How to beat dental anxiety

The anxiety that comes with a dental appointment is often worse than anything that actually happens during the procedure. From a simple check-up to the infamous root canal, all kinds of dental procedures can make us all very nervous. But most of our fears are created in our own minds, and can be overcome with a few simple tips.

 

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Know What’s Going On

Anxiety can be rooted in the fear of the unknown, or it can develop because your expectations aren’t based in reality. Just because you think something is going to be painful doesn’t mean it will be. Take the time to have a frank discussion with your dentist about what will be going on during your procedure.

 

And while you’re getting the details on your appointment, explain that you are still anxious about the procedure. The dentist can’t know how you’re feeling unless you tell them. Having an stronger dose of numbing agent, additional sedative or even just taking the process slower than usual can all help you get through the appointment with less anxiety.

 

Keep Distracted

Taking your mind off your mouth can be tough during a dental appointment, but being able to choose your favorite music can be a potent distraction. Just make arrangements before your appointment so that your dentist knows what’s happening. Wearing your own headphones may be out because they can get tangled in the equipment so be prepared to have a mobile device with speakers you can just set up on the counter. Make up a playlist of your favorites, and concentrate on your tunes instead of the dentist.

 

If music doesn’t hold your attention, you can convince a friend to come along and just have a chat with you. Granted, the conversation will be a little one-sided since there will be hands or equipment in your mouth for most of the time.

 

Hypnosis

Don’t laugh, hypnosis is an excellent way to deal with all kinds of anxiety, including those nervous trips to the dentist. You can try self-hypnosis products, or even a session or two with a therapist. Once the suggestion is set in your sub-conscious, you can find yourself far less anxious about going to the dentist.

 

Practice Good Dental Care

If you are anxious about the dentist, the best thing you can do is to take such great care of your teeth that nothing causes you problems. This includes the usual tips on regular brushing with a good toothbrush at least twice a day, as well as flossing. Even with this great daily maintenance, you need to have at least one check-up each year. Finding a problem while it is still small means you won’t have serious dental surgery later on. More frequent (and less invasive) appointments will help create a more positive experience in your mind too.

 

The Consequences

It is only fair to mention the inevitable consequences of letting your anxiety get the best of you. If you choose to ignore dental health and simply avoid the dentist altogether, you run the risk of very serious health complications. A simple sore tooth can develop a more serious infection that can (and will) spread through your gums and deeper into the jaw bone.

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Why You Should Be Health Wary Of What You Wear

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When you choose what to wear, you probably consider your post-work plans, the weather and how much you need to do laundry. Chances are, you don’t think much about your health, if at all. Maybe you should start thinking of your health more, here is why;

Chemicals in fabrics

A lot of chemicals are used in processing and drying of fabrics. When the chemicals break down in nature, they can be hormone disrupting and cancer causing. Because of the close contact with the skin, we can breathe some of the particles that clothes emit.

You should avoid the flame retardant clothes that have been treated with polybrominated diphenly. These chemicals can affect thyroid hormones. Percchloroethyleme (PERC), a chemical that is used in dry cleaning, has been linked to many cancers.  Avoid dry cleaners that use PERC. Studies have shown that people spend time indoors with dry cleaned items and those who wear the dry cleaned clothes end up being exposed to low doses of PERC.

High-heel shoes

The pointy-toe style heels are known to cause painful hammertoes and bunions, this leads to expensive and painful surgery in the long-run. Flat shoes are a great option, especially when you’re doing a lot of walking.

Thongs

Thongs can cause vaginal tract and urinal infections. Other than being intrusive, annoying and painful, the undergarments can harbor bacteria. When you’re sleeping, full cotton bacteria underpants can significantly decrease your chances of infection.

Skinny Jeans

Pants that are too skinny cause compression of the nerves in the legs and groin, hampering blood flow to the lower legs. This can lead to numbness, muscle damage and swelling. These symptoms may sound extreme but as you may find out more information in a recent case study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry to study effect of clothing on health; a 35-year-old woman ended up spending four days in hospital after squatting repeatedly while wearing skinny jeans.

