A Gap In Your Knowledge: Preventing Age-Related Memory Problems


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There are so many things that we have to be concerned about as we approach old age and it’s not just our physical faculties declining with every passing decade. But the focus in recent years on our mental faculties with regards to diseases like Alzheimer’s and age-related dementia means that we have a lot more to be concerned about now. And while a lot of people are told that there isn’t much you can do about it, there has been research to show that you can prevent your risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s by implementing some of the following into your life.

 

A Healthy Diet

A lot has been spoken about the impact of a healthy diet on your brain. In degenerative brain conditions like Alzheimer’s or dementia it is suggested that inflammation can inhibit communication between the brain cells. A lot of health organizations speak about the importance of a healthy diet to prevent these types of illnesses but it’s important to distinguish between what type of dementia you or a loved one could potentially suffer from. A type of dementia like Lewy Body dementia is one such type with no known cure at this moment in time, but you can find out more from www.lewybodyresourcecenter.org/what-is-lbd if you are concerned that you may be suffering from this specific type of dementia especially if preventative measures aren’t working.

 

Stimulate Your Brain

This is a vital part of preventing any cognitive decline from something like memory loss all the way through to serious conditions like Alzheimer’s. It’s shown that people who continue to learn new things throughout their life are less likely to develop dementia or Alzheimer’s and you can stimulate your brain in many different ways. You can play strategy games or puzzles to give yourself a mental workout, and you can find plenty of games on http://www.brainmetrix.com/ to stretch the various parts of the brain. You could also do something more enjoyable like learn an instrument or a foreign language or indulge in new habits.

 

Exercise Regularly

It has been shown that physical exercise has a massive impact on your brain and regular exercise can reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s by 50%. While you can do exercise routines like strength and weight training or cardio but at the very least you should aim for 150 minutes exercise at a moderate intensity. It’s also important to introduce coordination exercises that will help you to improve your balance and keep you more agile as it’s been shown that head injuries can contribute to your risk of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia. Give yoga or tai chi a go or try different exercises with balance balls.

 

These three lifestyle changes in conjunction with cutting down on stress and improving your sleep quality as well as engaging in more social activities will help to cut down on the risk of developing these diseases. It isn’t a nice thing if we see someone we love go through this but with the right changes to our lifestyle we can prevent this before it is too late.

 

Self-Worth Starts With Loving The Person In The Mirror


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We’re pretty sure you’ll gently nod your head when we say having poor body image is horrible. You don’t like the only body you’ll ever going to have. That is a horrible realization to hold and live with. What you may not have come to realize, however, is just how much of an impact this low self-esteem of yours is having on your quality of life. That may sound rather melodramatic and overly-exaggerated to you, but it isn’t. Self-confidence is what gives us self-worth, and self-worth is what we measure ourselves by. It is the thing that says we are good enough to achieve our goals and the thing that tells us where to set the bar when it comes to deciding on our goals. In short, your low level of self-esteem is what’s telling you that you aren’t good enough when what you need to be shouting into the mirror is that you are. You are more than good enough and you have everything you could possibly need to make your dreams become reality.

 

Unfortunately, despite what Gandhi said about a few drops of water in the ocean, just a few negative thoughts dropped into your day can begin to intensify quicker than the emotions of a Big Brother contestant. A few negative thoughts about body image can lead to crippling anxiety, unbearable depression and, yeah, you withdrawing on a social level.

 

That is why we have come up with a few little tips that can help you to fall in love with your body and start to strut down the street like you are Beyonce. Confidence comes from within, and it outshines any outfit you can ever pull on. So let’s go.

 

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Confidence Is The Sexiest Outfit Ever

We had to start with this because we dropped a little hint toward it above, and it is absolutely right. We all know someone that isn’t conventionally good-looking, not by beauty magazine standards anyway, yet they still manage to turn heads every time they walk into the room and have everyone in place gravitate towards them. Why? Because confidence is so damn attractive. It is like a magnet. Look at Jay Z. He’s hardly an Adonis, yet he is one of the coolest men on the planet. Period. That’s because he oozes confidence. What’s the lesson here? If you can love the way you look, then so will everyone else. How do you do this after weeks, months and years of self-belittlement? Simple: you start by faking it until you make it. Don’t walk past a large shop window and look at yourself in a negative way, picking out all the little things you hate about yourself. Tell yourself you are beautiful. Put some earphones in, pop on The Prodigy’s Stand Up, let it put a spring in your step and tell yourself that you are god damn gorgeous. The more you do this, the more it will become second nature. We promise.

