The Benefits of Deep Breathing

When we were born, we knew how to breathe correctly. We instinctively knew to breathe deeply. Our breaths were rhythmical and relaxed. At the time of our very first breath, we knew what to do.

Somewhere along the line we forgot how to breathe deeply. We may have been frightened, stressed or shocked. We may have panicked and our automatic response was to breathe quickly into our chests. Over time this became our new habit. When I look around a yoga class, I see most people are shallow breathing. But if we do this for a long period of time, we begin to think this is normal.

As you sit at your computer now, notice what your breath is doing. Now breathe deeply. Notice what your shoulders are doing and how your stomach is feeling. Now sit up straight, roll your shoulders back and down. Release any tension in your stomach. Now check in with your breath. Are you breathing deeply into your stomach? This new habit will take effort to maintain at first. Keep checking in with your breath during the day and eventually any tightness in your stomach will reduce.

Shallow breathing means that our organs do not get the same level of oxygen as they do during deep breathing. When you take a long inhale, imagine the air is filling your lungs and expanding your diaphragm. Your intestines are filled with fresh oxygen. If you lay the alveoli out flat (the air sacks in your lungs), they would be the size of a one bedroom flat which is about 450 square feet. Imagine how much more efficient and healthy our bodies would be if we breathed properly!

During shallow breathing, your sympathetic nervous system goes into a state of stress. This informs your body that you are stressed and releases the associated stress hormones. This then creates an imbalance in the body.

Imagine the difference to our health, vitality and energy if we were to breathe deeply everyday. Imagine the positive impact on our performance. Breathing deeply helps your body to perform at its best. It relieves tension, stress and fear. I find that when my breathing is quick and shallow, then my mind is over active. When I consciously control my breathing and aim for deep inhales and long exhales, my mind becomes more peaceful and I am less stressed.

Strides made in patient engagement in recent years have taken place alongside innovations in healthcare technology such as mobile workstations. The use of technology in healthcare has given patients the desire to take a more active role in their health, and has also improved outcomes. But how do mobile workstations aid in patient engagement?

Technology in Healthcare

Technology is transforming healthcare and helping to keep people engaged and healthy. More and more health facilities are adopting new technologies that patients can use easily, thereby improving the efficiency and quality of health outcomes.

Technology provides simple, but effective methods of communication, and provides a more versatile and personalized approach to healthcare. Medical computers and similar devices create the opportunity for better diagnosis and treatment. They also improve links among doctors, allowing them to work together to improve patient care.

Patient Engagement

There's been a lot of talk about the concept of patient engagement in recent years, but what does it really mean. Patient engagement focuses on involving patients in matters relating to their health and wellness, in order to improve patient-physician relationships, and produce better outcomes. Incorporating advanced tools and technology into healthcare is helping to enhance patient care and comfort.

Doctors and patients can now access electronic health records (EHR) via online portals, and there is greater communication access via emails and mobile devices. Because of these technological advances, there is now much more patient-physician interaction.

Additionally, more medical consultations are taking place online. When there is a health concern, patients are now regularly using tools such as medical mobiles to contact their primary care physician or specialist. This has helped to reduce office visits, and of course it means lower costs for patients.

How Mobile workstations help patient engagement

Mobile workstations have helped to integrate information technology into the healthcare system, so as to streamline operations and increase efficiency. Computers and health information technology have been seamlessly integrated into the workflow, and this has also improved physician-patient interactions.

