Mooode: Blog Mooode: Blog https://www.mooode.com/blog/ Copyright by Mooode en Mooode Tue, 04 Aug 2020 13:35:50 -0400 7 Tips on How to Keep Healthy During the COVID-19 Crisis The COVID-19 crisis is totally transforming all aspects of society. Here's how you can stay healthy during these challenging times.

It's no secret that COVID-19 has uprooted many of our lives. The day-to-day rituals we've come to know and expect are gone. In their place is fear, anxiety, and a whole lot of uncertainty. 

If you're feeling uneasy, you're not alone. Studies suggest that 72% of Americans have experienced significant life disruptions as a result of the pandemic. 

In these uncertain times, the only thing we can do is learn how to keep healthy and happy. Keep reading to find our seven tips for keeping your body and mind healthy amidst the pandemic. 

  1. Strengthen Your Immune System

Eating certain foods can make your immune system stronger. If you're hoping to stay healthy amidst the pandemic, add more wholesome and fresh food to your diet. 

Vitamin C can increase your body's ability to produce the white blood cells necessary for staving off infections. Eat citrus fruits like grapefruit, oranges, and lemons. Red bell peppers are another great source of this essential vitamin. 

You can also use vitamin C supplements to help you meet the recommended daily amount - 90 mg for adult males and 75 mg for adult females. 

Garlic is another excellent flu-fighting food you should add to your diet. Not only can it boost your immune function, but it can also help improve your memory

  1. Distract Yourself

If you've been sitting at home binge watching Netflix since March, it's time to switch things up. Sure, a little bit of television is fine now and then. But if you want to thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic, you need to get off the couch.

What are your favorite hobbies? What types of things did you always wish there were time for before the pandemic? 

Are you an artist? Dust off your paintbrushes and see what art will flow from your fingertips.

Have you always wanted to write a memoir? Pull out your notebooks and put your pen to paper. 

  1. Workout

You probably already know all the health benefits of working out. Not only will physical activity increase your feel-good brain chemicals, but it can also boost your immune system, too. 

You don't need a fancy premium gym membership to reap the benefits of exercise, either. Even a short walk around your neighborhood will prove beneficial. 

If you want to up the ante, there are a plethora of online exercise classes and memberships you can join. You won't even need any fitness equipment for some programs.

Find an exercise regimen that you look forward to and stick to it. Challenge your partner, friends, or family members to join you in the fitness program you choose for added accountability.

  1. Catch Up

Social isolation can increase the incidences of depression, impaired sleep function, poor immunity, and even cognitive decline. 

No one wants to be cooped up in their home for weeks or months on end. But since many of us are stuck doing just that, there's no better time to reconnect with your friends and family. Just because you can't be together face-to-face doesn't mean you can't stay in touch.

Schedule weekly video calls with your close friends and family members. Play games online with one another or enjoy a socially distanced at-home happy hour together. 

  1. Stay Informed

While living in fear has never really helped anyone, it doesn't hurt to stay informed.

You should, at the very least, know what the numbers are looking at for your area. How many cases are active? Are there any current coronavirus outbreaks in your city? 

Get your information from sources like the Centers for Disease Control or the World Health Organization. Avoid gluing yourself to social media or the news as you may find it worsens your stress levels. 

Know the symptoms of the virus and where to go if you need COVID 19 testing

  1. Get Enough Sleep

Fear, anxiety, and stress can all take a toll on your sleep quality and quantity. If you're having a hard time getting to sleep and staying that way, we have some tips that may help.

Take time every evening to wind down before bed. Turn off the television and plug your smartphone in for the night in any room but your bedroom. Dim the lights and sip on warm and calming drinks like tea.

Don't stare at the clock watching the minutes go by. If you can't fall asleep, get out of bed. Tossing and turning while watching the clock will make you more anxious. 

Fold clothes, do dishes, or participate in another mundane activity. Avoid the temptation of turning on the TV to pass the time.

Meditation is a great practice to start before bedtime. It will allow you to relax and let out all the thoughts from your day. Download a meditation app to help you get started.

Ensure the ambiance in your bedroom is just right. Keep your room cool, dark, and quiet to encourage better sleep habits.

  1. Create a New Routine

You may have been following the same routine for many years before the coronavirus came and uprooted everything. It can be very stressful and anxiety-inducing to suddenly have your life upended. If you're upset about the loss of your daily regime, it may be time to create a new one.

A new adapted routine can help provide a sense of order and purpose even if everything about your day-to-day has changed.

If you're new to working from home, create a schedule, and stick to it. Wake up at a time you usually would for work, get dressed, and start your day at your regular working hours. 

The pandemic may be especially difficult for families as no one thrives more on routine than children.

Work together to create a new schedule that works for everyone. Be consistent and predictable when deciding upon your new family routine. 

Don't forget to include self-care activities into your new regimen. Choose healthy foods, go for walks or bike rides, and give yourself a little grace. We're all learning how to navigate in this new life, after all. 

Keep Healthy and Happy

It's not hard to keep healthy during the pandemic if you know how to do it. Taking care of your body and mind is essential. Be gentle with yourself and know that while times may be difficult, they won't be this way forever.

Keep reading our blog to find more tips on staying healthy and fit. 

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How Do I Know What Type of Sunscreen Is Best for My Skin?

Did you know that 91% of melanoma skin cancer is caused by Ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure?

With numbers like that, does sunscreen actually do anything?

The short answer is yes. But its Sun Protection Factor (SPF) only scratches the surface of the complexity of sunscreen.

Here's how to know what type of sunscreen is best for your skin.

Understanding UV Rays

From vitamin D to regulating our circadian rhythm, the human body needs the sun to properly function. But there's a dark side too.

The sun you drew as a child with lines of different lengths indicating the glowing rays of earth's light source was actually not far off. The sun has different types of rays and each type extends to a varying length with differentiating forces of energy.

UVC, UVB, and UVA are the rays concerning human health. The shorter the ray the more powerful it is—meaning it can cause more damage to the human skin.

UVC rays are the shortest and the most dangerous for the skin. These rays are naturally filtered out by the stratosphere and the ozone layer. So unless you're planning to adventure 10 miles above sea level, they aren't a major concern.

Unfortunately, UVB rays are longer and can break through the earth's atmospheric barriers. They are the ones responsible for redness and sunburn.

UVA rays break-in to the human world with even more stealth. Some researchers believe they're responsible for 95% of solar radiation that reaches the blue planet. These are the types of rays that can wrinkle and discolor the skin permanently.

Breaking Down SPF

So what does SPF really mean, and what does it do?

Sunscreen is a protective shield humans can use to protect their skin from UVB and UVA rays. The term "broad spectrum" simply means that the sunscreen contains the barriers for both types (or all types) of UV light.

SPF is a measurement used on sunscreen to show how long your skin can be protected by the harmful rays of the sun. The number (SPF 30, SPF 50, etc.) indicates, ideally, the amount of extended sun exposure you can have.

This calculation is based on your skin's natural burn time. For example, if your skin starts to burn after five minutes of sun exposure without sunscreen, an SPF 45 would allow you 225 safe minutes in the sun. You simply multiply the SPF level by your skin's natural burn time to estimate how long your skin is protected for.

But it's important to note that SPF is an "ideal" and not definitive. Unless you're a scientist, you have to guess your skin's natural burn time. Effectiveness is also dependent on environment, application, and activity.

But the biggest differentiator in SPF potency is in the ingredients used in sunscreen. There are two main types of UV light protectants: physical and chemical.

Physical Type of Sunscreen

Physical sun filters in sunscreen are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These are also known as inorganic, or non-carbon-based, compounds.

Inorganic sunscreen is usually less irritating to people with skin problems like acne and atopic dermatitis. But it's also whiter and leaves a stronger "white cast," or undesired white residue.

Zinc oxide is broad-spectrum, but titanium dioxide is not. But both also reflect 5-10% of UV rays they come into contact with. Zinc oxide also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

UV fighting fabrics have been popularized over the past decade and are also often referred to as physical sun protectants. Clothing is rated on an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) scale and can be equally effective. You can find out more about protective clothing here.

Chemical Type of Sunscreen

Chemical sun filters are also called organic, or carbon-based. Chemical sun protectants are everything that isn't zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

Unlike physical sun filters, there aren't a few simple industry standards. Chemical sun filters are being tested and invented by brand name cosmetics all the time. There are also different regulations in different countries regarding man-made chemicals and their toxicity, effectiveness, and risk to human health.

Besides practical concerns, there are also politics that come into play. This includes which chemicals are allowed to be manufactured in America and if they get clearance by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Just because a sunscreen that's commonly used in Europe is not approved by the FDA doesn't necessarily reflect its quality. Most countries in Europe actually have more restrictions and regulations for cosmetics than America does.

There are also many chemical sunscreens approved by the FDA that are considered controversial. Even though they are effective at blocking UV rays, they might damage DNA, disrupt endocrine system function, or cause birth defects.

Avobenzone is the best chemical sunscreen option in America. This is because it's widely available, FDA approved, and does not cause any harm to humans or the environment. It's also a full-spectrum sunscreen.

