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Thanks to Fahad

24 Nov

So, everyone knows that Fahad went LIVE and it’s great news for all of us.

I want to personally THANK Fahad for the time that he takes to help all of us and answer those questions that we need answered.

Please remember, Fahad is doing this FREE.

He has a business to run and spends alot of his free time giving out tips/advice. We really appreciate it Fahad and thanks for shedding light on diet and exercise and making it not so ‘taboo’ to talk about.

We shouldn’t be ashamed if we have gained a few kilos (or more!!). We should be happy that we realise we need to change. We need to go ‘back to how we were before’.Without you, it might not have been possible. Thanks again.

Fahad has some great articles over on his site on how you can achieve your goal. Be nice to him and always remember to say THANK YOU!

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What colour is your poo?

24 Nov

How many clicked this on Twitter just to see what the heck I was going to write…well, as disgusting as this post might seem to you. This is a serious topic. What colour is your poo? It’s an embarassing subject for many but the colour and texture of your poo determines alot about your health.

Normal adult bowel motions described
Characteristics of the normal, healthy bowel motion include:

  • Bowel motions should be firm, moist and easy to pass (guys if you spend 30minutes in the bathroom, you have a problem)
  • Regularity differs from one person to the next – the range of ‘normal’ includes once per week to several times every day, depending on the individual.
  • Bowel motions are brown because they contain bile pigments (stercobilin).
  • Bacteria use chemical reactions to break down the faeces. These chemical reactions produce smelly compounds like hydrogen sulphide, which account for the characteristic odour.

Changes in colour
Healthy bowel motions are brown. If your faeces change colour, seek medical attention immediately, as some of the causes may include serious illnesses. Common colour changes and their range of possible causes include:

  • Red – blood smears on the toilet paper are usually caused by haemorrhoids or anal fissures. Bright red blood in the faeces (haemotochezia) usually means internal bleeding, and the causes could include bowel cancer or a bleeding stomach ulcer.
  • Black – one of the most common causes of black faeces is taking iron supplements. However, bleeding higher up in the digestive tract, such as from the oesophagus or stomach, can cause the faeces to appear black (melena). The cause could include bleeding from an ulcer.
  • Maroon – blood is the usual cause of maroon-coloured faeces. Some of the causes can include bleeding from the bowel – often from diverticulosis, angiodysplasia (abnormal and leaky blood vessels in the intestinal lining) or bowel cancer.
  • Cream or light coloured – light-coloured faeces usually means that bile salts are absent. This could be caused by a range of digestive diseases affecting the pancreas, gall bladder or liver. Hepatitis, for example, can make the faeces appear silver, white, grey or yellow.

Changes in texture
Healthy bowel motions are firm and moist. Common texture changes and their range of possible causes include:

  • Watery – short bouts of diarrhoea can be caused by a range of factors, including food poisoning, gastroenteritis and anxiety. Chronic diarrhoea can be a symptom of more serious illnesses such as coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulosis or bowel cancer. It can also be caused by medication, diet (high fibre diets, coffee and diet soft drinks can cause diarrhoea) and, frequently, from irritable bowel syndrome. Lactose intolerance can also cause diarrhoea, often with cramping and wind.
  • Hard and dry – when you are constipated, bowel motions tend to be hard, dry and uncomfortable to pass. Common causes of constipation include a low fibre diet, and some medications. Constipation can cause haemorrhoids to produce symptoms because of the straining involved to pass a hard, dry motion.
  • Stringy – parasitic infections of the gut can cause bowel motions to become thin and stringy. For example, worms can affect the faeces in this way.
  • Greasy – a high fat meal can result in fatty, smelly faeces that tend to float in the toilet bowl. However, the constant passage of greasy stools could indicate a problem with fat digestion.

So, there you have it. Happy Toileting!

Diabetes Walkathon

24 Nov

The Diabetes Walkathon will take place, this Saturday, 27th November at 8am.

The starting point is Kuwait Yacht Club.

You can register at Centrepoint or Max.

Time for YOU to help!

24 Nov

The Ministry of Interior has urged blood donators to heed to the requests made by the Central Blood Bank, In a recent statement issued, the bank stated that it suffers from low inventories in blood.

I also received a BB Broadcast and a Whatsapp re this…there is a massive blood shortage.

It could be your child that needs it.

Anyone above 18 years of age can donate blood, provided you produce your CIVIL ID. The blood bank is located behind Mubarak Hospital in Jabriya.

Did you know?

You can donate blood three times a year.

You only lose about 470ml, which is just under a pint.

