Quick-Fire Questions: The Health Edition

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Health is the most important aspect of anybody’s life, which is why keeping yours in the best condition should be top of the agenda at all times. For many, however, the hardest challenge revolves around building a winning plan of action.

Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding this field.  

What Is The Best Diet?

Anyone that says there is a one size fits all diet for everyone is either a liar or a fool. For starters, person A may be 6’1” and wanting to gain muscle, person B could be 5’2” and wanting to lose weight. This in itself should underline the need to focus on finding a strategy that works for you.  

In your case, this could mean getting tested for various food allergies or merely focusing on the foods that you love. It’s far better to discover nutritional habits that suit your needs as well as your lifestyle. When you do this, your chances of sticking to the plan become far greater too.  

There is one tip that should be embraced by all, however: stay hydrated!

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How Much Exercise Should I Do?

The experts say that you should be getting at least 30-minutes of moderate activity at least 3-4 times per week. While this is a good starting point for beginners, most people will find that this isn’t enough to unlock optimum health or performance. Crucially, you need to exercise in a smart manner.

Exercise should be fun and rewarding. Team sports, gym workouts, and class sessions can all be used to significant effect. Meanwhile, you’ll want to focus on targeting your weak points as well as the strongest areas. Mixing up the intensity levels and workout types can keep you on your toes too.

Remember that rest and recovery is equally vital, though, especially when you suffer an injury.

Are Mistakes Final?

No. While you cannot turn back the hands of time, there’s no point in feeling sorry for yourself. After all, we are all guilty of making mistakes with our health. A proactive response is the only way to learn from those errors and develop into a better person. This should be a target for all.

Those errors can come in many aspects of our lives, not least with regards to sexual health. Getting checked for infections is vital after unprotected sex. Meanwhile, an abortion pill can stop the threat of bad decisions impacting your entire life. Be sure to follow this up with further education on the subject.  

Or if you’ve been guilty of habits that harm your health, it’s never too late to change.

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What Are The Best Ways To Stay On The Road To Recovery?

No two people are identical. Nonetheless, despite the fact that it has to be a personal journey back to the top, embracing helping hands is vital. With the right support, the journey ahead will feel less daunting. This should, in turn, ensure that the ride is less bumpy too.

Whether battling addictions or recovering from an illness or injury, outlets are vital. Having an activity that helps focus your mind elsewhere and stop dwelling on your problems is vital. Meanwhile, setting daily milestones will break down the process into bitesize chunks.

You can get back to your best, and the right plan of action will undoubtedly aid the cause.  

Is It OK To Self-Diagnose My Illnesses?

We all encounter minor health issues such as flu throughout the year. In those cases, buying over the counter medication is the fastest and most cost-effective solution. However, in a world where we can drag up information on any subject, it can be tempting to take things further. Resist the temptation.

While it is possible that you’ll find the right diagnosis, getting it wrong will prevent you from getting the best treatment. Given that fast, accurate responses are the only way to restore your health to its best, this is the only option. The experts boast that status for a reason.

If it’s anything other than common cold symptoms, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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Oral Health – Cosmetic Vanity Or Genuine Necessity?

Do you need a Hollywood smile to enjoy great health? Absolutely not. In fact, many would argue that the clearly fake smiles look ridiculous.  One thing you cannot ignore, however, is the fact that the underlying oral health issues are of huge significance.

Good oral health should start with effective daily cleaning. Millions swear by electric toothbrushes, but it’s perhaps even more crucial to add mouthwash and flossing to the daily activities. Meanwhile, regular checkups, especially if you’ve experienced pain, are essential too.

So, to recap: Hollywood smile? No.Winning smile? Definitely.    

Just How Important Is The Right Frame Of Mind?

If nothing else, the answers to the questions above should highlight the fact that mental health is as crucial as physical health. Unfortunately, other people cannot notice the damage quite like they’ll spot physical issues. Only you can take responsibility, but that doesn’t mean you have to be alone.  

Vocalizing a problem to yourself can be the first step to accepting the need to treat it. Meanwhile, opening up to friends and family often leads to love, support, and advice. If the thought of discussing those issues with loved ones feels too much, online forums or local experts can help.  

When your mindset is in the right place, you can achieve anything. Do not underestimate it for a second.

 

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Any Other Tricks For Great Health?

It may not seem like a major issue, but establishing a routine is vital for your health. From sleeping at the same times to working out on the same days each week, plenty of evidence backs up the claims that this can be hugely beneficial.   

If nothing else, it’ll keep you on the right track and help train your mind. Having said that, the chance to take a break and recharge the batteries is something that everyone should want to grab. Otherwise, it can all get a bit too much.

Most importantly, though, you have to do what works for you.

 

Look Your Best This Party Season: Your Nine Step Plan

The holiday season is upon us, so it is natural to want to look our best. From an office party to family reunions, there will be a lot of people that we will be seeing, some not for a while. So it is only natural to want to look our best and wow them as much as we can. Being able to dance the night away in your little black dress and feel comfortable is what it is all about. So what and you do to prepare and make sure that you’re looking good? Here are a few tips and tricks to help you, as well as the areas that you should be focusing on.

