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The Importance of B12

THE IMPORTANCE OF B12

Now is not the time to feel bad. Staying healthy is on everybody’s mind. The list of symptoms for Covid-19 is long, but fever and shortness of breath are at the top of the list. But you should know, those two symptoms are on the list for several ailments. One ailment is the last thing most people will think of… B12 deficient.

How do you check your B levels?

With every yearly doctor’s visit that contains a full blood panel, you can request that your doctor runs Vitamin B testing. This will be able to see where all your B’s are. B vitamins are important for the brain and most bodily functions that we take for granted. Hair growth, nails and mental health are closely related to vitamin B. If you are feeling bad or have deficiency symptoms, you can request your doctor to check your levels if he/she feels your could possible point to lower levels.

B12 deficiency can cause unlikely symptoms

Fatigue: It is tough to call a symptom in the busy world today, but it certainly can be a sign that your body needs attention.

Shortness of breath: This is a symptom to never ignore. breathing issues can detect or lead to serious respiratory infections.

Confusion: Yes, we all forget sometimes. However, confusion can be a symptom that can determine underlining issues.

Pin and needles: Tingling in the limbs are usually caused by poor circulation. If it is a recurrent issue, it’s important to let your doctor know.

Moody: Mood swings are widely accepted in a quarantine world. Yet, mood swings can be a sign of imbalance.

Yellowing of skin or eyes: Jaundice is when the skin and eyes turn a yellowish color. This is a sign that your body could be going through a few different scenarios. Don’t panic. But also, don’t hesitate to let your doctor know right away.

Fever: Not the most common symptom in B12 deficiency, but a fever can be a symptom. The body temperature can rise anytime it tries to fight off something that is abnormal with the body.

Rapid Aging: When the organs are depleted from nutrition, the skin can react by rapid aging. Wrinkling skin from dehydration or sinking or loss of mass from malnutrition can be a sign that something major is missing inside.

How to increase B12 when needed?

Increasing B12 levels in your body is fairly easy in most cases. Your doctor may recommend a B12 injection or supplements to increase your levels quickly if it is necessary. However, only your doctor can tell you what is necessary for your individual care.

Increase B12 Naturally

Eating foods enriched with B‘s is the best way to make sure you are maintaining your B needs. People who lead a gluten-free lifestyle must use alternatives to pastas and breads, but grains and breads are a simple daily staple for many.

Oysters, clams and other shellfish can be a great source of getting your natural B12.

If seafood isn’t for you, eggs and dairy can be another great source for ingesting the B’s needed on a daily basis.

If you have a strict diet that leaves you with a lack of B daily intake, you must to talk with your doctor on the best ways to get a supplemental B vitamin. B’s are incredibly important for mental and physical health.

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Brilliant Ideas to Help You Catch More Z’s Every Night

Brilliant Ideas to Help You Catch More Z’s Every Night

Sleep is so essential to our lives and routines, yet so many of us are not getting the sleep we need. Your brain can’t function without sleep, and lack of it can cause plenty of problems for us down the road and will result in all manner of issues such as fatigue, stress, irritability, and other long-term health problems. A lack of decent sleep is definitely going to affect your cognitive ability as well as your productivity.

 

It is essential to make sure you get the best night’s sleep you possibly can, and this is something that you can work on improving. We all have different processes when we go to sleep, but we don’t always sleep as well as we should. Here are some brilliant ideas to help you get more rest by getting a more fulfilling night’s sleep every night of the week.

 

Sound Control

 

Noise is a big factor when you’re trying to sleep, and it’s amazing how much more aware of sounds we are when we’re lying in bed trying to drift off! Do as much as you can to come up with ways of countering the noise that plagues your sleep schedule. For instance, you might want to invest in earplugs of some description. Having all the windows and doors shut might be an idea as well. Some people find they are better able to drift off listening to music or having some background noise, so this is something to consider as well.

