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Why Alcohol Makes You Fat?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on December 12, 2010

First of all, it is necessary for anyone concerned about the connection between alcohol and extra body weight to accept the fact that alcohol intake can contribute to making us fat. It’s a fact of life that can only be eliminated by taking alcohol from our lives altogether.

alcohol-makes-you-fatIt’s possible to control the weight gain and the additional body fat with exercise and a healthy diet. But drinking alcoholic beverages will make the “battle of the bulge” more difficult. Why, you may ask?

The primary reason is that the alcoholic drinks we consume have a lot of sugar in them. This increases our overall calorie intake. In addition, sugar turns to fat more quickly than some other edible items. This quick-forming fat stays with us in the belly area, as well as on the hips and this. Some people have found that the extra fat appears on the underside of the arms as well.

Each person reacts differently to this sugar/fat connection, so the extra weight won’t always appear on the belly. It’s certainly common enough for people to believe that drinking beer and liquor give us a “beer belly.” This isn’t always true, but it happens often enough to make it an issue. One of the reasons is that the male of the human species naturally tends to add body fat in the belly area. Men who consume alcohol regularly are almost ensuring that the amount of fat on their bellies will increase. Women however gather their extra fat in and around the hips and upper thighs. So, women who consume alcohol may see extra weight in those areas.

One of the scientific facts (frustrating for drinkers) is that the sugar and calorie factor in alcohol is there even though drinking such beverages doesn’t stop us from being hungry. Therefore, any drinking we do adds sugar and calories in addition to what we get from eating. We may feel “full” for awhile after drinking but our bodies will still signal us that it is time to eat.

The key to solving this alcohol/fat problem is to drink less alcohol. Keeping the intake of alcoholic beverages to a minimum will help control that extra body fat. A general guideline states that enjoying one or two drinks during the day probably won’t create a fat problem. Drinking too much alcohol certainly will add extra fat weight to the body.

People who need to be on a restricted-calorie diet should definitely pay attention to the amount of alcohol they drink. What happens with alcohol does not happen with food that is eaten. The calories in alcohol go directly to the rest of the body because alcohol passes on to the body without being digested as food is. Since it goes immediately to the body it needs to be used up or burned by activity immediately. Otherwise it will settle into the parts of the body that are natural fat storehouses for each individual. Alcohol is an immediate energy source for the body but in a short time it becomes a source of extra fat.

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How to Get Rid of Double Chin?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on December 10, 2010

People who want to lose weight can focus on a lot of different parts of the body. In recent years, trainers and celebrities have produced dozens of programs for weight loss and weight reduction. These often concentrate on the waist, the hips, the abs or some other part of the human anatomy.

Few plans look closely at the double chin, which is simply a deposit of extra fat that is unsightly and uncomfortable. Some people develop a double chin as they age because they inherited the tendency from parents and grandparents. Simply put, double chin can be hereditary. Others might see a double chin appearing gradually as they gain weight over the entire body.

Exercise, Concentrate
Of course, you might be able to reduce or eliminate that double chin by following a general weight-loss program. With proper diet and proper exercise you might be able to lose extra pounds and eliminate that heavy deposit under your chin. Information about losing a double chin often begins with the simple idea of eating a bit less, every day. Over a period of time your body will use the extra fat or eliminate it. Your double chin may well disappear along with extra weight from other places.

You can also reduce your double chin or get rid of it altogether with specific exercises for this section of the body. There is one muscle in this area that should be exercised as part of any program to lose a double chin. The muscle has the unlikely name “platysma.” If you open your mouth as widely as you can, stretch the lower lip and stretch the jaw, you may be able to tighten the chin area.

Attacking the Double Chin
Get Rid of Double ChinSome people resort to liposuction to remove a double chin. This method has been used for years. Doctors simple suck the fat from under the skin. However, this method is not completely free of problems. In addition, you might pay a lot of money to have fat taken from under the chin and then see the same condition develop in a matter of months. If you don’t change your eating and exercising habits the “fix” will be temporary. If medical procedures are on list of options, talk with your doctor about a chin-wrap process.

