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Posted By iamincontrol | May 1, 2014
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Posted By iamincontrol | April 24, 2018
Many diet plans promise to rid your body of toxins and help you lose weight. But do they really work? One important thing to remember is that your body naturally cleanses itself. Your liver’s job is to help get any toxins out of your body. It isn’t necessary to buy specific products to detox it.
- Juice cleanses often don’t provide the body with enough calories. The increased energy from doing a juice cleanse is likely the body’s response to being hungry and energizing you to find more food.
- Activated charcoal is traditionally used to rid your body of poison, usually in an emergency setting. It won’t remove toxins from your blood because it can only affect your gastrointestinal system.
Since your body is already detoxifying itself, products only use the word “detox” as a way to get people interested in them. If you’re still worried about detoxifying your body, the best thing that you can do is eat a balanced diet that supports the work your body is already doing. Incorporating more foods with nutrients that support your immune system and liver is a much more effective (and more affordable way) to keep your body healthy.
For more information on detox diets and why they aren’t healthy, check out this link: https://www.teenvogue.com/story/detox-cleanse-diet-unhealthy
Posted By iamincontrol | April 12, 2018
Many people think of exercise as a way to relieve stress, but many people overlook that art can be a great stress reliever, too. Read below for some ways that making art can help you relax and promote good mental health.
- Art projects, such as painting, require a lot of focus. This focus helps you to stay present and in the moment instead of worrying about whatever is stressing you out. Working on an art project can give you the same mental benefits and give you something physical to do.
- Art can be a healthy way to express and process emotions. Drawing, painting, or writing are ways to vent negative emotions or focus on things in life that you love. Creating something also gives you a sense of accomplishment that can be very positive.
- Even if you’re not a great artist, you can still get the same benefits from making art. If you aren’t sure what to make, try getting detailed coloring books or pages and coloring them in. This will make you focus on what you’re doing like drawing or painting would.
For more information about the benefits of making art, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wN1AgchixP8
Posted By iamincontrol | April 10, 2018
Is diet or regular soda better for your health? This is a question that we still don’t seem to have an answer for. Diet soda contains artificial sweeteners that taste sweet, but do not have any calories. Is tricking our bodies with these “fake sugars” bad for our health? Over the years scientists have made some gains on this question. Here are the latest findings:
- Drinking diet soda is linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and stroke. One problem is that we cannot be completely sure which causes which. For instance, is diet soda really responsible for weight gain, or are overweight people more likely to drink diet soda? Although there are a lot of mixed results, the general agreement among scientists is that drinking artificially sweetened soda is definitely not beneficial.
Therefore, diet soda does not appear to be healthier than regular soda. Mixing diet and regular soda does not appear to be healthy either. It will be some time yet before we know the full truth of the soda dilemma, so limiting your soda consumption is your best bet. But of course, you probably don’t need us to tell you that!
For more information on down side of diet soda, check out this link: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/8/10/16125654/study-diet-soda-can-mess-with-metabolism
Posted By iamincontrol | April 5, 2018
Prom is coming up and we all want to look our best. We all know that tanning can lead to premature aging and skin cancer, but can tanning just this once really be all that bad? According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, just one tanning bed session increases your risk for melanoma, a type of skin cancer, by a whopping 20%! Still want a tanned look for prom? Here are some alternative ways to get that sun-kissed look:
- Sunless tanning lotion. Today’s lotions aren’t your mom’s lotions. These lotions have improved a lot over the years in smell, tint, and evenness. Follow the instructions to the T to avoid orange palms and streaks.
- Tanning towelettes. Towelettes work similarly to sunless tanning lotions but are easier to apply. You will get less bang for your buck, however.
- Spray/airbrush tan. Getting a professional spray tan is the best way to assure your tan is even. It also is more convenient since it only requires one application. For tips on how to get the most out of your spray tan, visit this link.
- All naturel. Of course, leaving your skin the way it is -is another option that is beautiful. To be fair, fair skin is actually becoming more popular on the red carpet. Stars such as Keira Knightly, Emma Stone, and Taylor Swift are often seen rocking their natural skin tone. Pale skin is classy and elegant. Work it!
Posted By iamincontrol | March 29, 2018
It might be hard to tell what kind of mood your parent will be in, or they might suddenly snap and get really angry. Learning how to deal with this kind of instability is hard, but there are some things you can keep in mind that will help you cope.
