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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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Skin Tags: What Are They, And Should You Be Worried?

Skin Tags: What Are They, And Should You Be Worried?

Being healthy is about more than just eating well and exercising regularly. It’s even about more than making sure you’re well hydrated and getting plenty of sleep. Good health is also about awareness. It’s about taking the time to understand our bodies and know when something out of the ordinary manifests. For instance, checking your breasts regularly and properly is the best way to ensure that you catch the signs of breast cancer early. Likewise, we need to learn how to read our skin. Everything from poor hydration to diabetes and even cancer can be spotted early by understanding how your skin looks and feels under normal circumstances. 

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When something unexpected shows up on our skin, it can be a source of great worry and anxiety. However, when it comes to skin tags, it’s easy to get freaked out. They look unsightly to some, and because they are packed with tiny blood vessels, they can be prone to bleeding. Here, however, we’ll address the myths and misconceptions while helping you to better understand skin tags. 


First of all: It’s important to acknowledge what skin tags are not

Skin tags are not cancerous, and they will (in the overwhelming majority of cases) never be cancerous even if left untreated for the rest of your life. If you spot a skin tag, you may find it a minor irritation in otherwise unblemished skin, but they’re perfectly benign.

At least 25% of all adults will get skin tags somewhere on their bodies at some point in their lives. We tend to be more prone to them when we go above the age of 30. 

What does a skin tag look like?

Just so we’re all clear, a skin tag is a small flesh colored growth on the skin that looks a little like a wart. Unlike a wart, however, it often grows out of the skin on a little stalk. In some cases, a skin tag may be a darker color than the rest of the skin.

Where do skin tags come from?

Medical science has yet to prove conclusively where skin tags come from and what causes them. The most popular theory, however, is that it may happen when little clusters of collagen and blood vessels get trapped inside thicker pieces of skin. Because they are more common in areas where the skin creases or folds, it’s possible that they could be caused by skin rubbing against skin.

Where can you get skin tags?

Skin tags can occur anywhere on the body, but are most commonly found on areas like the armpits, neck and eyelids. They can also occur in more intimate areas. They may occur on the genitals or the anus and can be mistaken for genital warts. Here’s some advice on how to remove anal skin tags. Because skin tags can catch and bleed, there are many who would rather remove them for practical and aesthetic purposes. 

How do I remove skin tags?

Skin tags are not removed by regular skin care. However, they do not necessarily need surgery to be removed. Like warts, they can usually be removed by over the counter treatments. A skin tag may be an unwelcome sight, but if you don’t like the idea of removing it, you can rest easy that it will cause you no health problems. 

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Shapers Helping More than Just Keeping Your Shape

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During these times, a lot folks are complaining about eating more and being less active. (Don’t forget to count your blessings if that’s your major complaint.) Some people are lucky enough to have workout equipment at home while others live in an open area where they are able to take long walks. Some don’t have many options for maintaining their optimal body shape.

The power of compression

Shapers like Shapellx are great to enhance those perfect curves in that perfect dress or outfit, but did you know that compression can be like a non invasive workout for your body?

Wearing spandex on the right areas can help with blood flow while increasing warmth like what happens while working out.

Tightens muscles

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Wearing Shapewear can tighten muscles in a good way. Whether you need a small or plus size shapewear for women, there’s a fit for any size. Wearing compression clothing has been shown to drain muscles of toxins and build-up that can lead to ailments in the body.

Better posture

There are different shapes and forms to body shapers. Some shapers are targeted to the abdomen, breasts or buttox and thighs, or multiple areas like waist trainer with thigh trimmer. Each one has benefits to certain areas of the back as well. The super taunt-stretch martial has the ability to tuck in and pull up, resulting in a better position for better posture.

Wearing compression while lounging isn’t going to give you the fullest of it’s benefits, but if you’re going to be lounging, why not throw in a bodysuit under your lounge wear and give a beneficial mini workout to your target areas until your able to get really active again.

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Diet And Exercise Are Great… But Are You Neglecting These 5 Other Aspects Of Your Health?

Diet And Exercise Are Great… But Are You Neglecting These 5 Other Aspects Of Your Health?

