Saturday, November 25, 2017

How to Spot Vein and Artery Problems

When Your Blood Flows Just Right

Your arteries and veins have a big job to do. They're part of a transportation system that moves blood around. Arteries carry blood loaded with oxygen from your heart to the rest of your body. Veins deliver the blood, now without much of the oxygen, back to your heart. From there, the pulmonary artery sends it to your lungs to restock it with oxygen. Your pulmonary vein brings blood back to your heart, and the process starts again.

What Could Go Wrong?

Sometimes your arteries or veins get narrowed or blocked, and blood can't go through them as easily. Any slowdown in blood flow keeps your organs from getting the oxygen and nutrients they need to do their job. If blood moves too slowly through the vessels, it can pool and form clots.

Coronary Artery Disease

You have this condition when sticky fat called plaque builds up in the walls of your coronary arteries -- vessels that supply your heart with blood. Plaque narrows the arteries, slowing blood flow to the heart. When a piece of plaque breaks off and lodges in an artery, it can block blood flow completely and cause a heart attack.

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Peripheral arteries send blood to your arms and legs. In PAD, plaque builds up in artery walls. Just like in coronary artery disease, plaque narrows the arteries and leaves less room for blood to flow through. If your legs don't get enough oxygen and nutrients, they'll feel sore or tired when you walk or climb stairs. Having PAD raises your chance of getting a heart attack or stroke.

Carotid Artery Disease

The carotid arteries run along either side of your neck. They supply blood to your brain, face, and neck. If you have carotid artery disease, plaque builds up and narrows these arteries, so less blood gets through. A piece of plaque can break off and form a clot. If it gets stuck in a blood vessel to your brain and blocks blood flow, it can cause a stroke.

Cerebrovascular Diseases

Your brain needs a constant supply of oxygen-rich blood to work. Without it, brain cells die. Cerebrovascular diseases limit your brain's blood supply. They include stroke, narrowed blood vessels, aneurysms (weakened arteries), and abnormal clusters of blood vessels called vascular malformations.

Varicose Veins

If you see thick, twisted, blue or flesh-colored veins in your legs, you may have varicose veins. Valves inside veins keep blood flowing toward your heart and prevent it from going backward. When your veins are weak, the valves can get damaged and allow blood to back up. As it collects, your vein swells up and twists to squeeze itself into the same small space. See your doctor if it hurts or you're unhappy about the way you look.

Spider Veins

They're like varicose veins, but thinner. They get their name from their spider web-like pattern. You get them when blood backs up in a damaged vein. They can form on your legs or face, and are usually red or blue. You're more likely to get spider veins after an injury or a lot of time in the sun. Hormone changes during menopause or pregnancy can also cause them to form.

Blood Clots

When you get a cut, blood cells called platelets plug the hole in the damaged blood vessel with a clot that stops the bleeding. But sometimes, plaque can damage the inside of your blood vessels and cause a clot to form. This kind can be harmful. It can slow blood flow through your arteries and veins. And if one forms in your heart or brain, you might get a heart attack or stroke.


This condition happens when swelling and irritation cause a clot to form in one of your veins. You can get a clot after an injury, surgery, or if you've been on bed rest for a long time. It can form in veins close to the surface of your skin or deeper underneath it. Medicine called blood thinners can stop the clot from getting bigger and blocking your blood flow.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

It's a blood clot that forms in a deep vein, usually in your leg. You can get a DVT if you've been on bedrest after illness or surgery, or you sit for a long time in a plane or car. Lying or sitting for many hours slows your blood flow. Pooled blood can clump together and form clots. The risk with DVT is that a clot could break free and travel to your lungs.

Pulmonary Embolism (PE)

A blood clot in your legs can break off and travel all the way up to your lungs. When that happens, it's called a pulmonary embolism. The clot can block the flow of blood in your lungs. Without blood, they can't work as well as they should. They won't be able to release enough oxygen to supply the rest of your body. PE can cause chest pain and shortness of breath. It could be life-threatening if you don't get treated right away.

Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)

Leg veins carry blood up to your heart. Valves in these veins shut to keep the blood flowing upward. When you have CVI, the valves don't close all the way. Blood stops flowing up and instead pools in your veins. You can get CVI if a blood clot damages valves in your legs. Getting older or sitting for long periods of time can also weaken your leg veins and valves.


It happens when an artery wall weakens and bulges out like a balloon. Aneurysms can form in many different blood vessels, including ones in your brain, chest, and belly. If the artery stretches too much, it can burst. That can lead to dangerous bleeding inside your body. An injury or artery disease can cause an aneurysm.

