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Mood Swings and Your Health

By Tia Cristy

Mood Swings and Your Health

Sometimes we all get grumpy, sad, mad, depressed, etc., but when is it time to get concerned about your mood swings? Are you quick to get angry? Do you have instant irritation when driving anytime you get behind the wheel? Maybe you’re dealing with intense anxiety? Are you sad in moments of quietness? Do you feel lonely all the time? Do you get really high highs and then get pummeled by the lowest of lows? What about feeling indifferent about everything?

Recognize Your Moods

Admitting to yourself when you are actually feeling some sense of negativity will help you recognize how frequently its happening. High-stress in the work place or home can cause moods to fluctuate, but we must take control of our mental health before it can snowball into a large issue. Once you become aware of the frequency of your bad mood, then you’ll be able to tackle what is causing your mood.

Pinpoint Your Stressor

Nobody enjoys traffic, but guess what, we’ve all dealt with it at one point or another, but most folks don’t allow their blood pressure to increase to dangerous levels. Let’s be honest, getting angry to the point of seeing red over anything isn’t acceptable. It’s best to try to pinpoint what is causing the stress so you can cure the problem, not just treat the symptom. Are you stressed at work? How’s the home life? Is money the root to all your stress? Do you feel pushed to your max? Do you feel underappreciated? It all happens at one point or another because we are human. But here’s what you need to do when it does happen… change your mindset. The saying I like the best is… ‘Fake it till you make it’. Remember to tell yourself, and others, life is good. Soon you will begin to believe everything is great. When anger or sadness comes on quickly, quickly change your sights to the beautiful day or maybe give yourself some self-appreciation.

Mental Health Checkups

Staying on top of your mental health is so important. Do you know that stress can fire-off inappropriate neurotransmitters in the brain, which releases chemicals preparing you face a lion, instead of your Tuesday morning meeting? Sadly, this reaction results in misfires in the brain. These misfires can cause damage if not stopped. So, what stops misfires? The simple answer… handling stress before you stress. But here’s a few things that can help.

  • Talking to an online professional at Better Help is a great way to work on your mental health and release stress.
  • Start a daily exercise routine to expel the pinned up emotions.
  • Learning meditation is an amazing way to keep your mind healthy, as well as your body.
  • Getting more essential amino acids in your diet though food or supplements can change and reverse negative brain function.
  • Make sure you are getting your B vitamins—Especially for those that are gluten-free or on another specialty diet. (Remember to always consult your primary physician before starting any supplements and vitamins.) B Vitamins are powerful food for the brain!

Overall Health Can Cause Mood Swings

So you’ve tried meditation, started eating cleaner and found yourself a great therapist, but the moods haven’t improved. It’s time to talk to your doctor. Moods can certainly be a symptom of something else going on in your body. It doesn’t always mean it’s something serious since it’s known that seasonal allergies can actually cause mood swings, but it’s best to find out what could possibly be the culprit behind your mental disruptions. If your or anyone you know is dealing with depression or mental health issues, it’s important to know that you are not alone. There is help. Reach out to a family member, friend, colleague or talk to a professional, please.

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How To Make Your Health a Daily Priority

How To Make Your Health a Daily Priority

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Today our lives are busier than ever – building careers, family commitments, juggling hobbies and essentials – it’s no wonder really that modern life can often feel quite overwhelming.

 

But what consequences does having so many daily responsibilities have on our health and well being?

 

Well, when life gets super busy, as it often does, it’s easy to fall into the trap pof short cuts and bad habits that don’t prioritise our health. Acting on autopilot, we sacrifice ourselves and make a short-term choice, be that grabbing the quick dinner that we know is less than healthy for us or choosing to skip workouts and meditation sessions that normally keep us grounded.

 

By default, we tend to operate on auto-pilot mode, muddling through the days and making excuses to ourselves. The side order? A healthy dose of guilt and blame, as we recognise deep down that we aren’t making the choices we need to for our long-term health.

 

But life isn’t going to let up anytime soon, so what can we do to make sure health becomes a daily priority? It turns out some simple strategies can stop you having to compromise all the time…

Recognise The Choice Cycle

 

Trapping in feelings of self-doubt and tiredness, many of us avoid acknowledging our own agency in the matter. It’s easy to blame circumstances from ‘stopping’ us maintaining our health, but the truth is, although we can’t avoid what life throws at us, we can choose how we deal with it.

