocados.

Avocados

Presence of carotenoids in avocados

The presence of alpha-carotene and beta-carotene in avocados help to fight off radical damages in the body. The antioxidant present helps the body fight off cancer-related infections and ageing of body organs such as the heart, liver, lungs and the skin. It is important to note that carotenes aid significantly in the absorption of other minerals in the body.

High vitamin content

Today, avocados are increasingly becoming popular due to their enormous and diverse vitamin contents; avocado consumption has benefits such as vitamins K, C, B5 and B6 that help in keeping the body healthy. It is also worth noting that avocados contain slight quantities of vitamin A, Thiamine, Riboflavin and Niacin. Most importantly, avocados do not contain heavy metals such as mercury or sodium.

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Avocado reduces risk of heart disease

Due to the high amounts of fat content, the fat contains monounsaturated fatty acids that are heart-friendly, heart ailments are eliminated without ever having to visit a doctor also, the presence of oleic acid in avocados also keep heart inflammations at bay. Research has also shown that avocado consumption keeps blood sugar steady. A slice of the super fruit slows down digestion hence helping in insulin resistance more so in diabetic patients.

Avocado improves digestive health

The high levels of fibre in help strike a balance in production and the efficacy of useful bacteria in the stomach and the food path. Consumption of avocado replenishes the stomach lining fluids to avert pain and discomfort in the bowels. The fruit is also an awesome source of energy due to the presence of mineral salts and vitamins.Avocados

 

Avocados can help improve your mood and good hair

Studies have shown that avocados have plenty of acid and vitamin B12 which are responsible for uplifting your moods, further, the studies have revealed that low levels of these vitamins are could lead to depression. The presence of jojoba oils in the avocado is an excellent source hair food, the oil soothes and rejuvenates the scalp hence promoting the hair moisturization and scalp healing. In addition, the presence of proteins and amino acids in the avocado enhances hair growth. For the messy and fun loving, the avocado paste can be directly applied to your head to cover your scalp and hair to strengthen your hair strands and nourish the scalp.

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Avocados are good for your skin

A single meal of avocado provides over 60% of oleic acid which forms an essential part of rejuvenating the skin. Instances of eczema are eliminated, and cell regeneration is triggered upon consumption. It is also worth noting that oleic acid helps in fighting off skin cancer and UV rays that cause severe skin damage. Due to the remarkable benefits of avocados, it aids in safely losing weight and shedding off the high levels of cholesterol.

How to Eat an Avocado and Some Neat Facts why it is a Powerful Food

 

Sources

https://www.healthyliveblog.com/2017/03/unveil-hidden-benefit-of-eating-avocado.html
https://www.healthambition.com/benefits-of-avocados/
https://www.healthline.com/health/16-health-facts-about-avocado#healthy-fats



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The Many Great Benefits Of Aloe Vera in your Home

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has been in existence since time immemorial, but its benefits have started to be felt across the globe due to the continued scientific studies that continue to bring to light the many advantages brought about by using products from this wonder plant. The plant has over 400 species, but a common denominator in all those species is the excellent and diverse benefits that are reaped by its use for both domestic and commercial purposes. Aloe vera is an evergreen succulent plant which grows to stems of around 60 centimetres, plus the plant has prickly thorns on its leaves. The leaves are part of the harvested items for processing. Below are some of the many great benefits of aloe vera.

Sunburn relief

The plant has compounds that are processed to make good quality sunburn relief creams. Its soothing effects also repair and rejuvenate the dermis and the epidermis hence also greatly helping in countering skin ageing and skin cancer. In addition, its creams are used to prevent harmful UV rays emitted by the sun from penetrating the skin.

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First-aid

Aloe vera sap is used in treating cuts, bruises, and wounds. It has the ability to stop bleeding wounds within seconds of application. Due to its anti-microbial properties, the wanton growth of disease-causing germs is stalled, and the open wound only requires dressing gauze after that.

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Source of Vitamins

The presence of beta-carotene which is a naturally occurring antioxidant in aloe vera is vital in the prevention of both breast and ovarian cancer. Pyridoxal phosphate is also found in aloe vera; the vitamin is responsible for efficiently managing metabolic functions in the body. The vitamin is also referred to as Vitamin B6

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Folic or folate acid is powerful vitamin found in aloe vera, the vitamin is responsible for making red blood cells, curing existing cases of anemia and repairing mutilated DNA cells in the body that have been damaged because of poisoning or deformation. With the recommended daily intake of 400 micrograms per day, cases of anemia are gradually and permanently reversed by the continued use of aloe vera supplements within no time.

