Let’s Talk About Farts

Everyone farts, even the rich and famous, so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t discuss it in terms of its significance in showing—err, making noises—about our health.

The Role of Gut Microbes

While farting in public seems more horrifying to you than, say, sneezing, it’s just one of the ways your body tells you that the good microbes in your gut are happy. According to research, these microbes that produce gas also have a role in boosting the immune system by protecting the lining in your intestine and your body from infections.

18 Farts a Day

Most doctors agree that a healthy person should have at least eighteen flatulence daily, but an average of fourteen is okay, too. The human body cannot naturally digest fiber, that is why the microbes are responsible in breaking them down, but the process produces gas as a result. Keeping the good bacteria healthy means that your gut is an ideal habitat for diverse microbes with several different health benefits.

What Makes Up a Fart

The gas that gets trapped in your body is mostly nitrogen, while your fart is made up mostly of carbon dioxide, methane, oxygen or hydrogen, but these are odorless gases. So, where does the smell come from? Occasionally, your fart includes some traces of sulfur from some of the vegetables you eat. Fear not, because sulfur compounds (such as, methanethiol, hydrogen sulphide, and dimethyl sulfide) are harmless.

Too Much Fart

However, there are days when you seem to pass wind more than usual. Is that normal, too? According to doctors, there are several causes of gassiness, such as; high-altitude locations and flights; eating vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains; swallowing too much air; food sensitivity; nutrient absorption problems; and celiac diseases and irritable bowel syndrome. The first three items should not cause any alarm, but the last three will need immediate medical attention and diet changes.

Good and Bad Smell

Majority of the farts we produce are odorless, but some are slightly embarrassing, although not a cause for alarm. If it smells like rotten eggs, then it’s okay. However, if your fart smells unusually stinky, it could be a sign that your gut cannot break down some of your food or you have an intolerance. This is also usually accompanied by other symptoms such as constipation or diarrhea, bloating, and stomach pains. Visit your doctor in Singapore to determine the cause.

Silent and Loud Farts

Is a silent fart healthier than loud, trumpet-like sounding farts? There really is no difference in the content of both, but the sound that it makes has something to do with the position of your sphincter. Both are harmless, but the latter could cause embarrassment. Holding it in will also not cause any health problem, but you could experience bloating and slight pain if you try to keep it in.

Dangers of Being Overweight

The difference between overweight and obese is the range of the body weight to height ratio or body mass index (BMI). Both categories are considered above the recommended healthy average weight of a person and are at risk of various diseases. However, an overweight individual weighs less than an obese; a BMI of 25 to 29.9 is overweight, while a BMI of 30 and above is obese.

You’re at Risk of Several Health Problems

An overweight is at risk of contracting different diseases, because your body is working harder than usual to keep all your organs functioning properly. While the impact isn’t felt immediately, you will notice some changes in your appearance (waist size) and physical capabilities (fatigue and mood changes). When you are overweight you are at risk of the following health problems: type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases, sleep problems, osteoarthritis, kidney and fatty liver disease, cancer, and fertility and pregnancy problems. However, this is only a list of the most common diseases, but you’re also going to be exposed to a host of other health problems.

How You Gained Excess Weight

Some doctors agree that genetic factors play a role in an individual’s fitness level, but most cases of excessive weight are caused by unhealthy lifestyle. Specifically, you can become overweight through eating larger servings of meals, excess consumption of food that are high in energy, and not being able to burn off that excess energy from food because of a sedentary lifestyle. Unfortunately, the number of individuals who are either overweight or obese are increasing even in Singapore.

How Obesity is Measured

There are some tests that can be performed besides measuring your BMI to get a good idea of how much weight you need to lose. Among these are hydrostatic body fat test, bioelectrical impedance, dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, height and weight charts, and the use of calipers to measure body fat.

What Metabolic Syndrome Means

Some individuals also have a condition called metabolic syndrome, which is a cluster of different issues that are the result of abdominal obesity. To diagnose an individual, he/she must have at least three of the following symptoms: high triglycerides (150 mg/dL and higher); big waist (more than 40 in men and more than 35 inches in women); high blood pressure (130/85 mm Hg and higher); low HDL level (less than 50 mg/dL in women and 40 mg/dL in men); and high blood glucose levels (100 mg/dL and higher).

More Weight Equals Shorter Lifespan

According to research, more people are now prone to having excess weight because it’s easier to perform different tasks nowadays, therefore, fewer choices in the activities that will burn excess energy stored in the body. Because of this, an overweight individual becomes more susceptible to a host of diseases that can be fatal especially at ages between 50 to 71. The only way to address these problems is to formulate a weight loss program that is appropriate for your condition and age.

Top Five Instant Hangover Cures for After Your Next Night Out

There’s nothing like having a drink or two with good company, but it can just as easily turn to a whole bucket, and on the following morning it all comes to that familiar feeling of dizziness and brain-splitting headache. And at a certain point in time, we’ve all been there.

But the good news is that there’s a way to wake up in the morning without it! Here are a few cures you absolutely should have handy before spending the night out with your friends and co-workers in Singapore:

1. Water

Believe it or not, alcohol actually takes water away from your body, so re-hydrating in the morning is crucial if you want to avoid that splitting headache and dizziness that comes after a night out drinking.

If you can, have a glass of ice-cold water followed by a shower – your head will thank you afterwards.

2. Sports drinks

And if we’re talking re-hydration, why not take it the extra mile? Sports drinks like Gatorade or Powerade contain important electrolytes, such as sodium, potassium, and chloride that balance out your system as well as readily available sugars that your body can use right away.

