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Friday, October 24, 2014

Must Read Myths about Smoking

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New Facts about smoking

Are you a smoker or not, please read this article for getting the in-depth facts about smoking. By reading this you can not only benefits yourself or any other near dear.

There are a lot of things you should know about smoking, but here are the most important.

1. If you quit smoking, your children will be less likely to smoke


You probably already know that second-hand smoke from your smoking puts your child’s health at risk. But did you know that if you quit, you’re also protecting your children from future harm to their health? When kids see parents or family members smoking, they can come to think of smoking has just a normal thing to do, and they are more likely to take up smoking themselves. If you do smoke, quitting or at least cutting back is the best example you can set for your kids.
Must Read Myths about Smoking

2. There is no best way to quit smoking


Many roads can lead to a smoke-free life. A friend may have told you that the patch worked wonders for them, while your cousin swears by nicotine gum, and your boss quit cold turkey. Everyone is unique, and different methods of quitting will appeal to different people. You have multiple methods to choose from and try out. Discuss your quit-smoking options with your doctor, and try a few until you find what works best for you


3. About one-half of people who smoke die from smoking-related disease


Nearly 50% of people who smoke will die from smoking-related health problems and on average, smokers will die 8 years earlier than non-smokers. Smoking causes several types of cancer – among them lung, bladder, and throat cancers – and breathing problems like emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking can also contribute to heart and blood vessel problems, including heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

The good news is that after you’ve stopped smoking, the health benefits kick in right away. Your risk of heart-related problems will start to decrease, and after 5 years of not smoking, your risk will fall to the same level as that of a non-smoker.
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4. You may have to try quitting several times before you are successful

When it comes to quitting smoking, get ready to try, try again. If it takes you a few tries to quit successfully, you are definitely not alone! Setbacks and relapses are natural parts of the process of quitting for good. Consider each setback a lesson learned each slip-up a source of new wisdom. A relapse is only a bad thing if you don’t learn from it!

 

5. Successfully quitting smoking is not all about will power

Nicotine addiction can be very powerful, and even the strongest-willed quitters can relapse. That’s because when you quit smoking, you are likely to face two strong obstacles: craving and compulsion.
Craving is a conscious drive that can be triggered by things in your environment – like your daily habits and routines (smoke breaks, after-meal cigarettes). You can control cravings.
Compulsion, on the other hand, can be a forceful, unconscious drive to smoke – despite the fact that you know you shouldn’t, despite knowing how bad it is for you.
So, to really quit smoking, you may need more than sheer will power: You need to prepare yourself with tactics to help you avoid your “craving triggers,” and you need to be aware of the ways that the drug nicotine can affect you both consciously and subconsciously.

6. Smoking can affect men and women differently


While all people who smoke are at higher risk of health issues, men and women may face risks unique to their sex. For example, women who smoke increase their risk of cancers of the cervix and uterus. And if a woman smokes and takes birth control pills, her stroke risk is heightened as well. In male smokers, fertility problems and low sperm count become more common, and blood vessel damage caused by smoking can lead to erectile dysfunction.
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Must Read Myths about Smoking

 

7. You don’t have to quit smoking on your own


Quitting smoking is difficult. But it can be less difficult if you enlist the support of family, friends, your doctor, or a counsellor. When you have a support system, you have someone to turn to when you feel like giving in and lighting up. Your supporters can be there to talk to you, join you for a walk, or help get your mind off smoking. Although many people can quit on their own, most people are more successful if they receive counselling from a health care provider.

8. You can significantly increase your chances of successfully quitting if you take the time to make a plan


Get off on the right foot by thinking ahead about potential obstacles and challenges you’ll face when you’re trying to quit – especially in those tricky early weeks. Your plan should include your pros and cons of quitting, a list of folks in your support system (family, friends, doctor, counsellor, etc.), the rewards you’ll give yourself when you do well, and strategies to help you handle cravings and triggers.

9. A positive attitude can work wonders when it comes to quitting smoking


Avoid criticizing or punishing yourself if you have weak moments. Research shows that beating yourself up doesn’t usually help – it only makes you feel bad, which in turn, may make you want to reach for a cigarette even more. Emotions are a natural cause for cravings – so don’t spark them yourself!

