Asthma and Allergies: What’s the Connection?

Asthma and Allergies: What’s the Connection?

During certain times of the year, you might have noticed that your eyes become watery, and itchy. You might also notice that your throat feels tickly, or sore. Perhaps you’re coughing or wheezing more often than you should. These are all signs of allergies. But you might also notice that you have a harder time breathing when you experience allergy symptoms. This could be a sign that you’ve also developed asthma. This isn’t surprising.

The fact is, Asthma and allergies are inter-related conditions. Both are classified as auto-immune conditions that are triggered by a break-down in the immune system. A simplified explanation is that the human body responds to perceived “attacks” from triggers, such as flower and tree pollen, dust, mites, fur, mold, and other allergens. Chemicals called histamines develop in the body, causing the uncomfortable and sometimes, dangerous symptoms in the body. In other words, the body reacts in a manner to protect itself from perceived “threats”.

There’s nothing that you can do to stop your body from manufacturing histamines and other allergy-induced chemicals. However, there are things that you can do, in order to prevent being exposed to triggers, or to help eliminate allergy and asthma symptoms. First, you’ll need to visit your doctor in order to identify what’s causing your allergy symptoms.

Commonly, your doctor will perform a skin allergy test, exposing you to some of the most common allergens. When your skin shows sensitivity, your doctor will be able to identify what type of allergens you’ll need protection from. You could also be mindful of allergens in your house. Do you have pets? Are your air vents especially dusty? Are you regularly vacuuming your carpets? These are just a few questions you should ask yourself.

Finally, if you’ve been diagnosed with asthma, you’ll need to work extensively with your doctor, in order to find the right type of inhaler that will open your inflamed lungs. Then again, you might find that once you identify the cause of your allergies, you might not require the use of an asthma inhaler, at least not as much.

Your Guide To A Healthy Heart

Your Guide To A Healthy Heart

Heart disease is one of the most prevalent killers, and more people are dying at earlier age groups because of this condition. For the most part, illnesses and deaths that are caused by heart disease is completely preventable. Below are examples of how you can develop and maintain a healthy heart, enabling you to live for years to come.

Start An Exercise Plan

Let’s face it: Exercise isn’t everyone’s favorite thing to do. If everyone became in love with exercising, no one would suffer from obesity, heart disease or other maladies. But the fact is, there’s too much at stake with your health to deny yourself a regular exercise practice. And the good news is, it’s easy to start a program. You don’t have to start out by running marathons, or pumping hundreds of pounds of iron!

You can simply start by walking. Walking is a form of aerobic exercise, which definitely helps to promote a healthy heart. As you begin walking, you’ll notice that your blood circulation improves. In addition to this, since your heart is a muscle, it will also develop strength, pumping blood and oxygen throughout your body more powerfully. Start by walking for 20 minutes, at least three times a week. Then, you can add more time, or more walking sessions, as you become stronger.

Adjust Your Diet

There’s a reason why doctors encourage you to eat lean, whole foods. Foods that deep fried or are deeply processed help to encourage heart disease. Not only this, but the wrong types of foods will make you feel tired, sluggish, and lethargic. You won’t have the energy to exercise, which further encourages weight gain and heart disease.

You don’t have to eat salads exclusively, or begin a vegetarian diet. You can wean yourself into healthy eating by searching for healthy recipes that incorporate the use of healthy grains, lean meat, fish, and lots of vegetables. There are plenty of healthy recipes available for free on the Internet that are easy to prepare and are tasty, to boot!

Developing healthy lifestyle habits is the number-one preventative measure you can take, if you’d like to develop a healthy heart.

The Real Causes Of High Cholesterol

The Real Causes Of High Cholesterol

With all the talk in the media about high cholesterol, you might be wondering how you’ve developed the condition, and what you can do about it. Below are three solid reasons, with remedies to fight high cholesterol diagnosis:

You’re Eating Too Much “Bad” Fat

You can develop high cholesterol when you indulge in foods such as meats, whole milk, cheese, butter, and egg yolks. While eating these type of foods is healthy, indulging in high servings can allow saturated fatty deposits to build up in your blood.

You can also develop cholesterol by eating trans fat foods, such as fried foods, processed foods, and packaged foods, such as crisps, chips, crackers, and cookies. Needless to say, these are examples of foods that aren’t healthy. If you don’t want to eliminate these from your diet, be sure to at least eat these sort of foods, minimally.

You’re Not Exercising

There’s a plethora of reasons why you should be engaging in exercise, but one of the primary reasons is because the lack of exercise causes you to develop high cholesterol levels in your blood.

This leads to another reason why you could develop high cholesterol. You could develop it after you’ve become overweight. Needless to say, exercising helps to address both issues. Even taking a walk for 20 mins a day will help to increase the healthy flow of blood, while eliminating fat deposits and toxins.

You’re Aging

Men have to monitor their cholesterol levels for most of their adult lives. Their levels increases until they reach middle age. Then, it will generally level off, although middle-aged adults need to start becoming mindful of their health, and their eating habit.

