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To some people, urine is one of the a waste product that must be removed from our body system as soon as possible or else, there could be  a...

Why You Must Drink Your Urine Often

To some people, urine is one of the a waste product that must be removed from our body system as soon as possible or else, there could be  a lot of danger.
Do you think urine is waste, then you have every right  to your views and I have not right whatsoever to force or cajole you to accept any opinion to the contrary.
Also, there are people out there who hold their  views that urine has many healthy benefits and cures many sicknesses and diseases.
The views of these people should also be acknowledged and respected for these observations not even condemn their views without allowing them to explain their views .
But, let me tell you a short story. Three months ago, a close friend had what the doctors described as a terminal disease.
He spent fortunes in desperate search for cure and yet no healing in sight.
The wife jumped from one hospital to the other in Lagos, Nigeria and there was no success.
She visited churches within and outside Lagos and fasted for days so that God will heal the husband. Yet, no miraculous healings.
When I made out time from my busy schedules as a practicing journalist to visit him in hospital, my friend told me in confident that he is fed up with life.
I paused for few minutes in meditation and the message I received was that my friend should start urine therapy and drink his own urine often.
But, when I told my friend, he thought I have gone mad and actually said so. I wished him well and left the hospital.
Three weeks after, my beloved friend called to inform me that after days of soul searching and based on online findings on urine therapy, he has decided to give it a try. I wished him.
After drinking his urine daily for two months, my friend called on Monday to tell me rather excitedly that his health status has improved.
He told me that medical tests conducted on him in recent times showed that he was returning back to life from the grave.
Again, I wish him well and silently thanked God and the cosmic masters.
Take it or leave it, I know urine is water of life. It cures many sicknesses and diseases and I advise you to give it a try.
Cancer, bacterial, viral, fungal infections, autoimmune disease, acne and other skin problems, cleansing of blood, promotion of healthy heart, relieve sting and burning wound, Keep young skin, relieve constipation and calm nerves are some of the diseases and sicknesses that could be cured by urine.

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What is Oxycodone? It is a semisynthetic drug made from thebaine, an opioid which is a constituent of persian poppy and a minor one of opium...

Oxycodone Addiction - A Review

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What is Oxycodone?

It is a semisynthetic drug made from thebaine, an opioid which is a constituent of persian poppy and a minor one of opium poppy. Opioid are basically the substances which act on opioid receptors and give you morphine like effects. It is widely used for relief over a range of pain.

Oxycodone Addiction

As we know that the effect of various drugs that we consume is different on the dopamine levels, that too by different mechanisms. Oxycodone ends up inhibiting the brain cells that inhibit the dopamine secreting cells. This enhances the dopamine levels in our body. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter compound released by the nerve cells, in brain otherwise it acts as a Chemical messenger. Oxycodone ingestion in unprescribed amounts can cause disturbances in the neural pathways.

It initiates the cycle of pleasure seeking thereby leading to addiction cultivation.

How is the addiction taking place?

Oxycodone when consumed binds to the opioid receptors and alters the way the brain reacts to the pain for which the drug was taken by the person. It does cause pain relief, but since it generates intense feelings of pleasure or euphoric feeling thereby risking psychological or physiological addiction to the drug.

Side effects of Oxycodone

Oxycodone addiction and abuse leads to many physical, mental and behavioral side effects within the body.

Some of the side effects which belong to these categories are:

– Lightheadedness

– Decrease in anxiety levels

– Headache

– Seizures

– Dry mouth,

– Nausea/ Vomiting

– Sweating

– Mood Swings

– Extreme Relaxation

– Itching etc.

Above these it causes reduction in sensitivity to pain and respiratory depressions. Overdoses of Oxycodone may lead to spinal cord infarction and ischemic brain damage due to prolonged hypoxia from suppression in breathing. Use of oxycodone recreationally has been found out to be extremely harmful. Improper ingestion of the drug leads to acceleration of its absorption thereby risking overdose. Oxycodone abuse has been found to lead to kidney or liver failure, especially when consumed with alcohol (say).

Oxycodone Withdrawal

The risk of withdrawal symptoms further increases if a person's physical dependence is high on the drug or discontinue Oxycodone abruptly.

Withdrawal basically means the consequences of abrupt stopping in consumption or bringing down the consumption drastically of a drug after its dependence is well established, on the body. It may be physical or mental side effects of the above.

There are various signs which can be observed in a person in the withdrawal phase.

For example:

- Restlessness

- Panic Attacks

- Anxiety

- Muscle Pains

- Insomnia

- Depression

- Fevers or flu like symptoms etc.

Withdrawal phase is highly intense and intolerable to the addict. Its effects start within hours of abrupt change in consumption and lasts for weeks. Hence it is always advised to seek out a professional or detoxicating service before you make the decision of quitting the drug consumption.

Seeking out a safe and a judgement free place to begin the healing process is a must for getting rid of Oxycodone or rather any drug addiction. Also, it is not necessary that whatever method to get rid of the addiction works for one person will work for others too, hence seeking professional help is extremely important.

Hence stay safe and avoid addiction.

Oxycodone addiction can be severe with intense symptoms. You can have harmful oxycodone side effects if it is consumed incorrectly. Oxycodone withdrawal phase is also not an easy path. Hence always consult a doctor before consumption.

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Usage rates for prescription drugs continue to rise with nearly 3 in 5 Americans taking prescription drugs including antidepressants and opi...

Drug Abuse and the Gender Gap

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Usage rates for prescription drugs continue to rise with nearly 3 in 5 Americans taking prescription drugs including antidepressants and opioids.

In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that prescription drug usage among people 20 and older had risen to 59 percent from 51 percent just a dozen years earlier and it was rising at a faster rate than ever before. During the same period, the percentage of people taking five or more prescription drugs nearly doubled, to 15 percent from 8 percent.

Effects of Gender on Addiction

It is no surprise then that the non-medical use of prescription drugs including painkillers, tranquilizers, and sedatives continue to be a growing problem in the United States. Statistics show men abuse prescription drugs at a higher rate than women, however, the gap between the genders is narrowing. Females age 12 to 17 are less likely to take abuse prescription drug and abuse and distribution is much higher in males of the same age range, according to a recent government study on Gender Medicine. The same report shows that young adult females show a higher percentage rate of addiction to cocaine and prescription drugs even though males in that age group abuse those drugs more frequently and take them in larger amounts.

Disturbingly, more recent statistics show that overdose deaths among young women are increasing, especially those who become addicted to opioids. The CDC Vital Signs reported that deaths from opioid overdose among women have increased 400 percent since 1999. By comparison, young men of the same age group suffered fatal opioid overdoses by approximately 265 percent in that same time frame. The CDC has estimated that as many as 18 women in the United States die every day from an opioid drug overdose, most of which were obtained by prescription.

To continue the disturbing downtrend of drug abuse according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, women are less likely to receive adequate treatment for substance abuse than men. Studies show that women are less likely than men to be placed in a specialized but are often treated by primary care providers or through mental health programs instead. Women also face more obstacles that are an impediment to their treatment, such as lower incomes, the possibility of pregnancy, and the need for childcare. In addition, women show more of a tendency to hide their substance abuse for a variety of reason including fear of social stigma, loss of child custody, or repercussions from a partner or spouse.

In the past, studies in drug addiction was from a male perspective for both males and females and drug abuse prevention programs and rehab facilities were designed with an emphasis on the needs of males. In comparison, outreach campaigns, preventive education, and drug rehab today is tailored to address the needs of both men and women as the scientific and medical community become more informed about how and why these addiction patterns occur in both men and women.

With gender roles playing a role in addiction, Gender-specific treatment programs provide a respite from the social stressors of everyday life. Patients can focus on their recovery without the distraction of the opposite sex. Studies show that both men and women feel more comfortable communicating about issues like sexuality, social prejudice, and domestic abuse with members of their own gender.

Both men and women suffering from opiod addiction, both can benefit from comprehensive rehabilitation programs that focus on the full range of care required to be free from addiction. These programs take a patient from detox to residential treatment, partial hospitalization, outpatient services, and transitional living. Effective treatment therapies include:

Fitness training
Experimental and holistic modalities
Follow up programs
Family or marriage counseling
Nutritional counceling
Having the support of a highly trained, multidisciplinary staff can help individuals of both genders recover from the disease of addiction and regain hope for the future.
According to a SAMHSA report in 2014, men are more likely than women to use all types of illegal drugs that result in emergency department visits or overdose deaths. These drugs include marijuana (according to federal law) and the misuse of prescription drugs. Men in most age groups have a higher rate of use and dependence on illicit drugs and alcohol than do women. However, women are just as likely as men to become addicted but are more likely to become addicted to prescription drugs and illegal drugs. Women are also more susceptible to craving and relapse which are key phases of the addiction cycle.

