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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Leading Causes of Obesity

Excess Intake of Food: Our body is supposed to store excess food energy as fat. If you are unable to resist your temptation for favorite delicacies, particularly fad-laden fast foods and sugary beverages, there can be no respite from obesity. Overeating has always been associated with wealth and fertility, but nowadays people are getting addicted to highly processed and unhealthy food. People’s eating behavior may be influenced by several factors like emotional stress, availability of food, desire to enjoy some snacks while watching TV, depression, reliance of packaged food and many more.

Sedentary Lifestyle: Innovation and technological advancement have paved the way to modern civilization, but our innovations and technologies are designed to help us lead a comfortable life. Our body is not designed to lead sun an inactive life, but we are using cars, escalators and even remote control devices to cut down our physical activity. Physical activity or exercises are essential to maintain your health and well-being. If you are addicted to computer games or enjoying your favorite past time activity while sitting in the cozy chair and gulping colas, obesity is bound to occur.

Medical Conditions: Disorders in the endocrine system is the third most common cause of obesity. Certain health conditions like Hypothyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome and depression may cause obesity. Thyroid is a hormone which is very essential for normal metabolism. Any deficiency of this hormone slows down the metabolism and people start accumulating fat.

In Cushing syndrome, excess amounts of cortisol is produced which leads to fat deposition. It is well-known that certain weight-gain occurs during the pregnancy. Avoiding breastfeeding or leading inactive lifestyle after delivery can make you obese. Certain medications, particularly steroids, anti-hypertensive, anti-depressants, antipsychotics and anti- seizure drugs are known to cause weight gain.

Psychological Distress: When people suffer from any deep rooted emotional trauma, they try to release their emotional stress by overeating. Many people overeat when they confuse the psychological void with hunger. Several research studies and clinical trials have established that fact that psychological problems lead to eating disorders. Depression is a well-known psychological problem when people indulge in over eating.

Inherited Genes: If your parents are obese, you are more likely to develop obesity. Genetic susceptibility is another very important cause of obesity. Bardet-Biedl syndrome and Prader-Willi syndrome are classic examples of genetic susceptibility, but behavioral aspects may be more important than genes. There are 56 different genes that relate to obesity phenotypes.

Fix Flat Feet

Flat feet affects all ages – even babies who are just learning to walk. But in the case of young children, the issue will usually correct itself as the child grown and the bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles strengthen with use and walking. For adults, however, no matter what the reason for the flat feet, some work is needed to fix the problem.

Here are 5 things you can do daily to strengthen and ultimately help to fix your flat feet.

Keep them straight. Take a minute to evaluate your standing position. Stand up and walk around the room for a minute. Stop and look straight ahead. Now, without changing the position of your feet, look down and see which way your feet are pointing. For most people, if they were to draw an imaginary straight line out of their pinky toe they would find their feet are pointing outward – almost to the point of “duck feet”. If that’s the case with you, turn your foot at the ankle so that the imaginary line goes straight out in front of you – so that the lines from both feet are parallel and headed toward any object in the distance in front of you. Remember that position. Every time you stop to stand still take notice of your foot position and adjust accordingly.

Roll the knees out. Once your feet are in the straight position mentioned above, try to bounce your knee caps up and down. Can you? Most people can’t. Keep trying. Usually it’s easiest to try to raise them up and then let them go. Once you’ve bounced them up and down a few times try to roll your knees open without lifting your feet or bending your knees. Be patient, this isn’t easy! Imagine trying to get your knees to look at each side wall. What you should notice is that your feet miraculously “get” an arch. Again, every time you stop to stand still, get those feet in position and try the knee roll.

Lift up your toes. This one you can do while you are standing (hold on to a chair if needed) or while you’re sitting. With your feet on the ground, spread your toes wide and then lift your toes into the air while keeping the ball of your foot and your heel on the ground. Drop them to the ground again. Now the next time try lifting each toe up in a wave starting with the big toe over to the pinky toe until they’re all up again. Put them back down in opposite order. This helps to strengthen the individual muscles in the foot. If you’re standing while trying this exercise, remember your foot position and try to keep those knees rolled.

Massage the arch. Using a tennis ball or similar child’s play ball, massage the arch of your foot daily by rolling your foot back and forth on the ball. Stand and sink into the ball with your foot but don’t put your full body weight on the ball. Switch to the other foot.

