Research shows that pizza is one of the most addictive foods, along with other processed foods like chocolate, ice cream, french fries, cookies, and chips. Pizza, like drugs, causes sudden spikes and crashes in the blood sugar while signalling changes to the neurological dopamine reward system. This is what ultimately causes a "food addiction." The more processed a food, the more likely it is to induce addictive eating behaviors.
A semen allergy is a rare condition in which women have allergic reactions to their partner’s semen proteins. It usually results in infection-like symptoms such as vaginal itching, redness, and soreness. If you suspect that you have a semen allergy, having sex with a condom and continuing to have allergic reactions may confirm your suspicion. Even if you are allergic, you are most certainly fertile and can conceive through artificial insemination.
To ease night-time battles with your toddler set a relaxing night time routine with a strict bedtime. Let the baby make choices such as which pajamas to wear and allow a favorite toy or blanket in bed. Avoid scary stories and movies and imagine happier endings for nightmares to dilute frightening dreams. Also, make sure they nap in the day but limit sleeping after mid-afternoon.
Give only sponge baths till your baby’s umbilical cord stump falls off to ensure it doesn't get wet. You can then bathe your baby thrice a week till the time they start crawling around and getting dirty. But certain areas like the face, hands, neck, and diaper area still need frequent and regular cleaning during this time. Once they start crawling, give your baby a bath every day.
If sleep is on your mind, know that temperature too can play a big part in how easily you fall asleep and how well you sleep through the night. If you’re too cold, you may wind up waking up often to visit the bathroom. Too hot and you’re likely to sweat and sleep fitfully. Researchers have zeroed in on an ideal range of between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit for adults and 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit for toddlers and babies. So use bed linen, duvets, the right nightwear, and your thermostat to hit that sweet spot all year round!
Here are some natural ways of tackling ants. Sprinkle cinnamon powder, clove powder, diatomaceous earth, or black pepper or chilli pepper powder along entry points, cracks and ant pathways. Wipe ants away with soapy water to erase chemical markers which act as a guide to other ants. Use a borax bait or an orange peel and vinegar spray and apply natural gum resins to the base of trees.
Yohimbine is found in the bark of the yohimbe tree in Western Africa. It’s been used as a natural erectile dysfunction remedy for thousands of years. Researchers think it works by alpha-2 adrenoceptors, which inhibit erections. There are also mixed findings on yohimbine’s benefits for weight loss and exercise. Before seeking out yohimbine, know that the potential side effects include irritability, headache, and nausea. Many brands also don’t have accurate labeling, so be careful.
Microwave popcorn may seem like a lovely treat but the trans fats, high salt content, and the possible presence of carcinogens in the packaging could take away some of that sheen. The diacetyl used in the butter flavoring could raise the risk of lung disease and bronchiolitis obliterans. It is also dangerous to those involved in its production, exposing them to toxic health hazards. New norms are now in place to reduce the risk, but there’s reason for you to read the package labels carefully too.
Swaddling is an age-old technique that can soothe and pacify babies. Choose a light wrap and lay your baby face up on the wrap with head and neck above the fabric. Fold the wrap across the baby’s body from one side, lift the bottom of the wrap and fold up. Then fold the second side of the wrap across and tuck in. Don’t swaddle babies who can roll over.
Bursitis is an inflammatory condition that causes the small fluid-filled sac called bursa around our joints to swell up and cause pain. General symptoms of bursitis include redness, swelling, tenderness when touched, and restricted mobility of the joint. The joints may hurt more with movement or if they are pressed. A more serious form of bursitis is septic bursitis where the affected bursa has an infection and triggers additional symptoms such as high fever, shivering, and skin infection.
If stress is messing with your health, channel the power of breathing to relax the body. Start with a simple equal breathing technique that uses counting to focus on breath. Progress to pranayama (yogic breathing), nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) and kumbhaka pranayama (breath retention). Or learn a deep abdominal breathing method. If you prefer a more meditative experience, controlled breathing with imagery could be the technique for you.
Divorce can be just as hard on your kids as it is on you. Simple things like always greeting them with a smile when you visit, not arguing with your ex in front of them, or taking up a class or activity together can help. Introduce a few new things at a time and avoid a sudden change of home, town, or school. Be sure to communicate, listen, and help answer their queries and validate their feelings. Get professional help for yourself or your child if it is needed.
Chamomile has been valued for its medicinal properties since ancient times. Chamomile tea can relieve anxiety, alleviate insomnia, and ease diarrhea and other digestive problems. Add chamomile to a sitz bath to treat yeast infections or hemorrhoids. Use it as a mouthwash to deal with gum disease. Chamomile can also tackle eczema, clear up a diaper rash, heal wounds, and help with diabetes.
The importance of folic acid intake during pregnancy cannot be stressed enough. But instead of relying completely on supplements for the vitamin, you can stock up on fresh produce and delicious dietary sources for the nutrient. Besides orange juice, citrus fruits, nuts, seeds, green leafy vegetables, and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower, folic acid is also present in copious amounts in beets, squash, asparagus, okra, and even whole grains. Just remember to control the amount of folic acid you’re getting via fortified foods like pasta, flour, breads, and breakfast cereals.
We often wear comfortable clothes at home. But, research indicates that spending more time naked comes with a host of benefits. It improves one's body image and self esteem. It also boosts metabolism and burns fat. Sleeping naked improves one's quality of sleep, prevents vaginitis, and boosts sperm count. Going bra-less strengthens pectoral muscles, prevents infections due to breast feeding, and improves the mothers' bonding with their newborns. Lastly, going nude promotes intimacy in relationships.
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