- It’s not your fault
It is important to know that your parent’s alcoholism is a mental health disorder, and it has nothing to do with you. You didn’t do anything to cause it. It might feel like it is your fault, and some parents even try to blame it on their children. But remember that this isn’t your fault and that your parent has a mental health problem that they can’t control.
- It’s not your job to fix them
It can be easy to feel like you should try to help your parent stop drinking. It makes sense because you care about them and want things at home to be better. But, it’s not your responsibility to fix your parent. That’s something that only a person with training and experience can help with. Your only job is to do the best that you can, even when things get rough.
- Take care of yourself first
When things get out of control, it is really important to take yourself out of the craziness. The best thing to do is remove yourself and go do something that makes you feel happy. Maybe that means watching TV, talking to your friends, or reading a book. No matter what happens, never feel guilty for putting yourself first and making sure that you feel okay.
Another thing you can do is check out this website about an organization called Alateen, which is a support group for teens who are affected by another person’s alcoholism. Even if they don’t have group meetings near you, they have some online resources to check out.
Posted By iamincontrol | March 27, 2018
TV shows are a big part of pop culture. They can be easy things to bond over when you meet new people, they can be exciting, and you will understand jokes or references people make if you have seen different shows.
However, TV can also be addictive. Especially with services like Netflix and Hulu (not to mention illegal streaming or downloading), watching TV for hours on end is easier than ever. On Netflix, you don’t have to sit through commercials or tune-in at a specific time and channel. It can be easy to let the episodes keep playing and forget about real-world responsibilities.
-Do you feel that once you start watching, it’s hard to stop?
-Do you put off homework or spending time with friends and family to watch TV?
-Do you feel tired or achy, and keep watching anyway?
-When you’re not watching TV, do you spend too much time thinking about it?
-Do you usually use TV as a way to not think about things that are upsetting you?
These are some things that might be red-flags when it comes to your TV time. It can be easy to let TV take up more room in your life than it needs. For example, if you usually turn on a show when you’re sad, it might mean that you are avoiding something important. Talking to a friend that you trust about what’s going on will make you feel better in the long run than any TV show out there.
Even though it doesn’t seem as fun, it’s important to take care of things in your life so that you don’t fall behind. Getting some homework or chores done will make you feel more confident than that next episode. You can also try getting a task done and then rewarding yourself with an episode, so that you get the best of both worlds.
Can’t think of what to do if you’re not binge-watching? Here’s a list of ideas to get your started:
Posted By iamincontrol | March 22, 2018
When was the last time you went to the doctor? Perhaps you were sick or needed a physical to participate in sports. Have you ever gone for a wellness visit? Wellness visits are visits to the doctor to check on your overall physical and mental health. Since prevention is better than trying to reverse a health problem, they are really important! It is also a chance to get some advice from your doctor on how to become healthier. Here’s what to expect during a wellness visit:
- Physical examination. A physical examination includes things like measuring your height, weight and blood pressure. It also involves listening to your heart and lungs; looking in your ears, nose, and throat; feeling your belly; testing your strength and flexibility; and checking your eyesight.
- Update on any vaccines if needed. Some vaccines require booster shots in order for them to continue working. Optional vaccines such as the HPV vaccine may also be offered and discussed.
- A conversation about your lifestyle, health habits, and mental health. Your doctor will likely ask you a series of questions about your diet, physical activity, mental health, sexual activity, alcohol consumption, and smoking habits, and drug use. Many of these are quite personal, so your doctor may ask your parent/guardian to leave the room. If s/he does not do this and you do not feel you can be honest with your parent/guardian there, you may ask to speak with the doctor privately. If you are not sure why these questions are important, check out this Q&A.
- Medical advice. After completing all of the exams your doctor will let you know how your health is, if s/he found any problems, and what you can do to improve. Doctors are experts in their fields and provide better advice than what you will find elsewhere!
- By law, your doctor cannot share your medical information or anything discussed during your appointment with anyone else. Your doctor only needs to inform your parent/guardian if there is a risk that you are/will get hurt or that someone else may get hurt. To be safe, you can ask your doctor to keep your conversation private. The Q&A mentioned earlier can help answer some of your questions about privacy.