Three Health Strategies That Can Help You Start Looking And Feeling Better

Although many people want to look and feel their absolute best, they oftentimes don’t. This is the case for many reasons, but one of the common culprits is poor health. If you’re currently looking for wellness strategies that can promote greater health and happiness, this is the article for you. Implement some or all of the health strategies listed below to get the wellness optimization process underway:

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1. Shop Online For Wellness Products.

One great way to ensure that you remain on the path to greater wellness is by purchasing your health products via Internet. This strategy will save you the hassles and irritation that oftentimes result from standing in long check-out lines or dealing with aggressive salespeople. In the event that you’re in need of a testing kit, you can obtain it from Diagnostic Automation. This company offers several types of testing kits, including the HCG test.

2. Utilize A Food Journal.

In addition to shopping online for wellness products, be sure to start utilizing a food journal. This strategy is powerful because it enables you to keep a close record of exactly what you ate. You can use this data to determine important factors like your carb/fat/protein ratios and how many calories you consumed. All of this information will help you determine what dietary changes you need to make in order to look and feel your best. You can use online food journals like www.cronometer.com to get this process underway immediately.

3. Meditate Every Day.

One final strategy you can employ to optimize your level of health is meditating every day. This wellness technique helps fight stress, improve memory, and promote sounder sleep. There are several modes of meditation available to you, and one of them includes breath-based meditation. With this format, you focus on inhaling and exhaling slowly while paying attention to the depth and cadence of the breath. Another meditation option is silently repeating a positive phrase inside yourself. Examples would be “I love myself” or “Serenity now.”

Conclusion

If you’re ready to get healthy and lead an extraordinary life, don’t delay the process a moment longer. Instead, implement the changes necessary so you can begin looking and feeling your absolute best. Some of the strategies that can facilitate the desired outcome include shopping online for wellness products, utilizing a food journal, and meditating every day!

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Conventional Medicine vs. Alternative – Do You Really Have To Pick A Side?

There are three types of standard treatments for the ailments the human body suffers. The names are sometimes used interchangeably, but a standard outlook is:

Medicine: This is used as a catch-all term for standard medical practice. It includes engineered medications that are prescribed by doctors. Over-the-counter remedies play their part too. The general uniting factor is that there is a synthetic process involved in the making and manufacturing of these drugs. For the purpose of this article, we’ll be referring to these as “conventional” medicines.

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Alternative Medicine: This is used to describe medical practice that is outside of the general consensus. It can include herbal remedies and practices such as Reiki. These tend to have little scientific backup, but strong support from people who have used them. The conventional community will often refer to any impact of alternative medicine being down to a placebo effect.

Complementary Medicine: Almost a halfway house between the two. This would include acupuncture; once denounced as alternative medicine, it now has mainstream acceptance.

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So with the three factors defined, the same arguments tend to immediately spring into place. Pick a side!

The conventional medicine crowd despise the alternatives. They say that empirical scientific proof is the only thing that matters. People’s experiences are often dismissed in the face of this. They say it doesn’t matter if thousands of people state homoeopathy works- the science disagrees, so it’s irrelevant. Anything that doesn’t fit their worldview is dismissed, such natural oils for eczema treatment or essential oils for pain relief.

The alternatives don’t like the conventional crowd in response. They deem their opponents dismissive, lacking in empathy and being too entrenched in big pharma ideals. They believe less conventional medication can still be beneficial, treating ailments across the spectrum. They trust remedies that are shown to kill parasites or ease digestion function, and they do it off crowd-sourced knowledge.

Complementary falls somewhere in between.

Who’s right? Everyone is. It’s that simple. There is a strong over-reliance on pharmaceutical companies data by the conventionals. This ignores the fact it has been shown, repeatedly, that drug companies will manufacture study results to show what they want. If they get results that disagree with what they’re selling, they’ll just throw them out. So how empirical is that proof, really?

But alternative medicine has to be careful, too. Once, people believed in witchcraft and did so wholeheartedly. Just because it’s what people feel and believe doesn’t make it right.

So how does all of this apply to you? It’s time to try and walk a path between these two competing ideals. Rather than seeing them as eternal foes and being forced to pick a side, see everything as a part of a larger whole. You can reap the benefits of both sides if you are willing to experiment, research and take a few leaps of faith.

Apply common sense, discuss your options with a doctor, and try to remain open-minded. If you resist becoming entrenched in one position, you stand to see double the amount of benefits.

 

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When Does A Habit Become An Addiction?

Most of us have bad habits of some sort. In most cases, these habits are completely harmless. But what happens when a habit spirals into a dangerous addiction? Do you smoke? Do you drink to excess? Do you take pills or use cocaine from time to time? Have you been taking prescription drugs for as long as you can remember? None of us expect to become an addict, but addictive behavior can develop very quickly. Before you know it, you’re not in control, and your addiction is taking over every aspect of your life.

