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How Does One Become CPR Certified?

CPR ( Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation ) training is very important. If someone, like a family member or a friend goes into a cardiac arrest in your presence, you will be able to assist him by providing CPR. According to studies, patients who experienced a heart attack have double the chance of surviving when given CPR. Sadly, most people are not CPR-trained. With 80% of cardiac arrest cases happening in homes, it becomes crucial that everyone learns how to do CPR.

 The American Heart Association (AHA) and the Red Cross are 2 of the world’s most renowned leaders in heart-related courses and training. These 2 organization spend a lot of time and effort researching about life-saving techniques.

 For you to be CPR-certified, you can visit your local AHA and Red Cross centers and ask them when is their next scheduled training course. Now if you don’t like to attend classes, or you simply don’t have the time to do so, online CPR classes are also available. With this kind of program available, you will be able to do training at your own pace and in your own time. But you also need to be careful, not all online CPR training are accredited by the Red Cross or AHA. Two thirds of the training videos online may teach the wrong techniques.

 You can choose a class time that fits best in your busy work schedule. CPR classes online can be very convenient although it lacks face-to-face interaction that a regular classroom can offer. It is also not offered in all areas so you have to be very flexible. If you are too busy during weekdays, you can look for a weekend class so it won’t interfere with your job schedule. Each class can last up to 5 hours so you have to set enough time to complete your CPR class.

 You can register in a class online or by person in an organizational facility where CPR classes will be conducted. These classes are priced between $30 to $40. Prices also depend on whether you’re a first timer or a refresher. After you’re finished with the course, ask for your CPR certification. Check your CPR card and the expiration. Be sure to renew before the date indicated as CPR techniques change over time.

 

 

 

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Smoking And It’s Effects to Your Body

Do you think smoking one cigarette is harmless? Think again! One cigarette is gone in 10 minutes of puffing. But that is 10 minutes of chaos because little do you know, at least 4000 harmful chemicals are about to infiltrate your vital organs.

First 10 seconds

As you take the first puff, smoke passes through your mouth leaving brown stains on your white teeth. Pernicious gases such as ammonia and formaldehyde can immediately put your immune system on guard as these gases can cause inflammation all over.

Once in the trachea, smoke will slow down your cilia. Cilia are tiny sweepers which clear your respiratory tract of fluids and foreign particles. On the other hand, nicotine which is the addictive agent in cigarettes enters the bloodstream through the capillaries.

Our body gets a sudden push of energy as nicotine reaches the adrenal glands. This triggers the release of too much adrenaline that can cause raise your blood pressure and speeds up your heart rate. Finally, your heart cannot rest in between beats putting you at risk of stroke.

While these are happening, carbon monoxide from smoke is beginning to accumulate in your bloodstreams slowing down the transport of oxygen to your vital organs.

When nicotine hits the brain via thru the bloodstream, the brain releases a substance called dopamine which is a neurotransmitter that aids in controlling the brain’s pleasure centers.

After 10 minutes

Dopamine quickly gets back to normal levels, and your body will be aching for another cigarette even if you are not aware of it. When you always give in to the smoke craving, chances are your brain will get hooked to it and you will feel withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop smoking.  Smoking can be very addictive according to some experts. It can be as addictive as heroin.

Lifetime Effects

Smoking will leave a sticky brown tar in your lungs and this can be the start of numerous health conditions.

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Healthy Teeth Tips for Parents

This article aims to provide both parents and their children valuable dental tips so the kids can have the healthiest set of teeth as they grow up.

Infants

Bottle decay happens when milk stays in contact with your baby’s teeth for long periods of time. To prevent this from happening, place water only in your baby’s bottle during bedtime. Clean your baby’s gums with a wet cloth to remove the plaques.

When the very first tooth erupts, you can already start brushing your baby’s tooth using a soft infant toothbrush.

If your baby is uncomfortable because of teething pains, try to rub his gums with your finger or with clean wet gauze. If pain and discomfort persist, call his pediatrician.

Most parents believe that fever is normal when their babies are teething. But this is not true according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). If your baby has fever and he is teething, call his doctor.

