Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Four Best Ways to Keep Kids Healthy

Your kids' health is very important. As a parent, it is your responsibility to protect them from all kinds of danger and illnesses. Give your kids the important tools for a lifetime of healthy living by teaching them how to take care of themselves. Here four things you can do.

1. Make sure your kids get enough hours of sleep. Kids need ten hours of sleep or more depending on their age. Sleep boosts metabolism and the immune system - two things that will help them grow healthily both physically and mentally. Create a sleeping schedule to ensure that your kids are getting the amount of sleep they need. Observe it strictly, but be flexible enough to push back bedtime during special occasions or whenever needed.

2. Teach your kids the importance of healthy eating. It is impossible to monitor your kids' eating habits. They will always get something unhealthy at school or when they're hanging out with their friends. Hence, it would be best to help your kids have a healthy relationship with food. Teach them that healthy food provides the energy their bodies and minds need to get through a busy day. Such knowledge can somehow inspire them to make healthy food choices.

3. Limit your kids' sugar intake and encourage them to drink a lot of water. Sugar messes up the brain and the immune system. It kills the antibodies their young bodies need to fight viruses so that they don't get sick too often. Train them to drink lots of water instead of sugary drinks. One of the best ways to train kids with this is to  remind them to check on their pee. Tell them that they will need to hydrate themselves more until their pee looks like water.

4. Get your kids to brush their teeth regularly. Most kids hate brushing their teeth because they find it boring. You can make this an enjoyable activity with the use of a timer. Tell them to race against the timer as they brush their teeth. Another thing you can do is to tell them an interesting  story that relates the importance of teeth brushing in a fun way. Check out the infographic below from Coburg Hill Oral Care.

When Sugar Bugs Attack - Explaining Dental Hygiene to Kids
From Visually.

If they already have problematic teeth, search for the latest ways to address kids' dental concerns. Also, look for a dentist who is good at handling young patients. Dental health can reflect your kids' overall health. Healthy gums and teeth would mean they're healthy from the inside.

Getting your kids to take a bath daily, exercise regularly and limit their use of gadgets are other ways by which you can raise healthy kids. You might find it hard to put into practice all these things when you start out, but with determination and proper mindset you'll be able to carry out each of them easily.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Three Ways to Quit Smoking Easily

Going cold turkey on smoking can be quite difficult even if you have the biggest reason to do it. Nicotine is highly addictive. This very element makes anyone get back to smoking after several weeks or months of not smoking.

Make a firm decision. Set an exact date when you'll stop smoking. Know why and how you should stop with your addiction. It would be best to do some research first before you start with a full stop to your vice.

Get some support. Inform your family and friends about your decision. Ask them to support and encourage you along the way. You might need the guidance of counselors, physicians and other health professionals. Be sure to keep in touch with them every step of the way.

Have an action plan. Challenges are inevitable. You must be prepared to face them. For example, you must know what to do when your friend smokers drop by your place or when you unintentionally visit places where smoking is rampant. If you're unable to guard yourself against these challenges, you're most likely to give into the temptation of smoking.

By living a smoke-free life, you can be healthier and stronger. Your risk of heart disease and other cancers can decrease by half during the first year you've stopped smoking. You will be able to live longer too. If you need to relieve stress in the future, try your best not to smoke. Look for other ways to let it out.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Hair Loss and You: Causes and Cures

It is common for women to lose 60 to 100 strands of hair a day according to WebMD. You need not worry about having a thin scalp if you lose such amount of hair daily because new hair are growing in at the same time. Losing more than 100 strands of hair may be considered alarming though. And this can be brought about by different causes.

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Hormonal changes -  Hormonal changes due to pregnancy, childbirth, onset of menopause and thyroid problems can cause hair loss.

Alopecia areata - This is also known as patchy hair loss. It occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles causing sudden hair loss. On the other hand, other skin disorders like lichen planus, some types of lupus and sarcoidosis cause permanent hair loss.

Scalp infections - Infections such as ringworm can invade the hair and skin of your scalp. Generally, hair grows back as soon as the infections are treated.

Trichotillomania - This condition happens when a person  has an overwhelming urge to pull out her hair. It can be the hair from her scalp, eyebrows or other areas of the body.

Medications -  Drugs used for cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems, high blood pressure and birth control can cause hair loss. Overdose of vitamin promotes hair loss too.

Other causes - radiation therapy, physical shock like surgery and excessive weight loss, emotional shock like death, hair treatments, excessive hairstyling, etc.

As for hair loss treatment, this video could give you a great idea about what you need to do.

(Note: I don't own this video. All credits to the owner/publisher.)


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Goodbye Weakness - Home Remedies to a Stronger You

Weakness is the lack of strength in the muscles and bones to carry out the day-to-day activities. Most people confuse it with fatigue which is an entirely different thing. Insufficient diet, flu, infection of any kind, lack of sleep, thyroid problem, cancer and stroke are the usual causes of weakness.

If you feel weak most of the time, consider consulting a health care professional right away. This will help you understand why you're feeling weak. Moreover, try including these food to your daily diet for added strength.