 

That autonomy is our gift, and refusing to accept that prevents many of us from achieving our wellbeing goals. Take a moment to step back from the situation and remove emotion from the equation. What would you say to you best friend or a relative that complained they were too busy to take care of themselves? Instead of judging yourself or blaming circumstances, acknowledge that life is busy and can be overwhelming – but also that you have a choice about how you react.

 

If you don’t actively choose to break the cycle, you’re going to end up stuck in a helpless, chicken and egg scenario – too tired and run down because of lack of exercise and healthy eating to make the right choices. Choose to prioritise your health – even if it means sacrificing something else. For example, if you love to fit in a morning HIIT workout, but don’t have enough time before heading to work – could you set the alarm a half hour earlier to fit it in? What if this meant going to bed a half hour earlier? What would you be missing? If the answer is another episode of that box set or a scroll through social media feeds then the choice becomes very clear.

 

What do you need to do in order to detox your body and mind? Treat being kind to yourself as a commitment that you choose to prioritise over all the noise in daily life, and you are taking back to the power and making a positive step – and that in itself can be very energising.

 

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Isolate Your Eating

 

How many of choose to eat while distracted? In fact, sitting there munching mindlessly while we catch up on emails is very harmful to your health. Studies have shown those who eat while distracted consume more calories, as the brain is switched away from it’s task of sending the message that you’re full to your stomach. So when you eat, make it the main event.

 

Sit down properly at the table and take the time to engage your senses – what can you see, feel and smell? If you need to, scheduling in a half hour for a meal really emphasises your commitment to mindful eating. Ask yourself about your emotional state if you find yourself reaching for a sugary treat you don’t need. What is making you crave it? Are you bored or upset? Resolve to fix the root cause rather than using food as an emotional tool. Savour each bite, learn to recognise when you’re approaching full up and reconnect your mind and body as you eat. When your finished, you’ll find that you feel more satisfied and are free to continue your day with renewed energy and a clear mind.

Have a Plan for Stress

 

Stress is a daily factor in our lives. In fact, a little bit of the right kind can be very effective as a motivating factor that keeps us on track – so you shouldn’t be seeking to erase every trace of it from your life. The key is to learn how to manage stress. If it gets out of control, it can act as a major trigger for overeating or drinking too much alcohol, cause relationship issues and get our hormones out of alignment, leading to multiple health problems.

 

Recognise that you can’t control every factor and that life will throw you curveballs – but understand also how to deal with them. Keep crucial perspective by moving yourself forward in time mentally – will this issue matter in a week? A month? How about in a year’s time? Learn what it takes for you to avoid critical levels of stress – do you need to learn how to delegate more at work? Do you need to put aside more time to rest? Or is it simply a question of scheduling in 10 minute power walks outside to keep you balanced and get some fresh air?

Treat Health as Its Own Reward

 

If you choose to ‘reward’ yourself with food and alcohol, it promotes all kind of negative associations and cycle of guilt and rebellion. Recognise that these things are not ‘bad’ or ‘good’ in themselves, it’s our approach to them that has positive or negative intentions. Processed treats should never be used to cope with stress or as a reward for doing something. Choose health and wellbeing for its own sake, as a conscious decision that you know enhances your life. Find comfort in other things, such as a deep aromatherapy bath, spending time with your loved ones, or finishing a chapter of that must-have thriller novel. Turn around your reward system and the effects can be life changing.

 

Choosing to put your health first is not one big decisions – it’s a series of daily choices. Commit to them and you will see positive results!

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It Doesn’t Have To Be A Bitter Pill! The Supplements Your Man Should Be Taking

It Doesn’t Have To Be A Bitter Pill! The Supplements Your Man Should Be Taking

 

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You might show concerns about your family’s health every step of the way, but have you taken the time to consider what aspects of your partner’s health need examining? If you’ve got a hubby who is, like so many men, afraid of going to the doctor, a major health condition or worse could be right around the corner. So, instead of getting to that point, it might be best to encourage them to take the right supplements. What are the best ones as men age?