Thiamin or vitamin B1 is a naturally occurring vitamin in aloe vera; it is responsible for subsisting on highly refined carbohydrates such as white rice, pasta, and white bread. Consumption of aloe vera products averts the Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome and high-output heart failure.

Make anti-inflammatory medicines

The presence of fatty acids in aloe vera creamy cell sap, the complex carboxylic acid is used as an active component in making the pharmaceutical products. Most importantly, the fatty acids are naturally occurring compounds that have not gone through industrial processing thus making their products 100% natural.

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Detoxifier

Aloe vera has been identified as an excellent detoxifying agent that does not corrode the stomach lining or intestinal walls. The active detoxifying compounds effectively absorb body toxins and set them out for excretion to eliminate the threats from the body system. In addition, these compounds heal infected intestinal areas to enhance the smooth functioning of absorption of water and mineral salts

Lower blood sugar and control insulin

The use of aloe vera has been found to control the excretion of insulin from the pancreatic glands especially for diabetic patients whose levels of blood sugar easily fluctuate from time to time. In healthy persons, the use of aloe vera better enables hormonal control of insulin without stressing the pancreas and the liver.

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Skin and Hair development

The use aloe vera in skin and hair beauty dates back before 30BC with Cleopatra the Egyptian queen, her hypnotic and mesmerizing beauty. The same beauty was replicated by the last queen of France Marie Antoinette as both ladies have been documented to use aloe vera. Their use of aloe vera made her faces look young and tender. Due to the vast amounts of vitamin C in the plant, the formation of collagen in the creamy gel a compound that occurs naturally to aid in the development skin strength and elasticity.

In addition, the use of aloe vera moisturizes and rejuvenates the skin hence keeping it bright and radiant. The presence of anti-microbial properties in aloe vera promotes steady hair growth and soothe the scalp, the presence of polysaccharides in the plant help strengthen weak hair and eliminate dandruff off your head.

Sources

http://www.naturallivingideas.com/aloe-vera-benefits/
https://theindianspot.com/benefits-growing-aloe-vera/
https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-aloe-vera.html



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5 Simple and Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System

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5 Simple Ways to Boost Your Immune System

In the current disease-rife world, it is common for people to go out of their way and invest in expensive drugs to ensure that they strengthen their immune system. While buying items such as multivitamins can aid in giving you the extra boost, there are many more natural ways to get the same effect. It all trickles down to the things you eat and your daily routine. Here are three natural and easy ways that you can use to boost your immunity

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Exercise by walking

It is common knowledge that exercising can be quite helpful in the quest to achieve a physically fit body. In addition to being physically fit, exercises such as walking and running can indeed boost your immune system. The reason behind this is the fact that such exercises increase the rate at which white blood cells and natural killer T cells (which are both vital for an immune system boost) are distributed to the whole body. Fortunately for anyone aiming at doing less engaging exercises, a 20-minute walk for at least five days per week will boost your immune system significantly.

Sleep

Get enough sleep

After an exhausting day of hard work, it is typical for people to feel tired and stressed. Well, sleep can not only help you feel relaxed but also boost your immune system. On the flip side, sleeping in the late night hours can affect your immunity negatively and end up exposing you to simple diseases such as common cold and even other complex diseases. In case you experience insomnia, taking dairy milk can be helpful as it introduces tryptophan, an amino acid that will help you relax, into your body.

Get enough vitamin D

Vitamin D is an essential vitamin in strengthening the immune system. While one of the best sources of the vitamin is the sun, people tend to stay indoors for too long which lead to less exposure to it. Bask in the sun for at least twenty minutes per day to get the right dosage of the vitamin. In case you are looking for other sources of the vitamin, you can try egg yolks, cod liver oil and fatty fish such as salmon.

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Drink enough water

Hydration is essential for the functioning of most body parts. Whenever you are sleeping or sick, your body needs enough water to ensure that it runs properly. Water influences the transport of white blood cells, nutrients and even oxygen to the body parts through the blood. Additionally, it also assists in the transportation of toxins from the body cell which, if left unattended to, could lead to illnesses. However, be careful not to overdrink water as this might wash away minerals from your body making this move counterproductive.

