Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Healthier Alternatives to Coffee - A Must Try for Caffeine Addicts

Most people are addicted to coffee. Some confess it out loud but some are in the state of denial. You will know  that you're addicted to coffee if you cannot last a day without taking a cupful. And your addiction can be severe if you cannot function well without a hint of caffeine flowing in your system.

Taking coffee regularly can be very dangerous to your health. And this statement is not mythical. In fact, many studies have already been conducted to prove this. The good thing is there are a bunch of healthier alternatives out there to coffee. These are ginger, organic green and peppermint teas.

Most people drink coffee to aid digestion and get energised. If you want to experience both the healthy way, you can drink ginger tea daily or as many as you want in a day. The strong scent of ginger can awaken your tired and sleepy senses without causing your heart to palpitate. Moreover, ginger tea can help you fight bloating especially when you have just finished eating a hearty meal.


If you have just recently stopped drinking coffee, you're most likely to experience withdrawal symptoms. In this case, you can take organic green tea. It contains caffeine but its caffeine content is relatively small compared to coffee. Green tea is also helpful when it comes to digestion problems.

Peppermint tea is another healthy alternative to coffee. It is caffeine-free but is induces the same dose of energy to its drinkers. Do you need a lot things accomplished at work but you're to sleepy to do so? If yes, try a super strong peppermint tea. After taking a cupful, you will surely not settle for weaker tea concoctions.







Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Natural Remedies for Sore Throat

Did you know that sore throat is caused by viruses and not by bacteria? This means it can be cured with doses of antibiotics. If you keep using antibiotics to cure a sore throat, you are most likely to acquire resistant bacteria living in there. These bacteria can cause severe infections in the future that will be very hard to cure.

Causes of Sore Throat

Sore throat is caused by illnesses which rooted from bacteria. These are the likes of common cold, chicken pox, croup, flu, measles and mononucleosis. It also caused by allergies and exposure to dry air and air pollution.


Natural Remedies

Sore throat is hated by many because of the discomfort and pain it brings especially at night when one is trying to get a good night's sleep. The nature offers licorice root as a solution to this. This root is best mixed with water to produce a solution that you can gargle to soothe the pain in your throat.

If it is night time coughs that you battle against, honey mixed in tea is something you should take. In fact, you can take honey as is. Many studies have proven the wonderful effect of honey on children and adults with respiratory problems then and now.

Killing the bacteria that cause sore throat is very important. Saline solution as gargle is an effective killer of sore throat causing bacteria. Additionally, it breaks down secretions and gives a soothing feeling afterwards. If you want a fresh breath after gargling with a saline solution, gargle once more with a mixture of  peppermint and water.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Revealed: The Truth about Watching TV Close Up

It has been said many times that watching your favourite TV program close to the screen can cause blindness. Well, I have personally hurt my eyes watching TV close up but I have not gone blind because of it. I think, watching too much TV is what affects one's eyesight and not the distance.

According to Dr. Lee Duffner of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, watching TV close up cannot cause physical damage to the eyes. Rather, it can cause eye strain and fatigue. The same goes to watching TV at odd angles. Eye strain and fatigue will not require you to take any medicine. It will simply require you to rest your eyes and get enough amount of sleep. Doing both will help your eyes get back to normal again.


Some people think that nearsightedness is caused by watching TV close up. The truth is this habit cannot cause nearsightedness. In fact, nearsightedness could be one of the reasons why others watch TV close up. If you're experiencing signs of nearsightedness, it is best for you to consult an eye doctor right away.

Medical experts, on the other hand, link obesity especially among kids to watching too much TV. As you focus on a favourite TV program, you are less likely to move; thus, your metabolism rate slows down. When your body gets accustomed to watching TV for long hours, you wouldn't want to lift a finger and get sweaty. The chances of being overweight  will be inescapable for you.



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

How to Care for Your Ears against Infection

Ear infection is a painful thing to go through especially for children. Ear infection can be brought about by common colds that affect the nose and the throat. The bacteria and viruses from the nose and throat can travel up to the eustachian tube within the middle ear. These can infect the stagnant fluid in the middle ear. Consequently, bacteria and viruses will multiply inside this tube and you can suffer from serious infection and fever moving forward.

To prevent ear infection, you must steer clear from things that can cause nasal or respiratory allergies. Blowing your nose the wrong way can also cause infection in the middle ear. It must be done with less force so as not to drive the infection up to the ears.







Smoking is another cause of ear infection. Smoke coming from cigarettes can irritate the linings of the nasal passages and the middle-ear cavity.  This can affect the normal functioning of eustachian tube inside the middle ear. If you cannot quit smoking, do it in moderation.