Women in general don’t have to start worrying about their cholesterol levels until they reach menopause age. However, this doesn’t mean that women can eat whatever they wish, with no consequences! Both genders should be sure to eat foods that are lower in cholesterol, and engage in great physical health habits.

10 Simple Ways To Relieve Stress

10 Simple Ways To Relieve Stress

Listen To Calming Music

Listening to calming, soothing music directs focus from stressful incidents. Music therapy also lowers your blood pressure, and reduces the stress hormone called cortisol in your body.

Vent To A Friend

Talking to a friend or a loved one can help make your life feel more manageable. They’ll laugh with you, cry with you, or help you to gain new and positive perspectives about your situation. It always helps to feel as if there are people on your side, in any given situation.

Engage In Positive Self Talk

Sometimes, you have to encourage yourself. Re-playing the incident in your mind, to yourself, or even under your breath, is a great way for you to gain new clarity on the scenario. The situation might not be as bad as it seems, but if it is, you’ll figure out how to cope with the situation after you’ve observed the situation from an emotional distance.

Eat Properly, And Often

Skipping meals can make you feel tired, overwhelmed, cranky, or nauseous. You need to fuel your body, so that your mind can function properly. Certain food groups help you to feel more upbeat.

Take Deep Breaths

As the health benefits of meditation becomes more prevalent, more health care practitioners are teaching patients and fitness clients to practice deep breathing. You don’t have to chant while you breathe. Simply close your eyes, and inhale for a few seconds. Hold your breath, then exhale for a few seconds. As you repeat this pattern, you’ll notice that your breathing becomes deeper, as your body calms down. You’ll also notice that your mind will stop racing, as your blood pressure decreases.

Laugh To Keep From Crying

There’s wisdom in this old saying. It’s always helpful for you to find the humor in the most stress-filled situations. As you replay the scenario back in your mind, you might find that the scenario isn’t as bad as you originally perceived it to be. And, you might have a good time, laughing away your troubles.

Take A Relaxing Beverage Break

It’s often helpful to take a hot beverage break, in order to obtain a peaceful state of mind. Decaffeinated or herbal tea is especially pleasant to drink, under stressful circumstances.

Engage In Exercise

One of the best things that you can do under stressful situations, is start engaging in exercise. If you’re at work, simply take a moment or two to walk around your office building a time or two. If you’re at home, go for a walk, or a run, around your neighborhood.

Get A Good Night’s Rest

If you’ve ever stayed up late, you know how cranky you can feel the next day. A good night of sleep is essential for coping with the assessors of the day.

5 Ways To Lose Weight Without Dieting

5 Ways To Lose Weight Without Dieting

If asked, you’d probably admit that you’d like to lose weight, but you hate the idea of dieting. If you simply need to lose a few pounds, there are ways that you succeed, without going on a diet:

Avoid Emotional Eating

Like many others, you’ve probably been tempted to break out a pint of ice cream, cookies, or potato chips, when you’re not feeling your best. Or, perhaps you feel good, and you’d like to treat yourself to a rich meal. This turns into a problem when comfort and celebratory eating turns into a habit. Try to find other ways to cope with your emotions, beyond salving yourself with rich or fattening foods.

Decrease Your Portions

You’d probably be shocked to learn that you’re most likely eating far more food than your body requires. On average, a person eats two-three times more serving portions than they realize. Educate yourself about what a food portion looks like. You’ll notice that you’re not hungry, and you won’t encourage excess fat to develop.

Eat Until You’re Filled, Not “Full”

Many people were raised to believe that they weren’t finished eating unless they were full, or until they finished everything on their plate. Even as an adult, you might feel guilty about leaving the table unless your stomach is filled with food, causing you pain and discomfort. One of the best weight loss without dieting tricks you can use, is to eat until you are filled, instead of “full”.

You’ll know that you’re filled because you’ll feel satisfied, without feeling like your stomach is filled with gas or pain. You should feel comfortable getting up from the table, easily being able to walk. It might take practice but in time, you’ll be able to gauge when you’re filled with enough food.

Don’t Skip Breakfast

Skipping breakfast not only sets you up to gouge on more food later on in the day, it slows down your metabolism. At the very least, eat something quick and light, such as protein-rich yogurt. You’ll need to place something in your stomach, so that your body knows to start burning fuel.

Watch Those Sugary Drinks

Sugary drinks such as sodas, prepared ice-tea, fruit drinks and even pure fruit juices, are often weight-loss culprits. Pay attention to how many grams of sugar are contained in your beverages. This will help you to avoid excess calories in your diet.

Common Dental Myths Debunked

 

There are quite a few dental myths out there. It’s impossible to say how these myths started or who started them, but you’ll be surprised at the number of people who believe come to believe them.

In fact, chances are you may also believe some of these myths to be true. Luckily, some myths are somewhat harmless. But there are other myths that could harm you. In the case of the latter, ignorance isn’t bliss. It can cost you not just money, but significant pain and discomfort.

If you care about your teeth and oral health — and everyone should considering that studies have showed a linkage between poor oral hygiene and heart-related diseases — then the following are some of the myths that you need to forget starting today.