 

Boron

Not typically mentioned in the roster of essential supplements. But for men, where prostate cancer is one of the, if not the most common cancer, boron supplements will help to prevent the development of prostate cancer. Men with the highest rate of boron in their bodies are 65% less likely to develop prostate cancer. In addition to this, it’s beneficial for concentration and memory.

 

Testosterone

As men age, their hormone levels start to go awry. As testosterone provides many of the essential functions in men, including strength, they can take a testosterone supplement, or for general hormone deficiency, there are herbs like Tongkat Ali and offshoots like Eurycomanone. You can buy Eurycomanone easily online. But as men age, their testosterone levels drop, and it’s vital that men keep their levels up.

 

Omega-3

We’ve all heard by now how omega-3 is essential for overall health. Its biggest benefit is for protecting your heart. As omega-3 fatty acids keep your blood pressure under control, this will help your heart beat regularly. You can get your fill of omega-3 from oily fish such as mackerel or salmon, or you can purchase an omega-3 supplement easily over the counter.

 

Glucosamine

As men get older, cartilage in the joints wears away. If your man likes to go running or put his body under a lot of pressure, this cartilage will wear away after time. Various supplements include glucosamine, MSM, and chondroitin, which form a powerhouse trio in protecting your joints. If you want to go the long way round in protecting your joints, you can join the bone broth bandwagon, and make soups and stews, using the bones of grass-fed animals, which releases collagen. It is also great for your skin, as it promotes its elasticity.

 

Creatine

Creatine in high doses is not that good. And there are many concerns about the side effects of prolonged use, but creatine in small doses isn’t just fantastic for boosting muscle, but it’s fantastic for the mind. There are various creatine supplements available, and if your man works out, then it’s a very beneficial substance to have in the short term.

 

If the man in your life refuses to go to the doctor, then it’s so important that you get them the most important supplements for overall body and brain composition. But, if you notice long-term problems, it’s vital that they go to the doctor. As far as maintaining day-to-day health is concerned, supplements are great, but they still need medical help where necessary.

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Four Ways To Show Your Heart Some Love

Four Ways To Show Your Heart Some Love

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Valentine’s Day is gone, but it’s still a great analogy for the heart. On the 14th of Feb, we give out heart-shaped cards and boxes of chocolates to show people how much we care. But, we don’t do the same for our bodies. The heart is one of the two most important organs in the body, yet most people treat it with zero respect. Remember that you only get one in a lifetime and there is no turning back. To be good to ourselves, we have to take a leaf out of the handbook of Robin S and ‘Show Me Love.’

 

These are four tips to take to heart.

 

Work It Out

 

About 25% of Americans don’t get enough physical exercise per week. One third is a huge percentage which shows how little people care about their heart. Don’t worry if you are part of this minority because it is possible to turn things around. All anyone has to do is start exercising on a regular basis. No one expects unfit and unhealthy people to compete with marathon runners so don’t attempt too much too soon. Instead, try walking and jogging at a slow pace and work up to a strenuous weekly plan.

 

Switch Allegiances

 

The USA is a nation of meat-eaters and meat-lovers according to recent research. An average person will consume 270 pounds per year, which is an extraordinary amount. Why is this a problem? Well, apart from the environmental issues, there’s the health factor to consider as red meat contains cacogenics. Plus, meat that isn’t lean is high in salt and saturated fats which increase cholesterol and put a strain on the heart. A solution is to switch sides and become a vegetarian. Eating leafy greens strengthens the muscle because they have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Another option is to turn vegan, which is gaining in popularity even in the States.

 

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Check Up On It

 

All seems fine yet there is no way of knowing unless you take a look under the hood. After all, some symptoms only start to show once an illness is in full swing. Without the right qualifications, you shouldn’t try a complicated invasive procedure at home. So, a heart doctor is an excellent person to have on speed dial, yet lots of Americans are skeptical because they don’t want to waste time. This attitude is a killer, which is why scheduling a monthly appointment is vital.