 

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Express Yourself A Little (Or A Lot)

When your body confidence is so low it’s crashing into the rocks at the bottom of a metaphorical cliff, one of the first things that takes a major hit is your style. You start to wear things that will hide your body. Don’t do this. Instead, start dressing to suit your shape. We all have parts of our body that we loathe and wish we could change. But we also have those little bits that we like, those favorite parts, and those are the things you should start showing off a little more and start accentuating. You’ll be amazed by how a little revamp of your wardrobe can pick you up. Just buying a few pieces that make you feel comfortable with who you are and that little bit more stylish can go a seriously long way. In fact, it is worth doing anything that will make you a little more confident. Screw what society says, if it will boost your self-esteem it is worth doing. If a little bit of consumerism will help, indulge. If you’ve been contemplating plastic surgery, then go and find more information at www.roxyplasticsurgery.com. If a massage is going to lift your spirits, then who is there to tell you otherwise, the same goes for a new hair style. There is a lot of pressure on women to just enjoy what they’ve got and, to a degree, that’s right. But there is nothing wrong with expressing yourself and doing whatever it is that will lift your spirits. Like we said, body confidence can lead to you achieving your dreams. So pamper yourself, treat yourself and, if you want to change the bits you really don’t like, go and change them.

 

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Runaway From Social Media

This whole idea of comparing ourselves to others is one of the most unhealthy and unhelpful things you can do, especially if you are suffering from self-esteem issues. But that is exactly what social media promotes. Facebook is bad enough because we start comparing our behind-the-scenes footage with other people’s exaggerated highlight reels, forgetting the content isn’t reality. Not by any stretch of the imagination. Then there is Instagram, which encourages you to pit yourself against supermodels, Instagram-models, and just genetically blessed people in terms of society’s standards, all of which have been manufactured by fashion powerhouses. Basically, don’t get swept up in any of this stuff. Don’t compare your life to theirs, and don’t let yourself think about how amazing they look. Just focus on you. Concentrate on loving you. And if that means deleting the Facebook and Instagram apps off your phone they do it. Use the time you would spend scrolling and comparing to read things that could actually help. Go to books.allwomenstalk.com and look at this list of books that could help, of which our favourite is How To Build Self-Esteem and Be Confident. You are judging yourself too harshly, and social media isn’t helping.

 

Getting hung up on the way you look is about as unhelpful as anything can get, especially when we only have a limited amount of time to enjoy who we are. That’s why it is so important that you make a drastic effort to overcome your negative body image. The perfect body is a made-up thing. What isn’t, however, is the need to accept and appreciate this amazing body of yours. Yes, your body, the one you have now, the one you will have always, is amazing, you just need to realize that. Then you can start enjoying it more.

Swim Your Way To A Better Body Today


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As you’re aware, there are plenty of things you can do to get fit and improve your body. Typically, you’ve got two different types of exercise you should be doing to get as fit as possible and see great results. On the one hand, you should try strength training to help build muscle and get stronger. Then, you should add in some cardio training for more of a fat loss effect.

 

When it comes to cardio, different people all have their preferences. A lot of people choose to run or cycle to get fit. Having said that, there’s one activity that stands out above the rest; swimming.

 

That’s right, swimming is the ultimate activity if you want a better body, and need to get fit. So, I thought it would be beneficial to show you how to get into swimming and why it’s so good for you.

 

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Tips To Start Swimming

My first advice would be to find a swimming pool that has actual swimming lanes where you can do lengths. You don’t want to go to a pool that’s just full of kids and people having fun. There needs to be a place for you to take it a bit seriously and swim lengths back and forth. Most leisure centers provide this.

 

Secondly, to make life easier for yourself, I suggest you wear the right gear. Try and find a proper swimsuit that’s skin tight, so it doesn’t weigh you down or offer resistance. You could also get one of the swim caps sold by places like Swimcapz to stop your hair getting everywhere and disrupting your rhythm. Not only does the right gear make it easier to swim, but it will also make you more comfortable.

