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 lives is because they think they can’t win.

Any medical situation can be cured or managed by drugs or medicines but sometimes we can treat it by changing something. Incontinence can be treated or reduced by few regular exercises, lifestyle changes, natural remedies, etc. You can try to coach your bladder as well.

At this moment you have a clear picture of what is incontinence? But knowing the problem is not the solution for it, either it can be treated or managed. To manage it there are various products like Adult Diapers, Bedliners, Washable Liners, etc. To support these there are few hygiene products like wet wipes, Vinyl Gloves, etc.

Products like overnight briefs are easy to use with a touch of comfort for the consumers. These adult diapers absorb the leakage easily even when you are tossing in your sleep without leaving stains or other after effects.

Under pads are the protectors of your furniture or linen on bed. These under pads are available in various shapes and sizes and absorbencies. These under pads can be disposable or washable depending your needs. These protectors are waterproof and are designed in such a way that it protects the mattress from the contamination.

These products are made of hygienic as well soft material which avoids skin problems among the consumers. Companies dealing with these products know it’s a private matter, that’s why some of them also provide discreet home delivery services. Companies, medical associations are working day night to give you comfort, it’s your choice take a step ahead and embrace the solutions.

Incontinence is not a taboo it’s a simple flaw in the body caused by aging or other reasons. Accept it and try to treat in the best possible manner and as soon as you figure the symptoms.

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 point filling up our body with water if there’s no need for it. There’s actually a big reason why we shouldn’t.

It’s a known fact that too little water can lead to dehydration, and dehydration can easily kill you. But have you ever thought that too much water can also have the very same effect?

In everyone’s body, there is a certain balance between the electrolytes (the minerals from the blood together with the fluid that carries the electric charge) and water. Once this balance is destroyed, that person’s life may be in a real danger.

Physicians call this health issue “hyponatremia”, but it is widely known as “water poisoning”. It may sound funny, but it is a very severe condition which, if not treated properly and rapidly, can lead to renal failure and afterwards, death.

How does this happen? Well, once the quantity of water from our body becomes much higher than normal, the quantity of electrolytes will become too low for it, therefore an imbalance between these 2 would be unavoidable.

And once that imbalance appears, the person will start to experience muscular cramps, dizziness, nausea and even convulsions. If these aren’t treated, they can rapidly lead to death.

Therefore, is water poisoning something we can often deal with? Is it something we should try to avoid as much as we can?

Well, fortunately for us, it’s pretty hard to play tricks on a pair of healthy kidneys, even by mistake.

This means that water intoxications aren’t as common in average people as they are in professional athletes. The latter are actually known for consuming a much higher quantity of water, but for good reasons, right?

Well, the results of a 2005 study published in New England Journal of Medicine claim that almost 1/6 of the 2002 Boston Marathon participants have experienced a certain level of hyponatremia.

Another study, published in the 2006 British Journal of Sports Magazine, states that physical exercises are frequently associated with hyponatremia because of the excessive water consumption.

In that article, Timothy Noakes and Benjamin Speedy, two sports medicine doctors, claim the biomedical community is in a process of admitting the risks of the over-hydration in professional athletes.

However, these examples aren’t something we should worry about too much, as they are pretty rare cases in average people. The most important thing is to drink a proper quantity of water after physical exercise or effort, without exaggerating.

So, now you’re probably wondering “Okay, too much water isn’t good at all?”, but can drinking too much water actually kill you?

Yes, it can, in theory. But just like I said before, it’s not really the case to worry, because you couldn’t normally drink so much water that would lead to water intoxication. Your body would show you clear signs and would make you stop.

However, be careful how much water you consume after a high effort and make sure you don’t drink a much higher quantity than you feel your body needs. As long as you respect this, you will never have to ask yourself if drinking too much water can kill you.

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 to shed tears in public. So crying is not just the prerogative of women. Males also shed tears in public, disputing the belief that ‘boys don’t cry.’ Of course women cry more readily than men. But girls who break into sobs at the slightest provocation are called ‘cry babies’ and even suspected of emotional instability. Neurotics cry easily and alexithymics don’t cry at all.

God has endowed human beings with a gamut of emotions – to feel, to cry, to be happy or sad or angry. Crying is a healthy response to some of life’s problems. We shed tears of joy when we are happy. People who receive unexpected awards or recognition are overwhelmed with tears of joy. Some people cry out of frustration. Children, who cannot have their way or cannot retaliate against elders, exhibit their frustration through tantrums. But usually crying is associated with grief. The loss of a loved one or a job or a business or even a pet are hurtful psychological experiences which create a great deal of stress. Tears are one way to relieve tension and initiate the process of healing.

