Baby Formula Must be Disposed after Feeding

Baby Formula Must be Disposed after Feeding

Whether you choose to make a bottle just before each feeding, choose to pre-make and refrigerate enough to use for the day,

know this:

  • Prepared formula should be consumed or stored in the refrigerator within 1 hour
  • If prepared formula has been at room temperature for more than 1 hour, throw it away;  don’t save it for your baby to drink later.
  • Open cans of formula should also be kept in the refrigerator. They should be covered and used within 24 hours.

Always throw away any formula left in a bottle after feeding your baby, do not refrigerate the left over formula to feed it to your baby later; because:

  • baby’s formula is perishable and will develop bacteria quickly between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Drinking from a bottle means bacteria from the baby’s mouth gets into the formula in the bottle, where the bacteria can start growing. With your baby’s young age and developing immune system, your little one could become sick from food poisoning
  • saliva interacts with the milk through the bottle nipple. Saliva breaks down the nutrients in things, that’s why it’s in our mouth. The problem is, it will also break down the nutrients in your formula bottle before your baby can drink all of it.

If your baby is staying with a caregiver for a long period of time, you may want to prepare just one or two bottles and leave instructions and supplies (bottles, nipples, formula, and water, if necessary) so the caregiver can prepare bottles as needed and not waste any formula. After all, you’ll need to throw away any mixed formula that is not used after 24 hours.

Hydrogen Peroxide Mouth Wash

Hydrogen Peroxide Mouth Wash

Mix equal amounts hydrogen peroxide with water, such as 1/2 cup to 1/2 cup. Swish this mixture around your mouth for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Stop and spit out the solution if it’s hurting your mouth and try not to swallow any of the mixture.

Gargling hydrogen peroxide mouthwash
may help to improve your oral health
may help to kill germs in your mouth.

You can also use it to clean your toothbrush if you don’t like the taste.

Gargling for just 30 seconds may also help to soothe a sore throat or even reduce gum inflamation.

Tooth Ache: Home Remedies That Work

Tooth Ache: Home Remedies That Work

A tooth ache is something we have all experienced at least once in our life time; more than that, over 90% of adults have had some form of tooth decay. 

Effective tooth ache remedies do not have to cost you a fortune as there are lots of affordable treatment methods you can try at home to kill a tooth ache in a minute. 

Tooth Ache Home Remedies:

  • Cold compress: this is effective for any kind of pain you are experiencing. Put ice in a bag, wrap it with a clean cloth and place on your aching tooth for 15 minutes to numb the nerves and reduce inflammation and swelling. 
  • Peppermint tea: Add 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves or peppermint tea bag to a cup of boiling water and let it brew for 20 minutes. Then, use the mixture to rinse your mouth.
  • Hydrogen peroxide: used as a mouth wash, will relieve pain and discomfort, manage plague, heal bleeding gum and kill bad bacteria. Mix 3% hydrogen peroxide with equal parts water. Do not swallow it. Once you spit it out, make sure to rinse your mouth with pure water a few times. 
  • Clove or clove oil: it has eugenol, which is a natural antiseptic. In a pinch, use a small amount of powdered clove on the tooth or chew the whole clove a little to release its oil. Also, you can use a tiny amount of clove oil, about 2 drops, and place it on the affected area until the pain subsides. 
  • Guava leaves: Help fight bacteria, reduce swelling, alleviate toothaches and also relieve mouth ulcers and swollen gums. Either simply chew a leaf or two until the juice starts working on the affected tooth. Or, place few guava leaves in boiling water, allow the liquid to cool to a warm temperature, and then add a sprinkle of sea salt. Use this solution as a mouthwash. 
  • Thyme: it’s anti bacteria and anti-oxidant properties makes it an excellent tooth ache solution. Mix a few drops of thyme essential oil with water on a cotton ball. Once the oil is diluted, apply the cotton ball to the aching area.
  • Salt water: is a natural disinfectant, and also an easy and effective remedy to cure a toothache. Mix 1/2 tsp of salt into a glass of warm water and use it as a mouthwash. It also prevents swelling and cleans the area around the toothache
Read Why Daily Aspirin is not For Everyone

Read Why Daily Aspirin is not For Everyone

An old saying suggests taking daily aspirin can help to prevent heart disease and stroke. However, new studies have shown that it’s not for everyone, but for some people it helps. 

If you have never had a heart attack, stroke or known cardiovascular disease and is healthy, taking an aspirin a day may actually cause more harm than good. 

However, if you have already suffered a heart attack or a stroke, taking an aspirin every day can help lower your risk for another cardiac episode.

Also, if you haven’ had a heart problem, but is living with uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure, or is a smoker, your health care provider may recommend that you start taking an aspirin a day to prevent heart disease. 

Daily Aspirin Guidelines:

  • If you are over 70 years old and healthy, you don’t need a daily aspirin for prevention. 
  • If you have increased bleeding risk, don’t take aspirin for daily prevention for example a bleeding risk for ulcer 
  • If you are 40-70 years and of increased risk, you might consider a daily 81 mg low strength aspirin to prevent heart attack and stroke 

One of the complications or side effects of you taking aspirin when you don’t need it is mainly bleeding. 

  • You can bleed in your GI tract; especially if you have an ulcer
  • Bleeding could also occur in your brain

Bleeding could even be worse if you combine taking blood thinners like warfarin with taking aspirin every day. 

Always consult, your health care provider before taking aspirin. Yes, you can get it OTC but you can also have side effects with it.

Your healthcare provider will examine your overall health to make sure you are a candidate for daily aspirin use. 

Remember! Aspirin is a preventative to heart disease, that’s not recommended for everyone. 

Why Water Can be Deadly for Your Baby

Why Water Can be Deadly for Your Baby

As humans, we need water to survive but there is a time in a person’s life when drinking water is deadly; even as much as a few ounces is enough to kill. 