Compression is part of the issue, when you wear clothes that are too tight; the skin barrier that protects you from infections is disrupted because the fabric constantly rubs on your skin. Skin hugging clothes also make you sweat more; this creates a good environment for bacterial, viral and fungal infections like folliculitis. Follictus turns hair follicus into icky red bumps.

Overstuffed handbags

Large, heavy, overfilled handbags can cause shoulder and back pain. To avoid trips to the chiropractor, clean your handbag of crap you don’t need and commit to a smaller bag, you probably don’t need most of the superfluous stuff weighing you down.

Tight belts

Waist-cinchers can be extremely uncomfortable, they can cause tingling and pain. Belts can cause numbness in the legs by compressing the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, a major nerve that runs from the abdomen to the outer thigh. After a big meal, you should loosen your belt.

Control-top tights

Spanx and stockings seem pretty harmless, but they can be quite destructive. Too tight shapewear can squeeze your organs and cause acid reflux and stomach pain. If you must wear shapewear, do it occasionally and limit the time you spend sucked in it.

 

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How to Live a Fit and Healthy Life in your 70’s

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Not everyone is the same when they reach seventy – some are the picture of health (at least for their age), while others have the various health problems which can come with that age.  Whether you are one of the former group or one of the latter, or whether you have an in home caregiver or live independently, there is a lot you can do to keep up your health and possibly prolong it as well.  This article will give a list of the ways in which you can help yourself feel better at whatever age.

  1. Find a Purpose

Something research has shown us is that the best indicator of someone being healthy in the latter years of their life is having a sense of purpose. In most of Western society, unfortunately, older people are not seen as being useful or valuable in any way, and so are often shunted aside from the daily life. Cultures which revere age, and the wisdom which comes with it, have older people who are much more well-adjusted than in other societies, since they have a place in the on-going society.

Try to find a way to inject a sense of purpose into your life, be it through becoming involved in the community in some way, becoming more involved in your religion, or through some form of volunteering.

  1. Get Enough Sleep

There is a pervading myth which says that, as you get older, you need much less sleep.  This couldn’t be further from the truth, and in fact older people require more or less the same amount of sleep as younger people do. The myth possibly arose from the fact that changing circumstances in someone’s life – medications, stresses, illnesses – can make it difficult for older people to get to sleep.

People in their seventies should make sleep a priority – try and keep to a schedule with no naps, and regular hours.  Getting fresh air will help, as will exercise.  A proper amount of sleep means that you will have enough energy to face the day!

  1. Avoid Falls

As you get older, you will find yourself becoming more and more unsteady, leading to falls and general instability. The frailer we are, the more dangerous falls are, so it is important to take steps to avoid the potential for falling as much as possible. Risk assess your own house to determine what has the potential to cause a fall, and take steps to change them.  Hold onto handrails whenever possible, and take up a form of exercise which stresses balance, which will help reduce the risk of falling.

  1. Keep your Brain Active

You needs to keep your brain active as you get older, otherwise you risk losing your mental acuity.  If you have been mentally active all your life, then keep it up; otherwise, begin with some small mental challenges such as Sudoku, crosswords, or other puzzles of the same kind.  Once you have mastered them, it might be time to move onto more complex challenges such as learning an entirely new language.

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Coenzyme Q10: what is it and how can it benefit me?

Coenzyme Q10 is the latest supplement to grab the media’s attention—but what is it and how can it benefit you? Here, Senior Nutritionist Frank Brogan at Pharma Nord, retailer of Q10 ubiquinol supplements, shares everything you need to know about the supplement:

 

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What is Coenzyme Q10?

 

CoenzymeQ10 is a vitamin-like substance that has a vital role in the process of providing the body with the energy needed to function normally. An adequate supply of CoQ10 is of particular importance in tissues with a high energy requirement, such as the heart and skeletal muscles. Most of your daily CoQ10 requirement is produced within the body, with a small amount obtained from the diet.

