Cleanliness

Cleanliness And Its Benefits

By Mohan Thulasingam
To many people in the modern world, Cleanliness means an outdated concept of duty. They feel the efforts and time spent on cleaning could be used for making money and enjoying the life. It’s an unimportant task that can be got done by paying a paltry sum. Nonetheless, cleanliness brings more benefits compared to the costs involved in its process. People practicing discipline tend to possess this quality; because, it becomes a way of life for them.

Keeping anything in a neat and clean manner at all times and at any place is known as cleanliness. Even in a garbage dumping yard, the workers maintain cleanliness by using the hand gloves, mouth gags and boots. Laziness and carelessness are the two culprits to blame for any dirtiness. A business lost a court case as an important document was not produced supporting its claim for compensation. A student could not attend his exam as he could not trace out the hall ticket in his unkempt bookshelf. Over-possessions end up in carelessness as they require time, memory, and patience of the owner to maintain them properly. A woman did not know she had such a necklace until she found it when searching another jewel. The benefits of cleanliness are numerous and rewarding. The chief advantages are listed here below.

1) Self-confidence grows: Doing all works in a clean manner instills a confidence in the self to handle any task. A person with clean habits has clarity in approach to resolve any issues. Many people follow cleanliness as their success formula. Donning a good look with clean clothes, well-kept hair, and healthy body also gives more self-confidence.

2) Savings accrue: A lot of time, energy, space and resources can be saved by practicing cleanliness. Irregular storage and handling result in wastage of men and matter.

3) Value addition: Apart from the qualification, integrity, and experience, the cleanliness becomes one more asset to such great personalities. Respect and reputation naturally come to them. Clean administration involves transparency and corruption-free methods.

4) Health improves: Cleanliness ensures hygiene in our environment. It prevents from the risk of contracting diseases. Clean power generation from solar and wind energy is a good example. Failure to clear the sewerage lines not only stinks but encourages the breeding of mosquitoes and other pests. Regular cleaning and mopping of floors in the hospitals are done to clear the dust, insects, and germs.

Food You Eat

Stop Controlling the Food You Eat So You Can Be Free to Choose What You Really Need

By Catrina Bengree
Restriction and deprivation around food is such a catch 22. We think we are doing the right thing by giving our body healthy food in limited amounts. However what it actually does is make us feel hungry and deprived, which leads to craving, which ultimately leads to bingeing.

When we restrict ourselves it actually has the opposite effect we want, as we crave what we’re “not allowed” and eventually binge on it.

I did this for 20 years, trying every diet known to man only to lose weight initially and quite quickly, but putting it back on again as soon as I stopped the diet. Eventually it got so bad that I was bingeing every night and over exercising every day to ensure I didn’t put the weight on. (Although I could never keep up and my weight kept going up). Eventually I was diagnosed with Depression and bulimia and shown how to eat naturally (mindfully).

One of the keys to eating naturally is to eat exactly what you want. When you know you are “allowed” anything and that there are absolutely no restrictions a strange thing happens. You actually don’t want the unhealthy food. The only reason you want it now is because you aren’t “allowed” it. This concept is extremely difficult to comprehend but I assure you it is true. Any of you with children will know that if you say “no” to a child they will say “why” and keep pestering until you finally give in. Similarly if we tell ourselves we can’t have it we keep thinking about it until we can’t stand it any longer and give in.

Now that I eat naturally with absolutely no restrictions, when something unhealthy does pop into my head I go and get it. I do not question it because this is what I truly want. The difference however is I know that my body doesn’t want a lot of salt, fat or sugar, so I will only take a small portion. I eat it slowly, thoroughly enjoying it therefore ensuring that when I finish it I am completely satisfied. Then I can happily go and do something else. I am never tempted to over indulge because I know I can have anything I want whenever I am hungry.

Accordingly I have turned the negative control of restriction into a positive control. What I mean by that is I choose to eat predominantly healthy food most of the time because it makes me feel good, gives me energy and enables me to function to the best of my ability. However I also allow myself the “treat-type” food because this makes me feel good emotionally and ensures I don’t crave it. I would estimate I eat 80% healthy and 20% not and I am very happy with that.

food addiction

Expert Author Mellow Llana Cacho
Studies have shown that food addiction manifests itself into uncontrollable craving for foods in response to stress. Whenever you’re feeling lonely and having a hard time dealing with all your problems and challenges in life, the first thing you want to do is to put something inside your mouth and relax without really bothering about the possible effects it may have on your body. Comfort Food Addiction and Emotional Stress always seem to have a link between each other because studies have proven that foods is used to soothe heavy feeling that’s been placed on your shoulders as mention above.

