April 27, 2012

How to Quit Smoking: Learn The Facts

Filed under: canada med shop — Tags: , — mjones @ 5:05 pm

smokingHave you ever wondered why you might feel fatigue even after a good night’s sleep? Or why you might be developing aging signs at a speedy rate? The answer may lie in your smoking habit. Harmful smoke getting inside your system lead to adverse effects. It may give you a comfort feeling by busting stress which is temporary and may lead to long term damage of your skin. Studies suggest that smoking accelerates the aging process of the body and thus gives rise to unwanted face wrinkles, bags of skin under the eyes, yellow fingers, stained teeth etc., all at an early age. The worst part is most symptoms are irreversible. Smoking comprises two types of people.

  • Active Smokers – Those that smoke.
  • Passive Smokers – Those that are exposed to smoking.

Let us see some of the ill-effects that might motivate you to kick the habit.

Wrinkle And Under-Eye Bags

It is always preferable to wise-up but would prefer for age not to show on the face. Smoking reduces the blood circulation in general that cuts nutrient supply for the skin thus giving rise to wrinkles and under-eye bags. You may probably think of getting it corrected through cosmetic surgery, but smoking habit delays your recovery rate after surgery because of which doctors of today won’t let you go under the knife before you quit smoking.

Psoriasis

This is a skin condition whose probability of occurrence goes up depending on the no. of years that you have smoked. It gives the ugliest appearance on the skin and is worth kicking the habit for. Smoking not only affects the active smokers but also passive smokers, like your children, and also increases psoriasis risks for them too.

Yellow fingers and teeth

With the addition of a sixth finger between your index and middle fingers, your other fingers are prone to getting a brown stain that is difficult to clean-up. Without quitting smoking, you can wave bye-bye to your perfect set of white pearls in your smile. Cigarettes will no doubt stain your teeth with nicotine.

Scarring, Hair Loss

Smoking makes you lose your hair paving the way for baldness. Your hair which was once your crowning glory will have to be sacrificed if you feel you can’t kick the habit. Smoking causes the blood vessels to thin that leads to malnourishment of your skin and causes scarring of the skin. Healing of wounds would take a long time.

Disease risk

Risk of fatal diseases like tuberculosis and cancer of lungs and throat are increased, thereby affecting those around you as well. Smoking attacks your immune system and reduces the natural ability of your body to fight back. Nicotine withdrawal in the night makes you toss and turn in your bed and reduces your capability to sleep well.

Impeccable Health

Such is the reach of smoking that has an adverse effect on your body. Non-smokers have a greater advantage over smokers as far as their health in concerned. Your health dictates the quality of your life and that of those around you. Surely giving up smoking is something that you can do for yourself and your loved ones.

April 25, 2012

A Coffee Lover? A Health Freak? Read On.

Filed under: Eating Healthy — Tags: , , — mjones @ 8:35 pm

coffee loverIf you just take a casual look around you, you would notice that the world is going at an ultra fast pace buzzing with activity aided by today’s technology that was literally non-existent a good fifty years back. Today the value of living a healthy, fit and quality life cannot be stressed enough. There must have been a moment when you would have thought about how to lose weight in a faster and quicker manner without having to exercise. The reasons may be various like not having time, inability to get rid of bad habits or being plain lazy. Whatever the reason maybe, recent research has shown that caffeine is a good fat-cutting agent.

Is Caffeine, That Makes You Feel Good, a ‘Do-Good’er Too?

A team of researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden have studied the actual activity taking place in the human body when and after they exercise. The human body is more vulnerable to lose weight only after sixty minutes of exercise. After considerable exercise, the fat-reduction genes that are produced by the body are also produced by the consumption of a large amount of coffee. Something in the range of 50 cups a day. But such a humongous amount of coffee is only more deteriorating to the body by causing insomnia, nervousness and other major side effects.

Another line of thought includes having coffee just before a work-out routine. Research suggests that such a habit may not hurt much. In fact it might just help you in running those extra miles more than the target that you have set for yourself. What exactly happens is that caffeine heightens your alertness while reducing your perception of pain. This enables you to exercise more before you get exhausted that in turn makes you burn fat faster. Coffee is the best stimulant that affects your adrenal (fight or flight) glands and makes you stay alert.