Your health matters now more than ever! WIth doctors and medical centers doing all they can to help those affected by the coronavirus, we’re all learning to be more autonomous when it comes to managing our health. The good news is that we’re all finding inventive ways to work out without gyms and getting creative in the kitchen, cooking from scratch more and enjoying more fresh wholefoods. 

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Still, while diet and exercise are important, there’s more to your health than these twin pillars. If you’re not also taking care of the following, your overall health and wellbeing may suffer…

Mental wellbeing and stress management

The nationwide lockdown is likely to start to take a toll on our mental health, causing us to feel stressed and irritable. This condition is called cabin fever and while it’s perfectly natural, it can be ruinous to your relationships with others in your home. 

Dental health

You won’t have a visit to your dentist on the cards for the next few months. But this is all the more reason to double down on your dental health. And, sorry, but brushing twice a day just isn’t enough for most of us. You should be flossing and using mouthwash after brushing to keep your mouth free of the food residue and bacteria that can damage teeth and gums. 

Digestive health

Good digestive health is about more than just staving off indigestion, bloating and cramps. Your digestive health can have a surprising impact on your overall health. The tiny ecosystem of flora and microorganisms within your gut are often referred to as the second brain which can influence our mood and overall wellbeing. 

Eating more wholefoods, taking smaller bites, chewing thoroughly and getting enough sleep (more on that later) are crucial to gut health. 

Genital health and hygiene

Why are we so loath to talk about our downstairs buts with anyone other than our doctors? For all kinds of reasons, we need to make sure that we pay attention to our genitals. We need to make sure they’re clean and dry to stave off yeast infections and UTIs. If you experience pain or discomfort during sex and / or incontinece or constipation, you may be among the 1 in 3 women with a pelvic floor disorder. The good folks at Pelvic Floor Pro can give you the support you need. Even while under lockdown. 

Sleep

Of course, it’s unlikely that anyone reading this will be deliberately missing out on sleep. Still, it’s safe to say that many of us won’t be getting enough. At a time when we may know that loved ones are suffering and it seems like our bank accounts are leaking money, a good night’s sleep can be hard to come by.

Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t help yourself. Try to limit your exposure to artificial light (including blue light from screens). Try and get some exercise every day, even if it’s just a brisk walk. Be aware of your caffeine intake, especially in the afternoons / evenings. Take a hot bath around an hour before bedtime to lower your core temperature, and try keeping a diffuser with ylang ylang, jasmine or lavender essential oils by your bed.   

Keep all of the above in mind, and you’ll ensure a holistic approach to your health while under lockdown.

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TIPS ON HOW TO FIGHT THE PLIGHTS OF OLD AGE

TIPS ON HOW TO FIGHT THE PLIGHTS OF OLD AGE

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But it’s not just about fight the appearance of aging. It’s also about fighting the plights of old age that physically hold you back from living. And one thing that can hold you back during your twilight years is bad eye health. Aging can have a detrimental impact on eyesight, and you shouldn’t allow for your eyesight to be changed in this way. A way to do this is to make changes to your diet.

By opting for cereals that are ravished in whole grain. By choosing foods that are a good source of protein. And by cooking in a way that makes any fats you consume as healthy as can be. By implementing these three aspects into your diet, you will be doing all you can to fight the plight of old age that is bad eye health.

Another key to staving off the feeling of aging is to stay social. You don’t have to retreat into your own home, avoiding contact with others. (Well, at least after the pandenic is over.) Instead of introverting, try to stay as social as possible. Laughing with your friends brings youth. Community and group spirit can work wonders for the soul! This is evident right into the depths of old age – groups such as Seniors Helping Seniors go to show just how positive bonding with others and helping others where you can is for your health, happiness and wellbeing.

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What To Consider When Having Cosmetic Procedures

What To Consider When Having Cosmetic Procedures

Cosmetic procedures are something you should take very seriously. There can be many things that can go wrong, and it’s important you know what to expect so that you’re not disappointed. Here are some things to consider when having cosmetic procedures.

