Panic Attacks and Anxiety- Making a Full Recovery

What causes panic attacks, anyway? The short answer is panic attacks are caused by high anxiety. Okay, but what exactly is anxiety? Anxiety is the most basic of all emotions, and is by its nature an unpleasant feeling or sensation. Anxiety is defined as a state of apprehension or fear resulting from the anticipation of a real or imagined threat, event, or situation.

Some of the possible symptoms of a panic or anxiety attack can include:

• Palpitations
• a pounding heart, or an accelerated heart rate
• Sweating
• Trembling or shaking
• Shortness of breath
• A choking sensation
• Chest pain or discomfort
• Nausea or stomach cramps
• Derealization (a feeling of unreality)
• Fear of losing control or going crazy
• Fear of dying Numbness or a tingling sensation
• Chills or hot flashes

Anxiety is a sensation experienced by most of us, but few understand the panic attacks that, for some, come with anziety. Most people who have never experienced a panic attack, or extreme anxiety, fail to realize the terrifying nature of the experience. Extreme dizziness, blurred vision, tingling and feelings of breathlessness or worse can accompany an attack.

Studies have shown that the anxiety and panic come from a flight or fight response most of us experience. For the afflicted, panic attacks can prompt some to feel they have contracted an illness, or a serious mental condition. The threat of losing complete control seems very real and naturally very terrifying.

The flight/fight response produces reactions that when confronted with danger, the brain sends signals to a section of the nervous system. This response gears up the body in preparation for one or the other. To carry out these two vital functions, the autonomic nervous system has two subsections, the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system.

Scientists and mental health experts have debated over the years as to which treatments prove most effective and long lasting. More than 27,000 people have Joe Barry’s anxiety technique on-line with dramatic success. The technique is so simple and profound that even the medical establishment is starting to take note.

If you are a sufferer and haven’t found a way to overcome your attacks, I’d say your anxiety days are numbered. Visit Joe Barry’s page and finally live a full life.

The Ultimate Guide to Becoming A Sensual Man – 8 Things Any Man Can Do

What does it mean to be a sensual man? There are a number of things sensual men do, routinely and naturally, that make them more sensual than the rest of their brotherhood. Some do a few of them and others do all of them but none of these men consider any of these things to be an affront to their masculinity.

Would we call them Metrosexuals, Ubersexuals, or Heteropolitans? Would we say that they’re in touch with their feminine side? Maybe. I would say that these guys are evolved. As I wrote in a blog post a couple of months ago, they are a different breed of cat. They allow themselves to freely and unabashedly express their true selves in a very sophisticated, yet authentic way. They’ve gotten out of their own way, broken through the stereotypes of maleness and refused to accept the teachings of the caveman.

It isn’t about being ego-centric, vain, self-absorbed or a walking fashion model wannabe. This is a man who has confidence in himself, who is clear about what he wants out of life, how he wants to show up for himself, his family, his lover, his friends, his colleagues and the people he encounters on a daily basis. He either has a natural predisposition toward the finer things in life or he has developed a healthy appreciation – in either case, his lifestyle is a life-of-style laced with a generosity of spirit for him and others.

Before going further, there’s a precept worth underscoring here. Men can develop their sensual side – it is a matter of mindset – it’s a decision. It does take time for the evolution to occur but the effort is worth the result.

Here are 8 things any man can do to develop your inherent sensual side.

1. Grooming Heads the List

From head to toe, a regular grooming regime is essential. Good grooming is just a habit and once you get into the swing of it, you won’t even think twice about doing it.

• A good haircut that is style forward, age appropriate and works well with your type of hair is critical. It is one of the first things people will notice about you so it is essential to keep your hair trimmed and looking sharp.

• If you want to cover grey or spruce up your natural hair color, leave it to the professionals. The extra expense is definitely worth the result.

• Use a face wash/scrub in the shower. The skin on your face is more sensitive than the rest of your body so it’s best not to use bar soap or shower gel for face cleansing. If you have a beard, keep it well trimmed and make sure you shave your neck hair. Get a good personal groomer for the nose and ears.

• Moisturize your skin after shaving. Get a good moisturizer and eye cream. Many men are buying anti-aging creams lately. Moisturizers and eye creams make a big difference with hiding fine lines and wrinkles. Don’t forget to include your neck in this routine.

• Keep your nails trimmed short and clip the cuticles. Consider the possibility of getting a manicure and pedicure once a month or so.

• Trim your eyebrows in a natural shape or go to a salon for waxing or threading.

2. Dress Appropriately For Every Occasion

You’ve heard the expression Clothes Make the Man (Mark Twain). What you wear says a lot about who you are. Again, it’s one of the first things people will notice about you. In fact, they will draw conclusions about you based on your attire. Whether you’re fashion forward in your clothing selections or not, there are certain things you need to keep in mind.

• Keep your clothing clean, pressed and neat looking. Have your shirts done professionally. Make sure the buttons aren’t broken and are sewn on securely. If the garment starts to fray or the cleaners can’t get a spot out completely, it needs to be thrown away or donated.

• Color coordinate. If you have trouble with color, invite a trusted friend over to help you pair up your shirts, ties, suits, socks, belts and shoes.

• Keep an eye on the fashion magazines to see what’s in style. Buy a few new things each month to keep your wardrobe fresh and to make you feel sharp.

