Saturday, 22 March 2014

16 Signs You May Have HIV

Within a month or two of HIV entering the body, 40% to 90% of people experience flulike symptoms known as acute retro viral syndrome (ARS).

But sometimes HIV symptoms don't appear for years—sometimes even a decade—after infection.

"In the early stages of HIV infection, the most common symptoms are none," says Michael Horberg, MD, director of HIV/AIDS for Kaiser Permanente, in Oakland, Calif. One in five people in the United States with HIV doesn't know they have it, which is why it's so important to get tested, especially if you have unprotected sex with more than one partner or use intravenous drugs.

Here are some signs that you may be HIV-positive.

5 tips for healthy skin

Don't have time for intensive skin care? Pamper yourself with the basics. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems. Get started with these five no-nonsense tips.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Does Drinking Lots of Water Increase Mothers' Breast Milk Supply?

It certainly is important for breastfeeding mamas to make sure they are taking care of themselves, and that includes making sure they are drinking to their thirst. The problem is that because moms in general tend to be busy people sometimes, well, they forget about being thirsty and start to become dehyrdrated. Obviously, that's something to avoid.

Breastfeeding moms (and everyone else) should simply make sure that they are taking in fluids appropriately by drinking regularly. Some early signs of dehydration include a dry mouth, dark urine, constipation, dizziness, headaches, and muscle weakness. To avoid dehydration, I encourage moms to keep a water bottle around, stow it in a diaper bag pocket when you are out and about, and do your best to be aware of your thirst level.
Will Drinking Excess Water Increase Milk Supply?

Sometimes you might hear people say that nursing mothers need to drink extra water in order to increase or maintain their milk supply. However, for most healthy women there is no need to drink extra amounts of water. Research shows that increasing water amounts had no affect on building milk supply. However, if you are concerned about your milk supply, don't despair as there are many ways you can boost breast milk production.
Will Other Fluids Adversely Affect Mother's Breast Milk?

The bottom line: water is good for you. It doesn't have added sugars, caffeine, or calories. It's generally plentiful and easily accessible. It can be drank warm or cold. It doesn't stain when spilled. Not to mention those new water bottles make you look awfully trendy.