But, it can be "unstable," which means it can degrade under sun exposure rapidly without the presence of "stabilizer." Safe stabilizers include Tinosorb S, Tinosorb M, and Octocrylene. Only purchase an avobenzone sunscreen if it also includes these ingredients. Mexoryl XL is also a sunscreen worth looking into.

Avobenzone is also oil-soluble, meaning it won't dissolve in water. Zinc oxide is also water-insoluble (titanium oxide does dissolve in water). But a benefit to avobenzone, and a lot of chemical sunscreens, is that they do not leave as strong of a "white cast" as physical sunscreens do. 

The Right Sunscreen for You

You have to be your own expert in knowing which type of sunscreen works best for you. Your values in relation to the health, safety, ethical, and legal considerations for these products will ultimately shape your opinion on which products to try.

Then it's just a matter of trial and error. Different skin types react differently to emollients, emulsifiers, moisturizers, chemical compounds, and all the different components that make sunscreen.

Did you enjoy this post? Head over to our Health & Wellness section for even more skincare tips!

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10 Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle That Actually Work Want to be a happier and healthier person? Not sure how to do it? Check out these 10 tips for a healthy lifestyle that actually work.

Are you ready to create a healthier lifestyle? With some adjustments to your diet and daily routine, you can make it happen. And studies suggest that you could tack on another 12 years or more to your life if you commit to being a healthier person now.

Ready to get started? Keep reading to learn 10 tips for a healthy lifestyle!

  1. Stay Away From Processed Food

Processed foods are convenient, but ultimately they should be avoided as much as possible since they contribute to obesity and high blood pressure. What is considered processed food? These are foods that are packaged and include a lot of oil, salt, and sugar.

Foods like cold cuts, potato chips, cakes, cereal, and prepared meals in the frozen aisle all qualify. As much as possible, integrate unprocessed foods into your diet. Go for the farm-fresh veggies, meats that have not been seasoned, and any food that has not been altered from its original state.

  1. Drink Plenty Of Water

Creating a healthy lifestyle means staying hydrated! The average person needs about 12 to 13 cups of water each day. This will vary, however, based on your activity level, location, and gender.

If you live in a place like Phoenix and lead an active lifestyle, you can expect to need a lot more water in your diet.

Drinking enough water has enormous benefits for your health. You'll feel more alert during the day, your skin will look better, and your body temperature will stay in a normal range.

  1. Eat Your Fruits and Veggies

You've been told since childhood that fruits and veggies are important, and the advice remains true. If you can sub in carrots and apples for processed snacks, you'll fill up faster and avoid the ill effects of too much sodium and sugar.

Visit your local farmer's market in the summer to get the best produce, and look for inventive recipes to maximize flavors. Nothing beats a pan of vegetables roasted with a little olive oil and dusting of seasoning. And a salad topped with fresh berries and some lean protein makes for the perfect summer lunch.

  1. Exercise Regularly 

Exercising regularly can reduce your chance of stroke, diabetes, heart attack, and a host of other health problems. Aim to do 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week, and you'll start to reap the benefits.

Lace-up your shoes and go for a walk, or plan a weekend hike at a nearby state park. There are lots of simple and inexpensive ways to get your heart pumping!

  1. Get Plenty of Sleep

Aim to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. You'll wake up feeling and looking fresher in the morning, and your productivity will be higher.

Set a bedtime each night and stick to it, and even sneak in a little cap nap during the day if you need to. Naps can contribute to feeling rested, too!

  1. Keep a Healthy Body Weight

You'll fend off several health problems like obesity and high blood pressure if you stay trim. A bonus is that you'll feel more energetic and confident as you approach each day.

When in doubt, talk with your doctor to determine what a healthy body weight looks like for you, and then work to maintain it. Try to avoid doing too much personal diagnosis and self prescription, and instead look to the advice of your medical professional!

  1. Vary Your Protein Sources

With any dietary changes, the key is to consume things in moderation. So don't load up on red meat as your protein source since that will increase your chance of cardiovascular disease. Instead try to reach for other protein-rich options, including plant-based ones.

Salmon and other types of fish are a healthier protein source, and eggs are a versatile — and inexpensive — option. Also go for unsalted nuts, chickpeas, and tofu to round out your diet.

  1. Avoid Salt and Sugar

Sugar and salt are linked to problems like diabetes and high blood pressure, so you're better off minimizing their presence in your diet.

Look for foods with lower sodium labels, and try using spices instead of a salt shaker when it's time to add some seasoning. With sugary treats, try to limit how much you eat desserts. Substitute in an apple or some citrus to get the burst of sweetness you crave.

  1. Meet Your Vitamin D Needs

Nearly half of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D, and it's an easy problem to solve through dietary changes, an extra dose of sunshine, or supplements. 

Get out in the sunshine when you can (with sun protection, of course!) and load up on foods rich in vitamin D like salmon, egg yolks, and orange juice.

  1. Make the Commitment

One of the best ways to stay on pace to meet your goals is to keep track of them. Writing things down promotes accountability, and you can track your progress!

Keeping a food journal is an excellent way to see if you're eating too much during the day. You can also take an honest look at what goes into your body and make revisions. 

Do the same for exercise. Jot down how many minutes you workout each day on a calendar — and the type and intensity of your workout.

10 Tips For a Healthy Lifestyle: It's Time to Get Started

If you follow these 10 tips for a healthy lifestyle, you'll start to look and feel better. But the hardest part is taking the first step to do it. Find a trusted friend and ask them to check on you to make sure you are — or better yet, ask them if they want to join you on this journey.

For more tips on how you can become a healthier version of yourself, check back with us for more great articles!

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Dental Health for Kids: 5 Things All Parents Should Know As a parent, it's important to look after your kids' teeth. Read on to learn some important things you need to know about dental health for kids.

Being a parent is a rewarding but difficult job, as it can feel like there are a million different things to worry about at once. With everything on your plate, it can be easy to allow their dental health to slip your mind.

But practicing good dental health for kids is important for their overall health! Poor dental health can lead to a variety of health issues, from cardiovascular disease to pneumonia.

To learn a few of the best oral health tips for kids, keep reading!

  1. Don't Wait to Visit the Dentist 

Start good dental habits early by taking your child to the dentist as soon as he or she has their first tooth. While you likely won't be able to have a productive conversation about gum disease and tooth decay with a small child, making the dentist a normal part of life will help them with oral health down the road.

Introducing them to your Family Dentist as early as possible will also cut down on any anxiety your kids have around dentist visits.

  1. Avoid Sugary Foods and Drinks

One of the best things you can do for your kids oral health is to avoid giving them sugary foods and drinks. Soda and sports drinks are particularly harmful to children's teeth because they not only contain a high amount of sugar but are often acidic as well.

There's nothing wrong with an occasional treat, but sugar will damage your little one's teeth like nothing else.

  1. Use Flouride Toothpaste

You might be surprised to learn that tooth decay is extremely common among children. In fact, about 20% of children between the ages of 5 and 11 have at least one decayed tooth.

To prevent this from happening to your child, avoid the "safe to swallow" toothpaste marketed toward young children. Use fluoride toothpaste from the start, which will help your child's teeth grow while protecting them from cavities.

  1. Floss Daily

You're never too young to start flossing. Once they have enough teeth that some are touching, it's time to break out the floss. Even the best tooth brushing won't rid their mouth of all of the food and plaque.

Do your best to floss your child's teeth every day, taking care to rub both sides of each of their teeth.

  1. Tools and Technique Are Important

When brushing your child's teeth, you should be brushing in circular motions. Don't brush back and forth, you can damage the surface of their teeth.

The general recommendation is to brush for two minutes, but there's no need to brush for that long if your child only has a few teeth. For kids 5 years old and younger, you should be able to clean their teeth thoroughly in a minute or so.

Practice Good Dental Health for Kids to Create Positive Health Habits

The importance of dental health for kids cannot be overstated. Taking care of their baby teeth will not only prevent decay but teach them good dental health habits for the future.

Brushing and flossing might not be their favorite thing, and that's okay! Be patient, take your time, you can even make it a game or offer rewards (as long as those rewards aren't soda or candy). 

Looking for more tips on improving your child's health? Be sure to check out our blog!

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8 Essential Tips for Running at Night With a busy work schedule and family commitments, when is there time in the day left to exercise?

For many of us, in the evenings after work is the only time left where we can fit in an exercise routine. If running is your workout of choice, is going for a run at night safe?

Yes, it can be—as long as you take precautions. Running is one of the best exercises out there, as it helps strengthen your joints, improves heart health, and helps relieve stress.

So, there’s no need to give up running just because you can only go at night. Instead, keep reading for nine essential tips for running at night safely.

1. When Running at Night, Invest in a Running Light

When going for a run at night, safety is the most important consideration. If it’s dark out, you may still be able to see oncoming traffic, road hazards, or cyclists, but don’t automatically assume that they can see you.

Always use running lights when you head out. This helps you become more visible in your surroundings, keeping you safe. It also makes it easier to see uneven ground or potholes, which aren’t always obvious in the dark.

Running lights are comfortable to wear and lightweight, so they won’t bother you while you’re working out. Most have batteries that last for months, so you’ll get plenty of use before you need to purchase replacement batteries.

2. Wear Reflective Clothing

The best night running gear is reflective clothing. If your shoes, jacket, or pants have reflective material as part of their design, it will make it easier for drivers and cyclists to see you.