Mobile workstations specifically assist patient engagement by:

Reducing the time for routine tasks such as dispensing medication and updating daily charts. This gives health care providers more time to offer better care to patients. It therefore facilitates greater connectedness between patients and their health care providers.
Providing nurses with mobile nursing charts rather than paper based patient charts. This allows them to get a real-time view of patient vitals, medication charts, and lab results. Paper based charts are prone to error, but mobile enabled alternatives are more accurate, and help to increase patient satisfaction.
Increasing efficiency and facilitating improved care at the bedside. Data is more accessible, and patients also have access to tests results and other health communication that allows them to make informed decisions.
Giving clinicians the ability to enter information at the point of care in a patient's room. The health data can be discussed in real time, and patients don't have to wait for the physician or nurse to consult notes at a permanent workstation.
Enhancing patient involvement in their own care, as clinicians can share data they are viewing on the workstation screen. Patients are given more information about their illness and the possible treatment options.
Saving time. Less time is required to record documentation, which makes more time available for direct patient care. Because of this, patients feel more comfortable communicating openly with their health care providers.
Venus-222 Mobile Nursing Station

The Venus 222 Mobile Nursing Station by Onyx Healthcare is a portable, multifaceted computer with a wireless network. It integrates the functions of a nursing station with other applications such as telemedicine, and EHR/EMR. The Venus-222 workstation is lightweight, fan-less, easy to navigate, and comfortable to use. It can be upgraded as needed, and is equipped with swappable batteries. The batteries have a 24-hour run time, so the computer won't die out prematurely. It is the ideal solution for the fast-paced clinical environment.

Onyx Healthcare, USA, located in Orange, CA, specializes in medical IT solutions, and provides a range of mobile computing workstations for the medical field. Call 714-792-0774 to find out more about the mobile workstations available at Onyx, and discover how they can aid in patient engagement.

The other day, I received a rather nice complement from a colleague who noted my excellent shape and fitness. Let me tell you, staying in shape at this level is a lot of work, it's a huge sacrifice, but I feel worth it. But, not being a fitness consultant or personal trainer I wondered exactly what advice could I give that would work for almost anyone who wants to lose weight, tone up and stay healthy? Let's talk.

First, my colleague asks me; "So in addition to your exercise routine do you eat a special diet? I am just trying to watch what I eat and pay attention to portion control. I want to feel good when I look in the mirror. I don't think I will ever look like the Statue of David but then again he is dead and I am alive."

Yes of course, he's right. And, here is the advice I gave him and I'd be glad to share with you today. You see, I eat smoothies with vegetables and fruit, with isolate protein powder, and a lot of homemade soup. I also watch my calories, but not as much as I used to. But let me say this; if you'll cut your calorie intake to 2300 calories per day, walk/jog 3.2 miles per day, then boost that up to 2 walks per day, you'll lose and keep off 35 lbs in 2-months.

I also recommend you cut out wheat products and sodas, no beer or alcohol. Your gut bacteria will change in about 2.5 weeks and you won't crave all the BS processed foods in about 20-30 days. But you have to stay with this plan for at least 60-days before you'll be happy with the results, then once you do get lighter, you can up the exercise and start hitting the weights in about 45-days.

It's not hard stuff, just Google "Super Foods" and only eat those, add turmeric, ginger, garlic, Italian spices, pepper in trade for salt, and organic honey and cinnamon in place of sugar.

Read up on foods that boost testosterone, and add some of those into your diet. Also add Ginseng (Panex), K-2, and Gingko Biloba, fish oil into your supplement routine, get a good B-complex and multivitamin too, add D-3 vitamin until spring.

This works, it's not even rocket science. I also advise that you "Think" yourself thin, and if you are going to hit the weights do that 1-hour before you go to bed, your body will burn fat while you sleep. By the time summer comes you will be sporting a hard body and you will have agility and spring in your step, ready to conquer the world. You'll feel like you are in your early 30s again, it's pretty damn cool.

My acquaintance then asks; "What has been the biggest change you have noticed since you have gotten in better shape?"

Well, good question actually. So, I guess the hardest thing to remember is to stay on your diet. Sometimes, "friends" want to feed you their crappy food, and when you eat it, you will notice you start to lose your six-pack. Most of that processed crap is garbage calories, not doing you any good. It's not that you are going to crave that crappy food after months of eating the good stuff - it's that your friends try to feed you the stuff. Sometimes those foods are more convenient, and you are hungry, but try to get the good stuff in. And once a week go ahead and eat whatever you want, some crappy stuff, but not more than once a week. Please consider all this and think on it.