 

As we age, we become less efficient at producing our own supply of CoQ10. This is why people may choose to take supplemental CoQ10 to correct this deficit. The most important issue regarding CoQ10 supplements is that of bioavailability- the proportion of ingested CoQ10 that can be absorbed from the digestive tract into the bloodstream. When supplemental CoQ10 is first produced (via a yeast fermentation process), it is obtained in the form of crystals which cannot be absorbed from the digestive tract. It is essential that these crystals are dispersed into single CoQ10 molecules (and remain dispersed during the product shelf-life) to enable optimum bioavailability.

 

Are there different forms of Coenzyme Q10?

 

Coenzyme Q10 occurs in the body in two closely related forms, ubiquinone and ubiquinol. CoQ10 supplements are now available in either ubiquinone or ubiquinol form. Some supplement manufacturers claim that ubiquinol is the more important bioactive form of CoQ10, but this is incorrect. Within cells, ubiquinol and ubiquinone are continually inter-converted as part of the normal functioning of CoQ10, and both forms are therefore of equal metabolic importance.

 

What’s the connection between CoQ10 and statins?


As well as reducing the body’s production of cholesterol, statins also inhibit the production of CoQ10, which is synthesised via the same biochemical pathway in the body.

It’s important that tissues with a high energy requirement such as skeletal muscle, receive an adequate supply of CoQ10. For this reason, reduced CoQ10 production due to statin use has been associated with side effects, such as muscle pain. Some clinical studies have shown supplementation with CoQ10 (100mg/day) can improve such symptoms in patients prescribed statins.

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Detoxify, feel great and lose weight

Feel like your diet and exercise aren’t working? Is that unmotivating you? Maybe, it’s time to detoxify!  Find all you need to detoxify at eBay.

 

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Detoxifying pill capsules

Start anew, cleanse your body and go for detoxifying pill capsules.Your entire system will clean and be ready for weight loss. Because of its strong formula, it can only to be taken for 7 days and three times a day after meals. Make sure to drink lots of water and not take vitamins or medications. Feel good, look great and remove toxins from your body with the help of detoxifying pills.

 

Foot pads

If drinking tea is not your thing opt for foot pads. You’ll ease pain, lessen stress, and lose weight. The pads work while you sleep and toxins are absorbed, you’ll wake up feeling new. The pads can also be used in other body parts like knees, back,and elbows. Get a starter pack of foot pads or go with 100 to have them handy for next time.

 

Detox drink

Be strong, take it all at once and go for a detox drink. This is mega strong, so only take when you don’t have work or anything planned. Sit, relax and get ready to eliminate unwanted toxins. Chump it out, see more results, and finally lose unwanted weight with a detox drink.

 

Detox tea

Slim fast, stop feeling bloated and go for detox tea. When you take this you’ll detoxify, lose weight and get a flat tummy. Count on getting rid of unwanted fat in just 14 days, feeling more alert, and having appetite control. Take it in the morning, afternoon and before bedtime. Be ready to lose weight  and have lots of energy.

 

Sauna blanket detox slimming machine

Accelerate your metabolism, eliminate toxins and opt for a sauna blanket detox slimming machine. You can control  the temperature, get  ready to burn fat from unwanted areas and feel 100% good from head to toe.

 

It is recommended to detox your body every two months to recharge your metabolism, so get to it. For great deals and different types of detox methods checkout eBay.  Don’t delay, bid or buy items now.

 

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Bad Habits Die Hard: Why It Is So Tough To Establish A Healthy Habit?

