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Connie Loaiza

Strange Health Habits: They Work!

3 min read

Sometimes, it's the weirdest, strangest habits that can actually make you feel better. The ones that you don't expect are what can help you to lose weight, eat less and exercise more; to boost your energy, get more sleep; to prevent dehydration, drink more water.

These crazy, odd tips used to be just myths; now they have been proven to do you better.

1.      Don’t brush right away after eating.

We’ve always been taught to brush our teeth after each meal so the bacteria won’t form up. I guess we’ve been wrong all this time, have we? Don't brush your teeth immediately after meals and drinks, especially if what you ate is acidic. The acidity can soften tooth enamel, and it can speed up acid's effect on your enamel and erode the layer underneath. It’s best to wait 30 to 60 minutes before brushing.

2.      Drink water when you're bloated.

When you feel bloated, nothing sounds good. You don’t want to eat or consume anything. But studies have shown that drinking water affects the motility of the gut and reduces the symptom of bloating.

3.      Talk to yourself. (Just not too loud)

Studies have shown that talking to yourself can make you more intelligent. Besides, who can understand you more than you?  Cheer yourself when you need motivation. Comfort yourself. Congratulate yourself.  That way, your chances at success will become higher. It’s a handy trick whether you are in the gym, trying to roll out of bed for a 6 a.m. workout, or attempting not to raid the supermarket’s snack aisle. It can even act as a form of meditation, helping to lower your stress, blood pressure, and improve both your mental and physical health.

4.      Walk around barefoot.

No shoes, no problem, just don’t do it in problem. Walk around your house or yard barefoot may be the best thing that can happen to your feet. Walking without supportive insoles and super-cushioned shoes causes the tiny muscles in your feet and ankles to work overtime.  If you don’t put anything on it, you can give back its much-needed relief.

5.      Don’t always use the antibacterial soap.

Better yet, don’t use them at all, according to the American Medical Association. Studies claim that there's no solid scientific proof that these soaps are better at preventing infection than regular soap. Sometimes, they may even be harsh!

 

Being healthy doesn’t just come from food and exercise, sometimes, these weird and uncommon potential health boosters can work even better for better sleep, better mood, and more!

Stay happy and healthy with these quirky tips!

Connie Loaiza

Pollution: Prevent It

3 min read

Pollution is one of the biggest sources of damage to the skin and lungs.  Different kinds of pollutants can hurt our bodies in diverse ways. No matter how much we want to purify the air, we can't completely doing it. Luckily, we can be smart about our exposure to bad air on a day-to-day basis.

Remember that air pollution is at peak during the heat of the day. So, to start off: you may want to plan your outdoor activities in the early morning or late evening.

 

Here are some effective and easy tips to protect you and your family from the health risks of air pollution:

 

Use less energy in your home. 

Generating electricity and other sources of energy basically creates air pollution in and outside your home.  By reducing energy use, you can help improve air quality, encourage energy independence and not to mention, save money! 

2.       Don't smoke indoors.

Better yet, don't smoke at all. You harm yourself and you add potential harm even those around you from your second-hand smoke. Research suggests that third-hand smoke, the lingering remnants of cigarette smoke's toxins that stick on drapes, furniture, and other indoor fixtures and are harmful as well. It’s best not to allow yourself or anyone to smoke indoors or at non-smoke areas.

3.       If you exercise, do it early morning or late at night.

Exercise early in the day when ozone is low. It’s said that exercising in the afternoon can even cause potential harm from the pollution. Also, avoid jogging near high-traffic areas.  Once you breathe heavily from the cardio, you are actually absorbing the pollution into the deep parts of your lungs.

4.       Redecorate your home with plants.

Cities don’t have a lot of plants in them, but if they do, then that’s wonderful. It’s even more wonderful if you have plants at your home. That way, you are promoting fresh air with those beautiful greeneries. Those plants love to eat up your indoor toxins.