The human bladder can hold up to 0.5 liters of liquid. A normal person taking 8 glasses of water a day takes 64 ounces (1.9 liters), hence the need to constantly get rid of the excess water. The bladder stores this excess liquid and when half full, sends signals to the brain to let one know that they should pee. This however, is bearable and one may decide to hold the pee for longer.

But how long is long, well it varies with different people. Others can hold it for so long while others can't hold it in for long. It is however advisable that you hit the head as soon as the urge to do so comes.

While holding it for a short period has no effect apart from the difficulty to concentrate on anything else than your desire to pee, doing so for long and too many times is harmful. It may lead to infections and other numerous side effects. The bacteria on the genital surface is not being flushed out, hence it can enter through the ureter and migrate in to the bladder. The accumulation of these bacteria may cause lower urinary transmitted infection (UTI). In rare cases, the bacteria may walk its way up the ureter, reaching the kidney, causing pyelonephritis, a kidney ailment, whose symptoms include a fever, back pains. If this goes untreated, the bacteria will enter the blood stream causing a systemic disorder that is extremely life threatening.

For pregnant women, these bacteria spread faster, there are other infections that may arise from this. They include:

Kidneys stones a condition where tiny stone like develop in the kidneys due to excess accumulation of calcium and sodium salts along the tract. The stones make it difficult to pass urine as the pain that comes along is unbearable since the stones will be large compared to the tract size.

Cystitis an inflammation of the bladder walls mostly experienced by women. Its symptoms are: pain in the pelvis, burning and pain when urinating and swelling of the bladder.

Voiding dysfunction this occurs mostly in children. It is the inability to retain urine as the sphincter muscles have been weakened and are unable to relax.
The bladder may also swell since it is holding more than its capacity. Too much swelling may call for a surgery.

Other possible diverse effects are anxiety, cramps, shivers and stomach pains.

When you are standing in a pharmacy aisle or looking at an online medical supply store, it is very easy to be overwhelmed with the choices for medical tape. This will hopefully help you understand what 3M means by Medipore, Transpore, Microfoam, etc. 3M makes high quality medical and surgical tape. More than likely, if you were in the hospital you have seen these products. All items listed in this article are hypoallergenic. They are not all latex-free.

Blenderm: Waterproof clear plastic, it is a flexible, occlusive tape that helps protect wounds from external fluids and from becoming contaminated. It is not listed as latex-free.

Durapore: Silk-like strong backing, with high adhesion to dry skin. This is strong and conforms to the unique shapes of the body as well as bulky dressings. Can be used with heavier tubing and small splints. It is latex-free.

Medipore: Soft cloth surgical tape, this is a breathable, gentle and conformable product that comes in easy tear, perforated rolls. Used for larger, bulky dressings where the skin may stretch and can be used for repeated use because it is so gentle. This is not listed as latex-free.

Microfoam Foam Tape: Water resistant foam product that stretches in all directions. Works well for compression applications and securing dressings in challenging areas. Highly conformable closed cell tape. It is latex-free.

Micropore Paper Tape: Breathable and gentle with a rayon backing. This is a general dressing tape that works great for at-risk and fragile skin. It can be repeated on the same area of skin. It is latex-free.

Transpore Plastic Tape: Clear with easy bi-directional tear. It is perforated polyethylene film that very easily tears into very thin strips. Great for securing tubing. It is not latex-free.

