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How To Deal With Bad Circulation During Pregnancy

The circulatory system undergoes several changes during pregnancy. One of the most frequently-encountered problems which women face during the second and third trimesters is bad circulation in pregnancy, particularly leg cramps. This sudden stiffening of the leg muscles can sometimes be very painful. The reasons for developing such cramps during pregnancy are not clear; however changes in blood circulation during pregnancy, the stress on the leg muscles caused by carrying the extra weight of the baby are cited as probable factors contributing to the cramps.

While bad circulation in pregnancy does not pose a threat, if it is accompanied by redness, swelling or a warm feeling, you should consult your doctor. There are very simple exercises which could help you prevent leg cramps during pregnancy. Stretching your legs before you go to sleep could help in the reduction of stress on your leg muscles. When you straighten your legs, you must stretch your heels first and do some circular motions with your toes, clock and anti clock-wise. While doing the exercises, avoid pointing your toes.

The other thing you need to avoid is to remaining one position, standing or sitting, for a long period of time. Being in one position would restrict the blood flow and can cause circulatory problems. During pregnancy, some simple but effective exercises like walking promotes blood circulation. Leg cramps can also be treated with gentle massage or application of a warm towel round the legs

It is not uncommon to feel a bit light-headed during pregnancy. This is due to the fact that during this period, the cardiovascular system can undergo some very quick changes, with heart rate going up and the heart pumping more blood per minute. Even the quantum of blood in your body increases by 40 to 45%. During normal pregnancy, you would experience a reduction in blood pressure during the early stages. This reaches its lowest point some time in the middle of pregnancy and then starts to rise till it reaches normal level at the end of pregnancy. While the cardiovascular and the nervous system can handle these changes, at times it fails to do so and it can result in a feeling of dizzy and light-headed. So long as you do not faint as a result of this light-headedness there is no cause for worry. You just have to lie down so that you do not fall down and hurt yourself. If you are in a place where lying down is not possible, you could sit down for some time and try to put your head between your knees.

One of the ways you could prevent this feeling of light-headedness during pregnancy is to always try to lie down on your left, as then it is easy for the blood to flow to your heart and the brain. Here is some more information on the causes of light-headedness during pregnancy and how you can prevent them:

Never change your body position too fast. For instance, if you are lying down, do not get up too fast and if you are sitting, do not stand up with a jerk.

When you are stationary in one position, keep on twirling your legs from one position to the other. This will promote circulation.

Avoid lying down on your back during the second and third semesters. This affects the blood circulation negatively. Your heart rate will increase, blood pressure may drop and you may feel light-headed, dizzy or nausea. Instead it is safer to lie on your side than flat on the back.

Drink enough fluids and eat properly. When you do not eat well, your blood sugar level drops and result in your feeling dizzy and uneasy. If you do not feel like eating at the right time, keep on having small quantities of food at regular intervals.

Iron deficiency anemia is responsible for having fewer amounts of blood cells to carry the oxygen to your brain. Make your diet iron-rich so that you have enough blood to feed your heart and brain.

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Agoraphobia Help – Here Are the Top Six Methods For Relieving Agoraphobia Quickly!

When the time for decision making arrives, people suffering from agoraphobia will have numerous options for agoraphobia help. This is due to the fact that there are quite a number of cures and remedies out there, so much so that at times finding the right one for you may pose a challenge. Do you go for the self-help therapies or do you opt for the conventional ones? Well, not to worry, this article will look at six of the topmost methods that you can employ if you seek agoraphobia help…

1. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

This technique is very similar in nature to acupuncture which, by the way, is a type of relaxation technique also used to cure this condition. The major difference between EFT and acupuncture is that unlike acupuncture, EFT involves the tapping of certain points of your body using the tip of the finger. What it aims to achieve here by doing this is the alleviation of the stress which causes your phobia.

2. Exposure Therapy

This is a fantastic method for kicking anxiety disorders out of your life. This procedure involves showing you how to perform relaxation routines. Once you have mastered these routines, the therapist will get you to imagine situations and circumstances which normally cause you to panic. As soon as you begin to panic due to that exposure to these situations, you will then apply the relaxation routines to control your panic attack and anxiety.

