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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.

 

It’s Men’s Health Month

Yes, there is a month dedicated to the health of men, but the question is whether men dedicate time to their health, or not. The answer is that very few pay due attention to not only their health but to prevent diseases. Because of social tabu, and even by shame, many men stop consulting the doctor for ailments, discomforts or conditions that may be affecting them.

That is why there is a month dedicated to the health of gentlemen and that month is June! Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country and its purpose is to create awareness and to encourage men and boys to seek early detection and treatment of different health issues. The message includes also to exhort them to learn more about preventable problems.

Around the country are offered screenings, health fairs, workshops, outreach initiatives, and health education seminars to invite more and more men to take good care of their health and wellness.

If you know a man that could use some of this information, please share it with him. It’s important for all of us to use this time to talk openly about preventable health issues, and of course, it’s imperative to include your kids in the conversation.

According to experts, the information and early education about health, prevention, diseases, and common questions, is very important as part of a family routine, and since we are already dedicating this whole month to men’s health, then let’s use it also to educate the little ones.

So, guys! if you haven’t seen a doctor in a while if there is something that is bothering you with your health but you haven’t found the time or the opportunity to discuss it with a physician, here is the time!

June is all men’s health month, and the best to honor it is by talking, informing, educating, and addressing any questions or issues you may have about your own health!

Do I Have Anxiety?

To be nervous, to feel butterflies in your stomach before a meeting or an important situation, you are not alone. In fact, we all are like that! It’s normal and common to worry about big events or complex situations where we are involved.

Now, if that feeling is so strong that it prevents you from leaving the house or doing your normal life, then you may be facing anxiety. According to recent statistics, the anxiety disorder is common in our country with more than 3 million cases per year.

There are many reasons why someone could face anxiety, and according to experts almost everyone experiences some sort of it at some point of their lives, but the important part here is to be able to identify it and to treat it in time.

You should know that there are several anxiety-related disorders and even though some of them could be similar and interact with each other, the common elements on all of them are ongoing fear, worry, excessive nervousness, and inability to live normally due to those feelings.

Who can diagnose anxiety? Initially, you! If your fear and nervousness are out of proportion, you may know that something is wrong. But it’s your primary physician or your mental health doctor who can conduct a physical exam looking for symptoms that could underline a relationship with medications or any other medical condition that could be triggering the anxiety disorder.

Once the anxiety is diagnosed you will probably be referred to a psychiatrist specialized in anxiety and its treatment. Your psychiatrist could provide not only counseling and therapy but also medication for your anxiety disorder.

If you believe that you are suffering from anxiety disorder, act now and talk to your doctor. There is treatment and help available.

Follow your heart…literally!

The importance of your heart rate for your health

Let’s start by explaining that your heart rate shows the number of times that your heart beats per minute. As you can imagine every person has a different heart rate depending on his/her body size, use of medications, emotional issues, etc.

Now, it’s important for you to know that number because even if you don’t practice a sport regularly, or if you are not an athlete, to track the heart rate could help you to detect possible and developing health issues.

There are normal parameters that you have to consider, and that will help you to improve your health, to lose weight, and even to improve your fitness level.

Here are some essential things you should know:

  1. Resting Heart Rate:  It refers to the number of times that your heart beats per minute while you are at rest, and the best time for you to check it could be as soon as you wake up, and before you get out of bed.
  2. Normal bpm (beats per minute): For most people, it goes between 60 and 100, while athletes or more active people may have it as low as 40.
  3. There is a maximum heart rate that you should avoid: It’s 220 minus your age. If you exceed that number, you may hurt yourself.
  4. If your goal is to lose weight, calculate 50 to 85 percent of the previous number and stay on the higher end. Ex: If you are 40 it would be 220-40=180. 85 percent of 180=153, that’s probably your target rate.
  5. If the 85 percent is too intense, you can start with a 60 – 70 percent of 220 minus your age as your target rate.

 

Bottom line, learn about your heart rate, its healthy ranges, and how you could incorporate that information into your fitness routines. As always, talk to your doctor about possible changes in your physical activities, and start following your heart…literally!

Get rid of the odious flakes!

It looks bad, is uncomfortable and can even cause self-esteem problems! We are talking about dandruff, that annoying white or yellow rain that forces many to avoid wearing dark clothes for fear of being exposed, and that also embarrasses others because of the itching that causes them to constantly scratch their heads.

The main cause of dandruff is what specialists know as seborrheic dermatitis, which is a condition that basically turns the skin of your head, armpits, groin, and eyebrows red, scaly, and oily. When the scales flake off is when dandruff is created.