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Keep your stress levels low.

While there are almost new things in the current world that just seem to add to your stress, it is important to keep your stress levels low this is because stress affects how your body responds to diseases. Some of the best ways to reduce stress are meditation, yoga and even exercising. Additionally, you can opt to engage in relaxation techniques such as massage therapy and acupuncture.

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Your body’s immune system responds in accordance with its environment. With right routine, you can get to improve your immunity. Use the above tips and get to enjoy living a healthy life for long.

 

Sources:

http://naturallysavvy.com/care/5-ways-to-boost-your-immune-system
https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/10-ways-to-strengthen-your-immune-system



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Health Benefits Of Kimchee (Kimchi): The Tangy Tasty Korean Superfood

Kimchi

Kimchee is one of the most phenomenal cuisines in Korea and other Asian countries. The chi in its pronunciation refers to nature’s energy in most Asian cultures. It uses Chinese cabbage and lactic acid bacteria to ferment the meal giving myriads of health outcomes. Here are some of the reasons why you need to get yourself some Kimchee in your daily menu.

First let’s get the elephant of the room. There are many ways to spell Kimchee or Kimchee, but South Koreans prefer it spelt Kimchee.

Helps You Watch Your Cholesterol

Kimchi recipe usually incorporates the goodness of garlic, onions, and pepper. Garlic’s selenium goes eliminating any cholesterol in your artery walls. The onions ensure your HDL levels are always high so that all the cholesterol reaches your gallbladder. From here, the vitamin C facilitates the conversion of the cholesterol for disposal purposes. Fermented kimchi also comes in handy in lowering levels of bad cholesterol in the blood, together with excessive glucose. The regular washing off of cholesterol from your body will prevent arteriosclerosis and plaque development.

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Enhances Efficiency In The Digestive Tract

 offers probiotics from its fermentation. During this fermentation, the kimchee creates and multiplies the levels of lactobacillus and bifidobacteria. Lactobacillus helps maintain intestinal flora health. The bacteria ensure that the sludge-like matter in the intestines never accumulates preventing intestinal wall absorption. Bifidobacteria, on the other hand, give our body’s vitamin B that is rare in the vegetables you consume. The fibers in Kimchi prevent constipation by stabilizing your bowel movement in the body.

Boosting Your Immunity

One of the ways Kimchi keeps your protection at its peak is by its antioxidant ingredients such as pepper that are natural scavengers of oxygen free radicals in the body. With flavonoids and phenols, the pepper shields your body against oxidative damages. Secondly, cabbage in Kimchi offers sulphides and isocyanate components that aid in antioxidizing the body and preventing and treating inflammations. Thirdly, ingredients such as garlic, pepper, onions, and ginger are renown worldwide to fight off colds and flu and prevent infections.

Weight Watching

When trying to lose weight, food cravings are one of your greatest enemies. Shortly after a meal, your body starts demanding more input for energy and sometimes just mere cravings. Kimchis low-calorie diet comes packed with nutrients armed with satiating fibers. These fibres give you a fullness feeling helping fight off your sugar addiction. Also, studies show that the fermenting of Kimchi helps improve on the BMI and body fat levels in obese people.

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Fighting Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease where the body becomes insulin resistant resulting in elevated glucose levels. Research has it that cabbage-based Kimchi helps reduce the body’s resistance to insulin in people with diabetes. This, in turn, lowers the levels of glucose in the patient’s blood. In just four weeks of eating Kimchi, a diabetic patient will have improved diabetics status. It is an excellent delicacy for diabetic patients especially considering their restricted diet options.

A dish deeply ingrained in the Korean history, Kimchee has much to offer. In fact, statistics show Korea to be the country with the least cases of obesity following their healthy and sumptuous dish. With low fat and oils content and limited meat component, you must put Kimchee in your must-try cuisines. Have a taste of nature’s energy and reap the health benefits.

How to make Traditional Kimchi

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http://treelight.com/health/nutrition/what-makes-kimchi-so-healthy/
https://www.jenreviews.com/kimchi/
https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/other/health-benefits-of-kimchi.html

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10 Impressive Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

 

The coconut plant is common in tropical countries. Some people grow this beauty in plantations after discovering its health benefits. Today, coconut products have had an increase in popularity on and off the tropics. Its antifungal and antibacterial traits are amongst the most attractive things to look for in coconut products. Here are some of the significant health benefits you get from coconuts and their products.

