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Control High Blood Pressure

Therefore, it’s important that you control your blood pressure with the following home remedies.

Get moving

It’s a good idea to exercise for at least 30 minutes in the morning on a regular basis. This can bring the reading down by up to 9 mmHg. However, you should keep in mind that you should take a slow start and then keep on picking up the pace as well as the frequency of your workouts.

If you don’t want to join a gym, you can go for a swim, jog or a hike. Actually, what you need to do is get moving. Aside from this, you can give a go to doing pushups, and lifting weights.

Change your diet

If you follow a good diet, you can reduce your blood pressure by up to 14mmHg. Ideally, your diet should include whole grains, vegetables and fruits. Apart from this, you may want to try fish, nuts, lean meats and dairy products that are low in fat. The food that you should eliminate from your diet should be

Make Kids Active and Healthy

This is a misconception; the health of children should be dealt with just as much care as that of adults. And with the widespread use of gadgets that have left the mobility of our youth at a minimum it is now more important than ever before, to promote physical activities in them.

• Say Yes to Sports

Put the Gameboys and PCP’s in the shelf for a change, and take your kids out in the fresh air and treat them with a good old-fashioned game of cricket, baseball, basketball or whichever sport you guys like playing together.

Besides spending some quality time together it’ll give you a great opportunity to stay healthy together. Inhaling fresh air is known to relieve depression, anxiety and stress for both you and your child. And sports are also a great way to flex those muscles and burn those extra calories!

• Think outside the Box!

Being active does not necessarily require your kids to play sports. All kids are different; having different hobbies and interests. Motivate these interests

Help Prevent Heart Disease

In order to prevent heart disease, it is important to follow a heart-healthy lifestyle. The Mayo Clinic lists some very good tips that will benefit everyone.

  1. Don’t smoke or use tobacco.
  2. Exercise for 30 minutes most days.
  3. Eat a heart-healthy diet.
  4. Maintain healthy weight.
  5. Get enough quality sleep.
  6. Get regular health screenings.

If you can, get 30 to 60 minutes of exercise most days. More benefits are reaped by increasing the duration, frequency, and intensity of your exercise. However, even less exercise has its benefits and do what you can, even if it means dividing the 30 minutes into three 10-minute intervals.

What makes a “heart-healthy” diet? Here is where I think it is very easy to fail, even when you think you are eating healthy. Do you even think about whether you are eating saturated fats or trans fats? We should avoid or limit our saturated fats. Saturated fats are found in red meat, dairy products, and in coconut oil.

We should also avoid or limit our consumption of trans fats. Trans fats are found in deep-fried fast foods, bakery products, packaged

Stop Smoking While Pregnant

It’s important to realize that quitting provides immediate benefits. No matter where you are in your pregnancy, both you and your baby will benefit if you quit. Your body starts to benefit from quitting within minutes.

After about twenty minutes, your heart rate and blood pressure drop to normal levels, which is helpful to you and your baby.

In about twelve hours, the level of carbon monoxide in your bloodstream will drop. This allows the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream to increase, directly benefiting your baby by providing increased oxygen.

Within a day, the risk of a heart attack starts to drop. That risk level is almost double for smokers over non-smokers, and getting through your first day without a cigarette starts the repair process in your body, resulting in a reduced level of risk to you and your baby.

After two or three days, the nerve endings in your tongue and nostrils start rebuilding. This results in an improved sense of taste and smell which will continue to improve over the coming days. Foods will taste better and you’ll notice that aromas seem to be more powerful.

In three days the

Preventing Child Obesity

  1. Healthy Eating Habits

Eating healthy food means serving children with organic green and leafy vegetables; include fruits in their diet as well. Instead of giving children with bread and pastries it is better to serve them with fruits for their snacks. Foods rich in protein are essential like lean meat, white meat, and legumes. Serving them with non-fat or low-fat milk is also significant for the formation of their teeth and bones. As much as possible, let kids drink plenty of water every day to hydrate them as well as flush toxins from their bodies. As a whole, enrich children’s diet with the Go, Grow and Glow food to keep them fit and healthy.

  1. Eradicate Junk Foods

Junk foods are detrimental to the health of children; considering that these types of foods contain plenty of preservatives and sodium which contributes to children’s obesity. Needless to say, Too much consumption of these foods will not only make children fat, but it can make children sick such as Urinary Tract Infection and other illness caused by those preservatives. Sausages, Ham, Bacon, and Instant Noodles are mouth watering and appetizing for children, however; excessive consumption of these

All about Pericarditis

In most cases pericarditis develops as a complication of an underlying disease. Since it’s an inflammatory condition, it might seem that it could be the consequence of an infectious disease. However, there are different types of pericarditis depending in its cause:

  • Pericarditis caused by viral, bacterial, parasitic or fungal infections. The most common infectious organisms include streptococcus, Epstein-Barr virus, Candida fungi, toxoplasma, echinococcus.
  • Pericarditis provoked by autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma.
  • Traumatic pericarditis that results from severe injuries or trauma in the chest area. Sometimes it can develop after a surgical intervention in this area.
  • Pericarditis developing due to tumors located directly on the pericardial layers or in the adjacent areas.
  • Pericarditis associated with serious metabolic disorders such as Addison’s disease.

