Meditation

Meditation: An Effective Way to Beat Stress and Worries

Meditation: An Effective Way to Beat Stress and Worries

Meditation is something that some people consider to be a religious thing for certain cultures, but that isn’t always the case. Meditating can be beneficial to anyone who wants to do it, because it helps you clear your mind and de-stress a especially during these...

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Meditative Breathing for Optimal Health

Meditative Breathing for Optimal Health

Stressed Out? Try a form of body and mind exercise... meditation. It involves meditative breathing that surely works to relieve stress, tension, anxiety and worry. Meditation is important for anyone who wants to maintain an optimal level of physical, emotional, and...

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Health and Wellness

Good Fats for Depression

Good Fats for Depression

Eat good fats to prevent Depression Eating more good fats and less bad fats helps avoid depression, Alzheimer’s and other inflammatory brain diseases. Fat – in general – is not an enemy to the brain.  In fact, almost 60% of the brain is made from fats, dietary fats. ...

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Stay Healthy. MUFA More!

Stay Healthy. MUFA More!

Who wants Fats?  When we hear the word FAT, the reaction is usually unappealing and displeasing. Nowadays, we are living in a more health-conscious society (because of so many diseases  that are suddenly developing) and no one doesn’t want to get fat, to be labeled as...

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A Fat Fact: Trans Fat can Shrink your Brain!

A Fat Fact: Trans Fat can Shrink your Brain!

With this busy-- almost no time out lifestyle that we have these days, there are many food choices made for our convenience. We can just dial any fast food for delivery if we are stuck in our office desk... Or we can just shoot that packed food from the grocery shelf...

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7 Eating Habits to Manage your Mood

7 Eating Habits to Manage your Mood

Have you ever indulged in ice cream or cake when you are feeling down or upset? How about being stuck in traffic on your way to work without breakfast and suddenly felt “hangry” (Hungry+Angry)? Did you know that your energy level, your ability to think clearly and to...

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How Food Affects How We Feel

How Food Affects How We Feel

Eating healthy food for the brain can help improve cognitive function, including memory, decision-making ability, mental response time, and mood. High-quality foods contain lots of vitamins and minerals that nourish the brain. They also provide essential fatty acids...

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Depression is Treatable

Depression is Treatable

Scrolling in one of my social media accounts, I noticed unusual posts from a long time friend. We are not that close yet I’ve known her as a happy and optimistic person but this past few months she seems hopeless and lonely. She shares sad quotes, angry remarks, and...

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Mediterranean Diet: What to Eat to Live to 100

Mediterranean Diet: What to Eat to Live to 100

Ever wonder what the food diet of the ancient Greek gods and goddesses was? The people of Greece, particularly in the island of Ikaria, is known to be one of the regions of the world where people tend to live unusually long and healthy lives in which it is normal for...

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Staying Healthy while it’s Rainy

Staying Healthy while it’s Rainy

It’s so nice to sleep nowadays while cuddling your loved ones with the cool weather, not to mention me as a mom minimizing the use of electricity. (We’re not using the aircon for days now.) Here in the Philippines, starting the month of June, the rainy season has...

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How To Change Your Diet to Improve Your Mood

How To Change Your Diet to Improve Your Mood

Mood depends on a multitude of things, from stress and clutter to sleeping habits and personal relationships. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to control your mood, one of which is changing up your eating habits. As explained in our previous post about...

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October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child

October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child

Today, we celebrate every girl in the world to recognize how hard being a girl is even to this day. This started In 2011, when the United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child as the result of youth advocacy around the world. Its mission is to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” 

In simple words, the day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. This is also a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere.

The theme of this year’s October 11 celebration is “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement”, because, as the United Nations writes, we need more numbers to help more girls:

“There are 1.1 billion girls today, a powerful constituency for shaping a sustainable world that’s better for everyone. They are brimming with talent and creativity. But their dreams and potential are often thwarted by discrimination, violence and lack of equal opportunities. There are glaring gaps in data and knowledge about the specific needs and challenges that girls face.”

Across the world, empowered girls are raising their voices to fight for their rights and protection in all contexts. They are working to end violence against women and girls, to recognize indigenous rights, and to build peaceful and cohesive communities.

Oleia Topical Oil supports International day of the Girl Child. We believe in girls and with their limitless individual potentials to change the world into better place. We recognize the challenges they are facing and their perseverance to get going. Girls worldwide deserve better: better education, better protection, better access to resources, better health outcomes, and a better future. Making the world better for girls makes the world better for everybody, period.

About The Author

Andrea is a full time home maker. When she is not busy taking care of her husband and kids, she goes out giving financial management talks. She is a proud breastfeeding mom for four years running and an avid Oleia Topical Oil user.

Is There such a Thing as Ibuprofen Overdose?

Is There such a Thing as Ibuprofen Overdose?