3. Hypnosis

This has been shown to be a great help with agoraphobia by former sufferers of this condition. To achieve this, you can either employ the services of a professional hypnotherapist, or you could get and listen to aural materials like CDs, DVDs, or MP3s which are actually pre-recorded hypnotherapy sessions.

4. Medication

Examples of these include SSRIs, sedatives, anti-anxiety drugs and antidepressants. The drawback with this method for curing your condition is that these medications come with nasty side effects. Also, they basically relieve the symptoms of your condition and not the root cause or the triggers. Plus, they can be addictive with very unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

5. Herbal Remedies

These are a great alternative for medication and are very effective remedies for agoraphobia help which have no side effects or potential for addiction. They include, but are not limited to, the following; valerian, kava kava, passion flower, and so on.

6. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

This is one of the more common techniques for curing agoraphobia. Nevertheless, its efficacy is not lessened by its being common. On the contrary it is one of the most effective ways to combat your condition. It works by aiding the reduction of those negative thoughts and behaviors that help trigger your anxiety disorder.

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What Are Some Ways You Can Deal With Excessive Sweating of the Head?

Are you looking for information regarding excessive sweating of the head? Are you tired of your hair and neck becoming drenched with sweat? This is a big problem faced by as much as 2% of the population. It’s not always easy to treat, either.

If you’re looking for some solutions, you will find some right here! I used to suffer from head sweating problems as well, due to anxiety, but I managed to find the right remedy to keep my scalp and hair dry! Part of my treatment involved getting help for my generalized anxiety disorder.

Before you learn about these treatments, you need to first understand the causes of excessive sweating of the head. The cause(s) may include:

• Eczema

• Hyperhidrosis

• Anxiety

• Stress

• Thyroid problems

• Menopause

• Spicy foods

• Smoking

• Certain medications

If you are in great health and don’t suffer from anxiety, then the cause of your head sweating could be from something you are eating or generalized hyperhidrosis. Sometimes the exact cause can’t be verified. Surgery is an available option, although many sufferers don’t feel that the possible risks are worth the procedure.

With that said, here are some ideas on how to control head sweating problems:

• Always try to relax your mind and body. Even a small amount of stress can cause you to break out in a sweat. If you’re a natural worrier, you can try meditating every day. You might also want to start taking yoga classes. Ask your doctor if there is any medicine you can take to help reduce your worrying and stress.

• If you suffer from forehead sweating, you can bring the problem under control by washing your forehead with a mild face wash. Make sure that it doesn’t contain a lot of chemicals. It’s better to go with an organic face wash. You can even make your own mask with cucumber juice or lime juice!

• Fenugreek is a good remedy against sweating. Soak some fenugreek in water for a few hours and then make a paste out of it. Apply the paste onto your scalp. Wait around thirty minutes and then wash it off with cold water. Fenugreek will not only reduce sweating, it will also eliminate bacteria!

• Either keep your hair short or pulled back in a ponytail. Doing so will help keep your head cooler. Keep a good absorbent cloth with you and use it to pat your forehead and neck down throughout the day. Wiping will only spread the bacteria, so be sure to gently pat the sweaty areas instead.

• Watch out for foods that contain either MSG or complex carbohydrates, as both of these are known to cause sweating. You will want to avoid eating as much as these foods as you can. Cut down on the white bread, sugary drinks, candy, cakes, sausage, parmesan, and fried chicken.

• Even though you should eliminate certain foods from your diet, you shouldn’t starve yourself. Skipping meals can cause make head sweating even worse. Eat healthy meals throughout the day to see if there is an improvement with your sweating problem.

• Shampoo and condition your hair at least five times a week. Don’t use a lot of hairspray, mousse, or styling gel, as the chemicals can contribute to the sweating problem. The idea is to keep your head as clean and fresh as possible.

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Japanese Karaoke As A Stress Relief

Karaoke has developed from a Japanese pastime to a worldwide staple diet in less than 20 years. You could go to any large city in the world today, and find a karaoke bar or restaurant with eager participants waiting for their chance with the microphone. Karaoke literally translates to empty orchestra in English. As the translation suggests, there is no orchestra, and the music that accompanies the singer is produced by a pre-recorded tape or sound system. Karaoke is seen as entertainment to most of the participants but it can also act as a stress reliever to many people. This article will discuss some ways in which you can use Japanese karaoke as stress relief and some aspects of karaoke that might increase stress.