Going even further in their research SAMHSA found that women of color may face other unique issues with regard to drug use and treatment needs. For example, African-American and American Indian/Alaska Native women are more likely than women of other racial and ethnic groups to be victims of rape, physical violence, and stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime-issues that are risk factors for substance use and should be addressed during treatment.

In addition to drug abuse be affected by personality traits, research has shown that in most instances women use drugs differently, respond to drugs differently, and often have unique obstacles that prevent them from receiving effective treatment. Some of these obstacles being as simple as not being able to find child care or being prescribed treatment that has not been adequately tested on women.

Researchers continue to study to learn more about the differing factors that attribute to drug addiction in males and females. As they are able to effectively identify these factors, the medical community more able to develop programs to increase an individual's chance of breaking free from addictive lifestyles.

They are learning that the physical and mental differences of both men and women contribute how they are introduced abuse an individual's ability to be successful in a treatment program

In a July 2016 article CNN reported that:

"according to a report released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, worldwide, drug use has remained steady over the past four years,. However, researchers found that heroin use in the United States is up 145% since 2007."
One in 20 adults -- roughly a quarter of a billion people between ages 15 and 64 -- used at least one illegal or improperly used drug in 2014, according to the World Drug Report 2016. Though the numbers have not grown in proportion to the global population, new trends have developed, including increased sales in anonymous online marketplaces.

The U.N. researchers also reported gender differences in drug use. Men are three times more likely than women to use cannabis, cocaine or amphetamines, while women are more likely to take opioids and tranquilizers for non-medical purposes.

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Cîroc? Check. Marijuana? Check. VIP Guest? Check. For today's hip, hot and wealthy teens, this pretty much sums up a fun night out on th...

Having the Talk With Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol

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Cîroc? Check.

Marijuana? Check.

VIP Guest? Check.

For today's hip, hot and wealthy teens, this pretty much sums up a fun night out on the town.

Living in a celebrity-centric community, it's almost impossible to ensure that your teenager stays clear of drugs and alcohol. As your children get older, these "mood enhancers" naturally become more accessible within their social circles. As a concerned parent you may find yourself conducting routine checks of their car, bedroom, and even sniffing out their clothes for traces of drugs or alcohol; anything that you believe that will save them from spending their youthful days in a rehab and medical center. It helps to be proactive. However, rather than sneaking around their backs, it helps to be more vocal.

Healthy communication undoubtedly is one of the best methods to ensure that your teenager chooses a drug-free path that will lead them to a successful future. Children who are not properly informed are likely to experiment with drugs or alcohol, or seek answers about these substances from the wrong crowd. And, like the popular saying goes, "kids live what they learn," it's only right that they learn from you.

The Importance of Parental Influence

You don't have to be a communication specialist to know that most teenagers prefer to spend time talking past and at their parents rather than to or with them. Chalk it up to hormones, high school stress or fear of their parents. Whatever the reason, one thing that's certain is that many teenagers aren't big on communicating with their parents. However, as parents it's important to be able to talk honestly and openly with your teenager to help then handle stress, cope with peer pressure, doubtfulness and foster self-confidence.

As stated by the National Crime Prevention Council, "young people are less likely to get involved with drugs when caring adults are a part of their life." Numerous research has also proven that teenagers who communicate with their parents regularly are 50% less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol than those who hardly communicate with their parents.

Teen drug addiction is a growing problem and as a parent there is a lot you can do to help prevent drug and alcohol abuse in teens. Fostering supportive and close family relationships, having open and honest conversations, teaching responsibility, encouraging positive attitudes and letting them know that their actions and choices have consequences, can help to determine whether or not they end spending time at a rehab and medical center.

Start While They're Young

It's never too early to start! This is the attitude you should have when it comes to talking to your teenager about drugs and alcohol. Teenagers go through several stages as they approach adulthood and what's appropriate to tell your 18-year-old and 13-year-old may differ in some ways. Nonetheless, the earlier you start talking to them, the more influence you will have on their life choices. Curiosity is a natural part of being a teenager and keeping them informed may stop them from experimenting with drugs or alcohol.

More than their peers or the internet, strive to be their main sources of reliable (and factual too) information on alcohol and drugs from an early age. Make use of teachable moments, whether you're watching a movie, the news or reading about drug related issues in the paper, try to start a conversation that will get them talking. You don't need to have all the answers; you just need to be there to listen to their concerns and encourage good attitudes. In doing so, your teenager will feel more comfortable talking to you about drugs and alcohol rather than relying on friends or media source that glorify substance abuse, paying little attention to the negative effects it can have. Below are a few things to keep in mind when talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol.

It's important to listen: You may feel the need to always tell your teenagers what to do. And, because of this you may spend less time listening to their concerns. As parents, it's important for your teenagers to know that you are listening to them and care about what they have to say.

Don't be afraid to ask questions: Talk with teenager about their interests, peers and feelings - and remember, listening is important. Try as hard as you can to engage them in conversations that requires much more than a yes or no answer.

Establish rules as well as expectations: make your expectations clear to your children when it comes to drugs and alcohol. Let them know that you expect them not to abuse drugs or alcohol and that you trust them not to. Inform them of the severe emotional and medical effects of substance abuse and set consequences for breaking the rules.

Be a role model: "Research shows that children with parents who abuse alcohol or drugs are more likely to try alcohol or drugs and develop alcoholism or drug addiction" according to the National Institute On Drug Abuse For Teens. Though the majority of these children do not develop alcoholism or addiction themselves, many have behavioural problems that may lead to regular substance abuse.

At the end of the day, the best thing you can do is be there for your teenager. Be there for them whenever they need to talk about these issues or confide in someone. And if they're not comfortable confiding in you just yet, try to ensure that there is a trustworthy adult around that they can rely on. If necessary, try to get them involved in trips to a rehab and medical center where they learn more about alcohol and drugs. Your goal is to give them the support that they need to say no to drugs.

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The benefits of exercise are vast not only for the body but also the mind. If you want to get the most out of your workouts there are a few ...

5 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Workouts

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The benefits of exercise are vast not only for the body but also the mind. If you want to get the most out of your workouts there are a few key things that should be high on the priority list.

Tip 1: Plan
When you have a solid plan of action to reach your goals you are more likely to be successful. Hire an experienced coach or find a workout program on a reputable site. If you have a plan when you step into the gym your workouts will be more effective because you won't waste time trying to figure out what to do next.

Tip 2: Fuel
We need energy to exercise and the fuel we put in our bodies on a daily basis is important. Be sure to include a variety of whole foods especially your green vegetables and limit how much processed food you eat. With a diet full of nutritious foods you will have more energy to perform in the gym. Another point to note is about pre-workout nutrition - everyone is different when it comes to what they need to eat and when so you may have to experiment. If you are not exercising for two hours after you eat, your meal could be a healthy balance of protein, fats and carbohydrates. If you plan to exercise within 30-45 minutes of eating then you will want simpler carbohydrates such as fruit to give you the energy you need quicker.

Tip 3: Form
You will get the best bang for your buck when you perform exercises properly. Pay attention to your form and be sure to make the necessary adjustments. When your form is correct you are not only safer and preventing injury but you'll be targeting the muscles groups more efficiently and effectively. Hire an experienced personal trainer or watch a few video clips online from a reputable source to ensure your form is correct.

Tip 4: Intensity
If you don't break a sweat, feel a burn or your heart rate doesn't increase, you might not be pushing yourself hard enough. It's true that for some people exercise simply feels very uncomfortable but change doesn't happen in our comfort zones. Some people will lackadaisically go through their workout but this is not using your time efficiently. Push and challenge yourself each and every time you begin your workout or else you will never improve and your results will suffer.

Tip 5: Recovery
Allow your body and muscles time to recover and heal so you're primed to give it your all in your next workout. Healthy, nutrient-dense nutrition plays a role in recovery but sleep and stretching are just as crucial. Set up a sleep schedule to improve sleeping habits so that you're getting adequate amounts of rest. The body does its repair work while you sleep so don't neglect this aspect of recovery. The other big key in recovery is stretching which is often over-looked. Take five to ten minutes after every workout session to really stretch out and elongate the muscles you just contracted. For releasing deeper muscle knots try using a foam roller - they are very inexpensive to purchase.

If you want the best results from your workouts try implementing these tips to see improvements in your health, fitness and strength.

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I grew up as an only child in a fairly remote area of Colorado. And if that was not isolating enough, my dear mother home schooled me. So, i...

