I Won’t Have Crooked Teeth Much Longer

I was never happy with my smile, but I honestly didn’t think I had much of a choice when it came down to it. Some people are born with beautiful teeth, and others have teeth like I do. I always thought that if I had orthodontics treatment when I was a child, then maybe I would have had a different outcome. When I became an adult, I honestly thought that those days were over, and I basically accepted it. Then, I made an appointment with a new dentist in the area because mine was retiring.

When I had my first cleaning and exam, I was given good news, which is what I always received at the dentist. I had no cavities, which is the gold star for a dentist’s patient. I made a joke to the dentist after the exam that if I could only go back 20 years so I could have my perfect smile. He told me that it is never too late to have work done to make a nicer smile. Continue reading “I Won’t Have Crooked Teeth Much Longer”

Tips to Keep Cool This Summer

uySummer is a great season to get a good tan, go to the beach and have your fill of activities. However, it can get really hot sometimes, especially when you’re in places like Qatar and the Middle East. Unfortunately, you can’t just stay in your air-conditioned room all day like a hermit, right? So don’t let the heat put you down. You can still have fun, get fit and keep the summer heat away by using some clever tricks. Check out these tips to keep you cool this summer.

Level up your water
There’s nothing like drinking a cold glass of water to quench your thirst. Add some ice, and it’s like Antarctica just visited your mouth for a few seconds. Of course, you want the cool feeling to linger, right? But ice cubes melt and even the warmth of your hand can easily temper a cold glass. Here’s a neat trick: place mint sprigs on you glass or a pitcher of water. Mint has menthol, a natural chemical, which tricks the brain into perceiving its cold and helps prolong the cold effects of foods,

Eight Symptoms Of Hormonal Imbalance

egHormonal imbalance is a very common problem for millions of people. It can stem from lifestyle and diet, but it can also be genetic. The following are some symptoms to watch for:

Increased Weight Gain

Those who have a hormonal imbalance may find that they gain weight despite their efforts to remain healthy. Insulin resistance is one of the most common causes of this issue, which is a side effect of lacking certain hormones in the body. Certain dietary changes can help with weight gain, including avoiding processed foods, sugar, and wheat products.

More Belly Fat

Belly fat is a problem for many people, but it is particularly problematic for those with a hormonal imbalance. This is due to the stress that the endocrine system is under, which results in the underproduction of certain hormones and overproduction of cortisol. More cortisol leads to the body storing fat for use later, resulting in more belly fat.

Decreased Libido

Another noticeable symptom of this issue is a reduced libido. It typically begins with disturbed sleep patterns, which can cause reduced sex hormone production.

Exhaustion

Those suffering from unbalanced hormones can easily become fatigued. Feeling

A Brief Medical History

evIn any mechanical entity, whether it’s a bicycle or a biplane, the components most likely to fail are those subject to continuous wear and tear. It is the parts that endure the stress of motion, often located where two parts intersect. In the human body, it’s no different. While skin and bone can break from acute impact, the hinges of the human body where bones connect are at risk of little more than normal function and time. As a result, joint replacement is one of the more common types of prosthetic surgeries available in the United States.

Surgeons have been working to replace missing or ailing body parts for millennia. Egyptian mummies have been found with wooden toes, fingers, and limbs attached with leather straps. Joint replacement, or arthroplasty as it is known in the surgical community, was experimented with but not successful until the 19th Century. In 1822, Dr. Anthony White, working out of Liverpool in the United Kingdom, was responsible for the first excision operation that removed the leg portion of a patient’s hip socket. While this preserved mobility, it left the connecting

Sports Medicine Tips When To Use Hot And Cold Therapy

spSports medicine professionals see all types of injuries, and orthopedic ones are particularly common. In many instances, these types of injuries are treated with either hot or cold therapy. There are important differences between hot and cold therapy, and it is crucial to know which ailments require these treatments. For those who are treating their own orthopedic sports-related injuries, it is important to keep the following considerations in mind:

What is Cold Therapy?