• Hang up your clothes at the end of the day. A suit that hasn’t been hung properly on a good hanger will look rumpled and people will notice.

• Put some thought into dressing for an occasion. If you’re not sure what the attire should be, ask the host or hostess

• Make sure your shoes are polished and in good condition. Also, make sure your belt and shoes are the same color – don’t mix your blacks and browns.

3. Women Love a Man Who Cooks!!

Lots of guys Barbeque and that’s great but what I’m talking about here is preparing a full meal from shopping to serving.

• There are lots of cookbooks out now that have easy recipes that anyone can follow and foodnetwork.com is packed with great information and cooking tips/techniques.

• If you’re new at it, practice on yourself. When you get a recipe down pat, invite a friend over and the next thing you know you’ll be throwing dinner parties.

• Women love it when a man cooks for them. They’ll see it as thoughtful and incredibly endearing.

4. Your Home is a Reflection of You

The sensual man knows how important it is to live well. Your home may not be a penthouse but it needs to be well kept, attractively decorated and welcoming.

• If neatness doesn’t come naturally to you, consider the possibility of hiring an organization professional who will help you categorize and sort through your belongings so that everything has its place. Once you

have that tackled, you just have to practice picking up after yourself.

• Consider hiring a housekeeper to clean thoroughly at least every other week.

• Keep the dishes washed and at least in the dish rack – not sitting dirty in the sink.

• Make the bed daily and keep the towels hung neatly in the bathroom.

• If you don’t have a good sense of decorating, ask a friend to suggest some ideas or hire a decorator. If money is an issue, think about hiring a local college student from the School of Interior Design. Remember, you don’t have to do everything in one go.

5. Entertain Your Friends

Entertaining is your opportunity to share your home with your friends and do something special for them. You don’t need to wait for a special occasion, just decide it’s time for a party and start planning.

• Plan the food and drinks carefully to ensure that your guests are comfortable, well cared for and have fun (there is lots of information on the Internet to help guide your plan)

• Try to have coordinated plates, cloth napkins and nice glasses for your guests as opposed to paper and plastic.

• Buy a few candles, including candle holders to make the room warm and inviting.

• Put a candle (preferably scented) in the bathroom and make sure there are clean hand towels for your guests.

• Make sure the house is neat and clean

• Select music specifically suited for the people who will be attending.

• Unless you are throwing a big bash, make sure there is enough seating for all your guests.

6. Are You Listening?

An evolved, sophisticated man understands the art of conversation and the importance of learning more about someone else’s life by listening and asking questions. Here are some tips for perfecting the art of conversation.

• Ask thoughtful and follow-up questions to pull out more details. Listen to their answers and maintain comfortable eye contact while they’re speaking.

• Don’t interrupt

• Avoid preambles and life stories – make your point and move on

• Be careful about getting too personal, especially at a first meeting.

• Don’t engage in one-upmanship – it’s annoying

• In a group setting, don’t talk to just one person and don’t dominate the conversation.

• Think before you speak – keep your foot out of your mouth.

7. Cultural Well Roundedness

The sensual man fits in anywhere – from the Sports Arena to the Opera House. He stays up-to-date on contemporary culture, he knows what is on exhibit at the major museums, he attends the theatre as often as possible and from time to time he enjoys the Ballet, Symphony and the Opera.

• Read – it increases your vocabulary, stimulates your imagination and deepens your knowledge base enhancing your conversational skills

• Familiarize yourself with current events

• Expose yourself to what’s happening in pop culture – read top blogs, know what is popular on TV, stay current the music world and the latest movies.

• Travel for enjoyment and to learn about other cultures

8. Emotionally Speaking

Expressing and showing emotion doesn’t come naturally to most men. I learned recently that testosterone actually dampens feelings in men. So, men have to work at it but when they do, they find that they are happier and their relationships are happier too. I found the following useful tips on a website called Men’s Line Australia:

• Be aware of the sensations in your body. Emotion always manifests somewhere in the body. Anger might be experienced as a flush of heat in the face, sadness as a tightening throat, anxiety as a knot in the stomach. Practicing some forms of meditation can help you to get in touch with these sensations and learn to understand what they mean.

• When you are feeling angry, ask yourself what other emotions you might be feeling? Are you really sad underneath, or afraid?

• Take the risk of showing your vulnerability with people who you feel safe with. Give yourself permission to be a human, not a robot.

• Break the mold; ask for help when you need it.

• Learn to put words to what you are feeling.

• Try counseling. Talking with a ‘professional listener’ may help you identify the feelings behind a particular concern.

• Identifying and expressing feelings is learned behavior – it only takes practice.

How to Affect a Smooth Transition

It isn’t always easy to make changes in our lives but here are a few tips that you can employ easily to make this or any transition go more smoothly.

• Goals: Set out measurable goals complete with target dates. Start your day by rewriting and reading your goals to keep them firmly planted in the forefront of your mind. Goals are actions not wishes.

• Balance: Incorporating the sensual side of you into your lifestyle requires that you find balance among all of the demands on your time. Notice the times when you feel overwhelmed and think about what is causing it. If you can’t eliminate the stress factors involved, consider the possibility of changing the way you react to them. You have a right to your life; you are in charge of it and you always have choices on how you live. Always.

• Set priorities: You don’t have to react to every email, text or telephone call.