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Am I an addict?

We often say that we’re addicted to things in a light-hearted manner. But the reality is that addiction is a real threat to society. Bad habits won’t land most of us in trouble, but addiction can. When you have an addiction, you’ll continue to do something even though you’re aware of the negative consequences. You’re willing to put your family, your finances, and your health on the line to get that next fix.

If you think about something all the time, and it has become your priority, you may be an addict. Are you willing to sacrifice other things to buy pills or a bottle of vodka? Are drugs, gambling, or alcohol the first thing you think about when you wake up? Are you willing to push the boundaries and take risks just to get that high? Has your behavior changed? Are you lying to others to cover your tracks?

Addictions don’t just affect your mental health. They also have implications for your physical health. If you’re a drug addict, you may find that your heart races sometimes. Or you may have lost weight. If you’re an alcoholic, you may have jaundice. If you smoke all day every day, you may have a smoker’s cough and breathing difficulties. Many people who have addictions also struggle to sleep.

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Where can I get help?

The most important step on the path to recovery is admitting you have a problem, and seeking help. There are some amazing facilities and treatments out there, but they’re no good to you if you don’t want to be helped. If you do want to reach out, there are various options. See your doctor or contact a charity that helps addicts. Seek advice from your therapist or research drug rehab centers. There are many different treatment techniques and methods, which may be beneficial. Often, it’s a matter of trying therapies and seeing what works best. The methods that are recommended may depend on the type and severity of your addiction. In some cases, medication and talking therapies may be sufficient. In other cases, intensive rehabilitation may be the best approach.

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You may never have thought in your wildest dreams that you would become an addict. The trouble is that a one-off can quickly turn into something much more serious. If your life is governed by smoking, drinking, or going to the casino, you may well have an addiction. Even if you feel fine physically, this doesn’t mean that all is fine and dandy internally. It can take a long time for the effects of an addiction to become apparent. What is important is that you seek help if you are worried about your behavior. Early intervention can make all the difference.

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First Steps to Treating your Depression

Depression is a slippery beast to treat. This is for many reasons: general stigma surrounding mental health treatment, depression’s symptoms can often be confused with other emotional responses, and the inertia depression generates. Although awareness of mental illness has generally increased over the past several decades, folks can still face repercussions at work or from their family when disclosing mental illness.

 

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The conversation about how to shift culture and change fundamental issues within the mental health system is for another article. For now it’s enough to say – mental health is a right, not a privilege. Every person deserves access to resources that can help them to be healthy, and 1 in 4 American adults experience mental illness in a given year. Depression isn’t fun but it is common, and treatable.

 

Am I Depressed?

Sometimes depression can be easy to miss because it doesn’t fit our preconception of what depression is supposed to look or feel like. While TV may have taught us that depression = sad, in reality there are a variety of symptoms wrapped up in it.

 

  • Depressed or irritable mood most of the day, every day, that is different from your “normal” mood.
  • Impaired level of function – i.e. it’s hard to go to work, clean the house, and other daily tasks of living.
  • Decreased interest in pleasurable activities
  • Significant weight change (gain or loss)
  • Change in sleep (inability to sleep or sleeping all the time)
  • Change in activity (slowing down or speeding up)
  • Fatigue/loss of energy
  • Feeling guilty or worthless
  • Inability to concentrate or be decisive
  • Thoughts of suicide or self-harm

 

When noticing these symptoms in yourself it’s important to also consider duration. Many of these may come up normally just as part of being a human living an imperfect life. If these symptoms or feelings persist continually for more than two weeks, then you may have depression. If you or someone you love are experiencing these symptoms, seek treatment with a therapist immediately.

 

How do I Start Therapy?

In addition to general stigma, Depression’s symptoms can create barriers to treatment. Depression can take away motivation to do things you used to enjoy, much less boring and repetitive tasks like making the necessary phone calls to enter treatment. Worse, depression can make you feel worthless and guilty – suddenly the fact that you’re not in therapy is because you’re lazy or undeserving and not because you’re sick. In order to keep depression from keeping you out of therapy, use the tips below:

 