 

Temperature Check

 

It’s not just noise that is a factor for consideration here though – you also have to think about temperature. In the summer and winter, the weather is going to be very different, and this can affect your sleeping patterns. Some people get too hot and need the window open for perfect balance. Others get too cold and will insist on windows shut, multiple layers, and a hot water bottle! Finding the optimum room temperature for great sleep is the best way to get a more complete night of uninterrupted rest.

 

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Sleeping on Air

 

What you sleep on is so important, and this is where you need to make some big decisions. To get the perfect night’s sleep, it should feel as though you are sleeping on air. This might mean a new bed or at least a change of mattress. Deciding whether or not to purchase a foam mattress, or perhaps simply buy a mattress topper, is a crucial decision. Get this right, and you increase your chances of having a more complete night’s sleep. Choosing the perfect mattress can relax you more, it reduces the risk of pain and discomfort, and you can be much more relaxed as a result.

 

There are plenty of great ideas out there that can help you get a good night’s sleep. If you can follow the tips on this list, you will be much better placed to improve your sleeping schedule. Make sure you make the right choices to put you in a better position to enjoy a relaxing and stress-free sleep. Catch more Z’s, and enjoy the benefits of a perfectly planned sleeping schedule.

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Is Your Home Healthy?

Is Your Home Healthy?

Most of us do what we can to keep healthy. We eat a well-balanced diet filled with vitamins and minerals. We try to get plenty of exercise and give our bodies a chance to recover with a good night’s sleep. We go to the doctors when we are unwell, we vaccinate our children and take any medication we need, we attend checkups and go for routine preventative scans, and we take the time to read about new developments which could improve our health. As a society, we’re even starting to take better care of our mental health and break down the barriers of talking about mental health issues. But, this could all be pointless if you live in an unhealthy home.

 

Your home can be full of toxins and disease which can make you and your family unwell. So, it’s important to check for the signs of an unhealthy home and do something about it before it has an adverse effect.

 

Air Quality

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Breathing in dirty and dusty air can have a poor effect on your health, especially if you already suffer from a condition like asthma. Long-term it can lead to heart disease and issues recovering from coughs and colds. Investing in an air purifier can filter out small particles making your air cleaner and healthier.

 

Damp

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A damp home can be both unhealthy and uncomfortable. Damp can also lead to the growth of black mould, especially around your windows. Over time living in a damp home can lead to more coughs and colds, a weakened immune system and more serious conditions like pneumonia. The spores from the black mould can also lead to skin irritation, sore and infected eyes, nose and throat, rashes, fatigue, headaches and chronic coughs. For those with an already weakened immune system, the risks can be even more dangerous.

 

To keep your home free from damp, install insulation, open a window when you shower, keep your home at an even temperature, by getting your heating checkout out by ABC Home & Commercial and leave it on at a low temperature. Repair window seals and dry washing outside or in the bathroom with a window open when possible. If you are still having issues, consider investing in a dehumidifier.

 

Control Your Light

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Light plays an important part in our health. Not getting enough natural sunlight can lead to a vitamin D deficiency, weak bones, poor skin tone and texture and weakened hair and nails. It can even cause depression and seasonal affective disorder. But, living in a very bright home can mean that you struggle to get to sleep properly and have a hard time reaching a deep sleep, which can leave you tired and lethargic and weaken your immunity.

 

Try to open your curtains during the day to let as much light in as possible and spend time in the rooms that get the most sunlight. Then, for the night time, fit curtains with a thick blackout lining and invest in an eye mask to help you sleep.

 

Deep Clean

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Most of us are quite good at keeping up with the everyday cleaning jobs involved with keeping our homes clean, tidy and hygienic. But, what about those jobs that only need doing every few months or less? Many of us forget these completely. This can lead to a buildup of dust and dirt, mould, damp and the growth of unhealthy toxins which can make you unwell.

 

So, make a Rota so that you can’t forget these jobs. Try to do one a month if you can. These jobs should include things like having your duvets dry cleaned, cleaning your curtains, washing your shower curtain, cleaning your sofa cushions, cleaning your fridge, freezer and cupboards shampooing your carpet and hoovering under all of your furniture.

