Saturday, March 9, 2013

Healthy Living with Basic Health Care Tips (Part 2)

Just a piece of health care advice: a substance wouldn’t be prohibited if it isn’t bad for your health. The government and health sector would prescribe it to citizens if that was the case.

Artificial colouring. Artificial flavours. Artificial everything. To make life and food preparation easier, people have succumbed too artificial methods. But natural is always the best. Chemicals are bad for our health, even the type of chemicals they put on vegetables to keep them fresh longer. Consider your healthy options. Go organic if you can. Organic products are your best bet, although they can be rather expensive.

How do you feel? Are you experiencing a great deal of stress? The last of today’s health care tips: avoid stress. Don’t worry too much. You don’t want wrinkles on your pretty face, and you absolutely don’t want a heart attack!

Some disorders are actually associated with one’s mental and emotional condition. Remember those times you went to the doctor because you have this horrible headache and painful chest spasms? And the doctor asks you if you’ve been doing overtime at work and if you’re under a lot of work related pressure? A troubled mind and a broken heart can actually affect your body’s ability to cope. You may not notice it, but it is not just your psychological defenses that get weaker. Your body gets affected when your mind’s messed up.

There’s nothing wrong with listening to health care advice every now and then. It may actually help you live a longer life.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Healthy Living with Basic Health Care Tips (Part 1)

Let’s keep our minds and bodies in check by following some health care tips. Our health is important so we should always remind ourselves to take care of it. Here are a few guidelines that might help make our lives a little longer.

This is something that your first grade teacher taught you. Remember the food pyramid? Get the right amount of starch, proteins, and lots of vitamins and minerals. Stock up on fruits and veggies.  Eat three balanced meals a day.

How much do you value your health? Do you still get enough rest in the midst of your fast paced lifestyle? Your need sleep and your body knows it. Here’s a piece of health care advice: try to pause from what you’re doing if it’s already midnight and you need to get back to work at six in the morning. Your health is more important than that deadline or promotion.

One of the hardest things to do for some people is to exercise. Exercise is important as it rids your body of unwanted calories and stored fat. It makes you feel and look good.

Part of the reason why our body stores excess fat aside from lack of exercise is because sometimes we eat too much. Or some of us drink and smoke excessively. One of the most disregarded of health care tips is self-control. Don’t eat too much. Don’t drink too much. Don’t even sleep too much.

Doctors say that drinking a glass of wine everyday is actually a healthy habit. But smoking? And what about drug usage? You know it’s not good for you, so why do it? Research claims that smoking is beneficial to people with mental disorders. But research also claims that smoking can cause lung cancer, emphysema and other pulmonary diseases, and aggravate heart disease. Everyone knows this and yet millions of people around the world smoke. Everyone knows that taking drugs is bad, and yet people still indulge.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Top Reasons For Going Organic

Going organic is definitely more than just being a trend. It is the key to having a healthy lifestyle for the young and old. I have read an article stating that our stomachs are the cores of our bodies. If we keep them healthy, then we can expect disease-free lives ahead of us.

By eating organic foods, we become less susceptible to the harms of eating fruits and vegetables that were grown with the use of pesticides. Allergies are one of these risks.

Moving forward, organic foods increase your appetite for vitamin and mineral intake. Somehow, they kind of send signals to your body - like the elements which must  be taken in on a regular basis.

Are you fond of drinking wines but you hate the hangover it gives? Here is good news for you. Organic wines can be as tasty but they do not cause headaches and chest pains because they are free of sulphur dioxide - the substance used in preserving commercialized wines.

Lastly, organic foods are best for our little ones. If they see us munching on some greens, they will be encouraged to do the same. Their immune systems will  be protected the earliest possible time.

Exercising With Kids: What You Need To Know

More often than not, being a parent means losing time for one's self. This is because most of your wake hours are spent on caring for the kids, keeping a day job and managing household chores.

These scenarios are also the common excuses parents say for not exercising. (Yes, I used to be one of those mommies who do not find time to exercise.)

Depending on the current age of your child, there are habits which you can observe to make room for exercising. Take a look at these:

Infant Through Preschool

  • Take note of their nap hours in the morning and in the afternoon.
  • Allot 15 mins in the morning and 15 mins in the afternoon to do some exercise routines. Short videos for this are very useful.
  • For the outdoors, take your child in a stroller and do rounds of briskwalking. 
  •  Plan a rollerblading or skating activity with them after school.
  •  Spend time in the park or playground where you can run and play hide and seek.
  •  Enroll to a swimming or tennis lessons with them every weekends.
Once kids become teenagers, you can have more time for yourself. But if you still want to exercise with them, you can register in some activities like fun runs or friendly tournaments which help you be fit.

Breastfeeding To Lose Weight: A Myth?

When I gave birth to my first child, I did not exert much effort to be consistent with my breastfeeding.  I did try it for a few weeks - on and off -  but I totally surrendered afterwards. Oh well, it is quite painful especially when my child had developed the habit of biting my nipple.

Its many benefits are not new to me as I often hear them from other moms. But I never took the time to experience it myself. It is only when I was having troubles with weight management that I thought of getting back to it. But 'twas already late and my breasts have already stopped lactating.

And so, when I got pregnant with my second child, I planned to breastfeed up until the time I have got milk to expend. Contrary to what I thought, I did not lose my appetite while breastfeeding. In fact, I ate more. But my appetite was leaning towards eating the healthy foods that my body needs to produce milk.

Honestly, I did not lose weight drastically. I was able to shed my pregnancy pounds gradually as I continue to breastfeed consistently. I did compare my pictures which were taken months after I gave birth with my first child and second child respectively. And yes, there was a significant difference in my figures in the photos. Weight loss through breastfeeding is not a myth after all.