It’s been another week of great health news here at Bel Marra and we have taken the time to gather the best of the best for our weekly health news round-up. You will find articles on poor circulation in hands, a condition that is hard to cure. To keep your bowel movement regular, we’ve included information on colon cleansing and obstipation. Rounding off this informative week, we added articles touching on the possibility of the Western diet being linked to Alzheimer and how you can recognize and treat epigastric pain.
Poor circulation in hands: Causes and how to improve it
Poor circulation in the hands can occur when you have poor circulation overall. While most cases of poor circulation have prominent effects on the legs and feet, the hands are not immune.
Generalized conditions resulting in poor circulation, such as atherosclerosis or peripheral artery disease, can sometimes lead to poor circulation in the hands. There are other causes that are more specific to this body part. Continue reading…
Simple tips to keep your colon clean
If there’s one organ in our body that can be dubbed a troublemaker, it’s the colon. The final part of the digestive tract, the colon is responsible for essential functions such as fluid reabsorption as well as waste processing and elimination. The organ is populated by a myriad of different bacteria that promote healthy digestive functioning.
Despite the importance of our colon, we tend to ignore it. Sometimes, we neglect even the obvious signs of a problem, like persistent bloating or irregularity. When it comes to our digestive health, we assume that the body will take care of the problem. But if we don’t do our part, the problem will only get worse. Continue reading…
What causes obstipation and how to treat obstructive constipation?
Obstipation is a condition characterized by severe constipation. It results from an obstruction in the intestines, leading to a state where the intestines can’t fully empty.
While normal bowel movement patterns vary from person to person, the ideal frequency is about once a day. The medical criteria for a constipation diagnosis is passing stool less than three times per week, and passing stool more than three times a day is labeled as diarrhea.
All of these cases mentioned have some degree of stool excretion, but cases of obstipation have no stool or gas passed at all. Continue reading…
Western diets linked to Alzheimer’s disease
The causes of Alzheimer’s are not known, but it’s thought to be a combination of lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors. The condition often leads to increased forgetfulness or mild confusion in the initial stages, but over time, it robs you of your memory and cognitive ability. Early research in mice has found a link between this neurodegenerative disease and the consumption of a western diet. Continue reading…
Epigastric pain: Definition, causes, symptoms, and home treatment
Epigastric pain is located in a region of the upper abdomen. It is experienced in the area of the abdomen that is approximately in the middle, just below the nipple line. The term epigastric is in reference to an area located in the abdomen meaning “above the stomach.”
A few different things could cause this pain, as the region is comprised of a number of organs and tissues including the stomach, pancreas, duodenum, and part of the liver.
Depending on the underlying cause of your epigastric pain, it may present differently. Some cases describe epigastric pain as a burning sensation, while others describe it as being more sharp in nature. Continue reading…