 

To begin swimming, my advice is that you focus on swimming for as long as you can. Swim back and forth until your body forces you to stop. Then, have a little rest and go again.  Do this for half an hour/ forty-five minutes, and you’ve got a good workout in. Another idea you can use on different days is to set yourself a distance and try to swim it in the fastest time possible. Then, keep trying to beat it on different days and get the time down lower and lower. Both of these ideas will help improve your fitness and burn loads of calories.

 

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Health & Fitness Benefits Of Swimming

How can swimming benefit your body?

 

  • Burns loads of calories: Swimming involves using multiple muscles all at once which helps you burn loads of calories and lose body fat.

 

  • Strengthens core muscles: When you swim, your muscles are fighting against water resistance. This means they work very hard and can get stronger. Especially your core muscles such as your abs, legs, lower back, and glutes.

 

  • Low-risk of injuries: If you run or cycle, you’re putting a lot of pressure on some of your joints. This can cause injuries to your knees, hips, or ankles if you keep doing these activities. With swimming, there’s almost no impact on your joints, meaning you can get fit without worrying about injuries.

 

In summary; swimming is a fantastic activity to add to your fitness regime. I suggest you start doing it and swim your way to a better body!

 

The Journey for Better Health Never Ends

Many people in the world live unhealthy lives that they eventually have to confront. Be it health issues in the future that are a result of their weight or respiratory issues that stem from a past of smoking, your body remembers everything you do. The better you treat your body now, the better it will treat you in the future.

 

That’s why many people chose to go on healthy diets, take supplements to improve their health and weed out bad habits. These are typical things to do when you want to improve your health, but where does the journey stop?

 

In short, it doesn’t. A healthy lifestyle is an ongoing life decision that you need to sustain. If you start to slump for a couple of days, then it’s not going to be a huge deal. We all let ourselves go during the holiday seasons and some of us like to drink when there’s a special occasion. However, going for several days without sticking to your healthy regime could slowly ruin your health.

 

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The will to exercise

 

Exercise is often attributed to weight loss. For instance, people will tell you that you need to start running or cycling if you want to lose weight, and you need to lift weights if you want to build muscle. Sadly, that’s a simplified view of what exercise can actually do for you—it’s a little more complicated than that.

 

For starters, there are different types of exercise, but for the sake of improving your health we’re going to focus on one type: cardiovascular. Cardio is anything that raises your heart rate, such as running, cycling or rowing. The point of cardiovascular exercise is to get your heart used to pumping blood around your body. The better your cardiovascular system is, the easier it is for your heart to pump blood. Cardio is a fantastic way to boost your health, and it’s easy to get enough in from simply walking more often, cycling to work instead of driving or going for a swim on a regular basis.

 

Dieting woes

 

Your diet is another component that has to be changed if you want to stay healthy. Since your diet is made up of the foods that you eat on a regular basis, you need to make sustainable changes if you want to be healthy for the rest of your life. People usually say that you need to skip fast food and sweets, but we all have guilty pleasures that we like to indulge in now and then.

 

Make sure you’re eating healthy food because you enjoy the benefits and the taste. You can always modify healthy recipes by adding or taking away ingredients so it fits you. Eating fast food now and then or digging into a tub of ice cream isn’t a huge deal if you don’t make it a regular thing, so learn to indulge now and then. In addition, you could always take supplements from a trusted supplier like Kyani Team Genesis if you want to ensure that you’re always getting the right nutrients and minerals. Supplements aren’t just for unhealthy people—they can also assist in boosting your health even if you’re already healthy.

 

As you can see, the journey for better health is a never-ending one. There are always small things you can do to improve your health, but it’s important to remember that you should never compromise too many things just to have better health. Learn to strike a balance and you’ll be far better off than forcing yourself to eat things you don’t enjoy or exercise to a point your body hurts.

Life After Addiction: How To Move Forward

The decision that you made six months, a year or two years ago has led to this moment in your life. You chose to admit that you had an addiction, sought professional help and embarked on a new chapter in your life. The feelings of hopelessness and emptiness that had dogged you for years have been replaced by optimism and anticipation. You are nervous about what life after rehabilitation has in store for you and feel worried that you may slip into the depths of addiction again. Although daunting, the hard part of your journey is complete and it’s time that you congratulated yourself before venturing down a new path of discovery. Have a look at this advice to guide you on how to move forward after addiction.

