Monday, August 1, 2016

14 Potent Vitamins for Younger and Healthier Skin ?

There are skin care products out there that advertise great looking skin once you’ve used them. But when it comes to getting the absolute best for your skin without repercussions in the long run, it has to be vitamins.
Let’s look at a food that can give you an all-round healthy boost and stuff that you need to keep away from:
  • Fruits and veggies are the de facto standard when it comes to getting your fill of vitamins for the day. You can have up to 5 portions a day of each, no worries.
  • Excess dairy products and meat contain saturated fats that can cause unsightly pimples to appear on the skin for some people.
  • You should always opt for food that has a low glycemic index such as oatmeal, apples, sweet potatoes and the like.
  • Limiting your calorific intake is fine but never crash diet. Your body automatically goes into emergency mode and shuts down important functions without the required energy.
  • Select herbs add a bit of zing to your meal as well as offering obvious benefits to your skin.
Vitamins are the literal building blocks of a healthy body, skin, hair and everything else. Your foremost source of vitamins is a healthy diet. This includes veggies, nuts, fruits and even water.
Conversely, if you were binging on unhealthy food, chances are that you are low on the requisite amount of vitamins and minerals that are essential to make up a complete diet. Since we are focusing on your skin here, eating well can definitely help you get healthy and younger skin.
You’d be surprised to find out that eating well can save you from a lot of the problems that are faced by most people today like blemishes, sores, inflammations, fine lines and age spots. The easiest bit about a healthy diet full of vitamins is you can find it all around you!
If you want more information about what foods contain specific vitamins and deficiency problems, then you can look through the infographic to find out all you need.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summertime Safety For Kids Who Live In The City

Author Bio: 
Sean Morris is a former social worker turned stay-at-home dad. He knows what it’s like to juggle family and career. He did it for years until deciding to become a stay-at-home dad after the birth of his son. Though he loved his career in social work, he has found this additional time with his kids to be the most rewarding experience of his life. He began writing for to share his experiences and to help guide anyone struggling to find the best path for their life, career, and/or family.

Summertime is something most kids look forward to all year; the chance to stay up a little later than usual, take vacations, head to summer camp, and spend time with friends makes it a favorite season for a lot of children. But the dangers associated with warmer weather activities can leave parents with a headache, so it’s important to have a plan for the hottest months, especially if you’ll be working outside the home.

From bike-riding to trips to the park, living in the city holds its share of fun and risk for little ones. Make sure they know where they can and can’t go, what to do in case of an emergency, and how to keep themselves safe in hot, crowded areas. Here are some of the best tips.

Parks and playgrounds

Playgrounds get a lot of use during summer months, especially in big cities, so it’s important to inspect any equipment your child will be using to make sure it’s in good working order and there are no loose screws or nails sticking out. Check out all surfaces--such as slides--to make sure they aren’t too hot. Teach your child about the dangers of talking to strangers or touching things they find on the ground, and most importantly, be present when supervising your child’s play. Skate parks are great places for older children to play; just make sure they have access to a first aid kit and are equipped with safety gear such as a fitted helmet and knee/elbow pads.

Beat the heat

Bigger cities seem to soak up the heat and leave it hanging in the air, where it shimmers over blacktop and reflects blindingly off buildings. Make sure your child wears shoes at all times and keep them covered with sunblock, hats, and sunglasses when they’re spending time outside. If you don’t have air conditioning in your house, consider letting your child spend time at a local library, day camp, or city cooling centers, which can be found online. Put fans in your child’s bedroom to help them stay a little cooler at night. Hot summer nights can make getting a good night’s rest difficult, and a lack of sleep can have negative effects on your child’s physical and mental health.

After-party cleanup

Block parties, Independence Day celebrations, and birthday parties are a regular occurrence during summer, so it’s important to keep safety in mind before, during, and after get-togethers. Always supervise children and keep them close at crowded events. If you’re hosting a party, cleanup--while tiring--is imperative, especially if you have small children. Popped balloons can present a choking hazard, and the remains of fireworks should always be swept up and disposed of. Make sure any leftover fireworks, matches, and lighters are safely put away as well.