Cold therapy simply refers to applying a cold compress to an injury. Sports medicine professionals use this process, sometimes called “cryotherapy,” to constrict the blood vessels to encourage healing. After getting hurt, the body naturally tries to begin healing itself. In order to accomplish this, it will rush blood to the area and provide additional oxygen and other nutrients to heal the wound. This process also activates the immune system by rushing white blood cells to fight the injury. The downside to this process is that it causes swelling, which can lead to pain and the inability to move the injured area. Applying a cold compress to these areas can slow the swelling

4 Ways To Boost Your Longevity

loIf there’s one thing you can be certain of, it’s we all have a fixed time on this planet. Far too many people take their day-to-day living for granted. They’re either…

  • dwelling on the past,
  • stressing about the future, or
  • not maximizing their health so they can make the most of each day.

Before they know it years have passed, and they wonder where the time went. Striving to boost your longevity so you can get as much as possible out of this life while also feeling your best is a must. Don’t look back feeling disappointed of what you’ve made of your life.

Here are four great tips to help you improve your longevity…

1. Stress Less. If there’s one thing that can take people too soon, stress would be it. Named the “silent killer,” stress is behind several of the common diseases plaguing many people: heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, depression, all can be linked back to high-stress levels.

Start using ongoing stress management techniques to control this. It will do you well both now and into the long-term future.

2. Sleep More. Moving along, it’s also vital

Tips to Selecting the Best Gym

siThere is absolutely no rocket-science involved in selecting the best gym. It’s easier than you would think, provided you followed some tips. In order to select the best gym, you should first do an assessment of the goals or targets to achieve there. You should be sure of the reason of joining one gym or another as without clarity, results would deviate too. It’s good that you want to stay fit and healthy, but for that, you need to follow some steps. The first step is prioritizing the fitness targets as based on that, your next steps will follow.

Fitness goals tend to vary from individual to individual; for some, a toned or chiselled body can be the ultimate achievement while for others, gaining total health can be the driving force. You will get specific fitness classes to serve every purpose of yours and you needn’t join classes without understanding the health goals. If you want to gain core strength, you can then join weights classes. Aerobic exercises will help a great deal when the purpose is to burn calories and bring the body back

The Benefits Of Protein

poProteins are long chains of amino acids that can be found in a wide range of foods. They are stored within our body by a multitude of peptide bonds. If you don’t have enough protein in your diet, you will have to deal with a deficiency of various amino acids. The results are unfortunately very bad, because you will face a low concentration, memory loss, mood swings, a low energy level, a low muscle mass, an unstable blood sugar level and at the same time it will be hard for you to lose weight as well.

There are 20 types of amino acids out there and some of them are more useful than others for the human body. It all comes down to finding the right protein category for your body, but usually having one with lean meat can help. When it comes to the benefits of protein, there are quite a lot of them, as follows:

* You get to improve your muscle mass, because proteins are helping your ligaments, tendons and other body tissues build up and work properly. If you lack amino acids

8 Steps To Healthy Living

heTake these eight steps to heart and live longer, enjoy life more, and feel good in your body and mind all of the time.

Routine screening

You cannot know what the solution is unless you know the problem. Routine screening for cancer, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and diabetes can prevent complications that are costly to your health and your wallet. Set up a schedule of routine screening with your physician or take advantage of the free ones offered by many hospitals.

Weight

One-third of the world is considered to be overweight or obese. Being overweight can lead to stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease. Weight can be controlled and reduced. You do not have to spend a fortune on programs to lower your weight if you need to.

Activity

Your body wants you to exercise. Physical activity produces a cascade of chemicals in the body that not only make you feel good physically but also make your mood better. Physical activity is more important as you age. You cannot grow lost muscle after you are 50 but activity will allow you to keep the muscle and strength you

What Are Normal Pulse Oximeter Readings

ewA pulse oximeter is a medical device that is designed to measure a patient’s oxygen saturation level in their blood. Using a pulse oximeter is non-invasive, convenient and very easy. This means that they can be used by anyone, and they are not just reserved for use in a medical setting. This is why pulse oximeters are now used widely in the home. Many people have a pulse oximeter in their own home that they use to either measure their own blood oxygen saturation level, or the blood oxygen saturation of a family member.

They are great to use and can make you feel more comfortable in the knowledge that your oxygen levels are where they should be. However, sometimes people are unsure of what their reading means, and what to do with the reading that the device gives them. Once you know what your reading means, and if this is a healthy reading for you, you will get the most out of your pulse oximeter.

Reading your Pulse Oximeter Results

After you have put your pulse oximeter on, make sure that you give it enough time

Prince Made Us Dance & It’s Healthy

egThere has been a lot of dancing in the streets and reflections on music as a backdrop to life experiences. In musing over the changes that occur when the music from a legendary artist stops, we don’t think about the importance of music in helping us stay healthy.

