Improve your mood with food

Woke up this morning feeling low? Did something happen to make you angry today? Or are you just feeling lazy? Well, the good news is your mood can be fixed with food!

If you’re feeling stressed then go for chocolate. Dark chocolate. Scientist say that it can lower the stress hormone levels in your body. In fact, a recent study by researchers in Switzerland, published in the Journal of Proteome Research,found that eating just a smidge of dark chocolate (about 1.4 ounces) has the power to lower the stress hormones cortisol and catecholamines in the body, reducing your anxiety.

If you’re feeling sluggish and you’re having trouble concentrating and keeping your eyes open then the best food for you is a spinach salad. and no it’s not coffee!Folic acid, or folate, helps your body to process and lower homocysteine levels,” says Dr. Dolgoff ; author of Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right. High level of homocysteine cause blood vessel damage, and interfer with the flow of blood and nutrients to the brain. Low blood flow to the brain may leave you feeling sluggish

 

Feeling cranky?  Are you just snapping at everyone around you? Crankiness could be a sign that your body needs fuel. Make sure you don’t refuel with foods that leave you with a blood sugar crash an hour later. The best way to get rid of this mood is to eat a combination foods at every meal carbohydrates. Combination foods contain carbohydrate in combination with either some protein or some fat. Carbohydrates are a great source of energy that quickly burns out. Adding some fat or protein will slow the digestion process, causing your sugar and energy levels to remain stable for a longer amount of time. A great example of a combination snack is an apple with peanut butter. The apple is your healthy complex carbohydrate and the peanut butter is a healthy fat. Now you have energy to go on for hours!!

 

Anxious? Worrying about your work? finances? relationships? Stop right now and order a salmon burger. Salmon is rich in omega3 fatty acids which will help tame your anxiety. “Regular consumption of omega-3s has extensive research support for both the prevention and treatment of clinical depression. And there’s growing evidence that omega-3s also help reduce anger and irritability,” says Stephen Ilardi, PhD, author of The Depression Cure. It’s this specific form of omega 3 fatty acids found in coldwater fish are the best for anxiety.

Your neighbor’s dog was barking all night and kept you up and now you’re angry? Whatever it is sip some green tea! It contains theanine , which calms you and helps you stay concentrated and focused. and green tea is gentler on your body than coffee.

Have the blues? feeling sad? need a happiness boost? of course someone to talk to can be very helpful. But a bowl of whole grain cereal with low fat milk would help increase your vitamin D uptake, which plays a role in sadness because without vitamin D the ” happy hormone” serotonin is at very low levels.

Hope this helps you feel good today and every day!

Cheers xox

February 1, 2012 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment

Keep your eyes healthy!

Your eyes are very important and keeping them healthy can avoid you many problems. With the stressful lifestyle that everyone has in the modern days our eyes often feel tired and sore by the end of the day. Here are some simple steps to follow that will make your eyes feel and look much better after only a few days:

Have your eyes checked every 12 month

Many times you don’t realize that your vision is getting worse. Uncorrected vision problems can keep progressing and causing other health issues such as headaches.  If you don’t feel comfortable wearing your contact lenses or glasses then the next thing you should be planning is a visit to your eye doctor. I

Go for the best quality contact lenses

Not all contact lenses are equal. Some are safe for you, while others put you at risk of damaging your eyes.Always check reviews about contact lenses online and ask people around you. Don’t just follow what your doctor says blindly.

 

In summer, always wear sunglasses

It was scientifically proven that UV rays can damage your eyes; this is why using sunglasses in summer is a must. Make sure the sunglasses you buy block at least 98% UV rays. The color of the lens doesn’t really affect how much rays they block. By the way did you know that even on a cloudy day UV rays can harm your eyes? So wearing sunglasses on a cloudy day isn’t stupid and is actually healthy.

I personally love sunglasses and would wear them at any season! they are very stylish and add an edge to every outfit. You just have to know which sunglasses suit your face best. Investing in a good pair of sunglasses is a prevention of spending money on treatments for your eyes and buying a new pair of sunglasses more often than you should be.

This website helps you choose which sunglasses fit your face best: http://www.unitedshades.com/en/choosing.htm ; this post also helps http://www.kinowear.com/blog/how-to-find-the-right-pair-of-sunglasses.

These are some of my favorite sunglasses: http://www.tomford.com/#/en/eyewear/womens/sun?styleNumber=FT0203&variantID=01A

http://www.tomford.com/#/en/eyewear/womens/sun?styleNumber=FT0188&variantID=86B

http://www.ray-ban.com/uk/products/sun/RB2140-6?var=1085/3F

ohh and don’t forget to download the Ray-ban’s virtual mirror! that’s how great technology is!

