Is Your Handbag Playing With Your Health?

Many of us are unaware that handbags can cause illness. A handbag can house millions of germs and dangerous bacteria that can cause skin diseases, breathing problems and even stomach infections.

Let’s see what are the things that can make handbags unhealthy:

1. Carrying Used Napkins Can Cause Diseases

Carrying used tissue papers, sponges, wipes and napkins in a handbag can cause skin and respiratory diseases. There is no point of re-using tissue papers. It is better to discard the napkins and tissue papers immediately after a single usage. Washable cloth napkin should go into a laundry basket rather than remaining in a handbag.

2. Cosmetics

Cosmetics often carry germs. It is best to wash make up brushes and clean cosmetics after each use. Take out unnecessary cosmetics from the handbag.

3. Chunks Of Eatables

Keeping eatables in a handbag while on the go is not a bad idea. It is good to have something to eat to get rid of growling belly and hunger drive. Always make sure to keep a container for all eatables or a plastic bag, to ensure that the bag is free from food chunks and bacteria. You can discard the plastic bag or wash the container, on reaching home.

4. Heavy Contents

It is important to take out useless items from a handbag. Keeping unnecessary things makes handbag heavy. There is no reason of suffering from aching shoulder because of unwanted items. It is ideal to keep separate bags for shopping, job, party and long journeys. Using a single bag for multiple purposes will only add unnecessary items, thus, adding extra weight on your shoulder.

5. Mobile Gadgets

Mobile phones and gadgets often house germs and bacteria. So always keep your handset and gadgets clean. A recent research reveals that a mobile phone contains more bacteria than a toilet bowl. Using mobile phones and portable gadgets with clean hands can reduce the risk. Always wash hands immediately after eating or using a phone. This prevents digestive and skin diseases.

6. Unhygienic wallet

Currency notes and coins come from hand to hand. Many people might have touched the money before it get our wallet. It is necessary to wash hands immediately after handling cash and coins.

Prevent Injuries, Infections And Diseases

Always be careful how you place items in your handbag. Organizing your possessions can prevent injuries. It is wise to organize things in different pouches and labeling them, to get the required item easily without any fuss. Place sharp items properly to avoid any injury or accident.

Women carry their handbags when ever they step out of their dwellings. Handbags contain almost everything that they consider useful while away from home. Usually, a lady’s handbag contains things like; cosmetics, medicines, mobile phone, charger, data cable, flash drive, eatables, napkins, small towel, mirror, wallet, credit card, contact cards, ID card, passport, keys, gloves, sun glasses, contact lenses etc. You name it and it is there!

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The ‘Must Have’ Factors That Make A Hospital The Best Hospital

The healthcare scenario is ever-changing and successful healthcare institutes focus on providing their patients with the best in class services along with the best medical care. They constantly re-evaluate their business and take regular feedback from their existing and past customers and make relevant changes.

There are however certain ‘must haves’ that make a hospital the best hospital. It’s generally not only the expertise and the skill levels of the doctors on-board, but a cumulative ‘feel’ of the overall administration, services and the care that the patients receive from these healthcare institutes. Successful hospitals majorly focus on delivering high quality, low cost and highly reliable patient care.

Here are a few factors that make a hospital the best hospital:

Seamless coordination between the departments

Usually, healthcare organizations have various specialties that form various departments in the hospital. For example, there will be a separate department for cancer care, a separate one for heart ailments and a different department for neurology. Well, apart from this, there is a set of people that handle administrative tasks and the support staff as well. Unless there is coordination among all these departments, it’s highly impossible to provide customers with the level of service that they expect. This means that the hospitals tagged as the best have all these departments seamlessly functioning under one roof and there are no glitches while transferring the patient from one department to another.

Embracing technology

Embracing technology is the only way to progress. The most successful hospitals ensure that they leverage from the modern technological equipment and use them to give their patients the best possible results. Having an open mind and welcoming new technological developments in the field of medicine is the key to success.

Transparent pricing

No one likes surprises when it comes to payment of hospital bills. Most of the patients plan their finances in advance. It is hence a good idea to keep the prices and the billing process very transparent. This creates a positive impression and the patients appreciate the straight forward process.

Team based care

Comprehensive healthcare systems are growing in popularity these days. Instead of having the patient transferred from one place to another for further treatment, most of the hospitals prefer to gather a team of experts to work on the case. This ensures that the patient feels cared for and also builds a sense of confidence that the hospital can provide instant care in case of emergencies.

For any hospital, it is highly essential that they follow the best practices and guidelines, because this kind of standardization ensures that the level of positive outcomes increases.