The most common causes of pericarditis include rheumatism and tuberculosis. Besides, the provoking factors for pericarditis are myocardial infarction, endocarditis, allergic reactions, and radiation therapy.

Since this pathology usually develops as a complication of other diseases, it lacks specific clinical symptoms; however, depending on the type, pericarditis symptoms include any of the following:

  • Piercing or sharp pain in the middle or left side of the chest that can spread to one or both shoulders
  • Attacks

Stress Contribute to High Blood Pressure

So what happens at that moment in your body? Under normal circumstances stress hormones such as epinephrine, norepinephrine, glucocorticoids, adrenaline, and antidiuretic hormone are released into blood to give your muscles the strength to be ready for fight or flight. In the case of the antidiuretic hormone its purpose is to keep stable the fluid volume in your body. It follows that by regulating the amount of blood volume this hormone also has a pronounced effect on stroke volume, which is the amount of blood pumped by the heart. Thus, the antidiuretic hormone has a crucial role on blood pressure. When in a stressful situation this hormone functions by activating and increasing slightly the blood pressure, which in normal individuals act as a helper to perform better; however, when the lifestyle is stressful and the individual does not know how to cope with the daily life activities then it becomes chronic stress, distress and/or anxiety. Anxiety is a common emotion that is experienced by anyone at some point in life; however, it can affect an individual in negative ways if not dealt with properly. Therefore, the increase of vasopressin (antidiuretic hormone) under stressful circumstances out of control will

Remove Cigarette Smell From Home

Tip 1- Open the windows and let the fans run. This allows ventilation which can work great in getting rid of the odor around your home.

Tip 2 – Clean fixtures including light bulbs. Light bulbs tend to disperse the smell when they are heated and cleaning then can go a long way in keeping the smell at bay. You can alternatively consider using bulbs that do not heat up as much when in use to keep the problem under control.

Tip 3 – Clean all hard surfaces thoroughly with ammonia based cleaners, ensuring that you clean window insides, but keeping acidic products off your woodwork to keep damages at bay. You can also consider painting surfaces to trap the odor even though this might offer only temporary results.

Tip 4 – Consider replacing the carpet because it can be very hard to remove smoke particles from it. It also helps to scrub the flooring that is beneath the carpet before installing a new one. Another step you can take to still use the same carpet is hiring professional carpet cleaning services. The experts will know the best products and techniques to use to thoroughly

Genetic Disposition For Obesity

The lifestyle of our ancestors has its marks on our epigenome, for the record of the chemical changes to our DNA, and what they ate, drank, smoked, whether they exercised or not, their stress and happiness levels, their temperaments and attitudes, all of these have affected our DNA. But the genetics alone is insufficient in explaining our health and disease status. The wellbeing of humans is the combined net effect of genetics and environmental factors. The lifestyle and environment introduces a kind of second code on top of the DNA, which can turn genes on or off. We are not slaves of our DNA, it is not our destiny; we can empower our DNA through positive changes in our lifestyle.

As the reality TV show “The Biggest Loser” has shown us, even the morbidly obese can lose weight when they follow a healthy eating plan and participate in moderately intense exercise on a regular basis. It’s not their genes that made them overweight in the first place but their bad lifestyle choices.

Research into identical twins has also revealed how siblings who share the exact same DNA can have totally different health outcomes when they live

Fibre Protect Your Heart

Experts say that it’s best to aim for a balanced diet rich with plenty of fibre-laden foods. According to them, it is the whole pattern that seems to have an effect so it is hard to pick out exact foods as food is a complex thing.
Heart-Health Perks

Fibre is mostly associated with a healthy digestive system, but research has shown that it can do a lot more than just keep you regular. Scientists are still trying to figure out how exactly fibre works in the body. Some ways by which it helps your heart are given below:

Lowers cholesterol: Soluble fibre reduces both bad (LDL) and overall cholesterol by binding with cholesterol particles in the digestive system and by driving them out of the body before they are absorbed.

Protects against strokes and diabetes: Stroke and diabetes lead to an increased risk of heart diseases. Fibre-rich whole grains lower the risk of a stroke by up to 36% and the risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 30%, as per research.

