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Get Rid of Double Chin Fat

expressenchere   January 15, 2017   Comments Off on Get Rid of Double Chin Fat


Chin fat, double chin, fat face, call it whatever you want, if you have it chances are you hate it. And of course as you age it gets to be flabby chin fat. The question is what do we do on how to get rid of double chin?

When I started to learn more about food and how it affects my health, one thing was made very clear to me, I had to lose fat all over my body. Trying to isolate losing in just one area was not going to work. The same holds true for losing a double chin.

I will say that I really did not need to remove you chin fat before I started eating well and losing fat. My weight was really from the neck down. However, after I lost 20 lbs my not so bad double chin became a turkey neck double chin. So, now I had an additional area to work on.

I was already eating a more healthy diet and exercising, but I had to find out what to do to tighten the fat under my chin. Getting that all important metabolism revved up so your body gets rid of some of the stored fat is good for the whole body. Changing from coffee to green tea in the morning is a very good way to give your metabolism a morning boost.

I would like to add a bit more about green tea. I am not by any means telling anyone that green tea is a cure all, but I can’t help but notice how many articles have been written and how often the experts mention it’s benefits. Although like many other studies there are two sides. The side that thinks it is great and the one that says it needs more study.

For me, anything that helps me to reach all my health goals and to help loose your fat being one of them, is worth a try. Although most of the results have come from lab testing, there has been human testing. All the findings point to the benefits of green tea antioxidants. The antioxidants search for free radicals that may damage DNA, which can contribute to cancer and blood clots.

The evidence has also shown that green tea helps to fight obesity and lower our LDL or bad cholestrol. Both of which are major contributors of poor heart health. Green tea affects our blood vessels in such a way that it makes them less abt to clog.

The part of drinking green tea that does not seem clear is how much green tea to consume. I have read anywhere from 2 to 6 cups a day. Whatever you choose the evidence certainly does support adding some amount of green tea to your healthy lifestyle. You never know, it may be the magic bullet to get rid of double chin fat.

Drink extra fluids

I always weigh myself in the morning because as the day goes on I naturally retain fluids. If you get bloated it will affect the way your face looks. It is necessary to cut the amount of sodium in our diet. Sodium causes our body to become inflamed. We retain fluids so our body can try to dilute the excess sodium.

Excess carbs in our diets act in the same way, which causes us to retain fluids. The fat deposits actually enlarge and cause bloating. To rid of chin fat caused by carbs and sodium, drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. I still find that very hard to maintain.

As with the other areas of our body, the foods we eat are a big part of the effort to lose fat. Stay away from, or greatly reduce foods that are white. These foods are the bad carbs, white sugar, white flour, white pasta, etc. All the foods that get calories from refined white sugar and white flour making it hard to remove the fat.

Choose your carbs when trying eat a more healthy diet, however, carbs are necessary for good health. Too few carbs have been shown to cause depression in some people.

Incorporate at least 3 servings of low fat dairy in your diet. There have been scientific findings to show that people who do this lose more weight. It is necessary to reduce saturated fats. However, unsaturated fat, or “good fats”,help boost our metabolism. Things like salmon, olive oil, olives also help us to feel full longer.

Finally, learn to read labels, that one change helped me to know exactly what I was consuming in a day. Once I figured out how much I was supposed to have in a day, I was able to think less about food as an enemy or a crutch, and more about enjoying food. All the information you can gather will help to get rid of double chin fat and start your journey to get healthy.

I stared this journey to get my cholestrol under control so I wouldn’t have to take pills.  Once I started to understand just what I was eating and when, it gave me the incentive to learn more. That is why I write these articles, to give others the same incentive.

Satyriasis an Excuse for Poor Behavior

expressenchere   June 11, 2016   Comments Off on Satyriasis an Excuse for Poor Behavior


It’s what Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Tiger Woods and Arnold Schwarzenegger all have in common. Satyriasis is defined as excessive desire for sex in the human male.  Maybe it’s a failure to grow up; certainly it seems to result in older men behaving like 13 year old boys who have lost all inhibitions.

Some people might call this sexual addiction, which can afflict men or women but is more prevalent among men. The DSM IIIR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) recognizes this as a legitimate diagnosis. Treatment usually begins when excessive sexual behavior disrupts the person’s finances, career, self esteem and intimate relationships.