Stretch your calves. One of foot guru, body alignment expert and biomechanist, Katy Bowman’s go to exercises for any type of foot problem is a calf stretch. Put the ball of your foot on the top of a rolled up towel and drop your heel to the ground. Keeping the weight in the heel of that foot, slowly try to inch your free foot forward. Switch to the other side.

Hair Transplant

Hair Transplant Explanation

This surgery is a minimum outpatient invasive process that allows the patient to regain lost hair from new follicles transplanted in your head. This treatment involves a procedure where hair follicles from one side of your head (or other part of your body) known as donor site are removed and transplanted to the bald or recipient site.

Who Can Opt for a Hair Transplant

Any male or female who is experiencing baldness, traction alopecia, receding hairline, head trauma or male-pattern baldness can opt for this surgery and get permanent hair back once again. Men who are suffering from male pattern baldness, men or women who lost their hair due to fire accidents. Men are aware that medications and drugs will not help them in restoring their hair back.

Hair Transplant Procedures

Transplantation of hair is done in two ways. One is Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE and the other is Follicular Unit Transplantation or FUT. Below is a brief:

Follicular Unit Extraction: FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction is the more popular transplant procedure of the two surgeries. The reason behind this is, it’s less invasive and the down-time is almost minimal. In FUE, the surgeon manually harvests each individual hair follicles from the donor area to the needed area. This process is also known as grafting. If done properly, a natural and uniform look is achieved.

Follicular Unit Transplantation: FUT or Follicular Unit Transplantation is the process of the surgeon removing a strip of skin with hair follicles attached from the donor area to the recipient area. The skin is divided into small pieces of grafts and one by one implanted into the recipient area.

Graft Explanation

A graft is the removal of a strip of skin from donor area that is surgically removed without touching the blood supply. Once implanted into the recipient area, the skin develops a new blood supply.

Hair Transplant Duration

Though this is verified as per the procedure, nevertheless, it takes around 4 to 8 hours for the surgery.

Expected Results

Right after the second or third week, the transplanted hair tends to fall out. This stage is known as ‘shock loss’ and completely normal. At times, patients experience hair fall from areas that were not touched during the surgery.

By the 6th or 8th week, approximately 85% to 95% hair will have grown with the hair thickening after every cycle of growth. The growth cycle is about every 6 weeks, depending on the patients health condition. By the 6th month the result can be seen and by the 12th month the full final result of your treatment can be seen. By this time you will be having a crowning glory to show off.

Risk of Transplant Treatment

Though hair transplantation is the most less invasive and the most lowest medical procedure involving any risks, still like any other surgery there are some risks associated with a hair transplant like scaring, reddening of skin or not the expected result. There are chances of losing transplanted hair known as “shock loss”, which is common in recovering patients.

Some Advantages of Chia Seeds

Calcium

There is the same amount of calcium found in them as in a glass of milk. You can buy Chia seeds to sprinkle on food in order to increase your calcium intake. This can help you with promoting stronger teeth and bones. It can also reduce the risk of osteoporosis as you get older.

Omega 3

Increasing your amount of Omega 3s can help you to feel better both physically and mentally. You can buy Chia seeds to get this value rather than taking supplements. Many people don’t realise that such supplements aren’t always easy for your body to benefit from. In fact, a great deal of the value they offer can be lost during the digestion process.

Antioxidants

Perhaps one of the most encouraging reasons to buy Chia seeds is the powerful antioxidants that they contain. This can boost your immune system so you are less likely to become ill. It can also help your body to successfully fight infections and other health concerns. Staying healthy is an important step to living a great quality of life.

Energy

Boosting your energy level is important to many people. If you often feel sluggish throughout the day, you aren’t performing your best. Consuming food and drink items with caffeine or sugar can boost your energy. However, you will come crashing down from it. This can also cause you to have issues with weight gain and with your blood sugar levels.

Adding these seeds to your diet will give you more energy throughout the day. It won’t come in huge spikes and make you jittery though. It also won’t overstimulate you so that you don’t sleep well at night. This change can help you to have the energy you need to complete your daily tasks. It can also give you more energy to stay motivated to workout daily.

Weight Loss

It can be very difficult to lose weight, and the challenges are everywhere you look. Eating a healthier diet is a vital role in taking off the weight safely and keeping it off. These seeds can boost your metabolism so you will burn more fat in less time. The result is getting that weight off in less time. As you see the success, it will encourage you to continue your efforts.