Friday, January 24, 2014

Smoking and drinking during pregnancy

By: youssef jabbouji On: 1/24/2014
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  • If your health isn't enough to make you quit smoking, then the health of your baby should be. Smoking during pregnancy affects you and your baby's health before, during, and after your baby is born. The nicotine (the addictive substance in cigarettes), carbon monoxide, and numerous other poisons you inhale from a cigarette are carried through your bloodstream and go directly to your baby. Smoking while pregnant will:

    Lower the amount of oxygen available to you and your growing baby.
    Increase your baby's heart rate.
    Increase the chances of miscarriage and stillbirth.
    Increase the risk that your baby is born prematurely and/or born with low birth weight.
    Increase your baby's risk of developing respiratory (lung) problems.

    The more cigarettes you smoke per day, the greater your baby's chances of developing these and other health problems. There is no "safe" level of smoking while pregnant.

    How Alcohol and Caffeine Can Impact Baby's Health

    A glass of wine or a puff on a cigarette is a part of many women's social lives. But if you're pregnant, whatever you take into your body reaches your baby too. Smoking and drinking can hurt your baby, so it's important that you change your habits.

    The best time, of course, is before you and your partner decide to start trying. A baby's brain and other organs start to develop before you even realize you're pregnant. But even if you're expecting, you can reduce the risk to your child if you kick these habits now.

    Drinking for Two

    When you lift your glass, make sure it's filled with grape juice, not wine. The reason? When you drink, alcohol passes through the placenta to your growing fetus. Because a developing baby's body breaks down alcohol much more slowly than an adult's, a fetus's blood alcohol level can rise much higher than its mother's and stay elevated longer. The damage can be long lasting and severe, ranging from mental retardation to heart damage.

    Unfortunately, according to the National Academy of Sciences, 20 percent of women who drink alcohol continue to do so during pregnancy. And about 1 in 29 women who know that they're pregnant report dangerous levels of drinking (defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as more than seven drinks in a week or five and above on one occasion).


    How Does Secondhand Smoke Affect Pregnancy?

    Secondhand smoke (also called passive smoke or environmental tobacco smoke) is the combination of smoke from a burning cigarette and smoke exhaled by a smoker.

    The smoke that burns off the end of a cigarette or cigar actually contains more harmful substances (tar, carbon monoxide, nicotine, and others) than the smoke inhaled by the smoker.

    If you are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke, you increase your and your baby's risk of developing lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, allergies, asthma, and other health problems.

    Babies exposed to secondhand smoke may also develop reduced lung capacity and are at higher risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

    How Can I Quit Smoking Before or During Pregnancy?

    There are many smoking cessation programs available to help you quit smoking. Ask your health care provider for more information about these programs.
    Here are some tips that may help you kick the habit:

    Hide your matches, lighters, and ashtrays.
    Designate your home a non-smoking area.
    Ask people who smoke not to smoke around you.
    Drink fewer caffeinated beverages; caffeine may stimulate your urge to smoke. Also avoid alcohol, as it may also increase your urge to smoke and can be harmful to your baby.
    Change your habits connected with smoking. If you smoked while driving or when feeling stressed, try other activities to replace smoking.
    Keep mints or gum (preferably sugarless) on hand for those times when you get the urge to smoke.
    Stay active to keep your mind off smoking and help relieve tension: take a walk, exercise, read a book, or try a new a hobby.
    Look for support from others. Join a support group or smoking cessation program.
    Do not go places where many people are smoking such as bars or clubs, and smoking sections of restaurants.

    CONCLUSION: you are pregnant because you are hot ,cigarettes and alcohol are poisonous ,if you don’t quit early ,your son is gonna be a natural disaster  




    Chakra and energy balancing

    By: youssef jabbouji On: 1/24/2014
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  • In Hindu metaphysical and tantric/yogic traditions and other belief systems chakras are points or knots, in the subtle human body. They are located at the physical counterparts of the major plexuses of arteries, veins and nerves. Chakras are part of the subtle body, not the physical body, and as such are the meeting points of the subtle (non-physical) energy channels, called nadiis. Nadiis are channels in the subtle body through which the life force (prana), or vital energy moves. Various scriptural texts and teachings present a different number of chakras. There are many chakras in the subtle human body according to the tantric texts, but there are 6 chakras and 7th(sahasrara) is the state which are considered to be the most important ones.