Crying is a normal response to bereavement. When sadness reaches a peak of intensity, tears bring therapeutic release. Once the crying stops the body relaxes, heart rate slows, breathing becomes regular and blood pressure is back to normal. So crying is actually a transitional point between tension and feeling better. It will not make problems disappear but will help put them in perspective so that one can deal with them in a level headed way.

Even 2000 years ago the Greeks and Romans were aware that shedding of tears relieved tension. “It is a relief to weep. Grief is satisfied and carried off by tears,” said the poet Ovid. Aristotle was of the opinion that crying “cleanses the mind” of suppressed emotions. Freud and Breuer considered crying “an involuntary reflex to relieve tension and allow blocked negative emotions to be released.”

Professor William Frey of the University of Minnesota in his study said that chemicals which build up during emotional stress are removed through tears. Tears associated with emotions have a higher level of certain proteins and chemicals such as magnesium and potassium. Manganese which affects moods was found to be thirty times of greater concentration in tears than in blood serum. So unalleviated stress was likely to cause heart attacks or even damage certain areas of the brain.

The presence of the hormone Prolactin in tears explains why women cry more easily than men.

Alexander Fleming (discoverer of Penicillin) did a chemical analysis of tears and found that they contain an enzyme Lysozyme which dissolves the outer coat of many bacteria. Through suppression of tears we may suffer both physical and emotional consequences.

Weeping is not weakness. Those who put on a brave front and bottle up their emotions are merely internalizing their pain and suffer symptoms like headache, peptic ulcers, high blood pressure, irritability or depression. Inability to cry can make a person dysfunctional. Men giving vent to tears is now acceptable in society. In Japan they call it the ‘crying boom’ encouraging people to express their emotions.

God has placed in our bodies a natural provision for relief of tension and grief. Everyone grieves differently depending on one’s personality, coping skills, faith, nature of loss and tradition. In some cultures it is okay to cry loudly without inhibitions and make a show of their grief. I witnessed a death in a Khurdish community in Iran. It was frightening to see women tearing their hair, clawing at their cheeks to draw blood and rolling on the ground, and screaming. They believed that the departed soul would rest in peace knowing how dearly he or she was loved.

Therapeutic Value of tears:

• Crying is something personal. It is not an exhibition of grief but a physical manifestation of internal emotions.

• It is the beginning of a process of dealing with sadness. “We are healed of suffering only when we experience it the full,” said Marcel Proust.

• Crying helps to visualize a new scenario for our lives. It helps accept that our loss is real and even while we continue to grieve, we begin to envisage a life without the person we have lost.

• Crying is cathartic. It releases toxins and pent up emotions, helping us to handle our loss instead of being afraid of it.

• Crying is effective in starting the process of healing. “It is not only a human response to sorrow and frustration but a healthy one,” says William Frey. According to his study 85% of women and 75% of men felt less angry or sad after crying. In Ancient Middle East mourners would collect their tears in wineskins and place them on the tomb of their loved ones.

• Crying may also be a call for support from relatives and friends. “Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted,” says the Bible. Friends and relatives should allow the griever to vent his pain and help validate his grief.

Our grief can change dramatically when we accept God’s unconditional love and His provision for our lives. Our tears are never in vain as King David said, “You have collected all my tears and preserved them in your bottle. You have recorded them in your book.” (Psalms 56: 18)

We need to be grateful for the Gift of Tears.

Bio
Eva Bell is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,
She is a freelance writer, and her articles, short stories and children’s stories have been published in magazines, newspapers, on the Net, and in several anthologies.
She is the author of:
Novels – “Silver Amulet,” “When Shadows Flee,” “Halo of Deceit,” “Runaway Widow” “Power Surge in Eden.”
Non-Fiction- “Grace Abounding,” “Womanism- The Adventure of being a Woman.”
Children’s Books: “Lost on the beach,” “Sniffer Dog and other stories.” “Wandering into Wonderland.”
E-books: Cactus Hill, Survival Strategies in an Angry World, Storm in the Desert, Womanism and Runaway Widow, Back From Beyond (Amazon Kindle.)