When lights from car headlights shine on the reflective material, you’ll become much more visible. Wearing dark clothing without reflective strips is never a good idea at night, as you’ll be hard to see.

This, combined with your headlamp, will give you the best possible visibility when you’re out running.

3. Run With a Friend

If possible, going for a run at night with a friend or family member is a good idea. When you’re with someone else, you’re safer and can help each other in case of an accident or injury.

Why not try to start a running club in your community or workplace? There’s likely to be quite a few runners who don’t want to run alone but don’t have anyone to go with— you could meet new running friends and help each other stay safe.

4. Tell Someone Where You’re Going and When You’ll Be Back

Before heading out on your run, let someone know the route you plan to take and when you expect to be back.

This way, should anything happen, your friend or family member will know where you are. It may seem like overkill, but it’s a simple step you can take to stay safe when running at night.

5. Stick to Well-Lit Areas

Whenever possible, plan your running routes in well-lit areas, such as along busy roads, parks with floodlighting, or in built-up commercial or tourist areas of your town.

These areas are likely to have more pedestrian traffic, which is helpful— there’s always safety in numbers. Plus, it will be easier to see the road, reducing your chances of slips or falls.

If there’s nowhere safe to run at night in your area, you may want to consider investing in a treadmill or gym membership. It’s not the same as running outdoors, but it may keep you safe.

6. Bring Your Phone

Always get in the habit of bringing your phone when you run. It can be your lifeline in case of a fall or accident, so always have it with you in case you need to call for help.

Although men’s athletic wear has always been generous with pockets, women’s running gear is finally starting to offer generous pocket sizes in leggings and shorts.

So, it’s easier than ever to hold onto your phone and keep it secure while you’re running.

7. Stay Alert and Aware

One of the best ways to stay safe on a run is to be alert, aware, and focused on your surroundings.

If you see or hear anything that seems unusual or off, leave the area immediately and change your running path. Although many of us like to listen to music or podcasts while running, keep the volume very low so you can still hear what’s happening around you.

Unfortunately, runners who are engrossed in their headphones and not aware of what’s happening around them are easy targets for thieves or harassers.

8. Wear Supportive Shoes

When you’re running in the dark, it’s harder to see what’s right in front of you. This can include uneven or broken sidewalks, holes, an old bottle left in the road, or many other things that could cause you to trip and fall.

To help avoid slips or twisted ankles, make sure your running shoes have plenty of support. If you do step onto uneven ground, a strong, supportive shoe will help you keep your balance and protect your feet and ankle.

You may find that you prefer wearing different shoes for evening runs compared to during the day.

Enjoy Night Runs With These Helpful Tips

Running at night can be exhilarating, helps to relieve stress after a long time, and is a fantastic exercise.

If you follow the tips above, you’ll increase your chances of staying safe and healthy as you exercise. Although running at night can be intimidating at first, once you develop a routine that works for you, you’ll come to look forward to your runs at the end of the day.

Get started today and start enjoying your night runs—safely!

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8 Health and Wellness Tips for Beginners That'll Seem Too Good to Be True

In the US, 40% of people between 20 and 39 are obese.

Unfortunately, obesity affects our health in a number of ways, including increasing the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.

If you are struggling to lose weight, now is a good time to talk to your doctor to find out how they can help you.

What else can you do to improve the way you look and feel? Read on to find out some useful health and wellness tips that will help you lose the weight for good.

1. Strict Restrictions Don't Work for Everyone

For some, going completely cold turkey on the chocolate, take-out, and alcohol is a great way to lose weight.

For others, these restrictions make us feel terrible. Instead of trying to cut out everything that you love, try to reduce how much of it you eat.

Can you reduce the number of take-outs per week to just two, then one? Can you stop buying alcohol and junk food to have in the house?

By still allowing yourself a treat, you retrain your brain to enjoy the food you're eating. You're not on a diet—you're simply allowing your body to love all food.

2. Deal With Your Demons

For many of us, overeating is a coping mechanism that comes from a place of darkness. Unfortunately, therapy is a very expensive luxury that many of us simply cannot afford.

However, even just a few sessions with a counselor or in a therapy group could help you overcome your issues.

All the while, why not read self-help books, learn more about psychology and philosophy, and even complete a CBT workbook?

By understanding why we overeat and being able to recognize the emotions that encourage us to drink too much, we can stop them in their tracks.

3. Doing a Little Bit Every Day Is Beneficial

When you're a beginner, there is a tendency to look at all of the fitness gurus on social media and want to give up completely.

Instead of following unattainable workout videos or hitting the gym full of buff, gym bunnies, do your own workouts instead.

First, go for daily walks around the park. Every day, try to increase how far you walk. If you find this boring, add in a little jog or listen to podcasts and music.

As your fitness increases, try jogging for 30 seconds and walk to recover. Keep this up and you'll notice your fitness hugely increase. If you're not interested in running, then find a sport that you do enjoy.

Finally, look up some bodyweight moves that you are able to do in the house. Why not attempt the 100-a-day squat or pushup challenge?

Slowly building up your fitness day by day will keep you feeling motivated. Just remember to stay away from social media!

4. Eating Healthy Snacks Is a Good Idea

When you're feeling peckish, do you head straight for the candy aisle of your local store? Instead of trying to ignore these hunger pangs, always be prepared.

Why not keep fruit and nut mix in your car or bag at all times? As soon as you're feeling hungry, have a couple of handfuls and wait ten minutes. You'll feel full in no time!

Nuts release energy slowly so you'll need to eat less of them to feel full. Better yet, they're packed full of nutrients.

5. Don't Forget to Drink Water

Instead of drinking your calories in coffee, soft drinks, or alcohol, instead, reach for water instead. Your body will thank you.

Staying hydrated will reduce your hunger pangs. You should always remember to carry a water bottle with you (and preferably a reusable one).

You should be aiming to drink around two liters of liquid every day. This number should be increased if you're sweating heavily after a workout.

6. Learn How to Cook Well

When you're trying to look after your health and lose weight, it's essential that you know what goes into the food you're eating.

Cooking is a brilliant way to destress from your working day. But, it requires some skill. Why not sign up for a class that teaches you some healthy, easy meals?

Alternatively, spend an afternoon following a few YouTube videos. If you batch cook meals then you can freeze them for easier dinner times throughout the week.

Furthermore, check out the holistic nutrition lifestyle which aims to treat not only your body but also your mind through food.

7. Focus on Getting Enough Sleep

Are you guilty of going to bed with your phone and reaching for it whenever you wake up in the night? This may be damaging your sleeping pattern.

You've likely read it before, but a nighttime routine is your secret weapon to getting better sleep! Around two hours before you go to bed, begin winding down.

Your routine can involve anything from twenty minutes of meditation and yoga to chamomile tea and a good book. Wash your face with a lavender-scented cleanser and leave your phone in another room where you're not tempted to look at it.

When our bodies are well-rested, they're more able to burn calories. Furthermore, you're less likely to crave sugar!

8. Reduce Your Meat and Dairy Consumption

Are you a carnivore that loves to eat meat for every meal? This habit may be damaging your health but it is also damaging the planet.

We now know that reducing our dairy and meat intake is the single biggest way we can reduce climate change.

But, by reducing how much meat we consume, we may also benefit our health as vegetables provide many wonderful nutrients.

The Best Health and Wellness Tips for You

When it comes to health and wellness tips, it's simply a case of getting started on your journey and incorporating those that work best for you.

You'll come across conflicting information in this industry. So, instead of blindly following a diet, find out how and why it can help you.

Have you found this article interesting? Check out the rest of the website for more useful tips and tricks.

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4 Important Tips for What to Do After a Seizure Are you trying to figure out what to do after a seizure? Read this article to learn more about what to do when people have a seizure.

Did you know that epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological condition? 

However, seizures can affect even those without epilepsy. Everyone has a seizure threshold, which when passed results in a seizure.

If you or a loved one has recently experienced a seizure for the first time, you might be wondering how to cope with it.

We're here to help. Keep reading below for five tips on what to do after a seizure.

  1. Consult with a Neurologist

When planning what to do after a seizure, it's important that you carve out time to see a neurologist. A neurologist is a doctor who specializes in treating conditions of the nervous system, including the brain.

A neurologist who provides epilepsy services can help a patient understand why they experienced a seizure. A neurologist can also help them come up with a treatment plan, whether that be through medication or lifestyle changes.

  1. Undergo Testing

Following a seizure, one enters the postictal phase. This typically lasts 5-30 minutes, but it can last for hours or days if it was a particularly bad seizure. 

During the postictal phase, the brain is recovering from the seizure. However, this is also an ideal time to test through something like an EEG.

Testing the brain during the postical phase gives doctors a clearer idea of the altered brain activity, which they can use to help identify what might be the cause of the seizures. 

  1. Create a Support Team

If you are assisting someone who's had a seizure, it's important to provide them with emotional support. Seizures can be scary, and a patient will likely be anxious over the possibility of having another.

Providing emotional support and your time is a good way to reassure someone recovering from a seizure.

Alternatively, if you've been victim to a seizure, reach out to loved ones to help relieve stress following your seizure. Many people feel experience mental fog following a seizure, so it's wise to have someone else around to help you as you recover.