  • Get a buddy. Starting therapy can feel overwhelming – it involves phone calls and google searches and leaving your house, all things that depression may tell you are too hard. Ask a friend to help you look up providers or sit with you while you make phone calls and even take you to your first therapy appointment. If you have a friend experiencing depression the single most helpful thing you can do is make an appointment for them.
  • If you have insurance, go to their website to find a list of providers that definitely accept your coverage. This can save you a lot of time, and prevent any added financial stress or disappointment during appointments.
  • If you don’t have insurance and money is a concern, look for universities with Social Work or Psychology programs – they will often offer reduced price or sliding scale services by students who are in training. You can also find group practices like http://www.therapyinphiladelphia.com, The Center for Growth. Private training programs like The Center for Growth, have the added bonus of more intensive supervision for interns, meaning more oversight for your issues.
  • If finances are not an issue, we strongly encourage working with senior level therapists. Therapists who have at least ten years of experience have a higher treatment “success” rate than new therapists.  Depression is a serious condition that is treatable.  With the right supports, most people can learn to manage their depression as opposed to depression managing them!
  • Treat your first therapy session as an interview. This is a chance to see if you want to work with this therapist, and to help them identify your treatment goals. Come up with a list of things that are important to you: More important than their educational level, or even school that they attended is were their clinical hours video-taped? Unfortunately most training programs do not require clinicians to have their work videotaped and reviewed on a weekly basis with a supervisor and thus many new therapists are poorly trained. Other important questions to ask is have they treated depression before? And if so, what percent of their population struggles with that particular issue.  Many therapists will tell you they treat depression (eating disorders, grief, addiction etc) even if they only work with 2 people a year with that issue.  It is absolutely your right to know the frequency that they work with your particular issues.  In addition, you want to know how many clients a week your therapist sees.  10-25 clients a week typically allows the therapist enough emotional energy to spend thinking about each particular case and continuing to push themselves to clinically grow. Therapists that see 30+ clients a week typically are emotionally overloaded and do not have enough emotional energy to clinically grow.  Yes, many good clinicians work more than 30 hours a week, they are just not spending all of their time in people’s heads. They are doing other types of work like consulting, teaching, writing etc.  Lastly, asking your therapist if they have they worked with people who share your racial, gender, sexual, religious, etc identities is recommended?  It’s not your job to educate your health care providers on your identities.
  • Remember that therapy is about fit. Too many first-time patients stick with therapists they hate or think “therapy isn’t for me” because they don’t click with their first therapist. If you don’t feel comfortable opening up to your therapist- find a new one! They are professionals and it will NOT hurt their feelings. We strongly recommend making several first sessions and then you have a way of comparing them. If all three of them tell you the same thing, that says something. Typically, you will find yourself gravitating towards one person over the next.  If you hate all three of them, then the issue is likely you.  One major benefit of seeing a therapist at a group practice is that if you don’t like one practitioner, you often are allowed to “test” out a different one free of charge.

 

Above all remember: you deserve help. Help is within reach. If it feels like too big a task to manage on your own, ask for help getting help. Call 267-324-9564 to make an appointment with a therapist at the http://www.therapyinphiladelphia.com The Center for Growth today.

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Common Diabetic Problems (And How To Fix Them)

Diabetes just by itself is enough of a problem for those carrying the illness. That’s not to mention the host of other health problems that can crop up along the way! It’s a disease that affects life, and lifestyle, in many different ways, and there’s not always a solution to each issue.

That being said, it is possible to help yourself if you know what to look for. Diabetes sufferers often possess a specific set of symptoms which relate to another, more serious problem. By catching these symptoms early on, the problem can be fought – and potentially fixed!

Kidney problems

 

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Diabetes and the kidneys are directly related. Diabetes affects the blood vessels in the kidneys, meaning that they cannot clean your blood properly. This can result in waste building up in your blood, as well as your body holding more water and salt than necessary.

Difficulties include the inability to empty your bladder, kidney failure and urine tract infections. To solve these issues, or at the very least catch them early on, it’s recommended to have your urine checked for protein regularly. If you show any of these symptoms – swollen ankles, excessive weight gain – visit your doctor immediately! Quick treatment can halt these effects.

Kidney failure in diabetes sufferers is also commonly caused by medication like Invokana. Invokana injuries also range from strokes and heart attacks, so make sure you’re aware of the risks before getting a prescription.

Heart problems

 

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Patients suffering from any type of diabetes are more prone to heart disease. Other related issues include high blood pressure, and fluctuating blood sugar levels. Your first port of call will be to stay on the lookout for any of the basic signs of a heart attack or stroke. These include:

  • Feeling dizzy and faint
  • Chest pains
  • Sickness/being sick
  • Blurred vision or difficulty speaking
  • Painful headaches

If you suddenly gain two or more of these symptoms, you must visit your nearest hospital immediately. It could be nothing, but it could also be a serious issue. Better safe than sorry!

However, there are a couple of things you can do to delay the onset of, and possibly even prevent, any heart attacks or failure. For starters, you can stop smoking – smoking doubles your chances of a heart attack.

Secondly, if you remove your central obesity, you can reduce the risk of heart disease. Central obesity refers to the amount of weight you’re carrying around your waist. This type of fat can increase your cholesterol, and deposits blood fat on the inside of your vessels.

