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.

 

 

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That diet soda…

Diet sodas were born in 1952 in Canada, they were sweetened with saccharin and they were an option for people with diabetes. However, their popularity exploded, and since then the world has seen all kind of flavors, colors, recipes, and options of sodas that offer the flavor, sensation, and coolness of a regular soda, but without the calories and the sugar. Nowadays aspartame has replaced the saccharin, and as said before, there is all sort of flavors and options.

We are talking a big wave that only in our country leaves $21 billion per year! Huge, right? But, are we talking about something that is actually good for us and our health?

Controversy, different opinions, and several studies are part of the answer. Let’s start with the scientific part of the answer.

Different studies have shown a relation between diet soda and heart problems, weight gain, diabetes, and more recently stroke and dementia risk. However, and according to experts, there is no need for you to get alarmed…at least not just yet. Researchers say that only 5% of the people in the study were diagnosed with dementia, while 3% had a stroke. They say, they might be a link, but not necessarily a cause-effect situation

Now, one of the main concerns among doctors and specialists is that those who drink diet sodas tend to consume more calories through other foods thinking that the ones saved from their drinks can be compensated with other things, and that’s when the weight gain and the diabetes risk play a big part on the game.

At the end of the day, balance is the keyword. Be aware of the risks, talk to your doctor, and find out if you may make some changes in your diet habits.

 

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.