How Bad Is It To Hold Your Pee?

Bathroom procrastination? When you gotta go, you gotta go. You know that feeling, when you put off peeing until your legs are crossed and you can hardly limp to finally park yourself on the throne. Our bladder function is an automatic process in the body, it is our brains that decide when to visit the bathroom. Sometimes, peeing just lands at the bottom of your to-do list, but how does that influence our health?

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The physical capacity of how long someone can hold their pee varies on a few things. There’s currently no official record set for the longest someone has gone without peeing, but holding it in is not advised. Most of the time women can hold urine for three to six hours. It may also depend on the amount of urine that someone makes, which is determined by hydration status and fluid intake.

The risks of this is that the longer you hold your urine, the bladder can become a breeding ground for bacteria to grow. This bacteria can lead to infections, which can spread to kidneys and cause greater damage to the body. Also, holding your bladder in  might put you at risk of developing frequent urinary tract infections or a chronic inflammation of the bladder known as interstitial cystitis. In men, holding the bladder may lead to prostatitis, which is an inflammation of the prostate gland.

Furthermore, if you’re able to get through the day without urinating, that means you’re most likely not drinking enough water, which results in dehydration, a physical state that’s hardly helpful to a work productivity.

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To conclude, holding it in won’t kill you, it just might make you more prone to urinary tract infections, according to Business Insider.

So, when you’ve got to go, try and make your way to the toilet before you become uncomfortable. But if you have to hold it, you can sit tight knowing your inconvenience is unlikely to lead to an infection.

Should I Pop This Pimple Or Not?

You have a date tonight. You want to look nice, fresh and radiant. You look in the mirror and a pimpleis staring right back at you. Not even your best concealer can cover it up. Now, you have the urge. You want to squeeze it. You really want to. Especially since pimples show up at the worst times. You search for the simplest, fastest way to get rid of it, and that’s to pop it.

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It’s tempting — we’ve all felt that, but not of all us know the consequences of popping or squeezing a pimple. It won’t necessarily get rid of the problem. Unfortunately, skin doesn’t always react well to thetwo-finger acne treatment. Of course, it’s not the actual popping that’s going to cause damage; it’s that the popping might be done in a way that is unsafe or unhygienic.

Why and how? Squeezing can push bacteria and pus even deeper into the skin, which might cause more swelling and redness. With that, scarring and scabbing may happen, and that’s far worse and much more permanent than a tiny little pimple. In some cases, it can also lead to an infection. Even if your pimple doesn’t scab over, make new pimples, or scar when you pop it, it will still take longer to heal. But that’s what we all want — for our pimple to heal faster, not longer!

So, hands off the zit. As enticing and tempting as it may be to pop it yourself, you may regret it if it scars. There are many over-the-counter acne treatments — such as those containing salicylic acid — that you can use to attack a spot.Left alone, a blemish will heal itself in 3 to 7 days. Popped improperly, it can linger for weeks or even lead to scarring.

It’s best to let a pimple run through its life span. 

If you’re concerned about acne, talk to your doctor or a dermatologist.

Moisturize With Stonewall Kitchen’s Grapefruit Thyme Hand Lotion

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All you girls out there who savvy nautral body products, listen up!

I got this Grapefruit Thyme Hand Lotion from Amazon. I’d like to share my experience with one of Stonewall Kitchen’s products.  I like to moisturize my skin not only during winter, but also when I’m at the office, and after bathing from a sweaty workout.  This one right here claims not to have any chemicals in it.

Ingredients (based on the bottle): Purified Water, Butter Cream Complex (Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and Shea Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Green Tea Extract, Aloe Vera, Vitamins A, E & I), Fragrance, Essential Oils of Grapefruit and Thyme.

I love how it doesn’t have parabenAs much as possible, I like natural ingredients, although this one has fragrance (a heavenly bright grapefruit fragrance with a hint of thyme), I still purchased it.  They come in many scents too, but since I’ve never tried anything grapefruit yet, curiosity led me to this. 🙂

It’s thick… Just a little dab of it on my hands can go a long way. One thing I hate so much is using lotions that are sticky right after I shower from the gym — and I’m so happy I didn’t get that from this one! I swear, I smelled pretty good and it made my skin soft. It’s lovely! The packaging, the feels, the smell! Very lovely. Trust me, I adore anything that smells great. I’m just not sure if this’ll do good for those with allergies or sensitivities… I’m about to finish my first bottle of it, and I’m planning to repurchase. I wanna make sure I’ll have some stocks for the winter, since we’d all like to moisturize on the colder months.