Less Caffeine, More health

General studies indicate that coffee consumers do tend to lose weight over a period of time but the weight-loss is not very significant. And coffee must definitely not be considered to be a weight-loss agent. Caffeine is a wonderful substance that when taken in moderation stimulates our brain activity. The ideal caffeine intake depends on a case-by-case basis and cannot be determined in general. 3 to 4 cups a day is what would suit 80% of the people. And as for weight loss, diet and exercise are the only tools to be used. There is no other short cut to a fab body and a sound mind. Start your healthy living regime with a balanced diet, a daily workout and lesser caffeine.

April 20, 2012

Eating Habits Dictated by Stress and Anxiety are Unhealthy

Filed under: Eating Healthy — Tags: , — mjones @ 8:35 pm

How often have you binged on yummy fast food without really feeling hungry? Then it is time to analyze the quality of your lifestyle that you are leading. Research shows that women who experience higher stress levels are more prone to becoming obese than their no-stress counterparts. Women who are totally burned out due to stress, anxiety, and depression, tend to eat in excess, more out of habit than out of hunger. The main reason for this behavior is the general comfort feeling that they get out of food. This behavior is called ‘Emotional Eating’ and those engaging in it can ‘burn out.’ The upside to it is the feeling of comfort, while the downside is the tendency to become obese, and a reluctance to adopt healthy eating.

The Underlying Logic in Emotional Eating

The results gathered from a survey of people lists some reasons why women start eating comfort food. Most of the time, it is how we feel, that decides our determination to eat healthy food. So negative feelings emerging out of unemployment, work-life balance, stress and anxiety at home, work related pressure etc may fuel the consumption of comfort food. A widely distributed survey also reveals that when you are happy, pizza or steak may be a popular choice. When you are depressed, cookies, chocolates or ice-creams may tempt you. At times when you are bored, potato chips beckon you.

Also emotional eating turns out to be a vicious cycle where you might eat unhealthy to relax and feel at peace. And the same food might actually leave you a tad glum. When this cycle continues unbroken, obesity is its direct consequence. Studies show that women who continuously consume comfort food are more reluctant to give it up for better habits than those who are not so much under stress.

How do we adopt healthy living?

One of the first steps to switch to a healthy diet is to identify true hunger and pseudo-hunger. Emotional hunger is like a sudden pang of hunger where as physical hunger mounts gradually. Eating in spite of your stomach being full is due to your effort to soothe those negative feelings in you. Whenever the temptation to binge arises, try indulging in your favorite activities like sports or connecting with an old friend or just go for a walk and finish up any unfinished household chores, since these are great stress busters. Once you are in control of your feeling of hunger, the next step is to do some research and decide upon the perfect diet that would suit you. The last and final step is to follow it with some will power. These above steps will definitely get you out of the vicious circle.

September 30, 2011

The Art of Laughter

Filed under: laughter — Tags: , — Kcondon @ 5:10 pm

If there is one thing we can’t get enough of in our lives it would be laughter. You know, the stomach scrunching, face hurting, knee bending, hurts-but-can’t-stop fits that once started become almost impossible to stop. Believe it or not, these infectious bouts of laughter are good for you in a number of ways.

When you hear laughter you should gravitate towards it. If people may start to think of you as creepy for suddenly joining their conversation, you can always show them this blog to save your reputation. Most of the time, people are more than willing to share funny experiences as it gives them a chance to relive the laughter. Laughing, and spending time with positive people tends to brighten ones outlook on life. Not only do the mental benefits of laughter include the ease of anxiety and fear, laughter also alleviates feelings of stress, and evokes positive feelings and moods. Laughter is good to have in all relationships as it increases bonding, promotes intimacy, helps eliminate feelings of tension and works to reduce anxiety.