 

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Cut Back

 

Sorry, but cigarettes and alcohol are not healthy. Take the example of Pennsylvania. Heart disease is the biggest killer in PA by quite a margin, and 18.1% of adults are smokers. That isn’t a coincidence as the chemicals in cigarettes weaken heart muscles. The same goes for drinking too much alcohol, also. Quitting is a long-term goal, but in the meantime try reducing the number you smoke and drink per day. Your heart will thank you for it as you age.

 

How do you like to show your heart that you care?

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The Dos & Don’ts When You’re Trying To Lose Weight

The Dos & Don’ts When You’re Trying To Lose Weight

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Losing weight isn’t an easy feat, but then, if it were, no one would be overweight. Unfortunately, there is also no one-size-fits-all solution for those want to lose a few extra pounds, as everyone is different and everyone’s body burns off fat differently. However, there are a few general rules that everyone should follow when they’re trying to lose weight. Here they are for you to consider.

 

Don’t Starve Yourself

The first and possibly most important piece of advice for anyone trying to lose weight is to never starve yourself. Not only is this incredibly unhealthy and could lead to anorexia, but it also isn’t a successful way to lose fat. In fact, your body will try to store more fat than it’s burning, and you’ll lose muscle instead. You will also likely start overeating at some point and will put on even more weight than you initially lost.

 

Do Create A Meal Plan

Instead of starving yourself, make an effort to eat foods that are healthy and full of nutrients, rather than fat and sugar. Creating a meal plan will help with this, as you’ll know what you’re supposed to be eating for each meal, so won’t just order a takeaway or buy a microwave meal on a whim.

 

Don’t Expect A Quick Fix

There is no quick fix for losing weight, so don’t look for one. Despite what the internet may say, there is no magic pill that will fix all of your problems. Liposuction won’t work either, as it is meant to contour the body after weight loss, rather than remove large amounts of fat. Just look at some liposuction videos, if you don’t believe me. Losing weight is a long game, I’m afraid.

 

Do Drink Lots Of Water

It’s important that you drink enough water each day for good health, but if you’re trying to lose weight, it’s even more important. This is because it is necessary for metabolism to occur, which burns calories and fat. It also helps you to feel full, so you don’t feel the need to eat as much.

 

Don’t Cut Out Foods

If you want to eat healthily and lose fat, the last thing that you should do is deny yourself the odd doughnut here and there. Trust me, having an unhealthy snack once in a blue moon isn’t going to ruin your weight loss, but not having one could, as you’ll just crave unhealthy foods more and more.

 

Do Have Will Power

Unfortunately, once you’ve had one unhealthy snack, you might want another one, so you’re going to have to stop yourself. Don’t start thinking that it’s okay to have two slices of cake just because you’ve had one, because, before you know it, you’ll have had the whole thing to yourself. You can treat yourself, but you can’t overindulge.

 

Losing weight is difficult, and it’s different for everyone. However, as long as you follow these general rules, you should find it a lot easier to shed your fat and lose a few pounds.

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Why Tea Is Great! And You Should Be Drinking More Of It

Why Tea Is Great! And You Should Be Drinking More Of It

In the great battle of Tea vs Coffee you may want to pick the side of Tea. What’s not to love about it. The brits have built a culture around solving any problem with a cuppa. In Asia, brewing a pot of tea is considered an art form. Tea can be called upon under any circumstance, any weather and any occasion. It’s not only warm, refreshing and calming but studies are finding that it can actually benefit your health too. If you don’t like the gates of one, that’s okay because there’s a wide variety to choose from. Green, black, oolong, breakfast, lunch and after dinner. Let’s have a look at what makes them all so great.

 

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The superhero to your immune system

 

It’s widely believed that the properties in certain teas can help strengthen your immune system. Green tea and chamomile tea are thought to work best. They can give you an energy boost sure to wake you up in the morning combined with a feeling of calm relaxation.

 

Studies have shown that chamomile tea however small the change can help your body produce more white blood cells that will be battling against viruses and bacteria. There’s no harm in trying. Might as well pour yourself a cup once a week for extra strength.

 

Green tea is also thought to contain powerful nutrients that can have a profound effect on the body. It’s made from Camellia sinensis leaves that haven’t undergone the same oxidation process as black tea or oolong tea. It’s origins lie with China but are now spread across most of Asia and distributed worldwide.