The key to success however depends on one factor – patient centeredness. Patients must inevitably be at the center of care and every caregiver including the doctor must put the patient first. Finally, a healthcare system must not be too rigid and must evolve with time to ensure that their patients get the best possible experience while they lay all their hopes of a better and healthy life on you!

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A Quick Guide to Healthy Food Choices

Nowadays we have access to everything. In fact, we can eat almost anything at any time, but does this mean we are eating better? Let´s look at some facts. In the United States:

– Nearly 38% of adults are obese (1)
– 9,3% of the population has diabetes (2)
– About 29% of adults have high blood pressure (3)
– The No. 1 cause of death for both men and women is heart disease (4)
– 1 in every 20 deaths is caused by stroke (5)

This data reflects not only the way people eat, of course, but also other factors such as lifestyle. However, food plays a very important role. Besides being part of our daily life, we need to eat in order to survive.

If we want to eat healthier options, going to the supermarket can be quite a challenging experience. Why? Because everything that is not good for us seems to be more appealing either by the way it looks or how the package looks (this is marketing at its best). As the saying goes, “don´t judge a book by its cover.” So what can you do?

1. Choose Local
If you are looking for fresh fruits and vegetables, then buy local products. By doing this you will be also helping the farmers in your area as well as the environment! Besides this, instead of going to the freezer section to find meat or fish, try to go more often to the fish market or to the butcher shop.

2. Choose Organic
Do you really want to pay for food that was grown using chemical fertilizers and pesticides or for GMO food? Or would you rather pay for quality? This is what happens when you choose organic: it is an investment in your health and well-being. Organic produce might not be so appealing because of its size and shape, but after you taste it you will not want anything else!

3. Choose Seasonal
Nature is so wise. It gives us what our body needs according to the season. For example, have you ever noticed that there is always more fruit available during summer time? Fruit hydrates us and has also a cooling effect on our body, perfect for that time of the year!

4. Choose Whole
Whole grains are slow-absorption carbohydrates and nutritionally more complete (6). Most people, however, eat refined carbohydrates. But did you know that white flour acidifies the body, taking away minerals (7)? Furthermore, food with a high glycemic value (e.g., refined flour products and also sugar), can act as opium does in our brains, which is why for some people it can be addictive, according to research conducted by Dr. Kathleen DesMaisons, specialist in nutrition and addiction (8).

5. Choose without Sugar
When I use the term “sugar” I mean sucrose that enters very quickly in the bloodstream, disturbing the sugar levels in the blood. In the long term, refined sugar increases fatigue and steals from the body minerals and B complex vitamins (7). But, of course, everybody loves eating a sweet thing! Fruit can be one of the best options available, but if you are looking for a sugar substitute you have, for example, honey and coconut sugar.

6. Choose Unprocessed
I know packaged food offers convenience, but next time you buy it please read the label. Do you understand the ingredients or are they too hard to spell? Rule of thumb: if you can´t spell them, then put the package back on the supermarket shelf. Besides this, keep in mind that the less ingredients a product has, the better.

7. Choose Diversity
Eating a bit of everything is probably the best option if you want to have a balanced diet. However, it is important to take into account certain factors such as the season we are in, as I have written above, and our personal characteristics like age, sex, lifestyle and what our organism reacts to certain foods, so listen to your body!

Next time you go to the supermarket think about the options available. You have the power to decide the best for you, so choose wisely.

(1) Flegal K.M., Kruszon-Moran D., Carroll M.D., et al. Trends in obesity among adults in the United States, 2005 to 2014. JAMA, 315(21): 284-2291, 2016 (accessed October 2016).
(2) American Diabetes Association. Statistics about Diabetes. In American Diabetes Association, 2016 (accessed October 2016).
(3) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. High Blood Pressure Facts. In Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015 (accessed October 2016).
(4) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heart Disease Facts. In Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015 (accessed October 2016).
(5) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Stroke Facts. In Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015 (accessed October 2016).
(6) Varatojo, Francisco. Foods also Cure. Lisboa: A Esfera dos Livros, 2015.
(7) Pope, Alexandra. The Wild Genie: The healing power of menstruation. Bedfordshire: Authors OnLine, 2001, ed. 2014.
(8) Northrup, Christiane. Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: Creating physical and emotional health and healing. Rio de Mouro: Círculo de Leitores, 1994, ed. 2009, transl.

Most of us have no idea how our daily choices are impacting our health and well-being.

In my book “Back to Natural” you will learn how to:
-Protect yourself from chemicals that are common in the food you eat and the products you use
– Plan your life according to the phase of your menstrual cycle
– Recognize the possible side effects of the pill and a natural alternative
– Find in nature solutions to common health problems
– Feel less stress and anxiety with a simple, cost-free technique
– And much more!

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