If you think it’s pricey, don’t worry, because it lasts long. It’s been a month or two already with just 17 ounce!

Calorie Intake: What Time Of The Day Should You Eat The Most?

Food is fuel, we need it all throughout the day. It’s what gives us energy and strength to keep our bodies functioning.

In targeting a healthy lifestyle, smart eating, and weight loss, the most under-rated strategy is timing.

Let me ask, are you a breakfast fanatic, an early luncher or a late-night snacker? These may all have effects on your body.

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First things first, do not skip breakfast. This is something you will always hear from experts and dietitians. Ideally, you should always eat breakfast within an hour of waking up. About 4 or 5 hours subsequent to that, you should have lunch, and a couple hours after that, dinner.

If you delay these times, you’re going to be hungry, and the hungrier you are, the more likely you are going to overeat your next meal, which will cause weight gain if done as a habit.

The second diet rule to remember, just like breakfast, do not to skip dinner. Many people make the mistake of not eating at night. Calories get burned up no matter when you eat them, so theoretically it’s not a big deal to eat after dark. The secret here is not to overdo your dinner. You need to have dinner more than three before you go to bed. With that, you can make sure that the food you’ve eaten is properly digested.  Eating close to bedtime heightens your blood sugar and insulin, which may give you a hard time falling asleep.

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To conclude:

Your last meal should be the lightest of the day. You need to go to sleep feeling light, not stuffed. This way, you’ll wake up hungry for breakfast, and you’re most likely not to skip.

Keeping track of what you’re supposed to eat to stay healthy can already be overwhelming, but it turns out that when and what time of the day you eat can also be important for keeping your weight in control and at its best.

Controlling Your Weight: Here’s What You Need To Know

Is weighing something you do regularly? Does it scare you, or motivate you? Or are you one of those who never steps on weighing scale? For many people, the scale is a source of stress and self-esteem, or a measure of progress.

How often should we scale ourselves to track improvement?

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If you weigh yourself every day, listen up. You think you’re tracking yourself well, but you’re most likely putting yourself into something that’s not so good. Weighing every single day has been linked to eating disorders, and some experts argue that the distress and discouragement caused by a daily weight check could cause people to go off their weight loss diets.

Changes in your weight shouldn’t freak you out. Your weight varies all the way through the day. It can even change every time you eat and drink. When you look at it close enough, there is no point to weighing yourself every day — and most definitely not multiple times a day.

“Weight” is more than just fat or muscle. Many factors can contribute to our weight changes, like body fluid fluctuations – the amount of water you drink, your sodium consumption, or maybe you just haven’t gone to the bathroom yet. Yes, I know, it counts. All of these things influence your weight.

Experts recommend that you weight yourself once a week. Let’s be more precise, shall we? If you’re really eager to lose weight and you want to monitor it closely, how about you weigh yourself on the same time, same day of the week, same clothing, and most importantly, on the same scale? The best time to weigh yourself is first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything.

What you shouldn’t do is to never weigh yourself. Never weighing yourself and determining how “healthy” you are only by how you feel, isn’t actually a good idea. Knowing that number on the scale can tell you how healthy you are. Even if you aren’t on diet, experts suggest you still weigh yourself once a week, or at least twice a week.

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Some people are very motivated by not only the scale but by seeing inches. So along with weighing yourself, you can also check your body measurements and how your clothes fit you.

Take it easy on the weighing scale. As long as you use your weight for what it is and ignore it for what it isn’t, it’s a useful tool for tracking your progress.

What Happens When You Quit Caffeine?

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Are you one of those people who can’t remember a time when they didn’t consume caffeine, either in the form of soda, tea, or coffee?

According to LiveStrong, when you use caffeine on a daily basis, your body grows familiar to it and you need gradually higher amounts to experience the same alertness and enhanced concentration.

