DR FRANCA BLOG

The link between irritable bowel syndrome and anxiety.

Many people experience the abdominal pains, bloating and digestive problems linked with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) at some point in our life, according to the IBS Network. Diet plays a role, but it’s pretty much accepted that all bowel problems are at least partly linked to emotions.

Stress can disrupt digestion and, if you’re constantly anxious, your digestion could be permanently affected, leading to constipation, diarrhea and stomach cramps. Certain stresses could be particularly linked to IBS. People prone to IBS tend to find social situations and public speaking very difficult.’ That might explain why you may get an upset stomach before the presentation.

Help yourself with a healthy diet and relaxation techniques.

The link between perfectionism and migraines.

If you are constantly having migraines, it could be that you are a perfectionist. Perfectionism is a trigger emotion of migraine. It could be that you like everything to be perfect and you worry when they are not. A study in the international journal of eating disorders found women with migraines were more likely to be perfectionists, they are more likely to restrict their diet.

When you have the need to be controlling all the time, that could lead you to have low levels of serotonin which in turn may cause you to have headaches. Learning to relax and accommodate the things we can not change and also knowing that no one is perfect can help reduce the incidence of migraines in many cases. You can also help your self by counting your blessings and having a sense of humour. Furthermore, you can also learn to delegate and accept that you don’t have to do everything by yourself.

Raising healthy balanced children.

Raising children who are balanced is not easy to accomplished. However this is a task that every parent hopes to achieve. From throwing tantrum as todlers to teenage assertiveness most children pass through these stages and still turn out great. You might hear things like I’m not eating this whilst dinner is being served in some homes across world. Conversely, some kids actually beg for beans and carrots. But those children live in other people’s houses. The rest of us cajole, coerce, and otherwise bribe or threaten our kids into consuming their vegetable quota for the day. Some of our ploys work; our kids even like certain vegetables. Some days we don’t even try. But when we’re determined, we’ve been known to shred and otherwise camouflage the nutritional gems, in the name of growing healthy children. Exasperating as the great veggie capers may be, parenting would be a breeze if this were our only challenge.

Setting the benefits and “yummy-ness” of carrots and other healthy foods pales in comparison to addressing the encompassing question of how to raise a healthy, happy, and balanced child.

Some days this requires more of us than we have to give. But it’s important to remember that even little changes can make a big difference. The effort is worthwhile because, after all, who really wants to raise (or live with) a child who is anything but happy, healthy, and balanced? Companies with massive marketing budgets are competing for kids’ attention from the time they’re toddlers. Picture some fast food chains and all the promotions geared towards children. So the next time you are in one of these restaurants order a healthy food for your child.

Transform your life – move forward in the right direction.

To transform your life, you have to be aware of the things you need to change in your life to make it better. To change your behaviour, it’s more effective to work at a higher logical level, to see how it fits with your beliefs, identity the overall purpose. For example, to stop smoking or drinking, you need to determine what it gives you often a sense of space and calm.

Replace that behaviour with something else that gives you space and calm. You will also need to create a new identity, so you will still ink yourself to smoking if you call yourself a nonsmoker. You need to view yourself as a fit and healthy person, who looks after their body and believes that they need to feed their body the right nutrients

LEARN THE ART OF RELAXATION.

With today’s hectic lifestyle, taking solace in the art of simplicity is the key. Try brainstorming to align your goals with your purpose while bringing the elements of mind, body and spirit into balance. When you close your eyes, imagine yourself achieving the goals that you’ve set. Visualizing the realization of your ambition creates continuing awareness and commitment to your goals. End your evenings with a filled night’s sleep, at least 6 -8 hours per night, and try to squeeze in a 1-2-hour nap once a week. It is also a good idea to arrange holidays from time to time.

Nourish your body and soul.

NOURISH YOUR BODY AND SOUL

Opportunity abounds each day of our life, each hour and each minute presents us with an ample time to renew our faith, redefine, redirect and re – align our body and spirit and move us closer towards achieving those goals. It is faith, not the mad rush that characterise the life of our people, during the ‘ember months (September, October, November and December) that will determine the level of awareness and self-rejuvenation. A solid spiritual base that nourishes your soul from within will empower you to take control of your life, while growing deeper in the knowledge of God, the service to humanity and the realisation of self worth, will strengthen your resistance to challenges of life.

If we want our bodies to sustain us over the years, we’ve got to give them what they need to operate efficiently. This includes giving our bodies a daily regimen of exercise, proper nutrition and self-care. Incorporation of a form of cardiovascular exercise into your daily routine also helps to reduce stress, improve blood flow and flexibility

Keys to project management success.

1. Don’t be an “Accidental Manager” ……….Project Management is a discipline. Understand the process to achieve the goal.

2. Get it right the first time…… Doing things right requires time and effort, especially when it comes to identifying needs, but it is invariably more expensive to do them over later.

3. Anticipate inevitable problems………. Conflict and problems are built into the concept of projects; plan ahead of time to improve your ability to cope.

