Signs Of Mental Illness In Teenagers

Being a teenager comes with quite a number of experiences; these experiences are obtainable in both the male and female teenager. this is one aspect of our growing up that we can easily relate with, especially parents who have at one point or another found themselves caught in the middle of wondering if what they witness in their child’s life is just a normal teenage behaviour or they are acting due to a mental illness, drug use or behavioural difficulties.

An average teenager’s normally experience mood swings due to hormonal and physical changes at puberty, but when mental illness is involved, it may prove a little difficult to distinguish between normal teenage behaviour from the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other emotional issues or difficulties

 

One of the traits is the general observation that teenagers tend to want to separate themselves from family and develop interest in socialising and spending more time with friends. When they realise that they are not getting enough distance and privacy from their family, they occasionally get angry and sometimes flare up. The dynamics of this action is the sudden disregard for parents that leads to insults, contempt, in some cases contention and also spending so long time outside the house and coming in later than expected.

 

Some times teens may want to lock themselves indoors and stay glued to their PCs or mobile phones all in search of privacy. Now, this is normal. Teenagers need to naturally separate so as to to gain their independence in early adulthood and most times react defensively in order to attain this goal. During this time the parents should be able to make sure that in as much as the child occasionally detest the idea of spending time with family, the child should be involved in healthy social and extracurricular activities outside of the home. If it is realised that the child is not connected with friends on social activities and he or she is chronically disconnected, sad and angry, this is when the actions or behaviour is abnormal and requires intervention.

 

Many times, parents tend to compare the behaviour of their teens to theirs. It can be anxiety reciprocating to parents, given the prevailing social norms. Teens today are faced with dangerous contemporary social vices ranging from sex, drinking, cultism, etc. however, here are few tips to help distinguish between mental illness and normal teenage traits..

 

  1. Lack of interest in spending quality time with the family
  2. Increase in level of energy, sleeping and eating
  3. Nonchalant attitude to attending school or socialising
  4. Issues with concentrating
  5. Loss of hope, sad feeling, anxiety and crying often
  6. Frequent aggression, outright disobedience or lashing out verbally
  7. Abuse or drug or any substance
  8. frequent neglect of outward looks or personal hygiene among others

 

It’s vital to note that no one sign means that there is a problem. It’s important to examine the: nature, intensity, severity and duration of a problem.

 

  • Know who your teenager is.

To the parents, although your child is growing up and changing fast, as his or her parent you are in the best position to know who your child is. You have raised your child with values, beliefs and a set of guidelines to work from; you know when your child is acting out of character and when he or she is having difficulty. Trust your instincts and don’t be afraid to act on them. Even though your teenager may give you attitude when you ask him or her what’s wrong, asking on occasion lets him or her know that you care and that if he or she wants to talk, you are open to it.

 

Here are helpful tips to initiate a conversation with a mentally ill teenager.

  • Be soft spoken in your speech
  • Say what u want to say and be ready to listen
  • Avoid sarcasm, whining, threats and yelling
  • Forget about the past, deal with now
  • Don’t try to get the last word
  • Don’t assume your answer is the only answer
  • Acknowledge that you are in this together
  • Make allowance for each person
  • Parent: remember you were once a teen.

Fitness Fair Seeks To Solve Diabetes, Hypertension And Others

Fitness Fair, which is one of the biggest wellness firms in the country has just opened a new branch in the Island axis of Lagos, Lekki phase one to be specific ; with a charge to Nigerians to imbibe healthy lifestyles that check what used to be ‘old people’ diseases like diabetes, hypertension among others.

 

 

 

Its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Uganze Eke, at the event in Lagos, noted that the company was poised to promoting corporate wellness, nutrition and fitness to a whole new level, adding: “We are taking information to the workplace.”

 

She said the passion for preventive health as well as the need for Nigerians to take ownership of their lives and regenerate their lifestyles was central to the firm’s mission.

 

She added: ” You are what you eat. We have good food but we cook wrongly. We add too much additives to meals. We want to teach people to go back to your grandma’s cooking.”

 

Speaking further at the event which also witnessed the launch of the company’s website, Eke stressed that Nigerians must begin to learn the local nutrition wellness procedure and see the physical aspect beyond visiting the gym.