5.      Water Power

One of the best natural defenses in the bid for overall health is also one of the most important elements of earth - water. Make sure you get your water for reputable water stations and avoid drinking water in public places. Clean water will hydrate your skin, replenish dead cells, improve circulation, minimize the formulation of dark circles and improve your skin’s elasticity. To protect your skin from the deadly effects of water pollution, always purify and filter your water to get rid of chlorine and other toxins.

 

Pollution is everywhere, but keeping it out of your home can make a huge difference! You’ll be living in a clean, safe environment. With a little extra effort and dedication to optimal health, you and your family can breathe cleaner air and enjoy better health.

Connie Loaiza

Pollution: How Does It Affect Us?

3 min read

Humans breathe air to live and what humans breathe has a direct impact on our health – that’s air. But is the air that we breathe still safe nowadays?

Do you cough, sneeze or wheeze when walking around outdoor, whether you’re in a rural or urban community? Perhaps, many of us do. And that’s a sign of air pollution.

Air pollution harms lung tissue directly and bypasses or weakens those important defenses. Of course, it’s what we breathe anyway, right? Dirty air can make your eyes water, irritate your nose, mouth and throat, and a lot more. These little symptoms of air pollution can cause bigger damage in our body, eventually. It may worsen lung diseases like asthma, bronchitis and emphysema, which can all lead to death.

There are many kinds of pollution, but the ones that can affect us the most are air and water pollution. Air pollution can harm lung development in children, can cause early childhood asthma, and can produce a range of respiratory symptoms in both adults and children. A greater deal of air pollution is associated with:

  • a higher incidence of heart attacks,
  • increase the risk of developing cancer.
  • The ones who are most vulnerable to getting these diseases from air pollution are:
  • those who already have asthma and lung conditions,
  • children, since their lungs are still growing and developing,
  •  and adults who work or exercise outdoors for extended periods of time.

Indeed, it is a major risk to our health.

Whether you are healthy or not, polluted air can cause respiratory irritation or breathing difficulties during exercise or outdoor activities.

On the other hand, water pollution is pretty dangerous itself, too. Do you know that we can survive several days without food but not without water? There is actually more water in the Earth than land. There are terrible things that causes water pollution, including:

  • chemicals dumped from factories
  • oil spills
  • trash in rivers, oceans, lakes and other bodies of water, such as plastics, aluminum, glass and styrofoam

Water-borne diseases account for the deaths of 3,575,000 people a year. This is because more than a few parts of the world are deprived from getting clean water. Imagine how it’s also us humans who contribute to the destruction of both air and water.  These contaminations from water can vastly affect our health. Diseases caused by drinking polluted water include:

  • amoebiasis,
  • typhoid,
  • and hookworm

These disease may complicate and lead to death. Just like breathing air into our body, we also consume water to survive. We need clean water to drink. 

 

It's saddening to think that we live in an ecosystem where the action of one can cause great impacts to the overall society.

Although this can be a good or a bad thing, but it all depends on what the action is.

Connie Loaiza

Stomach Acid: Avoid These Foods

2 min read

 

 

While there are foods that do good for our acidic  stomach, there are also foods that trigger it. Being highly acidic may not necessarily be life-threatening, but it can cause various symptoms and we all want to avoid it.

1. Beverages

All forms of alcohol and caffeine are high in acid no matter what their labels indicate, or whether they are light or low in calories. Beer, wine, soda, coffee - these beverages increase the amount of stomach acid your body produces, which can cause all sorts of problems.  It’s almost impossible to know where to start with listing out how bad these drinks are for our health. Plus, they’re and chemically addictive.

 

 

2. Onions

The connection between raw onions and acid reflux is clear. Some people belch, develop gastroesophageal reflux, have abdominal pain and bloating. Onions stimulate acid. They lower the pressure with which the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) closes to separate the stomach from the esophagus. There are no reported triggere from cooked onions.

 

 

3. Spicy Foods

It’s not surprising how this is on the list. Spicy food can affect the acid levels in your stomach, creating a more hostile environment that can promote acid reflux. Avoid chili peppers and hot/spicy sauces.

