Why Avoid the Smell of Smoke?

March 16th, 2013 admin Health Resources 0

A friend of mine recently posted, via our most trusted newspaper, Facebook, that he has decided to kick the butt…the cigarette butt, I mean. It’s gonna be tough luck I think for him to actually do it this time, cuz he’s tried about ten times in the past and didn’t quite get through. I’m wishing him the best of luck and that he will succeed this time round. Fingers crossed. What struck my interest, though, is that under his status, that he was going to quite and has been clean since the last two months, was one of his friend’s comments that he applauded him for trying because if he were to try too he would die after only half an hour of no smoke. Imagine that!

Well, I’m not a smoker, so it’s kinda hard for me to relate, but I’ve heard this from several others too. As kids we’ve all been told by our parents that it’s dangerous to our health to smoke, but while we are growing up we see cool smoking scenes in movies that, in spite of smoking-is-injurious-to-health lines running below the screen, make us want to look awesomely cool too. Aside from that, family members themselves or even our own parents smoke but have a “do as I say, but don’t do as I do” attitude when it comes to smoking. It’s tough to know what to do in such cases.

After doing a bit of research on the matter, I found out that each cigarette you smoke contains acetone, acetic acid, ammonia, arsenic, benzene, butane, cadmium carbon monoxide, cyanide, chloroform, dieldrin, ethanol, formaldehyde, hexamine, methane, methanol, napthalene, nicotine, nitrobenzene, nitrous oxide phenols, stearic acid, toluene, and vinyl chloride. What’s wrong with that, right? Let’s break it down with several examples of what each of these chemicals are used for. Acetone is used in nail polish remover. Acetic acid is used in Vinegar. Ammonia is used for cleaning floors and toilets. Arsenic is used in poison. Benzene is used in making dyes and plastics. Butane is a lighter fluid. Cadmium is used in NiCad batteries. Carbon Monoxide is found in car exhaust fumes. Cyanide is used in metabolic poison. Chloroform is an anaesthetic. DDT is an insecticide. Ethanol is used in alcohol. Formaldehyde is a preserver of body, tissue, and fabric. Hexamine is a BBQ lighter. Methane is a swamp gas. Methanol is a rocket fuel. Napthalene is used in the making of the mothballs that you use in your closet. Nicotine is used in insecticide, stimulants, and addictive drugs. Nitrobenzene is a gasoline additive. Nitrous Oxide Phenols is used in disinfectants. Stearic Acid is used in candle wax, Toluene in industrial solvents, and Vinyl Chloride in making PVC pipes. I guess the realisation of all these ingredients is that they are being inhaled into your body and never fully leave. Somewhat sad in my opinion.

It’s true that cigarettes have a superb nicotine kick, but actually the nicotine in cigarettes alters the chemical levels of dopamine and noradrenaline in your brain. Although this feeling may initially be perceived as enjoyable, in the long run it takes more and more nicotine to reach the same desired effect. If and when a smoker decides to quit smoking his/her levels of dopamine and noradrenaline again will swing out of balance and result in feelings of deprivation, depression, irritability, and anxiousness. The cravings for nicotine can reach an extreme to the point of making it difficult to lose the urge to smoke.

It’s interesting how companies are thinking up a whole bunch of new ways to smoke without actually “smoking”. A friend of mine recently told me about these unique devices called E Shisha, Electronic Shisha Sticks, which are shaped like cigarettes and can be used as them but don’t have nicotine, tar, tobacco, or anything in it. Electronic Shisha Sticks supposedly entirely harmless, and are more like toy cigarettes so that you can get the feel of smoking without actually doing the deed. It’s supposed to be great for weaning oneself off of cigarettes. E Shisha Sticks come in five flavours apple, strawberry, peach, grape, and blueberry so that there is a flavour for every smoker. And then of course there is also Champix which another popular way to kick the habit and get over withdrawals.