• Nurture yourself: Your mental and physical wellbeing is a critical element to your fulfillment. Get plenty of exercise and rest. Eat well, drink plenty of water, go for a massage, and try meditation. If you treat your body well, it will reciprocate.

• Time management: If you are a procrastinator, take a good look at the level of stress that is bringing to your life. Make a list of the things you need to get done and think of creative ways to get them accomplished. You don’t always have to do everything yourself. There are plenty of people who will handle the things you don’t want to do and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Outsource.

• Be positive: Take a few minutes every day to think about what you’re grateful for. You can do this one at the same time you are rewriting and reading your goals. It will help you see how far you have come, appreciate what you have and inspire you to move forward to greater things.

• Love yourself: True love isn’t something that’s going to come to you someday, from someone else. It starts with you. Giving yourself the gift of becoming a more evolved, well rounded, balanced human being will open your mind, your soul and your heart.

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Natural Cure For Insomnia – Sleeping Pills Can Kill!

Alright, so taking 1 or 2 sleeping pills won’t kill you, per say. But, did you know that there have been limited scientific studies on the long-term effects of these so-called “sleeping” pills? It’s true. So although these pills may be considered safe for the moment, who really knows what they could do to our system after years and years of constant use. That being said, why take that risk? Why not just try a natural cure for insomnia and kick that nasty sleeping pill habit?

Try a Natural Cure For Insomnia Below…

1. Cloth With Herbal Oil: Simply add a few drops of your favorite herbal oil to a small cloth or handkerchief and slide it into/underneath your pillow. So long as the herbal oil has a sleep inducing aroma — like that of lavender, passionflower, valerian, etc. — it should do the trick.

2. Warm Milk: This is a time old remedy to induce sleep and get relaxed. What you may not have known though, is that this remedy actually works. Warm milk has calcium which will soothe jagged nerves in the body, allowing you to get relaxed far more easily before bed. In addition, milk also has small amounts of tryptophan and melatonin, both of which can help you to sleep.

3. Lights Off: You may not consider this a natural cure for insomnia, as it seems a little too simple, but nevertheless, it does in fact work. By turning off the lights, you are increasing your body’s melatonin production. Light sources cut off melatonin production, an important hormone that helps us sleep each night.

4. Herbal Candles or Incense: Pick up a few herbal candles (make sure they are candles that have a sleep inducing effect) and light them up. Once lit, please them near where you sleep so that the scent can easily find it’s way to you.

Quick note about herbal candles: There’s a lot of fear surrounding the idea of having candles or incense burning while sleeping. Although it can be a serious danger to have fire burning when you’re asleep, you can easily take precautions to ensure your safety.

5. Sound Therapy: This has got to be the simplest natural cure for insomnia around. All you do is put in the insomnia sleeptrack cd/tape and then get into bed. The sound waves from the track will make their way into your brain and quickly lull you to sleep within minutes. These sleeptrack CD’s can easily be acquired online through numerous insomnia remedy websites.

How Fast Do These Sleep Remedies Work?

Most of these natural insomnia remedies will begin working immediately, allowing you to get so sleep sooner rather than later. It’s safe to say that with using any of these remedies, you should be fast asleep in about 10-20 minutes, if even that.

Are These Remedies Really Better Than Sleeping Pills?

To be 100% honest, yes, they are better. Even if a sleeping pill can put you to sleep in 2 minutes, it’s not worth the possible long term effects that may come from regularly ingesting sleeping pills. With natural cures for insomnia, there are no side-effects or possible long term drawbacks. If anything at all, the regular use of a natural insomnia remedy will make you MORE prone to getting sound sleep EACH & EVERY night.

If you don’t think a natural cure for insomnia is the best choice for you, well, that’s your prerogative. As for the rest of us, I’m sure we won’t lose one wink of sleep over your poor decision.

Eliminate Tonsil Stones With Simple Home Treatments

It can be extremely confusing to know how to eliminate tonsil stones when you realize that you have them. Tonsil stones appear in the tonsils at the back of the throat and the medical condition is known as Tonsilloliths.

It can definitely be a frustrating ailment, particular if it makes you feel you have something stuck in your throat all the time. It is obvious when reading forums and blog posts, that people who suffer with this condition, simply do not know which way to turn and what they can do to eliminate tonsil stones, and of course the bad breath associated with them as well.

I have compiled a few tips, which may help you to eliminate tonsil stones.

Diet – plays a big part in managing Tonsilloliths. Limiting calcium intake is one of the methods you could use to reduce the build up in the tonsil pockets. Excess calcium in the diet can lead to calcification within the tonsils that will then cause the development of stones. Calcium also increases mucus build up in the mouth, which also form in the tonsil stones.

Although there is no definitive cure for this condition, being able to prevent them from occurring in the first place is the next best thing.

Mealtimes – eating dinner and then hopping straight into bed is something you should avoid if you are trying to cure this medical condition. When we eat food it needs to have an appropriate amount of time to pass through the throat and into our digestive system.

Oral Hygiene – for those that are prone to this problem, it may be a good idea in terms of oral hygiene, to brush your teeth after eating each and every time. Flossing and brushing on a regular basis throughout the day will reduce the chances of any bacteria build up.

Gargling is also important and can be effective to help get rid of those uncomfortable stones. You can even use a saline solution to rinse your mouth with after every meal. Many people however, do not believe that gargling is an effective way to eliminate this problem or prevent them from developing.