Consult a doctor as soon as you acquire ear infection. Most ear infections do not start serious. But they can be severe when not treated soon enough. Do not self-medicate and follow all the instructions prescribed by your doctor. When you lie down, stick your ears out on the pillow. Hold your chin up if possible. Finally, add warm compress in the are of your infected ear. This can relieve the discomfort and pain you're experiencing.




Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Six Steps to Calming Dental Fear in Kids



Contrary to popular belief, dental fear in kids is not innate. It's acquired. A parent’s behaviour towards dental check-ups or treatments can affect the way a child perceives them. If a parent has dental anxiety, his kids are most likely to experience it as well.
    
Parents can help kids get through a dental check-up without fear. There are at least eight ways by which parents can achieve this. They are as follows:

Introduce oral hygiene early – Oral hygiene must start while kids are still months old. Babies’ gums must be free of milk residue for their permanent teeth to grow strong. Parents can use a swab of cotton dabbed in warm water in cleaning their babies’ gums. Parents can replace cotton swabs with a toothbrush once their babies’ first teeth show. This will help babies and kids get used to tooth brushing.

Bring them to the dentist early – Dental visits must start at one year old. Early trips to the dentist can provide early detection and prevention of dental problems. Also, it can help toddlers and young kids feel at ease in the presence of a dentist.

Teach dental and oral hygiene in a fun way – Search for books and videos that show the importance of dental visits in a fun way. Learn happy songs which kids can sing on their way to the dentist.

Refrain from sharing painful dental experiences – More often than not, parents scare kids with painful dental treatments in order to keep them from eating sweets or to reinforce tooth brushing. Instead of doing this, emphasize the comfort and the benefits dental check-ups bring.

Prepare them – Kids usually fear something that they don’t know anything about. Let them know what can happen in a dental visit. Practice it or do role plays at least two days before the actual check-up.

Go to a pediatric dentist – This professional is skilled in accommodating kids with dental problems. Pediatric dentists usually have child-friendly clinics, equipment and staff.
      
Afraid of the Dentist? Quick Tips for Easing Your Kid


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Other Ways to Have a Heathy Mind

In my previous post, I discussed how proper diet, exercise, communication with others and creativity can improve your mental health. Now, let us look into other ways which we can do in connection to this.

Change your environment - Getting stuck in the same location for years is not only boring. It can also limit your self-perception. Relax and have a vacation whenever possible. Your vacation doesn't have to be fancy. Any place where you can relax and refresh your mind will do.

Learn to accept yourself - We are all created unique. Stop comparing yourself to others - how they look like and what they can do. Doing so will get you anxious and mentally unstable at the worst. Reconcile with your real self, be happy with it and accept your shortcomings.


 

Try yoga - Did you know that physical, emotional and mental stress can cause muscle tension? Additionally, they can constrict breathing. Muscle tension and poor breathing both affect the health of our minds and bodies. Yoga is noted to be the best exercise to arrest both difficulties. Yoga positions improve the function of the cardiovascular system and the circulatory system. When there's enough air and blood reaching the brain, you can get assured of healthier brain cells and clearer state of mind.

Think less of yourself and think more of others - Refrain from worrying about yourself. If you find yourself doing so, practice thinking about other people's welfare. By thinking of what you can do to help others and acting it out, you are able to think less about your failures. Little by little, you will find confidence in yourself and your credibility to depended upon by other people. This can kick out the negative thoughts affecting your mental health.



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ultimate Guide: How to Have a Healthy Mind

Having a healthy mind is as important as having a healthy body. You can live your life to the fullest with a healthy mind. Follow these steps if you want to think and be well.


Watch what goes into your mouth - Do you consume healthy meals and drinks? Do you eat on time? The substance we acquire from drinks and food can affect the balance of elements in our mind. For one, drinking too much alcohol can alter a person's behaviour, emotions and judgment. Food that is rich with fats and sugar are also believed to affect a person's depression or happiness level.

Make your body sweat - Apart from keeping your body in top shape, exercising improves your mood. This is made possible by the release of endorphins during exercise. Endorphins will help you battle against depression and shew away negative thoughts in your mind.

Give creativity a chance - We humans are born to create. You may not be as artistic as the others. But you can definitely create something beautiful or useful. Getting a hobby that matches your skills is also helpful. Playing musical instruments and horseback riding, for example, are recommended by psychiatrists to patients experiencing psychological turmoil.

Spend time with others -  We tend to clam up when experiencing heartaches or problems. This could be a healthy thing to do for a day or for a week. If it lasts longer than that, you must force yourself to share your thoughts with someone. Many mental problems have rooted from communication problems. Talking with a friend or a family member can ease up the burden you're carrying. It can also give you a new perspective about your situation and your life.