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Monday, November 1, 2010

EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL ON INTERNAL ORGANS.

Action on the stomach.
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The action of alcohol on the stomach is extremely dangerous that it becomes unable to produce the natural digestive fluid in sufficient quantity and also fails to absorb the food which it may imperfectly digest. A condition marked by the sense of nausea emptiness, prostration and distention will always be faced by an alcoholic. This results in  a loathing for food and is teased with a craving for more drink. Thus there is engendered a permanent disorder which is called dyspepsia. The disastrous forms of confirmed indigestion originate by this practice.

How the liver gets affected.
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The organic deterioration caused by the continued use of alcohol are often of a fatal character. The organ which most frequently undergoes structural changes from alcohol, is the liver. Normally, the liver has the capacity to hold active substances in its cellular parts. In instances of poisoning by various poisonous compounds, we analyse liver as if it were the central depot of the foreign matter. It is practically the same in respect to alcohol. The liver of an alcoholic is never free from the influence of alcohol and it is too often saturated with it. The minute membranous or capsular structure of the liver gets affected, preventing proper dialysis and free secretion. The liver becomes large due to the dilatation of its vessels, the surcharge of fluid matter and the thickening of tissue. This follows contraction of membrane and shrinking of the whole  organ in its cellular parts. Then the lower parts of the alcoholic becomes dropsical owing to the obstruction offered to the returning blood by the veins. The structure of the liver may be charged with fatty cells and undergo what is technically designated 'fatty liver'.

How the Kidneys deteriorate.
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The Kidneys also suffer due to the excessive consumption of alcohol. The vessels of Kidneys  lose elasticity and power of contraction. The minute structures in them go through fatty modification. Albumin from the blood easily passes through their membranes. This results in the body losing its power as if it were being run out of blood gradually. 

Congestion of the lungs.
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Alcohol relaxes the vessels of the lungs easily as they are most exposed to the fluctuations of heat and cold. When subjected to the effects of a rapid variation in atmospheric temperature, they get readily congested. During severe winter seasons, the suddenly fatal congestions of lungs easily affects an alcoholic.

Alcohol weakens the heart.
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Consumption of alcohol greatly affects the heart. The quality of the membraneous structures which cover and line the heart changes and are thickened, become cartilaginous or calcareous. Then the valves lose their suppleness and what is termed valvular disorder becomes permanent.  The structure of the the coats of the great blood-vessel leading from the heart share in the same changes of structure so that the vessel loses its  elasticity and its power to feed the heart by the recoil from its distention,  after the heart, by its stroke, has filled it with blood.

Again, the muscular structure of the heart fails owing to degenerative changes in its tissue. The elements of the muscular fibre are replaced by fatty cells or, if not so replaced, are themselves transferred into a modified muscular texture in which the power of contraction is greatly reduced.

Those who suffer from these organic deterioration of the central and governing organ of the circulation of the blood learn the fact so insidiously, it hardly breaks upon them until the mischief is far advanced. They are conscious of a central failure of power from slight causes such as overexertion, trouble, broken rest or too long abstinence from food. They feel what they call a 'sinking' but they know that wine or some other stimulant will at once relieve the sensation. Thus they seek to relieve it until at last they discover that the remedy fails. The jaded, overworked, faithful heart will bear no more. it has run its course and the governor of the blood-streams broken. The current either overflows into the tissues gradually damming up the courses or under some slight shock or excess of motion ceases wholly at the centre.
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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ways to Lose Weight Pregnancy

Having gave birth to a new baby, now is the time to lose weight gained during pregnancy. Many women are so disappointed when they see that their body didn't go back to the normal size before pregnancy after birth. This could not just happen because your body has just pass through some major process of pregnancy and labour, and it will take some little time for it to recover.

When you now have the feeling that your body has started gaining strength and normalcy has returned to your period, that it is after 2-3 months; you can now start to observe the following healthy ways, doing some exercises and dieting. Let your doctor advise you so as not to engage in fast weight loss and make sure you eat nutritious foods.

Some of the techniques that will help you lose weight after pregnancy:

    Stay away from fast food meal, they are filled with fat and fries.

    There are some foods labeled with non fat but they have calories, so make sure you read them very well.

    Everyday you should drink about 10-12 glasses of water. Mixed your juices with water before you take it.

    Make sure that the meat you take is boneless chickens.

    Start to do light exercises like: take 10 minutes walk the baby, using stairs instead of elevators.

    Breastfeeding the baby always by doing so you will shed away more calories.

    Make sure you don't diet in the first three months.
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Monday, September 6, 2010

Exercises During Pregnancy - Make Sure You do it in a Safe Way

If you are an active person, you now need to take into account that your body is undergoing a very big change as your little one develops inside you. To continue exercising is highly recommended, but you do need to make sure that your exercises during pregnancy are safe for you and your baby.