It can also be an addiction – like drugs, alcohol and smoking.

Billions of people worldwide drink coffee or some form of caffeine every day, and that isn’t anything new.  There are negative effects to it and there are also positive effects to it. Caffeine is generally accepted as safe for consumption in moderation.

If you know you’re a bit hooked with this stimulant, here’s what happens to your body is quit taking caffeine:

  1. You’ll lose weight.

The average person realizes how many calories they are consuming with their caffeinated drinks. We should all be aware that even just a bit of cream and sugar in your coffee mug could easily put you at 200-plus calories per serving.

  1. You’ll feel calmer.

Caffeine, being the stimulant that it is, means it rises and awakens your nervous system. Caffeine triggers a release of adrenaline which puts you, without reason, into ‘fight or flight’ mode. This can cause a heightening of blood pressure. If you don’t take caffeine anymore, you’ll be at your natural state.

  1. You’ll sleep better.

Caffeine can greatly lessen the amount and quality of sleep. A caffeine boost even 6 hours before bedtime can disturb sleep later on that night. The result? You’ll be waking up groggily and craving for more caffeine, such as your morning coffee. It’s a cycle. Avoid caffeine products 10 hours before bed.

  1. You’ll notice fewer headaches.

Caffeine is a major set off for headaches and migraine. Any adjustment in your normal daily caffeine consumption can result in a caffeine withdrawal headache.

  1. You’ll experience better digestion.

Coffee is acidic, and contains compounds that can irritate the lining of the digestive tract. It can cause indigestion, heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome.  Quitting caffeine is a great way to show your digestive system some gentleness.

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Feeling inspired to kick the coffee habit?  Too much caffeine can wreck havoc on your health!  If you’d like to break a caffeine addiction with minimum of withdrawal symptoms, contact your doctor to get some help. Caffeine withdrawal duration typically lasts for 2 days to about a week.

Digital Detox

Do you check your phone as you wake up in the morning? Do you lose sleep over reading Facebook statuses in the middle of the night? You could be a candidate for digital detox.

We know within ourselves that we spend too much time simultaneously refreshing our inbox, texting a friend, updating our status, and posting our dinner in Instagram, but we can’t help it anyway.

Detox means cleaning. Detox is usually associated to drugs, cigarettes and alcohol, but digital detox can also be done.

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Digital detox refers to a period of time which a person refrains from using electronic devices for entertainment, fun and pleasure. It’s an opportunity to decrease stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world, and focus on the physical world instead.

The benefits of digital detox are enhanced creativity, more concentration, and improved interpersonal connections.

In this article, you will find tips on how to start with your digital detox, and why they’re all good for you every once in a while.

  1. “Lights out” means lights out.

Mean it when you say you’re going to bed.  To make this easier, put your phone somewhere farther rather than beside your bed. You simply must create a nightly digital sundown to support your physical and mental health. You will notice production, sleep quality and mood.

  1. Disable all push notifications.

The beeps, rings, buzzes, alerts from Facebook, Twitter and email disrupt your day and your thought process. Turning off push notifications will make you check your messages only when you intend to, not because something appeared on your screen.

  1. Having some thoughts? Grab your pen and paper.

Your brain, wrists and fingers will love you for this. Your thoughts will be much better written down, with your own handwriting. Your body and soul will feel more liberated. Make notes, doodle during dull meetings, write a love song or start sketching. Feeling like you need to read? Grab a paperback, not your screen.

  1. Go out.

Spending some time outdoors – whether it’s a picnic, a jog or a day at the beach – can relax and relieve stress, especially without your phone.  This will give you more time to reflect, appreciate and think rather than indulging in your phone.

  1. Learn from your experience.

What have you learned from the experience? Did your eyes, fingers, and wrists get relief? Did your mind get a clearer and freer feel? Take a moment to ponder.

Digital detox, especially if it’s your first time, shouldn’t be done forcibly. Too many people fail to appreciate being in the moment and allowing themselves to resist the urge to log onto their laptops, mobiles and tablets. You can start with a simple 3-day digital detox. That short duration can already make you realize things. If it worked for you, go for a week, then another one every once in a while.

Digital detox could be made more formal by introducing meditation into a daily routine. Enjoy the silence!