Could Your Home Be Killing You? How To Make Your House Healthier

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How does your home environment affect your health and wellbeing?

Many of us have a goal to improve our health and in doing so, we rightly tend to examine our eating habits, our exercise regimes and other factors such as stress in our lives for personal relationships or our jobs. Far fewer of us consider all the ways in which our homes may be contributing.

Where we live is where we spend a majority of our time, so it’s not an area of our lives we should neglect. The ways in which the home environment can affect us are really quite diverse – they range from the efficacy of our cleaning routines to taking active steps to eliminate toxins. These factors can impact both on our day-to-day wellbeing and on the management of longer-term health concerns.

Home should be a safe haven, but many of us take it for granted that they are that way, when in fact there could be factors that need addressing urgently. Retreating from the rest of our busy lives into our homes is a given, so don’t underestimate how much of an impact the state of this environment has a bearing on our overall health.

If your home is unclean, unsafe or otherwise unconsidered, it can have serious consequences, especially if you aren’t in the best of health to begin with. Everyone’s home situation is different, and there will always be some factors that are unfortunately outside of your personal control – but there are things you can, and should be doing to make a difference where you can.

A few simple steps can really help to combat a whole host of issues, and here are some of the easiest fixes going to make your home a healthy, happy place to stay:

Invest in an Air Purifier

Figures from MIT in the U.S show that air pollution causes about 200,00 early deaths a year – a staggering number. And the problem is only increasing as urban sprawl brings with it more complications. But although there’s not much you can do about outside conditions, you can control the air quality in your home, although it’s something very few of us consider.

With studies linking air quality to negative effects on pregnant women, asthma, autism and even pre-term births, it’s something well worth addressing. On a daily basis, we breathe in everything from toxic chemicals in household paints to cleaning products and all manner of dust and allergens.

The type of purifier you need depends on your own circumstances. Those in small apartments may benefit from ionising air cleaners. These devices generate negative air ions, which attract dust, allergens and other positively charged airborne particles and lock them in. Studies have linked the use of the to the alleviation of symptoms of depression. However, they are only effective in smaller spaces.

Another alternative is having a HEPA filter installed in your home’s HVAC system. HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air, and they can remove 99.9% of particles above a certain size. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, they can be massively helpful, but remember that the filter needs changing every three months in order to remain effective. If your home doesn’t have a forced-air system, you can purchase a portable air cleaner with a replaceable HEPA filter.

Keep It Clean – Not Chemical

It goes without saying that a healthy home is a clean one – but many of us could do with revisiting our cleaning habits to improve our health. There are many aspects to consider, so start with a thorough review of your current weekly cleaning regime. Split it out into daily, weekly and bigger occasional jobs, and remember to include the cleaning of appliances that clean other things – such as your dishwasher or washing machine.

Try to avoid chemical-based cleaners that contain toxic elements and aggravate delicate immune systems. The standard household cleaner contains more than 60 toxic chemicals. Great, sanitary results can be achieved using natural solutions such as white vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice, and are much kinder to your health and to the planet.

Also, if you like to burn candles, make sure that you steer away from petroleum-based paraffin wax candles, as these emit hazardous chemicals that can be linked to asthma, allergies and even cancer. 100 per cent soy candles or other vegetable-based waxes can help to reduce the harmful chemicals released into your home environment.

Another factor in cleanliness is reducing the waste that you produce and looking at how that rubbish is accumulated, stored and how often it’s collected. Waste needs to be disposed of in a manner that is as efficient and environmentally-conscious as possible. Temporary conditions such as home renovations, or season garden clearances can mean that the standard curb side collection isn’t sufficient, so consider arranging a Same-Day Rubbish Removal service if you have additional needs.

Clutter and waste around the house are not only trip hazards and attractors of harmful bacteria galore, but cluttered homes trigger a constant, low-level stress that is detrimental to everyday health.