4. Dig deep to find the real situation ……..Never accept a project at face value; you must go beneath surface illusions to discover the real project objective.

5. Be flexible…… Projects are full of surprises; an overly-rigid system is bound to fail.

FOUR STEPS TO COMPLETING YOUR PROJECT.

DELIVER THE OUTPUT

WRAP UP THE ADMINISTRATIVE DETAILS

EVALUATE THE PROJECT EXPERIENCE

CELEBRATE!!!

What is toxic shock syndrome.

Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a rare, but severe, type of blood poisoning that affects about 40 people a year in the world half of whom are women using tampons. Therefore your risk is very, very small.The condition can be fatal if not treated soon enough, but this is rare. It’s caused by bacteria that usually live harmlessly on your skin and in your vagina, nose, groin or armpit, producing toxins that overwhelm your immune system. Most women are not at risk because they produce antibodies against the toxins that cast TSS. Its not known why tampons can increase the risk of TSS, but to reduce the tiny risk, always use the lowest-absorbency tampon for your blood flow, change tampons at least every four to eight hours and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

Prevent heart attack

HOW TO PREVENT HEART ATTACK AND HEART FAILURE

HEART FAILURE (PUMP FAILURE)

When a person does not pass an examination, we say that he has failed. This essentially means that he has been unable to perform up to expectation. So also, we talk about organ failure when a body organ is unable to perform its function up to expectation. Thus we have heart failure, liver failure, renal failure, joint failure. We can even talk about brain failure!

WHAT IS HEART FAILURE?

The heart has failed when it is unable to perform, to fulfill the demands of the body. The heart thus fails to do its job, which is pumping blood throughout the body. Heart failure can be as a result of many heart problems. But it may also be due to too much blood for the heart to pump with resultant overloading of the circulation.

HOW DOES THE HEART FUNCTION AS A PUMP?

The heart together with the blood vessels constitutes the cardiovascular system. Analogy can be made to the water pump at home and the system of pipes of different calibres distributing blood to all parts of the body. The heart is made up of muscles that contract right from the time we are born and duly stop when we die. It is about the only organ in the body that works ceaselessly throughout our lifetime. The heart is divided into four chambers right atrium, right ventricle, left atrium, left ventricle. The blood coming back to the heart gets into the right atrium and is pumped into the right ventricle which in turn pumps out blood to the lungs and then back to the left atrium and finally into the left ventricle. From this very powerful muscular pump, blood is pumped out to all parts of the body through a very big pipe called aorta. From the aorta the blood flows through smaller arteries to all parts of the body and then collected into veins and back to the heart.

The chambers of the heart are linked by valves in either half of the heart. The average person has about five litres of blood, which circulates right around the body all in one minute. However when a person exercises, the heart speeds up and the heart may pump out up to 25to 30 litres in one minute!

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF HEART FAILURE?

Probably the commonest cause is hypertension. Other causes include anaemia, diseases of the valves of the heart, heart attack, lung diseases. Sometimes, the heart pump causes failure because it is overloaded with too much body fluid in the same way a pump can fail if it has to do excessive work. If there is too much resistance to the blood flow it can result in an overworked heart, which can result in failure. Similar to a pump working against narrowing of the pipes with sludge. Another cause of heart failure is from a heart that is beating irregularly, (cardiac arrhythmia) or heart that is beating too fast (tachycardia) or too slow (bradycardia).

WHAT IS HEART ATTACK?

Heart attack is a sudden, unexpected form of heart failure. It is due to the blocking of one or more of the blood vessels supplying the heart. Isn’t it ironic that the heart supplying blood to the body itself needs to have part of that blood supplied to itself? As a result of the lack of poor blood supply to the muscles of the heart, the muscles die. This is also called a ‘Coronary’ or myocardial infarction (heart muscle death).

Most times, the blood vessels of the heart become blocked by fat deposits called atheroma. These deposits prevent blood flow and oxygen to the heart. Oxygen in the blood is what the heart and all structures in the body need for existence. It is the ‘gas’ of life. The risk factors for a heart attack include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, obesity, diabetes, stress, lack of exercise.

Health benefits of being fit.

Health benefits of being fit.

If you like being fit, it’s perfectly normal to have a lot of questions going around in your head. For instance, what’s the best fitness activity to participate in? How do I get the most out of being fit? How long should the fitness activity last?

Often, the hardest part of getting fit is taking the first step. Here are some simple steps to help you start.

To start being F.I.T.

To make physical improvements, you need to work your body harder than usual. This is referred to as the overload principle. As your body becomes more conditioned, you need to increase the frequency, intensity, or time of your workouts in order to continue improving your fitness level.

Frequency: How often you exercise. For beginners, consider starting with 2-3 sessions per week.

Intensity: How hard you exercise. For example, the pace you walk or run, the amount of weight you lift, or your heart rate count.

Time: How long you perform an activity. ‘Time” can also refer to the number of sets or repetitions you perform in weight training.