Moving more and eating less means fitting exercise of some type into your daily routine. It is recommended that you get in at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. Can you imagine the challenge of fitting exercise into your schedule sans the music? Some of my clients choose stepping out to walk a mile or two, others sign up for the nearest organized fitness class and others enjoy sliding into dancing shoes to Step, Salsa or Electric Slide. Though it is not a scientific observation, I’ve been known to drop or reschedule an aerobics class when the playlist from the instructor is not tracking to a beat that motivates me.

There have been a number of studies exploring music as medicine. Music has positive effects on reducing stress and anxiety, lowering blood pressure, aiding in pain

Awareness About Incontinence and Incontinence Products

addNow-a-days, we can see that the market is flooding with Incontinence products be it for kids or adults. But do we really know what incontinence is?

Basically it is loss of urine from bladder or bowel motion accidentally or unknowingly due to medical problems in the body. Incontinence can be treated as well as managed. The range of severity varies from small leakage to complete loss of bladder or bowel control. The problem is widespread all over the world. It is most common among elderly people. Half of the elderly people living at home or in long-term care facilities are incontinent. These people can go through emotional as well as physical distress.

People are shy about discussing this but remember this it is a medical situation not a defect. It is not a topic of being shy but rather taking action. Even according to the research by National Association for Continence, nearly 25 million Americans struggle with bladder control. Products like adult Diapers or Bedliners are there to avoid the embarrassment people feel due to the leakage. The most common reason people fail in their

Can Drinking Too Much Water Kill You

dcNowadays, we hear people mention the 8×8 rule more and more often. We don’t only hear it on TV or at the hospital, but also in the park, at the supermarket or even at the gas station. Everyone seems to know that drinking eight 8-ounce glasses per day is a necessity if you want to stay healthy.

But is it really so? Do our bodies really need that certain quantity of water everyday? Or it’s just an invention whose purpose is to make us more careful to what we drink?

Well, scientists have finally come to a steadier conclusion: It doesn’t matter how much water you drink daily, as long as your body is properly hydrated and you don’t feel the need to drink more.

And after all, there’s no reason to question this, we all know that the human body is capable to make us aware of our deficiencies. Don’t we feel the need to eat when our stomach is empty? Or don’t we start shivering when we’re cold? It’s the same with water, we feel thirsty every time our body needs more liquids.

There’s no

The Therapeutic Value of Tears

trHuman beings are the only creatures able to shed tears in response to emotional stress. This is what makes us different from animals. But because of social, cultural or parental influence, crying makes us feel embarrassed and uncomfortable. How often have we heard the admonition “Big boys don’t cry.” It is dinned into the minds of children, that crying signifies weakness. An advertisement on TV showed how a boy who throughout his growing years was reminded that ‘boys don’t cry.’ He grew into an emotionally repressed adult and became moody, glum and short tempered. Later in life he turned into a tyrant and wife batterer and was convicted for domestic violence.

In ancient literature we read about great heroes who were not afraid to cry. Achilles cried at the death of his friend Petroclus. Aneas wept for the loss of his friends and companions in war. In Egyptian mythology Isis wept for the dead Osiris. In the Bible, we read that Jesus wept at the tomb of Lazarus. In recent times Presidents like Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Regan, Clinton and Bush (Sr) have been known

Top 2 Home Remedies For Ringworm

r5Ringworm can be stubborn to treat especially when it affects the toenails, fingernails and scalp. Ringworm is caused by fungi (microorganism) known as dermatophytes. They flourish in warm, moist environments. Ringworm can be very itchy and can even affect one’s self-esteem especially in severe cases. I really dislike ringworm. I had it a couple of times on my scalp when I was younger. It is common among children and adolescents but it can also been seen in adults. Ringworm is contagious. It can be transferred through direct contact from person to person, pet to person. One can get it indirectly from clothes of infected persons, combs, brushes and infected moist surfaces like locker room floors. The soil also harbor the spores of dermatophytes.

