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Category Archives: Health

Protein Shakes

These are used to obtain various benefits, among which the following stand out:

  • Many people do not know that these are an ideal nutritional supplement for weight loss. This is because they help us protect our muscle mass while our body gets rid of fat, in addition, a higher protein intake will help increase metabolism and also keep our appetite more easily controlled.
  • The main benefit of protein shakes is that they help us gain muscle mass, but to achieve this goal it is essential to follow an optimal diet, adequate training and sufficient rest. The muscles are formed by proteins and an extraordinary contribution of them will help us to form more muscle tissue.
  • Protein shakes help us feel more energetic and therefore increase sports performance, they are also essential for lovers of cardiovascular exercise, as they protect the muscle from catabolism.
  • This type of preparations is of great importance for the recovery of the muscle since while we exercise we also damage muscle fibres that later must be repaired.

It can be taken at different times of the day and that will partially modify the effect of them:

  • 30 minutes before training: They are very effective in protecting the muscle from catabolism and at this time it is ideal to combine them with carbohydrates.
  • After training: It is recommended above all the whey protein that will assimilate quickly and start to repair the damaged fibres during the training session.
  • Before going to sleep: At this time casein is recommended for its slow assimilation, so during the night, the proteins will work in synergy with the anabolic hormones that are released.

Protect Yourself From Allergies

Keep rooms dry

Use an exhaust fan in bathrooms, laundry rooms after every use to reduce mold. Keep a dehumidifier in the basement and remember to clean and empty it as it collects all the moisture. Check frequently the areas where moisture and mold develops, under the sinks, leaky faucets or pipes, even your fish tank. Once a week wipe dry around the sink, bathtub and toilet, use a plastic shower curtain that can be washed as often as needed. Keep the bathroom door open or open slightly a window. Rooms must be kept dry and Do not overwater your indoor plants.

Pets

It is not your cat or dog you are allergic to, but to proteins found in the animal’s fur, saliva dander and urine. So keep your loving pet away from your bedroom or even better outdoors if that is possible. Have your pet groomed everyday preferably outside. Use a damp pet brush or comb to trap dander.

Furniture

Be careful of what you bring into the house. Non-washable curtains, upholstered furniture and wall-to-wall carpeting are all collectors of dust mites and mold. You may want to consider hardwood floors or tiles as they do not collect dander, a washable curtain or shades or just keep your windows bare.

Clutter and collectibles

Books, newspapers all household items attract dust. To avoid allergens in your home, dust surfaces as often as needed. Recycle newspapers, magazines, cans and plastics once a week. If you need to store any items use plastic bins or bags.

Children’s room

Soft toys accumulate dust mites more than you can possibly imagine. You cannot see them but they are there. Since children love them or having them in their room not to mention on their bed, you should buy stuffed toys that can be machine-washed and pave in the dryer.

Bedrooms

Tiny bugs nestle in your mattress and pillows, dust mites, thrive on humid atmosphere. So, use dust proof casing for your pillows and mattress, microfiber ones are preferred. Wash your sheets once a week in high temperature and place them in the dryer. Avoid fluffing your pillows and bed covers.

Kitchen area

Check your fridge for moisture, wipe the door clean with a damp cloth and occasionally check the drip pans, make sure they are dry to avoid mildew.

To reduce moisture install an exhaust fan over the stove for the cooking fumes.

Vacuuming

Vacuuming, dusting or sweeping stir up dust mites and it takes some time before they settle. You certainly do not want to breathe them. Use a vacuum cleaner with HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air filter) and remember to change it when necessary depending on its use.

Food Choices For Healthy Skin

1. Avocados. Of all the foods to eat, avocados may top the list. This food is rich in healthy fats, which help keep your skin moisturized and supple, while also providing a potent dose of vitamin E. Vitamin E is a particular antioxidant that will help to moisturize your skin further and may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Serve an avocado along with your meals whenever possible. Use moderately if you are watching your weight.

2. Walnuts. A second good source of healthy fats which are great for promoting more youthful looking skin is walnuts. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital for keeping your complexion clear.

They also help to ensure proper moisture in the skin as, so can prevent dryness from occurring.

3. Sweet Potatoes. If you have yet to jump on the sweet potato bandwagon, now is the time. Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, which can help both improve your eyesight as well as help foster healthier looking skin.

Sweet potatoes are also an excellent source of dietary fiber and complex carbohydrates, so are ideal for those who are looking to control their blood sugar levels as well.

4. Bell Peppers. Finally, do not forget to add a few bell peppers to your eating plan. Whether you choose red, orange, or yellow, these brightly colored vegetables are loaded with vitamin C which is a must for keeping your skin in top shape.

Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant in your body, which also goes a long way towards helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Oxidation can age an individual and taking in enough antioxidants helps ward this off.

Get Rid of Utricaria

Acute and chronic utricaria. In order to understand how this severe allergy can be avoided, it is important to learn about the disease itself. Acute Utricaria: The size of these red welts or blotches on the skin may vary from a few millimeters to inches or the size of a fist. Utricaria can affect any part of the body and the span of this rash or allergy can be 24 hours and sometimes it could be more if the skin is sensitive or proper measures are not taken to prevent it.

Chronic Utricaria is a term used to describe hives which last longer than six weeks. This rash is very rare and 1 in every 1000 people develops this rash at some point of their life. Women are more prone to it as compared to men. This kind of rash lasts for months with dormant periods in between. It is not triggered by external factors like environment or climate but food products like caffeine and alcohol along with extreme emotional stress and prolonged pressure on the skin caused by tight cloths and painkillers are some major contributors. Many diseases like HIV or other autoimmune diseases also cause Hives. Proper medicine prescribed by the doctor is the best way to deal with it.

Any trigger, external or internal can lead to excessive release of the chemical, histamine in the skin which cause the blood fluid to leak from the blood vessels and spread under the skin to create weals. The blood vessels dilate around the weals and lead to flares on the surface of the skin. The trigger can be anything from an air pollutant or food like peanut, sushi, dairy products, shellfish and many others. Allergic reaction to medicines Reaction of skin to external environment like chemicals, rain, dust particles etc. Stress and pressure of work, emotions and feelings, Infections that are caused by other diseases, Animals and insects also take a huge part in triggering it. Sometimes animal’s saliva and insect bites are major participants.

There are many allergies that occur due to various reasons that could be environmental or climatic but when you see an allergy starting and you suspect that it is Utricaria then the first step you should do is to take a shower and change your clothes. The shower will help you get rid of all the germs or triggers of allergy that might still be adhering to your skin while changing clothes will also protect you from further spreading it to other body parts through contact.

The triggers occur in two forms that are found in cold environment and warm environment. When a person gets infected with this form of allergy in a cold environment then to stop its spread to other areas of the body you should use warm water for treatment on the infected area. Similarly when the infection occurs on the skin in warm environment then it is better to wash it and treat it with cold water and ice. These kinds of hot and cold treatment will not only stop further spread of the disease but will also help decrease the itching and uncomfortable feeling.

What are the homes remedies that can help you get rid of Utricaria?

There are many cures for this allergy and some of them might seem awkward to you but many of them are really effective because of natural active ingredients that are present in them.

Oatmeal is one of the best and readily accessible forms of home remedies. Try to find oatmeal that is found in powdered form so that it can dissolve in water easily and take a bath in oatmeal mixture for about 30 minutes. Oatmeal works great for dry and rough skin by soothing the inflamed areas. It also heals the skin really fast and removes dirt and debris from it.

Fish skin oil is another effective solution and it has no side effects whatsoever. This oil is available in the form of capsules and is rich in Omega-3 and Vitamin E which are known for their healing properties. Baking soda and apple vinegar are also very helpful. Some hives are acidic in nature so to apply something basic on it like the paste of baking soda will stop the allergy immediately. Similarly some forms of Utricaria are alkaline in nature and baking soda will not help in such cases. So apple vinegar is the best option as it will neutralize it.Natural green tea is used by people who get hives caused by emotional stress and work anxiety. Tealeaves contain anti-oxidants which remove free radicals and disease causing agents in the blood. Thus, green tea is a great deterrent towards skin inflammatory diseases like Hives.

Antihistamines as an effective drug treatment for Utricaria

Histamine is the main trigger of Utricaria so antihistamines are used in different forms to counteract the rising levels of histamine in patients who suffer from hives. Common antihistamines occur in the form of tablets, eye drops, nasal sprays, capsules and liquids. These may be “over the counter” (OTC) drugs or “prescription” drugs. Common OTC antihistamines are listed below:

• Diphenhydramine- Brand Name: Benadryl
• Brompheniramine- Brand Name: Dimetane
• Clemastine- Brand Name: Tavist
• Chlorpheniramine- Brand Name: Chlor-Trimeton
• Fexofenadine- Brand name: Allegra
• Loratadine- Brand Names: Claritin, Alavert
• Certirizine- Brand Name: Zyrtec.