Physically, laughter exercises parts of the body as well. The diaphragm, respiratory, abdominal, back, legs, and facial muscles are all exerted during a fit of giggles. Laughter works the blood vessels as it increases blood flow thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular complications. Even the immune system experiences a boost after a bout of laughter as immune cell productivity, and immunoglobulin levels increase. Laughter also shields us from the effects of stress and decreases the levels of stress hormones. After laughing, you may feel more relaxed as laughter provides a physical and emotional release.

It is said that a typical child laughs 300 times a day whereas an adult laughs less than twenty. How to find more to laugh about? Movies, television, and humorous literature are known to stir up some laughs time to time. Spending more time with your friends and going out to create more funny memories can also help. Comedy clubs not only add laughter to your life, they allow you to bring you friends with you too! Whenever you are facing a tough problem or are in difficult point in your life try to find humor in your situation, although irony is usually more apparent. Having thoughts as “In the future, this would be a great story to tell” or “My kid will never take me for granted again …after I lost him in the mall for three hours”, will keep you lighthearted and stress free so you can deal with your situation in a healthier manner and with more clarity.

September 20, 2011

True or False: Facts about Eating Disorders

People are influenced by societies expectations of what a person should look like. Most of the expectations put forth by the media are not realistic and people strive to accomplish a look which is unattainable. Some people attempt to reach their perfect body image by different methods including bulimia, anorexia, binge eating and purging. These weight loss methods are not healthy for any person and should be treated when discovered. Here are some facts about eating disorders; some of these are true and others are false. See if you already knew some of these facts:

  1. Only females have eating disorders.
    False: This is not so, 1 in 10 men are affected by eating disorders. It is just that women are more commonly seen with eating disorders.
  2. Eating Disorders can be overcome with perseverance it does not have to be a life time struggle.
    True: Although people who suffer from eating disorders still think about losing weight and food this does not stop them from being able to fight through this mental illness and learn to live a better healthier life. People who suffer from eating disorders eventually learn to value their life and slowly minimize their obsession on their body.
  3. Bulimia is a good way to lose weight.
    False: After binge eating bulimics do whatever they can to eliminate the food from their system. They may vomit, use laxatives or do excessive exercise but this is not effective. The food remains in the system and all that is being eliminated is fluids therefore bulimics may lose weight at first but eventually they gain all the weight back and sometimes even more.
  4. A person cannot die from bulimia.
    False: Although it is more common to hear of a person dying of anorexia, bulimic people are still at high risk of sudden death. Purging, laxatives and excessive exercise all can increase your risk of death due to the impact it has on your heart.
  5. Repeated weight-loss dieting impairs permanent weight control.
    True: The constant yo-yo of a person’s weight does not benefit their body. If a person drops a significant amount of weight in a short period of time it may remain of but within the year it will be regained and more will come with it.
  6. Eating disorders are about appearance and beauty.
    False: Many people assume since people are hoping to reach a goal weight that it is simply about their appearance but it is a mental illness. The reason for this is even when a person has reached their “target weight” they are still unable to feel happy and continue. This emotional illness has more to do with low self-esteem and control.
  7. You can’t suffer from more than one eating disorder.
    False: Bulimarexia is referred to individuals who alternate being anorexic and bulimic. It is noted that although these two eating disorders can occur independently almost half of all anorexics become bulimic.
  8. Compulsive overeating is as serious a problem as anorexia or bulimia.
    True: Compulsive overeating is as bad as bulimia or anorexia because this can lead to many different health issues. With consent overeating a person can eventually suffer from heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and even depression.
  9. Kids under age 15 are too young to have an eating disorder.
    False: Shockingly children as early as 7 or 8 years old have been diagnosed with eating disorders. Although they may start this early they are usually not really noted until mid to late teens. For people suffering from anorexia the common age is 17 years old and for people suffering from bulimia is at the age of mid to late teens. Although they may be diagnosed by this age they often do not get treatment until their 30’s or 40’s.
  10. People with eating disorders do not eat candy or junk food of any kind.
    False: Surprisingly people with eating disorders commonly indulge in junk food as a way to increase their energy. Also since their bodies are not getting the nutrients they need, the body can crave for certain ingredients such as sodium therefore the person eats chips to fill the salty void their body desires.

