Archive for March, 2017

Tips for Getting Better Sleep

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Sleep plays a significant role in optimum health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. Hence, don’t let anything come in the way of your sleep every night. Here are a few tips to ensure that you get a satisfying, deep sleep every night.

1.Stick to a sleep schedule every day, even on the weekends.

Following a strict routine helps regulate your body’s clock and can help you fall asleep at the ideal time every night.

2.Avoid naps

Power napping may help you get through the day, but if you find that you can’t fall asleep at bedtime, eliminating even short naps may help.

3.Exercise daily

Even light exercise is better than no activity. Exercise keeps you going throughout the day, and encourages your body to rest at bedtime. However, aim to finish any vigorous exercise 3 to 4 hours before you head to bed.

4.Evaluate your room

Ensure that your sleep environment is ideal. Your bedroom should be cool and free from any noise that can disturb you. Finally, there should be no light during bedtime. Check your room for noises or other distractions. Consider using blackout curtains, eye shades, earplugs, fans or other devices that can help make the environment more comfortable.

5.Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows

Make sure your mattress is comfortable and suitable for you. Make sure the room is free of allergens that might affect you and objects that might cause you to slip or fall if you have to get up.

6. Pay attention to what you eat and drink

Don’t go to bed either hungry or stuffed. Your discomfort might keep you up. Also limit how much you drink before bed, to prevent disruptive middle-of-the-night trips to the toilet.

7.Manage stress

When you have too much to do or too much to think about, your sleep is likely to suffer. To help restore peace, consider ideal ways to manage stress by getting organized, setting priorities and delegating tasks.

8.Power Down

The blue glow from a mobile phone, tablet, or digital clock on your bedside table may hurt your sleep. Turn off TVs, computers, and other blue-light sources an hour before you go to bed.

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A Guide to Good Oral Health

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Oral Health should not be ignored. Your mouth is a prime gateway to your body, and keeping it clean and healthy can help prevent various diseases. Here’s a comprehensive guide on oral health.

The Basics
  • Brush at least twice a day, especially after eating breakfast and before bedtime.
  • Floss every day.
  • Limit the number of times you eat snacks each day.
  • Visit your dentist regularly.
Brushing Technique
  • Place the toothbrush at a 45° angle along the gum line. Move the toothbrush back and forth, and repeat for each tooth.
  • Brush the inside surface of each tooth, using the same back and forth technique.
  • Brush the top of each tooth.
  • Use tip of the brush behind each tooth — front and back, top and bottom and up and down strokes.
  • Be sure to brush your tongue to remove odor-causing bacteria.
Flossing Technique
  • Pull 18 to 24 inches of dental floss from the dispenser.
  • Wrap the ends of the floss around your index and middle fingers.
  • Hold the floss tightly around each tooth in a C shape; move the floss back and forth in a push-pull motion and up and down against the side of each tooth.
Monitor your food and beverage intake
  • Harmful germs and bacteria feed on sugar. By reducing your sugar intake, you can deduct the quantity of bacteria in your mouth. Restrict your sugar intake to mealtimes and do not brush immediately after.
  • Be careful while consuming acidic foods and drinks. Acid strips tooth enamel of its minerals. Over time, enamel damage leaves the teeth unprotected against cavity-causing bacteria.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to irritations of the tissues inside the mouth, including the tongue and slower healing and poor healing after dental surgery.
  • Smoking also has harmful effects on your teeth. When you smoke, you interfere with the normal function of gum tissue cells and affect the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth. This leaves you more susceptible to infections and impairs blood flow to the gums.
Regular dental check-ups
  • The body naturally builds up plaque and calculus and if not removed, it embeds underneath the gum tissues and discreetly causes periodontal disease.
  • Cavities can cause suffering and swelling, and in extreme cases, also the loss of a tooth. Regular checkups with your dentist will allow you to catch cavities before they turn into big problems.
  • There is a strong correlation between gum disease and heart disease. Sugar and starch on the teeth produces large amounts of bacteria that end up in the blood stream. While bacteria normally exists in the mouth, gum disease increases the level of bacteria dramatically and it gets carried through the blood and can end up lodged in the heart and clog blood vessels.

Take a moment to think about your oral health. It’s something you should definitely not overlook. Developing and maintaining good oral health and hygiene is not time-consuming or difficult and it can lead to so many worthwhile benefits for the mouth and our overall wellbeing.

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Dangerous Fashion Trends

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Fashion is supposed to empower you and make you feel good about yourself. But to what extent?

Some of the trends abound can actually harm you and even make you fall sick. Here are some fashion fads you should think twice about.

Tight-Fitting Jeans

Yes, these jeans may make your body look good, but wearing them on a regular basis can potentially harm your lower body. Jeans can press into the nerves supplying the thigh so you can get numbness at the side of the thigh with some tingling. It can also lead to weakness in the lower limbs.

High Heels

While it said that the right pair of shoes can make or break an outfit, it is also true that the right pair of shoes can be the wrong one for your body. Lateral ankle sprain, stress fractures, worsening of bunions, hammertoes, neuroma pain and burning under the balls of the foot are common side effects of wearing heels for long. Moreover, prolonged periods of wearing high heels can alter the natural positioning of your feet and ankle.

Stretching and strengthening exercises can be done to prepare feet and ankles for high heels.

Neck Ties

It is of utmost importance to avoid securing your tie too tight. This measure is to avoid building up of intracranial pressure and its resulting increased eye pressure. Give your neck region enough breathing space at all times.

Gel Manicures

Gel manicures have taken the fashion world by storm recently. However, over exposure to the U.V. light that dries the nails can lead to photo damage to the hand, that can result in increased aging of the skin and also increased risk of skin cancer. This can be prevented by getting gel manicures less frequently or going to salons that utilize LED light.

Tight hairstyles

Women should avoid tying tight ponytails or buns often. Pulling tightly on the hair follicles for a long period of time can lead to traction alopecia, which causes permanent hair-loss. The solution is to loosen the strength of the pull and make sure that there isn’t any discomfort or tension.

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Heavy Handbags

Large and heavy handbags cause a lot of strain on your shoulders, back, tendons, and muscles. This can lead to pain, headaches, and muscle tension, some of which becomes serious enough to need medical attention. It is best to carry light and switch handbags among shoulders.