Eat what is good for you and your eyes

Good news? No food is bad for your eyes. But eating the right vitamins and minerals could help your eye sight; specially antioxidants. A healthy diet will not fix your eye sight but can slow down the process of disease and development of cataracts, or prevent one from starting.

Vitamins C, A and E, folic acid and zinc are definitely beneficial for the health of your eyes. The effects of the other vitamins and minerals aren’t determined yet, but it seems likely that they affect your eyesight as well. Thousand-page books have been written on the topic of nutrition for eye health but, to summarize, it is known that whatever is good for your body is good for your eyes, too. So put a carrot and a bunch of grapes into your lunch box.

When you read or work on the computer make sure that the light is right

It is a common knowledge that working with poor light can cause eyestrain, but light that is too bright can do as much damage.

Keep your blinds down on sunny days and switch off half of the household lights, if possible. The best lighting for working on the computer is a soft desk light, coming from the side. Also, you can try decreasing the brightness of your monitor. The colors won’t be so vivid, but your eyes will feel much better by the end of the day

Give your eyes a health break

The great invention of the 20th century — computers — is not so great from the point of view of health. Almost everybody feels discomfort in their eyes after peering at a computer screen all day long. This is because people blink about 25% less often then usual, while working at the computer, which causes eye dryness.

Don’t blink more often — it is almost impossible to control natural reflexes. One thing you can do, though, is close your eyes and count to 5 before opening them, whenever your computer decides to take its sweet time doing something. Another thing is to look away from the screen and focus on some faraway object, as often as possible. If you train yourself into the habit, your eyes should feel much better at the end of your working day.

If you wear contact lenses, take proper care of them

Contact lenses don’t require a lot or fuss, but you can’t neglect their cleanliness. Every time you put your lenses in or take them out, rinse them. You should also take care to change the solution, when you are putting your lenses to rest for the night.

Wear your contact lenses to the recommended schedule

Daily disposable lenses should be replaced daily, two weeks replacement lenses should be replaced every two weeks, and so on. Some people try to save money by wearing their lenses for much longer than is intended. This isn’t a good idea. Even though the quality of the lens itself might not decline, protein build-up will make your vision less clear. Another thing to consider is that the longer you wear your lenses, the higher is your risk of eye infections.

Try not to wear your contact lenses from 6 in the morning until midnight. Most lenses aren’t designed to be worn for longer than 12 hours. If this doesn’t suit your life style, though, try using extended wear lenses. You can wear Acuvue contacts for a week without removing them, or Focus Night and Day lenses for up to 30 days.

 If you want to change the color of your eyes, choose only top quality color contact lenses

Color contact lenses are great fun. If you didn’t try them yet, maybe you should. But only high quality color lenseslike Freshlook or Acuvue 2 Colors, are as safe and comfortable as they are beautiful. Many beauty salons, however, sell color contacts lenses of questionable quality, and these can do serious damage to your eyes.

If you follow these simple rules, your eyes should feel much better. They will look better too — you might notice that your eyes shine and their whites are actually white, again.

 

 

January 30, 2012 at 11:46 pm 1 comment

12 signs of being pregnant

Am I pregnant? Check out our 12 signs of being pregnant
1. Morning Sickness
Morning sickness describes the nausea or vomiting that between 50%-95% of women experience during the early stages of pregnancy.Morning sickness most likely got its name as a lot of pregnant women feel most nausea when they first get up in the morning, which is most likely because of low sugar level.
2.Mood Swings
The next sign of being pregnant is mood swings. Pregnancy plays havoc with a womens hormones resulting in some pregnant women feeling moody during pregnancy or getting snappy at their partners. Some women compare the mood swings in pregnancy to how they feel when having their period.
3.Fatigue and tiredness
You can feel extremely tired and feel that you could sleep at any time of the day. This is because your body is using energy to prepare your body for pregnancy or to look after the baby as it grows.

