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Health Tips for Nurses – Taking Care of Yourself While Taking Care of Others

Nursing can be a highly rewarding, and at the same time, a highly demanding profession. From working long hours to dealing with the psychological traumas of watching your patients scream in pain, this job can take a serious toll on your physical and psychological health. Not to forget the occupational hazards, like taking care of patients suffering from infectious disease, with a risk of catching that disease, biological or chemical hazards, needle-stick injuries, and back pain due to the physical nature of work. All in all, you need to take good care of your health, not just for yourself but your patients as well.

Following are some basic health tips for nurses, to make sure you are living a healthy and happy life while carrying out the difficult yet appreciable job of helping out people in distress.

The Basics:

Being a health care professional, you don’t need anybody else to remind you about the importance of healthy diet and exercise. Start off your day with a healthy breakfast containing protein and carbs. And take out some time for exercise on regular basis. Being a nurse, it’s important to strengthen your bones and muscles. Keep yourself hydrated and most importantly, take a good seven to eight hours sleep to make sure you are not sleep deprived while working.

At Work:

While at work, avoid skipping meals, but at the same time avoid having snacks or fast food to curb the appetite. They might give you a very short lived feel-good effect, but once it fades out, you will start to feel lethargic and fatigued. And in the longer run, such food can do more harm to your health than good. Instead of justifying the use of unhealthy snacks due to your busy schedule, carry some healthy and ready to eat stuff with you like fruit, dry fruits like almonds, string cheese, whole grain snack bars, and the likes. Eat food which is rich in vitamins, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and the likes.

Safety Measures:

Make sure you are following all sorts of safety measures and guidelines to avoid needlestick or any other type of injuries. Use safety equipment like good quality gloves, or caps while using needles, and the likes. As a nurse, it’s your right to expect and demand such equipment from your employers.

Nurses need to be alert and concentrating on their work all the time, not just for their own sake but for the patient’s as well. So, while at work, you need to avoid getting distracted as much as possible because it will put your own health or your patients’ health at risk. You need to avoid or limit alcohol consumption for the same reason.

Have Fun:

As earlier suggested, working as a nurse can sometimes be quite devastating for your emotional health. And there’s every chance that you might have to work at odd working hours or on holidays? So, you need to make sure that you are not giving up on your friend’s meet-ups, hobbies, or activities that make you happy. Don’t compromise on these activities for the sake of working overtime and making some extra money. You need to relax, and take out some time for yourself. This is important to deal with psychological setbacks which can be quite common in the life of nurses.

Bio: Sb. Natasha writes on topics related to health and fitness. She blogs for Remote Nursing Solutions, which is a nursing agency providing consultancy and flexible nursing solutions for rural and remote areas in Australia.

 

Drying Fruit Methods – What You Need to Know

smoking-pot-may-be-illegalQuitting smoking has been one of the most difficult things to do that I’ve ever done. Probably the early morning cravings are the most difficult to counter. So difficult that I’ve told people not to take up smoking.

The first three days were hell. I mean, sheer hell. No work got done (not that a lot gets done now!) and I was yelling at everyone at home.

Sooner or later, the craving subsided but what I developed a need for was the chewing gum that I was using instead. Of course, kicking the habit cold turkey was hardly an option since it will take every ounce of your willpower in order to drop it successfully but one you do, it will result in most people kicking the habit for good.

Of course, I’m not one of those strong willed types since I do love a good smoke after a meal, and so I went with the chewing gum instead until it bore fruit in the form of kicking the addiction for good. And I wonder whether patches nicotine are as effective or not…

It’s no different with drying fruit methods… some work better than others and before we cover that, let’s look at the pros and cons between dry and fresh fruit.

Dry vs. Fresh Fruit – Which is Better?

bananaAt first glance, there’s very little between these two types. However, it’s pretty obvious that the juiciness of fresh fruit makes it more delicious to eat or even drink. There’s no question that this is an obvious advantage in favor of fresh fruit.

Alternatively, and even though fresh fruit is far more nutritious than dry fruit, the best thing about the latter is that they last much longer as opposed to their much fresher counterparts.