 

 

4. Candy

Candy, especially mint-flavored candies, is a bad choice for people with stomach acid. Sugar is your main culprit. Natural fruit sugars may be fine, but make sure to listen to your body when it tries to communite with you.  Candy can also contain added vitamin C for flavor and its preservative qualities. This can make the candy very acidic, making candy twice as more as a dangerous food.

 

5. Fruit

Aren’t fruits supposed to be healthy? Citrusy fruits are proven to trigger an acid flare in the stomach. Grapefruit is usually more acidic than oranges. Limes and lemos are also acidic. Try apples, bananas, cucumbers, and watermelon.

Eating a healthy lifestyle, eating a balanced diet, lowering your total fat intake, losing weight if needed and avoiding these foods may help lower your stomach acids that may cause heartburn and GERD.

Although these foods are all usually reported triggers, it’s vital to remember that they influence each high-acid sufferer in different ways. Make to observe and take note of what causes yours.

Connie Loaiza

Stomach Acid: Reduce It With Foods

3 min read

If you suffer from an acidic stomach, you may have to be aware on what foods to eat to avoid getting into complications. For people with high acids, a little bit of avoidance can provide a whole lot of relief.

Why? Because the foods you eat affect the amount of acid your stomach produces.

You know the symptoms and triggers, the buildup of acid in your stomach can cause an awful burning sensation along with other problems. The acid can also damage the lining of your stomach and esophagus, causing heartburn. So it’s important to know which foods can aggravate it and which cannot.  

Here are best foods to reduce your stomach acid.

1.      1. Milk

Milk may work as a remedy for quick relief from heartburn if you don't have antacids. It’s good because it contains calcium, and calcium is an alkaline mineral that works to neutralize acid on contact. The protein content of milk also helps strengthen and heal the digestive tract. Drink a glass of milk as needed to soothe your stomach and quell your stomach acid.

2.      Melons and bananas

A lot of fruits have high acid content, but bananas are always there for the rescue. Bananas are usually considered to be alkaline. They are a good way to obtain fiber, vitamin B6 and potassium (it’s good for your heart and bones). Melons are also wonderful. Both these fruits are possible to eat anytime, for a snack or with a meal. Plus, the fiber they contain will help you stay full longer.

3.      Oatmeal

Oatmeal is the best breakfast for those with acidic stomachs. It’s an excellent source of filling fiber and will help stabilize blood glucose levels. It is a whole grain food which helps to turn down the stomach’s acidity to get neutralized. It’s also fat-free, so it’s sure not to cause any acid reflux.

4.      Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is said to be the best for stomach acid. They help to calm your stomach's acid and production of more acid. . Its natural sedative properties can also calm the entire body, which may help out if your digestive worry is caused by stress or worry.

 

Although those are the most common foods that trigger acid, some people find other particular foods give them more reflux than others – you need to experiment a bit to find what you should avoid. No matter what food it is, it’s almost important to drink eight glasses of water per day to help reduce acid.

You need to start taking care of yourself with a diet to avoid complications such as heartburn or GERD.

Connie Loaiza

Diabetes: Powerfoods To Lower Blood Sugar

3 min read

We’re aware that being diabetic can cause you to stay away a long list of foods - mostly those high in sugar, sodium, and saturated fat. But that’s not how it has to be, because there are also plenty of foods you should add to your diabetes diet that your blood sugar levels can benefit from.

Losing weight and increasing exercise are the most efficient ways to put off prediabetes from becoming type 2 diabetes, but studies have shown that eating certain foods may also help lower blood sugar.

To actually control your blood sugar, you need to put your attention on foods that your body digests slowly, so that blood sugar is then released into your bloodstream, slowly and steadily.

 

You can start with this list.

