How a Humidifier Can Help with Health

There is nothing cool with dry winter air – and your state of health reveals the facts. Do you know that indoor air during the cold months can lower down humidity levels to as much as 10% RH? The recommended RH levels should be between 30% and 50% – anything below that range can wreak havoc to your health. It’s a good thing that humidifiers can actually put back stripped off moisture and also restore your family’s health.

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While portable humidifiers are virtually lightweight, this does not provide you the accuracy and wide coverage that you need in fighting off effects of dry air and depleted moisture in the cold months. Installation of a whole house humidifier is most recommended as it is well-regulated and monitored with the use of a thermostat and this also seamlessly integrates with your heating and cooling system.

Health Benefits of a Humidifier

Preservation and protection of electronic devices and furniture. Most furniture and electrical devices or appliances are made of sensitive materials that are prone to not just wear and tear; but extreme changes in temperature and humidity levels. Dry air can cause irreversible damage to your favorite painting, furniture pieces, wooden floors, and even your electronic gadgets. The use of a humidifier helps keep the integrity of your wood fixtures and furnishings intact.

Avoid risks of infections. Moist air is conducive for bacterial growth and viral contagion. Respiratory illnesses like common colds, flu, cough, sore throat, and even nosebleeds are triggered by low humidity levels. Making sure to install a humidifier can mean a world of difference between calling in sick at work and being up for anything.

Keep indoor plants healthy. It’s not just humans that get sick whenever moisture is depleted in the air. Indoor plants also suffer in dry winter air because the air gets too dry which may cause the plant to wither and die. Your plants help clean the air by taking out the toxins. Making sure that your plants are healthy ensures and insures you own health as well.

Reduce allergy attacks. Most allergies are triggered during the winter season or dry cold months. Winter air can actually dry up your sinuses which acts as a filter for air contaminants. This in turn lowers one’s resistance against viruses and bacteria which can allergies such as sinusitis or rhinitis.

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Soft and glowing skin. Achieve a supple and vibrant skin with the use of humidifiers. Cold dry air saps the moisture out of your skin which results in itchy, flaky, and dry skin. Your lips can also chap more often than usual. Using a humidifier can help restore the moisture content in your skin for a bright and rejuvenated glow.

Helps you sleep better. The use of cool-mist humidifier promotes good sleep. This clears the nasal passages and airways which allow you to breathe easier, prevents snoring, and creates a cool and relaxing environment that is conducive for a good sleep.

Lubricates your vocal cords. Humidifiers can keep the air moist and your vocal cords well-lubricated to help preserve and harness your singing and speaking voice. Sore throat can make your voice crack and raspy which can be cured or soothed by the use of humidifiers.

Having a humidifier at home is a worthy investment primarily for its aesthetic and health benefits. Your family’s health and safety comes first and humidifiers are wired to do exactly that. It’s a balancing act though because too much moisture can impact your health negatively. Be sure to keep track of humidity levels and keep humidifiers in good condition in order to maximize the benefits of humidifiers at home.

The Natural Trend for Mothers and Babies

The new, “in” thing for mothers is to go all-natural in their lifestyles. It is becoming a trend of thought that the more natural the lifestyle, the healthier it is. This is both true and untrue. It is completely true that the more organic the food source, whether fruits and vegetables or meat, the less nutrients disappear in the packaging and processing.

At the same time, there are some medical advances that retain importance, despite being modern. Now is the time to discover which of these trends are most helpful, and which least helpful, to mothers and their babies.

The Pros and Cons of the Natural Trend for Mothers and Babies

Vaccinate or do Not Vaccinate?

All vaccines are synthetically produced. Gone are the days when cowpox boils were pricked and then the needle used to infect children to combat the much more fatal smallpox. Today, synthetically generated vaccines are used to teach the body which antibodies to create for common diseases. However, this synthesization causes doubt for those going natural.

The biggest concern for mothers who would rather not vaccinate their babies, is the metal content in most vaccinations. Most vaccines contain both aluminum and mercury. Both are known neurotoxins in large doses.

