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4 Health Problems You Never Knew You Could Prevent

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

 

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Many people take a fatalistic approach to health. They say things like “if I get sick, then I get sick. That’s life.”

But it turns out that with the right approach, that needn’t be the case for many diseases. In fact, there are all sorts of conditions out there that you can prevent. Here’s a list:

GERD
GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease is a form of acid reflux where acid from the stomach travels back up your throat, leading to burning sensations, and heartburn in your chest. You may also have “silent GERD” which typically occurs at night and is harder to protect.

As it happens, there are several easy ways to prevent GERD. These include:

Eating less fatty or spicy foods
Avoiding trigger foods, such as tomato or citrus
Reducing alcohol and coffee intake
Cutting down on foods in the allium family, such as garlic and onion
Avoiding eating for a few hours before going to bed
Eating smaller meals more frequently instead of a couple of large ones

Urinary Tract Infections

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Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the leading reasons doctors prescribe antibiotics. Infections in the bladder, the kidneys, or the tubes connecting them can all cause excruciating pain.

Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to reduce your risk of developing UTIs.

First, keep your diet plant-based. Bacteria that cause UTIs come from the breakdown of meat and animal foods in your colon. These germs then migrate to the urethra, causing infection. Eating plant-based reduces this risk.

Second, pee after sex. Flushing your system can get rid of any unwanted bacteria.

Third, take UTI prevention tablets. These are great if you are going into a situation where the risk of a UTI is high.

Lastly, drink plenty of water. Peeing often helps you empty the bladder more regularly, reducing the risk of germ buildup.

Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids can be extremely painful, not to mention unpleasant, particularly as they grow larger. Fortunately, though, there are several lifestyle measures that you can use to prevent them.

The main intervention is to eat more fiber. Hemorrhoids were virtually unknown in traditional cultures and civilizations. They only emerged when the quantity of fiber in the diet went down. They typically form when people strain when going to the toilet. Increased blood pressure causes them to pop out, leading to pain and discomfort, often for many months.

The trick here is to pass big, pillowy stools. These require less effort to push along the alimentary canal, reducing straining and cutting the risk of hemorrhoids developing.

Tendinitis

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Lastly, you may be able to prevent sports injuries, such as tendinitis, with the right approach to life.

Tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendons. Commonly, it is found in the elbow (in the case of tennis elbow), the shoulders, wrists, knees, and heels.

The trick here is to maintain a good posture and avoid excessive training if your fitness is currently low. Try to avoid doing the same movement over and over again. Instead, mix up your training routine for more variety.


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