 

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A natural boost of antioxidants

 

You may have heard this word thrown about quite a lot recently but what are they? They occur naturally in lots of plant based foods and drinks. Tea being one of them and they help the prevention of bad oxidants damaging your cells. Overloading on them can keep us looking young and feeling rejuvenated.

 

Do some teas contain more than others?

 

Yes. White tea has a low caffeine content and contains more antioxidants than any other tea. More and more people are associating it as a great way to prevent cancer, heart attacks and diabetes.

 

White tea was first known as the Emperor’s drink. China discovered that they could produce a mild flavoured tea that was extremely refreshing by brewing the youngest of buds. It was very rare and expensive making it a drink for royalty to enjoy. Now that we’re in the twenty first century though you’ll be able to purchase it at your local supermarket for a fraction of the original price.

 

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Warm or cold

 

The drink that keeps on giving. Most people prefer to drink their tea with boiling hot water. Which is a great way of cleansing your whole system but that’s not the only option available.

 

Iced tea is becoming more and more popular as a refreshing way to cool yourself down. You may find your looking to have an unsweetened iced tea after a workout now rather than an energy drink jam packed with sugar. Tea has next to no calories which makes it a great way to lose weight. If your on a diet then swap over those fizzy drinks for a tea all day long.

 

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Tea is great for your social life

 

There is now a complete culture around tea and it’s the most therapeutic way of socialising other than a day out to a spa. So if you don’t want to see your friend in a robe then it’s the best option to go for. Asking a friend to join you for a cup of tea in a café is fast becoming the preferred option of meeting up. The days of destroying our bodies by drinking alcohol in loud bars are over. We can sit with a pot between us and actually catch up and listen to each other creating stronger bonds and friendships.

 

Top tip : Why not try a black tea without milk which is thought to help the digestive system and improve blood circulation.

 

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The online world of tea

 

People are taking to the internet in droves to write, tweet, blog and share pictures of their wonderful tea experiences. There are websites like the World Tea Directory with more information on tea than you could imagine. It’s now easier than ever to purchase exotic blends from all over the world and have them delivered right to your front door. If you love tea then it’s well worthwhile to read up on some of the amazing bloggers out there who are constantly reviewing and coming up with new exciting ways to brew. Why not check out a couple of these for inspiration. ‘International tea moment’, ‘Tea in England’ and ‘Tea Guy Speaks’.

 

Instagram has gone crazy for tea and if you want to strengthen your following then you should get involved. Literally everyone can relate to a good cup of well brewed tea and you’ll be racking up the likes for a picture in no time.

 

Helping the world of tea

 

If you don’t need any convincing and are already an avid fan of tea you may want to look further into how you can help. Being the second most popular drink after water you would think the producers and farmers behind most of the work would be making major profit. Sadly this isn’t always the case. You could help by making the simple conscious decision to only drink brands that have signed up to fair trade agreements. That way you can make enjoy your brew with complete peace of mind.

 

There is a whole world of tea out there and your next cup could be just around the corner. The health benefits speak for themselves and you’ll feel relaxed and  calm. It makes you wonder is there any downsides to drinking tea! So if you’re at home or in the office get yourself a warm mug of tea on your next break. You won’t regret it.

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Naturally Nurtured: Feed Yourself Fresh and Live The Cleanest Life

Naturally Nurtured: Feed Yourself Fresh and Live The Cleanest Life

You’re feeling a little low recently, after a busy and food-fuelled month you’re ready to knuckle down and get healthy. Now is the perfect time to kick the old habits to the curb and live a cleaner life. You want to feel full of energy and refreshed, instead of sluggishly sloth-like. There are a few tools you will need to get yourself going, but once you’re up and running there will be no turning back. Whenever you can, opt for natural products to live your daily life. Living a pure, unpolluted life will have you glowing from the inside out.

Move Away From Medicines

Yes, there are certain pains you shouldn’t ignore, but how often have you headed to the pharmacy for every little ache and pain you feel? Often you don’t need any painkillers at all to combat illnesses. Try a holistic approach and aim to use nature’s medicines to cure your ailments. Sore, scratchy throat? Add some fresh organic lemon and a squeeze of honey to some warm filtered water. This magical drink contains healing powers to help your flu symptoms straight away. Step away from the pain-killers next time it’s your time of the month, use a hot water bottle and a spritz of fresh lavender spray on your pillow for a calming night’s sleep. Dose up on nature’s finest remedies and you’ll feel on top of the world this winter.

