The Dangers of Self Diagnosing

We're all guilty of it. If we fear some issue that’s lingered in our bodies for longer than a couple of days, a swift search on Doctor Google brings up a million different results, and most of them life-threatening. But when we rely on Google to diagnose our problems, this becomes a very dangerous cycle. But why is this and what can we do to get out of this problem that so many of us fall prey to?

The Issue Of Convenience

It's as simple as this really, it's quicker for us to type a few words rather than go to our local doctors, sit around and wait for a shred of their spare time, only to find that the problem is not solved, and the issue persists. With something like chronic pain, it can be very frustrating when a medical professional has to refer you for further tests. In the meantime this only compounds the anxieties. It's unsurprising that we go on the internet to see what the problem is. But this is no replacement for a medical professional.

Being Scared To Speak To A Real Doctor

There is a term for people who continually search for their symptoms online and believe that they're suffering from the results that pop up. Cyberchondria is incredibly common. As the ease of access to Doctor Google means we don't have to go to the doctor ever again, this can result in us moving away from the advice of a medical professional, and for the many people out there that consider themselves proud of the fact they've never been to a doctor, it gives them more reason to search for their symptoms online, and even those numerous cases where people work with a medical malpractice attorney due to the various mistakes made in hospitals, this is, again, hardly a surprise people avoid the doctor entirely.

Why We Need To Keep Our Perspective

But while we're all continually relying on Doctor Google to provide the real answer, the fact is, we've got to nip this in the bud. We've got to keep our perspective of events. Because after all, it's unlikely we’re suffering from a rare medical condition. The increase of people who went to the doctor believing they had ALS after the ice bucket challenge highlights just how much cyberchondria there is in the world. Instead, what you can do, if you believe yourself to have an illness, is to make a note of all the symptoms, and show to your doctor what this is pointing towards. The doctor can then order tests which will confirm or deny your suspicions.

Self-diagnosis through Doctor Google is convenient, yet dangerous. It leads us down a path of anxiety, where we will end up afraid to go out and do anything. While hypochondriacs are suffering from a debilitating mental health condition, nowadays, with the ease of access to information, cyberchondria isn't far behind. After all, we all have access to a phone with millions of web pages. So the next time you feel you have some problem that won't go away, do yourself a favor and go to a doctor.


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Getting Into Good Teeth Care Habits

For many of us, taking care of our teeth involves just one thing, brushing them. But, as we get older, it's important that we look after our teeth as much as we do our health, our body, and our mind. This means getting into the habit of looking after your teeth better. What are the best things for you to do, not just to ensure that you have a gleaming smile, but your teeth don't provide you with problems in the future?

It’s Not Just About Brushing

Yes, everybody knows the importance of flossing. But it's not just about getting those little bits of food out of your teeth that your toothbrush cannot reach, you have to keep on top of flossing because if you don't, these little bits of food could find their way into your bloodstream. Amazingly, dormant bits of plaque can infiltrate your bloodstream through the gums and can build up which could contribute to heart disease!

What Is Your Brushing Habit?

Some people brush soft and some people hack at their teeth like it's a tree ready to be chopped down! The sweet spot to ensure that you are giving your teeth thorough clean is somewhere in between. Here is the real test, if you have wisdom teeth, do they hurt? Believe it or not, if you have wisdom teeth and they don't cause you problems, this is a sign that your brushing habit is excellent. So, make sure that you give your teeth a thorough brush, so much so that the bristles look like they've been battered. And while it's expensive to keep buying new toothbrushes all the time, this is where a monthly toothbrush subscription will come in handy. As we get older, we can neglect our teeth and think that the habits we learned when we were children will suffice, this is far from the case.

It's Time To Kick Those Bad Habits!

The fact is, we all know the habits that give us yellow teeth, plaque, and bad breath but we aren't prepared to give them up. If this is you, and you like a drink, maybe smoke, as well as having an incredibly sugary diet, it's about limiting your vices. But getting into the habit of looking after your teeth stems from a healthy lifestyle. Cutting down on sugary foods will reduce your cavities, and if you get into the habit of drinking more water, especially after consuming acidic and sugary foods, you are saving your teeth. While we can all be a bit stubborn when it comes to those vices, if we can actively look to cut down, especially as we get older, we won't need to go to the dentist as much.

As far as our health priorities are concerned, our teeth tend to be way down the list. It's not too difficult to look after our teeth; it's just about having the right habits. And the habits are surprisingly simple. If you are making changes to your lifestyle to better your body and brain, give some consideration to your teeth as well.


