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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.



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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

3 Hacks To Help You Lose Weight And Feel Great

by Francisco Arnold

Eating right, exercising, and seeing your doctor for routine checkups can help improve your health and wellness. Unfortunately, for some, these tasks are not enough. Whether you want to lose a few pounds or you are severely obese, you can lose weight and feel great with a few lifestyle changes. 

Get Plenty of Sleep

If you are overweight, you may think you should spend more time moving and less time sleeping. However, not getting enough sleep can actually lead to excessive fatigue, overeating, and stress/depression.

Make sleep a priority so you will have the energy needed to exercise and eat well throughout the day. Of course, you may believe each person's required hours of sleep is different, but that is not necessarily true. On average, 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted, restful sleep is essential for living a healthy lifestyle, losing weight, and feeling great.

Drink Water, but with Lemon

Most people already understand the importance of drinking water. It helps flush out toxins and keeps you hydrated, which is important for your physical and emotional health. If you struggle drinking enough water because of the ordinary taste, adding fresh lemon can help. This ensures you are staying hydrated while also reaping the other health benefits of lemon.

Adding lemon to your water offers other benefits, though. Lemons are loaded in essential vitamins and antioxidants, which strengthen your immune system, reduce inflammation, boost energy levels, and improve your digestive system.

Try Intermittent Fasting

Fasting is a word that many people fear, but controlled intermittent fasting offers many health benefits, especially if you are overweight. Intermittent fasting has no standard amount of time you should go without food. In most cases, intermittent fasting can be completed from the time you finish eating dinner until the next meal you consume, which may be a late breakfast or lunch. The key to intermittent fasting is to go without eating for a longer period of time, which allows you to eat one or more meals and snacks without a short time frame.

When you are intermittent fasting, your body uses the fat already stored for energy – instead of using the food you recently consumed for energy. By using the food already stored, your body will burn body fat instead.

Losing weight and gaining back control of your health is not going to be easy, but it IS possible. These healthy lifestyle hacks can help you get started losing weight and feeling great.