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Reflections on Diet Soda

drinks and dietsWhat to drink when you’re supposed to trim down a bit.

At my last doctor’s appointment, he told me that I have a mild liver issue from carrying around extra weight.

It’s harmless in and of itself but has a small possibility of progressing into cirrhosis, which by all accounts I do not want.

So, among other things, I’m off sugary drinks.

The first thing I did was switch to diet soda.  Not too bad at first, although it made eating out tricky, because I can’t stand Diet Coke and lots of places don’t have anything else.  I decided the diet lemonade with 10 calories per serving was probably OK and a few places have that.

Eating out for dinner became interesting because I don’t want caffeine that late and lots of places don’t have any diet drinks without caffeine, so I’ve started ordering water with lemon as my default eating out drink.  How much lemon I get, especially on the refills, has a bit of creative input on tipping.

After a few days of drinking diet soda, my spit started to taste like the sweetener.  It’s about the same as the stereotypical diet soda aftertaste but without the flavor of the rest of the soda.

Kind of gross and disturbing; it made me wonder how good it could be for my system to have this stuff building up in me so much that I could taste it. For all I knew I could be frying my liver even faster by overworking it on filtering that stuff out.

Then I discovered some non-caloric drinks with natural sweeteners.  This helped because they’re also packed with vitamins.  But even though, I do still buy and use vitamins daily that I get from DLS Pharmacy near McAllen Texas.  SoBe lifewaters, the 0-calorie ones of course, are my favorites.  I still drink some diet soda, especially for the caffeine, but my spit no longer tastes weird.

Lytess Orange Peel Sleeves

arm sleeve from LytessFlabby triceps begone? An arm sleeve from Lytess says it will save your arms from sag while de-dimpling with active ingredients. Not only are the sleeves supposed to use microencapsulated Rodhysterol and Elemi Resin to firm in 28 days, but they also include sweet almond and mango butter to hydrate at the same time.

I’m hesitant to believe that wearing fitted sleeves for a number of hours in a day could really make that much of an impact.

The brand says that their de-dimpling ingredients are woven right into the waffle-knit fabric, which means that you’re getting a regular release of those actives for the entire time you wear the garment.

They also claim to have made a whopping 46% improvement in skin appearance.

Rhodysterol is described by it’s manufacturer BiotechMarine as a body streamlining phytosterol, which has a slimming effect due to lipolytic properties. According to them, alga possesses a mechanism for the storage and release of lipids.

The agents which transmit the messages to instigate lipolysis are sterols or derivatives that are particularly active in the Rhodophyta or red algae at 1.5%.

I couldn’t find any independent studies evaluating the effects of this seaweed on firming or cellulite. However, there are studies confirming that red algae has a significant amount of antioxidants, a high phenolic content and cytotoxic activities, which could help protect against the skin’s aging process.

According to some labs, Rhodophyta extract has a balance of minerals similar to those found in blood plasma, which assumedly gives it great affinity to skin. It contains more vitamin C than apples, more zinc than oysters, more iron and potassium than spinach and more vitamin A than tomatoes, according to Collaborative Laboratories. Perhaps these will factor into the de-dimpling of your arm fat?

Elemi resin is also supposed to be a firming agent, according to facials near Leesburg. However, there are cases of contact dermatitis in relation to this resin and independent studies are hard to come by as well.

At $30, these sleeves seem a bit steep, especially considering the lack of scientific evidence making the brand’s case.

Signs of Diabetes In Women

diabetes in womenDiabetes is a disease that affects many Americans and people in other countries around the world.

This disease is responsible for changing people’s lives and making people change their lifestyles to accommodate the disease that will be with them for as long as they continue to live.

The onset of diabetes is often overlooked because the symptoms do not seem very harmful or do not cause much of an effect to the person’s daily life or interfere with their activities.

The symptoms may also seem to small to take with much importance however they are indicators of a serious problem.

Signs of diabetes can somewhat differ between men and women. Signs of diabetes in women can include special female problems such as vaginal infections and vaginal skin sensitivity and itching.

Other signs that are more common amongst both genders are frequent urination, skin problems, dizziness and neuropathy which is the tingling of the extremities due to poor blood circulation throughout the body. Fatigue and extreme tiredness are also other indicators of possibly having diabetes.

People who are at high risk for diabetes are those who have a family history of it or those who are obese and have a body mass index reading thirty or above.

When diabetes is suspected it is imperative to seek the help of a physician who will be able to diagnose the disease properly.

If the diabetes is confirmed to be present then the proper education regarding the disease, medications to help control it and equipment will be administered to you so that you may be able to live your life as manageable as possible with diabetes.

Your diet will be changed to one that is of non-concentrated sweets because the insulin in your body is no longer being produced. Sometimes there is a need for insulin dependency for each time that you eat and sometimes a need for medication.

Having diabetes also can affect your vision and so keeping routine appointments with an optometrist is also very important regarding your health with diabetes.

Diet and exercise are important to managing diabetes in your life.

Having diabetes does not ruin one’s life but rather has the person struggling with it put more effort into changing the way they live for a healthier lifestyle.

Diabetes is manageable and for those who have it in their family health history it is preventable by taking steps to make your life healthier.