Mar 22

Stress and Strain – Fighting Stress Incontinence

Stress incontinence is one of the major kinds of incontinence disorders. Here are a few healthy lifestyles tips to ease the problem of stress incontinence:

  • Shed extra weight – If you are an overweight person, losing excess pounds can help reduce the pressure on your bladder and pelvic floor muscles. Moderate weight loss may slightly improve your stress incontinence. Speak to your doctor for guidance on weight loss.
  • Add fiber to your diet – If you suffer from chronic constipation it can contribute to your urinary incontinence. Keep bowel movements soft and regular to reduce the strain on your pelvic floor muscles. Eating high-fiber foods — whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables — to relieve and prevent constipation.
  • Don’t smoke – Smoking can lead to a severe chronic cough, which can aggravate the symptoms of stress incontinence. Smoking is also associated with a drop in your oxygen-carrying capacity, a factor thought to increase the risk of an overactive bladder. And smoking is associated with bladder cancer.

Care while travelling – Travelling can be a difficult issue when we are travelling as incontinence supplies are not commonly available. Here are a few tips to get you through while travelling. Maintaining a good relationship with family, friends and co-workers can help prevent feelings of isolation and depression that may accompany incontinence. We should stay prepared so that it makes us feel more comfortable when we’re out and about:

  • Stock up on supplies – Carry sufficient incontinence pads or protective undergarments and possibly a change of clothes. Incontinence products are discreet and can be stored in a roomy purse or a small backpack. Extra supplies and spare clothes can be kept in the trunk of your car or a backpack for use when needed.
  • Scout out your destination – Reassess the number of restrooms available at your destination. Choose seating that allows easy access to restrooms.
  • Take good care of your skin– Prolonged contact with wet clothing can cause skin irritation or sores. Keep your skin dry by changing your garments when they’re wet and applying a barrier cream if your skin is frequently wet.
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Mar 04

TO KNEE OR NOT TO KNEE

The knees are the foundation of human activity and it becomes very difficult to function as a whole without the proper functioning of the knees. These are few FAQs that come to mind whenever we face any problem related to the knee.

Do these medicines work?

Anti-inflammatory medicines can work wonders to reduce inflammation and also alleviate pain. But always be sure about the medicines and take care about allergies or side-effects if there are any. Consult a doctor in any of these situations. Excessive use of anti-inflammatory medicines can cause long term effects to the kidneys, or the stomach and hence you can also try out some ointments or creams.

Is Running or Exercise an Option?

Running or exercises are excellent options but do not over exert yourself as it can result in muscle tears or sprains. Exercise actually helps in strengthening the muscles and keeping the joints oiled but keeping the in action. Inactivity can cause rustiness in the joints and can thus cause a lot of pain. Always use proper equipment such as shoes, and joint socks to avoid any unnecessary injuries or sprains.

Should I Worry If?

  • Swollen or feverish knee joints
  • Knee locks and knocks when moved
  • Knee pains when stressed upon
  • Knee looks deformed
  • Pain extends to other parts of the leg

Should I Replace it?

Knee replacements surgeries have become very common in the past decade with increasing amounts of people opting for replacing the knee joint. But is it always necessary? Knee replacement surgeries have become the go to solution for any knee problem and doctors also many a time do not completely analyze the situation and recommend a surgery. Always consult a few other people and doctors before going in for a surgery. Also read up on the issues and the problems faced by people after the surgery.

To knee or not to knee

Jan 04

Bell Peppers FTW

Bell Peppers are enriched with Vitamin C. The phytochemicals and carotenoids have magical antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which enhance your health. The capsaicin found in bell peppers not only helps in treating prostrate cancer but is also very effective in pain relief and reducing the fat content of the body. The following recipe not only incorporates the healthy lifestyle but also gives a zingy taste to your everyday pallet.

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Ingredients-

  • 4 medium green or red bell peppers
  • 1 cup diced fresh tomatoes
  • 1 cup no-salt-added cooked black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar, divided
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

Method-

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut tops off bell peppers and remove seeds. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine tomatoes, beans, corn, salsa, 3/4 cup of the cheese, cornmeal, green onions, cilantro and 1/4 cup water. Spoon mixture evenly into bell peppers; sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon of the cheese.
  4. Place stuffed peppers in an 8×8-inch baking pan. Add 1/2-inch water to pan. Bake, uncovered, 50 minutes or until peppers are tender and filling is heated through.
  5. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes. Serve warm.
Source - Internet

Source – Internet

Dec 15

The Magic of Pumpkins

Pumpkins are one of the wonders of nature that can be used in all kinds of foods. Whether you like savory or desserts or appetizers, the humble pumpkin is at your service. Pumpkins are packed with dietary fibres and so keep away hunger for a longer time. they are also rich in Vitamin A and phytoestrogens which enhance your vision and also prevent hyper tension. The following is a recipe for using pumpkins in a tasty and a healthy way.

Pumpkin Oatmeal

Ingredients-

  • 1 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 3 cups one-percent milk
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 pinches ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds

Method-

  1. Place oatmeal in a sauce pan with the milk and allow to rest for five minutes.
  2. Bring the milk to a rapid simmer, add the spices and honey, then lower the heat. Whisk until almost thick.
  3. Add the pumpkin puree and cook until the pumpkin is heated to 165°.
Source- Internet

Source- Internet

Nov 18

Autism – Myth vs Facts

Autism is one of the most common conditions in the world today. In layman’s terms Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder is a condition where a person perceives, feels, and interacts with the world in a different way than non-autistic people. Autism is not an illness or disease and hence cannot be cured. In common terms, autism is a way of life. Here are a few myths and the corresponding facts that can change the way you look at autism.

Myth – Autism is a rare condition and affects only a few.

Fact – Autism is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in the world and an estimated 500,000 children were diagnosed with autism in the US last year.

 

Myth – Autistic people are deliberately rude and avoid eye contact.

Fact – Autistic people may find it difficult or physically painful to make eye contact and those that do may not be for non-verbal communication.

 

Myth – Autism is a new condition

Fact – Autism was first diagnosed by Jean Ittard in 1799.

 

Myth – Autism is a middle class condition made up by parents to hide the bad behaviour of their children.

Fact – Autism has no barriers of race, class, gender, religion, or any other boundary.

Source - Internet

Source – Internet