Bug bites are not only painful; they can be incredibly lethal too. More often than not we ignore bug bites and end up with severe rashes or even diseases. Here are a few bugs that can be lethal and a few tips to keep the bugs away.
The most common insects are mosquitoes. Their bite inflicts a bump that is red and itchy. They are usually harmless but they can cause a number of diseases because they may carry deadly viruses. To treat the bite, you must wash the bitten area with soap. If the swelling is too much, place an ice pack over it. The itching can be taken care of by an antihistamine or a lotion. Keep your surroundings clean and don’t let water stagnate in order to avoid mosquitoes.
Bites from bees can be extremely painful. The pain can get unbearable too and form a red colored itchy welt on your skin. Bee bites are generally just painful and frustrating unless you are allergic to them. To treat the bite, first remove the stinger from your skin using tweezers. Wash the bitten area and apply cold compress. If you feel dizzy, are short of breath, etc, then you are allergic. Call 911 immediately. When you go out for picnics, make sure you wear light colored clothes because bees get attracted to bright colors. Discard eatables – especially sweet – away from the place where you are camping.
Tick bites can be dangerous. They can cause diseases, pain and rashes. Redness, swelling and itching are common. If you were outdoors for long, check your place for ticks. Remove them immediately. If you are bitten, go to the doctor. If you are going to areas with tall grass and leafy debris, then wear long sleeves and cover yourself properly to avoid tick bites.
Bedbugs usually bite the face, hands, arms and neck. They are very painful but harmless. If you are bitten, take an antihistamine and apply cream containing hydrocortisone. When you check in to your hotel room, take a quick look around for bedbugs. Switch if you see any.
Chigger bites give rise to welts on armpits, knees and ankles most often. If you are bitten, take a hot water soapy bath and remove the chiggers gently with a washcloth. Itching will last for a few days. Use soothing lotions. If you are hiking, make sure you wear full sleeved clothes and shoes. You can use mosquito repellents against them too.
Your daily cup of coffee keeps you awake, doesn’t it? Most of you surely can’t go a day without the coffee. Coffee is a part and parcel of almost everyone’s life today. Many people begin the day with a cup of coffee or tea and go through the rest of the day with occasional cups too. The drink keeps us going, yeah?
But here is some news for those who are trying to get pregnant. Studies have shown that coffee may lead to infertility. Baffling and scary but true.
Coffee apparently impairs the fallopian tubes by having a direct effect on the muscles. Eggs are carried by the fallopian tube to the uterus. The contractions of muscles are inhibited and thus, the egg is not transported to the uterus for fertilization.
Of course, the study was carried out on rodents and thus, nothing can be said for sure right now.
Better safe than extremely sorry though, isn’t it?
Staying fit is like a curse these days. With our hectic jobs and so much on our mind, we barely pay attention to our health. Exercise is very important to stay fit and we all know that. Yet, we choose to ignore it or sometimes, are forced to. Whatever the reason may be, it is surely not worth risking your health for.
The human body needs exercise to stay fit. Staring at your computer at work and staring at your TV at home while absently munching on junk food won’t help you even one bit. You need to move around, take a walk, eat good food and sleep well.
Begin the day with a brisk walk. Wake up just half an hour early and go for a walk. Trust me; it’ll do you a lot of good.
When you are in your office, keep your work environment friendly and relaxed. Get some flowers or probably a small potted plant. The fragrance will help you a lot. You won’t be stressed.
No matter what happens, never eat at your work desk. You won’t realize how much you are eating and what you are eating either. You will be too occupied with your work. So, move out of your cabin, go to the canteen or outside and eat calmly there.
Get good sleep. Don’t lay awake each night thinking about your work. Get a good 8 hours sleep so that you are fresh the next morning.
Just follow a few simple tips and stay fit. You don’t need to have a mini gym in the house for it. Some stretches, a little yoga, some meditation, etc is enough.
There are many foods that are dubbed as power foods but here are 12 that are extremely beneficial and helpful. They will give you the least amount of calories and the highest amount of nutrition. All these 12 foods are plant foods. Plant foods are known for being rich in chemicals that help the body become healthier.
All of the chemicals are great anti oxidants. They cleanse the body and prevent damage of the cells. Thus, they prevent deadly diseases such as diabetes, inflammation, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and premature aging.
Also, these 12 foods are of different varieties, making sure that you get the best of each essential nutrient. They are healthy, they are beneficial and of course, they are tasty!
Here are the foods you must include in your diet for sure –
- Bell peppers
- Citrus fruits
- Olive oil
- Whole grains
Here are a few reasons for you to hang out more often with your friends. Puh, like you needed a reason! But our lives are too busy and we can’t take time out often. So here are a few reasons that will work as great incentives for you to take some time out for your friends –
- They will warn you when things go wrong. Your friends will be there for you because they know you the best. They want the best for you and they will try as much as possible to help you. Whether you work too much or start drinking too much, you can rely on your friends to tell you off and bring you right back on track.
- Friends are the best way to beat depression. They will stay with you through thick and thin. They will never let you isolate yourself. Good friends will cater to all your emotional needs and make sure you are never lonely.
- Social support is the most important during times of tragedy. When someone meets with an accident or suffers a sexual assault, good friends will always reach out. The presence of such friends makes it a tad easier to cope and move on.
- They help you relieve stress and tension.
- You can spice your life up by doing different things with your friends – new activities, interesting things, going out sometimes. You will have a lot of fun and your life will be full of activity.
Here’s an incentive for you to use olive oil. Oh yes, I know you already love olive oil and use loads of it. I’m going to give you a bigger reason to use olive oil.
