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Our hair is a big part of our image. So it’s normal to be concerned when you notice a receding hairline in the mirror or find a clump in your hand whenever you touch your head. But before you hit the panic button, take a deep breath. There may be no cure for hereditary baldness, but you can slow it down by combating your hair’s “three worst enemies”.

Poor diet
To keep your hair, you have to give it the nourishment it needs—from the inside. If you have a deficiency in important minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, or iron, your hair won’t be happy. The good news is there’s a simple solution: eat food that gives you the minerals your hair needs, like dairy products or calcium-enriched substitutes, almonds, seafood, and beans.

Stress ramps up the hormone that causes baldness. So if you want to keep a healthy head of hair, reducing stress levels is a must. Try relaxation exercises or, better yet, find the source of your stress and fix the root of the problem.

Physical damage
Treat your hair with care. Give it the attention it needs, but keep hair products like dye, hairspray, and gel to a minimum. Don’t pull too hard on your hair when combing or styling. And use gentle shampoo and conditioner.

Different types of baldness

Male pattern baldness, the most common type, is hereditary, but male hormones such as testosterone also play a role. For women, higher levels of these male hormones are believed to cause hair loss, though heredity is still the main culprit. Caucasians are more affected by baldness than people of other races (Aboriginal, Asian, African).

The other (non-hereditary) types of baldness can be caused by:

Acute stress
Hormonal problems
Certain diseases
Drug treatments (e.g. chemotherapy)
Other medical treatments (e.g. radiotherapy)

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Youth and Mental Health

Half of all mental health conditions in adulthood emerge by age 14, and three quarters by 24.
That's why it's so important to talk about what's going on and seek support early. Just like physical conditions, mental health conditions can be managed. With the right support and treatment, your young person can get back to smashing their goals and enjoying life.
Good mental health is more than just the absence of mental illness. It can be seen as a state of mental health that allows one to flourish and fully enjoy life.
Everyone experiences down times in life. The ability to cope with negative experiences varies greatly from one person to another and, in large part, determines whether people enjoy their lives.
Some of the factors that affect the mental health of youth are as follows:


This is the value we place on ourselves, our positive self-image and sense of self-worth. People with high self-esteem generally have a positive outlook and are satisfied with themselves most of the time.

Feeling loved

Children who feel loved, trusted and accepted by their parents and others are far more likely to have good self-esteem. They are also more likely to feel comfortable, safe and secure, and are better able to communicate and develop positive relationships with others.


Youth should be encouraged to discover their own unique qualities and have the confidence to face challenges and take risks. Young people who are brought up to have confidence in themselves are more likely to have a positive attitude, and to lead happy and productive lives.

Family breakup or loss

Separation or divorce or the loss of a parent or sibling is extremely painful. Finding ways to cope and adjust to the changes wrought by these events is critical for everyone, but particularly for youth. How grief is handled can affect young people negatively for years to come. If children are having difficulty coping, professional help is recommended.

Difficult behaviour

When people are unhappy, they either internalize their unhappiness or act out. The latter usually appears as bad or difficult behaviour, such as using abusive language, being aggressive or violent, damaging property, stealing, lying, refusing to comply with requests or expectations at school or home, or displaying other inappropriate actions. If such behaviour is serious and persistent, the young person and his or her family might require professional help.

Physical ill health

Diseases, injuries and other physical problems often contribute to poor mental health and sometimes mental illness. Some physical causes (such as birth trauma, brain injury or drug abuse) can directly affect brain chemistry and contribute to mental illness. More commonly, poor physical health can affect self-esteem and people’s ability to meet their goals, which leads to unhappiness or even depression. In such cases, receiving the best possible treatment for both the physical problem and the resulting psychological consequences is key to optimal recovery to good mental health.