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Keeping Yourself in the Best Health

With the summer going as well as it’s going at the moment, the last thing you want to be dealing with is your health. Even if you feel as though you’re in perfect health, we all know that things can change in a heartbeat. What we don’t realize is that a lot of the time, we’re the reason why our bodies cry out for help. We all want to keep ourselves in the best health, but we’re not always actively doing things that would allow for this to happen. Instead, we’re making mistakes left, right and center, and these are the mistakes that we want to try and correct in this post.

No one likes being ill, in pain, or just generally feeling down, so have a read of the tips below, and see if you can keep yourself in the best health.

Taking A Holistic Approach

You shouldn’t just be thinking about your diet and your fitness here, you need to think about your health in general if you want to stay in top form. Of course, your diet and fitness levels are going to play a big part in your level of health, so making sure that you’re staying on top of things all of the time is obviously going to benefit you. That’s not to say that a cheeky cheat day once or twice a week is going to kill you. But, to take a holistic approach, you need to think about things such as your mental health, and how that can affect your general well-being. If you’re someone who always feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, and you’re always out and about rushing around, then take some time to fully relax. Take away all of the pressures of life, and do something for you. Whether it be going for a walk, reading a book, or practicing meditation. As long as you’re focusing on you, rather than just your health, you’re going to have a much better chance of keeping yourself in the best health.

Injury Aftercare

I want to talk about this because it’s something that a lot of people seem to struggle with. Injury aftercare is so important if you want to keep yourself in the best health. All of those things that your doctor tells you to do that you usually ignore, follow! Focus on rest and relaxation, and making sure you’re keeping up with the medical aftercare side of things. Check out things such as tegaderm film if you have a wound, and always practice good personal hygiene. When people suffer a big injury, it’s so easy for everything to fall apart if proper aftercare doesn’t happen. Plus, having an injury that impacts your life for a considerable length of time isn’t hard to happen. Something so simple as breaking an arm can have a negative impact for months.

Take Away Negative Factors

Finally, I urge that you take away all of the negatives factors that might be affecting your health. Even the people you hang around with could be seen as a negative factor. If they’re always leading you astray, eating bad, getting into bad situations, it just isn’t going to benefit you. Obviously, any negative habits that you have should also be eradicated.


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Squashing The Addictions Once And For All

I get it, we can all find ourselves getting into bad habits when it comes to general things in life. Our lifestyle can change from one day to the next and there can be a lot of deciding factors in it. We now live in a world where technology and answers are at our fingertips, where things are more readily available to us than ever before, and with advancements in all sorts of ways, bad habits can develop. But these addictions don’t need to take over our lives.

I wanted to share with you some of the common addictions we can all face at some point,  and hopefully give you some comfort and direction on how to overcome them once and for all.

Are you addicted to drinking alcohol?

Alcohol can be the biggest issue some of us face, and it is because the addiction to it can vary so much. You have those people who just need that glass of wine at the end of each day. You have the people that can’t be out socially without a drink, and then you have the people that can’t get out of bed without a drink. All different version of addiction, but each one of them need to be handled, albeit differently. Often alcohol can be the answer after a tough day or when you are going through a tough time. But it is also known as a depressive and it can make things worse in your mind, not better. If you do think you have an issue, speak to someone regarding it.

Do you smoke more frequently?

Smoking is a bad habit that can really affect our health. It doesn't matter whether you smoke one cigarette a day or fifty, the chance of getting cancer is high because of it. Many people looking to kick the habit have switched over to vaping. Websites like License to Vape reviews different options for you, so it might be worth doing some research. You could also speak to health professionals about other methods available to you, but often just deciding to stop is the biggest change you can make.

Do you work too hard?

Would you believe me if I said there was an addiction to work and you could be struggling with it? Workaholism is a real thing, believe it or not. People are working harder than ever, chasing the big pay brackets and the difference in lifestyle it can make. But it can also be detrimental to your health if you don’t get enough rest. Try and ensure that you take time away from work every now and again. Enjoy annual leave and don’t overdo it when you don’t need to. Life's too short.

Are you endlessly scrolling your phone?

Finally, do you find that you are on your smartphone more than you should be? There is a real addiction to your phone and the endless scrolling you can do on social media. Perhaps not even taking in what your eyes are viewing. If you think you spend more time on Instagram than you do with your family, it is time to put the phone down and enjoy the art of conversation.