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 on the fingers), on feet it’s called tinea pedis or athlete’s foot (peeling of the skin between the toes, scaling on the heels), on the nails it’s called tinea unguium (loss of nails, nails become yellow, thick and crumbly), on the groin it is known as tinea cruris or jock itch (symptoms include redness and persistent itching at the groin area), on the body it’s called tinea corporis (round shaped rashes with raised edges on the skin), on the face it is known as tinea faciei (red scaly patches on the face).

Symptoms of ringworm appear within a few days of infection. In severe cases, it is best to seek medical help. Home remedies work best in minor cases.

Home Remedies:

Garlic:

Garlic is used as a food spice and medicine in different parts of the world. This wonderful spice has antimicrobial effects against many strains of bacteria, fungi and virus. It was also used by ancient Egyptians for food flavoring and traditional medicine. The amino acid Alliin is one of the main active constituents of garlic. This Alliin and its derivatives like allicin, ajoene are responsible for its strong smell and antimicrobial benefits.

A study published in 2007 tested the antifungal property of garlic. In the clinical test, an aqueous extract of garlic was used against 88 clinical isolates of dermatophytes. It was confirmed that garlic inhibited the growth of these organisms. The downside is that people who are allergic to sulfur compounds can be allergic to garlic. This is because sulfur compounds are also present in garlic. So first try in small quantity over a small uninfected area to know if you are allergic.

How to apply: Mash a few cloves of garlic. And apply on the affected areas. Apply two or three times daily. You can wash off with warm water after some hours. Another method is to slice a few cloves of garlic into tiny pieces and place on affected area. Then tie with a bandage. If someone is helping you to apply, make sure the person puts on disposable gloves to avoid getting infected.

Apple Cider Vinegar:

Vinegar has been used for many years as disinfectants and preservatives. Apple cider vinegar is a vinegar derived from apple and is an effective remedy for ringworm. Apple cider vinegar is made up of antimicrobial constituents like acetic acid which inhibits the growth of microorganisms. A lot people have attested to the effectiveness of apple cider vinegar for treating ringworm. This is as a result of its anti-fungal property.

How to apply: When first applied, it can have stinging effects but it will help in treating ringworm. It should be used in small quantity first in an unaffected area to ascertain if you are sensitive to it. If there are no reactions, you can apply on affected areas. Apple cider vinegar should be dabbed on the affected area with a cotton ball 3-5 times daily. For the toes or nails, mix a cup of apple cider vinegar with warm water. Soak affected area for 15 to 25 minutes. Dry with a clean towel. Use organic apple cider vinegar because its nutrients and enzymes are still intact unlike the non-organic that has gone through pasteurization.

Warning: Do not apply apple cider vinegar on broken skin because it will give you a severe burn.

Important Tips

  • Maintaining a good hygiene is very important for preventing and treating ringworm.
  • Ringworm is highly contagious so you should avoid sharing personal items like combs or towels or even clothes when you or someone close to you is infected.
  • Another alternative is to mix vinegar and salt until it forms a paste. Apply on the affected area for 5 minutes then wash off and dry the area. Do at least twice or thrice daily.
  • For your pet, you can apply garlic on affected area. Or you can mix apple cider vinegar with warm water and rinse affected area after bathing your pet.
  • Make sure you wash clothings that have come in contact with the infection.
  • Try to keep affected areas clean and dry.

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 we have very busy, demanding lives. For this reason, it is necessary to put in place several small practices which can boost the quality and length of your sleep. This can include setting a strict curfew every night, using essential oils such as lavender on your pillow, or having a warm, relaxing shower every night before bed.

These steps you take to relax, wind down and be in bed by the right time every night will help you sleep better, even if initially these will take some getting used to. It is said that, it takes twenty-one days to form a habit, so commit to a better sleep routine for this length of time and see how your energy levels and life quality can change.

Our next recommendation is using herbal and mineral drinks as a regular energy booster on a daily basis. There are several excellent herbal remedies on the market nowadays in drink form, all of which contain unique ingredient lists of herbs and minerals that have been used for centuries to improve health.

Some of these ingredients – such as iron and magnesium – actively will boost your energy levels, and with other herbs will work to boost your overall health. As mentioned above, better overall health can make you feel a million dollars and generally have much higher energy levels.

If you want to do something good for your health and have more energy, try a herbal supplement drink, preferably with added minerals such as iron or magnesium, which humans can tend to become deficient in. Replace one of your daily coffees or colas with this and your body will reap the health benefits.

Lastly, cut down on unhealthy energy boosters which will give you energy in the short term but will cause you to crash afterwards and put you in an unhealthy cycle of ups and downs. These include endless teas, coffees and sugary and high carb snacks to keep you going.