  1. What to Eat After a Seizure: Altering Your Diet

Eating well following a seizure will also help you regain your energy and strength more quickly. Ketogenic diets are sometimes suggested as a possible treatment for seizures.

Since seizures can be triggered by low blood pressure, it's important to maintain a healthy and regular diet. Ensuring you eat throughout the day and don't skip meals.

Along with eating well, it's important to stay hydrated after a seizure. It's recommended to avoid alcohol as well, as it can lower the seizure threshold and interact negatively with medications.

Taking Care of Yourself By Knowing What to Do After a Seizure

Having a seizure or taking care of someone who's had one can be confusing. It can be frustrating if you don't know what to do after a seizure. However, if you follow the tips above, you will find a smooth and smart recovery.

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5 Surprising Uses for Cord Blood

It may astonish you to find out there is significant value in an often-discarded byproduct of birthing—cord blood.

Cord blood comes from the vessels of the placenta and umbilical cord. Physicians collect the cord blood after the birth of a child and after they cut the umbilical cord.

The procedure is typically safe for both mother and child. Furthermore, cord blood has promising medicinal benefits.

To learn five surprising uses for cord blood, read on.

An Explanation of Cord Blood

Cord blood is full of stem cells. Most people know another kind of stem cell—embryonic cells—for their ability to develop into other cells. For instance, scientists can use embryonic cells to create brain, kidney and muscle cells—or any other cell imaginable.

Adults have stem cells also. However, they're not as versatile as embryonic cells.

Cord blood stem cells aren't exactly like embryonic or adult ones. However, they're closer to embryonic stem cells.

Sometimes, researchers call them cord-blood derived embryonic-like stem cells. Alternatively, some scientists call them CBE.

Surgeons can transplant CBE into another person's body. There, it can rebuild bone marrow or jumpstart the immune system.

Cord blood stem cells have restored health to many people. They've also cured people with genetic diseases.

Understanding Cord Blood Banking

Cord blood banking is the gathering and storage of blood from the umbilical cord. Medical professionals collect cord blood stem cells after the baby is born. It helps physicians combat conditions that require stem cell transplants.

A public cord blood bank accepts cord blood for research. Alternatively, the cord blood bank may provide stem cells for someone who needs them.

Families use private cord blood banks. There, they store cord blood for use by their family.

Private cord blood banks offer this service for a fee. It's a highly beneficial service for people with histories of genetic disease in their family.

Continue reading for five surprising uses of cord blood.

1. Medicinal Treatments

Physicians can use cord blood to cure almost 80 conditions. These conditions include:

  • Cancer
  • Blood disorders
  • Bone marrow failure
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Immune illnesses

Patients contract most of the conditions suited for cord blood therapy through genetic inheritance.

Often, a physician can extract cord blood for a child with a genetic disease from either a sibling or an unrelated donor. However, cord blood from a family member is much more effective. Cord blood from a family member has proven twice as effective as that which comes from a non-relative.

2. Transplant Medicine

Cord blood contains many kinds of stem cells. However, the main type is hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs).

HSCs form blood. They're responsible for the development and maintenance of blood in the immune system.

Hematopoietic stem cells can turn into three kinds of blood cells—red, white or platelets. They help to rebuild a healthy blood immune system when used during a transplant.

Cord blood shares some of the beneficial properties of bone marrow. For instance, it's readily available and easily accessible at birth.

3. COVID-19 Treatment

Researchers also believe that cord blood may help treat the novel coronavirus. Scientists believe that it can aid in T-regulatory cell therapy. With this method, scientists would use stem cells from cord blood for the treatment.

Already, some COVID-19 patients had received cord blood-derived T-regulatory cell therapy. Physicians have been able to deliver the treatment through the FDA-approved emergency use regulations.

FDA rules allow physicians to give patients up to three doses of the treatment. After treatment, patients exhibit notable improvements within 48 hours of the first treatment.

To learn more about cord blood treatment for COVID-19, check out this post.

4. Anti-Inflammatory Treatment

Researchers have also discovered that cord blood may serve as an effective therapy for inflammation. A newly discovered factor has helped researchers counter symptoms of inflammation and sepsis. These symptoms include fever, respiratory fluctuation, and even death.

Inflammation can turn against the human body. It can even damage healthy human tissue.

In studies, without cord blood treatment, only 20-percent of laboratory mice survived more than two to four days. With the therapy, 60-percent of laboratory mice survived testing.

5. Stem Cell Research

Over the last decade, researchers have done a remarkable amount of research using cord blood. This research has helped them to discover several regenerative treatments.

Before relatively recent studies, physicians believed that it wasn't possible to treat some conditions using cord blood stem cells. Nevertheless, physicians have completed more than 40,000 transplants around the world using cord blood for bone marrow reconstitution.

Now, researchers have learned that cord blood stem cells can play a role in the treatment of many conditions. Over the last three decades, they've made many life-saving breakthroughs with cord blood research.

The Importance of Cord Blood

Until the 70s, physicians discarded placentas and umbilical cords routinely. During that time, however, researchers figured out that cord blood can provide the same kind of blood-forming stem cells as bone marrow.

Because of this discovery, physicians started collecting and storing umbilical cord blood. Now, doctors use cord blood to treat serious illnesses, such as cancers and immune system disorders that typically require radiation treatment. This method is especially beneficial for children whose treatment outcomes are exceptional when receiving stem cells close to their own.

Knowing About Uses for Cord Blood Could Help Your Child

In recent years, many children have benefited from cord blood treatments. These successes have led to a new era of regenerative medicine.

Most success in this area is with children with a genetic disease receiving a core blood donation from a sibling or nonfamily member. It's a great idea for parents to learn what they can about uses for cord blood.

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Understanding the Importance of Communication in Health Care When a patient is admitted in a health care department or a hospital, they are going through a tough time of their life. In this situation, it is the responsibility and duty of the healthcare staff to provide them with all they need to recover as soon as possible.

It is important to understand the significance of medical communication for a better society.

So let's take a look at the factors medical staff has to keep in mind in this regard:

1.    Means of Communication in a Medical Center:

There are various kinds of method which are used to communicate inside a hospital. If anyone of the applied strategies declines, then it causes a huge toll on the health of patients.

For instance, if a name of a drug is misprinted then it is life-threatening for the patients.

2.    Collecting relevant data of the patient:

The medical staff must inquire about any allergies that the patient might have. This way doctors can better understand which treatments to give and which ones to not give, to a patient. Taking measures like this prevents a lot of mishaps in the medical sector.

3.    Conveyance of patient’s information from department to department:

It is noteworthy that it is imperative to keep an open mind when transferring a patient’s information. A patient’s medical history is the most important thing when it comes to giving then the right treatment.

Most of the mishaps occur while conveying patient data to the other hospital department, such as surgery. These critical mistakes prove that medical communication is necessary.

4.    Examination of the private medical sector:

When a private medical related company receives data from a patient, they often do not share any results with the hospitals and their staff. They do so, due to the ever-growing competition in the medical sector. Everyone wants to be better than their competitor.

However, this can be resolved by shaping rules of transparency between companies and trusting each other, by implementation.

How to resolve the issues in medical communication and understand its importance?

The four major strategies to overcome this problem are discussed below:

1.     Teamwork of hospital staff:

The hospital staff works every single day for the greater good of patients. The staff includes people like a team of medical experts, nurses, pharmaceutical lab team, and other staff. All these people work together as a team, and it is not possible to achieve desired outcomes without their efforts.

So, this team requires making their inter-communication link stronger.

2.     Medical Communication Agency:

Many hospitals and medical centers outsource the services of a medical communication agency nowadays. It proves to be extremely beneficial to overcome the medical communication barriers including language barriers.

Medical communication agency does not have to a team always physically available. Many medical communication agencies prove their services over the telephone. They implement language services and assist in administering the records of the medical data of a patient.

The role of medical communication is significant in the health of patients and saving lives.

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5 Warning Signs You May Have Adrenal Fatigue Adrenal fatigue is affecting more and more people day by day due to increased stress. Mainly the increased stress is because of modern living and arising tensions. There is a rapid increase in the number of adrenal fatigue cases. The spike has never slowed down over the years and is getting too common nowadays. Though many people are a victim of it but are hardly aware of the fact. There are a few warning signs that signal that one might have adrenal fatigue. If you were surfing the internet for this reason then luckily you have landed on the right page. This article will guide you through 5 warning signs you may have adrenal fatigue.

Tired For No Reason 

Many times it happens that a person becomes tired without being involved in intense activities. You might feel that you are lacking some energy and would feel more tired. You might think that this may be normal but it is not. It is the number one warning sign which indicates that you are a victim of adrenal fatigue.

Sensitive To Sunlight 

One of the most common symptoms of being the victim of adrenal fatigue is light sensitivity. It is caused due to unbalance in potassium and sodium. When one's body is stressed, they use specific minerals more quickly as compared to others. These minerals are responsible for even our tiniest actions such as pupil dilation. Many people aren't sure about this due to which it is recommended to opt for the adrenal fatigue test for confirmation.