However, both are necessary in vaccines. Aluminum strengthens the immunity response of the baby’s body, while mercury (in thimerosal) lowers possible contamination of multiple-dose vaccines. It has been suggested that these metals could increase the risk of autism in children. At the same time, multiple studies (one even of a million children, has disproved the risk.

To Breastfeed or not to Breastfeed?

The rising choice of mothers to breastfeed their babies is one of the most positive results of the “all-natural” trend for mothers. Even just the choice to breast milk-feed their babies (quite different) is a positive trend. Breastfeeding has been proven as one of the effective ways a mother can nurture and nourish her child.

Breast milk provides many of the immunities that a baby needs, direct through the mother’s milk. It also regulates the nutrients that enter the baby’s body, is much easier to digest, and better for the baby’s teeth and health than formula, which usually has higher sugar content.

Mothers can now choose to pump milk and work to keep their babies constantly supplied with breast milk. This gives their babies a head start in health, especially if they are fed exclusively on breast milk. At the same time, mothers are becoming much more health-conscious, since the food they eat provides nutrients for their babies.

The Natural Trend for Mothers and Babies: Overall Positive

Mothers who choose to go as natural as possible in their lifestyles need to find the balance between natural and synthesized supplements which they need. Vaccines can be judiciously chosen for the urgency of their need, and doctors consulted as to which vaccines are non-negotiable for the baby’s health.

In the same way, lactation consultants can help mothers who wish to breastfeed or breast milk-feed their babies. If formula is unavoidable, mothers can still see to it that a fair amount of their babies’ nutrients come from breastmilk.

The Indispensable Ingredients of an Effective Diet

Dieting is about food, but at the same time it really is not. The goal is health or beauty (or both), while the means is the diet. However, like any good story, the main character (you) needs to build up the skills to use the diet to reach the goal. In other words, calorie-counting is not the only requirement of basic dieting. Even more important are the mindset and will to begin, continue and finish an effective diet.

What Does An Effective Diet Have?

An Eat-and-Burn Mindset

The problem with only cutting down on calories, is the response of the person’s metabolism. A person’s metabolism responds to the amount of calories that a person cuts down on. When you first reduce calories, the metabolism begins to work overtime to adjust to the lessened fuel. This results in lessened weight.

However, to maintain the weight loss, you should maintain calorie loss. When you stop at a certain calorie level, your metabolism will adjust and stop burning extra fats. This can be dangerous, especially for rapid-weight loss programs.

Instead, think eat-and-burn. Whatever is taken in must have a corresponding burn-program. If you eat a certain amount of calories, jog off a higher amount, even just a little bit higher. The slow, steady burn will guarantee weight loss. In business terms, operate at a loss and the compounding losses will lead to effective weight burn.

A Go-the-Distance Mindset

Diets rarely work with a short-term mindset. Usually, short-term diet fads come from strong emotions, related to image and beauty. (We use diet fads to refer to non-prescribed weight loss programs). The problem is, once the driving emotion is gone, the motive disappears. It then becomes all too easy to kick the diet.

Instead, use will instead of emotion as the driving force. Write up the diet on an annual calendar, marking target weights on target months, in loud and large letters. Research before you diet, or you will decide to begin the diet, research what you can and cannot eat, and fall off the wagon before you even start. Without this mindset, it makes it easy to postpone the diet, or suspend it temporarily–which might become permanently.

A Habit-Forming Mindset

The hardest part of starting a diet will always be the first few days, or weeks, or months. Your palate is adjusting, so your cravings shout in your ear. Your body is adjusting, so you feel constantly like you are not eating enough.

At the end of the day, diets succeed because they become habits. You get used to eating healthy, burning your calorie intake, sleeping well, cutting down on sugars. Even after weight loss surgery, such as gastric sleeve surgery (using the gastric sleeve diet), maintaining the loss is done

Beauty Comes With Health

Health equals beauty, scientifically as well as philosophically. Healthy eating reduces fat build up around the abdomen, hips, and thighs. It also decreases skin aging, therefore lowering the wrinkle count. At the same time, it gives a boost to the ego and the overall well-being of the person. Healthy eating decreases mood swings, depressive episodes, and that goes a long way into a person’s self-confidence and will to maintain their person.