The mental health of abused children is at great risk. Abused children are more likely to experience mental disorders or mental illness during childhood and into adulthood.
Abuse may be physical, sexual, psychological or verbal. It may not always be evident or easily recognized. Regardless of the form it takes, abuse cannot be tolerated. Children need to be protected from abuse and helped to overcome its negative effects. Abuse can cause feelings of low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, depression, isolation and anger�all feelings that impair a child’s chance to lead a happy life.
Trust in others and feelings of being safe and cared for are key components to recovery from abuse. Few children are able to recover on their own. Support is critical, and professional counselling is sometimes required. If abuse is discovered early, the chances of a child returning to a healthy state of mind and avoiding serious mental disorders are greatly enhanced.
These are but a few of the factors that can affect children’s mental health and contribute to mental illness. 😊
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Guide to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy

1. Staying Healthy During Pregnancy
If you're pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, you probably know some of the basic pregnancy advice about taking care of yourself and the baby: don't smoke or be around secondhand smoke, don't drink, and get your rest. Here are more pregnancy tips, from taking vitamins to what to do with the kitty litter, that can help ensure safe and healthy prenatal development.

2. Take a Prenatal Vitamin
Even when you're still trying to conceive, it's smart to start taking prenatal vitamins. Your baby's neural cord, which becomes the brain and spinal cord, develops within the first month of pregnancy, so it's important you get essential nutrients, like folic acid, calcium, and iron, from the very start.
Prenatal vitamins are available over the counter at most drug stores, or you can get them by prescription from your doctor. If taking them makes you feel queasy, try taking them at night or with a light snack. Chewing gum or sucking on hard candy afterward can help, too.

3. Add Folic Acid
In addition to your prenatal vitamin, you might need an extra folic acid or folate supplement to prevent neural tube defects during early pregnancy. Be sure you’re taking at least 400 to 800 micrograms of folic acid per day. Many over-the-counter prenatal vitamins already contain this amount. Be sure to check the label.
Once you’re pregnant, your doctor may prescribe prenatals that contain a higher amount.

4. Track Your Weight Gain
We know—you're eating for two. But packing on too many extra pounds may make them hard to lose later. At the same time, not gaining enough weight can put the baby at risk for a low-weight birth, a major cause of developmental problems. Recently the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued new guidelines for weight gain during pregnancy. Here's what the IOM recommends, based on a woman's BMI (body mass index) before becoming pregnant with one baby:
- Underweight: Gain 28-40 pounds
- Normal weight: Gain 25-35 pounds
- Overweight: Gain 15-25 pounds
- Obese: Gain 11-20 pounds
Check in with your doctor frequently to make sure you're gaining at a healthy rate.

5. Exercise
Staying active is important for your general health and can help you reduce stress, control your weight, improve circulation, boost your mood, and sleep better. Take a pregnancy exercise class or walk at least 15-20 minutes every day at a moderate pace, in cool, shaded areas or indoors in order to prevent overheating.
Pilates, yoga, swimming, and walking are also great activities for most pregnant women, but be sure to check with your doctor first before starting any exercise program. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Listen to your body, though, and don't overdo it.

6. Educate Yourself
Even if this isn't your first baby, attending a childbirth class will help you feel more prepared for delivery. Not only will you have the chance to learn more about childbirth and infant care, but you can ask specific questions and voice any concerns. You'll also become more acquainted with the facility and its staff.
Now is also a good time to brush up on your family's medical history. Talk to your doctor about problems with past pregnancies, and report any family incidences of birth defects.
7. Get a Physical

Keeping up with yearly physicals will help catch health problems before they become severe. When you’re getting ready for pregnancy, they’re especially important. Your doctor will examine you and possibly take some blood work to check for cholesterol levels and more. At this visit, you can also bring up any other health concerns you might have.
8. Check Vaccinations

Your physical appointment is also a great opportunity to get caught up on any vaccinations that may have lapsed (tetanus, rubella, etc.). Vaccinations can help keep both you and your baby healthy and protected.
9. Write a Birth Plan