It in an unfortunate truth of the world that we live in that bad habits die hard. Why is It a lot easier to fall into the routine of going to bed at 2 am and getting up at midday, than it is to climb out of bed at 6.30 am? Fresh as a daisy and ready to start the day? Likewise, it seems much simpler to start eating a sweet treat after every meal than to cut out sugar altogether? Why is that? It’s because establishing healthier habits often requires some sort of sacrifice or uncomfort and as humans, we’re programmed to not like that very much. But it is possible with a little effort and a lot of smarts, to establish habits that are good for you. Read on to find out how.

Set a specific goal

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The first thing you need to do if you are trying to get into a healthy habit is to have a specific goal to work to. For example being fitter is way too vague. Instead, you might say I want to give up smoking. Or, I want to be able to run for 10 minutes a day.

Having a specific goal makes it a lot easier to get into a positive habit because you know exactly what you are aiming for, and when you have reached it. Nebulous targets, where the goal posts move as soon as you get close to them, are something that definitely needs to be avoided.

 

Track your progress

Another important factor in getting into a healthy habit is that you keep track of your progress. OK, so you might have decided that you want to lose weight and eat at least two portions of fruits and vegetables with every meal. But you’ve had chips and pasta at dinner for the last two days. So you decide you are failing and just give up.

But, if you had been tracking your habits, then you would have remembered that you had your two portions for three out of five dinners, and at every breakfast and lunch. So you weren’t really failing at all! It was just a bit of a blip, and these are definitely to be expected when trying to establish a new habit.

The point is that by tracking your positive habits you can see your own success, which is very motivating. It can also show you where you need to adjust things or work a bit harder which is constructive for keeping to your new habit in the long run. You can even track your habits on your mobile device by using an app like this.

Remind yourself why you are doing it

Another important aspect of establishing a positive and healthy new habit is to remind yourself why you’re doing it in the first place. Never underestimate the power of motivation. Your mind is the strongest tool you have, and if you are motivated enough you will definitely be able to reach your goal.

To help you stay motivated, it is important to stay positive. To do this, you can imagine yourself when you have established your new habit, happy and feeling better. Or you can use images or items of clothing to remind you why you want to lose weight. You can even use your kids’ drawings as a reminder as to why you are getting fit because you want to be the best parent to them that you can be.

 

Make it easy on  yourself

Another piece of the healthy habit forming puzzle is to give yourself permission to make things as easy as possible. So many people fail at forming positive habits because they make things way harder than they actually need to be.

For example, if you are looking to exercise more, don’t pick an activity you hate and don’t force yourself to go to the gym if you think it’s boring and you hate being on the show. Instead, research and buy some pieces of exercise equipment that you can use in our own home. You can look at pages like this rowing machine review to get you started.

Remember that there are reviews out there for most types of home exercise equipment you can buy. So make sure you do your research before parting with your money. As getting a good deal on having workout tools in your own home, can make it a lot easy to get into the habit of exercising.

 

Make a pact

If motivation is something that you are really struggling with another great tip in establishing a positive habit is to make a pact with someone else. This can help in all sorts of ways.

Firstly you are actually accountable to someone other than yourself, so if you’re not keeping up with you habit you will have to explain why.

Secondly having someone else around you for moral support, that is on the same journey, can be so helpful. Not only are they there to celebrate your successes but they are also able to commiserate with you when things get hard too.

 

Reward yourself

Lastly, one of the key aspects of getting into a positive health habit is acknowledging your successes and rewarding yourself for these. While it’s easy to see how well everyone else is doing, some people really struggle with giving themselves the credit that they deserve.

This can hold you back from achieving your goal of getting into a good habit because everyone needs a little positive reinforcement from time to time. So to remedy this why not write out a chart with associated rewards on. Then whenever you hit a significant step on the way to achieving your positive habit, you can treat yourself.

The rewards don’t need to be massive. They can just be little things like a night out, a book you have had your eye on, or a small item of clothing.

A word of warning, though, try to ensure that your rewards actually match up with the habit that you are trying to create. For example, if you are trying to develop the habit of healthy eating, by cutting out fried food and sugar. Don’t then reward you with a candy bar, donut or a takeaway.

 

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