Is There Such A Thing As A Wine Allergy?

You  have just passed the age of majority (or are well past it), and you are about to take wine for the first time. Just a family dinner, nothing big. You would rather have softdrinks, but you want to exploit your age. After all, having wine is something like a rite of passage, right? So you take about a shot-glass worth.

To your surprise, after finishing the tiny glass, you feel a faint itching sensation on your scalp. You scratch it, assuming it’s just one of those randomly appearing itches, when you find soft red rashes sprinkling on your chest and down your arms and legs. No way. If you are absolutely not allergic to anything, it might come as a shock that you could be allergic to wine.

Is There Such A Thing As A Wine Allergy?

Alcohol Increases Allergic Reactions

In people with existing chronic allergies, such as asthma, rhinitis, and urticaria, alcohol worsens the effect of the trigger. In fact, for each alcoholic drink consumed in a single week, the risk of allergic reactions goes up by 3%. For people with food allergies, alcohol makes it more likely that food molecules will escape into the body. The allergic reaction is therefore much more violent.

Red and White Wines Add Risk

Alcohol aggravates allergic reactions, and both red and white wines have chemicals which trigger those allergies. Red wine usually calls out the most allergic reactions, because it has high histamine content. Histamine is a natural chemical produced by the body to combat allergens, by widening passageways for the white blood cells.

However, allergy symptoms can cause much discomfort and even become dangerous with swelling and itchiness. It is the same with a too-high fever, even though the heat is burning out the bacteria. The increased histamine, and the aggravation of the alcohol, can provoke an allergic reaction that breaks out in rashes, shortness of breath, swelling, and so forth.

Those allergic to white wines, on the other hand, are likely allergic to sulphur additives, or sulfites, used to  preserve the wine. The sulfite content is generally low, but the addition of the alcohol can trigger allergic reactions where there are normally none. If wine is drunk warm rather than chilled, the sulphur content is stronger.

Symptoms Of Wine Allergy

The mildest symptoms of wine allergy are skin rashes. For people with a faster acid reaction, the symptoms are diarrhea, stomach cramps, and vomiting. The more traditional allergic reactions are difficulty in breathing, red and swollen eyes, and a running nose. Antihistamine is also a regular combatant of the wine allergy.

The longer-term effects of wine allergies are migraines, sudden low moods, chronic tiredness, and regular headaches. If you are already wine intolerant but continue to drink, these are the symptoms you are mostly likely to get.

Yes, There Is Such A Thing As A Wine Allergy

If nothing else, this is a very good reason to taste your first wine in the company of people you know and trust, and who have cellphones to call 911 with. It is not too common, except in people of Asian descent, to be intolerant to wine. If after the first few sips of wine, symptoms start to appear, stop drinking and alert someone nearby.

Does Caffeine Really Help Students?

It is almost a rite of passage to begin downing uncounted mugs of coffee when college starts. Classes, activities, and studying all demand 24/7 alertness from the student. It has become so natural to pick up a mug in the morning, down another to combat the after-lunch drowsiness, and of course drown in extra mugs to study until midnight (and well beyond).

What is Caffeine?

Basically, caffeine is a chemical found not only in the ground coffee beans that are used in Starbucks or Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. It is also found in cacao beans (most commonly known as the chocolate bean), and tea leaves. It was first added to sodas and softdrinks to add a touch of bitterness.

Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. It increases the heart rate and respiration, and induces an alert state at times of drowsiness. However, if the caffeine-consumer is not sleepy or drowsy, caffeine can lead to palpitations, tremors, and dangerous nervous reactions.

What Does Caffeine Do?

Caffeine taken within the course of a healthy working day is not necessarily unhealthy. In fact, intake of around 4 normal cups of coffee before 4 in the afternoon should have no adverse effects on adults. They are simply enhancing their alertness during the day.

However, if caffeine is used to deliberately interrupt the body’s natural sleep patterns, it becomes harmful. First, it robs the student of needed sleep. 7 to 8 hours of sleep is the recommendation no matter what the age. In addition, sleep is one of the best memory aids and alertness inducers, if that were all the student needed.