Tongue cleaners can be used and will enable you to remove many micro-organisms that live within the mouth and tongue area.

These methods may not work for every one although evidence has shown that they have proven to be successful for many across the world.

Finding out more information on Tonsilloliths is easy, as there have been many books written about this condition, and there is also a lot of information available on the Internet.

Ketogenic Diet Plan – The Best Fat Burning Diet

For the best diet to rapidly burn fat using the body’s natural metabolism, consider a ketogenic diet plan. Nutrition has the strongest effect on the body’s production of important hormones, which regulate metabolism and allow the body to burn fat for energy and retain muscle mass, with little need for excessive exercise.

What is a ketogenic diet plan?

Basically, it is a diet that causes the body to enter a state of ketosis. Ketosis is a natural and healthy metabolic state in which the body burns its own stored fat (producing ketones), instead of using glucose (the sugars from carbohydrates found in the Standard American Diet – SAD).

Metabolically speaking, ketogenic foods are very powerful. The amazing benefit is that these foods are also delicious, natural whole foods that are extremely healthy for you.

So what foods are encouraged?

Some of the best-tasting, most fulfilling foods are part of this plan, including lean meats like beef and chicken, healthy sources of protein and high-quality fats like eggs, butter, olive oil, coconut oil and avocado. Also, delicious leafy-green vegetables like kale, chard, and spinach, as well as cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.

These foods can be combined with seeds, nuts, sprouts, and a wide range of other amazing foods that lead to incredible health benefits that give your body the protein, healthy fats, and nutrients it needs while providing metabolism-boosting meals for easy cooking at home or on the go.

What foods should be limited?

On a ketogenic diet plan, the main foods to avoid are those high in carbohydrates, sugars, and the wrong types of fats. These foods can be toxic to the body and create excess glucose levels that the body turns into stored fat. These foods increase the level of insulin and blood sugar in the body, and will prevent fat loss even if you are putting a lot of energy into exercise. To avoid these foods, limit your intake of grains, processed foods, vegetable oils (canola, corn, soybean, etc.), milk, margarine, and other high-carbohydrate, high-sugar foods.

But aren’t fats bad for you?

We have been told for decades that calories from fats should be reduced to encourage weight loss, but this is a vast over-simplification (still supported by government and industrial food interests) that is no longer accurate according our modern understanding of human nutrition. The reality is that certain fats are not good for you (those high in omega-6 fatty acids), because your body has a hard time processing them. Other fats, particularly medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), are extremely beneficial for weight loss, brain cell generation, and nutrients. These healthy saturated fats should be increased to give your body the energy it needs while in ketosis, while limiting the detrimental trans-fats found in many processed foods.

What are the benefits of a ketogenic diet plan?

Burn Stored Fat – By cutting out the high levels of carbohydrates in your diet that produce glucose (sugar), a ketogenic diet plan tells your body to burn stored fat by converting this fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies in the liver. These ketone bodies replace the role of glucose that was being filled by carbohydrates in the diet. This leads to a rapid reduction in the amount of fat stored in the body.

Retain Muscle Mass – By including the right fats in your diet, a ketogenic diet plan provides your body with the energy it needs to convert existing fat stores into useful sugars and ketones (through gluconeogenesis), which are an essential source of energy for the brain, muscles, and heart. This has the added benefit of preserving muscle mass, because the healthy fat in the diet gives the body the energy it needs without having to tap into muscle protein to create more sugar. This creates the best of both worlds – burn fat while maintaining muscle mass!

Eliminate Excess Fat – Even better, if your body creates too many ketone bodies by converting existing fat, it will simply eliminate those ketones as a waste product, which means you will basically pee out unwanted body fat!

Reduce Appetite – Lastly, by regulating the powerful metabolic hormones in your body, a ketogenic diet plan will actually reduce your appetite. By lowering your body’s insulin resistance and increasing ketones, you will actually feel less hungry on this diet, which is an amazing advantage over other low-calorie, carbohydrate-rich weight loss diets that come with the expectation of lingering hunger.

Start burning fat today without more exercise! Take control of your metabolism naturally by adopting a ketogenic diet plan. Your body was designed for this style of nutrition. Your metabolic state can be optimized by consuming the (delicious) foods that our genetic forefathers thrived on, and this does not include carbohydrate-rich, processed foods loaded with sugars and bad fats. It involves a luxurious and fulfilling diet based on bountiful foods from paleolithic times, including lean meats, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats that your body will thank you for.

Tips to Keep Your Feet Healthy

Even though you depend on them everyday, chances are you pay little attention to your feet. Consumers spend millions of dollars of cosmetic products each year to smooth wrinkles, dissolve cellulite, and remove hair. Only a fraction of this cash is spent on pampering tired toes.

It might be a good idea to give this important part of your body its due. If you want to keep your feet looking and feeling their best, try a following these tips:

  • Wash regularly. This may seem obvious, but no matter where you find yourself walking, chances are that your feet are near some unpleasant things. Grime built up between toes and under nails can lead to infection or odor. Even wearing closed shoes will not keep them clean. Shoes hold in moisture, sweat, and trap dirt and keep them close to the foot.

Give your feet a light scrub everyday in the bath or shower. Pumice stones can also be used to remove dead skin and keep the sole of the foot soft. If you would like to go the extra mile for your extremities, go to a salon for a spa pedicure. Technicians will wash, massage, moisturize, and pumice your feet before taking care of your toenails.

