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Loving Your Kidneys

Your kidneys are one of the most important body organs in the body. It does so many functions in order for the body to function well. It cleans the body from harmful waste so that it does not mix up with the bloodstream, maintains balances of ions in the body, normalizes blood pressure levels, aids in the production of red blood cells, and control the normal water levels in the body.

The kidneys do a lot of functions and yet sometimes we fail to give importance to them. We drink too much alcohol, smoke cigarettes, use illicit drugs, and eat unhealthy foods; all of these are harmful to the kidneys. We should not take these bean shaped organs for granted if we want to live a longer and more meaningful life.

Here are some of the ways on you can take care of your kidneys:

  • Water is life and it is true especially in taking care of your kidneys. Water helps the kidney function well as it helps the kidney flush away the harmful elements inside the body.
  • Avoid doing contact sports like soccer and martial arts. Too much pressure especially near the part of the kidneys can cause it to be damaged. Aside from that avoid too much bumpy rides as it can also cause damage to the kidneys. Especially when travelling in long distances, make sure that you are seated comfortably with a soft cushion on your back so as to lessen the pressure that can harm your kidneys.
  • Limit your intake of salty foods like anchovies and processed meats. Too much sodium is bad for the kidneys because it can form stones making it hard to the kidneys to pass out and filter.
  • Stop smoking. It contains harmful chemicals like nicotine which does bad effects to the vital organs of the body including the kidneys.
  • Limit your intake of protein rich foods especially red meats as it doubles the efforts of the kidneys to get rid of the body wastes.
  • For people with diabetes mellitus, see to it that your blood glucose levels is on the normal range because when it is very high it can cause damage to the kidneys.
  • Keep your blood pressure levels in a normal range too because when a person has hypertension, the kidneys can be damaged too.
  • Exercise! As you sweat, the toxins are excreted out of the body thru sweat decreasing the workload of the kidneys.
  • Detoxify! Eat foods that are known to give a lot of benefits to the body just like cranberries. It has components that kills bacteria that can harm the kidneys at the same time promote overall health of the urinary system.

Love your kidneys and surely it will love you back to give you a more meaningful and healthier life.

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Are Energy Drinks Safe?

The popularity of energy drinks today is something we cannot deny. It is used by athletes to keep them going during rigorous training, students too keep them awake while studying, and for employees who need to be wide awake while working at night. Energy drinks come in different flavors, brands, packaging, and sizes. Although they differ in those things, all of these offer the same promise and that is to give extra energy, provide mental stimulation, stamina, and power to the body when it needs it the most.

Energy drinks use different ingredients to keep its promise of keeping the body going. Most of them have ginseng, ginseng, amino acids, and have some added vitamins and minerals. But one common ingredient that all of these energy drink have is caffeine. Caffeine can be found in other drinks like coffee and sodas. Caffeine is known to give the body increased sense of energy, keeps one alert, and enhance awareness.

There has been an ongoing debate whether energy drinks give the body benefits or just pure harm. Just like any other commercially produced drinks, energy drinks have its good and bad sides. The use of energy drinks care considered safe when taken in moderation, however some people do not know how to set limits. When people go beyond that, the harmful effects of these energy drinks to the body then come out.

Caffeine as the main ingredient of most energy drinks . Just like what healthcare providers would suggest, it is not good to drink coffee and carbonated drinks with caffeine in high amounts. When caffeine is taken in large amounts, it can cause palpitations, bowel irritations, insomnia, stomach upsets, rapid increase of heart rate, and elevated blood pressure.

Young professionals often drink energy drinks too especially if they go out at night to party. They believe that drinking energy drinks can help them dance the night away especially after coming from a tiring work. But there is danger when energy drinks are mixed up with alcohol. Although energy drinks mask the effects of alcohol drinking like headache, it can cause the person to be intoxicated with alcohol and loose sense of control especially in driving.

Energy drinks are not that all bad. But it is best to drink them in moderation. Drinking too much can cause problems to your health. After all as the saying goes too much of something is bad for ones health.

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5 Ways to Stop Snoring

Have you heard  your partners say that you have been snoring so loudly that it’s hard for them to sleep? Snoring may not be bothering you, but snoring can be very embarrassing especially when you have to sleep with someone else during travelling or in office outings.

Snoring is a very common condition that affects men more than women do. Snoring affects older people as compared to the younger ones. But if you snore too much that the people around you are complaining because you sound very annoying that you disturb them in their sleeps, and then it is time to stop your snoring now.

There are just 5 easy ways on how to stop your annoying snore:

  • Live a healthy lifestyle. All of those things that are bad for the health like alcohol, cigarette smoking, luxury drugs, caffeine, and sleeping pills. Aside from the harmful effects it gives the body, these can predispose to you to snore and to make snoring worse for those who already have snoring history. Also these factors can increase the risk for one to have sleep apnea. A condition wherein there is a cessation of breathing during sleep.
  • Modify your weight. Those who are obese and overweight are likely to snore than those who weigh within normal limits. Bigger people have more fat deposits on the throat, face and jaw area. When taking a breath the fatty layers and breathing tissues vibrate making that snoring sound. Obesity can also lead one to have hypertension and other cardiovascular system disease which predisposes one to snore.
  • Exercise and be active. Exercise plays a big factor in minimizing the occurrence of snoring as it helps the person maintain a weight suited for his or her height. Exercise is very good for a well functioning respiratory and cardiovascular system needed to help eliminate snoring.
  • Keep your nasal passage clean and free from obstruction. When you have the common colds and sinusitis, you will find a hard time breathing properly especially during sleep. There is increased vibration because the nasal passages are dry and blocked making more sounds during sleep. It is recommended that those with colds and sinusitis put a nasal spray to keep the passages moist allowing easy breathing and preventing snoring.
  • Sleep on the side of your bed. Lying flat on the back predisposes one to snore because it allows vibration of the tissues that makes the snoring sound.