As healthy adults, our bodies are made up of 55-60% of water unlike babies’ bodies that are made up of 75% water. That difference is why babies shouldn’t drink water before they’re at least 6 months old. Not from the tap, or a well, or a spring. Plain water is just plain off limits. 

On top of that, their kidneys aren’t developed enough, yet, to properly filter water. So, any water that enters their body ends up in the circulatory system, where it dilutes their blood leading to water intoxication which will cause the sodium level in their blood to drop.

 Low sodium will lead to brain swelling which can cause poor feeding, lethargy, seizure and eventually death.

Families commonly ask during the summer months if their babies need extra water due to the heat. The answer is NO!

Some reasons babies don’t need water:

  • Breast milk and formula is mostly water (80-90 percent). Babies don’t get thirsty. Their diet is primarily liquid.
  • Water can fill up a baby’s tummy, which can make it difficult for them to absorb the right amount of nutrition they need from their breast milk or formula. Too much water in babies’ small bellies can fill them up and will spoil their appetite for the milk or formula they desperately need for healthy growth. 
  • If you use too much water in your formula mixture or in general, you risk giving your baby “water intoxication,” which can prove to be very dangerous. – Watering down formula unnecessarily can screw up a baby’s electrolyte balance. This imbalance can cause major complications like seizures.

Babies can safely start to drink some water after six months but they still don’t need a lot. They can get one to three ounces during their meals if parents want to introduce and practice with a sippy cup.

This is How Bananas Can Help Improve Your Mood

This is How Bananas Can Help Improve Your Mood

Do you sometimes feel sad and have mood swings? Eat a banana. Studies shows that eating a banana can help relieve depression and anxiety by stimulating the serotonin levels in your body.

A banana has approximately 30% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin B6. It helps your brain produce serotonin, which is considered a mood stabilizer. Serotonin impacts motor skills and emotions. It is also the chemical that help with sleep and digestion food.

Other health benefits of bananas are: 

KIDS

  • It easy on the stomach
  • Controls diarrhea and constipation
  • Good remedy for urinary problems
  • The peel helps reduce inflammation

ADULTS

  • Will help you lose weight
  • Protect you against ulcer
  • May help cures kidney disorders
  • Relieves your menstrual problem
  • Will help provides relief from constipation
  • If you have piles and anemia, will help to treat it
  • Gives relief from arthritis and gout
  • Boots eye and bone health
Digestive Health: How To Maintain and Improve It

Digestive Health: How To Maintain and Improve It

The regularity of the digestive system is important for the proper metabolism of the foods you eat so they can be properly used by the body. Sadly, digestive discomfort is a fact of life for most people.

I hear complains of problem with gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea, to mention a few. For some of people, these digestive stresses disrupt their sleep and day to day life.

Learn what you can do to improve your digestive health and keep it running smoothly.

Tips for good digestion

  • Chewing is important for proper digestion. So, you should chew your food well before swallowing.
  • You should eat plenty of fiber to keep your food moving through your intestines easily. Also, because fatty food is hard to digest, pair such food with fiber.
  • You should drink enough water to help digest your food properly.
  • You should exercise. Any workouts that moves your body keeps food moving through your digestive tract because exercise will increase the blood flow to your organs and engage the muscles in your GI tract.
  • You should reduce stress. Your brain and digestive system are connected, so feelings of stress and anxiety can mess with your digestive system.

Additional tips for good digestion

  • You should eat warm food. your body requires warmth to break food down properly. So, make a habit of eating soup or drinking tea when you eat.
  • If you are a smoker, stop! Smoking will weaken the valves at the end of your esophagus and increase your risks for GI cancer.
  • You should drink less alcohol. It interferes with secretion of acid, stomach muscles and nutrient absorption.
  • You should try and lose weight if obese to prevent digestive issues.
  • You should try eating probiotics (found in yoghurt). It will help attack the unhealthy bacteria in your digestive tract.
How to Fight Bad Breath Naturally

How to Fight Bad Breath Naturally

Bad breath is the biggest turn off to the person you are talking to and it can take a toll on your confidence and affect your every day interactions. 

Yes, it’s a sore subject but it’s best to address it for your health betterment and to fight off bad breath once and for all. 

Brushing your teeth morning and night is just not enough. Also, chewing a mint gum will not always do the trick. 

The best way is to keep your teeth, tongue and mouth clean with these helpful solutions that would help you fight off bad breath. 

Causes of bad breath

The main reason is the bacteria that builds up on the back of your tongue or in-between your teeth due to

  • eating or drinking strong-smelling or spicy foods and drinks
  • problems with your teeth or gums, such as gum disease, holes in your teeth or an infection 
  • crash dieting
  • some medical conditions, like tonsillitis or acid reflux  
  • smoking

How to treat it

  • The easiest and the most effective ways for you to fight bad breath is to drink plenty of water; preferably cold water to swish your mouth. It prevents dry mouth that leads to bad breath
  •  Minimize bad breath by using an alcohol-free mouth wash after brushing your teeth. It will help to kill off the germs and bacteria that have been in your mouth throughout the night
  • You can mix a cup of water with a teaspoon of baking soda along with a few drops of antimicrobial essential oil. Gargling this solution will help change the PH level in your mouth and fights odor
  • Chew on parsley, basil and/or mint leaves. The chlorophyll in them help neutralize the odor in your mouth. 
  • You should invest in flossing along with a good tongue scraper to scrape the bacteria off your tongue
  • Change your tooth brush every 2-3 months. If not, the germs build up on it will cause more bacteria to grow in your mouth over time
  • Make sure to buy a tooth brush with soft bristles. They will do least damage to your gums and give you a beautiful healthy smile.

If your bad breath isn’t improving with home treatment, consult your healthcare provider or dentist.

Need to Know Health Benefits of Orgasms

Need to Know Health Benefits of Orgasms

Let’s talk about the big “O” and no, it’s not Oprah. Isn’t it nice when you find out there are health benefits to something you were doing anyway? In this case, that something is sex. 

Well, orgasms specifically. They are fun, they are free and they are super healthy. For men, it’s like going downhill in a Sports car, and for women, is like going uphill in a Volvo. 