Second, caffeine taken in excess of 4 cups a day negates the benefits that added hours of wakefulness gives them. A student who over-drinks caffeinated beverages risks over-stimulating his central nervous system.

This means lessened ability to focus in class, more physical symptoms to distract the student (palpitations, tremors), and even light-headedness. In other words, looking at caffeine simply as a stimulant, it does more harm than good to students–besides allowing them to use less of the 24 hours in a day for sleep.

What is the Effect of Caffeine on the Memory?

A study by researchers at John Hopkins states caffeine enhances memory retention for more than 24 hours after the caffeine is taken. This is short-term memory retention, and it has not been proved that caffeine enhances long-term memory.

This is an important fact for students to know, especially those who take long exams at a time. Caffeine taken 24 hours before the end of an exam, with notes studied right after drinking the beverage, could give them a memory boost. Timed correctly, a student can catch up on more sleep after having a short study session with caffeine-enhanced memory.

Does Caffeine Really Help Students?

“Wakefulness” has become synonymous with “excellent grades.” Students feel like the risk of sleeping more and studying for less hours is too great to take. However, for the sake of present grades, they often risk their future health instead. More sleep, moderated caffeine intake, and well-timed coffee-drinking may save their health and grades at the same time.

Should I Be Afraid of Dengue?

Of mosquito-transmitted diseases, malaria is the more known and warned-about. It is also, in a way, the more “romanticized” disease, since it can be caught mainly in rural areas. Catching malaria in raw jungle makes for a story, because of the surroundings and the idea of being far, far away from help. It also infects and kills more every year.

However, they miss out on catching another deadly mosquito-transmitted disease: dengue. Unlike malaria, dengue infects both rural and urban dwellers equally. Visitors to climates with good mosquito-breeding conditions should be aware that they are not safe from this kind of disease even if they stay in the city.

What Is Dengue?

Dengue is a mosquito-transmitted disease by the Aedes aegypti mosquito and the Aedes albopictus mosquito. It is a viral transmission, with the highest risk in tropical countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Pacific islands, and the Caribbean. 40% of the world’s population lives in places with high dengue risk.

How Is Dengue Transmitted?

While dengue cannot be transmitted directly from person to person, it can still spread relatively quickly because of mosquitos. A mosquito gets infected from the person it bites (unlike the malaria mosquito, which actually carries it), and then infects the next person it bites. Because of this cycle, dengue can have (although very rarely) epidemics in which up to 90% of those bitten are infected (the normal rate is up to 50%).

Most importantly, the mosquito which most commonly transmits the virus, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, only feeds in the day. It often comes out in early morning, and then just before nightfall. The normal precautions against mosquito bites can be taken during the night (netting, electric fans, airconditioners). Additional precautions may be taken during the day such as mosquito repellant, and long sleeves in late afternoons.

What Are the Symptoms of Dengue?

For the milder forms of dengue and the beginning of the more violent forms, the first signs and symptoms are a headache, a very sudden fever, and rashes. Vomiting and diarrhea often accompanies these, as well as bleeding in the nose and mouth, and soreness in muscles and joints. As the disease progresses, it turns into internal bleeding (especially of the stomach and intestines), and hypotension.

The phase in which the patient is already in recovery is one that needs to be closely watched. Tired and weakened, the heart rate tends to be excessively low, there is itching around the body, and the patient can suffer seizures. In some cases, the patient is less aware of reality and has an altered consciousness state.

Should I Be Afraid of Dengue?

If you have just traveled to a tropical country, keep yourself under observation for the first two weeks. If you have a very sudden fever accompanied by rashes and vomiting, to a healthcare professional at once. A blood test should tell if you have dengue or not, and what kind of dengue it is.

However, there is practically no way to prevent dengue other than preventing mosquito bites. There is no vaccine against it you can take before going to a tropical country. There is also no medicine that directly combats dengue. Doctors prescribe rest and heavy hydration, but the patient can only wait it out. It is safest to prevent any risk of contracting the disease in the first place.

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