Monthly Archives: February 2017

5 Surprising Facts About Your Ears

While you take care to brush and floss your teeth daily, people rarely pay so much attention to their ears. Often, if our ears are pain free and we do not experience any abnormalities or difficulty hearing, we usually do not pay them any mind. However, this is not always a best practice for maintaining the health of your ears long term. If you want to avoid permanent hearing damage, it is vital that you partner with a professional doctor ENT clinic to stay informed about the health of your ears. Here are five facts you may not have known about ear health.

1. You Should Toss Out the Cotton Swabs

When thinking about cleaning out your ears, your first thought is probably to reach for that trusty cotton swab, right? Wrong. According to most doctors, you should “never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear.” While you can use a swab to clean the exterior folds of your ear, you should avoid using it to dig into your ears to remove wax. Often, all that you will do is push the wax deeper into your ear, possibly damaging the eardrum.

2. Cleaning Out Your Earwax is Easy!

Rather than using a swab to clean out your ear, it helps to understand what ear wax is. the ear canal produces ear wax as a healthy functioning of the ear. Usually, this is in small amounts and is not a serious issue. Most people can remove any excess ear wax using their household shower. Simply allow the warm (not cold or hot, as this can be painful and potentially cause vertigo) water to go down the ear canal, and then simply tilt your head to dump out the water. Additionally, a few drops of olive, mineral, or baby oil into your ears can help dislodge any stubborn earwax.

3. Nobody Knows Why Earwax Exists

While we know that earwax is typically produced in small amounts as a healthy and normal functioning of the ears, nobody knows why we have earwax. Some claim that it helps to balance the pH levels of the ears or it has antibacterial qualities. Doctors generally accept that earwax production must be some form of the ear’s self-cleaning mechanism.

What is strange is that some people make lots of ear wax, and others hardly make any at all. One claim is that earwax is meant to keep out bugs. And as it turns out, earwax is poisonous to bugs. This adaptation may have developed back when our earliest ancestors often slept on the ground.

4. The 3 Smallest Bones in the Body Are in the Ear

While many people have heard this before in a grade school biology book, it deserves mention that the malleus, incus and stapes (more commonly known as the hammer, the anvil, and the stirrup) are the three smallest bones in the body. The purpose of these bones is to vibrate in response to sound, working like small amplifiers. These bones essentially translate soundwaves from energy into audio information that travels through your inner ear and nerves to the brain.

5. Ear Candles Can Be Deadly

Well, maybe if you burn the house down, but seriously, ear candling can be very dangerous to your ear health. If you do not know what ear candling is, it involves sticking a hollow candle into the ear, and then lighting the other end. The heat from the flame creates a vaccuum that allegedly draws the earwax out of the ear. However, there is zero evidence that ear candles actually do anything at all for the health of your ears or removing earwax. On the other hand, there reports of burns, ear canal occlusions, eardrum perforations, infections, and temporary hearing loss due to use of ear candles are abundant.

How A Healthy Diet Can Help You Avoid Antibiotics

It’s springtime, which means allergies are abundant and colds are being passed around. The most common thing to do, if we get sick, is to blame the sickness on other people. “I hugged John that one day, so that’s how I got sick,” you might be thinking. Trust us, it wasn’t John. The real reason for getting sick is usually due to a weakened immune system. If you are tired, stressed, or you overworked yourself, your immune system is not running at its optimum level. Once the sickness comes on, the most common thing to do is resort to medication or antibiotics. While antibiotics may provide temporary relief, they are not good for your immune system in the long run. What if we told you that you could avoid taking antibiotics altogether? That’s right! It just starts with maintaining a healthy diet.

Believe it or not, the food you eat can have the most negative effects on your immune system. Think of your body like a car: you want it to run smoothly. This requires you to consume foods that constantly benefit and strengthen your immune system. If you eat sugar (excluding the natural sugars in fruit), dairy products, rancid fats and oils like baked goods or chips, or drink alcohol, then you are harming your body. Eating these types of food forces your immune system to fight off the bad chemicals in them. This ultimately makes you sick.

