Tips for Eating for Fertility – A TCM Approach

If you’re trying to get pregnant, you might not think that what you’re eating is all that important. It’s just a sperm meeting an egg, right? What does that have to do with diet? Well, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), your diet has a lot to do with your fertility.

In TCM, it is your Kidneys (capitalized to differentiate from the scientific definition) that govern your ability to conceive, as they contain your Essence. Your Essence is made up of two parts, one the Congenital with which you’re born and have only a set amount, and secondly your Acquired Essence, which you can nurture through life with exercise, diet, a healthy lifestyle, and (of course) TCM.

Because your Acquired Essence is nourished in large part through your diet, your Spleen must be strong and healthy. Your Spleen is responsible for taking the food you eat, the air you breathe and the fluids you drink and transforming them into Qi (energy), Blood, Body Fluids, and Acquired Essence. When your Spleen is in good health, your Acquired Essence is in good supply and you are more fertile. Here are some tips on eating well to keep your Spleen healthy and your Acquired Essence in good supply:

1. Avoid Cold Foods. Because your Spleen likes warmth and slows down with cold, it’s best to avoid cold foods when you’re trying to conceive. Some cold foods are obvious, e.g. ice cream or cold drinks, but cold foods in TCM also include raw foods – even raw fruits and vegetables. Best solution? Try to cook your food while trying to get pregnant, even a little steaming if that’s all you can manage. Next best idea? Drink a hot drink like green tea or boiled water to warm up your Spleen before eating that raw salad.

2. Avoid White Foods. So-called ‘white foods’ include foods that have been processed and often bleached of their colour, plus any dairy-containing foods. These types of food are very Yin in nature and create Dampness in the body, thus causing harm to your Spleen, which is particularly susceptible to damage from Dampness – one of the ‘pernicious influences’ in TCM. So avoid grains unless you can be sure that they’re whole grains, and avoid dairy, even in yogurt. If dairy is really that important to you, however, some cottage cheese is acceptable in moderation since it doesn’t seem to generate Dampness as much as other dairy products.

3. Avoid Sweets. The flavour associated with the Spleen is sweetness, and so too much sugar can damage your Spleen and make conception more difficult. Some fruit (although cold in nature) is acceptable, but cooked is better. Try steaming or baking some apples and eating them with a little honey – this can be very satisfying to a sweet tooth and can also be quite nourishing.

4. Eat Clean. This includes avoiding leftovers whenever possible because food that’s been stored (even in the refrigerator) loses nutrients and Qi. This point also includes trying to eat organic and additive-, antibiotic- and hormone-free foods whenever possible, for the same reason that food that’s been sprayed with pesticides or animals that have been raised unnaturally will have less nutrients and less Qi. The subject of eating clean could also point to how your food is cooked: cooking with gas energy is supposed to be the best, while electricity is next, and microwaving your food should be avoided whenever possible.

5. Eat More Broccoli. In fact all cruciferous vegetables help strengthen your Spleen and Kidneys, and are also good at helping to promote the efficient use of estrogen in the body. This factor can help reduce your risk of cancer as well.

6. Drink More Water. Preferably boiled water that you drink at room temperature, water is the element associated with the Kidneys and so can be linked to increasing your chances of conception. And while you’re drinking more water in this fashion, try to eliminate caffeinated drinks as they can be too Yang in nature, and this potentially throw off the balance you’re trying to achieve by nourishing your Kidneys. Also limit your alcohol too, as it is Damp and Hot in nature and can be harmful to your Spleen.

7. Seek Balance. On the subject of Yin and Yang, try not to have too much or too little of anything – get enough rest, don’t work too much, exercise enough but don’t overdo it, and try to not take too many supplements, vitamins or medication where possible. Obviously only limit your medication intake according to your doctor’s instructions, but if they say you don’t really need what you’re taking, then try to cut down.