You may be better off using some of the suggested exercises for sagging facial muscles. A combination of diet, physical exercise, chin-and-jaw exercises and gentle massage can go a long way toward eliminating the double chin. Put some pressure on the muscles of the chin and massage them a few times each day. Change your hand position occasionally to get the maximum effect.

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How To Get Rid Of Overeating?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on December 8, 2010

It is tempting to just say: Get rid of overeating by eating less. For some of us this may be possible. For others, eating less may be the most difficult thing they ever do. In the past, people who ate a lot and became obese were thought to be gluttons. But most of the time they weren’t looked upon as people with a serious problem.

In recent years, overeating has joined a few other maladies as serious issues. The list includes anorexia and bulimia. These are eating disorders, yes, but they are now considered behavioral /psychological disorders. Eating far too much or far too little may well be a symptom of other issues that should be addressed.

The Factors
The ingredients in the mix that is overeating include triggers from the brain, chemistry within the body, emotional problems and issues with social contacts. If some or all of these work in combination we may overeat as a way to compensate or self-medicate.

OvereatingWe can get rid of some instances of overeating by changing our habits. For example, some people feel that they must eat a snack at certain times. If we can change our habit so that, when this time arrives, we focus on something other than food we gradually turn to the new activity. Overeating is often triggered by starting with sugar-filled pastries or similar foods. If we can avoid sweets and foods that are high in carbohydrates we might be able to eliminate some or all of our overeating episodes.

If you normally take lunch or snacks to work with you, start substituting different types of food immediately. Rather than taking candy bars, pastries and other sweets, eliminate the dessert item. Take fruit instead. This will help curb the urge to eat more and more.

Treatment Needed
Though we can go a long way toward eliminating some of the overeating issues we face, there are times when the emotional and mental situation is so deeply ingrained we need help. First of all we have to address the emotional factors. Changing our daily habits is just one small part of this. In addition to having our meals in one place every day and substituting vegetables and fruit for sweets and snacks, we also need to eat more slowly, so that the activity of eating is not so compulsive. Instead, it satisfies a real need for fuel.

We should also eliminate the types of food that contribute to overeating. For instance, we could no longer keep chips, candy, cookies etc. in the home. We need to get rid of the things that tempt us. When the time comes for a “snack” we substitute other, healthier foods in small portions or have no snack at all.

To get rid of overeating, we may need to set small objectives or goals. Eat one less snack food each day and increase this gradually. We may need to change our shopping habits. Go the grocery store right after a regular meal. Shop when you are not hungry. Finally, find others who are struggling with the same problem and join a support group.

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How To Get Rid Of Neck Fat?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on December 7, 2010

There are good diet plans and exercise programs for getting rid of extra weight, no matter where it is on the body. We all know about using nutrition and aerobic exercise to get rid of fat around the midsection or on the hips. But what about losing that extra, unsightly fat around the neck and in that general area?

Don’t think this is going to be easy or quick. Neck fat may be a “smaller” problem but it may still contribute to health problems and to embarrassment or insecurity when we go out in public. You’ll have to start a good fat-loss program and stick with it, just as you would any other weight-loss or lifestyle plan. *Before we look at some tips and techniques, you may want to talk with your doctor about neck fat to make sure your extra fat in that area is not the result of an illness or other health condition.

Set Your Mind
As with any weight-loss program or change in lifestyle or habits, you should set your mind on your goal. Be patient and be a bit stubborn. Make sure you believe you can achieve what you want. Give the fat-loss plan some time every day and set a realistic goal for loss each week, month etc.

Neck FatStart exercising. This doesn’t mean just walking slowly from one end of the house to another. You need to get the heart working and get the blood circulating. This is the way to burn the calories you take in with your food and drink. There are a number of different programs designed for “cardio” workouts. Talk with friends and family members, your doctor or an exercise/workout professional to find the right one for you.

