Friday, February 5, 2016

Five Ways Pregnant Women Can Beat the Summer Heat

Being heavy with a child in the warmest season of the year, certainly, is a recipe for distress. Humidity can make hot summer days even hotter for pregnant women whose babies are due in this season or in the early fall. While you can't control the heat of the sun in summer, there are a few guidelines which you can follow to keep yourself cool --- and safe until your delivery.

1. Pay attention to the heat warnings. Pregnant women already have some degree of heat intolerance which can be aggravated by circumstances. Always check the temperature before going outdoors. Stay indoors when the temperature is 90 deg F and up. Turn on your air conditioner and apply a damp washcloth on your forehead to cool yourself. Plan your activities for late in the afternoon or in the evening if you need to go out.

2. Drink plenty of fluids. Limiting your fluid intake to water can lead to a condition called water intoxication where water dilutes the electrolytes needed by the body. Fruit juice, milk and sports drinks are good for pregnant women who need to replenish the depleted electrolytes in their bodies due to excessive sweating.

3. Wear breathable clothes. Breathable clothes will keep you cooler and free from sweating a lot. Clothes made from cotton helps prevent heat rash which usually accumulates in the abdomen area and under the breasts.

4. Swim instead of working out in the gym. Swimming is effective in cooling yourself off during warm days. Exercising in the water unloads the extra weight off your knees, so you're less likely to hurt your knees and joints than when exercising in the gym.

5. Make sure that you're breathing correctly. Corrective breathing helps you cool down while improving your oxygen intake. Enough oxygen in your body aids in the growth and nourishment of your unborn child. Read books or watch video tutorials which can teach the correct breathing patterns.

Summer doesn't have to be boring and hazardous to pregnant women. You can enjoy summer activities with your family and friends by observing moderation and following the guidelines above. Read this detailed infographic from Bourne Bathrooms to discover more heat management tips during summer.

Staying Cool During Summer

From Visually.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Have a Meaningful 2016 with These Suggestions

If your 2015 didn't turn out to be as purposeful as you have planned, don't be discouraged. You can try again this year. Whether you're keeping your last year's goals or not, you might find the list of activities below worth doing this year. Read on.

Volunteer - Have you ever tried volunteering? Volunteering can be physically draining but all the hardships you'll encounter along the way makes your whole volunteer experience truly rewarding. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to become happier and create a better version of yourself. According  to psychologists, people become happier and grateful when they're able to help other people.

Reconnect with family and friends - A 2010 study in the journal PLoS Medicine states that 'lack of social bonds can damage your health as much as alcohol abuse and smoking, and even more than obesity and lack of exercise.' This means you can lengthen your life span by simply reconnecting with old family and friends and strengthening your bonds with them.

Go back to school - If you're looking to change the direction of your career path, going back to school must be on the top of your bucket list for this year. The new knowledge you'll gain in school can boost your self-confidence, create new possibilities and provide new friends for you.  A 2007 study even stated that middle-aged adults who went back to school are less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.

Travel - Traveling allows treat life as an adventure and not a boring cycle or routine. It recharges your body, mind and soul after days or even months of tedious work. It lets you learn new things about and rediscover other facets of your personality.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Five Superfoods Women Must Have in Their Diet

So you've been eating healthy; but, are you eating key food items that are proven to boost your health? Read up if you're clueless about the superfoods every woman must eat on a regular basis.

Curcumin - Curcumin contains an anti-oxidant that prevents cancer cells and tumors from growing in the body.  According to Bharat Aggarwal, PhD (a professor of cancer medicine at the University of Texas M.D.) it helps  prevent a variety of diseases, including multiple myeloma, lymphoma, and breast, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers. Curcumin makes a perfect ingredient for curry dishes.

Pistachios - A research from the University of Toronto shows that pistachios may reduce the risk of diabetes by decreasing the effect of carbs on blood sugar levels. Because of this, they are called the new health nuts. Protein, fiber, and healthy monounsaturated fat found in pistachios slows down carbohydrate absorption in the body.

Brussels sprouts Studies show that eating brussels sprouts at least bi-monthly reduces the incidence of colon cancer. Brussels sprouts contain a compound called allyl isothiocyanate which causes precancerous cells to self-destruct.

Dark chocolate - Dark chocolates are rich in flavonoids which prevent clogged arteries and reduce heart disease risks. Archives of Internal Medicine shares that consuming 3.6 ounces of dark chocolate daily can lowering blood pressure.

Cherries - A new animal study from University of Michigan shows that consuming a powdered version of tart cherries can lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It also  decreases the body's ability to store fat in the liver.

