Stop Poking Your Ears

There is so much information on the internet on the do’s and don’ts of cleaning your ears. Some sources suggest not to use cotton ear buds to clean your ear while others say cotton buds are okay to use as long as they aren’t inserted too deep into the ear.

So which side of the argument actually holds merit?

Using earbuds, or Q-tips to clean the ear is an extremely common practice. ‘Do not use earbuds/Q-tips to clean your ears’ is advice that is often ignored by all despite knowing that it could harm the ears. You may feel that you are cleaning your ears by using earbuds, but what you may be doing is pushing the earwax further deep into your ear canal.

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The path to good Oral Hygiene

Oral health has got an important role on your overall health. Neglecting one’s oral health can lead to more than just sore teeth and bad breath- it can open the door to all sorts of health problems, including deadly diseases like oral cancer. Over the years studies have found a possible connection between gum problems and heart diseases, stroke and even pregnancies. Therefore it is imperative that we equal or more attention to our oral health, as we do to our physical health.

Role of Diet & Lifestyle in Oral hygiene

Lifestyle factors play the most important role in determining a person’s oral hygiene. The manner in which you approach your dental hygiene on a day to day basis will determine the long term health and functionality of your teeth and gums. Some of the ways in which lifestyle choices can be a detriment to oral health are as follows:

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Restless Leg Syndrome

Do you feel a strange sensation in your leg or the urge to kick or flail your legs at night, resulting in you either waking up or your sleep getting disturbed?

If yes, then you might be suffering from a neurological disorder called ‘Restless Legs Syndrome’ or RLS.

The causes of RLS can be divided into the following categories:

  • Idiopathic (Without any specific cause)
  • Familial (May run in some families)
  • “Iron deficiency anemia,” in which there is too little iron in the blood
  • Other medical conditions like kidney disease, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis.
  • Pregnancy

What are the symptoms of RLS? — People who have RLS get an uncomfortable urge to move their legs when they are at rest. They describe the feeling as crawling, creeping, pulling, or itching. And they say the feeling is deep in the legs – not on the skin – usually below the knees. These symptoms usually get worse as the day moves on, and they are worst at night. The only way that the sensation goes away is when people kick or move their legs. Some people with RLS find that their legs move on their own while they are asleep.

In short, the symptoms of RLS include:

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نصائح تحميك من التسمم الغذائي خلال الحج

الزحام، الحرارة المرتفعة، صعوبة حفظ الغذاء في الطقس الحار.. كلها عوامل تزيد من خطورة تعرّض الحاج للتسمّم الغذائي بسبب تزايد فرصة انتشار الجراثيم والفيروسات والبكتيريا.

ويقدم الدكتور جولي توماس من عيادة أستر في دبي لـ 24 مجموعة من النصائح تحميك من التسمم الغذائي خلال الحج في الانفوغراف المرفق أدناه:

تناول الأطعمة في أماكن معروفة، ولا تتناولها من الباعة المتجولين في الطرقات لأنها لا تخضع لنفس معايير النظافة وجودة المنتجات المستخدمة في المطاعم الرسمية التي تتقيد بشروط السلامة الغذائية العامة. 

اغسل يديك جيداً قبل تناول الطعام وتأكد من نظافة أدوات الطعام 

تجنب تناول الأطعمة غير المطهية أو التي تكون سريعة الفساد إذا تركت فترة بعد الطهي كالأسماك أو الدجاج لأنَّ ذلك يتسبّب بتكاثر البكتيريا في داخلها، خصوصاً في الجو الحارّ.

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Vitamin D

All You Need To Know About The Sunshine Vitamin

We all know that Vitamin D is one of the most essential vitamins required for our body. The first thing that comes to people’s minds when they hear Vitamin D is that we get it from sunlight and it keeps our bones strong. These are true, but there is a lot more to know about the ‘Sunshine Vitamin’. Common misconceptions and negligence has left people with a huge risk of being Vitamin D insufficient.

Vitamin D is an important factor is building muscles and bones, and helping the human heart, brain and lungs function well. Vitamin D is unique in its characteristics because it is the only vitamin that the human body can make on its own. Unlike other vitamins which we get through various sources like food, the body makes its own Vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. Although, there are other means by which you can get Vitamin D like food and supplements. (more…)

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