Health & Wellness: 10 common & annoying health issues and what to do about them

health-and-wellness and weblinkBrunswick Plantation & Golf Resort has an active community of residents who take advantage of the many swimming pools, tennis courts, golf, exercise and yoga classes.  However, there are a number of common health annoyances that may put a damper on your day or just be a general annoyance.  This blog post addresses 10 common issues and what you can do about them

Hangovers, cellulite, heartburn, and other common health annoyances can sometimes fell impossible to get rid of, but often there’s a fast solution—or at least a good way to see that it doesn’t happen again. . Follow these “expert” tips
to find the best cure for what ails you.
Teeth stains

What causes them: drinks such as red wine, coffee, and dark soda can really discolor on pearly whites.

What to do: Toothpastes with special chemicals or polishes and over the counter whitening products may brighten your teeth a shade or two, but for more effective measures, ask your dentist about stronger, in-office procedures. You can also try this natural approach to teeth brightening:
Crush a strawberry to a pulp and mix it with baking soda until blended. Use a soft toothbrush to spread the paste onto your teeth, and leave on for five minutes before brushing it off. (Do not to do this more than once a week, as too much acid from the fruit may damage your teeth’s enamel.)


What causes it: “Alcohol is a toxin, and if you drink too much, your body has to work overtime to metabolize that toxin,” says Steven Lamm, MD, house doctor on ABC’s The View. “The short answer here is that it’s not about the cure, it’s about prevention.”

What to do:

Still, replenishing with lots of water, fruit juice, and healthy foods can help reverse some of the damage.For example, bananas and pretzels can
restore sodium and potassium and boost your blood sugar. For a quick fix, take an Alleve as it can relieve headache pain and reduce swelling caused by alcohol’s inflammatory effects.


What causes it: “Cottage cheese thighs,” occurs when the skin covering your butt and thighs loses firmness, allowing the fat below to push through toward the surface.

What to do: There’s no magic potion, but there are things you can do to reduce its appearance, with exercises targeting your glutes, hamstrings, and thighs. “Skin-firming” creams and lotions, which claim to smooth by stimulating circulation, may reduce cellulite’s appearance in the short term. If you want more permanent results and are willing to pay, laser technologies performed by dermatologists or plastic surgeons may improve the look long term.

Bags under eyes

What causes it:

The underlying blood vessels can be more obvious because the skin under your eyes is so thin. When these blood vessels get inflamed (from
stress, crying, or not enough sleep), it appears on your face as dark or puffy areas under your eyes.

How to fix it:

Using an eye cream with caffeine can restrict blood vessels.  Or try a creamy concealer that is a shad lighter than your skin tone to cover up damage already done. Tips: match it to the inside of your arm, which is usuallythe lightest skin on your body.


What Causes it?

Excess gas typically is due from what you eat or how you eat it, Dr. Lamm says. The digestive system creates excess gas when it has problems digesting certain foods such as dairy or gluten products.

What to do?

If you find that certain foods give you a lot of gas, don’t eat them—or try a supplement such as Beano with them. You can also eliminate behaviors that may cause you to swallow a lot of air, such as drinking carbonated beverages, chewing gum, and eating or drinking too quickly, Dr. Lamm says.

Bad Breath

What causes it: Halitosis—OR stinky breath—arises from specific gasses released from your body or by bacteria, either in your mouth or your sinuses.

What to do:

Sometimes the quickest way to cure this is by treating the underlying cause, such as a sinus infection or a digestion issue. But if your bad
breath is persistent, speak to your dentist to eliminate gum disease, plaque, or gingivitis. Also, brushing and flossing your teeth daily can keep harmful bacteria at bay, and avoiding foods with potent odors (such as garlic, onions, and coffee).


What causes it: Heartburn is the result of stomach acid that flows the wrong way back up the esophagus causing chest pain.

to fix it: To avoid heartburn in the future, avoid overeating; identify and avoid “trigger” foods, such as caffeine, chocolate, and anything spicy.  Also, cutting back on alcohol can relax the lower esophageal sphincter, allowing acid to flow back up.

When heartburn does happen, a nonprescription antacid or proton pump inhibitor may provide relief.  If it happens a lot, then speak with your doctor.

Stress and anxiety

How to fix it: The way to handle stressful situations with ease is to be prepared, Dr. Lamm says. Prioritize your schedule, don’t take on more than you can handle, and practice time-management technique.  This may mean bringing a calendar with you, programming reminders into your mobile phone, or setting a goal to take care of problems when they happen.

Also, make time to do something relaxing: yoga, meditation, exercise, or even a short session of deep breathing.

Want to calm down fast? Try squeezing the fleshy part between your index finger and thumb for 30 seconds. This is believed to relieve stress and tension in the upper body in Chinese medicine.


What causes it:  “A headache is not a diagnosis; it’s a symptom,” Dr. Lamm says. The first thing to do when treating one is to ascertain its cause. “People may not appreciate how much lifestyle contributes to headaches,” he says. “If you’re not sleeping, or stressed about work, or on a new medication, or if you have five cups of coffee one day and none the next—those things can all contribute.”

How to fix it
To help reduce pain, try over-the-counter painkillers. Other things to consider are alternative treatment and prevention options, such as biofeedback, acupuncture, regular aerobic exercise, or neck and shoulder massages.

Hot flashes

What causes it: These drastic increases in body temperature occur in menopausal and older middle aged women due to hormone fluctuations.

How to fix it: A recent study found that women who practiced yoga with breathing exercises and meditation five days a week had half as many hot flashes and night sweats than those who only stretched. Other things to consider: adding soy milk, tofu, or edamame (which contain estrogen-like compounds) to your diet. Supplements, such as black cohosh, can reduce symptoms also.

We hope these tips help keep you healthy and in good spirits!  Please feel free to make any questions, comments, or suggestions.  We’d love to hear from you!


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