Now, it’s possible to confuse dandruff with dry scalp, due to their very similar symptoms. The main difference between one and the other is that dry scalp is caused precisely by the lack of moisture in the scalp which produces an irritation of the skin and it flakes off, while dandruff is created by the excess of oil in the scalp.

And how to determine if you have dandruff or dry scalp? A good tip for you could be to apply a light moisturizer to your scalp before you go to bed. The flakes will disappear with a shower the next day if they are caused by dry scalp.

If they persist, dandruff could be the answer and you can treat it with over the counter shampoos, but pay attention because if you don’t see changes after a month of dandruff shampoo, maybe it’s time for you to visit a dermatologist.

Only the specialist could tell you the real cause of your problem, and it may be related with other conditions that it will be important for you to discard, like psoriasis or eczema.

So, the advice is simple: don’t hide, act instead and get rid of the odious flakes!

Those Skin Moles

We all have moles and some spots with which we are born, but some of them are transformed over time, can grow, change appearance, texture, and even gain volume

Moles are one of those things that few people pay attention to, but medically they can help us detect health conditions that could become delicate, that’s why we have to start paying attention to them.

According to the specialists, as soon as a change in the size or texture of one of these moles is detected, it’s important to consult the doctor. The physician can examine it and determine if that change could be the result of a condition that may affect your health. Usually, moles don’t need any treatment, but there are three possible scenarios that play a role in that:

  1. If the doctor suspects that the mole could be cancerous
  2. If the mole causes irritation due to its location
  3. If your main concern about the mole is merely cosmetic

 

In the first case, the doctor will proceed to perform a surgical procedure to remove it. That procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis and takes short time. The procedure starts with the doctor numbing the area around the mole to be able to cut it out.

In the second case, if the mole interrupts or affects the patient’s regular activities like shaving, the removal procedure could be a good option.

In the third case, you may be considering the removal too. However, it’s important for you to know and understand that even though it’s a simple procedure, there are always risks to consider, and in this case, an infection could be one of them, not to mention the scar.

Whatever your case, consult with your doctor and listen to the options. Do not lose sight of the fact that the important thing is to tell your doctor about changes in the appearance of moles as soon as they come up since these can mean the risk of more delicate conditions.

 

 

 

Healthy nails, healthy you!

 

Although it seems hard to believe, nails can be the reflection of your health and they can be telling you a story that you should hear.

Irregularities, discoloration, or sudden changes in the nails could indicate that something is happening in your body. Some health conditions like anemia, kidney disease, or diabetes can manifest through your fingernails.

According to experts like internists and dermatologists, although fungal infections could be the most common issue with your nails, there are other things to have in mind: some changes in the color, shape, and texture of your nails could be a sign of a health condition and it’s important for you to pay attention.

If you take a good care of your nails it would be easy for you to detect any suspicious change, and that’s why you should follow simple steps and routines:

 

  • Trim your nails frequently
  • Do not bite them
  • Keep your fingernails clean and dry
  • While using moisturizer lotion, rub your fingernails with it
  • Nail hardener could be always a good ally
  • Don’t ignore changes in your nails. Remember that everything has a cause

 

Now, who doesn’t love and enjoy a good manicure and pedicure? For a lot of people, It’s impossible to avoid the temptation of leaving the care of their nails to experts. However, it’s imperative that you make sure that the salon and the person in charge of your nails is not only an expert but a licensed one! The last thing you want to get from your mani and pedi is an infection, right?

Proper nail care is important, so don’t neglect them, and remember that they could be the mirror of your health.

 

 

Exfoliating your skin should be a pleasant experience

Let’s start by explaining the concept of exfoliation, which is the process of removing the dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin. Yes, it could sound harsh and tough, but it doesn’t have to be like that. Actually, we are talking about a process that your skin and body will feel like natural.

Why do we need to remove those dead cells from the skin? Because otherwise, they will form clogged pores, excessive oil, and subsequently acne and other impurities on your face.

Now, it’s important to understand that those dead cells from the skin have to be removed from all your body, but your face could be the most sensitive part for you to exfoliate, and that’s why we want to make sure that you know some tips about natural scrubs that you can use at home.

Here are a couple of natural ingredients that you can use to do your own exfoliating facial scrub at home:

  • Blueberry and Honey Scrub
    1/2 cup fresh blueberries
    2 tbsp honey (raw and local is best)
    1 – 2 tbsp sugar

 

  • Lemon and Sugar Face Scrub
    1/2 fresh lemon
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1 tbsp olive oil
    1 tbsp organic honey

 

If you are allergic to any of the ingredients, avoid it. In both cases a good mixture of all the components would form a substance that you can use by applying it to your face, doing gentle circular massages on the skin.

Exfoliating doesn’t have to be painful or uncomfortable. Trying natural ingredients could be the key to make your experience an enjoyable one.