How to Go to a Gym If You're Shy

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I grew up as an only child in a fairly remote area of Colorado. And if that was not isolating enough, my dear mother home schooled me. So, if you think that you were shy as a kid and shy as an adult, to the point of not being able to join a gym because you're too timid, trust me that you're not alone.

As I've matured, I've learned a lot about myself. And one of the most important lessons I've come to realize is that we have to do what is right for us, to follow our passions, and not let our worries about other people get in our way.

And it is for this reason that being shy does not need to stop you from joining a gym.

I've found that there are 3 steps to being able to start going to a gym to workout, even if you have social anxiety and think that you're much to shy to even go through the doorway.

1. To sign up, visit your local gym at an off time. Typically, this is mid-morning between 10 AM and 12 noon. But, if you're incredibly shy and don't want to chance things, drive by at various times and days to see which windows of time have the least amount of cars in the parking lot.

Once you choose a good time, go in with the main focus of signing up. and worry about the rest later. Because signing up is the most important step.

2. Dress for comfort, not for others. Take some time to choose an exercise outfit that you feel very comfortable in, and don't worry about what others will think of you. Maybe you feel best in baggy sweatpants or perhaps all black. Whatever it is, if you're too shy to join a gym, you'll find that once you put your comfort above any perceived judgement, you'll be a lot happier.

Some tips that have worked for me are to wear rather baggy clothing (I've even worn my husband's sweatpants at times) and in colors that do not stand out. You'll never find me in bright pink, purple, or blues. I also keep my hair back in a band to keep it off my forehead, but not up in a ponytail, because I like the security of being able to 'hide' behind my hair.

3. Focus on yourself, not on others. It can help to listen to music on a personal device. Allow yourself to 'get in the zone'. Whether you are on the elliptical in the corner or working out on mats near others, you'll be in your own space, enjoying songs that inspire you. This will keep you concentrating on what's happening in your own world, and the rest of the gym can fade into the background.

Believe it or not, after about four years of going to my local gym, I started a local walking group with friends I've made there. And we welcome newcomers all of the time. It was nothing I ever planned on. However, quick glances and seeing the same people over the course of weeks, lead to hellos. And hellos can lead to longer exchanges. This can eventually evolve to having acquaintances and then friendships.

I was probably the shyest person at the gym, and never thought I could join one. I'm healthier and stronger than I've ever been as I move though my 50's. So, don't let shyness slow you down. Go for what you want.

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If you let your periods be the reason to avoid workout, you must think about Olympic swimmer Fu Yuanhui who didn't let the cycle hamper ...

Working Out During Your Period: Is It Safe?

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If you let your periods be the reason to avoid workout, you must think about Olympic swimmer Fu Yuanhui who didn't let the cycle hamper her participation in the 2016 Games or Kiran Gandhi who finished the 26.2 miles London Marathon during her periods, that too without a tampon or pad. She bled freely with her tights covered with blood. If they can, why can't you?

Usually, women don't feel like exercising during menstruation because of the cramps, heavy flow of blood and the sleepless nights that make them feel drained. During periods, each woman responds in her own way to the hormonal changes, but one should not stop doing the regular activities due to that. You should keep the workout according to the capacity of your body (which is of course different for every woman) and never let that time of the month hamper your fitness schedule.

Is it safe to work out during periods?

According to a famous celebrity fitness expert Deanne Panday, it is OK to do exercises (apart from few yoga positions and intense exercises including abs workouts) during periods. It can be uncomfortable due to the sensitivity of abdomen area, but doing mild exercises will not harm.

Most of women believe that going to gym or doing any exercise can be harmful during periods. Indian actress (who is also a fitness lover) Tena Desae, completely disagrees with this and says that she believes in working out every day including her periods. She believes that it is completely safe to do exercises because it releases endorphin in the body that helps in soothing the cramps and pains.

Moreover, Gynecologists recommend light work outs during periods because it will keep you active and you will have less cramps and flow will be controlled. This is because, when you workout and sweat, it lightens up the bloating stomach. Work out helps in releasing endorphin that can boost your mood and help you get rid of the discomfort. Working out also helps in maintaining the body temperature which drops during periods and causes fatigue all the time.
If you are still not convinced that it is safe to work out during periods, think about female mountaineers, who do not cancel their expeditions just because of periods.

When to work out during your cycle?

Well, you can continue your work out regime during periods as you do on your regular days. However, during the first seven days you can do walking, swimming and simple yoga poses to soothe the sore muscles. During the time of your periods you can skip cardio exercises, long-distance run and some yoga poses like handstand, head stand, Scorpion pose and bow pose, as it can lead to pesky period bloat, heavy bleeding or take the fluid to the wrong way. Mild stretching will also be good because it will increase the blood flow to the muscles and you will get relief from the stiffness of legs and thighs due to muscle pains.

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Today we are living in the 21st Century and in this Century everyone is having one super hectic and packed up routine. We generally sacrific...

A Few Tips On How to Lose Belly Fat

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Today we are living in the 21st Century and in this Century everyone is having one super hectic and packed up routine. We generally sacrifice our health for our jobs or other things. So when this happens there are a lot of ways by which this stubborn belly fat can get into our body and sit there, and no matter how hard we try this stubborn fat sits there and makes us lose our self-esteem.

Today, every single person we see around us has belly fat, even those who are slim and trim or have 6-pack as they also have this belly fat. It's normal, no matter what we do some amount of belly fat gets accumulated in our body. And too much fat is bad, really bad for our body. This fat can result in diseases like- high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, heart diseases, etc. People also think that it's their metabolism, which accumulates more body fat and in unusual places, what they don't understand is that metabolism depends on what you eat, if one eats right then there is no chance that the metabolism will betray them.

Eating The Right Food, Regular Exercise, Appropriate Sleep, Stress these are the 4 major factors which control the fat in a person's body-

1. EXERCISE

Incredible exercise removes all of the belly fat, including instinctual fat. One must perform at least 30 minutes of direct exercise for 5 days in a week. Walking helps, insofar as it's sufficiently energetic that you work up a sweat and inhale harder, with your heart rate quicker than normal. To get comparable results in a small amount of the time, wander up your pace and get overpowering action - like running or walking. One needs to do that for at least, 4 days in a week.

2. DIET

Eating the right amount of fiber can also be helpful. Hairston's research shows that people who take in at least 10 grams of dissolvable fiber consistently - with no other eating routine changes - grow less natural fat after some time than others. This means that if one eats- two little apples, a measure of green peas, or a half-measure of pinto beans, then the work is done.

3. SLEEP

Getting the perfect measure of rest is also very important for controlling belly fat. In one examination, people who were able to sleep for 6 to 7 hours consistently increased less intuitive fat over 5 years as compared to those who slept for less than 5 hours or more than 8 hours consistently.

4. STRESS

Everyone deals with stress. How one deals with it, that's what matters. The thing one can do in order to deal with stress is relaxing with friends and family, companions, pondering, practicing and so on. This eventually makes you more advantageous and better organized to utilize sound judgment for yourself.

SUMMARY

Due to the busy schedule of people living in today's era, it is very hard for them to keep a check of belly fat. But doing this is in fact not as hard as it looks like-

1. Proper exercise which increases your heart rate

2. Proper high-end fiber diet.

3. Appropriate sleep

4. Managing stress

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Do you finding yourself traveling often? Have you noticed that this only makes you gain weight? This happens because when we stop our regula...

Fitness While Traveling

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Do you finding yourself traveling often?

Have you noticed that this only makes you gain weight? This happens because when we stop our regular workouts. While traveling we sometime will replace our regular workouts with big cheat meals from local restaurants in the area. The good news is, that we can definitely stay fit while traveling and still enjoy ourselves. Here are a few things that you can do next time you're traveling.

These tips are sure to keep you fit and healthy.

Keep To Specific Circuits.
If you find a gym in your hotel that you are staying at, don't be afraid to make the most of it. It doesn't matter if there's not much equipment in there. While this may not be the same as your local fitness center, you can still do what you can on the equipment provided. The best way to make the most of this is to do your workout in a circuit workout. There should be a various pieces of equipment for all areas of the body. Spend some time on one piece of equipment at a time. Then move onto the next one for ten to fifteen minutes. Continue this until you are starting to feel sweaty and good.

Burn Your Calories Daily.
If you don't have time to do a complete workout in a gym or you don't have access to one, then you can still find ways to burn calories. Try going for a long scenic walk or a morning beach run. This is a fantastic way to see what's available in the city or town you're staying in. You can also burn off that big fancy meal you just ate at the local hot eatery. Always try to go up or walk the long way back to your hotel. Most hotels have a swimming pool. Go for a swim once a day. Find a local fun adventure that popular in the city you're in like hiking, skiing, snow-boarding or wind surfing.

