September 2016 archive

Recall Alert! Cases of Hepatitis A Were Reported After Consumption of Frozen Strawberry Smoothies

If you’re fond of drinking “healthy strawberry smoothies” displayed in coffee shops, then beware and take heed! The CDC recently announced an outbreak of Hepatitis A that affects 55 people in 6 US states.

Recall Alert! Cases of Hepatitis A Were Reported After Consumption of Frozen Strawberry Smoothies

CDC Reports Cases of Hepatitis A After Consumption of Tropical Strawberry Smoothies

The local health authorities confirmed reports of 44 cases of Hepatitis infections in Virginia, Maryland with 4, 1 in North Carolina, 1 in Oregon and Wisconsin. 40 out of the 55 cases originated from a Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Virginia.

The 44 Virginia residents were hospitalized and infected with Hepatitis A after consuming the strawberry smoothie. The strawberries used in making the smoothie originated from Egypt, and suspected to be the carriers of the said virus. The Tropical Smoothies Cafe recalled all of its strawberry smoothies after the incident.

Since the symptoms of hepatitis A don’t show up quickly unlike food poisoning, the health authorities are encouraging everyone to watch for its impending symptoms. The symptoms cover jaundice, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, light-colored stools and among others.

The affected Tropical Smoothie Cafe released a statement about the issue:

“The Virginia Department of Healthy notified us about several foodborne illnesses in the state linked to frozen strawberries sourced from Egypt. Our cafes and their food handling practices have not been implicated in any way – the health department believes this is a single product issue (strawberries) sourced from Egypt. Egyptian strawberries represent a fraction of our overall strawberries purchased and were predominantly distributed to stores in the Virginia market.

Today, our strawberries are primarily sourced from Mexico and California. However, in an abundance of caution, we voluntarily pulled all strawberries sourced from Egypt from every cafe in our system, not only the Virginia cafes. Our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of our guests and crew members and we will continue to cooperate with the health authorities.”

The Fast Metabolism Diet Community’s Opinion

The community still recommends everyone to make their own smoothies rather than store-bought smoothies. We don’t know for sure how they handled the preparation of smoothies. We’re at risks of acquiring illness (like this).

Aside from that, these commercial smoothies contain artificial sweeteners that contribute to weight gain. You can check our natural fast metabolism diet smoothie recipes here.

Zika Virus Found on Mosquitoes Around Miami Beach Area: Test Confirmed

The first case of Zika Virus in America was recorded in Wynwood, a neighborhood in Miami. Although the case outbreak seemed to have subsided, the CDC public health officials advised pregnant women not to travel there.

ZIKA VIRUS FOUND ON MOSQUITOES AROUND MIAMI BEACH AREA- TEST CONFIRMED.

Existence of Zika Virus Around Miami Beach Florida

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services conducted a test on mosquitoes from 1.5 square-mile around Miami Beach to confirm the existence of the virus  around the area. Much to our dismay, the local authorities announced last Thursday the confirmation of the existence of the virus.

The Zika virus primarily affects the women, especially the pregnant ones. Its symptoms range from rashes, joint pain, and severe brain damages to fetuses. Around 16 babies out of 1500 infected pregnant women was born with birth defects.

As of now, the Zika virus is only circulating around Florida. The authorities are hopeful that the virus won’t spread explosively in the United States as compared to Latin America and the Caribbean. This is because Americans live in a less crowded place and usually have window screens and air conditioning, making it difficult for the mosquitoes to spread the virus.

“The good news is the weekly number of new cases isn’t changing much,” Dr. Weaver said. “If we were seeing at first five cases a week, then 10, 20 and then 100, we’d be very concerned.”

Nevertheless, the local authorities warned the public, especially the pregnant women, to minimize going out in public places to avoid acquiring the virus. Governor Rick Scott also assured that funds are available if CDC would conduct an aerial spraying. The CDC recommended spraying Miami Beach using helicopters.

But as to when it would happen, it still remains unclear. The Miami Beach City Commissioner Michael Grieco said that it’s not practical considering the geography of the area. There are high buildings everywhere. Some residents are also opposed to spraying, he added.

FMD Community’s Opinion and Call Out: 

The community hopes that the Zika Virus will stop spreading around the country. We are calling out to all fast metabolism dieters– especially the pregnant women, to minimize going to public areas to prevent chances of acquiring an infection. Let us all be vigilant and keep yourself and your little bundle of joy healthy at all times.

5 Bad Habits that Trigger Headaches: What You Should Do About It

Terrible headaches can strike anytime of the day especially when we have to do some stressful tasks. While we rely on medication to help relieve the pain temporarily, they can be a huge pain that hinders our productivity, especially if they’re chronic and severe.

5 BAD HABITS THAT TRIGGERS YOUR HEADACHES

How do we stop dealing with these recurring headaches? The answer to that is by ending the habits we have that triggers our headache.

Here are the top 5 bad habits you should drop in order to keep headaches from coming back.