I recently was handed an interesting flyer that read “Stop Smoking, Start Repairing”. It laid out some pretty convincing statistics. For example:

  • In 8 hours of not smoking, excess carbon monoxide is out of your body.
  • In 5 days, most of the nicotine is out of your body.
  • In 1 week of not smoking your sense of taste and smell improves.
  • In 3 months of not smoking, your lung function has increased 30%
  • In 14 weeks, your lungs regain the ability to clean themselves.
  • In 11 months your risk of heart disease has halved.
  • In 1 year of not smoking, you can save over $ 4,000 not buying a pack a day.
  • In 5 years, your risk of a stroke has dramatically decreased.

So, I guess the big thing I’m trying to say here is that with every cigarette you don’t smoke, you’re that much closer to kicking the habit for good. Keep your eyes on why you are doing it and pace yourself to not give up. As that leaflet said: Every cigarette you don’t smoke is doing you good.

By Jem Romero

Compression Stockings as Vein Treatment

March 5th, 2013 admin Health Resources 0

At Amsterdam University’s Academic Hospital, Dutch scientists and researchers determined that compression stockings can actually have a more effective, and lasting, impact on varicose veins.

Although there are different kinds of venous insufficiencies, varicose veins are the most common. Varicose veins occur when the valves in the veins can no longer close properly. This happens because the vein walls weaken, causing them to be more flexible, stretching them to a point where they cannot close the valve entirely; this results in venous reflux. If this happens then blood continues to flow into the vein and pools where the wall is weakest. This results in distorted and contorted looking veins on the surface, although some versions of chronic venous insufficiencies (CVI) can simply induce swelling or aching of the legs.

Veins are able to push the blood flow towards the heart due to strong muscle pressure. Needless to say, daily exercise has a huge impact in the prevention of varicosities—it’s why you’ll rarely see soccer players suffering varicose veins. However, many people who suffer from varicose veins are diagnosed as obese or overweight. This adds a great deal of stress and pressure to the veins. As this is the case, exercise may not cause immediate improvements, and vein removal may be the better option. However, for people who want to increase pressure around the legs—where gravity is strongest and most detrimental to veins—even before regular exercise makes an impact. Compression stockings are the solution.

Compression stockings–often referred to as compression socks–are a viable vein treatment and add pressure to the calves, which improves the venous reflux condition. In fact, in the Netherlands, a study was prepared on workers in a meat factory. Not surprisingly, due to the long hours of standing, many of the workers had made complaints about the aches and other pains in their legs* and, as a result, a study was conducted to see how the pain could be alleviated and conditions improved.

Most factories rely upon rubber mats to absorb the strain and pressure from workers’ legs. Not only this, but the mats have an added function of absorbing spills to reduce employees from slipping on the hard concrete floor. Primarily though, these are intended to keep fatigue down to a minimal. In the Netherlands study however, it was determined that compression stockings was a suitable and more efficient alternative.

Two control groups were used, one observational, and one experimental. The observational was on workers who simply worked from the rubber mats, but the experiment group was told to wear compression stockings. Surprisingly, the workers who wore the compression stockings were not only less fatigued, but also enjoyed wearing the stockings. This was just one study, but certainly provides a solid foundation since factory conditions are similar across the globe!

*Of course, the Netherlands isn’t the only place where this is the case, but factory workers globally often experience pain in their legs from prolonged standing. In Germany, a study showed that 2% of factory workers quit their jobs due to pain stemming from their legs. Even a seemingly small percentile creates significant data for why venous insufficiency is something to be monitored and accounted for, especially when it can be avoided.

Vow for Heart Health Here and Now!

February 15th, 2013 admin Health Resources 0

Our heart plays an important role in our life. By this, I do not mean only love life but our whole life and every aspect of it. Our health is affected by the condition of our heart.