Bananas - Bananas help boost energy apart from being a source of natural sugar. They are packed with potassium, which mainly converts sugar into energy. For great and energy to accomplish your daily activities, eat a couple of bananas a day.

Milk Milk is one of the greatest sources of energy as it is rich in calcium, vitamin B and essential nutrients. Drinking a glass of milk every day strengthens the bones and muscles. It also reduces weakness.

Almonds - Almonds are pack with vitamin E and essential minerals like magnesium and so they are great for combating weakness. 

Ginseng- Ginseng root is full of antioxidant properties. This herb has a direct impact on your nerves, which enables it to efficiently combat tiredness and weakness in general.

Basil - Basil leaves are rich with antioxidants. A cup of brewed basil leaf tea can restore your energy level in a jiffy. It can also strengthen your muscles and bones.

(Note: I don't own this video. All credits to the owner/publisher)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Three Forgotten Food Which Are Great for Your Budget and Health

Eating healthy food can be quite boring and expensive. Because of such experience, many fall away from their health and fitness plans.

In response to this, I researched about affordable food items which are great to incorporate your healthy diet. Below are three food items that suited my goal. (In fact, most of us have forgotten about them because of the surge of healthy recipes that promote their pricier counterparts.)

Cauliflower – This “white food” is a scrumptious addition to your meals - whether raw or cooked. Cauliflowers are raw in calories. They are rich in potassium and folate which fortify a healthy heart.
Celery – Celeries are the go-to-veggies of crash dieters over the years but they provide many health benefits other than weight loss.  Celery was originally a medicinal staple (as far back as Ancient Greece) but can now add plenty of flavor and fiber, as well as some vitamin C and potassium, to your diet.   

Sardine – Eating sardines is one of the best ways to get omega 3 fatty acids in your diet. Sardines are packed with a wide range of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D, selenium and calcium. You can bring sardines to work, to school, or wherever you need to go as they usually come in easy open cans. 

(Note: I don't own this video. All credits to the owner/publisher.)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Wisdom Teeth Removal - When is It Necessary?

Wisdom teeth are the third molars situated at the very back of the mouth on each side of the upper and lower jaw. They are the last pair of teeth to erupt in the gums. They are expected to appear when a person reaches his late teens or early twenties.

While wisdom teeth removal has become a rite of passage into adulthood in recent years, dental experts explain that this may not be needed in some cases.  This dental procedure is advised only when one or all of the following problems are present:

1) Gum problems - Wisdom teeth which erupt partially cause pain and swelling because they push through the gum tissues and jaw bones deep into the mouth. This can lead to the formation of cysts or tumors in the gums and jaw bones.

2) Cavities - Deep pockets often form around wisdom teeth. These areas are hard to clean, so bacteria and food particles are most likely to breed there. Cavities can soon develop in these areas.

3) Sinus problems - Problems with wisdom teeth can affect your sinuses. This can lead to sinus pain, pressure and even congestion.

4) Damage to neighbouring teeth - The infection in the area of the wisdom teeth can pass to the roots of neighbouring teeth. When this happens, the infected teeth must be extracted together with the wisdom teeth.

5) Limited jaw movement - The position of your wisdom teeth can keep you from chewing your food properly. It can also cause you to bite your cheeks often.

6) Teeth alignment - The direction of growth of your wisdom teeth can affect the positioning of your other teeth. As result any type of dental work you've undergone - braces, bridges, crowns, partial dentures, etc. - might turn out to have been ineffective.

Surgery is not recommended when your wisdom teeth are fully erupted, healthy, functioning properly and positioned correctly. Your dentist will know how your wisdom teeth can affect your dental and overall health. So let him check and decide whether they need to be removed or not. If you need more information about wisdom teeth and their extraction, read this detailed infographic from Coburg Hill Oral Care.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Replace Sodium in Your Dishes with These Herbs

Most of us turn to salt whenever to boost the flavor of our dishes. If you're treading the path to a healthier you, salt usage is something you might want to cut off your diet. And don't fret about that because your  meals can still be tasty even though they're sodium-less. How? Turn to herbs and spices for added flavor!

Herbs add to the overall flavor of any dish while enhancing the flavors of the various ingredients in them. Herb-flavored choices can usually be found at restaurants. Take the time to have a meal in healthy restos and look for herb ideas which you can incorporate herbs into your meals at home.

Here's a short list of the herbs which have replaced salt in most dining tables quite successfully.

Basil – This herb is known to promote classic Italian flavor. You can use basil to have tastier salads, sandwiches, pasta and pizzas.

Thyme – Thyme is a good addition to dishes like roasted vegetables and is often found at restaurants in chicken dishes.

Dill – This herb is best to pair with ingredients like juicy salmon, sweet roasted carrots or creamy new potatoes to add flavor with less salt.

Chives – Leek’s cousin, chive, often flavors foods such as potatoes, soups and meats as a fresh garnish.

Rosemary – Planning some Mediterranean cooking? Use rosemary for your bread and pork dishes.

If you want some herb recipes, you can go this page: http://www.yummly.com/recipes/rosemary-basil-and-thyme

(Note: I don't own the page/site I mentioned. All credits to the owner/publisher.)