Determined to have a doula? Counting on that epidural? Write down your wishes and give a copy to everyone involved with the delivery. According to the American Pregnancy Association, here are some things to consider when writing your birth plan:
- Who you want present, including children or siblings of the baby
- Procedures you want to avoid
- What positions you prefer for labor and delivery
- Special clothing you'd like to wear
- Whether you want music or a special focal point
- Whether you want pain medications, and what kind
- What to do if complications arise

10. Practice Kegels Exercise
Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which support your bladder, bowels, and uterus. Done correctly, this simple exercise can help make your delivery easier and prevent problems later with incontinence. The best part: No one can tell you're doing them, so you can practice kegels in the car, while you're sitting at your desk, or even standing in line at the grocery store. Here's how to do them right:
- Practice squeezing as though you're stopping the flow of urine when you use the bathroom
- Hold for three seconds, then relax for three
- Repeat 10 times

11. Change Up Chores
Even everyday tasks like scrubbing the bathroom or cleaning up after pets can become risky when you're pregnant. Exposure to toxic chemicals, lifting heavy objects, or coming in contact with bacteria can harm you and your baby. Here are some things to (hooray!) take off your to-do-list:
- Heavy lifting
- Climbing on stepstools or ladders
- Changing kitty litter (to avoid toxoplasmosis, a disease caused by a parasite which cats can carry)
- Using harsh chemicals
- Standing for long periods of time, especially near a hot stove
Also, wear gloves if you're working in the yard where cats may have been, and wash your hands thoroughly after handling raw meat.

12. Go Shoe Shopping
At last, a perfect excuse to buy shoes! As your bump grows, so may your feet—or at least they may feel like they are. That's because your natural weight gain throws off your center of gravity, putting extra pressure on your tootsies. Over time this added pressure can cause painful over-pronation, or flattening out of the feet. You may retain fluids, too, which can make your feet and ankles swell.
So it's important to wear comfortable, non restricting shoes when you're pregnant. Many expectant moms find they need a larger shoe size even after they give birth, so go a step up if you need to. And be sure to put your feet up several times a day to prevent fatigue and swelling of the feet, legs, and ankles.

13. Limit Toxin Exposure

High amounts of toxic exposure can be dangerous for a developing baby. Try to lower your exposure to common offenders by:
• Avoiding synthetic fragrances
• Going Bisphenol-A (BPA)free
• Choosing chemical-free home and personal care products
• Skipping certain beauty services
Here are a few other things you can start doing today:
• Make your own household cleaners using water and vinegar
• Eat organic foods
• Stock up on fragrance-free laundry detergents
• Toss makeup products that contain parabens, sodium laureth sulfate, and mercury
• Choose fresh foods over canned, which may contain BPA

14. Eat Folate-Rich Foods
In addition to drinking 8-10 glasses of water each day, you should eat five or six well-balanced meals with plenty of folate-rich foods like fortified cereals, asparagus, lentils, wheat germ, oranges, and orange juice. "Folic acid is crucial for the proper development of the baby's neural tube (it covers the spinal cord), and it's vital for the creation of new red blood cells," says Frances Largeman-Roth, R.D., author of Feed the Belly.

15. Rethink Your Spa Style
Pregnancy is definitely a time for pampering, but you need to be careful. Avoid saunas, which can make you overheated. Ditto for hot tubs: According to the American Pregnancy Association, it takes only 10 to 20 minutes of sitting in one for your body temperature to reach 102 degrees Farenheit—nearly the limit of what's considered safe for pregnant women. Also, certain essential oils can cause uterine contractions, especially during the first and second trimester, so check with your massage therapist to make sure only safe ones are being used. On the taboo list: juniper, rosemary, and clary sage. The same goes for over-the-counter medicines and supplements containing these herbal remedies; don't take them without first consulting your obstetrician or midwife.

