Monthly Archives: September 2016

Benefit Use Epsom Salt

If you’ve ever heard of Epsom salt, chances are you’ve also heard it lauded for being something of a natural cure-all. For centuries, it has been thought to heal all sorts of ailments, from colds and congestion to skin problems, to easing stress by pouring a cupful in the bath. However, as it often happens, modern medicine has debunked many of these old wives’ tales and found a lack of proof for others. Some of these Epsom salt rumors are harmless; however, some of them may actually be more harmful than helpful. If you’ve got a bunch that you were hoping to use, don’t worry. Epsom salt does have its uses. Just educate yourself before you try it.

Though Epsom salt can be used as a laxative by simply mixing some in with your water, it can be dangerous for people with certain chronic illnesses such as kidney problems or eating disorders, and therefore it’s important to check with your doctor before you use them. If you get the OK from your physician, it will work by drawing fluid into your colon and helping you to pass waste.

Though Epsom salt can be used safely as a laxative with counsel from your doctor, it is only safe to use it orally and not as an enema. Epsom salt enemas can lead to magnesium poisoning with symptoms of pain and swelling, nausea, vomiting or even death in extreme cases. Your body does contain magnesium, which is found in Epsom salt, but too much magnesium can easily turn poisonous. Play it safe and only use Epsom salt as an oral laxative with your doctor’s permission.

 

Know the bad food for you

The words “fast food” have become so synonymous with unhealthy lifestyles, bad choices, and poor taste that sometimes we feel guilty even thinking about eating it. But the fact is that sometimes you just have to, because you lack either the willpower, other options, or simply just the time to do any better. However, on the days when you find yourself walking the inevitable path towards the nearest palace of speed food, don’t despair. As you’ll see, hidden in the menu among all those willpower targeting calorie missiles are a few options that won’t leave your self-esteem, or your arteries, covered in grease.

When most people think about healthy options in fast food restaurants, they often default to salads. But that would be a mistake, because while the salad might be lacking guilt inducing ingredients, the dressing isn’t—and you know you want the dressing. Also salads aren’t very filling, meaning not long after you finish that last leafy bite, you’ll be craving something else. So next time you mysteriously find yourself in Chick-fil-A, try the Grilled Chicken Sandwich. It has only 320 calories, 5 grams of fat, and a pretty satisfying 30 grams of protein to make you feel full. The sodium is a little high at 800 mg, but it’s still one of the lowest on the menu, and only just over a third of your recommended daily limit, which leaves you room to maneuver for the rest of the day. Just make sure don’t maneuver back into the Chick-fil-A for dinner.

What work is safe in pregnancy

Singer Beyoncé has cancelled her performance at the upcoming Coachella festival in April because she is pregnant. But how much work is safe during pregnancy, and what kind of work is risky?

In early January, Coachella organizers announced that Beyoncé would be one of the festival’s headline performers. But several weeks later, the singer announced she was pregnant with twins . On Thursday (Feb. 23), a joint statement from Coachella and Beyoncé’s company Parkwood Entertainment said that the singer had to pull out of the concert, citing advice from her doctor to “keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months” while pregnant, according to the Associated Press.

In general, it’s safe for women to work while they’re pregnant, said Dr. Jonathan Schaffir, an obstetrician/gynecologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “Most women can continue to work right through the end of pregnancy,” Schaffir said.

If a woman is otherwise healthy, and isn’t at higher risk for complications during pregnancy, she typically isn’t restricted in the types of activity she can do at her job, Schaffir said. Although pregnancy isn’t the right time to start a new, vigorous work or exercise regimen, if a woman is conditioned to do a particular job, then she can most likely continue to do the activities of that job, Schaffir said.

Plummeting birth rate

Spain has appointed its first Minister of Sex whose job will be to get people busy between the sheets.

The government hopes to boost Spain’s falling birth rate, which is one of the lowest in the developed world.

Prime minister Mariano Rajoy appointed Edelmira Barreira as the country’s sex tsar to get Spaniards to produce more babies.

The country is faced with a population crisis, with fewer births than deaths recorded for the first time last year.

Experts say long working hours and a culture of eating late at night and going to bed after midnight are partly to blame for the nation’s sex famine.

Rafael Puyol, of the IE Business School in Madrid, said: “They do not help with making a family. Then when a child arrives it is even worse.”

Since 2008 the number of births in Spain has plunged by 18 per cent.

And the number of childless couples has nearly tripled from 1.5million in 1977 to 4.4million in 2015.

Most Spanish women say they would like two or more children but in 2015 those aged 18 to 49 had an average of 1.3 children – well below the EU figure of 1.58.

Stress levels are out of control

Stress is an unavoidable part of all our lives, and chances are, you know when you’re feeling the pressure. You know the signs, the ones that start right before a big presentation at work or in the moments before you’re going to be getting news that’s either incredibly good or incredibly bad. But what happens when that stress builds and builds, until we don’t get to step away? What happens when we find ourselves caught in a vicious cycle, with stress becoming such a part of everyday life that it starts to get almost unbearable?

There are a number of signs that your stress levels are just going out of control, and some of them are things that you might not even connect to stress.

It’s called bruxism, and most people who do it, do it in their sleep. According to a study financed by the Intramural Research Program of the NIH and the National Institute on Aging, the likelihood of someone grinding their teeth is directly related to things like emotional stability and stress. Surprisingly, it’s not just a human correlation, either, and the same findings have been confirmed in rats.

In the study, 470 women completed both a dental history survey (with 385 of them going through a full dental exam), along with a personality assessment. They found that those volunteers who scored high on scales for either objectivity, sociability, or emotional stability were much, much less likely to also grind their teeth. According to the Mayo Clinic, bruxism isn’t exactly understood, but they also link it to things like emotional stress, anxiety, anger, frustration, or a highly competitive nature. They also say that for some, it’s a coping strategy that helps focus attention into an outlet that, in the end, can be damaging not only to your teeth, but to your jaw.

If you’re not sure whether or not you’re grinding your teeth at night, the NHS says that some people might develop complications they notice when they’re awake. That includes things like persistent headaches and earaches, along with jaw pain. Those that are prone to grinding their teeth at night might also find themselves clenching their teeth regularly throughout the day, although it’s more rare to actually grind your teeth during the day. (Only about 20 percent of reported cases do.) They also say as much as 70 percent of cases are directly related to stress.