  • Air out those toes. Don’t hide your feet! Show them to the world; they will thank you for it. People who wear shoes constantly and never allow their feet to dry can develop painful conditions. Try to avoid covering them during the night and go barefoot whenever possible.

Fresh air allows the foot to dry and slough off dead skin. Though it may be tempting to keep socks or house shoes on around the house during the winter, make sure to free those feet for a little while each day.

  • Take care of your nails. Improper toenail trimming can lead to a lot of painful problems. Nails that are too long can be caught on things and torn off or even pushed back into the skin by the shoes. Also, nails that are cut too short or unevenly can promote infections in the nail bed or ingrown nails. Trim nails regularly, but make sure not to remove too much. When trimming at home, always use large toenail clippers and cut the nail in a straight line. Rounding the edges of the nail can encourage it to become ingrown.

Again, a pedicure is always a good way to do something good for your toes. A professional pedicurist can trim your nails and cut away overgrown cuticles. They can even paint your toenails for you.

  • Wear proper footwear. Shoes save your feet from lots of unpleasant situations, but the wrong shoe can hurt more than help. If you happen to spend a lot of time standing or walking, unsupportive, misshapen, and too small footwear can put pressure on the structure of your foot. Overtime, toes can become distorted, the arch of the foot can fall, and bunions can be exacerbated. To avoid these problems, always wear appropriate footwear. For instance, buy proper running shoes for exercise and sports. If you stand at a counter all day for work, wear supportive shoes and request a floor pad. It may also be a good idea to have your feet measured by a shoe salesperson every few years to make sure you are wearing the right shoe size.

Never keep damp shoes on for long periods of time. The moisture can soften and crack the skin. After removal, allow the footwear to dry thoroughly so mold cannot take up residence inside. Also, try sticking to socks made from cotton blends that allow ventilation throughout the day.

  • See a doctor about pain or fungi. If you begin to experience any pain, notice severe odor problems, itching, or thickening of the nails, go see your doctor or a podiatrist immediately. Treatments range from prescribed shoes, prescription drugs, therapy, or even surgery. It is best to take care of a developing affliction early in order to avoid serious consequences. Those who suffer from diabetes should examine their feet regularly for wounds and may need to get their nails cut by a medical professional.
  • Relax. Remember that proper rest is good for every part of the body. Lay back and put your feet up once in a while. Lack of stress can have all sorts of benefits for your body.

Your feet take you everywhere you want to go. Give them the care and attention they deserve by keeping them clean and choosing your footwear carefully. You can do wonderful things for your feet by making slight adjustments to the things you do everyday. Stick to these simple tips in order to keep your feet in top-notch shape.

Gestational Diabetes Diet – Recommended Foods

You should know that there is not one standard gestational diabetes diet available. Each dietitian will have their own meal plan that may be slightly different from someone else's. Many women receive their GD diet like a tablet with the Ten Commandments on it, only to find out afterward that there are many differences between each dietitian's GD diet.

As far as GD food plans are concerned, they are not usually overly oppressive or restrictive. They are more likely a pattern of eating, with the emphasis placed on combinations of food, and when you eat. You absolutely need to eat every three or four hours, whether it be a snack or a meal. You should not have any huge meals like Thanksgiving dinner, because that is too many carbohydrates to bombard your body with at one time.

The gestational diabetes diet plan will not leave you starving all the time, but you will probably be eating smaller portions than you are accustomed to, and eating small snacks that you may not usually do. Usually, the hardest part of the plan is that you must eat at certain times, even if you're not hungry, and not eat at other times, even if you are hungry.

Be sure to eat proteins when you eat carbohydrates, so your energy level remains up longer, and so that your glycemic response is slow. Be very careful not to overload on carbs, especially at mealtimes. Eating the proper foods is only half of the plan. The other half is eating at proper times, and at the same times, every day.

If you compare your gestational diabetes diet with other plans, you will see that many of the rules are consistent. Some types of foods should be avoided on a GD diet. Sweets of any kind should not be eaten. If you're not sure whether or not you can eat something, read the ingredients label. Any food that contains sugar or high fructose corn syrup or the like is not a wise choice for you. You can check carbohydrates on the label, too. One serving as far as a carbohydrate measurement is about fifteen grams. Make sure you do not eat more than thirty to forty-five grams of carbs at any snack or meal.

You will notice if you compare diets that non-pregnant diabetics are allowed some sugar. But for pregnant women, sugar should not be a part of anything they take in. The hormones you secrete during pregnancy can cause you to be sensitive to sweets.

Honey or other sweet substitutes for sugar are not part of your GD diet plan, either. Foods that have been sweetened with honey or apple juice instead of sugar or corn syrup are not a safe alternative for women who are pregnant and diabetic. These foods are just as bad for your glycemic response as regular sugar would be, and can not be used in GD diets.

Obesity – Reasons

Obesity may be defined as excess weight or deposition of excess fats on body. It can afflict any human being irrespective of whether men, women, adults, teenagers or children. The increasing obesity rate is a growing problem in the modern world. The problem of overweight and obesity has increased in the last 2 decades particularly in metropolitan cities. In villages / rural population where old lifestyle and food habits are being followed, the problem of obesity and its related disease is comparatively very low.