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Improving Confidence Starts From Within: How You Can Boost Yours

Confidence is one thing that is learned and not something we happen to be born with. It isn’t genetic, it isn’t a gift, it is a way of life and a mindset. So if you feel that your confidence is at an all time low, then you have the power to make the change. However, when it comes to changes, you need to want to do it and have the right level of motivation to do it. I wanted to share with you some of the ways you can improve your confidence and how it starts from within you.


Make changes to increase your self esteem

It may sound obvious, but there could be reasons why you are not feeling as confident as you would like? Perhaps there are certain aspects of you that you would like to change. Maybe it is your hair color, the condition of your skin, how straight your teeth are or your body shape. The truth is, that if these things are affecting your confidence then you can make the changes to improve the situation. You could go to Glucks Orthodontics and they can help you achieve the smile you want. You could also become more active and change your lifestyle to feel better in your own skin. You can change your hair color if you wish- cut it, style it differently, change the way you dress. These things are doable, but they must come from you, and you must have the motivation and desire to want to do them. Otherwise it just won’t work.

It might all be in your mind

The main issue people struggle with is their mindset and attitude. Confidence is mostly all about these things. How you think and the actions you take are important. So how can you boost your confidence in this way? You need to change the way you think and approach things. A positive thought process and outlook on life can make all of the difference when it comes to improving confidence. Negative thoughts can only hold you back. They can give you a distorted view on reality, and therefore affect you in other ways such as your confidence to do different things.

Step out of your comfort zone

The only way you are going to start making some changes and feeling more confident is if you step out of your comfort zone once and for all and make those changes happen. Confidence can often do with the actions you take, or a lack of confidence is the fear of not doing them right or successfully. Try not thinking about it in that way and instead see this as an adventure. Whether it is simply wearing a bright color or doing something daring like a zip lining or charity trek. Take the plunge and just go for it. Your confidence will begin to rise naturally.

Change your lifestyle

Sometimes when it comes to things like confidence levels, your thoughts about lifestyle changes can often be the key to its success. Eating the right food, and exercising regularly, can play a big part in how you feel.

 

I hope that these tips help you to start improving your confidence levels.

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3 Ways Your Physical Health Affects Your Emotional Health

  

People often put physical and mental, or emotional, health in different categories, as if they could be easily separated out from one another. This is a pretty terrible idea, because when all is said and done, the different aspects of health and wellness are intimately tied together, and it by no means is a simple matter to divide the different causes and effects of poor physical health, poor emotional health, and poor mental health.

You might be interested in an aura healing appointment in order to help regain your sense of wellbeing, but if your physical health is in turmoil, it’s likely not going to do a whole world of good.

Here are some ways that your physical health directly impacts your emotional health.

Chronically elevated stress hormones make you more susceptible to anxiety and less able to face your challenges

Stress isn’t just a psychological thing, like people often believe it is. When you’re feeling really stressed out in your life, the answer isn’t just to “toughen up”, because stress is something that is heavily rooted in the body as well as in the mind. When we feel stressed, we are experiencing elevated levels of stress hormones in our bodies including, primarily, cortisol, and also adrenaline.

When these stress levels are chronically elevated — when they’re always high because of poor lifestyle habits — you become far more susceptible to anxiety, and you become far less psychologically and emotionally resilient. Whereas you might once have been more than up to the task of meeting your challenges head-on, and getting a ton of productive things done each day, you are likely to hit a point, after enough time spent in chronic stress, where everything just falls apart.

 “Burnouts” are physical as well as mental.

Lack of sleep causes depression and makes it harder for you to focus

When we sleep, our brains restructure themselves in subtle ways, and we seem to store and categorized our memories and experiences from the day. When we sleep, our bodies also release various hormones, repair damaged tissue, and do many other things that we’re not entirely clear on the details of.

Because of all of these reasons, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that researchers have found that people who don’t get enough sleep each night (around 8 hours for the average person) experience shrinkage in important areas of their brains, and are significantly more prone to mood issues like depression.

Too much intense exercise over-taxes the central nervous system

When you work out until you literally collapse on the floor, you might feel like you’re being dedicated and are getting as fit as possible, but if you don’t keep things in balance and get enough rest and the right balance of nutrients for recovery, you’re setting yourself up for real issues in the near future. Intense exercise takes a heavy toll on the central nervous system. When we do too much, we can experience Overtraining Syndrome, which wrecks our health and immune systems.