Make Light of It

Light pollution, especially for those of us who live in cities, is a huge issue. Not only does it have an impact on wildlife and energy resources, but also about our health and our mental state -but how do you deal effectively with something so insidious and all-pervading?

If you’re constantly exposed to artificial light it can interfere with your sleep quality, a fundamental pillar of good health, especially for those with pre-existing medical conditions. It can even interfere with your metabolism. Start with the basics – by making sure that lights are not switched on when you don’t need them. Timer plugs can help with this by shutting off the power after a certain time that you set. If you have outdoor lighting, make sure it’s on motion sensor detectors so that it’s not left on unnecessarily – this has the other positive effect of slashing your monthly utility bills.

In your bedroom, make sure that you fit blackout blinds or curtains to keep out unwanted light and ensure that you get a peaceful and restorative night’s sleep. You can also try an eye mask if you live with others and need to compromise, or for when you travel. Also get into the habit of banning electronic devices from the room where you sleep. The particular type of blue light they emit blocks the brain from producing melatonin – the hormone that signals to the body that it’s time to sleep – so they are highly disruptive to your sleep cycle and mental wellbeing.

Tackle Your Food and Water

Many of us have considered carefully the links between good nutrition and health, and make changes to our diet to accommodate this, such as ‘eating a rainbow’ each day or introducing superfoods. But did you know what how you store your food is almost as important as what you’re eating?

If you keep leftovers in plastic containers, toxins from these plastics (called BPA) can leach into the food, causing hormonal imbalances and even possibly cancer. Eliminate these problems by switching to airtight lidded glass containers, which are chemically inert, and also recyclable. Similarly, Teflon coating used on non-stick cookware can expose household members to toxic polymers released as fumes from the synthetic polymers used to create the non-stick coating. Using cast iron or stainless steel is a much healthier option.

Your water source is also an important concern. Instead of using tap water direct from the sink, consider investing in a water filter to protect you and your family from contamination. Even though our water is filtered by our water companies, it still contains contaminants -which can include lead, chlorine, E.coli and pesticides. That is a definite consideration if you’re drinking that water and washing your food in it.

With filters, you can opt for a filter jug that sits in your refrigerator, a portable water bottle with replaceable charcoal filter discs or a filter that attached directly to your tap.

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Add Some Greenery

The humble houseplant can really have an impact on your home environment – more than just a part of the décor, they become a health necessity when you realise their benefits. Indoor plants purify our air by absorbing toxins and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere. Greenery in the home can also have a calming mental effect by keeping us connected to nature.

If you aren’t great at keeping houseplants alive, got for hardy varieties that need little maintenance, such cacti, spider plants and rubber plants, or a ficus. Then there are plants that reverse the usual process by releasing carbon dioxide at night – so if you are going to keep them in your bedroom, make sure it’s an orchid or a succulent that continues to release oxygen at night.

Turning your home into the safe space it was always meant to be doesn’t have to be labour intensive – with some simple attention to detail, you can transform it into a less harmful environment that will fully support your mental and physical wellbeing.

 

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7 Foods that Get a Bad Rap but are Actually Healthy

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In our constant quest for good health, we often avoid certain foods because they are known to contribute to weight gain, high blood sugar, and other undesirable health effects. However, some of the “facts” that we may believe could already be outdated information or even just myths that just won’t die.

Here are just a few of such foods that get a bad rap but are actually quite good for you and don’t have to eliminate completely from your diet.

Nuts (in General)

Nuts like almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, and cashews are often misunderstood because most of them are high in calories and fat. However, nuts are primarily composed of unsaturated fats which are healthier for the heart. A study also found that people who include nuts in their diet are thinner and lose about 1.4 pounds more when trying to lose weight. Most varieties also contain plant sterols, which help lower cholesterol levels in the body. Add this to the fact that most nuts contain a host of vitamins and minerals, like B vitamins (including folic acid), vitamin E, calcium, iron, manganese, selenium, and zinc, and you have a rather healthy snack. Nuts are also chock-full of dietary fiber and phytochemicals.

