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Keep your Diet under Control with these Tips

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Most of us, food lovers, know that sticking to a healthy diet is a hard challenge. However, there are some tricks that we can follow in order to win this battle. Aare you struggling? Keep on reading this article as we guide you through those tips on how to keep your under control.

Be Prepared

Carmencitta Magazine - Keep Your Diet under Control with These Tips3In order to be prepared, you need to have a number of healthy options that are stashed for your grab-and-go convenience. In fact, this tip is able to make a lot of difference in your daily healthy routine.

Moreover, there are a lot of options for this stashed meals thing, for example: a bag of baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, organic almonds, a cheese stick, Greek yogurt, or even a 100-calorie bag of Pop chips. In fact, those options will lower your hunger pangs that will surely lead you to make poor food choices.

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The hardest time to keep tour diet under control, is when you are going out for lunch or dinner. In fact, there is a solution for you; once you decide which restaurant you will be going to, make sure you check out the restaurant’s menu ahead of time, so that you can decide what you are going to eat, and which healthy plate you are going to order. When you do that, you will not be tempted to order those meals that are stacked with calories and bad fats.

Eat Your Veggies

 

Carmencitta Magazine - Keep Your Diet under Control with These Tips2Our mothers were right when they tried to make us eat our veggies before the main course. However, what we did not know is: vegetables are low in calories and able to make us feel full before we dig into our calorie filled main course. Moreover, in order to ace that, do not ruin your salad by adding a creamy sauce. The best dip you can order is a lemon mustard sauce with a small amount of olive oil. Eat slowly, and by the time your main course arrives, you will not be able to eat all of it, and thus less calories.

 

How Should a Baby Sleep?

Many babies around the world have died as a result of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). In the United States, it is the most common cause of death among babies between the ages of 1 month and 12 months. Is there any way to reduce the risk? According to The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), research in recent years indicates that the risk of SIDS seems to drop significantly when babies sleep on their back rather than on their stomach. Several countries have instituted programs to alert parents to the association between sleep position and SIDS. In Australia, England, Denmark, New Zealand, and Norway, SIDS fell by at least 50 percent after one to two years of public campaigns to promote putting babies to bed on their back.

Exactly how a baby’s sleeping on its stomach is linked to SIDS is not known, but some researchers suggest that this prone position may result in a baby’s rebreathing its own expelled air, thus increasing the level of carbon dioxide in its blood. The baby’s body may also become overheated because it does not dissipate heat as well when lying on its stomach. In any case, infants laid down either on their back or on their stomach tend to remain in that position. Studies also suggest that putting a normal, healthy infant on its back is better than putting it on its side.Why do mothers choose one sleep position over another? JAMA notes that mothers often just follow custom—they put their babies to bed the way their own mothers or others in their community would. Or they may adopt the practice they observed in the hospital. Some mothers also feel that their baby prefers or sleeps better in a particular position. Many mothers consistently lay the baby down on its back for the first month but then change to the stomach later on. “This trend is disturbing,” states JAMA, “because the risk of SIDS is highest among infants at 2 to 3 months of age.” Doctors are striving to inform parents of small infants about what they say is a simple, effective measure for reducing the risk of SIDS—placing healthy infants on their back to sleep.

 

The Early Symptoms of Pregnancy

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At some point of her life, every woman wants to have a baby of whom she will take care of. Moreover, when a couple decides to have a baby together, they usually plan beforehand when the woman will be fertile. In fact, once you conceive, you will start feeling unusual things that might prove you are pregnant. Keep on reading this paragraph in order to know what the early symptoms of pregnancy are.

Spotting and Cramping

When the conception happens, the fertilized egg gets attached to the wall of the uterus, and this can result in the same symptoms of when you are about to get your period such as cramping and spotting. This phenomenon is called “implantation bleeding”. Moreover, implantation bleeding happens between the first six until 12 days, just after the egg is fertilized. As a result, most women mistake this for their period. However, besides bleeding, women may notice a white thing on her underwear that may tell her that she is pregnant.

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Breast changes are another early sign that you are pregnant. In fact, women’s hormone levels quickly change after the conception. Due to those changes, her breasts become swollen, sore, and tingly for about a week or two. Moreover, the areola, which is the area around the nipple, may also darken a little bit. Do not feel miserable, as you will get used to the changes after a week or two.

Carmencitta Magazine - The Early Symptoms of Pregnancy 3Fatigue

 

Feeling very tired is one of the most normal things that happen in pregnancy. In fact, it only takes one week after the conception for the woman to start feeling fatigue and restlessness. In fact, the reason why she feels like that is due to a hormone called progesterone that hits high during this whole thing. In addition, women may have other symptoms such as lower levels of blood sugar, lower blood pressure, and a boost in blood production.