 

The pharmacist stated that contrary to popular thinking, people could actually exercise even at their workplace and have a better lifestyle through eating of natural local foods.

 

According to her, this is what Fitness Fair aims to promote among Nigerians by providing holistic information on how to maximise their environment for a healthy lifestyle.

 

Her words: ” Being on the other side and giving drugs to people, I realised that there’s a problem in the country as young people keep coming with lifestyle diseases like diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol-related diseases and cancer.

 

We found that this was as a result of a major change in lifestyle. We put it down to key factors that could be changed: Diet, lifestyles and physical activity level.

 

So we are raising awareness for everyone to understand that you can take ownership of your health and prevent a lot of these illnesses through our brands.”

 

She continued: “Corporate Wellness, which is one of our brands, is aimed at taking wellness to the work place. To know that as you are working, you can exercise and eat well. To imbibe the information needed to stay alive and enjoy what you have worked for.

 

“We have the Fitness Fair Training on how to make the change. We teach you where you start from, who you are and where you should at least try to get to.

 

The major thing about your life is what you eat, hence Fitness Fair Nutrition. We supply you with information on foods you need to support the lifestyle.

 

“We teach people how to make food their medicine. The problem we have with our food is the way we cook them. We cook wrong. We are a people who have grown used to overcooking our vegetables and we add too much oil and salt. We add too much additives too.”

Herb Plants That Would Better Your Skin

Many times we get exposed to various kinds of cosmetics industrial products and more times we have been disappointed ; leaving us in the valley of deciding whether to continue or drop everything . These products are sometimes very effective but the side effects are almost equally proportional, as in, what happens when you stop applying these products to your skin or what happens when you apply these toxic products on your skin without the prescription of a physician? You see? too many complications.

Fortunately, there is a way out of these synthetic and artificial products. Herbal and natural skin care which promises  smooth and supple skin, natural radiance, and a way out from most of the skin illness/maladies.

 

  1. TURMERIC

This herb is said to have been used for over 4000 years. The benefits of this herb to the skin cannot be overemphasised as it has in it the potency to make the skin feel supple and soft, reduce inflammation, fight fungal infections and cure several skin conditions.

use twice every week,by applying a pinch of turmeric mixed in water on your skin gently. Avoid using too much turmeric because it could leave a yellow stain on the skin.

 

  1. ALOE VERA

Aloe vera has been revered by people in the beauty industry particularly for its skin benefits. Its gel, which has its juice freshly extracted from the natural plant, has the potency to even the skin tone and brightens the skin complexion. Aloe Vera also removes toxins in the skin and prevents acne.

Extract 10–20ml gel from an aloe vera leaf.  Run on  your face and wash off after 15 minutes.

 

  1. NEEM

Neem is a well known herb which provides you with a healthy skin. This herb doesn’t only radiates your skin, but it also helps to treat skin infections. Natural cleansing agent as it is fondly called, Neem can increase skin health by taking out toxins from the body and cleansing the blood. Topical application of Neem can significantly reduce the formation of acne and promote clear skin, all credits to the antibacterial and anti fungal movements of Gedunin, a component of Neem seed oil.

Extract 10–20ml fresh juice from the leaves, apply on skin. leaves can also be pounded into small balls, which can then be taken on an empty stomach.

 

  1. ROSE

Rose can effectively reduce the roughness and puffiness of the skin, this makes the skin feel softer and look brighter. It has in it vitamin C content which helps to fight the ageing process, blends and fine-tunes your skin, and prevents the formation of wrinkles. It also removes the excess heat from your body and enhances the glow on your skin.

Drink 2 tbsp rose water on an empty stomach once or twice a day.

 

  1. SANDAL WOOD

This fragrant herb is from the Indian subcontinent  and it has the potency to make your face shine while making you smell like summer. It has anti inflammatory and antibacterial properties which helps in treating acne, wounds, and even psoriasis. Also, sandalwood is used by cancer patients to manage the skin reactions caused as a result of radiation or chemotherapy.

Mix 3–6g sandalwood powder in 4 tbsp coconut oil. Apply to your face every night before going to bed.