It’s the Neck!
Focus on neck movements, such as gently tilting the neck from side to side and from front to back. Do this for a few minutes two or three times each day. Be sure to continue this easy exercise even after you start to see neck fat disappearing. Add neck rotation but do it gently and slowly. Move your head and neck in small circles and widen the circular movement gradually. Do it again with rotations in the opposite direction. Do this at two or three different times each day, for a couple of minutes.

In addition to neck exercises and cardio exercises, make a few changes in your diet. Add fruits and vegetables, and plenty of water. Drink fruit juices that are unsweetened rather than alcoholic beverages or soft drinks. Cut down on pastries and foods high in sugar. This should help you lose body fat in other places as well.

Finally, exercise your jaw and chin with sugarless gum or mimic chewing several times a day. This should help tighten skin around the neck and jaw. Drink plenty of water to help wash away the toxins in your body. Losing neck fat requires patience and focus, just like any other weight loss program.

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What Is Swine Flu?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on September 1, 2010

Health experts, doctors and researchers have not only heard of and identified swine flu, they continue to work on preventing and treating this form of influenza. Known by the virus-identifier H1N1, swine flu is causing illness in human beings.

First identified in United States residents in April of 2009, the virus is spreading around the world. The movement of H1N1 has occurred at such an alarming rate that the World Health Organization quickly declared the influenza experience was a pandemic.

Some confusion has resulted from associating H1N1 with the term swine flu. The virus that is making people sick is similar to viruses that usually are found in pigs. But there are major differences between the two, human and swine.

Swine FluAccording to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) most of the people who contract swine flu recover without the assistance of doctors or other medical personnel. According to CDC, “Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something – such as a surface or object – with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.”

Swine flu or H1N1 symptoms include body aches, chills, fatigue, cough, fever, runny nose and most of the common influenza symptoms. While many normally healthy people get over this flu without serious complications, there have been severe illnesses, even death, in some individuals. Almost all medical information about H1N1 includes warnings for older people (over 65), the very young (under 5) and for those who have a serious chronic medical condition that weakens the system. People in the high-risk category include the pregnant, those with diabetes and heart disease and so on.

One of the problems with new influenza viruses such as swine flu is that medical personnel don’t have good information about when it occurs, how long it lasts etc. With more common flu viruses that society has dealt with for years there is plenty of information about when to expect them and how to deal with them.

Records indicate that with more common flu viruses, 90 percent of the people who become seriously ill or die are over 65. A few months of study in 2009 shows that H1N1 flu “has caused greater disease burden in people younger than 25 years of age than older people.” (CDC report).

Studies have also shown that those who have swine flu may infect others from about one day before illness to approximately 7 days after.

Vaccines have been developed for H1N1 and the medical community continues to feel this is the best, level-one preventive measure. But people can help limit the spread of H1N1 by carefully covering the mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing. Careful washing of hands may also help. The CDC “recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to go to a medical expert or for absolute emergencies. Avoiding those already ill and avoiding crowds when can be strong preventive measures.

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What Effects Does Smoking Cigarettes Have?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on August 17, 2010

The word cigarette originates from a French word cigarette which means a small cigar. Cigarettes are simple objects – they are tobacco covered in a piece of paper. They have been around for quite a long time. The hookahs of the Arabs are well known. The Europeans first learnt about cigarettes from the Mayans and the Aztecs sometime around the 18th century, although the natives had been smoking cigarettes since the 9th century. They have been pictured in paintings like la cometa, la merienda en el Manzanares. Those painting belong to the 18th century.

There are only harmful biological effects which are known. Smoking may give us a psychological pleasure for sometime but in the long run:

(1) One in two smokers, who have been smoking for a long time, will die in the middle age.

(2) Tobacco makes the body more prone to diseases and causes many kinds of cancer.

(3) Cigarettes produce carbon monoxide gas when they are lighted and the inhalation of this gas cause the heart to beat faster which in turn increases the blood pressure. This strains our blood vessels.