Tips for making the best use of medical tape:

Touch the sticky part as little as possible. When you place the it down, apply even and gentle pressure to the top to ensure complete contact with the skin. Gentle but firm strokes along the entire strip of tape will help the tape come into complete contact with the skin. This helps keep the tape edges from rolling or losing adhesion. Most adhesives stick to clean, dry surfaces better so try to minimize moist conditions as much as possible. Be careful when choosing soaps and lotions, a lot of them will prevent tape from sticking because of the oils and emollients that are used. If the adhesive is bothering your skin, you can use a skin prep like 3M Cavilon barrier film. Always allow the film to dry completely before applying the medical tape. Remember, your skin should be healthy and tape should not be making it less healthy. Always consult your medical team if you are concerned for any part of your health.
Health can be defined as something that is taken for granted many times. Whenever we start losing health it can turn out to be hard to believe that we spent a very long period of time not valuing it at all. Thus in order to ensure that you stay as healthy as possible for a very long period of time, we have outlined a small guide for your understanding. These also detail your mental, physical and emotional health.

A healthy diet is important

To maintain a good health, obviously a healthy diet is very important. This healthy diet should be comprised of nutrients, color and vitamins. Also the easiest way to do this is through piling on vegetables and fruits. They are dense in nutrients but they are not dense calorically. This means that you can eat a lot of them without actually affecting your healthy negatively.

Drink enough water

In case you are looking for a great miracle on earth, water is the closest that you can probably get. You must stay hydrated as it can be beneficial to your skin, hair and nails. Apart from such simple things, you will obviously be able to lose a significant amount of weight.

Exercise regularly

Yes it is important to exercise from time to time in order to maintain your health. There is obviously no way around this. To stay healthy it is important to stay active. If you are not using your muscles, you will obviously lose them and the same goes for your brain. Your body craves for exercise. There is nothing like exercise for your body.

Drink alcohol in moderation

This is a very important decision you must take as soon as possible. Drinking in moderation can help you to avoid making stupid decisions and the most important it affects your health positively. By limit we mean that you 2 a day for men and 1 a day for women.

Quit smoking

Smoking is no way going to do your health any favors. It can also take out a chunk off your budget or money. There are thousands of reasons for you to quit smoking and many of those are the diseases that it can cause in a short span of time. No doubt it is called as a slow poison.

Regular check ups

Regular checkups can help you to stay healthy. This is because these checkups are done in order for you to no more about your health. Assign yourself a doctor and visit him or her on a regular basis.

Whether you or a loved one has an ostomy, one thing is certain, there is a lot to learn. It can be confusing to say the least when you first start caring for your ostomy. Your nurses and doctors will be using terms you may have never heard before. They may reference things you can't even picture because you have never seen them before. I have listed out some very basic ostomy terms to get you familiar with some of the supplies. Be patient with yourself and never be afraid to ask questions. These are just a few of the terms you will hear and there are many others. United Ostomy Association of America has a great guide for new ostomates that I highly recommend.

Ostomy Vocabulary

Pouching System: Includes the skin barrier and the pouch. Options are a one-piece ostomy system or a two-piece ostomy system. Colostomy, ileostomy, and urostomy all require a pouching system.

Ostomy Pouch: Collects output from your stoma and is worn on the side of the body. Pouches are available in drainable or closed. A one piece ostomy pouch will have the skin barrier as a part of the unit. A two piece ostomy pouch will not have the skin barrier connected and you will need to buy the skin barrier separately. Also known as an ostomy bag.

Skin Barrier: The part of the ostomy pouching system that fits directly around the stoma. Protects the skin from output while holding the ostomy pouch in place. Skin barriers are also called wafers or flanges.

Convex Skin Barrier: Used for flush, flat, or retracted stomas to help the stoma empty into the ostomy pouch by pressing the peristomal skin down and allowing the stoma to reach the inside of the pouch effectively. Convex barriers or inserts curve like a bell and can help uneven skin form a complete seal with the ostomy pouch

Filter: Allows gas to escape from the pouch and helps to absorb odor. Available in a variety of styles.

Stoma Caps: Small closed pouches that can be worn briefly while showering or during intimate moments. Stoma caps are not meant to replace your normal everyday ostomy pouch.