Myth 1 – Sugar Causes Cavities

You probably think same, don’t you? Well, the truth is, it’s not the sugar that causes the decay per se. It’s the acid that’s produced in the mouth when you consume foods with high sugar content.

When these acids stay in the mouth for longer than they should, they start eating away at or corroding your teeth, resulting in tooth decay. So, if you must eat sugary foods, do so in a short time. For instance, it’s better to drink your soda within 30 minutes, than to sip from a liter of soda all day. Better still, drink a glass of water immediately afterward.

Myth 2 – Bleeding Gums? Brush Less

Many people think bleeding gums are an indication that they need to brush their teeth less and let the gums heal. While it may sound counterintuitive, this is not true. You see, bleeding gums are usually a sign of something deeper than brushing — that’s assuming you don’t brush your teeth like you’re scrubbing a carpet. If you brush your teeth normally, there should be no bleeding.

Bleeding gums are usually caused by plaque or food particles lodged at the gum line. This often results in bacterial infections and cause bleeding when you brush your teeth. To get rid of this, you actually need to brush and floss your teeth more frequently until it stops.

Myth 3 – Teeth Whitening Procedures Weaken Your Teeth

This tends to not be true with the majority of products you might use to whiten your teeth. At least, as long as you’re not using industrial strength bleach or something similarly extreme. Most teeth whitening products and procedures are designed to have little or no side effects whilst whitening your teeth effectively.

Excessive bleaching however, will cause tooth sensitivity. So, as long as you use the tooth whitening products in moderations and only do the procedures at the right time, you will be fine. The packaging, itself, should give you a good indication of how to use a given product, but there is never any substitute for the advice of your dentist.

Myth 4 – My Teeth Feel Okay, I Don’t Need the Dentist

Really? It’s like saying there’s no need to check out the suspicious looking mole because it isn’t painful to the touch. While you don’t need to take up residency with your local dentist, you should still see them at least twice a year, even if you don’t know of anything being amiss.

After all, it does sound good to get a clean bill of health. However, periodic visits to the dentist can help you spot or identify medical conditions before they become difficult to treat. If you’ve fallen victim to this particular myth, do yourself a favor and schedule a checkup with a qualified dentist in your area, such as Premier Smile Center in Fort Lauderdale.

Myth 5 – You Should Brush Immediately After Meals

Apart from the fact that most people’s busy schedule don’t allow for this, there’s also the added disadvantage of weakening your enamel.

You see, when you eat, there’s a whole biochemical process that results in the production of acids whose primary function is to aid digestion and the breakdown of food, but also softens the enamel while it’s doing its functions.

These acids are often in the mouth for at least 15 minutes after you’re done eating. Brushing immediately after meals means that the softened enamel is further weakened, leaving your teeth unprotected and causing extreme tooth sensitivity. It’s better to wait about at least 30 minutes after eating, enough time for the acids in your mouth to dissipate.

Oscar King is a freelance writer and family man who contributes articles and insights into issues affecting health, children, and life in the home.

Stories from Pediatricians that Will Warm Your Heart

 

 

A strong trait that separates a good pediatrician from a great one is caring. Great pediatricians care about every child that comes into their office, and when you look for a pediatric physician, you should choose one that seems to care more than the rest. This short collection of stories comes from pediatricians who are in the field to heal children, because they really do care. They are examples of the type of pediatrician that you should choose for your child.

Oscar

Oscar was a two-year-old boy with a malformation that prevented his body from eliminating the amount of waste that was needed for him to be healthy. Unfortunately, local medical care in his area did not help with his problem. His family had sold almost everything to pay for his medical care, before being urged by neighbors, friends, and even their family to let Oscar die. His parents refused to give up. When they heard that the International Hospital Children would be sending a team of pediatric surgeons to a hospital 7 hours away, they sold one of their last valuable items, a traditional Mayan family heirloom to afford the bus trip. The day after his surgery, two-year-old Oscar was laughing, smiling, and finally recovering thanks to the skill and care he, at long last, received.

Bekah

Bekah was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect that was very complex in nature. It was so complex that many of the specialists Bekah had seen in her first year of life led the family to believe there was little hope she would recover. That all changed when the Bekah met with Dr. Kappelle, a pediatric cardiology specialist. Under his care, a full diagnosis of her complex heart defects was completed, and a treatment plan was put into place. It was this treatment plan and Dr. Kappelle’s positive outlook that saved Bekah’s life.

Chloe

Chloe was diagnosed with her heart problem just three days after her birth. On the second day of her life she had become extremely fussy — by the third, her legs were turning blue. She was treated by Dr. Ashcraft, who worked immediately to repair the missing pulmonary branch of the left side of her heart, as well as several other defects. After the surgery, her blood was clotting properly. Hours later, her parents were finally allowed to see her. They were surprised to also see Dr. Ashcraft, who was sitting by her bedside, making sure that Chloe would be okay. Thanks to his efforts, Chloe is going to be 14 this year.