Have Afternoon Lows

Stressors in your body result in adrenal fatigue. An unstable blood sugar level is known to be one of the constant sources of stress. If one consumes foods that are high in carbohydrates and sugars then it may result in blood sugar levels to rise and crash constantly. According to physiologically our body demands an increase in blood sugar levels which reduces cortisol and reduces stress by a much greater margin.

Crave Sweet Or Salty Snacks?

As discussed earlier, the craving for sugar food is one of the warning signs that signal the presence of adrenal fatigue. Besides this one also craves salty foods too. It is completely biologically justified when you are fatigued. Our body consumes more sodium when an individual is stressed out. Due to this reason, one craves for salty food to replace its deficit.

Not Getting Hungry 

When a person suffers from adrenal fatigue, their body's natural hormone rhythms with nature oddly. It depends on each individual but in many of them, cortisol production is much low in the morning. Due to this reason, many people might feel lethargic. Cortisol has a direct connection with the hunger. Keeping this in mind, this plays a vital role in making the appetite diminished in the morning. Though many people just don't feel like eating until 10 am but it is suggested by the experts to go through the adrenal fatigue test.

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How to Know When Its Time to Replace Your Filtered Water Bottle

Water helps us flush unhealthy toxins from our bodies, but what helps flush these toxins out of our drinking water?

Water filters help remove impurities from your water source, which makes water tastier and healthier to drink. You may be wondering, "how long do water filters last?"

Water filters not only last a long time, but they provide other helpful benefits, too. Read on to learn more about the portable water filtering process.

How Do Water Filters Work?

Water filters efficiently trap and purify minerals and impurities with a porous filtration system. This system sifts and dissolves harmful materials out of the water like a magnet.

Carbon, or charcoal, makes up most portable water filters. Activated carbon filters help filter water using activated carbon fragments. These tiny carbon fragments efficiently absorb harmful chemicals and minerals.

Activated carbon is inexpensive, reusable, and long-lasting, making it the perfect portable water filter.

How Long Do Water Filters Last?

Water filters don't last forever. Several factors contribute to water filter degradation. Overall, water filters last anywhere between 6-12 months.

Tap water quality heavily impacts how long a water filter lasts. Hard water has an abundance of minerals in the water, making it "hard." The minerals in hard water make it tougher to filter, which lowers the lifespan of water filters.

If you live in an area with hard water, you'll need to replace your water filter more often. If you have soft water, your filter will last much longer. However, drinking softened water has its benefits and drawbacks to consider.

Some forms of filtered soft water increase your sodium intake, so it's vital to check what type of softening system you own before committing to daily soft water intake.

Benefits of Portable Filtered Water Bottles

Non-portable and filtered water reservoirs are perfect for home storage. Portable water filters are ideal for people who often fill up their water bottles on-the-go. These handy bottles have additional key benefits that make them worth purchasing.

Portable

As the name gives away, portable filtered water bottles are travel-friendly. With a built-in filter, you can fill your water bottle with tap water from anywhere. This is perfect during long walks, trips to the beach, or any situation where you're away from home.

Easy to Use

Portable filtered water bottles are very straightforward to use. Simply fill the water bottle with the tap water available to you, and the filter does the rest. Filters are pre-installed and ready to use.

Cost-Effective

Filtered water shouldn't be a wallet-hurting investment. Portable filtered water bottles are less expensive than large water reservoirs that have more complex filtering systems.

More importantly, portable filters last a long time. In most cases, you only have to replace your filter once or twice a year, which is more cost-effective than replacing the entire bottle.

Filtered Water for the Win

Whether you choose a portable filtered water bottle or heavy-duty filtered water reservoir, it's hard to go back to non-filtered water.

Anyone wondering "how long do water filters last" can rest assured knowing filters last a long time. The lack of drawbacks makes filtered water easy to enjoy.

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Wisdom Teeth Removal: What to Expect From the Process Getting your wisdom teeth removed soon? Here's on breakdown on what you can expect from the wisdom teeth removal process.

Many people fail to go to the dentist as much as they should. In fact, some people only go when there is a problem like needing wisdom teeth removal.

While some people are able to keep their teeth healthy without a dentist, it's really better to go to the dentist for regular checkups. Regular dental checkups will help you make sure that everything is going as well as possible.

If there is a problem, you'll be able to catch it quickly. When it comes to wisdom teeth, they can be problematic if left in place, but your dentist can advise you.

Continue reading this article to learn more about what to expect if you've got to have your wisdom teeth removed.

Reasons to Take Your Wisdom Teeth Out

Dentists are changing their view on taking out wisdom teeth. Before, it used to be that every dentist wanted to take out all of your wisdom teeth, but that's not how it is anymore.

When you're doing wisdom teeth removal, it's because there is a need for it.

The main reasons people want to take out their wisdom teeth are because either they're impacted, coming in at the wrong angle, they have a small mouth or because of cavities or gum disease.

If none of those things are in play, you may be able to leave your wisdom teeth put.

Preparing for Surgery

These procedures are surgery, so you have to make sure you're ready to take care of yourself afterward.

The first step is knowing what you're getting into. You learn this by going to speak to the oral surgeon.

If you have any health concerns, this is the time to voice them and let the dentist know what they're working with. You should also tell them about drugs you're taking and ask any questions you have before getting the work done.

You should plan time off work before you get the procedure done. It isn't going to feel good, and you want to make sure you don't have to get back into the swing of things right away after they're finished.

What Happens During the Surgery

When you're getting the surgery done, you'll either be fully asleep or you'll choose to have the dentist numb you.

The surgery will only take about 45 minutes or even less, and the type of anesthesia you use is an important part of the process. If you don't think you can deal with being awake during it all, you might opt for IV sedation or general anesthesia.

If you think you can deal with being awake during everything, you can go for local anesthetic, and you'll save some money.

The doctor might need to cut your bone or the gum to get the tooth out. If that is the case, they will stitch the wound so it will heal fast. These stitches will usually dissolve in a couple of days, so you don't have to go back in and have them removed.

Recovery Time Period

You might be wondering how long it is going to be before you can get back to your normal self.

The good news is that it should only take around three or four days to recover from a wisdom tooth removal procedure. If your case was a little more on the complicated side like impacted wisdom teeth, then you might have a little longer of a recovery period.

Keep in mind that the wound isn't going to fully heal for months. You need to be careful with your mouth so that you don't develop an infection, which will cause some serious problems.

What to Do During Recovery

When you're recovering from your oral surgery, you might be worried about what you're able to do. You need to get back to work, but you don't want to hurt yourself.

Some of the things you do want to avoid are smoking, spitting, heavy exercise, and drinking from straws. If you do any of those things, you might dislodge the blood clot or make the stitches come out of your mouth.

It is normal that you're going to have some swelling, bleeding, and pain after your procedure, but if you have too much pain or if there's a lot of bleeding, you need to call your dentist right away.

After the third day, you should notice that you're feeling a lot better. If you're still not feeling better, you might want to ask your doctor for recommendations.

If you have problems swallowing or breathing, have a fever, develop numbness, have blood or pus coming out of your nose, or anything else strange—this is not normal.

Make sure you're doing a good job caring for your mouth for the best results. You should be rinsing with salt water to keep the wound clean and then let the water drain from your mouth without spitting.

When you see or feel the blood in your mouth, you can dab the area with a gauze pad to get any blood out of your mouth. As long as you're careful after your surgery and keep your mouth clean, you should be good to go.

Wrapping Your Head Around Wisdom Teeth Removal

It might be scary to think about having teeth removed from your head. Now that you understand more about wisdom teeth removal, you'll be able to go into the procedure with a little more confidence.

Feeling good about the process is important if you want to have a positive experience, and now you have the best opportunity for a good experience to happen.

Do you need more help with oral health and other important topics? Keep going through our site to get the help you need.

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How Can A Mild Hyperbaric Chamber Supplement Your Wellness Routine? Hyperbaric chambers use oxygen and controlled air pressure to treat injury, fatigue, and soreness. They aren't just meant for professional athletes.

Hyperbaric chambers changed the way American doctors treated patients back in the 1890s. The chambers were so effective, the US Navy put them to regular use in the 1930s. 

Since then, doctors continued to study the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Over the years, American scientists approved HBOT to treat over a dozen conditions.

No, you do not need to become a diver to use a hyperbaric chamber. Divers primarily use HBOT if something goes wrong during their ascent. 

What medical conditions react well to hyperbaric oxygen therapy? What does it feel like inside a hyperbaric chamber?

This guide will answer all your questions about hyperbaric chambers.

What is a Hyperbaric Chamber?

A hyperbaric chamber is a sealed room capable of being pressurized to below sea level. They are generally made from metal or something sturdy enough to maintain pressure. Cheap models are available but pose a fire risk if they burst.

During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a patient receives pure oxygen. 

Oxygen delivery systems include:

  • Ambient oxygen - No need for tubes, just breathe the air around you
  • Nasal tube - A soft plastic tube with a forked part that rests inside your nostrils
  • Oxygen mask - A soft plastic mask that covers your nose and mouth
  • Oxygen hood - A large clear plastic hood that fits over the entire head

The oxygen delivery method depends on what you're treating and the type of chamber.

What Does the Hyperbaric Chamber Do?

The hyperbaric chamber provides a controlled environment to combine two treatments.

The combination of high air pressure and pure oxygen boosts the oxygen levels in your bloodstream. The extra oxygen speeds up the healing process.

