Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How to Put Your Sodium Intake into a Healthy Perspective

Sodium is not harmful to one's health. Its abuse is what damages a person's health. Right amount of sodium intake can provide the following benefits:
  • maintenance the right balance of fluids in your body
  • transmission of nerve impulses
  • contraction and relaxation of muscles
The kidneys are responsible in regulating the presence and  use of sodium inside your body. The kidneys hold onto it if its amount in the body is very low. The kidneys try their best to eliminate excess sodium that the body doesn't need. When they fail to do so, sodium gets into the blood and causes serious health problems.

The recommended amount of sodium is less than 2000 mg daily.  It can be acquired from consuming canned and processed food, shellfishes and table salt. Most chips sold in supermarkets contain a lot sodium. If you're addicted to them, you're most likely to have excess amount of sodium in your body.

To correct your sodium intake, do the following tips:
  • Eat more fresh foods
  • Purchase low-sodium products
  • Remove salt from recipes whenever possible
  • Limit use of sodium-laden condiments like soy sauce, fish sauce, etc
  • Use herbs, spices and other flavorings to season foods instead of sodium

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

How Not to Feel Tired

It is natural to feel tired of experience fatigue. This is especially true for those who have already reached their middle age. However, it can be avoided through energy-boosting practices. Below is a short list of them.

Put your health on check - Do you suffer from heart disease, kidney failure or diabetes? Any of these can cause you to feel tired and so better ask your doctor first. If you're given prescriptions drugs, check which ones cause you the feeling of tiredness. Ask your doctor what you can replace them with.

Keep moving - This includes exercising and other physical activities that you can engage in. Movement pumps up energy in the body and improves quality of life.

Avoid dehydration - Dehydrated people get tired easily. Drink as much water as you can daily. Remember that our body is mostly liquid. Replace the water you lose daily with at least 2 liters of water. You will be surprised that you don't feel tired.

Get enough sleep - Sleep is the body's natural way to rest, heal and replenish the energy that has been lost during the day. Six to eight hours of sleep during night time will keep you from feeling tired the next day.

Burn the extra pounds - Medical studies show that overweight individuals often feel lethargic. Start eating healthy food in right portions and lose weight through exercising. You will regain strength and never feel tired by doing this.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Ways to Keep Your Skin Moisturised

Having a dry skin is not only ugly to look at. It also makes you look older than your age. If you experience both dilemmas, get enlightened with tips listed below.

1) Know your skins type - Don't use just any kind of body wash and facial wash. Know your skin type and use the right soap for your skin. Research about the best products recommended for your skin type. Don't fall for cheap ones. Oftentimes, cheap soap contain harmful ingredients that dry up the skin.

2) Consider natural moisturising ingredients - Read product labels. Choose soaps and other skin care products with natural moisturisers like coconut oil, olive oil and jojoba oil.

3) Dry your skin properly - After taking a bath or shower, dry your face and body with a clean towel. Refrain from rubbing the towel roughly against your skin. Gently pat your skin with towel to dry. If possible, use towel that doesn't have coarse texture.

4) Always bring a moisturiser, hand cream and body cream - You skin can turn dry at instant due to certain circumstances. It is best that you have moisturisers ready with you.

5) Indulge in a scrub - Get a facial scrub and body scrub every week or every two weeks. Both are helpful in scraping off deep-seated dirt that depletes the natural moisture in your skin. Regular scrubs will make your skin look healthy and feel smooth.

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.