Mouth Watering Causes OF Infertility And Early Pregnancy Loss

Based on a study carried out by the National Institute of Health in the USA, depression in male has been linked to be a possible factor contributing to lower pregnancy chances among couples that were being treated for infertility, though depression in female partners was not see  as a possible factor.

Non-selective serotonin re uptake inhibitors (non-SSRIs), an antidepressant was also proven to be a very potent substance that leads to early pregnancy loss among women being treated for infertility, while SSRIs which is another class of antidepressant were not seen as possible causes of early pregnancy loss. Depression in female and and other class of antidepressant were not seen as possibles causes of lower pregnancy rates.

 

The study author, Esther Eisenberg, who is the Managing Director of the Fertility and Infertility Branch at NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), which funded the study said ” Our study provides infertility patients and their physicians with new information to consider when making treatment decisions”

 

As she made reference to other studies, the author noted that 41 percent of females that needs treatments based on infertility one way or the other have symptoms of depression. Also, a study carried out on men seeking IVF treatments realised that close to 50 percent experienced depression.

 

Two previous studies which were funded by NICHD’s Reproductive Medicine Network, joined data from two studies earlier funded by NICHD by the researchers. One compared the effectiveness of two ovulation-inducing drugs for establishment of pregnancy and live birth in women with poly-cystic ovary syndrome. On the other hand the study compared the effectiveness of three ovulation-inducing drugs at achieving pregnancy and live birth in couple with unexplained infertility. In each of the studies carried out, both gender were responding to a questionnaires given to them which was designed to check out or screen for depression. In the questionnaires, only the women were questioned if they were on any form of antidepressant.

 

It was realised from the two studies by the researchers who analysed data for 1,650 women and 1,608 men, that among the women, 5.96 percent were rated as having active major depression, compared to 2.28 percent of the men.

 

Women that use non-SSRIs were roughly 3.5 times as likely to go through a first trimester pregnancy loss, unlike those who don’t. In the case of couples in which the male partner had high depression rate it was said to be 60 percent less likely to give and have a live birth than those couples in which the male partner did not have major depression

 

This research has its limitations as it did not include couples who underwent in vitro fertilisation. this was because the authors thought that this procedure could potentially conquer some possible effects of depression such as reduce sexual quality and lower sperm quality.

Six(6) Ways To Get Rid Of Body Oddour

If you have ever been in the position of maintaining a little distance when you get into a public place; airport, shopping malls, eateries, planes or in the bus, all because you are aware of how terrible the smell of your body fluid can travel, then leave your hopes to get all high because the situation is about to turn around for the better.

The focus here is not on the cause, of which is equally essential to note, but on the solution to the discomfort and low self-esteem bad body odor has brought you. If you follow these few tips judicioussly, watch things change for you.

  1. Maintain a clean body

What this means is that you have your bath at least once daily, this will enable you to wash off sweat and bacteria on your skin.

Excess bacteria on the skin which mixes with sweat are what causes the smell, except for the bacteria, the sweat is naturally odorless. There is need to wash thoroughly, especially those part of the body where you tend to sweat. Sweat by itself is basically odorless. But when the bacteria that live on your skin mix with sweat, they multiply quickly and raise quite a stink.Washing thoroughly, especially the areas where you tend to sweat, can help with body odor.

 

  1. Use Antibacterial Soap

In the process of fighting bad body odor, the type of soap used in bathing is a very key and irreplaceable factor. It is abnormal to use soaps used for washing utensils, clothes or mopping the floor for bathing. It is always advisable to use an antibacterial soap bar to help get rid of some bacteria, which can in return help get rid of the odor. Look out for “antibacterial” on the soap’s packaging.

 

  1. Towel Off Well

After you have had your bath, you have to see that you dry your body properly and completely. Also, pay attention to areas where you sweat excessively.

it is harder for bacterias that cause body odor to breed on a properly dried skin. Once you’ve showered, dry yourself completely, paying close attention to any areas where you sweat a lot.

If your skin is dry, it’s harder for bacteria that cause body odor to breed on it.

  1. Use ‘Industrial Strength’ Antiperspirants

After step 3, apply a strong antiperspirant on your underarms. There is a chemical these antiperspirants have called aluminum chloride, this chemical makes sure that you do not sweat in applied areas, plus there are also deodorants in them.