At sea level, the oxygen concentration is 3 mL/L. In a typical hyperbaric chamber, that becomes 60mL/L of oxygen. That is also how much your body needs to operate all the oxygen using tissues.

How Much Pressure Is Inside a Hyperbaric Chamber?

That depends on the type of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and what condition you're treating.

The typical hyperbaric chamber reaches a pressure equal to 3 times the normal air pressure. A mild hyperbaric chamber has about half the pressure. 

What Does It Feel Like Inside a Hyperbaric Chamber?

The first step of your appointment is to get comfortable. Put on the cotton gown they provide. Make sure you follow all the instructions before treatment begins.

There are two main types of hyperbaric chambers. What kind you use depends entirely on what the facility has available.

A single-person chamber is usually a narrow tube. You lay down inside the tube and breathe the oxygen-rich air. There are plenty of windows so you don't feel trapped.

Multiple-person chambers come with seats. Some are equipped with televisions to help pass the time. These chambers use oxygen hoods that cover the whole head.

During the session, someone will be with you to talk if you want. If talking won't help you relax, they will offer another form of entertainment. Your only job during treatment is to relax and breathe.

How long is a typical hyperbaric oxygen treatment session?

Assume that you will be busy for at least 2 hours. 90 minutes of the session will be inside the hyperbaric chamber. The extra time covers changing clothes and adjusting the chamber's pressure.

During treatment, many patients feel like they're on an airplane. The pressure in the chamber affects the pressure in your ears. It may also affect your sinuses, so don't go to treatment with a stuffy nose,

Anxiety from claustrophobia is the cause of many side-effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Anxiety causes blurred vision and numb fingertips. As long as you remember to relax, this shouldn't be a problem.

Some patients feel giddy due to the pure oxygen evironment. Rarely, patients with an undiscovered condition will suffer serious side-effects. Before you use a hyperbaric chamber, consult a doctor.

Hyperbaric Chamber Benefits

Early on, hyperbaric chambers were used to treat Navy divers with the bends.

Divers in the hyperbaric chamber are given pure oxygen to boost their systems. The chamber is pressurized to the same depth as their dive. Slowly the pressure is released, allowing nitrogen bubbles in the diver's bodies to reduce.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is approved to treat:

  • Gas or air embolism
  • Decompression illness
  • Failing skin grafts
  • Burns from a fire
  • Certain sinus and brain infections
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Low blood flow
  • Gas Gangrene
  • Crush injury
  • Necrotizing infection
  • Radiation injury
  • Bone marrow infection
  • Anemia from blood loss

Early hyperbaric chambers treated Americans suffering from breathing troubles to syphilis. Doctors could not deny that the oxygen boost from treatment helped their patients.

Even though HBOT is currently approved for a dozen or so treatments, doctors recommend it for other conditions, too.

Pressure from a hyperbaric chamber can help with rapid hearing loss. The oxygen-rich chamber promotes oxygenation in the inner ear and restores hearing. Patients who didn't react well to drug treatments were treated with HBOT.

Sometimes patients encounter infections that don't clear up with typical treatments. Diabetics with foot ulcers often have low blood oxygen, making healing difficult. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment boosts their system and prevents amputations.

Patients with hard to treat necrotic wounds on the face and neck benefit from HBOT.

Certain anaerobic bacteria infections may be killed by an oxygen-rich environment. One 2010 study in Norway used HBOT during treatment for anaerobic infections. Everyone improved whether they had additional surgery or not.

Treat Your Body Right and Try a Hyperbaric Chamber to Ease Your Pain

Have you tried every other treatment option and nothing helps? Maybe it's time to think inside the pressurized box.

A visit to a hyperbaric chamber doesn't have to be scary or overwhelming. Take the time to do a little research on hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Use this guide to soothe any nerves you might have about the treatment.

Still have questions about using hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat your condition? This guide can give you a starting point to make a list of questions. Take these questions to your doctor.

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7 Tips for Choosing the Best Children's Dentist It is crucial to choose a pediatric dentist that you can trust. This guide lists 7 tips for choosing the best children's dentist.

Maybe your child has reached the age at which he or she needs dental care? Maybe your child's existing dentist isn't getting the job done? Whatever the case may be, you're in the midst of choosing a dentist for your kid.

The question you have, however, is: how do you find the best children's dentist? Are there specific things to look out for? The answer is yes!

Without further ado, here are 7 tips for finding a pediatric dentist. 

  1. Find a Dentist Who Accepts Your Insurance

First and foremost, if you have dental insurance, you'll want to find a dentist who accepts it. Not all dentists accept all forms of dental insurance. And if you use a dentist who doesn't accept your insurance, you will likely be saddled with 100% of the bill. 

Most insurance companies provide lookup tools so that their policyholders can determine which dentists are in their coverage network. Go to your insurance company's website and look for such a tool. Then, enter your parameters into the tool and see what you can find. 

If your insurance company doesn't provide such a tool, you're going to have to make some calls. First, call your insurance company and ask for a list of potential dentists. Once you've received this list, read through it, and give calls to the eligible dentists you're interested in. 

You want to be sure that both the dentist and the insurance company have confirmed the validity of the coverage. If the insurance company says the dentist isn't eligible, or if the dentist says the insurance coverage isn't eligible, you're advised to move onto the next option. 

  1. Ask Around

Maybe your sister has kids who have received dental care? Maybe you're in a community parent group? Whatever the case may be, if you have fellow parents in your circle, you're advised to ask them about their kids' dentists. 

Odds are, someone will have a recommendation for you. And because this recommendation is coming from someone you trust, you can be fairly certain that it's a good one. 

  1. Take Advantage of Review Sites

Another way to find a good dentist is to take advantage of online review sites. These sites include Google, Facebook, Yelp, and the like, with a number of other options available as well. 

Though the reviews on these sites aren't entirely unbiased, they generally serve as good guidelines for particular businesses. So, if a business receives primarily positive reviews on such a site, there's a good chance that it provides good service. Conversely, if a business receives primarily negative reviews on such a site, there's a good chance that it provides bad service. 

Read through each review carefully, as different reviews might be able to answer different concerns. Also, keep an eye on overall star ratings. Generally speaking, overall star ratings of 4 and above indicate adequate service; star ratings under 4, on the other hand, should raise question marks. 

  1. Pay a Visit

Bringing a child to a dentist that he or she has never met is a risky proposition. You never know what the reaction might be. Things might go swimmingly but they could go awfully as well. 

For this reason, before choosing a dentist for your child, you're advised to pay visits to a few dental offices in your area. Any reputable dental office will allow this to happen free of charge. 

While visiting, ask plenty of questions. Your goal should be to get a feel for the dentist in question. You also want to make sure that your child feels comfortable around the dentist; he or she is the one whose teeth will be examined, after all. 

  1. Make Sure it's a Pediatric Dentist

You have the option to take your child to your family dentist. However, it's not recommended. Why? Because, in most cases, family dentists aren't trained to deal with young children. 

Instead, you're advised to bring your child to a pediatric dentist. Pediatric dentists are experts in providing dental care to children. Not only do they better understand oral health problems associated with kids, but they're also better trained in speaking to and relating to children. 

There's a high chance that your child will feel uncomfortable during his or her first dental appointment. Going to a pediatric dentist will minimize that discomfort. 

  1. Learn About Provided Services

Different dentists provide different services. One of the keys to finding a pediatric dentist that's right for your child is to find one whose services are adequate. 

Every dentist on the planet provides standard oral examinations and tooth cleanings. The vast majority provide cavity fillings and dental x-rays. However, not all dentists provide root canals or crowns or veneers. 

Make sure that the dentist you choose is able to accommodate all of your child's dental issues. Generally speaking, you can find a list of services on a dentist's website. 

  1. Choose One That's Close By 

Last but certainly not least, you need to choose a dentist that's in close proximity to you. You don't want to put your child through a 30 to 45-minute torture ride on the way to the office. This will only cause his or her anxiety to spike, making for a less-than-ideal situation during the dental appointment. 

Ideally, your trip to the dentist will be no longer than 15 minutes. If your trip has to be longer than that, try to keep your child occupied with toys, books, music, and other forms of stimulation. 

Use These Tips to Find the Best Children's Dentist Available

And there they are, 7 tips to find the best children's dentist available. Follow these tips and your child is sure to have a comfortable experience. 

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How to Get Rid of Allergies: The Complete Guide

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, over 50 million people in the United States alone suffer from allergies every year. Allergies are often brushed off as a minor annoyance, but they're actually the 6th leading cause of chronic illness.

When your body reacts to an allergen, you can experience mild symptoms like coughing and sneezing, but a severe allergic reaction can be life-threatening. Although there isn't a cure for allergies, you don't have to accept feeling less than your best as the norm.

Learning how to get rid of allergies can make you feel a thousand times better, which is why we've compiled this guide to stop allergies from ruling your day to day life for good.

Read on to learn more!

Keep Your Home Clean

Keeping your home clean is a must, particularly for those with indoor allergies. Complete a thorough dusting of all surfaces in your home at least once a week to prevent the buildup of dust mites and other allergens. You should also vacuum carpets and change your sheets and pillowcases weekly, if not twice a week.

