The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is quickly reaching a mainstream tipping point. Vinegar has traditionally been used for cooking/household purposes yet apple cider vinegar does wonders for the body. Apple cider vinegar tastes quite terrible so be sure to use a small amount. One teaspoon or tablespoon mixed in with your morning water will help dilute its potent taste. Mix it up and send it down the hatch every single day.

A Brief Background of Apple Cider Vinegar

Similar to alcohol, apple cider vinegar is made in two steps. Step one involves exposing the crushed apples to yeast. Step two is the addition of bacteria to the solution, creating the primary active compound in vinegar: acetic acid. Pick up an organic and unfiltered apple cider vinegar with “the mother” and it will be chock full of enzymes, proteins and friendly bacteria. Let’s take a look at some of the top health benefits of this amazing substance.

Decreased Blood Sugar Levels

Plenty of diabetics swear by apple cider vinegar as it lowers blood sugar levels. Yet even those who don’t have diabetes can benefit from apple cider vinegar. Plenty of nutritionists and doctors believe that elevated blood sugar is a primary cause of the aging process as well as the onset of certain chronic diseases. This is precisely why everyone should consume a teaspoon/tablespoon worth of apple cider vinegar each day.

Hair Beautification

You can even use apple cider vinegar as a hair rinse after shampooing. Try it out and you will likely find that it boosts the shine and body of your hair. Be sure to apply it several times each week for optimal results.

Heart Health

A number of different risk factors for cardiovascular disease are mitigated with the consumption of apple cider vinegar. However, the caveat to this alleged benefit is that the studies were conducted with rats. Still, cardiovascular disease is the world’s leading cause of death so the consumption of apple cider vinegar is absolutely worth a try. The rat studies also proved that apple cider vinegar decreases triglyceride levels and cholesterol levels to boot. Food scientists also believe that this amazing liquid contains an antioxidant called chlorogenic acid that protects against the oxidization of LDL cholesterol particles. Such protection is critically important in the prevention of heart disease.

Weight Loss

Numerous studies show that apple cider vinegar actually assists with weight loss efforts. Consume this liquid on a daily basis and you just might find that it boosts satiety, assisting in your efforts to consume fewer calories. Apple cider vinegar even fools the body/mind into feeling/thinking that it is full. The end result of incorporating apple cider vinegar into your daily routine just might be a loss of weight.

Apple Cider Vinegar’s Acetic Acid Destroys Certain Types of Bacteria

The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar is a powerful antimicrobial that destroys pathogens as well as bacteria. You can use apple cider vinegar to clean, disinfect, treat warts, lice, ear infections and nail fungus.

Why losing weight should not be a new years resolution

Looking to jump-start your New Year’s weight loss? Before reaching for a pill or signing up for the latest exercise fad – know this: many of these trends promising quick, easy and long-lasting results are usually too good to be true. They can hurt your health and your wallet.

Losing weight should be a long term goal, not a panic reaction to the looming New Year. Keep in mind that you want to develop healthy lifestyle habits that will help you achieve and maintain your desired results and thus keep you motivated.

Choose Good Fats 

shutterstock_228293308Monitoring your calorie in-take and learning about what foods are good for you are key to weight loss. For example, did you know there are good fats, such as those found in avocados, nuts and seeds that helps your body absorb nutrients from food. Bad fats are those from processed meats and most kinds desserts that raise cholesterol levels.

Pick a sport you enjoy 

shutterstock_124164502A short-term diet that you “go on” and then “go off” is not the answer to long-term weight management. Nor is an expensive gym membership if you don’t have the time to dedicate to working out or if you genuinely do not enjoy a static workout indoors. Instead, pick a physical activity or sport you enjoy and commit to that. Do you like to jog? Join a running group that meets regularly to jog together. Love being in the water? Take up swimming or learn a new water sport.

Being active is extremely important for keeping weight off—not to mention it has a slew of other great health benefits, including helping cholesterol ratios, reducing blood pressure, as well as improving mood and well-being.

After a few weeks of eating right and regular physical activity, you shouldn’t just look better. You should feel better, too. Losing weight is about improving your life, not restricting it. So be sure that you’re focusing on the positive and embracing your healthy choices each day. After all, it is a choice— and you should choose to be healthy and happy!

Caring For Your Penis – The Key to Hap-penis

Urology(Happenis)

Your penis is probably very important to you, that is why it’s important to treat it with the care and respect it deserves. Everyone knows how important condoms are in intimate situations, but not everyone realizes that there’s more to caring for your penis than just remembering to wrap it. In this article we will cover some tips on how to properly care for your member.

