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December 7, 2012

Allergies? Try these steps to help relieve allergies

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Do you, like nearly 60 million other people world-wide, suffer from seasonal allergies? These occur when the immune system misinterprets a typically nontoxic substance (such as pollen, grass, mold, etc.) as a harmful invader. The immune system responds to this perceived threat by releasing histamines which produce a whole host of reactions that include sneezing, nasal and respiratory congestion, itchy eyes, and increased mucous production. Fortunately, you don’t have to dread the oncoming storm quite so much with a little preparation and know-how.

Here are some ways to relieve your allergy systems:

  • Stay indoors when the pollen is peaking (between 5 and 10 a.m.)
  • Wear sunglasses outside to block pollen from getting into your eyes.
  • Don’t touch your eyes even though they’re itchy. Touching your eyes introduces more pollen. If you can’t stand the itch, dab them with a clean tissue or, even better, rinse them with water.
  • If you can have someone else mow the lawn, wash the car, or plant the petunias, take advantage of it.
  • Write down when and where your allergy symptoms are worse so you can plan ways to limit your exposure to the worst of the worst.
  • Keep your bedroom pollen-free so you can get a good night’s sleep. Don’t put clothing, shoes, or purses you’ve worn outside on or near your bed.
    • Change your clothes immediately upon entering your house. Pollen is easily trapped in clothing.
  • Shower or bathe before bed to get the pollen off your hair and body.
  • Don’t hang sheets, covers, and clothes outside to dry.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Shut your windows at night. Even better, if possible throughout the day, use Kansas City Air Conditioning installationthat will clean, cool, and keep the air dry.
    • Did you know that an old/inefficient air conditioner can aggravate your allergies? Make sure your model is working well and don’t put off getting a replacement if it is needed.
  • Drink more water.
  • Reduce stress in your life
    • Stress and anxiety depresses our immune system, making allergies last longer and become stronger. Take action by consistently getting 8 hours of sleep and practicing mind-body relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga.
  • Drink green tea. Green tea contains a type of polyhenol called catechin, which is effective in reducing allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes.
  • Eat foods that support healthy mucous membranes.
    • Introduce Vitamin A-rich foods such as cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, persimmon, pumpkin, carrots, collards, parsley, spinach, and apricots.
November 14, 2012

Four Fall Recipes

apple crisp

There’s nothing like good fall cooking using foods like apples, root vegetables and pumpkins. These foods make your kitchen smell wonderful and keep hungry bellies warm. Try the following fall recipes and see how tasty autumn can be.

Apple Crisp

6 servings

Ingredients:
4 medium apples, peeled, cored, sliced
1/3 cup softened butter
1/2 cup oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. nutmeg

Method:
Preheat oven to 375. Butter or oil an 8-inch by 8-inch pan. Place apples in the pan. In a bowl, mix the butter, oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle mixture over apples. Bake 30 minutes, until apples are tender and topping is browned.

Pumpkin Muffins

12 servings

Ingredients:
1 cup white flour
1 cup wheat flour
1 T. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup canola oil

Method:
Preheat the oven to 400. Oil a 12-cup muffin tin. In a bowl, mix the flours, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt. In a separate bowl, beat the egg. Mix in brown sugar, pumpkin, milk and oil. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Stir until combined but do not over-mix. Spoon into muffin tin wells and bake 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean. Transfer muffins to a wire rack.

Coconut-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

4 to 6 servings

Ingredients:
4 medium or 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 T. coconut oil, melted to liquid
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

Method:
Preheat oven to 426. Oil a large rimmed baking sheet. Spread sweet potatoes on sheet in a single layer. Drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 45 minutes or until tender, stirring once.

Maple-Roasted Acorn Squash

4 servings

Ingredients:
2 medium acorn squash, halved, seeds and strings removed
1 T. olive oil
1 T. maple syrup
salt and pepper to taste

Method:
Preheat oven to 425. Place squash halves, cut side up, in baking dish. Drizzle with oil and syrup. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover with foil Roast 45 to 60 minutes or until soft. Remove foil and broil for a few minutes to brown before serving.

Isaiah is a writer for Ivein.com, specialists in Provo Varicose Vein Treatment. In his spare time he travels and enjoys reading history.

