Connection Between a Deviated Septum and Sleep Apnea

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Depending on severity, a patient with deviated nasal septum can develop obstructive sleep apnea.

To understand what is a nasal septum, and how to identify it, check the following short video. As you will notice, if the appearance of your nasal septum is not upright, but has an irregular pattern, then you have a deviated nasal septum.

Breathing Problems With Deviated Septum

Nasal airflow is crucial to normal breathing because anything that causes airway contraction can lead to breathing difficulties. The nasal septum is regularly curved from birth or as the result of blunt trauma throughout childhood or adulthood.

A patient with nasal blocking will usually open his mouth during sleep, and this reflex contributes to breathing disorders, including snoring and sleep apnea.

Besides, nasal breathing has two unique characteristics that define it from mouth breathing:

First of all, the nose functions as a heating component. Did you ever notice that if you inhale through your mouth, you will get an extremely dry mouth and throat?
The air flowing through the nose is slightly warmed and enters the lungs at a temperature more comfortable for the body.

Second, the nose works as a filter for dust particles and other pollutants that are inhaled from the air. Moreover, there are individual sensors in the nose that relay information to the brain’s respiratory center on airflow moving over them.
By using these sensors, the nose actively plays in controlling and managing respiration. Without these sensors, we could not correctly understand how much air flows into our lungs.

Could a Deviated Septum Cause Sleep Apnea?

If the person opens his mouth during sleep (if he has nasal obstruction), this reflex will cause sleep apnea and snore by narrowing the pharyngeal lumen (the space in the center of the pharynx which enables the passage of food) in two different ways:

While opening the mouth while sleeping, the chin and rest of the jaw move posteriorly and inferiorly to relocate the tongue in that particular direction. This causes to narrow the pharyngeal airway directly.
Second, opening the mouth reduces the stretch and tension of the tissues surrounding the airway, increasing the airway obstruction.

Attempting to breathe through the nose despite the blockage, reinforces the negative pressure in the thorax.
If there is a reduction somewhere in the upper airways (the central cause of sleep apnea), the pressure will drive, according to the Bernoulli principle, to a wreck at the point of narrowing, resulting in apneas during sleep.

This hypothesis gained further evidence when it became evident that a misshapen nasal septum – a usual cause of narrowed nasal airways – is extremely prevalent in sleep apnea syndrome patients.

Nasal obstruction does not strictly cause sleep apnea because the collapse of the airways does not occur in the nose. However, indirectly, there is a connection between nasal septum deviation and breathing disorders, including snoring and sleep apnea.

Read more about snoring and sleep apnea disorder.

So, removing the obstruction of the nasal passages will help you improve breathing during sleep and even prevent the failure of the airway (sleep apnea).

Create healthy cheap meals

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Some ideas for healthy cheap meals use a bit of creativity. Many pasta and rice based dishes are cheap, healthy and easy to prepare. Throw in a few lentils or other canned beans into cooked pasta and rice, sprinkle of spice mix, one or many cooked vegetables and you have a great meal. More Medical Information UK here.

Have on hand garlic, onion, dried chilli, a spice such as cumin, basmati or brown rice, pasta, legumes (pulses) such as lentils, and you have the basis of a tasty dish. Add a fresh, seasonal vegetable as you wish.

See the recipes for rice and pasta on the low cal recipe page.

You can do a lot with one vegetable. Let’s take a zucchini. We can slice it width- or length-wise, grate it, keep it whole and roast it. Grated or sliced finely, we can add it to a salad, to rice, to pasta, to frittata.

Sliced length-wise finely we can marinate it in a little olive oil, lemon juice and fresh herbs. We can grill or BBQ thicker slices, add chunks to a satay stick.

You can get variety by cooking a vegetable differently or by chopping, slicing, grating in different ways.

Here’s a handy healthy cheap pizza recipe for one or double the ingredients for two. If English spinach is not available, use spinach, silver beet or chard.

Spinach Ricotta Pizza (just for one)

1 small potato or similar size sweet potato (peeled)
1/2 garlic clove (crushed)
1/2 bunch English spinach (washed, stalks trimmed)
1/4 cup low fat ricotta
1 pita bread
1/4 cup grated low fat mozzarella
Cook potato in salted water for about 10 minutes, or until tender. Drain and cool. Slice thinly.
While potato is cooking, chop English spinach and blanch (dip in hot water) very briefly. I’d use the water the potato is cooking in. Cool.
Mix together garlic, ricotta and spinach. Season to taste
Place pita under a hot grill until crisp. Turn over and top with potato slices and spinach mixture. Sprinkle with mozzarella and grill for about 2 minutes or until mozzarella melts.
Serve with a tomato and olive salad.
And to finish – how about an apple or pear grated served with whipped ricotta and yoghurt or with lemon juice and a sprinkling of ground cinnamon. Top with some chopped nuts or pepitas and a little honey or maple syrup.

Shopping for one can be tricky – its easy to buy too much when everything comes in bunches or packaged. If you buy spinach for example, cook all the spinach in one go, then freeze a portion for later. Think about pickling cucumbers, or cauliflower. To use all the ingredients, cook a couple of healthy cheap dishes which can be frozen for later.

Healthy Kids Food

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Kids Guidelines

Healthy kids food is what the new My Plate is all about. In a effort to make it easier for parents to figure out how to feed their kids nutritious, balanced meals, the USDA has formulated a food guide called My Plate. This is a plate that is sectioned into fruit, grains, protein and vegetables.

My Plate is a real easy view of a child’s nutrition, in a plate form. The suggestions are to fill your child’s plate with half vegetables and fruit. Make whole grains at least half. Serve 1% milk not sugary drinks. Always choose low sodium in foods and above all else do not over feed. Because My Plate is divided plate, no one food groups over powers the others.