Having chest pain? Cure it immediately

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What most people fail to know is that chest pain is not always due to a heart attack. In fact, there exist a lot of other causes of chest pain. P.S: whenever you feel pain in your chest, you should immediately visit your doctor. Moreover, once you know that the chest pain you are having is not because of a heart attack, you can try to relief the pain by using home remedies. Furthermore, there are many causes that lead to chest pain, and here are some home remedies that will help you in relieving the discomfort and pain in your chest.

Garlic

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Garlic is known to be beneficial for your health but especially for the heart. Garlic contains calcium, phosphorus, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin C. Moreover, it has iodine, sulfur and chlorine, and it able to fight off cough, asthma, phlegm, and many other chest diseases. One of the ways that you can use garlic as a remedy is by taking a clove of raw garlic and swallowing it with water every morning on an empty stomach.

Ginger

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Ginger has a long history of medicinal use for different medical conditions. This herb is for issues including acidity, cold and flu. If you suffer from chest pain, you can daily have ginger root tea in order to reduce the inflammation and to get a relief from coughing and heartburn that may be causing the pain in your chest. For this remedy, you will need a fresh ginger root, about 1 inch, and one cup of hot water to be placed in for 5 minutes. After that, drink the tea while it is still warm.

Turmeric

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This is a spice that is very used in Asian cuisines. In addition, it is used in Chinese medicine for inflammatory symptoms. Moreover, it is used for chest pains. All you have to do is add a spoon of this powder to your everyday meal.

 

A New Defense in the Fight against Tuberculosis

TUBERCULOSIS (TB) is man’s oldest infectious killer. TB is a disease that usually attacks and lays waste to the lungs, but it can spread to other areas of the body, particularly the brain, the kidneys, and the bones. Tuberculosis of the lungs can cause coughing, loss of weight and appetite, severe sweating at night, weakness, shortness of breath, and chest pains.

Now the Good News about Tuberculosis

Today, however, there is hope. After ten years of testing, researchers have come up with a strategy that may reduce tuberculosis from being a killer on the loose to being a criminal under siege. Dr. Hiroshi Nakashima, former director-general of World Health Organization (WHO), called this new strategy “one of the most important public health breakthroughs of this decade.” And Dr. Arita Kochi, director of the WHO Global TB Program, says that it offers the first-ever chance to “reverse the TB epidemic.” The cause of all this excitement? A method called DOTS.

DOTS is an acronym for directly observed treatment, short-course. It is a health management system that can cure most TB patients in six to eight months without their spending a single day in the hospital. DOTS depends on five elements for its success. If any of the elements are missing, notes WHO, the ability to cure TB victims “slips through our fingers.” What are these elements?

  • 1. Directly: The most dangerous TB case is the diagnosed case. WHO thus stresses that first of all, health-care workers should direct their efforts to identifying the people in their community who suffer from contagious TB.
  • 2. Observed: The second element of DOTS makes the health system—not the patient—responsible for achieving a cure. Health-care workers or trained volunteers, such as shopkeepers, teachers, or former TB patients, observe patients swallowing each dose of anti-TB medicines. “Patient observers” are crucial for success because a main reason why TB persists till today is that patients stop taking their medicines too soon. After just a few weeks of medication, they start feeling better and stop taking their pills. Yet, the medication must be taken for six to eight months in order to rid the body of all TB bacilli.
  • 3. Treatment: During these six to eight months, health workers monitor the results of the treatment and document the patients’ progress. In that way, they make sure that patients are fully cured and cannot pass the infection on to others.
  • 4. Short-Course: Using the right combination and the right amount of anti-TB drugs, known as short-course chemotherapy, for the right length of time is the fourth element of the DOTS strategy. These combined drugs give a knockout punch to kill the TB bacilli. The drugs must always be in supply so that treatment is never interrupted.
  • 5. !: WHO expresses this fifth element of the DOTS strategy by means of an exclamation mark at the end of DOTS! It represents funding and sound policies. WHO urges health systems to secure financial commitment from governments and nongovernmental organizations and to make TB treatment part of the country’s existing health system.

How long is someone infectious after a viral infection?

The duration you are infectious for after having a viral infection relies on the type of virus involved. The infectious period often begins before you start to feel unwell or notice a rash.
The infectious periods for some common viral infections are described below.

Bronchitis

The period that bronchitis is infectious varies, depending on its cause. In most cases, bronchitis is caused by the same viruses that cause the common flu or cold and you’re likely to be infectious as long as you have flu or cold symptoms.

Chickenpox

Chickenpox is infectious from about 1 to 2 days before the rash appears until all the blisters have fully crusted or scabbed over. This is usually 5 to 6 days after the start of the rash.

Common cold

The common cold is infectious from a few days beforehand your symptoms appear until all of the symptoms are disappeared. Most people will be infectious for around 2 weeks.

Symptoms are usually worse during the first 2 to 3 days and this is when you’re most likely to spread the virus.

Flu (influenza)

Flu is frequently most infectious from the day your symptoms start and for a further 3 to 7 days. People and children with lowered immune systems may be infectious for a few days longer.