Must Read Myths about Smoking

10. Cigarettes contain more than 4,000 chemicals, many of which are cancer-causing


Although nicotine itself doesn’t cause cancer, there are many chemicals produced in cigarette smoke that harm the body and can cause cancer. Chemicals released by cigarettes include carbon monoxide, tar, cyanide, benzene, and formaldehyde.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Try some zinc and other home remedies for fighting common flue/cold

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Zinc and other home remedies and common cold

Before we know more about Zinc and other home remedies for cold let us see more about cold.

 

What is common Cold?

The common cold is a self-limited contagious illness that can be caused by a number of different types of viruses. The common cold is medically referred to as a viral upper respiratory tract infection. Symptoms of the common cold may include cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose, and sneezing. More than 200 different types of viruses are known to cause the common cold, with rhinovirus causing approximately 30%-35% of all adult colds. Other commonly implicated viruses include coronavirus, adenovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, and par influenza virus. Because so many different viruses can cause a cold and because new cold viruses constantly develop, the body never builds up resistance against all of them. For this reason, colds are a frequent and recurring problem. In fact, children in preschool and elementary school can have six to 12 colds per year while adolescents and adults typically have two to four colds per year. The common cold occurs most frequently during the fall and winter months.
The common cold is the most frequently occurring illness in the world, and it is a leading cause of doctor visits and missed days from school and work. It is estimated that individuals in the United States suffer 1 billion colds per year, with approximately 22 million days of school absences recorded annually.

Try some zinc and other home remedies for fighting common flue/cold

What is the difference between the common cold and influenza (the flu)?

Many people confuse the common cold with influenza (the flu). Influenza is caused by the influenza virus, while the common cold generally is not. While some of the symptoms of the common cold and influenza may be similar, patients with the common cold typically have a milder illness. Patients with influenza usually appear more ill and have a more abrupt onset of illness with fever, chills, headache, substantial muscle and body aches, dry cough, and extreme weakness.
Though differentiating between the common cold and influenza can be difficult, there is laboratory testing available to confirm the diagnoses of influenza.

Zinc supplements can reduce the severity of the common cold and help people recover faster, say the authors of a new review. A review on the ability of zinc to prevent and treat colds published in 1999 was inconclusive. This new paper, published in The Cochrane Library — a key resource for evidence-based medicine — includes an additional eight studies, bringing the total number of analyzed trials to 15 and number of participants to 1360.
Dr. Meenu Singh and Dr. Rashmi Das from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India, found patients who received zinc supplements within 24 hours of cold symptoms appearing and who continued to take them for a minimum of five days were more likely to recover within a week than those given placebos.
They also found, zinc given to healthy children as a preventative measure, reduced the number of colds and days absent from school. There was also a reduction in antibiotic use.
Associate Professor Luis Vitetta, director of the Centre for integrative clinical and molecular medicine at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Queensland, Australia, says the data chosen for the review was well considered and the authors had enough data to ensure the findings are statistically significant. "They've chosen the right studies with appropriate controls and which are randomized in order to be able to come to these conclusions," says Vitetta. There's no proven treatment for the common cold. Symptoms may include a sore throat, a blocked or runny nose, and a cough, and last up to two weeks. "In Australia, healthy adults have four to five colds per year, susceptible people may have one to two a month and children two to three a year," he says. "And then you have secondary illnesses, such as bacterial infections, which require antibiotics."

Try some zinc and other home remedies for fighting common flue/cold

More to be done

The studies included in the review used different formulations of zinc and were given as lozenges, syrup or, in one trial, as a tablet. "It would be interesting to know if there any differences between these formulations in terms of bioavailability," says Vitetta. "Zinc is an essential mineral in the body and it is used in hundreds of reactions. While zinc has a plausible biological mechanism in terms of influencing the progression or establishment of a cold by way of eliciting an immune response, I'd now be asking what dose is required." Professor Emeritus Bob Douglas, of the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at The Australian National University, an author of one of the trials included in the meta-analyses and a former Cochrane review editor, says preventing and treating colds has been a very contentious question for a long time. "This is a very interesting finding. I don't think the effect is huge, but it's substantial," says Douglas. "I'd be doing a lot more trials, particularly in different population groups."
Try some zinc and other home remedies for fighting common flue/cold
Singh acknowledges not much is known about the optimum dose, formulation or length of zinc treatment and that the review only looked at supplementation in healthy people in high-income countries. "It would be interesting to find out whether zinc supplementation could help asthmatics, whose asthma symptoms tend to get worse when they catch a cold," he says. Singh and Das also say that more work needs to be carried out in low-income countries, where zinc deficiency may be prevalent.