(4) Strained blood vessels are a major cause of heart attacks and stroke. Smoking restricts your blood flow.

(5) Smoking reduces the supply of oxygen to our feet and hands. This is not healthy for them in the long run.

(6) It has been calculated that 20-breaths of cigarette smoke per day will fill you with 210g tar in a year.

(7) Those who hold on to the smoke longer end up having tar accumulated deeper inside their lungs.

(8) Carbon monoxide swells up the airways and this in time results in lesser air for the lungs.

(9) Smoking, one says, is a slow way to die. Smoking causes emphysema. It is an illness which slowly rots our lungs.

(10) Bronchitis, lung problems and heart failure are direct consequences of suffering from emphysema.

(11) Surveys suggest, smokers are ten times likely to have lung cancer than those who don’t smoke.

Cigarette(12) Smoking blocks blood vessels which lead to a heart attack. The reason for this is the deposits of pollutants from cigarettes in the vessels.

(13) One is five people, who die from a heart attack, is a smoker. The situation is worse among the young where three in four who die from the heart disease are smokers.

(14) If a lady smokes cigarettes during pregnancy, it is likely that her child will have a low birth weight and the chances of pre-natal mortality are also higher.

(15) Smoking cigarettes is a major cause of lung cancer, larynx cancer, oral cavity cancer and esophagus cancer among other diseases.

In addition to the diseases mentioned above a passive smoker is prone to:

(1) Ear infections. It has been more common among the children and the young.

(2) Passive smoking accounts for more than 10,000 low weight births a year.

(3) Nearly 8,000 cases of asthma each year are because of passive smoking.

(4) Still births and an adverse effect on the eyes is also a major consequence of sitting with smokers.

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How To Get Rid Of Yeast Infections?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on August 13, 2010

Yeast infections aren’t necessarily a serious threat to our health. They are rarely life-threatening. But these infections are uncomfortable and painful. Many of us think yeast infections are a female problem but men can also suffer from this condition.

Fortunately you can take some steps to prevent yeast infections and to get rid of infections once they have already started. Men, women and children are all susceptible to the yeast infection (known as candida albicans). Nearly a third of the population of any country may have a yeast infection of some level in a year’s time.

A Normal Thing
Almost all of us have yeast bacteria as a regular part of the chemistry in our bodies. These organisms are present throughout our bodies, including on the skin. Our systems usually remained balanced and the bacteria don’t cause problems. We might contribute to a yeast infection by eating foods high in refined sugar and carbohydrates. Yeast multiplies in the presence of large amounts of sugar. The first thing you can do to get rid of yeast infections is make some changes in your diet.

You might be able to “starve” the bacteria by drastically cutting your intake of sugars and carbohydrates. In fact, some individuals may have to eliminate carbohydrates completely to avoid future infections. Combine these healthy changes in diet with additional drinking water each day. Give your body plenty of water to flush out harmful bacteria and toxins. Your doctor or nutritionist will probably recommend a diet free of yeast for several months until you show no symptoms of infection.

It may be necessary to take a prescription medication. Antibiotics taken orally help get the body’s bacteria back in balance by removing excess bacteria that could cause problems. In addition to these internal medicines, a doctor might suggest an over-the-counter ointment or cream. These are meant to be applied directly to the affected area, so the active ingredient can kill the bacteria. Topical ointments may provide temporary relief and remove visible signs of infection.

However, your body may still harbor plenty of yeast-causing bacteria. It will probably be necessary to combine skin treatments with oral medications to work on all aspects of the infection. If you have cleared up outward signs of yeast infection you should still watch for other symptoms: indigestion, fatigue, headaches, sinus troubles and so on.

Have a Complete Plan
Yeast InfectionFighting yeast infection requires a total plan, one that works inside and out. You should combine changes in diet, improved personal hygiene and topical ointments with professional help such as prescription medications and treatments from medical professionals. Consider anti-fungal medications and natural substances such as garlic and grape seed extract.

