Health

Manage Asthma Well With a Nebulizer

Nebulizer compressor and treatment for controlling asthma symptoms is best when you feel elevating obstruction of airflow. This time high doses of inhalers is not sufficient to stabilize airflow. Nasal mist for early signs of asthma remedies could powerfully control severe obstruction of airflow and make you breath freely. Longer time may be needed to complete nebulization and achieve higher drug output. It is best to nebulizer for an extra minute after you see spluttering towards the end of nebulization time while tapping the nebulizer to increase the volume of drug nebulized. Also use high quality nebulizers for better result.

Asthma and symptoms

Asthma symptoms seem to vary between affected individuals depending on its kind and level of allergies. Some asthma appears as early as childhood and continues until adulthood. The usual complain is slight chronic airflow obstruction that would make it difficult for the person to breathe freely. Asthma is a type of lung disease characterized by obstruction of air passage, hyper responsiveness to different types of stimuli or allergies, and inflammation of the airways. One of the best asthma remedies is using nebulizer compressor and corticosteroid. However, if the symptoms are still starting to show, a nasal mist such as the AsthmaMist could significantly control inflammation and potential obstruction of air passage.

 

AsthmaMist nasal mist

AsthmaMist could prevent severe obstruction of the air passage by delivering natural ingredients directly into the bloodstream. The right dosage is 2 quick sprays under the tongue at least 3 times a day. AsthmaMist is a natural homeopathic spray that can provide relief to shortness of breath and coughing related to asthma symptoms without any harmful side effects. Self-care is one main task that could be attributed to your sense for responsibility. You could easily control and respond to increasing inflammation using a nebulizer compressor with prescribed nebules for asthma. Although nebulizer compressor is the best for asthma remedies, you can still control occurrence of allergies related to asthma using the AsthmaMist nasal mist spray.

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Health

Alcoholism – The Ways to Defeat it

When we think about alcohol or alcoholism, the first thing that comes to our mind is something that is bad and which needs to be kept away from. People consume alcohol for many different reasons, and if they don’t step back at the right time, it can lead to alcoholism. In this post I will be discussing about the harmful effects of alcohol and tips that you can use to get rid of alcohol.

Technology Used To Assess Damage Caused By Alcohol To The Brain

Now-a-days there are various tools and technology which help the doctors and researchers to study the effects of alcohol use on the brain. Various methods like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), positron emission tomography (PET), and electrophysiological brain mapping, provide great assistance in studying how alcohol affects the brain’s structure and function.

Long–term heavy drinking may lead to shrinking of the brain and deficiencies in the fibers (white matter) that carry information between brain cells (gray matter). In order to assess the extent of damage done in patients who have just stopped chronic heavy drinking, MRI and DTI are very helpful. Studies using MRI are helping scientists to determine how memory and attention improve with long-time abstinence from alcohol, as well as what changes take place when a patient begins drinking again.

The goal of these studies is to determine which alcohol–induced effects on the brain are permanent and which ones can be reversed with abstinence. There are also devices called as alcohol tester or breathalyzers that determine the amount of alcohol present in your blood. This is very helpful device that let you determine whether you are fit to drive. You can find information about best alcohol tester available in UK.

PET imaging is allowing researchers to visualize, in the living brain, the damage that results from heavy alcohol consumption. This “snapshot” of the brain’s function enables scientists to analyze alcohol’s effects on various nerve cell communication systems (i.e., neurotransmitter systems) as well as on brain cell metabolism and blood flow within the brain. These studies have detected deficits in alcoholics, particularly in the frontal lobes, which are responsible for numerous functions associated with learning and memory, as well as in the cerebellum, which controls movement and coordination. (more…)

Gardening

Gardening 101 – Choosing Hedge Trimmers

On our June trip to Britain, we visited several famous gardens I had long wanted to see: Hidcote, Sissinghurst, Heligan and Great Dixter. But there was another garden that came as a  complete surprise, and we only saw it by accident, or perhaps I should call it serendipity.