Reduces blood pressure: In another study, researchers put some people on a high-fibre diet that included lots of whole wheat and

So Difficult to Stop Smoking

Shortly after you finish smoking a cigarette, your body begins to show signals of withdrawal. You begin to crave another cigarette to overwhelm these symptoms, beginning a vicious cycle of dependence. Most smokers experience the first signs of withdrawal within hours of their last cigarette

It might seem difficult to find new approaches to handle your stress. Do you catch a smoke when you’re feeling stressed or nervous? Strain, whether it’s from your work, relationships, caregiving burdens or simply plain fast paced living, can cause you to look for fast and easy alleviation. But in the long term, smoking will only enhance your stress. To successfully stop smoking, you might need to re think your stress management choices before you stop.

Consider these tips:

Stop and take a deep breath. Taking five to 10 deep breaths is a great beginning to pressure alleviation. In addition, you get the advantage of inhaling clean air into your lungs without those dangerous compounds!

Go for a walk. Physical activity can release a substance in your body that improves your mood and relieves tension. Walking for thirty minutes a day can be a healthy distraction, burn off extra

Some Fruits Help Reduce High Blood Pressure

Strawberries

Strawberries are a great ally in treating and preventing hypertension. At least, 8 strawberries contain 240 mg of potassium and 1.44 mg of sodium, a great proportion to sustain a blood pressure.

Papaya

A papaya comprises 781 mg of potassium, a mineral, and electrolyte that helps to regulate hypertension. In fact, the American Heart Association suggests we get 4,700 mg of potassium a day to control our blood pressure. Consume fresh papaya on an empty stomach for about one month, will lower the risk of having cardiovascular diseases, and is an efficient remedy for hypertension.

Blueberries

Blueberries are relatively low in sugar while being high in fibre and heart-healthy antioxidants. Previous studies have revealed that ladies who consumed more than three servings per week of blueberries (and strawberries) had a 32 percent lower chance of having a heart attack. The benefit was due to flavonoids in the berries recognised as anthocyanin, which are antioxidants that give these fruits their characteristic red and purple hues.

Spinach

Fresh and leafy spinach, is low in calories, high in fibre, and packed with heart-healthy nutrients like potassium, folate, and magnesium – essential components for

Stress Can Be Cardiovascular Risk Marker

Stress gives direct physiological effects on the heart and arteries. It rapidly activates the stress hormones viz. adrenaline and cortisol. Increase heart rate, blood pressure and breathing, gives a burst of energy.

1. High Blood Pressure: Anxiety and stress make the heart work harder. The body’s “fight or flight” response is triggered – increasing blood pressure, body tenses causing heart to beat faster. High blood pressure leads to coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease.

2. High Cholesterol Level: Stress releases fatty acids and glucose into the bloodstream. These can be converted into natural fat and cholesterol creating deposits that decrease blood flow.

3. Individuals start smoking, overeating, consuming caffeinated beverages, self-medicate with drugs or alcohol and lead a sedentary lifestyle which increases blood pressure and may damage artery walls..

4. Damage to Arteries: chronic stress causes direct aging of arteries which elevate blood pressure and heart disease.

5. Inevitable Signs of Aging: wrinkles, weak muscles, poor eyesight, and more.

6. Depression: Not being able to stop thinking about the worries and unable to sleep properly.

When the body is under the stress response, cortisol and insulin levels rise. These two hormones tend to track each other, and when cortisol is

Decide to Stop Smoking

The smoker’s metaphor for jumping in the deep end is his commitment to never having another smoke… ever. Facing this reality is when the smoker realizes he can no longer touch the bottom, you might say. And as with the swimmer… after the initial struggle, he too will begin to relax and experience the joys of becoming a non-smoker… providing he’s committed to weather the storm.

In either case, it’s the seriousness of the commitment which empowers you… thereby awakening nature’s way of giving you everything you need precisely at the time you need it. It’s a jumping in the deep end kind of a thing. Take it to heart and you’ll give yourself a fighting chance to succeed.

I challenge you to make the following commitment… but only when you are seriously ready to jump in the deep end and decide to stop smoking.

Write down the following bold commitment on a piece of paper. Keep it with you and read it when you first wake up each morning and before you retire each evening.
I will quit smoking.

• I fully commit to completely stop smoking for the period of one month

Manage Stress With Breathing

Some call it pranayama, yogic breathing, counting to ten, no matter what you call it, slowing down the breath changes the physiology of the body. To begin, notice how you are breathing. Are you breathing from your chest or abdomen? Is it a quick shallow breath or a deep long breath?

