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Four quick fixes for common health problems

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Posted  Saturday, July 26   2014 at  01:00

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Although seeing your doctor is the best way to treat common health problems, if you want a fast-fix to alleviate some of the symptoms you have been suffering, check out these tips and tricks – you will be feeling like your healthy self in no time.

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Bloating
Bloating is a common health problem and can be caused by lots of things, including lactose intolerance, digestion problems, and certain foods, drinks and medications. Although seeing your doctor will help you tackle your bloating issues, for a fast fix to alleviate the symptoms you can take a probiotic, which contains good bacteria. A probiotic may help you banish bloating because when our good bacterium gets low, we are unable to break down food and prevent yeast overgrowth; this leads to bloating. Try to have a probiotic yoghurt with some berries for breakfast. Think plain yoghurt and a few grapes.

Anxiety
Did you know that one in 50 adults are thought to suffer from an anxiety disorder at some point during their lives? Although it is natural to worry, anxiety can become a disorder if people overly worry without necessary triggers or causes. The common term for anxiety disorders is Generalised Anxiety Disorder and it is thought to be caused by many things including a chemical imbalance in the brain, the environment you are in and your genetics.

Although medication and cognitive therapy are typically used to treat Generalised Anxiety Disorder, if you want a quick-fix to anxiety you can do some aerobic exercise. According to a report on the influence of exercise on mental health from Arizona State University, aerobic exercise is the best choice for anxiety reduction. Or, if it’s not possible to slip on your running kit, maybe do some breathing techniques.

Insomnia
Sleep disorders are complex, varied and affect millions of people around the world. Insomnia normally involves being unable to fall asleep or being unable to stay asleep. Although insomnia can be a symptom of other conditions, if you want to have a quick-fix solution you might want to try shutting down your Facebook and Twitter accounts. A poll found two-thirds of the people who took part in the poll had trouble sleeping after using the social networking sites, while others found it hard to relax.

If you can’t live without your social media fix then you could always turn on the kettle and have a cup of tea instead. The University of Maryland Medical Centre found that drinking chamomile tea can relax you so that you can fall asleep quicker.

Dandruff
Dandruff is not ideal if you want luscious looking locks and it can be a nightmare when it itches, but it is a common problem and is caused by the skin on your scalp flaking. Although most of us suffer from a little dandruff as our old skin cells are replaced by new ones, severe dandruff can be an embarrassing and painful problem. Severe dandruff is caused by fungi that grows on your scalp.

To treat more severe dandruff you may need to see a doctor, but you can try shampoos that contain zinc, coal tar or tea tree oil. Anti-fungal shampoos have also been proved to help alleviate the symptoms of dandruff. Other self-medicated treatments include warm olive oil, which you apply to your scalp before rinsing, as well as apple-cider vinegar. Mix apple-cider with water and apply to your scalp, leaving it to dry. Don’t wash out the apple-cider, but leave it in.


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