Grills and fire safety

While every city has different laws regarding building codes and what can and can’t be done on a balcony, patio, or terrace, it’s important to know the rules and practice safety no matter what you’re allowed to do. Where grills are concerned, teach children never to touch and to stay away from propane tanks and cooking tools. Keep fire extinguishers on hand and never allow a child to handle raw food or the utensils that prepared it.

Living in urban areas can present a different set of safety problems for parents to worry about, but if you plan accordingly, summertime can be an enjoyable time for everyone. 

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Nutrition Guidelines to Improve Wound Healing

Good nutrition is necessary for healing. During the healing process, the body needs increased amounts of calories, protein, vitamins A and C, and sometimes the mineral zinc. The following guidelines will help you choose “power” foods to promote healing.

Goals for healthy eating

Eat a variety of foods to get all the calories, proteins, vitamins, and minerals you need. 
If you have a prescribed diet, follow it as much as possible, as it will help promote wound healing and may prevent infection and some complications.

Suggested Minimum Amount of Food Per Day

Food GroupNumber of servingsWhat counts as 1 serving
Grains, using whole grain sources as much as possible51 slice bread; 1/2 cup cooked cereal; 1 cup ready-to-eat cereal; 1/2 cup cooked rice or pasta
Vegetables21 cup raw or cooked vegetable or 100% vegetable juice; 2 cups raw leafy green vegetables
Fruits21/2 cup canned fruit or 1/4 cup dried fruit
Milk31 cup milk or yogurt; 1 1/2 ounces natural cheese; 2 ounces processed cheese (dairy or soy)
Meats and beans51 ounce meat, fish, or poultry; 1/4 cup cooked beans; 1 egg; 1 tablespoon peanut butter; 1/2 ounce nuts or seeds; 1.5-2 ounces firm tofu
Oils, fats, and sugarGood source of calories, but these may be limited by prescribed dietsVegetable oils (canola, olive oil), sauces, salad dressings, sugar, syrup, butter, margarine, jelly, jam, candy

“Power” Foods and Food Groups to Help With Wound Healing

Protein: Meats, beans, eggs, milk and yogurt particularly Greek yogurt), tofu, soy nuts, soy protein products
Vitamin C: Citrus fruits and juices, strawberries, tomatoes, tomato juice, peppers, baked potatoes, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage
Vitamin A: Dark green, leafy vegetables, orange or yellow vegetables, cantaloupe, fortified dairy products, liver, fortified cereals
Zinc: Fortified cereals, red meats, seafood
If you are not eating well:
  1. Eat 5 or 6 small meals a day. Instead of trying to eat three big meals a day, try eating smaller meals and snacks between meals to get enough nutrition.
    Make snacks nutritious. Examples of snacks: cheese and crackers, glass of milk, cottage cheese and fruit, ½ small sandwich, milkshake, peanut butter on crackers or celery, fruit or fruit juices.
  2. Some foods that taste good during recovery are not very nutritious. Try replacing them with foods that contain good sources of protein, vitamins, calories, and minerals. For example:
    Instead ofTry this
    brothbeef vegetable soup
    plain jellofruited jello
    carbonated beveragesmilk, milkshakes, fruit smoothie
    Italian ice/popsiclesice cream, frozen fruit bar, frozen yogurt
  3. If there are taste changes, try a variety of foods to find out what works for you. You may find that cold foods and foods with little odor work best. For example, cottage cheese, cereals, cheesy entrees such as cheese ravioli and macaroni and cheese, or chicken or tuna salad may be tastier than beef.
  4. Use oral nutritional supplements if nothing else works. These are available at grocery stores, drug stores, and discount chains. All the supplements will vary in taste, so if you don't like the first one, try another brand. Also, blending with milk, fruit or frozen fruit, or ice cream may make the supplement tastier.
  5. Take a daily multivitamin with minerals if you are unable to eat the “Suggested Minimum Amount of Food Per Day” listed above.

If you have diabetes or high blood sugar

Continue to monitor your blood sugar levels closely. Having good control of blood sugar levels will help with wound healing and may prevent infection. You may need to visit your doctor and a registered dietitian to help control blood sugar through diet and medication.


Make an appointment with a registered dietitian if your appetite remains poor, your wound is not healing well, and/or you are losing weight.

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