You should also make sure your body remains clean. Don’t give yeast bacteria a chance to start growing inside our outside the body. As we mentioned earlier, a yeast infection from candida albicans may not threaten our life but this malady can cause us serious problems. Yeast infections are painful and uncomfortable. Do what you can to prevent them and get rid of them.

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How To Get Rid Of Yellow Hair?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on August 9, 2010

Some people may be tempted to ask why yellow hair is a problem. After all, there are many people in the world who have light-colored hair – blond, wheat straw etc. But this is a slightly different situation. If you have discoloration in your hair and that color is really yellow you will need to know the best way to get rid of it.

People may experience a yellowing of their hair because they use water that contains strong minerals and chemicals that change the hair pigment. If your water is extremely “hard” such as water from a ground well, you can treat the water with tablets that will eliminate much of this problem.

If you use too much of a product meant for styling or shaping your hair you might contribute to the problem of yellow hair. If your natural color is a certain shade of brown/red and you use too much peroxide, you could change the color to an orange shade or give it a yellow tint. If hair treatment products are causing the problem you should change brands or treatment type.

Good Old Vinegar
For centuries people have know how to use household vinegar for cleaning, clearing up and changing things in various situations. You might be able to restore some of your natural hair color with vinegar. If you notice that your hair is changing to a yellowish color you can mix some vinegar and water and use it as a rinse. This solution will dry the scalp and may damage the hair. But give it a try then rinse your hair again with water.

Try to remove traces of chemicals and/or minerals with retail shampoos and conditioners. A thorough washing of the head and scalp may be necessary to get rid of yellow hair. Once this is accomplished you will have to change your hair treatments and even change the way you wash your hair (if water is the problem).

There is one other cause that you may not be able to do much about. If your hair color is of a certain shade and the sun bleaches some places to a yellow tint, you may have to treat specific spots on your head or you may have to stay out of the sun.

Think About Iron
Yellow HairWe’re not talking about the iron you use to press your clothes. We are going to consider the chemical element iron. Yellow hair may be caused by the presence of iron in the body. You may not be able to change the iron level in your system but you could change the color of your hair slightly with some professional help and quality hair products.

Iron may be one of the primary culprits in ground water that is used for washing your hair. It may be necessary to use commercial hair toning products or to try a natural treatment that will balance the iron content in your hair and scalp. Vinegar was mentioned at the beginning of this article for a reason. The acid content of vinegar seems to be just about right for making slight changes in hair color.

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How To Gain Weight?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on August 5, 2010

A simple answer is: consume more calories and go for the right kind of exercise. Eating disorders, chronic diseases, lack of healthy meals are some of the factors which cause a person to become too thin. It is a well-known fact that obesity increases the risk of many diseases but being underweight also adds to the risk factor of diseases like osteoporosis (increased chances of having a fracture) in women, erectile dysfunction (male impotency) in men etc. Following are a few simple steps, if followed, can help a person gain weight:

Identifying the problem
This is the first step. In medical terminology it is called ‘diagnosing a problem.’ Here, it means to ascertain if there exists a problem or not. There exists some mathematical equations famous as Mifflin-St Jeor equations and they can help a person determine if he/she is underweight or not. The equation goes like this:

Male: BMR = 10 ×weight (kg) + 6.25 ×height (cm) – 5 ×age (years) + 5

Female: BMR = 10 ×weight (kg) + 6.25 ×height (cm) – 5 ×age (years) – 161

Here BMR stands for Basal Metabolic Rate and it is the tells us the amount of calories that are needed to keep a person in with the way he/she is with his/her current level of activity, other parameters being constant.

Another system used is BMI (Body Mass Index). It is equal to
BMI = weight / height2

If the BMI of a person is equal to 22 then his/her weight is considered normal. Once your BMI has been found, the next step would be to increase your calorie intake. In case of packaged food, the number of calories it contains is written over it. An increase of 500 calories is advisable for many.