Plant-Based Perfection

Take a moment to think about your diet, could it be better? Consider going vegan for a trial period and you might just see wondrous results. Reducing your dairy and meat intake could leave you with more energy and you’ll be helping the environment out too. Look online for plant-based supplements such as, canabidol.com. By incorporating natural, herbal products into your everyday life you will feel fully detoxed and free of illnesses. Think about what kinds of fluids you’re drinking each day too. You might want to consider upping your water intake and steer clear of caffeine-laden hot drinks. Switch to hot green tea or ginger tea if you can. There are multiple antioxidants in many herbal teas.

 

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Happy At Home

Try and steer clear of polluting products inside your home. Many of your cleaning solutions contain contaminating substances which can cause you ill health.

There are a plethora of non-toxic solutions you can use and make yourself at home. Lemons, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda are just a few of the natural ingredients you can use to create a clean and healthy household. There are many ranges of eco-friendly laundry detergents and washing up liquids which will keep you and your family safe from harmful chemicals. If you like to keep your house smelling fresh then steer clear of unnatural air fresheners and invest in some handpicked local flowers each week. You have the freedom to change your fragrance and style as often as you like, without inviting harmful scents into your home.

So get clean and green today by opting for safer products in your daily life. Feed your body and freshen up your home with the most natural products out there and you will feel refreshed in an instant.

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Are You Watching What You Eat?

Are You Watching What You Eat?

“Watch what you eat” is a phrase that has been thrown around many times before in the past. A lot of people say it without really understanding what it implies, what it means or how it can actually help us to watch what we eat. In this article, we’ll be going through a couple of reasons why it’s important to watch what you eat and how you can monitor your habits to improve your health in the long term.

 

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Overeating and associated health issues

 

As you might expect, overeating is a real issue that affects everyone from young children to adults. It’s a widespread problem that has many different causes, but it’s typically hard to diagnose given the widespread number of cases that are seen across the world.

 

Although it sounds obvious, overeating increases your weight which introduces a number of different negative health problems. Everyone knows that eating too much will increase your body fat and put your health at risk, but what people don’t realize is how many calories their meals actually contain. A couple of cookies is usually around the same number of calories as a light meal, yet it has far less nutritional value so it doesn’t help us build our bodies either.

 

“Watch what you eat” here means to actually watch what you eat. Read labels, find your recommended daily calorie intake and take control of your eating so that you don’t put yourself at risk of the associated health issues.

 

Ignoring the pain in your gut

 

Gut pain is usually the sign of a bad diet. Long-term pain could be caused by the types of food you introduce into your stomach, and conditions like trapped wind can be painful and debilitating. You should never ignore pain because it often means that something is wrong with your health. It’s your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong and you need to take a closer look in order to make it stop hurting.

 

Take a look at this post on prebiotics and consider keeping a food journal to see what foods cause pain. It sounds like a lot of work, but if you’re serious about taking control of your health and stopping the pain, then you need to take a more serious stance on your eating habits. Sometimes, we just have to accept the fact that our bodies were not made to eat certain types of foods. Perhaps it’s due to undiagnosed allergies that cause you grief, or maybe you’re simply eating too much of a certain food and need to cut back on it.

 

Final words

 

Watching what you eat can be difficult if you’re not used to counting calories or considering the nutritional value of food. However, it’s important that you take a more active role in improving your health, and small steps like improving your diet and changing the food you eat can have a huge effect that will provide many positive benefits like dealing with the pains or aches you experience.

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7 Ways to Look and Feel Younger

7 Ways to Look and Feel Younger

 

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In an ideal world, with the advancement of modern technology, one would hope by now, they might have stumbled upon the fountain of youth; however unless the cosmetic companies are keeping this an extremely well guarded secret we are left with a variety of nutritional and superficial remedies to help us keep looking and feeling younger.  In reality, the majority of potions we put on our skin tend to be superficial quick fixes that don’t provide sustainable benefits.  Indeed, prevention is often the best cure in terms of ensuring young looking skin; however this article isn’t just skin deep – it’s about feeling younger too – which entails having more energy and vitality to take life on.