Grooming Your “Friend”

For some men, grooming their genitals is a normal part of caring for their penis, while for others is it’s not even something they consider. Trimming or removing pubic hair has some great benefits, but it also has some drawbacks. Here are the pros and cons of grooming your “friend”:

Pros
• It reduces moisture
• It can increase sensitivity during intercourse.
• It makes it easier to examine and clean your private area.
• It can make your member look bigger.
Cons
• Requires effort and time.
• Depending on the type of hair removal you choose, it can be painful.
• It can be expensive to regularly shave or wax.
• You might have to deal with irritation or ingrown hairs.
• It can cause an infection.
Many women find “manscaped” men sexy and some even find the idea of shaving a man erotic. However, you should be aware that waxing and shaving may cause irritation or pseudofolliculitis (ingrown hairs). Unfortunately, that can cause viral infections to spread, such as molloscum contagiosum or even genital herpes. Shaving can also cause the spread bacterial infections, especially if you are sharing your razors with someone else. All of that is actually unhealthy for your penis. That is why we suggest simply trimming your pubic hair with an electric razor. You can use an attachment to keep it from cutting the hair too short and of course keep it from cutting your scrotum.

Washing Your Member Regularly
Your penis is a sensitive organ, a point that should always be considered when showering. For some weird reason, some men find the need to scrub their members vigorously with strong soaps to keep them clean. The truth is, scrubbing hard can actually hurt your penis. Instead, wash it gently with warm water and a mild soap. If you’re uncircumcised you should slide your foreskin back and lightly rinse the exposed area with warm water and only use a mild soap every other day. Be sure to dry the area well by patting (not scrubbing) it dry. Washing too often and not washing enough have both been associated with causing balanitis. Balanitis is inflammation on the penis or on the head of the penis. If you begin to notice irritation avoid using body gels or scented soaps, simply rinse with warm water. You can also rinse your penis using warm salt water, but do not scrub! Laundry detergents and clothing dies can sometimes cause irritation as well. If you notice irritation try to determine what is causing it, if it persists, visit your doctor.

Genital Self-Examination
Men (especially those who are sexually active) should regularly perform self-exams in order to check themselves for STD infections or testicular cancer. Checking about once a month should be enough to keep your member healthy.
The American Cancer Society advises men to do the following, once a month after taking a shower:
• Examine both testicles, one at a time.
• Using both of your hands, hold your testicle between your thumbs and your fingers. Roll the testicle gently.
• When you are examining your testes you should keep a look out for hard lumps, significant changes in shape, size, or consistency.
• Keep in mind that you have blood vessels and a spermatic cord that comes out from the testicles, don’t mistake those for cancer.
Regularly examining your testicles not only helps you identify testicular cancer early, it also gives you an opportunity to look at your testicles and penis for any signs of STIs.

Identifying STIs
Self-examinations are an excellent way of identifying STIs that have prominent symptoms. Unfortunately, STIs like Chlamydia can infect without showing any infections. That is why it’s important that you are open with your sexual partner and communicate effectively.
The American Academy of Family Physicians points out some of the symptoms you should be looking out for:
• Discharge of any type
• Foul odor or strange color semen.
• Pain during intercourse or when ejaculating.
• Pain when urinating or in the pelvic area.
• Chancre sores.
• Blisters, sores, or bumps.
• Cauliflower-like warts in the genital area.
Don’t panic if you identify something unusual. Finding little papules around the head of your penis is normal, as are pimples and irritation caused by shaving. If you’re not sure what you have identified, you can always visit your doctor and have him or her take a look at it.

Men, especially those who are over 40 years old, should visit their urologist regularly. Your urologist can regularly check your prostate and can help keep your sexual health in check. If you’re having erectile dysfunction your urologist can do blood tests and check your hormones to see if you have low testosterone and need a testosterone replacement.

Whether you like it or not you and your penis are stuck together for the rest of your life. Because your penis is used both for pleasure and to procreate it needs proper care. Take good care of your “friend” and you’ll enjoy the benefits, as will your partner!

Dietary Changes for People with Chronic Kidney Disease

Urology(Chronic Kidney Disease)-01When your kidneys are unable to remove wastes, stabilize electrolytes and produce red blood cells as efficiently as they should, you may start feeling tired all the time, notice your ankles and feet swelling, urinate more frequently and suffer nightly muscle cramps. Unless you have these symptoms investigated by a urologist, you may start experiencing nausea, vomiting, skin changes and have difficulty catching your breath, all classic signs of kidney disease that require immediate treatment. Because high blood pressure, diabetes, repeated urinary infections, tumors, enlarged prostates and kidney stones are the most common causes of chronic kidney disease, you will need to gain control of these conditions before your kidneys can return to acceptable or near-normal functioning.

