You can't have a "little OCD." Yet, it's possible to share symptoms and habits that define OCD. The main difference is consistency. Thoughts, habits, and behaviors are overwhelming in OCD. A situation that doesn't "feel right" can consume the mind. We all have these moments, but a person with OCD experiences this for at least one hour each day. So, while you can't have "some" OCD, you can share aspects. Knowing this may put an end to the OCD stigma.
Oral thrush is a fungal infection caused by Candida – a type of yeast. It develops when you don't have enough "good" bacteria to control it. To restore that balance, eat probiotic foods like fermented yogurt, kefir, miso, or tempeh. Probiotics are also available as pills or powder. To fight the fungus, eat foods like garlic, coconut oil, turmeric, and honey. With a cotton swab, you can also apply a small amount of clove or thyme oil.
Candidiasis is the overgrowth of Candida – a type of yeast. Alternative medicine pegs it as the reason for weight gain, pain, and fatigue. To fight it, avoid wine. Alcohol weakens your immune system and makes it hard to fight off Candida. Wine also contains yeast, which your body already has too much of. You should also avoid feeding the yeast with sugary drinks like wine. Instead, eat probiotics, healthy fats, and garlic.
Men have higher rates of cancer, but symptoms that seem normal are easy to ignore. For example, frequent urination with blood might point to prostate cancer. Don't ignore painless lumps in the testicles and breasts, which are important signs. Have a heavy, persistent lower belly ache? Testicular cancer is a possibility. Lung cancer may show up as hoarseness, coughing, or trouble swallowing. Even fatigue can be caused by leukemia or stomach cancer.
Aviphobia is the fear of flying. The causes are complex, but often stem from past learning experiences. It can be from a situation you once had. Other times, it happens after observing others with the aviphobia, or learning about a dangerous plane accident. Thankfully, it's possible to overcome. Start by educating yourself about the safety of flying. Know that anxiety isn't the same as danger, and how powerful anxiety can be. Preparing yourself with anti-anxiety habits will also help.
The right foods can help you handle stress. Chocolate, for example, is full of polyphenols. These antioxidants protect brain cells and make them stronger. Fatty fish and nuts provide omega-3 fats, which prevent inflammation-induced depression. To increase your stress intolerance, take gingko biloba – a powerful herb. Top it off with fortified milk to avoid vitamin D deficiency – a major risk factor for poor mood.
Golden milk is made of milk, turmeric, and ginger. Black pepper is added for taste, and coconut oil or honey is added as a thickener. When heated and combined, the ingredients create a tasty sleep aid. The curcumin in turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It's great news for allergies, cancer risk, and brain health. Do add ginger, which boosts your immunity. You'll reap the benefits while you sleep!
Light therapy uses a box that gives off light. It's similar to outdoor light and 20 times stronger than indoor light. This therapy regulates the body's circadian rhythm or biological clock. You'll sleep and feel better! The circadian rhythm is located in the brain, after all. With more sleep, you'll feel happier and less fatigued. Possible risks include eye irritation, headaches, and dry skin. Yet, compared to anti-depressants, light therapy has little to no side effects.