Nutrients Need to be Supplied in Variety

Kids who see their parents eating better are more likely to do so themselves. Eating green vegetables like broccoli, spinach or greens is healthy. Always use positive terms to refer to healthy food, for example,” I enjoy crunching on celery”.

Children may reject a new food the first of second time it is offered, but keep persisting as a new food will soon become a “everyday” food, so be part of his healthy diet. Talk to your kids about different fruits and vegetables, such as where they grow and how you prepare or cook them. Always avoid bribing your kids with food or use as a reward.

Parents always practice what you preach, be a great role model for your children
Letting children choose and help prepare healthy food in the kitchen will help them learn to cook and be a healthy kid
Food is not a reward system or a bribe avenue to get your kids to do what you want especially for healthy kids food preparations
It is very important to introduce a variety of fruits and vegetables from a very early age
Try Interactive ways for Childrens Healthy Eating

Children will respond to different colors and shapes, so supply them with a mixture of foods in all textures, colors, shapes and sizes. By making food so appealing “artwork” it can entice a child to partake. One way would be make a face made out of salad on a plate. Snack time at school should be exciting for your kids.

Healthy eating can become a treat if you provide a range of textures and colors in the food. Put a bowl of fruit out on the kitchen counter. Children will respond to healthy eating if the options are easy and made available. It’s very important to introduce a variety of fruits and vegetables from a young age.

Allergic Diseases at Stay Healthy 4Life

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With the increasing Allergic diseases world wide, there seems to be a problem in adapting to the environment that we are creating, and the allergy explosion is erupting beyond control. Western scientific medicine is ill equipped to handle this modern phenomenon due to time and budget constraints while ancient wisdom of contemporary medicine has no experience to deal with it either. Very few people of any discipline know or are trained to diagnose and treat allergic diseases, and it is hopelessly rare to meet anyone who has had expert medical or therapeutic treatment for an allergic disease. For this reason, I believe the public is entitled to as much information as possible, so that they are able to help themselves. Many sources of help are available, if one knows where to look for them, and this page offers much useful information for allergic diseases people. More news here:

In the last fifty years we have seen an enormous increase in the range of allergic diseases, and in the range of allergens that provoke these diseases. We have also seen a huge growth in the pollution of our environment, and in the use of chemicals, not only in industry, but in the soil and water, in our food, in our clothes and housing, and in drugs. We breathe air polluted by toxic fumes emitted from innumerable sources. Our bodies are bombarded by electro-magnetic waves of all frequencies. Metals and other substances are introduced into our bodies. Sensitization to one or more of these alien substances can occur. This means that the body reacts in an altered, or abnormal way, to any substance, and as soon as sensitization occurs the immune system is damaged and a chain reaction starts , involving other seemingly unrelated substances which then become new allergens.

The question is what constitutes allergy, its causes and cures? Allergies occur when the immune system reacts against harmless substances in the environment during the process called Sensitization in which case leads to allergic reactions from the B-lymphocytes (a type of white blood cells) in the body. Specific antibodies known as IgE are produced against the substance and would attach itself onto the receptors of another type of white blood cells (mast cells). An allergy reaction is triggered off by a process known as Mast cell Activation when these mast cells come into contact with the substances, resulting in the release of histamine and other mediators including serotonin and luekotrienes which lead to allergic symptoms.

Different people may have different allergies to substances such as:-

house dust mites
plant pollens
cats, dogs, horses
food such as shellfish and tree nuts
latex and latex products
Some of the common allergic reactions are

Allergic Asthma
Food Allergies
Allergic Rhinitis (Hayfever)
Stinging Insect Allergies
Sinus Disease
Contact Dermatitis
Atopic Dermatitis
Occupational Allergy
Urticaria (Hives)

Who gets Allergic Diseases?

Whenever someone gets one of the allergic diseases, the person is more likely to get one of the others. In addition, as a group these problems run in families. There are a number of different genes which, when inherited, cause a person to have the atopy tendency to get these conditions which is that tendency to develop immediate hypersensitivity more readily than most people if substances capable of causing this kind of allergy come into contact with the surface of the digestive or your respiratory systems. The same may also apply to some things which come into contact with the skin. It is undoubtedly possible to inherit more than one such gene, and some atopic people are more atopic than others. If you are more atopic you are likely to become allergic to a lot of things. If you are only slightly atopic you are likely to become allergic to only a few. Though it may be inherited, it still depends on our environment whether allergies develop. People with these same genes did not have so many troublesome allergies in the past. Whether one actually gets allergies depends not only on his genes, but also on the environment. The environment where one was born and whether one has older siblings or not play a role in determining allergy in his later life. Sounds strange isn’t it? Well, that’s the intriguing part of science.

Well, to maintain healthy lifestyles and for more information about the various types of Allergic Diseases, Click Here

Now that the reasons for allergies are known, the next thing that one may ask is whether there is any cure or treatment for it. Well, from the medical point of view, doctors usually use three general approaches in handling allergies; one being avoidance of allergen as much as possible, the other is to prescribe medication to relieve symptoms and lastly to give a series of allergy shots (immunotherapy). Although there is no cure for allergies, one of these strategies or a combination of them can provide varying degrees of relief from allergy symptoms.

However, there is an alternative form of treatment which is much more effective over the earlier three forms. The use of 4Life Transfer Factorproducts to modulate our immune system has been proven with many testimonies. It has been scientifically proven by 4Life Research LLC that a weakened or imbalance immune system is susceptible to external allergic attacks resulting in the various Allergic Diseases. Those interested to buy the Transfer Factor Product may do so after Signing Up As A Preferred Customer or Distributor

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