 

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Keep Perspective

 

Remember, it was not so long ago that you used to wake up and your first thought was on which horse you were going to place the first bet of the day, what alcoholic beverage you were going to enjoy before 9 am or how you were going to fund your high that morning. That mindset seems alien to you now, but you may be at a loss as to what to replace it with.

 

Take it slow and don’t rush yourself. Enjoy feeling your way into your new life and develop a routine at your own pace. It may be a good idea to have a friend that you can call first thing each morning just to touch base, say hey and talk about anything that may be troubling you. You need to make some readjustments to your life and begin to enjoy finding a new way of living.

 

Stay Away From Temptation

 

The most important thing that you can do when you leave any treatment program is to cut all ties from your life of addiction. This means people that were a negative influence on you in the past. These people, who you once thought of as friends and that you may still care about, are not ready to seek help yet and will bring you back down to their level should you contact them.

 

Think about what you would like to do now. Are there any hobbies that you would like to take up now that you are clean and sober? Maybe you’d like to explore your flair for art and take up a painting class. Perhaps you fancy learning a new language or joining a sports club. These activities are a great way to meet new people and open your eyes to what other joys and thrills life has to offer.

 

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Get Healthy

 

You’ve already kicked an unhealthy habit so now it’s time to build upon that and maintain your newfound good health. If joining a gym isn’t your thing, spend as much time outdoors as possible. The natural daylight and fresh air will invigorate you. You can walk, jog or hike to explore new areas. Rambling clubs or outings with friends are another way of enjoying the outdoors.

 

As well as exercising, focus on your diet. Cut out the refined sugars and fats and strive for a more balanced diet. The food that you put into your body can dictate your mood, energy levels, and concentration, not to mention your weight. By eating well, you will look better and feel better.

 

Catching A Relapse Before It Occurs

 

You may find yourself at times thinking about your life before recovery. For some reason, you may consider taking a step backward. Before you give into this thought, make contact with the specialists at your recovery center to talk through your issues. They will not leave you to fend for yourself after your treatment and will be there to support you when you are moving forward post rehabilitation.

 

By addressing any negative thoughts early, you will be able to make minor adjustments to your mindset that will see you back on the right path after a blip. Deviations will occur, but it’s how you manage them that counts. You will always have an addictive personality, but you are now armed with the toolkit to enable your rational thought processes to take charge and keep addiction at bay.

 

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Look To The Future

 

There was once a time when you couldn’t look beyond the next few hours because your addiction was all-consuming and did not allow anything else to enter your headspace. Now, you are encouraged to look beyond the next day, week and month and start planning for the future. When you have found new activities to explore, slipped into a stable routine and have successfully reconnected with friends and family, you will be proud of all that you have achieved on your road to recovery.

 

The Lowdown On Depression: Everything You Need To Know

Did you know that depression affects more than 15 million Americans every year? Despite the prevalence of depression, we still find it a difficult subject to approach, and many of us struggle to understand exactly what depression is and how it impacts an individual. If you’re looking for more information about depression, here’s everything you need to know.

 

What causes depression and how do I know if I’m depressed?

Depression can be caused by many different things. Often, life events, such as losing a loved one, becoming unemployed or being diagnosed with an illness, can trigger prolonged periods of feeling low. In other cases, there is no clear cause. If you have family history of mental illness, this can put you at greater risk of developing depression.

 

It can be very difficult to understand depression if you’ve never had it before. There is sometimes an assumption that depression is something you can get over or shake off, but that’s not the case. We all have days when we don’t feel our best, we’re emotional, or we feel a bit down. This is not depression. Depression is feeling like this for weeks, months or even years. We often throw the adjective depressed around, but the reality is that people who are depressed may not even see the point in getting up each morning. Depression can make you feel isolated, anxious and irritable. It can also affect the way you behave around others and cause you to experience physical symptoms, such as disturbed sleep and weight gain or loss.

 

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When to seek help

There’s no need to rush to see a doctor if you wake up feeling sad one day, but it is important to recognize the importance of seeking help with depression if you suffer from symptoms on a regular basis or you’ve been struggling for a while. It can be hard to accept that you have depression, but it’s a very common illness, and there are solutions and therapies available. Opening up and asking for help is often the first step on the road to recovery. In mild cases, self-help techniques such as exercise, meditation and going to self-help groups can be incredibly beneficial, but there are more intensive treatments available for more severe cases. Talking therapies are often combined with medication for those with moderate to severe depression. As well as seeing your doctor for help, you may also find it beneficial to contact charities that provide mental health support.