    Using the power of affirmations is one of the most effective ways to balance our chakras. Our thoughts create our reality, and by regularly practicing positive chakra balancing affirmations, we can achieve astonishing results in our lives.

    Chakra is a Sanskrit word which literally translates into a spinning wheel. According to ancient yogic traditions, there are seven major chakras or energy centers in our body. Each of these chakras corresponds to a particular color-coded vibrational frequency in the universe which influences our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. When our chakras are perfectly aligned with the universal flow of energy, every aspect of our life becomes harmonious and joyful. We reclaim perfect health, and our love and passion for life becomes renewed.


    When using the following affirmations, sit or lie down in a quiet place and focus on the location of each chakra. As you speak out or silently meditate on each affirmation, visualize a wheel spinning face-up in a clockwise direction in the specific color frequency of each chakra:

    1. Root Chakra – The root chakra is located at the base of our spine and corresponds to the color red. This chakra relates to our basic human instinct for survival, security and stability.

    Affirmation: “I am a divine being of light, and I am peaceful, protected and secure”

    2. Sacral Chakra – The sacral chakra is located just below our navel in our lower abdominal region. The color of this chakra is a deep, saturated orange and relates to reproduction on a physical level, creativity and joy and relationships on an emotional level and our energy and passions on a spiritual level.

    Affirmation: “I am radiant, beautiful and strong and enjoy a healthy and passionate life”

    3. Solar Plexus Chakra – This chakra is located above our navel and directly in our stomach area. The solar plexus chakra therefore plays a vital role in digestion and glows in a bright yellow color. This chakra deals with growth and pertains to issues of the intellect, personal power, control and spiritual evolution.

    Affirmation: “I am positively empowered and successful in all my ventures”


    4. Heart Chakra – The heart chakra is located in the centre of the chest and spins with the vibrant green color of spring. This chakra is one of the most important meditation tools for cleansing and clearing spiritual imbalances. The key issues related to the heart chakra are unconditional love, compassion and wellbeing.

    Affirmation: “Love is the answer to everything in life, and I give and receive love effortlessly and unconditionally”

    5. Throat Chakra – This chakra is centered in our throat and exudes a pale blue light. The throat chakra governs our ability to express and communicate clear thoughts and ideas. It is also related to truth, maturity, independence and the ability to trust others.

    Affirmation: “My thoughts are positive, and I always express myself truthfully and clearly”

    6. Third Eye Chakra – The third eye chakra is positioned in the center of our forehead, between our eyebrows. Also known as the brow chakra, it spins in a deep saturated dark blue hue and helps us tap into our inner guidance and divine vision. This chakra deals with developing intuitive clarity, releasing repressed emotions and attaining self realization.

    Affirmation: “I am tuned into the divine universal wisdom and always understand the true meaning of life situations”

    7. Crown Chakra – The crown chakra is located at the top of our head or in the crown area and corresponds to the violet color. The role of this chakra is based in awakening consciousness and attaining enlightenment through the integration of the self into the one universal form of intelligence.

    Affirmation: “I am complete and one with the divine energy”

    Chakra balancing affirmations can create extraordinary revolutions in our spiritual healing journey. There can be nothing more effective and transformative than using your very own power of thought to bring positive changes in your body, mind and soul. 

    Healthy foods for skin

    By: youssef jabbouji On: 1/24/2014
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  • Strawberries

    Strawberries have more anti-aging vitamin C per serving than oranges or grapefruit. And research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that people who eat foods rich in vitamin C have fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those who don’t.

    Vitamin C fights free radicals, which damage cells and break down collagen, leading to fine lines. For smoother, better-hydrated skin, apply a natural berry mask once or twice a week, and eat vitamin C–rich foods daily.
    Sip it or smooth it on
    In a food processor or blender, combine 1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries (or a mix of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries—they’re all antioxidant stars). Stir together blended berries, 1 cup vanilla or plain yogurt, and 1 1/2 tablespoons honey (a great moisturizer) in an 8-ounce glass. Enjoy smoothie, setting aside enough to coat your face.
    Apply remaining smoothie to your face over a sink (it’s a little drippy at first, but a smooth layer will stay put), and leave it on for about 8 minutes before rinsing off.