If you are not fond of eating almonds and its cousins on their own, then including high-quality nut milks might just be the key to include more nuts in your diet and enjoy some of their health benefits.

Coffee

Coffee contains flavonoids, plant chemicals that contribute to many plants and vegetables’ vivid coloring. However, apart from giving coffee beans their distinct, rich hue, flavonoids are also known to protect cells from the effects of aging and also improve heart health. Studies have also shown that coffee may help reduce the risk of some diseases like diabetes, and even lower the risk of mortality. Just don’t go beyond four cups (or five, depending on your physique) a day, and go easy on the cream and sugar. If you want, you can also give the above-mentioned nut milks a try to give your cup of joe a new flavor.

Chocolate

Before you consume a whole bar of chocolate on your own, you should remember that the health benefits of chocolates depend on the type you eat. You want to go for dark chocolates with cacao levels of 60 or higher as these contain more antioxidants and less added sugars. Cacao has also been proven to decrease LDL or “bad” cholesterol, decrease blood pressure, and improve the health of blood vessels. Take note that chocolates, even dark varieties, are still high in calories. Limit your daily intake to 1 to 3 ounces unless you want to gain weight that much more quickly.

Butter

Butter is known be the great flavor enhancer that can turn a bland meal into a culinary piece de resistance. However, it also has the unfortunate reputation of being bad for one’s health because it’s filled with fats. To clear things up, butter is indeed full of fats but they are mostly of the healthy kind that help protect the heart and digestive systems. What’s more butter made from the milk of grass-fed cows also contain vitamin K2, which helps the body metabolize calcium, leading to better bone health. As long as you consume it with moderation, butter won’t do your body any harm.

Potatoes

It’s not actually the potatoes that are making you gain weight, it’s the form that you eat them in. Stick to baked, roasted, or grilled preparations instead of deep-fried. A hundred grams of potatoes contains only 77 calories. These humble tubers are also high in dietary fiber, potassium, and antioxidants. Potatoes are also a good source of resistant starch, an indigestible carbohydrate, which helps regulate blood glucose and also makes you feel full, thereby helping you lose weight as well.

Frozen Vegetables

Some people believe that frozen vegetables contain fewer nutrients than fresh ones, but numerous studies have proven otherwise. In fact, the freezing process actually locks in the nutrients, so frozen veggies may actually contain more healthful substances than fresh produce. This is because the latter tend to lose their nutrients the longer they are not eaten. Frozen vegetables also come with added convenience, since most of them are already pre-cut, making it easier to add healthy ingredients to your daily meals.

Eggs

Whether or not eggs are good for the body has always been the subject of debate, so let us end it once and for all: eggs are good for you. They are high in protein, vitamin D, phosphorus, and riboflavin, among other essential nutrients. Studies also show that people who eat high-protein breakfasts instead of high-carbohydrate ones have better appetite control over the course of a whole day. Similar to potatoes, eggs are often accused of being unhealthy because of preparation (e.g., fried versus boiled or poached) as well as the food they are often served with, like bacon or sausages.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is as much about keeping yourself armed with the latest information, as following a diet plan and an exercise regimen. When you’re well-informed, you can always make the right decisions for your health.

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Better Quality Sleep Is Guaranteed If You Do These Things

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We all need high quality sleep. Most people make the mistake of thinking that just because they’ve had 8 hours, they’ve had a good sleep. This is not true! If the 8 hours of sleep you have gotten is not high quality, you’re still going to feel like you’ve only had a few. The aim should be to get as much sleep as your body needs (all down to the individual), but ensure that it’s quality sleep at the same time. It’s not actually as difficult as you might think if you do the following things:

Don’t Consume Caffeine Too Late In The Day

Having a little caffeine early in the morning is fine, but consume caffeine too late in the day and you’ll pay the price when it comes to sleep. You might end up struggling to fall asleep, or you might end up waking up all throughout the night. Make sure you have a cut off point for your caffeine intake – around 3 or 4 in the afternoon should be the latest you drink a coffee, for example. Don’t forget that caffeine is present in many foods too, like chocolate!