 

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For many of us, it’s difficult to talk about depression because it’s hard to understand the effects it has on your body and mind. If you are worried about your mental health and you think you may have depression, don’t be afraid to seek help and to talk to people close to you. There is help and support available, and the sooner you see a doctor, the sooner you can start taking steps in the right direction. Depression is nothing to be ashamed about. It is a condition that will affect between 10 and 20 percent of the population in their lifetime.

 

The Addiction Prescription: A Step By Step Guide To Getting Help

Lots of people will become addicted to one substance or another at some point during their lives. Thankfully, for most people, that chemical is going to be sugar or caffeine. In those instances, the addict just has to reduce their intake and look for substitutes. However, some folks will find themselves addicted to either alcohol or drugs. When that happens, it’s vital that the individual seeks assistance as soon as possible. Both alcohol and drugs can ruin lives and send people to an early grave. So, the step by step guide published on this page is worthy of consideration. All readers need to know this information, regardless of whether they are currently addicted to a substance or not.

 

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Step 1: Admit you have a problem

 

As most people should know, the first step towards recovery is admitting they have a problem. It’s often difficult for people with addictions to understand the full impact of their habits. So, it can often take a while for someone to see the reality of their situation. Still, at some point, individuals should realize there is something wrong. It’s important that anyone in that situation holds their hands up and admits they need help. Signs someone might have an addiction include:

 

  • Underactivity or overactivity
  • Repetitive speech patterns
  • Weight loss
  • Change in eating habits
  • Dilated pupils or red eyes all the time

 

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Step 2: Discuss the issue with friends or family

 

The next step involves consulting someone the individual trusts. It’s important for all addicts to have a robust support network at home. Those people will hopefully assist the individual when they need to talk or get some moral support. Choose some close and trusted friends or family members and explain the situation. With a bit of luck, those people will offer their support and sit down for a chat. Talk about all aspects of the addiction and how it affects daily life. Also, the addict should mention they plan to get better, and both parties can discuss the best course of action.

 

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Step 3: Book a doctor’s appointment

 

After telling close friends and family members, the individual should then go ahead and book an appointment to see their doctor. People in that profession deal with addictions all the time, and so there’s no need to feel nervous or scared. Medical experts are not going to judge a patient because they have become addicted to a substance. However, they want to perform some tests to ensure the person hasn’t damaged their health in other ways. Let the doctor know that getting better sounds like a fantastic idea. Hopefully, they should then provide the patient with lots of information about services in their local area. Some tips for making the most of the appointment include:

 

  • Being open and honest with the doctor
  • Telling the doctor, you’re ready to recover
  • Asking the doctor for the details of support services

 

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Step 4: Try talking therapies

 

There are many addiction treatment groups all over the country. In most instances, people meet in a small group and talk about their illnesses with the aid of a psychiatrist. Hearing about how addictions have affected other people can help the individual to gain some perspective. It’s also handy to know some other folks who are going through the same thing at the moment. There are also private talking therapies available in most states according to Psychology Today, but people often have to foot the bill. Just try as much as possible and attempt to work out which strategies are providing the best results. Reasons to try talking therapies include:

 

  • Socializing with people in the same situation
  • Gaining perspective on the addiction
  • Not being judged for anything the person says
  • Learning new holistic techniques to combat the addiction

 

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Step 5: Call rehab centers

 

If therapy doesn’t seem to have enough of an impact, some addicts will decide to get in touch with rehab specialists. There are hundreds of clinics in the US, and some are better than others. So, it makes sense to perform a lot of research and find an establishment that specializes in that particular form of addiction. Just bear in mind that costs can begin to skyrocket when someone chooses to become an inpatient. People without enough capital in the bank should consider borrowing the money from a friend or family member. Alternatively, services like those available at the Personal Money Store might come in handy. Whatever the price, rehab is nowhere near as costly as remaining an addict. Some people might even manage to get some help using their medical insurance, so read those contracts!

