The Healthy Benefits Of Quitting Smoking

Even though smoking has been officially declared and known as a deadly habit, this does not seem to alter its popularity among patrons. It has been a major cause of deaths among individuals but the number of smoking fanatics is still at large. However, various calls and programs on quitting smoking have been made available for smokers to follow and lead a healthy life.


Leading a smoke-free life is equivalent to leading a life that is free from chemicals that can cause lung cancer and the likes. Cigarette smoking will bring in a lot of damage to the lungs and heart. And the moment a person stops smoking even for a day will slowly repair the damage brought by smoking. It will make breathing easier.

For a short thirty minutes of withdrawing from smoking, it is believed that heart rate and blood pressure normalizes. And for some couple of days, weeks and months; blood circulation improves and energy levels escalate. Quitting smoking also helps both men and women on sex issues. Men who quit smoking will get better erections and women has healthier tendency on orgasms. Also, women who does not smoke are known to find it easier to get pregnant than those that smoke. Pregnant women who do not smoke will also deliver healthier babies than those that smoke. Smoking while pregnant also is a considered factor in miscarriage.

Stopping smoking habit also reduces the risk of eye diseases such as optic neuropathy, cataracts and blindness; gum loss and tooth loss and osteoporosis. Not smoking will provide whiter teeth and fresher breath.  Smoking is a deliberate factor to shorten a person’s life span. Ending the habit of smoking will make the smoker live a much longer life because they are free from the risk of heart diseases, cancer and bronchitis.

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There are also other serious diseases that the causes are connected to smoking cigarettes. It has been discovered that cigarette smoking causes diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, pneumonia and asthma. Also, it does not only prompt lung cancer but also cancer in other parts of the body like the esophagus, throat, larynx, bladder, breast, pancreas, stomach, kidney and liver. The people surrounding you will also be at risk for health issues through secondhand smoking. They can also be in peril, especially babies, children, pregnant women and olds for cancer and heart diseases. Smoking is as good as putting not only your life but the life of the people you loved in jeopardy.


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Children Skin Care


As children get older, their bodies undergo many changes, including increased activity in the glands affecting the skin. Beginning as early as age eight or nine, the sebaceous glands, which are responsible for oil production, can kick into overdrive, and the sweat glands begin to enlarge. More perspiration means body odor, caused by bacteria on the skin that thrive in the presence of sweat. Daily warm-water baths or showers help keep skin clean, and become more important for children as oil and sweat production increase.

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Children who have dry or sensitive skin should use a mild non-perfumed soap and moisturize immediately after bathing with a good non-perfumed lotion or cream. While petrolatum remains the best choice for skin lubrication, many older children object to the greasy feel.

The beginning of puberty may also be the appropriate time to introduce the idea of a deodorant/antiperspirant to your child. Consider a mild combination product aimed at young teens or, if a rash or other irritation develops, try a deodorant-only product that does not contain aluminum compounds. Children with allergies or sensitive skin may be bothered by the perfumes in some products, so have your child test it on a small area of skin first before using it in the entire armpit area.

Atopic dermatitis – Eczema

Children who are predisposed to allergies may develop atopic dermatitis, also known aseczema, a common condition in which the skin becomes itchy and inflamed. Parents and older children can learn to recognize irritants and allergens that worsen the symptoms and try to avoid them. Common irritants include wool, synthetic fibers, perfumes, certain soaps and detergents, and cigarette smoke.

Parents can also help their child establish a routine that will keep skin healthy and free from irritation. Bathing should be with warm water only, followed by a skin lubricant. Clothes made from cotton will irritate less and aid in keeping skin cool and dry. To prevent scratching, see that your child’s fingernails are kept short.

In many cases, an over-the-counter topical steroid such as hydrocortisone cream can halt the itching and help the skin to heal. If the condition worsens, ask your health care provider or pediatric nurse practitioner to recommend a prescription medication.

Sun protection

Any child who develops sunburn is at increased risk for skin cancer in adulthood. Although the sun’s rays are strongest during the summer, sun protection is just as important in the winter months and on cloudy days. Children of all ages should avoid direct sun between the hours of 10am and 3pm. If they are out in the sun, exposed skin should be covered with clothing as much as possible. There are products available in stores, such as SunGuard™, that add sun protection to clothes during the washing process. Children should also wear a hat and sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection.



Food Addiction And Weight Loss

You may eat too much of foods like potato chips or burger once in a while, but will you categorize yourself as an addict to those foods? Your answer to this crucial question is what determines the steps you will take in losing weight. Medical research and experts has revealed that food addiction is like any other type of addiction and can be deadly too.

 A person who suffers from food addiction will have a strong desire for a particular food and is so strong that when he or she is unable to consume that particular food, such a person suffers from headache, nausea and depression .These three are known as withdrawal symptoms. It is the comfort which a particular food give that food addicts crave for. Binge eating may also form part of their addiction, which may be psychological or physical.

 A study on food addiction shows that there are different types. For example, the compulsive overeating, whereby an individual binge eat for several days. The victim of addiction may sometimes lose weight but regains it later. The symptoms of compulsive overeating are eating alone, eating quickly and eating when he or she is not hungry.

 Another type of food addiction is bulimia. In this condition, the person overeats and then purges him or her self later, either by laxative or vomiting. Signs of bulimia include self isolation when eating, consumption of huge portions of food rapidly and pre-occupation with his or her weight.

 Anorexia is yet another form of food addiction. The individual attempts to starve in order to achieve an unrealistic weight, which tend to be about 15% below normal body weight. There is the usual fear of being fat associated with anorexia. They may have ritualistic behavior involving food and tend to suffer from depression.

 For every problem under the sun they say, there’s solution.  Food addiction can be treated. Treatment can come in various ways. A food addict needs a psychotherapist to develop new ways to deal with food and his or her emotions. The psychotherapist most times helps in fishing out the cause of the addiction as well as the source of emotion like anger or fear. In some cases, an individual may need to undergo in-patient psychological therapy in a Hospital for a period of time. Some of the treatment will involve helping the individual to return to healthy eating habits, addressing and solving the underlying emotional causes of the addiction as well as in learning how to cope.


 It is not clear whether food addiction is a genetically-based illness or not. However, there’s the evidence of eating pattern being passed down from generation to another. It is obvious that food addiction can never be cured but can be treated and the recovery period may last a lifetime. Hope should not be lost but with patience and time, the individual addict can learn new behavioral skills that will help in keeping their weight under control.

 You can treat and reverse the effect of food addiction starting today and even right now. Keep fit and trim.