It’s no wonder people consider dry fruits to be healthy travel snacks and which could turn out to be an energy boost while keeping people away from health issues that occur when on the road.

While it’s not difficult to find dry fruits along the way, there are ways by which one can dry these fruits at home itself, and which is what we will cover in the next section.

Drying Fruit Methods – What You Need to Know

Simply put, here are three conventional methods that one can try if you want to dry fruit at home:

#1: By leaving the fruits out in the sun

#2: Oven

#3: A commercial dehydrator

While all three methods of drying fruit will get the job done, it’s important to note that the third method is the best of the lot as vitamin A and Vitamin C in most fruits isn’t lost like the first two methods, thanks to the presence of both heat and air.

Apart from this, method #1 would be difficult in cold regions and drying them in ovens will cause them to lose their flavor too.

So, a dehydrator is an excellent option if you’re looking for the perfect drying fruit method, without a doubt.

In Closing

Are there any other drying fruit methods that you can think of? If so, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Also, here is an article on how to pick ripe fruit.

Drinking Well Water – What You Need to Know

learning-englishStudying a Bachelor’s degree in English means that you come across the works of amazing writers be it Henry O’Porter, Jack London, William Shakespeare or even Indian writers like Rabindranath Tagore whose work remains immortal in the Indian culture whether read in Bengali or even when translated to English.

Speaking of Tagore, however, I managed to read one act of his play titled ‘Chandalika’ which revolves around the subject of untouchability in India almost 200 years ago.

It was sheer poetry – even if it was a play! If you haven’t read it already (and I’m assuming that you probably haven’t), then the entire play hinges on the meeting of a Buddhist and a girl from a lower caste named Chandalika.

Hence, setting the stage for a dialogue between the girl and her mother about the rigidity of the caste system but for me, the beauty and simplicity of Buddhism.

Of course, all this has changed now for better, since just about anything that has to do with drinking well water these days – revolves around whether it is healthy enough to drink or not.

Why Drinking Well Water Is Not Necessarily Good

waterjokeWith almost 15% of Americans depending solely on drinking well water or from a private spring on their property, it does raise a couple of eyebrows.

This is for the simple reason that in 1974, the Safe Drinking Water Act, these sources of water were, quite simply, put its users at serious risk.

It isn’t difficult to understand why this is so since the level of risk surrounding drinking well water depends on how the well was built, how deep the well is, where it is located and most importantly, how it is maintained regularly.

In addition, the presence of micro-organisms, organic chemicals, pesticides, household waste, lead, copper, fluoride and heavy metals should make you stop and give safer sources of drinking water a chance since these common sources of contamination can cause grave danger in terms of health.

It is for this reason that groundwater experts want the water to be tested before one considers the possibility of using it as a source of drinking water. You can more information about this at the EPA website.

But it must also be mentioned that while it won’t cost much to test for certain contaminants, there is a sizable investment required in testing for others.

Yet the question remains: Can the water be purified?

To which the answer is simply yes, and which we will cover in the next section…

Drinking Well Water – Can the Water be Purified?

Speaking of the aforementioned tests, if the water proves to be pure, then one can go ahead drinking well water after that.

However, in most cases, disinfecting the water becomes a necessity and there are a number of methods such as ultraviolet treatment, chlorination, ozonation and distillation that are employed.

Of course, these methods are known for their relatively low costs but mostly because they eliminate almost every contaminant mentioned above and more. For this, you’ll have to use a water treatment device placed in the well so as to purify the water.

But there’s no doubt that you can treat drinking well water so that it is safe enough to use for a number of purposes…

In Closing

Are there any other methods that you can use to purify drinking well water? If so, feel free to share them in the comments section below.

Also, here is an article that answers the question: Why drink water?

Brita vs Pur Water Filters – What You Need to Know

racist-white-peopleWe live in a world with a number of cultures and in some cases, many sub-cultures too. And people from none of these cultures are hardly ever the same.

One classic point of differentiation is indicated by the languages that they speak… and speaking of which, the way they understand certain words in common languages greatly differs on context and their personal experience.