A clean house is a great starting point, but to truly minimize the number of indoor allergens in your home, it's a good idea to take a few extra steps.

First, install HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters in your home to trap airborne allergens. This can be used both in air purifiers and your HVAC system.

Next, consider purchasing a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers, as well as running your home's air conditioning, can help to remove moisture from the air, limiting the growth of mildew and other irritants.

Try Herbal Remedies and Essential Oils

Herbal remedies can work wonders on allergy symptoms. Butterbur, for example, is an herb taken from a European shrub that acts as a natural antihistamine. There's also quercetin, a nutrient that can be obtained through apples and black tea, which helps to stabilize your immune response to allergens.

In addition, there are many essential oils that can help you get rid of allergies permanently. Among them are peppermint, eucalyptus, and frankincense.

Peppermint is an excellent anti-inflammatory, meaning that it reduces symptoms of asthma and allergic rhinitis. Eucalyptus oil is an antimicrobial that can be inhaled or added to your laundry, and frankincense is especially useful for seasonal allergies.

The best way to use essential oils is by diffusing them into the air. If you'd prefer to apply them topically, you'll need to dilute them.

You can also add a couple of drops to your bathwater. This will dilute the oils enough for direct contact with your skin, plus the steam will allow you to inhale them as if you were using a diffuser.

Get Plenty of Vitamins in Your Diet

When it comes to good health, diet is absolutely everything. Diet simply means the types of foods you consume, and the more nutrient-dense, the better. The bulk of your diet should be made up of whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, and lean meats.

Vitamin C and probiotics are particularly helpful in managing allergies. Probiotics reduce allergy symptoms and can be found in yogurt, kombucha, sauerkraut, certain cheeses, and sourdough bread. Vitamin C is in most fruits and vegetables, but those with the highest amount include broccoli, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes.

You can also get your daily dose of vitamins in the form of supplements. However, it's always best to get them in your diet. This is because your diet processes nutrients more efficiently when ingested through foods and drinks.

Seasonings and Other Natural Remedies

One of the most common ways to stop allergies is by eating unprocessed, locally harvested honey. However, honey works best for mild allergy symptoms and isn't quite as effective on severe allergies.

There are also certain seasonings that have anti-inflammatory properties and thus, can reduce allergy symptoms. These include rosemary, turmeric, and garlic.

Garlic contains diallyl disulfide, which suppresses the production of cytokines, a substance released by your immune system that promotes inflammation. In addition, garlic boosts your immune system and works as an antioxidant in your body.

Like garlic, rosemary includes an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant substance. It's called rosmarinic acid and can help relieve symptoms. Rosemary shouldn't be eaten alone, as it can cause stomach pain, so be sure to eat it with a meal.

Last but not least is turmeric. Turmeric is a superfood with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which provide allergy relief as well as assisting your body in preventing a myriad of illnesses.

Turmeric is a spice and can be added to various foods, or taken in supplement form. The supplement will likely be labeled as curcumin, as this is the ingredient in turmeric with the most beneficial abilities.

Rinse Your Sinuses

Keep your sinuses free from allergens by rinsing them often. This is most easily done through a nasal irrigation system.

To use this system, pour distilled or sterilized salt water into one of your nostrils, while gently holding the other closed. Hold your head over the sink when you let go, as the water will come out of the other side. Then repeat on the other side.

Also, it's important not to sniffle too much if you can help it. Instead of sucking the mucus and allergens back up into your system, blow your nose as often as you can.

Learn How to Get Rid of Allergies to Improve Your Health

Allergies are classified as a disease for a reason. This immune reaction can and does make life miserable for millions of people. But by learning how to get rid of allergies, you can kick the sneezing, itching, and sinus issues for good.

Remember, natural remedies can be extremely beneficial, but if you experience a severe allergic reaction, don't wait to seek medical attention.

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How Long Should an Ultrasound Take? A Simple Guide

If you've been referred by your doctor for an ultrasound examination, it can be an exciting time if you're pregnant, or a worrying time if you're having painful symptoms which need to be investigated.

Either way, you're sure to have a lot of questions.

What is an ultrasound and how does it work? How long should an ultrasound take? How should I prepare for an ultrasound?

Read on to find out all about preparing for an ultrasound. 

What Is an Ultrasound?

An ultrasound scan is a medical test used by doctors to capture live images of what's going on inside your body. It uses similar technology to sonar and radar, which is what the military uses to detect far away airplanes or ships underwater.

Doctors use it to see problems with internal organs, without the need for a surgical incision. Ultrasound scanning uses no radiation, making it safer than a CT scan or x-ray, so it's the preferred choice for viewing the fetus during pregnancy.

How Do I Prepare for an Ultrasound?

Your doctor should give you detailed instructions about this, but it depends on the organ which is going to be examined.

If you're having an abdominal scan, you may be asked to fast (go without food and/or water) for a period of time before the examination, as undigested food can block the view for the sonographer.

For an antenatal scan, you may be asked to drink a lot then hold your urine. It's easier for the sound waves to travel through liquid, so a full bladder ensures a better view of the baby.

How Long Should an Ultrasound Take?

Most ultrasound scans will be done within 30 minutes, then you will be free to go about your daily business. In the case of pregnancy ultrasounds though, there is a little more variation.

The Americal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommend that all women should have at least two ultrasounds during pregnancy. It's an important way to check the health and growth of the baby throughout pregnancy.

A routine ultrasound in the first trimester may take less than 15 minutes. The sonographer will use either a transabdominal or transvaginal approach to examine the uterus and surrounding area.

The ultrasound purpose in early pregnancy is to check the presence of an embryo and heartbeat, check the number of embryos and the gestational age, so that you know the due date of your baby, or babies!

The second trimester ultrasound can take up to 45 minutes. This is the scan where it's usually possible to find out the sex of the baby which 85% of parents want to know this before delivery.

After The Ultrasound

Now that you know the answer to the big question, how long should an ultrasound take, you might be wondering what happens next? Sometimes the ultrasound will provide enough information for the doctor to make a diagnosis and start treatment right away. If not, you might need more tests, like an MRI or CT scan.

In the case of pregnancy ultrasounds, you should hopefully have a nice picture of your baby to take home! If further tests are needed, your doctor should explain everything to you. 

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4 Smarter Ways to Buy Your Necessary Prescriptions

Healthcare is on everyone's minds these days. And with people living longer and being more conscious about their health, they're also now paying more for prescriptions. Healthcare costs in America are now worth nearly $4 trillion.

And as the economy continues to struggles, Americans are looking for creative and useful ways to save wherever they can, including on medications.

So, if you're interested in learning some smart ways to buy prescriptions, then continue reading and we'll walk you through everything you need to know!

1. Buy Generic

The very first thing you should do when trying to save money on prescriptions is to ask your doctor if there are any generic versions of your medication. The price differences between name-brand drugs and generic ones can be steep.

Generic brands work just as well as the name-brand ones and use the same ingredients too.

2. Combine or Split Pills

If you're taking multiple prescriptions for the same ailment, then ask your doctor if there's one pill that can do the job. For example, there may be a generic combination pill that can do the work of two name-brand medications for a fraction of the price.

Another way to save money is to split up your pills. You should first check with your doctor about this, but you could save money by getting pills that are double the strength and just getting half as many.

3. Use a Preferred Drug Store

Your employer might have a preferred network. This means that you might be eligible for discounts at certain drug stores.

You also might have a limited network. This is when your insurance provider will only pay for prescription medications that are filled at in-network stores.

Medicare plans can also have limited or preferred networks. The savings could be particularly noticeable with brand prescriptions.

4. Utilize Mail Order Options

If you're not using mail order for common maintenance meds, then you're most likely overpaying. There's also a good chance that you're employer offers the service.

It's worth pointing out that processing can sometimes take more than a week. So, if you're starting a new medication, see if your doctor can give you a one-month prescription to fill locally, as well as a 90-day script for mail order.

You can also save a lot of money by buying Canadian. As an American, it might not technically be legal for you to buy prescription meds from your northern neighbors. But as long as you don't buy too much, it's highly unlikely that anyone will notice. 

The Importance of Knowing About Smart Ways to Buy Prescriptions

Buying prescriptions isn't something that people usually enjoy doing, but it's an important part of many of our lives.

By knowing how to buy these meds the smart way, you can end up saving a lot of money while staying healthy.

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How to Shed the Weight: 6 True Weight Loss Solutions

Every year, an estimated 45 million Americans try to lose weight by dieting, but only 5% are successful in the long-term.

This is a shocking statistic because it shows how ineffective diets are and how many people are looking for, but not finding true weight loss solutions. Fortunately, you can lose weight and keep it off long-term. The answer is creating a healthy lifestyle that can be maintained throughout the rest of your life.

If you are wanting to lose weight but aren’t sure where to start, here are a few, effective solutions that will help you lose weight and maintain your weight loss.

1. Start With a Plan

One of the best weight loss tips is to start with a plan. Set your goals for your weight loss journey so you can plan, step-by-step how you will reach them. While everything may not go to plan completely, your plan will act as a guide through your weight loss journey.

2. Exercise Regularly

If you need weight loss help, the best thing you can do is exercise regularly. Aside from the many benefits of exercise, moving your body will help accelerate your weight loss. Be sure to do cardio, strength training, and flexibility training.