Driving in Cumbria, we saw a sign to Levens Hall, an Elizabethan Manor house. As we hadn’t seen any Elizabethan buildings up to that point, we thought it would be an interesting place to spend an hour or so on the way to our next destination. We enjoyed the house very much, and then moved out into the gardens – and into another world.

In front of us was a large area of topiary and formal box-edged beds filled with annuals and roses. That sounds a little dull and conservative, but the topiary! It was quite mad, like something out of Dr Seuss or, as we both said at the same time, like Alice in Wonderland. There are so many odd and interesting shapes, all crowding in from every direction, until I felt like laughing; this garden is anything but dull.

I went for a closer look at the roses, while Ken was still fascinated by the topiary. The roses were massed together in beds edged by low box hedges, and they were fantastically healthy and vigorous. I think they were all David Austins, about one metre high and billowing with flowers.

Most were white or various shades of pink and they all carried lots of strong buds as well as open flowers. I looked at the soil, which was almost black and full of organic matter, and resolved to look after my roses better. I noted some names to follow up – “Countryman’, a strong pink with incredible scent, and ‘Eglantyne’, which I have, but in too much shade. I am now motivated to put one in full sun and pamper it outrageously.

Anyways, now back to gardening, In this post I want to write about trimming hedges and lawn and the tools such as hedge trimmers and grass trimmers that you make require to do the job.

Maintaining Your Garden

In order to have a beautiful and well kept garden and lawn and maintain it over a period of time, it will require sincere efforts from you and you may also need to buy certain tools such as weed eater or hedge trimmers to make your job easier.  If you are buying a hedge trimmer, make sure it is of good quality and are meant for the type of job you want it to perform.

There are different types of hedge trimmers available in UK, like petrol and hedge trimmer and each of them has its own pros and cons. A petrol hedge trimmer will need fuel to operate, whereas electric trimmer is either powered by mains or by a battery. I will be discussing in detail later in this article about how you can choose the best hedge trimmer for your garden later in this article. (more…)

Ramblings

The Perils of Being “Bridge and Tunnel”

If my home state of New Jersey is my first love, then New York City is most definitely my “thing on the side.”

Such a relationship brings with it certain labels.  No, not “slut” or “tramp.”  It makes me “bring and tunnel;” a moniker that some New Yorkers would find just as disdainful as being called a whore.

Hey, I don’t care.  I’ll wear the title with pride.  Just about the only thing that I don’t like about New York City is getting there.

Anyone who has experienced the Lincoln Tunnel during rush hour will attest that it’s pretty much a daily exercise in trying to shove ten pounds of shit into a five pound bag.  And over the years, I’ve seen some pretty crazy things while gridlocked with my fellow commuters.

Like…

When I drove in to see a play and while stopped in traffic I looked to my right to see a car just inches away from me being driven by a MIME.  As in complete black and white face paint.

I had to chuckle at the first thing B said when I told him about this. He wanted to know if the mime was just pretending to drive the car.

And then there was the time I incurred the wrath of a Port Authority cop.  The police had stopped all cars from proceeding out of the Lincoln toll plaza because they were directing a tractor trailer across the lanes of traffic.

Once the truck and the cops passed to the other side of the orange cones I started to go.  Girl Scout’s honor, I was not tearing out of the toll booth like it was a drag race. I was proceeding with care.

At that moment one of the cops turned around and yelled at me, “And YOU don’t go until I tell you to go!”

So what did I do? I put my window down and apologized.  “I’m sorry. I thought it was ok.”

To which he replied, “Because if you have an accident and die, I’m the one who has to write the report!”

Yes, being a part of the “bridge and tunnel” crowd is not for the meek.  But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Anyone else ever see anything strange while stuck in traffic?  Someone shaving their legs while driving?  Frying an egg on the dashboard?  Do tell!

Fitness

Rowing Machine Beneficial For Runners?