 

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Step 6: Avoid relapses

 

When someone comes out of rehab, they shouldn’t have any of the addictive substance left in their system. That means the person is officially clean as the doctors would say. However, the hardest part of recovery happens when the individual leaves that setting. The person has to go back to their normal life at home and avoid relapses. That can become hard when they have lots of friends who still take the drug. For that reason, there are some tips for staying clean below. Use them wisely!

 

  • Remove other addicts from the situation
  • Spend time with non-addicted friends
  • Identify potential relapse triggers
  • Eat healthy meals
  • Get some exercise

 

People who haven’t relapsed for twelve months or longer have probably beaten their addiction. However, anything could happen that would encourage them to get back on the alcohol or drugs. So, individuals in that situation will have to keep their wits about them for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, the old saying is factually correct – “once an addict, always an addict.”

 

Those in recovery just have to make a promise to themselves that they will never touch the substance again. The person has to do that, no matter how much temptation they might face in the future. If anyone suffers from intense cravings, they can always speak to their doctor about the situation. In most instances, there are medications people can take that should help to ease the cravings and enable them to focus on leading a normal life. With that in mind, we’ve come to the end of this piece. All readers should try to remember this information because it’s impossible to say what might happen in the future. Good luck!

 

Everyday Toxins That Are Ruining Your Health (And How To Get Them Out Of Your Body)

The sad truth is that even those of us who live healthy lifestyles are inviting toxins into our bodies every day. Even if you don’t smoke or drink, you’d be amazed at the environmental toxins that lurk in the most unexpected of places, just waiting to invade your body and wreak havoc with your health. Here you’ll learn some of the damaging toxins that are likely invading your body through ingestion or inhalation on a daily basis and how best to avoid them and reverse the damage you’ve done with the correct nutrition.

 

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Know your toxins

 

Many of us are savvy enough to wash our fruit and vegetables before we eat them to clean off unwelcome chemical pesticides (or soil that’s been contaminated with them). It’s one of the simplest ways to prevent common toxins from entering our bodies. However, there are a whole host of toxins that we face in our day to day lives that require little more effort by way of prevention. Here are some nasty placed where toxins can be picked up that you may not be quite so familiar with:

 

Cooking meat- Cooking meat at high temperatures releases certain carcinogenic compounds as well as an excess of the Heme iron found in meat can induce the development of cancerous cells.

 

Pumping gas- Did you know that in the states of Oregon and New Jersey, it’s illegal to pump your own gas? Breathing in gasoline vapors is extremely damaging. The very smell of gasoline is an indication of highly toxic substances floating through the air waiting to be hoovered up by unknowing nostrils. Breathing in gasoline fumes can increase your likelihood of exposure to the health problems that are usually associated with benzene exposure such as leukemia.

 

Lighting a candle- Many of us use scented candles to spread a pleasant aroma throughout the house, but unfortunately a nice smell is likely not all that’s permeating your home’s atmosphere. Many air fresheners, including those found in candles contain solvent chemicals called phthalates which is linked to endocrine and reproductive issues. Candles often usually contain paraffin which is a known carcinogen.

 

Know the damage

 

An estimated 95% of cancer cases are caused by dietary and environmental toxicity, but the damage caused by these everyday toxins doesn’t stop at cancer. Alzheimer’s disease, autism, diabetes, fatigue, obesity, heart disease, allergies, candida (fungal infection) and even infertility. have in some way been linked to toxic overload in our bodies.

 

Know the cure

 

The good news is that there are a great many natural plants and roots with detoxifying properties. These are most often consumed as teas, but with so many on the market, it’s difficult to know which are the most effective. Check out DetoxTeaGuide.com/ to find out which teas are the most effective.

 

While detox teas are great, they’re intended to supplement rather than supplant good nutrition. Eliminating processed foods, drinking plenty of water and increasing your intake of locally grown, organic fruit and vegetables will ensure that you avoid toxins and allow your tissues to purge the toxins from your body.

 

Myths About Therapy That Are Preventing You From Living a Healthier Life

There are some people in the world that haven’t’ seen a doctor for the past few years because they deal with their pains and issues by waiting it out or taking over-the-counter medicine There are also some people in the world that rarely ever visit a dentist because their teeth haven’t fallen out yet.