Ringworm is medically known as Tinea. Another word is added after ‘Tinea’ depending on the affected area. On the scalp ringworm is called tinea capitis (characterized by hair loss in patches and itching), on the hands it is known as tinea manuum (raised round shaped itchy rashes or tiny blisters which can be seen on the palms, back of the hand or

How to Boost Your Energy Easily and Naturally

ecDespite all these healthy options, it is almost too easy to rely on sugar and caffeine to boost us when we are feeling down or lethargic. Instead, here are some healthier energy booster ways which will sustain better energy levels over the long term as well as in the short term. Furthermore, these will improve overall health rather than providing a quick fix which can be instead detrimental to health.

The first recommended natural energy booster is getting more sleep. This can seem a very difficult thing to do when we are excessively busy, but this does not stop it from being one of the healthiest habits that you can get into that will not only give you greater mental and physical energy, but will also help heal your tired body.

The body repairs and restores itself at night, and sleep is also necessary for our minds to process what we have been doing throughout the day. Therefore, a good, long sleep every night will leave us brighter, less stressed, and with our body performing at its best.

Of course, this can be difficult to achieve if

Reasons to Be Repulsive

tyWe humans are a terribly self-conscious bunch, bound by the shackles of social etiquette and governed by our need to fit in. As a child of rural Ireland, I was taught the following by teachers, clergy, childminders and my parents;

Picking your nose can cause brain damage.

Sweaty people are dirty and unhealthy.

Masturbation can make people cross-eyed.

Forgetting to put on knickers would certainly lead to a chill in your kidneys. (This was also true of sitting on a stone wall or step).

If you get too close to a swan, it will break your neck with its wing.

I gradually worked out that many of these theories are unfounded and have recently embarked on some research of my own. On nights where sleep evades me, I can be found lying awake, scanning scholarly articles and published studies on the actual benefits and risks of what are proposed to be ‘bad habits’. Also I work in the field of personal development and the pursuit of happiness and therefore have a natural curiosity about this kind of stuff. During my casual study, I was pleased to discover 5 good

Choose Your Fitness Classes With Care and Have Maximum Health Benefits

kiIt seems as if everyone around wants to stay fit and healthy. It also seems as if everyone plans to join a gym and get total fitness. Maybe not everyone but it’s true that more people today want to gain fitness and health benefits. It’s also true that more people are joining gyms these days in the hope of achieving desired fitness level and health benefits. Fitness classes are now in great demand and in fact, they are coveted by people of all age groups. Some want to lose weight while others are desperate to tone the body, and all this makes them join a gym.

It’s perfectly normal for people to join gym and try to tone and chisel the body in order to look good and make an impression on the world and people around. However, health-conscious people sometimes make the mistake of choosing wrong classes, which fail to give them the desired results. They often rush into joining a fitness centre even without assessing its classes, facilities and equipment. As a result, they end up losing a lot of time and money

Tips for Dealing With a Picky Eater

etWho exactly is a picky eater?

Well, at the very beginning it really needs to be said that the very word picky actually means particular or discriminating. Hence, when we say picky eater, it actually refers to any person who makes a hell lot of discrimination while eating anything and everything. Picky eaters are extremely selective of what they want to eat.

There is a lot to worry about a picky eater. According to scientists, this condition of selective eating of food is better termed as Food neophobia. This reluctance to eat new foods or new varieties of foods is quite a problem in the case of parents or guardians.

What are the problems associated with a picky eater?

In kids, who are very selective in their foods, several types of health issues arise. Theses often lead to the stress of their parents as it is not very much simple and easy to deal with them. Studies have successfully shown the bitter truth about the consequences of being a picky eater. Children who are very much selective about their foods they eat are often victims of several psychological

Watch Out for the 9 Signs of Dehydration

makOur bodies are composed of a lot of water. For adult males, its 60% while for the ladies, its 55%. Imagine if the water levels go down significantly, all sorts of problems can set in. Whether you’re physically active or just going about your everyday routine, you can get dehydrated. But how do you know you’re already lacking fluids or just being affected by the summer heat? Watch out for the 9 signs of dehydration.

Always Hungry. Most of the time, thirst is mistaken for hunger. People unnecessarily eat rather than drink. This is because the part of the brain which indicates hunger and thirst is the same area. How do you know thirst from hunger? Hunger happens gradually, not suddenly. So if you become hungry all of a sudden, reach for a glass of water first and not for a sandwich.

Sudden Sweet Tooth. The lack of water reduces the liver’s release of glycogens for energy. The brain sends this as craving signals, which you may interpret as a sign to grab a chocolate bar. When you have that craving, reach for a high water