When to Call Your Doctor

Get medical help right away if you notice any of these things:

o Sudden shortness of breath
o Chest pain
o Dizziness, fainting
o Fast heartbeat
o Sudden, severe headache
o Nausea, vomiting
o Sudden blurred or double vision
o Sudden pain above or behind your eye
o Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
o Sudden weakness or numbness in your face or body
o Trouble talking or understanding others
o Seizure
o Confusion

Protect Your Veins and Arteries

To avoid blood clots and other blood vessel problems, take care of your veins and arteries. Eat foods that are low in saturated fat. Exercise most days of the week. If you smoke, quit, because it can damage arteries. To prevent blood clots, avoid sitting for a long time. If you're on a long flight or car trip, get up and walk now and then to keep your blood moving.

9 Ways Your Nails Reveal Clues to Your Health

Nails and Health: Read the Signs

Did you know your nails can reveal clues to your overall health? A touch of white here, a rosy tinge there, or some rippling or bumps may be a sign of disease in the body. Problems in the liver, lungs, and heart can show up in your nails. Keep reading to learn what secrets your nails might reveal.

Pale Nails

Very pale nails can sometimes be a sign of serious illness, such as:

o Anemia
o Congestive heart failure
o Liver disease
o Malnutrition

White Nails

If the nails are mostly white with darker rims, this can indicate liver problems, such as hepatitis. In this image, you can see the fingers are also jaundiced, another sign of liver trouble.

Yellow Nails

One of the most common causes of yellow nails is a fungal infection. As the infection worsens, the nail bed may retract, and nails may thicken and crumble. In rare cases, yellow nails can indicate a more serious condition such as severe thyroid disease, lung disease, diabetes or psoriasis.

Bluish Nails

Nails with a bluish tint can mean the body isn't getting enough oxygen. This could indicate a lung problem, such as emphysema. Some heart problems can be associated with bluish nails.

Rippled Nails

If the nail surface is rippled or pitted, this may be an early sign of psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis. Discoloration of the nail is common; the skin under the nail can seem reddish-brown.

Cracked or Split Nails

Dry, brittle nails that frequently crack or split have been linked to thyroid disease. Cracking or splitting combined with a yellowish hue is more likely due to a fungal infection.

Puffy Nail Fold

If the skin around the nail appears red and puffy, this is known as inflammation of the nail fold. It may be the result of lupus or another connective tissue disorder. Infection can also cause redness and inflammation of the nail fold.

Dark Lines Beneath the Nail

Dark lines beneath the nail should be investigated as soon as possible. They are sometimes caused by melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer.

Gnawed Nails

Biting your nails may be nothing more than an old habit, but in some cases it's a sign of persistent anxiety that could benefit from treatment. Nail biting or picking has also been linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder. If you can't stop, it's worth discussing with your doctor.

Nails Are Only Part of the Puzzle

Though nail changes accompany many conditions, these changes are rarely the first sign. And many nail abnormalities are harmless -- not everyone with white nails has hepatitis. If you're concerned about the appearance of your nails, see a dermatologist.

Inspirational Quote – November 25, 2017

“Surround yourself with people who empower you to become better.”

Oh I do, I do! Everybody I know, family, friends and colleagues, all inspire me to become a better me, not only as a person but at what I do to earn a living. I imagine you are the same? Through time, we all tend to whittle out those who serve no meaningful purpose in our life, the “takers” rather than the “givers”. What remains is the cream of the crop, those who support us 100%, one hundred percent of the time in whatever we attempt and who feel genuine pleasure in our triumphs and achievements, or are first to commiserate and wish us better luck next time. I hope these are the kind of people who presently inhabit your life but, if not, why not?

The Art of Cleaning

Cleaning and doing chores aren't activities that our culture appreciates much these days, yet Sufi mystic Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee understands housework as being essential for a healthy spiritual life. "As within, so without. As above, so below," he seems to be saying in this article about 'The Art of Cleaning'. Sweeping becomes a metaphor for clearing away the debris that is blocking our progress. Discarding old, unwanted things becomes a way of letting go of attachments that no longer serve our spiritual journey. The very process of cleaning becomes a humbling act of taking responsibility for creating open, empty spaciousness, for new life to enter in. It is a way to be kind to all beings - including ourselves - who may enter into the spaces we have inhabited. With new appreciation, may we pick up our brooms and clear our drawers as living prayers of mindfulness.

Friday, November 24, 2017

24 Amazing Facts That Prove Your Body Is Full of Surprises

Your Body:

Even though mankind has been around for centuries, there is still a lot that we do not know about the body. Scientists are constantly revealing new things about the body every day and some of them can be a surprise to us.