September 12, 2011

Top 10 Ways to Clear Your Skin

Filed under: acne — Tags: , , — Kcondon @ 4:24 pm
  1. Wash your face daily. The most common thing a person with acne should do is wash their face regularly. It is important to wash your face with a cleansing product once or twice a day in order to remove any sweat or dirt which has accumulated on your skin. Always rinse your face thoroughly to ensure no cleanser is left on your face.
  2. Keep your hair clean and off your face. A person’s hair can become oily after a couple of days therefore it is important to wash it often to ensure that no oil is running down your face causing your face to break out. Wash your hair and keep it as clean as possible and off your face. Hair products such as mouse or gel often clog your pores therefore don’t let your treated hair fall on your face.
  3. Stop touching your acne. A common thing people with acne do is touch their pimples or blemishes; this is very tempting but should be contained. Touching your acne only causes the problem to get worse. Like your hair, your hands are not only oily but also have dirt on them which can seep into your skin causing the blemish to become infected. Attempting to pop or squeeze or pick at your pimples only irritates the skin and causes the area to become redder and even more damaged.
  4. Drink more water. It is important for any person to drink plenty of water but it’s even more important for a person with acne to do so. When the skin is dehydrated, dead skin cells remain on the skin blocking your pores and increasing the chances of acne. It is important to drink at least two liters of water a day in order to minimize the chance of pimples arising. As for what not to drink, you should reduce the consumption of caffeine. Caffeine increases the levels of stress hormones which aggravates your acne.
  5. Choose healthier foods. Increasing consumption of various fruits, nuts, and seeds in your diet can give your body the minerals and vitamins needed to prevent acne. Also, reducing the consumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates can reduce the chances of having acne. Both refined carbohydrates and sugar has been shown to increase insulin in the body which in turn increases the male hormones which makes the skin discharge large amounts of sebum which encourages bacterial growth. This bacterial growth in the body is what causes acne therefore reducing the starting ingredient which is sugar and refined carbohydrates can reduce acne.
  6. Reduce your intake of red meat and dairy. When your body is unable to digest or eliminate waste, it is released onto your skin causing acne. Red meat is known to be quite difficult for a person’s body to digest therefore it can later on cause acne on your skin. As for dairy products, people grow intolerant to some of these products making it rise up as acne.
  7. Reduce Stress. Stress is often what causes acne especially in the years that follow puberty. In order to reduce acne it is important to reduce your stress. There are different ways a person can do this but a common way to reduce stress is through exercise or through relaxation techniques. This could include yoga, meditation, Tai chi, and many others. The important thing is to choose an activity which releases your stress the best in order to reduce your acne.
  8. Consider taking prescription medication. There are various acne medications which you can choose from. It is important that you choose the right one in order to eliminate your acne problems. A great prescription medication which is sold at CanadaMedShop.com is called Medrol Acne lotion. This medication has two main ingredients; one which reduces the swelling and redness of your acne and the other which kills the bacteria that causes the acne. This is a great choice for people who wish to treat their acne.
  9. Choose probiotics. In our bodies we not only have bad bacteria but also good which helps our digestive tract work therefore antibiotics kill both the good and bad. This causes our digestive system to become unable to absorb essential vitamins and minerals. This in turn causes your body to be unable to eliminate waste which leads to the creation of acne.
  10. Be exposed to the sun. It is a well known fact that sunshine causes the production of vitamin D in the body which leads to healthy skin. Being outdoors in the fresh air and sunlight also reduces stress and spreads oxygen through your skin which helps prevent acne.

September 1, 2011

Four Tips on Hot to Control Blood Sugar Levels

Filed under: blood sugar levels — Tags: , , — Kcondon @ 10:34 pm

The talk about lowering ones blood sugar levels and cholesterol is growing as our country is facing a high blood sugar pandemic. It isn’t new that we live in a fast food society fill with unhealthy alternatives. The talk about the “fat” situation we are in isn’t new either. So why can’t we as a nation lower our blood sugar levels? It is because we are not serious about what we really need to lower our blood sugar levels. What is necessary is control. Control is what our nation is missing. Here are 4 ways of controlling blood sugar levels and regain control of you self.

