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11 March 2015

Remedies for DRY MOUTH

10 Natural Remedies to Prevent Dry Mouth

Most of us are quite familiar with dry mouth syndrome. Dry mouth occurs when your salivary glands are not producing enough saliva, which aids in the digestive process, and prevents harmful bacteria from forming. The medical term for the condition is xerostomia. However, it is not a disease.

Dry mouth can result from a wide variety of causes, which includes; infections, adverse reactions to medications and smoking. You can prevent it from occurring by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Here are the most common causes and symptoms attributed to the condition:

What Causes Dry Mouth:
Side effect of certain medications
Side effect of certain medical treatments
Side effect of certain diseases and infections
Nerve damage
Surgical removal of the salivary glands
Symptoms of Dry Mouth:
Sores in the mouth
Cracked lips
A dry feeling in the mouth (cotton mouth)
Hoarseness, dry nasal passages, sore throat
Dry feeling in the throat or a dry and red tongue
Difficulty with speech
Problems chewing, tasting, and swallowing
A burning or tingling sensation in the mouth and tongue
Bad breath
10 Home Remedies to Treat Dry Mouth:

1) Ginger - Ginger has some amazing properties, that help fight and prevent many medical conditions. The spicy tasting herb helps produce more saliva in the mouth while fighting off bacteria and infections.

Chew a small piece of fresh ginger slowly for several times a day.
Drink a cup of green tea with ginger and a teaspoon of honey to increase the flavor and to keep your salivary glands functioning properly.
2) Stay Hydrated - Dehydration is one of the most common causes of cotton mouth, which is why it is so important to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Avoid sugary soft drinks, as they are a major contributor to dehydration and can also rot your teeth.

Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, especially with each meal to promote healthy digestion.
You can also suck on small pieces of ice and roll it around your tongue.
Snack on frozen chunks of water-based fruits and vegetables to absorb the natural juices. Citrus fruits are the best.
You can blend a combination of fruits or vegetables together for a delicious smoothie.
You can drink up to two glasses of coconut water each day.
Have a cup of green tea or herbal tea each day.
Consume hot liquid foods stews and soups.
3) Aloe Vera - Aloe vera treats the sensitive tissues inside your mouth, keeping your lips and tongue moisturized.

Drink ¼ cup of aloe vera juice twice a day or rinse your mouth with aloe vera juice on a daily basis.
You can also apply pure aloe vera gel around your mouth using a cotton swab.
Leave the gel on for a few minutes, and then rinse your mouth out with cold water. Repeat 2 or 3 times a day.

4) Lemon Juice - The tangy sour taste of lemon juice increases the production of saliva, while keeping your breath smelling fresh and clean. Lemons are high s of Vitamin C and protect you from catching a cold.

Squeeze out half a lemon and add the juice with a tablespoon of honey to a glass of warm water to stay hydrated during the day.
You can make sugar-free homemade lemonade as an alternative solution.
Sprinkle a pinch of salt onto a lemon wedge, and rub it against your tongue to fight off dehydration.
5) Slippery Elm - Slippery elm becomes a gel- substance when mixed together with water. It's used to treat cold sores and even soothes a sore throat. The chemicals of the elm also cause mucous secretion.

Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of slippery elm into a cup of hot water.
Cover the gel and allow it to steep for 10 minutes, before straining. You can add a bit of honey to give it some taste. Drink the slippery elm tea twice a day.
Alternatively, you may prepare a paste with some slippery elm bark powder and a bit of hot water.
Apply the paste solution inside your mouth for a few minutes.
Rinse thoroughly with water, and repeat the process as needed.
6) Oil Pulling - Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic medicine practice that dates back over 3,000 years. This natural remedy has many benefits for treating dry mouth, and for promoting good oral hygiene.

Place 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth, and swish the oil around thoroughly for about 15 minutes.
Spit it out and rinse with warm water.
Brush your teeth as usual and repeat on a daily basis.

7) Cayenne Pepper - Cayenne pepper can help cure nasal congestion problems and dry mouth as well. The sharp tasting cayenne pepper stimulates the production of saliva and kills off bacteria.

Place a tiny amount of ground cayenne pepper to a wet finger, and slowly rub it all around your tongue. You may experience an uncomfortable burning sensation for a little while, but it will help get rid of the dry mouth.
Add a dash of cayenne pepper powder to your soups, salads, and other dishes.
You can also take capsules as a substitute, but make sure you consult your doctor beforehand.

8) Cardamom - Cardamom acts as a natural treatment for oral ulcers, infections, and various digestive issues. You can chew on it to fight bad breath and even help relieve flu symptoms.

Chew on a handful of cardamom after each meal or whenever your mouth becomes dry.
You can mix a teaspoon of cardamom powder to a glass of hot water if you prefer not to chew it raw. Allow the cardamom to steep for 10 minutes before drinking.
Have a glass first thing in the morning and before you go to bed.
You can rinse your mouth with lukewarm cardamom tea twice a day as another option.

