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.


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.


After the loss, how to help the caregiver?

It’s the natural cycle, and even though caregivers understand that their journey will come to an end only after the inescapable loss, it’s impossible for them to avoid the feeling of purposelessness.

Caregivers devote their time and effort to a relative or a friend whose death leaves an inevitable sense of emptiness that leads them to have to plan again every minute of their days, and that could be a very difficult task.

The routines disappear, the tasks are modified, the sensation of feeling and knowing how to be useful vanishes, and at the same time the limitations to leave home, to socialize, and to undertake new challenges disappear too. Although it may seem incredible, getting used to these new conditions of life can be not only difficult but very painful for a caregiver.

If you are going through a similar situation or know someone who is going through this change of life, it is important to understand that there are ways to get out of that space in which today you can feel trapped, and without understanding where to start again.

Although it is important to understand that each person experiences and lives grief in a unique and different way, we must also know that it is a cycle from which one can and should learn how to get out. The help of family and friends is essential in the process, although at the end of the day you are the one who makes the decisions on what to do next. Allowing the grieving process to follow its normal course is the most important thing to do in order to be able to start over, and for that it is important to understand that pain is inevitable, that even guilt can appear in the panorama, and that it’s necessary to seek help whether professional or friend to be able to relieve that grief.

According to the specialists, it’s important to surround the caregivers after a loss, because they are the ones who now need protection and care to be able to move forward and rebuild that life that they left on pause for their loved one. Seek help and advice. There are special centers that offer this type of support, and at times like this, all available resources must be used.


Understanding the Terrible Migraines


If you have never had a migraine, consider yourself very lucky! 36 millions of American suffer from migraines.

A migraine is what is commonly known as an intense headache that could be accompanied by nausea and light sensitivity, and it usually affects one side of the head.

Some people describe a migraine like a stubborn hammer that hits your forehead and/or one of the temples mercilessly.

According to the Research Migraine Foundation, “a migraine often runs in families. But genes aren’t the only answer – studies show that environmental factors play an important role, too”. The same entity says that “contrary to popular belief, migraine is not just a bad headache. It’s an extremely incapacitating collection of neurological symptoms that usually includes a severe throbbing recurring pain on one side of the head”.

Another fact confirmed by the specialists is that the exact cause of migraines is still unknown, which leaves patients facing a situation that can be devastating, but thanks to continuous studies, it can be treated with different types of medicine, routine changes, and even food habits changes.

Although there are over-the-counter medicines that offer and promise results to treat migraines, the best thing for you to do once they appear in your life is to visit a doctor to start attacking the problem from the root.

Now, it’s important to know and understand that there are different types of migraines and that every person experiences the pain and the symptoms in a very particular way, and that’s another good reason to visit the doctor instead of self-medicate.

Another thing you should know is that symptoms could vary from one attack to the next, which could create more anxiety on the patients. However, there are certain things that you can do not only to relieve those symptoms but also to prevent future attacks:

  • Relaxation techniques
  • Identify situations, moments, or even foods that initiate migraine episodes
  • Limit your time in front of electronic devices


Once you consult a doctor, you will probably know more about specific vitamins and supplements that could help you with your migraines episodes. Also, it’s important to know that some people get their attacks due to the consumptions of coffee, chocolate, alcohol, or cured meats, and that’s why you may want to start taking notes every time that you have a migraine.

Do not despair! The secret to learning to control, or even prevent migraines, is almost always like learning to listen to what our body tells us

Alternative Milk Vs. Cow’s Milk

Years ago, the closest thing to the dairy variety was simply having the option of using whole or reduced cow’s milk in some percentage.

We are talking about the time when all those who suffered from lactose or other milk protein intolerance should simply avoid consuming it. Today, however, the story is very different.

Cow’s milk comes in different varieties that include lactose-free, whole milk, 2 percent, 1 percent, skim (fat-free), and more calcium or more vitamins.  

But despite the varied offer, a line of consumption has opened and it attracts millions of people who are either vegan, has allergies, or simply seek to stick to a different lifestyle, closer to foods derived from plants.

For all of them, the market offers all sort of kinds of milk based on rice, coconut, almonds, and soybeans. Each one of them promotes different benefits, and the truth is that they provide different levels of nutrition, depending on your own needs.

According to experts, children older than two years, teens, and pregnant women need proteins, calcium, and vitamin D, all of them are abundant in cow’s milk. Now, if you are looking to reduce the caloric ingestion in your diet, have in mind that a cup of whole cow’s milk ( 8 ounces), contains 150 calories, 12 grams of sugars, 8 grams of fat, and 8 grams of protein. On the other hand, the same amount of unsweetened soy milk, which is one of the most popular alternatives in the market, contains 80 calories, 1 gram of sugars, 4 grams of fat, and 7 grams of protein.

Eight ounces of unsweetened almond milk contains 40 calories, 0 grams of sugars, 3 grams of fat, and 2 grams of protein.

As you can see, the best source of protein is the cow’s milk, but again, all depends on what are you looking for, and what are your own nutritional needs.