Exercise

The first tip is perhaps the most obvious one but as we all know it is also the hardest one to stay in control of besides eating. Extra fat will make your body resistant to the action of insulin. Losing fat will improve the insulin activity and in doing so reduces your blood glucose levels. This means increasing your physical activity. Exercise can be fun if you make it. You need to fist fight the battle in your head and take control of your schedule to make the time to work out and stay focused during the workout. Once you begin to see results controlling your self will be easy.

Avoid Carbohydrates and Saturated Fats

Carbohydrates and saturated fats are everywhere today. It seems like you can’t go out to eat without it somehow sneaking onto your plate. Wrong! Our society may be overflowing with fatty foods but the alternatives are out there. When you’re hungry take control of your hunger and look for that healthy alternative if it means spending a few more minutes deciding in the grocery store or restaurant. Also don’t be ashamed to ask the waiter or waitress what’s healthy on here? You will be setting a good example and you will feel a lot better knowing you asked.

Get Closer to Nature

Processed foods are what got you high blood sugar levels. So take control and get yourself away from it. Getting yourself way from the processed foods means getting in touch with nature. Remember nature? Well it still remembers you. Try going to farmers markets and buy organic vegetables and fruits. Bakers make great whole grain bread that you just can’t get from your regular market. Make food fun. Take control of your day and make the time to shop healthy so later on you won’t have the excuse that you have nothing to cook with or nothing to munch on.

Portion Control

Too much of anything is bad. Be aware of what you eat, when you eat it and how often. A good way of portion control is eating slowly. It takes about 15 minutes for your stomach to tell you brain that you’re full. So take your time enjoy your healthy food. Blood sugar levels often spike up after a meal so if you have smaller meals thought the day you can keep the blood sugar levels steady and normal.

August 21, 2011

The Healthy Effects of Music

Filed under: music — Tags: , , — Kcondon @ 10:05 pm

Before you turn that music down, listen up to this news. Have you ever wondered why so many of us can’t get enough of our music? Why has music been around since prehistoric times? If you have ever asked these questions, the following may help shed some light on this topic.

Music has been found to influence our moods and perspectives. Countless studies have found that the emotions conveyed by instrumental music, singers, and even musicians can be transferred to the listener and become a part of their own emotions. You and many other people have already experienced this transference of emotion before this effect of music had been established. For example, when going for a run or when about to start a work out people tend to choose music with upbeat tempos and energetic tones. In the same manner, when attempting to fall asleep, people choose to listen to soft, relaxing music. Music is used clinically to treat people in pain, or treat people with psychological problems (called music therapy). Recently, music has been found to significantly reduce anxiety in cancer patients.

If you have ever been annoyed with your teen’s choice of music, this interesting piece of information may pacify you. Music has been found to affect the brain and to produce a natural “high” similar to that of sex and illicit drugs. The high created by music can be credited towards the dopamine released in the brain. Researchers found this high to be most intense and pleasurable when the individual is listening to his or her preferred type of music, whether it be rock, pop, punk, country, or hip hop. Teens can be moody even with their music, so why not let them be happy, especially when the source of their happiness is from something as healthy as music?

Studies have found that children and teens who are regularly involved in music performance and music appreciation classes tend to do better academically, especially in math. Researchers have studied data provided by the US Department of Education in which they discovered that students who consistently practiced and studied music since middle and high school are more adept in twelfth grade mathematics when compared to their non-musical peers. These students were also found to score higher in SATs significantly. Music lessons have also been found to increase the self-esteem of both children and teens, as they tend to gain confidence when mastering new skills.

Music can also influence the manner in which your brain functions, and its shape. Learning to play music can enhance intelligence, improve concentration and also increase the size of grey matter in the right auditory cortex. Listening to music has been found to lower blood pressure and improve your heart rate as well.

August 9, 2011

Welcome to the Canada Med Shop Blog

Filed under: canada med shop — Breanna @ 11:04 pm

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