Exercise During The Day

By exercising during the day, you’re giving yourself more chance of falling asleep soundly and staying asleep at night. You can exercise in the evening, but some people report feeling more awake come bedtime when they exercise then. If you exercise in the morning or early afternoon, you should experience other benefits too, such as more energy and less stress!

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Use The Right Essential Oils

Essential oils can be a great tool for lifting the spirits, but they can also be a wonderful tool for helping you to drift off naturally and stay asleep. The easiest way to do this is by putting your favorite oils or blends into a diffuser and taking them in that way. You can visit this website to get an idea of the sort of diffusers and products available. If you’d prefer, you can also buy personal aromatherapy devices where you breathe the vapor in through your mouth and then out through your nose.

Get Into A Routine With Your Sleeping Pattern

It’s no wonder you don’t get a quality sleep if you’re not in a good routine with your sleeping pattern. Ideally, you should go to bed at the same time in the morning and get up at the same time in the morning every day, even on weekends. This gives your body a chance to sync up properly.

Make Your Bedroom The Least Stressful Room In The House

Make sure your bedroom is as stress-free as possible. Ensure it’s the right temperature, that it’s free from technology, and that it’s free from clutter so you can associate the room with sleep.

Make Sure Your Bed Is Just Right

Is your bed comfortable enough for you? Does it have just the right amount of support? No two people are the same, so no two beds will be either.

Take An Hour To Wind Down

Make sure you take a good hour before bed to wind down. Don’t watch TV or scroll on your phone during this time. Simply relax, maybe read a little, and let your body get ready for sleep.

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What Should You Do if Your Child is Overweight

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The adult obesity epidemic gets the most attention from the press, but childhood obesity has been rising as well in the recent years. An estimated one in six children is said to be overweight, even though we’re seeing a downward trend amongst toddlers. But what should you do if your child is overweight? Let’s discuss the statistics and a few of the options that exist for parents.

The Statistics

The latest data shows that 18.5% of two to 19-year-olds are obese. Obesity rates for toddlers have been reported to have dropped in dozens of states, especially for poorer families. For example, the obesity rate for pre-schoolers from families receiving WIC has fallen from 15.9% to 14.5%.

Yet about nine in ten kids have poor diets. Fewer than half of all kids get the recommended hour a day of physical activity recommended by doctors. This is why 200,000 young people under 20 have type 2 diabetes, which used to be called adult-onset diabetes until it started showing up in teens.

Limit Screen Time

One of the easiest solutions is to limit screen time. Even playing quietly in their room is often healthier than the TV or streaming media because they’re less likely to mindlessly snack while doing actual activities. If your child has the tendency to binge watch, limit it to two or three hours instead of letting them spend a whole day glued to the screen.

Provide Healthier Food Options

One option is to alter what kids eat. Provide apple slices, oranges, and bananas as snacks instead of cookies and candy. Eliminate dessert as a course at dinner. Restrict grazing by shifting to set snack times with set portions. For example, eat popcorn instead of candy when watching a show. Replace soda with water or healthier juices. This is a shift when two-thirds of kids consume at least one sugary beverage per day.

And don’t forget to role model healthy eating since you probably need to lose some weight, too, and making the dietary changes a family affair prevents the child from feeling punished or excluded.

Consider Medication

Sometimes, eating healthier and moving more isn’t enough. More and more physicians are prescribing weight loss pills as an option. Contrave, a drug similar to Osymia, was recently approved by the FDA.

However, you should not give your children over the counter weight-loss drugs in an effort to help; some of these medications are not safe for kids because of their potential impact on the heart. Some weight loss pills are authorized for children over 12, so you should ask your doctor first if any medication is safe. If your child has diabetes or is pre-diabetic, that may require medication as well to get under control, too.