Managing Chronic Kidney Disease with Medications and Dietary Changes

If you are diagnosed with CKD, your doctor will prescribe medications that treats the reason you are suffering CKD. You may have to take medications to lower high blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels, treat low blood iron (anemia) and regulate your blood glucose if you are diabetic. Diuretics can help relieve severe fluid retention in your legs, ankles and feet by making kidneys put more sodium in your urine to help extract excess water from your body’s tissues.

Adopting a CKD diet is key to managing your chronic kidney disease and medical conditions that are negatively affecting your health. Foods included in a CKD diet equalize fluids, minerals and electrolytes in your body to improve kidney functioning, eliminate uncomfortable symptoms of CKD and improve your quality of life.

What Should You Eat If You Have Chronic Kidney Disease?

  • Avoid foods that are high in sodium/salt. Stick to eating foods containing less than 95 mg of salt per serving and don’t salt foods when cooking or eating them. Use your favorite herbs to flavor bland foods instead of salt.
  • Be aware that salt substitutes contain potassium, a mineral that people with CKD need to limit in their diet. Potassium levels tend to accumulate in the bloodstream when kidneys are not functioning properly and could lead to serious heart arrhythmias or hyperkalemia.
  • Avoid eating processed meats like bologna, sausage, bacon and ham. They are incredibly high in sodium!
  • Choose low potassium fruits such as apples, grapes, cherries and watermelon. Bananas and raisins are high in potassium so limit eating them to once a week..
  • Include carrots, celery, onions, cabbage and lettuce in your CKD diet. Watch how many potatoes, avocados or tomatoes you eat–they’re all high potassium foods.
  • CKD patients often suffer anemia and require iron supplements to increase red blood cell production. You should also eat foods containing extra iron–chicken, beef, kidney/lima beans and iron-fortified cereals if your doctor diagnoses you with anemia.
  • Boost your energy levels by eating carbohydrates (grains and sugars). If you are a diabetic, make sure your carbs have a low glycemic index.

For more information about a CKD diet, your urologist will be glad to help you develop a diet plan that promotes kidney functioning while relieving symptoms of CKD

Natural Remedies to Prevent and Treat UTIs

Urology(Natural Remedies for Preventing & Treating UTIs)UTIs, or urinary tract infections, are extremely uncomfortable, even painful. Luckily, antibiotics are not the only way to treat a UTI. Many natural remedies exist that not only treat infections, but can help prevent them in the first place. Below we’ve listed several of the most common.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Water is your best friend, whether you’re trying to heal from or to prevent a UTI. Because UTIs are caused by bacteria inside your bladder or urethra (and, if the infection goes on long enough, your kidneys), you need to flush them out. Water gives you something to flush with, so drink as much as you can. The rest of the time, it will help keep passages free of bacteria to prevent infections.

Drink Cranberry and Other Fruit Juices

Cranberry and fruit juices contain natural UTI-fighting substances, so drink up. Just be careful not to overdo it. Juice is still loaded with sugar, so don’t have more than a few glasses a day, and don’t consider it a substitute for H2O.

Mix It Up with Baking Soda

One of the reasons you avoid peeing when you have a UTI is the burning sensation, which is caused by acidity. Drinking a tablespoon of baking soda mixed with a glass of water can help neutralize this burning, making it easier to bear the infection.

See the Herbalist

In your effort to treat and prevent UTIs, it may be helpful to supplement your diet with herbs and other natural substances. D-Mannose, for instance, is a naturally occurring substance found in some fruits (and is the reason cranberry juice and others are so effective). You can usually buy this at a natural health food store, though if you can’t, ask an herbalist. Other treatments include goldenseal, Oregon grape root and urva ursi, the last being especially effective. If you do take herbs, be sure to let your doctor know when they ask about medications: herbs count.

Don’t Avoid the Bathroom
This last isn’t so much a remedy as a piece of advice. Since urinating when you have a UTI is often painful, it’s tempting to wait until you “really” have to go, but don’t. Every time you feel the urge, you should obey it: your body is expelling some of the bacteria causing the problem with every trip to the bathroom, so it truly helps.

Welcome to Barbados Urology!

Welcome to Barbados UrologyBarbados Urology is pleased to offer first world technology for the management of urological disease in the Caribbean. We pride ourselves in minimally invasive techniques which reduce patient down time, getting you back to work quickly and safely.

Dr. Jerry Emtage is an honours graduate from the University of the West Indies and a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. He has professional affiliations with the American and Canadian Urological Associations as well as the World Endourological Society.

Barbados Urology offers state-of-the-art treatments for obstructive prostate disease, prostate cancer, and dysfunctional bladder in the Caribbean. We offer outpatient treatments for kidney and bladder stones and we are pleased to now offer the option of a no scalpel vasectomy that is performed under local anaesthetic.