Pay Attention To Your Meal Sizes.
Traveling often means eating out somewhere and the problem is that the meals served sometimes really big. You can still enjoy local food but sometimes it's fun to sample and take small bites of food. When ordering a meal, ask the waiter or waitress to give you a take away box. This will allow you to take the left overs with you. If you don't have room for a take away box, then ask the restaurant to give you a smaller amount of the item you ordered.

Develop A Routine.
It is worthwhile coming up with a specific routine. This way your routine can be done anywhere at anytime. This could be along the lines of: Lunges, Jumping Jacks, Push Ups, Squats, Triceps Dips and running on the beach or finding a local fitness class.

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What We Drink Now We all have those problem areas that we want to get rid of. Recently a lot of people have been using detox tea as a way to...

How To Use Tea For Weight Loss

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What We Drink Now

We all have those problem areas that we want to get rid of. Recently a lot of people have been using detox tea as a way to lose weight. Actually, detox tea may not be the best way to lose those extra pounds. A lot of detox tea's contain a tea leaf called senna. Senna is a natural laxative and is used to clear the bowel. This will help you lose weight but not the weight you are trying to lose. It's more of the pure body fat we are trying to burn and a laxative is not doing quit that. In fact, if you consume too much senna your body can become dependent on it to have bowel movements, and can even deplete your body of natural nutrients.

So What To Do

Instead of using detox tea, look for teas that are high in antioxidants. Usually, these teas will be of your green tea variety. Matcha green tea for instance has the highest level of antioxidants compared to any other natural tea on earth. Matcha is also powdered and not in leaf form like most tea, so you digest more of the teas benefits when you drink it. And because of the antioxidants your body blocks the absorption of fat cells and increases your metabolism, which helps aid in weight loss. Remember the goal isn't to lose weight but to burn fat, and that is what green tea will do.

So How Do We Use It

So the best way to use matcha green tea to lose weight will be to drink one or two cups a day. But hold on that's not all. You need to also maintain a healthy diet, low in fats and high in fiber... so all your green veggies. Then you will also want to maintain a healthy workout routine as well. I would say cardio for 20 minutes at least 3 times a week. With the combination of these three things you will not only look better and feel better but you will also burn fat and that is the goal right.

How To Incorporate Matcha

In order to get the most from your matcha add it to protein shakes and smoothies. Since matcha is already a powder it makes for a perfect additive. Oh yeah, don't forget matcha is great as a tea both hot and iced.

Well I hope you got something out of this and that I have opened your eyes to detox tea. Most of them are not ideal for weight loss, but green tea can be the holy grail (consult your doctor before taking any supplements or doing any strenuous activity).

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1. Low-calorie portion controlled diet: Successful weight loss maintainers continue to act like recently successful weight losers for many y...

Secrets of Long Term Weight Control

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1. Low-calorie portion controlled diet: Successful weight loss maintainers continue to act like recently successful weight losers for many years after weight loss. They do not believe in a transient change but a lasting change in lifestyle and dietary habits. We typically ask our patients to limit their carbohydrate intake during the daytime and eat between 1200 and 2000 calories each day. We have them weigh in once a week to make sure that their calorie/carbohydrate intake is not causing weight regain. Often meal replacements are used to substitute for meals so there is fewer stimuli to eat more types of/ quantities of foods and a known carbohydrate/caloric intake is utilized. Diets that typically vary more lead to weight regain whereas diets that are simplified and restricted to less food types lead to improved weight loss and weight maintenance. The National Weight Control Registry has indicated that people who keep 30 pounds or more off for six years typically have an average intake of 1400 cal. Obviously people with more muscle mass can eat more in this typically refers to men. Women, typically have less muscle mass and as result need to have less caloric intake.

2. Exercise: Exercise can be as simple as 3 1/2 hours per week or 2800 calories per week of physical activity. Patients who tend to keep weight off average 2500 calories per week for women and 3300 calories per week for men. Also limiting TV viewing time and limiting eating out to less than once a week seems to be beneficial. The average American male watches 29 hours per week of television in the average American female watches 34 hours per week of television. There is a 25% risk of obesity for each two-hour block of sedentary activity done each day. Therefore it is important to get up and move. Body movement burns energy due to skeletal muscle use and it maintains physical fitness and decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes. Does exercise produce weight loss? The answer is yes as physical activity typically is shown to influence approximately 3% of total body weight in most studies. Also, the average weight loss per week of exercise alone is 1 pound. Brisk walking is the standard in all programs. A simple rule is some exercise is better than none and more is better. There are many smart phone applications that can determine calories utilized when walking. Look for them as we often recommend to our patients to simply walk more. For those more fitness oriented, weightlifting or weight resistance exercises can be beneficial as this is the only way to build muscle mass or increase your metabolic engine. Always check with your doctor before starting any physical fitness program.

3. Behavorial Therapy: Self-monitoring is a basic behavioral technique to maintain weight loss. If there is no consistent monitoring there is typically no success. Set goals based on realistic baseline levels of activity and sedentary activity. An initial goal of a 10% increase of activity will hopefully lead to achieving moderate intense activity of up to 3 to 5 sessions per week and 30 to 60 minutes per session. Increase positive behaviors by making a social commitment to friends and family that you are losing weight and for them to encourage you to stay committed. This will improve your motivation. Know who, when, where, how long and with whom you need to keep associated with to maintain weight loss. Decrease stimulus cues that often increase eating behaviors. This could be as simple as spending less time in the supermarket or spending less time at the dinner table. Also, make it easy to exercise by keeping exercise clothing and footwear nearby exercise apparatus. Change your environment, rearrange your schedule and get exercise equipment out of storage or from under the bed or out in the garage and put in a place where you will likely use it. Also decrease stress by doing breathing exercises or meditation. Those who join exercise clubs with their spouse have a higher adherence rate showing social support is important. Therefore try to be around others who lead healthy lifestyles and buddy up with a friend to help reach your health goals.

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What causes scabies? Scabies is a communicable skin disease which is brought about by a parasite with eight legs called Sarcoptes scabiei, t...

How Do You Get Scabies?

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What causes scabies? Scabies is a communicable skin disease which is brought about by a parasite with eight legs called Sarcoptes scabiei, the itch mite. These mites are small and require high-powered magnifying lenses for viewership. The mites burrow into the skin of the victim and in turn cause scabies symptoms of intense itching in that area. This itching gets intense and terrible during the night.

Scabies is common, and the question you need to ask yourself is; how do people get scabies? This disease is contagious, and it can pass from one person to another easily and quickly. A handshake is enough to move the scabies mite to you. These mites cannot jump, but they can pass from one individual to the other by contact, clothes, and any other item that they can rest on. It is vital to note that these parasites do not have a long lifespan away from the body of the human being. The items mites can cling to easily include mats, carpets, lounges, rugs, mattresses, and cuddly toys.

Causes of scabies are many, and the main ones are contact and sharing clothing. However, there are other causes like overcrowding in districts of tenement and inadequate personal cleanliness. Anybody can get the infection and re-infection. In most cases, infection makes one's body resistant to re-infection. This disease is common among troops who are fighting in wartime conditions.

However, it is not easy to get this infection by sharing clothes and closets or handshakes with infected people. Sexual contact is among causes of scabies and is the ideal form of infecting another person with this parasite. Any other physical intimate contact is also a definite way of transferring this disease. These ways include kissing and hugging among relatives. Standing side by side like bus stops is not sufficient to bring forth an opportunity to spread this disease.

It is essential to note that animals have a different type of mite that cannot survive in the body of a human being. It will die in the body of a person, and the level of itching they cause is moderate. This itching will also go away with time. When you leave scabies itching untreated, it will spread all over the body and get worse.

During the first weeks of getting this disease, the itching is quite mild and gets intense during the night. However, as time goes and you do not treat the disease, the itching will get horrible to the break-even point of being inexorable. A patient who has scabies will only accept the condition after experiencing terrible itching that will make him sleepless for the whole night. The level of itching that comes from this disease will warrant you to get immediate treatment.

You need to know that you need to maintain contact with an infected person for a few minutes for the mite to move to your body. Without the presence of a human host, the mite will only survive for three days. Larva and eggs of this parasite, however, can survive longer. To get rid of this mite, you have to kill all stages of its survival and reproduction. Application of mite killers is the first step in treating the disease. It comes in the form of a cream which will be applied one time per day and left on for the night and washed at daytime. This application is made for a full week. Secondly, you will cure the disease using oral medication. This one sounds better and does not give the patient a lot of hassle than cream application. Dosage recommendation varies with the weight of the body of the patient.