Your baby’s first dental visit should be scheduled right after his first birthday. His dentist may recommend fluoride supplements especially if your child does not drink fluorinated water.

Ages 1 to 5

Your child’s thumb sucking usually goes away by age 2. If it continues past the age of 4, it may hinder dental development. Talking to his doctor about this is important.

Educate your child about teeth-friendly foods and snacks. Choose foods that do not promote tooth decay.

You can start flossing your kids’ teeth after all the primary teeth have erupted. This is approximately at 2 ½ years of age.

Toddlers and preschoolers can already be taught on proper tooth brushing. Make the activity fun as much as possible like singing a song with him while brushing. Make sure that he uses a small amount of toothpaste and that he’ll learn how to spit and not swallow.

Ages 6 to 12

The initial permanent molars appear between the ages 5 and 6. These molars should last a lifetime so make sure your kids take good care of them. The same permanent molars give shape to the lower part of the face.

During his dental visits, his dentist may recommend that your child use an over-the-counter fluoride mouth rinse. Instruct your child on how to use this type of rinse and supervise when needed.

By age 7, your child should be able to brush alone. Flossing on his own may be difficult at this time but come the age of 8, he should be able to use the floss more effectively with minimal supervision.

 

 

 

 

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How to Know if You are Sleep-Deprived

More studies and research are suggesting that lack of sleep can trigger the onset of several diseases. A good night sleep is very important. It rejuvenates one’s body and can quick start your way to another day’s work.

There are a lot of things that can happen when one has insufficient sleep.

  • You feel irritated with yourself or with the people around you.
  • The tendency to commit errors increases.
  • It can create friction at home: with your husband/wife or children.
  • Drowsiness during work or class hours.
  • Poor comprehension, decision making or planning.
  • Increased risk of accidents while driving, walking on a busy street, or going down the stairs.
  • Picking fights all the time.
  • Memory loss.
  • Weight gain and obesity.
  • Increased risk of diabetes and hypertension.

Why are you sleep-deprived?

Insomnia is the term to describe a condition in which a person reports sleeplessness or difficulty in sleeping.  Although there are a variety of factors that can cause disturbance in a person’s sleeping pattern, most of them are man-made. Some people tend to sleep late at night because of the type of work they have. In addition to that, they have to wake up early in the morning the next day to do household chores or take care of their kids.

Other factors that can cause sleep deprivation are:

  • Emotional distress or depression
  • Sleep apnea
  • Hormonal changes such as menstruation
  • Circadian rhythm disturbances such as jet lags
  • Eating too much before sleeping at night
  • Exercising rigorously before hitting the bed
  • Drinking coffee before bedtime
  • Frequent urination at night caused by disease conditions such as diabetes or incontinence
  • Restless legs syndrome

It is recommended that a person should be able to have at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Core sleep is the amount of sleep a person spends in deep sleep. This is the stage of sleep when one is not aware of what’s happening around him. The length of core sleep varies from person to person but it is vital in maintaining optimum health. One has to effectively cross core sleep in order for sleepiness to wear off. It is good if a person wakes up 30 to 40 minutes after core sleep. Studies show that having too much or too little sleep can be bad for our health. Either of these can lead to obesity or increase in fat, diabetes, and heart disease.

Setting Good Conditions for Sleep

You can produce a good sleep when your body is tired. However, a too tired body can also lead to a disturbed sleeping pattern. Avoid eating too much before hitting the bed; your sleep will not be satisfactory. You will be surprised to know that even the number or height of pillows you use plays an important role in the way we sleep. The same goes for night lamps. Research shows that sleeping with the room lights on can lead to weight gain because of poor melatonin secretions. Clear your mind before going to sleep, or read a good book. This is the best sleeping pill you can ever have. Lastly, family or work worries can only make you stay up late at night. We suggest forget about the bad things that happened to you during the day and look forward to a happier tomorrow.

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How to Take Good Care of Your Kidneys

Millions of people around the world die of chronic kidney disease and kidney failure. In fact, these are among the top ten causes of death. Numerous heart attacks and stroke cases have been linked to kidney diseases as well.

