Healthy Tips: Helpful Tips For Healthy Life

Beauty Rituals That Can Harm You

Posted in Rcon Pascua by doctorsonline on February 26, 2010

There is nothing wrong in wanting to be clean and beautiful everyday. But be careful, for your daily beauty rituals might bring you more harm than good. The following are beauty rituals that are not good for your health if practiced or done regularly:

* Always wearing tight clothes. Avoid wearing tight pants such as skinny jeans and capris everyday, for these rub the skin, causing itch to your intimate area. Schedule your weekly wardrobe instead to avoid wearing tight clothes everyday.

* Frequent lipstick touch ups. Too much lipstick touch up is not good for your lips, for some lipstick products can cause lip dryness. So when shopping for cosmetics, opt for lipsticks that contain moisturizers.

* Excessive washing of hair. You may think that daily washing of hair is hygienic. But truth is, it’s not. This ritual will only strip your hair as well as your scalp their natural moisturizing oils. Better wash your hair every other day instead to prevent damaged brittle hair due to excessive washing.

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Dealing With Fatigue

Posted in Rcon Pascua,Uncategorized by doctorsonline on February 18, 2010

Dealing with FatigueIn my previous post, I talked about my problem with recurring fatigue in college. And as promised, I’ll now share how I was able to manage fatigue back then.

* I balanced activity and rest. Even though my days at school were always jam-packed, I managed to squeeze in time for short breaks during class, especially when our professors were absent. This way, my body had the chance to rest before I got too tired.

* I lightened up my load at school and at work. To make my work easier, I eliminated unnecessary tasks at school and at work. This strategy gave me more time to rest, thus, preventing over-exhaustion. Also, I learned how to de-clutter my work areas. This way, I was able to do more tasks with less energy spent.

* I made sure to get enough sleep. It was in college when I realized the importance of sleep to my body. Getting things done by not sleeping at night did not help me at all. Hence, no matter how hectic college days were for me, I made sure to sleep at least six hours at night to restore my energy and be ready for another day at school and at work.

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What To Eat At Fast Food Chains

Posted in Healthy Eating by doctorsonline on February 9, 2010

There are times when you can’t really avoid seating at fast food chains, especially at situations when you are in a hurry and preparing meals at home or healthier food options are just not available.

But you see, meal selections at fast food chains are not all that bad. In fact, fast foods have meals that are actually nutritious. You just have to know what food to order.

The following are the dietician-approved meals offered at these popular fast food chains in the country:

* McDonald’s
Order Southwest salad with grilled chicken. Make sure that it is served with no dressing. This meal is high in protein and moderate in calories, just right to keep you full until dinner time.

* Subway
Order the 6-inch roast beef sandwich on 9-grain wheat. This meal is included in Subway’s “Fresh Fit” menu. As for fat-free, low-calorie side item, go for sliced apples for fiber.

* Taco Bell
Order the fresco grilled steak soft taco. This meal is moderate in calories and fat. To add flavor to your taco, ask for hot sauce or extra salsa.

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What Causes Fatigue

Posted in Rcon Pascua,Uncategorized by doctorsonline on February 2, 2010

Way back in college, I experienced recurring fatigue as I was a working and studying at the same time. There were days when I was so exhausted from my student assistant duty, I slept during class. I may have enjoyed free tuition in college, but I was not learning much at class for I was always sleeping.

So what were theOver Fatigue Due To Work triggers of my frequent exhaustion? One was I had too little sleep. Back then, I go home late and I sleep late because I still need to study and do some homework from school.

Another one was eating the wrong foods, especially during breakfast. I was always in a hurry so my usual breakfast then was coffee and sometimes a doughnut. Yes, only coffee and doughnut until lunchtime. This routine of mine always resulted to sluggish mornings at work or at class.

Lack of exercise was also another trigger of my fatigue issue back then. With so much time spent at school and at work, I totally ignored the thought of exercising at that time.

What I did to cope with recurring fatigue on my next post.