Various studies have revealed it has many health benefits pharmaceutical companies wish they could package and market it as a drug. 

When next you climb between the sheets, keep these tips on orgasm in mind. 

  • They boost your immune system by releasing a DHEA, which helps balance your immune system, promotes bone health, and assists in repairing tissues
  • Orgasms may help in eating healthfully byactivating the production of phenethylamines, a natural amphetamine that aids in regulating your appetite.
  • They could help reduce your risk of heart disease.Studies have suggested that having orgasms three or more times per week can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke by about 50 percent.
  • Orgasms trigger the release of oxytocin a feel-good hormone that can help to relieve headaches and arthritis and whiplash pain.
  • Orgasms are great for anti-aging: they release testosterone and estrogen which are also great to keep you young and vital 
  • Following orgasm, guys usually experience a quick drop in blood pressure and fall into “sudden relaxation.” For Women, it’s slower, but it’s just as powerful. Endorphins help calm your body and your brain and help you sleep
  • A British study of 1,000 people found those who had at least two orgasms per week had half the death rate of those who have sex once (or less) per month.

In essence, while an apple a day keeps the doctor away, an orgasm a day will help you reduce risk of heart attacks and stroke.

Cigarette: The Feel Good Poison

Cigarette: The Feel Good Poison

So, what’sin a cigarette? Chemicals are found in every puff of cigarette smoke. 

If you smoke, or if you’re exposed to secondhand smoke, you inhale over 4,000 chemicals; at least 70 of them known to cause cancer.

They’re also known to cause disastrous health effects, such as lung and heart disease.

Here are a few of the chemicals in tobacco smoke and other places they are found:

  • Acetone—found in nail polish remover
  • Acetic acid—an ingredient in hair dye
  • Ammonia—a common household cleaner
  • Arsenic—used in rat poison
  • Benzene—found in rubber cement and gasoline
  • Butane—used in lighter fluid
  • Cadmium—active component in battery acid
  • Carbon monoxide—released in car exhaust fumes
  • Formaldehyde—embalming fluid
  • Hexamine—found in barbecue lighter fluid
  • Lead—used in batteries
  • Naphthalene—an ingredient in mothballs
  • Methanol—a main component in rocket fuel
  • Nicotine—used as an insecticide (the addictive drug that produces the effect people are looking for and one of the harshest chemicals in tobacco smoke)
  • Tar—material for paving roads
  • Toluene—used to manufacture paint

When you smoke, all of these chemicals mix together and form a sticky tar. The tar sticks to clothing, skin, and to the cilia (tiny hairs) that line the insides of your lungs. 

The cilia help to clean out dirt and germs from your lungs. If the cilia are covered in tar, they can’t do their job properly, and germs, chemicals and dirt can stay in your lungs and cause diseases. 

This is why you want to keep writing by hand

This is why you want to keep writing by hand

A research from a top university, shows that in order to remember something, notes should be hand written and not typed.  Writing is thought to boost the memory because note taking by hand requires different cognitive processes than typing.

For example, if in a lecture you are writing notes, you have to listen carefully to what the speaker has said as it is impossible to write down every word. Therefore, through this process, you are listening, digesting and summarising the information more effectively than someone who is just typing words into a laptop. 

For this reason, some universities are encouraging students to ditch their laptops in lectures and take notes by hand. Of course, that’s not to say technology in the classroom isn’t the way of the future. The computer allows speed and handwriting allows deep processing. It’s a matter of figuring out how we pool the two. In summary, writing by hand:

  • has a calming effect.
  • boosts cognitive skills.
  • coordinates the left brain and right brain.
  • sharpens aging minds.
  • Inspires creativity
  • Uses more of the brain
  • Improves memory
Vitamin K and Warfarin: What You Should Know

Vitamin K and Warfarin: What You Should Know

When your body senses an injury, a series of action occurs to form a blood clot that can protect the injured area. Vitamin K is one of the substances in your blood that is required for this reaction to occur.

Having blood clots, increases your risk your risk for heart attacks, stroke, or other serious complications and warfarin also known as Coumadin slows the action of vitamin K thereby slowing blood clot information. 

Facts:

  • Keep your diet of foods high in vitamin K about the same.
  • You do not need to avoid foods high in vitamin K.
  • Check with your health-care provider before making any big changes in your diet.
  • Contact your health-care provider if there are sudden or big changes in your diet due to illness.

The takeaway point is that for warfarin to be effective, you must keep your dietary intake of vitamin k consistent. It is not necessary cut off your intake because:

  • greatly decreasing your vitamin k intake, is dangerous because your blood can become too thin putting you at increased risk for bleeding; on the other hand, greatly increasing your intake leaves you at a risk for forming blood clots

Food Source

The most common foods are green leafy vegetables such as kale, collard greens, broccoli, spinach, cabbage, and lettuce.

Other foods that could affect warfarin may include beef liveror other animal liver products.

It can also be found in certain nutrition supplements, such as:

  • Boost, Ensure, and Slim Fast
  • Certain multiple vitamins and Viactivcalcium chews
  • Tobacco, such as cigarettes and chewing tobacco

If you have any questions, please ask your health-care provider.

Are you tired? Exercise can help

Are you tired? Exercise can help

Are you physically tired, feeling sluggish, and sleepy? The best thing to do is exercise. Doing so will give you more energy than sitting.

Studies have found that the blood and oxygen flow through the body will give you more energy and improve your mood, and the increase in endorphin levels can contribute to a feeling of well-being.

“Both sleep and exercise are main behaviors that contribute to physical and mental health,” says Kelly Glazer Baron, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and sleep researcher at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.

Her research has found that clocking at least seven hours of sleep can actually help you work out longer and harder the next day. And the exercise/sleep equation goes both ways—people with insomnia who started a regular aerobic exercise program improved the quality of their sleep and felt less tired during the day.

