Enjoy Caffeine in a Healthy Way

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What is life without caffeine for millions? One starts their day with a morning cup of coffee. Waking up early with the thought of going to work or carrying out chores is hectic and it does time take to snap out of the sleep mode. As soon as one wakes up the first thought that emerges is a cup of tea or coffee. Why is this so? Mainly to only wipe off the slumber and feel energetic and charged. However, for some just the needed amount of coffee is not enough, they enter a state of caffeine dependence.

Craving for a cup of coffee in the morning is normal, but for some, it is not enough, they want more. When one has the dependency problem of sipping on more than one cup in the morning, it is a sign of caffeine dependence. When it comes to just feeling fresh and lively, people depend on caffeine the most and it is the most abundant mood-altering drug consumed. How does caffeine light up people’s mood and energy levels? It is a mild stimulant that functions on the central nervous system. It improves memory, relieves depression and enhances attention and alertness. The most often ingested source of caffeine is coffee, and what is the normal requirement of coffee which is a healthy limit for individuals. Experts say 400 mg of caffeine is the normal limit and this is equivalent to four cups of coffee.

Withdrawal symptoms:

For people who depend on caffeine for morning boost, the day starts with a cup of tea or coffee, but for individuals who are stressed, there is a craving for more than the needed amount, and they develop withdrawal symptoms. The main sign of withdrawal is a headache and inability to focus. The other symptoms to watch out for are irritability, depression, muscle ache, vomiting, and nausea.

The onset of withdrawal symptoms starts 12 to 24 hours from the last period of caffeine ingestion. According to recent research, the symptoms can get extremely severe that people lose the ability to concentrate.

Tolerance among caffeine users:

Many individuals feel the requirement to have caffeine first thing in the morning, and there are people who have developed a tolerance for it. People who consume high levels of caffeine which is over 750 mg a day develop total tolerance and there are no signs of side effects.  This is proven in some individuals, and not everyone who has caffeine develops tolerance.

For a person who has not had caffeine for months or a first-time user, there is a zero tolerance to the drug, because caffeine is considered a foreign substance. If the same amount of caffeine is consumed the next day, the level of tolerance decreases.  These are the symptoms that come with tolerance to caffeine, feeling of intense pleasure, sharp alertness, increased energy levels, enhanced motivation and positive feeling.

As a person becomes accustomed to caffeine the tolerance level reduces, and without the desired amount, the individual suffers from fatigue and extreme tiredness.

Ways to beat caffeine addiction:

There are some people who are overly dependent on caffeine, it is important to remember that as long as one adheres to the normal requirement, it is okay. For people who have more than needed amount of caffeine can follow these tips to reduce intake and enjoy caffeine in a healthy way:

Replace caffeine with healthy fruit juices at intervals: Whenever one urges to have more caffeine than needed, it can be replaced with fresh juice like lemon that is refreshing.

Give a good amount of break after consuming caffeine and focus the mind on fun activity like reading, music and so on.

Do not sip on coffee or tea quickly, drink it slowly and enjoy it and there are chances that there won’t be cravings for another cup.

Enjoy the flavor of coffee or tea while consuming, feel refreshed, and if there is a thought of another cup in a short interval, think of something positive or fill your mind with good thoughts.

Exercise like half an hour walking or at home is essential to release stress-fighting endorphins, and remain in a calm state, with reduced possibility of cravings.

 

 

 

 

 

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Essential Safety Tips for People with Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder characterized by recurring seizures or fits and it is proven that many people with epilepsy experience more than one seizure and the person experiences symptoms of neurological problems as well. How to determine if a person has epilepsy?  There are other medical conditions that trigger fits such as extremely low blood sugar and alcohol withdrawal, and a person who gets seizures from these conditions might not have epilepsy. Epilepsy diagnosis happens when a person experiences more than one type of seizure which does not emerge from any kind of medical condition.

A person with Epilepsy should take safety precautions to just feel safe and avoid any kind of danger. People with this condition can lead a normal life, provided you realize the risk involved in day to day life and take precautions to minimize risks. It is the seizures that puts the individual at risk of danger. During an epileptic seizure the affected person loses conscious and is unaware of surroundings. In such a case there is high chance of accidents and the person might even lose balance. What are the dangers caused from epileptic fits? It is head injuries, drowning, fracture, bruises, cuts and burns. There are also certain places that is extremely risky for an epileptic person to survive in, it is being in places of certain height, being in traffic, being in water and being in a place of electric and heat source.

Level of risk of having seizure:

It is important for an Epileptic person to study the level of risks caused from fits at various occasions. The risk of danger is higher for someone having experienced many episodes of tonic-clonic seizures and it is essential to know that there is a risk of experiencing (SUDEP) sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.

In whichever place and situation, it is imperative to be aware of feeling safe and avoiding risk of an epileptic attack that can pose danger.

Safety tips at home:

Ensure to be careful about unattached wires being connected to appliances that can result in sparks. Keep any kind of wires such as cable tidies and hardware at a distance from an appliance.

Protect yourself by using guards on radiators

Make sure that appliances used for cooking such as stoves and heaters are away from you at a good distance, so that it does not come in contact with you if knocked over by accident.