Conclusion

Obesity in children has been rising along with obesity in adults, but it sets up children for a lifetime of health problems. Increasing activity and eating healthier is part of the solution. Medical solutions like medication may be necessary.

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Are You Sleeping Properly?

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We all have those moments where you’re not really feeling your best. Like your hands are lead weights, and you just want to curl up in bed and hibernate for a few months. Of course, most of the time that’s not an option (unless you’re really lucky!) and you have to get up and deal with your responsibilities. However, a lot of people fail to pay close enough attention to why it is that they might be feeling that way in the first place. What makes it all the more ridiculous is that the answer is often incredibly simple: they aren’t getting enough sleep. If you’re not getting enough sleep, then you’re never going to feel 100% no matter what. With that in mind, here are some things that you can do to make sure that you get your full forty winks.

Make sure you’re comfortable

If you’re not comfortable, then you’re never going to be able to get a decent night’s sleep. The first place to start is with your mattress. You need the right combination of softness and support in order to really get the best possible night’s sleep. Check out sites like ChooseMattress so that you can get find the most comfortable mattress for the best possible night’s sleep. You might not even realise how uncomfortable you are until you try a truly soft and supportive mattress.

Ditch the gadgets

Gadgets are great! Smartphones, laptops, games consoles, they’re all fantastic. However, one thing that you need to remember is that they can make it near impossible to get off to sleep. The blue light that electronic devices give of can make getting off to sleep incredibly difficult. Make sure that you put the phone or laptop away at least an hour or so before you want to go to sleep. You’d be much better off reading a book or listening to some music instead.

Avoid alcohol

There’s nothing wrong with having a drink now and then but the idea that a nightcap is going to help you sleep if one that you should forget as soon as possible. Yes, it is true that alcohol can help you get off to sleep more quickly, but the reality is that you’ll probably wake up a couple of hours later anyway. You’ll find that alcohol actually makes it a lot harder to sleep through the night properly. In the same way that you avoid caffeine before bed, try to steer clear of alcohol before bed as much as you can. Staying hydrated is the best thing that you can do if you want to sleep through the night as peacefully as possible.

If there’s one piece of advice that anyone who struggles with getting enough sleep needs to take it’s that the snooze button is not your friend. The snooze button is only ever going to make you feel even worse and potentially ruin your sleep schedule. When your alarm goes off, get straight up and make sure your hand never even goes near that snooze button.

 

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Common Sleep Disorders That Need Your Immediate Attention!

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Do you often wake up feeling as though you’ve had a terrible night’s sleep? Or perhaps you regularly wake up in the middle of the night, or just have a tough time falling asleep in the first place? If any of the above is true, then you probably have a sleep disorder that you’re unaware of.

Some sleep disorders are very common but require your immediate attention. Here are a few that you might have, and what you should do to treat them:

Sleep Apnea

Around about a fifth of people suffers from this sleep disorder. It’s a pretty scary one, as it involves trouble with breathing while you sleep. In fact, people with sleep apnea can stop breathing altogether many times a night. The weird thing is, you don’t notice it yourself. You may wake up in the middle of the night, but you won’t know that your breathing was the cause. More often than not, you become aware of this disorder because someone tells you your snoring is unbearably loud.

How do you treat this? Well, the best course of action is to see an ENT doctor so they can look you over. Here, they’ll prescribe any number of treatment options, which you can learn more about online. Most people opt for surgery, which sounds painful, but the important thing is that you can cure this disorder completely.

Insomnia

Insomnia is the sleep disorder everyone has heard about. Some people claim they have insomnia when they struggle to get to sleep. Real insomnia is a serious medical condition and needs to be addressed right away. It makes it almost impossible for you to fall asleep, and staying asleep is just as hard. If you never get a good night’s sleep and are constantly waking up in the middle of the night, then you might have insomnia.

How do you treat this? Insomnia is a mental health condition more than anything else, so surgery is off the table. Therapy sessions can help you out, and some doctors prescribe medication to help you get to sleep.