16. Recharge with Fruit
Most doctors recommend limiting caffeine during pregnancy, since it can have harmful effects on you and the baby. Cutting back can be tough, though, especially when you're used to your morning java. For a quick pick-me-up, try nibbling on some fruit. "The natural sugars in fruits like bananas and apples can help lift energy levels," says registered dietitian Frances Largeman-Roth.

17. Go Fish
In a 2007 study of more than 12,000 children, researchers found that youngsters whose moms ate the most fish during pregnancy had higher I.Q.s, plus better motor and communication skills, than those whose mothers did not eat fish. Scientists say that's because fish is high in omega 3s, a nutrient critical to brain development. There's just one catch: Some kinds of fish contain mercury, which can be toxic to both babies and adults.
To be safe, the FDA recommends that pregnant women eat no more than 12 ounces of fish per week. Stick with canned light tuna, shrimp, salmon, pollack, or catfish. Avoid swordfish, shark, king mackerel, and tilefish, which are all high in mercury.

18. Wear Sunscreen
Being pregnant makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so you're more prone to sunburn and chloasma, those dark, blotchy spots that sometimes appear on the face. Apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher (many brands now offer chemical-free formulas, if you prefer a green option) and wear a hat and sunglasses. While no studies prove spending time in tanning beds can hurt your baby, the American Pregnancy Association recommends you avoid them while you're pregnant.

19. Travel Smart
Go ahead: book that flight, but take some precautions. The Mayo Clinic say mid-pregnancy (14 to 28 weeks) is usually the best time to fly—by this time you're probably over morning sickness, and the risk of miscarriage or early delivery is low. Still, check with your doctor about any travel plans, and make sure the airline has no restrictions for pregnant women. On the plane, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and get up and walk around every half hour to reduce the risk of blood clots. An aisle seat will give you more room and make trips to the bathroom easier.
In the car, continue to wear a safety belt. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the shoulder portion of the restraint should be positioned over the collar bone. The lap portion should be placed under the abdomen as low as possible on the hips and across the upper thighs, never above the abdomen. Also, pregnant women should sit as far from the air bag as possible.

20. Say Yes to Cravings—Sometimes
Truth be told, no one knows why cravings happen. Some experts say they may be nature's way of providing nutrients an expectant mom may be lacking. Others say they're an emotional thing. Regardless, as long as you're eating an overall healthy diet, it's usually OK to give in to your cravings. Just be careful to limit portions—don't down all that ice cream at once!—and know which snacks to steer clear of. A few foods to avoid: raw and undercooked meat or eggs; brie, feta, and other types of unpasteurized cheese; herbal teas; and raw sprouts.

21. Know When to Call the Doctor
Being pregnant can be confusing, especially if it's your first time. How do you know which twinge is normal and which one isn't?According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you should call your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:
Pain of any kind
- Strong cramps
- Contractions at 20-minute intervals
- Vaginal bleeding or leaking of fluid
- Dizziness or fainting
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- Constant nausea and vomiting
- Trouble walking, edema (swelling of joints)
- Decreased activity by the baby

22. Indulge Yourself
You may think you're busy now, but once the baby comes you'll have even fewer precious moments to yourself. Be sure to get at least eight hours of sleep a night, and if you're suffering from sleep disturbances, take naps during the day and see your physician if the situation doesn't improve.
Treating yourself, too: A lunchtime manicure, a much-needed night out with the girls, or simply taking a quiet walk can help you relax and de-stress—and that's good for both you and the baby.
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Must Know Dental Hygiene
Here are some tips that help you to maintain oral or dental hygiene.
1. Regular and proper brushing
Brushing twice a day is one of the easiest ways to keep your teeth clean. While
brushing, hold the brush in a way that the bristles are at an angle of 45 degrees
near the gum line. At first, brush the outer surface of the teeth gently. Use back-
and-forth, up-and-down motion to clean the teeth. Lastly, brush the surfaces of
the tongue and the roof of your mouth. Cleaning the surface of the tongue with
the professional tongue cleaner helps to remove the bacteria particularly that
stay on the top surface of the tongue. Improper cleaning can cause bad breath
and may affect your dental health.
It is better to use a brush with a small head so that it can reach the back teeth
too. Replace the toothbrush at least once in two months.
Before brushing in the morning, you can gargle with vinegar. This helps to kill
bacteria, remove stains, and whiten the teeth.
2. Do flossing
Flossing helps you to remove the food particles and harmful substances which
cannot be removed by brushing. It allows you to reach, deep between your teeth
where the toothbrush bristles cannot reach or even the mouthwash cannot wash
away. Keep the floss between your thumbs and forefingers and move it slowly
between the teeth, against the teeth, and between the gum and teeth. It is good
to do flossing at least once a day.
3. Use mouthwash after brushing and flossing