However, you need to be careful because the drugs might have a side effect that is not good for your health. When you experience a bothersome symptom of scabies, hurry up and get tested for immediate treatment. Different people are at different levels of getting this infection. The main breeding grounds are prisons, nursing homes, and public places. Avoid going to overcrowded areas to prevent infection.

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Eye irregularities are generally of two categories: infections or muscular incapacities. While a condition such as cataract is a growth and ...

Powerful Natural Remedies For Eye problems Revealed

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Eye irregularities are generally of two categories: infections or muscular incapacities. While a condition such as cataract is a growth and therefore an exception to the rule, it is none the less true that the majority of eye ailments are either of muscular or infectious origin. All infections treated at sanatorium received a general programme of therapy plus specific treatment for the area in which the infection was localized. The application of the anti-infection programme differed only in degree from one infection to another. The final aim always remained the same, the internal and external cleansing of the body.

C. K., a woman in her middle thirties, had, since childhood, been the victim of repeated eye infections. When she entered the sanatorium both eyes were severely affected, red-rimmed, containing a yellow discharge which encrusted upon the eyelids each night and made it impossible for her to open her eyes each morning without first wetting them and removing the caked discharge. The eyes were extremely sensitive to light and vision was markedly impaired. She was suffering from an advanced form of conjunctivitis (commonly called "pink-eye").

An eliminatory diet was ordered. During the first three days full (one quart at 8o°) enemas were ordered. These were later exchanged for small (a drinking glass full at 72 °) enemas taken each morning. A three-quarter (neck to thighs) pack was applied for half an hour each day followed by a hip-bath (86°). Hot baths and applications (96°) were applied each morning and throat and calf compresses before retirement. The eyes were bathed with cold (6o°) water every three hours each day. At the start of the second week, the eye infection cleared and several small boils appeared upon the back. The toxins had been forced into a new exit. The treatment was continued with cold (60 °) compresses applied to the boils, which opened quickly. C. K. was discharged after ten days with instructions to remain upon a non-stimulating diet and continue daily eye-baths and short sun-baths. That was twelve years ago and the condition has never returned.

Treatment for muscular incapacities differs greatly from that prescribed for infection. While eye-baths (60 °) are ordered for both, the treatment for muscular weaknesses would of course be aimed at strengthening and rebuilding the deteriorated muscle tissue. The major eye weaknesses that have become common with the general increase in detailed work, sewing, reading, etc., are the result of muscular irregularities. While the tendency towards shortened or stretched eye muscles can be inherited and exaggerated through improper eye care, this tendency can also be combated through a natural programme of eye care and strengthening.

The natural method for rebuilding weakened or strained eye muscles revolves around muscular exercise, rest and proper diet. The discovery that Vitamin A is a deterrent to night blindness and other eye disorders has caused some to turn to carrot juice and other foods rich in the A Vitamin as some cure-all for eye defects. Even if diet could be considered a cure-all (and nature indicates to us that diet is but one important component of a programme for natural health), it would still be a serious mistake to isolate one food value and turn to it as an answer to disease and decay. If the eye muscles have become weakened, they must be fed not only with Vitamin A, but with a balanced diet that also stresses the B Complex, that family of foods that protects and strengthens muscular and nerve tissue.

Rest and protection must be guaranteed for the eyes. Protecting the eyes involves such simple but basic steps as reading only under conditions that will not create an exaggerated amount of strain. Reading in itself is not a natural process, but the knowledge of mankind lies within the books of the libraries of the world and must be conserved and continued. This rather recent practice (reading is, at most, five thousand years old, while man has between five hundred thousand and a million years of history behind him) makes it necessary for all of us to take special precautions to protect our eye health. You know the proper method for reading but the question is how often you follow it. Do you make certain that there is enough light upon the page of your book before you begin to read? Do you hold the book at least two hand spans (fingers extended) from your eyes? Do you read from a sitting position, the book supported firmly in your hands to avoid constant motion of the reading matter upon which your eyes are focusing? If so, you are protecting your eyes. Reading without proper light; holding the reading matter immediately before your eyes so that they are forced constantly to strain the muscles for proper focus; reading in bed with the printed matter swaying and bobbing with each breath you take, thus forcing the eyes to focus and refocus a hundred times a minute, all of these are the stones that pave the road to impaired vision.

Providing the proper reading conditions and working conditions will not return the eyes to health once that health has been injured. Here diet, exercise and hygiene take over. Eye hygiene, as already stated, requires daily cold baths for the eyes. Frequent rest periods for the eyes, particularly during reading or close work, are also primary to their health. Do not wait for your eyes to tell you that they are tired. If your eyes signal through pain, watering or dizziness that they have been strained, then you have waited too long to supply needed rest. Make it a rule to rest your eyes at least twice a day under any circumstances. If you are reading or using your eyes for unusually close work, apply a half-hour rule to your programme of rest. Never work more than thirty minutes at a time without using the following simple steps for eye rest:

PALMING. Close both eyes and rest the palms of the hands lightly upon them. Slowly roll the eyes within the sockets in wide circles which take the eyeballs to the extreme walls, roof and floor of the eyes. Repeat this roll a dozen times or more.
MASSAGE. Following the palming with massage. While the eyes remain closed, place the thumb and forefinger of one hand upon the eyelids and rotate slowly with a gentle pressure that brings comforting relief.


CLAMPING. Now clamp the lids of your eyes together as tightly as you are able, and then open them wide. Repeat this lid exercise half a dozen times.
No matter what the condition of your eyes, this programme of relaxation is basic to protecting your sight. Where the eyes have already lost the muscular capacity to afford fine vision, you may be interested in the programme of exercise evolved. This programme was intended to strengthen the weakened muscles of the eyes and had, as its final aim, the elimination of glasses.

But it must be explained that full sight could never be attained even with the programme applied at the sanatorium so long as the patient continued to depend upon glasses for visual support. If he or she was merely interested in stopping the loss of visual capacity, then it was possible to do so without removing the glasses. But where the patient was determined to return to a total state of eye health and full visual capacity it was necessary that the glasses be discarded before the programme was begun.
Sight Strengthening Programme

Diet and all of the components of natural lining must be observed. Cleanse the system; feed the body for health, not merely to satisfy taste buds. Sun, air, and natural baths must be a part of your daily life. These basic requirements satisfied the Sight Strengthening Programme may be applied.

These exercises were prescribed twice daily at the sanatorium, on rising and prior to retiring for the night. The only piece of equipment used for these exercises consisted of a small card (about three inches square) upon which a black circle about the size of a sixpence had been drawn. Each exercise was applied first to one eye, while the other remained closed, then alternated and finally both eyes completed the exercise.

Holding the card a hand span (ten inches) from the eyes, the focus is drawn first to the black circle upon the card and then to an object five or more feet away. This shifting of focus is done quickly and repeated twenty times with each eye and twenty times with both. This motion from the near focal point upon the card to another at many times the distance strengthens the eye muscles through swift, vigorous action.

Holding the card one inch from the face and concentrating upon the black focal point, the card is moved from a point immediately above the eyes to one below the chin while each eye is alternately opened and moved from top to bottom in pursuit of the focal point. Twenty times for each eye and twenty for both is the minimal course of exercise.

Holding the card one inch from the face, it is moved from one side of the face to the other as the eyes are moved in changing focus with the card; ten times per eye and ten for both.
At a distance of six inches, the card is rotated five times clockwise and five counter-clockwise for each eye and the same for both.


At a distance of one inch, the card is moved from left side of forehead to right side of chin and then from right of chin to left of forehead, forming an X in the air, while the eyes, alternately and then together, move quickly in diagonal lines of pursuit.

These five exercises practiced twice a day, plus a programme of rest and natural existence, have brought new strength and life to thousands. Treasure your eyes, for they are the windows of your soul.

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With the right hair care routine and awareness it is possible to control hair loss problem. Follow these tips to keep the hair loss problem ...

Prevent Hair Loss With These 7 Tips

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With the right hair care routine and awareness it is possible to control hair loss problem. Follow these tips to keep the hair loss problem at bay.

Tip #1 - Coconut oil is often seen as a foundation of many hair care routines. A normal massage by using coconut oil will help to fortify hair development, from the roots to the hair tip. This happens with the help of the moisture/dampness coconut oil contains that shields the hair shaft from any impurities that may result to any harm.

Tip #2 - Hair loss is often seen as an indication of absence of vitamins in your body. Amla is rich in vitamin C and high in antioxidants that resolve many hair issues. Amla paste can be applied onto the scalp. All you have to do is to create a mixture by crushing an amla or utilizing amla powder. Two teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon is added into the amla juice. Blend well and apply to the scalp, and then allow it to dry. After an hour, wash your hair using lukewarm water.