Workouts that boost energy, strengthen the heart and give more stamina

  • Running / jogging
  • Walking briskly.
  • Climbing stairs at work.
  • Playing sports such as tennis, basketball, soccer or racquetball

Workout to help ease symptoms of depression

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Rowing
  • Swimming
  • Jumping Rope

Workout to improve mood and symptoms of anxiety and depression

  • yoga

Most important, maintain a healthy diet, cut out the sweets, and increase protein to rebuild muscles to reap the most benefits from workouts

High Blood Pressure: Deadly and Damaging

High Blood Pressure: Deadly and Damaging

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is called the “silent killer” because very, very few people know when their blood pressure goes up.

When I tell somebody that they have high blood pressure for the first time they say, “I don’t understand. I’ve had low blood pressure my whole life.”

Well, you do until you don’t. Many women and men get diagnosed with high blood pressure in their 50s. But, there are some people who drink a lot of alcohol in their 20s and 30s and their blood pressure is quite high.

This tends to run in families. They don’t even know they have high blood pressure because they never go to a doctor until they are 30 or 40. They might have had untreated high blood pressure for 10 years.

The entire time high blood pressure

  • is working against your heart and arteries, you are completely unaware that it is causing so much damage.
  • Not only does elevated or high blood pressure cause hardening of the arteries, which can lead to heart attack and other serious problems, but hypertension can result in a brain hemorrhage (stroke).
  • Hypertension also causes kidney disease, where the kidneys function poorly. In some cases, hypertension can result in blindness and amputation of the limbs.
Why You Should Stop Kissing Babies Ears

Why You Should Stop Kissing Babies Ears

Your first instinct when you see a newborn, the most precious thing in the world is to hold him or her. And why not, babies are so adorably sweet, cuddly, and soft.

If you are compelled to kiss and cuddle them, by all means, do so but please, not on the ears!

Those little ears may be tender and soft, but did you know that a kiss on the ear opening is a big NO. Your innocent kiss right on the ear opening creates strong suction that tugs on their delicate eardrum, resulting in a recently recognized condition known as “cochlear ear-kiss injury.” Such a kiss can lead to permanent hearing loss

Thing is your baby will cry after such a painful kiss but because children cry for a lot of reasons, the hearing loss usually isn’t identified until years later, during a school screening.

Adults are not left out because Dr. Levi Reiter, professor of audiology at Hofstra University in New York, started studying this injury, after a patient told him she went deaf in one ear immediately following a kiss from her daughter.

Bottom line

  • Never kiss anyone, child or adult, directly on the ear!
Read Why Red Meat Make You Age faster

Read Why Red Meat Make You Age faster

You might be 30 on the outside but on the inside your biological age is likely much older and your favorite cheese burger may be to blame.

Perhaps you have heard about free radicals (causes damage to your body cells) and antioxidants (help defend your cells from damage caused by free radicals).

 When we are talking about the two, we are looking for a balance where the antioxidants will outweigh the free radicals found in your body.

Free radicals can be produced by a variety of reasons, and one of the big reasons is what we put in our mouth. One of such free radicals is Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs).

AGEs are harmful compounds that are formed when protein or fat combine with sugar in your bloodstream. They are found in several foods (particularly red meat) and may contribute to accelerated aging.

Yes, that’s right, eating too much conventional red meat could be accelerating your body’s biological clock.

Unlike your chronological age, biological age is dependent on the health of your genes and has been closely tied to a person’s risk of age-related diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, and cancer.

Eat This! Tip

The takeaway

  • Don’t let meat; especially processed or conventional red meat.
  • If you’re craving red meat, be sure to eat it in moderation (no more than three 3-ounce servings weekly).
  • You should always buy certified organic meats because they don’t contain additives of any type.
  • Ground turkey breast and chicken breast are other lean options for you to consider.
Need to Know Sneaky Signs of an Unhealthy Diet

Need to Know Sneaky Signs of an Unhealthy Diet

If you are serious about maintaining a healthy body and mind, you would be wise to pay attention to the health of your stomach. 

If your diet needs an overhaul, it’s not just your waistline that will let you know. Sure, gaining weight can indicate the need for you to rethink what you are putting into your body. But evidence also shows that having poor dietary habits could lead to many other health problems. 

Your gut has good bacteria that is responsible for giving a boost to your immune system,convert food into energy, eliminate waste and toxins. But, you will have a gut imbalance when bad bacteria storms into your system.

Suddenly, your hormones are off balance, which can leave you vulnerable to a wide range of autoimmune diseases and more.

Below are the warning signs that can alert you of a battle brewing. These signs don’t typically surface overnight, so watch for them over time. 

Sneaky signs of an unhealthy diet:

  • Your hair is lifeless 
    • Aim for lean source of protein (eggs and grilled salmon), plenty of fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts for healthy hair. 
  • Your skin is aging prematurely
    • Aging is inevitable. But, to get a more youthful appearance, consume five or more servings a day of fruits and vegetables.
  • You have damaging oral health
    • Think about how many sugary drinks and food you are consuming. In addition, swollen or bleeding gums are due to you not getting enough vitamin C in your diet. Boost vitamin C with food such as strawberries, tomatoes, leafy green vegetables and potatoes. 
  • Your brain feels drained
    • For your brain health, consume plenty of omega-3 in your diet with food such as; walnuts, flax seed, fish oil and wild salmon. 
  • You have digestive discomfort
    • If you are tired of digestive discomfort, try bumping up your fiber intake by eating more whole grains such as brown rice and oats, in addition to nuts, seeds, and fresh or frozen produce.
  • You don’t heal properly
    • Studies have shown that sufficient intake of calories, protein and nutrients is essential for proper wound healing. Focus on maintaining a healthy, balanced diet. Your immune system will thank you
  • You get sick easily
    • If you are constantly under the weather, you could benefit from eating more nutrient-rich foods. Choose foods high in vitamins A, C, and E, zinc, selenium, iron and folic acid. Start by increasing your intake of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grain. specifically, citrus fruits, leafy greens, popcorn (skip the extra butter and salt) and brown rice.
Must Read Why Left-Side Sleeping Is Good for You

Must Read Why Left-Side Sleeping Is Good for You

You have heard that getting a good night’s sleep is important for your health and can prevent you from having serious health complications such as depression, weight gain, and high blood pressure. 