Karaoke, in western terms, is often a smaller part of a planned night out or office function. The objective of this function is to allow the participants to ‘let off a bit of steam’ and to have a relaxing evening. The evening might include eating a meal, socialising with friends and indulging in other forms of entertainment. In this context, karaoke can be seen to help relieve stress in participants.

Karaoke, in it’s own right, can be seen to allow a singer to indulge in a fantasy of sorts. The participant selects their favourite song and singer and then performs the song in front of other people. In this way, they are acting out the fantasy of being the famous singer. They can play to the crowd by enacting common routines that their idols might perform.

So the wannabe Elvis impersonator can shake his hips as he belts out ‘Viva Las Vegas’. This might be greeted by hoots of laughter or wild applause but the response is all the same to the stress levels of the singer. He is receiving attention, expending energy and acting out the day dreams of his regular life. All these help to reduce the stress in the body.

For people who are less energetic or even extroverted, singing a powerful ballad or love song often gives that person a chance to express in words what they struggle to say in ordinary life. This act of communication to one or many people can help to relieve frustrations that might be felt in a boring job or a mundane existence.

Like music, but more so because the person is directly involved, karaoke can alter the mood by lampooning or satirising the place where the stress comes from. Songs like ‘working 9 to 5’ and ‘take this job and shove it’ are great for job stress relief. Frustration with a persons love life can be reduced by singing ‘it’s raining men’ or other upbeat tunes.

On a negative note, Karaoke can be extremely exhausting and can often last into the early hours, this could impact the bodies ability to recover for the next day which could lead to more stress. Like most things, Karaoke in moderation is the best approach.

Karaoke reduces stress in 3 distinct ways. It allows the person to indulge in a fantasy. It gives them an outlet to vent their physical, mental and spiritual frustrations. And it alters the mood and mindset of the participant.

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Using Pepper Spray Versus An Air Horn For Protection

One popular type of self defense that is available and popular with women is carrying Pepper Spray. Pepper Spray is very effective, but only when used properly. I think a better alternative is the use of sound such as an air horn or whistle. There are sound devices available to the public that are made especially for self defense.

One reason why Sound can be better is the ease of use. If a person is being attacked very seldom does that victim have time to prepare. Most Pepper Sprays are stored either in a purse, or on your belt, neither allows fast access to it. I think the worst way to store pepper spray is how it is often stored on a key chain inside a carrying case. It is very unlikely that when a person is under attack and panicking even if they have their keys in hand, they will remember how to pull the pepper spray out and use it.

Most people buy pepper spray, but never use it so they don’t have the experience of operating it. Many times the first time they use it will be against an attacker. Pepper spray can also be used against them if in a panic they fall. Noise can never be used against them since the worst thing an attacker wants is to create noise and attract attention. Most people don’t know that pepper spray will also expire. If they do know it they forget and if it is not replaced on a yearly basis there is a high chance that what they are carrying is inert.

I think one of the most important advantages noise has over pepper spray is the ease of use. The less number of steps you need to take in order to discharge your defense the better you are. With pepper spray you need to remember how to take it out of your carrying case, most pepper spray have a safety switch so you need to remember how to release it, and then you have to spray it. With an air horn its push button activated. It does not matter which direction it is pointed.

Whistles are also a very effective tool because they are easy to carry, they are light and small so are not an inconvenience and they never go bad, unless you break it. There are two types of whistles available. Type one has a pea in it and is the standard whistle most people think of. The second type does not have a pea in it, and I think is the better of the two. A whistle with a pea once it gets wet does not work. The whistle without a pea is essentially waterproof and will blow in any condition. It is also much louder and higher pitch.

There is also the possibility that an attacker is not affected by Pepper Spray or they are simply willing to deal with the pain. It is not often, but there are people who are not affected by it. It doesn’t matter what type of person it is, everyone is affected by noise and even if they don’t care about the main goal is to attract attention, which is the last thing any attacker wants.

There are many different self defense tools on the market today, but the most effective are going to be the ones that are easiest to use, require the least amount of thinking to activate and will work under any circumstances. You don’t want a tool to be inconvenient because then it is more likely that you will leave it at home or carry it in a way that will not be easily accessible.

