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Imagine you are presenting a motivational speech to your sales force and you can’t stop hiccupping, or you’re on that first date and you lean in for a kiss and a big burp escapes from your mouth! Still worse, what if you are a celebrity like Whoopi Goldberg whose microphone captured the sound of her passing gas on “The View?” Celebs are not immune from strange sounds our bodies make at the most inopportune times and neither are you. Here’s why these noises occur and what to do if they are chronic as explained by Dr. Niket Sonpal who is both an internist and gastroenterologist in New York City.
“Hiccups are an involuntary contraction of the diaphragm and other muscles that see air coming in and striking the voice box,” explains Dr. Sonpal. Less than a second after your vocal cords close shut creating the hiccup sound and the air remains in the diaphragm. Some causes are thought to be eating too quickly or excessively, an irritation of the stomach or throat brought about by indigestion. Hyperventilation and conditions of the respiratory system like the lungs and more.
Not to be alarmed, most cases of the hiccups are just temporary and can be treated with home remedies like holding your breath for a few seconds or drinking water.
2. Jaw Clicking
Our jaw is connected to the skull by the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ is made up of ligaments and tissue among other things and a disc that sometimes changes shape especially if stretched too much. In some cases, people will suffer from TMJ Dysfunction which will cause pain and cracking noises. This condition is an umbrella term for wear and tear of the temporomandibular joint and in extreme cases, if the bone or disc in the area become concave, patients may have difficulty fully closing their mouth.
What to do? Seek an oral health expert like a dentist or oral surgeon if the cracks get sharper and louder, if you cannot close your mouth completely and/or if you are having bothersome pain and lockjaw.
Burping or belching are two words to describe the noise our body makes when we expel gas from our upper digestive system out through our mouth. This happens because there is an excess of air and gas that often doesn’t even get to the stomach before we belch it out. Burping is harmless and happens as a natural result of swallowing air while drinking, eating or talking. Drinking carbonated soft drinks and smoking can give you more urges to belch.
What to do? Take your time when eating or drinking. Avoid sugary carbonated drinks. They release carbon dioxide gas. Treat Heartburn symptoms with proper over the counter medication like antacid chewables. Gastroesophageal reflux disease may cause burping but the belching is usually accompanied by clearer signals of that particular disease like acidic heartburn, nausea followed by sour liquid regurgitation among other things. If your symptoms are that extreme visit your doctor or gastroenterologist for prescription strength medication.
4. Whistling in your nose
This is nothing to be alarmed about. Mucus accumulates in the nasal cavity and then hardens as we breathe through our nose. “This is what scientists refer to as, boogers,” quips Dr. Sonpal. If the hardened mucus circles your nasal cavity only leaving a small narrow space for the passage of air, then it creates the whistling effect much like our lips create a narrow space for air to flow through when whistling through our mouth.
What to do? If the whistling is accompanied by cold or FLU symptoms, then a decongestant will help. If you are suffering from allergies, an antihistamine is best. If your only discomfort comes from the hardened mucus, use a saline spray to moisten the discharge before implementing cotton swab to clean your nasal cavity ones the matter is soft and won’t cause bleeding when removed.
5. Ringing in your ears
If you are experiencing ringing in one or both of your ears you probably are dealing with tinnitus. This condition is caused by infections, aging and general degeneration of the eardrum and loud noises that damage cells in the inner ear. This effect causes the “cochlea to send signals to your brain, regardless of there being high pitched ringing or not.” says Dr. Sonpal.
What to do? If phantom sounds linger for two days or more and are paired with pain, or loss of balance, see your general doctor or an otolaryngologist in order to make sure you aren’t suffering infection or hearing loss.
6. Stomach Rumbling
Burbling sounds in your digestive tract after dinner is not uncommon. Food recently ingested is being moved around along with liquid and air swallowed. As food digests, gases begin to fill the intestine until flatulence helps them exit the body. Conversely, if you are hearing your empty stomach grumble, Dr. Sonpal explains some of the science behind that, “your empty gut is clearing out leftover food and fluids and soon it will be time to replenish your body with a meal,” he says.
What to do? In some cases, if you are going through high pitched grumbling accompanied by pain or nausea, but no bowel movement, going to your doctor would be a good idea. These are symptoms of issues in the GI tract and could signal partial bowel obstruction.
7. Passing Gas
“The science is pretty clear for this one,” chuckles Dr. Sonpal. The body produces intestinal gas as the enzymes in our digestive system breakdown what we have ingested. Once this gas is inside the body, it needs to be released somehow. It is usually expelled through the anus as flatulence or out of the mouth as a burp.
Some intestinal gas comes from the air that people swallow when they are eating, chewing gum, drinking through a straw, or smoking. Undigested carbohydrates are a common cause of gas because the intestines can’t break that food down. The leftover carbohydrates move into the large intestine, where your intestinal bacteria breaks them down, resulting in intestinal gas.
What to do? “Flatulence is not a bad thing. It is actually the mechanism by which our body relieves itself from excess gas. Passing gas is a key component of digestion and aids in reducing the feeling of being bloated,” explains Dr. Sonpal. What you need to observe is the frequency, circumstances and accompanying factors of your flatulence says the New York Gastroenterologist. If you have frequent flatulence or if you notice that certain foods make you violently gassy and your gas is paired with pain or discomfort you should talk to your doctor to rule out things like Celiac disease, lactose intolerance or any form of irritable bowel disease.
8. Vaginal Queefing
This sound occurs when a pocket of air is pressed out of the vagina. Air can easily gather in the vagina when the opening closes during physical activities like exercising, dancing, getting a pelvic exam, and commonly during intimacy. Many women feel embarrassed by the occurrence of queefing but it is not something abnormal.