 

These are the types of people that think of therapy as something that they’ll only resort to later in their lives or when they have a serious issue. However, misconceptions about therapy are often what leads people to live harder lives than they need to. One of the biggest problems with how we perceive therapy is due to people’s inexperience with it. Some of us think that therapy is only for mental issues, others think that therapy is just glorified talking and some consider therapy a complete waste of time.

 

So in order to help you out, we’ve gathered up some common myths about therapy in an attempt to debunk them and convince you to think of therapy as a way to help you no matter what problems you might have.

 

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  1. Therapy is a fancy way of talking

 

It’s true that a lot of talk goes into therapy. In fact, some people even think of therapy as a glorified way of talking and most of it is common sense. For instance, if you don’t get enough exercise and you’re seeing a therapist about your health issues, then they may link your lack of exercise with your current health state. While this sounds really simple and obvious, it doesn’t mean that your therapist can’t suggest further improvements to help you out. Don’t forget that therapists are trained professionals that understand their field inside out, so although therapy involves a lot of talking, none of it is wasted and many of the things your therapist says will be beneficial to your understanding of a certain condition.

 

  1. Therapy is only for serious mental issues

 

Therapy isn’t just for mental conditions. Therapy can be an effective way to prevent mental issues from happening later in someone’s life, and it’s applicable to all stages of your lifestyle. Therapy also doesn’t have to be restricted to mental issues. For instance, Action Spine & Joint is a physical therapist that specialises in dealing with joint and back pain. Even if you’re currently only experiencing a little pain, it doesn’t mean that therapy can’t help you in the future by teaching you about your body and its limitations.

 

  1. Therapists only act like your friend for their job

 

Therapists work based on trust. No matter what condition you have, you need to communicate with your therapist in order to give them the information they need to help you treat your condition. Therapists need to go further than just being your friend in order to do their job correctly, and they usually provide you with a phone number or other contact details that you can use in order to stay in touch.

 

Therapists can help treat a wide range of different issues, but only if you’re willing to open your mind to them and trust them with your private information.

Low-Impact Choices For When You Don’t Feel Like Exercising

We all have those days where no matter how happy we are with our exercise regime, we just don’t much fancy it. Sometimes, those days can go on and on and on, to the point where we wonder if we’re ever going to get our groove back when it comes to keeping fit.

 

There are a variety of reasons this can happen. Boredom is often a problem when it comes to working out, and it’s also always possible that the rest of our lives will become so busy we just don’t have the time to workout the way we might otherwise choose to. However, what if the problem is a purely physical one – you’re tired, perhaps even sore from previous gym over-exertions, and just don’t feel like putting your body through your usual grueling routine?

 

We all need to switch things up every once in awhile. For those days when you can’t face running and need something a little calmer, then these options should be able to help you out.

 

1) Yoga


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Yoga is often talked of as if it’s a cure-all, the one thing that everyone should try. The reason for this is… it’s a cure-all, that everyone should try! Sometimes, if something has such good reviews across a spectrum of people, it’s because it’s every bit as good as it sounds.

 

Don’t worry about not being flexible, either. A simple yoga workout can focus more on breathing, gentle stretches, and relaxation than anything you need to be double-jointed to achieve. It’s low-impact and feels good to do, so it’s perfect for those days when you’re just not feeling at your best.

 

2) Swimming


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Swimming is the closest you can get to floating, weightless, in outer space – without having to leave earth, anyway. It’s the perfect answer if your body is tired or sore from previous exertions, giving you the chance to recharge your batteries without worrying about sustaining future injury.

 

A few gentle laps followed with a dip in the gym hot tub should help you reinvigorate yourself, but without causing any excessive strain.

 

3) Walking

 

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When you’re a fitness fanatic, it’s easy to forget that walking is a viable form of exercise. It burns calories; admittedly not as much as cycling or running, but it’s still a form of cardiovascular exercise.

 

It also has the benefit of being gentle, especially if you do it in a gym setting. Just walking on a treadmill might sound lazy, but it’s better than doing nothing, and will prevent any further upsets to your body. Take it gentle for 15 minutes and reintroduce yourself back to your normal regime slowly, taking breaks when you feel even the mildest glimmer of pain.

 

The above are the three best options for still being able to workout when your body is feeling not quite up to its usual standard. Gentle exercise is better than none at all, and you will likely find it gets the blood pumping and healing accelerated faster than just sitting around. So why not give one of these a try the next time your body is protesting the idea of slugging it out at the gym?