 

Zinc Sources

 

Zinc is an important mineral most people do not get enough of every day. Taking a good zinc supplement is a good way to prevent a condition called zinc deficiency. Zinc deficiency, if not treated, can often result in slowing wound repair, limiting brain function, hair loss, and diarrhea and skin lesions. If you are not getting enough zinc in your diet, taking a good zinc supplement is in order, especially since your body cannot produce zinc on its own.

Zinc Food Sources

Zinc is a mineral that comes in many food sources, including fortified breakfast cereals, seafood, red meats, whole grains and brewer’s yeast. If you are unable to maintain a good balanced diet to include some of these items, it is essential to take a good zinc supplement to maintain good health.
If you already take a good multivitamin daily, it may be unnecessary for you to take a zinc supplement; too much zinc can be just as dangerous as not getting enough, therefore it is advised for you to talk with your health care provider. Have the proper test run to determine what, if any, zinc supplements you should be taking.

Types of Zinc Supplements

There are several types of zinc supplements, some better than others, that can be purchased most anywhere. Some types of zinc supplements include:
•zinc sulfate (which can cause stomach irritation)
•amino acid chelates of zinc (which may be a little expensive)
•zinc gluconate (which is a good type)
•topical zinc (used for some mild skin conditions and cold sores)
•zinc oxide (used in some sun block preparations and some creams)
Some types of zinc that are best absorbed include:
•zinc citrate
•zinc acetate
•zinc picolinate
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Simple Home remedies for Frequent Urination (UT infection)

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Home remedies for Frequent Urination


This is my new article on Frequent Urination problem. In this article you will see Simple Home remedies for Frequent Urination and UTI.

 

What is frequent urination?

Frequent urination, where you feel an urge to pass urine more often than usual, is not just a a nuisance and a cause of poor sleep, it can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Polyuria is a medical term that refers to the excessive passing of urine (frequent urination).
Unfortunately many people soldier on, perhaps accepting it as something they have to put up with, or they don't think it is worth bothering the doctor about, or maybe they are scared it might signify something serious.  But often, when they seek diagnosis and treatment, patients find the cause is not serious or harmful, and it is possible to return to normal urinary habits

 

Simple Home remedies for Frequent Urination (UT infection)

 

Normal person urine

Urine is a waste product made in the kidneys. The kidneys spurt urine into the ureters which then pass it into the bladder, where it collects ready to be expelled from the body via the urethra. Normal urine is a clear, transparent, amber-colored fluid made of urea, uric acid, and water. Some diseases cause other substances to appear in urine, such as sugar (diabetes), albumin (kidney disease), and bile pigments (jaundice).

The average person probably excretes about 5 to 8 cups or 1 to 1.8 litres of urine every 24 hours.

What are frequent Urination and Associated Symptoms?


Frequent urination is where you pass urine more often than usual. This can sometimes occur with urgent urination: a sudden, compelling urge to urinate, along with discomfort in the bladder.
Most people can sleep for 6 to 8 hours without having to urinate, but many have to get up in the night to relieve themselves. This frequent need to urinate at night is called nocturia, and is common in both men and women. By disturbing sleep, nocturia can significantly affect quality of life.
Frequent urination is not the same as urinary incontinence, which is where there is no voluntary control of bladder function, reminiscent of the infant's involuntary reflex. However, urinary incontinence can be a cause of frequent urination, and/or the two can occur together.
When doctors assess urinary symptoms, they try to distinguish among several possibilities, such as nocturia, daytime frequent urination, urinary incontinence, obstructive symptom (such as poor, intermittent stream or terminal dribble), and irritative symptoms (such as urgency, burning sensation).


