Thursday, October 30, 2008

Hypnotize Those Fats Away

Food is not only intended to provide our body with physical sustenance. A necessity to fuel our biological system, without food, none of us would be capable of performing our usual functions at work, school, home, and even in our private affairs. However, to some of us, they mean so much more than just something we need to stay alive.

If you find yourself frequently munching on the largest pack of potato chips every time you feel the urge, to the point that you no could no longer fit into your favorite pair of jeans, then you know very well what is being addressed here. You understand that there are some people like you who see food as so much more than just sustenance.

Put it this way, you are among the growing population of people who have come to rely on food to compensate for whatever lack you may have in your life. As distressing as this may sound, you have to accept that this is the global truth we are stressing here: There are many emotional eaters in the world who use food to make up for the emotional distress they experience. On top of this, majority of them are not even aware of it, not even when they realize they have ballooned to such enormous proportions that they could not fit through the front door any more.

Luckily, there are so many ways for people like you to come to terms with this reality, and help you banish those excessive fats from your body for good. One such method is hypnosis.

The common practice of using hypnosis to stop smoking has extended beyond to other problems including weight-related ones like yours. Emotional eating is linked to how your brain addresses the negative emotions brought on by the stressful events you have encountered. Using hypnosis can work in going straight to the heart of your problem. If you are interested in trying out this method, here are the steps.

*Let yourself relax. Then close your eyes and allow yourself to explore this state of relaxation further.

*Using imagery, identify the many different reasons that prompt you to eat. Triggers can be anything from the time of day, down to the mere act of thinking about the food item itself. For emotional eaters, it could be an exact emotion or anything that would remind them of a specific trauma.

*Find out if you are feeling hungry as of this moment. Then ask yourself what might feel good in your stomach at this time. Use your imagination to visualize your choice of food.

*Picture yourself consuming this particular food. Then try to see how it would feel in your stomach afterwards.

*Now, picture yourself eating nothing at this point. Compare the feelings you get from these two visualizations. It is only when it feels better would you entertain the possibility of keeping the food for eating purposes.

*Try out as many different kinds of food as you like. Do this until you have decided on which kind of food would provide you with comfort over time. In this case, bear in mind that fattening foods tend to make you feel bad after some time. They also make you feel lethargic and heavy.

*After you have done this exercise, eat the food, which you have identified as the one that would make your stomach feel best over time.

Resource Box: Maricel Modesto is a writer and editor who writes for various health and lifestyle magazines.

Monday, October 27, 2008

How to Ease Tension Headache

With all the pressure brought on by the hustle and bustle of daily life, who would not be tense? In everything we do, we face challenges and have no other recourse but to take necessary risks in order to thrive in an ever-competitive environment. Our own frustrations could raise the tension level a notch if we let it get to us. The same thing goes for our interpersonal relationships. Friction caused by misunderstandings or hefty demands are also contributory factors, leading to that perennially increasing ball of solid pressure bearing down on our heads. These are just some of the many reasons why we often get tension headaches these days.

Nevertheless, tension headaches, like pollution, is just another aspect of reality that we all have to contend with. However, uncomfortable as they can get, we do have several choices when it comes to dealing with tension headaches. There are several measure we can take that may provide fast pain relief for that all too common tight feeling we get around our heads when we feel overwhelmed by tension. Some of them may not prove to be as quick, but they may still work. Let us give them a try next time we feel the beginnings of a tension headache striking us again.


Take a pain reliever immediately. All of us are most likely to reach into our medicine cabinets at the first sign of a headache, and we have a very good reason to do so: pain relievers work. Their components alleviate our condition by easing the swelling of our blood vessels, which helps our blood flow more easily.

Lie down and relax. Choose a dark quiet place free from obstructions and interruptions of all sorts. Make sure that it has a comfortable couch or bed for us to lie on. Close our eyes for a few minutes, and free our thoughts of anything and everything preoccupying it at the moment.

Slowly imbibe a very cold drink. Do not drink it all at once. Let us take our time and make sure that it is really cold. Put lots of ice cubes. Take sips of this freezing water as we are lying down. We can also try putting some of the ice in an ice pack, and then place it on our head. This would help cool us down.

Inhale deeply and then exhale. Do not rush. Feel the air fill our diaphragm. As we do this, our tummy should expand. When we exhale, our tummy should contract. As we exhale, let the air out through our lips. Imagine that we are releasing the tension.

Let us try doing a muscle relaxation exercise.

Determine every possible reason we may have for feeling so tense. Do not hold back. Let it all out. It would be better if we write down all these reasons. This practice symbolizes our attempt to free ourselves from these causes of tension. Writing them down helps ease the pressure off our chest, as well as our head.

Resource Box: Maricel Modesto is a writer and editor who writes for various health and lifestyle magazines.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Treating Female Sexual Dysfunction

Millions of women from around the world suffer from Female Sexual Dysfunction or frigidity. This condition lessens or completely dissolves a woman's sexual appetite or libido. There are a number of factors that can trigger female sexual dysfunction. Among these are physiological conditions, side effects of medicinal products, as well as emotional or psychological issues.
Despite the fact that female sexual dysfunction is a very common sexual health condition that can trigger in sexually active women anytime, there is a treatment available for this condition. This is none other than to go to a licensed therapist who specializes in sexual health complications.
Now, if you are one of the many women who are suffering from female sexual dysfunction, the best thing to do is to consult a doctor regarding your condition. Read on below for the course of treatment commonly conducted by a doctor for the female sexual dysfunction condition.

