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.

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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.

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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. 

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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:

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Mind and Body Balance: Your Key to Good Health

In a holistic perspective, good health cannot simply mean absence of disease or symptoms; rather, it is deemed as a state of optimal well-being and vitality. You can say that you're truly healthy when you're able to digest all the things and people you take into your body and life and eliminate whatever causes blockage, pain, sickness and stress in order to re-establish sound mind and body.

The body and mind are inextricably connected. When a thought comes into your mind, a cascade of cellular reactions sets up within our whole body. Our cells observe every thought in our minds and they're changed by these thoughts every second. Such a chain reaction affects our overall well-being and so we must strive to have a healthy mind and body balance. How? Observe each of the insights below.

Take the time to meditate. During meditation, the mind stays awake but quiet while the body is in a deep rest. Scientific researches on meditation show that meditation decreases possibilities of hypertension, heart disease, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and addictive behaviors.

Engage in daily exercise. Regular exercise has a powerful effect on muscle mass, strength, aerobic capacity, bone density, and cholesterol. Regular exercise also keeps the mind alive and promotes emotional well-being. Harvard University professor John Ratey, M.D. says that exercise sparks the biological changes that increase the brain’s ability to learn, adapt, and perform other cognitive tasks.

Make time for restful sleep. Six to eight hours is required to have a restful sleep each night. Restful sleep allows you to approach stressful situations calmly and positively. Inadequate sleep disrupts the body’s natural balance and weakens our immune system. Furthermore, it causes weight gain, depression, and premature aging process.

Release emotional toxins. Emotional toxins come in the form of unprocessed anger, hurt or disappointment. They contribute to the toxicity level in our body and they need to be eliminated. Identify the things the emotions you want to release. List them down and the strategies by which you can get rid of them effectively. Then, journal personal improvements you acquire in the process.

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Quick and Simple Ways to Detoxify Your Body

Many health experts say that good health starts from within. When your body is clean from within, it will show in your skin and overall appearance. There's no magic to achieving this. Rather, this involves hard work which will require you to make wise choices, eat healthy and keep an active lifestyle. Here are some tried and tested ways to detox your body.
1) Instead of a full meal, take a detoxifying smoothie for breakfast, lunch or dinner daily.
2) Choose organic food whenever possible.
3) Drink a lot of water.
4) Choose green tea over coffee.

5) Get a thorough massage.

6) Exercise regularly and sweat out more.

7) Have thorough body massage.

8) Consume fiber in its natural form.

9) Fast for at least a couple of days on a regular basis.

10) Get enough sleep at night (10 pm onwards).

11) Avoid environmental toxins.

12) Meditate to clear your mind.

13) Give up simple carbohydrates, white sugars and fried foods.

14) Incorporate superfoods in your daily meals.

15) Mange your stress levels in a healthy manner.

16) Choose natural remedies instead of antibiotics and other medicines when you feel sick.

17) Massage your pressure points to increase blood circulation.

18) Embrace whole foods and stay away from additives and preservatives.

19) Avoid common sources of toxins - alcohol, caffeine, processed foods and tobacco.

20) Be aware of your body signals.

Monday, February 29, 2016

The Many Benefits of Drinking Cucumber Water

If you're trying to lose weight and be fit, drinking sodas is something you must avoid. But, what else can you drink if you're sick of plain water and you're craving for some flavor? You can try cucumber water. A flavored thirst-quencher that won't harm your health; rather, it will make you feel and look better.

Cucumber water keeps you hydrated. Proper hydration is the foundation of overall health. Water is need by the body in order to function well. Hence, you need to acquire enough water from the food you eat and the liquids you take. As you lose water through breathing, defecating and sweating, you must hydrate your body again and drinking cucumber water is a perfect way to do so.

Cucumber water helps lower blood pressure. Cucumber is rich in potassium which helps lower blood pressure. Having a desirable blood pressure level will keep you safe from stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and vision loss.

Cucumber water curbs appetite. Most people think that they're hungry when a sudden movement happens in their stomachs. The truth is they're just thirsty and their digestive systems are signalling the need for water. To quench your thirst without gaining unwanted calories, you can add lemons, oranges and strawberries in your cucumber water.

Cucumber water improves your skin and hair. The key to smooth and soft skin is keeping yourself hydrated. Cucumber is best for this as it is made of  95% water, vitamin E and potassium which help in reducing fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes and other signs of aging. Cucumber also contains silicon which contributes to hair growth and keeping your hair shiny.

Keen to create your own cucumber water today? Check out this video.
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Monday, January 4, 2016

New Year's Resolutions for Women: Healthy Changes to Make in 2016

New Year's resolutions are easy and fun to make; but keeping them throughout the year prove to be the opposite. Resolutions which specifically target your health are difficult to start and to fulfill because they involve not only making wise decisions but also lifestyle changes. Here are the most common resolutions which women never fail to list down as health goals every turn of the year.

Weight loss and managing it - Loosing weight is ideal to women who are aging and suffering from illnesses. Extra calories and fats in the body usually cause health problems that deprive every woman the opportunity to enjoy their lives to the fullest. For a weight loss plan to be successful, it is best to understand its importance in your life and in the lives of those people who love and depend on you. Once you've decided to do whatever it takes to shed off the extra pounds, commit to the diet and exercises that works for you. Have an accountability partner who can see you through the challenges of weight loss all year round.

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Quit smoking - Smoking is dangerous to your health. It's one of the major causes of cardiovascular diseases and cancers. If you've failed many times, don't fret. Almost all ex-smokers have failed many times before they have finally quit smoking. Find a program that suits your personality and your needs to save money and time.

Manage stress - Believe it or not, stress is self-induced. Stress is caused by long work hours, little or no sleep, no exercise, no play, poor diet, and lack of family time. Make the extra effort this year to incorporate exercise, rest and relaxation in your daily schedule to reduce your stress levels.