There are many exercises you can do on your own and anywhere you are. One of my favorites is to place your hands on your tummy and forcefully push out all of the breath you possibly can. (Placing your hand on the abdomen helps you know whether you are doing the exercise correctly). Hold this exhalation for three seconds. Now breathe into your abdomen and feel your hands being pushed out. Hold this inhalation for three seconds. Get in touch with this deep breath. Once you’re comfortable breathing this way, you don’t have to place your hand on the abdomen.

Most of the lung’s capacity to store air is in this deep part of the chest cavity, yet most of us don’t breathe deeply enough to benefit. By forcefully pushing out all of the stale air that is in this cavity, you will receive a

Kids To Eat Healthy

The earlier you get kids to make better choices the easier it is to get them to practice good eating habits. If you can convince your children to eat healthy fruits and vegetables without a worry then you won’t have to deal with the struggle of introducing them to new foods. It should be easy to get them to eat healthy. Yet when your child neglects to eat healthy foods then you have a problem. Figure out how to convince them to eat healthier foods. For instance, you can serve them vegetables at dinner with mashed potatoes. Tell your child to mix their vegetables such as corn and broccoli with their mashed potatoes to mask the taste. After some time they should get used to eating these foods and eat them without any trouble.

Getting kids to eat healthy starts with the parents, that means you. In order to motivate your children to eat healthy they have to watch your eating habits. Children mirror what they see their parents doing more than you think. This means that you want your children to see you eating healthy so that they know it is a good thing to do

Smoking Messes Up Your Digestion

1. The Look To Die For

Cigarette smoke, unless you are doing something very wrong and/or original, comes through your mouth. That smoke slowly cooks your face, gives it a nice yellow hue.

Your mouth is a starting point of your digestive system, and the first thing smoke does, it gets rid of that boring white color from your teeth.

You might say that more color is good and yellow smile is like a yellow sun. If you get tired of brightening the day for everyone with your sunshine colored smile – a bit of elbow grease, stain remover and you are as good as new.

2. More Teeth, More Problem

The bigger problem is that smoking decreases the amount of air in your gums and stimulates growth of bacteria.

That’s why gum disease and tooth loss in adults is much more common in smokers. The most common excuse for smoking is “it calms me” but face it – smoking only creates problems and these problems just keep piling up.

But that is not important to you – you prefer smoothies anyways. Let’s see what cigarette smoke does to your stomach.

Sinus Headaches

Although there are several home remedies that work to treat sinus headaches and infections, it is important to seek medical care as early as possible if you are uncertain about the cause of your symptoms or if there is considerable severity of the infection. Symptoms of a severe infection may include high fever, if high pain persists or if there is swelling in the face.

In some cases, a CT scan will be taken to get images of the sinuses but most of the time a physical examination and medical history are usually enough to make a diagnosis. Some doctors may advise you to do a CT scan anyway to confirm the diagnosis and rule out any other possibility.

Self-care at home through the use of home remedies, as well as prescription medications to control pain and inflammation is all that is needed to treat most cases of sinus headaches.

Some things you can do to alleviate the pain and help in recovery are:
• Stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids and sipping on water throughout the day.
• Use salt water (saline) nasal sprays.
• Breathe humidified air by using a humidifier (devices

Stay Hydrated

1. Lowers You Risk of Heart Attack:

When your arteries get clogged-up with plague, it can lead to the onset coronary disease and eventually, a heart attack. Since the heart is one of the most important organs in your body, it is important to keep it healthy.

One of the best ways to prevent coronary disease, in addition to changes in your diet, is to drink more water. According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, drinking more water is associated with a decrease in the risk of coronary disease.

The reason for this is that proper hydration keeps your blood thin and flowing. When you do not have enough water in your body and dehydration sets in, your blood becomes thick and does not flow well. This gives plague the ability to build-up much easier.

2. Helps Control Appetite:

The mechanism in our body that controls thirst is not that good, especially as we age. In fact, one of the biggest health issues of aging adults is chronic dehydration due the fact that their body is not telling them to drink. The signal is rather to eat something. So, they have food rather

Heredity Obesity

I thought that I was doomed to be obese for life, followed by all the obesity related illnesses like diabetes, heart and kidney problems.

If what the experts say is true, then it must have been a miracle that I managed to lose all my weight.

No, it is not a miracle; it is the food that we eat.

My mother grew up obese as a result of her high carbohydrate diets, and as she brought me up, she put me through the exact same high carbohydrate diets, hence leading me down the road of obesity.

It is not anyone’s fault, just simply because we were all misled, we give our children what we eat and the same exact food that made us fat and obese is going to make our children obese, and the cycle continues generations after generations.

The experts then tell us it is in our genes, our children inherit our “obesity” genes.

My opinion is our children inherit our diet. The exact same food that we eat and made us fat and obese will surely make our children obese.

The main cause of our obesity is because