Wear Time: How long you can wear your pouching system before it fails or needs to be changed. Wear times vary between people and circumstances such as, heavy activity, hot weather, etc. Wear times should be fairly consistent for each individual person. The average is 3 to 5 days and it is not recommended that you exceed 7 days.

You don't have to be a stark to worry about winter. This season can bring anyone down with colds and flu. All the time, you don't need modern medicine to help you stay healthy this winter. Here are eight natural ways to prevent getting sick during the winter:

Drink plenty of fluids. As winter brings dry air, staying hydrated throughout the day gets more challenging. Your body needs an adequate amount of fluids to function properly, immune system included. Always bring a bottle of water along with you. Avoid sugary drinks because they can suppress your immune system. Drink herbal teas like chamomile, ginger root, and rose hip to improve your resistance against the cold. Make vegetable soups and broths and consume them throughout the week.

Use saline nasal flush. Dry mucous membranes make you more susceptible to microbes. You can prevent this by flushing your sinuses with mild salt water daily. For nasal irrigation, you can use a neti pot or ready-to-use plastic bottles that come with saline packets.

Limit simple sugars from your diet. Simple sugars are also known as "empty calories" because they contain very little nutrients like fiber, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. Limit your consumption of candies, cakes, cookies, syrups, sweetened drinks, and refined grain products. Several studies have shown that refined sugars can alter your immune system for several hours after consumption.

Include protein with every meal. Your body requires protein to synthesize enzymes and other materials needed by the immune system. Get protein from different sources such as seafood, white-meat poultry, yogurt, eggs, beans, and nuts.
Eat lots of colorful fruits and vegetables. These foods contain vitamins A and C and phyto-nutrients, which boost the immune system. Consume at least five servings of vegetables and at least three servings of fruits a day.

Prepare food with garlic, onion, ginger, and other spices. Garlic and onions have antimicrobial properties that help you fight off infection.

Get enough sleep every night. Sleep helps restore and heal the body. You need adequate sleep to keep your immune system in optimum condition. Establish a healthy sleep-wake cycle by getting to bed early during the long winter nights. Try to get seven or eight hours of sleep each night. If you have difficulty sleeping, try using relaxation and breathing techniques to help get rid of stress and quiet your mind.

Exercise regularly. Several studies have linked moderate, regular exercise to a healthy immune system. Exercise increases the production of macrophages (bacteria-killing cells) and improves circulation of immune cells to help fight off bacteria and viruses.
Life is short. Everyone wants to succeed in the life. But what makes a person's life a success is still a big question. Many attributes are related to success that range from physical to mental counts, hard skills to soft skills, hard works, thought-process, dreams, reality, happiness, hardship and what not!

Factors that have an effect on and affect the success in life also vary. In a broader aspect, three things actually determine the ultimate SUCCESS of life:

It's that time of the year when people vow to make changes. Maybe it's time to quit smoking, learn another language or take that kickboxing class you've been putting off all of last year. Regardless of what it is, you want to improve yourself in one way or another. One of the most common resolutions that people make is to get in better shape. It's no coincidence that January is the month when gyms rack up the most enrollments. How many of these new members will you see still see there in April? If you really want to make changes, do it in a way that will set you up for long term success. Don't flip a switch and decide that you're all of a sudden a fitness enthusiast. That's a recipe for failure. Here are five ways that you can make your new venture a successful one.

Create a Plan

Plan your day from beginning to end. From the time you wake up to the time you plan to retire for the night. Plan the day and times for laundry, grocery shopping and so on. Once you've done that, pick three days that you cleared your schedule to exercise for 45 minutes. It can be at home or at a gym so plan commute time accordingly. If waking up early before work is your best option, plan to get to bed earlier so you can wake up ready to go. If you plan to go after work, bring a gym bag to work so that you don't have to stop home afterwards. Once you consistently go three times a week, try adding a fourth day to the mix.