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Using a TENS Machine to Fight the Negative Feelings of Depression

First of all, I’m not a doctor or therapist. I just have spent most of my life learning from them, to undo the effects of major depression that I’ve had from childhood. If you suffer from depression, first talk to your medical professional to see what approach is best for you. That is what I’ve done, but I add to what I’ve learned by trying a few other things on my own. Don’t do anything to yourself that is potentially self-injurious, it pays to research any new technique or approach thoroughly, just to be safe. Whatever works for me may not work for you, we all have our own ways of responding to different treatments. I just know that not all my recovery has come from what was learned at the doctor’s office. Being exceptionally strong-willed, my mission has mainly been to boost self-esteem, and fight those inner feelings of sadness that never go away (effects of depression.) Here are some ways that have helped me live a productive and successful life, despite mental challenges.

Six months ago, it was necessary for me to go for physical therapy for a slipped disk in my back. The therapist hooked me up to a small machine called a TENS unit, for one of my treatments. They put small, non-invasive sticky circles (electrodes) on the part of my body needing therapy and then turned the machine on. It felt really good, sort of like a massage. Depending upon how the therapist adjusted the dials, the machine would make knocking or pinging sensations on my back. There are also knobs to adjust the intensity of each sensation. After researching the TENS unit on the internet, I ordered a small one, about the size of a deck of playing cards.

According to what I read about them, TENS machines are not only good for distracting your body into feeling good sensations rather than pain, but they can make your body produce endorphins, or feel-good chemicals, too. This intrigued me, since having depression, I’ll take all the feel-good anything I can get (as long as it is both moral and legal.) So, I set up to test this on myself and see if there was any merit to the theory. After years of taking various anti-depressants, some work more than others but none completely take away depression, in my experience. Not being a scientist or doctor, I read up on everything about the TENS machine. There are rules that come along with the machine, like not putting the electrodes on the head, neck or the heart areas. Make sure to follow all of them thoroughly. People with pacemakers should not use TENS units, because it can interfere with the way they work. As with medicines, ask your doctor before using one.

By placing the electrodes along my spine, and setting the TENS settings to the recommended low frequency (pulse) levels. You want low muscle contraction, and to use the TENS for approximately 20 to 40 minutes. If you set it for higher muscle contractions, your muscles may ache later, so I rely on what the experts say, to use it at low settings. For more detailed information, I found these sites helpful:

http://www.bootsmaternityrentalproducts.co.uk/abouttens.php
http://www.medcareservice.com/Pain-Control-Mechanism-Article.cfm

Using the TENS unit has helped my overall mood, it seems, as after using it, my demeanor is calm and relaxed. Though I don’t know if this is due to the machine itself or not, but I believe that using it has helped me. Combined with other treatments, this TENS therapy is assisting me (along with other techniques for reducing depression) in making a more enjoyable life. Go ahead and research TENS units online, and see if this is something suitable for you. In my point of view, it is a viable way to help combat depression.

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Sexual Health: 3 Macrobiotic Home Remedies for Men

Are you looking for a way to bring passion back to the bedroom? It’s easier than you might think, when you have the macrobiotic secrets to creating healthy libido and sex drive.

A macrobiotic diet is a powerful tool for health, cleansing the entire body, strengthening the metabolism, restoring health and energy, and even boosting libido. But a macrobiotic lifestyle means more than just removing animal fats, dairy products, refined flour, and sugar from your diet. It can also include natural home remedies that strengthen the sexual and reproductive organs and improve sexual health, such as the following three libido boosters for men:

1. Ginger Compress on Kidneys

The kidneys control adrenal function, including your stress response, energy levels, and sexual vitality. A ginger compress on the kidneys breaks down stagnated fat and mucous. It also increases circulation by naturally opening the blood vessels and alkalinizes bodily fluids, bringing them back to a more balanced and healthier state. It’s easy to bring back the passion to your sex life with a simple ginger compress to strengthen the kidneys and adrenal glands.

1. Grate 5 ounces of fresh ginger and wrap the pulp in cheesecloth.

2. Bring a gallon of water to a boil.

3. Turn off heat. Add ginger “bag” to water, and allow ginger to steep 5 minutes.

4. Using rubber gloves, immerse an organic cotton towel in the ginger “tea” and wring it out.

5. Place the hot folded towel over the kidneys and cover it with another towel to maintain heat in the compress.

6. When the towel begins to feel cool, wet it again and replace.

7. Repeat the same procedure for 20 minutes.

To strengthen sex drive and libido, it’s best to use this ginger compress twice a week for one month.

