The 16 Harmful Health Effects Of Binge Drinking

Other than immediate effects for drinking too much like nausea and vomiting, heavy drinking has been known to affect a person’s health dangerously in many ways.

  1. Brain damage
  2. Binge drinking can cause blackouts, memory loss and anxiety. Long-term drinking can result in permanent brain damage and serious mental health problems. Generally, youth under 21 years of age are the most vulnerable as their brains have yet to complete development. Teenagers especially, are risking damage to parts of the brain, altering behavior and the ability to learn and remember.

  3. Cancers
  4. The International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization has classified alcohol as a Group 1 carcinogen. Other dangerous agents classified in the group include gamma rays, asbestos (type of insulation), formaldehyde, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C virus, solar radiation, etc. Cirrhosis of the liver, a liver disease that causes permanent scarring of the liver, often leads to liver cancer. Compared with non-drinkers, women who consume 2 to 5 drinks daily have about 1½ times the risk of women who drink no alcohol.

    3.6% of all cancer cases worldwide are caused by alcohol drinking. In the UK, about 9000 people (6% of the population) die because of alcohol each year.

  5. Heart and circulation
  6. High blood pressure, an affect of long term drinking, increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. It can also cause heart failure when heart muscles weaken, affecting vital organs like the lungs, liver and brain. It may also lead to irregular heartbeat, a disease related to sudden death.

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How To Relief Period / Menstrual Cramps

I decided to hunt and present a helpful, women related article for all the ladies of the world. I know that for about 40 years in a lady’s life, she has to go through a monthly painful period called the menstrual cycle. These cramps are caused by the uterus contracting, and then relaxing which brings headaches, neck pains, fatigue, nausea, and possibly even diarrhea. Anyways, I have found very useful information all around the internet about natural and unnatural ways to relieve period / menstrual cramps.

Natural Relieve

  1. Heating pads
  2. Place a warm heating pad on your abdomen. Actually, heating pads will lose their heating ability before too long. I would suggest making your own sock bag. How?

    Use an old tube sock.

  3. Tube Sock
  4. (men’s tube sock works best)

    • Fill it up with a pound or two of cheap white rice.
    • Tie the open end in a tight knot so the rice can’t leak out.
    • Then, spritz the sock (where the rice is located) with tap water. Spritzing the rice will help keep it moist so it doesn’t dry out.
    • Finally, place the filled sock in the microwave. A minute or so on the “High” setting should get the rice nice and hot.
    • Lay your homemade Rice Sock Bag over your abdominal area.

  5. Tea & Medicinal Alchohol
  6. A cup of hot mint tea or lime tea with lemon. A piece of cloth with medicinal alcohol on the belly and a 2-hour nap on the belly. The tea and alcohol will both induce sleep and numb the pain.

  7. Showers
  8. Just quick and warm showers.

  9. Exercise
  10. Exercise routines, practiced throughout your cycle, but particularly a few days before the onset of your period may help to reduce pain by lowering your levels of prostaglandins. Exercise also helps to keep the blood flowing in your pelvis, easing that heavy, bloated feeling. Workouts that stretch your body, like cycling with your legs up in the air, are best. Don’t exercise during menstrual periods and avoid much physical effort.

  11. Food
  12. 1. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

    2. Avoid spicy food.

    3. Zinc, calcium, and B vitamins obtained in food and supplements have been found to reduce cramps, bloating and other symptoms.

  13. Massage
  14. Massage can ease menstrual cramps. Gently rub your abdomen, or ask your partner to massage your back.

  15. Natural Herbs
  16. Black Cohosh
    The herb that’s known as ‘Black Cohosh’ has been in the spotlight for the last several years. It’s shown to be effective in treating the symptoms of menopause. It’s also is effective in treating menstrual cramps as well. You can find the Black Cohosh herb at your local healthfood store.

    Cramp Bark
    The herb that’s known as ‘Cramp Bark’ is an effective treatment to relieve menstrual cramps. Cramp Bark relaxes the muscles of the uterus. It can also help relieve lower back and leg pain.

Unnatural

  1. Hormone Treatment Prescriptions
  2. Anti-prostaglandins are drugs that reduce the effect of prostaglandins and your doctor may prescribe them for you. Birth control pills are the most common prescriptions used to rid cramps. However, there are side effects involved in birth control pills.

  3. Surgery
  4. In the past, many women with menstrual problems had an operation known as a D & C (Dilation and Curettage) to remove some of the lining of the uterus. This particular operation is rarely performed today but when a woman’s periods are very heavy as well as painful, her doctor may recommend its modern equivalent, endometrial ablation, which involves treatment with a laser.

32 Full Body Exercises You Can Do At Your Desk

If you’re reading this, you’re probably stuck at a desk job, probably typing away your time in front of the monitor, 9 to 5, five days a week. Sooner or later, the lethargy kicks in. You feel the stiffness of your neck, the dryness of your eyes and the stinging pain of carpal tunnel syndrome. Most of us have to stick it out till the end of the day.

