What You Should Know About Mammograms

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Mammograms are used to analyze breast tissue and to detect signs of breast cancer. Although mammograms are not the only form of detecting breast cancer (self-checking and other methods such as MRI’s are also used), it’s important to get annual mammograms after the age of 40. Women with a family history of breast cancer or who may be at a higher risk should begin their regular check-ups earlier, by age 30.

The process
Mammograms typically last about 20 minutes. During the screening, you and a technologist are the only ones present in the room. The breasts are placed in the machine’s plate and will be compressed for a few seconds. This is done in order to flatten the breasts and capture high-quality pictures of the tissue.

How to prepare
There are a few factors to consider in order to prepare for a mammogram. Avoid wearing deodorant or antiperspirant the day before your screening, as this may show up as white spots, and make sure to discuss breastfeeding or any concerns if you may be pregnant prior to the imaging.
If you are visiting a facility for the first time, bring past records with you so that the old pictures can be compared to the new ones. Additionally, avoid scheduling your appointment the week prior to your period and when your breasts are not swollen. This helps reduce the level of discomfort and to get better quality pictures.

What you should know
After your images are taken, a radiologist will analyze to see if there are any areas of concern. Additional testing, such as an MRI scan or biopsy may be required, although it does not necessarily mean something was detected. Results will be sent directly to your health care provider and typically mailed to you within 30 days or sooner if cancer is detected.

An important thing to keep in mind is to remember to schedule routine mammograms once a year. Detecting signs of breast cancer early is the best way to increase your chances of receiving proper treatment with successful results. And most importantly, don’t be scared, only about 2-4 out of every 1,000 screenings lead to a diagnosis.

3 Foods That Will Make Help You Stay Awake

If you’re at work or school and feeling drowsy, this post is for you!

When you had a hard time sleeping, we know it’s difficult to keep your body energized throughout the day. At times coffee works best to get the blood flowing, but sometimes it can crash and tire you out again. That’s why food can be your best friend. Food is not the enemy here. When food is consumed your body breaks it down into energy – which is needed when trying to stay alert during a work day. There are types of foods that will make you go to sleep. There are also foods that can help you keep your body up and moving. Here are three types of food you can snack on during the day.

Oats and nuts:

Oatmeal seem to be a popular go-to food when it comes to breakfast. It’s quick and easy to make. Not to mention that it has high complex-carbohydrates that helps you feel and alert after consumption. Before you put away the bread, think of spreading some almond butter because nuts help decrease the tiredness. Maintain the energy level by mixing up the oatmeal and nuts and you’ll feel energized for a while.

Curry:

It may sound weird but Indian food has this special spice that gives you the kick you need when you’re drowsy. That spice is turmeric which has an element that boost energy levels in the body. So if you like something spicy and surprising, try Indian food. We recommend an Indian cookie. They are great for a snack, sweet for your cravings and has that spice you need in the middle of the day.

Pumpkin seeds:

It’s almost that time of year when the pumpkin patch will hatch and there will be a numerous amount of pumpkins to decorate. Hold the seeds on the side! The pumpkin seeds have a lot of zinc and iron and is transferred to the brain when consumed. Talk about brain power! It will definitely be a favorite Fall snack around the office. Keeps you awake and gives you a decoration. What more can you ask?

This is just a few in the endless amount of other nutritious snacks you can consume during your day. So if you can’t settle for coffee, settle for a snack. Or maybe settle in for both!

 

What is Borderline Personality and How To Deal With Someone Who Has It?

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Do you have a friend that seems like they’re a good guy one day and a bad guy the next? If their personality doesn’t seem stable, they might have a mental disorder called, Borderline Personality.

What is borderline personality disorder?

Borderline personality disorder is a mental illness characterized by unstable moods, behavior and even relationships. Studies shows that only 2% of adults have this behavior – majority are 30-40 years old. This type of personality is difficult for the person and their love ones. People with BPD often have self-doubt and have frequent thoughts of suicide. They need extensive mental health services, which can lead into living a productive lifestyle.

Dealing with a love one with such a disorder can be difficult, but there are ways to keep the peace in the relationship and show the support the person needs. Remember, BPD have a hard time regulating their emotions and behavior. However, there are a few things you can do to help your love one live a productive life.

