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Doing Exercise and Eating Healthy instead of Dieting

My wife finally had it with her dieting. After a few weeks of trying to get into the hang of things with regards to dieting, she is calling it quits. She said that it is very hard controlling what you eat, when there are too many good food around you, and especially when your husband always keep on tempting you with them all the time. So I guess I’ve won.

You see my wife thought that she has gained too much weight from her recent pregnancy and that she got really fat from it, so she decided to go into a diet of some kind to help her regain her old form back. I told her that she looks just fine and sexy anyway, and whatever excess weight that she gained will probably be gone naturally in a couple of months without any help because that is just the way with pregnancy.

It’s not that I don’t support her with all her plans and stuff, but when I saw that dieting is getting the best of her, it is only natural for me to tell her that it is really not a good thing for her to continue on her current course. Initially I was all for it and was supportive of her goals, heck I even did research on it and even bought her low carb vegetables that she could use in her dieting and also low carb fruits that she could munch on whenever she is feeling particularly hungry, instead of the usual chocolate bar that is always present with her. But when I saw that she often complains of being hungry and famished, became moody and grumpy all the time, and also seem to lack energy doing even the simplest of things, I decided that this thing had to stop as it is slowly destroying her, most likely without her even knowing it.

I kept telling her that doing exercise is really better in the long run and is far easier to do than dieting. And that if she really wanted to remove those unwanted pounds, then she should drop the sodas and the chocolate bars that is always present with her all day every day. Eating healthy, I told her, is much different and far easier than dieting per se because with dieting, you are just depraving yourself of food that is otherwise good to eat, while with healthy eating, you can eat anything you want really, but always in moderation and always with the health of the entire body in mind.

I told her that I will help with her exercise and perhaps join her also, as I too seem to really be in need of it. I also told her that no matter what shape or form she had already become, I still love her with all my heart, and will continue to love her for the rest of my life. I guess she really couldn’t say no to that and indeed she acceded. Everything is okay now.

Some Facts about Pregnancy and Conception

Does the implantation calculator work? How many weeks am I into my pregnancy? Our doctor says we’re both healthy but we cannot get pregnant no matter how much we try. These are some of the statements I regularly come across from couples who want to get pregnant.

For many couples, getting pregnant can prove difficult. Unless there are health conditions hindering conception, lack of enough knowledge regarding the best time to get pregnant is what keeps couples from getting a baby. For the woman, keeping track of her monthly cycle is the best way of knowing when the best time is to get pregnant. I have compiled a short guide to help couples get pregnant.

Ovulation

This is the process whereby one of the eggs in the ovaries matures and erupts from the follicles. This usually occurs about two weeks before commencement of the next period. During this time, the body starts producing high amounts of the hormone estrogen. This hormone’s main purpose is the preparation of the uterus for the implantation of the fertilized egg. It does this by promoting the formation of a thick lining of tissue and blood vessels along the uterine walls.

Before fertilization, the egg remains within the fallopian tube for approximately 24 hours after ovulation. This is the best time for fertilization to take place. If fertilization doesn’t take place, the egg will remain within the fallopian tube for about 3 days before moving into the uterus. Estrogen levels in the body drop. This then leads to the degeneration of the unfertilized egg along with the thick lining of tissue and blood vessels. They are then expelled in the form of periods.

If fertilization happens, the body starts producing the Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (hCG) hormone. This suppresses the production of estrogen and, is responsible for the maintenance of pregnancy.

Implantation

Implantation is the process through which a fertilized egg attaches itself onto the uterine walls. The eggs cells are multiplying fast and some of these burrow into the blood and nutrient rich lining on the uterine walls. In some instances, women will experience implantation cramps or spotting for a couple of days while implantation happens. It’s usually no cause for panic unless it goes on for more than 3 to 4 days and is extremely painful.

But how can you put all this together and get pregnant?

The only time when couples can get pregnant is when the woman is ovulating. Unfortunately, the ovulation window is limited to a maximum of 24 hours in most healthy women. Therefore, knowing when ovulation will occur is your best chance at getting pregnant. There are a couple of ways to detect this and they include the following.

Keeping track of your Basal Body Temperature (BBT) is one of the easiest ways of predicting ovulation. Ovulation usually occurs when BBT is at its lowest. After a few hours, the BBT is seen to suddenly rise.

Keeping track of your monthly cycle is another easy way of predicting when ovulation will occur. Ovulation usually occurs midway between periods. That is, between the first days of two successive periods. Keeping a monthly cycle’s calendar will help you predict this.

While these two methods can prove effective, they might require that you keep track of your body changes for months. Ovulation predictor kits can speed up the process as they can easily detect when the next ovulation is due days before it happens.