4.Dizziness
One of the signs of being pregnant is that you can become dizzy or have fainting spells due to your lower blood pressure.
5.Food Cravings.
Craving for different food that you wouldn’t normally eat. Some pregnant women get cravings for salty things, other women for sweet things or spicy things. I got cravings for Chinese spring rolls!
6.Heartburn
Along with the cravings, some pregnant women get a lot of heartburn. Heartburn is caused during pregnancy by the hormones created during pregnancy relaxing the lower esophageal sphincter which opens a valve letting stomach acid to flow up into the esophagus which causes the heartburn feeling.
7.Constipation
Another sign of being pregnant can be constipation caused by the hormonal changes in the body adapting to pregnancy. The hormonal changes slow down the movement of food through the women’s digestive system which causes the constipation.
8.Frequent need to urinate
The growing baby places a lot of pressure on the bladder and some pregnant women can find themselves having to frequently visit the bathroom more than normal to go to the toilet.
9.Missed Period
If you have been sexually active and missed a period, this is a good indication that you should get checked by a Doctor as there is a good chance of you being pregnant. You could also take a home pregnancy test although these are not foolproof see Pregnancy Tests
10.High Basal Body Temperature (BBT)
Basal body temperature is the lowest temperature of the body during rest, which is why is usually measured straight after the women gets up from bed after a nights sleep. In women ovulation causes an increase of half a degree Fahrenheit or one quarter to one half degree Celsius in basal body temperature. Women wanting to get pregnant can measure their basal body temperature to estimate the day of ovulation as there is generally a lower temperature before ovulation, and a higher one after ovulation. It your basal body temperature stays high for eighteen days or more there is a good chance of being pregnant.
11.Tender, swollen breasts
One of the signs of being pregnant for some women is that the experience tender and swollen breasts. Some women’s areolas can become darker in colour and increase in diameter.The swollen and tender breasts are caused by the increase in hormones that are used to prepare the women’s body for breastfeeding, and can feel like a exaggerated version of how they feel before your period.
12.Weight gain and increase in your stomach size
Your increased food intake along with the baby’s growth will cause you to put on weight and for your clothes to become tighter along with an increase in your size of your stomach.
It is important to remember that these are only signs of being pregnant and you should seek professional medical help to confirm if you are actually do have the signs of getting pregnant.

 

Cheers xoxo

October 30, 2011 at 11:14 pm Leave a comment

Too much sleep or too little? How much is enough?

Many people don’t assess how much sleep they need to function at their best; they just know they don’t get enough. Each person’s sleep requirement is different. Some people find that they only need 5-6 hours of sleep, while others need 10-11 hours for optimal performance. The average adult functions best with7-8 hours of sleep a night; however, it is important to consider how much sleep you need on an individual basis.

The number of hours needed to sleep is a matter of “circadian rhythm,” or the biological clock function which regulates our sleep-wake cycles.

Humans are evolved to be “diurnal” creatures, as opposed to nocturnal, that is we are hard-wired to operate optimally in the daytime; sleeping at night.

As newborns, we are essentially neither diurnal or nocturnal, having sleep-wake cycles which are frequent and evenly spaced during any 24-hour period; sleeping for 3-4 hours, waking for 1-2 hours, around the clock.

During the first year, this pattern progresses toward consolidation of the sleep period, trending toward increased nocturnal sleep and daytime wakefulness. At one year the infant typically sleeps about 10 hours from around 7 pm until about 5 am, with a couple of naps in the early and late afternoon, respectively.

 

By age 4-5, the child has lengthened the nocturnal period to about 11-12 hours with one nap in the afternoon.

At age 10, time of sleep onset is somewhat delayed to 8 or 9 pm, and sleep lasts until 6 or 7 am; the nap disappearing.

For most adults, 7 to 8 hours a night appears to be the best amount of sleep, although the amount ranges from 5 hours to 10 hours of sleep each day depending on the individual. It should be noted that a recent research study conducted by Boston University School of Medicine found that study participants that reported sleeping less than 6 hours or more than 9 hours a day had an increased incidence of diabetes, compared to those who slept 7-8 hours

Senior adults were long considered to have further shortened sleep requirements, but it is now thought that this is only because they tend to get less sleep due to increasing intrinsic sleep disturbance, such as sleep apnea, or musculoskeletal pain, which may interrupt or truncate the sleep interval.

The need to nap is not a clear-cut issue, as some cultures agree that a “siesta” in the afternoon is “natural,” and people of all ages in those cultures normally take a mid-day snooze.

Sleep lab data suggest strongly that if adults get 8.1 hours of undisturbed sleep in a 24 hour day, that a nap will not be needed. This varies based upon the quality of sleep obtained, and other factors such as state of general health, levels of stress, or fatigue due to prolonged exertion.

 

 

Cheers xoxo

October 30, 2011 at 11:12 pm Leave a comment

Think before you inject it in your face

Botox is the brand name of a toxin produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. In large amounts, this toxin can cause food poisoning. Despite that one of the most serious complications of botulism is paralysis; scientists have discovered a way to use it to human advantage. Small, diluted amounts can be directly injected into specific muscles causing controlled weakening of the muscles.

The FDA approved in 1980s to use Botox in treatment of uncontrolled blinking and lazy eye. Doctors are using Botox for years now to treat wrinkles. In April 2002, FDA approved to use Botox for treatment of wrinkles between the eyebrows, and it is often used for other areas of the face as well.