With the Inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon almost a week behind us, it’s time to get those running shoes back on. It is important to take a week off after a running event to recover, but it is equally as important to get back into running, after that week,in order to maintain the physical fitness level that you have accomplished.

Many runners train for a half marathon or marathon and then just stop running after the event. Why let all that hard work go to waste? This week,ease back into running, keeping at an easy pace. Don’t lose all that you have accomplished. According to Runner’s World magazine, “The high that comes from a good marathon can quickly morph into a major downer if you don’t have a plan for the aftermath. That plan doesn’t have to culminate into another marathon, or even another race, but it should contain some meaningful goals, such as maintaining a specific weekly mileage or just making sure you run a certain number of days every week. Of course, it’s important to be flexible with your goals to avoid injury. But after running a marathon, you’re at a very high fitness level, and with the right training focus you can make the most of it.”

A general running guideline for weeks after a marathon can be helpful. The first week should be focused on recovery. During the second week after your event, resume some of your regular runs. This may be anything from a 20 minute run to a 60 minute jog. You should run about 25% of what your weekly miles were before the event. During the third week after the event, it is time to get your legs moving fast again. Pick that pace up and start pushing yourself. Add some more mileage to this week’s run as well. By the time a month has gone by, you should be focused on your next running goal. Many of you will be running in the Princess Half right around then. Others, may have a 10K or another half lined up for the spring or summer.

Does  Rowing Machine Will Help Me Run Better?

Every fitness expert will say a rowing machine is one of the best fitness equipment that you can buy today. Many says rowing machine is better than elliptical trainer, but does it really beneficial for runners?.  A good rowing machine is the best alternative to running. If you want to change your normal treadmill routine, then rowing machine will definitely help you with less strains on your joint. This machine also is great for those who have cardio problems. When you exercise using a rowing machine, it increases the heart rate and oxygen consumption.

Rowing Machines 2018

I started with rowing in the 7th grade at the age of 12. We started off rowing in a club after school.
We were 4 girls, all my age and from my school. I tried my first strokes and from the beginning on I fell in love with this sport. Being on the water, feeling the waves below your boat and rowing right into the sunset – overwhelming. (more…)

Race

Recap of Myrtle Beach Half Marathon

The Myrtle Beach Half Marathon was last Saturday and I pretty much can’t say enough good things about this race.  Brian had Regionals for Razorback Hockey in Columbia, SC, which was about 3 hours away from Myrtle Beach.  Following the nail-biting end to his first game (that ended with a win in over-time!), my mother-in-law and I jumped on the road to make our way east.  Vanessa (who crushed her sub-4:00 goal in the full!) was nice enough to pick up my race packet, so we picked that up and then got to our room.  We were able to score a great ocean-front room at a super reasonable rate and even got upgraded to a suite.  Unfortunately the ocean view was a little lost on us due to how late we got in.
This race definitely ranks in my top 3…if not higher…and I hope to run it again.  Here is everything I though about the race –
The good:
  • Takes place in the off-season and, as mentioned, you have your choice of ocean-front hotels at super reasonable rates
  • The course offers shuttles to and from area hotels and the race start and finish and worked well for me
  • The course is flat, as in pancake f.l.a.t. = a great Boston qualifying race
  • Granted there is no control over the weather, but my guess is it is normally pretty perfect, given the time of the year.  It was in the 40s and 50s this year and I loved it.
  • I didn’t have much free time since I got in late and left ASAP after the race in order to make it back for Saturday’s game, but it looked like a fun town to explore with good restaurants
  • Great race bag swag – a blanket (who gives away race blankets?  that was awesome) and nice race shirts….that are cotton (I am not a fan of the trend towards tech tees for races and was really happy to get a good ol’ cotton tee).
  • There was an elephant at the start….need I say more?

