Tag Archives: Health

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!

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!

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.

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!

 

 

Woman of the Year

17 Nov

A woman who lost more than half her body weight today spoke of her pride at becoming a teacher as she was crowned slimmer of the year.

Harriet Jenkins, 25, shed a whopping 15st and dropped from a dress size 30 to 10, to be named Slimming World’s Woman of the Year 2010.

Miss Jenkins, who at her heaviest tipped the scales at 26st 7.5lbs lost the pounds over 18 months through healthy eating and exercise and without the aid of a gastric band or bypass.

Read more hereDoesn’t she look fantastic!!

80% of Kuwait are OVERWEIGHT.

26 Oct

In a health session held today, organizers of the better health initiative gethealthykuwait.com announced that they found 70% of women suffered from high cholesterol levels and 48% of female students under the age of 18 were overweight.

– The main reason for female students under the age of 18 being overweight is the fact that they just don’t get out enough! Go walking! Stop getting your drivers to drive you everywhere! Stop sitting in Sliderstation! 6 mini burgers will do you no good whatsoever!!

As for the high cholesterol levels – do what I did this week! THROW YOUR SALT IN THE BIN! YOU DONT NEED IT!!! KUWAITIS USE FAR TOO MUCH SALT…just yesterday, one of my own family members admitted she adds salt to a salad! What is that all about?! I’m happy to say that that particular family member has lost about 10kilo and has thrown her salt out! All for a healthier lifestyle!

According to the World Health Organization, over 80% of Kuwait is overweight, while other studies show that 25% of people in Kuwait suffer from diabetes or its complications.

Need help? Check out..Fahad’s new website!

Realistic Goals

19 Oct

So, carrying on with my last post, how can you shed those stubborn lbs?

Well, first of all…I’m writing this post for myself too. I think the first step is realizing that I/you need to change.

I don’t want to call it a diet…why? Because, I don’t want to live my life on a ”diet”, that’s just silly. I want to have a healthier lifestyle.

The main thing is water. People sometimes confuse thirst with hunger. So you can end up eating extra calories when an ice-cold glass of water is really what you need. Aim to have between 10-15 glasses of water a day, that’s roughly 2.5litres. “If you don’t like plain water, try adding citrus or a splash of juice, or brew infused teas like mango or peach, which have lots of flavor but no calories,” says Cynthia Sass, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.

Start by focusing on getting the recommended 5-9 servings of fruit and veg each day. It sounds like a lot but you can cram this all in all day.

Make your ”diet/lifestyle” change public. Tell people you want to change. It will improve your self-esteem and allow people to comment on your (hopefully) weightloss.

Give yourself one day off. That does NOT mean that you sit down on a Saturday afternoon with a bag of cookies and a big bottle of pop but treat yourself, have a slice of bread, have a cookie. One slice of bread and one cookie will NOT kill you and WILL NOT allow you to gain 5-10lbs.

Exercise: Aim to walk at around 6/7km p/h. 5 times a week. Gradually build this up to 7 days a week of one hour exercise. DO NOT over estimate what you can do at the beginning, remember your body has been in survival mode. You will only end up hurting yourself.

Have a red flag weight
Once you’ve lost the weight, you need to keep it off. This is where the red flag comes in. You need to pick a weight and vow to never get heavier than it again. It is normal for your body to fluctuate five to ten pounds. I recommend picking a weight that is ten pounds heavier than what you “normally” weigh and never weigh more than it again.

So those are my tips, it’s now time for ME and YOU to put them in action.

An example of a meal plan should be like this:

Breakfast:

Lukewarm glass of water with a dash of lime or lemon BEFORE food.

A handful (NOT A BOWL) of special K or Alpen/Muesli with either soya or skimmed milk.

Lunch:

A piece of brown/multigrain bread with flora NOT butter.

A cup of soup.

OR

Lean Meat with Salad

Dinner: Lean Meat with Salad or Salad alone with piece of fruit after.

This is my aim.

I will lose weight.

I will stop eating junk food.

I will exercise more.

AND I WILL DRINK 2.5litres of water a day.

I will be happy NAKED. LOL and ..when I reach that plateau and it won’t shift, I will resort to fat burning pills.