It is often impossible to give these up completely, and many enjoy one or two of these as a treat every day. However, ensure that you do not rely on them, instead replacing most of them with healthy options such as a herbal energy booster and fresh fruit, and put in place a healthier sleep routine to make you feel brighter and in better health overall.

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 reasons to be rude.

1. MASTURBATION MAKES YOU MERRY!

Recent studies have produced evidence to support the hypothesis that ejaculating approximately 5 times a week improves prostate health. Also,it encourages new, healthy sperm production and is said to better sperm motility. Therefore, if a fellow wants to father some pure bred, A-list swimmers, it is recommended that they go about pleasing themselves regularly. Orgasm is also thought to reduce symptoms of hay fever which is great news for anyone plagued by this evil condition! Ladies who, like I, have had their vajayjays massacred by childbirth will know how boring and unappealing traditional pelvic floor exercise is. More good tidings- frequent orgasms are said to be very beneficial in strengthening one’s pelvic floor. Sex is often linked to UTIs and cystitis but many online articles state that masturbation helps to rid the cervix of unwanted bacteria via mucous secretion. (I know… ughhhhh). As high levels of oxytocin and dopamine are released at climax, masturbation may also be a healthy alternative to a drug high. Therefore mass masturbation is the ticket to a happy society!

2. SNOT IS A NATURAL ANTI-BIOTIC

I found this study really funny. Canadian researcher, Professor Scott Napper carried out a study to prove that picking your nose and eating it allows the body to digest germs in small and harmless amounts which in turn builds up our immunity to some of the bacteria present in our snot. Apparently, taking in bacteria this slowly is not going to harm us but will strengthen our defences. I do suspect that Professor Napper enjoys eating his snot more than the average Joe given that his penchant for bogeys led him to do a whole study on it.

3. LET IT ALL HANG OUT

We have been programmed to go straight to the underwear drawer every morning as the initial step in the clothing process. However, research suggests that liberating one’s testicles from tighty whiteys or indeed any incarcerating undergarments keeps them at the ideal temperature for sperm production. From a female perspective, it has been proposed that because a lady’s nether region boasts a warm and humid climate and in some cases (depending on grooming rituals) there is some foliage present, underwear can be suffocating and is linked to yeast infections. On a positive note, airing one’s undercarriage means no VPL and no risk of a wedgy. Win win!

4. SWEAT SPOTS AWAY!

If green tea and lemon juice are not your thing, breaking a sweat is a great alternative for getting rid of nasties in your system. Sweating can flush out alcohol, salt and cholesterol. By reducing levels of salt in the body through sweating, you reduce your risk of kidney stones and fight viruses and fungi. Also, sweating clears toxins out of the pores, keeping unwanted zits at bay.

5. SMELL YOUR FARTS!!!

I LOVE this! A study in the University of Exeter proposes that exposure to small amounts of hydrogen sulphide (i.e. the amount present in a smelly fart) may prevent mitochondria damage. Scientists supporting this research have suggested that this could help defend us against cancer, stroke, dementia and arthritis. Anyone with a dog should be feeling pretty elated right now.

These are the interesting, useless facts I have encountered so far during my insomnia fueled searches. So for optimum health, my advice is; a good snotty breakfast, sweaty workout, no knickers, lots of farting and if time and schedule allows a refreshing, cervix cleansing and sperm renewing ‘lamb shank’

Improve your health through masturbation, nose picking, sweating, going commando and farting! Ditch the fancy detox for a more fun approach to well being!!

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 with exercises neither beneficial nor easy for them to do. It’s therefore important to join only those classes that meet specific fitness requirements.

In order to choose a right kind of fitness class, one should be first aware of their workout strength and weaknesses. One should know in advance that weights can be rigorous and physically demanding while aerobics not. More so, one should enrol for a combination of circuit training and weight if the prime target is to get as toned and chiselled a body as a bodybuilder possesses. You simply can’t enrol for aerobics hoping to craft the body and get rippling muscles. There has to be a clarity of thought else your investment may be squandered away without fetching any concrete results.

The best strategy would be to first consult a professional health trainer or expert and get a complete idea about right fitness classes. Once the kind of classes is ascertained, the next step should be about knowing the nature or method of training. Fitness goals and time-frame often determine whether group workouts or one-on-one training will do the trick. Both these factors will also play a role in determination of the cost that your fitness classes will entail. After that, you can decide whether to chart out your daily, weekly and monthly fitness goals.

