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1410, 2017

Look After Children? 3 Ways To Keep Them Safe & Healthy

By |October 14th, 2017|Health, XPC|0 Comments

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Looking after children in a professional capacity can be a stressful affair. No matter how good you are with kids, you’re always going to be subject to the same stresses on a daily basis when trying to keep them safe and happy. Looking after your own child is one consideration that you obviously hold dear to your heart, but taking responsibility, and getting paid to look after someone else’s child can be positively debilitating if something goes wrong. So, never let a thing go wrong.

Opening your house up to children as a childminder or personal daycare can be intrinsically rewarding, but it takes a careful eye to make sure everything is proceeding in the right way. We’d like to explore how you can best keep the children in your charge safe and healthy, so you can build an excellent reputation and look after the children who mean so much to you.

Playground Protection

You must make sure the exterior of your house is just as safe as the interior. If you provide playground facilities in your yard, it’s important to make sure everything is well placed. A rubber playground surface can help level out the flooring, perfect if you have an uneven garden, as it will help prevent fall hazards. Not only that, but debris in the grass which is hard to spot could injure a child, and so a rubber surface will bring with it the ability to see anything untoward resting on the floor. Not only that, but placing it around the playground equipment will help secure it in place a little more, so if something breaks it should fall on and potentially hurt those playing.

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1110, 2017

Seven Reasons Why We’re So Hard On Ourselves

By |October 11th, 2017|Health, XPC|0 Comments

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If you were to step back and look at your life objectively, what would be the initial observations that you make? When you start to dissect your life, and see yourself through the eyes of others, a few things immediately become clear. And when these revelations are made, you can often find yourself coming to one very obvious conclusion; you’re too tough on yourself. But don’t feel bad, because you’re definitely not the only one that does it. In fact, being hard on ourselves is something that a lot of us do quite naturally. However, just because it’s a both natural and common occurrence, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s right. It’s actually something that can do us a lot of harm. So how can you make a change for the better?

The first thing you need to do is work out why you’re so tough on yourself. Because unless you know the reasons for why you’re doing it, you’re not going to be able to stop. Again, you need to be very objective here. And honest. You need to look at your lifestyle and see what it is that’s making you be so hard on yourself. And only then can work on becoming healthier. To get you started, here are seven things that you could be influenced by too.

Making Comparisons

One of the biggest culprits for why we’re always so tough on ourselves is that we mark comparisons. And if it’s something you find yourself doing, or even don’t notice until you do start to get objective, you’re then going to want to stop. Comparing yourself to others and even basing your own lifestyle choices on this will only lead to you feeling inadequate. And […]

310, 2017

The Impediments To Weight Loss On a Vegan Diet

By |October 3rd, 2017|Health, XPC|0 Comments

There’s a silent revolution going on all over the world. People everywhere are realizing the benefits of switching their protein-rich, processed food heavy diets with a vegan diet consisting wholly of plant based foods. A diet consisting entirely of veggies, fruits, grains, and pulses has been proven not only to be the best for weight loss but for mitigating (and even reversing) a range of other health issues. Vegan diets have been proven to lower cholesterol and chip away at the plaque in the arterial lining that leads to a range of cardiovascular problems including strokes, heart attacks, and angina. Studies have also shown that plant-based diets significantly reduce blood sugar, resulting in a reduced risk of diabetes.

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While the results of a vegan diet, combined with an effective exercise regime rival any of the top rated workout and diets, a lot of nascent vegans find themselves plateauing in their weight loss. They fail to understand that weight loss on a vegan diet means more than just cutting out meat and dairy, it also means ensuring good overall nutrition. Here are some areas in which some fall short of their goals on a plant-based diet.

Over-reliance on processed foods

It’s hard to go from a meat and dairy heavy diet to completely plant-based and the vegan foods industry has met this surge of demand for plant-based meat and dairy substitutes. Oat, soy and almond milk, as well as, soy-based meat substitutes and gluten-based ‘wheat meats’ like seitan are okay in moderation, but they should not take the place of whole vegetables and fruits.

Not getting enough protein

People whose diets used to include lots of meat and eggs probably didn’t experience many food cravings. This is because protein […]

2709, 2017

Can Our Health And Well-Being Be Affected By Our Life Choices?

By |September 27th, 2017|Health, XPC|0 Comments

Our health and wellbeing can be affected by many different things in life. Some mental, some physical and some brought on by other factors in life that we don’t have control over. Many of us will do our best to ensure that we don’t become affected, but the chances are we can all feel some of the negative effects that can be brought on by significant life changes, good and bad. Some of these things may seem obvious, but some of them might surprise you. I wanted to share with you some of the ways our health and wellbeing can be affected by our life choices and hopefully offer you some tips on how to overcome them if it does.