Did you know that the human body is made up of 7 octillion atoms? Yes that’s right I said 7 octillion, which looks like this 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. Did you also know that that the human stomach is so powerful that it has the ability to absorb metal?

It’s true, but I don’t recommend you trying to eat a metal rod. Another fun fact is that we have a trillion nerve that are powering out memory. One study illustrated that after viewing 2,500 images for only 3 seconds, the participants could recall if they had seen the image or not with 92% accuracy. The bottom line is that the human body is so unique that there will always be something new and exciting that will surprise anyone. Below you will find more surprising facts about the body that will surprise you.

Your Stomach:

As I mentioned above, the stomach is the most powerful organ in the body, so it’s no surprise when I say that it has the ability to dissolve a razor blade. Again I will tell you that you should not test this fact, just accept it.

Digestive System:

There are many procedures and transplants that remove certain organs from our body and still allow us to live. So it’s no surprise that you could live without a stomach, 75% of your liver, one kidney, a spleen, 80% of our intestines, and any other organ in the groin area.


Our epidermis is the upper or outer layer of the two main cells that make up the skin. Did you know that it regenerates every 2-4 weeks? In a full year, we lose about 0.7 kg of dead skin.


Our bones keep is upright, they keep is moving and if they’re weren’t strong, life would be a mess. So did you know that the bones of the average person can withstand 16,000 people standing on them?

Eye Color:

As we get older, our eyes have the ability to change color. This happens to 10 to 15 percent of the Caucasian population. However, if you’re an adult and your eye color changes dramatically, or if one eye changes color, you need to see a doctor. This can be a warning sign of certain diseases.

The Lung:

Do you like tennis? It’s a tough sport to play, a lot of surface area to cover in such a little amount of time. Speaking of tennis though, did you know that the lung has the same surface area as a tennis court?


The human hair is extremely strong. Pulling it out hurts, and for some people it takes almost a lifetime for it to fall out. But did you know that the human hair has the ability to hold the weight of two elephants? That is almost 12 tons of weight.


As humans, we complain when were hungry and we complain when we are tired. But if you had to choose to either sleep to live, or eat to live, which one would you choose? Well, we can live for three weeks without food, but after 11 days of no sleep, our body will begin to shut down.

Pinky Finger:

For many people, especially athletes, the hands are one of the most important parts of the body. If you were to lose your pinky finger, you would lose 50% of the strength in your hand. Remember, 'pinkys out.'

The Jaw:

Some people believe the strongest muscle in the body is the bicep, others believe it’s the back, but both those people are wrong. The strongest muscle in the body is the masseter – the jaw.

Small Intestine:

Don’t let the name fool you, our small intestine is actually quite large. In fact, it is as long as four people’s height.


Without blood in our body, we cannot survive. So it’s no surprise when I tell you that our body has 60,000 miles of blood vessels.

Rare Eyes:

People who have albinism often have violet or red eyes. Because these people lack pigment in their iris, light can bounce off the back of their eye and then exit.


If you’re a healthy individual than you should not be disgusted when you sweat, but be relieved. The average healthy person can produce 4 gallons of sweat per day.


Our bodies need to maintain a hot temperature in order for the blood to flow through our body properly. So it’s no surprise when I tell you that we produce enough body heat in 30 minutes to boil half a gallon of water.


Saliva may gross you out but it’s essential for our oral organs. Well this may also gross you out, during a lifetime we can produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools.

Bending Fingers and Tongue:

Some people have the ability to cross their fingers in strange ways or bend their tongue in different ways. It’s just not skill that plays a factor, genetics does as well.


Did you know that the only part of the body that has zero blood supply is the cornea? The oxygen it receives comes from the air, not blood from the body.

Human Brain:

If you’ve lived for 100 years, there is a lot of information that has been stored. The human brain storage capacity works out to roughly 2.5 petabytes. That is enough storage to keep over 4,000 years of mp3 files to continue running.


When you sneeze does it feel like your whole body was shook? Well you wouldn’t be far off if that was your first thought. When you sneeze, your entire body functions stop entirely, even your heart.

Nerve Impulses:

When you receive nerve pulses from your brain, they are moving at 274km/h. That is crazy fast! You better tell those nerve to slow down a bit or you’re getting a ticket!


If you live the average life expectancy, you will pump 182 million liters of blood. If that blood were oil, it would work out to $44 million.

Right vs. Left:

Studies have shown that right handed individuals live an average of nine years more that left handed individuals.


Kissing is an essential part of a relationship. It creates a natural euphoria and can get your heart pumping 100 beats per minute. No wonder why our heart is racing when we go in for that first kiss.