Once fitness goals are fixed, one can go ahead and choose from available local gyms based on the requirements. This is how fitness targets are achieved, or this is how most people go about achieving their fitness targets. You should follow the same route as any diversion from this standard path means you will have to face problems. You should consult an expert before embarking on a fitness journey as this gives you an indication of treading the right path. So, be careful in selection of your fitness classes and join only a gym that meets your requirements with ease.

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 problems like depressions, lack of sleep, anxiety and even attention deficit disorders. What is more, kids who are too much sensitive in selecting their foods suffer the most and fall prey to depression quite easily. With the advent of time, sometimes these conditions often tend to become worse.

Now, let us come to the case if the picky eater is an adult person. In the case of adults, another type of problem often arises. Some adult people, who are picky eaters, often feel embarrassed by their habit of selective eating. And this is the underlying problem due to which they often tend to hide this problem of theirs and try to keep it hidden from their closest friends as well as relatives. Some people often tend to become picky eaters while trying to cope up with some other parallel problems or health issues, like obesity or diet restrictions due to allergies.

Is the habit of picky eating in the genes itself?

If we are observant, we can see clearly in most cases that if parents are picky eaters, then their children also fall prey to this same problem. This is due to the fact that the genes have been passed on by the parents to their children. Several types of research based on this have been conducted by scientists who revealed something that can be truly called as a bitter truth. Studies suggest that the TAS2R38 gene is responsible for encoding the taste receptors.

However, the good news is that scientists believe that with further research on this, several remedies can be developed in the near future that may help to literally turn off these receptors, and hence can cure the selective nature.

How to deal with someone who is a picky eater?

Let us have a glance at some of the tricks and tips that are a must if you really want to deal with a picky eater, be it your child or any adult. Here they are, as follows:-

• Always try to respect the person’s appetite – If a person who is a picky eater, is not much hungry, you should not force that person. Try serving small portions to that person so as not to overwhelm him.

• Try to introduce some healthier elements in the food that the person actually likes – You can include such types of food that the person actually likes, in the daily diet. For this, you have to be attentive and understand what he likes. Who knows it can be a healthy food.

• Quit buying unhealthy food stuff – Try not to buy unhealthy foods for your home. Unhealthy foods affect the appetite and are one of the reasons for making anyone picky eater.

• Try to keep up patience when it comes to new foods – This is the case of young children. Often we see children try to taste newer food stuff. We can encourage them to eat properly by including their favorites along with the regular foods.

• Try to stick to a routine – Always try to maintain a perfect routine no matter what. The proper routine of daily intake of food also helps to reduce the selection of foods by picky eaters.

• Try not to cut down on treats – Try to think and always remember that a cotton candy or a scoop of ice cream will never harm the food habits. A nice treat often works when it comes to picky eaters.

• Encourage them to eat their favorite colors – This is a perfect trick that works with kids. If you assist them to eat a variety of brightly colored foods, then there is obviously intake of more nutrients.

• Include the person in your prep work – You can include the picky eater in the process of buying the food items. You can take him/her along with you to the market.

• Try avoiding the TV while having food – This is a bad habit among most of the people. They always opt or watching the TV while having lunch or dinner. TV is one of the biggest distractions when it comes to eating. So try to avoid the TV while having food.

• Try to be a good role model – Last, but not the least, it can be said that perhaps the best way you can adopt is to influence as well as motivate other people. You can never actually expect your children to eat bitter gourd if you do not have it once. Similarly, you cannot even influence a person to have spinach if you yourself do not touch it even once.

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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 content snack, like a watermelon. Not only will your thirst be quenched, but you get to satisfy your sweet tooth in a natural way.

Dry Skin. Let’s say you’re out for a run. A good SPF cream will take care of your skin right? While it’s true the cream moisturizes and protects, you also need good fluid intake to keep your skin from drying. Even the best moisturizer can’t keep the skin from drying because of dehydration.

Cramps. If you’re physically active, cramps are a good indicator that your fluids are on the low side. Muscles are composed of over 70 percent of water, imagine when you hit 40 percent or less because of sweating, muscles can cramp up. All that sweating depletes sodium and potassium levels as well, so besides water, a sports drink may be necessary.

Dry Mouth and Smelly Breath. Salivary glands use water to produce saliva, when there is a low supply, the glands reduce production significantly, leaving you with a dry mouth. But it does not stop there, the lack of saliva and warm environment promotes bacteria build up which then results in bad breath.

