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Be ready! Adult acne is increasing and it could be part of your life

Adult acne is increasing and it’s more common than many may think. The bad news for women is that as a matter of fact, females are more likely to have it than men.

But, why? Why is it that after having passed adolescence, adults might worry again or for the first time in their lives about pimples?

The answer is not simple. According to many experts, there are several possible causes, but here are the most common:

  1. Hormonal changes
  2. Stress
  3. Diet
  4. Cleansing routine
  5. Health issues

 

Dermatologists say that the first step is to determine the cause of your breakouts, so, we could start going over the list.

Hormonal changes are difficult to detect by the patient, but women could pay special attention to their menstrual cycle. If the acne appears around that time of the month, that’s a good clue to follow.

A good way to fight stress is exercising, and it also helps you to promote a better health in general.

In terms of your diet, experts recommend a low-fat consumption routine, with a lot of water and fresh veggies and fruits.

Now, this might sound crazy, but if you are cleansing your skin too much, that could be the cause of the acne breakout. Dermatologists say that a gentle face wash, once a day is good and enough to protect your skin.

If you follow a healthy diet, if you are taking good care of your skin and your environment and still the acne is persistent, it could be time to visit your doctor. There are different health issues that only a physician could diagnose in order to let you know if they are related to your acne.

As always, don’t give up and take it easy. The most important thing is to take action.

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Eating Out With Diabetes

It’s a matter of awareness and information

It may sound like an impossible mission, but is not. If you were recently diagnosed with diabetes, your doctor probably told you what you have to watch while choosing your food: portion sizes and salt, are two key parts of your new menus.

It means that your daily consumption of sodium shouldn’t exceed the 1,500 milligrams (less than a teaspoon). About the portions, we all know that most of the restaurants offer servings big enough to share with another person or even to eat the next day from it. So, ask for half portions or just cut it yourself in half as soon as it arrives to your table. Always ask for a low sodium menu. A lot of restaurants are very conscious about their diabetic clients.

In order to keep track of your food prep, you should avoid places like buffets, fast food restaurants or chain places where everything is already cooked. You will need to ask for a specific preparation of your food.

Remember that now your body will resent everything you eat in a very different way, and even your smallest decisions are going to have an impact on your health.

Then, avoid bread, soups and broths. Forget about butter and remember that from now on, fruits and vegetables are going to be your best friends.

Salads are good, but not all of them. Dressings tend to be salty and creamy, two dangerous characteristics that imply sodium and calories. Ask always what kind of ingredients are they using on your food. Canned or marinated vegetables are always a NO, just like cheeses, croutons, and cured meats.

If you really need a dressing on your salad, ask for a vinaigrette on the side and use a little portion of it.  Lemon or even a little bit of olive oil could help to give a nice flavor to your salad.

Grilled and broiled are probably your best options when consuming fish, meat or poultry. The best option for a drink, could be water with a twist of lime or lemon, a natural juice without sugar or even milk.

Desserts are not prohibited. Well, at least not all of them. Enjoy fresh fruit, a colorful gelatin, or a plain cake.

A whole nice and healthy meal at a restaurant is not impossible if you are a diabetic. The key is to be aware of your choices, to ask for everything you need, and to enjoy your food knowing that you are not doing any harm to your health.

 

Trying to sleep and you can’t? Here is what you can do

You are not alone. The first thing you need to know is that this is more common than you imagine. Insomnia is a very common problem that affects millions of people around the world, and there are all sort of studies, gurus, home remedies, and even miraculous solutions around.  Now, while each case must be handled individually because the causes of insomnia can be related with very personal and specific reasons, there are simple steps that you can take in order to make the problem less invasive as soon as it presents to you.

So, as it’s very difficult to talk about how to cure or solve insomnia, let’s better focus on what you can do at the precise moment when you start struggling to get to sleep, or when you wake up in the middle of the night facing probably a long night.

We all know that a night with bad sleep translates into a bad mood, low energy, and tiredness the next day, and nobody wants to go through that. The good news is that some experts say that there are easy tips for you to apply in order to detect possible habits or problems that could be affecting your sleep.

  1. Are you taking new medications?
  2. Did you change your work schedule recently?
  3. Are you going through a new diet program?
  4. How frequently are you exercising?
  5. When was your last meal before you went to bed?
  6. What’s the most stressful part of your day?

By answering those questions you might detect basic issues that could be affecting your ability to fall asleep, or just to sleep without interruption.

Some unhealthy habits, like late meals, lack of exercise, sudden change of habits and/or routines, can be part of the problem, and they can be easily addressed by you, once you are conscious about their presence around you.

Some basic recommendations from experts are to write down your regular schedules so you can detect holes, changes or possible alerts. Set up time for you to exercise every day, even 15 minutes of good walking could help you to release the stress. Analyse your diet. Remember that some foods are difficult to digest and they shouldn’t be part of your dinner because your metabolism won’t have enough time to process them. Finally, turn of all the screens at least an hour before you go to sleep. The blue light emitted by those screens disrupts your body production of melatonin and it combats sleepiness. Don’t feel hopeless, there are ways to fight insomnia, and seems like part of the solution could be in your own hands!