So what do we do?

The answer is simple.

Take mini breaks and perform short 5 minute easy exercises at intervals throughout the day.

Anyway, below is a list of exercises that anyone can perform even if she’s wearing a pair of high heels or mini skirt. Choose 1 exercise for each category and exercise every 45 minutes.

Eyes

  • Close your face with hand. Open your eyes and look into the darkness for 10 seconds. Now close your eyes and lower your hands. Stay at this position for 10 seconds. Repeat it all over twice.
  • Focus on a word from a document for 10 seconds.
  • Then focus at an object into the distance for another 10 seconds. Repeat twice.

  • Move your eye in a clockwise or anti clockwise direction, imagine moving along the edges of a big clock (12 – 1- 2), while keeping your head still all the while. Change directions after 10 rounds.

Neck

  • Tilt your right ear as if to touch your right shoulder. Feel the stretch on the left side of your neck. Change sides after 10 repetitions.
  • Turn your head to look right and keep it there for 10 seconds. Change directions and keep it there for 10 seconds. Repeat twice.
  • Rotate your head in a clockwise position for 10 rounds. Now move it anticlockwise for another 10 rounds. Repeat twice.

Shoulder

  • Move your shoulders up towards your ears and sink your head as far as it may go. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat twice.
  • Hold a water bottle in your left hand, extending your left arm to the left while keeping the wrist facing up.
  • Push the water bottle up and slowly lower it to the original position. Repeat 10 times. Do the same for the left.

  • Rotate your shoulders clockwise/anticlockwise 10 rounds. Change directions and do 10 more rounds. Repeat twice.

Arm

  • Hold the water bottle in one hand.
  • Curl it for 10 times. Do the same for the other arm. Repeat twice.

  • Hold the water bottle at the back of your head with your left hand.
  • Straighten your arms towards the top slowly. Do this for 10 reps and do the same for your right hand.

  • Move your right forearm clockwise or anticlockwise, as if spinning a wheel, for 10 rounds. Change directions and do 10 more rounds. Do the same for the left forearm.
  • Stand up, make sure there is ample space in around you and swing your arms back and forth for 10 cycles. Rest awhile. Repeat twice.

Wrist

  • Put your hands straight in front of you and pull your fingers back from the top with the other hand. Hold for 10 seconds.
  • Now hold your fingers back from the bottom for another 10 seconds before changing hands.

  • Put your hands straight out in front of you and rotate your wrists one direction for 10 rounds. Reverse your direction for another 10 rounds. Rest awhile. Repeat twice.

Fingers

  • Stretch your fingers as far as they can go. Hold for 10 seconds.
  • Then bend them at the knuckles and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat twice.

  • Push all fingers onto the table as hard as you can for 10 seconds. Rest and repeat again twice.
  • Shake your hands vigorously in front of you, as if to get rid of a spider crawling on your hand, for 10 seconds. Rest awhile. Repeat twice.
  • Put your hands straight out in front of you. Pull each finger back one by one, pausing for 2 seconds at each finger.

Back

  • Interlace your fingers behind your back. Then turn your elbows gently inward, while straightening your arms. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Repeat twice.
  • Space out in front of you. Bend your head down to as far as you can go and try to hug your knees. Feel a mild tension at the back. Hold for 10 seconds. Slowly come back up. Repeat twice.
  • Put your hands behind your lower back and push forward while bending your shoulders back to arch your spine. Hold for 10 seconds. Rest. Repeat twice.

Waist

  • Sit in an upright position. Slowly lower your right hand till it touches the floor. Feel the tension at the waist. Feel it. Hold for 10 seconds. Change sides. Repeat twice.
  • Hold on to the back of your chair with your left hand and turn your waist to as far right as you can go. Pull with your left hand to go further. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat the same for the other side. Do this twice.

Upper Leg

  • Put water bottle in between the knees. Squeeze and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat twice.
  • Lift the left leg off the floor. Hold for 10 seconds. Do the same for the right. Repeat twice.
  • Extend your left leg as straight as you can. Hold for 10 seconds. Do the same for your right. Repeat twice.
  • Stand up.
  • Slowly move your butt down, hovering just above the seat almost touching it, and then stand up again. Repeat 10 times.

  • Walk up 1 floor worth of stairs. If your office is on the 31st floor, stop at the 30th floor in the mornings, after lunch, etc, and walk.
  • Put your right feet on top of your left hip and push down your right knee to as far as you can go. Hold for 10 seconds. Change positions. Repeat twice.

Lower Leg

  • Push up your feet from the tip of your toes and hold for 10 seconds. Rest awhile. Repeat twice.
  • Try to kick your butt from the back with one leg for 10 times. Do the same for the other leg. Repeat twice.
  • Personally, I use an open source free software called Workrave, an excellent program that reminds me to take micro breaks and short breaks at intervals throughout the day. Download Workrave and mix up some of the exercises with the ones listed here.

    Do share your suggestions and ideas in the comments below.