Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Lao and Thai Dishes - Eat Your Way to a Healthier You

My love for Asian food started about six years ago when I decided to live a healthy lifestyle. During my research, I found out that the incidence of chronic diseases is lower among Asians than Westerners. This is because of the food that they eat.

Lao and Thai dishes are two of the Asian cuisines that I find healthy to eat. Both are prepared in a traditional way using the freshest ingredients available. Oftentimes, the cuisines are mistaken as being one and the same because of their culinary similarities. Nonetheless, each cuisine has its own tasty distinctions.

Green papaya salad is a dish common to both cuisines. It is prepared using lime, hot chili, fish sauce and palm sugar. Let us consider the ingredients one by one and see how each of them can benefit one’s health.

Green papaya contains essential enzyme and nutrients that promote excellent digestion. Chili boosts the immune system. It can clear the sinuses and eliminate nasal congestion. Lime is useful in helping to cure common colds, headache and stomachache. Finally, palm sugar is rich in polyphenols and antioxidants that can keep your body and heart young and healthy.

Meat salad is another dish included in both cuisines. It is popularly known as Laap and Larb in Laos and Thailand respectively. It comes in duck, fish and pork variations. The meat used in this dish is cut and served in the recommended amount. Then it is tossed in lime, herbs and spices for added flavour. All in all, Laap and Larb is a great source of protein.

If you’re keen to discover other Lao and Thai dishes that are good for your health, watch this video from a restaurant that offers them. There’s a link in the video description if you want to find out more about the Holy Basil Restaurant.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Jumpastart a Healthy LifeStyle with These Tips

We often hear people refer to living a healthy lifestyle, it may be a doctor or even a breakfast cereal commercial. But what exactly does having a healthy lifestyle really mean? And how do you start with it? Check out the steps listed in this post.

- Not only did we mention this before, but we also did a whole article on how much exercising is important if you want to move your life forward, and make room for some improvement. The truth, simple as it is, is that adding exercise to your life on daily basis is one of the best ways to promote a healthy lifestyle in general. The health related benefits are huge, as is the step you are taking towards self-improvement.

Sleeping schedule
- Giving the roller coaster of a schedule that many people are having today, probably the one that sent you here at the first place, we must come to realize just how much important sleep is to all of us. Many studies conducted on couple of the best universities around the world suggest that every individual needs from seven to eight hours a sleep during the night.

Healthy diet - This is one of the cornerstones, truly a foundation upon which one healthy lifestyle is build. And make no mistakes, it will change everything for better once you implement the healthy diet into your everyday life. Not only you will be healthy, but you will also have tons and tons of other benefits as well.

Time management
- Time management is a process, chain of techniques if you will, that not only make sure that we are on our best when it comes to spending our time, but also gives us the opportunity to know we are doing the best we can, and taking all we can actually take. It can also be a pretty good tool in the battle against stress.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Quick Ways to Kill Roaches in Your House

The best defense against cockroaches is a clean kitchen and bathroom. If roaches are a problem in your home or apartment, vacuum well and wash the area with a strong soap. Dispose of the vacuum cleaner bag in a sealed container.

You can also try the following ideas:
  • Diatomaceous earth is a safe alternative which can be sprinkled in areas where roaches congregate, especially hidden areas such a cabinet tops and behind appliances. Harmless to people, the tiny particles cut the waxy exoskeleton and kills the insect within 48 hours. For a week or so after the treatment, the dehydrating insects will search more actively for water. Therefore, do not be surprised if you see roaches more often after the treatment. Most roaches should be killed within two weeks of application. Click for more info or to purchase diatomaceous earth

  • Catnip is a natural repellent to cockroaches. The active ingredient is nepetalactone, which is non-toxic to humans and pets. Small sachets of catnip can be left in areas of cockroach activity. Catnip can also be simmered in a small amount of water to make a "catnip tea" which can be used as a spray to apply around baseboards and behind counters. This natural repellent should only be used in homes without cats!

  • Keep a spray bottle of soapy water on hand. Spraying roaches directly with soapy water will kill them.

  • In an empty one pound coffee can, place 1 or 2 pieces of bread which have been soaked thoroughly with beer. Place in areas known to have roach infestations.

  • It is a little known fact that roaches like high places. If you put boric acid on TOP of your kitchen cabinets (not inside), if space allows between ceiling and cabinets, the roaches will take the boric acid to their nests, killing all of them. Boric acid is toxic by mouth - keep away from children and pets.
  • Leave bay leaves, cucumber slices or garlic in the affected area as deterrents.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Jaw Pain - Other Causes and Treatment

Bone Spurs - These are also known as bony outgrowths that happen among adults. Projection of impacted wisdom teeth definitely cause hurting sensation to this joint.