 

How to take care of your health during 2018

It’s the beginning of a new year. New resolutions, new opportunities, and new challenges are ahead. But the new calendar offers also many chances for you to take care of your health and wellness.

Remember that time flies, and it’s important to use it wisely. Regular check-ups must be part of your routine for this year. It doesn’t matter if you feel perfectly fine. There are annually suggested health appointments that include cholesterol and blood pressure screenings, as well as some immunizations, and other physical tests.

Your mental health should be also a priority. A good way to take care of it is to set time for you to relax, to enjoy outdoor activities, or just to take some rest, so you can actually feel good and build happy memories.

When we talk about some rest, think about sleeping as part of that package. The right amount of sleep time is not only good for your health but necessary for your body and brain. 7 to 9 hours of good sleep every day is what experts recommend for adults. Remember that sleep deprivation alters your behavior, your ability to make decisions, and even your heart health.

Once you realize that little steps can make a big difference in your health, you will probably want to make changes in your eating and exercise habits. A balanced and active lifestyle will offer you a whole new world of healthy opportunities.

Don’t forget to take care of your brain too. Reading, writing, listening to music, practicing a new hobby like drawing or playing an instrument, could be a great way to improve your brain activity. Every time you train your brain to do something new, you are forcing it to renew itself, to keep its parts active so it can work like a very well tuned clock.

In 2018 think more about yourself in terms of someone you have to take care of. Make the best of the calendar you have in front of you. Plan your health appointments, start new habits, and be aware of the importance of protecting and keeping all your systems active.

Fitness and workout apps: Do they actually work?

At this point, and talking about health and technology, we are living under two undeniable realities:

  1. Obesity is an epidemic that is growing by leaps and bounds.
  2. Technology has a lot to do with the rapid progress of that evil, but it can also help us to fight it.

Now, it’s up to you if you want to use the technology in your favor and actually make it work for you to reach your desired point of fitness and health. A good start may be to explore the different applications that exist to help you stay fit and healthy.

There are tons of apps around as part of the fitness and wellness world. All of them promise to deliver great results, with easy instructions, basic knowledge needed, and with options that fit all tastes and lifestyles.

Yoga, Pilates, running, swimming, walking…whatever is your favorite activity, you can incorporate any of the tech marketing tools available into your routines to follow your progress or understand how and where to improve.

The real question here is which of all those apps actually work? The answer is simple: it depends on your attitude and commitment to make it work. In a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, experts concluded that fitness apps can promote positive changes in the behavior of its users. Seems like a good majority reported to be more active and to have a better attitude towards healthy habits, in comparison to those not using an app.

The apps require information and periodic and specific updates from the users, and that could be part of the key. You are not accountable to a trainer, or a coach, you have to be accountable to yourself. No lies, no skipping answers, no tricks. This is a commitment to your own desire, with your own health and nobody is there to judge you or to ask for more.

Since a good portion of those apps is free to use, you are not investing a dime. You don’t need to move from home if you don’t want to, you don’t have to go to a place at a specific time of the day in order to make your app work. Basically, there are no excuses!

Now, it’s important for you to understand that an app by itself doesn’t do anything. The app should be the result of your interest in becoming a healthier person, in having better habits, and definitely, in getting more active. Step by step you can do it. Have in mind that technology is just a tool that you can use to get the results you want. Those results must come from a better diet, a physical activity routine, and changes in bad habits. Think about the app, in terms of an assistant who will track your results, archive your data and give you advice for you to understand how to get to your new and healthier you.

 

Dealing with Pneumonia

 

So you have been diagnosed with pneumonia, and the only thing you know about it is that it could be fatal, or at least that’s what you have heard. Well, truth is that yes, pneumonia could be fatal, but there are different types of pneumonia and its intensity could vary depending on other factors.

The first step is to understand what is Pneumonia. It’s a lung infection usually caused by viruses or bacteria. Once you breathe the virus or the bacteria, it goes directly to your lungs affecting its normal functioning and making hard for you to breath.

People with chronic or long-term diseases like asthma, diabetes, cancer or heart disease are more likely to get pneumonia, and they will need not only an early diagnosis but also a timely treatment. Due to their condition, it’s possible that the doctor decides to do that treatment at the hospital, and not at home.

Some of the symptoms related to pneumonia are fever, shortness of breath, cough, mucus, and fatigue. However, there are other symptoms that could be present like nausea, diarrhea, chest pain, and shaking. In some cases, patients could develop the disease without major symptoms; the key to a prompt and complete recovery lies in the fact that once the symptoms begin, you seek medical advice. If you already have a diagnosis, it’s very important to follow your physician instructions and recommendations.

