Do you look unhealthy and feel bad about it? Don’t give in to self-pity. Look for things you can do or habits you can observe to look healthier today. Here are six routines you might want to try.
1. Take care of your skin. The skin is the largest body organ that can reveal your overall well-being. It is the first layer of your immune system that shields you from harmful elements in your surroundings. Protect it from daily wear and tear by keeping it clean, moisturized and protected against UV rays. Avoid smoking and other unhealthy habits that can damage your skin as well.
2. Take care of your teeth. Bad breath, gum disease, plaque and tooth decay result from poor dental hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice daily. Use dental floss and mouthwash to remove food deposits and bad bacteria in your mouth. A complete set of pearly white teeth will make you look healthier and younger. If you’re missing a couple of teeth, consider having dental implants. Read this detailed infographic from Aria Dental to learn more about them.
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3. Keep yourself hydrated. Water aids the circulation of blood in your body. It also makes all your muscles work properly. Make sure to drink 8 glasses of water daily. This will help you avoid dehydration, dizziness, headaches and body aches while you’re completing all your goals and tasks for the day.
4. Wear clean clothes. Wearing the same clothes for a long time or repeatedly can cause the dirt and germ build-up and unpleasant body odors. Change your clothes as often as you need. Clean and good-smelling clothes will make you look and feel fresh and healthy.
5. Stand and sit tall all the time. Standing and sitting tall both refer to good posture. Good posture affects the performance of your digestive system, heart and lungs. It also affects how you feel and your capability to do physical activities. Practice good posture to avoid misaligned bones and joints, body pains, and fatigue.
6. Make your core and upper body strong. A strong core provides better overall balance and posture. It also provides support to your spine to avoid backaches and a tighter midsection. A strong upper body produces powerful arms and chest which help in the stabilization of your core as well. Exercise regularly to achieve stronger and toned core and upper body.
Coughs and colds and aches and pains are just part of our everyday life. Because of this most people think that it is not necessary to rush to the doctor every time they experience such. Moreover, they self-medicate to alleviate the discomfort and pain they feel quickly. But is self-medication the right thing do? Here are some risks of self-medication which might help you decide if you really want to go about it.
1. Self medication is associated with risks such as misdiagnosis, use of excessive drug dosage, prolonged duration of use, drug interactions and poly pharmacy.
2. Paracetamol, an antipyretic and analgesic in large doses can cause liver failure. Paracetamol toxicity is, by far, the most common cause of acute liver failure.
3. Over usage of anti-hypertensive drug may cause hypo tension, which may eventually lead to heart failure and also hepatic and renal failure.
4. When you use over the counter, you are basically wasting the time you would have used to consult a medical professional, which could aggravate the disease condition.
5.Over the counter drugs could contain some side-effects and sometimes some adverse effects that could be dangerous to our body and so the importance of seeking and experts opinion cannot be overemphasized.
Gratitude is a powerful attitude. We can use it to expand our happiness, create loving relationships, and even improve our health.
Gratitude makes you likeable. Gratitude makes you nicer, more trusting, more social, and more appreciative. As a result, it helps us make more friends, deepen our existing relationships, and improve our marriage.
Gratitude strengthens your emotions. It reduces feelings of envy, makes our memories happier, lets us experience good feelings, and helps us bounce back from stress.
Gratitude lets you sleep. People who are thankful for the day that was get more sleep hours than those people who are anxious and angry. Sleeping 8 hours or more a day makes you healthier.
Gratitude makes you more optimistic. Optimism in turn makes you happier and healthier. Studies show that gratitude can increase lifespan by as much as a few years.
Gratitude keeps the doctor away. Gratitude can’t cure terminal illnesses, but it can strengthen your physiological functioning. Positive emotion improves health. In fact, some recent science shows just that – those who engage in gratitude practices have been shown to feel less pain, go to the doctor less often, have lower blood pressure, and be less likely to develop a mental disorder.
Gratitude helps you relax. Gratitude and other positive emotions are among the strongest relaxants known to man.
Gratitude increase your energy levels. Gratitude and vitality are strongly correlated – the grateful are much more likely to report physical and mental vigor.
Sadness can have serious physical effects on your body. The most common of these include loss of appetite and change in body temperature. In some cases, it leads to death. Read this short post to learn about the unhealthy effects of sadness and how you can avoid them.
- Trouble sleeping.
- Irritability, anger, and loss of interest in things that used to bring pleasure.
- Feeling of emptiness or hopelessness.
- Frequent episodes of crying.
- Inability to concentrate, memory problems, and difficulty making decisions.
- Trouble maintaining a normal work schedule or fulfill social obligations.
- Use of alcohol or drugs.
- Reckless or abusiveness.
- Overeating or binging which lead to weight and obesity-related illnesses like type 2 diabetes.
- Stomachaches, cramps, constipation, or malnutrition.
- Stress hormones speed heart rate and make blood vessels tighten.
- The body stays in a prolonged state of emergency.
- Heart disease and other cardiovascular issues.
Here are some ways to beat sadness.
Give some upbeat music a listen. An upbeat tune can change an atmosphere instantly and create a more positive vibe. Listening to upbeat, happy music alters brain chemistry and can improve your mood.
Monitor your inner negative talk. Reminding yourself that your thinking is that of a sad person, not a healthy functioning person. Don’t take your thoughts seriously when you are feeling low. Acknowledge the thoughts but this doesn’t mean you have to believe them.
Sleep. Sleep and mood are closely connected. Inadequate sleep can cause irritability and stress, while healthy sleep can enhance well-being. Studies have shown that even partial sleep deprivation has a significant effect on mood.Take steps to ensure adequate sleep will this will lead to improved mood and well-being.
While most people use prescription medications as prescribed, some people abuse these drugs especially when they are meant to alleviate pain. Such can abuse can easily lead to addiction. Hence, it is important for every prescription drug user to be knowledgeable of the different ways to combat abuse.
1) Understand what ‘abuse’ really means. Prescription drug abuse happens when a person uses a medication outside of its specific prescription. This includes taking a higher dose than prescribed, combining them with alcohol or other drugs and uncommon forms of administration like grinding and snorting a pill.
2) Know the most commonly abused prescription medications. Here’s a short list:
- Depressants: these include barbiturates, benzodiazepines and sleep medications
- Opioids: codeine, fentanyl and analogs, methadone and morphine are common examples of abused opioids
- Stimulants: these include amphetamines and methylphenidate
3) Make healthy decisions about taking prescription drugs. Understand the drug’s effects. Ask your doctor or a pharmacist to explain exactly what side effects to expect.
Don’t use other people’s prescriptions. They might have different effects on you. Use only the medications prescribed by her own doctor.