 

Almonds. Almonds are high in vitamins B and E, fiber, iron, protein, magnesium, and zinc — and low in carbohydrates that add to blood sugar levels

 

Cinnamon. Go ahead, enjoy cinnamon! It’s said to be powerful in reducing blood sugar and reducing the risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Several studies have associated cinnamon to better blood sugar levels, as it may curb blood sugar by lowering insulin resistance

Garlic. Garlic has been used for years to lower cholesterol level and it also shows promise for lowering blood sugar. Garlic extracts increased the quantity of insulin available in people with diabetes.

Vinegar. A spoonful of vinegar may do well for your sugar levels. Apple cider vinegar has been well-liked in health food circles for a long time. It’s the acetic acid in vinegar that reduces certain enzymes in the stomach. 

Berries. How can you not love berries? They’re sweet, convenient, colourful, and satisfying. Berries are full of fibre and antioxidants. Scientists believe these may help lower blood sugar by boosting insulin production. http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-you/diabetes/the-top-20-foods-for-beating-diabetes#MTlfuXMOwr7OpPwD.99

Broccoli. Apparently, broccoli just seems to be good at everything! This super food could reverse the damage that diabetes inflicts on heart blood vessels. The key is most likely a compound in the vegetable called sulforaphane

Oatmeal. Oatmeal does a lot of awesome things, too. Oatmeal is considered low glycemic index food, which means it is less likely to lead to swinging blood sugar levels. 

 

 

Generally, fruits and vegetables will do you good! But having a healthy, well-planned diet for diabetes can go a long way. It can provide some indication as to how your body will react to a certain food, and at a glimpse you can see which foods are better for you than others. 

 

In conquering diabetes, eating the right food may help you stave it off!

Connie Loaiza

ASTHMA: Simple Ways To Prevent It

3 min read

If you have asthma, you need to do what you can to lessen your exposure to asthma triggers.

 

When you control your asthma:

  • you won’t miss work or school,
  • you’ll sleep better,
  • you can take part in all physical activities,
  • you won’t have symptoms such as wheezing or coughing, and
  • you won’t have to go to the hospital.

There are environmental factors associated to asthma in both adults and children. With so many variables to trigger it, preventing the development of asthma can be difficult, if not impossible. While there’s no cure to asthma, here are simple steps and tips you can take to help your asthma to be in control, or to prevent further worsening of the asthma symptoms.

 

Avoid areas where people smoke.

This is the number one culprit. Breathing smoke - even secondhand smoke and smoke on clothing, furniture or drapes - can set off an asthma attack.

 

Take it easy on stress.

Intense emotions and worrying often aggravate asthma symptoms. So take steps to relieve stress in your life. Make time for things you enjoy doing - and for relaxation. It’s good for your asthma and overall health.

 

Use allergy-proof covers on pillows and mattresses.

Keep your bed sheets and pillow sheets clean to get rid of dust mites and use a dehumidifier to lessen excess moisture and help put a stop to mold in your home.

 

Avoid harsh cleaning products and chemicals.

 Avoid inhaling fumes at home and prevent exposure away from home as much as possible.

 

Make sure people around you know you have asthma.

Your family members, co-workers and friends should know about your condition, just in case an attack suddenly occurs, they can immediately identify what’s going on. Also, it’s better if they are aware of what they can do to help.

 

 

Self-care is a vital part of daily life. Your body is your responsibility – for you own health and wellbeing. Self-care is what you do every day to stay fit and sustain good physical and mental health.

It is important for all long-term conditions, such as asthma, to have a good relationship with people around you and most especially, with your doctor, so that the symptoms and treatments can easily be discussed.

Avoiding your triggers is the best way to decrease your need for medication and it may somehow, help you feel better.

 

 

References:

http://www.webmd.com/asthma/guide/asthma-prevention-with-allergies

 

http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/asthma_treatment.html

Connie Loaiza

ASTHMA: A Medical Emergency

3 min read

Asthma attacks or episodes hardly ever happen without warning.

