Not every person has the ideal bowel habit which is as regular as clockwork. It is inconvenient to have to pass stool at an unexpected time, experience loose watery stool or pass very hard stool infrequently. These are signs of poor bowel habit. It is important to first see a doctor to find out if these disturbances may be due to any bowel diseases, be it acute of chronic. If there is no apparent bowel abnormality then you should look at various ways to improve your bowel habit. The reality is that good bowel habit is frequent, regular and somewhat predictable bowel movements with the passage of soft and firm stool that is easily evacuated. If your bowel habit is not as “picture perfect” as this, then consider these tips for better bowel habit.
Our kidneys are working all day and night to ensure that toxic substances and waste products are filtered from our body. It also regulates the amount of fluid in the body as well as the different minerals and salts that are essential for various processes. Although we can remain healthy even if we only have one kidney, both kidneys are constantly working to maintain the state of balance (homeostasis) that marks health. As with any part of the body, the kidneys can become dysfunctional, damaged and diseased. The symptoms may not be immediately obvious unless it is a severe kidney problem that strikes suddenly. But identifying the early and subtle signs of kidney disease and seeking medical attention as soon as possible can drastically improve the outcome.
Not all of us are bursting with energy when we rise in the morning. This is not a problem unless it continues throughout the day. For some people, feeling tired and drained every morning is a chronic problem. It can affect every part of life, lead to depression and even contribute to overall poor health. While it takes a little while to “get started” after waking, you should be the most energetic in the morning after having rested properly and the least energetic at night when it approaches bedtime. It is a culmination of several factors from physiological changes in the body to food that you eat and the level of physical activity.
There are several reasons for morning fatigue, some common and not considered to be abnormal while others are actually a sign of some underlying problem. It is important to realize that during sleep your body was in a low metabolic state for several hours without any food or water. Even your heart rate and breathing was significantly depressed compared to when you are awake and active. Your body has to shift from this deep state of rest to now “power” you through the day. The transition is not going to be instantaneous. It will take some time. But there are a few things that you can do to get the process started.
Are you planning to travel soon to a high risk area for malaria? Have you educated yourself about this dangerous infectious disease? Malaria is a life-threatening infection caused by the Plasmodium parasites that are transmitted through the bite of mosquitoes. It can be prevented and even cured but malaria claims the lives of over 600,000 people every year. Travelers who are not immune and do not take the necessary precautions are very vulnerable to contracting malaria. There is currently no vaccine to protect you against malaria although there is ongoing research in the field. A few practical tips can make all the difference in preventing malaria.
Check Malaria Areas
It is important to find out if the area you are visiting is in fact a malaria-endemic area or not. Do not depend on travel agents and the advice of friends or family who may be seasoned travelers. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has detailed malaria map applications that will provide accurate information for travelers. Malaria may occur throughout some countries, or only in certain regions of a country. However, you need to be fully aware of the high risk areas even if you are traveling to parts of a country where malaria transmission is not known to occur. You may change your travel plans while on vacation and find yourself inadequately prepared in a high risk area.
Do you tend to pass urine a bit too often? It may in fact be a sign of certain diseases but many people experience urinary frequency even though there is no underlying problem. The cause of this urinary frequency may not necessarily be serious and poses little more than an inconvenience in having to visit the toilet many times in a day. The cause can be as simple as drinking too much of water or wearing tight clothing. Even your state of mind can be a factor.
Urination is a natural process that includes urine formation by the kidneys, storage of urine within the bladder and voiding which is the expulsion of the urine into the environment. It is the process that allows the body to get rid of toxins and waste products in the bloodstream as well as regulate the water volume and electrolyte levels in the body. While you should not be urinating too few times in a day, there comes a point when frequent urination, which is not disease related, can affect your life.