Monthly Archives: September 2012

What Causes Dandruff?

Although dandruff is not a deadly condition, it is feared by both men and women from all walks of life. This is because dandruff affects the way people look at sufferers; thus the sufferers may experience a changed lifestyle and decreased self-esteem all through out their dandruff days. What’s worse is it does not only plague the scalp but also the skin of surrounding areas like the forehead, nape, neck and shoulders.

Studies show that it is caused by both internal body issues and environmental factors. Eating spicy meals is said to cause irritations in the body’s metabolism and so the scalp expends a lot of sebum. The same is the effect of eating foods with saturated fats. Environmental factors like the presence of dust on the scalp can cause this scalp irritation as well. Shampooing hair and scalp with potions made of active ingredients such as salicylic acid, coal tar, zinc, resorcin, ketoconazole, or selenium is recommended by most dermatologists.

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Great Foods For A Healthy Snack Time

Snacks are important in keeping our body nourished in between meals. Try skipping snacks and you will find yourself famished and overeating during the next meal. However, what we take as snacks is something to think about as far as nourishment is concerned. Our snack menu can give or drain our bodies of the strength that we need for the remaining hours of the day.

If you find yourself munching on chips and sipping sodas in between meals, it is time that you reconstruct your snack menu. For your drink, prepare fruity shakes to refresh your body. But don’t forget to have a supply of clean drinking water handy. To calm your hunger, eat seasonal fruits and sandwiches composed of whole grain bread and peanut butter spread. These stuff act as anti-oxidants. As you keep on eating them, you will be protected from sickness. You can also keep granola bars in your bag – a perfect snack for hungry commuters.

Practical Insights On Working Out

What is the use of working out if it cannot provide the body with the benefits it needs. Well, by benefits, I say that it is not exclusive to cutting pounds off a person’s weight. Other possible benefits of exercise are tougher muscles, stronger body, sharper mind and happier outlook in life.

In connection to to this, one must consider the type of exercise program he has to undergo depending on the objectives he has set. Perhaps, he aims to be less susceptible to falls. He will need daily routines that will develop in him spatial skills. Obviously, fat burning movements cannot attend to that need no matter how religiously he follows every part of it.

Individual health is another factor to think about. A person suffering from heart disease, torn ligaments or dislocated joints can definitely not have strenuous activities like running and heavy weight lifting.

Simply put, we first have to check the condition and the needs of our body before we could arrive at a program that will work us.

What Rest And Sleep Can Do To Our Bodies

Being fit is not all about having the slim figure. It is primarily about having a body in top shape – strong and free from illnesses. Apart form eating and exercising, we can achieve that by spending time to rest and sleep. Yes, you read it right! REST and sleep. Even athletes know the importance of these two and so they take the time off to replenish their energies. If you are still doubtful about this, read on the following benefits which may encourage the workaholic in you to rest and sleep,

  • They ¬†help the heart relax and so you are less likely to have cardiovascular diseases.
  • They strengthen the immune system – goodbye coughs and colds.
  • They relieve the mind and the body of stress. Thus, you can work happier and more efficiently on chores at school and work.
  • They help you think clearly. Many car and road accidents are avoided with less sleepy mototists.

Thoughts On Drinking Enough Water Daily

We know for a fact that we can survive many days without eating but not without drinking water. Science proves that 70 to 75 percent of the human body is water and so it is important to hydrate our bodies with enough amount of it. But how much is enough? Is it safe to follow the standard eight glasses of water a day?

If you are keen to observe, you will understand that the amount of water the body needs varies from one person to another. Those who are exercising or enduring a hot weather may need more than eight glasses of water. It would be better then for each one of us to develop the habit of consciously drinking a glass of water upon waking up, before sleeping, during meals, while exercising or perspiring and whenever you feel thirsty. With such habit, you will experience decreased weight, less headaches and cleaner body.

The Wonders Of Eating Raw Food

When it comes to living a healthy life, eating raw food is one of the top practices mentioned by dieticians. It is truly difficult to observe most especially when you are used to munching on cooked foods. Nonetheless, it is something you ought to try as it is rewarding to the body.

Consuming an apple for a snack instead of junk foods will keep your body with oozing energy. With that, you will find yourself satisfied with fewer hours of sleep. Sleeping at night will also come easily to you. Enzymes from raw foods act as detoxifiers. They can eliminate toxins and carcinogens which cause allergies, diseases and stress to most people. What’s more, you can eat to your heart’s content without easily getting full and without feeling guilty about it as you won’t get the extra pounds from doing so

Why Should We Avoid Excessive Use Of Salt?

Although famed for giving every dish that savory taste and for preserving foods, the typical table salt is also known for its dangerous effects on the human body. Here are some which all of us must take note.

  • It draws water from the body and depletes the body of much-needed minerals.
  • Its ¬†excessive use can cause high blood pressure and weakening of the bones.
  • Excess salt in the body rests in the kidney. Kidneys can only do so much when it comes to removing this salt from the body. Thus, they can get weaker and more prone to premature damage.
  • Salt in food can increase a person’s weight sooner than expected.
  • It hardens the arteries as it is insoluble.
  • It increases uric acid which leads to a condition called gout.
  • Salt worsens oedema – swelling of hands, arms, ankles, legs and feet.
  • It can trigger stress as it stimulates the sympathetic nervous system and adrenal glands.