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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Healthy Habits In Pregnancy


This post main aim is to focus on how women should prepare properly for pregnancy.


First, if you’re planning to have a baby, you should visit your doctor (at least one month prior to conception), who will run few laboratory tests to make sure you do not have anemia or other deficiencies, will check your vaccination and make sure you are up to date, will prescribe prenatal vitamins with appropriate folic acid element (400mcg) with additional supplement (Iron, vitamin D, etc.) if you have any insufficiency.  Your doctor also will inform you about how much approximately your weight will increase according to your current weight. In fact, if you have normal weight, you will gain 25-35 pounds (11.5-16 kg) during your pregnancy.

Actually under-nutrition during pregnancy can have serious adverse effect on the mother and on the baby, to add over-nutrition also is found to cause diseases in childhood and adulthood. Pregnant women should really be careful on what food to eat and what to avoid to keep a good balance during this important phase.

  
*So what should you avoid during pregnancy?

  • Certain kind of fish that contains high level of Mercury.

  • Alcohol: you should completely avoid alcohol. (it can affect your baby: fetal alcohol syndrome)

  • Caffeine: you should limit your caffeine intake to 1-2 cups per day. Caffeine is not only in coffee, it is also present in cola, tea, etc.

  • Sugary drinks: you should limit your intake of sugary drinks.

  • Herbal products: please inform your doctor about any herbal drinks you are having since it can cause adverse effect on your baby.

  • Raw sprouts (i.e. Radish):  it can carry germs.

  • Unpasteurized Milk, cheese, juice.

[You should Stop smoking during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, this has really dangerous consequences on the baby].

 
*Food that is good for you:

  • Fresh fruits

  • Fresh Vegetables

  • Whole grain

  • Low fat dairy products

  • Few protein: meat, fish..

For more information about food that could be harmful, please visit the US food and drug administration website. Click here.


Furthermore, a critical attitude you should pay a huge attention to is how to prepare your food. You should be really careful to lower the risk of getting any infection; these precautions will help you tremendously:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly and especially before & after handling food.

  • Make sure if you’re having; fish, chicken, beef, eggs, or other meats, that they are fully cooked. 
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions concerning this or related topics!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Facts every Dermatologist wants you to know about!





We all know the dangerous effect of the sun on our health, but Have you ever wondered if the indoor tanning is better?
In fact many believe that the indoor tanning is safe, and even better than sun exposure. However the truth is quite the opposite. Here are few facts every dermatologist would wants you to know about:

  • It can cause skin cancer. Indoor Tanning generates the same consequences if not even worse than those of the sun. This is especially true for young adolescents and people with fairy skin and blue eyes.

  • It creates a premature aging of your skin. Indoor tanning causes your skin to age prematurely, with the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles as well as sun spots.

  • It can burn your skin and injures your eyes.

  • It does not provide Vitamin D.

  • It causes addiction. It was found that once you start indoor tanning, you find yourself attached to it and it’s harder for you to quit. 

Due to these Side effects, the US FDA requires warning labels on all indoor tanning equipment.

We will provide few simple tips, to help protecting your skin:

-Wash your face at least three times daily.  Actually your face is exposed to dirt throughout the day; so you should remind yourself to wash it frequently.

-Do not smoke, smoking can make your skin looks older.

- Apply sunscreen daily, before leaving your house, to prevent spots and damage from the sun. Apply them to areas exposed to the sun, for instance; face, neck, hands and reapply them every 2 hours; Wear protective clothing & Seek shade especially between 10 am- 2pm.

-Drink plenty of fluids to keep your skin hydrated.

We hope this post was useful, try the following tips and send us your feedback!

If you want to know more about sunscreens , you will find the following website useful:

Monday, February 4, 2019

Air Fresheners & Scented Candles : The Hidden Danger


Everyone knows how it’s like to feel the fresh scent in our home, office and entourage. However have you ever wondered if it’s safe to use air-fresheners and scented candles?

Air fresheners are now a $1.72 billion industry in the United States. However these products are not as safe as they seem and repeated exposure to small amounts of household chemicals can trigger symptoms to previously tolerated chemicals. 
Actually, Air freshener contains chemicals called Volatile organic compound (VOC) such as benzene and formaldehyde that cause many problems particularly in elderly, infants and individuals with low immunity, such as: Headache, Nausea, Aggravate Asthma, Neurological problems ad even cancer.


Furthermore, The National Resources Defense council (NRDC) also stated that 80% of the current air-freshener contains a substance called “Phthalate”, which induces:

-Hormonal problems

-Reproductive issues

-Birth defect and developmental disorders.

To add, Plug-in air fresheners were also found to have “Naphthalene”, which is shown to cause tissue damage and lung cancer in rodents. Scented candles may as well contribute to significant quantities of pollutants to the indoor environment, especially soot, benzene, & lead.

We decided to write this post to increase awareness regarding these indoor poisons, and also to help you find alternative solutions, for instance:

  • Improve your home Ventilation.

  • Switch to homemade alternatives. Add few drops of organic essential oil (lemon, Orange, etc.) with distilled or purified water, and use it as air-freshener.

  • Look at the ingredients of every product you buy! Many products do not have on the label their actual ingredients, but if it was available try to choose those with the least amount of phthalate available.

If you are interested in reading more about this topic, please visit the following sites:



Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Right Way To Quit Smoking!




If you are considering quitting smoking and you’re not sure what to expect and how to achieve it, these following tips will help you tremendously in overcoming this period.


First, in order to increase your chance of smoking cessation, you should know what to expect. “Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms” which peak in 1 to 2 weeks and may last up to 1 month. These symptoms consist of:


-Anger

-Anxiety

-Depression

-Weight gain

-Inability to sleep


It’s totally normal to have these symptoms, however you should know that there are some medications available that can help you greatly dealing with them (Nicotine Patch, gum, bupropion,etc.); Also regular counseling with your primary care physician or a special counselor, whether by regular office visit (every 2 weeks) or even by phone calls, will provide enormous aid.
Now that you know what to expect, you are probably wondering “How should I start?”

  • Set a date. Making a plan and setting a date, will prepare you mentally for this new upcoming commitment.

  • Remove all Cigarettes and lighters from your home, car, office and entourage.

  • Tell your friends and family about your new decision and commitment, so they offer you support.

  • Do not surround yourself with people who smoke. Try to avoid high risk places, instead go to places where smoking isn’t allowed: shopping Mall, cinema, etc.

  • Identify the Triggers that push you to smoke. Stressful situations are major stimuli for example; distract yourself as much as u can by exercising or meditation.

  • Drink a lot of fluids, minimize caffeine intake since it gives you the urge to smoke.

  • Keep yourself busy. Sports, reading magazines or others will help you avoid smoking.

  • Use oral substitutes. Sugarless Gum, carrots, celery are examples and beneficial.

  • Whenever you feel that you are close to giving up, remind yourself that all this phase is just temporary.

These are the most important tips anyone considering to quit smoking should be familiar with, for more information about dealing with specific craving symptoms you can visit the National Institute of Health website here
Finally, we recommend you to talk to your doctor who can help you getting through this phase, by providing appropriate medications and counseling.

Healthy Habits In Pregnancy

This post main aim is to focus on how women should prepare properly for pregnancy. First, if you’re planning to have a baby, yo...