Filters, these well-educated people call it.

For example, Indian don’t care so much about racism as much as Americans do. Our past experiences, which ignore the color of a man’s skin, do not make us feel guilty either. On the other hand, talk about subordination of women through child marriage and ‘sati’ and you’ve got our attention…

Sadly, these filters hardly help one to grow as a person not unless they look beyond their own borders and which is why no one’s perception (in the form of these filters) is hardly right.

Which is something that is hardly different with a Brita vs Pur water filters debate…

The Need for Clean Water

cleanwaterOf course, a water filter’s purpose is to purify water. The simple reason being that clean water is probably the most important need for human survival… there is no way we can survive without clean water.

It is from this need that the concept of the water filter has evolved where filtration, a number of chemical and biological processes are carried out in order to get the purest water available.

And there are a number of water filters that advertise how effective their filtering technology is so as to with Brita and Pur being considered to be the best of the lot.

However, are these brands all that good that they say they are?

There is no doubt that these two have the bragging rights for the top spots when it comes to the best water filters.

Brita vs Pur Water Filters – A Comparison

Before we begin, it must be said that both these water filters come highly recommended even though both these use slightly different filters towards the process of filtering water.

While the Brita water filter uses four steps to purify water, the Pur water filter uses either a 2 or 3 step process.

For the former, the purification begins with the prefiltration process that removes particles from tap water while the second step involves using the ion exchange resin which reduces levels of carbonate hardness.

After this, activated carbon is used so as to better the odor and taste of water as halogen compounds are usually present in unfiltered water. Finally, a special mesh removes the filtrate, thus ensuring that clean water is obtained.

As for the Brita water filter, the first steps are almost similar whereas the only difference is that the clean water is passed over minerals once it has been filtered with a carbon microfilter.

In Closing

Are there any other differences or similarities that you would like to share about the Brita vs Pur water filters? Feel free to share them in the comments section below.

Whether you’re a Brita or Pur fan, consider getting personalized water bottles so you can have your purified water with you at all times.

Also, here is an article on drinking well water and its ill-effects.

PMS Natural Krill Oil – What You Need to Know

politicsWhile the United States wants to arrest that Indian diplomat, Devyani something, a lot of people in India, especially those in government, want an apology from the United States for exposing the hypocrisy.

Of course, they’d want everything covered up. But, of course. Nothing much has changed with the Indian system (if there ever was one!) especially when it comes to royal screw ups that reflect the competence of those who aren’t disabled but truly retarded.

That said, if someone commits fraud, they shouldn’t be arrested because they’re diplomats. Then a hissy fit is thrown… some people have taken offense (because they couldn’t sweep the incident under the mat)… it makes no sense whatsoever.

It sounds familiar, doesn’t it? All this drama, I mean. Yes, when we’re dealing with a woman during that delightful part of the month when you have to deal with a bout of “temporary insanity” – which is usually perceived as the calm before the storm.

Methinks, the Indian government needs a dose of PMS natural krill oil, with no disrespect to women or the benefits that are on offer.

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) – What You Need to Know

pms-memeProbably the most common reason why PMS occurs, according to doctors, involves a change in hormone levels.

Accompanied by physical, emotional and psychological changes, these take place two weeks before their monthly periods begin. Of course, the symptoms range from mild to severe, where the latter involves an acute state of irritability, depression and tension.

In these acute cases, it is classified as a medical disorder, otherwise known as Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD).

That said, you’ll have not not only make lifestyle changes but also take certain types of medication as a result.

Some of these include enjoying a diet of veggies, whole grains and fruit, getting a good amount of sleep and exercising as regularly as possible. Avoiding salty and sugary foods, caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes are a must. If the symptoms are severe, then taking calcium and folic acid supplements are necessary.

Which brings us to PMS natural krill oil, and the benefits it offers for this…

PMS Natural Krill Oil – How it Works

So, what is natural krill oil?

Krill is simply a Norwegian word for ‘whale food’. Not surprisingly, the creature that this word is used to describe is very similar to shrimps and is usually what seals, penguins and whales help themselves to when hungry.