What to do? Some exercises, like Kegels, strengthen the pelvic floor and may help in reducing the frequency with which air gets trapped in the vagina.
If your vaginal flatulence coincides with bad smells, increased urinary urges discharges, or pain then seek the attention of a doctor for a more in-depth checkup.
9. Joints Popping
Our joints have fluid that helps reduce friction in our between bone and cartilage during movement. This is called Synovial Fluid and as we exercise or move to sit or stand or walk the movement causes bubbles to form out of this liquid and when these bubbles pop we hear a cracking sound.
What to do? Most often, this noise is not a sign of a bad problem “but like many things in this list if it comes paired with pain or locking of the joint this may call for a doctor’s visit as these issues could make you unstable and cause falls, which are dangerous for older generations,” explains Dr. Sonpal.
In late middle age or once we’ve reached senior citizen status if you are experiencing these sort of noises with discomfort or a grinding sensation in the joint you may ask your doctor about osteoarthritis.
About the Expert: Dr. Niket Sonpal
Dr. Niket Sonpal is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Clinical instructor at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn and on the board of the NY‐ American College of Physicians (NYACP). He is completing his Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Lenox and has spoken and presented at over 25 national and regional conferences on his research and is a regular participant in national courses.
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Parenting is difficult enough when you are perfectly healthy. When you are dealing with an illness, however, it can often feel that your children end up taking more care of you than you are of them. This can be incredibly frustrating and limiting, and that, in turn, can hamper your life in so many ways. You need to have a positive outlook on life in order to make the most of it and in order to be the best mom you can be. Disparaging on what you cannot do won’t help, instead, focus on what you can do. Learning how to manage your illness and live with it will be hard, but very rewarding. Start by following this guide:
Take Control of Your Healthcare
Being shuffled around from one treatment option to another just because you are on Medicare is not okay. You have a right to choose what care you get and who takes care of you. A loved one, like a sibling, a parent, or friend (but not spouse) can be trained and certified to take care of you and get paid for their work. These sorts of options put the choice back into the hand of patients, allowing you to make the best decision for your life. To opt for this option, of course, you need to enroll in the program. For more information on the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP), visit freedomcareny.com; they help streamline the process and make it easy for you to get the help you need.
Find New Things to Do
Accepting your limitations will be difficult. Focusing too much on what you can no longer do can inhibit you severely and make healing difficult. Instead, find new things to do that will help you live out your life the best way possible. Start a website, read more, write, create art, learn – there are so many options available to you that you can live a fulfilling life where you complete all your goals, regardless of how inhibiting your illness is.
Improve Your Base Health
Improving your base health is a crucial step that you need to take. Base health refers to the lifestyle habits you can make towards your health, like exercising or eating healthy meals. Do this because a body that gets all the nutrients that it needs works better, meaning you can fight against your illness or disability better and, at the very least, you can benefit from an improved mood.
Find New Ways to Spend Time with The Kids
You don’t have to be able to run around the house with them or drive them to practices in order to be a good mom. You can help support your kids in so many ways, and with technology, this becomes even easier. You can stay in touch with text, and you can call long distance for little to no extra charge, as well as speak to them through video. Help them with their homework, see their day through their photos, send jokes, articles, and more. Spend time with your kids no matter where they are simply by learning how to use the messaging systems on your phone.
Staying upbeat when you are living with an illness might be difficult, but by focusing on the things that you can still do because you are alive is the only way to live a happy life.
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I'm sure you have heard it all before, but there’s definitely a connection between health + beauty. Want to stay on top of it without sacrificing time and energy? Here’s how!
SKIN HEALTH….means SPF and Anti-Aging!
Protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays…it’s really so easy to slap on some SPF before heading out, just make sure to keep reapplying throughout the day depending on how long you’re outside! Here’s my faves for face + lips + body + scalp all with at least SPF 15
My thoughts: I personally love the Lumene Time Freeze Firming Day Cream. It is one of my newest favorite products! It makes my skin silky smooth and is not at all greasy. I am so glad that is contains SPF 15, because I can't stand using regular sunscreen on my face. This amazing cream keeps my skin hydrated and firm!
Owner of Wink Brow Bar Umbreen Sheikh also has amazing tips on how to maintain the health and prevent wrinkles of the delicate eye area over time with threading! Yes – THREADING.
Every woman knows how delicate the skin is around the eyes, we’re even told to simply tap on eye products with the ring finger to avoid any tugging or rubbing.
I’ve noticed that women who have waxed all their lives are more likely to have some hooding around the lid and thinner or more sun-damaged skin on the forehead and brow area, whereas women who’ve grown up threading stay younger longer. That said, of course, diet, smoking, stress levels and sun exposure play a big part – actually, more than genetics – but why add one more thing to list of stuff that ages you?
BODY HEALTH….means getting back on track with tips from Selvera!
Nutritionist Amanda Foti details how to maximize your health to improve your beauty routine with a trend forecast of what’s to come in health + beauty!
Today consumers are gravitating towards “natural” beauty remedies rather than the chemical formulas they may have used in the past to achieve the desired younger, brighter looking skin. The recent “inside out” beauty approach is taking off and for good reason! Research is showing consuming a few key nutrients is just as effective as some cosmetics, not to mention cheaper!
One of the most sought after nutrients promising glowing beauty, amongst other health benefits, is DHA found in fish oil. This nutrient, found in fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel, works great to battle blemishes and eczema. Primrose oil, has also been found to enhance skin health. If you’re looking to protect against sun damage, the hottest grab includes beta carotene and lycopene, found in red and orange fruits and vegetables such as carrots, tomatoes, and beets!
Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.