Simple Home remedies for Frequent Urination (UT infection)

Common Causes

The most common causes of frequent urination are diabetes, pregnancy and prostate problems.
Other causes of frequent urination include:
Anxiety,
Medication, for example diuretics,
Stroke, or other brain or nervous system condition,
Infection of the prostate gland (prostatitis),
Enlarged prostate,
Kidney infection,
Tumor or mass in the pelvic area,
Interstitial cystitis (inflammation of the bladder wall),
Overactive bladder syndrome (unexplained, uncontrolled bladder contractions),
Cancer of the bladder,
Dysfunction of the bladder,
Bladder stones,
Urinary incontinence,
Abnormal opening (fistula) in the urinary tract,
Radiation of the pelvis, e.g. to treat cancer, and
Diverticulitis (inflammation of diverticulosis, small, bulging sacs or pouches that can develop on the inner lining of the large intestine).

Simple Home remedies


Try some Kegel exercises

These regular daily exercises strengthen the muscles of the pelvis and urethra and support the bladder. It is important to learn the correct technique and practise at the recommended frequency (at least 30 to 80 times a day for at least 8 weeks).

Biofeedback

 Used with Kegel exercises, this helps improve awareness and control of pelvic muscles.

Bladder training

The aim is to train the bladder to hold urine longer and thus urinate less often. It involves increasing the period between visits to the toilet to empty the bladder and is done gradually over two to three months.

Monitoring fluid intake

 For instance It could be that drinking before bedtime is the main cause of frequent urination.

 

Changing diet

 To avoid foods that irritates the bladder or act as a diuretic, for instance caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, spicy foods, artificial sweeteners. Eating high-fiber foods can help reduce the constipation that worsens an overactive bladder.

 

Try Baking Soda

At the first sign of having Urinary Tract Infection, you need to prevent it from spreading with the help of baking soda. Add one teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water and drink it once or twice in a day. The baking soda will raise the acid-base balance of the acidic urine and will give you relief from the pain. Once the acidity in the urine is neutralized, it will help in fast recovery. In fact, people who consume one teaspoon of baking soda added to a glass of water can never suffer from this kind of infection.

 

Eat more Blueberries

Blueberries have got bacteria-inhibiting properties that can help a lot in the treatment of Urinary Tract Infection. You can add some fresh blueberries in your favorite cereal and have it for breakfast. Else you can make your own fresh blueberry juice and have it daily in the morning and night for quick results. You must not add any artificial sweetener to this juice. The antioxidant present in blueberries is good for the immune system and it restricts and prevents growth of bacteria that causes UTI. In fact, including fresh blueberries juice in your daily diet is a good way to keep away from Urinary Tract Infection.

 

Drink Cranberry Juice

Regularly drinking cranberry juice is one of the easiest ways to avoid urinary tract infections. Drinking half glass of cranberry juice daily will keep your bladder infection free. Those suffering from Urinary Tract Infection must drink at least three to four glasses of cranberry juice in a day to prevent the infection from causing any kind of damage to the kidneys. There are certain compounds like proanthocyanidins found in cranberries which prevent the bacteria from reaching the walls of the urethra that cause UTIs. At the same time cranberry juice has a very mild antibiotic affect. You must drink the unsweetened cranberry juice, or else you can mix it with apple juice to enhance the taste.

 

Eat Pineapple

Pineapple contains an enzyme called Bromelain which has got anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce UTI symptoms. When a cupful of pineapple is consumed on regular basis it can help cure the urinary tract infection. In case you do not like the taste of this fruit, you can make juice of half pineapple and then drink it. Along with the pineapple you must also take the antibiotics prescribed by your doctor to quickly get rid of this kind infection. It is recommended by experts to eat fresh pineapple instead of the canned ones as they contain preservatives.

Drink more Water

If suffering from urinary tract infection, the very first thing that you need to do is drink plenty of water. Try to drink at least eight to ten glasses of water in a day. When you drink more water you will urinate more which is very essential while dealing with this kind of infection. By drinking lots of water, your urine will become less concentrated and the infection-causing bacteria will get flush out from your system and soon you will recover. Along with water, you can also drink fruit and vegetable juices in order to provide your body with the vitamins and minerals it requires to fight off the infection.