Needless to say, when this happens, we’re likely to experience severe brain fog, low mood, and have trouble feeling positive about life.

  


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Small Oversights That Are Damaging Your Health

Staying on top of your health is difficult these days. You can try to do all of the basic things that keep you healthy, but that isn’t always enough. There are so many things that can have an adverse effect on your health that you hadn’t even considered. Regardless of what you do, if you don’t realize that you’re making these mistakes, you could end up developing health problems a few years down the line. In order to help you keep on top of things, watch out for these hidden health mistakes.

Working Too Much

Most of us are working too much these days. Hours are getting longer and holidays are few and far between. We’re all getting emails sent straight to our phones and tablets so it feels like there’s no way to escape. If this is you, you could seriously be damaging your health in a number of ways. Firstly, spending so much time rushing around working makes it far harder for you to find the time to eat properly and get some exercise. The second problem is that if you’re burning the candle at both ends, you’re going to be incredibly stressed out. High stress levels can lead to serious mental health issues, as well as damaging your physical health later in life. Without taking proper time out to relax, this stress will only get worse until it becomes too much to handle and you’ll do yourself some serious harm.

Being Too Clean

Being clean is obviously good for your health. If you don’t clean yourself and your house often enough, you are exposing yourself to more germs that can make you sick, however, you can take it too far the other way. There are so many antibacterial products out there and people tend to think that they’re good for you. But the truth is, if you’re using them too much, you could be doing yourself more harm than good. Your immune system benefits from small amounts of bacteria because it gives it a chance to build its strength and better resist disease. If you’re using antibacterial cleaning products all of the time, your immune system will be weak and you’ll be more susceptible to illness. Recent research has actually found that increases in allergies are linked to an increased reliance on these kinds of antibacterial cleaning products. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use it all, but make sure that you aren’t going overboard.

Your Home

Your home could be a source of chemicals that are making you ill without you even realizing it. If you live or work in an older building, you could be exposed to asbestos which can cause serious illness in the long-term. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is usually caused by asbestos exposure. If you’ve been affected, you could have a case for compensation. Contact a mesothelioma law firm to see whether you have a case. You could be awarded the money that you’ll need to have it removed and make your house safe again.

Radon is another dangerous chemical that could be leaking into your house without you realizing. It tends to affect older houses that have damaged foundations. Radon is one of the leading causes of lung cancer so if you’re being exposed to it, you need to know right away.

Eating Too Little

When people are dieting, they often make the mistake of eating too little. Instead of changing their habits and making them healthier, they just start cutting down on the amount of food that they eat. This doesn’t make you healthier, it just means that your body isn’t getting all of the nutrients that you need. You should be eating the same amount that you normally would, but make sure that you’re eating fresh ingredients that are actually good for you instead. If you aren’t getting enough calories, your immune system can suffer so not only are you lacking in nutrients, but you’re also going to be more likely to get sick.

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Washing Vegetables

It’s a common myth that you need to wash all of your vegetables before you use them. It’s true that you need to wash a lot of them because they haven’t been washed already and they’re coated in bacteria. However, any products that are packaged are usually pre-washed. If you are unwrapping them and throwing them into the sink, you’re probably covering them in all sorts of bacteria that’s sitting in the sink and making them far dirtier than they were to start with. Always check the labels before to see whether they’re pre-washed or not.

 

All of these small mistakes can quickly add up and seriously damage your health, so make sure that you avoid them. 


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Beat the Bloat: 5 Simple Steps for Women

Feeling bloated isn’t nice. It’s especially inconvenient when you’re getting ready to go to an event, you slip on that beautiful dress you bought for the occasion and your stomach sticks out a mile. It doesn’t matter if you avoid gorging on a huge pizza every Friday night. For women, bloating can be part of our natural cycles. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to avoid it. Here are simple remedies for beating the bloat.

Avoid Sugar Free Candy

You may think you’re doing yourself a favor by avoiding sugar. After all, sugar does cause us to put on weight. However, a lot of sugar-free candy or gums are filled with artificial sweeteners, like aspartame or sorbitol. These ingredients aren’t easy for the body to digest, so they just sit there, right in the center of your stomach. This causes you to bloat. So, when you want to avoid bloating, you’re actually better off sticking to the sugary stuff, or better yet, switch to natural sugars in fruit instead.