Tip #3 - Eggs are awesome for hair fall treatment as they have lots of minerals and proteins. A hair pack made of olive oil and egg whites works extremely well for your hair. To prepare this hair pack, you need one egg white and a teaspoon of olive oil. Make a mixture of these two items and then apply the pack on your head. Leave it on your head for around 15 to 20 minutes and afterwards wash it with cold water and a high quality shampoo.

Tip #4 - An important role in the growth of your hair is played by the diet you consume. Hair growth is significantly stimulated by one of the most crucial nutrients - Proteins. They enable new hair to develop, set up in place of the old ones. Food items such as milk, cheese, beans, nuts, grains, fish, and chicken must be incorporated into your daily diet. Iron deficiency makes your hair weak at the roots, and makes it to fall excessively. Make sure you eat kidney, meat, chicken, spinach, soybeans, pulses, red kidney beans, eggs and fish for iron consumption.

Tip #5 - To protect your hair, you need to take steps to stay safe from exposure to pollution, dust, heat and humidity. When you go outdoors, tying the hair up, and covering the head with a scarf could keep away too much exposure.

Tip #6 - If you're suffering from hair fall problem, then you can apply a mixture of castor and sweet almond oil on the scalp. You can apply this mixture by using cotton balls. Apart from this natural treatment, you can also get a hair transplant to get hair back on your scalp.

Tip #7 - Regular colouring, perming, straightening, and blow-drying are common causes of hair loss and should be avoided. You need to stay away from any such practices that can damage your hair permanently.

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Most people would agree that food makes them happy - but did you know there's actual science behind it? Some foods can truly boost your ...

Foods That Can Literally Make You Happy

Foods That Can Literally Make You Happy

Most people would agree that food makes them happy - but did you know there's actual science behind it? Some foods can truly boost your mood, and I want to share a few of those with you. It's important to note that our gut is our second brain so when we take care of it by eating a healthy diet we will feel much better overall. It is estimated that 90% of our serotonin production is in our digestive system so let's get to feeling happy.

Here are a few of my favourite mood-boosting foods...

Dark chocolate. You may have felt like chocolate made you happier, but now it's been scientifically proven as well. It's been shown that eating dark chocolate each day lowers your levels of stress hormones and therefore makes you happier. This isn't a free pass to eat endless amounts of chocolate, but a little piece won't hurt - in fact, it could actually help!

Fruits & Veggies. All the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that come from a lifestyle filled with vegetables and fruits allows you to release neurotransmitters that make you happy. Therefore, incorporating this rainbow of food into your life is great for your mood and health.

Fatty fish. The omega 3's that come from fatty fish like wild salmon and tuna provides your body with the nutrients it needs to feel less stressed, a lot more relaxed and happy. Another benefit of omega 3 is its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. If it helps you reduce pain that's an added bonus to boost your mood.

Saffron. Have you heard of saffron before? Saffron is a spice from India. Conducted research showed that only a little bit of saffron a day makes serotonin more available to the brain. Saffron has also been shown to help alleviate PMS symptoms.

Along with eating mood-boosting foods, you can also make an effort to exercise on a regular basis for more mood boosting benefits. The endorphins that are released during exercise have a powerful effect that can last the whole day and set you up for success. Another great practice to boost your mood is by keeping a daily gratitude journal. Every day write down at least 3 things you are grateful for and really think deeply about them. When we are in a state of gratitude it completely transforms our perspective and mood.

Enjoy your food, make healthy decisions and you will be happy!

If you are struggling with your mood, please seek medical attention from a licensed medical professional. These tips are not to take the place of medical assistance.

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Over the past 20 years, the global epidemic of obesity explains the dramatic increase in the incidence and the prevalence of type 2 diabetes...

Diabetes and Obesity - How Are They Related?

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Over the past 20 years, the global epidemic of obesity explains the dramatic increase in the incidence and the prevalence of type 2 diabetes. The precise reasons that link the two conditions are - blur and yet, excess weight is an established risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Many times, obese individuals do not develop type 2 diabetes.

Here, let's explore the various causes of obesity and how it is linked to diabetes:

What causes obesity?

Several genes in your body play a part in causing obesity. A person's genetic makeup can result in a predisposition to becoming obese. This means that that person may be particularly susceptible to becoming obese through experiencing risk factors in their life which include - high calorie intake or high fat foods. Lack of exercise is also another major factor leading to obesity. You may inherit certain conditions such as your general body type that includes where your body deposits fat. Your environment plays a greater role than specific genes in a person's likelihood of becoming obese. This includes what enters your body through food and drinks. It is hence important to maintain a balanced diet and exercise regularly.

What is diabetes?

In order to become a diabetic, there are two factors that need to be present. The first one is inheritance of a predisposition to the disease and the second one is that the environment must trigger a response in your body. Only genes are not enough. It is important to know that Type 1 diabetes has a strong genetic component. Type 2 diabetes usually develops later in life. Type 2 diabetes, as mentioned earlier has two man risk factors - obesity and family history of the disease. Family history is one of the strongest risk factors for developing this disease. Especially if the individual is eating wrong - such as a diet that is high in fat and low in fiber. Not exercising could add to the risk of developing this disease.

How can you tell that you have diabetes?

One of the most common methods to determine if you are developing diabetes is either a blood or urine test. Other than these, you can check if you have developed certain other symptoms such as thirst, unexplained weight loss, excessive hunger and frequent urination. Other factors that you need to consider are advanced age or sedentary lifestyle and high blood pressure.

In conclusion, obesity seems to be one of the most important and a major independent risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is also the leading cause of other ailments in the human body such as kidney failure, non-traumatic lower limb amputations, blindness, heart diseases and stroke, high blood pressure, dental diseases, pregnancy complications and lots more. Usually, intensive lifestyle modifications and medication can slow down the development of type 2 diabetes. Improved understanding of the heterogeneity of the disease can help increase the awareness and help control the development of obesity related complications. Obesity prevention and treatment will certainly benefit and reduce the incidence and care of type 2 diabetes.

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What is Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most commonly encountered conditions that people over fifty are affected by. Age a...

5 Non Surgical Ways to Help Your Osteoarthritis

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What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most commonly encountered conditions that people over fifty are affected by. Age alone is only one of the primary factors behind OA. Others include genetic predispositions, gender, previous trauma or injuries, workplace environment, obesity and other medical conditions affecting the joint and it's cartilage. The symptoms vary from slight creaks in the joint, pain, swelling and the loss of movement. Stiffness upon waking up or sitting for long periods of time can also trigger severe stiffness in the joint.

As OA is a degenerative joint disease there is no outright cure. Upon detection of the symptoms, and finding characteristic loss of motion in the joint, a sport medicine doctor may order imaging - X-rays - to confirm the diagnosis. While joint replacement can be a reasonable solution for advanced OA patients, there are many non-surgical steps that can help with osteoarthritis.

5 Non Surgical Ways to Help with Osteoarthritis

Keep Moving and Stay Active

Many studies have shown that exercise is among the best ways to improve quality of life. Physical activity boosts your energy, strengthens your muscles and bones and keeps your joints flexible. Seek out a physiotherapist or chiropractor who can demonstrate some exercises and activities that are safe for people with osteoarthritis. If performed safely, the increase in strength can protect and support joints affected by OA and has been shown to delay the need for surgery.. Obesity is one of the primary causes of OA, and a few pounds shed will go a long way to maintaining the health of your joints affected by osteoarthritis.

Eat Well - Stay Healthy - Start Small

Food can be a source of fuel and passion. Our choices can be influenced by so many factors, it can sometimes be hard to consistently make healthy decisions. Try and pick one or two meals a week to start, buy the right foods, and with consistency there will noticeable changes. Foods with vitamin C, Omega 3s and magnesium can help. These are found in fruits, vegetables, fish and by simply following a balanced diet. There are many ways to eat healthy, enjoy food, and it will help your joints and overall health. If you're looking for a resource locally, Gilliam Thomas from Gillian Thomas Fitness can help you modify you're foods in a way that is compatible with your lifestyle. Check her her latest blog post here (3 Tips for Weight Loss Without Counting Calories).

Rest, Recovery & Sleep

The symptoms of OA can be hard to cope with. Ensure you are letting your joints rest when you can as over exercise can cause flare ups of symptoms. Think of joint sparing ways to bend or sit- avoid curling up with your feet under when seated; avoid kneeling down the entire day to get the weeding done all at once. A massage therapist, chiropractor, or physiotherapist can use soft tissue techniques, acupuncture, or modalities like ultrasound, to help alleviate some the pain and swelling around your affected joint and its supporting muscles. Lastly, a good night's sleep goes a long way towards overall health and wellness. If your pain is keeping you awake, talk to your medical team about different methods of taking pressure off painful joints with pillows and other sleeping aids.

