What Is Swimmer’s Ear?

Swimmer's Ear
Swimmer’s ear isn’t just for swimmers. It’s only named ‘swimmer’s ear’ because swimmers tend to experience it more than other people. But the fact is that swimmer’s ear can happen to anyone; just because you’re not a swimmer, don’t expect to be immune from it. The website of the Mayo Clinic defines swimmer’s ear, simply, as an infection in the outer ear canal. (The outer ear canal is that part of the ear’s structure which runs from your eardrum to the outside of your head.) So, if you have ears, you can get swimmer’s ear, and you don’t have to swim to get it. Do you take showers or baths? Do you wash your hair? Do you ever find yourself caught in the rain or in humidity? Do you use headphones or clean your ears with cotton swabs? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions (and hopefully you did, especially the shower/bath thing), then you can be prone to these infections of the outer ear canal that are also known as ‘swimmer’s ear.’ Continue reading “What Is Swimmer’s Ear?”

Health Benefits of Good Carbs

Health Benefits Of Good Carbs
You’ve likely been hearing it for decades… there are bad carbs and there are good carbs. But what does it mean? Are the bad carbs really that bad? And, perhaps even more important, are the good carbs really that good? The answers to both of these questions are, quite simply, yes. Bad carbs are pretty bad for you, and good carbs, well, they’re not just good… they’re great. In fact, when it comes to daily health tips, the differences between good carbs and bad carbs are clear. That’s why it’s important to learn some of the differences, and especially important to learn why good carbs are so important to your overall health. Here’s more information from health experts about why good carbs are so important to your health, and why it’s important to include them in your daily diet. Continue reading “Health Benefits of Good Carbs”

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Health Benefits of Apple Cider VinegarEverybody’s looking for ways to get healthy. And most of us wouldn’t mind finding little shortcuts to that good health. In fact, daily health tips are among the most trending Internet subjects ever, and the reason is pretty obvious. People are too busy these days to spend hours every day at the gym or reading about staying healthy. They’d rather do it! And that’s why apple cider vinegar has gained so much popularity in the United States and throughout the world. But it’s not just a fleeting fad, like many other daily health tips you read about. The health benefits of apple cider vinegar have been known for centuries. It’s been used for a number of ailments for thousands of years. Thankfully, its use throughout history as a health booster has been recorded and is still known today. In fact, today apple cider vinegar’s effectiveness for aiding in the cure of many medical conditions is even more prevalent than ever. It’s also been known throughout history that apple cider vinegar has many cosmetic uses. Following is helpful information about some of the most beneficial uses for apple cider vinegar. Continue reading “Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar”

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
A famous writer once wrote, “Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands… and eat just one piece.” Pretty funny, huh? Want to know the funniest thing about that quote? You don’t have to eat just one piece anymore… now that medical science has proven eating chocolate is actually good for you. It’s true! Chocolate has a number of health benefits, some that you’ve probably already heard about, and others that might not be so obvious. You probably already know that chocolate can help to elevate your mood, but there are a number of other health benefits of chocolate you likely don’t know about chocolate. For instance, did you know eating chocolate may actually help you eat less? Bet that’s one you’ve never heard before… but it’s a fact! And what about eating chocolate to help you develop and maintain glowing skin? Or even breaking off a couple pieces of that chocolate bar for… are you ready for this?… A sunburn! It’s true. Chocolate can even help to reduce the effects of a sunburn.  When it comes to good health there are a number of daily health tips that you should live by and eating dark chocolate is a good daily health tip. Continue reading “Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate”

Health Benefits of Coffee

Health Benefits of Coffee
“On the eighth day, God created coffee… so that people like me could experience those seven other days.” Is this you? Are you somebody who just can’t start your day without your morning cup of coffee? If you are, then it probably won’t surprise you a bit to hear you’re not alone, especially in the United States. According to the website of the Statistic Brain Research Institute, more than half of all American adults are coffee drinkers; upwards of 100 million people in the United States love coffee; and more than 65 percent of those have their first cup in the morning. And why not? Coffee is the perfect way to kick off your day! It gets your juices flowing and your brain synapses sparking. But what else can coffee do? What would you say if someone told you that cup you enjoy every morning has the power to make you healthier? It’s true! Recent studies have shown that drinking coffee is one of those daily health tips everyone should know more about. Why? Because coffee has a number of health benefits, such as helping you burn fat, improving your physical performance, and even lowering your risk of such health conditions as depression and type 2 diabetes. Still not shocked? Then, what would you say if someone told you coffee can lower your risk of developing Alzheimer disease and even some types of cancer? Thought so! Continue reading “Health Benefits of Coffee”

How to Prevent the Risk of Diabetes

Risks of Diabetes
This guest post was written by Efraim Landa

Efraim Landa is the founder of Effi Enterprises a Venture capital firm that funds medical start ups.