You can use them twice a day, both morning and evening/night. You can ask your doctor to help in prescribing antiperspirants if you are having issues picking a strong one Once you’re clean and dry, use a strong antiperspirant in your underarm.

 

  1. Keep Your Clothes Clean

This point cannot be overemphasized, because a dirty clothe always has a way of embarrasing you even when you have the antiperspirants on. It is proper to change clothing often when you notice that you sweat heavily. Clean clothes go a long way in surppressing body odor.

Also, ensure to change your socks as often as you can, most especially if you know you have foot odor. There are deodorant powders you can use in your shoes to suppress the smell. go barefoot when possible.

 

  1. Cut Out or Cut Back On Certain Foods or Drinks

You surely are not aware that hot pepper or other spicy foods cause body odor because they cause you to sweat. In other words, what you eat determines how you smell. Also, the aroma of foods like onion or garlic can also be carried in your sweat. Did you know that drinks with caffeine or alcohol may also make you sweat more?

How To Get Rid Of Stye

A sty (or stye) is a situation where the secretory glands of the eyelids are severely infected.

Often times, it is possible for bacteria to enter and not only to enter, also to infect the eye lid oil gland, which are seen in both the upper eyelids and the lower eyelids, bringing about inflammation, pain, discomfort, making the eyelid red, and even redness of the surrounding eyelid and cheek tissue. Hordeolum is the medical term given to it.

The lump either points inwardly or it points outwardly. Most times it  appears looking like a large pimple. Although, just one clear area of swelling is obviously visibl, yet, over one stye can occur on one or even both eye lids at the same time.

 

Most times, when the blockage of the gland opening is relieved, the lump dissappears. Also, when the pus is drained from the stye, the infection vanishes.

 

What Are The Causes Of Stye and The Risk Involved

In most cases Styes are as a result of the infection of the oil glands in the eyelid. In most cases, the source of this infection is traced to bacteria, most commonly staphylococcus bacteria.

Also, excess discharge of oil from the glands (Seborrhoea) may cause one of these infections. However, there are various other factors that can bring about the infection of the gland, they are:

 

  • Inappropriate washing or removal of the eye makeup
  • The use of expired or infected cosmetics
  • Lack of proper eyelid hygiene
  • Blepharitis, meibomitis, and acne rosacea which are inflammatory infections of the eye.
  • Stress
  • Hormonal changes

There are signs and symptoms of stye, they include the following:

  • A lump, either  on the top or the bottom eyelid
  • Confined swelling of the eyelid
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Painful when touch
  • Hardness of the eyelid margins
  • Burning in the eye
  • The eyelid moving downward, especially because of being weak and tired.
  • Scratchy feeling on the eyeball
  • Blurred vision
  • Mucous discharge in the eye

 

Home Remedies That Get Rid of Styes?

  1. Majority of  styes heal on their own in five to seven days with home remedies.
  2. Use towel soaked in warm water 4-6 times daily for about 15 minutes to aid the drainage. Try to keep eyes closed while on this.
  3. Use tap water, nonirritating soap or with a mild to wash the eyelid. Always keep eyes closed, so as to avoid injuries.
  4. Do not try to squeeze or puncture the stye due to possible itching as it could lead to a more serious infection..
  5. Stop the use of make up of the eye, lotions and creams because there is a large possibility of contamination with the bacteria from the infection.
  6. Stop the use of contact lenses while a stye is present because the infection may cause an infection to spread to the cornea with the continued use of contact lenses.
  7. However, it is advised to still keep in touch with the physicians.

Shocking Revelation About Low Sperm Count

The issue of low sperm count is unique to male adults. Many times when there is a problem of infertility in couples, the woman is always looked at, but the truth is, the man has equal role to play in the issue of infertility. Research has proven that 1 out of every 5 issues of infertility has its cause solely on the man and 90% of the times, the problem is always attributed to low sperm count. Maybe you have been observing and experiencing certain changes in your body system and you are getting concerned, you need to read this carefully and get clarified and let go of some false perception about low sperm count, from the causes to the symptoms.

Some people have brought up a lot of reasons they feel causes low sperm count, the most fallacious is masturbation. Low sperm count simply means that your ejaculated semen during orgasm contains less sperm than normal.