Asthma affects people of all ages, but It is most often diagnosed during childhood. In the United States, more than 25 million people are known to have asthma. About 7 million of these people are children.

Asthma is characterized by inflammation of the bronchial tubes with increased production of sticky secretions inside the tubes.  Early warning signs of asthma consist of:

  • recurrent cough, especially at night
  • having a hard time trying to sleeping
  • usual signs of a cold or allergies
  • wheezing or coughing after exercise
  • feeling very exhausted or weak when exercising
  • easily upset, grouchy, or moody

Generally speaking, these are not severe signs, and you can still do your daily activities. But by recognizing these signs, you can stop an asthma attack or put a stop to one from getting worse. These symptoms of asthma come and go. When symptoms can become severe, here’s what can happen:

  • panic
  • wheeze when you breathe both in and out
  • unable stop coughing
  • trouble talking or walking
  • tight neck and chest muscles
  • a pale, sweaty face

Asthma is a chronic condition. It needs to be monitored, controlled and watched over for a lifetime.  Asthma is more common in children than adults. When asthma symptoms come out and are diagnosed in adults older than age, it is typically known as adult-onset asthma.

No one is born with an allergy, but you can have a genetic tendency to develop one. If both your parents have allergies, you will have a 75% chance of also developing them. If one of your parents has asthma, then you have a huge risk of developing it. Other risk factors of getting asthma include:

  • having a blood relative (such as a parent or sibling) with asthma
  • having another allergic condition
  • being overweight
  • being a smoker
  • having a mother who smoked while pregnant
  • frequent exposure to secondhand smoke
  • exposure to exhaust fumes or other types of pollution

 

Many things can set off or aggravate asthma symptoms, varying from person to person. Other health conditions along with asthma can make things very complicated, conditions such as runny nose, sinus infections, reflux disease, psychological stress, and sleep apnea.

 

It’s essential to keep an eye on your asthma by being aware and acknowledging your symptoms and triggers.

 

Talk with your doctor about the things that seem to make your asthma worse.

If you experience any of the warning signs above, this is a medical emergency. Be sure to let your doctor or your loved ones know, immediately.

 

References:

http://www.medicinenet.com/adult-onset_asthma/article.htm#what_is_asthma

http://www.webmd.com/asthma/guide/asthma-risk-factors

Connie Loaiza

Eggplants And Its Health Benefits

3 min read

Long-valued for its deeply purple, sleek splendor, as well as its unique flavor and texture, eggplants fit in to the nightshade family of vegetables, which also includes tomatoes, sweet peppers, lettuce and potatoes.

The eggplant, also known as aubergine, garden egg, guinea squash, melongene and brinjal, is usually distinguishable by its signature egg-like shape and vibrant purple color.

Eggplant shows off quite a lot of health benefits. Eggplant contains a large quantity of minerals such as phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.  It's fat free and contains antioxidants and nutrients essential for metabolism. Including eggplant in your balanced diet can also help you lose weight and keep your heart healthy.

 

Let’s elaborate the possible health benefits of consuming eggplant

 

Rich in Vitamins, Minerals, and Dietary Fiber

Eggplant contains many vitamins, but its leading vitamins are vitamin C, folate, B vitamins, and vitamin A. These vitamins improve the body's overall health, boost the immune system, and improve strength and resistance to various diseases. These minerals help prevent health problems such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and heart disease.

 

Heart health

The fiber, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B-6, and phytonutrient altogether found in eggplants support heart health. Eating foods containing flavonoids is affiliated with a lower risk of mortality from heart disease. Researches show that when the flavonoids in eggplants are consumed, it can help play a major role in lowering risk of cardiovascular disease.

 

Blood cholesterol

Laboratory analyses of the phenolic compounds in eggplant have revelead that the vegetable contains major amounts of chlorogenic acid, which is one of the most powerful free radical scavengers found in plants. Impressive, isn’t it?