Sleepwalking

Most people don’t consider sleepwalking as a sleeping disorder, but it’s a genuine medical condition. This is also probably the easiest to identify, as you’ll often wake up in a different place to your bed. Some people wake up randomly in their kitchen or bathroom as they’ve walked out of their room. It’s an issue because you could end up doing something reckless while you’re sleepwalking.

How do you treat this? Again, therapy is a good option here, but adjusting the way you sleep is also effective. Sleep earlier, have an actual sleep schedule and avoid eating and drinking before bed.

Do you have any of these sleep disorders? If so, you need to treat them right away. Not getting enough sleep can be problematic for your health, so you must address these problems to get a better night of sleep. Then, you will be able to get an uninterrupted eight hours and let your body regenerate while you’re in snoozeville.

 

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How To Improve Your Mental Agility

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Mental agility is more than just being able to solve equations in your head. It is a variety of different mental qualities such as memory, productivity, decision-making, reading and mental math that all combine to create your overall ability to think quickly and efficiently. If you are looking to improve your mental agility but aren’t sure how here are six tips to get you started.

Drink More Water

One of the most effective ways to improve your overall wellbeing, mental or otherwise, is to stay properly hydrated, but many Americans miss out on drinking the right amount of water every day, which can take a toll on your mental abilities. Aim to drink at least eight cups of water, more if possible. This will help to boost your decision-making, mental health, and mental agility.

Try A Plant-Based Diet

Research has shown many times that eating a plant-based diet free of any animal products, can help to improve productivity, enhance mental well-being, and boost your memory. There are many negative and unwanted side-effects of eating meat and dairy products that can lead to not only physical decline but also mental decline. Eating a plant-based diet has also been shown to prevent the onset of certain mental diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Meditate

Meditation is the practice of letting go of your thoughts and tuning into the present moment. It gives us some time to reflect on our lives without judgment and can have incredible effects on the mind and body. Research has found that not only does regular meditation reduce anxiety and depression, boost productivity and enhance your memory, but it can also be more effective at doing so than sleeping! It’s easy to start meditating, apps like headspace or calm can help to guide you through short meditative sessions to get your practice started.

Practice, Practice, Practice

As with any skill, the most important thing to do if you want to develop is to practice. Find what areas you struggle with, whether it be memory games, mental arithmetic or reading, and practice as much as you can. If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, don’t worry, a quick browse through informative websites such as Examined Existence can give your brain the motivational boost it needs in the morning.

Exercise

It may seem odd to suggest physical activity as a way to improve mental agility, but research has shown time and time again that regular physical activity can help to drastically improve mental performance. Waking up early and getting your blood pumping around your body is not only a great way to wake yourself up, but can also help prepare you mentally for the day ahead. It doesn’t have to be strenuous exercise either, even a gentle morning yoga flow can help to wake up your brain.

Start Reading More

Reading is possibly one of the quickest, easiest and most enjoyable ways of bettering yourself and improving your mental stamina. Even reading a few pages of an interesting book a day can help to not only educate you but also to improve your memory and mental agility.

 

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Everyday Advice for Back Pain Relief

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When you’ve got back pain, the pain serves as a huge distraction throughout the day. Thinking clearly is hard to do when you have to focus on moving slowly and not bending over or the pain will surge. Issues with back pain will affect over two-thirds of Americans at some point in their lives. There are some reasons for this and we’ll address that with our advice on how to find some short-term and medium-term relief from the pain.

Here is how to reduce the number of flare-ups and the frequency of them occurring.

Home-based Physical Therapy

The inversion table uses the ever-present gravitational pull to reduce pressure on the points of the spine that are under pressure. You go from sitting upright to laying on your back at a convenient angle that takes the pressure of the painful areas of your spine. For people with sensitive spots that have flared up recently, just taking the pressure off lets the muscles surrounding the spinal column stop guarding the injured area, which is where much of the discomfort comes from.