If you maintain a healthy diet, you don’t have to resort to antibiotics. Before we get into food, water is crucial for properly functioning bodily systems. A good rule of thumb is to intake half your body weight in ounces of water per day. Ex: If you weigh 150lbs, you should consume about 75oz of water per day. Water will help your immune system fight off the viruses it encounters. Whole grains like buckwheat, quinoa, or oats provide your body with a high dose of fiber, which can help prevent intestinal infections. Fruits and vegetables are the best fuels for your immune system because they supply antioxidants, beta carotene, and vitamins and minerals. By putting these healthy foods in your body, you are promoting healthy bacteria. Inversely, processed or unhealthy foods distribute bad bacteria into the body. When you take antibiotics, they are designed to kill both good and bad bacteria. The antibiotics cannot recognize that good bacteria eliminates negative substances from the body. If you eat unhealthily, get sick, and take antibiotics, there will be an imbalanced ratio of bad bacteria to good bacteria. This means that your immune system can’t catch a break because it is constantly fighting off bad bacteria.

Sometimes it is absolutely necessary for antibiotics or medical intervention. If you can avoid polluting your body with antibiotics, though, isn’t that the optimal solution? Eating healthily is the best way to do that. We strongly recommend vegetarian, vegan, or raw food diets for the best health. If you happen to be a healthy eater and still get sick, however, we have a few suggestions to promote vitality and a healthy immune system. Raw honey helps fight infections, eating garlic can clear your sinuses, and apple cider vinegar is a probiotic and a disinfectant. A few other natural remedies to consider are coconut oil, which has anti-inflammatory properties, and fermented foods like kimchi or sauerkraut, which are beneficial for digestion. With these natural remedies and dietary tips, you can take control of your health and steer clear of antibiotics. Let us know if you have any natural cures that you use

Quit Smoking Tips For Men, Women & Adults

Tips to quit smoking for men, women and adults. How to quit smoking methods for boys, girls. Almost every smoker wish to quit his smoking habits, but it becomes impossible to some extent, as it is a drug they are addicted to. And leaving a drug is a tough task for an addict. So nothing is to blame them. No doubt, you might have tried so many things. Go through our methods to quit smoking and try your best to do it.

Don’t be Alone

Tell your friends, family and work colleagues that you’re trying to give up. Their encouragement could make all the difference. The NHS can help with quit kits and other services. Consider joining a support group or talking to a counsellor.

Don’t Buy Cigerettes

If you are convinced to quit smoking, then don’t buy cartons of cigarettes, but it is difficult to quit at once. So buy them one or two each day but smoke them less than you used to do at regular days.

Say No To Lighting Up Triggers

Certain activities may trigger your urge to smoke. Alcohol is one of the most common triggers, so try to drink less when you first give up. If coffee is a trigger, change to tea for a few weeks. And if you usually smoke after meals, find something else to do instead, like brushing your teeth or chewing gum.

Change In Habits

After you are non smoker now, to maintain your this habit. You can try a change in your schedule and habits. Try a Morning walk, Massage, Acupuncture, Meditation, Grape Juice, etc.

Not One Puff, Ever (N.O.P.E.).

The mind is a tricky thing. It will tell you that one cigarette won’t hurt. And it’s hard to argue with that logic, especially when you’re in the middle of an urge. And those urges are super hard to argue with. Don’t give in. Tell yourself, before the urges come, that you will not smoke a single puff, ever again. Because the truth is, that one puff WILL hurt. One puff leads to a second, and a third, and soon you’re not quitting, you’re smoking.

Positive thinking! If you’re capable of finding a pretext to smoke, you should also be capable of finding an excuse not to smoke. It’s a matter of positive thinking. Make promise to yourselves and Wish you very Good Luck!