It is high time that people start caring for their kidneys. We have made a list of golden rules on how to reduce the risk of developing kidney disease. Here it is:

  1. Be healthy, stay fit and active. Being physically healthy and fit can prevent not only kidney diseases but also other conditions that can damage your kidneys.
  2. Control your blood sugar level. Acquiring diabetes and having high blood sugar levels are your easiest ticket to kidney damage.
  3. Monitor your blood pressure. Like diabetes, hypertension can directly harm your kidneys.
  4. Eat nutritious foods and maintain a healthy weight. Shake the salty habit and have a well-balanced diet. Proper diet can prevent both diabetes and hypertension.
  5. Quit smoking. Smoking can increase you chances of getting kidney cancer. It also slows down blood flow impairing kidney function.
  6. Careful on over-the-counter medications. Do not take OTC medications regularly. Drugs such as Ibuprofen (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) can damage the body’s organs if taken frequently.
  7. Have your kidneys checked regularly thru urinalysis if you have diabetes or hypertension, if you are overweight or obese, if you have a family history of kidney disease and if you are African, Asian or of Aboriginal origin.

Here are natural ways to cure kidney disease:

  1. Eat foods that can help build your kidneys like sprouts, beans, bananas, potatoes and garlic.
  2. Drink unsweetened cranberry juice daily. It helps fight bacteria by making your urine acidic.
  3. Try detoxifying with diuretic western herbs such as buchu, uva ursi, parsley, celery, corn silk and juniper berries. It is important to consult with your doctor before taking these herbs especially if you are already taking prescription medications.
  4. Other herbs that can improve kidney function are ayurvedic herbs such as goshur, kaasni, and varun. You can visit an Ayurvedic practitioner so he can check out which herb best suits your condition. And again, your health care provider should also be aware you’re taking these herbs.

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Basic Skin Care Products: How to Keep Your Skin Glowing

You may have heard the saying, “Beauty is only skin deep.” While it may sound superficial, it can be a great argument of taking care of your skin. Any shade of skin needs proper care and attention to stay healthy looking. Here are some tips:

The Most Common Skin Problem

Barring skin cancer, it is important for everyone to take care of their skin to avoid developing other types of skin disorder.  According to dermatologists, most of their cases are acne-related.  This makes acne the most common skin problem. While there is no racial basis for developing it, acne is more common in men than in women. Hormones and stress are the contributory factors and the usual causes. Treatments of acne are mostly done through basic skin care and lifestyle modification.

What Can I Use For Skin Care?

For people afflicted with mild to severe cases of acne, most doctors recommend washing one’s face with a mild or a non-comedogenic soaps ( soaps that do not clog the pores), and cleanser. However, excessive washing can be bad. It will strip-off oil from your face and skin, and will make them dry and irritated. Imported brands of soap may also be strong for everyday use and might cause irritation.

Toner

A good toner removes dirt and residue from your skin. Applying moisturizers after toning is optional. A dermatologist will be able to tell you if you need to moisturize. If you over-moisturize, your skin will get irritated as well and may cause maceration which is a condition that occurs if the skin is overly wet. The skin turns white and prone to bacterial or fungal infection.

Sunblock

A minimum of SPF or sun protection factor of 30 is recommended by dermatologists to protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun and from aging. Sunblock also protects our skin from hyperpigmentation which is caused by overexposure to the sun, oral contraceptive use and the use of photosensitizing medications.

Exfoliant

It is important to exfoliate once a week to remove dead cells from your skin and to renew it. Using facial scrubs daily may cause the skin to dry up.

When Should I See A Dermatologist?

If you see something that is not usual with your skin, it is good to be cautious and see your dermatologist. Your skin doctor will be able to diagnose your symptoms and prescribe medications as necessary. Self-medication and home remedies might only aggravate skin problems and waste your time and effort.

 

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Diabetic Emergencies: When your diabetes gets out of control

Persons afflicted with diabetes are susceptible to develop other diseases, especially infections. Once they acquire these disease conditions, the prognoses worsen. If left neglected, diabetes can be debilitating and worse, it can be deadly.

