The Bad Side of Muscle Relaxants  

 

Muscle relaxants are helpful – if used appropriately. Muscle relaxants help in easing muscular pain. Many Singaporeans employ the use of muscle relaxants but we have to be wary because there are a number of side effects linked with them. Unless we consult our doctors first, we should not take one at all for our safety.

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When we have sprains, strains and muscle spasms, muscle relaxants are our quick solution. We need to keep in mind that muscle relaxants do not heal our injuries but it provides temporary relief from muscle pain. Examples of muscle relaxants include chlorzoxazone, carisoprol, metaxalone, cyclobenzaprine and methocarbamol.

As mentioned earlier, these drugs are without side effects. The use of relaxants is only for a short period because long periods will lead to dependency and health abuse therefore discouraged by many physicians. Muscle relaxants focus on our central nervous system. If ingested, a person may experience:

  • Alertness: Muscle relaxants can affect the alertness of a person. A person may experience dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, steadiness and clumsiness. These can affect the alertness of a person and if experienced, certain activities should be avoided like driving.

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  • Potential heart and liver problems: There are particular relaxants called chlorzoxazone and quinine sulphate that can potentially develop heart and liver problems.
  • Urine color changes: Another side effect is the change in urine color. Patients should not worry because the change in color is harmless and the color will return once the medication is discontinued.
  • Other mild side effects: The side effects vary depending on the person. Some persons may experience dry mouth, muscle fatigue, fainting, hiccups, nausea, committing, diarrhoea, constipation, sleep disorders, weakness and trembling.

If the side effects persist, we have to go see our physician right away. It is important that we notice the side effects and do not ignore it because it might lead to more serious ones like potential and liver problems.

For those who take muscle relaxants, doctors usually recommend it together with exercise, healthy diet, rest, physical therapy and other treatments. The important thing here is not to develop dependency. It is always highly recommended that we take the right doses prescribed to us and if it does not relieve the pain anymore, we still need to see our doctors.

It is easy to take relaxants especially if we feel pain but it should not be taken lightly and without careful consideration. As much as possible, we should not consider relaxants and if the pain is unbearable, we still need to take it slow.

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3 Things That Are Filthier Than Toilets  

 

We want our child to live healthy and clean but there will come a time that they will encounter germs. Germs thrive in dirty places and it is inconspicuous to the naked eye. This is why germs are more dangerous than ever. How can we fight something that we do not see? Well, for starters, we should identify places that they thrive in and try to kill them.

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When we hear germs, we think of the toilet. It does not need any more explanation but we will be surprised that there are filthier places than our toilets. It is important that we identify places (aside from our toilets) where germs thrive so we can avoid if not eliminate it. This article will tell us where germs reside (well, aside from our toilets).

Here’s the list:

  • Smartphone: Smartphones or tablets became a personal item for every Singaporean. Not all people know that smartphones and tablets are filthier than toilets. This is horrifying to know because we spend most of our time holding our smartphones or tablets. In fact, there are times that we eat with our bare hands while holding our phones. Let this be our warning. We have to clean it regularly and avoid bringing it in the toilet.

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  • Keyboard: If we do not hold our smartphones, we hold the keyboard most of the time especially if our job requires it. We have to be wary because keyboards contain more germs than our toilet seat. According to experts, germs in keyboards can cause food poisoning. To keep our keyboards clean, we have to disinfect it before and after using it. We also have to avoid eating at our desk.
  • Kitchen sponge: Most mothers know this – kitchen sponge is dirtier than our toilet seat. This is alarming because we use sponges to clean our utensils and other eating implements. It is imperative that we microwave our sponges for a minute or two before using it.

Now that we know where germs reside, it is time that we do some actions for the health and safety of our kids at home. Our kids do not know where germs settle so we can start by orienting them where dirt reside and what it can cause to the body.

We can fight germs through our knowledge. The good thing is that there are many cleaning items and solutions available here in Singapore. We can grab this opportunity and live healthy and clean.13-toss-the-sponge

Beat the Bloat: 6 Bad Habits You Need to Stop Doing to Avoid Belly Bloat  

 

Food plays a vital role in our life as it provides the needed nutrients of the body. However, eating the wrong way and the wrong kind of food can cause some consequences, including uncomfortable stomach bloat. If you’ve ever experienced feeling heavy and bloated after a meal, it’s probably because of these eating habits you need to stop doing now.

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  1. Sipping Through a Straw

Belly bloats are usually caused by taking in too much air. While drinking through a straw saves your teeth from stains, doing so also lets you swallow more air especially if you use one too often. The solution: use straw only when badly needed.

  1. Eating Too Fast

No matter how delicious that steak is, be sure to chew it nice and slow to avoid feeling bloated afterwards. Chewing is the first step to food digestion and taking your time to grind your food well prevents air pockets from building up in your belly.

  1. Too Much Soda

You see that tiny bubbles in your soda? That’s the reason why you’re bloated up. And before you convert to a diet-soda fan, know that the ‘diet” ones make you bloat even more because of artificial sweeteners, which can’t be digested.

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  1. Chewing Gum

Same with drinking through a straw, chewing gum makes you swallow more air. If your gum is a sugar-free one, expect more bloating. According to researches, sugar-free versions are worse as they contain xylitol and sorbitol, which are bacteria-fermented ingredients and can cause belly bloat—double trouble!

  1. Eating Fatty Foods

While there are good fats, such as the polysaturated and monosaturated fats found in olives and nuts; there are also bad fats, such as transfat and saturated fat found in red meat and standard dairy products. However, consuming any type of fat can slow down digestion, giving you a heavy bloated feeling.