As a general rule, the behavior becomes “disruptive” when the sex addict is caught, as in “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” This may often lead to job loss, public humiliation, and divorce. Not to mention an inconvenient disease here and there.

Whether this condition is simply an excuse for poor behavior is a question for Newt, not much. He explains his ventures to have resulted from his extreme patriotism, which somehow left him vulnerable to temptation. This is an interesting concept, maybe even creative, but hardly seems adequate reason to start discussing divorce with your wife when she is in the hospital battling cancer.

Causes of sexual addiction are often discussed by therapists as stemming from childhood trauma, and sometimes as the result of an imbalance in brain chemistry. Excessive sexual behavior may also be related to a different underlying condition such as bipolar disorder. Treat the condition by correcting brain chemistry and the behavior is controllable. How excessive patriotism fits here is difficult to imagine.

It seems certain that some individuals have trouble with impulse control, and some do have extremely strong sex drives that are difficult to cope with. They would be the ones who might become sex “addicts.” The pleasurable aspects of sex become addictive, and are used to cover pain in the person’s life. Or the behavior results from chemical imbalances in the brain.

On the other hand, some guys just want to misbehave. The difference is that addicts feel guilt and try to change their behavior. Men who simply like to take advantage of other people have their own reasons. Telling the difference is the job of a professional. In many cases, only the perpetrator knows for sure.

You may have noticed that Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his recent peccadilloes have not been included in the line-up here. This is because attempted rape is not the same as consensual sexual offenses. That is a crime, and is more about domination than about sex.. It is not in the same category.

How to Treat Head Lice with Rubbing Alcohol

expressenchere   June 11, 2016   Comments Off on How to Treat Head Lice with Rubbing Alcohol


Lice are small parasitic wingless insects with piercing mouth parts that live on the hair and skin of mammals, including humans. They feed off of small amounts of blood from the scalp. The bite to get blood from the scalp is what causes the extreme itching, and the scratching to relieve the itching further inflames the scalp. While crawling through the hair the louse will lay eggs called nits along the hair shaft primarily close to the scalp.  The nits will look like dandruff but they can not be brushed out or shaken out of the hair. The nits quickly hatch and are full grown in 1 to 2 weeks. They will also begin to feast on the blood of the scalp leaving more saliva from their piercing mouth parts to cause more intense itching.

It is imperative to kill the lice quickly as soon as you are aware of them. The longer a person waits to begin treatment may increase the likelihood of damage to the scalp or the lice infecting other people in the household, at work, or at school.

A quick and inexpensive way to kill lice and nits is with rubbing alcohol. This kind of alcohol is available at drugstores, pharmacies and even many grocery stores.  A large bottle of rubbing alcohol can usually be purchased for less than $2.00, far less costly than shampoo treatments made specifically for lice or prescriptions from a physician.

Once home with the bottle of rubbing alcohol, begin treatment right away by wetting hair and pouring the rubbing alcohol onto the hair. It is important to keep the rubbing alcohol out of your eyes by tipping your head back while applying the rubbing alcohol. Carefully massage the rubbing alcohol through the hair and scalp. Rinse hair thoroughly after this treatment. Use a hair brush, comb or special lice comb to remove the nits. The rubbing alcohol will cause the hair to be very dry.  Bottled hair conditioner can be used to remoisturize the hair.

Clean hair brushes and combs with rubbing alcohol.  Wash towels, sheets, pillowcases and clothing in hot water to kill the lice and nits that may have attached to them.  A bleach solution can be used on floors, sinks, countertops and bathtubs to kill the lice and nits.

It may be necessary to repeat this process several times to make sure all the lice and nits are gone.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

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The diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a team effort between the patient and several types of health care professionals. A person can go to his or her family doctor or internist, or to a rheumatologist — a doctor who specializes in arthritis and other diseases of the joints, bones, and muscles. As treatment progresses, other professionals often help: nurses, physical or occupational therapists, orthopedic surgeons, psychologists, and social workers.