 

When you have a low sperm count it reduces the chances of one of your sperm fertilizing your partnre’s egg, which eventually results in pregnancy. Good thing nis that most times  many men who are faced with the problem of low sperm count still father a child

 

SEE ALSO: how long do I wait until I have sex after treating gonorrhea

 

I’ll place the causes into three elaborate perspectives. The medical causes, environmental causes, and the lifestyle choice

 

Medical Causes

The problem of low sperm count can be traced to a coupkle of health related issues or medical treatments, which comprises:

 

Varicocele.

Infection.

Ejaculation problems.

Antibodies that attack sperm

Tumors.

Hormone imbalances.

Undescended testicles.

Defects of tubules that transport sperm.

Celiac disease

Certain medications

Prior surgeries.

Chromosome defects.

SEE ALSO:Pregnant? things you should know about Cesarean section (CS)

 

Environmental causes

Getting exposed to certain environmental elements and conditions could affect the production and even the function of sperm production. Examples are:

 

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Industrial chemicals.

Heavy metal exposure. .

Radiation or X-rays

Overheating the testicles.

Health, Lifestyle and other causes

Drug use..

Alcohol use

Occupation(especially those exposed to long sitting)

Tobacco smoking.

Emotional stress.

Weight.

Sperm testing issues.

Eating foods containing pesticides and hormones

Eating soy-based food products

Exposing your scrotum area to electromagnetic waves on a regular basis (i.e. keeping your cell phone in your pocket or working with your computer on your lap

One very practical way of testing to confirm if you actually do have a low sperm count is by getting a cup half filled wigth water and ejaculate which ever way you dim fit and have some of your semen released in to the cup of water. Now, if the sperm sinks down to the bottom of the cup, then there is a strong possibility that you have a low sperm count, because a potent semen is meant to stay on top of the water and not sink into the water.

 

There are medications that can be undergone to cure the issue of low sperm count, herbal treatment and even fruits. However, it is advised to seek the attention of a physician to guide you aright.

Home Remedies For Diarrhea

a is an abnormal health condition in which feces are frequently discharged from the bowels in a liquid form.

A large percentage of the population of the world have at least an inkling of what Diarrhea is about. The symptoms also shouldn’t come as a surprise to you. These symptoms include steady watery stooling, bloating and abdominal cramping.

Diarrhea is one among several health abnormalities that raises a lot of questions in the minds of people. In some cases, it comes it begins in a subtle manner and in other cases, it comes in an extremely serious manner that could cost a life.

 

CHILD DIARRHEA

An estimation of 2 billion cases of Diarrhoea is reported to occur each year Globally. It is also reported that 1.9 million children below 5 years of age, in developing countries, die yearly

The most profound characteristic of Diarrhoea is the abnormally loose or watery stool.

Now it is normal for some people to pass stool frequently, as long as they are normal consistency. Children who are breastfed also often pass loose and pastry stool. This is quite different. This is not it.

It is a way of handling certain irregularities and disruptions in your gastrointestinal system. Some extreme levels could continue for as long as 2 weeks. Here are possible sources:

 

  • Contaminated water
  • A bacterial infection
  • A viral infection
  • Food poisoning
  • Use of a new antibiotic
  • damage to the lining of the intestines due to radiotherapy or prescribed medications
  • damage to the intestines due to the reduced blood supply, for example, because of a hernia.
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Drinking too much coffee
  • A food allergy
  • Appendicitis

Diarrhea with infection is widely obtainable in young children. This irregular and abnormal health situation among young children is caused by a virus.

Another way of getting diarrhea is when you travel to an underdeveloped location. The contaminated water in those areas could cause what is called Traveler’s diarrhea. It is widely adviced that we keep our environment clean. This cleanliness spreads into the kitchen, from improperly stored or cooked. Taking care of the kitchen environment can save food poisoning which is a cause of diarrhea. Read on for some of the most effective ways to manage acute diarrhea.