Headaches and Dizziness. There is a fluid sack which envelops the brain, protecting it from the impact of sudden blows. If the fluid sack’s water level significantly decreases, expect severe headaches. Also, when you’re dehydrated, there is a tendency for your blood pressure to decrease, leaving you dizzy. Some even experience disorientation.

Reduced Sweat. This one’s a bit more basic, you don’t drink much and you’re dehydrated, your body can barely produce sweat even on a very hot day.

No Twinkle in your Tinkle. Urine is another indicator of dehydration. If you have dark urine, and has a really pungent smell, then you lack fluids. Urine should be clear or light yellow. Some vitamins and medicine can affect the color of your urine, but they will only make it into a darker shade of yellow.

Constipation. Your bowels need enough water to successful pass stool, without it you’ll be constipated. Being well hydrated also helps your intestines absorb nutrients from digested food.

What’s your best option to prevent dehydration? Well, you can always buy bottled water, but in the long run you’ll be throwing away lots of money and adding plastic to landfills. So you’re better off buying a reusable drinking bottle, like the ones made by Laken.

Laken drinking bottles are reusable, safe and environment-friendly. It’s great for adults and kids alike. You can check out the reusable bottles at your favorite online shop.

3 Reasons You Should Love Your Gut

ikYou probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about your gut, unless it is causing you discomfort. I certainly wasn’t thinking about my gut when I was eating fast food and drinking sugary pop. But when it started causing me problems, I started to notice.

We often focus on the things we see on the outside, or think about heart health, or cancer prevention; the poor gastrointestinal tract doesn’t get much attention. The gastrointestinal tract, or the gut, is tied to every aspect of your health. I hope with that in mind, you will start giving it some more love. Here are some reasons why.

Your gut…

  • is the initial contact between the outside world and your internal environment. It is the gate keeper for what enters your body.
  • health is necessary for the health of all other areas of your body.
  • provides a home for a multitude of organisms that help maintain immune balance and make nutrients available to the rest of your body.
  • keeps microorganisms in balance, so you don’t get sick.
  • breaks down and assimilates carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals so your body can use them to function optimally.
  • disposes of toxins and other nonessential elements to keep your body running in tip-top shape.
  • regulates body composition to help you maintain a healthy weight.

Let me give you a brief explanation of some gut functions to help you better understand its importance.

1. The Gut Is The Gate Keeper

The gut runs the entire length of your body from your mouth to your anus. It functions to digest, break down and absorb food. It is actually considered to be outside of the body because it is open to the external environment at each end. This is, of course, different from other systems in your body. Two areas where this gate keeper is keeping you healthy include the mucus layer and the tight junctions of the intestine. The mucus layer in the intestine contains immune cells and proteins with antimicrobial activity against bacteria, viruses and fungi. These both provide a protective layer against bacterial invasion. In addition, there are tight junctions in the intestine that allow for nutrients to pass but prevent larger molecules into the bloodstream preventing inflammation that could occur in any area of the body from your gut to your joints to your brain.

2. Healthy Gut = Healthy Body

Just one way to think about how a healthy gut equals a healthy body is to address the importance of nutrients for cellular function. It is crucial for your body to digest and assimilate the food you eat. This is the process of absorbing vitamins and minerals and other components from your food within the gut. Just two examples of nutrients for important cellular function include B vitamins needed for energy production, and antioxidant vitamins (vitamins E or C among many others) to protect against damage to your DNA. Every whole food you consume contains a multitude of nutrients that allow your body to function optimally. Without not only intake, but absorption of those nutrients, dysfunction will arise.

3. The Function of The Gut Microbiome

There are anywhere from 500 to 1,000 different species of bacteria in the gut. The gut microbiome plays a role in several functions including carbohydrate digestion, development of the immune system, synthesis of vitamins, storage of fat, and defense against infections. Though the human genome remains stable throughout life, the human microbiome is affected by your diet and lifestyle. Research published in the journal Nutrition in Clinical Practice in 2012 supports that a high-fat, high-sugar diet will significantly alter the composition of the gut microbiome within 1-3 days. Sorry to say that reverting to the Standard American Diet on vacation or on the weekends may actually be impacting your healthy gut you nourish so well the rest of your days. And ultimately may be impacting the important functions that are associated with a healthy gut microbiome.

Do you understand why you should care? A healthy gut is not simply about not having tummy troubles. If your gut is out of balance, it will have an impact on nearly every system in your body. It really is that important.

Next time – watch for specific tips for eating well to nourish your gut.