There are good and bad quality tables. Look at the best inversion table reviewss to size up which models are made from good manufacturers and will stand the test of time. After all, once you get used to using one, you won’t want to give it up.

Stretching Every Day

Stretching your body out every day helps to keep the spine supple and untwist any knots that have developed under the surface. Muscles tense up overnight when sleeping in weird positions. The process of stretching allows the frame to lengthen out, the tendons to stretch a bit and the muscular structure to make small adjustments. Often this is enough to create some pain relief.

Losing Weight

With more than 60 percent of Americans still classified as overweight, the reality is that too much weight is putting added pressure on the support structure of the body; the spine and muscles that surround it. Discs begin to bulge, the spine gets misaligned, and the posture isn’t correct either.

When losing weight gradually over time, the reduced weight is felt right away as relief for the back and the rest of the body. Anyone who was overweight and lost weight can tell you that the natural pain relief they experienced was immeasurable. With losing weight, it’s certainly a method of pain relief that is medium-term, not short-term, but it likely will provide the best long-term relief.

Yoga

Trying Yoga out for the first time comes more naturally to women than men because it requires flexibility. However, plenty of men receive great benefits from it too. As you improve with moving into and out of different yoga positions, the body becomes more fluid and flexible. The spine usually responds appropriately to this gentle encouragement and pain relief is found as a result.

Improving your body posture when sitting at your desk or when working out is equally important to not make your back work harder than it is already. Yoga and cutting weight down will both help improve overall posture, as will getting some pain relief in the short-term too.

 

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Ways To Keep You & Your Family Healthy Year-Round

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It’s no secret that keeping your family healthy, happy and active is challenging at times. Schedules are busy, and there’s always a lot going on when you have kids and pets. It’s important that you give yourself a break and do the best you can, but also be proactive about getting your family to pay attention to your advice.

There’s nothing wrong with a little trial and error or learning from your mistakes. You shouldn’t feel guilty if someone catches a cold or the house isn’t spotless. Use the following tips to help keep you on track for keeping your family healthy year-round. Take it one step at a time and get organized to help yourself stay on top of it all.

Educate Yourselves on Best Practices

The key is making sure you have the knowledge you need to create positives change in your household. The more you understand what it takes to keep you and your family healthy, the easier it becomes to do. It’s good to know what the experts are advocating and why they’re making particular recommendations. For example, you know to wash your hands, but telling your kids why they’re doing it will help reinforce the habit.

Schedule Regular Dentist & Doctor Visits

Be proactive about getting everyone in your family to the dentist and doctor at the appropriate times. You could set a schedule where you all go in together and get it done at once if that’s easier. You should keep the reports in a safe place in case you need to refer back to them. These appointments are also a good time to bring up any questions or concerns you have about your health or that of your children or spouse.

Be Aware of any Abnormalities

Health issues can sneak up at any moment in time and wreak havoc on your family if you’re not careful, and this includes your pets too. Use a resource like Vitality Science to read up on malignant tumors in dogs and what signs you can look for. It’s extremely important that you do the same for you and your kids. Have resources like blogs and books handy that can help answer your tough questions on the spot and encourage your kids to speak up if they don’t feel well or find a funny mark or bump on their bodies. The same goes for you and your spouse, talk about if anything’s bothering you and get to the doctor right away.

Clean Regularly

Everyone’s homes get dirty once in a while, but it’s good practice to keep it clean on a regular basis. Try to at least pick up any clutter and wipe down surfaces consistently. It’s especially important if you have visitors coming in and out of your house often or you have pets. It’s worthwhile to put a routine in place that helps you get through each task without having to think too much about it. Have your family members help out if you’re busy or running short on time. A clean home is a happy home and will keep the germs away.

Exercise & Stay Active

Your best defense against health issues is a good offense like working out on a regular basis. Keep your heart healthy and stay active to help fight off disease and unwanted complications. Try to make it fun and get the whole family together for outings where you play volleyball or take the dog for a long hike. You should sign the kids up for activities and sports they like to do or play and find entertaining hobbies for you and your spouse like bike riding. Set the tone for the entire household by keeping active yourself and encouraging others to do so.

