The Keto Diet

It is the diet everyone talks about, some in favor and others against, but what is the ketogenic diet? Well, let’s start by saying that it’s a low carb diet focused on the production of ketones by the body. And, what are ketones? They are organic compounds created by the body when there is a low carb ingestion, and they are in charge of breaking down fat for energy.

The process is known as ketosis, and it’s the one that the body uses to help us to survive when there is none or low intake of food. Experts say that if the keto diet is properly maintained, the body is forced to go into ketosis but not due to starvation of calories but of carbohydrates.

Then, what’s a typical menu during the keto diet? The answer is not the same for every person. It’s important to know that there are those who believe that this is a dangerous diet due to the process and foods that are part of it.

In any case, the regular keto dieters consume seafood, especially salmon and other fish rich in potassium, selenium, and B vitamins. Low-carb vegetables are a key part of this diet. Cheese…yes, cheese is not only welcomed but almost necessary for its high content of fat. Remember that this diet needs fat to be used as energy. Avocado, coconut oil, poultry, meat, olive oil, and eggs are also an essential part of the keto menu.

What not to eat? Bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, beans (grains), fruits like mango or banana, sugar, or any other carbohydrate.

According to the keto diet fans, it offers benefits that go beyond the weight loss. Energy increase, control of blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure, and a sharpened mental focus are some of the claimed benefits of the ketogenic routine.

However, and almost as in any diet, there are also negative effects. Nausea, headache, fatigue are some of the symptoms that you could experience.

As always, remember that it’s imperative for you to consult your primary care physician before you make drastic changes in your diet. Experts say that not everyone is good for any diet, and not any diet is good for everyone.

 

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The health benefits of watching the World Cup

It’s the fever that has infected millions of people around the planet, the same that paralyzes businesses, offices, and even traffic…It’s the Soccer World Cup!

Yes, soccer, the game that concentrates two teams of 11 players each in a field where everyone fights for the ball, and where the winner is the team that manages to get more goals to their opponent. Soccer is not only one of the most popular sports in the world, but also the one that attracts every year thousands of American teenagers who want to be part of the soccer wave.

According to recent statistics, the number of high school soccer players in the U.S. reached a record just a year ago with more than 800 thousand boys and girls joining and playing the popular sport.

Then, it’s not strange to see that today everybody stops to watch a game in the middle of the morning or even before the sun goes up. Every 4 years the World Cup gathers the most important national teams and millions of fans want to witness history with them.

Now, if you’re still not part of that mass of people who vibrate with a goal and suffer from their soccer team, you may change your mind after knowing that watching soccer is not only fun but has benefits for your life and for your health.

  • It’s relaxing and distracts you from stress. Since you never know what’s going to happen, it keeps your mind focused on the game and out of your daily problems. It also stimulates the neuronal activity reducing the stress hormone level in your brain.
  • It allows you to scream, jump and vent your emotions without being judged.
  • A soccer game it’s the perfect opportunity and scenario for you to interact and socialize with different people. Classes, background, and even political views stay behind while you and others are watching a game together.

So let yourself get infected by soccer fever and make time for you to enjoy the biggest sports party on the planet, after all, it’s even healthy!

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.