Try Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a rich source of enzymes and potassium and other useful minerals that can prevent the bacteria that cause UTIs from multiplying or growing. Those suffering from UTI can use apple cider vinegar as a natural antibiotic to treat the infection. To get rid of your urinary tract infection, add two to here teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water, add one teaspoon of honey and mix it properly. It is recommenced by experts to drink this mixture at least three times a day to get faster results

Summary

Above mentioned home remedies are effective in dealing with Urinary Tract Infection/frequent urination. But you should immediately consult a doctor if the urinary tract infection is accompanied by symptoms like blood in the urine, vomiting and high fever.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Five secret keys for fitness in 2014-15 (without hard exercise)

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Five secret keys for fitness


This is my new article on health and fitness. In this article you will find five secret keys for fitness in 2014-15. Every successful fitness and weight loss program boils down to two key ingredients: eating well – not dieting! And staying active – not exercising! Plus maintaining how we eat and stay active depends on consistency, intensity, moderation and support.
Here are 5 secret keys for fitness in 2014-15.

Five secret keys for fitness in 2014-15 (without hard exercise)

Key 1-Moderation formula

Diets that forbid you to eat sweets, fat or processed foods have their hearts in the right place but they’re not realistic. We’re all going to give in to temptation sooner or later. As long as you stay active and eat a balanced diet, you can give yourself permission to eat a burger and fries or ice cream once or twice a week. And when you do, don’t binge but moderate. Don’t sit in front of the TV with a bag or chips or container of ice cream. Grab a small bowl, dole out a satisfying portion, and enjoy. We rarely eat the foods that tempt us because we’re starving. We eat them because we have a craving. So satisfy your craving – in moderation.

 

Key 2-Eating well formula

Our ancestors didn’t diet much. They didn’t rigidly consume X% of carbs and Y% or protein or check food labels for grams of fat or calories from sugar or sugar substitutes. In fact, most of the time, finding enough to eat was the more immediate challenge. When they did, they tried to eat a reasonable balance of grain, meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables. What’s more, they obviously didn’t eat processed foods. They stuck to simple foods that come out of the ground or oceans, or are raised on land. Eating a lot of processed foods, often made with a lot of artificial ingredients, is not usually eating well.
Five secret keys for fitness in 2014-15 (without hard exercise)

Key 3- Staying active all the time formula

Our forebears didn’t have treadmills or barbells or stationary bicycles to stay active. They were too busy toiling fields, hunting wild game or raising livestock. While most of us don’t perform that sort of labor anymore, it doesn’t mean sitting at a computer, behind the wheel or curled up on a couch for hours every day is okay. Our bodies evolved to be active and we need to find ways to do so. Running or weight-training isn’t for everyone. But it’s still important to find an activity or sport you enjoy doing a few hours each week that can get your heart rate up and help you break a sweat. How much activity you need to lose weight depends on how much weight you want to lose and how much you’re eating. But think of it this way: each kilometer you walk burns around 100 calories – so walk 5 kilometers a day and you could burn an extra 300 calories that would otherwise turn to fat in your body. In a month, that’s about 9,000 calories, which amounts to about 2.6 pounds or 30 pounds in a year – 30 pounds by simply walking 5 KM every day.

Five secret keys for fitness in 2014-15 (without hard exercise)

Key 4- Consistency formula

As you can see, you can realistically lose 2 or 3 pounds in a month from brisk walking. If you’re 50 or 100 pounds overweight, that might sound discouraging but it shouldn’t be. Rome, as they say, wasn’t built in a day. Imagine if you were building a new home but only devoted an hour to it every week, or stopped for months or years. It would never get built. Achieving a big goal requires that you be consistent. If you can’t work out every day, that’s okay. Then work out longer three days a week, every week, all year, until it becomes second nature. And make it a priority to find the time. We all lead busy lives but most of us still miraculously find time to watch TV or surf the internet for hours every week. If you have time for Facebook, Candy Crush or NCIS, you have an hour a day to make yourself healthier and lose weight.

Key 5-Intensity formula


 Some people go to the gym and halfheartedly peddle on a stationary bike as they text or surf on their smartphone, or socialize with their friends. (Maybe that’s even you.) Whatever activity you choose to stay active and lose weight, focus on it. Research suggests that paying attention while you’re working out can increase the exercise’s effectiveness by 30 or 40% -- in other words, when you get in the zone, you get more out of what you’re doing.

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