Make Gradual Changes

Bad habits didn't develop overnight and they can't be undone in that manner either. These toxins that we rely on have addictive properties that are hard to shake. The probability of quitting smoking by going from three packs a day to none at all is highly unlikely. Just like with everything else, it takes time and a consistent effort. The same goes with eating sugars, drinking coffee and a sedentary lifestyle. Take small steps in the right direction. Start with reducing the amounts of sugars you eat. Make a goal every week to eat less and less sugar. From drinks to foods, gradually phase them out of your diet. While doing this, try to sneak some exercise into your routine. If three times a week seems extreme, try two times, maybe for thirty minutes to start. Then lengthen your workouts and up your weekly visits as you get more accustomed to that lifestyle.

Set Goals For Yourself

Set goals to eliminate bad foods from your diet, to get to the gym and to improve your current fitness level. Allow yourself 50 grams (if you consume more than that) of sugar for the week and 2 gym visits. Practice pushups until failure. If you can do 6 repetitions at the moment, set a goal for to reach 10 repetitions in three weeks for example. Keep setting new challenges and new goals that will build on your previous results. Not only will it keep you more engaged in your workouts, it will let you track your progress.

Challenge Friends

You held a plank for one minute for your first time. You're excited, now challenge a friend or coworker to do the same. You did it, now see how long it takes them to do it. Maybe a weight loss challenge, who can do the most pushups or hold the longest plank. The more people engaged, the easier it becomes. You may even find a gym partner, which is the best way to push yourself through those rough days that you probably wouldn't make it. You can't let your gym partner go alone, they need you!

Don't Listen To Bad Advice

If you seek advice or nutrition counseling, go to a professional and disregard what anyone else has to say. Follow their advice and see where it leads you over a three month period. Don't give up after a week because you aren't seeing results. Only take advice from one person at a time. If you hired a personal trainer or dietician, take their advice and their advice only. The more people you ask for advice, the more contradictory information you will receive. Everyone has their own opinion or some silly fad diet that worked for them or how to build muscle or lose weight. Don't look for shortcuts or a quick and easy fix because there aren't any. Pace yourself t

The flu shot will help protect you from this virus during the season. Not only will it keep you healthy and get you through the whole year but it is also a good idea to get yourself vaccinated if you are around children and elderly people. If you fall ill, there is a big chance that people around you fall ill too and this could get dangerous for those who do not have a good immune system.

Those Who Are At Risk

Children and senior citizens suffering from various diseases related to the lungs or heart and smokers are often most at risk. A simple case of flu could lead to ear infections, bronchitis and even pneumonia in these people. In fact, those over the age of 65 should also consider taking the pneumonia vaccine during this season.

Even though a healthy individual may only suffer from this virus for a few days and then get back to routine, one dose a year will not do you any harm and it could help protect the people around you. Only those who are allergic to the vaccine or any of the ingredients present in it should avoid taking it. Children below the age of 6 months should also not be given the dose.

When to Get the Shot

It takes about two weeks after you get the injection for the antibodies to build up in your system. This means that you should ideally get vaccinated as soon as possible. Waiting a little longer will only increase the chances of the virus entering your body before the antibodies have taken effect. The shot will then not be able to fight off the flu. However, you should also remember that it is never too late to get the vaccine. Even if you take it in February, it could still protect you from getting ill in March. A few minutes to get yourself protected will help you control the sick days at the office and also cut down on the insurance costs.

Ways You can Get the Flu Shot

If you are scared of needles, it shouldn't prevent you from getting the flu shot this year. Small children have the option of nasal spray flu vaccine so that they do not feel any pain at all while being given the dose. However, this spray is not recommended for women who are pregnant. Adults also have the option of intradermal flu vaccine. The fine needle used to give this dose only penetrates the skin so you will not feel any pain. Those suffering from an egg allergy can also get a cell-based vaccine.

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