3. Find an Accountability Partner

If you want to give yourself the best weight loss odds, find an accountability partner. Almost any goal you have can benefit from having a partner who is working towards the same goal and is available for mutual accountability. You can find an accountability partner online or on fitness apps.

4. Ditch the Fad Diets

One of the smartest tips for weight loss is to avoid fad diets. Generally, fad diets are unhealthy, too restrictive, and will not work in the long-term. Instead of participating in unhealthy eating habits, eat healthy foods that are non-processed and are known to promote weight loss. 

5. Drink Water

Drinking water is ideal for many reasons, one of them being weight loss. Water has zero calories, can help you feel full without overeating, and is great for burning calories. You should also drink more water than usual if you are exercising regularly.

6. Make Use of Supplements

At times, losing weight can be difficult, and taking supplements is a great way to boost your efforts. Make sure to take natural supplements, instead of diet pills as diet pills are unhealthy and don’t have long-term results. Shop here for an effective supplement that will help you lose weight.

There Are Many True Weight Loss Solutions You Can Use

True weight loss solutions are all about small, healthy lifestyle changes that give you lasting results.

Start your weight loss journey by creating your weight loss goal and plan. Get the basics right by eating healthy foods, drinking water, and exercising regularly. Supercharge your efforts by enlisting an accountability partner, taking supplements, and staying committed.

Follow these tips and you will be well on your way to losing weight for good.

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Kid's Braces: The Basics When It Comes to Braces for Kids

Are you trying to figure out more about braces for kids? Read this article to learn more about getting braces for children.

Braces for kids aren't something a new parent has in mind, but the time quickly approaches when discussing the topic. Kids grow up fast, and so do their teeth. 

When your child's dentist mentions that it might be time to see an orthodontist, you might have many questions! If you're curious about what having braces might mean for your child, keep reading. 

Why Kids Need Braces

Braces are very common for kids and teenagers, and millions of kids get them every year. There are several reasons why. 

As children lose their baby teeth and adult teeth take their place, they often come in crooked. This is because of a lack of room in the mouth and jaw.

Jaw problems are likely to occur as well, causing issues like overbites and underbites.

There are also instances of injury and baby teeth not falling out that could mean need braces. 

Treatments Available

The most common form of braces is metal brackets and wires that are attached to the teeth. These will shift the teeth and cause them to straighten out. Your child will have regular check-ups to adjust the wires and check on the progress. 

Invisalign is another treatment that is comparable to braces. Invisalign consists of clear plastic aligners that are changeable and removable. As the child's treatment progresses, they will receive a different set of aligners every six weeks. 

One of the benefits of Invisalign is that it might be less painful, and since the aligners are clear, it might boost your child's confidence with having braces. 

Another treatment option is lingual braces that sit in the back of the mouth instead of the front. Lingual braces might be preferred because they're nearly unnoticeable. However, not every dentist will know how to do this treatment, as it's a specialty. 

In addition to needing braces, your child may need some other dental work done, such as rubber bands, headgear, bumpers, etc. All of this work may be done before or during braces treatment. 

Orthodontists for kids will be able to suggest the type of treatment your child needs and set up a plan to get their teeth in great shape. 

How Long do Braces Last?

The length of time your child has braces will depend on the severity of their case and the dental problems they need to fix. 

In general, the length of treatment for braces will be anywhere from 18-24 months, with some cases needing more time.

Cost of Braces For Kids

The cost of braces can make any parent nervous! Thankfully, most braces cost around $3,000-$6,000 depending on the type they choose and how long they will need them. 

Many orthodontists offices will provide financial options to make getting braces more affordable for families. 

Is Your Child Ready For Braces?

When it comes to braces for kids, there's plenty of information available to make you comfortable and answer your questions. And soon, your child will have a beautifully straight smile!

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The Right Moves: Are You Guilty of Making These 13 Common Workout Mistakes? Getting fit is a lifetime commitment. Professional athletes take the advice of their trainers seriously who catch the workout mistakes these stars of the court and field make early in the process. But, the majority of us mere humans don't have a sports guardian angel standing by ready to redirect our mistakes into more fertile motions and methods. Certain exercise and fitness mistakes are common. Knowing what they allow people to switch it up and get back on the right path. Here are 13 of the most common.

  1. Exercising Too Much.

Believe it or not, too much exercise is not a good thing. It's a significant mistake often made by exercise newbies. Instead of working their way up gradually and adding more reps over time, many people get frustrated and overdo it thinking that positive returns will happen more quickly. But, the body gets inflamed when exercise is overdone, and it needs time to repair itself. Long term problems include thinning bones and weaker muscles. There's more information at fitnessrealm.co.

  1. Forgetting To Warm Up Properly

Muscles are dense. That means they have less water per volume than other types of tissue. That lack of water makes them more likely to break when overstrained. Short warm-ups before an exercise session move more blood into the muscles bringing needed oxygen into the area. When athletes take time to warm up before working out, they protect muscles from overexertion that can lead to damage.

  1. Hydrating Improperly

Water demands increase during exercise. That's because water cushions the impact of activity at the joints while stabilizing the heart rate and blood pressure, which rise during exercise. Couple this with the fact that water loss spirals when the cardio gets ramped up. Exercisers should boost their water intake before, during, and after a workout to maintain hydration. However, it's vital to drink water even when not exercising. Choose to imbibe often to maintain health.

  1. Sitting Too Much Throughout the Day

Most people spend too much time each day sitting at a desk or watching television. A steady lack of motion isn't healthy, and a 30-minute workout a day isn't enough. By breaking the day up regularly with short walks or even time spent standing rather than sitting, muscles remain more fluid. During exercise, concentration should be focused on working the muscles that are neglected throughout the rest of the day and reducing the time spent working muscles that are used to sit.

  1. Choosing an Exercise Plan That Isn't Fun

Human beings want to enjoy their day. Given a choice between hanging or with friends or doing an exercise program they despise, the friends win every single time. Exercise is necessary at all stages of life. It's a constant. Choose a routine that is enjoyable instead of one that makes you groan. The afterglow of exercise is one of its many benefits. After an enjoyable workout session, there's a better chance that the next day's training will happen when there is a history of liking the workout.

  1. Limiting Raise Intensity Levels

Slow and steady may win life in the long run, but it won't help build a healthier body unless it's interspersed with bouts of intensity throughout workouts. Athletes understand that periodic increases in energy expenditure push the body's response. Walking a little faster for five minutes or walking up a hill all do wonders for overall fitness levels. Those shorts boosts output to increase the number of calories used, making them especially important when weight loss is an important goal.

  1. Understanding the Body's Connections Not Taken Into Account

Back pain may be due to problems in the legs rather than in the back itself. When muscles in one region of the body are cramped, pain often appears in a different part. Physical therapists know this and provide a series of exercises that start in one area and move to surround muscle groups to help their patients regain full use of their bodies. Take a tip from these experts. Make sure that linked areas get attention when pain crops up.

  1. Neglecting Muscles That Require Pampering After the Workout

Exercise taxes the muscles, and those muscle groups need to time repair once the workout is over. Schedule in time for a massage or a nice long shower after the exercise is done. Slow stretches at the end of each session will help to move lactic acids out of overworked areas. Restored muscles are an exerciser's best friend. They will make it easier to move fluidly throughout the rest of the day.

  1. Scheduling Sleep Goes on the Back Burner

Sleep is vital. Most people who regularly exercise don't have a problem falling asleep. However, they may not be getting enough of it. Rest keeps the body and the mind in tune. A short nap after a workout helps maintain alertness when exercising, but extended sleep periods are still required-; waking up refreshed means that toxins have been removed during the night, and the body is ready for the day with all its many challenges.

  1. Being Strong But Not Flexible

Exercise builds endurance. It takes strength. But that endurance will be limited when muscle groups become too intensely cramped. Stretching exercises must be included at the end of every exercise routine. The stretches should work through all the major muscle groups on the body to be effective. Remember that muscle groups are connected and can affect each other. If the workout focused on the legs, don't forget to stretch the linked back muscles.

  1. Using Improper Technique

An excellent personal trainer repositions their client's posture and redirects motions throughout a session. That's because technique matters. When the technique is neglected, there can still be results. But, those results will be limited because the body has been trained to move in the wrong ways. Pay attention to posture. The better the posture, the more fluid the motions. Getting the technique right helps move exercisers towards better overall health.

  1. Not Starting Exercise Because You Can't Get to the Gym

It doesn't take a gym membership to get into shape, although gym memberships certainly help in the process. Exercise can be worked into a daily routine even when you can't leave home. Lifting weights, walking or running, and even calisthenics can happen at any time throughout the day. Plan to exercise no matter where you are.

  1. Inconsistently Exercising

An exercise program is a commitment. It should be scheduled and adhered to. The occasional workout or run every other weekend just won't cut it. It's better to exercise for ten minutes every day than workout once a month for an hour.

Recognizing mistakes early in the exercise process helps people move towards better health and a fitter body more rapidly. Rest and relaxation are just important as the exercise itself while understanding the connections in the body helps keep pain at bay. Doing exercise the right way makes it so much more enjoyable. And, people love doing things they enjoy.

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