Healthy Snack for Toddlers

Chapatti Pizza:

Ingredients: Chapatti, onion, mayonnaise, tomato, capsicum, sweet corn, beans, cheese slice or spread, salt, ketchup and butter

Method: Wash and clean all veggies. Chop all veggies into small cubes. Heat a pan and brush it with little butter. Put chapatti on the pan and warm it a little from one side. Spread mayonnaise evenly on the chapatti. Spread all the cut veggies on chapatti and cover it with cheese slices. Sprinkle salt. Cover the pan with a lid for 3 to5 minutes. Cut chapatti as pizza slices. Serve it with ketchup on the side.

Paneer and Cheese toast:

Ingredients: Paneer, brown bread slices, cheese slices, salt, onion, and coriander leaves, butter.

Method: Crumble paneer in a bowl and mix salt. Wash and clean veggies. Chop the veggies into small pieces. Mix it with crumbled paneer. Preheat the pan and brush it with melted butter. Smear butter to the bread slices on one side and put them in the pan. Add paneer mix over the bread and then put a cheese slice on it. Cover it with a lid and toast it on a low to medium heat until the cheese melts. Serve it with ketchup on the side.

Oatmeal Banana Pancakes:

Ingredients: Oats flour, salt, baking powder, eggs, butter, and honey or chocolate syrup and banana.

Method: In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Add eggs and whisk it properly. Preheat a pan and brush it with butter. Pour half a ladle of batter into the pan and cover it with lid. Cook from both side until golden brown. Take it out on a plate and serve it warm. Cut ripe banana into thin slices. Put banana slices on the pancake and serve it with a spoon of honey or chocolate syrup on top.

Foods for People With Kidney Problems

Blueberries

Blueberries are one of the finest sources of antioxidants. They benefit the body in many different ways, including the ability to protect the body against a variety of diseases, such as diabetes, cognitive decline, certain cancers and heart disease. Also, the high nutrient content and low potassium, phosphorus and sodium can make a very good light snack that is kidney-friendly.

Sea Bass

Adding a serving of sea bass to your diet is a great way to introduce a high-quality protein. It is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are useful for reducing inflammation. Plus, it has the potential to help people who suffer with anxiety and depression. A further benefit of this type of fish is the low amount of phosphorus content compared to many others like salmon and shellfish.

Garlic

A special diet for people with kidney disease should be relatively low in sodium. So, a great alternative to adding salt to a dish for flavor is to use a substitute like garlic. Garlic is not only able to improve the taste, but can also provide several nutritional benefits. It is rich in vitamin B6, vitamin C, manganese and sulfur compounds that are known to help with inflammation.

Buckwheat

Buckwheat is one of the few whole grains that aren’t high in phosphorus. It is rich in nutrients like fiber, iron, magnesium and B vitamins. Plus, it is naturally gluten-free which makes a practical choice for those people who are gluten intolerant or have celiac disease. Buckwheat is available throughout the year and easy to use in a variety of dishes. It can even be used as a very acceptable substitute for porridge or rice.

Types of Allergies

Food Allergies
Food allergies are probably one of the most common and are often the first that many people will think of. Sufferers tend to be allergic to a wide range of foods, and the intolerances themselves can be quite specific. Celiac disease, for example, is an intolerance to gluten. However, this is also another rarer allergy in which a person will be allergic to most processed cereals – meaning that they are unable to eat bread, wheat, oats or anything else that has been processed by modern agricultural farming methods.

Allergies to Grass and Pollen
Grass pollen also tends to be quite a common allergen for a lot of people and the symptoms of this will usually manifest during the summer time. Those with a grass allergy will often try to avoid places where there is a lot of grass, which can sometimes have a serious impact on a person’s quality of life depending on what kind of outdoor activities they do. In cases like this, certain types of medication will be taken.

The most well-known symptom of a grass or pollen allergy tends to be rhinitis when the nose gets inflamed and starts to cause a significant build-up of mucus. While this can be a nuisance in many cases, some people find that symptoms can get so bad that they end up being unable to work, go to school or even sleep.

Skin Allergies
Skin allergies can be quite varied as well. The most common symptom tends to be a hives and eczema, which can have a range of different causes. Eczema, for example, is often caused by contact with specific substances such as perfumes or latex. Other conditions may also be present which can exacerbate it, such as to have particularly dry skin.

Combat Allergy Season Effectively

Firstly, try to avoid things that will likely make it worse, like air-conditioning, dust and animals. All of the above may make the infection to get worse because the immune system has become much weaker.

Secondly, dose up on all of the good stuff, like oranges or vitamin c tablets, anti-oxidant teas such as green tea or lemon in hot water, maybe even try a dose of quercetin or olive leaf extract. These will all help to build the immune system to fight off the infection. If your throat is sore I would eat raw honey as it is ultra soothing. If your ears are sore I would opt for something like Traumeel drops that will not only soothe the aches, but will help with the inflammation. Traumeel drops can be taken orally too!