Our heart may be the size of our fist, but the repercussions that our bodies have face in case our heart starts malfunctioning are deep and diverse. You don’t just experience heart problems like suffering from a heart attack or a stroke or having breathing difficulties. But, you experience a wide range of health problems that stem from the basic problem of bad blood circulation, the obvious result of poor heart function.

You would think that nowadays all and sundry blabber about heart problems and how to keep those away. But, have you really gone through each remedy to actually disprove the validity of those simple yet wonderful measures that can keep heart problems miles away from you? Yes, sometimes the simplest of measures has the ability to work miracles within you if you follow them diligently.

One step taken daily in the direction of heart health is a big leap indeed that improves your complete life. It’s all about the conviction pumping in your heart that makes all the difference.

If you have ever experienced heaviness or tightness in the chest region, you are at a big risk of a heart attack someday. But, you don’t have to go into obsessive thinking or believe it to be your fate.

If you take care of your diet maybe not in a very stringent way but reduce one bad thing from your platter every day like cutting down on the number of outdoor eating events in a month to half, cutting down on multiple munching events in a day, and replacing at least half of the junk foods with healthful options, you start the movement against heart problems right then.

If you are suffering from high blood pressure, don’t take it lightly. But, thinking over it and getting anxious is an equal dampener to your blood pressure. Just vow to take a step to cut down salt and fatty foods. Your next blood pressure reading or the next blood lipid report is surely going to show you the results you want.

The mistake that most people make is that they are reactive to the adverse circumstances that pose themselves as emergencies such as sudden shooting of blood pressure. This can make your life go in a sudden turmoil. Watch out for this behavior in you, and watch out for your blood pressure. Invest in a blood pressure monitor that you can keep at your home to measure your BP regularly.

A digital blood pressure monitor is preferable as it allows easy reading, is accurate, and quick. Even the aged or the less educated ones can us this with ease and comfort. When you monitor your blood pressure regularly, you know where you stand and save yourself from undesirable and often dangerous shocks. Don’t let high blood pressure take a toll on your life. Be proactive enough and pressurise yourself to maintain your BP under control.

Another commonly talked about villain that is a big hazard to heart health is Cholesterol. This artery-clogging fatty substance is a frequent concern that raises a red flag on the lab reports of patients. But, who is to be blamed for this other than ourselves? When we cannot keep away from the regular treats of cheeseburgers and weekly pizza parties, our arteries are bound to face blockages. Once you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol levels as per your blood report, make sure you stay on a regular dose of cholesterol reducing products as prescribed by your physician.

Moreover, if you cannot give up fats completely, eliminate saturated fats from your diet and continue on a bit of unsaturated ones. Unsaturated fats are a rich source of essential fatty acids which are not bad. In fact, these are good for heart health if taken in appropriate quantities, and they help reduce cholesterol levels within the blood. So, grab a walnut or a few almonds every day rather than eating that trash piece of burger lustfully. Nuts contain unsaturated fats that are good for health.

In this age of fatty fast foods, you must not wait to turn 40 or 45 to get your cholesterol levels checked. After you turn 20, make a point to go for a blood lipid test every year. With regular blood tests, routine exercises, moderate diet, and adherence to cholesterol lowering products, you ensure a heart pumping healthily with blood and life.

5 Reasons to Get a Workout Buddy

January 4th, 2013 admin Beauty,Weight Loss 0

While having a workout buddy might not initially rank up high on the list of things you want to do with a friend, it actually can be quite beneficial to your workouts, and can end up being better bonding time than your usual mid-week happy hour date. If you feel like you’re in a workout rut or are lacking the motivation to go to the gym, you may want to call up a pal and set a date to hit the weights. Here are five reasons why having a workout buddy can help you excel in your workouts:

  1. Accountability: On those days that you feel like skipping your workout and laying on the couch eating ice cream straight from the container, it can help knowing that someone else is counting on you to show up and work out. When you have someone meeting you for a workout you’re much more likely to actually go than to blow it off because you don’t want to let that person down.
  2.  Motivation: Having someone there that’s pushing through a workout right along with you can be just the motivation you need to power through the last mile of a tough run or finally up your weights at the gym. People typically tend to sell themselves short when it comes to how much they’re capable of accomplishing when they’re by themselves, and are much more likely to push a little harder when someone is next to them pushing a little harder too.
  3.  Perception: How many times have you been plodding through a workout watching the clock the entire time? Now think about those days and how much better they would have been if you had a friend there chatting with you instead. Having a workout partner to talk to can make an otherwise tedious workout fly by. All you need to do is get a good conversation going and before you know it you’ll be done.
  4.  Perspective: Sometimes you need a reality check when it comes to working out, and having a trusted workout buddy can give you just that. Maybe you need someone to tell you that you should be pushing yourself more, or maybe you need someone to tell you that you’re getting a little too intense on the workout front. Then again, maybe you just want to complain about a particularly tough workout or celebrate a new fitness success. Having a regular workout partner that understands these types of things can be paramount to your fitness goals.
  5.  Inspiration: Even if you work out with the same person on a regular basis, it’s likely that you’ll each have something that you’re better at than the other, which can help inspire you to become better in the area they excel at as well. Maybe you are an excellent swimmer and your workout partner is better at lifting weights – use these individual strengths to help you both become more well-rounded in your fitness journey.

Finding someone to work out with from time to time can be the key to finally pushing past a workout plateau or discovering a new goal that you want to accomplish, plus sometimes it’s just more fun when you have a friend sweating it out next to you. If you’re looking for a change in your workouts, try finding a friend to hit up the gym with first, it might be just the switch up you need.

Author Byline:

Ken Myers the editor in chief is a frequent contributor of Gonannies.com Ken helps acquiring knowledge on the duties & responsibilities of nannies to society. You can reach him at kmyers.ceo(at)gmail.com.

How to Buy Student Life Insurance

April 20th, 2012 admin Health Insurance 0

Unlike yesteryear nowadays purchasing a life insurance policy is not only limited to the older and married people. With each passing day more and more young individuals including students are purchasing life insurance policies to secure their financial future. Student life insurance can help a student in a number of different ways. It is a source of peace of mind for both the students and their parents. Students can use the life insurance in order to pay the college loans and debts. Moreover if students want to enroll them in higher studies they can use their term life insurance coverage to pay the expenses of the higher education. Moreover if a student is involved in risky activities such as skiing, motor bike racing and other sorts of risky sports a life insurance policy can provide financial assistance to the parents in the case of sudden death of the student.

Students can buy life insurance policy over the Internet or they can physically visit the office of an insurance company to purchase a suitable insurance policy for them. There are two methods of purchasing a life insurance policy either a student can purchase the policy directly or he or she can hire an agent or expert to purchase an insurance policy through that agent. The agent will help in purchasing the insurance plan that best suits the needs of the student. The agent will also brief the student so that student may learn how to buy student life insurance efficiently. The agent will charge a fixed commission from the student in return of purchasing the policy for the student. Students can directly purchase insurance policies for them over the Internet. There are a number of websites that offer free quotes and related information regarding the purchase of a specific policy. Students can select a company with a good track record and a good rating among the customers.

It is very important for a student to choose a reputable and authentic insurance provider as it involves monetary and financial deals. It is advisable for the students to compare insurance quotes of different insurance providers to have a comparison and to choose best among these insurance companies.

While selling an insurance policy to the students the company will scrutinize the activities of the student. The insurance company will try to find out whether the student is involve in activities such as drinking, smoking, unprotected sex and use of drugs. If a student is involved in such activities he or she may be disqualified by the company or they will charge a high premium and low coverage from such a person. For students there is no age restriction for buying an insurance policy. However, kids that are too small to purchase a policy can be covered under the policy of their parents. Some insurance companies give special discounts to the students such as really cheap Orlando life insurance companies offer low premium rate and high coverage to the students.