4 Easy Ways to Avoid Sugar

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: sugar is the number one enemy when trying to lose weight. Furthermore, an uncontrollable sweet tooth can cause diabetes, in addition to weight gain. Fortunately, you can do some little tweaks to your diet to help reduce your sugar intake and knock down a few pounds and risks for diseases. Here are some easy steps to help you avoid—or at least reduce—sugar consumption in a day.

1. Know Your Go-To Beverage
Try your best to avoid the temptation of getting yourself a bottle of soda or juice. When trimming down sugar intake, soda and juices are the first ones to get rid off in your diet. Instead, drink three to four litres of water a day to control your cravings for sweet drinks. If you can, try the water-apple-cider concoction. Mix two tablespoons of apple cider in a tall glass of water; drink this once a day. You can a dollop of natural honey to sweeten (in a good way) the drink a bit.

2. Buy Unsweetened Foods and Sweeten Them Yourself
If you just can’t help it and you want to eat something sweet, buy unsweetened food and sweeten them your own way. For instance, if you want a sweet yogurt for snacks, get a plain one and swirl in a teaspoon of maple syrup or organic honey in it. Do the same if you want sweeter oatmeal for breakfast. Instead of buying a box of flavoured oatmeal, get an unflavoured one and flavour it yourself with some honey and slices of fresh fruits.

3. Choose Sweet fruits Over Sweetened Foods
One of the favourite tricks of fitness experts is to replace sugar-laden foods with naturally sweet fruits. For example, to replace strawberry jam for your PB&J, warm up some frozen strawberries. A tablespoon of jam gives you 50 calories and is typically packed with three kinds of sweeteners: corn syrup, fructose and sugar. Half a cup of strawberries, warmed up and seasoned with a bit of cinnamon only contains 25 calories, plus added antioxidants, fibre and vitamins. Fruits—whether whether fresh, grilled, pureed or baked—make a healthy substitute for sugar in almost any dish, from salads to baked goods.

4. Make Your Own Salad Dressing
Bottles of salad dressings you often find in supermarkets can be secretly loaded with sugar. Your best bet? A home-made dressing. Master a healthy and delicious home-made dressing, and you’ll start craving for salads more. Isn’t that a good kind of craving?

Too much sugar is bad, but it’s also unrealistic to totally deprive yourself of a little sweetness. The best you can do is to choose your sweets wisely and always choose the natural sweets over artificially flavoured ones.

The Best Foods to Eat Before a Workout

Remember: do not exercise on an empty stomach. For an hour of workout—running, cycling and lifting weights—you need to have a combination of carbs and proteins an hour before hitting the gym. The right pre-workout foods will provide you enough energy to perform strenuous exercises and nutrients for muscle repair afterwards. Here’s a guide for the right foods to eat before a workout session.

1. Snack Bars
Snacking on nutritious treats that’s high in fibre and protein will keep you feeling full for longer hours and control your hunger before a workout. Munch on one or two nut bars to help curb hunger and prevent you from craving sugary or carb-heavy foods after a workout session.

2. Nutrients Over Calories
A nutrient-packed snack is more ideal as it provides more nutrient content per calorie. A bowl of cereal, for instance, provides 250 calories, plus vitamins, fibre and calcium; compared to a bar of chocolate with equal amount of calories, but minus the nutritional content. Always pick snacks with healthier and more natural ingredients, such as nuts, yogurt and dried fruits.

3. More Protein Than Carbs
Perhaps, you already knew that protein-rich foods are more filling than foods rich in carbs. When fuelling the body before an hour of exercise, a protein-based snack suct as edamame beans, nuts, Greek yogurt and hummus 30 minutes to an hour before hitting the gym will help get the best results of your workout.

4. Healthy Fats
Healthy fats are ideal snacks, too. Fats may have a bad reputation, but you shouldn’t steer clear from the good ones. Pre-workout snacks with tuna, salmon and/or avocados are rich in good fats, meaning small amount of these foods will keep you pumping for an hour and help your muscles perform its best.

5. Simple Carbs for Last-Minute Energy Boost
Unlike complex carbohydrates, simple carbs digest easily and can give you that much needed last-minute energy boost if you feel flagging while on the way to the gym. For a quick energy boost snack on crackers, rice cakes or oatmeal, but try to avoid their sugary versions.