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Do Your Research

Doing your research when it comes to any cosmetic treatment is essential. Whenever it’s something new, you want to have an awareness of what the procedure is and what’s involved. That way, you know exactly what you are getting yourself into, so you won’t be unpleasantly surprised by anything you weren’t expecting. It’s also good for your own safety too because there might be something that they do that will have a reaction on your body or that you know won’t be appropriate. So make sure that whatever the procedure is, you’re getting the right amount of research done to be fully aware of what you’re diving into. Even if you’ve had it done before, it’s a good idea to remind yourself what’s involved, especially if you’re going somewhere new.

Know The Risks If There’s Any

Risks are something that can tend to come with many treatments when there are products used on it or tools that might end up with the skin or body reacting to it in some way. So whether you’re having injectable fillers or have a non-invasive fat freezing treatment, it’s important to know what the risks are. Whatever issues you’re trying to tackle, whether it’s micropigmentation or the appearance of wrinkles, it’s essential that you know what those side-effects might be and any risks that you might be taking when it comes to getting the procedure.

Do It For You And Only You

When getting a cosmetic treatment like anything you do to yourself, it must be for you and only you. A lot of people will get these cosmetic treatments because of what seems to be normal to have in society or perhaps friends or family have recommended you get it. But that’s something you don’t want to be doing, and instead, it needs to be something that you do for you, and that makes you happy. If you’re doing it for other people, then you are certainly going to regret it or not be the happiest when it comes to making those decisions.

Keep Up With The Aftercare

The aftercare of any treatment is important to follow up. Just because you’ve done the treatment, it doesn’t mean that you don’t need to do anything else. For some treatments like lipocontrast, you need to be drinking lots of water and maintaining a consistent level of fitness and healthy eating. Make sure you ask all the relevant questions before leaving the cosmetic clinic to ensure you know everything that is needed.

Cosmetic procedures are a common practice for many people in order to change the way they look or the way they feel. Make sure that you’re doing this for you and nobody else, read up on the procedure itself, and know the risks or side-effects that come with it.

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How to Stay Safe While Whitening Your Skin

How to Stay Safe While Whitening Your Skin

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Even if all dark-skinned people are being encouraged to love their natural skin color and be proud of it, some of us still prefer a lighter skin tone, which isn’t a bad thing to desire – after all, to each their own. In Asia, fair skin is widely promoted as a beauty standard, so whitening products are big everywhere and some people even go to extreme lengths and pay hefty amounts of money just to have their skin lightened.

But health concerns have been raised as the skin whitening trend continues. Risks of cancer and other skin conditions are brought to light after some whitening methods are introduced, such as skin bleaching. Doctors also enumerated ingredients that should be avoided in order to stay cancer-free while having your skin whitened.

That said, let’s talk about how to stay safe while whitening your skin.

How Skin Whitening Works

Our skin has special cells called melanocytes, which is responsible for producing pigment, a.k.a melanin. If you have dark skin, it means your melanocytes produce more melanin compared to those of people with fair skin. In skin whitening or bleaching, this function of the melanocytes is blocked, reducing the amount of melanin they normally do, so that you’d have lighter skin in turn.

Safe Ingredients

If you wish to lighten your skin, only stick to products that use vitamin C, vitamin A, or vitamin B3 to reduce melanin production. These vitamins are safe blockers and you can find them in over-the-counter skin whitening toners and other topical products. Herb ingredients such as licorice and emblica, as well as fruit acids such as glycolic acid, are also safe for the skin and health.

Unsafe Ingredients

If you’re not careful when you shop, you may end up purchasing affordable but harmful products that increase your risk of developing cancer and other skin conditions. Every time you look for whitening products, always read their ingredients list, and avoid anything with the following:

  • Hydroquinone

Only 2% or less hydroquinone content is considered safe. Anything above is toxic to the body, so it’s best to stay away from this ingredient.

  • Mercury

Applying anything with mercury on your skin is one of the worst things you can do to your body. It’s a toxic metal that can cause kidney failure and problems to the nervous system.

  • Steroids

Steroids thin your blood vessels and reduce blood flow, making your skin look paler and thus fairer. With prolonged use, complications may occur in blood pressure levels, blood sugar, and even in mental health.

  • BHT or BHA

Butylated Hydroxytoluene andButylated Hydroxyanisole are proven to cause cancer in animals as per tests. If that’s the case, it’s best to steer clear of these ingredients.