But did you know that even when you do manage to get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep, you may be complicating your health by how you sleep? 

Yep, you read right. 

Amazingly, just as there are sleep positions that can be causing you pain, health experts believe that sleeping on your left side has many great health benefits for you. 

Benefits of left-side sleeping:

  • It improves the function of your lymphatic system
    • The left side of the body is the dominant lymphatic side, and while you’re sleeping on this side, your body will have more time to filter toxins, lymph fluid, and waste.
  • It allows your spleen to do its job better
    • When you lay on the left side, drainage back to the spleen is once again helped and made easier by gravity. 
  • It promotes proper elimination of waste products
    • It allows gravity to encourage the food waste to move more easily from your small intestine into your large intestine.
  • It may reduce nighttime heartburn
    • In this position, your stomach will be situated below the cardiac sphincter that connects your esophagus to your stomach; preventing stomach contents from coming back up into the esophagus.
  • It saves your liver from overloading
    • Your liver is on the right side of the body. So, laying on your left side won’t allow the toxins and other harmful substances to overload your liver.
  • It’s good for your heart
    • The left side of the heart receives blood from the lungs and pumps it out to the body. Therefore, sleeping on your left side may help your heart to do its job more easily and efficiently.
  • Its good for Mom and baby
    • It is recommended during pregnancy to improve circulation to the heart 
  • Left-side sleeping is beneficial if you have obstructive sleep apnea, and prone to general snoring

I bet you had no idea that sleeping on your left side could have quite so many positive effects.

For me, while I certainly may toss and turn during the night, I will be trying to fall asleep on my left starting tonight!   

Overwhelmed: Powerful Tips to Stop Brain Overload

Overwhelmed: Powerful Tips to Stop Brain Overload

Are you there feeling that all your thoughts while awake are just a huge list of the so many things you need to do but never seem to get done? 

People looking in from the outside think you have it all together. They can’t see that what’s nagging at you throughout the day are thought and emotions filled with stressed. 

You are not alone! Sometimes despite our best intentions, our lives have a way of getting away from us and becoming stressful and overwhelming. 

When you feel overwhelmed it’s not just because you have too much to do, it’s also having too much to think about. No thanks to this fast paced, fake, and vain world you find yourself in, right? 

Well, it doesn’t matter if you are overwhelmed due to internal or external pressures. Fact is, you have to bring your life back in balance becauseIf it goes on long enough, you might start experiencing physical symptoms of anxiety such as breathing difficulties, heart palpitations, headaches and IBS, as well as increasingly low mood and energy.

Also, you won’t be able to take care of the people you love unless you take care of yourself.

Hopefully, this tips from top psychologist Dr Scott Bea will help you take control. 

Tips to be stop being overwhelmed

  • When you have a lot on your mind, the best way to get it out of your head is to just get it done. “stop thinking and start doing” 
  • Plan all the things you need to do by putting every task on your calendar. “Scheduling tasks commits you to doing them. 
  • If you keep avoiding something for weeks (or months), ask yourself: Does it really need to get done? If not, cross it off your list for good. 
  • You can’t expect other people to rescue you from your obligations, but you can ask for assistance. It can be hard to ask for help, but it gets easier with practice.
    • At home: Tell your partner or kids you need them to take on more of the household chores. 
    • At work: Let your boss know you’ll have trouble meeting the deadline without more support.
    • Recruit friends: Ask friends for a carpool favor or some babysitting help so you can run an errand. You know you’d be happy to lend them a hand in return.
  • Learn to say no. It’s often hard to say no because, as humans, our natural tendency is to please others. Stop the automatic yes and allow for the opportunity to say no.

Prostate Cancer, Sex and Ejaculation

Prostate Cancer, Sex and Ejaculation

Fellas, I bet a lot of you have heard that the favorite, preventive, practice for men for prostate cancer is sex.

Is it true, you ask? 

The truth is that there is some truth in that based on a huge study by researchers from Boston University School of Public Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Harvard Medical School.

They looked at over thirty thousand men between the ages of 29 to their late 60’s for about 10 years and it showed that men that ejaculate at least 21 times a month average had a lower risk of not only prostate cancer but even the more aggressive form of prostate cancer.

And hey! you don’t need a partner to reap this benefit: Sexual intercourse, and masturbation were all part of the equation.

The study did not show any clear indication why ejaculating reduces your risk for prostate cancer. However, some theory concludes that

  • About 70% of semen is produced in the prostate. So, if you don’t let that out, it clogs up your pipe
  • There are also antimicrobial properties in semen and sperm. So, when you ejaculate, you are literally cleaning up your pipes

To be clear, the study did not prove that ejaculating more will prevent cancer only that it will reduce your risk.

So, what is prostate cancer and are you at risk? 

Prostate cancer is the second most common kind of cancer men get. Skin cancer is the most common cancer, and one in seven men will get prostate cancer at some point in their life.

Risk  

  • If you are over the age of 50 
  • Being an African American male
  • If you have a close relative with a history of prostate cancer
  • Being obsess may increase your risk of getting more advanced prostate cancer
  • Not being active physically 
  • Eating a diet high in animal and dairy fat and low in fiber, fruits, and vegetables may increase your risk
  • Being a tall man 
  • You may also have an increased risk if you’ve had sex with 30 or more women or if you’ve had a sexually transmitted disease. 

No doubt, this a health tip that sounds pretty good to many guys; have more sex, or masturbate more, and you might lower your chances of getting prostate cancer.

Vitamin D, Breastfeeding, Your baby and You

Vitamin D, Breastfeeding, Your baby and You

Save your money, you don’t need to buy lots of supplements and vitamins when you are raising kids.