6. Eat at the Right Time
When snacking before and after working out, timing is essential. Try having a 150-calorie snack 45 minutes to an hour before a workout. A well-balanced meal three to four hours prior to exercising will also provide you with energy to be at your most effective state when working out after a nine-to-six shift.

If you’re trying to lose weight, remember to eat before an exercise. Starving yourself before a workout will only drain out your remaining energy and fuel your cravings afterwards. Before heading to the gym, make sure to snack on the right treats.

Fool-Proof Signs You’re Being Emotionally Abused by Your Partner

Every couple goes through rough times in their relationship; you fight and unintentionally hurt each other. But if every interaction you have with your partner causes you to feel fear, anxiety or dread – and you don’t know why you’re feeling that way since he has never hit you – then you might be a victim of emotional abuse. While it may not leave any physical marks, being emotionally abused could just as harmful as being physically abused by someone. Here, we’ve listed down some fool-proof signs that would tell as to whether or not you’re in a relationship with an emotionally abusive partner.

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1.       He Criticizes You Regularly

There’s no problem if he’s just giving you constructive criticisms from time to time, but if he constantly criticizes for just everything that you do, then that could be a sign that you’re dealing with an emotionally abusive person. This person’s criticisms often range from disapproving your attire to lecturing you on the life choices you’re making. As a result, you end up feeling worthless and you seek his approval more, which is something that’s hard to come by.

2.       He Humiliates You in Public

Innocent jesting is completely different from outright humiliation. So if your significant other has a habit of humiliating you both in public and private, then they’re emotionally abusing you. He will simply wave you off by saying that “you’re just too sensitive”, distorting how you view the situation so you’ll think that you’re just overreacting on his jokes.

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3.       He Ignores Your Relationship Concerns

Stonewalling happens in a relationship when one of you refuses to communicate, choosing instead to ignore the issue in your relationship and dismiss difficult conversations. The effect it leaves? You’ll think that your concerns don’t matter and your feelings are not as important as you think they are.

4.       He Doesn’t Support Your Plans or Achievements

Perhaps you decided to take on a hobby you’re excited about or received a job promotion from your boss, but when you shared the good news to your significant other, he seems to be less than thrilled. He wants you to stay where you are so you won’t have a chance to outgrow him or realize that you actually deserve better.

5.       He Makes You Feel That You’re the Problem

You now start making excuses for him because he finally succeeded in making you believe that you deserve everything he gives you. Eventually, you’ll also start thinking that’s it’s you who’s asking for too much and that he’s just the poor guy trying to put in your relationship.

Knowing these signs is crucial to protect yourself from an emotionally abusive partner and relationship. Regardless of what he says, remember that you’re worthy of all the good things that the world has to offer. So walk away now and start doing things that can make you a happier and better person.

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How to Get Your Adult Financial Life Together

Now that you’ve finally graduated from college, and entered what most people call “the real world,” it’s about time you start working on your finances. For many, this is can be a big and overwhelming step, but if you just follow these expert savings tips, then getting your financial life together will definitely be easier.

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1.       Establish Your Financial Goals

As cliché as it may seem, establishing your financial goals is one of the first steps you should take to get your adult financial life together. You start by dividing your goals into three categories: short-term goals (0-3 years), mid-term goals (3-7 years) and long-term goals (7+ years). After identifying which goal falls under each category, start mapping out a plan of action that’ll help you achieve these goals within their respective timeframe. With this, your financial goals will seem more achievable.

2.       Create a Monthly Spending Plan

A monthly spending plan will help in identifying where your hard-earned cash should go – your needs and your wants. Your needs are the fixed expenses that you have, such food, clothing, rent, transportation, utilities, etc. Your wants, on the other hand, include internet services, cable bills, magazine subscriptions and the like. After identifying all your expenses, create a system that’ll help you pay your fixed expenses in a timely manner. Your wants can be included in your budget, but ensure that you keep track of your expenditures to assure that you’re not veering away from your plan.

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3.       Set an Emergency Fund

An emergency fund is one of the necessities that you don’t realize you need until you actually need it. Emergency situations that require such funding include job loss, medical expenses, auto and home repairs, or any other circumstances that disrupt the flow of your life. You can start creating an emergency fund by setting aside 10 percent of your income until you save a month’s worth of expenses. Once you accomplish that, increase your savings goal to two months and so forth. Remember that your emergency fund should amount to three to six months’ worth of monthly expenses so you’ll have enough lead time to get back on your feet.