 

Other major causes of chronic diarrhea include:

 

  • Microscopic colitis: Microscopic colitis is continual diarrhea that usually is interested in the older adults. This is mostly during the night
  • Malabsorptive and maldigestive diarrhea: Malabsorptive diarrhea is caused by impaired nutrient absorption. Maldigestive diarrhea, on the other hand, is caused by impaired digestive function. Celiac disease is one example.
  • Chronic infections: As mentioned earlier, traveling to underdeveloped areas could cause chronic Also, the use of some antibiotics could be a cause.  Several parasitic agents and bacteria could cause chronic diarrhea.
  • Drug-induced diarrhea: Laxatives and other drugs, including antibiotics, can trigger diarrhea.
  • Endocrine causes: Hormonal factors also cannot be ruled out from this list. Take, for example, the case of carcinoid tumors and Addison disease
  • Cancer causes: Neoplastic diarrhea is associated with a number of gut cancers.

POSSIBLE TREATMENTS

  • Hydration

Hydration is extremely expedient in a person who has diarrhea. It is very dangerous to dehydrate the system that is diagnosed with diarrhea.

  • DIARHEA CLEANLINESS

Both older adults and young children need the system hydrated. It is advised to keep up with breastfeeding infants who are infected. There are certain recommended drugs for children, like over-the-counter oral pediatric hydration solutions.

  • DIARRHEA HYDRATION

It is not compulsorily excess, even a small amount of hydration is healthy enough for the system.

For early symptoms of diarrhea in adults, some sports drinks and rehydration solutions can be useful. This advancement is based on various studies.

Certain drinks should be avoided completely during treatment as they could make the situation worse. These drinks include alcohol, milk, soda, and other carbonated or caffeinated drinks

  • Probiotics

Probiotics are live bacteria that is good for the body. They are sources of “good” bacteria that function in your intestinal tract to create a healthy gut environment. These probiotics are live microorganisms that exist in certain foods, including:

  • aged soft cheeses
  • beet kvass
  • cottage cheese
  • dark chocolate
  • green olives
  • kefir
  • kimchi
  • kombucha
  • sauerkraut
  • miso
  • natto
  • pickles
  • sourdough bread
  • tempeh
  • yogurt
  • Probiotics also come in powder or pill form.

These good bacteria that are living in the system are of great importance to the system. They can handle the normal functioning of your gastrointestinal system. They stand as agents against infection of your intestines. When your system changes by antibiotics or overwhelmed by unhealthy bacteria or viruses, you can get it. Probiotics can help with diarrhea by restoring the balance of bacteria in your gut.

Saccharomyces boulardii is a yeast probiotic. It’s not a bacterium, it acts like one. S. boulardii may improve antibiotic-associated. It also seems to provide relief for traveler’s diarrhea. Studies suggest it may help your intestines fight off unwanted pathogens and ensure they’re absorbing nutrients properly. It should be used with caution in people with inadequate immune systems.

It’s important to receive proper medical care in cases of acute diarrhea. Talk with your healthcare provider before taking probiotic supplements to treat yourself.

 

Over-the-counter drugs

Some over- the –counter drugs can be helpful to alleviate it if the symptoms are not so severe. Some of these drugs/medications include:

  1. loperamide (Imodium)
  2. bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol and Kaopectate)
  • These drugs undisputedly can suppress the symptoms. They can bring about the relief of the symptoms. However, they do not cure/treat the underlying cause
  • You should n’t, in cases of chronic diarrhea, take drugs without the prescription of your doctor. A characteristic of a chronic one is that it lasts for more than 2 weeks
  • You should be especially cautious if your child has diarrhea. Try to prevent dehydration among children as it could be very dangerous. A serious dehydration could take a life.
  • You shouldn’t use over-the-counter drugs for children. If a child less than 3 months old has it, it should be reported to the doctor as soon as possible

 

  1. Foods to eat

Yes, it might sound almost weird to advise you to eat when you have diarrhea. There are certain foods that are good for you to eat. Other foods apart from low-fibers that you can take include:

 

  • rice (white)
  • applesauce
  • toast
  • banana
  • Other foods usually well-tolerated when experiencing diarrhea include:
  • oatmeal
  • boiled or baked potatoes (with skins peeled)
  • baked chicken with the skin removed
  • chicken soup

 

 