In this very stressful world we have today, indulging in carbs and sweets can be a pleasure and at the same time a stress reliever for some. Diabetes is a serious condition that needs attention and treatment. It can be fatal if not controlled properly. Based on studies, deaths due to diabetes are the seventh highest in the United States and are also on the rise in other countries with new cases being added daily.

Other people can get diabetes without even knowing it. During the early stages of the disease, symptoms are not obvious and the person afflicted may not be aware that he has it unless he undergoes screening. However more notable symptoms include polyphagia (increased eating), polydipsia (excessive thirst), polyuria (frequent urination), weight loss, blurring of vision and fatigue.

Because of lack of awareness and inadequate information regarding the diseases, most people with diabetes often disregard precautions, warnings, and still continue with their unhealthy lifestyle.  Some patients also argue with their health care providers regarding their insulin intake and refuses medical advice. People with this reckless attitude believes that it is better to die happy than to die hungry. When one gets a diagnosis of diabetes, constant monitoring is necessary. This goes with continues medication to control the condition. Controlling includes proper diet and exercise.

Refusal to comply with diabetic management can result in diabetic emergencies that may occur anytime. These emergencies include:

  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis – This is a severe state of hyperglycemia that is caused by stress, infection, trauma or irregular intake of insulin. Usually, a patient with diabetic ketoacidosis experiences nausea and vomiting, excessive urination, and abdominal pain. If left unmanaged, this can result to death.
  • Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Syndrome – This happens when the body has very high blood sugar and it is unable to excrete excess sugar through urination. This condition leads to dehydration, seizure or even coma.
  • Hypoglycemia – This happens when a diabetic person has very low blood sugar. This can damage some of the body’s vital organs especially the brain. It requires prompt medical treatment in a hospital. These people are likely to recover when given the proper treatment.

 

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The Benefits of the 20-Minute Power Nap in the Workplace

Sometimes, after a hearty lunch at work, you start to feel drowsy and begin to struggle with the question, to nap or not to nap?

In some countries, especially those who were raised under the Spanish influenced-siesta or daytime sleep, napping is not unusual. But people who take a nap in the office were once taught to be persons with no ambition. Amazingly, recent studies show that taking a 10 to 20 minute nap at the middle of the day adds to the well-being of the employee and improves their productivity at work.

With these supporting studies, more and more Western countries are providing office space for brief sleeping time. More offices in the United States are offering designated rooms, beds or even tents for their employees who want to take a nap during lunch break.

Here are some of the benefits of taking naps:

  1. It reduces stress and prevents heart disease. Just like a regular 8-hour sleep, a nap has the power to relax one’s mind and body. If teamed up with exercises, proper dieting and weight management, a person who takes power naps are 30 to 40% less likely to die from heart ailments.
  2. It improves memory. Sleeping in the middle of the day can relieve information overload and enhances information processing.
  3. It keeps you alert. You will notice that you are more alert after taking a quick nap. A 20-minute nap can improve one’s efficiency; it clears your mind and enables you to perform well at work.

Follow these tried and tested nap tips to maximize your snooze time:

  1. Tell your officemates. Telling a teammate that you will be taking a quick nap ensures that you will not be disturbed and will encourage others to do the same.
  2. Pick a comfortable, restful place to lay your head. This will help you sleep effectively.
  3. Set alarms. You don’t want to oversleep and go beyond your lunch break. Set a cellphone or watch alarm to 20 minute or less.
  4. Block the lights out so you can fall asleep faster.
  5. Stay warm. Put a sweater or jacket on. Your temperature usually drops while sleeping.

Which is better, coffee or a quick nap?

Experts say that a quick nap is far much better waker-upper than coffee. Caffeine is a known stimulant but can decrease your memory performance. When you’re more hyper, the more mistakes you will commit. The effects of caffeine are also short-lived. Once it wears off, you will come crashing.

Of course, an 8-hour sleep is still best. But if it is not possible, a quick nap can do the trick and get you through the rest of your work day.

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