1. Drinking Too Much Coffee

You probably already know how caffeine destroys our metabolism. Not only that, but we get to deal with its dreadful effects too. Most of us had to deal with painful headaches and low energy as we’re having our caffeine withdrawal. Too much caffeine can get you addicted to it and when you’ve missed drinking for even just a day, your head will be pulsating like crazy!

Solution: Fortunately, you don’t have to deal with a caffeine-induced headache anymore. The Fast Metabolism Diet program already remedied this problem for you. It was one of the golden rules of the program to eliminate drinking coffee, as much as possible.

But in case you are in need of a drink, opt for herbal tea, water, or other healthier alternatives.

2. You’re Stressing Yourself Too Much

Whether you’re dealing with hectic schedules, business appointments, personal problems, etc, stress can put a damp to your health.The fact is, any kind of stress can disrupt your metabolism and ruin all the efforts you’ve exerted to lose weight. This is just tragic!

Solution: If you’re starting to get stressed out, take a deep breath and calm yourself. Relax by doing light activities like reading a book, listening to music, yoga, walking, meditating, etc. You can also apply these fast metabolism diet stress-handling tips.

3. Skipping Meals

Skipping meals is a huge violation in the fast metabolism diet. Not only does it make you feel like you’re always hungry, it also causes your blood sugar to go down. And the nastiest effect you have to endure is, of course that painful throb you feel in your skull known as headache!

Solution: Diligently make an effort to eat meals on time.In fact, you need to eat every 2-3 hours. If you feel like you’re eating too much, check out this checklist first before making the necessary adjustments on your meals and snack.

4. Poor Posture

Good and proper posture is necessary in order for your body to function properly. If you have a good posture, the stress in your muscles and joints are distributed evenly, making it work efficiently as intended. But if you have a bad posture, it adds tension to your neck and shoulder. This uneven tension contributes to your headaches.

Solution: Maintain good posture. Sit straight with your shoulders back. Bend your knees at a right angle and keep your feet flat on the floor.

5. Dehydration

When you don’t get enough water intake, your brain tissue loses water causing your brain to shrink and pull away from your skull. Aside from that, your body cannot transport all the nutrients it needs. This will cause your blood volume to drop hence lowering the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain. Your brain may feel suffocated from the lack of oxygen triggering the pain receptors that causes headache.

Solution: Drink plenty of water (half of your weight in an ounce). If you prefer flavored drinks due to the dull taste of water, opt to put lemon or lime to your drink to have some water variation. Also, avoid drinking alcohol because it can also cause dehydration.

5 Bad Habits that Triggers Your Headaches (And What You Should Do About it)

Meds may be able to alleviate the pain we’re experiencing from a headache quickly, but the effect is temporary. With healthy diet, proper care, and exercise, we will be able to achieve a long-term solution to stopping headaches. Besides prevention is always better than cure.

Learn Emma Watson’s Secret Diet Towards a Healthy Lifestyle

Emma Watson has captivated our hearts with her glamor and charm ever since her younger years and up to present. Sometimes we wonder if her notable role as Hermione Granger was true because she casts a spell on us. We can’t help but notice and stare at her enchanting beauty. What could be the secret behind her flawless skin and youthful glow?

Learn Emma Watson's Secret Diet Towards a Healthier Life

Learn Emma Watson’s Secret Diet to live a healthy, glowing life.

1. Emma Watson Loves Outdoor Activities

Emma loves outdoor activities and she considered it as her form of exercise. She loves hiking on hills, walking, running, and playing hockey. Basically, she loves doing sports that can make her sweat.

She’s also undergoing weight-lifting that helps her to have stronger bones with a toned feminine body. As you may know, weight-lifting makes your muscle lean and boost your metabolism to lose more weight.

2. Emma’s Diet Plan Concentrates on Low Saturated Fats and Salt

Emma avoids eating unhealthy junk foods and focuses more on balancing her protein and carb intake. She prefers to eat fish (though sometimes she eats lean meat and grilled chicken), fresh fruits, veggies, salads, and spinach.

3. With Regards to Cheat Days . . .

Emma does also have her fair share of cheat days. She loves indulging in chocolates, pasta, bagels, etc. She also loves baking and she indulges herself with her delicious bakes too!

4. Emma Avoids Stress for her Skin Care

Emma knows that stress not only ruins your body but your beauty too. So as much as possible, she avoids any kind of stress and just focuses on the things that can make her happy. She wears sunscreen and removes her makeup every time she goes to bed. She also loves to pamper herself with a long bath.

Emma only uses branded makeup and nail paints like EssieLancôme, Giorgio Armani and Kiehl’s. She also loves to wear red lip shades and always keep a lipstick and lip balm on her purse.

Together with a healthy diet, exercise, and right skin care, Emma Watson was able to maintain her natural glow and vigor.  Use Emma’s story as an inspiration to embark your journey towards a healthy lifestyle too!

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