Oliver

In the pediatric unit, not all nurses look at patients the same. Only 24 hours after his birth, young Oliver suffered two separate small-vessel strokes, a hemorrhagic stroke and an ischemic stroke. Had the pediatric nurse not been keeping a close eye, the slight quivering may never have been noticed. Oliver is a healthy 7-year old today, thanks to the immediate diagnosis of his condition through the attentive eyes of his pediatric nurse.

Rafe

Rafe’s mother was 34 weeks pregnant when she was seen because he had not been moving for ten days. There didn’t appear to be anything wrong from the images, but it was pediatric nurse Sarah that told Rafe’s mother and father that something wasn’t right. It turned out she was right — his mother had been leaking amniotic fluid. An emergency C-section was scheduled, but Rafe’s problems didn’t stop there. He had also been hemorrhaging, himself. Had it not been for the dedication of Sarah and the staff at St. Vincent, Rafe probably would have not lived to see his first breath. Today, he is a happy and healthy five-year-old.

It’s stories like these that separate the good from the great. When you’re looking at pediatric care, whether in the form of general care or from an urgent care center like Night Lite, these are the stories you want to look for — it’s not about going above and beyond, it’s about caring enough to do the right thing.

Lautaro Martinez is a freelance writer and family man who contributes articles and insights into the blessings and challenges of family life and owning a home.

Stress And It’s Effect On Your Health

Stress can be termed as a usual physical and psychological reaction to the hustle and bustle of the modern daily life. It is the reaction of the body to any kind of change that in turn needs a response or a change like increased commuting for work. The body then copes with such changes via mental, physical, and emotional responses. When the ability to cope is taken to the limit, then stress may occur as a mental, psychological, or physical symptom. Studies have indicated that Americans experience stress challenges at some point in their lives, each year.
Stress is but a normal aspect of life. Stress can occur due to varied events, such as death of a loved one, or due to things that one does to oneself, such as overworking, or the causes may not be immediately known. Stress can get triggered via varied factors including the body, environments, thoughts, and mental frame of mind, etc.

Effects of stress on the physical and mental health

The symptoms of stress can be observed on the thoughts, body, behavior, and feelings/emotions. When you are able to recognize these symptoms, then you get a head start as far as stress management is concerned. One of the best places to relieve stress and simultaneously have fun is PhuketFit wellness center and fit seaside resort in Phuket, Thailand.

It is important to keep a check on stress levels as untreated cases can result in a variety of health problems like cardiac disease, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.

A few common effects of stress on the body include muscle pain or tension, headache, fatigue, pain in chest, upset stomach, sex drive changes, sleep disturbances; on the behavior include anger outbursts, under-eating or overeating, social withdrawal, use of tobacco, and alcohol or drug abuse; on the mood include restlessness, anxiety, lowered focus or motivation, depression, sadness, anger, and/or irritability.

Research has also indicated that stress can trigger or worsen certain diseases or their symptoms.

Causes and management of stress

The design of the human body allows it to experience stress and respond to it. Stress be either negative or positive. In case of the latter, it keeps us alert and helps avoid hazards and dangers, while negative stress can cause a patient to experience constant challenges without any relaxation or relief in between the challenges of life. The individual thus becomes fatigues and overworked, causing the stress-associated tension to accumulate.
An alarm system is hard-wired into the human brain for our protection. Thus, when the brain senses danger, then it produces increased amounts of hormones to facilitate an ideal response to the threat. This response is termed as ‘flight or fight’ reaction.

After the danger abates, the body usually returns to a relaxed normal state. However, the continuous tension that accompanies the modern life ensure that this alarm system shuts off only on rare occasions. Our team of wellness experts at PhuketFit will help you relax and shut down this alarm system and also educate you about future management of stress.

Book your stress-busting vacation with us today!

Nose Implant – Important Consideration Before You Undergo Surgery

Human external nose is comprised of a series of interconnected parts that consists the bony pyramid, skin, cartilage and the tip of the nose that is both skin and cartilage. Nose Implant is also known as rhinoplasty which means nose forming/molding. It is a plastic surgery procedure in which there the structure and shape of the nose is changed.

The changed can be attain by removing or adding cartilage or bone, splicing tissues from another body areas, and or implanting synthetic material to modify the nose’ shape. After the operation, the size of the nose will be reduced, the width of the nostrils will change, and the tip of the nose will be perfect.

In the United States, it is the most common performed cosmetic surgical practice since year 2000. In 2003, there were 356,554 rhinoplasties performed compared to 128,667 facelifts and 254,140 breast augmentations. In Singapore, nose/nasal implant or nose job has become even more popular over the past 3 decades. There is a rapid increase of people who chose a nose implant to enhance their look and treat respiratory problems.

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Purpose

  • Enhancement. There are few people who are not comfortable in the size of their nose. It may be too large, mis-shapen, crooked, and malformed when born. To attain the right shape of nose, nose implant is the ultimate solution. Others want to change their flat-nose look to a pointed one.
  • Medication. Accident that causes damages to nose is one reason why nose implant is needed. While others are contented in the shape of their nose, an accident will leave them no choice but undergo nose repair. It helps to restore back the shape of the nose after the damage.
  • Comfortable breathing.  The form of the nose may sometimes be the reason why a person can’t breathe comfortably. Rhinoplasty can be the solution for breathing problems.