Donating blood reduces high blood pressure.

You can get more information from here and here.

Spices that you MUST have in your cupboard this winter!

19 Nov

Winter IS here whether you all like it or not, you do actually have to get your jackets, cardies and uggs out,ladies! Summer is gone.

The horrible thing is , flu season is here.

Forget your local pharmacy, natural things are going to make you feel better faster and they are cheaper!

Here are a few spices that you MUST have in your cupboard.

Cayenne pepper – gets blood flowing, and speeds ups metabolism.

Rosemary – aids in lung functioning properly and will help with those nasty upper respiratory infections!

Scallions – thin mucous secretions & help sweat out fever

Jalapenos & red chili flakes – help open up nasal passages (say goodbye to those horrible Sinus problems!)

Onions and garlic – have amazing antibiotic properties and help again with thinning out mucous secretions. Studies have found that garlic has antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiprotozoal properties.

Ginger – Long appreciated as an aid to digestion, numerous studies have shown that it is effective against nausea. Ginger has also been shown to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties, so consuming it while you’re sick may help knock out whatever is ailing you. Add minced fresh ginger root to soup, or blend it into a Vitamin C-rich fruit smoothie!

Mint – Mint is a natural source of menthol, so a steaming cup of mint tea can actually help open clogged nasal passages and soothe sore throats, at least temporarily. Drinking it throughout the day may even help offset the need for dehydrating decongestants.

There are hundreds of spices out there that are good for you but these are the must have’s that you should be stocking up on for this winter season!

The real reason behind Morning Sickness

19 Nov

Guys, you can skip this post and move on to the next OR you can read it and share your thoughts.

Morning sickness, that dreaded thing that creeps up on your when you are pregnant…if you are lucky you will experience a few weeks at most but unfortunately for me, I had 9 months of it. At one stage it got so severe that I had to go to the hospital.

On average I was vomitting 9 times a day…on one particular day, I recall 15 times.This is a condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum (severe morning sickness). My obstetrician could give me no reason as to why I was being sick so much. I was prescribed with anti-sickness tablets which I was reluctant to take. It wasn’t pleasant and was quite scary. My throat felt raw, the enamel on my teeth was starting to erode. It was a truly horrible experience and that upset me. Pregnancy is supposed to be one of the best experiences of your life, all I have to say is I was glad to see that delivery room.

It got me thinking this morning, what IS the reason behind it?

Looking back, I had a normal diet, no different than any other pregnancy woman. I craved chocolate and all the other bad things you should crave but I also ate veg, fruit and had a ‘somewhat balanced diet’. I gained around 15kilo during my pregnancy -yes, alot. the average is 10…my baby arrived and was a dainty wee thing. Weighed just over 2kilo and I was full term when I delivered.

My reasoning for this post is …my baby is now lactose intolerant and it has got me thinking. Is that why I was sick so much? At the time, my baby was refusing all the ‘dairy products’ that were going into my body?

Anyone else had similiar experience? Did you eat alot of something and very little of something else? Was there anything particular that made you sick?

I always seemed to vomit after having tomatoes. I cut those out after my first trimester.

It’s an interesting angle to ‘morning sickness’…what if it is caused by a lactose intolerant foetus?

A simple search on google will bring you up thousands of questions:

‘Did you become lactose intolerant during pregnancy?’ – What if the answer is simple, it’s not you that is intolerant, it’s your foetus.

Just a thought to all women out there suffering from morning sickness, try cutting out your dairy products, you might be pleasantly surprised. I wish now I had thought of it. Next pregnancy it will be no dairy for me and calcium supplements!

 

 

Serenity Center, Kuwait

18 Nov

Serenity Centre will be opening, December 1st, 2010.

What exactly is the ‘Serenity Centre’?

Serenity Center is a holistic health center, based in Kuwait. They will offer a wide range of integrated holistic health services, aimed at restoring wellness, balance and harmony of body, mind and soul. Their practitioners are specialized in various modalities of holistic health, and are certified by reputable global institutions. They have extensive experiences in holistic health, both in Kuwait and overseas.

What kind of services will they offer?

Energy Healing Modalities, Chakra & Aura Scanning, Quantum Healing, Reiki Healing, Acupuncture and Cupping Therapy are just a few to name. There are many, many more.

Location

Salmiya, Block 10, Essa Al-Kutami St. 18th Avenue

Building 19604, 2nd floor

Mobile: 50503808 / 50504808

Or Visit here for more information

Personally, I can’t wait to try out the Cupping Therapy, have always wanted to try this! Can’t wait until the 1st December!