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, even though in reality the temperature is the same. That’s why when you chew gum, which has menthol, it is not cold but gives off a cooling sensation when you chew it. Awesome summer science.

Go light and technical
Despite the heat, you really need to get your fitness fix. But it’s hard to stay focused when it seems like you’re in a sauna. It could be dangerous too! Since too much sweat could cause slips and other accidents. What’s the best way to keep cool while working out, doing sports or doing outdoor activities? One is to choose shoes with breathable materials. Such shoes are typically lightweight and made from porous yet durable materials to provide good airflow as you move. If you’re not familiar with such shoes, I suggest you try Reebok shoes. Besides the said features, Reebok shoes, which can be conveniently bought at an online shop, have outsoles with good grip to prevent slips.

On the other hand, when it comes to summer fitness, its best to avoid cotton cloths. Despite its light and soft features, cotton soaks up moisture too well. You can be left soaking in your own sweat and uncomfortable while working out. Choose technical wear with sweat-wicking properties. This features allows the clothes to channel sweat away from your skin, keeping you dry, while letting it evaporate at the clothes’ front, effectively cooling you off in the process. Another great thing about technical clothes is their trendy design which makes them suitable as lifestyle wear, as well.

Avoid ice cream… as well as these other foods and drinks
Summer seems so sad without ice cream, but dietitians recommend staying away from ice cream and other sugary foods when it’s hot. This is because ice cream, doughnuts, candy bars, sweet breads and similar foods are usually high processed foods. And believe it or not, these foods are dehydrating and their high but simple carbohydrate content can keep your body warm. Don’t worry, to curb your summer ice cream cravings just read on…

Reach for that fruit basket
Thirsty? Eat a fruit. Those four words may not make sense to most people, but there are certain fruits which have a high water content that can quench your thirst when you eat them. Watermelons, for instance, have a water per volume content of over 90 percent. So do strawberries (bet you didn’t know that). Pineapples, oranges, melons and cucumbers (yes, cucumbers are fruits!) also have high water content. Place them in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or more before eating them for a nice cooling effect. And yes, you can puree fruits and make them into sorbet to curb your ice cream craving.

Finally, keep a positive outlook. Yeah, it’s hot (and possibly humid) so no need to pile the negative vibes. Keep things light and always look at the bright (but not hot) side.

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 sluggish and foggy is not a normal daily occurrence, so this can be indicative of a problem. Starting a healthy diet and exercising regularly can help reduce the increased exhaustion.

Depression

If feelings of depression or anxiety are being experienced, this can be indicative of a hormonal issue. Depression is a clue that the body is overworked, toxic, or stressed, and is not being nourished in the way that it needs in order to properly function. Take any action that is needed to fight depression, including starting therapy, asking the doctor about medication, starting a supplement, or increasing exercise.

Poor Sleep Patterns

Insomnia is the beginning of the stress that affects the body’s cortisol levels. This can have a direct impact on hormone levels. Aim to get to bed at a reasonable time each night. Avoid electronics and screens to get the best quality sleep.

Sweating

Excess sweating, particularly at night, is something that many people have to endure. It is commonly seen in women. While excess sweating is a common component of hormonal imbalance, it can also be a side effect of not caring for the body in general. To combat the sweating, take note of daily feelings, as emotions can often trigger increased internal temperature. Depression can lead to night sweats, as can anxiety and frustration. Try to get those feelings out by journaling before going to bed in order to get a restful night’s sleep.

Food Cravings

Adrenal fatigue and insulin resistance can cause food cravings. It can cause a person to eat more than they really need to become full. Maintaining a healthy diet and eating small meals during the day will help control those cravings.

These symptoms, while very common in hormonal imbalance, can also be attributed to other issues. It is important to see a physician to find the root cause of these problems.

 

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 tissue perilously unstable. The first artificial implants and replacements were experimented with only a generation after Dr. White, but septic complications and infection rendered the vast majority of these operations unsuccessful. It wasn’t until 1890 that Dr. Themistocles Gluck completed the first successful joint replacement when he implanted the first artificial knee. In 1891, Dr. Gluck successfully performed a hip replacement. In both cases, the implants were made of ivory and fixed to the bone with nickel plates and screws.

A seminal figure in surgery, largely responsible for the modernization of both the materials and methods used today, is Sir John Charnley. Charnley was an army surgeon during the Second World War, where he served in Cairo. His experiences during the war spurred his interest in prosthetics to improve the mobility and well-being of recovering soldiers. In the early 1960s, Charnley was given control of the surgical center at Wrightington Hospital in Lancashire. One of his major breakthroughs was to disprove the prevailing belief at the time that friction, which greatly inhibited the long-term viability of joint replacement, could only be reduced by fluids lubricating the interface of bones. Charnley showed that it was actually the friction coefficient of the bones themselves that reduced wear. With this knowledge, he sought out an ideal material, eventually settling on High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene, an early form of plastic. This advancement not only allowed for longer-lasting implants, but it also enabled them to be manufactured mechanically at a lower cost. Charnley was knighted in 1977 for his contributions to medicine.

Today, hip replacement surgery is one of the most commonly performed medical procedures in first-world countries. Joint replacement procedures allow millions of people around the globe to continue mobility into old age. Without the pioneering efforts of men like John Charnley, these advancements would not be possible.

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 and decrease pain.

Cold therapy should be used to treat anything that is acute. This includes areas that are red, warm, or swollen. It should not be used to treat any residual soreness after the initial injury.

What is Hot Therapy?

Heat therapy, also known as thermotherapy, has the opposite effect of cold. Heat causes blood vessels to expand and open. It relaxes the skeletal and soft muscle tissue by increasing the flow of important fluids through the vessels that supply oxygen to the wound so that it can heal. The open vessels also provide a way to dispose of damaged cells that occur when a wound is healing. Heat is typically used on aches that are at least one or two days old or on chronic pain. Take care when using heat, as burns to the skin can result if the compress is left on the area for a long period of time.

Is a Doctor Necessary?

Seeing a doctor or sports medicine professional for these types of injuries will depend on their severity. Once function in the extremity is lost, it is most definitely time to seek medical attention. Chronic pain should also be dealt with medically. If a bone could possibly be broken, it is crucial to seek the advice of a doctor. Any wound that seems as if it is not healing in a reasonable manner should also be examined to ensure that further damage to the body does not occur.

When it comes to orthopedic injuries, the best route to take is to see a doctor or sports medicine professional. However, for those who prefer to take treatment into their own hands, it is important to know when hot and cold therapy is appropriate. Understanding the reasoning behind theses processes will improve the patient’s chances of a full recovery.