1. Hair care solution

Every lady gets worried when their hair gets tangled. The hair becomes hard to manage and breaks during dis-entangling. Some of the hair products used to untangle the hair end up making one’s head greasy and uncomfortable. The oils change smells from sweet to freaky; forcing you to wash your hair and weaken your scalp continually. Coconut is the ultimate solution to tame your hair. The oil is butter like and ensures your hair is tangle free and shiny all day long.

Also, the oil helps improve hair growth. It is also a good conditioner getting damaged hair stronger than before. In the end, once your head is massaged with coconut oil, that is the end of your worries against dandruff.

Coconut Hair Shampoo

2. Skincare

Coconut oil has been in skin service for centuries. Its antibacterial and antifungal traits help keep off myriads of skin conditions all in one product. For starters, coconut oil is excellent moisturizing oil for your skin. Skin flaking and drying will be an issue of the past. Secondly, no one is ever ready to see wrinkles or sagging skin on his or her body. With coconut oil, your skin restores its youthful glow. Thirdly, skin infections such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis do not stand A CHANCE AGAINST COCONUT OIL. Skin care products such as soaps, beauty creams, and lotions and so on, come with coconut oils antifungal abilities. They will also fight bacteria as they ant oxidize your skin.

3. Weight loss solution

The first way coconut oil will help you lose weight is by substituting butter products. Whether it is in spreading toast, cooking, baking, etc., Coconut oil is a perfect replacement. Coconut Oils have come in medium chain fatty acids thus reducing excessive weight gain. Their ketones are easy to digest lowering stress levels in the pancreas trying to digest ordinary fats and oils. In addition to this, coconuts and their oils help subtle-down one’s appetite demands. When dieting, they are a great way to keep your tummy distracted from excessive eating and snacking.

Coconut Soup

4. Immunity improvement

Coconuts are based in caprice acid, laurel acid, caprylic acid and antimicrobial lipids. One’s body will change lauric acid into monolaurin that in turns fights off bacteria and viruses that would otherwise cause infections such as influenza, herpes, and cytomegalovirus.

5. Reduces insulin resistance

In type two diabetes, patients frequent insulin resistance from their bodies. Once the cells in the body reject insulin, the body cannot use glucose as an energy source all the insulin from the pancreases gets excessive coconuts ketones give your body consistent energy source other than glucose.

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6. Improves dental health

Coconut oil is no modern fad in dental hygiene. Oil pulling was the traditional dental cleaning method before toothpaste invention. Swishing oil around the mouth helped rid off bacteria in the mouth thus dental health. With 20 minutes of dental switching at least three times a week, your dental health will show a sharp improvement in no time. You will have fewer worries of getting the plaque, periodontal disease, etc. also, coconut helps improve your body’s calcium absorption rate.

7. Improving digestion

Irritable bowel system is one of the most common digestive problems affecting people today. Saturated coconut oils have antifungal properties fighting off bacteria that cause incomplete digestion and inflammation in the gut. Also, they will improve once the rate of absorption for digested foods.

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8. Anti-inflammation and arthritis

Coconut oil is rich in antioxidant levels. Especially coconut oil harvested in medium heat will suppress inflammations in no time. It can also act as the analgesic for patients. The calcium absorption benefits from coconut oil help reduce risks or osteoporosis in the elderly.

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9. Candida prevention and treatment

Candida can be described as the excessive yeast growth in one’s body egg in the stomach. This leads to inflammation in the digestive tract. Coconut Oil helps lower this inflammation and reduce the pain. Coconut oil is also gentle on the patient. They will not suffer side effects from sudden withdrawal from their usual medication.

10. Improves on general organ health

Apart from healthy liver, pancreases, and kidneys, coconut oil also looks out for your heart. Unlike animal fats and other plants fats, coconut oil increases healthy cholesterol HDL in your system. The LDL or bad cholesterol is reduced thus reducing heart disease risks.

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http://health.facty.com/food/15-clever-uses-of-coconut-oil-you-didnt-know-about/
http://www.eatthis.com/benefits-of-coconut-oil/
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil#section1
https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html



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