Viscosupplementation and other Injection Therapies

That's a big word. Viscosupplementation is an injection of a gel like fluid, a lubricant called hyaluronic acid, into the affected joint. Hyaluronic acid is already found in joints and it has been shown that people suffering from osteoarthritis have below the normal levels. The gel acts like DW40 on a creaky door; it enables bones to move smoothly over each other and absorbs shocks on the joint. Often doctors will recommend injecting a corticosteroid followed shortly after by an injection of hyaluronic acid. Cortisone products are potent at reducing inflammation in joints and have been used for decades. There is now a combination of the two called Cingal. Fewer injections is a great way to prevent possibilities of infection. Lastly, in some cases, it will be recommended to perform the injection under ultrasound guidance. An ultrasound will give a live picture of where the sport medicine doctor is injecting the knee and it will help ensure the gel is being used in the exact area it's needed. Talk to your sport medicine doctor about the pros and cons of viscosupplementation, corticosteroids, and Cingal.

Bracing and Supports

Osteoarthritis can affect many joints in the body. Bracing and home-aid companies have caught wind of the increasing number of patients with OA and have invested a lot to develop some great products. If a knee is affected, many of the larger bracing companies have designed off-loading braces which help alleviate pressure on the affected joint. Although this brace will take a little bit of time getting used, it can be very helpful when trying to keep active.

In home products like automatic can, wine, and jar openers are very helpful tools for individuals with wrist/ hand osteoarthritis.

It eliminates twisting the wrist under heavy loads. Talk to you medical team of sport doctors, physiotherapists, and chiropractors to see if they can help point out some helpful products to keep you going. For moderate to severe cases of OA, it may be recommended to see an occupational therapist who can help to find solutions for the everyday routine.



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Feeling confident in your smile improves more than your smile. A great smile increases your self-esteem. A smile makeover consists of many d...

Improving Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry

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Feeling confident in your smile improves more than your smile. A great smile increases your self-esteem. A smile makeover consists of many different treatments, simple and complex. Any of these changes can make a big difference on the way your smile looks. Having the smile of your dreams is easier than you think. Here are some of the most common procedures and how they are done.

Whitening

With a more concentrated formula, the whitening treatments you receive in your dentist's office can get your teeth whiter in a shorter amount of time. A bright white smile is all that is needed for some people. Others like to add it as a finishing touch to their smile makeover experience.

Gum Contouring

Gum lines are an important characteristic of a smile. Too much gum tissue makes it very prominent and bothers some people, while others have receding gums. Both problems can be fixed by a cosmetic dentist. If you just want to even out your gum line, that can change the look of your smile too.

Veneers

If you are looking for a fast way to fix crooked, discolored, cracked, or chipped teeth, veneers are a great option. These are a thin covering that is placed on the front of your teeth to fix their appearance. The existing tooth is shaved down to place the veneer. This option is available for fixing a single tooth or your entire smile.

Crowns

Too much damage to a tooth can ruin its strength and appearance. To fix both issues, a crown is a common recommendation. Your dentist will grind the tooth down to a post and place a crown on the existing tooth like a cap. At the beginning of the procedure, molds are taken to complement the bite and teeth around it, perfectly.

Dental Implants

Replacing a missing tooth or row of teeth is best done with dental implants. Your dentist places a titanium rod in your jaw, which heals as part of the bone. After healing, your dentist places a cap or row of teeth onto the post. These are matched to your surrounding teeth and are a great, permanent replacement for missing teeth.

Dentures

Dentures are replacement teeth for people missing a row or section of teeth. There are several different options, including the traditional, inserted appliance and an all on 4 option. Both are made to custom match your bite and can replace missing teeth. Removable appliances wear down over time and break. While some prefer to remove them for cleaning purposes, it is often uncomfortable to wear.

All on 4 dentures are a more permanent option. They are called "all on 4" because they are attached to 4 posts which are installed like dental implant posts. The denture or row of teeth are attached to the posts, providing a sturdy fit. They don't require any special care or attention, being treated just like natural teeth.

No matter what bothers you about your smile, a cosmetic dentist can fix it. There are so many different options available to getting you the look you want. If you want to feel more confident in your smile, try visiting a cosmetic dentist in your area.

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POHA HANDWA Preparation Time 30 minutes Cooking Time 20 minutes Makes 4 Handwas INGREDIENTS 1 cup jada poha (thick beaten rice flakes) 1/2 c...

"Poha Handwa" A Low Salt Recipe For Hypertension

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POHA HANDWA

Preparation Time 30 minutes

Cooking Time 20 minutes

Makes 4 Handwas

INGREDIENTS

1 cup jada poha (thick beaten rice flakes)

1/2 cup low fat curds with 1 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup grated white pumpkin (doodhi/lauki)

1/2 cup grated carrots

1/4 cup boiled green peas

1 tbsp green chilli-ginger paste

1 tsp sugar

2 pinch turmeric powder (haldi)

2 pinch red chilli powder

FOR THE TEMPERING

1 tsp mustard seeds (rai/sarson)

2 tsp sesame seeds (til)

2 pinch asafoetida (hing)

1 tsp oil

OTHER INGREDIENTS

2 tsp oil for cooking

1/4 tsp salt

You might know what Handwa is. You might've had a Handwa sometime.

But handwa made of beaten rice! It's different. Let's check out the ingredients.

Thick beaten rice flakes, these have been dipped in buttermilk for 15-20 minutes in curd and sieved.

Grated carrots, green peas, grated white pumpkin, sugar and salt to taste.

And for the tempering, we need asafetida, sesame seeds and mustard seeds.

Apart from that, we would require ginger garlic paste and green chilli paste.

It's a very simple recipe.

Take the beaten rice which has been soaked in buttermilk. Now add in a little sugar and grated white pumpkin. Mix it properly.

Next, add in green peas and carrots.

Add in salt to taste. You must make sure that you add in all the ingredients and then add salt.

In the meantime, we will prepare the tempering.

For tempering, you need a little oil.

The tempering is ready.

Put in mustard and sesame seeds, and a pinch of asafetida.

Let it stand for a moment, and then add the tempering on the mixture we created earlier.

Add red chilli powder to taste and little turmeric to the mixture.

Turmeric will change color and give its unique taste as well. Mix well.

Once the mixture is ready, we can prepare the 'Handwa' (pan cake).

For this, let's put some oil in a pan or on a griddle.

Now we will make 'Handwa' that is around 10 mm thick and 7 to 8 inches in diameter.

This is made just like we make the 'Uttapam' and 'Thalipeeth'.

Now we will cover it.

We have to cook it on both sides for 15-20 minutes.

The Handwa will turn golden and fluffy.

Now we have to serve it. We can serve the 'Poha Handwa' with curd.


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Have you had enough? Too many asthma attacks, too many half-hearted attempts at control - and a steadily worsening condition? Have you decid...

Conquer Asthma

Asthma

Have you had enough? Too many asthma attacks, too many half-hearted attempts at control - and a steadily worsening condition? Have you decided it's time you did something more than merely "put up with it"? If so, you've turned a corner in handling your medical problem. You're ready to stop suffering - and take command.

As always, your first marching order must be to learn as much as you can about your condition, to be well-equipped with the facts.

WHERE ASTHMA COMES FROM?

The first thing you have to accept is that asthma is a disease, and not the psychosomatic condition myths and fiction describe.

Many cases of asthma do start in childhood. In fact, it often comes and goes by the later teen years. But the disease is no heavy age discriminator. It affects 1 person in 25 overall and 1 child in 10.

Fact is, no one knows exactly why asthma happens. Heredity often does play a role, though in several cases there's no family history. Allergies can trigger attacks, and there's also evidence that air pollutants can contribute. Occupational asthma - exposure to certain chemicals in the workplace - can also affect adults. Nonetheless, asthma sometimes just can't be explained.

Likewise, while the medicines for the management of asthma have improved considerably over the years, there's still no silver bullet. As a result, asthma appears to be becoming more common, and the death rate is on the rise.

True, it's not as high compared to the death rate in diabetes, cancer or heart disease. But asthma deaths have the distinction of being unnecessary. Most experts believe asthma shouldn't be fatal.

WHAT GOES WRONG?

After all this time, however, nobody really knows for sure why asthma occurs - only what happens when it does. So, successful asthma treatment is more a matter of careful management than of finding a cure. And to successfully manage this lung disease, it's helpful to understand how the system works.

