In case you missed it, here is Bel Marra Health’s weekly health news roundup, featuring information on hip pain in women, explosive diarrhea, blood pressure, and agnosia.
Hip pain in women: Causes and pain relief tips
One of the most commonly complained about ailments in older people is hip pain. Depending on how severe your hip pain is and what the cause is, the treatment will vary. By determining the exact location of your hip pain, you’ll be able to better locate the cause.
If you are experiencing pain on the outside of your hip or in the surrounding area, it may be due to problems in the ligaments, tendons, muscles, and soft tissues surrounding the hips. If the pain is on the inside of the hip, you may have a problem with the actual hip joint. Continue reading…
8 superfood swaps to eat healthy on a budget
It’s often assumed that eating healthy costs a lot of money, meaning if you can’t afford big-name superfoods you end up buying cheaper fast food to satisfy your hunger. Unfortunately, as you know, not eating well can contribute to various health repercussions.
There are many “superfoods” out there that health experts have advocated for. But what exactly makes a food a superfood? Well, for starters, these foods are often packed with nutrients that work to promote good health. You receive an ample supply of vitamins and minerals known for supporting overall well-being. As mentioned, though, these foods often come with a hefty price tag, which can make healthy eating practices difficult to follow. (This miracle berry helps revitalize your cells and boost energy.) Continue reading…
Explosive (severe) diarrhea in adults: Causes, complications, and treatment tips
Explosive or severe diarrhea is not an everyday occurrence, so knowing what to expect when it occurs is helpful. In a regular stool, three-quarters are water and the remaining quarter is made up of undigested carbs, fiber, protein, fat, mucus, and intestinal secretions. Your large intestine absorbs the excess fluid so your stool isn’t usually watery. In regular diarrhea, bowel movements have a more liquid consistency and are usually more frequent.
In cases of explosive (severe) diarrhea, the bowel contractions are stronger and more forceful, meaning your rectum is filled beyond its capacity. This type of diarrhea is often accompanied by increased gas activity, which increases the ejection and makes the excretion loud. Continue reading…
5 simple tricks to lower blood pressure
When we talk about health, we can’t skip over the subject of high blood pressure. Go for any doctor appointment, be it with a GP or a medical specialist—most likely, your blood pressure (BP) will be checked. Take any household or visit a large pharmacy—you’ll find a sphygmomanometer there (yes, this is how blood pressure meter is actually called). Grab a random book on general health and you’ll most definitely find a chapter on how to keep your BP in check.
It is not surprising that modern medicine attributes so much importance to healthy blood pressure levels. A Harvard study revealed that high BP contributes to over 15 percent of deaths in the U.S. Often referred to as the “silent killer” due to absence of the telltale symptoms (28 percent of Americans don’t know their levels are higher than normal), high blood pressure is associated with increased risk of life-threatening cardiovascular conditions such as heart attack and stroke, along with other health issues. (Your tiredness is not just because of aging.) Continue reading…
Agnosia: Types, symptoms, causes, and treatment
Identifying an object or a sound may seem like a given, but a rare condition called agnosia is just the opposite—an inability to recognize things or faces. People with this disorder see the geometric features of an object but cannot recognize it. They can see a face, but do not recognize it. In some cases, agnosia affects only one sense, such as vision or hearing. The affected person may be perfectly fine recognizing an object as a car, but fail to identify a sound as honking. Agnosia is typically brought about by injury to the brain’s occipital lobe (visual processing center) or parietal lobe (responsible for processing sensory information). It should be noted that people affected by the disorder still retain their mental faculties in other aspects of cognition. Continue reading…