Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Recovering from Facebook Addiction

Do you ever find yourself doing the following?

* Checking your Facebook profile every 10 minutes
* Spending more than half of your day in the social networking website
* Updating your profile and status messages
* Adding plenty of friends
* Tracking your profile even in your mobile phone

Then there's a huge possibility you're already addicted to Facebook.

Today, Facebook is the biggest social networking website, with millions of members all over the world. It has even surpassed search engines when it comes to user views.

Because there are so many things you can do in Facebook, it's not surprising you spend more time in here than anywhere else. It's also not impossible to get hooked or addicted.

The problem is Facebook addiction can get in the way of your normal life. It becomes much easier to build online relationships than personal ones. It reduces your work effectiveness and leads to depression and anxiety if you cannot access it for even just a day.

How to Cope with It

There's nothing wrong with using Facebook, but you need to effectively manage your uncontrollable urge to check it all the time. Though it may take a while before you can get rid of addiction, you can definitely do it. Begin with the following tips:

Reduce Facebook tracking. You can gradually reduce the number of times you open your Facebook account. For example, instead of opening it every 10 minutes, you can do so every 30, then every hour, then every other day, until you can survive not opening it at all.

Consider other alternatives. Substitute the time you spend on Facebook with something else. Rather than sitting there for hours, you can go to the gym or take a stroll around the neighborhood. You can pamper yourself by going to the spa or the salon.

Meet up with your friends. You can utilize Facebook to keep in touch with your friends and schedule meet-ups. After all, the main reason why you're using Facebook is you want to reach out to people, especially those you haven't met for a very long time.

Activate Facebook blocking applications. An excellent Facebook addiction self help is to download applications that can block the social networking website. You can activate it during those times when you need to work or attend to a very important chore.

Buy a mobile phone with no Internet capabilities. The truth is you don't really need a mobile phone with Internet capabilities. When you have to stay connected, you can always look for a café. Besides, non-Internet-capable phones are way cheaper and don't tempt you to download Facebook applications.

Use self help CDs.There are plenty of self help CDs and self help tapes that are customized to those people who want to end their Facebook addiction. Majority of them contain subliminal messages or affirmations, which provide the inspiration and motivation they need to never give up.

Share your thoughts. Your friends and family members can help you eliminate your addiction only if you allow them to. So share your feelings and ask for moral support.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

The basic chemistry of pH balance

The basic chemistry of pH balance

Back in high school chemistry, we learned about pH: acids had low numbers, alkalines had high numbers, and a pH of 7.0 was neutral. And it all meant absolutely nothing in terms of day-to-day life.

It now turns out that we have a better shot at long-term health if our body's pH is neutral or slightly alkaline. When we tilt toward greater acidity, which can be measured easily, we have a greater risk of developing osteoporosis, weak muscles, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and a host of other health problems.

The solution, according to scientists who have researched "chronic low-grade metabolic acidosis," is eating a diet that yields more alkaline and less acid. Just what kind of diet is that? One that's high in fruits and vegetables. That might not seem like a big surprise, except for a few unexpected twists and turns.

Acid-yielding foods deplete minerals

If the idea of balancing acid and alkaline foods seems a bit off the wall, it does have a somewhat checkered past. Most people, including physicians, aren't familiar with the dangers of acidosis, except in the most extreme situations. Those include lactic acidosis, from overexercise; ketoacidosis, when diabetes start burning their own fat; and renal acidosis, which can be a sign of kidney failure.

The original scientific research on acid-yielding and alkaline-yielding foods dates back to 1914 and was remarkably accurate, according to Loren Cordain, Ph.D., a professor and researcher in the department of health and exercise science at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Then, in the 1930s and 1940s, the acid-alkaline concept was hijacked by early health food "nuts." Among them, William Hay, M.D., proposed an almost ritualistic eating habit based on food acidity or alkalinity. Since then, most doctors have viewed any discussion of acid and alkaline diets with a skeptical eye.

But the problem with acid-producing eating habits is very real, contends Cordain, a leading expert on the Paleolithic, or Stone Age diet. "After digestion, all foods report to the kidneys as being either acidic or alkaline," he says. "The kidneys are responsible for fluid balance and maintaining a relatively neutral pH in the body."

That's where things get interesting. When acid-yielding foods lower the body's pH, the kidneys coordinate efforts to buffer that acidity. Bones release calcium and magnesium to reestablish alkalinity, and muscles are broken down to produce ammonia, which is strongly alkaline. By the time the response is all over, your bone minerals and broken down muscle get excreted in urine.

Long term, excess acidity leads to thinner bones and lower muscle mass, points out Anthony Sebastian, M.D., of the University of California, San Francisco. These problems are compounded by normal aging, which increases acidosis, bone loss, and muscle wasting. Along the way, calcium and magnesium losses can equate to deficiencies, with many ramifications. Both minerals play essential roles in bone formation and normal heart rhythm. Low magnesium levels can cause muscle cramps, arrhythmias, and anxiety.

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