It’s also been found that krill oil tends to benefit women struggling with acute symptoms of PMDD but with more research to be done in regard to their relationship, a conclusive analysis has been all but reached.

That said, here is an article that provides a closer look at the relationship between PMS and krill oil and especially so, if you have to deal with the acute symptoms of PMDD.

In Closing

Is there anything else that you would like to add about PMS natural krill oil? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Also, here is an article on folic acid foods.

Pollen Symptoms – What You Need to Know

moretimeontreadmillWell, with the first month of the year upon us, it’s fair that a number of people want to get a few things right in the new year – of course, we aren’t all perfect, now are we?

Now condescendingly referred to as New Year’s resolutions, and which not surprisingly, last only for a few days at the most.

As for those who do make a few changes and stick with them (let’s hope Justin Bieber sticks with his decision to “move on”), there is a time and a place for things to happen but let it be known that there are consequences and benefits from taking such steps towards change. Sometimes it isn’t easy at all, and some of you are aware of already…

Speaking of a time and place for things to happen, one can’t but be reminded of the seasons we live through, especially if you’re one who has to deal with pollen symptoms.

But what is pollen anyways? Let’s cover that question in the next section…

What You Need to Know About Pollen

With cute little analogies used to describe a man’s prowess when it comes to “spreading the seed”, it’s not very difficult, and even for little children studying reproduction for the time, to understand that pollen is really what men are usually very generous with.

And no, we’re not talking about empty words here…

Of course, the difference is that while we, as mammals, tend to enjoy it so much (and obsess about it in not-so-delightful ways!), other creatures, in this case plants, merely view it as a way to propagate their species.

Simply put, the pollen produced by the stamen should reach the carpel, if the season of spring is to enthrall us with all its color. Of course, it doesn’t matter if the pollen reaches the carpel of the same plant or another one in the same species. What you do get is the same result…

And speaking of ways by which this pollen does get to where it should go, there are a number of agents that facilitate that ‘journey’ namely the unsuspecting insects, the wind and flowing water as well.

Of course, not all pollen produced hits their mark (much like a number of guys who will probably never get any!) but it doesn’t get all get wasted, considering how these tiny particles have been known to torment those who are now diagnosed as those afflicted with hay fever or allergic rhinitis.

Pollen Symptoms – A List

springnobreathingSo, what are the pollen symptoms that one has to look out for if they have hay fever?

That said, here are a few of these pollen symptoms that are observable as soon as you are exposed to pollen:

#1: Nasal congestion
#2: Runny Nose
#3: Itching of the eyes and nose
#4: Excessive tear formation in the eyes accompanied by redness
#5: Loss of taste and smell
#6: In severe cases, nose bleeding, sinusitis and asthma
#7: Chronic cold

Since prevention is really the only cure, one way to stay out of trouble is by keeping track of the allergy weather forecast in your area.

Also, here is a list of tips on seasonal allergies that you’re dealing with spring allergens.

In Closing

Are there any other pollen symptoms that we might have missed and that you would like to share? Please feel to add them in the comments section below.

Also, here is an article that covers winter allergies.

Selenium Health – What You Need to Know

england-fanIt’s that year again. The year of the World Cup.

And by that, I don’t mean the World Series. Sorry but it’s not the New York Yankees playing ‘moneyball’ but actually a time when the game known as soccer (only in the United States) will have the world’s attention.

Only this time, there will be more fanfare, thanks to Brazil hosting the World Cup this time… where football as it is known, is not just a game but a “passion”.

Of course, I’ll be rooting for Argentina, its arch-rival and with the incomparable Messi in the squad who has won the hearts and minds of people everywhere.

Well, one thing’s for sure – there will be a lot of Brazil nuts passed around during the games. Something that will be appreciated greatly not only for its taste but thanks to the selenium health benefits that it offers…

Selenium – A Short Introduction

chemjoke-noreactionSo, what is selenium?

Simply put, it is an element in the periodic table (no, chemistry cat jokes here!) that is indicated by the symbol, Se.