    Olive oil

    The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of olive oil don’t just benefit you on the inside—they soften your skin, too. “Ancient Romans massaged olive oil into their skin. consuming olive oil, a staple in the healthy Mediterranean diet, provides antioxidants to disarm free radicals and reduce inflammation. In addition to working olive oil into your daily diet, apply as a lip gloss and skin soother, as needed. If you have dry skin, you’ll particularly benefit from topical application
    Eat it or wear it
    At dinner, drizzle a few tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil into a small bowl, and dip whole-grain bread in it to improve your skin from the inside out.

    Dab a pea-size amount of extra-virgin olive oil on lips to hydrate a parched pucker; or use it on rough patches (think elbows and heels), as needed.

    Pumpkin

    Pumpkin’s orange hue is from carotenoids, wrinkle-fighting plant pigments that help neutralize free radicals in the skin, keeping them from damaging the cells that fast-forward aging. “Pumpkin is filled with vitamins C, E, and A, as well as powerful enzymes that help to cleanse the skin,” explains dermatologist Kenneth Beer, author of Palm Beach Perfect Skin. Plus, pumpkin has hydrating properties, Ionescu adds. Although the seeds make a great fiber-filled snack, you get the skin-saving antioxidants from the pulp.

    Pomegranate

    Pomegranates are one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits.
    Research shows this fruit’s juice has more inflammation-fighting antioxidants than red wine or green tea. Eat some fresh pomegranate or use it in an age-fighting scrub. 

    Eat your five-a-day

    Fruit and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants that help to protect skin from the cellular damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are caused by smoking, pollution and sunlight and can cause wrinkling and age spots. Eat a rainbow of colourful fruit and vegetables and aim for at least five portions a day. Betacarotene, found in pumpkin, carrots and sweet potatoes, and lutein, found in kale, papaya and spinach are potent antioxidants, important for normal skin cell development and healthy skin tone.

    Vitamin C

    Vitamin C is also a super antioxidant. It is needed for a strong immune system, radiant skin and helps blemishes heal properly. The best sources are blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava ,kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes. They all help to produce collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply the skin.

    Drink up

    Skin needs moisture to stay flexible. Even mild dehydration will cause your skin to look dry, tired and slightly grey. Drink six to eight glasses of water a day - all fluids count towards your daily allowance, but water is the best. If you work in an office, keep a large bottle of water on your desk to remind you to drink. Herbal, caffeine-free teas are good too. Try to avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, both can age the skin.


    I wish you enjoy reading this article.

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

    Things You Should Know & do Before You Start Your New Year Diet

    By: youssef jabbouji On: 1/23/2014
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  • If you have decided to lose weight, you’re probably ready to develop your eating plan and begin the diet. But if you take the time to gather important information, you’ll lay the groundwork for greater weight loss success. Take one week to follow these important steps so that you start your diet and exercise plan on solid footing.

    See your doctor. Your physician may be able to provide essential information that will help you lose weight more effectively. Make an appointment with your doctor and ask these ten questions while you’re there. Take notes and add the information to the pre-diet food journal that you’ll start later in the week.

    SET A GOAL


    An important part of planning your diet program is to know how much weight and fat you want to lose. The best way to do that? Step on the scales to see how much you weigh and take measurements of your waist, hips, thighs and arms. Record your readings. From there, you can set goals on how much weight and inches you want to shed.


    MAKE A WEIGHT LOSS PLAN

    Once you've set your target weight or have decided the number of inches you want to lose, the next step is to devise a sensible weight loss plan. Look hard at the foods and drinks in your kitchen and the kind of diet you regularly consume. Are you seeing more carbs than veggies? Is your freezer full of red meat instead of lean fish and poultry? Commit to incorporate more fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains into your daily diet and minimize your intake of empty calorie, processed foods.

    Keep a pre-diet journal

    . Usually, weight loss coaches ask you to keep a food diary while you are dieting. But it is also important to evaluate your caloric intake before you diet. Use these instructions to keep a pre-diet food journal then use it to evaluate your caloric needs.