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Ten Pounds Can Change Your Life

Posted in Healthy Eating by doctorsonline on February 1, 2010
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Lose 10 PoundsFitting into our skinny jeans is definitely a priority. But, just for a second let’s put our fragile egos aside and think beyond our seam-bursting thighs. Dropping ten pounds has the potential to impact your life beyond your looks. We’re talking a serious self-confidence facelift, improved health, and maybe even a few extra years to your life. It may not seem like much, but a measly 10 pounds can change your life – short and long term. So regardless of if your goal is to get rid of the saddlebags or harness your diabetes, it’s time to make your diet and workout regimen a priority. Burning off 10 pounds can:

1. Minimize your chances of developing type-2 diabetes by half.
2. Help prevent osteoarthritis by reducing the load on your knees (every pound of weight lost translates to a 4-pound reduction on the load bearing down on your knees).
3. Decrease your risk of heart disease (you reduce your chance of heart disease by 1-2 percent for every percent of weight you drop).
4. Cut your chances of developing certain cancers.
5. Improve your sex life.
6. Increase your immune function, therefore keeping you well, not sick.
7. Up your energy all day (yes, even if you have to get up early to get your workout in).
8. Give you a confidence boost.
9. Help you sleep better.
10. Add years to your life.

Suddenly, those skinny jeans don’t seem so important in comparison.

Bogus Diets That Really Don’t Work

Posted in Healthy Eating by doctorsonline on January 29, 2010

With obesity as one of our top killers, it is no surprise that Americans are scrambling for any kind of weight loss help. Unfortunately, in this eternal struggle to be thin and healthy, people end up looking for salvation in all the wrong places. Instead of relying on exercise and following the credo “everything in moderation,” we turn to miracle solutions, diet supplements, and calorie deprivation. The results are the following bogus diets that may work in the short term, but may also cause severe harm to your body over time.

Cabbage Soup1. The Cabbage Soup Diet
The title is self explanatory: the dieter’s survival is based on a constant intake of cabbage soup. Even on the Cabbage Soup Diet website, red flags are evident. The first being the opening words on the homepage, warning that the diet should not be used long term and that followers of the Cabbage Soup Diet have felt light-headed, weak, and have suffered a lack in concentration. The second red flag appears in the suggested seven day menu. Each day, the dieter is instructed to “stuff themselves” with a different food group. How about a little “moderation?” The third warning lies in the “Health” section of the website, warning the dieter that the diet lacks “complex carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, and minerals,” all of which are necessary for your body to function properly.

Grapefruit2. The Grapefruit Diet
The Grapefruit Diet functions the same way as the Cabbage Soup Diet; both are only successful because they deprive the body of calories, but at the same time leave out essential nutrients that keep you alive and healthy. The Grapefruit Diet claims to allow the dieter to eat a wide array of foods that they would not think possible, but as long as you follow your meal with half a grapefruit, you will lose weight. This claim is both startling and far-fetched. As predicted, and mentioned on the website, the Grapefruit Diet is dangerous. The Grapefruit Diet website suggests that the diet may lead to dehydration due to the low amount of calories and high levels of caffeine involved. The restrictions in this diet also make it an incredibly difficult and unlikely regimen to follow.

Hallelujah Diet3. The Hallelujah Diet
Developed by Rev. George Malkmus, the Hallelujah Diet is mainly comprised of organic raw fruits and vegetables, and the miracle worker of this diet: barley juice. Because the Hallelujah Diet strictly prohibits meat and dairy, the barley juice is meant to fill that vitamin and protein void with its high nutrition content. While not necessarily depriving the dieter of essential nutrients, the Hallelujah Diet’s highly restrictive nature makes this diet hard to live on and therefore, not ideal.

4. The Martha’s Vineyard Detox Diet
The regimen alone explains why this diet is both dangerous and bogus. The diet is meant for the short term, “lose 21 pounds in 21 days,” where the dieter survives on highly nutritious cocktails, a short list of raw vegetables, and soup. According to the itinerary for the Martha’s Vineyard Detox Diet Retreat, dieters enjoy a breakfast of “detoxification cocktails.” Hourly cocktails follow until lunch when an assortment of raw juices are available. Dinner is slightly more filling, with the option of nutritious soup. The bottom line is that surviving on nutritious cocktails and juices will only deprive your body of the nutrients it needs. Also, the minute you begin to eat normally again, the weight will pack back on.