For typically developing children, the only recommended supplement to give is vitamin D. This is to avoid them developing a vitamin D deficiency.

the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfed and partially breastfed infants be supplemented with 400 IU per day of vitamin D beginning in the first few days of life. 

Breast milk is usually deficient in vitamin D or doesn’t have enough vitamin D in it. Vitamin D drops are vitamins that help supplement or give added vitamin D to your child.

It does not matter if you are taking vitamins containing vitamin D. Supplementing with vitamin D drops in your infant that is only breastfed is highly recommended.

If you don’t:

• Your baby is at a higher risk of not having enough vitamin d to build strong bones.

• Vitamin D helps the immune system fight virus; so, you are possibly putting your infant at risk for having more illnesses 

• Severe vitamin D deficiency can lead to rickets, or soft bones, seizures due to low calcium or heart failure in infants. While adults may get some vitamin D from sunlight, direct sun exposure isn’t recommended for babies.

When should you start giving the drops?

• If you are planning on breastfeeding your child, the supplementation should be started within the first couple of weeks

• You should continue to give the drops within the first year, and continuing depends on the kind of food that your baby is on after the 6months mark. If you think that your baby is eating a good variety of food that contains enough vitamin D in it, then it might not necessary to continue with the supplementation. 

What of formula fed infants:

• Infant formula is supplemented with vitamin D (and many other vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 oil), so there is no need to give it separately. That’s one advantage of formula over breast milk. 

Talk with your pediatrician about starting right after birth and continuing throughout childhood.

Baking Soda:What It Does for Acid Reflux

Baking Soda:What It Does for Acid Reflux

Acid reflux AKA “Heartburn” can plague anyone from time to time.

Whether because you’ve just finished a spicy dish or decided to lie down too soon after eating a full meal. 

When you have acid reflux, the sensation is uncomfortable at best because of the stinging sensations it can cause in your chest.

Thing is, the pancreas in our bodies produces sodium bicarbonate to stop our digestive system from producing excessive acids

When you smoke or indulge in other bad lifestyle choices, you can restrict your body’s capability of producing sodium bicarbonate thereby your risk for acid reflux is increased.

Baking soda is a healthy and natural way for you to put the brakes on acid reflux because it is thought to mimic the same effect as natural sodium bicarbonate production in your body.

Causes of Acid Reflux

You can suffer Acid reflux when

  • your stomach acid rises up to your esophagus causing you to have a burning sensation and interfering with your food digestive processes.

If allowed to continue, it could erode the lining of your esophagus causing permanent damage. 

Other common causes that could make you have occasional or chronic acid reflux include:

  • Eating spicy, acidic or greasy food
  • Being overweight
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain medications such as Aspirins and or NSAIDS 
  • Smoking

Baking soda can help end your acid reflux and keep it from coming back. 

Takeaway

  • The recommended dosage for adults is ½ teaspoon dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of cold water.
  • It’s best for you to sip this drink slowly to avoid side effects like gas and diarrhea. You can repeat every two hours
  • You should not exceed seven ½ teaspoons in a 24-hour period
  • If you are over age 60, do not exceed three ½ teaspoon in a 24-hour period 
  • If you are pregnant, it’s not advised that you do not use baking soda to treat acid reflux without talking to your doctor. 
  • Baking soda isn’t recommended as a long-term treatment, especially if you have GERD or need to be on a low-salt diet.

If you experience heartburn and need to use a heartburn remedy more than twice a week, you should see your doctor.

You may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and your doctor will be able to recommend more effective treatment, including prescription medications.

Why You should not Ignore Vagina Atrophy and Pain

Why You should not Ignore Vagina Atrophy and Pain

Vagina Atrophy; kind of awful word that just refers to thinning of the vaginal tissue. Which by the way is reversible. So, whyis it that no one ever talks about it; not your mother, not your friends, why does it stay so hush hush?

I decided to do a post on vagina atrophy because it affects over 60% of post-menopausal women. Yet, they suffer in silence due to embarrassment, cultural taboos or not feeling comfortable speaking to their health care provider. 

In practice, I have discovered that many women see it as part of aging and just sort of deal with it. Nope, it’s not part of aging because half of women don’t get these symptoms as they age.

If you suffer from this excessive vagina dryness, don’t be embarrassed to read this (LOL). They are so many ways to avoid or reverse vagina atrophy so that your sexual desires and activity does not need to decrease at mid-life. 

What is vagina atrophy?

  • This is caused when there is a thinning, drying or inflammation of your vagina tissue in your vagina wall due to a decline in estrogen. 
  • This can occur during and after you reach menopause 
  • Can also start as early as when you are in your 30’s.

Symptoms

  • Dryness of the vagina
  • Burning and/or itching of the vagina
  • Pain during sex
  • A discharge from the vagina
  • Spotting or bleeding
  • You keep getting urinary tract infections 

Treatment 

  • You can use water-based lubricants before sex; put these in and around your vagina or on your partner’s penis.
  • use vaginal moisturizers for vaginal dryness; you can put these inside your vagina to keep it moist.
  • use unperfumed soaps and washes around your vagina.
  • try to enjoy more foreplay so you’re more aroused during sex. 
  • If you’re getting vaginal dryness because of changes in your hormone levels, you may be prescribed creams, gels, patches or medicines to increase a hormone called estrogen. This is called HRT. 

See your health care provider if: 

  • it’s been a few weeks and things you can try yourself aren’t working
  • it’s affecting your daily life
  • There is unusual discharge or bleeding from your vagina
  • you have bleeding after sex or in between your periods
Rubbing Your Eyes is Bad for You. Stop! ASAP

Rubbing Your Eyes is Bad for You. Stop! ASAP

Did you know what can play havoc to your appearance?

Rubbing your eyes!

It seem like a relatively harmless thing to do.

After all, most of you mindlessly do it once or a few times a day, whether you are suffering from a common cold, or are just feeling tired and groggy. 

Some of you rub your eyes to stimulate tears to flow, lubricate dry eyes or to remove dust and other irritants.