Does that mean I’m free to have as much junk food as I wish?
It is true that junk foods contain a lot of calories, but according to the doctors, even calories have got their own types; some are good for us and some not so good. Junk foods contain calories in form of unhealthy saturated fats or trans-fats. Trans-fats are trans-isomer-fatty-acids and various researches throughout the world have proved that they increase the risk of a heart-attack and other diseases.

Fats are also found in fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts etc and these fats are healthy fats. A chemist would call then omega-3 essential fatty acids and these are good for the body. It is also advisable to have six smaller balanced meals a day than three large meals. Energy drinks can also be used if one still wants more calories. In short the there should be healthy diet (vegetable, salad, fish etc) and it should be taken at short intervals in small amounts.

Gain weightExercise:
It is difficult not to listen to remarks like ‘exercise helps one reduce weight’, ‘Sitting ideal causes obesity’ and similar arguments. Although there some is truth in these sentences, but only a half truth. The Right kind of exercise can also help you gain weight. For example, resistance training like lifting weights increases muscle size.

In a Nut-shell:
And it has to be kept in mind that Rome wasn’t built in a day, so one must learn to be patient. The second fact is; health is not a stage but a state i.e. as long as one is eating healthy and sufficient food and doing exercise, one will remain healthy. All this can be put into a nutshell like this:

(1) Calculate the calories that are required to keep you in your current form

(2) Increase the amount of calories that you take

(3) Choose a correct and healthy diet

(4) Go for right kind of exercise

(5) Continue to follow all the steps listed above.

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How To Get Rid Of Sun-Burns?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on July 29, 2010

Sunburns are the result of excessive exposure of the body to the ultra-violet rays from the Sun. This leaves your skin dry and causes constant pain. But here are a couple of ways to soothe your pain:

(1) First thing that you have to keep in mind is: the word ‘sunburn’ signifies that your skin is burnt and it is not going to heal in a day or two. There will be some time before everything returns to normal. With time, your body will shed off the burnt skin.

(2) To make a quick recovery, avoid going out in the sun. There could be areas around the sun burnt skin, which may need only a little exposure to sun and they will become sun burnt too. It could worsen the problem so the first step is to avoid the sun.

(3) Bathing with cool water will soothe the pain. This works as long as you are taking a shower but the moment you are out and your skin is dry again, the effect vanishes. Avoid using soap while taking a bath. Soaps suck natural oils from your body and in this case, your body badly needs them.

(4) After having a bath, you can apply skin moisteners to the burnt parts of your body. There are some products, called after-sun lotions, which can be used. It is an important step and it has to be performed immediately after taking a bath.

(5) Drink a lot of water and have a healthy diet. If your body is properly hydrated it will do its job nicely and this helps it to heal quickly. Seven to eight glasses a day are sufficient and avoid junk food as much as you can.

(6) Avoid wearing skintight clothes as the friction caused by them will only add to your problems. Loose-fitting clothes don’t aggravate your problems. Cotton shirts with cloth pants are recommended.

(7) Keep the burnt areas covered, when out-doors.

Sun burnsIt has already mentioned in the first point that during the process of healing, the body will shed-off the burnt skin. Now, that shouldn’t mean that to quicken the healing process you are going to do it yourself – it would only aggravate the problems and not to mention, the pain. If you don’t want to have a burnt skin, a specialist has to be consulted.

As it is said, a precaution is the best medicine, so here are some simple steps to avoid any kind of sun-burn in the first place:

(1) Keep in mind that sunburn may also cause premature aging of the skin and in extreme case they it may lead to skin cancer. The first step towards avoiding this is to use sun-screen-lotions when going out in the sun. There are a variety of sun-screen-lotions available in the market. You can opt for one with the highest SFP factors. SFP stands for Sun Protection Factors.

(2) A hat on your head offers better protection than sun-glasses so wear a hat when going out-doors.

(3) Tanning saloons are useless. Spending long times in tanning saloons can still cause sunburns especially among people with relatively white skin.

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