Place for Procedure

It can be perform in any fully recognized surgical facility. It can be inpatient or outpatient depending on the specialist that will perform the procedure. Accredited surgical facility usually has all materials needed for the operation, clean & comfortable environment/clinic and the qualified/experienced/skilled surgeon that will conduct the operation.

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What To Expect After The Nose Implant?

  • The patient can walk out from the clinic.
  • There will be stabilizing tape that stays for a couple of days before it will be removed. Normally, it will last 7 days. The patient can go back to normal daily routine after a week when the tape is taken out.
  • Expect some swelling in the area of your nose where the surgery was being made. It is normal. Swelling and bruising will be healed by maximum of two weeks.
  • There will be difficulty in breathing for few days after the operation. Don’t worry, when the swelling decreases, the patient will experience a comfortable breathing.
  • There will be changes of the shape of the nose. The result varies on how expert the surgeon is. Expert surgeon can give you the perfect nose shape result as what you expected.

Risks

A nose implant is not exempted to possible risks just like any other surgery. Possible risks may be but are not limited to bleeding, infection, difficulty of breathing and scarring.  A nose implant is not advisable for younger individuals, between ages of 14-15.

To avoid possible future risks, it is important to consult skilled and experienced surgeons that will undergo the operation. The specialist can handle the patient very well making his/her best to prevent possible risks from occurring. The surgeon and the patient should discuss some guidelines for drinking, eating, and washing of the face, smoking and avoiding and taking come medications.

 

The Psychology of a Smile: How Your Teeth Influence the Way Others Perceive You

Among the first things a person will see upon meeting you is your smile. After all, being so central within one’s features and often so contrasted by your skin and other facial features, it’s hard to miss. This, naturally, means that the state of your teeth will often be among the first things people notice about you, and the dental industry makes most of its income from catering to this small aesthetic fact. Nobody wants to be judged, and there’s a reason teeth influence the ways others perceive you.

So how is it your teeth have such influence?

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The Psychology of a Smile

Going a little beyond oral hygiene for a moment, you probably already know the difference between a smile that’s sincere and one that’s forced. You just need to look to the eyes. Naturally, the sincerity of your smile will have a profound impact on how it’s received.

It’s become very much the standard of oral beauty to have teeth that are in good condition. By this, we mean that they are all aligned, proportionally sized, clean, and unstained. Gums should likewise be a light, healthy pink. The American dental industry earns billions each year helping people achieve these standards of dental aesthetics, greatly influenced as they are by the fashions and trends of Hollywood. In particular, teeth that are in good condition suggest that the person takes care of themselves, is hygienic, is considerate of their appearance, and can also afford good dental.

All of these make them seem more attractive in the eyes of others.

Conversely teeth that are yellowed, crooked, stained or showing signs of decay indicate that the person in question doesn’t look after themselves, practices poor personal hygiene, and is either unwilling or unable to afford appropriate dental care. Likewise, one the results of bad teeth — bad breath — is just unpleasant to experience in general. Naturally, these do not give people a good impression.

The Importance of a First Impression

Whether they mean to or not, people are known to form opinions about you within the first few minutes of making your acquaintance. Once that impression has been made, it can be very hard to shake off.

It’s essential in your personal and professional life for you to make as good of an impression on people as you can upon your first acquaintance. As we mentioned before, your smile and the state of your teeth will be among the first things they see, so it’s important that you don’t let that ruin the perceptions of others.

This is especially true for those looking for a new job, as your job interview will quickly establish an assessment of yourself and your character based on a short span of acquaintance. If you look like a slob who takes little responsibility over your appearance, then that’s exactly what potential employers will assume. This will quickly close doors for you — doors that are difficult to have opened again.

Other situations will also depend, fairly or not, on the state of your appearance, from personal relationships to interactions with government bodies, to how you’ll be received by strangers at social gatherings. While no one wants to perpetuate a shallow community that focuses solely on people’s appearance as a measure of their worth, the fact is that if you don’t look like someone who looks after themselves you automatically seem shabby, irresponsible, and unprofessional. And your teeth are aspects of yourself that are very easy to keep to high standards, with just a little discipline and the help of qualified dental hygienists like the folks at Orlando Smiles Inc.

The Importance of Healthy Teeth

In order to control how your teeth influence the thoughts of others, you need to make sure you practice good standards of oral hygiene. Brush your teeth after every meal, avoid sugary snacks, foods and drinks that stain teeth, and visit your dentist regularly to ensure your teeth are as healthy as they can be. Not only is this great for your personal appearance, but it’s also important for your health.

Remember: bad teeth are often indicative of poor dental health. If your teeth look exceptionally yellow and stained, expect to see a lot of tooth decay in your future.

About the author: 

Christian Mills is a freelance writer and professional student who contributes articles and advice on a variety of topics that affect students and everyday life.