Remove-It-Yourself Tips For Skin Tags

To say that you could remove skin tags all on your own is a pipe dream, and you’re only fooling yourself if you believe it. You’d still be required to seek the assistance of the doctor in analyzing your skin type and deciding which method would be most suitable for your particular case. While you may be handing the better – and bigger – part of the process, you’d still have to have a small room for a doctor’s opinion.

Getting all the major considerations out of the way would then enable you to concentrate more on going about skin tag removal yourself. It is your choice between modern treatment methods and the more conventional and natural home remedies. Compared to modern methods, conventional methods do not require a lot of cash outlay. In addition, they have also been proven safe and effective as more and more people started making use of them. The only downside of conventional home remedies would be the fact that they take relatively longer to remove skin tags than the modern methods. It is also good practice to stick to one specific product when treating a certain skin condition instead of mixing more than two or three products. Stick to one treatment. Do not undergo more than two or three treatments on your skin at one time.

Self treatments using modern methods would be more on cream use. You will find these creams readily sold everywhere, and there is such a wide variety of them, too. The creams are a mix of special ingredients that will work on the skin tags, and some have added values that help in the restoration of the skin. The quality of the cream itself should be without question. Check that all its ingredients have medical value. Find out how fast the product works in removing the tags and the kind of results it has. The manufacturing date as well as the expiration date should also be clearly indicated on the label. There are creams with artificial chemicals included in them while there are also creams that have been derived from natural extracts. Take note that there are creams containing bleaching elements. Make sure your skin type does not react badly to these elements.

But if you are truly keen on self treatment, your best options would still be the natural home remedies. The use of certain herbs is a traditional practice carried over centuries by different cultures, and has evolved into a recognized method of treatment. Many studies have been conducted on what elements are highly effective. Soon, spices, juices and oils from various plants and even herbal extracts are now widely accepted as important elements of home remedies. Although it is a rare occurrence, allergic reactions to these elements could still occur. That is why you should still be careful of what ingredients you use in your home remedies.

Regardless of the option you choice, whether fast or slow, you will have to stick to the instructions of using the treatment methods. There are some people who are not as careful with the treatment when it comes to home remedies although they are extremely careful when they are using creams that have been manufactured. Preventing complications and further problems would be the main reason for you to follow the instructions and guidelines. If you are removing the skin tags yourself and you notice some problems, stop using the creams. You should go to a doctor and have it looked at immediately.

Tinnitus Relief – Tips For Speeding Up A Ringing Ears Cure

Do you know that ignoring some very simple precautionary steps can result in you developing ringing in ears? And if you are already suffering from this problem then you may cause harm to the tinnitus relief process by ignoring simple precautions. Some of these steps are so simple and may not come you your mind.

The purpose of this article is to help you recognize these steps.

1) There are several drugs and medicines that can trigger the problem of tinnitus. If you are used to taking pills for simple ailments like headache or a running nose, make sure you are not taking some medicines that can trigger a problem like ringing ears. Always consult a doctor and read the product label before you consume pills. Antibiotics like tetracycline, erythromycin, bleomycin and some of the cancer drugs, diuretics etc can hinder the process of tinnitus relief. So always be very careful when you consume drugs and medicines.

2) If you are used to consuming lot of tea, coffee, alcohol and other sugary beverages try and cut down your consumption. These beverages can really retard the tinnitus relief process. Similarly use proper ear buds for cleaning ears. Don’t even by mistake use any sharp or pointed device to clean ears. Any damage to the ear or the nerves in the ear can cause damage to you.

3) Maintain a stress and tension free life. You may want do some meditation and yoga to relieve you from stress. Relaxation music is also good for relieving stress. These steps can help in speeding up the tinnitus relief process.

4) For treating ringing ears you don’t have to depend on traditional medicines only. Now Homeopathy, Chinese herbs, acupuncture, ayurvedic medicines etc have been found to provide excellent tinnitus relief. You should try out a few options and find what works well for you. The idea is to get tinnitus relief and not suffer anymore.