August Is National Breastfeeding Month and also Psoriasis Awareness Month
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AUGUST IS NATIONAL BREASTFEEDING MONTH
Breast Milk Provides Ideal Nutrition for Babies Most health authorities recommend exclusive breastfeeding for at least 6 months.
Continued breastfeeding is then recommended for at least one year, as different foods are introduced into the baby's diet.
Breast milk contains everything the baby needs for the first six months of life, in all the right proportions. Its composition even changes according to the baby's changing needs, especially during the first month of life.
During the first days after birth, the breasts produce a thick and yellowish fluid called colostrum. It's high in protein, low in sugar and loaded with beneficial compounds.... [Read more]
JULY IS JUVENILE ARTHRITIS AWARENESS MONTH
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), previously known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, is the most common type of arthritis in children. Arthritis is a long-term condition characterized by stiffness, swelling, and pain in the joints.
An estimated 300,000 children in the United States have a form of arthritis. Some children have arthritis for just a few months, while others have arthritis for several years. In rare cases, the condition can last a lifetime.
The exact cause of JIA isn’t known. However, researchers believe it’s primarily an autoimmune disease. In people with autoimmune diseases, the immune system can’t differentiate between the healthy cells in the body and harmful substances, such as viruses and bacteria. This causes the immune system to mistakenly attack harmless cells as though they are dangerous invaders... [Read more]
JUNE IS SCOLIOSIS AWARENESS MONTH
Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty. While scoliosis can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, the cause of most scoliosis is unknown.
Most cases of scoliosis are mild, but some children develop spine deformities that continue to get more severe as they grow. Severe scoliosis can be disabling. An especially severe spinal curve can reduce the amount of space within the chest, making it difficult for the lungs to function properly.
Children who have mild scoliosis are monitored closely, usually with X-rays, to see if the curve is getting worse. In many cases, no treatment is necessary. Some children will need to wear a brace to stop the curve from worsening. Others may need surgery to keep the scoliosis from worsening and to straighten severe cases of scoliosis... [Read more]
MAY IS ARTHRITIS AWARENESS MONTH
So what is Arthritis? Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. It can affect one joint or multiple joints. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, with different causes and treatment methods. Two of the most common types are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
The symptoms of arthritis usually develop over time, but they may also appear suddenly. Arthritis is most commonly seen in adults over the age of 65, but it can also develop in children, teens, and younger adults. Arthritis is more common in women than men and in people who are overweight.
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling are the most common symptoms of arthritis. Your range of motion may also decrease, and you may experience redness of the skin around the joint. Many people with arthritis notice their symptoms are worse in the morning.
In the case of RA, you may feel tired or experience a loss of appetite due to the inflammation the immune system’s activity causes. You may also become anemic ... [Read more]
APRIL IS STD AWARENESS MONTH
The term sexually transmitted disease (STD) is used to refer to a condition passed from one person to another through sexual contact. You can contract an STD by having unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the STD.
An STD may also be called a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or venereal disease (VD).
That doesn’t mean sex is the only way STDs are transmitted. Depending on the specific STD, infections may also be transmitted through sharing needles and breastfeeding.
Symptoms of STDs in men
It’s possible to contract an STD without developing symptoms. But some STDs cause obvious symptoms. In men, common symptoms include:
pain or discomfort during sex or urination
sores, bumps, or rashes on or around the penis, testicles, anus, buttocks, thighs, or mouth
unusual discharge or bleeding from the penis
painful or swollen testicles
Specific symptoms can vary, depending on the STD... [Read more]
Do you find yourself eating once or twice a day and struggling with losing weight? Are you seriously active in a healthier lifestyle, eat multiple times a day, but still not achieving your fitness goal? Do you know a speedy Metabolism help you lose weight? If you cant do intense workouts how can you still boost your metabolism? All these questions we will cover in this month's blog.
One of the reasons why I started Zamunda Fitness and this blog is because its my goal to help make the Bahamas a healthier happier place in terms of health. Is its my purpose to help out as much people as I can just as I helped myself. We are ranked #21 out of 195 countries in the world in obesity. And that is something we need to fix. Charity starts at home we can only change the world for the better by first improving ourselves.
Are You Obese? Or to make it simple Are you “fat”???
Other than the pretty obvious way of just looking at yourself, there is a medical way to know. Because in the Bahamas not everyone is seen as “fat” some are what we call “solid” “chubby” “only dog eat bone I need meat”. But if you check in with your doctor or with your fitness coach, they should be able to measure your BMI...[Read More Here]
In last month's fitness blog, we touched base on what is the best way to go about doing exercises even if your not physically capable of doing so. Now we are going to dive a bit deeper on specific exercises that target different muscle groups. And for this month we are going to start with the CORE. Yes, we are going to highlight several different core exercises that will help you achieve your fitness goals. Have you ever saw someone on T.V, in the gym or even on the beach and wondered, how do they get such great looking abs? Or wondered how he/she got such flat stomachs? What exercises are they doing?
Well........ to answer all those questions.....
It is a combination of eating the right foods as well as doing core exercises that get those individuals to having a flat stomach or a “six pack”.
But what is the “CORE “ exactly?
The core is the mid-section of the body. Mainly the abs or abdominals, the lower back & hips (glutes) as illustrated below...[Read More Here]