November 7, 2012

Becoming a Healthier You

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Making the decision to take back control of your health and changing your lifestyle so that you can become healthier is important at any age.  Whether you’re young or old, you can always make choices to become healthier.  Here are the two most important things you should know when you want to make healthier lifestyle choices:

  • Exercise.  Beginning or continuing an exercise program is one of the best ways to become a healthier you.  Exercise is good for your muscles as well as your heart and lungs.  It is also important for your mind and well being.  Exercise can become an important part of your daily routine if you let it.  If you are beginning a new exercise routine it is always wise to visit with your doctor to get the go ahead, start out slow, find a class or activity you enjoy, and most importantly be consistent.  Each day you exercise your body will become not only better toned but better balanced.  You will begin to feel better both physically as well as emotionally as well.  In fact, you will begin to notice the effects of exercise on your waking hours as well as your sleeping hours as you sleep deeper, feel more rested, and wake feeling more energized and ready to accomplish tasks each day.
  • Diet.  What you eat determines is a major part of determining how healthy you are. With all of the quick and easy foods of drive-thru menus today, it’s important to learn about the importance of a healthy well balanced diet and how to obtain it.  Eating right does require a little more planning and preparation, but the health benefits are well worth it.  In fact, you may find that in addition to the eating better you’re actually spending less on food as well.   If you are unsure of just how to plan, what to eat, and what important food elements you need to get in your diet on a daily basis it is a good idea to work with a nutritionist who can help.

Whether you’re beginning on your own or looking for a well developed plan that can help you gain control just making the decision to retake control of your lifestyle is important.  One great plan that guides you through all of the aspects of creating a healthy lifestyle is Favao.  Working within the confines of a specific program you will get support and guidance on diet, exercise, and even supplements you can add that will help you live a healthy sustainable lifestyle.  You’ll find that as you work to becoming a healthier you that you feel better both physically and emotionally.  You’ll find that you enjoy life, look forward to your workouts, and are fueling your body with the foods it needs.

October 30, 2012

5 Bad Foods for Your Teeth

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Everyone wants to keep their pearly whites intact when they flash a big smile. Of course, not everyone has the confidence to expose their teeth; this is because some people have molars that are stained, chipped or out of alignment. The fact is that oral health goes beyond brushing and flossing; you also need to be wary of the foods you put in your mouth as some can lead to premature wear. If you want to keep your teeth looking as white as egg shells, then you should steer clear of the following five foods or at least keep them in moderation.

Lemons

Lemons are extremely acidic and are not good for your teeth. This also includes lemonade as well as limes. The list also extends to other acidic fruits, such as oranges and pineapples. The acidity can wear out your enamel if eaten frequently. If you consume any acidic fruit then you should brush your teeth immediately afterwards.

Soda

This one is a no brainer. Soda is high in sugar, which is obviously not something you want clinging on to your teeth. Soda should be avoided anyways because it’s just not good for you.

White Bread

When you chew white bread and break down the components with your saliva, it can become very acidic. It also gets very sticky and can easily cling between your teeth. If you enjoy toast and sandwiches, try sticking to wheat.

Gummy and Hard Candy

Those gummy worms and butterscotch hard candy sure do make a tasty treat. However, as with any other candy, they are chock full of sugar and can wreck all sorts of nasty havoc on your teeth.

Raisins

This one is a surprise to many. After all, raisins are dried grapes, which are supposed to be healthy and high in fiber. Raisins, for the most part, are good for you. However, the very fact that they have been dried means that the sugar builds up and the surface takes on a gummy texture. Swallowing a handful of raisins means sugar – and lots of it – clinging on to your teeth.

The fact that these foods are bad on the teeth does not mean they should be avoided at all costs. It just means they should be consumed more moderately and should be followed up with a quick brush or rinse to minimize the impact they have on the enamel.

Author Bio

Lyndsi is a freelance writer that is currently promoting dental marketing strategies through dental postcard marketing. In her free time she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.

October 22, 2012

How to Talk to Your Children about the Dangers of Alcohol

Parent and child

Parents are always worried about the well-being of their child. Protection of our children is an uncontrollable and instinctual feeling that we all have. It’s important to teach our young the dangers they will face in life, and those dangers include the consumption of chemicals such as alcohol. Talking to your child about alcohol seems easy and simple enough; however, it can be more difficult than one would assume.