Found in trace amounts in the soil, this element is commonly used in the production of glass, semiconductors, solar cells while also working as a replacement for lead in certain alloys.

And just as this element is found in trace amounts in the soil, it isn’t any different with the amount found in our bodies, and in particular, the testes, spleen, pancreas and the kidneys.

This is for the reason that selenium is required so as to run certain processes that are necessary for the body’s upkeep. It’s also why this nutrient is used as an antioxidant to counter oxidative stress that occurs due to the presence of free radicals and which can damage the cells in our body.

And while there is a danger of selenosis that has come up in the news, there are clear selenium health benefits and which will be covered in the next section.

Selenium Health Benefits – What You Need to Know

Since selenium plays an important role in supporting the family of enzymes, glutathione peroxidase, and which prevents cell damage. But that’s not the only benefit that selenium offers.

So, with that said, here are 8 other benefits that are associated with selenium:

#1: Protection against heart disease (known as Keshan disease)
#2: Promotes normal liver and thyroid function
#3: Aids in the improvement asthma and inter-cranial pressure symptoms
#4: Increases the healing rate of burn wounds
#5: Prevention of prostate cancer
#6: Prevents cataract development
#7: Prevent several kinds of infections
#8: Aids Anti-aging

And despite the danger that exists with taking too much selenium, there are problems with selenium deficiency that occur as well.

That said, here are a number of foods that contain selenium…

Selenium Sources – A List

Here is a list of foods that contain selenium: wheat germ, butter, garlic, grains, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, raisins, walnuts brewer’s yeast, shellfish (such as lobster, oyster, shrimp, scallops), fresh-water and salt-water fish (such as red snapper, salmon, swordfish, tuna, mackerel, halibut, flounder, herring, smelts), kidney and liver.

In Closing

Are there any other selenium health benefits that you can think of? If so, add them in the comments section below.

Also, here is an article on antioxidant sources.

Folic Acid Foods – Everything You Need to Know

Coca-vs.-PepsiSo, the dumbest name given to a child for the year of 2013 was ‘Pepsi’!

That’s right. I found myself looking at a couple of lame posts about Paul Walker’s death and stumbled into this one.

Who does that? What a nightmare will it turn out to be for the child as they go through Life being the butt of a number of jokes related to the soda, of course.

No wonder aliens don’t attack our planet anymore for fear of being affected by the stupidity that surrounds us.

But this isn’t half as bad as being afflicted with birth defects that, thanks to medicine, can be fixed by consuming a number of folic acid foods.

Yet before we cover this subject its sources and benefits, let’s understand what folic acid is and its value to human life.

What is Folic Acid?

Simply put, folic acid is a part of the vitamin B complex – specifically considered to be a water-soluble form of Vitamin B9. And it’s very necessary for the body as it encourages the growth of our body’s cells…

In other words, everyone needs a dose of folic acid since the body does not store this nutrient at all. In its most natural form that we consume, it occurs as ‘folate’.

As for its functions, folic acid is required for the synthesis of nucleic acid. Simply put, it is key to the generation of red blood cells. Apart from this, it is also necessary for the smooth functioning of the nerves as well as generation of DNA in every cell of our bodies.

Alternatively, this nutrient is also required for the formation of pyrimidines and purines as well, considered to be the basic building blocks of DNA.

As mentioned earlier, folic acid has to be consumed in order to ensure that the body functions well. The recommended limits are different for adults, children and in special cases, for pregnant women.

Yet why there’s so much attention in recent times to the importance of this nutrient is because of the value that it offers to both adults and in particular, pregnant women – which is what we will cover in the next section.

Folic Acid Foods – Sources & Benefits

If-You-Dont-Know-By-NowSo, how does one consume this nutrient in adequate amounts?

As simple as this sounds, one can take supplements or eat foods that fall into the following categories: leafy green vegetables, beans, peas and nuts (dried), fruits, cereals, breads ad products that contain grains.

As for the benefits, there are a number of them that are listed below:

#1: Keeps pregnant women healthy while preventing neural tube deficiency

#2: Reduces the risk of a number of diseases such as depression, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, obesity, stroke, cardiovascular disease and allergy-based conditions such as atopy, wheezing and asthma.