For some, It can also be therapeutic as pressing down on your eyeball can stimulate the vagus nerve, which slows down your heart rate, relieving stress.

Bet, you didn’t know that if you rub your eyes too often or too hard, you can cause damage in a number of ways.

 According to top optometrists, you should take extra care not only for the delicate skin surrounding, but your eyeballs themselves. 

Damage caused by rubbing your eyes

  • It can cause your tiny blood vessels to break, resulting in blood-shot eyes and those dark, unsightly circles that you try so hard to avoid.
  • Your hands carry more germs than any other part of your body and when you rub your eye, you can easily transfer these germs resulting in infections like conjunctivitis.
  • Sometimes you get a foreign body stuck in your eye and the natural instinct is to rub it to try and remove the object. This is not a good idea because rubbing against the object can very easily scratch your cornea.
  • If you have certain pre-existing eye conditions such as progressive myopia; you may find that rubbing worsens your eyesight. 
  • If you suffer from  glaucoma, you may find that the spike in eye pressure caused by rubbing your eyes can disrupt blood flow to the back of your eye which can lead to nerve damage, and, ultimately, permanent loss of vision.
  • More worrisome, studies have shown that continuous eye rubbing can lead to thinning of your cornea, causing it to weaken and push forward to become more conical. Leading to keratoconus.

How To Prevent It

  • The best ways to prevent yourself from touching your eye area is to use eye drops to keep your eyes hydrated and prevent itching. (cool the eyedrops first before you use them to make them more comfortable).
  •  You could also use preservative-free artificial tears, also cooled, to provide more comfort.
  • Eye drops called anti-histamines and mast cell stabilizers can be used to prevent the itch that causes you to rub your eyes.
  • You can use steroid eye drops to prevent chronic eye rubbing, especially if you suffer from allergies.
  • If something is stuck in your eye, attempt to flush it out with sterile saline or artificial tears. If this doesn’t work, head straight to your doctor.
Need to Know Suprisingly STI Facts

Need to Know Suprisingly STI Facts

Hello People! If you have sex or are planning to have sex, you should watch this

You probably more about STIs than your parents and grandparents did back when they were called venereal diseases

Still, you might be surprised about these STI facts

STI Facts:

  • Did you k ow that more than 25 different diseases can be transmitted sexually. That’s why top gynecologists recommend that if you are sexually active, you should go for annual STI testing.
  • STIs among older adults are on the rise. Once you are past childbearing years, as an older adults entering into new sexual relationships, you should realize you should always use condoms to avoid STIs rather than unplanned pregnancies.
  • Some STIs; including chlamydia and gonorrhea, which have no symptoms and can affect fertility because if left untreated, STI can lead to you having pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), an infection that can scar the fallopian tubes..
  • Guys, STIs can compromise your fertility too, though more rarely.
  • Condoms will not provide 100% protection from the most common STI: genital herpes.
  • Engaging in any sexual activity not just intercourse can cause you to spread STIs, including
Know Why Too Much Paracetamol Can Kill You

Know Why Too Much Paracetamol Can Kill You

Like most of us, you might have gotten headache sometimes. What do you do to soothe it?

Do you sleep it off or reach for a pain reliever? Most people would take Paracetamol whenever they have a headache 

Paracetamol AKA Tylenol, Panadol etc. is an over-the-counter medicine; which means you can get it without your health care provider’s prescription.

It is widely considered to be a safe pain killer which can also be used for fever.

But if you take it for long periods for certain illnesses, can lead to you having renal, gastrointestinal, and cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure and stroke

If you are taking paracetamol tablets for long-term pain relief, it is important for you to have proper knowledge about how to effectively take it.

All about Paracetamol (Panadol): 

  • You can use Paracetamol to relief Mild to Moderate pain like headache, toothache, back pain, menstrual pain, arthritis pain, fever, cold and flu ache.
  • Paracetamol is generally available as 500mg tablets.
    • You can take a maximum of 2 tablets at a time, and in a day, you can take a maximum of 8 tablets into 4 divided doses.
    • Meaning, the maximum you should take as an adult is 4 grams (4000 mg) per day
  • For children, you should always consult your doctor before giving any medicine as their dose is mostly dependent on their weight
  • You should keep at least 6 hours gap between your two paracetamol doses.
  • You can take it with or without food as it will not cause you to have a lot of gastric irritation.
    • However, it is recommended you take it after a meal or with milk or with some food.
  • Paracetamol will take about 30 to 40 mins to give its effects:
    • so, you should wait for at least this much time before you take any other actions
  • Sometimes the medicine you are taking for cold & flu already contain paracetamol as an ingredient:
    • in that case you do not need to take extra paracetamol
  • if you take the paracetamol chewable tablet, you must chew it thoroughly before you swallow it.
Know the Dangers of Mixing NyQuil and Alcohol

Know the Dangers of Mixing NyQuil and Alcohol

Nyquil is an over-the-counter (OTC) medication that is used to treat symptoms associated with colds and the flu, such as cough, runny nose, and aches and pains. 

Drinking alcohol while taking Nyquil can be a recipe for disaster because Nyquil sometimes contains the ingredients acetaminophen and dextromethorphan and neither ingredient is safe to use with alcohol 

So, if you’re currently taking Nyquil, you should avoid consuming alcohol. Read on to learn why and what to do if you’ve already mixed the two.

Why?

  • Acetaminophen, a pain reliver and fever reducer, can be toxic to the liver and overdosing on it is the leading cause of acute liver failure. 
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages while taking acetaminophen increases your risk for liver damage.
  • Dextromethorphan AKA DXM, is an ingredient in Nyquil that suppresses coughing. It is also unsafe when combined with alcohol.
  • If you ingest high doses of DXM along with alcohol, you may experience shallow breathing, stupor or coma. 

And when you repeatedly mix the two can eventually lead to liver damage because together, alcohol and acetaminophen can place extra stress on your liver. 

Combining high doses could even lead to death.