Foods to avoid

You really displeased and extremely uncomfortable about the uneasy feeling diarrhea brings to you? There are certain foods you have to sacrifice. Fried and greasy foods are normally unhealthy for people who really want to get rid of diarrhea. try your best to avoid high-fiber foods as well as fruits and vegetables as they increase bloating. Here as some foods, you should avoid

 

  1. artificial sweeteners (found in chewing gum, diet soft drinks, and sugar substitutes)
  2. beans
  3. berries
  4. broccoli
  5. cabbage
  6. cauliflower
  7. chickpeas
  8. coffee
  9. corn
  10. ice cream
  11. green leafy vegetables
  12. milk
  13. peas
  14. peppers
  15. prunes
  16. tea
  17. alcohol

Weight Loss And High Blood Pressure Relationship

What really is Blood Pressure and High Blood Pressure

A lot of people have quite a funny misconception about ‘blood pressure’, because they think it is the same as high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the pumping of blood round your body to give it energy. Not just that, in the process of the blood movement, the blood pushes against the side of the blood vessel. The blood exerts strength known as the blood pressure. The imbalance of your blood pressure could lead to  heart attacks and even strokes.

A blood pressure of 130/80 is considered high. Now, this is called hypertension

It is really unwise to be lackadaisical because your BP(blood pressure) is below 130, not caring about how low. A blood pressure of 120-129 and less than 80 is considered high. Though you may not have it, but there are chances of you having hypertension in the nearest future if not taken care of.

In Relation to Weight Loss

It  should not come as a news, the relationship between overweight and high blood pressure. This means the likelihood of having a High Blood Pressure is slimmer when you are at your expected weight than being overweight.

In addition studies has shown that about 70% of American adults are overweight. In other words, what I’m trying to say is you can reduce your risk of getting high blood pressure by reducing your weight. It is a bit surprising and amazing how drastic your blood pressure drops after you loose some few pounds.

 

How to Prevent High Blood Pressure?

This probably is the part you have been waiting for. It is probably the most important part of this post for you. Let me quickly say that, if your level of eagerness in seeing this part is not equivalent to your level of determination to stick to these guide, then you may not be preventing High BP.

Furthermore, reducing High Blood Pressure means:

 

  • Working to sustain a healthy weight; this means you are expected  lose weight if you are overweight.
  • Avoid food s with too much salt
  • Engage in exercise
  • Eat foods that give nutrients like fruits and vegetables
  • If you much drink alcohol at all, this should be taken in moderation.

The adjustments above also apply to those who are diagnosed with High BP, however, medicines prescribed by the doctor shouldn’t be ignored.

 

How Can I Lose Weight?

This is also an interesting discussion. Now, there are basically two healthy ways to loose weight. By eating and Exercise. It would be considered mildly unwise to substitute either for another. Therefore, if you plan on loosing weight by eating then you need to understand and determine to eat fewer calories than you burn.

Secondly, you can reduce the weight all at a blow. You need to understand that it is a process, which means it is done gradually. Loosing ½ to 1 pound a week is not a bad idea. Go less on calories and exercise more and watch the magic commence.

These tips on healthy eating will help you lose weight:

  •  Maintain high fibre foods. These types of foods are vegetables, beans, dry peas, pasta, rice, bread and especially fruits. They are rich in vitamin and minerals

 

FRUITS FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Choose whole-wheat instead of processed starch. An important thing to know is that not all starch are the same. Whole-grain starches are better than processed starch. You should avoid starchy foods that are white in colour, like pasta, rice, potato….

Reduce your intake . If you are really uncomfortable and displeased with your current weight and want a change, you should be determined to reduce the quantity of food you eat. The choice of food is as important as the level of intake. Try to avoid foods that contain high calories and stick to it.

Keep a food diary. You need to understand your eating habits and why you do certain things as it relates to food. This can help you set a goal for yourself.

Exercise .In addition, another very important way to lose weight is involving more in physical activities. Actually, engaging in systematic physical activities and cutting down on calories helps reduce weight. This lasts longer than eating less only or only exercising. Both activities should be run simultaneously. Frankly speaking, exercise has its own drastic way of lowering blood pressure. Now, you don’t have to engage in a four hour work out to gain this result, because light exercises like taking a walk could do magic.