Practice Open Communication to Minimize Stress

A major reason that stress emerges is that no one talks or communicates about their emotions or feelings. Create a home that welcomes healthy discussion and doesn’t make you feel bad for opening up. Let your kids know that you and your spouse are always available to chat and have family meetings if it helps clear the air. Stress is an important topic for all ages, so it’s vital to let all your family members know the harmful effects of stress and talk about ways to manage and reduce it.

Cook Healthy Meals

Cooking and eating nutritious meals is a great way to combat any health issues that could arise from a poor diet. It includes purchasing healthy cereals and snacks. It’s good practice to pack lunches for everyone so you can monitor what your family is eating and the portions. You should try to go grocery shop regularly and try different recipes that are not only nutritious but also tasty. It’s important to eat dinner as a family to connect with each other at the end of the day and talk about whatever comes to mind. Eating on the go and when you’re stressed out can create some very poor habits.

Volunteer Your Time

Enlighten your kids and help them see the world from a new perspective. You can do this by volunteering your time together to help those in need. It’s an excellent activity for boosting mental health and learning how to practice gratitude for what you have. Involve your kids in the decision about where you’re going to go or who you want to help, so they feel like a part of the volunteer experience. You’ll meet new people, put a smile on someone else’s face and bond with your family all at the same time. Make it a regular occurrence as a way to remove yourselves from the chaos and stress of everyday life.

Keeping you and your family healthy throughout the year only takes awareness and putting forth a little extra effort to make these ideas a reality. The benefits of feeling better and not having to deal with as many health issues will be worth it. It’s a team effort and takes everyone getting involved in making it work. Not only will the overall wellbeing of your family improve, but so will your relationships with each other.

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Why it is Important to Resolve Your Health Issues Immediately

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In life, it can be easy to put things off. If you are struggling to balance a busy schedule, you may feel as though there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. However, there are some issues that should always take priority. No matter what you are doing, if you are struggling with any health issues, you need to act immediately. Failing to seek help will only make matters worse in the long run. When there are so many incredible solutions available, there is no excuse for waiting. Below are examples of four health issues that you could be facing and the steps that you need to take in order to resolve them.

Are you struggling with your weight?

Carrying excess weight can be extremely dangerous for your health. That is why it is important for you to make immediate changes to your lifestyle. You will need to think about what you are eating, what you are drinking, and how much exercise you are doing. You should create a clear plan, as this will help you to hold yourself accountable. The early stages are always the hardest, but once you begin to see results, it will be much easier to stay motivated. Remember to pay attention to the little things. You might start to find it easier to walk long distances, play with your children, or take the stairs instead of the elevator. These are all signs that your body is grateful for the positive steps that you have taken.

Are you struggling with pain?

Whatever you do, don’t suffer in silence. If you are struggling with pain, you need to turn to the experts for help. At Liberty Wellness & Chiro, you can find specialists in massage therapy, physical therapy, and acupuncture. You can also seek help from trained Chiropractors. No matter your problem is, it is vital that you don’t give up on finding a solution.

Are you struggling with your skin?

If you are very self-conscious about your skin, now is the time to act. The longer that you struggle with acne, sun spots, or specific skin conditions, the harder it will be to reverse any damage. The first step is to go and see your doctor. However, if they are unable to find a suitable solution, they may recommend you to a dermatologist. This will be someone who specializes in skin care and can help you to find the answer to your prayers.

Are you struggling with stress?

Are you struggling with stress and anxiety? If so, it is important that you begin to take control of your life. Meditation is a great place to start. It can help you to clear your mind and control your breathing. Make sure that you set aside time each day to meditate. You could do this independently, or sign up for a class. Often, these classes will also provide you with useful tips that will help you to lead a peaceful life.

 

 

 

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