I am maintaining my weight by simply following the old theory of my ancestors of lifestyle and food habits .. My height is 165 cms and my weight is 58 kgs and my weight has never been varied for more than ± three kgs in the last 40 years except two occasions in may 1985 and June 2002 when I was confined to bed due to illness and lost 4-5 kgs for a short duration. I believe that in most cases the problem of obesity and over weight can be controlled by simple change in lifestyle and food habits. In some cases where obesity is due to medical reasons like thyroid problem etc., treatment from qualified medial professionals / doctors is necessary.

Reasons of obesity

Faulty lifestyle Now days, in this materialistic world, we are leading very hectic lives and do not follow a disciplined lifestyle. We have a myopic outlook towards life ie to earn money and accumulate all the luxurious things in whatever way possible, no matter even if the peace of mind, health, good sleep, family life etc is sacrificed. We try to do numerous works at a time and do not concentrate on one thing and are always in hurry. The unorganized and haphazard life schedule has not left any fix time for getting up in the morning, sleeping, eating or physical exercise / yoga. This is the primary cause of developing various diseases.

Unbalanced diet Nowadays we give preference to junk and spicy food, deep-fry food, processed food, ice cream and western snacks in place of wholesome and nutritious diet. Intake of high fat diets chocolates, sweets, wafers and high carbohydrate food like potatoes, rice and pasta lose nutrition balance and causes deposition of excess fat on body. Eating too much than the required amount of dietary intake may also cause obesity.

Lack of exercise / yoga Physical inactivity develops lithargicness and necessary hormones are not released in our body in sufficient quantity for the smooth functioning of our vital organs. Lack of exercises and restricted movability of body is also one of the the factor of obesity as what we eat is converted in calories and if do not burn excess calories it may deposit as fat in our body.

Psychological Depression, anxiety, trauma and stress are the leading psychological factors which may cause eating disorder. Psychological factors like overeating and under exercising could also result in obesity.

Medical reasons Medical conditions like thyroid and neurological problem may also cause obesity.

Heredity, genetic Family history of obesity, if any of our parents or grand parents had the problem of obesity, it may continue in the next generations also.

Toenail Fungus Treatment With Laser – Is it Worth?

Toenail fungus is an ugly looking bacterial skin infection challenging the medical professionals all over the countries. According to a recent statistical survey, there are about 25 million patients in America alone having toenail infection. Even though it is not dreadful and life threatening, the increasing number of persons developing this infection is causing worries to the medical organizations. For such a patient, it is good to consult the physician to get timely treatment for toenail fungus on identifying the first symptoms. Ignoring the symptoms of nail fungus may harden the nails and develop the infection further to the worst.

It is the time that you commence your treatment for toenail infection. Medication with oral drugs like Lamisil or terbinafine is available. Since the oral drugs are the products with low power in action, the chance of curing toenail fungus is very low and it is just 10 percent. Nowadays, the technological advancement has introduced a new method of treatment with an objective of sure cure. Researchers are encouraged to formulate projects on laser treatment of toenail fungus. The laser rays have ultra power to kill nail fungus without damaging the healthy tissues and cells in the toe. Private companies are encouraged to find out new ways and means to get rid toenail fungus.

How exactly do the lasers can work for our purpose? It is similar to the ultra anti fungal mechanism of action which vaporizes the fungus causing least damage to the adjacent tissue cells. Most of the patients have recovered their healthy nails of the foot after two or three times they get laser treatment. This treatment has more chance of curing nail fungus, of course, without pain and surgery.

One may ask if there is any insurance coverage for this ailment. The answer is ‘No’. The fee for treatment is comparatively very cheap as $50. Only if necessary, the patient is referred for operation which costs about $300 to $500. If the treatment is not responding to the oral drugs, the patient will have the option to avail laser treatment therapy.

It is to be noted that the treatment to cure toenail infection is carefully given with so much caution that the healthy muscles of the toe are protected without being damaged to the least. In spite of latest methods of treatment, there is no chance for definite result. The chance of complete cure for toenail fungus with pills is nearly 40 percent. Also, curing with application of ointments has the probability of success as 10 percent of the days.

Schering-Plough and Novartis Pharmaceuticals are two drug companies which have introduced their products in the form of ointments and pills for killing toenail fungus effectively.

How to Get Whiter Skin

If you want to have fairer skin, you should know that there are a number of options for you to achieve your goal safely, effectively, and affordably. Knowing how to get whiter skin does not always have to cost a fortune. In fact, there are several things you can do to make the job easier, and they mostly involve just common sense.

3 Tips to Help You Lighten Your Complexion

1. Wash your face thoroughly before going to bed. It's funny, but a lot of people neglect this basic procedure, which is important not only for hygiene but for skin health as well. Washing your face well with water and a mild cleanser gets rid of the dirt, dust, and dead skin cells that have accumulated on your face during the day. If you do this regularly, you greatly reduce the chances of blocked pores, which can lead to acne problems as well as an unnaturally dark and uneven facial complexion.

2. Put fruits and veggies to work. It's important to consume generous amounts of fruits and vegetables since they contain antioxidants and other substances that will make your skin healthier and more beautiful. But in addition to that, did you know that you can actually use some of them to help lighten your skin? Some people swear by skin whitening home remedies that have fruit as a major ingredient. For instance, one home remedy calls for mixing lime juice with warm milk; apply the mixture lavishly all over your face, then rinse after 20 minutes.

