Sleep problems are a common part of aging. But just because you're over 40 doesn't mean it's too late to make a change. Cognitive behavioral therapy controls stress and hot flashes, both of which worsen insomnia. Caffeine sensitivity also increases with age, so try decaf or cutting back. Ask your doctor about changing prescription drugs. Yoga, exercise, and aromatherapy will lower stress and improve sleep quality. The risk for sleep apnea also increases with age, so get yourself checked.
Polyphagia is extreme, intense hunger and can be due to multiple reasons. Some of the conditions that trigger polyphagia worsen due to certain factors, such as not eating on time, overproduction of the thyroid hormone, and anxiety, stress, or depression. Read on to know how to recognize the symptoms of various triggers of polyphagia and consult a doctor on time.
Lube can make intercourse more pleasurable, but only if the right product is used. Lube "alternatives" like petroleum jelly and oil increase the risk of bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections! So, finding an urgent replacement to lubes will cause more problems than pleasure. While commercial lubes are your best bet, certain ingredients in these products can also cause infections. Read on to know what to avoid in lubes.
Knee clicking happens when gas bubbles in the joints pop. This isn’t a major concern, but sometimes, it might be from overuse and tissue buildup. Runner’s knee may shift the kneecap out of place and cause clicking, while arthritis roughens up the joints and leads to friction. If you tear the meniscus, the cartilage might move into the joint. Injuring the ACL will also cause a pop. For strong knees, work the quads, hamstrings, and IT band in the knee.
Gestational diabetes increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes later on in life. However, research has found that breastfeeding lowers the chances by improving blood glucose control. The risk can drop by 4 to 12%, especially if you also practice healthy habits like eating well, exercising, and getting regular blood tests. After delivery, eating fruits, veggies, and whole grains will support a healthy pancreas.
Baking soda has the ability to replace multiple skincare products. It exfoliates the skin by removing dead cells and lighten hyperpigmentation. You can also use baking soda to control excess sebum and skin pH, two major factors of acne. Mix it with green tea or water to make a cleanser or spot treatment. Add honey to create a nourishing, hydrating face mask. Although baking soda can be used alone, adding sugar can create a wonderful exfoliator.
Clever cooking hacks can seriously transform your kitchen experience. To save time, heat metal pans or melt butter on top of the oven. Avoid wasting ingredients by freezing herbs in oil, measuring dry ingredients on paper, and using bowls to hold re-sealable bags steady. Stop browning apples with lemon juice. To separate eggs, use a water bottle to suck up yolks. Poaching eggs and removing shells from boiled eggs will also be easier with a splash of vinegar.
One might think exercise can do no wrong, but overdoing it can induce a leaky gut. The physical and emotional stress is enough to change the barrier function of the intestinal mucosa, leading to poor immune response, low energy, and mood swings. To remedy a leaky gut, take time to rest. Get things back in balance by eating probiotics, prebiotics, and fiber-rich foods. Limit or avoid refined sugar and enjoy anti-inflammatory foods like fatty fish.