How Does Botox Work?
Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscles can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften.

It is most often used on forehead lines, lines around the eye and frown lines. BUT Wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity will not respond to Botox.

How Is a Botox Procedure Performed?
Getting Botox takes only a few minutes and no anesthesia is required. Botox is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. It generally takes 3 to 7 days to take full effect and it is best to avoid alcohol at least one week before the injection. Aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications should be stopped 2 weeks before treatment to reduce bruising “bluish coloration around injection site”.

How Long Does a Botox Injection Last?
The effects of Botox will last 4 to 6 months. As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to re-appear and wrinkles need to be re-treated. The lines and wrinkles often appear less severe with time because the muscles are being trained to relax.

What Are the Side Effects of Botox?
· Temporary bruising is the most common side effect of Botox.

· Headaches, which disappear in 24-48 hours, but this is rare.

· A small percentage of patients may develop eyelid drooping. Whish usually resolves in three weeks. This usually happens when the Botox moves around so you shouldn’t rub the treated area for 12 hours after injection or lay down for three to four hours.

Who Should Not Receive Botox?
· Pregnant women.

· Breastfeeding.

· Or those who have a neurological disease.

Since Botox doesn’t work for all wrinkles, a consultation with a doctor is recommended.

 

 

 

Source: Webmed

 

 

Cheers xoxo

October 30, 2011 at 11:05 pm Leave a comment

Drop weight slowly.. it’s safer and healthier

We all wish we could drop those extra 5 pounds overnight but it’s not healthy for our bodies and let’s face it never going to happen.

The concern with fast weight loss is that it usually takes extraordinary efforts in diet and exercise — efforts that often aren’t sustainable over the long term. Successful weight loss requires making permanent changes in your eating and exercise habits.

A slow and steady approach is easier to maintain and usually beats out fast weight loss for the long term. A weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds a week is the typical recommendation. Although it may seem slow, it’s a pace that’s more likely to help you maintain your weight loss. Remember that 1 pound (0.45 kilogram) of fat contains 3,500 calories. So you need to burn 500 more calories than you eat each day to lose 1 pound a week (500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories). If you lose a lot of weight very quickly, it may not be fat that you’re losing. It’s might be water weight or even lean tissue, since it’s hard to burn that many fat calories in a short period.

In some situations, however, faster weight loss can be safe if it’s done the right way. For example, doctors prescribe very low calorie diets for more rapid weight loss in obese individuals. This type of diet requires medical supervision. In addition, some diets include an initiation phase to help you jump start your weight loss. For example, The Mayo Clinic Diet has a quick-start phase in which you might lose 6 to 10 pounds in the first two weeks. You may lose weight quickly with an approach like this because it combines many healthy and safe strategies at once — no gimmicks or extreme dieting. After the initial two-week period, you transition into the recommended weight loss of 1 or 2 pounds a week, which is not only safe but also realistic and sustainable for the long term.

October 30, 2011 at 11:01 pm Leave a comment

Looking for an energetic morning? (Part II)

This is some other things I found that could be helpful to boost the energy in the morning for a good productive day. So go ahead make some of these tweaks to recharge your batteries and power.

1- Have bran for breakfast: Eating a morning meal rich in fiber may make you more alert during the day.  Fiber helps slow down the absorption of food in the stomach, which keeps your blood sugar levels steady to sustain energy levels for a longer period of time.

2-  Order a small latte and sip it slowly: Experts say not to rely on caffeine too much. Having small doses of caffeine every couple of hours may help keep you awake, alert and focused for longer than a single jumbo would. When you quickly drink a large amount of coffee, the caffeine peaks in your bloodstream  much sooner than when it’s spread out over time.

3- Eat more often: Yes it clearly says eat more often not eat more just more OFTEN. Eating small small meals frequently during the day (every 3/4hours) helps keeping your blood sugar up  so you don’t experience energy crashes.

4- Gulp some water: A recent study of athletes found that 92% felt fatigued after limiting fluids and water-rich foods for 15 hours they also had lapses in memory and had difficulty concentrating. Aim to drink every hour or two so you don’t feel thirsty (I personally drink around 5bottles of water a day otherwise I might die :p)

5- Take a 10 minute walk: A 10 min walk would help you go on with your day, it would help clear your mind and be more confident. It also help have fewer aches and climb stairs more easily.

6- Cue up your iPod: Consider listening to music while working (not something that makes you want to get up and dance on your desk though :p) A study shows that employees who use headphones are 10% more productive.

Hope these help. Let me know if there’s anything missing on this list 😉

Cheers xoxo

September 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment

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