Lupus is known as the mysterious disease because it can produce a variety of symptoms in different individuals. It may take some time for a physician to actually make the diagnosis. Lupus is an autoimmune disease. This means that your immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues by mistake. This can damage many parts of the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and brain.
The symptoms of lupus vary and often mimic those of many other diseases, including other autoimmune diseases and connective tissue disorders. Dr. Patients may experience symptoms of lupus for years before they realize something is wrong, so doctors will need to take a comprehensive medical history before they can diagnose.
9 out of 10 people with the condition are female. African American females are three times more likely to develop lupus than white females. Some scientists think that it is related to genes, but we know that hormones and environmental factors play a role in who develops lupus.
With close follow-up and treatment, 80-90% of people with lupus can expect to live a normal life span. It is true that medical science has not yet developed a method for curing lupus, and some people do die from the disease. However, for the majority of people living with the disease today, it will not be fatal.
Living with lupus
If you feel that you may have Lupus please follow up with your physician about your concerns.
Reference: Women's Health
Yoga is so such more then just stretching and meditation. Yoga instructors focus on teaching you breathing exercises that are known to aide in relieving stress. Many say the relaxing environment leaves them feeling at peace, energized and optimistic!
Not only is yoga good for the soul it's also safe, which means limited injuries. These exercises are not strenuous or difficult. They often only consist of stretching, laying, bending and can be performed right in your living room.
The most beneficial part of this soothing lifestyle is it's ability to increase health risks such as, lowering your blood pressure and improving your cholesterol.
There is a bonus! Yoga tones the body, strengthens muscles and can burn fat.
You can find yoga classes online for your convenience or sign up for a class near you. Sometimes being in a group setting can be very encouraging!
Good luck and always "Namaste"
Contrave does not work for everyone. It's designed to curb your appetite but it is not a miracle drug. You must use self control as well. This pill will not remove your desire for food completely but when taken correctly you will more than likely never overeat again. I lost a total of 19lbs in eight weeks and that was without exercise. I recently stopped taking Contrave because I did not want to become dependent on the drug and my appetite slowly picked back up. The side effects were mild but I've heard of some being somewhat terrible. The estimated retail price for Contrave is $269 but it's only $99 with their discount coupon. I'd say it's worth the try. You have nothing but weight to lose!
Normal skin: 'Normal' is a considered to be well- balanced skin.
We asked a male with normal healthy skin about his secret and he says plenty of water plus an occasional detox does the trick. He also adds that what you sweat out can affect your skin.
Dry skin: 'Dry' is used to describe a skin type that produces less sebum than normal skin.
Sebum is an oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands. Our skin needs it in order to function, but too much of it can lead to acne, and an overly oily complexion.
Oily skin: "Sebum" is the technical term.
We spoke with two women who insist there is a daily struggle when it comes to taming their oily skin.
While one uses mild soap and noxzema cleanser the other applies alcohol three times a month. All though it's been considered the big "no no" she says this is what works. There was a suggestion to substitute the alcohol with witch hazel, a product often used to treat oily skin.
Combination skin: Both dry and oily. This tends to be the most common but there are not very many products that treat this skin type. Where one area is oily the other is dry which means you must treat each area differently.
Research shows that what you eat can affect your skin. Processed foods that are starchy and products high in sugar can cause acne. We can all agree to the known fact that drinking water is the number one key to healthy skin. Remember to always wash your face before bed!
We all know that staying active is very important when dieting but some exercises can cause serious injury. Here are a few that you may need to consider avoiding.
By K. Graves
Most of the foods we enjoy are not always good for us. If you're trying to lose wieght or obtain a healthier lifestyle there are a list of foods that you should think twice about.
Research and consult with a licensed nutritionist before any major changes to your diet.
I recently experienced a very high craving for ice daily and through my research I found out about my iron deficiency . I've been taking One A Day For Women and now my strong desire for ice has gone away! It would require a large amount of food to receive the nutrients your body needs. Vitamin Supplements can help fill the gaps when our daily food intake is not enough. They provide 100 percent of the Daily Value or DV of the essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.
Multi Mineral Supplements For Women.
Always consult with your physician if you are experiencing any abnormal health issues.
By K. Graves
Studies show that it is not necessary for women to use soap to clean the vagina area. Regularly applying soap to this area can cause serious dry and unhealthy problems. A chronically dry mucosal lining can lead to a number of uncomfortable health conditions such as anal fissures, lichen sclerosus, chronic inflammation, and a tendency to experience infections.
How should you wash the vaginal opening, the penile opening, and the anal sphincter? Clean with warm or hot water. If you desire more intense deep cleaning, you can use warm or hot salt water. This alone should ensure a healthy, clean vagina. The vagina will clean itself inside your body with natural vaginal secretions.
Normal vaginal discharge is whitish, but may appear yellowish when it dries. If your vaginal discharge appears greenish when wet, you have itching or burning, your discharge smells extra-fishy or you think you're at risk for STDs, get it checked just to be on the safe side.
By K. Graves
Reference: Woman's Day, Dr Ben Kim
Table salt is the most common cause of water retention. Excess sodium makes the body hold extra fluids in the cells. When you cut down salt and high sodium condiments like soy sauce, you can quickly lose water weight. There is also a wide variety of salt substitutes.
Have you ever weighed yourself and noticed the scale is one pound more than it was the previous day? Most likely it is the amount of water your body is retaining. There are a few things that can cause water retention such as too much salt, sugar, dehydration, too much alcohol, dieting and women’s monthly cycle.
Drinking the required amount of water can increase bloat and discomfort during that time of the month.
This may sound a bit confusing, but it works - the more water you consume, the more water your body will release.
Drinking 8 to 10 glasses per day will help flush sodium and excess fluid from your system. A well-hydrated body is healthier and is less likely to retain water.
By K. Graves
Body measurements can be a useful way to track your progress. At times you'll see a loss of inches even when the scale isn't moving. To ensure accuracy, measure in exactly the same place and under the same conditions each time. Here are some helpful tips!
Common Body Measurements
Bust: Place the measuring tape across your nipples and measure around the largest part of your chest. Be sure to keep the tape parallel to the floor.
Chest: Place the measuring tape just under your breasts/pecs and measure around the torso while keeping the tape parallel to the floor.
Waist: Place the measuring tape about a 1/2 inch above your bellybutton (at the narrowest part of your waist) to measure around your torso. When measuring your waist, exhale and measure before inhaling again.
Hips: Place the measuring tape across the widest part of your hips/buttocks and measure all the way around while keeping the tape parallel to the floor.
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