 

Clear Out Your Cupboards

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When was the last time you went right to the back of your food cupboards? Or looked through everything in your fridge? Do you have a jar of pickled onions that’s been there for years? Many of us keep food well past its use by date as we just don’t look at it that often. Look through all of your tins, herbs and spices and everything in your fridge and freezer, checking dates and getting rid of anything that’s past its best.

Your home should be a place where you can rest and relax. When you are ill, it should be where you can recover and get better. You should feel completely happy and comfortable. It can’t be your safe space if it’s making you unhealthy, so take the time to look after it, just like you look after yourself.

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Anxiety Can Be Killer – But you Needn’t Let It Rule Your Life

Anxiety Can Be Killer – But you Needn’t Let It Rule Your Life

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Everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their lives. To do so is to be human. Situations are never 100% under our control, and as a result, it can feel hard to contend with them sometimes. Anxiety is a natural phenomenon to experience in many situations – such as getting that job you really want to interview well for, being on stage for your first school play, or asking that girl out you’ve had your eye on for some time.

These anxious feelings are to be expected, and it’s overcoming them in those instances that make the whole affair worthwhile. You simply wouldn’t have felt so good about yourself afterward, or performed as well as you did, if you didn’t have the anxiety to provide that initial resistance.

However, if your anxiety is getting out control, and you’re feeling an undue amount of it the moment you step outside of your comfort zone, you might need to look at the issue with more clarity. Fatigue, sweating, avoidance syndrome and generally feeling terrible when heading outside are all symptoms of a bigger issue. You might call it Anxiety with a capital A.

This can be overcome, but it’s incremental, and it takes time. Here are some tips if you find yourself in this circumstance now, or if you ever do in the future:

Learn Coping Methods

Learning methods to cope might seem difficult at first, but you can really combat anxiety with this. Stress balls, deep breathing and taking some quiet time once in awhile when out in a public setting can serve to help you recollect your thoughts, and focus on something other than your anxious feeling for a time.

Exercise and meditation are two of the greatest tools to help you. Exercise helps you feel comfortable and at home in your body, while meditation affords you the opportunity to step outside of your thought processes and even witness them happen. Meditation affects two main human problems – the ego and fear. Addressing them both allows you to become a much better person, arguably the person you were all along before the silly affliction started bothering you.

Attack What Scares You

Many clinical psychologists are starting to understand that the only way to overcome a phobia is to expose yourself to it. Becoming open and willing to put yourself in ‘harms way’ can be a horrible thing to imagine, but it’s likely the most rewarding attitude to help you there is. Someone who is terrified of elevators, for example, can benefit from moving closer and closer to them each day. An amazing idea comes to you when you are able to do this.

The closer you get, the more you instinctively realize that nothing back is happening to you as a result. This allows you to take further risks and find that they don’t injure you either. Expanding your realm of competence in this way helps you become a much more functional individual, and can help you overcome all sorts of neuroses, not only anxiety.

Remember, befriend your anxiety, and don’t expect it to leave too soon. But also tell it firmly that it’s surplus to requirements, and that you’re going to gently let it pass. Doing so will help you feel less fearful and more in control of the situation.

Good luck!

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Could Your Moldy Home Be Making You Feel Sick?

Could Your Moldy Home Be Making You Feel Sick?

Have you ever noticed a few black spots appearing on the walls in your home? You may not have paid much attention to them, but if they seem to grow in vast numbers, it’s likely you’ve got a mold problem. Few people do much about mold as they feel the problem will go away if they just open the windows a few times each week.

The trouble with mold is that once it appears in your home, it can be quite hard to eradicate it for good. You see, mold is something that occurs in virtually any building around the world. Mold is a type of bacteria that grows on damp surfaces or in areas of a property prone to condensation. The bathroom in your home is one prime example of an often wet location!