Education is Important

Studies have shown that people who are well informed and participate actively in their own care experience less pain and make fewer visits to the doctor than do other people with RA. It is important to learn about RA and its treatments, exercise and relaxation approaches, patient/health care provider communication skills, and problem solving. Educational and support programs help people understand the disease and reduce their pain, to cope mentally and physically with the disease, and to have a greater sense of control.

Diagnosing Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis can be difficult to diagnose in its early stages. There is no single test for the disease. In addition, symptoms differ from person to person and can be more severe in some people than in others. Also, symptoms can be similar to those of other types of arthritis and joint conditions, and it may take some time for other conditions to be ruled out as possible diagnoses. Finally, the full range of symptoms develops over time, and only a few symptoms may be present in the early stages. As a result, doctors use a variety of tools to diagnose the disease and to rule out other conditions.

Medical history: This is the patient’s description of symptoms and when and how they began. Good communication between patient and doctor is especially important here. For example, the patient’s description of pain, stiffness, and joint function and how these change over time is critical to the doctor’s initial assessment of the disease and his or her assessment of how the disease changes.

Physical examination: This includes the doctor’s examination of the joints, skin, reflexes, and muscle strength.

Laboratory tests: One common test is for rheumatoid factor, an antibody that is eventually present in the blood of most RA patients. An antibody is a special protein made by the immune system that normally helps fight foreign substances in the body. Not all people with RA test positive for rheumatoid factor, especially early in the disease. And some others who do test positive never develop the disease. Other common tests include one that indicates the presence of inflammation in the body (the erythrocyte sedimentation rate), a white blood cell count, and a blood test for anemia.

X rays: X rays are used to determine the degree of joint destruction. They are not useful in the early stages of RA before bone damage is evident, but they can be used later to monitor the progression of the disease.

Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis


Doctors use a variety of approaches to treat RA. These are used in different combinations and at different times during the course of the disease and are chosen according to the patient’s individual situation. No matter what treatment the doctor and patient choose, however, the goals are the same: relieve pain, reduce inflammation, slow down or stop joint damage, and improve the person’s sense of well-being and ability to function.

Rest and exercise: Both rest and exercise help in important ways. People with RA need a good balance between the two, with more rest when the disease is active and more exercise when it is not. Rest helps to reduce active joint inflammation and pain and to fight fatigue. The length of time needed for rest will vary, but in general, shorter rest breaks every now and then are more helpful than long times spent in bed. Exercise is important for maintaining healthy and strong muscles, preserving joint mobility, and maintaining flexibility. Exercise can also help people sleep well, reduce pain, maintain a positive attitude, and lose weight.

Care of joints: Some people find that using a splint for a short time around a painful joint reduces pain and swelling by supporting the joint and letting it rest. Splints are used mostly on wrists and hands, but also on ankles and feet. A doctor or a physical or occupational therapist can help a patient get a splint that fits properly. Other ways to reduce stress on joints include helpful devices like zipper pullers, and shoe horns, devices to help with getting on and off chairs, toilet seats, and beds.

Stress reduction: People with RA face emotional challenges as well as physical ones. The emotions they feel because of the disease – fear, anger, frustration – combined with any pain and physical limitations can increase their stress level. Stress may also affect the amount of pain a person feels. Regular rest periods can help, as can relaxation, distraction, or visualization exercises. Exercise programs, participation in support groups, and good communication with the health care team are other ways to reduce stress.

Healthful diet: Studies have shown that the omega-3 fatty acids in certain fish or plant seed oils may reduce RA inflammation. However, many people are not able to tolerate the large amounts of oil necessary for any benefit. Other than these, there is no scientific evidence that any specific food or nutrient helps or harms most people with RA. However, an overall nutritious diet with enough, but not an excess of, calories, protein, and calcium is important. Some people may need to be careful about drinking alcoholic beverages because of the medications they take for RA. Patients should ask their doctors for guidance on this issue.

Climate: Some people notice that their arthritis gets worse when there is a sudden change in the weather. However, there is no evidence that a specific climate can prevent or reduce the effects of RA. Moving to a new place with a different climate usually does not make a long-term difference.

Medications

Most people who have RA take medications. Some are for pain relief; others are used to reduce inflammation. Still others, called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, or MARDs, are used to try to slow the course of the disease.