Recent researches have revealed that olive oil has numerous health benefits. French scientists conducted a series of tests and came to the conclusion that people who cook in olive oil and/or use it to drizzle it over foods have a wide number of health advantages over those who don’t. The biggest advantage – hold your breath – is that it reduces the risk of a stroke by 73%!! Isn’t that amazing?
The more, the better it is when it comes to olive oil!
Come on, try it on now and those of you who don’t use a lot of olive oil should change their cooking habits very soon for olive oil indeed is a life saver!
Love Pancakes? Here is a recipe that you must try out. It is called Chilli Pancake. Spice your pancakes up and enjoy them!
You will need –
- 100 gm of flour
- 300 ml of milk
- 1 egg
- 1 clove of garlic. Make sure it is skinned and nicely crushed
- 1 chopped onion
- 2 tsp of chilli powder
- 1 chopped yellow pepper
- 425 gm of drained red kidney beans
- 397 gm of can tomatoes
- 425 gm of baked beans
- 50 gm of grated Red Leicester cheese
Method of Preparation –
- Take the flour in the bowl and add the egg in the centre after making a well in the flour. Add the milk gradually and beat it well so that a smooth batter is formed.
- On a hot frying pan, pour 3 tbsp of the batter and cook well until the pancake moves easily. Continue cooking until it is golden colored. You can make 8 such pancakes.
- Simmer garlic, beans, chilli powder, onion and tomatoes for 15 minutes in a pan. After this add the pepper and green beans and cook for another 5 minutes.
- This is the filling for the pancakes. Divide it among the pancakes and fold each pancake into a triangle. Place them in baking dish in a uniform layer and then sprinkle the grated cheese.
- Grill them until the cheese melts.
Stress, stress, stress! It is a very common word today. Almost everyone goes through stress for some reason or the other. Its vast incidence however does not make it any less gruesome. For those of you who are unaware, stress leads to so many problems that you can’t even fathom. Need examples? How about heart disease? How about menstrual problems and infertility? How about cancer?
Scared? Don’t be. There are ways to ward off stress from our lives and healthy. Here are some of them –
Laugh! Simple, isn’t it? Laugh how much ever possible. Studies have revealed that laughter is extremely good for health and it even boosts the immune system. This is probably the easiest way to stay healthy too!
Massage! Massages are really good for the body. A good massage can balance your hormonal levels and decrease stress related hormone levels such as those of cortisol. Massages also relax you and make you feel great from inside.
Be Positive! Thinking interferes with ours major pathways in the body. Thus, thinking positive will help you be healthy. There is a direct relation between being positive and staying healthy and it has been proven. So, ward off the bad thoughts and be focussed on the good ones.
Sleep! You need to get enough sleep because lack of sleep increases the levels of cortisol in the body and ultimately leads to obesity. Obesity is linked to a wide range of health problems. Stay safe, sleep well.
Exercise! Keep your body fit and hormones balanced with good, regular exercise. Sweat it out. Don’t give up too soon. Little exercise is also harmful.
Meditate! Breathing deeply and meditating can help you in various ways. It’ll help you relax, calm down, feel positive and good. It can ward off your stress and make you feel healthy. Meditating for a while every day has proven to be extremely helpful.
When you are dieting, you sure don’t want to be munching away. Most of the times you don’t even realize that you are eating a lot of snacks. This is why here are a few snacks that are healthy and that will keep your cravings at bay. They are nutritious and thus serve two purposes simultaneously.
Try eating roasted peanuts. They are not only delicious, they are highly nutritious and will help you feel full. Thus you won’t feel hungry during your diet.
Popcorn is also another option. It is low calorie and has fibres that help in muscles development. The ingredients used are also known to be detoxifying.
Milk and cereal is also very good for health and an excellent alternative during diets. They are highly proteinaceous and give the body the required energy.
Tart cherries are another great option. You can simply eat them raw or drink their juice. You can easily control weight gain by eating these.
Cantaloupe will surely keep unhealthy and fattening snacks at bay. You can make different desserts using cantaloupe and gain a lot of Vitamin C. You can try making different delicious recipes too. Even this ingredient is a great detoxifier.
Want to do your bit for the planet? Go green! You’ll not only help the world, you’ll help yourself and your baby’s health. You will also mark a healthy future for your child. Here are a few things you could do. We all know about these things but for some reason, it gets necessary to enunciate every now and then. People tend to forget such things really quickly.
The first thing you should do use your car less. Why not take your child out for a walk instead of taking him out for a drive? If your child is a baby still, put him in the stroller and off you go! Both mother and son could also go cycling. Of course cycling actually depends on how your child is but that is understood.
Breastfeeding is the best for your baby. Breast milk has a lot of health benefits and you will be doing a lot of good to the environment too. Baby formula costs a lot and one can’t even be sure that it is healthy. Breastfeeding can be done until your baby is 2 years old.
Take your child to an organic farm to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables. You can let your be involved in the cooking process so that he has fun and so do you. He’ll feel extremely happy that you let him play a part.
Turn off the TV when you are not using it. Instead of letting your child waste time in front of the TV, take him out and talk about trees, plants, birds, etc. Explain how it is important to save the environment and be environment friendly. Tell your child that he can make a lot of difference.
Use natural shampoos and soaps for your child. Let him get dirty. Let him be naughty and play how much ever he wants. But when he needs a bath, be sure you are using natural products.
Teach your child little things that will be small steps towards saving the environment such as saving water, turning off the lights while leaving the room, turning of the tap when brushing, etc.