Arthritis - The mandibular joint is the specific area that Arthritis attacks. In relation to this, Temporomandibular or TMJ jaw pain is caused by chronic inflammation of this bone.

Sinus Infections - Sinus infections as well as ear infections may lead to jaw pain. This is because of the pressure in the ears and sinus cavities which are connected to this facial joint.

Necrosis - This is characterized by swollen glands in the neck which in turn results to hurting sensations in one's facial joint.

There are times when the ache that these conditions bring are bearable. If that is the case, you can try applying gentle pressure to the tender areas  of your jaw. Avoid possibility of deep massages as this facial joint is severely delicate. In between the gentle massages, you can slowly open and close your mouth to relieve the pain. Be keen to observe if the hurting sensations increase once pressure is applied. This must be a hint for you to stop with the gentle massage.

Giving your facial joint a rest is also advisable. Excessive use of it as in talking and/or chewing must be avoided. Chewing gums, for one, is not healthy because it induces constant movement of the jaw muscles making the related joint swollen and painful. Also, try to relax your neck and shoulders. Strain in these body parts due to wrong posture when working or sleeping can also result to an aching facial joint.

In conclusion, seeing medical practitioners like dentists and ENT doctors would be ideal in eradicating any of the causes of jaw pain you might have. After requiring some check-ups and X-rays, they will immediately advise you of the most appropriate measures. They could be prescription drugs, surgeries, therapies or use of dental appliances.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Jaw Pain 101 - Know Its Causes

The many causes of jaw pain may be identified with different medical problems. Varied as they are, they can be categorized into two: primary and secondary. The first type involves a condition affecting the jaw directly and this can be treated by a dentist or an ears, nose and throat doctor. The second type, on the other hand, involves a condition affecting other parts of the body and causing the pain to migrate towards that part of the chin. Such a situation may be more difficult to resolve and so needs the expertise of other medical specialists.

This post though would focus on the most common causes of jaw pain under the first category. They are trauma, dental problems, bone spurs, arthritis, sinus infections and necrosis.

Trauma - Trauma usually results to a broken jaw. Accidents or direct hitting on this facial bone are the common culprits to this. Moreover, excessive teeth grinding called bruxism can also trigger such trauma.

Dental Problems - Cavities, damaged teeth, teeth extractions, oral surgeries and fillings and severe gum infections can sometimes be very painful to the jaw. This is why gum disease treatment must be prioritized to prevent further problems.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Why You Shouldn't Be Skipping Meals

Men and women who are into losing weight or belly bulge in preparation for an event often skip meals for quick results. While it is proven effective for such purpose, it is also proven to be very harmful to one's health.

Not all the food you eat are stored as fats. Some of the digested food are converted by the digestive into sugar which enters the blood stream. Blood sugar is important in providing the energy you will need to function properly for the entire day. Skipping meals causes your blood sugar to drop and your insulin level to become unmanageable. If this continues for years, you're most likely to develop diabetes.

For your body to be healthy, it must be nourished with a balanced diet. Thus, it must receive enough amount of nutrients from fruits, vegetables and meat. How can you feed your body with these if you keep on skipping meals? Certain kinds of cancers and cardiovascular diseases may occur if you lack these nutrients.

Lastly, skipping meals alters the rate of your metabolism. Your metabolism slows down when you don't eat. Consequently, your body will have a hard time digesting food when you start eating at a regular rate. You will be surprised that you're gaining weight even though you don't eat as much.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Natural Ways to Avoid Hair Loss

There are many factors that bring about hair loss. Age, genetics, illness, medications, menopause, pregnancy and stress are a few of these factors.  For someone to experience hair loss, one or two of these factors must be present.

Different options like drugs and hair transplant are now available in the market to beat hair loss. Even though they’re costly, they’re unable to ensure hair growth. Thus, rooting for the natural options is often times more effective and practical.

Don’t skip your vitamins – Vitamins aren’t only good for your body and skin. They’re good for the hair as well.  Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin E and Omega 3 work well together to provide healthy and strong hair. 
  • Vitamin A – is responsible for the production of sebum in the scalp. Sebum promotes healthy hair growth.
  • Vitamin B – is responsible for the production of melanin which gives the hair its natural  colour. It also aids the circulation of blood in the scalp.
  • Vitamin E – also aids blood circulation in the scalp. It keeps the hair follicles productive.
  • Omega 3 – contributes to the moisture needed for healthy hair.

Massage topical treatments onto your scalp – Massaging the scalp with essential oils from nature promotes productive hair follicles. Moreover, it helps enough moisture to get into the scalp. Coconut oil and egg oil are two natural items that you can use for this.

Use natural conditioners – Canola oil and olive oil are best applied onto the hair as conditioners. After application, cover your hair with a shower cap for an hour. Shampoo afterwards. You will find your hair shiny and soft like never before.

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.