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A Guide to Buying Diet Pills

Many people are very determined to lose weight that they try all sorts of ways just to achieve their desired weight. Dieting and exercise can become frustrating for some especially if results are not very immediate. Some people will spend hours exercising in the gym and resist the temptation to eat at fast food chains all in the name of achieving the goal of a targeted weight loss. Sometimes exercise and diet is not enough to see the much wanted weight loss and this is where the help of diet pills comes into place.

Choosing the right diet pill for you should be dealt with sufficient research and consideration. There are a lot of diet pills out there that are not considered safe to use because of harmful side effects and are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. You should be wary in choosing pills that advertise weight loss in just a small amount of time and those who promise guaranteed weight loss results without the need for exercise. These diet pills will most likely turn out to be hoax. For one thing, one cannot lose weight just by diet pills alone. Contrary to common belief, diet pills cannot be effective without exercise. For an individual to lose weight in a healthy way there should be an increase in the physical activity to burn calories stored as fat from the food we eat. Only when burned calories are higher than ingested calories will weight loss be determined.

There are two types of diet pills in the market. The over the counter diet pill and those that require prescription. Most over the counter diet pills contain caffeine which makes the heart beat faster and raises the body’s metabolic rate. Some may contain herbal extracts like green tea which like caffeine increases the body’s basal metabolic rate that helps in burning fat. Prescription diet pills are more potent than over the counter diet pills. You must consult your doctor and be evaluated physically to determine if there will be drug interactions to current medical conditions. Conditions such as heart problems, kidney and liver disease will need to be considered in prescribing the right diet pill for you. The most common prescription diet pill has the ingredient called Phentermine which mimics a neurotransmitter in the brain that acts to inform the brain that the person is already full thus the urge to eat is fairly decreased.

Check for approval seal of the Food and Drug Administration before buying a diet pill. Make sure that if you have certain medical conditions to check with the doctor first before taking any diet pill available over the counter. Do not be attracted to cheap diet pills with foreign language in their labels you cannot read and understand. Check for ingredients that are harmful and should be avoided like Ephedra. This substance was a common ingredient in diet pills and was banned in 2003 because of evidence that it causes arrhythmias which can further lead to a heart attack.

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Avoiding Anxiety Attacks From Too Much Coffee

With the fast paced world we live in people adapt by altering their lifestyle to cope with the changes and be able to survive day to day living. With the demands of work, family and other tasks which have to be done on a daily basis, an average individual manages to get by with a cup of coffee. Most people start their day with one serving to give them that energy boost to quick start their day. For some one cup isn’t enough and they may consume more than three servings a day depending on the stress and demands of work.

Seldom do we realize that the active component of coffee which is caffeine has harmful effects to the body if taken in large amounts over a prolonged period of time. Caffeine is classified as a drug that stimulates which promotes alertness and gives energy to the body. It is a natural compound that is commonly found in coffee beans, chocolates and tea leaves.

Scientifically caffeine works by blocking a chemical called adenosine, which is responsible for putting the brain to sleep to conserve energy and preserve neurons. Since caffeine acts as a competitive inhibitor to the adenosine receptors it produces an effect that makes the central nervous system alert and aroused.

Here are some of the effects of caffeine in our system.

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Tremors
  • Poor concentration
  • Agitated feeling
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Mood Swings

Above symptoms are included in the “fight or flight” response of our body that is a reflex action that protects us from harm. Caffeine directly affects the central nervous system responsible in regulating this “fight and flight” response when needed in emergency situations. Regular and excessive consumption of caffeine can produce similar symptoms thus increasing anxiety levels in an individual.

Anxiety can be harmful to humans as it can cause panic attacks that can literally endanger life by increasing heart rate which can lead to a heart attack in severe cases. Caffeine alone cannot induce a person into an anxiety attack but other factors such as stress, poor diet and lack of exercise and rest will trigger anxiety attacks and further lead to sickness. For individuals who are diagnosed with anxiety disorders caffeine intake is contraindicated for them as these will only aggravate or trigger anxiety attacks especially that they are easily prone to them. Some people who regularly drink coffee complain of the inability to sleep or insomnia. This can be a long term effect of drinking too much coffee that the body has adapted to always be on the go and alert neglecting the need to rest and sleep. Although effects of caffeine vary from each individual, one may experience insomnia while others may find it easy to induce sleep. For those who are occasional drinkers of coffee they may experience alertness with just one cup while for other it usually takes them 3 to 4 cups more to achieve the desired level of energy and alertness.

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