1. Communication: Like in every healthy relationship, communication is the key. Talking to a love one with BPD and setting healthy boundaries can help them build trust and respect towards you. You may not receive the best response. Therefore, explain to the person the boundaries and why when both parties are calm.
2. Concentrate on emotions: Unlike others, what BPD people say may not interpret to how they want you to take it. When they are in an emotional state they may not make sense in the conversation. Try to stay calm and analyze behaviors. The response should be based of what they are telling you through interpersonal behavior. If it ends in an argument you are allowed to walk away in the situation. When everything is calm, tell the person why you had to walk away.
3. You’re allowed to think of yourself: Sometimes conversations can be rocky. Things that aren’t meant to be said were placed on the table and it may be “toxic” in the moment. It is fine to walk away and have time to yourself. However, concentrate on the good aspects in the relationship and explain to your loved one why you were hurt and how it can be solved.

Having a loved one with borderline personality means the relationship require more attention and effort. Yet if set with healthy boundaries and a good sense of communication, the relationship can be rewarding.

Three Spa Treatments and Their Benefits

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Don’t you love to relax?

We do too. And for the ladies (men too) the spa is the best place to unwind. With massages, facials and sauna treatments, what’s more to ask for when you want to feel pampered.

Do you think there is a relation to the spa treatments and relieving stress and anxiety? It makes sense when you think about it. We feel relaxed and rejuvenated and it’s not because we feel pampered. You might think a spa is helping out physical attributes, but some treatments may even help our mental being. Here are a few:

1. Hot Stone Massage and Oil Baths: Usually people prefer a massage when they feel stress. Hot stones massages are famous for releasing the nerves. In many traditions such as the ones in China and Hawaii, they use a hot stone massage for therapy when dealing with anxiety and depression. However, spa director, Sandy Lam, also suggests a bath decorated with citrus oils. The smell of lavender and bitter orange gives of the feeling of calmness. This can easily be done at home as well.

2. Acupuncture: This is for the daring people. May seem scary but a professional knows the placements to end your physical pain. That is the end goal to this practice. Acupuncture goes way back to the traditional Chinese culture. There has been medical studies that show not only does acupuncture help with sore muscles, but alleviates depression, nausea and might help with infertility. This needle therapy mends changes to your body such as the processing of hormones and resistant reactions. It might seem weird during the first appointment, but many of those who have done it calms their body.

3. Body wraps: These have become very popular in the spa industry. It’s mostly because many women have spoken about it’s weight loss magic. Though, before you think about it you need to know you’ll have to set up multiple appointment to see results – plus there are extra behaviors that play into the weight loss. However, that’s not the only benefit it has. With the mixture of certain herbs a body wrap can take out the water weight, eliminate toxins in your body and help lower blood pressure. The first time you get a wrap, you’ll see a difference. You’re body will feel smoother, tighter and more natural healthier.

So if you’re thinking about going to the spa soon to just pamper up and wind down, know that you’re not only making yourself happy – but also your body.

Therefore, go ahead! Get pampered.

What You Should Know Before A Boob Job?

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If you’re thinking of getting a breast implant, we know it can be exciting. You’re creating the body you want to have and feel confident in yourself – go for it! Just make sure you have done research before you set up an appointment for your surgery. You probably already know that it cost thousands of dollars and that it takes weeks to recover. However, here are a few things you might not know that you should before you schedule your surgery.

  1. You can’t go to a small cup to a large cup at once. We know the goal is to have bigger breast, but you have to be realistic. If you have an A as your cup size you can’t have implants for triple Ds off the bat. We’re not saying you can make it happen. We are just saying you have to be realistic if it’s your first time having a breast implant. Your surgeon will suggest the biggest size that will fit you perfectly. As your body develops, you might be able to go back and aim for a bigger size if that is what you want. In most surgeon offices, they have sizers – meaning try-on implants. Therefore, you can see how your body will look with different cup sizes.
  2. There are choices. If you didn’t know, there are two types of breast implants: saline and silicone. Both of the choices have silicone shells but the saline has salt water and the silicone has gel. They both have their pros and cons. Many people go for the silicone because it is said they feel like real breasts. However, it is hard to detect if there is a rupture. If you choose saline breast, they will show ripples, but it’s easy to identify a leak by the breast decreasing over time.
  3.  Less Workout, more rest: After surgery, women cannot do any vigorous activity. Therefore, if you love going to the gym you would have to take a pause. The breast are still healing and settling in the body. You may ask your surgeon if you can do light workouts after a few weeks. However, most of the time it takes 12 weeks.

These are only a few things you need to know about breast implants. Make sure your surgeon is certified and come up with questions or concerns before you begin to measure. When you get a breast implant you want to feel confident, safe, and healthy.