During normal breathing, air enters through the nostrils and washes against mucus in the air passages, where the fluid traps most impurities, such as germs and dust. At the same time, the cilia (tiny hair s in the nasal passages) remove old mucus and a good and a good deal of other contaminants. When they reach your windpipe, mucus and captured impurities are coughed back up. Swallowing sends the mixture down to the stomach, where the acid digestive juices work them over and eliminate them from the body.

The windpipe, or trachea, extends downward from the voice box (called the pharynx). This tube then divides into two bronchi - one into the left lung, the other into the right. The bronchi then divide again and again into smaller and smaller passages which are surrounded by tiny bands of smooth muscles. Eventually they become microscopic. Finally, at the end of these tiny bronchi (or bronchioles) we reach tiny, balloon-like sacs known as alveoli. Here oxygen and carbon dioxide are transferred to and from the blood as the alveoli expand and contract while you breathe.

Three things happen during as asthma attack to disrupt this process. If it's an allergen slips past the defenses and into your "hypersensitive" airways, and the bronchi become irritated. The inflammation, in turn, causes the muscle bands around the bronchi to tighten, narrowing the passages and restricting air flow. At the same time, the irritation produces more mucus and also swelling of the cells. The result: a very narrow lumen (the diameter of the bronchi), which results in an asthma attack.

Why some allergic people have asthma and other allergic people don't is a mystery, and to date no one has found a cure. But the experts finally have found ways to manage the disease.

In 1991, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in the U.S. issued new guidelines on asthma. Where asthma was asthma was previously described as a spasm in the air passages, the new guidelines emphasize that chronic inflammation is a key cause, and aerosol anti-inflammatory drugs are more effective and have fewer side-effects than bronchodilators (Inhalers like the one many sufferers depend on.)

When both drugs are judiciously combined and taken regularly as a preventive course - rather than just when you have a problem - the combo has been found to keep the air passages much clearer and more open.

Of course, the right regimen of drugs is of little help without full patient cooperation.

Communication comes first. Talk about the course with your doctor. And keep the communication lines open. If you decide to stop a medication for some reason, let him know about it.

Second is education. Something as simple as knowing when the inhaler is empty is extremely important. Shaking it is not enough. Submerging it in water to see if it floats (empty) or sinks (full) is best. And it's vital to have a back-up in case you miscalculate.

Third is pulmonary function testing to objectively measure how you are doing. The two most effective tests are spirometry and the peak flow monitor. The first measures how well air is moving in and out of the lungs. The second measures the maximum air you can blow out. By measuring peak flow every morning you can get an idea what to expect from your lungs throughout the day. If you fall below the baseline you set for yourself, you can call your doctor and add a little extra medication to help you get through a particularly rough day.

A fourth and perhaps most important goal is allergy avoidance. Know what you're allergic to, and keep your contact with it to an absolute minimum.

With the correct use of medication, you can be in charge of the asthma. Asthma shouldn't keep you from carrying on a normal life.

But control only comes with the understanding that this is a complex disease requiring a lifetime of commitment top one's health. The rewards are significant: Life becomes richer without asthma in the way.

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Also referred to as atopic dermatitis, eczema is normally an inflammatory reaction of the skin which can be a serious source of discomfort i...

Dietary Treatment For Eczema, Itchy And Dry Skin

eczema

Also referred to as atopic dermatitis, eczema is normally an inflammatory reaction of the skin which can be a serious source of discomfort in infants and even adults. While DNA has been implicated in many cases of eczema, other contributing factors include sweating, poor hygiene, stress and contact with chemicals and plants. Eczema development has also been associated with some food allergies such as eggs, milk from cow, soy products, gluten containing foods, nuts etc. Although these foods may not be directly linked to eczema development, they may, however, trigger a flare up and worsen the condition. Maintaining an eczema free skin is usually achieved with proper skin care and improved nutrition. Below are tips to maintain a healthy skin while preventing eczema and itchy skin development:

1. Fish consumption

Foods high in anti-inflammatory activity go a long way in curbing eczema development and one of those is fatty fish such as herring and salmon. Omega-3-fatty acids, with appreciable contents in fish oil, have been widely touted a good remedy and thus consuming these fatty fish will come in handy in remedying the unsightly eczema conditions of a dry and itchy skin.

2. Take more Quercetin containing foods

A plant derived flavonoid, Quercetin is a strong antioxidant and also possesses anti-histamine activities, thus able to deter progress of inflammatory conditions synonymous with eczema in the body. Consuming Quercetin containing foods such as spinach, apples, blueberries, cherries, kale and broccoli is thus vital in preventing a dry and itchy skin of eczema.

3. Probiotics also help

Yoghurts and similar probiotic foods contain live microorganisms that help in boosting immunocompetence, a feature which has been related to inhibit allergic reactions and inflammations that could consequently cause eczema. Other probiotic foods are kefir, naturally fermented pickles, soft cheeses and sourdough bread.

4. Avoid preservatives as much as possible

Foods containing high amounts of preservatives, trans fats and other chemicals should be avoided as they could deteriorate symptoms and facilitate dry, itchy skins. These include fast foods, margarine and processed foods of all kinds.

5. Sugars

Insulin levels are heightened with more sugar and this triggers inflammation afterwards, thus, these food products which include burgers, cakes, coffee drinks and sodas are better absconded.

6. Anti-inflammatory foods

Since eczema is inflammation facilitated, substituting your diet for anti-inflammatory foods is thus a necessity for persistent eczema sufferers. The emphasis here is on foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, omega-3-rich fish and healthy fats like olive oil.

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Acne is one of the most common skin disorders, affecting people of all races and ages. It is a chronic inflammatory disease involving the pi...

Effective Management of Acne

ACNE

Acne is one of the most common skin disorders, affecting people of all races and ages. It is a chronic inflammatory disease involving the pilosebaceous unit of the skin.

Its prevalence among those aged 12 to 24 years is estimated to be 85%, although it can persist beyond young adulthood despite treatment. The disease is more common and more severe in males than in females.

Acne can be effectively treated but its response may sometimes be slow. There are some common principles of its management, which include following:

Don't scratch or pick the spots.
Avoid excessively humid conditions such as working in an unventilated kitchen or tropical vacations as much as possible.
Stop smoking because nicotine increases sebum retention, forming comedones (blackheads and whiteheads).
Minimize the application of oils and cosmetics to the affected skin.
Avoid sunburn and protect your skin outdoors using a sunscreen and protective clothing.
Avoid abrasive skin treatment, which is likely to aggravate both comedones and inflammation.
Follow a low-glycaemic, low-protein and low-dairy diet. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Management of Acne -
The three steps in the management of acne are required for its success:

Establishing the type and severity of acne.
Selecting medication appropriate for the patient's condition and skin type. In general, patients with oily skin benefit from solutions or gels, while those with dry skin do better with creams, lotions, or ointments.
Educating the patient about the disease, the different types of medications and their side effects, and expectations for improvement that are realistic.
Mild Acne -
Its management includes the following:

Gentle cleansing of the affected area with warm water and a mild soap.
Application benzoyl peroxide.
Application salicylic acid.
If above treatments do not work, see your doctor, who can give you a prescription for stronger lotions or creams and, if necessary, antibiotic lotion.
Moderate to Severe Acne -

Its management includes the following:

Application of benzoyl peroxide.
Drainage of large pimples and cysts by a doctor.
Application of prescription antibiotic gels, creams, or lotions.
Application of prescription retinoids.
Application of azelaic acid.
Taking prescription oral antibiotics
Taking prescription oral retinoids (such as isotretinoin).
Laser Resurfacing of Acne Scars -
Acne vulgaris frequently results in scarring. Acne scars can lead to physical disfigurement, having profound psychosocial impact on persons suffering from them. Early and effective treatment of acne is the best means to minimize and prevent acne scarring.

The technique of laser resurfacing requires to direct short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin, precisely removing skin layer by layer. This popular procedure is also called lasabrasion, laser peel, or laser vaporization.

It burns the face to create a new skin surface and reduce acne scars, but complete remodeling takes about 18 months. It has been noticed that up to 45% of all patients have temporary changes in skin color. But infections are rare. The procedure is up to 80% effective for shallow scars. But deep scars can be treated in several ways before or during laser resurfacing.

The Bottom Line -

Acne affects 85% of all adolescents and about 12% of adult women. Although it is a benign condition, acne can cause considerable morbidity, including pain, discomfort and scarring. It can also lead to depression and anxiety resulting in poor self-esteem. Laser resurfacing is emerging as an effective new treatment for acne scars.

Acne is a common skin condition that affects 85% of all adolescents and 12% of adult women. Besides morbidity, it may have a profound psycho-social impact on individuals suffering from it. And, therefore, it is important to manage it properly.


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