Don’t rush the recovery! Get plenty of rest, and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. If a cough is preventing you to sleep or rest, talk to your doctor. If your doctor prescribed antibiotics, you will need to finish the whole dosage recommended. Your recovery time will depend on the type of pneumonia, but have in mind that we are talking about a period that could go from 2 to 4 weeks before you regain your strength.

There is never a good time to get sick, much less to have something like pneumonia, but if you have already been diagnosed, it’s best for you to take things slowly. Use the opportunity to read a good book, or simply to rest and to recharge your batteries.

Let’s color!

It’s more than a trend…it’s a madness that infects thousands of people every day. They end up carrying colored pencils and books full of pages with flowers, mandalas and all sort of coloring designs. Yes, coloring! Adults are coloring and they do it because they want to!

This relatively new way of relaxation is gaining fans and followers all over the world. While new designs are launched every season, forms and challenges pop up also to inspire and attract new adepts. Why? people are discovering that their problems, their stress, and their worries can disappear, at least while they are immersed coloring.

A recent article published by the Cleveland Clinic says that according to clinical psychologist Scott M. Bea, Psy.D. it has everything to do with refocusing our attention.

Adult coloring requires modest attention focused outside of self-awareness. It is a simple activity that takes us outside ourselves. In the same way, cutting the lawn, knitting, or taking a Sunday drive can all be relaxing.”, said Dr. Bea.

All the specialists talking about adult coloring coincide in saying that this activity basically relaxes the brain while is forcing it to focus on a simple action. Coloring doesn’t require exceptional skills, and before starting you already know how the result will be, therefore, there are no expectations that can create anxiety or pressure on yourself. One of the most rewarding benefits could be probably that since your attention is directed to the specific activity you are executing, there are not thoughts about yourself or the problems you might be experiencing, which is what happens when you meditate.

There is no space for negativity while you are coloring. Once you start working on your project, everything is just like the design you are detailing: colorful, beautiful, positive and full of opportunities, and guess what? You are replacing the one that was once your inseparable electronic, for a beautiful box of colored pencils and your designed papers.

In a few words and concluding, coloring will free your brain of pressure, anxiety, and worries. You will have a relaxing time, and who knows? Maybe you have the opportunity to discover that it could be more than a hobby.

So, let’s color! Pack your pencils, print some designs if you don’t have time to buy a book now, and start enjoying a new, healthy, and rewarding activity!

 

How about a wellness gift?

You don’t have to break your head thinking about original and unique gifts for Christmas. You just have to think about those very special things that you would love and appreciate yourself.

Clothes, jewelry, shoes, electronics, yes, everything is useful, and chances are that all of us would love to receive any of those gifts during Christmas, but did you know that there are several options for you to give the gift of wellness?

Wellness is more than a trend, it’s a lifestyle that attracts millions of people around the world every year. It includes all sort of products, services, and activities. So, let’s explore some of those options. You might become the most popular Santa around!

  • Relaxing candles: They are perfect for meditation sessions because they fill the space with wonderful scents, while the offer a decorative option too.

 

  • Yoga Session: If the recipient of the gift is not a yogi yet, for sure, this present will activate the desire to at least know more about one of the most popular and fastest growing activities in the world.

 

  • Essential oils: Also known as volatile oils, or oil of the plants from which they are extracted. These oils are used in aromatherapy to induce relaxation, during meditation or massage sessions.

 

  • Cooking classes: It’s never too late to learn something! If we are talking about cooking, you will agree that there are always great things, tips, and recipes to learn and try, right? Healthy Cooking classes are offered not only in person but online, and they can make a great gift.

 

One of the greatest things about the gift of wellness is that it has a double effect, one in the person who receives it, and another in the one who is giving it. Isn’t that a great way to express your love during these holidays?

 

Hair loss shouldn’t be taken lightly

Losing hair is something that affects much more than the physical appearance.  Who begins to see the changes due to this condition, begins to perceive other effects that can range from anxiety to depression.

For most women, for example, hair is more than just the fibers that cover their skin. Hair could be a very important part of their personality, a way to express their own self, and that’s one of the reasons why hair loss can’t be taken lightly.

Even though hair loss has been linked mainly to guys, women also suffer from it, and it can be as devastating or more as it is for a man. But in both cases, for males or females, the first step before pursuing any hair loss treatment, is to start looking for a possible cause, and according to experts, those causes might vary from men to women. However, there are a few common causes detected that can affect both, male and female patients:

  • Heredity (Family History)
  • Stress
  • Medical Conditions or Infections
  • Some Medicines
  • Poor diet
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Certain Hairstyles

 

For some of those causes, specialists have certain recommendations that could help you to stop or avoid the hair loss process:

  • Avoid tight hairstyles if you have thin and fine hair
  • Consume a balanced diet
  • Before using some beauty treatments, read carefully the labels
  • Avoid extreme temperatures on your hair
  • Take good care of your hair by brushing, cleaning and conditioning when needed

There is no reason to feel desperate. If you believe that the cause of your hair loss goes further, consult your doctor. Sudden hair loss or hairless patches could be a sign of a medical condition that has to be diagnosed by a physician.