Need Some Guidance On Eating Healthy? The Nutritionist Has Your Back

fdgEver wondered how well you are eating or have the urge to healthy?

We have all been there…we’re probably still thinking about it. I mean, it’s easy to celebrate Taco Tuesdays than Workout Wednesdays. “Workout” has the word “work” in it. Don’t we do that enough? All jokes aside we understand that it’s difficult to choose between pizza over a well-balanced meal with you least favorite vegetables. Having a visit to a nutritionist can help with that – if you’re ready to change the way you eat completely. Don’t sweat about it! The nutritionist will figure out a way to put in your favorite foods into your diet plan.

There are many reasons why you can or should visit a nutritionist:

1. You want to eat smarter: You can do this on your own, but some of us need a little more guidance. Think of a nutritionist as a personal trainer, but instead of telling you keep on running they will help your digestive system to keep on running. Once you visit with them, they’ll know where you are at, where you want to be at, and how to get there. They will help sort out any information you have required to tell you if it’s true or not and inspire you with inexpensive cooking recipes.

2. Lose/Gain weight: Like we said before, the nutritionist can figure out a way to get to your goal. The popular difficulty in many people is losing weight. However, in some gaining weight is the issue – especially if you’re thinking of muscle weight rather than fat. Trust us the weighing scale won’t be able to help you. A dietitian will be able to help you with your calories – if you have to obtain more or restrict more. You don’t have to give up Chipotle if you don’t want too. When you talk to your nutritionist they will find a way to give you a balance between food and physical exercise.

3. Having Digestive Problems: If you feel like your digestive system is out of whack, it’s probably because of the food you eat. Your doctor will most likely refer you to a dietitian. After taking your labs, the nutritionist can see the certain levels and predict what sort of eating habits you have or had that might have affected your system. Dietitians would work with your doctor to make you feel less aggravated when consuming fried foods or carbonated drinks.

4. Diabetes or High Blood Pressure: Sometimes it runs in the family and you can’t run away from it even when you try to eat healthily. Having a nutritionist on your team is imperative especially when you’re starting to change your diet. Besides, you would want to know how to handle a balance between tasty and healthy.

Usually, people are referred from their doctor to be seen by a nutritionist. They will request to take your labs in order for your dietitian to receive accurate information on your health.

Can You Read Your Pee?

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Well, can you?

If you can’t, that’s fine. It’s totally normal not think to much about your urine. However, if you ever wondered how healthy your body is on the inside – the color, smell and how many times you go can determine the status of your insides. Naturally we always think of pee as yellow. Even though that’s normal, clear urine means your good on your fluids. What happens if the color is green, red or even pink? Should you take it seriously? Some yes, others no.

Here are a few famous urine colors and the meaning behind them so you know what your body is telling you.

1. Pink or Red: In one part of the spectrum, having a pinkish or redish color means you have been eating a lot of pink/red color foods. For example, eating a lot of beets will make your pee pink. However, if you see a red color tint in your urine you may want to call a doctor. This may be blood coming out of your system. This may be a sign of kidney or bladder infections. It can also indicate if there are kidney stones, which are always painful.

2. Green: There is a good green and bad green. You would have to go with the smell. If you recently had asparagus and peed out green urine, you can actually smell the asparagus. Way to go on eating healthy. Unfortunately, if the toilet is filled with green tea and you smell an unwanted order – you might be dealing with a urinary tract infection (UTI). A UTI may also come with pain when you pee. Therefore, call a medical professional to receive help.

3. White or Milky: This is not anywhere close to having clear urine. You should be concern if you see milk-like liquid inside your toilet. This may mean you have taken an exceeding amount of minerals or protein. This too is a sign of a UTI. It can also be a sign of an STI and diabetes.

With all this toilet talk, we hope you have learned a thing or too with what your body is telling you. So next time you sit on that toilet, keep in mind this is the time your urine is speaking to you.

What Types of Food Will Make You Tired?

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You probably heard it at least once in your lifetime. The foods you eat affect your performance during the day. How much you eat may also affect your mood. However, it all comes down to the type of foods you consume. Different foods will either energize you or make you hit the covers. If you are having a busy day and can’t afford to take some shut-eye, here are a few types of foods you should avoid.