RA therapy traditionally involved an approach in which doctors prescribed aspirin or similar drugs, rest, and physical therapy at first, and then prescribed more powerful drugs later if the disease became much worse. But recently many doctors have changed their approach, especially for patients with severe, rapidly progressing RA. This change is based on the belief that early treatment with more powerful drugs, and the use of drug combinations in place of single drugs, may be more effective ways to halt the progression of the disease and reduce or prevent joint damage.

Surgery

Several types of surgery are available to patients with severe joint damage. These procedures can help reduce pain, improve the affected joint’s function and appearance, and improve the patient’s ability to perform daily activities. Surgery is not for everyone, however, and the decision should be made only after careful consideration by patient and doctor.

Joint replacement: This is the most frequently performed surgery for RA, and it is done to relieve pain, improve or preserve joint function, and improve appearance. In making a decision about replacing a joint, people with RA should consider that some artificial joints function more like normal human joints than do others. Also, artificial joints are not always permanent and may eventually have to be replaced. This may be an issue for younger people.

Tendon reconstruction: RA can damage and even rupture tendons, the tissues that attach muscle to bone. This surgery, which is used most frequently on the hands, reconstructs the damaged tendon by attaching an intact tendon to it. This helps to restore some hand function, particularly if it is done early, before the tendon is completely ruptured.

Synovectomy: In this surgery, the doctor actually removes the inflamed synovial tissue. Synovectomy by itself is seldom performed now because not all of the tissue can be removed, and it eventually grows back. Synovectomy is done as part of reconstructive surgery, especially tendon reconstruction.

Routine Monitoring and Ongoing Care

Regular medical care is important to monitor the course of RA, to determine the effectiveness and any negative effects of medications, and change therapies as needed. Monitoring typically includes regular visits to the doctor. It may also include blood, urine, and other laboratory tests and x rays.

Osteoporosis prevention is one issue that patients may want to discuss with their doctors as part of their long-term, ongoing care. Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones lose calcium and become weakened and fragile. Many older women are at increased risk for osteoporosis, and their RA increases the risk further, particularly if they are taking corticosteroids such as prednisone. These patients may want to discuss with their doctors the potential benefits of calcium and vitamin D supplements, hormone replacement therapy, or other treatments for osteoporosis.

Alternative and Complementary Therapies

Special diets, vitamin supplements, and other alternative approaches have been suggested for the treatment of RA. Although many of these approaches may not be harmful in and of themselves, controlled scientific studies either have not been conducted or have found no definite benefit to these therapies. Some alternative or complementary approaches may help reduce some of the stress associated with living with a chronic illness. As with any therapy, patients should discuss the benefits and drawbacks with their doctors before beginning an alternative or new type of therapy. If the doctor feels the approach has value and will not be harmful, it can be incorporated into a patient’s treatment plan. The Arthritis Foundation (800-283-7800) publishes material on alternative therapies as well as established therapies.

Annoying Piece of Skin? Here’s How to Treat and Remove Skin Tags on your Own

expressenchere   June 11, 2016   Comments Off on Annoying Piece of Skin? Here’s How to Treat and Remove Skin Tags on your Own


Do you suddenly feel and see small pieces of skin scattered on your neck, on your armpit and under your breasts? Having skin tags is not alarming, but they certainly are annoying to most. Here’s some ways on how to remove skin tags on your own. But remember to seek medical help when it’s too big or too sensitive for you to handle.

Have you ever experienced taking a bath and try to do almost everything to remove that stubborn dirt from your body, which turns out to be your skin? I know I have, and I really don’t like it. As I grew near my thirties, I have been noticing a lot of these small and hanging skin tags spurt up around my chest and neck area.

What are Skin Tags?

Skin tags are also called a cutaneous tag, a crochordon, a skin fibroma or a templeton skin tag. Skin tags are small pieces or a piece of soft hanging skin, which has a peduncle or stalk – where it grows from. These small skin tags are nothing to be worried about, but they can be bothersome when it is located in high friction areas. But most of the time the tags usually form on the eyelids, neck, armpit, and groin area and under the breasts as well. The size varies from as little as 2mm up to 5mm or even 5cm in diameter.

And you don’t need to worry, skin tags are mostly just benign.