Foods, especially sugary ones will make our brain send some endorphins, and as a result it will make you feel better but it only works for a short period of time. We don’t always eat food to satisfy our hunger, but unfortunately comfort foods doesn’t fix emotional stress either. It usually makes you feel worse more than anything else after eating a whole gallon of ice cream and making your stomach bloat, thus only adding it to your burden; feeling guilty for overeating.

Emotional eating is using food from time to time by filling your emotional needs than what your stomach really needs. There are many food that are usually used as comfort foods and this includes sugary ones, chips and fatty foods. If you experience eating food while the fridge door is open as your first impulse if you’re feeling down or angry, nervous, upset and disappointed then you maybe experiencing from emotional eating; using food to comfort yourself. You may also notice that you become more irritable after shoving these junks down your throat.

Some people mistake emotional hunger as physical hunger. You have to know the difference between the two. Notice that emotional hunger often craves fatty foods and it leads you to mindless eating so before you know it, you’ve eaten a whole bag of potato chips. You’ll keep wanting more and more, feeling that you can’t just get enough. It often leads to guilt, shame or regret because realizations will hit you after you’re done eating. Emotional hunger comes on suddenly and craves specific comfort foods.

Emotional stress always makes you feel hungry. In response to stress, your body releases cortisol. It functions to increase blood sugar through gluconeogenesis, to suppress the immune system and aid the metabolism of fat, carbohydrate and protein. As a result, your body often craves for salty, sweet and high-fat foods that are contributing factor for obesity and increase the risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Ask yourself if you have shown any signs of Comfort Food Addiction and think of anything to do something about it. When you’re stressed out, just take a quick jog a few blocks away because according to studies, there are some chemicals that our brain releases before and after taking up an exercise so it should be your first impulse instead of grabbing a can of soda and a bag of Doritos to shove down your throat thinking that it can make you feel better. While eating food can offer you a good feeling for a short period, think of its negative effects. A food addict can lose control of his life and can no longer define reality. Working out when you’re not in the mood can enhance both your physical and mental health. Anyone can surpass emotional stress and comfort food addiction by just looking at the brighter side of life and having a healthy lifestyle that everyone should be living with.

Diabetes Emergency Kit

Building a Diabetes Emergency Kit With Essential Diabetic Supplies

By Andrea Avery
Being diagnosed with diabetes is a life-changing occurrence. There is no cure for diabetes, but with effective management, you can ensure that you feel your best and live the longest, healthiest life possible. Learning the most you can about diabetes is an important first step in managing it. There are two types of diabetes, and, although both involve monitoring and controlling blood sugar levels, the precise management strategy for each type and each person will differ. But having an “emergency kit” filled with essential diabetic supplies is an effective management tool for all. You might wonder, “what diabetic supplies should I put in my emergency kit?” Below, you will find a list of the five most critical items.

Snacks

In Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics, blood sugar levels are too high. Therefore, diabetics take medication, such as insulin, to lower these levels. However, taking too much medication in relation to blood glucose amounts can reduce the level too much. This may happen when a patient eats less than normal or participates in more than usual physical activity. Hypoglycemia poses a problem for people with either type of diabetes. In your emergency kit, it is critical that you have snacks containing simple carbohydrates, such as juice, honey, or small, hard candies, to give you a quick boost of sugar. Your kit should also contain snacks with complex carbohydrates to stabilize your sugar levels over a longer time.

Glucagon

In the case of sudden and severe hypoglycemia, a person suffering from diabetes may lose consciousness or experience a seizure. Thus, it will be necessary for someone else to help stabilize your sugar levels. Glucagon is an injectable prescription medication. Many pharmacies, especially those specializing in providing a wide-range of diabetic supplies, will have it regularly available. It is an important component of any diabetes emergency kit.

Ketone Test Strips

Ketones in the urine develop when the body breaks down fat for energy. This happens when glucose is not available for energy. Glucose is not available because insulin levels are off, making the body unable to convert glucose to energy. Thus, although more typical of Type 1, the presence of ketones in the urine tell the patient that their insulin levels are low and need adjustment. Moreover, ketones are toxic to the body, and high levels put you at risk of ketoacidosis. It is particularly important to test for ketones when you are ill, or when your blood glucose exceeds a certain level. Additionally, ketone test strips are often individually wrapped, so they will keep for a long time in a diabetic emergency kit.

Batteries

Most blood glucose meters are digital and require batteries. Careful monitoring of blood glucose is critical to good health for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics. It is important to check which specific type of batteries your meter requires with your diabetic supplies provider and to keep those on hand.