When first sitting down with your child and beginning the alcohol talk, it’s absolutely necessary and important to not sound like your child’s wisdom is beneath yours. Do not come off as accusing or negative; in fact, the best way to confront the issue is by talking calmly. Remember, you are telling your child facts about something, not punishing them.

As you explain facts about alcohol to your child, keep your information accurate and descriptive. Try not to slip in biased, personal opinions. Keep the facts straight. Children may not have as much experience as you do, but they can understand body language and the tone of your voice. If they feel that you’re lecturing them or having a negative attitude, they may choose not to take your conversation seriously.

Let them know the physical and emotion consequences of alcohol. Be descriptive about diseases caused by alcohol, including information about addiction, and other alcohol-related disorders. Try to explain things as simple as possible. Avoid relating the use of alcohol to other things, like music, socializing, or certain people, as alcohol is a problematic substance by itself, and is not due to other independent factors.

It’s important to cover facts about peer pressure. Many children hear and learn about peer pressure in school, but when actually confronted by peer pressure, don’t recognize it’s actually happening to them. Tell your child exactly what happens. Explain that although their friends may want them to drink in order to be nice and show them a good time, it’s not a smart or legal decision, and agreeing to drink just to be polite is giving into peer pressure.

If your child questions certain things you have explained, do not be afraid of going into detail. For example, if you tell your child that alcohol can have negative effects on a mother and her baby while she’s pregnant, explain why, and exactly what could happen. Many children will listen to facts that you tell them, but not take them seriously unless you supply accurate and descriptive information.

Author Bio

Isaiah is a long time paralegal living in San Diego, CA. He recommends Bradley Corbet, a DUI attorney in San Diego and Vista criminal defense lawyer for exceptional criminal and DUI defense.

October 21, 2012

Inpatient vs Outpatient Rehab. What’s the Difference?

Rehab

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment is one approach in which a client lives in a facility and receives 24-hour care. Physical and mental health assistance is provided as part of the treatment, and most clients stay at inpatient facilities for several weeks or months at a time. Inpatient treatment is ideal for clients who require round-the-clock medical care.

The amount of medical attention that a client receives is one of the major differences between inpatient and outpatient centers. In an inpatient facility, constant medical attention is available. Detoxification and withdrawal have serious health consequences, and inpatient centers have medical staff to help with any problems that arise. In eating disorders, inpatient treatment is often more effective because clients are monitored for their health condition. If a person is in poor health, they can rely on an inpatient center for optimal recovery.

Inpatient care is also effective because it has a defined structure and is much more disciplined. Most centers have meals and activities at set times, and clients can forget about their daily stress and distractions. Pain treatment, alcohol and drug abuse and eating disorders are just a few of the conditions that are treated at an inpatient treatment center.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment is another choice for eating disorders, pain or drug rehab. The programs are an ideal option because they allow clients to spend time with their families, go to work and attend school. Different programs are tailored to particular needs, and meetings are usually held throughout the week at a specific center.

Outpatient treatment centers may also offer more intense and specialized forms of therapy. Many outpatient therapy centers focus on certain approaches and may offer music or art therapy. In addition, individual and family counseling is offered at most providers.

As opposed to inpatient treatment, outpatient centers do not usually address medical conditions or malnutrition. During inpatient care, everything is provided and clients are given nutritious meals and regular medical attention. Because outpatient centers are more flexible, they are the treatment of choice for adults who have families and cannot afford to be away for months.

Which Will Work For You?

Both types of treatment offer their own benefits, and they also differ in the care that is offered. Think of the following issues to determine which is best for you.

 

-The cost of inpatient care is usually much higher than outpatient.
-Outpatient centers may require extra work outside of meetings and classes.
-Leaving an inpatient center usually requires specialized support or a transitional home.
-Severe conditions should be treated with constant medical supervision.

Different features are found at each program, and classes, counselors and medical staff usually provide comprehensive care for particular problems or disorders. Bulimia, anorexia and other eating disorders demand nutritional attention and medical care while drug rehab and pain treatment depend on counseling and physician supervision.

 

Author Bio:

 

Isaiah is a popular blogger who enjoys writing about health and therapy. He is currently promoting Delray Recovery Center a drug addiction treatment center that encourages health and well-being.