4.       Use Your Credit Wisely

Having a good credit is crucial in getting your financial life together. Not only will it help you purchase your dream house and car, it could also help you land your dream job. The first step to wisely use your credit is to understand that it’s not free money, and should only be used for emergencies. It’s also important that you check your credit report once a year to ensure that your credit report is accurate.

Graduating from college signifies an end to your collegiate era and the beginning of your adult life. So start your life in the “real world” right by implementing the aforementioned tips, and you’ll see that being an adult can be fun and enjoyable too.

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How to Compare Car Servicing Prices

If you ever had to decide between two auto repair shops, you know the choice isn’t as easy as simply comparing their service rates. To make the right decision, you need to know what questions to ask and how to sort through various car servicing quotes. Here’s a quick check:

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1. Determine the Service Your Car Needs
Before calling car repair shops to compare their prices, take some time to determine exactly what kind of services your car needs. Take a look at your service history document and car manual. Does your car need an interim, a full, or a specific type of service? Although an interim costs less than getting a full service, keep in mind that carrying out the correct service that your car needs will prevent breakdowns and expensive issues in the future. If you’re not sure about the type of service your ride needs, simply talk to a mechanic and ask about his recommendations for your car.

2. Compare Prices of Two or More Auto Repair Shops
After deciding on the type of service your car needs, call two or three repair shops in your local area in Singapore and ask them for price quotations. Just remember to tell the same information for each shop. (Of course, you can contact more auto repair shops if you want.)

3. Check on Reputable Sites That Specialize in Car Repair
With the availability of helpful information on various websites, estimating the actual fair cost of the repairs your vehicle might need is now easier. Two of the best websites that offer such service are RepairPal and AutoMD. Just make sure that you enter the right information about your car, such as its model and year and the repairs you’re planning to have.

4. Use Your Connections
Apart from checking the Internet, this is also a good way to get repair estimates from a few car servicing workshop in Singapore for comparison. Although the process is a bit slower and the results are more difficult to interpret, you will still end up with a first-hand experience on how much a car maintenance and repair should cost.

Use social media to get quick responses and opinions from your friends without spending a lot of time. This strategy is great especially if you know someone who works in the automotive industry, since they will have some practical knowledge to help you estimate and compare repair costs.

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5. Get Details on the Services to Be Done
The best way to compare costs is to ensure that you get a list of all the checks involved with the service your car needs. Some car servicing shops carry out few standard checks with their basic service, instead of simply checking as per the service schedule of the manufacturer. Clearly, you will be paying more for a full range checks with your vehicle, but doing this will prevent breakdowns and other issues from occurring later on.

6. Ask if the Shop Uses OE Quality Parts
Some car repair shops are able to offer lower prices on their service since they use parts that don’t meet the standards of the car manufacturer. On the contrary, shops that use OE quality parts charge a little more since they use high quality parts that last longer and function a lot better than most non-OE quality parts. If your car is under warranty, experts recommend going with a shop that uses OE quality parts since opting for lower quality car parts might void your warranty.

7. Inquire About the Type of Oil the Shop Uses
Another factor that affects a shop’s servicing price is the type of oil they use on vehicles. Some shops are able to get by with cheap service charges because they use low quality oil, which may cause some problems to your vehicle over time. So as you visit your prospective car repair shops, make sure to inquire about the type of oil they are using, as well as whether or not that particular oil could be used for your car engine.

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Extra Tips for Asking Car Servicing Estimates

• When you’re asking for servicing estimates, make sure that you’re doing it politely. There’s no reason for you to be rude when you’re checking for estimates, and being polite will surely make your conversations with your prospective mechanics more satisfying.

• If you have little to no knowledge about cars, have a more experienced relative or friend call the repair shops for you. Just ensure that the person takes time in explaining the difference between each estimate so you can choose which car service suits your needs.

• If you bought a second-hand unit and don’t have a record of its history, ask a mechanic on your prospective repair shops about the costs of getting a review of the car, as well as catching up on any missed maintenance.

• Check repair shops that relatives, friends, and colleagues frequently visit, since these shops are more trustworthy the newer repair shops or those that can’t hold customers for long periods of time.

• Although it’s good to have lesser expenses in terms of car repairs, remember that cheaper isn’t always better. In fact, the key to getting the best car services is getting more value for your money, and not necessarily paying less.