  1. Taking Less Water During Workout

Not hydrating yourself while exercising can cause bloating, and worse dehydration. While working out, you sweat; thus losing body water. Continuous activity without regular sips will drain the vital organs, particularly the liver and the kidneys, which can result to tummy pain and gas.

Belly bloat is a health condition that isn’t too serious. However, feeling bloated throughout the day can make you feel sluggish and uncomfortable and can cause unproductiveness at work. By knowing what food and eating habits to avoid, there should be lesser chances for bloating to happen.

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Save Your BACK: Preventing Workplace Injuries

We work in different industries here in Singapore and in every industry, there entails workplace hazard. With that, it is important that we know what we are up against so we can rise above it. If we do not know the level of hazard we are putting ourselves into, we are putting our lives on the line.

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Regardless of what industry we belong to here in Singapore, we use our backs all the time to get things done. Others ignore their backs because they find it insignificant. There are also others that it is okay to sustain workplace injury because the company will pay. This kind of thinking will lead us to injuries. It is high time that we give our backs the importance it deserves because injuries are imminent.

Here are some things that you can do to save your back:

  • B: Be sure to plan the lift. When we are about to lift something, it is imperative that we plan and organize things so when we will walk that path, we will not encounter anything. The best thing that we should do is clear the path of any obstruction no matter how irrelevant we think it is.
  • A: Assess if the load is heavy. Sometimes, when we try to carry something, we just lift it without thinking of its weight. If it is too heavy and we think we can do it, we do not ask for help and just push through. That is not recommended. It will not do us harm if we ask for help. If the load is too heavy, we need to ask for help or assistance.

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  • C: Carry the load close to the body. Notice that when we carry something, we keep it as far to our body as possible. That is not correct because there is the tendency that our back might get hurt especially if we twist whilst lifting.
  • K: Keep your back straight. We have to be reminded that when lifting, we should use our leg muscles not our back when lifting. When it is already lifted, we have to make sure that our back is straight. Slouching might tense our back and in the long run it will hurt.

If we do not consider our backs, we will surely suffer the repercussions in time. Working in a safe environment is ideal but accidents happen. In fact, even if you are in an office environment, you are prone to injuries. Let this be our guide to prevent the simplest injuries.

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Rest is Equivalent to Happiness

Many people don’t have time to take care to themselves because they are so many things that hinder them. One is work. Most people concentrate on their work and ignore the times that they have to rest. They choose to get busy for the reason that they need to earn more for a living. Lots of people say that choosing to work rather than rest is a very practical deed.

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However, it will give complications to your physique and in the relationship between your friends and most importantly the most valuable and treasured people in your life – your family. Rest is very important to achieve happiness and happiness can be obtained when you perform the things accurately and properly. Rest doesn’t only occur in the physical body as it also targets your emotional mind.

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Learn how to meditate and practice meditation. One reason to deter you from being happy is stress. One way to prevent stress is to look at the positive side of everything and always delete negative things so that you can move on or move well. However, there are times that you still need to accept negativity so that you will learn what the correct things to do are.

Stress is an emotional problem that cannot be cured by medicines. It needs rest and sleep. Meditation is also one way to stay happy. If you do meditation every day, you will be more focused with your life, you will have a clear mind and you are calmer. It literally clears your mind and gives a soothing experience to your body.

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Relief for Itchy Scalps

It is bothering and annoying if the scalp is itchy. If you have itchy scalps, it is also distracting. You tried all the shampoos and treatments available in the market but to no avail. You should not look further because remedies for itchy scalps are in your home. You only need to look more closely.

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The trick is to find a remedy that can help soothe and calm the scalp. If you are looking for ways to relieve your scalps from the itch, you should read more. At the end of the article, you will discover many remedies that you can try in your home. These remedies are not that expensive unlike commercial ones.

What are you waiting for? Here are some remedies you can try:

  • Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar can also do the trick. You only need to mix one-fourth cup of apple cider vinegar and one-fourth cup of water. Use a spray bottle and just spritz it to your hair then massage it. After few minutes, you can rinse it.
  • Lemon juice: If you are looking for domestic products that are really not expensive, you should consider lemon juice. You only need to massage fresh lemon juice unto the scalp. After few minutes, you can rinse it.lemon-juice
  • Tea tree oil: Tee tree oil is known to be a universal ingredient for flaky and dry scalps. You only need to mix tea tree oil in your shampoo and use it. If you want to relieve the itch, you can massage the tea tree oil (combined with vegetable oil).
  • Jojoba oil: Jojoba oil is a great reliever. It can relieve an itchy and dry scalp. Jojoba is natural oil that can rejuvenate and hydrate your scalps. You only need to massage your scalp using jojoba oil. After that, you can rinse it. Make sure to repeat the procedure at least once a week.
  • Aloe vera: If you have aloe vera plant in your backyard, this is the time that you utilize it. Cut open the leaf, you will see a gel-like substance. You can apply it directly to your scalp and rinse it after thirty minutes.

That’s it. If you tried everything but the itchiness is still there, it is time that you consult your dermatologist. Sometimes, you need professional help. If your problem continues to persist, maybe there is something wrong with your skin. Your doctors will surely recommend things that might work for you.

There are many dermatologists here in Singapore. If you need one, you can easily find one and consult. Singaporeans should not let itchy scalp be the reason for their uncomfortable feelings.

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