3. Keep out of the sun. This is probably the most commonsense tip of all. Too much sun exposure not only darkens your skin, it also makes it dry and wrinkled. Make sure your skin is well protected outdoors; wear a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses. Or use a parasol and some sunscreen.

Simple tips, but as they say, little things can go a long way. In this case, these small tips can help you achieve the fairer skin you want.

Ankle Pain for Runners and Triathletes

Triathlon training is a funny thing in that pain management is a priority for all Triathletes. I can’t think of a sport where pain is such an integral part of the training process. Hopefully endurance athletes can learn a little bit from my suffering.
At the same time I was experiencing knee pain I was also experiencing ankle pain. It took a little longer to figure out why but eventually I resolved these issues with a little research and a lot of trial and error.
Ankle problems for runners are most likely caused by the shoes they wear. Older shoes that have seen a few too many miles are no longer doing the trick and unfortunately it is time for a new pair. This is always the first thing to try when experiencing ankle pain. I don’t change my shoes often enough and usually experience a little suffering before taking my own advice. When I finally listen to my advice it has always fixed my issues. However, there are some additional things to consider if the shoes you wear are relatively new and you are confident that the shoes are not the issue.
If you experience the pain some days and not others, then the route may have something to do with it. The route you choose can impact your lower joints differently. Roads and paths are sloped for drainage. Different roads and different paths will have different sloping and obviously if you run in different directions or take a different path the slope would also impact you differently.
Watch out for changes in your form. You will likely be experiencing form changes if you are running at high intensity or low intensity. If you are running at low intensity, in all likelihood you will do one of two things differently. You may bounce more or you may become a heel striker instead of a mid foot striker when you run faster.
Generally when we run at a slow pace we control our forward momentum by hitting our heel to the ground fist, role to our mid-foot and then push off our toes. If we want to go quicker, we lean a bit forward, land mid-foot and push off our toes, and if we are sprinting we land on our fore foot and push off our toes. If you continually jam your heel into the ground for an hour it will affect all of your lower body, especially any of the joints below the waist including the ankles.

The other option is that you bounce. In order to slow down you try and keep everything the same but the one thing you change is that you have more vertical movement, at a faster pace it is about keeping up the intensity, so you stay more efficient, don’t bounce and keep your movement more horizontal.

It is important to maintain form while running regardless of the level of intensity. You never want to be a heel striker, always a mid-foot striker. Keep your head level and float from foot strike to foot strike. One rule of thumb that has worked well for me is becoming a silent runner. I try to sneak up to people I pass so that they don’t hear me coming. The point of this is simply because I know that if I manage to stay silent, I know that the impact on my feet is lessened and I am likely running more smoothly and more efficiently plus if I am thinking about it then I am thinking about my form which is the most important thing of all to focus on.

What is Scalp Psoriasis?

Scalp psoriasis is not normally a life threatening disease but it does affect millions of people world wide every year. It is a disorder of the skin that has varying degrees of severity. The more severe cases can cause psychological self-image problems because the flaking skin and raised red patches that accompany this disorder can be visually repulsive to other people. There are a number of over the counter medications that are available to treat scalp psoriasis and bring relief to those who suffer from it.

Scalp psoriasis is a chronic condition where the generation of new skin is accelerated to a degree that it creates raised-red blotches on the skin. This raised skin, or epidermal lesion, is covered with dry silvery scales that itch, burn, crack, and sometimes bleed or become infected. If the scalp psoriasis is severe enough it can be disfiguring and debilitating. Medical science has been unable to pinpoint the exact cause but autoimmune attack on the affected regions is the suspected cause. Attacks appear to be caused by trauma, infection, hormonal changes and stress.

The large flaky scales of scalp psoriasis can be very uncomfortable and itch painfully. This causes the psoriasis sufferer to scratch the scalp causing the flakes to fall off the scalp much like dandruff. This is not only visually unappealing to those who do not understand what scalp psoriasis is it is also uncomfortable and painful to those who suffer it.

Over the counter medications are the normal avenues of treatment for scalp psoriasis. It is always best to consult with a doctor before starting any treatment regimen because they can recommend the best way to treat the condition, whether it be OTC drugs or a stronger prescription. If a prescription is needed the doctor may well prescribe a cortisteroid anti-inflammatory which is used to reduce swelling and inflammation that comes with more severe forms of psoriasis.

Most people who do have psoriasis will not need a prescription to treat their condition. Scalp psoriasis has different affects on all its sufferers so it's important to remember that not all treatments work the same for everybody. If one treatment does not work, do not give up, it's just a matter of finding the right one. Sometimes it may take a little patience to find the correct treatment.

Home Remedy For Toenail Fungus

The toenail fungus is known as 'onychomycosis' in medical terminology. However, the term describes not only fungal infection but it also includes yeast infections that affect the nail badly. Toenail fungus affects men double as often as compared to women.

Treating toenail fungus is quite possible but if only detected and tackled earliest possible. This is because, nail infection, once left untouched, can lead to major complications. The first thing comes among all is keeping away those all factors that are triggering factors for toenail fungus. For this, one should not keep nail wet and it is to be thoroughly clean. Socks are never worn unwashed and one can put disinfectant powder into socks and shoes.