It is recommended you check with your doctor or midwife before continuing or starting any exercise programmer. As well as this, make sure you tell your exercise instructor that you are expecting so that they can advise you which exercise you should not attempt or give you an alternative.

You will need to come to terms with the fact that things are different now that you are pregnant and changes will need to be be made for your own sake as well as for the safety of your unborn child. Due to an increase of the hormone relaxin, you are now much more flexible. Because of this you need to be careful when stretching and ensure you do not extend too far. There is also the possibility of your uterus putting pressure on the vein that returns blood from the torso and legs to the heart. This will cause you to feel nauseous and dizzy, possibly finding it hard to breathe. To stop this happening, do not do any exercises during pregnancy that require you to lie on your back, or at least not in the second and third trimester.


Make sure your body does not overheat. This can be done by wearing appropriate clothing that allows circulation and your body to cool, by drinking plenty of fluids and do not work out in a hot or stuffy environment. There are numerous ways that you can find out what exercises are safe for you to do during pregnancy. There are many stretches and toning exercises to do as well as pelvic floor exercises which are a must for during and after your pregnancy. It is important to research this and attempt to do a range of them every day for all over body strengthening.

However, it is also highly encouraged for mums-to-be to continue, or even begin, aerobic exercise to maintain your fitness level. The one that is most recommended of these is to exercise in the water. This can be either walking, swimming or aerobics. The benefit of doing it in the water is immense, as these exercises are low impact, reducing the stress on your joints and muscles. It also makes it easier for your heart to pump blood; it reduces swelling and takes pressure off your bladder. The water also provides resistance, so it can be similar to doing a weights work out and is good for toning.


Another great one is walking. It is free, it gets you outside and you can listen to your body and go at a pace that it is comfortable with. However, don't make it too easy; try to go at a pace that you can still talk, but that effort is required. If you are overdue, a good brisk walk may help to bring on labour.

So don't pike out and do no exercises during pregnancy! Just ensure you do the right ones correctly and this will benefit you greatly during pregnancy, during labour and in your recovery afterward.
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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Ways To Take Care Of Your Teeth-- Infants and Children

 For maintaining proper dental care, you need to brush your teeth at least twice a day. To ensure healthy teeth growth and proper development in young children, their teeth should be properly taking care of. They need special attention since they can not take care of themselves. Though they don't have physical teeth but they still need to be attended to most especially their gum and mouth must be healthy.

 It is very important for the mother to take the baby to the doctor (dentists) for check up, the moment she notice that the teeth has started growing at the tender age. The main assignment for mother is to maintain the dental health care of their children because they can do it on their own. The moment the child start growing the teeth, the mother should use soft foam with toothpaste to brush and clean the primary teeth. You need to continue with this exercise till the time the child is old enough to do it for himself.

 Now that your child has now grown up, all you need to do is to teach him or her the proper ways or methods of brushing the teeth, and also to know that the fluoride toothpaste should not be swallowed. You need to do this by showing her example, make sure that you brush at the same time with your child, because at this tender age they learn through senses and for seeing you doing it they copy the way you do it.

 In addition, you also need to teach your child way to flossing and there are different ways of doing that which you should let them know. Also let them know what, when and how to eat or drink so as to preserve their teeth from decaying or go bad. I think this will go a long way in taking care of the teeth of your children and infants.
 
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Thursday, August 12, 2010

EXERCISES DURING PREGNANCY- When Start To Labour.

The process of childbirth can be referred to as “Labour”. Considerable energy is expended in the contractions of the uterus. So for this reason the pregnant women are in some way like an athlete that is must do exercises. If your body is ready to start the process, doing exercises to start labour can be only effective. So, if exercise doesn’t start the labour immediately it will make and improve your body fitness to be able to handle labour when it started. Seek for the advise of the expert i.e. your doctor or the instructor before you embark on any form of exercises most especially if your due date is not near.
SQUATTING:

This is highly recommended so as to ease labour movement, for example sitting or walking on a birthing ball. Though its baby down into pelvis for a better positioning for birth to take place. When doing squatting try as much as possible to support yourself with any stationed objects.
BIRTHING BALL:

The birthing balls are been use during labour and pregnancy, so as to remove any back pained it’s a more comfortable way rather than sitting in ordinary chairs. The birthing ball help the movement of the baby to the pelvis into right birthing position with the head engaged, and it works well.
SEXUAL INTERCOURSE:

According to American Academy of Family Physicians, sexual intercourse is said to be normal during pregnancy so as to ease labour, as a way to induce labour. The penetration stimulates the lower portion of the uterus, and semen released contains prostaglandins which helps cervix to ripe. The breast and nipple stimulation during the sexual intercourse help the potential for labour and it releases oxytocin, responsible for contractions.
WALKING:
According to the comments of Dr.Marjorie Grandfield on the website of Dr. Spock, says that swaying action of hips assist baby with ease into birthing position. Walking also help you to feel good and better as you are having contractions.
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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Exercises to Avoid During Pregnancy- That Are Dangerous When You’re Expecting.