 

Here are 7 tips to help you in your quest to look and feel younger:

 

  1. GET MORE SLEEP

Experts recommend we have between six and nine hours sleep each night.  If you’re a light sleeper then you might want to consider hypnotherapy or guided relaxation videos on YouTube to ensure you’re getting the deep sleep you require, where your brain frequency slows down sufficiently to fully replenish and repair you body.

 

It can take up to 6 weeks to feel the effects of getting a good night’s sleep, but once you do, you will see a reduction in the dark circles around your eyes and will feel a profound increase in your energy levels.  A good way to make sure you fall asleep on time is to slowly wind down your evening.  Try not to watch TV, or be on your phone or laptop, just before going to bed; many experts recommend reading from a book (not a backlit digital device) as a good way to wind down.

 

  1. NURTURE YOUR SKIN

We all know it’s important to moisturise and replenish our skin on a daily basis to keep it soft and looking young, but with so many anti-aging creams on the market containing the vitamin derivative retinol it’s important you discover which Retinol Cream is best for you and your skin as skin care is not a one-size-fits-all solution.  In addition, you might want to consider moisturising with a simple and organic product like aloe vera.  However, moisturisation isn’t the only aspect of skin care; it’s important you cleanse and tone too.  A further consideration, if you wear make-up, is that you remove the make up each night in order to avoid clogged pores.

 

  1. NOURISH YOUR SKIN FROM THE INSIDE OUT

We are often keen to reach for a magic cream to replenish our skin without realising that our skin is an external representation of our internal biology.  If you want younger looking more radiant skin (and hair) then ensure you’re eating plenty of Omega 3, 6 and 9 oils that will enrich your body with important nutrients to replenish skin and hair.

 

  1. DO SOME EXERCISE

Getting up and doing some cardiovascular exercise doesn’t mean you have to suddenly turn into a gym bunny; this could be as simple as starting your day off with a brisk walk.  Not only does exercise help keep you lean, and mentally sharp, it has been proven to boost your energy levels which will ensure you feel young as well as look younger.  If you don’t fancy going to your local gym, then head out for a walk or run with your music or get a group of friends together in order to motivate each other.

 

  1. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

Very few of us drink enough water, on a daily basis, yet drinking water is absolutely vital for the function of all our organs… and in particular, staying hydrated really helps our skin, as dehydration often leads to tired looking dull skin.  In fact, did you know that one of the causes for dark circles around your eyes is due to dehydration – which is why they tend to be much more pronounced when hungover.

 

  1. GET A NEW HAIR STYLE

Getting a trendy haircut isn’t only great for your self-esteem and personal pride, it’s a fantastic way to look and feel younger.  It’s important to have an age appropriate haircut, as otherwise it’ll have the opposite effect – and, depending on your age, it could make you look like you’re the victim of a midlife crisis.  Keeping on top of your personal appearance is one of the most fundamental things you can do to look and feel younger.

 

  1. CHOOSE YOUR WARDROBE WISELY

In a similar vein to keeping your hairstyle current and on trend, it’s important to choose your wardrobe wisely – as the clothes you wear are a reflection of who you are on the inside; and remember like attracts like – if you wear fun, bold and vibrant clothes you’ll attract fun, bold and vibrant people.

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How to Eat to Enhance Optimal Adrenal Functions

By Guest Blogger Annie J.

How to Eat to Enhance Optimal Adrenal Functions

For proper optimal adrenal optimization, one must eat a balanced diet. Most of the chemicals that should be present towards improving the functions of our adrenal system can only be supplemented by foods we eat. A person must be choosy about the type of food to eat for him or her to maintain a balanced adrenal function.

Adrenal glands are essential parts of our body. They are situated on top of the two kidneys. Adrenal glands function to secrete the hormones responsible for the healthier functioning of the body. The two primary hormones; the aldosterone and the cortisol are associated explicitly with adrenal gland.