 

The bad:
  • 6:30 am start – I’m not sure why there was such an early start and I wasn’t complaining since I was trying to make it back to Columbia by noon, but had I not had to jet so quickly, I would’ve preferred to avoid starting when it wasn’t still dark
  • Um, I think that’s it….and a 6:30 start really isn’t that big of a deal
The race:

Overall, the race went really well.  I didn’t really know what to expect and didn’t have precise goals.  I had trained for fun, basically just running however fast and however far I felt like and did the majority of my running on the treadmill.  It’s not to say I didn’t train hard though – I pushed my weekly mileage, number of weekly runs, and paces far more than I have in recent years.  My best time last year was 2:03 (and the rest of my halfs for last year ranged between 2:09 and 2:17) and my PR (from 2007) is 1:55.  I knew I had it in me to beat the 2:03 and was hoping to slide in under 2:00.
I felt good during the race, really good.  I lost my gel pack at some point, so I didn’t get any fuel, but fortunately it was a half and not a full, so it wasn’t a huge deal.  I started with a handheld water bottle that I use for long runs and never bothers me.  It was the first time racing with it and it was bothering me beyond belief, so I chucked that at one point.  I do like handhelds better than the waist packs, but I think I need something smaller and/or more ergonomic.

 

10 seconds!  I missed the sub-2:00 by 10 seconds.  So close, yet….no dice.  Over all, I’m very happy with my time and can’t complain.  I just wanted my time to start with a 1, but I know I can get that in the future.  This race made me feel good about my training and made me feel like I’m getting my “running legs” back under me a bit.  As for my mile-by-mile(-ish) analysis…..I felt good at the start and for the first half of the race.  I started conservatively and, looking back, probably a little too conservative.  I just really wanted to avoid going out to fast.  I struggled a little around miles 7 and 8 and thought a sub-2:00 was out of the question at that point.  Around mile 10, I realized it was actually doable and tried to make it happen.  The ever-elusive negative splits still seem to evade me….
And fortunately I did get to glimpse the ocean-front view when I came back to the hotel for the world’s fastest post-race shower before jumping back on the road to get to Brian’s hockey game.
Fitness

Weight Watchers – Update for this month

Hello hello! It’s been a while since I last updated you on my progress. So far I’m holding in place at a loss of 15-20 pounds. I just can’t seem to break that 20 pound mark. I’ve got to do it soon because I’d love to lose the last 15 in the first half of 2018.

How am I going to do that? I’ll tell you.

Last week at my WW meeting, the topic was planning and how you have to plan meals and snacks ahead of time to make sure when hunger strikes you have plenty of good snacks and power foods around. I didn’t have much in the way of power foods OR healthy snacks since I knew my week was full of extracurriculars after work and I was headed out of town for the weekend. Why go grocery shopping when you won’t be around to eat any of it? I knew a big shopping trip was going to be my key to success.

Yesterday Skipp and I hit the supermarket and loaded up on TONS of veggies, some fruits and some salad fixings. I love a good salad. We also found light coconut milk– the key to lightening up a Skipp-favorite: curry. I also switched the usual chicken/pork to shrimp to lighten it further.

All this time, I’ve been unwilling to be flexible with “light” foods (light butter, reduced fat cheese, etc etc) but I’ve decided to give them a chance to break my mini-plateau and make my goals. So far they haven’t been atrocious.

Last night I made “light” curry and also made a healthy breakfast. Too often we sleep in and don’t make good breakfast choices due to time constraints. Today we had eggs and sausage (tequila lime chicken sausage– yum!) for breakfast and it was all ready in about two minutes. I added some reduced fat cheese to my eggs and also added salsa for added flavor.

I’m determined to get back on track after several weeks of coasting along. At one meeting my leader said something that really reached me: “If you kind of do it, it kind of works.” That’s SO true. I’m hoping to break the 20 pound mark (I’m SO close!) by the first week in February when I have a out of town trip planned.

Here’s hoping with enough focus, determination and planning I can make my goals soon. How are your resolutions coming along?