Glandular fever

Glandular fever is infectious during the incubation period (the phase between catching the virus and developing the symptoms). For glandular fever, this can be 2 to 4 weeks.

Certain people have the virus in their saliva for a few months after recovering from glandular fever, and may continue to have the virus in their saliva on and off for years. However, glandular fever is not very infectious and the period people remain infectious differs considerably.

Measles

Symptoms of measles appear around ten days after you become infected. Measles is most infectious after the first symptoms appear and before the rash develops.

First symptoms include:

  • high temperature
  • red eyes
  • sensitivity to light
  • cold-like symptoms – like runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes and swollen eyelids

Around 2 to 4 days later, a red-brown spotty rash develops that normally fades after about a week.

Mumps

Mumps causes your salivary glands to swell. These glands are just below and in front of your ears. Mumps is most infectious from a few days before your glands swell until a few days after.

Rubella (German measles)

Rubella is infectious for 1 week before the rash appears and for up to 4 days afterwards.

You should stay away from work or school for 6 days after the rash starts to avoid infecting others and try to avoid contact with pregnant women during this time.

Shingles

Shingles is infectious from when the rash first appears till the last blister has scabbed over. This is usually after about ten to fourteen days.

Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis itself is not contagious but the viruses that cause it are. The period you’re infectious will depend on the virus.

5 Benefits of Battle Ropes

If you need to get whipped into shape, look no further than a set of ropes. These tools improve your fitness in all ways, from firming up your core to slaying calories, and as for cardio, consider the battle ropes as sprinting for the upper body.

There are loads of benefits to using ropes in your working out, but here are 5 good ones:

Improved Cardiovascular Capacity

The high intensity, high-speed movements will activate your cardiovascular capacity very quickly.

Maximum Caloric Burn

When small muscles be required to do big work it drives up caloric expenditure fast. With the biceps, triceps, shoulders and forearms moving at a high speed under tension you’ll burn many calories in a short period of time.

Improved Body Composition Changes

Ropes will make you build muscle and burn fat at the same time. Add in the Excessive Post Oxygen Consumption, also known as “after burn”, you get from this versatile tool, and you’ll be burning more calories even after your exercise is over.


Improved Timing and Coordination

Rope training is assured to improve timing and coordination that can help you in both your sport and daily life. Add into your rope training jumps, kneeling, shuffles, and moving backwards and forwards, then it becomes a full-body functional training.

Improved Mental Toughness

When it comes to making gains and getting results, never take the importance of mental toughness too lightly. An intense exercise using battle ropes will test your mental willpower without running your body into the ground.

Tips for using battle ropes:

  • Keep your core tight all the time
    • Move through the shoulders and relax your arms
    • Use quick but short movements
    • Target quality over quantity
    • Do not forget to breathe!

How long should you work the battle ropes?

Working for more than 30 seconds generally leads to form breakdown, thus shorter work periods are more effective. For instance, 20 to 30 seconds of maximum effort and intensity is better than 60 or more seconds with improper form. Maintain high intensity, and low work and rest times.

How can I have a healthy and comfortable flight?

Traveling is a special thing for most people. But how can you have a healthy and comfortable flight? Read through to know how to lower the possible risks and hazards.

Before your flight
  • If you have to take medication, find out if you can take your medicine abroad.
  • If you have a history of travel sickness, find out some self-care techniques, or get advice from your pharmacist.
  • If you think you are at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis, see your GP before you travel. They may recommend wearing compression stockings during your flight.
  • Get plenty of sleep the night before your flight.
  • Wear comfortable, loose clothing on the plane. Consider taking a travel pillow and a pair of ear plugs.

During your flight
  • Drink plenty of water and other fluids to ensure you stay well hydrated. Avoid caffeinated drinks or alcohol because they will make you thirstier.
  • Consider wearing glasses instead of contact lenses, for the dry air in the aircraft cabin can irritate your eyes if you have contact lenses in.
  • Move around. Sitting still can increase your risk of deep vein thrombosis, so do some simple exercises as you fly. Bend and straighten your legs, press the balls of your feet down hard against the floor, and walk around the cabin when you can. Avoid taking sleeping pills, as these can put you into a deep sleep, meaning you won’t be able to move for a long time.
  • To help prevent jet lag, change your watch to your new time zone when you board the plane, and try to get some sleep during the flight.

Avoid ear trouble

The change in air pressure in the cabin as the plane takes off and lands can be painful as your ears adjust. Swallowing, sucking a chewing gum or yawning can help. See below for other tips you could try:

  • Wake up around an hour before landing, so that your ears have time to adjust to the descent.
  • If you are travelling with a baby, let him drink during take-off and landing.
  • It is not advisable to fly if you have an ear, nose or sinus infection, as the swelling can cause pain, bleeding or a perforated eardrum. If you have to fly, ask your pharmacist about decongestants to help reduce the swelling in your ears.
  • If you’ve recently had any type of ear surgery, check with your GP before flying.

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