EXERCISE FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Reducing Intake Of Salt

It could be very pitiful sometimes watching people prey and devour meals with excess salt. Hey, excess salt is bad! You know, some people actually substitute salt for seasoning. Cutting back on salt actually reduces high blood pressure and prevents blood pressure from rising. Americans are guilty of this. As a matter of fact, African-Americans and the elderly, may be affect ted by sodium than others. It is just advisable for everyone, black or white to reduce their salt intake to prevent high blood pressure.

Also, a person diagnosed with high blood pressure, therefore, should eat less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily.

Here are a few tips to maintain low salt foods:

 

  • Use salt free seasoning blends, spices and use herbs in cooking instead of salt.
  • Rinse canned foods like tuna in removing some sodium
  • Buy fresh foods, plain frozen or some ‘‘NO SALT ADDED’’
  • Cook pasta, rice and hot cereals without salt. This is because they usually have added salt.
  • Check food labels to know the amount of salt. It would be wise of you to go for foods with lower salts

If I must take Alcohol at all, at what quantity?

Alcohol has the potency to increase blood pressure level. Now, if you want to drink alcohol at all, as a man, you should limit it to 2 bottle daily. Women and lighter weight persons should limit it to 1 bottle daily.

Reduce alcohol intake due to high calories. Alcohol also contribute to a wide range of problems apart from high blood pressure.  Motor accidents, liver disease and pancrease disease, damage to the brain and heart, increased risk of diverse cancers and serious alcohol syndrome

 

Should You Take Dietary Supplements?

Dietary supplements like this can also help treat high blood pressure:

  • Fiber. First of all, studies have shown  that if the proper amount of fibre is taken, there is a large possibility that stroke and heart disease would be avoided. Fibre lowers blood pressure in people diagnosed with it. Fiber supplements like psyllium and methylcellulose can give you the fibre you need. In increasing fibre supplement, there’s a need to do it gradually. Increase liquid intake.
  • Potassium. You really may not need much of supplements for this. Vegetables, diary foods and fish contain potassium. These help control blood pressure.
  •  Calcium. Milk, cheese, yoghurt are good sources of calcium. People who feed less on calcium could be at risk of high blood pressure. The recommended intake of calcium daily is 1,000 to 1,300 for adults(pregnant and breastfeeding women need more)
  • Magnesium. Intake of magnesium should be in moderation. Furthermore,less could increase risk of high blood pressure, besides that, excess of it could also increase the risk. Whole-grains, green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, dry peas, and beans contain enough amount for the system.
  • Fish oils. A type of fat found in fatty fish like salmon and mackerel. Known as Omega-3 fatty acids. Above all, a large amount of this oil can so reduce high blood pressure.

Can Caffeine Affect my Blood Pressure?

The case of  caffeine is slightly serious due to the fact that caffeine in drinks like tea, soda, coffee may increase blood pressure, but it will come down, except in special cases.

Can Stress Affect Blood Pressure?

True true true. Stress can certainly increase the reading of your blood pressure which could eventually lead to hypertension.

What About High Blood Pressure Drugs?

Finally, it is so important to note that all remedies advance above may not be enough. Therefore, taking some drugs here might be necessary while some high blood pressure drugs  include:

  • Diuretics : They include Aldactone, Bumex, Demadex, Diuril, Dyrenium, Enduron,Esidrix, Inspra, Lasix, Lozol, Microzide, Midamor, Thalitone, Zaroxolyn.
  • Beta-blockers : They include Betimol, Coreg, Corgard, Inderal, Innopran, Kerlone, Levatol, Lopressor,
  •  ACE inhibitors : They include Accupril, Aceon, Altace, Captoten, Lotensin, Mavik, Monopril, Prinivil, Univasc, Vasotec, Zestril.
  • Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers : They include Atacand, Avapro, Benicar, Cozaar, Diovan, Micardis, Teveten.
  • Calcium Channel Blockers : They include: Adalat CC, Calan, Cardene, Cardizem, Covera, Dynacirc, Isoptin, Norvasc, Plendil, Procardia, Sular, Tiazac, Verelan.
  • Alpha blockers: They include Cardura, Catapres, Hytrin, Minipress, Tenex.
  • Vasodilators : They include Hydralazine, Minoxidil.