Be sure also to include small bandages, alcohol, hand sanitizer, and antibiotic ointment since monitoring blood glucose requires you to make tiny cuts to obtain small amounts of blood.

Retinopathy

Diabetes and Retinopathy – This Is Worth Reading

By Gerhard Van Staden
Let us start with some basic anatomy… no there is no tests at the end and I am not going to ask any questions. I just feel that for you to understand the effect of Diabetes on the eye, you need to know what the eye looks like and how it functions.

The eye consists mainly of a ball of jelly-like substance (vitreous humour), which is securely fit in the eye socket in the skull. Most part of the body of the eye is hidden with only a small percentage of the eye that is visible. In the front, there is a lens, which can change shape and length in order for the eye to focus, and behind the lens is an opening where the light is allowed to pass through. This opening is called the pupil.

At the back inside the eye, there is a network of capillaries and light sensitive tissue.

At the centre of the retina, we find the macula. This is a very small area, almost like the size of a pinhead, and is the most specialized part of the eye. In order for us to see, we need to have the light focus perfectly on the macula. This enables us to see very small and fine detail. The rest of the retina gives us peripheral vision, enabling us to see on the side.

Diabetes is a very non sympathetic condition and does not spare anything, including your most valuable asset… sight!!

Diabetic eye diseases may include:

Cataract

Cataracts develops early in the life of diabetes sufferers which causes clouding of the lens of the eye.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an increase in fluid pressure in the eye that leads to damage of the optic nerve and eventually loss of vision. A sufferer of diabetes, is nearly twice as likely to get glaucoma as other adults.

Diabetic Retinopathy

One of the worst visual impairment conditions that can occur from Diabetes is most probably Diabetic Retinopathy. This is damage to the blood vessels in the retina which supply the eye with blood, nutrients and oxygen.

Diabetic Retinopathy causes changes in the blood vessels in the retina and is the most common eye disease in adult diabetics. It is also the major cause of blindness in American adults.

Diabetic retinopathy can have different effects on different sufferers as everyone is unique and does not respond to the disease the same way. In some people, the capillaries may swell and leak fluid, while in other people abnormal new blood vessels will grow on the surface of the retina. This will either cover the retina and the macula or allow parts of the eye to die, thus permanent irrepairable damage. To have perfect vision, we need a healthy retina.

In the first stage of diabetic retinopathy, the sufferer may not notice any changes in vision, but after a while it can get worse and cause complete loss of vision and this always affects both eyes.

Stages of Diabetic Retinopathy

We discern four stages in diabetic retinopathy:

Stage 1: Mild non-proliferative retinopathy

Small balloon-like swellings appear in the blood vessels in the retina. This is known as microaneurysms. An aneurysm is a weakening of the vascular wall.

Stage 2: Moderate non-proliferative retinopathy

During this stage some of the blood vessels that supplies the retina with blood, nutrients and oxygen gets blocked off completely, causing ischemia (lack of oxygen) to certain parts of the retina. As we all know, oxygen is much needed to sustain life and keep organs functioning.

Stage 3: Severe non-proliferative retinopathy

As the disease progresses, many more blood vessels gets blocked off which deprives the retina of a great deal of nutrients and oxygen. In defence the body’s response will be to send a signal to the brain that it is in need of more oxygen. The body will then grow more blood vessels on the retina to rectify the ischemia.

Stage 4: Proliferative retinopathy

At this stage the new blood vessels are growing on the retina in order to restore blood supply to the affected areas of the retina. This is a very advanced stage of the disease and the blood vessels are abnormal and fragile. These blood vessels grow along the retina and the clear gel inside the eye. This blood vessels are very thin and do not cause any visual impairment, but if they leak blood, severe vision loss and blindness will be the result.

When bleeding in the eye occurs, it can either bleed into the vitreous humour or onto the macula, causing macular edema. Macular edema can happen at any time during the disease.

If the bleeding is inside the vitreous humour, the sufferer can have total vision loss and the retina may even become detached from the surface. This is known as retinal detachment. With treatment most sight-threatening diabetic problems can be prevented if diagnosed early enough.

It is vital to go for an annual visual acuity tests and dilated eye exams. It is also vital to have the pressure inside your eye tested to make sure that there is not an increase in eye pressure. Even if there is no sign of retinopathy, it is still imperative to have your eyes tested as changes can occur without the sufferer experiencing any symptoms.

Your optometrist will check your eyes for early signs of:

Leaking blood vessels
Damaged nerve tissue
Any changes to blood vessels
Retinal edema (swelling)
Prevention is better than cure, so take care of your eyes… It is your most priced possession.