  • Dioxane

This is unregulated in most countries because of its toxicity, so stay away from dioxane as well.

  • Fragrances

If you have sensitive skin, fragrances may give you allergic reactions such as irritation, itchiness, or inflammation, so it may be better to avoid them.

DIY Skin Whitening

If you’re super health-conscious but would still love to whiten your skin, you can try a DIY bleach formula. It only consists of pure lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide, but be extra careful when using them, because they may get in your eye and irritate it. If you have dark spots you wish to eliminate, safe home remedies include apple cider vinegar, aloe vera, and green tea extract, so opt for any of those.

Remember that all skin colors are beautiful, so even if you wish to lighten yours, keep in mind that your darker skin still makes you beautiful and it also deserves your love and praise. Treat your skin with care by using only products that are proven safe and effective.

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The Small Health Problems That You Should Not Ignore

The Small Health Problems That You Should Not Ignore

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Your body is a piece of precision engineering. Everything has evolved to have a purpose, and it is a marvelous feat of nature. But so often things start to go wrong with our bodies and we ignore the first signs of these problems. Sometimes it is because our daily lives somehow seem more important than an ache or pain here or there. You might just think that something is probably actually nothing at all, and do your best to put it to the back of your mind, even if it does keep you awake at night with worry.  But being too busy, too embarrassed, or too dismissive to pay attention to these little signs that our bodies give us could cause us real problems later on down the line. 

Getting problems checked out as early as possible will help to rule out any significant issues. If there is something happening to your body that is symptomatic of a major problem, having a trained professional exam will mean that you can get treated sooner rather than later if it does turn out to be something significant. 

Here are some areas of your health that you should pay attention to. 

Aches and Pains

An ache or pain anywhere on your body could mean so many different things. It might be the result of a bruise or a twist, and it will very likely heal on its own. However, some problems cannot be so easily explained. They could be symptomatic of a long-term problem. Visiting a specialist such as opa ortho will mean that you will be able to get your aches and pains treated. 

Back Problems

The back is an important part of our bodies. With the spine running up the center of the back, important messages from our nerves to our brain get relayed. There are also several large muscles that need taking care of on your back. Problems in some areas of your back may cause you problems walking and they may give you severe headaches. Having muscles massaged by a professional sports therapist or your spine adjusted by a chiropractor will help prevent long-term damage that could cause immense pain and problems with your mobility. 

Dental Concerns

Nobody enjoys going to the dentist. But when you have a mild toothache or a growing sensitivity to sweet or cold foods, then this is a sign that you have a problem with your teeth that needs addressing. If you leave this kind of issue, then you will end up in immense pain. You might get infections and you will almost certainly end up with the kind of tooth decay that will result in you need to get an extraction or a root canal carried out. 

For the sake of a routine check-up, or getting a small filling, you will be putting the health of your teeth and the look of your smile at risk. Making the appointment is easily the lesser of two evils.

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Don’t Be Tempted By Fad Diets: They’re Not Worth It

Don’t Be Tempted By Fad Diets: They’re Not Worth It

With the new year now in full swing, many of you will have embarked on a new diet in an attempt to change your figure, lose weight, and get healthy. 

But while dramatically changing your eating patterns might seem like a good idea right now, you could come to regret it in the future, especially if you’re on the wrong program. 

Traditional diets where you restrict what you eat to lose weight have a problem: they’re unsustainable. The vast majority of people cannot willingly restrict calories or whole food groups for long periods of time. Eventually, their biology wins, and they give up, often winding up binging on all the foods they’re not supposed to have. 

Fad diets are also potentially dangerous for another reason: they don’t provide all the nutrients you need. If you miss out on all carbs, for instance, you’re forgoing essential food groups like fruits, beans, and grains. Eventually, you end up feeling depleted and wishing that you were back on “normal food.”

As the following infographic shows, however, you don’t have to go down the route of fad diets to lose weight and get healthy. All you need is to change your lifestyle and get started with a proven plan. 

While the benefits of many fad diets remain dubious, some work for most people most of the time. The most famous is, of course, the Mediterranean diet, but there are others, including the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). If you’re interested in this subject, read on to find out more. 


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