Take Your Time

It’s possibly down to the limited time most of us have to take a break, but many of us are eating faster than we ever have before. When you eat quickly, you tend to swallow a lot of gas at the same time. Eating quickly means your body isn’t given as much time to digest your food and the gas sits in your stomach along with it. Both cause bloating. Try taking more time with your food, or if you really can’t afford a longer break, drink a Skinny Tea along with your meal. The organic ingredients will help aid digestion and avoid bloating.

Avoid Stress

Easier said than done, right? However, it’s especially important for women to avoid as much stress as possible. Stress can cause hormonal imbalances which can lead to constipation or diarrhea, both of which can cause bloating. If you feel like you’re becoming overwhelmed, it’s always best to take time out. You could go for a walk while at work, ask your partner to watch the kids while you take a long bath or even go to an exercise class. Taking time out regularly will help to improve stress levels and mental health.

Exercise

Many women believe that bloating can be solved by losing weight. It can’t. Bloating isn’t necessarily weight gain. In fact, it’s often linked to anything but your weight. However, exercise can help you to deal with bloating. It can help you to regulate your meal times and meal portions, it can regulate your bowel movements and help you to stay hydrated.

See Your Doctor

There are times when bloating could mean something more sinister than last night’s big meal. If you’re persistently bloated, it’s important to visit your doctor and have a check-up. It could be that you have a gluten or lactose intolerance and some professional advice on dietary changes, or bloating has also been linked to ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer.

 

Living with bloating can really make you miserable, so give these tips a try and see if they can improve your quality of life.


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Ways Vanity Can Be Good For You

Everybody’s a little bit vain. Some people are just a little more open about it than others. You can’t help but inspect yourself in the mirror each morning; appearance is something that we give great important. Of course, none of that means anything if you only strive to “look” healthy and not actually “be” healthy. The greatest way to achieve the former is to strive for the latter. You can use vanity as the motivation to start looking after your body better, but the key here is that you should be doing things which are genuinely making you healthier and not just making you “look” healthier. Here are some ways in which vanity can be a good thing for you.

Getting into shape the right way.

Getting into shape is pretty much impossible when it feels like a chore, so you need to think about a way to approach exercise and healthy eating which suits your lifestyle. You could try small tricks such as switching your large dining plates for smaller ones so as to force yourself to prioritize healthier carbohydrates and nutrients in your meals rather than overloading on unnecessary extra food. Everything should be eaten in moderation (even healthy fruits and vegetables), so smaller dining plates could help with that. Making substitutions with empty carbs for nutritional carbs is also important.

 In terms of keeping your body active, don’t force the gym or cycling if neither of those activities are exciting to you. You want a form of exercise that you can stick to because it fits nicely in your routine. Perhaps walking or jogging are relaxing to you because you can enjoy the scenery of your local park as you do so. Perhaps you’ve always been keen on martial arts or swimming; there are so many different ways to get your body moving, so just find something that suits you. Maintaining muscle strength and cardiovascular health is important for your heart and your body as well as your appearance in the mirror.

The smart route to pearly whites.

Everybody wants white teeth, but not everybody cares about whether they’re healthy or not; you may have had them whitened, but does that say anything about plaque build-up or the healthiness of your gums? You should be flossing as well as brushing your teeth; avoiding plaque and tar build-up is the smartest way to avoid gum disease and other health problems with your teeth or mouth in general. You could always consider affordable dental care if you were put off visiting your last clinic regularly because of the expense, as your health shouldn’t be something that you have to put a price on; you should always prioritize it, and that goes without saying.

Sleeping well can improve your appearance.

Those bags under your eyes and your slouching posture are both things which diminish your appearance. Both could be improved by simply sleeping well because better energy levels mean better concentration and better posture in your office chair or at home (rather than slowly sinking into your seat as you begin to doze off). Of course, sleeping well is important for your body so many different ways. It’s not just about getting enough sleep but sleeping in a bed which supports your body and its posture. You don’t want to have aches and pains throughout the day; ensure your mattress is supportive. Ideally, you should change them every seven years.

Looking after your mind.

You might be wondering how your mental state could possibly affect your physical appearance, but there’s a clear link between the body and the mind. Your stress levels, for example, can have a huge effect on your facial appearance. Blemishes such as acne definitely flare up during periods of intense stress, so it’s important to work on taking better care of your mental health. Practice meditating to focus on centering yourself, and you might notice the physical benefits.


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