Diabetes is on the rise in the United States. According to the 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report, nearly 10 percent of the American population has diabetes, and more than 8 million are yet undiagnosed. Diabetes is a medical condition that is characterized by elevated blood sugar levels. The levels of blood sugar in the blood are controlled by the substance insulin. Insulin is a necessary pancreatic hormone, but in diabetics, it is produced less often, or the body simply does not respond the way it should to that insulin. There are two types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is formerly known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is formerly known as adult-onset or non-insulin-dependent diabetes. There are a number of differences between these two types of diabetes. The first type of diabetes, type 1, typically occurs in childhood (but not always), and its causes are still unknown. Type 1 only accounts for between 5 and 10 percent of all diabetics. Type 2 diabetes typically occurs in adulthood (but can occur at nearly any age), and it is largely preventable. This article contains information on how to prevent the risk of type 2 diabetes. Continue reading “How to Prevent the Risk of Diabetes”

Yoga for Men

Yoga for Men
This guest post was written by Shari Duddy

Shari Duddy is a Yoga teacher and educator in New Jersey. Shari has many years of experience teaching Yoga

A lot of men believe that yoga is for women. In fact, it’s rare to see men in yoga classes. Most yoga teachers admit that the majority of their classes are made up of women. However, this is a sad fact for most yoga teachers because they’re fully aware of the great number of benefits men can reap from practicing yoga. For instance, if you’re a man who often faces stressful days on the job, you’re likely bringing those stressors home with you. And that increased stress at work can put stress on your relationships. But that isn’t all stress can do to your life. It can cause your body to become less able to function, piling health problem on top of health problem as you get older. Yoga can help you learn to relax and put your mind, as well as your body, at ease, thereby reducing the stress you feel in every area of your life. Yoga can also increase your strength and your flexibility. And if that’s not enough to get you to try yoga, what would you say to the knowledge that yoga can even increase your potency as a man? Thought so. Continue reading “Yoga for Men”

What Is a Celiac Disease Friendly Diet?

Celiac diseaseThe word ‘celiac’ (Greek) literally means ‘relating to the abdomen.’ Celiac disease is a digestive disorder that occurs when wheat, pasta, breads, and other products that contain gluten irritate the small intestine. The word ‘gluten’ is derived from the Latin word ‘glue.’ It is a combination of plant proteins occurring in grains such as wheat, corn, barley, and rye. The word gluten is used in this way because it actually is an adhesive. Gluten is found in many processed foods in our American diet today. Surprisingly to many, it is also used in many medications, vitamins, and even lip balms. Those who suffer from celiac disease cannot consume gluten because it prevents nutrients from being absorbed into the body, thereby causing damage to the lining of the intestines. If celiac disease goes undiagnosed or untreated, it can lead to serious complications with other areas of the body, such as the nervous system, bones, and even the brain. Thankfully, though celiac disease is more common today than ever, it’s also true that many American food manufacturers are coming up with more foods that are friendly to those who suffer with celiac disease. Following is information from gastroenterologists in Flushing about the celiac disease friendly diet. Continue reading “What Is a Celiac Disease Friendly Diet?”

How to Reduce Risks of Stomach Ulcers

Lower The Risk of Stomach UlcersA stomach ulcer occurs when areas of the lining of the stomach or small intestine become eroded or worn away. Stomach ulcers can be very painful. They can also cause additional symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, bloating, and loss of appetite. Stomach ulcers can even lead to more serious medical conditions, including cancers of the stomach and digestive system. There are a number of known contributors to the development of stomach ulcers. These include poor diet, bacteria known as H. pylori (helicobacter pylori), use or overuse of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), consuming products with caffeine or carbonation, smoking, and excessive alcohol use. But there is good news about stomach ulcers. They are largely preventable. In many instances, all it takes is a little behavior modification here and there to reduce your risk of developing a stomach ulcer. Here are some tips from gastroenterologists on how to prevent stomach ulcers. Continue reading “How to Reduce Risks of Stomach Ulcers”

What Causes Stomach Ulcers?

Stomach UlcersMillions of Americans suffer from stomach ulcers. In fact, so many people in the U.S. have stomach ulcers that we’ve almost become desensitized to the seriousness of this medical condition. Stomach ulcers, sometimes also referred to as peptic ulcers, are worn or eroded areas of the lining of the stomach, esophagus, or small intestine. The term ‘stomach ulcer’ can be a catch-all phrase used by laypeople for a number of ulcerative conditions within the digestive system, but physicians do have more specific terms for them. When stomach ulcers are diagnosed, they are called gastric ulcers. When ulcers of the duodenum are diagnosed, they are referred to as duodenal ulcers. And when ulcers of the esophagus are diagnosed, they are referred to as esophageal ulcers. In layman’s terms, however, these oftentimes fall into the category of stomach ulcers. There are a number of causes or contributing factors to stomach ulcers, including age, smoking, bacteria, use of some medications, excessive alcohol use, and diet. Following is more detailed information from GI doctors regarding the causes of stomach ulcers, as well as measures that can be taken to prevent them.  If you think you have a stomach ulcer or are at risk of an ulcer you should contact a gastroenterologist in Queens. Continue reading “What Causes Stomach Ulcers?”