Tomatoes - As we all know, tomatoes are full of lycopene. Lycopene helps lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, and macular degeneration. This is true for red and orange tomatoes. But studies show that orange ones offer two and a half times more of these benefits! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Three Things that Kill Women's Self-Esteem

Women can succeed just like men. Many women through out history have proven this. Yet many women (up until this modern day and age) still have low self-esteem. They lead their lives in a way that success or at least good things will never come to them. Are you one of these women? Or are you aware whether you have a low perception of yourself? Read the following behaviors which can lead to such notion and the ways to beat them.

Sulking in needless drama. Your life already has enough drama on its own. Keep yourself from getting caught in somebody else's drama. Mind your own life and direct all your energies to making the most out of all your positive abilities. Also, don't hold in any anger or envy with in you. If something negative gets to your way, try your best not to be angry, annoyed or scared. Study the situation and know how you can turn it around for your benefit.

Seeking approval from other people.  I read somewhere that you must always do your best in everything and quit chasing other people to like you or your work. The right people will come at the right time. If you have a healthy perception of yourself and of your abilities, you will understand that you can't please everybody. Stop adjusting your life or yourself to fit in another person's expectations. Live your own life and be at your best all the time.

Use of weak language. You need not brag about yourself but don't use weak language when referring to yourself  or your abilities. Instead of saying 'I'm just a school teacher," say "I'm a school teacher for so and so years." Drop the just. Everybody else will look down on you if you look down on yourself.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Quick Steps to Achieve Mental Fitness

When fitness is talked about, people often think of the body or the physical aspect of it.  The fact that the mind needs to be in tip top shape as well becomes forgotten. Getting your mind into good condition is similar to preparing yourself to a marathon. You need to prepare yourself and exercise your mind to get the best results.

Stop multitasking. Multi-tasking doesn't solve problems or complete tasks in less time. It creates such an impression but in reality it only makes things worst. For example, poor or low quality output often result from multi-tasking. Focus on one task at a time. This allows your mind to work better. Your concentration skills will improve as well.

Always think positive. Positive affirmation increases mental proficiency. It strengthens neural pathways to bring your self-confidence, wellbeing, and satisfaction to a higher level. If you talk to yourself negatively, you're most likely to achieve nothing.

Create new experiences. Trying things which are new to you also improves mental fitness. New things exercise your minds to work differently and break away from the patterns which have been established in your brain for a long time. This is a great way to improve your problem solving skills.
Any kind of game that employs the use of logic or reasoning will help you in this area.

Here's some music that can relax your mind.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Five Sure Fire Ways to Stick with a Healthy Diet

Many moms don't like dieting because it keeps them from enjoying their favorite food. Disciplining yourself not to eat the food that you love is really hard. This is specifically true when eating them helps you find joy in the midst of your parenting challenges. Here are some ways which can help you stay healthy by making healthy food choices.

Take it one step at a time. Overhauling your diet over night is not advisable. Move toward a healthy diet step-by-step. For example, you can start with dropping your caffeine addiction. Instead of coffee, drink water only or just choose special occasions when you'll drink coffee. Then, move to dealing with your junk food addiction.

Choose the food you love. You need not quit eating meat just to be healthy. Choose the healthy counterpart of food that you love to eat. If you're a fan of pork, you might want to leave out its fat parts which cause health risks.

Pack your lunch or snacks. Bringing your own food to work will keep you from consuming unhealthy food sold in most joints and restos. Pack veggie sticks and fruit slices to keep you nourished for the whole day. You will be surprised that you won't crave for junk food and sugary food once you get used to consuming only your packed food.

Don't starve yourself. Eat before you leave home for work or for any activity that will cause you to use up a lot of energy. When you're hungry, you will jump on any food you see and you won't stop to consider whether it's healthy or not.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Why Moms Quit Fitness Programs

Most moms abandon fitness programs after trying them for a few months. Although they have serious intentions when they started, they simply fall out of their game plans for varied reasons.

1) Lack of time. Moms are always long on responsibilities and short on time especially when they don't have a hired help or a partner to help them in raising  the kids and taking care of the house. The best thing a busy mom can do is to put exercise under her non-negotiable to-do list. This means you must not entertain any excuse that will keep you from exercising.

2) Impatience. Yes, most moms are impatient. They want to see improvement in their appearance right away. They easily give up when they don't turn out to be a  Jennifer Aniston after three months of exercise. Know that a good figure is built through much time, effort and discipline. If you quit halfway, you just won't get it.

3) Wrong motivation. "I'm not a Hollywood Star. So, I don't need to be fit." Being fit and healthy is more than just looking good. If you think exercise is all about acquiring good looks, you have the wrong motivation in mind. As a parent, you must exercise and eat healthy for the benefit of your children and other people who are depending on you. If you love your family, stay fit and healthy.

The following steps might help you not quit your quest to be fit:

1) Have a healthy perception of yourself.
2) Seek professional reinforcement.
3) Set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely).
4) Create a training plan.
5) Stick with your plan.