  1. Pasta: We do love our Italian food, don’t we? Unfortunately, before you request some lasagna for lunch, consider the feeling you get after eating. Pasta has refined carbohydrates that will boost your blood pressure and make you feel fatigue. Why do many tasty meals make people feel so drowsy? Life is not fair.
  1. Meat: This one is mostly talking about the red meat family. Yes, these delicious steaks hold iron that is a wake-up supplement, but they do carry high levels of fat. Because of the fat, it makes digesting food a little more difficult. Even though you’re not taking up much energy, doesn’t mean your body is not doing a lot of work. Your digestive system is taking in a lot of energy – which leaves you feeling drowsy.
  1. Fish: Hold the sushi! Even though fish offers protein and fatty acids, it also holds vitamin B6. This vitamin creates melatonin, a sleep hormone that will trigger you to crawl into bed and hide under the covers. If you need to keep yourself up in the afternoon, eat your salmon for dinner instead. Besides, you don’t want to be walking around with fish breath, do you? We hope not!

There are a lot of foods that may lead you to drowsiness. Some are also those that may wake you up in the morning. Therefore, it is best to set up your meals accordingly. So you can consume all the nutrients you need for the day. Like we said in the beginning, portions take into effect on how your energy level is placed! We know our list sounds delicious, but be aware that you might get sleepy after a while.

What Is Dandruff and How Do You Get Rid of It?

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Many people have been there. The head’s itchy, so it’s time to scratch. And when you scratch, little snowflakes fall down to your pants and you get a tad embarrassed. Don’t be. Most people have endured the itchy feeling of dandruff. We all agree it’s hard to get rid of them for good.

So what is dandruff?

Dandruff is dry skin on the scalp that most likely was tampered with malassezia – a fungus that is living on the scalp in the majority of healthy people without doing them harm. There are many reasons people have a flaky scalp. It comes from the weather, your immune system, and even hair products. We are not sure if you can get rid of dandruff entirely, but there are plenty of ways to alleviate the itchiness and prevent you from scratching a snow storm.

Here are a few ways you can scrub off the itch away:

1. Tea tree oil: Many studies have shown that if a shampoo or conditioner contains 5 or more percent of tea tree oil, will have less severity of dandruff than people who use hair products without it. Tea tree oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties that can help defeat the fungus within the scalp. Not only that, but it can be seen as a natural conditioner that eliminates the hair to flake.

2. Mouthwash: We know it’s weird to think about it on your scalp. However, Listerine has been suggested by many popular beauty influencers including Farah Dhuka – who has such luscious and healthy locks. Celebrity beauticians also suggestion mouthwash as an alternative to prevent flakiness. You’d hit two birds with one stone if you bought the mouthwash with tree oil. That’s double antibacterial properties to freshen up your scalp.

3. Lemons: If you need something easily handy in the fridge, you can opt out for a pair of lemons. Since lemons have citric acid, it helps fight the itchy scalp and also has antimicrobial properties that help get rid of the fungus.

Each product listed can be mixed with the other ingredients as well to make your hair stronger, fresher and healthier. Applying this to your scalp may not get rid of dandruff entirely, but it will keep your head fresh free from flake severity and clean from any itchy patches.

Have You Heard About Calisthenics?

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If you never heard about calisthenics, you might think it’s a name for a part of your body. However, it’s a type of exercise – where you perform gymnastic-like routines to keep your body fit and lean. If you ever wonder how a gymnast trains, this might be a good workout to try.

Calisthenics is a combination of strength and movement. Never be jealous if you feel like you’re weaker than the two that are next to you. Their muscle story may have started long before you began training. Never judge yourself for it. However, strength is essential to perform movements under the calisthenics belt. A few examples of the type of exercise that would go under calisthenics are:

1. Tornado Pull-ups: This exercise will workout mostly your arms, and lower abdomen and legs. This is performed like a normal pull up, but you are twisting your torso as you pull your self and unwinding your legs as you go back down. Sounds painful, right? Though it works your body well.

2. Brock Jump: This mostly works on your shoulders and triceps. You will need a medicine ball or a prop that will help you jump from one side to the other. It’s like a jump push-up but alternating sides that give more of an effect towards your body.

3. Hanging Strength Leg Raise: You wouldn’t think hanging from a bar would be hard, would you? Think of hanging while your kegs are straight. You will feel it in your quads, glutes and core.

4. Back Lever: this would give you a full body workout. To give you a picture of this workout, a person is basically holding the bar from their backs as they hang from it for a good time. This takes a lot of practice and training — plus it’s harder than it looks.

The best thing about these workouts is that you don’t need to add any more weight. These workouts are solely trusted to your body weight and you still gain the muscle and tone body look you would if you did weight training.