Archive for December, 2014

Top Four ways to burn fat while you sleep

Monday, December 22nd, 2014


You may have heard eating after 8 pm is bad for your health, especially if you are on a weight loss plan. But that isn’t true, the fact is that you just have to know which foods to eat and which ones to avoid as the evening advances.
However, try to eat dinner at least two hours before bed, and if you are one of those regular late-night snackers, try to finish it at least an hour before bed. This will help your body’s natural sleeping metabolism to burn fat even while you are asleep. Moreover, this will also help avoid sleep disruption due to poor digestion or stomach issues.
Here is a list of dos and don’ts before to help lose weight as well as for a good night sleep:
Foods to eat: Eat whole natural foods that are high in vitamins and minerals and low in saturated fat, trans fat, artificial sugar, sodium and cholesterol. Fruits, green vegetables, white meat protein (not red meat), healthy fats, cottage cheese, etc. are the healthiest choices for a weight management plan.
Foods to avoid: Fried food, bread products, grains, rice, high diary food like ice-cream, alcoholic drinks, caffeinated drinks, etc. should be avoided before bed. Besides, too much of anything should be avoided.
Small meals: Try to eat small meals throughout the day- this technique has been a ‘favourite tip’ of trainers and dieticians over the world in weight loss program. Eating frequent and small meals throughout the day will help your metabolism rate, and will also ensure that your body continues to burn fat throughout the night. However, you must ensure these meals are healthy and nutritious.
Avoid overeating: Keep your bedtime eating to snacks. Overeating or eating a big meal before bedtime can disrupt your sleep and put stress on the body’s digestive system. Try using small dishes to make the food seem significant and large.

Oil-based foundations are Good or Bad

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Oil-based foundations have oil as their first ingredient and water usually as their second or third ingredient. Oil-based foundations feel greasy and thick, look and go on greasy, yet can blend out quite sheer.

Pros: Oil-based foundations can be very good for women with extremely dry or wrinkled skin. The emollient ingredients help the skin look very dewy and moist, which can minimize the appearance of wrinkles.

Cons: Oil-based foundations tend to be very greasy and/or thick and can look that way on the skin unless you are very adept at blending. They typically provide medium to full coverage and also have a tendency to turn orange on the skin after wearing them for awhile. This is because the extra oil in them affects the pigments in the foundation, causing them to oxidize. Additionally, if you wear face powder over this type of foundation, the oil grabs the talc and the face can appear coated and heavily made up. The same is true for blushes and eyeshadows—they will go on more heavily and will also become darker once applied. Traditional cream blushes tend to work best over this type of foundation.

Common Cold – Diseases and Conditions

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Although more than 100 viruses can cause a common cold, the rhinovirus is the most common culprit, and it’s highly contagious.

A cold virus enters your body through your mouth, eyes or nose. The virus can spread through droplets in the air when someone who is sick coughs, sneezes or talks. But it also spreads by hand-to-hand contact with someone who has a cold or by sharing contaminated objects, such as utensils, towels, toys or telephones. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth after such contact or exposure, you’re likely to catch a cold.

Cold viruses are almost always present in the environment. But the following factors can increase your chances of getting a cold:

  • Age. Infants and preschool children are especially susceptible to common colds because they haven’t yet developed resistance to most of the viruses that cause them. But an immature immune system isn’t the only thing that makes kids vulnerable. They also tend to spend lots of time with other children and frequently aren’t careful about washing their hands and covering their mouths and noses when they cough and sneeze. Colds in newborns can be problematic if they interfere with nursing or breathing through the nose.
  • Immunity. As you age, you develop immunity to many of the viruses that cause common colds. You’ll have colds less frequently than you did as a child. However, you can still come down with a cold when you are exposed to cold viruses or have a weakened immune system. All of these factors increase your risk of a cold.
  • Time of year. Both children and adults are more susceptible to colds in fall and winter. That’s because children are in school and most people spend a lot of time indoors. In warmer climates where cold weather doesn’t keep people inside, colds are more frequent in the rainy season,
  • Acute ear infection (otitis media). Ear infection occurs when bacteria or viruses infiltrate the space behind the eardrum. It’s a frequent complication of common colds in children. Typical signs and symptoms include earaches and, in some cases, a green or yellow discharge from the nose or the return of a fever following a common cold. Children who are too young to verbalize their distress may simply cry or sleep restlessly. Ear pulling is not a reliable sign.
  • Wheezing. A cold can trigger wheezing in children with asthma.
  • Sinusitis. In adults or children, a common cold that doesn’t resolve may lead to sinusitis — inflammation and infection of the sinuses.
  • Other secondary infections. These include strep throat (streptococcal pharyngitis), pneumonia, and croup or bronchiolitis in children. These infections need to be treated by a doctor.

10 tips to look after your teeth

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Here are some tips to help you look after your teeth.

  1. Brush at least twice a day. The best time to brush teeth is after meals. Choose a toothbrush with a small head for better access to back teeth. Soft bristles are kinder on your gums.
  2. Use fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride helps to harden tooth enamel and reduces your risk of decay.
  3. Brush thoroughly. Tooth brushing should take between two and three minutes.
  4. Floss your teeth daily. Use a slow and gentle sawing motion.
  5. Limit acidic drinks like soft drinks, cordials and fruit juices. Food acids soften tooth material and dissolve the minerals in tooth enamel, causing holes (cavities or caries). In severe cases, teeth may be ‘eaten’ right down to the gum.
  6. Limit sugary foods. Bacteria in dental plaque change sugars into acids.
  7. Protect your teeth from injury. Wear a mouthguard or full-face helmet when playing sports.
  8. Try to save a knocked out tooth. If possible, hold the tooth back in place while you seek immediate dental advice. If this is not possible, wrap the tooth in plastic or place it in milk and seek dental advice immediately.
  9. Avoid using your teeth for anything other than chewing food. If you use them to crack nuts, remove bottle tops or rip open packaging, you risk chipping or even breaking your teeth.
  10. See your dentist for regular check-ups. You should also visit your dentist if you have a dental problem such as a toothache or bleeding gums.

Guidelines for losing weight

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

1. Consult with your doctor, a dietician, or other qualified health professional to determine your ideal healthy body weight.

2. Eat smaller portions and choose from a variety of foods.

3. Load up on foods naturally high in fiber: Fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.

4. Limit portions of foods high in simple carbohydrates.

5. Limit portions of foods high in fat: dairy products like cheese, butter, and whole milk; red meat; cakes and pastries.

6. Exercise at least three times a week.