#3: Not only does this nutrient prevent the aforementioned conditions but also treats a number of others such as aiding memory and mental agility, cancer, fertility, bone health, menopause and Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and so on and so forth.

In Closing

Are there any other folic acid foods that are worth adding to this list? If so, please feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below.

Also, here is an article on foods high in protein that are just as important for the body.

Building Strength Machines

If you’re looking to build, and add bulk to your frame, hitting the weights is a must. Spending more time at the gym will stimulate your muscles to grow bigger as they respond to challenging fitness routines you throw their way. It’s tempting to believe that’s all it takes to build strength and add muscle definition but it requires a lot more than just working out. 

If you’re truly dedicated to your cause, then consider purchasing a home equipment machine. Savage Strength stock over 450 different types of these machines, so you can find the one best suited to you, and space available at home.

If you’re tired of waiting around at the gym for equipment to free up, buying your own is a fantastic solution as this type of equipment will ensure you can work out anytime – day or night.

Other benefits of using these strength building machines are;

  • It provides a total-body workout
  • Space-saving to perform multiple exercises on one machine
  • Improve overall anaerobic fitness
  • Develop leg, arm and hip strength
  • Can be used for team events/competitions as well as individually

Don’t forget, your diet is just as important as the workout when it comes to building muscle. The foods and nutrients your body intakes during the day, followed by your workout, and then your final meal can impact your results as much as, if not more than, the number of reps you manage to do within a set.

We all know that in reality, it’s can sometimes be tough to stick to a healthy diet, especially when you’re busy. Reading food labels, counting calories and studying ingredients is something some of us don’t have the time for, never mind actually preparing muscle-friendly feasts.

For more dietary information, Muscle and Fitness have provided five key steps for improving your eating habits and enhancing your muscle gain.

Remember, it’s not a race. Building muscle takes time and varies depending on each individual. Just think how proud you’ll feel once you’ve reach your goal through all your admirable hard work and dedication.

If you do feel like taking the easy route and have considered taking steroids; this picture from American Live Wire, shows how steroid abuse can dramatically affect your body. Nothing worth doing comes too easy, stick with the exercise and healthy eating and you’ll look better than any drug-induced lifter in the gym – that’s a promise.

Enhance your workout with iFit Live

Many people will probably have getting fit as their top New Year’s resolution. To make sure you hit your goals and achieve that great new body in next-to-no time, it may be an idea to ask for an iFit Live wireless adapter for Christmas. 

Available from Best Gym Equipment with worldwide delivery – perfect for treating a gym enthusiast wherever they are based around the globe – iFit Live revolutionises how you perform a workout.

This is because the wireless adapter is able to record your workouts, personal goals and diet plans and then upload them onto any compatible fitness equipment that you use.

However, this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the remarkable capability of iFit Live.

One of the standout features of the gadget is that it is able to link up to Google Maps. How is this useful? Well, the wireless adapter is able to simulate the exact terrain you would expect from any route around the world.

As a result, you will be able to experience the challenge of running the New York marathon from your very own treadmill, or ride a section of the Tour De France without ever taking your exercise bike out of your home.

Prefer to complete a workout while being motivated by a personal trainer? If that’s the case, begin training with Jillian Michaels as soon you get your hands on the iFit Live device.

A New York Times bestselling author and a coach on US TV show The Biggest Loser, you will not only be reaching your goals but smashing them when you hear words of encouragement from Jillian through your fitness equipment.

iFit Live is not just beneficial for a home gym though: the iFit Mobile Apps feature is a great companion to have when you go for a jog or bike ride in the great outdoors. Everything from your heart rate, distance covered, pace and speed will be tracked – you can also set out a route beforehand if you know exactly what you would like to achieve from a workout outside.

On top of all of this, it is also recommended that you keep up to date with your profile on ifit.com. After all, this is the portal whereby you will be able to share workouts with other users, analyse your current and previous exercise regimes, and compare your level of fitness with a huge community via iFit’s leader board.