 

Healthy Foods that Won’t Go Bad for Weeks

We all have seen the photos and stories of twinkies, fast food, and other various snacks remaining virtually unchanged after months or even years. While the longevity of such foods is impressive, their high levels of processed materials, chemical agents, additives, and artificial preservatives make these foods poor staples for a healthy diet. Those that spend their life on the road or travel frequently for work often feel like these sorts of things are their only options. Professional truck drivers, in particular, face this challenge every day — and are even required to pass regular physicals to ensure their health and safety while at the wheel for so long. Fortunately, there are foods that are both healthy and have a long shelf life — you just have to know where to find these foods and how to store them safely. For this, we look towards a small and unlikely population which has mastered this art: doomsday preppers. These folks have an advanced knowledge of food storage that we can use in order to fill our diet with healthy foods that also have long shelf lives. Below some staples that you can incorporate into your diet.

Water

Admittedly this is a more obvious inclusion but one that merits attention because proper hydration is so important to a healthy lifestyle, and so often gets overlooked. Water can be stored indefinitely when sealed and packaged correctly. Keeping water on hand can help you to avoid the high calorie/high sugar drinks widely available on the road that act as empty, unhealthy calories. It also can help to keep you feeling full between meals.

Nuts & Nut Butters

Whether you’re a fan of peanuts, almonds, cashews or pistachios, nuts provide many nutritional benefits and have a lengthy shelf life of between 2 to 5 years when stored properly. This extends to butters made from these products such as peanut butter and almond butter. Opt for these items as a substitute in favor of processed meats or other proteins with a higher content of fat.

Beans

Another healthy source of protein that can last a long time, the bean family has many choices that when sealed can last upwards of 10 years. Added to rice (another good choice for long-term storage), a fresh meat choice and a little hot sauce, you have a delicious Mexican dish that is far healthier than any fast food alternative.

Raisins, Dried Fruit, and Organic Fruit Strips

Just a handful of raisins will provide a full serving of fruit. Raisins have protein, fiber, iron, and Vitamin C and are loaded with antioxidants and potassium, to boot. Organic raisins are the best choice so you can avoid the toxic pesticides used in commercial farming. Enhance your supply with dried apricots, dates, cranberries, mangos and whatever else your family enjoys. Skip the fruit rollups, which are ladened with unwanted high-fructose corn syrup and opt instead for organic fruit strips. All of these can last months and even years when stored properly and are healthy alternatives to the rest-stop snack machine.

Honey

Have a sweet tooth but can’t come up with an item that’ll last an extended amount of time besides a candy bar? Honey is the answer to your quandary as it can be put on any number of foods in order to treat yourself to a sweet, but healthy dish. What’s even better is that honey has the potential to last forever when stored correctly.

Canned and Dehydrated Meats

Just because you can get your protein from some of the above sources doesn’t mean you can’t get them from meats with a long shelf life. Jerky can provide an excellent source of protein, and when you smoke it yourself, it can be a healthy source of protein that stores well. Canned meats and fishes also provide health benefits and are better choices than a fast food fried fish sandwich.

Whether you are trying to stay healthy for your Driver Physicals or whether you just want some healthy alternatives to your everyday snacking, we hope these suggestions give you a good place to start. Brian Levesque is a freelance writer and small business operator who contributes advice on the myriad of issues affecting the self-employed and the business world at large.

Does a Whiter Smile Necessarily Mean Healthier?

It’s the fashion nowadays for smiles to be clean, perfectly aligned, dazzling and, above all else, whiter than fine bone china. This has very much been the trend for nealy a century and continues to be seen extensively in magazines, TV shows and art wherever ideal standards of beauty are portrayed. Supposedly, whiter smiles indicate better dental hygiene, but does a whiter smile necessarily mean a healthier one?

A History of White-Toothed Smiles

In America, the trend towards white teeth got started because white teeth suggested access to an excellent dentist, which in turn suggested you were wealthy enough to be able to afford one.

Moreover, it also suggested you had the money for expensive treatments required in order to get that dazzling Hollywood smile. As the glamour of white teeth got a foothold, it quickly became assumed that white was the natural colour of teeth.

It doesn’t help that your teeth are going to be among the first things that people notice and make a judgement on regarding your appearance. By our nature, we tend to focus on the mouth when listening to other people talk, so having whiter teeth tends to make a better impression.

A More Natural Smile

In actuality, your teeth are supposed to be at least off-white, more usually an ivory colour. While some people may appear to have whiter teeth than others, this is just an optical illusion caused by contrasting skin pigmentation. African-Americans, for example, tend to have more dazzling smiles than their Caucasian compatriots. While having dark yellow teeth is certainly a cause for concern – it means that food has built up and stained your teeth – in general, there isn’t anything to worry about if your teeth aren’t snow white.

If anything, having teeth that are too white is actually a worrying sign for most dentists. After all, if your teeth aren’t their natural colour then it clearly means there’s something not quite right.

One problem that whiter-than-white teeth might suggest is brittleness. The yellowish colour that usually marks healthy teeth comes from the dentine that forms the bulk of your tooth enamel. If you notice that your teeth don’t seem quite as yellow as they should be, it could mean that the dentine in your teeth has become compromised, weakening their overall strength.