If you’re on a diet, you can also sip coconut water as a low-calorie alternative since it has less sugar than most sports drinks, and is a lot less irritating to your stomach.

3. Coffee

If alcohol is a beverage that can make people sleepy, then how about curing the hangover using a beverage that wakes people up?

It turns out that the caffeine in coffee not only makes you feel awake in the morning, but also counteracts the effects of ethanol in your system. The only downside it has is that it coffee also takes water away from your system, so remember to re-hydrate when you do wake up.

4. Banana

Bite-sized electrolytes have never been so easy to get! Bananas are great sources of the electrolyte potassium, which prevents further dehydration.

You can even pair them with other fruits and vegetables to get those crucial nutrients your body needs. So whether you eat them by themselves or throw them in a blender for a smoothie, having a banana or two will round out your breakfast as a result.

5. Eggs

Who knew that the easiest way to cook a satisfying meal at home also works as a great hangover cure?

The best part about this quick source of protein is that you can cook them in various ways. Crack a few into a bowl, scramble them, or even simply have them sunny-side up – the options for this hangover cure are endless!

How to Build Up Your Confidence in Social Situations

It’s normal to be anxious when you’re in a social setting. In fact, most people tend to get at least a little anxious during situations and events where it’s necessary to have to interact with those around you.

However, there’s good news – you can overcome this with the right outlook and practice. Here’s how you can look and feel more confident whenever you find yourself in any social situation:

1. Strike a pose! To be confident in mind, you also have to be confident in your body, and this all starts with your body language.

Your posturing and hand gestures also communicate a particular message to other people that you need to be aware of, since you might end up saying the wrong thing subconsciously.

Slouching or looking at the ground is one thing can make you seem uninterested and hard to approach, while standing straight would reflect the opposite. Remember to do this every now and then by pushing your shoulders back if you catch yourself slouching.

2. Pay attention to your voice… or more specifically, pay attention to how you sound. Sounding friendly or gentle can go a long way especially when you find that you’re in a bind. It also makes other people around you feel at ease.

The best tip to improve your tone is to just practice talking to yourself in front of a mirror, and pay attention not just to what you say, but how you say it.

3. Be all ears! Actively listen to the people you’re having a conversation with. Listening is just as important as talking when it comes to making fun and meaningful interactions with people in any social setting.

For instance, while you don’t have to stare at them the whole time, you do need to maintain and establish eye contact. This lets the other person know that your full attention is on them.

4. Smile! This reinforces the thought in your mind that says you’re enjoying yourself, and when you do this, other people can see that you’re interested.

This is one thing you don’t have to fake if you’re really not feeling happy. However, sometimes the best solution to the problem is to simply put on a happy face. This can lighten up your mood a little bit, and it also allows other people to respond more positively to you.

The best way you can boost your confidence and not feel self-conscious is through actively paying attention to other people instead of yourself. The more you do pay attention to other people, the lesser you pay attention to yourself, and the less self-conscious you’ll be.

Socializing takes time to improve, and just like any other skill, it’s something you need to actively work on. To do that, just expose yourself more often.

(Disclaimer: this list is compiled in no particular order.)

6 Insider Tips to Know Before Your Hawaiian Getaway

The Hawaiian islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Molokai and Lanai draw hundreds of thousands of tourists who are looking for a tropical getaway every year. If you are planning on a holiday getaway in Hawaii, make the most of your vacation by learning these insider secrets that can help you save money, while being able to try more authentic Hawaiian experiences.

  1. Skip the Hawaiian Hotels

Save your accommodation budget for more souvenirs by going on a glamping adventure. Go for this off-the-grid accommodation still offers you a king-size bed and a warm bath near the Volcanoes National Park. You can walk from tip to tip of the island for an enjoyable hike or a truck to drive you from end to end of the island. 

  • Explore the Old Hawaii

Hawaii may be a top U.S. destination, but its cultural roots are much older than the country itself. Discover pre-U.S. culture, traditions and history by going on a trip to Molokai. The trip will surely amaze you. It will give you a glimpse of the old Hawaii without enduring a crowded view, since the place isn’t directed at most tourists.

  • Eat Like a Local

Skip the fancy Hawaiian restaurants. And go rub elbows with the locals. You will know you are in a local food hub if the menu does not provide explanations of the dishes. Do the research—or ask the locals on the next table—yourself.

  • Ride the Bus

If you are headed to Honolulu, save yourself from the hassle of looking a parking space by happing on board a local bus. Download the app ‘Da Bus’ to get real-time updates about where the nearest bus stop is and it’s expected arrival time. Buy a one-day bus pass for around $5 for unlimited bus ride.

  • Head to Costco

Since you want to save more money, do the cooking your by grocery shopping at Costco, which has seven branches in Hawaiian Islands and four on Oahu. It’s easy to get fresh produce and snacks in there. The mini mart also offers fueling services, making it more convenient to tour the Hawaiian Islands if you’re renting a car.

  • Enjoy Free Entertainment

You do not have to shell out a fortune to experience Polynesian entertainment. Hotels, malls and public areas offer classes and show on the cheap, or even sometimes for free. For a night of hula dance, head to Kuhio Beach Hula Mound at Waikiki Beach, or go to Royal Hawaiian Centre in Honolulu for a ukulele class.

Lastly, get yourself a flower lei. Wear it and toss it to the ocean on the last day of your trip and start counting the days until your next Hawaiian vacation.

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