You might assume that mold is completely harmless and little more than a blight on your otherwise pristine walls and ceilings. However, mold can have some serious health consequences. For instance, did you know that black mold is a leading cause of asthma in people? It can also cause other respiratory problems, and even symptoms such as fatigue and “brain fog”!

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Where can mold grow?

Mold has a habit of showing up in places that are damp or prone to condensation. It can affect organic and porous materials like drywall, wood, and plaster. It can even form on metal in some cases.

The typical “breeding grounds” for mold in any home are:

  • Exterior walls and ceilings;
  • Bathrooms;
  • Kitchens;
  • Toilets.

In essence, anywhere that might be exposed to water is a likely source for mold in your home. It also tends to grow in temperatures around 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit (15-26 degrees Celsius).

Is there any way of stopping mold forever?

In a word, no. At least, not in a practical way! To live in a mold-free home, you’d have to live somewhere that isn’t exposed to any exterior weather and is outside of temperatures that you’d be comfortable being in.

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Mold is something that occurs naturally and is an unfortunate nuisance that we all have to deal and live with. The good news is that you can take steps to lessen the risk of mold cultures growing in random parts of your property. Here is what you need to do:

Repair any water-damaged areas in your home

Floods are a common cause of significant black mold outbreaks in a property. If your home is near a river or the ocean, for example, it might have been flooded at some point before you moved in. For most people, water damage usually occurs from leaking and broken pipes and taps, especially those hidden inside walls or underneath floors.

As you can appreciate, the priority is to find the source of that flood damage or leaks. You’ll then need to identify the best way of fixing the problem. Often, the easy solution is to hire a water and flood damage restoration company. Take a look at Restorationeze.com to see what those firms can do to help.

If you’d prefer to DIY approach, there are a few processes that you need to go through before you end up with a “dry” home. For a start, you’ll need to repair any leaking pipes or taps. When it comes to flood damage, it’s essential to hack away at your drywall, floors, and ceilings.

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Doing so will expose your home’s bare brickwork and floor so that you can begin the drying out process. To do that, you’ll need to invest in some industrial water extraction machines. To all intents and purposes, they are like dehumidifiers but much more powerful!

You’ll need to take some moisture readings to determine how much water has been removed from the water-damaged rooms in your home. Once you can confirm the property is now fully dry, you can start to renovate the damaged rooms with new drywall, plaster, and flooring.

Note that if water has damaged your floor, you’ll need to replace your carpets, underlay, and floorboards. The latter is critical as the water may have rotted out the wood.

If you have an insurance policy for your home that covers water damage and flooding, you should check if you’re eligible to make a claim on it. That way, you won’t need to bear the cost of restoring your home.

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Plug any leaks

If your mold problem isn’t as severe as a major flood or burst mains pipe in your home, you might find the issue is down to localized leaks. These can typically occur in the following places:

  • Worn water valves on taps;
  • Fractures to water waste or supply pipes;
  • Missing or damaged roof tiles;
  • Exposed brickwork with missing rendering.

Assuming you know where the mold is in your home, you need to find out what’s going on “behind it” as it were.

That means removing any wallpaper, plaster, and drywall to expose the brickwork. Should the mold occur on an external-facing wall or ceiling, go outside and see if you can spot any obvious reasons such as those listed above. The aim is to stop water and moisture coming into your home from any holes.

Allow your home to breathe

It’s vital that you allow air to circulate in all rooms of your home each day. That way, any “stale” condensated air can go outside, and fresh air can enter the inside!

When you have a bath or shower, be sure to leave the window open for the condensated air to escape. During the winter months, putting your heating system on can help to dry out your bathroom quicker if you don’t want to open your windows.

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Treat your walls with anti-mold paint

One final strategy to follow is to create a barrier between the air in your home and surfaces like walls and ceilings. Did you know that you can buy anti-mold paint to help achieve that goal? Check out caliwel.com to see an example of anti-mold paint products that you can buy.

Good luck!

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