Thirdly, rest! I know it is really hard to do so when you have a million and one things on your plate, but if you even have 5 – 10 minutes to spare in your day, just lay down and recoup.

Hopefully all of my tips will help you combat the infection and the allergies. But we still need to prevent it from happening again, so I advise that you do what is necessary to prevent them from coming back:

Take a dosage of Vitamin C everyday.

Don’t forget to take your daily vitamins!

Try not to go to places that will trigger your allergies (dusty sites, air-conditioned shopping malls, or outside the dogs and cats).

Eat healthy! The more fruit and veggies your body gets, the stronger your immune system will be.

Relax Without Alcohol or Food

Calorie-Free Ways to Relax on Your Own:

1. Breathe deeply. Pause and take a few calming breaths. Inhale from down in your diaphragm instead of up in your chest. Lengthen your exhalations to match your inhalations. Focus on the air as it moves in and out of your nostrils.

2. Meditate and pray. Sit down for a few moments and connect with yourself and the divine. Observe your thoughts without judging them. Give thanks for your blessings.

3. Engage in visualization. Close your eyes imagine something that makes you feel happy and inspired. Picture yourself surrounded by family and friends or excelling at a task that you find fulfilling.

4. Draw a bath. Fill your tub with warm water and enjoy a luxurious soak. Buy fragrant bath salts or make your own. Set out fluffy towels, candles, and other accessories of your choice.

5. Stretch your body. Make it a habit of standing up about every half hour when you’re working at your desk. Place your hands on your lower spine for support, and do a slight backbend. Rise tall, and reach your hands down to the floor, bending your knees if necessary.

6. Take a walk. Stroll around the block or hike the trails at your local park. Pick a quiet time of day and explore new routes.

7. Appreciate nature. Scientific studies prove that life has the power to soothe us. Head outdoors or watch videos of sandy beaches and ancient forests.

8. Learn progressive relaxation. Experiment with progressive muscle relaxation. Start with your hands, squeezing each muscle group as you breathe in, and releasing as you breathe out. Continue across the rest of your body.

Calorie-Free Ways to Relax with Others:

1. Practice yoga. Yoga cultivates community as well as stress relief and physical fitness. Bring a friend with you to your next class. Invite others to join you for breakfast afterward.

2. Play sports. As long as you avoid extreme competition, sports can be relaxing. Schedule a game of tennis or darts.

3. Go dancing. Listening to music takes a moment step out on the dance floor. Sign up for rumba lessons or spend your next date night at a club with a live band.

4. Pet, your dog. Remember your animal companions too. Studies show that talking to them tends to be less stressful than interacting with humans because we don’t worry about being judged.

5. Talk it over. On the other hand, your fellow humans are probably going to have more insights into how to deal with your love life or conflicts at work. Call a friend when you need to vent or discover a different perspective on whatever is on your mind.

6. Laugh it up. Humor makes our struggles easier to bear. Spend time with others who encourage you to see the funny aspects of parenthood or practicing law.

Whether you’re on your own or surrounded by friends, you can banish stress safely and efficiently. Learning to relax without alcohol or food will help you to stay slim and peaceful.

Empowering Women With Food

Some of the primary health issues of concern to women are heart disease, cancers (lung and breast cancers are the top 2), diabetes, hypertension, obstructive lung diseases, flu and pneumonia, and kidney disease. Of course, there are others.

Of the diseases above, the ones that may be considered food-related are the metabolic conditions: heart disease, breast cancer, diabetes, and hypertension. All of these have been shown to have their roots in insulin resistance. Helping women reverse these conditions with food and exercise is a specialty of mine, and I have a solid track record of doing so.

(Even colds and flu may be considered food-related to the degree that foods will either support the immune system or derail it.)

Another health concern for pregnant women is – or should be – autism in their babies. The risk of autism is greatly increased if the mom-to-be has one or more of the metabolic conditions listed above, and/or high cholesterol, high triglycerides or polycystic ovary syndrome.

Does Changing Diet Help Reverse Metabolic Conditions?

Most health information states that weight loss will lead to reversal of metabolic conditions. And yes, weight loss can and will absolutely help.

But how wonderful is it that just eating differently can set the changes in motion – even before the weight loss happens?

My approach focuses on setting metabolic changes in motion AND making them stick. To the degree that I show women how to eat in a way that can reverse insulin resistance and its associated diseases, I love being able to say that my work can and does empower women.