Not all mouthwashes are suitable for rinsing your mouth. Antimicrobial
mouthwashes reduce plaque formation, mouthwashes containing chlorine
dioxide prevent bacterial growth, and fluoride mouth rinses prevent tooth decay.
But fluoride mouth rinses are not recommended for children under six years.
Mouthwashes help to maintain good breath as well as strong teeth. It is
recommended to use mouthwash after brushing and flossing.
4. Avoid tobacco
Avoiding tobacco can prevent oral cancer and other periodontal complications.
Not only oral health but quitting tobacco also contributes to preserving your
overall well-being. You should also know that eating a candy or drinking coffee or
tea after smoking doubles the damage.
5. Limit sodas, coffee, and alcohol
Beverages containing phosphorous reduces calcium levels in the body leading to
gum disease and tooth decay. Beverages containing additives such as corn syrup
and food dye discolor the teeth.
6. Consume healthy foods
Healthy gums require calcium and vitamin D supplementation. It is better to drink
milk, fortified orange juice and eat yogurt, broccoli, cheese, and other dairy
products as they contain calcium. Vitamin B complex is essential for protecting
the gums and teeth from cracking and bleeding. Copper, zinc, iodine, iron, and
potassium are also required for maintaining healthy dental hygiene. You can also
eat firm and crisp foods such as apple and carrots as they can clean teeth to some
extent while you are eating.
7. Use fluoridated toothpaste
The fluoride present in the toothpaste helps to harden the tooth enamel and
reduces your risk to decay.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is the essential key for healthy teeth and gums. It
is also necessary to visit your dentist at least twice in a year. It helps to detect any
unnoticed dental problems and provides early diagnosis.
8. Be prepared for a dental emergency
From toothaches to chipped teeth, it’s important to know what to do in the event
of a dental emergency:
 Toothache: Try and find the source of pain, look for any swelling, redness, or
discolorations. Rinse with a warm salt water solution. Check and see if food is
lodged between teeth causing pain and remove it with floss.
 Chipped Tooth: Try and save any tooth fragments and rinse with warm water.
If there is any swelling, apply a cold compress to relieve pain.
 Knocked Out Tooth: If a permanent tooth is knocked out, timing is crucial.
Hold the tooth by the crown (not the roots) and try to place back in its socket
if possible. If unable to reinsert, put the tooth in a container of milk or water
and contact us immediately.
It’s also wise to keep an emergency dental kit on hand, including gauze, wax (for
braces), pain relievers, floss, and our contact information!
9. Keep some sugarless gum

Chewing sugar-free gum not only helps to relieve air pressure while flying but can
be a huge help in cavity prevention. Chewing gum increases saliva production
which in turn works to wash away any cavity-causing bacteria. Pro tip: look for the
ADA seal on packs of gum for a truly tooth-friendly product.
10. Don’t skip your routine.

It’s easy to fall out of your brushing and flossing routine when you’re not in your
own home. Don’t beat yourself up! Just make sure you get back on track —
brushing for two minutes twice daily and regular flossing — once vacation is over.
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