    EDUCATE YOURSELF 

    Do your research to learn as much as you can about proper nutrition and the foods you should be consuming on a daily basis. Further, gain an understanding about calories, the number of calories you should be eating, and how sensibly reducing them can help you lose weight. Purchase a book or use an Internet program that gives the amount of calories in various foods so you get a good idea of the number of calories you consume and where you should cut back.
    Another tip: Learn how many calories you can shred with physical activity so you can factor calories burned into your diet plan.

    Evaluate your caloric needs. 

    There are five different methods you can use to figure outhow many calories you should eat to lose weight. Use your pre-diet food journal, along with one of these other methods to get a personalized number.

    As you move through your weight loss plan, remember that you can come back to any of these steps to make changes. Adjust your goals, check in with your physician or re-evaluate your caloric intake if you aren’t getting the results you need.

    Monday, January 20, 2014

    FASTING

    By: kaiserprince On: 1/20/2014
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  • Fasting
    Fasting is primarily an act of willing abstinence or reduction from certain or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. An absolute fast is normally defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period, usually a single day (24 hours), or several days. Other fasts may be only partially restrictive, limiting particular foods or substances. The fast may also be intermittent in nature. Fasting practices may preclude sexual intercourse and other activities as well as food.
    Getting a Better Idea of What Fasting
    Really Is
    The concept of fasting is quite simple. Fasting means you don’t eat for a while. Although it may sound a bit contrarian, it is, without a doubt, a very safe and very sound health practice. In fact, it’s good for your mind, body and soul.



    You may have heard that not eating is a bad idea, because it will slow your metabolism and cause you to gain weight. Well, you’ve heard wrong. Fasting is not only good for you, but also perhaps the healthiest thing you can ever do for yourself.
    The positive effects of fasting
    Fasting can help you feel and look better. In addition, here are a few of the positive effects fasting can have on your body. It:
    Burns fat: When fasting, the body naturally taps into stored body fat  for energy, a process that is severely inhibited when eating frequently throughout the day. Studies have shown that fasting ramatically increases lipolysis, which is the fancy term for fat burning.
    Boosts energy: Fasting is slightly stimulatory, because it increases your natural adrenal response. In plain English, it means that while you’re fasting, you can expect your productivity to increase and concentration to improve.


    Fights disease: Fasting naturally boosts immunity and allows your body to naturally detoxify itself. While fasting, your body purges unhealthy, damaged, and polluted cells — as well as spurs the growth of new
    healthy cells.
    Delays aging: Eating has an aging effect on the body, which happens primarily through insulin, which is your body’s primary nutrient transport and blood-sugar regulating hormone. When you eat, your pancreas secretes insulin. And the problem with eating too much or too frequently is that insulin speeds up biological aging process. Fasting delays aging by suppressing insulin levels.
    Enhances exercise: Fasting and exercise potentiate each other, meaning they increase each other’s positive effects. Exercising in a fasted state can help you to burn more fat, increase vitality, and build muscle more efficiently.
    The benefits of fasting are huge, whereas there really isn’t a reason why you shouldn’t fast on a regular basis. In fact, fasting is also the world’s most ancient healing mechanism. All animals, except human beings, fast instinctively when sick or wounded.



    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    Detoxification

    By: kaiserprince On: 1/15/2014
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  • Detox diets are dietary plans that claim to have detoxifying effects. The general idea suggests that most food contains contaminants: various ingredients deemed unnecessary for human life, such as flavor enhancersfood coloringspesticides, and preservatives. Scientists, dietitians, and doctors, while generally viewing "detox diets" as harmless (unless nutritional deficiency results), often dispute the value and need of "detox diets", due to lack of supporting factual evidence or coherent rationale.


    In cases where a person actually suffers from a disease, belief in the efficacy of a detox diet can result in delay or failure to seek effective treatment.Detox diets can involve consuming extremely limited sets of foods (only water or juice. for example - a form of fasting known as juice fasting), eliminating certain foods (such as fats) from the diet, or eliminating processed foods and alleged irritants from the diet. Detox diets are often high in fiber - proponents claim that this causes the body to burn accumulated stored fats, releasing fat-stored "toxins" into the blood, which can then be eliminated through the blood, skin, urine, feces and breath.