Comparing the prices of various repair shops may seem like a daunting task, but doing so is what will help determine the right shop for you. So put the aforementioned tips to work now, and start calling your prospective auto repair shops in your area.

Skin Care 101: Working on the “Outside”

As you age, your skin gets saggy and rough. It is normal but you just can’t sit there idly and watch your glow fade away. You have to do something immediately. The good thing is that there are many Singaporeans out there who take good care of their skin; you only need to know their routine. As if they will tell you. It is time that you consider establishing your own skin care routine.

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Before anything else, how do you know if you have rough and dry skin? Well, you just need to skim your fingers across your cheeks. If it feels smooth and silky, you are giving justice to your skin but if it is rough and dry, you have to take action right away. Your goal here is to make your skin firm, plump, silky and smooth.

Sounds easy, right? In reality, it is not. There are many things that you have to consider when you want to establish a skin care routine or regimen. Treating the skin is two-way – inside and outside. It is crucial that you start from the inside. What does this mean? Remember an old adage “you are what you eat”. Whatever you consume, it will reflect on you.

You will have a silky and youthful glow if you take care of the food that you eat. Start by drinking a lot of water as it can make your skin suppler. You should also never forget about eating vegetables and fruits (especially in shades of green, orange and red) as it can provide the body with vitamins A, C and E. Do not forget to exercise as it is great for your skin.

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Now that you have worked on the inside, you need to work on the outside. This means truly establishing a routine that works best for you. What should you consider when finding a good skin care routine that works best for you? Here are some reminders:

  • Look for niacinamide: There are many cosmetics or skin care products in the market these days – it is only a matter of finding which is good for your skin. You start by looking for niacinamide ingredient your skin tightening. This will give a boost to skin with the use of elastin and collagen.

 

  • Find exfoliation: Aside from elastin and collagen, you have to ensure that you shed more dead skin cells. As you age, shedding will be slower. To aid in shedding, look for products that can exfoliate the skin. It will surely prevent dulling of the skin.

 

  • Secure for moisturizers: Finally, it is important that the water is locked in the surface of the skin and that is where moisturizers come in.

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6 Secrets to a Smooth and Glowing Skin

Singaporean women are very particular about skin. You only have one skin after all so it is imperative that you take good care of it. There are two ways to determine if your skin is good or not – skim your fingers across your cheek and examine your face in the mirror.

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If you skimmed your fingers across your check and find that it is rough, you have to take action right away. A healthy skin should be silken or smooth. If you examined your face in the mirror and see that it is papery or thin, you have to immediately bring it back to life. Your face should look firm and plumped.

You should not fret because you can always get your skin back to its former glory. The trick here is to work from the inside out. You do not just apply cosmetics because you believe it can do all the work. It is time that you evaluate what you eat or consume as well. Here are some secrets to smooth and glowing skin:

1. Drink water. You have to know that water brings a lot of health benefits. If you drink enough water, it can actually increase your circulation thereby supporting a suppler and healthier skin. You already know the daily recommended water intake.

2. Take green tea. The good thing about green tea is it contains antioxidants called catechins. This antioxidant can help the body evade inflammation as well as damage to the skin.

3. Eat more vegetables and fruits. You need antioxidants that are found in vegetables and fruits. To be sure, choose vegetables and fruits in shades of red, orange and green. It contains vitamins A, C and E which are good for the skin.

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4. Use products for skin tightening. As you get old, your skin will be saggy. You need to bounce back so secure products that encourage skin tightening. When looking for skin tightening, look for a particular ingredient – niacinamide (or often called vitamin B3). This will fortify the surface of the skin to make it more robust.

5. Exfoliate. Your skin will shed fewer dead skin cells. If this continues, the cells will surely be accumulated on the surface thereby making the skin appear dull, dry and rough. This is the reason why you have to use exfoliation to your routine.

6. Use a moisturizer. In addition to using skin tightening and exfoliation, you have to make sure that you apply moisturizer. Moisturizer is good since it has the power to lock in the water left on the surface of your skin. Remember that a skin that is moisturized is smoother and suppler to touch.

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Ways to Fit In to Workplace Dress Code

Getting your office outfit right every single day is a challenge. Especially when starting a new job, it can be tricky to put together an outfit that will make a good first impression, while still considering your comfort and style. Even long-term employees can find themselves in work wear fashion rut at times. Whether you’re stepping up you workplace fashion or just want to start off on the right foot, this guide will help you during those times of company dress code uncertainty.