 

Cancer

Polyphenols in eggplant have been found to exhibit anti-cancer effects. Anthocyanins and chlorogenic acid function as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. They protect body cells from damage caused by free radicals and in turn to putting a stop to tumor growth and the spread of cancer cells.

 

Cognitive power

Eggplant contains phytonutrients which keep the cell membranes protected from any kind of harm and facilitates the instructions from messenger molecules that tell the cell which activities it should perform, thus preserving the memory function.

 

Weight loss

Eggplant is measured to be high in water content yet low in calorie count. This feature makes it very idyllic as a healthy diet for people who want to lose weight. Dietary fibers are also well known as important factors in managing our weight. These compounds found in eggplants also increase satiety and reduce appetite, making you feel fuller for longer. It’s good for low-calorie diets!

 

Iron production

We all have the need of iron for proper functioning in our day to day life. The content of nasunin in eggplants helps remove excess iron from the body. This lowers all risks of getting heart attacks, protecting our system from free radicals in our bodies.

 

 

Eggplants are low in carbohydrates and calories, and do not contain fats, so they can easily be included in one's daily diet without the guilt or fear of gaining weight. With that being said, eggplants can be cooked in various ways and make excellent side dishes!  Experts say that just one cup of eggplant can give you the right amount of nutrients you need every day.

 

Eggplants definitely not only a tasty and delicious addition to many meals, but also a massively healthy vegetable that can help you live a healthier and happier life.

 

 

 

Connie Loaiza

Tuberculosis: Prevention

3 min read

 

When people infected with TB in their lungs or throat cough, laugh, sneeze, sing, or even talk, the germs in them that cause TB may be spread into the air. If another person breathes in these germs, there is a possibility that they will become infected with tuberculosis.

 

Tuberculosis is the leading cause of death from infectious disease and can be spread through just a simple cough or sneeze.

 

Apparently, it is very infectious. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one-third of the world's population is infected with the bacteria that cause TB.

 

Tuberculosis is a preventable and a curable disease if detected and treated early.

 

If you are infected with TB, keep your germs to yourself. You wouldn’t want to get everyone sick, would you? It usually takes a few weeks of treatment with TB medications before you're not contagious anymore. If you’re not sick, you wouldn’t want to get it, too, right?

Follow these tips to help prevent or spread tuberculosis:

  • Stay at home. Don’t go outdoos. Don't go to work or school or sleep in a room with other people who are infected with TB, or if you are that person: stay in another room until your medications are over.
  • Freshen and ventilate the room. The germs of TB spread more effortlessly in small closed spaces where air doesn't move. If it's not too cold outdoors, open the windows and use a fan to blow indoor air outside.
  • Wear a mask. Use protective measures, such as face masks, if you work in a facility that cares for people who have untreated TB.
  • Cover your mouth. Cover your mouth when you laugh, sneeze or cough. After use, don’t forget to seal it and throw it out.

These are the most simple yet important ways you can do to protect yourself from getting tuberculosis or to prevent harming others.

 

 

 

There is a vaccine for TB, but it makes only a small contribution to TB prevention, as it does little to interrupt the transmission of TB among adults. In places and countries where tuberculosis is more widespread, infants are regularly vaccinated as vaccine can put a stop to severe tuberculosis in children. It’s said that the vaccine isn’t recommended for general use in the United States for the reason that it isn't very effective in adults.

Take note that your physical health can also affect your mental health. Coping with an infectious disease like TB can make you feel a load of emotions such as: denial, anger, depression and frustration - these are normal when you have to deal with something difficult and unexpected, especially if it's a disease.

 At times, you may need more tools to deal with these or other emotions. And coming up to professionals, such as therapists or behavioral psychologists, can be beneficial. They can help you increase your positive coping strategies.

 

In general, the more support a person feels, the better he or she is able to cope.

 

Even if someone becomes infected with tuberculosis, that does not mean they will get TB disease. Most people who become infected do not develop TB disease because their body's defenses protect them.

 

 

References:

http://www.tbfacts.org/tb-prevention/

 

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/ic/tb.htm