The most important thing about how to choose your milk is to take into account that it’s only a small portion of your daily consumption of vitamins, proteins, fat, carbs, and calories. Balance should be your keyword when making the decision on what to choose. Specialists in nutrition say that you can reduce your intake of protein through the milk in order to reduce also calories, sugars and fat, but then, you would need to supplement with other foods the essential vitamins and protein that you are missing.

Before making drastic changes to your diet, talk to your doctor. Ask about your best options, and make safe and smart decisions.


Why Pilates?

Some of us learned just recently about pilates, just a few years ago, or probably a decade ago. The reality is that over the years, it has become increasingly popular, and it’s been almost impossible to ignore its presence around us.

The question is, why pilates? Why is it that so many people are conceding wonderful benefits to this discipline?

Well, let’s start by saying that Pilates is not new. It was back in the 1920s when physical trainer Joseph Pilates introduced it into our country. Athletes and dancers injured practiced it as part of their rehabilitation therapy, and it allowed them to go back to their exercise routines and to maintain their fitness in a safe way.

Today, the practice of pilates has spread among the general population, but it keeps being essential for those who are looking for core strength, flexibility, muscle control, and balance, among other things.

One of the pilates pillars is the concentration. Those who practice it, know that you have to focus in order to move your body in a very precise range, managing to create balance and control of your muscles by using also your breathing.

One of the favorite things for the enthusiasts of Pilates is that it can work and it can be adapted for high-performance athletes, new followers, or just curious people trying to know more about the discipline. The individual approach of pilates is one of its biggest strengths.

The great thing about its popularity is that you can find a pilates studio probably around the corner. Since its practice started as a rehabilitation therapy, it’s common to find classes also at clinics, hospitals, or physiotherapy locations.  Now, take into consideration the type of work that it involves. If you would like to give it a try, you may want to consult your physician first. Remember that every time that you initiate a new physical activity, or eating routine, is better for you to have the clearance from your doctor.

If you are ready to start, and your goal is to improve your core strength, balance, and muscle control, look for a class or an instructor and start enjoying the benefits that pilates will bring to your health.


Living with Eczema

In a world where appearances have taken so much importance, living with a condition that affects the skin can become really traumatic for so many people.

But regardless of the effect, it can produce superficially, eczema is a medical condition that produces patches on the skin that can become rough and inflamed. Its blisters cause itching and in some cases bleeding.  Living with eczema could be not only uncomfortable but painful.

Lab tests are not necessary to diagnose eczema. Your doctor will examine the areas of your skin that show the patches and will review with you your medical history. It’s important to understand that atopic dermatitis, or eczema, could be related with specific allergies to food, or other elements, therefore, it’s relevant for your diagnosis to offer any information or observation that you can provide to your physician.

Once you are diagnosed with this condition, the road could be long and full of challenges until you actually find the relief you are looking for. As in many other medical conditions, not all the medicines act in the same way for every person. Persistence and patience are critical for you to succeed in the search for the right treatment.

In some cases, the treatments could take months or even years before they actually work as expected, but even when they finally work, the symptoms could come back, that’s why you should be conscious about the possible triggers around you.

Make sure that you change or include some habits as part of your daily routines. To moisturize your skin as many times as possible every day, should be part of your priorities, as well as maintain an appropriate diet that should follow your doctor’s recommendations.

Protect yourself from sun damage and extreme weather conditions. Since direct exposure to heat and cold could trigger your eczema episodes, you could find special sleeves to wear during summer or winter.

Some lotion, soap, sunblock, and even detergent ingredients could be bad for your skin with eczema. Ask your physician about safe brands, or a list of ingredients to avoid.

Even though eczema could be a very uncomfortable condition to live with, there are different things that you can do or avoid to help ease the symptoms. In any case, your best option is always to consult a doctor to understand the causes, and to receive your own treatment.


Flu shot: to get it or not?

It’s part of the headlines. With at least 30 kids dead by now during this flu season, the question about the effectiveness of the vaccine is once again, the 1 million question.

The skeptics assure that with so many different viruses that cause influenza (more than 200 known today), it’s impossible for doctors and pharmaceutical laboratories to assure you that you will be protected by getting the flu shot.

On the other hand, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), say that the risk of not getting vaccinated is too great, to avoid it.

So, what to do? Who should you believe if you are not sure about getting your family vaccinated?

The answer is simple: you are the only one who can make that decision. Is not easy, but information is the key.

Every single case is different, and the possible implications of the flu shot depend on your own medical history. The first step for you to make a decision could be to talk to your doctor.

All the specialists and physicians can provide information about the vaccine, its ingredients, side effects, and expectations.

If you still have doubts, the internet has a broad spectrum of research options. Be cautious about that, and make sure that you are consulting a credible and trusted site.

Remember, every person is a unique world, and other people experiences or opinions might not be your best ally to make an informed decision. What you should know is that doctors, scientists, and even the most skeptical coincide about a single topic: a good and strict hygiene could be critical for you to avoid the spread of influenza.

Prevention is essential! Talk to your family about the practice of the following habits:

  • Wash your hands constantly.
  • If you are sick, stay at home.
  • Avoid sharing foods, utensils, and even clothes with others, especially during the flu season.
  • Clean your house and office surfaces at least twice a day with an antibacterial cleaner.


Finally, if you detect the first strong symptoms like fever or  body ache, visit your doctor immediately.


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!