I will be bringing you health advice and tips from medical practitioners, nurses and psychiatrists, just so we can keep up with our health. Staying healthy is so much fun.
Found this piece on Oprah.com and had no choice but to share. We need this info, even men need to know this so they can understand how to better relate with their female partners as their bodies experience changes.
All women are supposed to visit their gynecologist once a year, but we aren’t always comfortable asking the questions our doctors wish we would. Here our experts give you answers to the questions they wish you asked them.
by J Courtney Sullivan
We get busy, we get tired, we give to everybody around us. And yet, as the author of the smart, sparkling novel The Engagements reveals, there are a few vows we need to uphold for our own well-being.
Promise #1: To Be Alone and Like It
When I lived alone in a tiny studio apartment in my mid-twenties, I would listen to my favorite music and sing along at the top of my lungs while I washed the dishes. (Confession: I really like folk music. And show tunes. Belated apologies to the residents of 73 Cranberry Street who shared my thin walls, but perhaps not my passion for Miss Saigon and Joni Mitchell.) I don’t do this so often anymore, but occasionally I pump up those old songs, and it all comes back—that essential time in my life when I learned to be alone without feeling lonely.
There’s a wonderful little book called Live Alone and Like It. It was first published in 1936, but still resonates today. The happiest women I know are the ones who take time to be alone every now and again, no matter how busy life gets. I know a teacher who is married with three sons. Every summer she rents a house on Martha’s Vineyard and spends a week there alone, just reading books and soaking silently in the swimming pool. I want to be her when I grow up. Continue reading
Most people imagine that yoga is something gentle and mindful, not a form of exercise that will help shed excess pounds. But it’s also a fantastic way to get, and keep, the body you want.
There’s not just the anecdotal evidence of many yoga devotees who say it helps them stay trim and toned. Scientific research is increasingly backing up the link between yoga and weight loss.
Researchers in one U.S. study, for example, followed more than 15,000 healthy men and women aged between 53 and 57. Those who started out overweight but did at least one session of yoga a week lost about 5lb over ten years, while those who didn’t gained almost a stone.
I am a hopeless yoga devotee. No other form of exercise has given me this much pleasure since I started working out some eight years ago. For those who have ever been skeptical about this practice,i.e form of exercise, I encourage you to try a class, get a dvd, whatever. You just might love it.
The Leftovers Queen
A ransacked-from-the-fridge meal need not be sad. In fact, the lunches that blogger Sarah Britton, author of My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season, assembles out of leftovers are surprisingly enviable. It’s all in how you build your plate. She starts with leftover grains, such as quinoa (which delivers plenty of fiber and protein), adds cooked beans or lentils for even more oomph, then adds fresh vegetables to give the meal crunch and extra vitamins. On days when she has more time, she makes a dressing and sprinkles toasted nuts and seeds on top; or crumbles goat or sheep’s-milk cheese over everything for extra crunch and flavor.
The Brain-Food-Obsessed Chef
Rebecca Katz, a trained chef with a masters in nutrition, whose new book is called The Healthy Mind Cookbook, often eats meals that deliver much more than a guarantee that she won’t be hitting the vending machine later. For instance, she loves lentil soup that gets an added boost from mix-ins such as delicata squash, kale and turmeric. She considers lentils a “smart food,” since they are a great source of folate, a B vitamin shown to help boost brain power. Pro tip: Freeze the soup in portioned containers; it will defrost more quickly that way, compared to being in one large frozen block.
Leave it to Chipotle to come up with something healthy yet tasty. I am such a fan I can’t even tell you. It’s almost New Years, everyone is tired of chicken and the same old same old. Perhaps you can try this recipe and thank me later?
4 (8-ounce) sweet potatoes
¼ cup olive oil
4 large garlic cloves, chopped
2 chopped chipotle chilies in adobo
2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
½ cup water
½ tsp. finely grated lime zest
3 Tbsp. lime juice
¼ tsp. salt.
2 Tbsp. sour cream
2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
Active time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Preheat oven to 375°. Prick sweet potatoes with a fork and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until tender, about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat oil over low heat. Add garlic and cook until golden, 2 minutes. Add chilies, beans, and water and simmer over medium heat, stirring a few times, until thick, 10 minutes.
Add lime zest and juice and season with salt. Split reserved sweet potatoes, fill with chipotle beans, and top each with sour cream and cilantro.
Jill Miller, author of The Roll Model, has a technique to counteract the crick we have in our necks from always looking down at our devices.
I can categorically say that I am not the only one that needs this video. Every last member of my crew does too. We can’t help it. lol So embarrassed!
The Tooth Whitener You Probably Have in Your Purse
What to try: Sugarless gum.