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1.       Fit Into the Office Culture

Make your wardrobe choices based on how formally or casually your colleagues in the office dress up. This does not mean you have to forget about your personal style and definitely does not mean that you should be a copycat. Your aim is to look like a representative of the team and the company you’re working for.

2.       Avoid Casual Fridays

When dressing down on a Friday, perhaps because you have a party to attend to after work, be careful with how casual to be at the office. Unless you’re the founder of the company, it’s never going to be okay to dress in tees and jeans. Flip flips are never acceptable in any office environment as well, unless your office has sand and ocean. And even if Pinterest showed you ways to dress up a pair of ripped jeans in the office, higher level and older staff may not appreciate the trend as much as you do, so you may want to be extra mindful with that aspect.

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3.       Find Subtle Ways to Glam Up

If you’re unsure of how much is too much, your best bet is to go for less. Wear classic jewelleries—think of stud earrings and a simple gold or silver necklace. The same goes for your make-up. Save the smoky eye for after-office fun time; not when pouring coffee in the office pantry at nine in the morning.

4.       Keep Yourself Well-Groomed

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s surprising how a polished look can be set back by chipped manicure or worse body odour. These things can get easily set aside when the job gets stressful or if you woke up late because your alarm did not go off. However, you should never go to work without brushing your teeth, with dirty hands and with hair that looks like have been through windstorm. You want to look and smell good, and not to be “that girl” in the office with terrible B.O. (body odour).

Looking presentable at work requires a bit of thought and effort, but it doesn’t have to be daunting. When dressing for the office, remember that less is more. Keep it simple, classic and appropriate.

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Social Media Rules Every Parent Should Be Aware of

From announcing his birth to his first day of school to his first ever Halloween costume party, you have plenty of reasons to post about your child online. While sharing photos of your little one is easy, what you share on your social media could affect your kid’s safety and relationship with you. Here are some expert advices about what should parents keep in mind before hitting ‘post’ of their next update.

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1.       Consider the Feelings of Others

A simple birthday snapshot could be hurtful to kids (and parent) who were not invited in the party. Instead of sharing in the social media, email pictures directly to friends and family or create a private group or Facebook album that can only be viewed by the invited guests.

2.       Keep Rants to Yourself

Sorry to break it to you, but the internet is not the best place to blow off steam about how tough parenting days. While a cute tantrum snapshot of your little one is probably okay, too many details about your kid’s bad behaviour can be embarrassing not just for your kid but also for you as the parent. Avoid posting details that you are not comfortable saying in front of your child or having your child read in the future.

3.       Secure Your Privacy Setting

There have been so many instances wherein photos of children are taken from social media and used on pornography sites, and details posted publicly are used by predators targeting children. If you opt to upload photos of your child every once in a while, make sure to have an airtight privacy settings. Limit your audience, and make sure to check on this setting regularly. It doesn’t mean that the post is never going to be out in public, but it’s much more secure than blatantly posting it out there without filter.

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4.       Get Other Parent’s Approval

Be extra cautious when posting photos of other people’s children. If you would like to post a picture of your child with his friend, ask for the approval of the child’s parents to share the photo in your social media. Many parents are quite sensitive with their child’s privacy, so make sure not to cross the line by over-sharing.

5.       Be a Good Role Model

Older kids pay attention to what older people do, including sharing information online. Think twice before posting that angry post and try to resolve issues in person. Do not get into fights with parents of your kid’s friend or classmate online. Parents should be good examples to their kids and should encourage them to use social media in a positive and productive way.

The technology, social media and the internet are all great tools for sharing and soliciting information. However, sharing everything about your children can jeopardize their privacy and safety. Keep your kids safe from ill-reputed people by being careful with what you share online.

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12 Signs You May Be HIV-Positive

When it comes to HIV infection, it’s crucial to know what early symptoms to look out for. Early detection of the virus is what helps ensure that you receive the right treatment to control the disease, and possibly slow down its progression to AIDS. While it’s true that the only way to confirm that you have HIV is by undergoing an HIV screening test, there are still some possible symptoms you can watch out for to see if you’re really infected with the virus.