Another problem with white teeth is the possibility of over-bleaching them. Usually bleaching doesn’t cause too much damage to your teeth, especially if it’s done somewhere like Premier Smile Center by professional dentists. There are also plenty of natural ways to bleach teeth that are also gentle to your tooth structure. That said, repeated bleaching can eventually start to damage the tooth enamel, making your teeth weaker and more prone to cracking or loosening.

Hidden Dangers

There are also dangers that are less apparent. Just because your teeth are white doesn’t necessarily mean they are healthier. White teeth are just as susceptible to cavities and fissures as yellow teeth — it’s just that white teeth usually look to have less plaque on them than yellow teeth do. That doesn’t stop plaque collecting in those hard-to-reach crevices within your teeth, though, or in the gaps between teeth where your brush can’t reach. Likewise, fizzy, acidic beverages will still damage their tooth enamel.

Further, focusing too much on the teeth ignores an equally important part of dental hygiene – healthy gums. Your gums should always be a light pink colour, like cotton candy. If it’s more of a red colour than pink, or if they bleed while you’re brushing, then you have the beginnings of gum disease. This could lead to your teeth falling out, pearly white or not.

Think Healthy, Not Pretty

The easiest way to get naturally white teeth is to brush regularly after every meal or sugary drink. Doing so will immediately clear any plaque from your teeth, as well as clean off any staining remnants of past food. In a few months, this will lead to an attractive, natural and very healthy smile. You may also want to consider regular flossing, as well as rinsing out your mouth every morning and night with a good, strong mouthwash.

If in doubt, don’t be afraid to ask your dentist about other ways to make your teeth whiter while keeping them healthier. They can either bleach and clean them professionally for you or recommend products to use alongside your daily brushing and flossing.

Christian Mills is a freelance writer and family man who provides articles and advice on topic affecting the home and family life.

Biggest Hazards in Oil Processing

Oil extraction and refining forces people to work in highly hazardous situations. The process of refining oil involves drilling for naturally occurring crude oil and breaking it down into useful forms of petroleum, gas, kerosene, etc. There are poisonous chemicals, refining techniques, and the potential for explosions that make oil processing very dangerous for people working in the industry. This process can also be extremely risky to the natural environment surrounding an oil refinery or drilling site. OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health continue to enforce standards for gas and oil extraction, making procedures and environments more controlled and safer for workers. Chemicals, respirable materials, and even noise can have dangerous effects on the people and animals in the area.

Biggest Hazards in Oil Processing

Heavy Metals

One of the first hazards of mention in oil processing is not going to be a story about huge explosions or fires that burn for days. Rather, I will discuss something far more dangerous and widespread. Whenever you have an industrial process, there are impacts to the surrounding environment and the creatures that dwell in it. When processing oil, there are many heavy metal by-products that get released into the nearby water. Some of these metals include arsenic, mercury, lead, zinc, and copper. While very tiny amounts of these elements are not extremely toxic to humans, they are still absorbed or ingested by animals and can build up to a point where ecosystems and human activities can be dangerously contaminated.

It starts with the small organisms that live in the water where these metals are being released. The small organisms that live in rivers and waterways have soft tissues that will absorb these metals. These organisms are in turn consumed by fish and larger creatures up the food chain. As more and more of the metals are introduced into the food chain, their concentration continues to rise as well. A local fisherman may be getting contaminated fish and not even realize it. As more and more of these animals are fished or hunted, more people will be consuming them on a regular basis. Over time, this becomes a major health hazard, and we are slowly poisoning ourselves from oil processing releasing metals all the way up the food chain to us. This is a serious health hazard that may go under the radar and be a silent killer.

Hydrogen Sulfide

This is a colorless gas that occurs naturally in crude oil and other natural gasses. It can be detected by its distinct rotten egg smell, although smelling this is the last thing you want to do because it may be too late for you at that point. As you are exposed to this gas, you will lose your sense of smell and ability to recognize its presence. At low levels of concentration, it can irritate any mucous membrane such as your eyes, nose, and throat. It might not be noticed right away, but with time it will begin to cause damage to these areas of your body. The next level of side effects will have more severe effects on your respiratory system and cause dizziness, headaches, and nausea which can lead to vomiting. What makes hydrogen sulfide gas so hazardous is its ability to cause comas or even death at higher concentrations. Within only a few breaths, it can begin to put your body in shock or convulsions. OSHA is making great strides for contingency programs to protect workers from its deadly effects.

Noise

Hazardous chemicals and poisonous metal exposure may be more obvious risks noted in oil processing, but dangerously loud noises are so common that it is worth more than a mention. Hearing loss attributed to this comes from the constant exposure to the heavy machinery being used. This is a slow process that will happen over long periods of time, much like the threat of heavy metal exposure. This is what makes it so dangerous. If you are unaware of the implications, it may be too late once the side effects begin to take hold of your health. Noise controls are being implemented that will require employees to wear protective gear and conduct noise tests on the equipment being used.

