Leg cramps can be really painful; so what causes them?
We’ve all had them; your leg muscles (often the calf muscles) suddenly spasm and stiffen and you start leaping about in agony – much to the amusement of anyone who happens to be watching at the time! You might be in the middle of some exercise, you might be watching Tv, you might even be asleep in the middle of the night – leg cramps can happen pretty much any time but what causes them? Continue reading
Our lives are becoming more and more sedentary; we spend hours sitting crouched over computer desks (as you probably are now) and our posture and our backs suffer. Back problems are notoriously difficult to overcome and many people are turning to kneeling or posture chairs. Continue reading
Fungal nail infections are common in adults and medically harmless. They are largely a cosmetic problem but those who are self-conscious about their feet will feel that it’s important to be treated.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic and often life-long problem, which has bad periods and better periods (doctors call this a relapsing disorder).
The 5 words that doctors (arguably) dread the most are “I’m tired all the time.” There are so many causes of tiredness that this comment can be the start of long and often fruitless investigations. One common cause of tiredness is hypothyroidism.
There are several ways to reduce your cholesterol levels without drugs if your cholesterol is high due to the amount of saturated fat you eat the diet. Click here for information on normal cholesterol levels.
Exercise and diet are very important in this. A healthy diet can help to reduce your cholesterol levels by over 10%, as well as making you slimmer and feel more energetic.
What are hemorrhoids?
Also called piles, hemorrhoids/haemorrhoids are swellings that occur in the lining of the back passage – the anus and rectum.
The network of small blood vessels in the back passage can become engorged with more blood than they’re used to. These enlarged blood vessels and the skin and tissue that lie over them become the swellings we know as hemorrhoids.
No one knows why some people get them and others don’t, but they are very common. It’s estimated that more than 50% of the population will have one or more hemorrhoids at some time in their lives.
There are many medications for lowering blood pressure and what works for one person may not work for another. If you need them, your doctor will start them slowly and ask you to come back regularly to check they’re working and that you don’t have side effects.
You should take the medication regularly as prescribed and alongside the lifestyle changes described here. Both these things will lower your risk of heart attacks, stroke and other effects of high blood pressure.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in our foods but mainly made naturally by the body. It’s not the bad thing that you might believe it to be as it does a lot of useful things in the body, such as forming a building block for our hormones.
A sleep mask is a light weight eye mask worn while sleeping that helps a person fall and stay asleep throughout the night. For many people who use them, they’ve got a kind of “cult following”. Ask anyone who wears an eye mask to bed and they’ll likely tell you that they can’t imagine NOT wearing one!