One of the first things to look at is your skin. Winter can cause problems for your skin, as it can really dry it out. When you’re constantly exposing your skin to vary temperatures (the cold from outside and the warmth from indoors), it can sap some of the natural oils from your skin. So focusing on your skin first and foremost is a good way to go. Here are some of the things you can do to make sure skin is looking its best.

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  • Prepare

Skin peels have been around for a long time, and they are still here. Why? Because they have been able to stand the test of time and show just how good they are, as well as how versatile. So it could be worth looking at getting having one done. It can peel away the dead skin to reveal glowing and fresh lovely skin. This can make your look instantly better, as well as reduce the number of spots that you get.

  • Reduce Blemishes

Speaking of which, blemishes can be on the rise when you aren’t taking good enough care of yourself and your skin. But it is important to not get confused as to what is a spot or a blackhead and what isn’t. If you start to squeeze a sebaceous filament, for example, it can lead to swelling, which is never a good look before a party. They aren’t spots, but can often get confused as blackheads. So sebaceous filaments vs blackheads: what is the difference? To make sure that you’re not trying to squeeze the wrong thing on your face, you need to know what they look like.

A sebaceous filament is typically light grey or a hue of tan in color. They feel smooth to the touch and are naturally on our faces. Blackheads, however, are the result of a clogged pore from things like dead skin cells, dirt or impurities. They are slightly raised and are darker in color. So before you squeeze, double check what you’re looking at; don’t end up with a lumpy face from putting pressure on the wrong thing!

  • Protect

Winter is a time when your skin needs a lot of protection. If you think that sunscreen, for example, is only needed when it is sunny, then it is time to think again. Use a sunscreen all year round to reduce sun damage to your skin. Many brands are upping their game when it comes to sunscreen too. There are brands out there that help to fight against free-radicals, and ones that can give your skin an antioxidant boost.

  • Hydrate

For your skin and your body, you need to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water, and avoiding too much caffeine is a great way to make sure that your body is taken care of. Drinking plenty of water can help to flush toxins out of your body, which will help to rejuvenate you, as well a reduce things like dark circles under your eyes. Our bodies are made up of a lot of water, so when they have enough, it helps them to work as they should.

  • Reduce Salt Intake

There is no getting away from some salt in our diets. But if you’re wanting to get into your little party dress and want to reduce the bloated feeling, then reducing your salt intake is a good idea. Don’t get me wrong, some salt on a steak can go a long way and transform the flavor. So just avoid a big bag of salty chips or fries the day before an event, for example. Stick to whole foods, rather than processed foods as a rule, and you’ll be able to control your salt intake much more easily as you will know what you’re adding, rather than what is hidden.

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  • Exercise and Move More

We are getting into the full swing of party season. But there is no time like the present to move more and exercise more. Even if you’re not looking to lose weight, it can be a good way to help you to feel happier over winter, as well as firm and tone up your body. If you have a gym to get to, then great. If not, there are many apps that you can download to help you. A yoga routine could help to firm up your arms for your party dress, for instance, or a six-pack abs workout could help you to feel more comfortable in your chosen outfit. You don’t have to exercise for hours on end; even walking more regularly can make a difference.

  • Avoid Fizz

If you want to avoid being bloated, then as has been described, salt is a good thing to avoid. Another great thing to watch out for are fizzy drinks. If you regularly have soda pop, then looking to reduce your intake can reduce the bloat. Even when you’re out at your parties or events, stick to alternatives like red or white wine, rather than champagne or prosecco. The bubbles can fill you up, which is why many people drink them. But they can lead to you feeling bloated, and that probably isn’t how you want to feel in party season.

  • Get Plenty of Sleep

Sleep is important at any time of year. But it is even more important when you want to stay up later some nights and enjoy yourself. You’re not going to get very far if you’re exhausted and can hardly keep your eyes open. Instead of reaching for an unnatural solution like energy drinks, energy pills, or caffeine, simply make sure that you are getting enough sleep each night. Most adults know what sleep they need to get and what works best for them. But around seven or eight each night is a good guide.

  • Juice Cleanse

After all of the partying has been and gone, then you might want to consider something like a juice cleanse. It can restore your system and give it a bit of tender loving care that it might need. A juice cleanse will fill you with vitamins and minerals to help your body feel at it’s best, as well as give it a boost to help repair and restore. There are plenty of recipes online that you could aim to replicate, as well as buying some from stores. Just look for ones that are cold-pressed, rather than pasteurized. Then you know that no heat has been added and all of their goodness is still in there.

 

What have you got planned this party and festive season? Would love to hear about your plans and what you are planning. Do you have plenty of parties to go to in the coming weeks? Just remember to stay safe, follow these tips, and you’ll be in for a season of fun and frolics, and not sickness and sadness. Happy holidays!

 

 

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