2. Ume Sho Kuzu Tea

Ume Sho Kuzu Tea effectively strengthens the digestion and also restores overall energy and sexual vitality.

1. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of kuzu root starch in 2-3 tablespoons cold water.

2. Add an additional cup of cold water to the kuzu-water mixture.

3. Bring to boil over low flame, stirring constantly to prevent lumps from forming.

4. When the opaque liquid turns translucent, add ½ to 1 whole umeboshi plum.

5. Reduce flame and add ½ teaspoon of shoyu soy sauce.

6. Stir and simmer 2-3 minutes.

7. Drink while hot.

Take Ume Sho Kuzu Tea every other day for three weeks.

3. Miso Soup

One bowl of miso soup daily helps dissolve fat and mucous in the reproductive organs, restores energy, and improves sex drive. Barley or brown rice miso neutralizes toxins, alkalinizes the blood, and provides beneficial bacteria for the intestines. You can prepare the soup with various vegetables like wakame seaweed, chopped carrots, onion, daikon, or shiitake mushrooms. Green leafy vegetables may be added when the soup is almost ready to serve. Prepare the soup in its simplest form by adding 1 teaspoon of barley miso to 1 cup of liquid.

Along with removing mucous-causing foods from your diet, these macrobiotic home remedies can help to improve overall health while boosting sexual energy and vitality.

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5 Effects of Good Nutrition

The effects of good nutrition on the body are as visible as the effects of bad nutrition on the body. The difference is that bad nutrition can destroy the body, while good nutrition only supports and builds up the body. Hence, the better goal in life is to maintain a lifestyle that promotes good nutrition. This will cause many positive effects, including the following 5 effects of good nutrition.

5 Effects of Good Nutrition:

1. Maintain normal body function

This includes better learning, proper balance and pH in the body tissues, to stabilize and regulate body systems like blood pressure, rebuild tissues, and maintain proper blood sugar levels

2. Maintain healthy weight

This includes proper blood pressures, less likely to allow diseases like Diabetes, heart malfunctions

3. Prevent disease

This includes prevention of cancer, tissue disease, parasitical invasions, bacterial infections

4. Pass along good start to future generations

Healthy babies, immune system, healthy pregnancy

5. Provide stress relief

Reduce side effects of drugs, boost immune system, maintain calm and coping abilities

If you can enjoy these 5 effects of good nutrition, you will be well on your way to a better, healthier body that is able to function properly.

One key to getting good nutrition regularly is to avoid excess. Balance food intake between the major groups, and eat appropriate amounts. You need a balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients. A multi vitamin may be helpful if you are not sure about your food intake but it is not a substitute for eating properly. Water is essential to body functioning, moving nutrients into cells, and handling waste disposal.

You can obtain and follow the standard daily food pyramid and recommended dietary allowances (RDAs) put out by the government. It is adjusted according to age because dietary needs change as a person ages.

This pyramid is composed of nutritional groups of: calories, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and includes lists of antioxidants and herbs that are beneficial to health.

Besides age, the body’s nutritional needs change with use of drugs, or disorders and diseases that affect the body’s ability to meet those needs, or interfere with absorption or intake of food nutrients.

There are more than the above 5 effects of good nutrition, but these go a long way to getting you started in a healthy lifestyle if you pay attention. By the way, if you cant pay attention, you may need better nutrition! Avoid excess sweets and highly refined food, because they can cause bacterial excesses that can even have a lethal result if left unchecked (Candida). By providing the proper fuel (food) to your body, you enable it to function at its optimum capacity, keeping you healthy, happy, and fit for years and years, with benefits extending even unto the next generation.

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Mental Anguish Is Psychological Suffering

Anguish, is the psychological suffering that is caused by any one of a number of events, which may naturally occur during a person’s life span. These occurrences, can also be brought about by one, or a number of other party’s regular activities, or intentional actions.

The word anguish, when spoken, conjures up thoughts of a distasteful, emotional situation that any one of us might have endured in the past. This situation may have been caused by the loss of a loved one, a business failure, an illness or accident. Any of these occurrences can be considered as a part of everyday life and people should condition themselves to cope with these situations. Mental anguish can also be brought about by poverty, the ravishes of war, imprisonment or loss of self esteem, which are not generally considered to be everyday events, however there are millions of people throughout the world who are suffering from the effects of these calamities.