Other problems

 

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Your feet are also at risk if you have diabetes. High blood sugar can lead to nerve damage, and loss of feeling in your feet. To prevent infection, it’s essential that you keep your feet and skin healthy and attend to any cuts or sores.

And finally, that high blood sugar can also cause a condition known as neuropathy. Neuropathy is a condition which affects the nerves up and down our body. Symptoms include tingling, numbness and loss of feeling. You must consult a doctor if you experience any of these on a long-term basis!

 

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The Dangers That Can Come With Prescription Drugs

When we are prescribed drugs by our doctor, we rarely think of the dangers. It’s right to trust your doctor, but you should still use those prescription drugs carefully. There are many dangers and things that can go wrong if you don’t do this. To start with, you should be aware of what the common dangers associated with prescription drugs are. That way, you can make sure you avoid them in the future. Read on to find out all you need to know about those various dangers.

Side Effects

Every drug has its side effects, whether it was prescribed by a doctor or not. So, you need to be aware of this before you start taking them. Your doctor should talk about possible side effects with you before you leave his office. And when you’re given the medication, all the possible side effects will be outlined on the packet. But talking to your doctor is best if you’re not sure. They are the ones who can offer you the best support and advice.

Our bodies are all different, and that means that they can react to medication in different ways. For some people, a medication can cause them no side effects at all. But another person can take the same medication, and the same amount, and suffer severe side effects. This is why it’s important to be careful and make sure that you know the risks and the signs to the looking out for in advance.

 

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Wrong Prescriptions

Sometimes, it’s the doctor who prescribed you the medication who is at fault. If they prescribe the wrong medication for your illness or diagnose you with the wrong illness, you could be at risk. Taking a drug that is not applicable to your particular condition will prevent you from getting the right treatment. And it will also make things more difficult because the drugs could damage your health further.

If you think that you have been the victim of this kind of medical mistake, you should take legal action. You can find help and information at www.HeardRobinsNewMexico.com. It can be the pharmacist who makes a mistake sometimes too. If they give you different drugs to the ones that were written on your prescription, you could end up taking the wrong medication. That’s why you should always make sure that you’ve been given the right drugs before leaving the pharmacy.

 

Addiction

It is possible to get addicted to some drugs. When we think about drug addiction, most of us think about illegal drugs. But it can be much more common for people to get addicted to medications given to them by a doctor. Of course, addiction is something that some people are more likely to suffer from than others. Certain genes make becoming addicted to something more likely.

Strong painkillers can be addictive. And people in pain often feel the need to increase their medication to get rid of that pain. This is when a problem can arise. Doctors have to do their best to limit a patient’s access to certain drugs if there is a risk that they could become addicted. But when someone becomes addicted to something, they will do everything possible to get what they need. Stopping patients taking enough of those kinds of medication to get addicted in the first place is what’s important.

 

Mixing Drugs

Two different drugs can be perfectly safe if they’re taken separately by an individual. But when that person takes both medications consecutively, it can cause real problems. Mixing drugs in this way causes they to react differently when they are being processed in your body. That’s why it’s important that your doctor is kept up to date about which medications you have been taking.

If you don’t tell your doctor about what you take, they could prescribe you something incorrectly. If that medication reacts with an over the counter drug in a way that is dangerous, then you could be in trouble. Alcohol can also react badly with certain drugs. That’s why it’s important to take your doctor seriously if they tell you not to take certain pills before or after drinking alcohol. Failure to follow this advice could lead to hospitalisation.

 

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Not Taking Drugs As Prescribed

When your doctor prescribes a drug, they will not only tell you what to take it but how and when to take it too. Failing to follow these instructions can lead to the drug being used in the wrong way by the patient. And that can have all manner of other health implications for them. It’s not something that can be allowed to happen if you want to stay fit and healthy when taking a certain form of medication.

For example, your doctor might tell you to take the drugs before going to bed. If you take the drugs in the morning, it could affect your mood and ability to work throughout the day. And if you take the drugs more often than your doctor tells you to, the addiction will become more likely. Go to psychcentral.com if you want to find out how to always remember when to take your drugs.

 

Driving After Taking Drugs

Driving after taking drugs can be very dangerous if the drugs cause you to become tired or drowsy. This is a common side effect, and your doctor will usually tell you about this. They should warn you not to do certain things, such as driving or operating machinery, after taking them. Your doctor is being over-cautious when he or she tells you to do this, so don’t be tempted to do this.

For people whose jobs involve driving, the treatment should be discussed at length. There might be a way of finding a different form of treatment that doesn’t involve taking those kinds of drugs. But if that’s not possible, then it might be necessary to take a break from work while recovering. Both your employer and your doctor should be aware of what you do and what drugs you are taking.

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