Ibuprofen

And there I was, lying whole day on my bed. It’s too painful I can’t even move. The more I try to ignore the pain, the more I can feel it. Why do us girls have to experience this pain every month? I have high tolerance to pain, but this one is an exemption. It is not a new thing to me since I first had my red days. As young as 10, I started to have this regular visitor pains and the only ones that can comfort me in those times are those little pills I consider my only true friends, the painkillers.

I remember how each days of the month bring different pains in my body. I experienced headache, abdominal cramps, tiredness, backaches and more. It caused me to miss school and the fun with my friends. Up until I worked in the corporate world, it was still there. So painkillers, particularly Ibuprofen became my best friend on hand. I have to take it more than once in a day for a long period of time to prevent the pain and to help me keep up to my day.

But one day, instead of finding relief after taking Ibuprofen, I found myself in the emergency room. My stomach ached so much that the doctor said its lining was damaged and the only culprit to see was Ibuprofen. It turned out that my prolonged use of this painkiller put my health on danger.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), which includes ibuprofen, are painkilling drugs taken by most people everyday. As it is the most consumed over-the-counter painkilling ingredient , Ibuprofen is used by millions of people every day as a remedy for headache, to reduce fever symptoms, for bone and joint pains, muscle aches, PMS cramps and so on. It helps reduce pain and swelling throughout the body because it’s capable of lowering hormones that cause inflammation.

However, when it comes to taking any medication, one should take the smallest amount possible that will help relieve the pain. In other words, more isn’t always better, and taking high doses can cause side effects that are worse than the reason why you’re taking it in the first place. One of the biggest problems with taking very high dosages of Ibuprofen is that it’s capable of damaging parts of your digestive system, especially your stomach or intestines.
Watch out on this Ibuprofen overdose symptoms!

  •  an increased risk for heart attacks and stroke (which can be fatal)
  •  increased risk for seizures or a coma in the case of severe toxicity
  •  intestinal bleeding, especially in older adults
  •  dangerously low blood pressure levels (called hypotension)
  •  ringing in the ears
  •  blurred vision
  •  headaches
  •  confusion, dizziness
  •  drowsiness
  •  digestive and gastrointestinal problems, including diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, heartburn and stomach pain
  •  trouble urinating
  •  trouble breathing, shallow breath and wheezing
  •  skin rashes

My doctor said that Ibuprofen overdose happens when someone either takes too much at one time or the body doesn’t metabolize and eliminate the drug properly. In my case, it was my prolonged use that damaged my stomach lining. Since then I decided not to take these painkillers anymore. I did a research on natural alternatives that can relieve body pains.

Here’s what I got:

  • Natural anti-inflammatory foods, herbs and supplements can help prevent and treat your symptoms. First and foremost, your diet plays a key role in the level of inflammation within your body, so a healing diet — one high in antioxidant-rich foods and low in packaged foods — is the first step in curbing symptoms.
  • Simple adjustments to your posture, exercise routine, sleep schedule and lifestyle. For example, getting enough sleep can help with headaches and body aches; icing swollen joints or muscles can prevent swelling; exercising is great for reducing digestive issues and joint pains; and paying attention to your sitting and standing posture can do wonders for lower back, neck or hamstring pain

On top of those recommendations, here are several other supplements and superfoods that can naturally help lower inflammation, swelling and pain:

  • Turmeric and ginger: Turmeric is one of the most powerful herbs in the world and contains the active ingredient called curcumin that acts similar to dozens of different medications. It’s useful for regulating cholesterol, arthritis symptoms, blood clotting, depression, cancer, digestive disorders like colitis, diabetes and chronic pains. Ginger is also used around the world to battle inflammation associated with arthritis and ulcerative colitis.
  • Bromelain: An enzyme derived from pineapple, bromelain helps fight allergic reactions, indigestion, inflamed muscles and connective tissue, asthma, arthritis, and sinus infections.
  • Magnesium: A crucial electrolyte that helps with nerve signaling and fluid balance, it’s great for relieving tension headaches, muscle spasms and indigestion.
  • Essential oils: There are numerous essential oils that can help bring relief to swollen muscles or joints, fight colds and infections, reduce headache pain, and speed up wound healing. While their uses depend on what causes your pain in the first place, some popular anti-inflammatory essential oils include peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree.
  • Epsom salt baths: If you’re prone to having muscle or joint aches, salt baths help soothe muscle spasms and relax painful areas caused by inflammation. The salts are absorbed directly through the skin, penetrating areas that might be throbbing or swollen.
  • SAMe: This molecule is what helps joints remain strong and pain-free, since it delivers sulfur to cartilage. It’s found in supplement form in products labeled “butanedisulfonate.”

 I’m not saying ibuprofen’s bad… it’s still best to consult your doctor.

But you know what most doctors would recommend. 😉

 

About The Author

Charlotte has tried every buffet restaurant in the Metro and is on the quest to try the ones in the provinces soon. She's an active blogger and you can find her in her think tank in Marco Polo on weekdays. She used to think Oleia Topical Oil can help her loose weight since it's good for inflammation only to realize it's better for after work massages.