Use a hairdryer that switches off when you place it down

In order to avoid risk of friction burns use carpet that has a high wool content and not the one with a high synthetic content.

Install smoke detectors that alert other people if there is something burning particularly for those with memory problems.

Precautions to take while in the bathroom:

People with seizures need to take extra care during any bath activity, mainly because there is isolation from other caretakers. Follow these tips to stay safe

It is advised to have a shower and not a bath, because while showering the water moves away from the body.

It would be safe if there is someone near the door while having a bath.

Use signs on the door and not locks, because if there is a sign of any kind of danger, people can just barge into the bathroom.

Make sure the fittings are engineered in a manner that results in minimum damage to the head and other body parts.

Use a shower screen made of safety glass

If it is convenient try to sit down while showering, it makes minimum room for slippage.

Make sure the temperature controls work well to avoid any kind of shock.

While in the kitchen:

It is advised to use microwave than an electric or gas cooker

Stay at a good distance away from cooking utensils so that the equipment does not get knocked over and fall down.

It is advised to not carry hot items, if you are carrying heated items use a thick cloth

To be on the safe side use a toaster instead of grill to prevent burning and the fumes coming in contact with skin.

While pouring hot liquid use teapot pourers and kettle tippers to avoid any hot liquid coming in contact with skin.

While being in the bedroom:

Take precaution to not put your pillow close to radiator

Ensure to protect yourself by putting pillows on the edges of the bed to prevent falling

It is advised to choose a bed designed at a low height because of the reduced distance between the bed and floor.

Make sure to never leave any kind of sharp objects on or close to the bed.

Experts advise on using anti-suffocation pillows.

While in the garden:

Avoid being in close contact with bonfires and barbecues, make sure you are with someone while a bonfire or barbecue is being used.

It is advised to not have ponds or pools in the garden, if there are water bodies, make sure it is guarded with fences.

Make sure the ground on which you are walking is safe.

Precautions to take while going out:

A person with Epilepsy will feel anxious about going out, and there are many thoughts and emotions circulating in the mind. These are the common thought processes,

Will a seizure episode happen anytime?

I will get noticed during a seizure and what will people think?

Is my seizure going to keep me pre-occupied and interfere with my work?

An epileptic person can lead a normal life and venture out into the professional world, but it is important to bear these important tips in mind about being safe.

Carry a medical card stating the numbers to contact during emergency

Carry a first-aid kit

If you have any doubt contact your family doctor

Tips to minimize risk of injury caused from bruises, head injuries, cuts and fracture:

Ensure that the flooring is filled with soft materials such as rubber, cork, linoleum and carpets. This way when you fall the risk of injury is minimized.

Place a soft material on the floor of stairs and make sure stairs are bordered with railings and use safety glass on doors and windows.

A person with Epilepsy can explore their dreams and emerge successful, provided they follow and be aware of certain precautions to just feel safe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ways to Identify Stalking Behavior

followingThere are so many people we meet in life, but yet there are few in contact with us. We however during most times don’t take notice of someone who gives more attention than needed, and it is more than normal observation. He/she could fall into the stalking category, it is a danger most people are unaware of. Stalking is a term not thought of by many individuals and that is why there is a risk of impending danger. What is the intrinsic definition of stalking. It is when a person contacts you indirectly through sending texts, making calls, sending items to residence and so on. People can’t feel stalking behavior until they experience it, because it is done secretively. Watch out for these threats:

The perpetrator will find ways to harass by

Getting your contact on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and so on

Getting to know your address and send letters

Sending gifts

Trying to steal anything that belongs to you

Creating a website about you

People are extremely busy with their lives, particularly in balancing work and family life  and also thinking about other responsibilities to handle. Being immersed in such thoughts, there is little room for being observant of surroundings and the sight of the person who looks creepy. How to identify a potential stalker or the possible event of being stalked?

Intense expression:

Stalkers exhibit intense expression, at times it cannot be noticed, they showcase a predatory expression through strong eye contact. While meeting someone for the first time, a little bit of long stare is common, but stalkers will stare, in a different way that will seem to be obviously creepy.

Trying to get information about a person:

Meeting people on a regular basis is common, most often people just forget a new person they met and carry on with their lives. However, a stalker might be around the corner and once you are their subject, they will find ways to get information about you before you even know it. They will even gather facts about what you do on a daily basis and the people you know and meet.

Being active on social media and browsing through profiles:

Social media is a habitual ground for stalkers, they will go through your profile to collect as much information as possible. They do this to get assurance that they know you well, they will check who you are with, and what you are doing on a regular basis. If it is a day you are going out for a meal after work, it is possible that the stalker might follow you.

They keep following you wherever you go:

It is impossible to predict that a stalker can follow you, they have a knack of following you and tracing your details. They will find means to get your number and browse through your details. You will find a stalker following you at most unusual places, they do it secretively sometimes, and at times they do it to get your attention.

Watch out for someone who stands close to you:

If it is a person you are not close to watch out for close inappropriate contact, it is a sign of stalking behavior. If you notice such an indication constantly call a helpline and alert family and friends.

It is essential to be aware of surroundings and watch out for stalkers, to be on the safe side, interact more only with people whom you consider to be safe. Also, don’t expose social media sites to the public, keep it private.