Have A Special Diet? 4 Ways To Ensure Your Body Is Getting What It Needs

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Individuals who have medical conditions are often required to be on special diets. These diets help them to manage symptoms from digestive problems, kidney problems, blood sugar fluctuations and other issues. However, sometimes being on a special diet can mean you don’t get all the nutrients you need to keep you healthy. Your physician may recommend a number of other measures to make sure you’re getting the vitamins and minerals required for overall good health. Here are a few options for ensuring good nutrition when you are on a special diet. Continue reading “Have A Special Diet? 4 Ways To Ensure Your Body Is Getting What It Needs”

5 Health Checkups Your Husband Should Have

Guest post contributed by Peter Minkoff

Health checkups are the most important part of disease prevention. Although this is well known, most men put off going to the doctor. If your husband is anything like a lot of Australian men, you should continue reading. Ladies, this reminder is for you. Make sure your husband doesn’t skip these five essential checkups this year.
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Don’t Compromise Your Health: 4 Simple Checks Every Woman Should Do

 

A 2015 article published on ThinkProgress website has brought an important issue to light: gender stereotypes are very much present in the healthcare system. How many times have you visited a doctor due to chronic pain, headaches or period problems and your “diagnosis” was something along the lines: “It’s all your imagination”? This sort of doctors’ approach can discourage a lot of women from doing their regular and emergency checkups, which can significantly compromise their health. You should, by no means, pay attention to this discriminatory behavior.

Your priority is your health, and therefore, you must check it from time to time. Here are four essential yet simple checks you can do.

Gynecological health

Regular gynecological checkups are imperative, especially after a woman turns 25 or 30. You shouldn’t go to your gynecologist only when you have some symptoms or avoid going for a checkup thinking that nothing can happen to you. Virtually, every woman is affected by an infection or some other gynecological condition at some point in her life, and some of them, if left untreated, can lead to infertility and have other dangerous consequences. A typical gynecological checkup should include:

  • A breast exam – to check for any irregularities or lumps in the breast tissue. You should also learn how to do a self-exam.
  • A pelvic exam – where the doctor examines the female reproductive system. This exam also includes a Pap smear, which is used to detect the presence of abnormalities that can be caused by infections, cervical cancer, etc.

Hormonal balance

Hormonal imbalance is common in women of all ages. More often than not, women attribute symptoms of this condition to other causes and tend to ignore them when they are doing regular checkups. You would be surprised to know just how many signs indicate that you may have problems with hormones. Fatigue and poor sleep can be caused by an imbalance in thyroid hormones. Mood swings, irritability, anxiety, and even depression can happen due to cortisol, testosterone, or estrogen imbalance. Low thyroid levels can lead to hair loss, dry skin and hair, and brittle nails. Changing levels of estrogen and progesterone manifest themselves through hot flashes and night sweats.

Do you know how easy it is to check that? A simple saliva test will tell you all about your hormones.

Heart condition and blood pressure

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in women and as such, it shouldn’t be ignored. Routine doctor visits can save your life, so try to make time for annual heart checkups even if you don’t have a heart condition. While you are there, ask for screening tests that include weight and BMI, waist circumference, blood pressure, cholesterol, and fasting blood glucose. If the results pose a concern, you might need to change your lifestyle. Blood pressure is something you can also check regularly at your home with a digital monitor.

Eye health

Did you know that 2/3 of visual impairment and blindness happens to women? The good news is that ¾ of visual impairment are preventable. Feeling the urge to visit your ophthalmologists yet? It is crucial to check your eye health on a regular basis. If you notice any problem, such as blurring vision, problem with focusing, headaches, eye strain, sensitivity to light and eye pain, you should make an appointment to do an eye test as soon as possible to see if you should start wearing glasses or contact lenses or undergo another treatment to prevent vision deterioration. If you are already wearing vision correction mean, regular eye exams are even more important.

“Prevention is better than the cure” is much more than just a saying. If you take proper care of your health right now, you will avoid a lot of troubles in the future.

Healing With Hope: 3 Support Strategies To Help A Loved One With An Eating Disorder

An eating disorder is a serious condition that shouldn’t be taken lightly. When you or a loved one is dealing with this type of problem, it is always imperative that help is found. Without the proper resources, an eating disorder could become a serious and even fatal problem. Here are three support strategies to help a loved one with an eating disorder. 
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Juicing with Kids: How to Get Healthy as a Family

Guest post contributed by Rebekah Carter

Want to teach your children some great healthy habits, and make sure that you spend some time together bonding too? Juicing could be the answer. Juicing is more than just a great way to help you lose weight, it’s also a fantastic solution for boosting energy, building strength in tiny bodies, and enhancing bodily functions with fiber, iron, and a host of antioxidants too!
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Essential Tips for Preparing Your Skin for Spring

“Yay! Winter is almost over!” – screams our skin, fed up with having to choose between being dry and being smothered in heavy-duty moisturizers.

It’s true. Our skin suffers in winter more than in other seasons, because the cold weather and the harsh winds constantly dry it out, and the artificial heating indoors isn’t helping either, because in the winter the air around us when we are indoors is usually a lot drier than during the rest of the year. But with the winter slowly passing by, we should start preparing our skin for the seasons that lie ahead.

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Self Improvement Do’s and Don’ts

In life, there are no guarantees; just when you think you’ve got it all sorted out, life decides to play tricks on you, challenge you and surprise you so much so you think you won’t make it (this time around). But you do. And that’s fine – this life-imposed rollercoaster of emotion, chances, strengths and weaknesses is perfect for testing our personal limits and boundaries, always giving us the chance to self-reflect and build something quality out of every failure. And, if we’re smart enough, we learn from it. Self improvement is a never-ending job one must diligently focus on – not as a chore, rather, as a pathway to happiness and progress.

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Remove Harmful Ingredients from Your Cosmetics

Do you ever wonder how to make your life habits healthier? You probably do, since we are constantly exposed to many harmful substances contained in almost everything including our food, our drinks, the air, and even in our cosmetics. In order to help you reduce the negative impact of such ingredients, we will draw your attention to some of them and give you some useful advice on how to live healthy.

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How to do Your Winter Beauty Detox in 5 Steps

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Winter holidays are truly magical and we all enjoy ourselves during this festive break. Still, with so many parties, heavy eating and lounging around, your health and skin are bound to suffer. Therefore, once the holidays are over, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about your winter detox.

If you used to follow a specific regimen for healthy lifestyle before the holidays, this won’t come as something too troublesome for you. On the other hand, if you neglected your health and appearance a lot longer, then it’s time for some healthy New Year’s resolutions!

If you’re curious on how to detox properly but simply and effectively, keep on reading.

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Does Drinking Coffee Have Health Benefits?

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My husband would like for the answer to be yes!  Most of us enjoy a cup of coffee or two everyday. If you’re like me, you stumble into the kitchen first thing to get your brew on.  Don’t you love that delightfully rich aroma when you open the can?  Not only is the smell of coffee a pleasant eye opener, recent studies show that consuming up to three 8-ounce cups per day has proven health benefits. Who knew? My DH will be thrilled!

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