Sunday, August 31, 2008

What Parents Need to Know

Kids and Drugs

Prescription drug abuse is also becoming a growing problem among America’s youth. One such drug is oxycontin, a pill that is used as a painkiller. Also known as “hillbilly heroin,” young people tend to smash the capsules, allowing them to snort or swallow a more potent dosage of the drug than the time-released capsule will allow. The resulting “high” is compared to the buzz that people receive when doing heroin, thus the nickname. Many drug centers are reporting large numbers of cases of oxycontin addiction in young people, many of which had no legal prescription for the drug.

The symptoms of this drug include euphoria and may be accompanied by stomach and bowel problems. It can also cause respiratory problems and organ failure when used over a long period of time. When a long time user is taking off the medication, they will experience withdrawal symptoms similar to those of other addictive drugs, such as heroin. If you think that your child is abusing oxycontin, you should confront him immediately. If he experiences withdrawal symptoms, you should seek medical help as he may become very ill and disoriented [Read more]

The Truth About Mood Swings During Menopause

Whether you’ve been feeling depressed or anxious or you’re sad one minute and happy the next, understand that there is a reason for your unpredictable moods and there are ways to get back to your old self.

The causes of mood swings: hormone imbalanceWhile there’s no clear medical explanation for how hormones affect mood, it’s clear that they do have a profound impact on the way we feel from one day to the next and even one moment to the next.

What’s known is that estrogen, testosterone, and androgen stimulate the nervous system, while cortisol and progesterone have a depressant effect. When levels of stimulating hormones fall, you’re left with a relative excess of calming hormones which can have an overall depressive effect on your mood. These hormones also control your level of serotonin, the chemical that directly controls you mood. When hormones alter your brain’s level of this chemical, you’re mood is bound to get out of whack [Read more]

Resolutions And Why They Fail

Did you realize that for the average person starting on a new workout program they are looking at about a 6 week transition period? And further more, during this transition phase all of the things that you hear about feeling better, having more energy, reducing stress in your life, when engaged in a workout program simply isn’t true. The reasoning behind this is that your body simply doesn’t know what to do with all of this new activity. In many cases you have just transitioned from sedentary lifestyle to an active lifestyle and your body doesn’t like it because it is change. Not to mention that many people make the mistake of starting a diet at the same time they just engaged in a workout program at their local gym. In short you have been setup to fail before you even step into your first workout. As opposed to starting a diet in the typical sense that most people start a diet, try eating a little healthier at the start without necessarily limiting your calories. Once you have adjusted to your new exercise routine then you may want to look at your calories. Please don’t get me wrong, as I am not saying that you should eat like there is no tomorrow. Even too much of a good thing can be bad for you. Simply try cutting out the simple sugars that are found in your sodas, candies, and many processed foods. Stick with your vegetables, whole grains, meet, fish, poultry, and dairy products.

While there are a number of benefits to a consistent exercise program, in order to begin to experience these benefits you have to make it through the transition phase. First you need to understand that consistency in your exercise program is far more important than the intensity. Assuming that your goal is to burn fat, as a general rule you want to start of slowly and whatever the activity try to keep active for 30 minutes or more 4 to 5 days out of the week. The reasoning behind the 30 minutes plus is that it takes approximately 30 minutes for your body to switch from burning carbohydrates to burning fat. As a result every minute beyond 30 minutes that you are able to exercise you are burning additional fat [Read more]

Wedding Diet - 6 Effective Tips To Lose Weight For Your Wedding Day

On top of the list is of course a healthy diet. Experts call it, well a wedding diet. Alright, please do not be put off. It just means eating your meals regularly. Studies prove that an irregular eating habit burns fewer calories, therefore making a person gain weight, maybe even worse in the long run.

Always read labels! That's a cardinal rule. When you are shopping in the grocery, always make it a point to look at the labels of the products you are going to purchase. Experts say that a person who consumes more fat does not even glance at the labels. It may sound simple, but it is one of those unseen things that spell the difference in the end. A person cramming to lose weight needs a steady dose of fruits and vegetables. They provide you with the feeling of being full, even if you're not. Wonderful, eh? This is because of their high water content. You know the feeling water gives when you have too much intake of it right? A good 5 servings of fruits and vegetables everyday is recommended by expert nutritionists. In relation to it, water should always be within reach. This is because water multiplies the energy outlay. This translates to the burning of calories and it goes up to a high 30% [Read more]

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