 

The sex hormone androgen also comes from the adrenal gland. Too much or too little production of a specific hormone can cause adrenal disorders. Therefore, a person must ensure particular vitamins, minerals, proteins, and some herbs supplemented in their diets for an optimal adrenal functioning. The following supplements are helpful towards a healthier adrenal function.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant, and it helps in the generation of cortisol in the adrenal. It also helps in protection of free radicals and boosting the immune system. The C vitamin also works towards the healing of your adrenal glands. Specifically, liposomal or buffered types of vitamin C are recommended.

You can start supplementing the vitamin slowly then increase it with time. The vitamin should be taken when combined with bioflavonoids as it is in nature. Such supplement foods are orange, kale, red pepper, broccoli, quaver, grapefruit among others.

Vitamin B5, B6, and B12

Several minerals and vitamins prevent individuals from adrenal fatigue. Vitamins B5, B6, and B12 are crucial for cell metabolism. This supplement will improve your levels of energy and reduce fatigue.

Vitamin B5 adds a coenzyme A, and this helps to fat breakdown and cellular respiration including carbohydrates and proteins. B12 assists in energy production, maintaining the red blood cell and repair of the cell.

The Vitamin acts B6 in many of the pathways that are utilized to form hormones. The vitamin supplement can vary towards balancing adrenal gland performance. Vitamin E and D are also right supplements.

Magnesium

Magnesium is also crucial for adrenal functioning. Magnesium helps in the balancing the flow of energy. A person living in the deficiency of the mineral can portray symptoms of depression and fatigue. There are also signs of insomnia, cramping, and stiffness.

On the other hand, too much consumption of magnesium can result in stomach problems, especially indigestion. It is advisable one start the supplement of the mineral with 400mg to optimize its quantity. Magnesium food supplements are Asparagus, sweet potatoes, bananas, Swiss chard, and kale, cantaloupe among others.

Probiotics

Probiotics are live yeasts and bacteria that improve the health of your digestion system. They also reduce the adverse effects of your body antibiotics including lowering the level of stress. Therefore, this supplement is crucial for individuals suffering from digestion problems, thus recommended for treating adrenal fatigue.

Sufficient probiotics can assist the body in extracting nutrients from the taken food. Hence it will improve minerals and vitamins intake towards balancing the adrenal hormones. Probiotics as a supplement also support the immune system. It too limits regular sicknesses. Some of its components are acidophilus and lactobacillus.

Herbals

Herbals are natural supplements and are considered the best towards adrenal function optimization. The herb Rhodiola Rosea is an adrenal supplement popular in Scandinavia and Russia. It works to prevent poor circulation, muscle tension, fatigue, and depression.

Using it increases our body cortisol amount. Licorice root stimulates the production of hormones, maintain endurance, and balance the energy level. It also lengthens the circulation of your cortisol hormone. It is recommended that people suffering high blood pressure since it raises it.

Ashwagadha is another herb supplement for the adrenal hormone. It lowers or increases the level of cortisol hormone in the gland hence optimizing the synthesis.

The Siberian ginseng herb improves mental awareness and develops the body stamina. It is also not suitable for hypertension patients. Lastly, the supplement maca root helps in blood sugar and cortisol regulation.

It additionally increases the uptake of hormones into cells stabilization functionality of the body organs.

Other adrenal optimization supplements include compounds like omega-3, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, D-Ribose, and CoQ10. These supplements maintain proper body metabolism as well as keeping high energy in the body. Therefore towards proper functioning of your adrenal gland, always balanced all the above in your daily diet at the recommended level.

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Reference:

3 Steps to Overcome Adrenal Fatigue [https://draxe.com/3-steps-to-heal-adrenal-fatigue/]

The Adrenal Fatigue Diet Plan [https://adrenalfatiguesolution.com/adrenal-fatigue-diet/]

Can Foods Boost the Adrenal System [https://www.livestrong.com/article/500675-foods-to-boost-adrenal-system/]

Dietary Goals of the Adrenal Fatigue Diet [https://www.drlam.com/blog/adrenal-fatigue-diet/18225/]

About the Author

Annie Jones is the main person behind the BoostBodyFit. She started off a bit on the chubby side, but went through the transformation and now enjoys great health and looks great. She is a fan bodyweight training and healthy living. She found the BoostBodyFit to share her experience on Health, Fitness,  Sport Nutrition and everything else between.