Short-term side effects of mixing alcohol and Nyquil include:

  • increased drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • coordination issues
  • increased heart rate
  • stomach upset

What if I’ve already mixed NyQuil and alcohol?

If you’ve already mixed Nyquil and alcohol, you should avoid consuming more alcohol. This can help you to lower your risk of experiencing unpleasant side effects.

If you’ve only had one or two drinks, you likely don’t need to be too concerned. If you’ve had more than that, it’s probably best to seek medical treatment to err on the side of caution. 

Seek emergency treatment if you notice:

  • intense feelings of sleepiness or drowsiness
  • rapid heart rate
  • nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • abdominal pain 
  • irritability or agitation
  • loss of appetite
  • confusion
  • hallucinations
  • seizures
IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!

I am not better than:Those who began this year with us and are no more in the land of the living..Those who are laying sick in the hospital..Those being fed through their anus, nose, stomach etc..Those who can barely make a living..All I can say is, “Thank you Most High God for allowing me to see another birthday”
“So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who has mercy” 

Diabetes and Fruits Tips You Need to Know

Diabetes and Fruits Tips You Need to Know

I get lots of question about diabetes and fruits.

Lots of people say to me, “I’ve got diabetes, and worry about eating different fruits because they are too sweet or contain sugar”.

They are told that fruits are bad if you are diabetic and they want to know what the deal is. 

If you are diabetic, there are certain fruits that are better for you than others.

According to The American Diabetes Association, you should not be scared of fruits.

Fruit is Healthy

Plus, it is packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, and nutrients that can lower your risk of cancer and heart disease.

You should focus on eating non-sweet fruits because these are the fruits that are not going to spike your blood sugar. 

 Best Diabetes Fruits Choices

Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cherries

  • You should eat these because they are rich in anthocyanins which will help raise your HDL (“good”) cholesterol while lowering your LDL(“bad”) cholesterol.
  • Eating them will provide you with vitamin C and fiber (nearly 8 grams), which makes you feel full longer while keeping your blood sugar down
  • They contain potassium, which will help keep your blood pressure down.

Citrus fruits: Tangerines, orange, grapefruit, nectarine

  • These are high in both vitamin C and folate, which will help with your blood sugar control.
  • if you are on a potassium restricted diet or take cholesterol-lowering medication you may have to watch your intake of citrus fruits so make sure you discuss intake with your physician before adding them to your meal plan. 

Apples

Pears

  • Apples and pears are very similar.
  • They have the skin which is more of the insoluble fiber which is like a broom that helps sweep things through your digestive tract.
  • And the pectin (inside); the soluble fiber that is going to bind to toxins and help slow the release of sugar from your stomach into your bloodstream. 

Cantaloupe

  • When you eat it, you are supplied with enough beta-carotene and vitamin C  to meet your daily requirements
  • Excellent source of potassium, an antioxidant which can help lower your blood pressure.

Tomatoes

  • Loaded with lycopene, a natural chemical that gives the tomato its bright color.
  • It’s a powerful antioxidant that is associated with lowering your LDL cholesterol levels.
  • Will help lower your risk for heart disease and diabetes related conditions.
  • Cooking your tomatoes will provide more lycopene than eating them raw.

Avocado

  • It’s a wonderful low-sugar option for you.
  • Although high in fat, it’s mostly polyunsaturated fat, which will provide you with a variety of anti-inflammatory benefits

So, instead of being wary of nature’s candy, you should eat some every day.

Know How Soluble Fiber Lowers Blood Cholesterol

Know How Soluble Fiber Lowers Blood Cholesterol

Anika is 34 with a family history of hyperlipidemia and hypertension. Last year, a routine test revealed a cholesterol level of 220mg/dL, which is considered borderline high. That was a wakeup call for her to act and watch what she ate. 

This year, she repeated the test and her cholesterol level has dropped to 190mg/dL. She achieved this by eating foods high in fiber. 

For good heart health, your body needs fiber which you can get by eating a variety of foods. 

Although there are several forms of fiber, they can be classified into two major groups: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. While both are good for the body, only one group has been shown to be beneficial in lowering your cholesterol.

Soluble fiber is a type of fiber found in plant foods. Because it is not absorbed in the intestine, It can bind cholesterol in your intestine and remove it from the body. Which can help you lower your blood cholesterol levels. 

Getting more soluble fiber in your diet is easy 

 When it comes to your heart health, studies have shown that eating 5 to 10 grams of soluble fiber a day can help lower your total and LDL-cholesterol by 5 to 11 points, and sometimes more.

To eat at least 5 to 10 grams of soluble fiber a day, you should choose many foods with 1 to 3 grams of soluble fiber.

Once you get started, you’ll see that eating foods high in soluble fiber is a delicious way to lower your LDL-C. 

 Foods High in Soluble Fiber

  • You should eat whole grains to get 1-2 grams in just ½ cup of cooked barley, oatmeal, oat bran, and quinoa.
  • Eating lean protein foods will give you 1 to 3 grams per ½ cup of beans such as black-eyed peas; chick peas; and black, kidney, lima, navy, pinto, and soy beans.
  • Consuming healthy fats will give you 1 or more grams in 2 tbsp avocado, 1 tbsp whole chia seeds, and 2 tbsp ground flax seeds.
  •  You will enjoy 1 or more grams in vegetables like, ½ cup cooked or 1 cup raw broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, green beans, okra, onions, parsnips, and turnips.
  • You can get 1 gram in starchy vegetable; ½ cup of sweet potatoes and green peas 
  • Fruits:  Enjoy 1 or more grams in a medium apple, banana, guava, orange, peach, or pear; 2 apricots or plums; ½ mango; ¼ cup figs or dried apricots or 3 prunes; and 1 cup of raspberries, blackberries, or strawberries.

 You can take a natural fiber supplement like psyllium. Start with a small dose mixed with water then slowly increase the dose, taking as directed. 

Don’t you forget to drink extra water as you increase your daily fiber intake. Your fluid needs vary, but 9 to 12 cups of fluid a day are recommended for most healthy people.