A competent sexual health doctor will:

* Diagnose and treat causes of sexual dysfunction.

The sexual health therapist will conduct a thorough physical examination in order to determine if you manifest any common physiological contributor to sexual dysfunction such as infection, renal failure, cardiovascular and vascular disease, hypertension, nerve or spinal trauma, genital and pelvic conditions, as well as neurological complications. During the consultation, the doctor will check for vaginal dryness, infections, or painful areas in the genitalia.

* Make use of counseling as treatment.

Sexual health doctors can make use of counseling to treat psychological and emotional issues that trigger female sexual dysfunction. Emotional and psychological issues may include anxiety, fear, depression, and difficulty interacting with the opposite sex.

* Show what a healthy sexual function and libido is as well as the association of good physical health to a healthy sexual life.

As part of the treatment, sexual health doctors will educate you on what a healthy sexual function is. The doctor will also explain the relationship of a healthy physical condition to a good sexual function. It is also possible that the doctor will give suggestions on how you can better your sexual performance with your partner. Most of the time, sexual health doctors refer their patients to a sex therapist for further treatment.

* Check if harmful factors like alcohol and nicotine trigger the condition.

Sexual health doctors will also check if nicotine or alcohol has something to do with your condition. If ever your condition is linked to the intake of either of the two substances, the doctor will most probably help you in reducing or eliminating your use or intake of these substances, which can trigger the said sexual health condition.

* Determine if current prescription medication used adversely affect sexual health condition.

It is very important for your doctor to know what medications you are currently taking, as these may have adverse effects to your overall sexual health. If ever you are currently taking medicines that can somehow affect your sexual functioning, the doctor will either request you to stop or reduce taking them. On your part, it is best to be honest to your doctor regarding your other health conditions to avoid having further complications.

Resource Box:
Rcon Franchesca V. Pascua is a web content writer and researcher who specializes in health and fitness topics. She enjoys reading health-related features and articles and sharing what she learns by providing tips and guidelines on how to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Natural Cure for Anxiety

Feeling anxious every once so often is normal. Looking at it positively, anxiousness pushes us to become wary of possible consequences which may not be entirely to our liking. It keeps us from becoming too comfortable to the point that we become negligent and come to harm. However, if we are anxious all the time, and it has already gotten in our way of enjoying a peaceful existence, then it is high time we pay our psychiatrist a visit. For all we know, we could already be suffering from an anxiety disorder. Generally, such psychological ailments would entail the use of certain prescription medicines, most of which would be classified under psychotropic drugs, and psychotherapy.

However, prior to resorting to these traditionally accepted treatments for anxiety, there are other options that do not involve the use of synthetic drugs. A natural cure for anxiety could be in the form of herbs and other medicinal plants in order to alleviate our condition. According to people who advocate natural remedies, making use of natural plants and other materials for addressing ailments could work better since they are supposedly devoid of side effects. If you have been feeling more anxious than you used to lately, then trying these out could be the answer you are searching for.
  • Get a massage.
All forms of massage therapy are intended to ease muscle tension, promote better sleeep, and diminish stress.
  • Try the powers of passionflower.
A study that involved 198 participants has proven the efficacious properties of passionflower in addressing the symptoms of anxiety. In addition, another study has confirmed that its effect is similar to that of benzodiazepine drugs. However, unlike other natural remedies for anxiety, using passionflower can have adverse physical effects. These are vomiting, dizziness, and heart palpitations. It is also important to take into consideration that passionflower can never be taken alongside other sedatives without medical supervision.
  • Valerian may work, too.
Valerian is an herb that is widely popular for treating insomnia. Yet, it is also used for treating anxiety. Like passionflower, using it may generate adverse physical side effects, such as dizziness, headaches, slight indigestion, and rapid heartbeats.
  • Consider the positive effects of kava.
Popularly utilized as a medicine, kava, a shrub native to Polynesia, is known to work against human anxiety. However, the United States Food and Drug Administration has released a public advisory warning consumers of its negative effect to our liver.
  • Why not try the therapeutic effects of aromatherapy?
A commonly known branch of herbal medicine, aromatherapy makes use of the medicinal components of plants, essential oils, and herbs. Among the essential oils used to address the symptoms of anxiety are the following: lavender, ylang-ylang, rose, sandalwood, melissa, neroli, jasmine, geranium, cypress, and bergamot. However, among them, lavender is the one that is widely used for promoting relaxation.
  • You can also try GABA.
Gamma-aminobutyric acid or GABA is an amino acid used in some anxiety drugs to impact our brain receptors. It is known to have a positive effect in addressing the symptoms of anxiety.


Prior to resorting to these traditionally accepted treatments for anxiety, there are other options that do not involve the use of synthetic drugs. A natural cure for anxiety could be in the form of herbs and other medicinal plants in order to alleviate our condition. According to people who advocate natural remedies, making use of natural plants and other materials for addressing ailments could work better since they are supposedly devoid of side effects.

Resource Box: Maricel Modesto is a writer and editor who writes for various health and lifestyle magazines.