Apple Cider Vinegar5. The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet
Once used as a cure for Scurvy amongst American soldiers, apple cider vinegar is now used as an appetite suppressant amongst dieters. According to various evaluations of the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet, the diet touches that fine line between a dangerous and regular diet. The most dangerous part is the apple cider vinegar itself, which when taken in the recommended doses of 3 tbsp gets dangerously close to the point of damaging your stomach due to its high acidity. However, the diet’s regimen includes eating in moderation and daily exercise, which is most likely why people lose weight on this diet, not the apple cider vinegar. It is still unclear as to whether or not the vinegar actually assists you in losing weight at all, apart from making you so sick that you don’t want to eat anything at all.

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Posted in Rcon Pascua,Uncategorized by doctorsonline on January 26, 2010
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Lack Of SleepIf you always find it hard to drift off to dreamland, you are not alone. In fact, millions of people worldwide are suffering from minor to chronic sleeping problems. You see, triggers of sleeping disorders are mostly associated with our lifestyle and habits. With this, the following are quick lifestyle tips that can help you sleep better at night:

1. No caffeine three to two hours before you hit the sheets. Obviously, caffeine can get your mind and body active, hence, this will only keep you awake as you go to bed.

2. Practice a bedtime routine. It helps to go to bed and get out of bed at the same time everyday. This way, your body knows when to rest and when it is time to getup.

3. Avoid bright lights in the bedroom. It is difficult to sleep with bright lights inside your bedroom. Dimmer switches and curtains in your bedroom windows can surely help you minimize lighting inside the room, especially if you are going to sleep during the day.

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Foods That Ease Flu Symptoms

Posted in Healthy Eating by doctorsonline on January 25, 2010

FluWhen you have the flu, there are some foods that can help ease your flu symptoms. Read on below to know more:

* Popsicle
Since popsicles are cold, these can help soothe swollen and dry throat. And since it is a must for the body to stay hydrated when you have a flu, you’ll have no problem with this as you eat popsicles.

* Turkey Sandwhich
Feed yourself with turkey sandwiches when the flu hits you. You see, turkey is a good source of protein. Eating turkey sandwiches will help your body get enough energy to fend off illnesses or diseases.

* Vegetable Juice
Munching on vegetables is the last thing you want to do when you are down with flu. So instead of eating a dreary salad, drink a glass of low-sodium fresh vegetable juice. Apart from keeping you hydrated, vegetable juice will definitely help load up your body with immune-boosting antioxidants.

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Common Diet Mistakes

Posted in Healthy Eating,Rcon Pascua by doctorsonline on January 23, 2010

Diet MistakesYou are eating light, frequent meals. You stay away from unhealthy snacks and alcohol. Yet you are still gaining weight or you haven’t lost a pound with all your diet efforts. This must be so because you are committing diet mistakes without realizing it.

The following are common diet traps that you should be aware of:

1. It’s okay to skip meals. If you think skipping meals can help you lose a few pounds, think again. You will only end up binge eating if you continue skipping meals, especially during the day.

2. Feed on appetizers. Avoid munching on too much appetizers. You’ll be shocked to realize just how much cereals or pretzels you have already eaten even before your real lunch or dinner.

3. Be a mad eater. It is not healthy to overeat, especially if you are already full. Eating until your stomach can’t take in anymore food will only lead to constipation, indigestion, or bloating.

4. Practice selective reading. If you always ignore the “Serving Size” on labels when shopping for groceries, you are bound to consume more than what is recommended, hence, you’ll gain more instead of losing weight.

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Drink Your Way To Better Health

Posted in Healthy Eating,Rcon Pascua by doctorsonline on January 21, 2010
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You may be eating right, but are you sure that what you are drinking is good for your health as well? Fact is, you may be getting a lot of calories from the beverages you drink everyday.

See, the liquid you take in your body can greatly affect your metabolism, your appetite, as well as your calorie count. Hence, if you don’t watch what you are drinking, you may be gaining instead of losing weight.

SodaOne of the big no-no beverages is the soda. Drinking a can of soda everyday is like consuming loads of empty calories. Soda should not be your daily thirst quencher. Instead, drink water as this is cheaper and so much healthier than soda.

100% fruit juiceFruit juice is another beverage that you need to watch out when it comes to calorie content, for these generally contain just as much calories as sodas in cans and bottles. Fruit juices may contain nutrients, but you don’t need the extra sugar from these beverages. To enjoy your fave fruit juice without worrying about the extra calories, just make sure that you are consuming 100 percent fruit juice.

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