Unexplained Bruising: The Hidden Facts

It was one evening while taking a shower that I noticed a dark patch under the skin on my left thigh. It was definitely a bruise. However, I couldn’t exactly figure out how I got bruised in the first place. The day had been gruesome. A straight 6 hours riding on the track with my crew. The bruise didn’t cause me worry at first. But I had to figure out how I got it in the first place since I couldn’t recall getting a knock while riding my bike. From the research I did, unexplained bruising is a common phenomenon. Guys like me are prone to come across it one time in our life. If you’ve suffered from bruising you can’t explain, here are some of the facts.

Who is likely to suffer from bruising they can’t recall?

Anyone can suffer from bruising they can’t recall. A bruise usually results from the rupture of microscopic blood vessels under the skin due to contact with a hard surface. Children are prone to unexplained hematoma during play when, they can easily bump onto a hard surface but not recall later. Studies show that this condition becomes more likely to occur as we age. The reason for this is that elderly folks’ blood vessels get thinner as they age. In addition, humans tend to lose their fatty tissue as they age resulting in less “cushioning” against hard knocks.

What are the common causes of unexplained hematoma?

Some medications have been found to cause bruising that cannot be explained. Blood thinners are a known suspect. The action of these medicines on the blood results in higher blood pressure which in turn can result in the rupture of some of the microscopic blood vessels under the skin.

Some health conditions and infections have been found to cause unexplained hematoma. Patients suffering from bleeding or clotting disorders are prone to experience this condition. For example, a patient suffering from a bleeding disorder might experience discoloration under the skin after the blood vessels rupture. The symptoms usually indicate bruising rather than a blood clot. Infections that result in the buildup of toxins in the blood can also cause unexplained hematoma.

Overstraining the muscles can also lead to bruising that’s unexplainable. This is what I believe to have caused my bruising after my track competition. Studies show that athletes, bodybuilders and any person participating in activities that strain the muscles over extended periods are highly likely to suffer from such bruising. While exercising the muscles, the body is struggling to get enough oxygen via the blood vessels. The increased blood flow to the muscles in turn increases the amount of pressure within the microscopic blood vessels under the skin. Rupture of these vessels results in bruising.

Is unexplained hematoma worth concern?

In most cases, unexplained bruises will appear and disappear by themselves. They will usually appear bluish and then change to greenish-yellow as they heal.

There are however instances where the patient should be concerned about unexplained bruises and seek medical help. Such instances include bruises that are caused by certain medications or health conditions.

What You Need To Know About Liver Pain

About a month ago while hanging out with my buddies, one of my friends suddenly grimaced in pain. He was clutching onto his right side and was having difficulty breathing. Panic run through the group as none of us had any medical expertise to help out. Luckily, there was a medic around who gave first aid before my pal was sent to hospital. We learnt that he had just suffered from liver pain also known as hepatalgia. Curious about this, I decided to learn more about the condition.

What’s pain in the liver?

The liver is the second largest organ in the body. Located on the right side just below the ribcage, its main functions include detoxifying the body, storing of glycogen, bile secretion, amino acid production and, breaking down nutrients. This organ is covered in a capsule containing numerous neurons. Pain in the liver usually occurs when pressure is exerted on this capsule. The pain can be subtle or sharp.

What are the causes of this condition?

Pain in the liver is caused by various conditions that directly affect the liver. Such conditions include enlargement of the liver, excess toxicity and, diseases and infections that affect the liver. Here’s a breakdown of some of these conditions.

Hepatitis or inflammation of the liver is one of the main causes of liver pain. Such conditions affect liver cells leading to their deterioration which can in turn lead to swelling of the liver. Conditions such as hepatitis can also lead to liver cancer which results in abnormal growth of the liver cells. This can exert pressure on the capsule containing the liver leading to pain.

Another known cause of liver pain is cirrhosis. An alcohol induced condition, cirrhosis causes hardening of the liver cells making the organ inefficient in carrying out its functions. Advanced stages of cirrhosis is known as liver fibrosis which is characterized by the formation of fibroids of the liver. The condition causes swelling of the liver which applies pressure on the liver capsule prompting pain.

Fatty liver disease is characterized by having more than 10% fat within the liver cells. This condition reduces the livers efficiency and, can lead to enlargement of the organ. Considered a hereditary disease, studies also indicate that persons who lose weight fast, are malnourished and take certain medications are prone to contracting the disease.

Gall stone disease affects the gall bladder which is located on the liver and is responsible for the secretion of bile. The formation of gall stones on the gall bladder can result in sharp pain in the liver.

Some prescription drugs are also known to induce liver pain. Drugs such as allergy capsules and headache medications contain a chemical acetaminophen. If in excess, this chemical is toxic to liver cells and can lead to liver damage which can cause hepatalgia.

Is there treatment?

In most cases pain in the liver is treatable. Simple treatment procedures include eating a balanced diet if the pain is caused by fatty liver disease or, stopping alcohol intake if the liver damage is caused by excess alcohol intake. In severe cases, liver transplant is the recommended treatment procedure. Its always advisable for the patient to seek medical advise for the best treatment method.