We all know that exercises are good for everybody, even the pregnant women, but there are some exercises that pregnant women should avoid during pregnancy.
    When you’re expecting it is good to be working out and it will be of benefit for both your baby and you. But there are some exercises that you should remove from your fitness routine during pregnancy. And they are as follows:

Exercises that require a lot of balance or risk of falling, which can cause abdominal problem. They are skiing, contact sports, horseback riding and skating. All because during the first trimester, the baby is so small to be protected between the pelvic bones. After the growing baby can be injured during a falling.

Exercising on Your Back after the First Trimester.
    When you lying on your back, it can stop the free flow of blood to the baby after the first trimester. You should avoid weight lifting exercises in which you lie on your back. The position of the baby could be uncomfortable with you anyway.

Activities That Disrupt Your Breathing.
    Heavyweight lifting that will disrupt your breathing is not safe for your baby. Irregularity in your breathing interrupts oxygen flow to your baby. So, scuba diving could also be dangerous during pregnancy. But light weight lifting is safe during pregnancy provided you were used to it before your pregnancy.
    A U.S. study shows that exercising during pregnancy is of benefits to both of the unborn baby and mum-to-be.

Strenuous Exercise During the First Trimester.

When you involve yourself in a tough workout during your first trimester will cause overheat for your body which may be of risk of miscarriage and birth defect to the baby. During your pregnancy, you should ease your workouts and consistently rather than risking injury.

Here you can find some tips for your workouts to be healthy for you and your baby during pregnancy:

•    When it is cool, exercise both in the morning and evening and you can have low risk of body overheating.
•    You should pay attention to how you are feeling. Stop the activity, if you are very tired or uncomfortable.
•    After your workout, drink plenty water and eat snacks so as to replenish your body.
•    Woman’s joints are at a higher risk of injury during pregnancy because the ligaments relax in the preparation for child birth, so avoid overextending your joints and exercise moderately, listening to your body if you need a break.

     Exercising consistently will help you lose weight and get back into form after the baby is born.

Exercising during pregnancy is a good healthy, but some activities should be avoided for the safety of your baby and yourself. And following these recommendations can help you to have good health during pregnancy and it will ease your way during childbirth and becoming a mum. 

   
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Thursday, August 5, 2010

WEIGHT LOSS DURING EARLY PREGNANCY.

 Weight loss, in the area of health, medicine, and physical fitness, can be defined as a reduction of the total body mass, due to a mean loss of fluid, fat or tissue and lean mass such as bone mineral deposits, muscle, tendon etc. This can occur when to improve an actual overweight or obese state.
Weight loss refers to the total loss of total body mass in order to improve fitness and health, and to change appearance. When individual is in a state of negative energy balance , i.e. body consuming more energy through work and metabolism than gaining from food, it will use stored reserves from fat or muscles leading to weight loss.
Most women are aware of the common signs of pregnancy, such as a missed period, morning sickness and fatigue. But there are also some less common signs of pregnancy. Some unusual signs of pregnancy are nothing more than an inconvenience; however, others are serious and warrant a trip to the doctor's office.
Meanwhile, the rate of weight gain/loss varies for every woman depending on the condition of pregnancy. Some of the early symptoms of pregnancy make woman lose weight and they are as follows:

PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS.

Many of the pregnancy symptoms interfere with the eating habit of women in the early pregnancy like; smells, tastes of the foods. Fatigue sets in the early pregnancy like morning sickness, heartburn, constipation and indigestion can occur in the first trimester of pregnancy, since they don’t cause weight loss but they make woman to eat foods with few calories.

MORNING SICKNESS.

    This morning sickness is another terms for vomiting in pregnancy. If a woman actually vomits she may lose weight. According to the American Pregnancy Association, this symptom occurs in the sixth week and stop by the twelveth week.

MISCARRIAGE.

    In addition, The American Pregnancy Association also said that by the thirteenth week of pregnancy is likely that a woman have miscarriage. And weight loss is one of the signs of this miscarriage while other symptoms include, back pain, contractions, tissue loss from vagina, white-pink mucus, brown or red bleeding and a sudden decrease in signs of pregnancy.

DIET.

     The most important during the pregnancy is the nutrition. Eating some foods may result in losing a few weights. It is not advisable to diet during pregnancy but for women who are obese or overweight need not to gain any weight during pregnancy.

HYPEREMESIS GRAVIDARUM .

    With reference to the American Pregnancy Association, vomiting, weight loss, nausea and electrolyte disturbance are caused by Hyperemesis gravidarum, and it can go beyond the first trimester, the treatments of these are rest, antacids and dietary changes and moreover, woman can be hospitalized to receive nutrients and an intravenous fluids.
    The best option or advice for women who have these symptoms is to consult a medical professional for proper and
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