Health

Controlling Your Panic Button

It’s not something we’d like to think we’d ever be involved in, but if it ever happens, you need to be calm and under control. An emergency situation is something that requires us to act and think quickly under pressure. And if you’ve been in a stressful situation, you know that panicking doesn’t help at all. But it’s nothing to do with you, it’s actually part of our biology that we are meant to be reactive in these situations, because our bodies were built to escape dangerous situations, like a bear attack. The stress hormone, cortisol, is pumped through your body and you feel the surge of adrenaline. The problem with this is that when faced with a challenge that needs us to think critically, we react emotionally, and the fight or flight syndrome that we are feeling overwhelms us to the point where we can’t act in that situation…

Painful Time Of The Month: Possible Causes

Sometimes, you have to talk about the less pleasant things in life. Taxes – we have to talk about those, even though it is literally the most boring subject on the face of the earth. Drainage systems – ignore these at your peril. The human body and the plethora of ways in which it can go wrong – yep, no stone can be left unturned here. The last one is what we’re going to focus on. So if you were in the process of bailing at the idea of talking about drainage systems, don’t worry. No, this is far more pleasant: the uterus. In so many ways, the uterus is a wonderful organ. It’s the source of life itself, after all. With that said, it can also be the source of much pain and misery in your life. If you find yourself at the sharp end of this, then every…

Appy And Healthy Living

Our health is so important.  Right from the moment we are conceived through to old age, we need to have access to a healthy diet, plenty of exercise and lots of great healthcare.   With the development of modern technology there are now loads of ways we can improve our lifestyle and monitor our health so here are our top favourite apps to help you towards an appier life. (Sorry.  Too much pun?) Firstly, let’s talk about our hearts.  This is a pretty vital organ which you want to respect.  Without it, you are going to be, well, dead.  Being dead is no fun at all so pack your diet full of Omega 3 fatty acids and get out there for 174 minutes of cardio exercise every week.  What happens though if you are worried about your heart?  Even those of us who keep fit and eat well can have…

Here Are Some Totally Gross Ways Public Swimming Pools Hurt Your Health

Recently, the mainstream media has been reporting on the urine content of public swimming pools. Researchers decided to find out how much pee was actually in our pools, and so they started collecting samples and breaking it down into its pee/non-pee components. What they found was truly disgusting: a large chunk of the water in swimming pools isn’t water at all, it’s urine. The saving grace of the story is that urine, especially dilute urine, can’t really hurt you, even if you happen to swallow some water while doing your lengths. But it got people thinking: what other nasty surprises are lurking in swimming baths? And could they affect our health? Before you decide to leap into your local pool, take a look at some of these things that might be floating beneath the surface. Feces The Centers for Disease Control are a public body in the US that uses…

How Your Desk Job Is Hurting You

When you compare it to construction and deep sea fishing, desk jobs seem pretty cushy and low-risk. However, landing a nice white-collar role and sticking with it for years can carry a lot of underlying risks. It’s not just the stress of tight deadlines, the fattening working lunches and ill co-workers that you need to be aware of, either. Here are a few ways your desk job could be hurting your health… Sitting All Day Reduces Your Lifespan Sitting down for long periods of time is extremely taxing to your body. Those little twinges, aches and pains you feel at work are the least of your worries. Sitting for too long can in fact lead to an earlier death. Long periods of sitting down can increase your risk of musculoskeletal disorders, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and other conditions, even if you make a point of getting enough exercise. If you sit…

The Happy Health Benefits of Seafood

Seafood has a range of health benefits that you might be interested in enjoying. While some people aren’t keen on fish and other seafood, others can’t get enough of it. It provides a healthier source of protein than many types of meat, and it’s full of essential nutrients too. One of the main benefits of eating seafood is that it contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are shown to have a number of possible health benefits. If you’re not sure whether adding some more seafood to your diet could benefit you, have a look at these reasons to start eating more fish. Fish Containing Omega-3s Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the most talked about benefits of eating seafood. You can find them especially in oily fish, but they occur in many other types of seafood. There are several benefits these fatty acids could have. Studies have shown that they could…

How To Talk About Old Age Without Fear

In a world where youth seems to be valued above all other qualities, old age can be a particularly tricky subject to deal with. This is especially true if it is discussing it with your own parents. When we were growing up, we saw our parents as superheroes so nobody wants to consider that one day they will get to the stage where they are unable to look after themselves. Even if this is something that people don’t want to deal with, it is better in the long run if everyone is on the same page if and when that time of life comes. Old age and death are often seen as the last taboo, but it is high time that changed. Here are some considerations if you are planning to have this discussion with your parents. Everyone Should Be United The best way to discuss the subject is openly…

Simple Steps Towards A Healthier Respiratory System

There is an increasing number of people suffering from respiratory diseases and conditions these days. Lots of health conditions, from the common cold to emphysema, appear to be on the rise, due to a whole bunch of different reasons. Pollution in our cities is a major factor, of course, but changes to our lifestyle are also an issue. So, if you want to ensure a healthy respiratory system for you and your family, here are some tips on how you can minimize the chances of becoming a sufferer of a breathing condition. Move to the country Country air is cleaner and less polluted than the air in British cities. And all of those pollutants from cars, industry and everything else, eventually ends up in all kinds of places – including homes. The truth is that if you live in a busy city, you will be exposed to pollution, dust, and…

Live Well Today For a Healthy Future

‘To me, old age is always ten years older than I am’ said a wise man once. It’s true, old age always seems like a milestone that’s constantly that bit further ahead, and so planning for it can feel a little strange. But it’s so important to consider our future health, the way we live now will directly impact it. Here are some of the ways you can ensure a healthier future. Quit Your Unhealthy Vices It’s no secret that smoking, drugs and excessive alcohol will all have a detrimental effect on the body. Many of these things can shave literally years off your life, so quit while you’re ahead. Over the next few years your body will heal and repair, and you will slash your risks of illnesses and diseases relating to these things. If you’re struggling with addition, either speak to your GP or book into a rehab…

Ageing Gracefully: A Guide

If there’s one thing that many of us are guilty of, it’s neglecting our health. This is especially true as we get older. Often, people think that once their teenage years and their twenties are over, that it’s simply all downhill from thereon in. In reality, however, most people enjoy good health into even their most senior years – providing they don’t give up on themselves too early, of course. Many illnesses that older people suffer from are directly related to the lifestyle they have led. So, with that in mind, being health conscious now to help preserve future you is something you could do. Even if your retirement seems light years away, here are some changes you can make to ensure a long and happy life. Keep exercising It’s only natural that some of us do reach an exercise-related rut every so often. Maybe you suffered an injury, or…

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