9) Grapeseed Oil - Grapeseed oil contains a very high content of Vitamin E, which is used to moisten your mouth and heal cold sores. You can also snack on grapes to absorb their high water content, ideal for preventing dry mouth symptoms.

Gently rub a little grapeseed oil on your tongue and the inside of your cheeks using your fingers.
Allow the grapeseed oil to work its magic overnight.
Rinse your mouth out with warm water the following morning, and then brush your teeth directly after to get the taste out.
Repeat process every night before going to bed.

10) Fennel Seeds - Fennel seeds are a yellow colored spice that promotes fresh breath and eliminates dehydration symptoms. Fennel seeds contain flavonoids, which quench the dry thirst in your mouth.

Grab a handful of fennel seeds and eat them several times a day to prevent dry mouth.
Try mixing equal amounts of fennel seeds and fenugreek seeds together, which also helps to lower bad cholesterol levels.
Dry roast the fennel and fenugreek seeds in a pan.
Eat 1/2 teaspoon of this healthy combination after each meal.
A Few Extra Preventative Measures Against Dry Mouth:

Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco, since it minimizes the production of saliva in the mouth.
Take hot showers and breathe the steam in for a few minutes to keep your nasal passageway fully moisturized.
Use a humidifier or vaporizer when you sleep.
Breathe through your nose, not your mouth.

Try to avoid taking medicines that are diuretics, decongestants, and antihistamines.
Gargle with warm salt water 3 or 4 times a day.

Use toothpaste and mouthwash with fluoride to keep your tongue clean.
Drink plenty of water with each meal and make sure you chew your food thoroughly before swallowing.
Try to limit your intake of spicy foods, since they can cause irritation on the inside of the mouth.
Choose fresh fruits as snacks instead of junk food to stimulate the saliva glands.
Avoid sugary sodas and drink water instead.

Remedies for Varicose Veins

Home Remedies for Treating Varicose Veins

According to a number of studies, about 25 percent of all women and 10 percent of men are affected by varicose veins. Varicose veins are dilated and 'puffed up' veins that are usually in the legs that can be painful and have an unpleasant appearance. But don't stop reading here, because there are a number of at-home remedies for treating varicose veins that could help you or someone you know with the condition avoid expensive and painful surgical procedures.

Varicose veins are usually genetic, so if someone in your family has had them, there is a greater chance that you will too. They are caused when the valves in the veins that push blood throughout your circulatory system weaken and become 'flappy', causing fluid to accumulate in the veins. The common signs for the development of varicose veins are tenderness around the area of an enlarged vein, swelling of the legs, a tightening or itching sensation in the legs and a feeling of heaviness in the legs.

Although varicose veins are usually benign, meaning that they do not put your health at risk, their puffed up appearance is startling or discomforting for some, and therefore many doctors recommend cosmetic surgery to remove them. Yet these surgeries can be expensive and keep you off your feet, so it's best to try out some of these simple and completely natural remedies first.

1. Keep Your Feet Up

Just like on any long flight or an extended period sitting down, the blood rushes to your legs and causes them to feel heavy. The feeling with varicose veins is similar, and those that have the condition may experience swelling if they spend the day seated or on their feet. To remedy this uncomfortable feeling, it is best to recline with your legs elevated for anywhere up to an hour. This allows the blood to flow away from the legs and ankles and back towards the heart to decrease swelling and the feeling of heaviness.

2. Ice Your Veins

Applying ice or a cold pack to your varicose veins can help minimize their appearance and reduce the swelling around the vein. This is because the application of cold restricts the bloodflow to the area of application, making the appearance of the swollen veins less apparent. It is also recommended to take a cold or lukewarm bath every so often to keep your bloodflow healthy and your veins and vessels working hard.

3. Exercise

Regularly performing cardiovascular exercise, either running, walking at a fast pace, biking or swimming, keeps your blood flowing as it should and prevents the pooling of liquids in your veins. It is recommended to perform at least 15 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day (with approval from your doctor), and not just to stay fit. It has been shown that regular exercise can reduce the severity and appearance of varicose veins.

4. Flex Your Feet

Even if you aren't able to get in a full cardiovascular workout, doing a few leg raises or ankle circles will help keep your varicose veins in check. When you contract the muscles in your feet, the blood is forced upward out of your legs and towards the heart. By pointing and flexing your feet a few times, circling your ankles, or doing heel slips where you slide your heels back and forth can keep your circulation in check and blood out of your varicose veins.

5. Try A Compression Stocking

There are special compression socks and stockings that can be purchased at most pharmacies that will help improve circulation in your legs. As explained above, when pressure is applied to the lower legs, the blood is pushed up towards the heart and won't pool in your veins. You can get weaker compression stockings, 20mm Hg, or stronger ones at 60 mm Hg (the stronger versions usually require a prescription from a doctor). They come in a variety of colors and shapes for different parts of the leg and are usually comfortable enough (in the weak and mild versions) for everyday use.

If you or someone you know has varicose veins, you should consult your doctor to determine if you have a higher chance to experience clotting. These natural remedies will help mediate many of the effects of varicose veins, but there is no guarantee that they will completely disappear. There is no harm in trying!

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