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Tips to Make Your Family Healthy and Lively

May 2, 2018

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Throughout our lives, we run so fast in achieving a better life that we forget to think what actually counts. I have seen a lot of obese people who are rich and have no control over their eating habits. They seem extremely depressed about it. Also, I found most of them alone so their depression increases even more. I won’t be wrong if I say they have a lot of money but nowhere to spend it. What’s the use of earning so much money when it can’t make you happy?

I always prioritize because I firmly believe in an old age adage “health is wealth.” I practice it myself and also motivate my family members to be healthy. It doesn’t only benefit them physically, but also improves their psychological health and helps them in living a happy life.

Make a Habit of Exercising

A few years back, I used to exercise alone upon my curiosity to be healthy, but, now, I workout with my daughter and husband. When we get back home from work, we find out little princess busy in doing homework. After relaxing for a few hours, I play music and we exercise together. Recently, I motivated my husband to join a gym together, too, but we skipped the idea as it isn’t a nice option for a seven-year-old kid. You can always go to a gym with your family if your kids are old enough.

If home exercising doesn’t work and it bores your kid, take him to a playground and let him play with different types of commercial playground equipment. However, do take foam padding for playgrounds with you in order to ensure safety for them.

Encourage Healthy Eating

Parents have a hold over what should be cooked at home. If you make a habit of eating healthy food since the beginning of your kid’s life, it will last throughout his life and he will lead an exemplary life. We can only do better when our health is good enough.

Cook healthy meals at home by using olive oil and veggies. Eat meat twice a week and avoid junk food. Kids love eating junks so you have to motivate them to eat healthily. Do not suppress their urge and allow them to have junk once in a week, but not more than that.

Cut Soda

Don’t be surprised when I tell you an average can of soda is equal to ten tablespoons of sugar that are equal to 150 calories. Consuming a bottle of soda regularly results in gaining five pounds in a year. Replace soda with healthy drinks and fruits as you can see how hazardous it is to your health. Such healthy habits can be induced in children when they are young. Once they grow up, it becomes a hell of a challenge to fight their unhealthy habits.

Spend Quality Time Together

Even though it seems difficult to spend time with your family with a jam-packed routine, doing so will do wonders for both you and your kids. Make evening time your family time and go to walk and explore nature. Set goal to discover something new every week and go to a new place in your town. Believe it or not, fresh air does to your health what nothing else can do so go outside and avail the natural blessings you have in life.

Be Social

Kids learn more by observing their elders and peers. Therefore, set good examples for them so that they live a healthy life. The human beings are social animals and being alone ruins their personality and health. Therefore, socialize and let your kids hang out, too.

Causes and Treatment of Iron-Deficiency Anemia

May 2, 2018

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Anemia is a body condition characterized by low-level of hemoglobin in the red blood cells. Iron-deficiency anemia occurs when your body does not have enough iron and since iron is responsible for producing hemoglobin, the rest of your body will not be able to get the required oxygen for daily activities.

There are many signs to suggests that you have an iron-deficiency anemia; shortness of breath, general fatigue, pale skin, dizziness, cold hands and feet, headaches, tingling feeling in the legs, just to mention a few. Many people may not be aware of this condition until they actually go for a medical test.

Causes

If you consume too little iron over a long period of time, it may lead to a deficiency in your body. Menstruating and pregnant women are also at a high risk of shortage due to blood loss during menstruation and childbirth. Internal bleeding caused by stomach ulcer, polyps in colon or intestines, regular intake of pain relievers like aspirin, can also put you at risk. Some disorders or surgeries that affect the intestines can be a source of interference with the ability of your body to absorb iron.

Treatment

There are many treatment options available for iron-deficiency anemia. You can take iron supplements and if possible, you can take them on an empty stomach so that they can be easily absorbed by the body. There may also be need for you to take them for a long period of time depending on your level of deficiency.

Furthermore, you should ensure that your diet is rich in iron. Foods like red meat, nuts, dark green leafy vegetables, cereals, dried fruits, etc., can be of great help. You should also take citrus fruits because they are rich in vitamin C which helps your body to absorb iron. If excessive bleeding is the cause of the deficiency, you will need to consult a competent medical practitioner in order to help you stop the bleeding. Blood transfusion is also an option if there is an urgent need to boost the iron level.

Prevention

You can prevent iron-deficiency anemia by eating foods rich in iron and vitamin C. Mothers should give breast milk to their children and, if possible, infant formula fortified with iron. Foods rich in iron include meat, like pork, chicken, lamb and beef, beans, pumpkin and squash seeds, eggs, seafood, such as clams, sardines, shrimp and oysters, iron-fortified dry and instant cereals, leafy greens, such as spinach raisins and other dried fruit.

Uses and Benefits of Lemon

May 2, 2018

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Lemon, a citrus fruit when tasted brings a sour expression on your face. Though not consumed separately, the taste of lemon is unique from others. It has many kinds as well – Bonnie Brae, goes in San Diego, USA, Eureka, a common all place lemon, also called Four season because it has the capability to produce fruit and flowers together all year long, Femminello St. Teresa, that is found in Italy, Yen Ben, resident of Australia. Did you know that lemon is a native of Asia. Lemon though comes into the category of fruit, but is a part of every recipe. Be it fruits or salads or chicken or vegetables or fish, lemon could be added in almost everything and bring out a better taste of it. Name one dish whose taste will not be improved after the addition of lemon in it (with tea as an exception). Lemon is an absolute all-rounder with endless benefits. Apart from its culinary qualities lemon can be used in a lot of things.

  • Lemon is basically the home of Vitamin C. C is the vitamin that your body requires most. It helps in maintaining the functions of the body and regulates immune system. Lemon also produces juices that are needed in digestion.
  • As it also purifies your blood lemon can be used during cholera and malaria as treatment.
  • Lemon Juice is also highly recommended by doctors. After a session of workout, drinking lemon water can replenish body salt. It also has anti-bacterial properties.
  • Lemon juice has also been proved effective in weight loss. Mix lemon juice and honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it every day you will soon notice a loss in your weight.
  • You can use lemon as a preservative for many things like apples, avocado, banana where the acid in the lemon can prevent them from changing color or turning stale. Just apply lemon juice on the sliced parts.
  • If your rice becomes sticky then just add lemon juice and separate them and make them fresh again. Lemon juice also helps maintaining pH levels in your body.
  • Lemon zest is also very good for the skin. It lightens skin tones, eliminates scars and pores.
  • Not only lemon zest, but the leaves of the lemon plant are also very useful. You can use lemon leaves in tea, fishes and other seafood, chicken.
  • You can use lemon oil for aromatherapy, it will soothe your body and provides relaxation.
  • Apart from aromatherapy, lemon can be also used to relax your feet. In a bucket take warm water and squeeze lemon into it. You can also add baking soda if you want. Soak your feet in it for 10 to 15 mins. You will feel relaxed and your feet will be softened.
  • By applying coconut oil mixed with lemon juice you can get rid of dandruff.
  • The amount of citric acid present in lemon is more than other fruits like grapefruit and orange. Lemon contains two times more citric acid than grapefruit and five times more than orange juice.

Lemon is an essential ingredient of almost all recipes. Visit our site to have a look at some tasty and healthy recipes which would satisfy your tastebuds.