Another effective home remedy for treating toenail fungus is treating it with tea tree oil. It is potent natural antiseptic and fungicide. This helps removing fungus and for this, one can apply undiluted tea tree oil with olive oil onto the affected area. Rub this every day and then rinse it thoroughly sponging with hot water, dry it and apply disinfectant powder. Some of the skin experts suggest applying mouthwash such as Listerine. It is powerful antiseptic and can be applied.

One can also soak toenails for about ½ hour in a tub containing warm water and natural apple cider vinegar mixed in equal quantity. After that, toenails are to be dried thoroughly (you can use hairdryer). Practice this for about 15-20 days for better results. Some of the dermatologists suggest applying lather AHA (Alpha Hydroxy-acid) creams onto the affected area for healing toenails. This is to be done before retiring to the bed and it is to be kept overnight. AHA removes the scaly skin that is a main seat of fungus to grow and affect the nail.

One of the best home remedies for treating toenail is to treat it by using oregano and olive oil combination. One can blend two drops of Oregano essential oil along with one teaspoon of olive oil. This mixture makes it powerful combination to fight against toenail fungal infections. The combination is to be applied onto the affected area for about two weeks and not more than that. The combination serves antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-parasitical and antifungal properties.

Epsom salt is considered as proven home remedy for treating toenail fungus by many health advisors. The salt can be used by putting it into a tub containing lukewarm water and then the affected area (feet) is to be soaked for about 15-20 minutes. This is to be practiced daily for about 15-20 days. One should remember that after soaking, the toenail is to be totally dried and is to be kept dried all the time. Use your hairdryer and then apply some disinfectant powder. The disinfectant powder absorbs the moisture from surrounding and keeps the toenail in dry environment in which, fungus is very less likely to grow.

Whatever the home remedy is, keeping the toenail in dry and hygienic condition is the most important factor to be done. Fungus, as we know, grows faster under water and hence, it is likely to grow on the human body where there is moisture.

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Effective Ways To Manage Type 2 Diabetes

When a person has been diagnosed with having extreme levels of blood sugar in the body they are challenged daily with having to manage type 2 diabetes and changing their traditional way of living.

Type II diabetes is an extremely volatile and serious condition and may lead to other bodily ailments and major health risks. It takes changes to your daily habits and incorporates different management techniques into your lifestyle to help maintain blood sugar control.

To help lower the risk of dangerous side effects and major complicated health issues that can result from diabetes the levels of sugar contained in the blood has to be kept at controllable levels.

There is prescribed medication in the form of shots or tablets. The use would be determined by your condition.

There are essential steps to take to manage type 2 diabetes. A daily practice that diabetics should become accustomed to is monitoring the levels of blood sugar. This is done with a glucose monitoring kit that is used in the comforts of your home for frequent, accurate readings.

Eliminating unhealthy foods from your daily eating habits will be recommended. Eating healthier Type 2 diabetes diet that consists of an abundance of fruits, boiled and steamed vegetables, and foods of whole grain will be highly recommended and healthier.

Watch for signs of progression. Diabetes can trigger visual impairment, problems with your teeth and gum disease, and problems with your feet should you get a cut, bruise, or they begin to swell or blister. Have annual medical checkups. Get your eyes examined at scheduled intervals and keep your feet clean and check them daily for visible signs.

The steps to help manage Type 2 Diabetes will help minimize risks and further complications leading to other severe conditions. Altering lifestyles to regulate this illness becomes routine and is very beneficial in maintaining a healthier body.

Nip Angular Cheilitis in the Bud

There is no running from the reality that having chapped lips can really get irritating if left to fester. Truth be told, chapped lips can even drive some people crazy with the pain. So, it is all the more troubling to know that a worse form of chapped lips exists, and it is called angular cheilitis. Angular cheilitis, also called angular stomatitis, can be much more painful than chapped lips, and there are two forms of it: fungal and bacterial.

Our discussion for now will cover different aspects of angular stomatitis, such as its identification and treatment. The best, and probably the easiest, way to determine whether you have or will likely have angular cheilitis is to check your mouth area for symptoms such as fissures and cracks in the corners of your mouth. There might also be instances when some redness and/or swelling will take place on the infected area, while some instances could bring about a level of tenderness and soreness in the same area.

However, this is not the worst of it, as some sores could worsen and lead to bleeding and could develop ulcers. Therefore, any time you feel these symptoms, the best thing to do would be to have it looked at immediately.

Still, it is possible that angular cheilitis might find a way to get to you, in which case you will have to be extra careful when eating, talking or performing any activity that involves your mouth. This has to be done in order to not re-open sores and prevent bacteria from getting inside through your wounds. Failure to be careful might lead your mouth area to crust over and scab, which is definitely a big problem.

With that in mind, it should definitely be a priority to get some treatment if you are starting to feel the symptoms. So, what are ways to treat angular cheilitis? First, it is best to determine whether your infection is fungal or bacterial and go from there. In order to do that, you could have your doctor get a sample of the infected area’s culture to see if bacteria is present or not. Your doctor might also perform blood tests to see how big an impact your infection could play in your body’s immune system. By taking these tests, you are only making it easier for your doctor to give the proper recommendation and treatment that will help you get rid of your problems fast.

Therefore, whenever you start to feel the symptoms usually associated with angular cheilitis, do not wait until it gets worse. Be active and immediately seek the help of your doctor.