Some of the biggest hazards in oil processing can be the so-called slow or silent killers that will deteriorate your health over time. Yes, the large explosions and fires occasionally can occur, but hopefully they become an even rarer occurrence, and with the correct safety policies in place we can avoid these fatalities and injuries. OSHA is doing its best to put contingency plans in place that require the appropriate safety materials to be used in the high-risk environment of oil processing. Safety procedures are updated and enforced through compliance services like those found athttp://www.ecompliance.com/ as the industry works to reduce the risk to workers, the environment, and the consumer.

 

About the author: 

Nick Quinlan is a freelance writer and professional student who offers the benefits of his studies and experience through informative articles. Also an avid traveler, he can be counted on for recommendations of beautiful getaways and places to eat and be entertained while you’re at it

HGH Buying Guide- Tips And Suggestions

HGH supplements are commonly used body building supplements which are mainly used by people for healthy body growth and development. These supplements are really effective and beneficial body building products. In the recent years, there has been drastic increase in the use of HGH supplements by users. This increase in number of HGH releasers in the markets has made it difficult for users to make choice for the best supplements. To help you out with the selection of best HGH supplements we are going to provide some tips here. These tips will help you to get the best supplements without any difficulty.

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HGH supplements brands

In the markets there are numerous brands which offer HGH supplements. Not all of these brands are reliable and should not be trusted blindly. Before buying any HGH product make a check about the brand. There are many ways through which you can know about a brand with ease. To start with you can look at the testimonials section on the official website of a brand this will help you to easily buy HGH supplement. GenF20 Plus and Sytropin are some of the brands that you can opt for best HGH supplements. Remember that for the best results from these products it is necessary that you buy them from the best and most reliable brands only.

The ingredients

The next important aspect of quality HGH supplements are their ingredients. Always make a proper check about the ingredients of HGH product you are interested in. Amino acids and GABA are two important core ingredients that need to be present in a product. Some of the important ingredients that should be there in a product include:

  • L-Arginine
  • L-Ornithine
  • L-Glutamine
  • L-Valine
  • L-Glycine
  • L-Lysine
  • L-Tyrosine
  • GABA
  • Astragalus Root Extract
  • Deer Velvet Antler
  • Pituitary (Anterior) Powder
  • Phosphatidyl Choline
  • Colostrum

These are some core ingredients that you should check in a supplement. This will help you in choosing the best product with ease. Also there are some manufacturers who add other additives to their product to enhance their benefits. However make sure that the products you buy do not contain too much additives.

Some beneficial tips

Buying best HGH supplements is not always a costly affair. You can easily get the best of products without spending much. The online sources i.e. the official sites of the brand are the best way to get quality HGH supplements at reasonable prices. There is no shortage of options for you online. You can always make a choice for a HGH supplement easily.

You can select a supplement with ease making use of these websites. You can also easily get detailed knowledge about the supplements, their brands, their ingredients and price easily online and that too just within a click.

Therefore for best HGH supplement deals within your budget you can go online and do the shopping.

HGH And The World Of Celebrities

Celebrities and famous personalities are always admired for their looks and physique. Well we may debate this saying that’s a reel world and we live in a real world but still there is a difference. The celebrities are always able to retain their younger looks and muscular physique as if they never age. It simply appears the violation of law of aging. However behind the scenes they all make use of some supplements and products to keep their looks younger forever. Here in this discussion we are going to provide you complete information about the connection of celebrities and HGH supplements.

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HGH and Celebrities

The celebrities need young looks and masculine body for their career and fame. For them all these are more than just a matter of choice. Therefore they need to be more serious about their looks and physique. The HGH supplements provide them the best solutions for all their body growth and development needs. Well there are many celebrities who are known for using HGH therapy as the anti aging solutions. The HGH supplements are the best solutions for dealing with the rapid aging of the body and its growth. Making proper use of the HGH for sale supplements you can also maintain a younger body as well as the healthy body growth.

Before we go further, you should know about the formulation and the ingredients of the HGH supplements a little. Also knowledge about the working mechanism of these supplements on your body is also necessary. The HGH supplements are made from the amino acid compounds. They are chemically termed as 191 amino acids which stimulate the functioning of pituitary gland. This gland controls the secretion of the natural growth hormones in the body. Making proper use of the HGH supplements you all can have a healthy as well as younger body. There are many benefits of boosted levels of HGH in the body. For kids born with genetic HGH deficiency there can be severe problems like poor physical and mental growth as well as defective organs. For elders in whom the levels of HGH fall drastically with age there can be problems like Alzheimer’s and Osteoporosis. Therefore it is necessity to always keep the levels of HGH in your body under check.

Coming back to the celebrities using HGH supplements then there are many to name. Starting from actor Will Smith to Sylvester Stallone to Jennifer Aniston there are many in the list. You probably must have seen then younger looks and more attractive physique. They all seem to defy the law and effects of aging on their bodies. Well it is not natural and HGH supplements are working behind the scenes for them. There is also a connection between the reel looks of the celebrities and HGH supplements. They have always relied on these supplements to keep their bodies physically fit and younger.

You can also have the same benefits but use these supplements always with care.