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.

(Note: I don't own this video. All credits to the owner/publisher.)