Individuals suffering from mental anguish are extremely prone to the disabling effects of anxiety, depression and stress, which can also lead to a lifelong dependency on illicit drugs, alcohol or prescription medications.

Anxiety and depression are the two most prevalent mental health disorders identified in America. People of all ages, and those from all walks of life can suffer from depression, which if not successfully treated, can lead to a permanent disability, or in extreme cases, even suicide.

According to the World Health Organization, 121 million people throughout the world suffer from depression, and of those, 75 percent either don’t realize that they are suffering from a mental disorder, or suitable treatment is beyond their means and not available to them. The latter of these can avail themselves of alternative therapies once they become aware of their problem.

Symptoms of depression can be quite obscure, particularly when the condition is brought about by a lengthy term of mental anguish. Poor eating habits and irregular sleep patterns are usually warning signs that anxiety or depression is disturbing a person’s physical and mental performance. By eating regularly, adopting a diet that includes essential vitamins and minerals, performing daily exercise routines, then one’s physical condition will improve and naturally restore sound sleeping habits. This procedure will certainly assist the body to alleviate anxiety or depression and ease the burden of mental anguish.

Use of stimulants such as, alcohol, tea or coffee should be avoided and added supplements of vitamin B complex are beneficial in calming the body’s nervous system. The ancient Chinese art of acupuncture is very highly regarded as a proven alternative therapy for anxiety, depression and stress. People that have access to a competent acupuncturist are well advised to avail themselves of this form of treatment, as well as take any herbal medicines that the practitioner may recommend.

Mental anguish is an unavoidable adversity that is part and parcel of day to day life. When an individual is confronted with the condition he must be mindful of the fact that dwelling on the event may lead to a permanent mental disorder, and as such, would require proper medical attention.

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The Pros and Cons of Kava

Kava is the name of two shrubs related to the pepper plant. They are also called ava. They grow in Australia and the Pacific Islands, where the people have cultivated them for centuries. The Kavas are erect shrubs. They grow as tall as 5 feet (1.5 meters). The kava plant has round leaves and small yellowish-cream flowers. Kava is easy to grow in green houses. They are grown from the cuttings of the stem. The roots yield a juice called kavaic acid. The people of the South-Pacific use the juice to make a fermented drink that is called Kava, Ava or Kava kava.

Students of all ages get restless as the school year draws to an end. This happens to the most academic students also, resulting in frustration and bad results much to everyone’s dismay. Kava can be used in such cases to relieve anxiety, tension and stress. It calms you down and clears the mind. Kava if used instead of alcohol will help you relax and unwind minus the next morning’s hangover with a fresh and clear head to face the day.

Studies have shown that kava has anti-anxiety properties and improve concentration, reaction time and memory in people suffering from anxiety. Kava has been proved to achieve all the criteria of conventional anxiety medication without the side effects. It has also been found to act as a muscle relaxant. This combine with the other benefits has caused sportspersons to consume kava in mild quantities. Kava also relives menstrual cramping and pain associated with menopause and can also be used to treat urinary tract infections. Kava helps with stammering by contracting the blood vessels in the tongue, giving better muscle control which eases speech.

Kava does have its side effects. Dietary supplements containing kava extracts have know to cause liver ailments, causing them to be banned in Europe. The other side effects are very rare and depend on your genetic makeup. These rare reactions are limited to 2.5% of the test subjects. The severe side effects of kava are liver toxicity and failure, abnormal muscle movements, apathy, kidney damage, high blood pressure in lungs and blood in urine. When taken in conjunction with other drugs it is known to produce abnormal muscle movements. If you experience a stomach upset or rashes after consuming kava you are better off avoiding it altogether.

Kava can be purchased by the pound or in multiples or portions of it. To prepare the kava place it in a straining bag or cheesecloth. You can get straining bags from the same place you buy your kava from or from any supermarket. Put the powder (two spoonfuls per cup) into the straining bag and then immerse the bag into the container of water (hot) to steep. The fine kava particles will melt into the water leaving behind the coarse grit in the cloth. Massage the cloth with a spoon to help the process on. It’s ready to drink when the water turns a muddy brown color. If you think this method is too much of nuisance you could use a French Press with an additional filter paper.

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