Why: Chewing gum causes you to produce more saliva, which is a natural buffer against stains, explains Matthew Messina, DDS, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association. When your mouth gets dry, food particles and bacteria can settle on teeth, affecting the enamel. Common causes of dry mouth are talking on the phone, medication (prescription drugs for depression, anxiety, heart problems and nerve pain; OTC meds like antihistamines and decongestants) and—ready for this?—cardio exercise. Studies have shown that when athletes run, their saliva levels decrease. In addition to chewing gum, sip water throughout the day and swish it around your mouth after eating.
What not to try: Dentists recommend against drinking energy drinks while exercising (or at any time). They’re highly acidic and can erode tooth enamel, and they also often contain dyes, which could lead to stains over time.. Continue reading
Especially for mothers like me, who lose all the lbs but never the excess muscle bulge in our midriff. Here’s what Dr Oz is advising
1. Rev Your Metabolism with Hot Pepper Jelly
The first step to blasting belly fat is to rev your metabolism. Ignite your body’s fat-burning engines by eating hot pepper jelly. This condiment is packed with capsaicin, a chemical that puts the kick in peppers and speeds metabolism up to 20 percent for 30 minutes after you eat it. Take advantage of these benefits early in the day by having 2 tablespoons of hot pepper jelly every morning. Spread it on a whole wheat English muffin or eggs. It costs around $5.00 and you can find it at most supermarkets and online.
2. Kill Your Hunger with Acacia Powder
The powder comes from the bark of the acacia tree and is a shakable fiber. Sprinkle it on your meals and it will fill you up so you eat less. Make sure to drink a big glass of water with your meal. Continue reading
While nutritionists have long praised the good fat in avocados, olive oil, and nuts, they’ve universally recommended avoiding food high in its stepsister, saturated fat. Because saturated fat can raise levels of bad cholesterol (LDL), it’s been thought to increase your risk of heart disease. Yet while some studies supported this association, the findings were far from conclusive—and may not have taken into account other dietary factors (like the potentially negative effect refined carbs can have on the heart) or the fact that saturated fat can actually raise good cholesterol (HDL).
Still, the idea stuck: Sat fat is bad fat. But now emerging research is shedding new light on the debate. A scientific review of studies involving more than 600,000 people, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine earlier this year, found no significant link between dietary saturated fat and heart disease—suggesting that we don’t, in fact, need to shun foods like red meat, butter, and whole milk for our heart’s sake. But before you go hog-wild, here’s what you should know about popular fatty foods.
Another educational post from Dr Julz;
You do not have to be literally out of your mind to see a Shrink (Psychiatrist). Just living your everyday life can become so challenging that you need to consultant a specialist to better deal with them. These things sound more normal than you thing. It’s because they are. People can go to therapy to help make their every day lives a little easier. And at the end there is no shame in that.
Here are a few reasons you might need to see a Shrink today;
1. You are not sure what to do with your life: A therapist can help you determine a good path that utilizes your best qualities and helps you downplay your worst.
2. You keep having the same fight with friends: If you are like many people, you keep making the same friendship mistakes again. And again. And again. A therapist can help you figure out why.
3. You want to make your marriage stronger: You know what helps a marriage? Time apart. Time to reflect. Better ways of communication. These are all things a good shrink can help you with.
4. You have a boss you hate: Don’t vent to your boss. Don’t storm out in a huff. Talk to your therapist. He or she can help you find ways of making work more tolerable.
5. Motherhood is overwhelming you: You know those moments you just want to SCREAM? Talk to someone about it. Spend an hour working on coping mechanisms. It’s better than Yoga.
6. Your schedule is overwhelming: It may seem counter-intuitive to add YET another appointment to your insane week, but therapists can actually help you figure out what you can let go of, what you can outsource, and what you need to keep come hell or high water.
7. You stress eat: If you are using other unhealthy means of coping — eating, smoking, drinking — therapy can give your head the space to figure out why. And help you to stop it.
8. You are having nightmares: No matter what the reason, a good therapist can help you sort out what is happening in your waking life that is making it all worse.
In the United States and other more developed countries, people visit the “Shrink” or Psychiatrist because of a whole range of problems but here in Africa, there is a huge stigma attached to seeing a Psychiatrist or a Psychologist. those behaviors that you think might just be the nrmal way to respond to stressful situations, might just be the early signals that you need help.
Sometimes you don’t need to say too much to get your point across. Dr Julz went straight to the point in her post yesterday and I agree with her. Find it below:
Most people aren’t prepared to handle a health problem or medical emergency in their home. Keeping these in your first aid cabinet could be very helpful .
– Plain bar soaps
– Band aids/bandage
– An accurate thermometer
– Topical antibacterial ointments
– Mild pain reliever,
– Hydrocortisone cream and
– An emergency contact number.
My face has always been smooth. I mean literally, like a newborn’s butt. This face has never known any pimple, blemishes or whatever. Whenever people complain about such things, I have a blank stare like- ‘sorry, don’t get it”. I found a few home made regimens for your face and though to share this particular one. So, to all my beautiful ladies and gents who didn’t know, here you go. Stop paying high dollars for those soaps and creams when you can try this cheap method first. Let me know when you do too. Continue reading