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1. Fever

According to health experts in Singapore, one of the first sighs of HIV is a mild fever up to around 102 degrees F. It is often accompanied by other mild symptoms like sore throat, fatigue and swollen lymph nodes. During this time, the virus is moving into the bloodstream and is already starting to replicate in large numbers. As this happens, an inflammatory reaction in the immune system may occur.

2. Fatigue

Apart from generating an inflammatory reaction in the immune system, the virus may also cause you to feel lethargic and tired. Fatigue is known as an early and later symptom of HIV. This symptom causes you to suddenly feel winded even if you’re just walking. Individuals diagnosed with the disease also shared that they usually feel out of breath in everything they do. Fatigue may be a clear sign, but it may not be so obvious during the acute or earlier stages of the disease.

3. Joint Pain, Achy Muscles and Swollen Lymph Nodes

HIV is often mistaken for a flu, mononucleosis, or another infection like hepatitis and syphilis. This is not surprising though, since most of its symptoms that you can read from http://www.mlamclinic.com.sg/std-testing/ in SIngapore are the same including the joint and muscle pain, and swollen lymph glands. Our lymph nodes fall part of our body’s immune system, and they tend to get inflamed when a virus enters our body. Most of these nodes are located in the groin, armpit and neck area.

4. Headache and Sore Throat

As with its other symptoms, headache and sore throat is often associated with HIV in context. If you’ve recently engaged in a high-risk behaviour, then getting an anonymous HIV test may be a good idea. Health experts recommend to get tested not to only for your own sake, but for the others’ as well since the virus is most infectious during its earliest stage.

Also, keep in mind that your body hasn’t produced antibodies to HIV yet, so getting an antibody test may not be a good idea. Instead, consider getting test options that detects viral RNA just within nine days of infection.

5. Skin Rash

Rashes occur in the earlier or later stages of HIV. This symptom may appear like boils with some itchy pink patches on some parts of the body. While a skin rash may just be a symptom of a cold or an allergy, consider taking an HIV testing if you have a hard time treating it, or if it appears out of the blue.

6. Diarrhoea, Nausea, and Vomiting

Anywhere from 30 to 60 percent of people diagnosed with HIV suffer from diarrhoea, short-term nausea, and vomiting during its early stages. However, these symptoms may also be caused by the antiretroviral therapy, or an adaptable infection. Still, diarrhoea that’s unremitting and isn’t responding to the usual treatment may be an indication of HIV.

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7. Weight Loss

Also known as AIDS wasting, weight loss can be a sign of a more advanced illness and could be caused by a severe diarrhoea. If you’ve started losing weight even if you continue to eat as usual, then that means you’re immune system has fairly depleted.

A person is usually considered to have a wasting syndrome if he or she loses 10 percent of his or her body weight, and have experienced diarrhoea, fever or weakness for more than 30 days. Luckily, this symptoms became less common due to the antiretroviral therapy.

8. Night Sweats

About half of the people infected with HIV experience night sweats in the early stages of the disease – and it can become even more common in the later stages of the infection. Similar with the hot flashes that menopausal women experience, night sweats can also be hard to dismiss since they soak your sheets and bedclothes.

9. Confusion and Concentration Problems

Cognitive problems is a known symptom of an HIV-related dementia, which occurs in the later stage of the disease. Other than concentration problems and confusion, AIDS-related dementia also involves memory behavioural problems like irritability and anger. In fact, it may even include motor changes like clumsiness, lack of coordination, as well as problems with tasks using motor skills.

10. Genital Herpes or Cold Sores

Genital herpes and cold sores are both signs of late-stage HIV infection – and having herpes also serves as a risk factor for contracting the virus. It’s because genital herpes cause ulcers that make it easier for the virus to enter the body during intercourse. People infected with HIV tend to experience more severe herpes outbreaks since the disease weakens their immune system.

11. Weakness and Tingling

Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet are also considered as symptoms of HIV. These symptoms occur as soon as the nerves have been damaged by the virus. Fortunately, it can already be easily treated using anti-seizure medications like Neurontin, and some over-the-counter pain relievers.

12. Nail Changes

Another physical symptom to look out for are nail changes, such discoloration, clubbing, and splitting of the nails. This is often caused by fungal infections like candida. Health experts in Singapore explain that people with depleted immune system are more susceptible to experiencing fungal infections.

Now that you know what symptoms to check on to, determining whether or not you’ve been infected with HIV is now easier even without immediately undergoing HIV testing.

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