Who is More Prone to Getting these Tags?

Formation of skin tags, can happen to both male and females, and even in the young ones. But, most of the time there is a high prevalence when you reach the age of thirties and above.

There is no exact cause of skin tags, but it is believed that it is formed in area where friction between skin and clothing tends to occur the most. Because of this, people who are overweight and has more skin folds tend to have a higher chance of having skin tags than most. Pregnant women, people with diabetes, individuals who use steroid and who have the human papilloma virus (HPV) also has the tendency to form skin tags because of hormonal, immune and collagen imbalances.

How Do You Treat?

You can go the old-fashion and do-it-yourself way of getting rid of those bothersome skin tags, and you can also see medical help if the skin tags that you have are too big or if it is a very sensitive location, like on your eyelid.

With Dental Floss or String. Make sure the area and the string that you will be using is sanitized. Tie the tag at the base tightly and it will fall off eventually.

Cutting it Off with a Scissor. Sanitize the area, as well as the scissor properly. Ice the skin tag and the area surrounding it to help reduce the pain and bleeding, when the skin tag is cut off your skin. Immediate results, but bleeding will occur. Place a band-aid over the treated skin immediately.

Use Over the Counter Skin Tag Removal Products. You can try using over the counter skin tag removal products, like the one by Dr. Scholl, that can freeze the skin tag for easy removal, or one of the tape types that will rip off the skin tag with a medicated tape. Most are available in most pharmacies, and are similar to wart removal OTC medications.

Removed by a Physician. If the skin tag is too big or you are just simply not comfortable attempting to even remove it at home. Your doctor can do it for you through freezing with liquid nitrogen or burning it off with cauterization. You can also ask your ophthalmologist if you have a skin tag in the eyelid area, if he can remove it or if he can refer you to a skin specialist that can remove it safely without causing harm to your eye.

Sources:

What Causes Skin Tags? | Acrochordon – Live Scienc

Red Spots on Face

expressenchere   June 11, 2016   Comments Off on Red Spots on Face

I just turned 50 and have started to notice tiny red marks on my skin (my husband also has some). Some look like blood blisters or red moles. What are they?

Visible red blood vessels in the skin commonly appear on women’s thighs about middle-age, but you probably are talking about “cherry angiomas.”

These are tiny bright red lesions that appear in early adult life and increase in numbers over time. Composed of numerous vesels that clump together in the skin, they occur on the trunk, neck and face. They can be removed with one or two laser treatments.

How to Get Fit While Watching TV

expressenchere   October 27, 2015   Comments Off on How to Get Fit While Watching TV

“But I have no time to work out…” is no longer an excuse. I know, excuses are easy to come by, as one reason after another runs through your head like a CNN news ticker. You’re too tired, you need to recuperate after a long day, you don’t have time… Yet somehow you muster the energy to get gussied up to go out for a drink with friends, make a Julia Child inspired feast, and zone out in front of the TV for two hours. Since, clearly, you have some time to spare, you could turn on your computer and download even just a quickie 10 minute workout that is pretty much guaranteed to wring sweat from your pores while doing some serious waist-line slimming as you crunch it up with celeb trainers like Kathy Kaehler and her Ab Burn Workout.

But if multi-tasking is your mission, here’s how to work out while keeping your eyes glued to the tube:

-1-Minute Quickie (5 moves):

10 Jumping Jacks

10 Tuck Jumps

10 Windmills

10 Air Jacks

10 Toe Touches

 

-3-Commercial Workout (3 moves):

Run in place for 1 commercial

Seated Dips for 1 commercial

Plank (top of a push-up) for 1 commercial

-30-Minute Calorie Burn

While the show is on, you’re marching in place, knees high, arms swinging. Add a little extra oomph by putting in a punch, punching the air above you, in front of you, below you. Really get your heart racing by slipping in a few sets of 50 jumping jacks.

During the commercial breaks, you’re doing Seated Dips- 20. They are great for the triceps. Next up, no break, move onto Wall Sits- 1 commercial. Finally Plank- 1 commercial. If there are more commercials, follow up Plank with Side-Plank, holding each side for an entire commercial. Repeat this series for each commercial break.

You’ll never feel like a coach potato for watching TV again.