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Relationship breakups

Whether you are married, in a long-term relationship or find yourself just starting out with someone, relationships can be a huge emotional rollercoaster, wouldn’t you agree? There are, of course, plenty of ups and downs, but I guess how you both handle the situation makes you the couple you are today or are about to come in the future. But, relationships, sometimes don’t last forever. You have every intention to make it work, but for reasons, the relationship can break down. You may have done wrong, or the other person may have done, or you just don’t seem to like one another as much as you used to. Relationship breakups can really affect your mindset and make you question who you are. It can make you feel anxious and upset, but the best thing to do in this situation is to accept and move forward.

Committing a crime

Some people are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Other people intentionally go out to cause no […]

2509, 2017

Is The Party Over As Legal High Use Falls?

By |September 25th, 2017|Health, XPC|0 Comments

After the party

As trends go, legal highs were pretty significant. Not less than five years ago, it seemed that laughing gas and synthetic drugs were all the rage. In fact, you couldn’t move in “party towns” for hysteric and hallucinogenic tourists. Like all things, however, the popularity wanes over time, so much so that the party appears to be over. But, what has contributed to the fall in legal drugs in such a short space of time? Premiumnewsnetwork.com dug a little deeper to find out. Here are the findings.

Greater Awareness

More people are beginning to understand new legal highs, but the old guard is also less mysterious. Yep, alcohol, cigarettes, and caffeine are powerful drugs which people consume daily. In fact, the number of individuals seeking help from resources such as alcoholrehab.me is on the rise. And, that is only alcohol as addictionresource.com points out that nicotine centers exist. Simply put, society is beginning to question the use of legal substances, even if they don’t carry a penalty. After all, the effect on a person’s body is just as harmful.

More Public Scrutiny

Of course, alcohol and cigarettes have and will continue to exist for years. But, there are new drugs which hit the market on a regular basis. Of course, the fact that society doesn’t understand legal drugs is a problem. When newbies appear, how long will it take before we know the extent of their power? The answer is not long as it isn’t long until they hit the headlines. A person has a severe reaction, or someone dies, and the media reports the story. Whether the angle is truthful or not, the headlines are enough to shock. No one wants to try a legal high after reading […]

2209, 2017

Could Honesty Be The Key Towards Better Mental Health?

By |September 22nd, 2017|Health, XPC|0 Comments

Honesty. It’s something that we all want more of from others, but how many of us are really that honest ourselves? More and more people are keeping ‘honesty’ journals as a way to be more honest with themselves, something that could relieve stress and anxiety – keeping that weight off your shoulders. It’s an interesting concept, but how effective could it really be when put into practice?

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Is it better to lie or tell the truth?
Lying is often a question of morals, particularly if the reason behind the lie is to manipulate or deceive. However, there are some instances where lying can be more appropriate than telling the truth, like to children. In an article for the New York Times, writer Judi Ketteler explained that often choosing to lie or be honest with her children was often a choice between two unpleasant outcomes. Neither outcome would have left her happy, but choosing to tell the truth, could at least have something be explained to her children in a way that they understood, and not from Siri. Every day comes with new challenges to face when telling the truth, but the decision to tell a lie could have more significant consequences than you might realize at the time.
Findings suggest honesty is the best policy
There have been several studies that have examined the impact of lying on our health. The University of California San Diego Emotion Lab’s latest research has shown that telling ‘white lies’ can help someone to feel good in the short-term, but in the long-term, they could cause more harm. If you’re sugar coating something to protect someone’s feelings, such as if someone’s not performing as well as they should in work – you […]

2209, 2017

How Technology Is Shaping The Face Of Senior Health Care In 2017

By |September 22nd, 2017|Health, XPC|0 Comments

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Technology is changing all the time, but many people think this is something that only benefits millennials. Every year, innovations are made. Our television’s get larger, with increasingly higher resolutions, and virtual reality is quickly becoming the trendsetter for video games. While this is all well and good for the people who care, what about our ageing relatives? Do they care about the latest tech? Well, actually, yes they do. “Smart” technology, such as health monitoring apps and sensors, are giving them the tools to stay at home longer, without the need to be placed in a care home or assisted living accommodation. It also provides peace of mind for the family, who are not always around to spot the warning signs when a parent is ill.

So, what technologies should you be looking out for? A helpful place to start is to look at the latest products on Medicalert.systems. They highlight some of the latest devices available for seniors and consider the advantages of a range of ‘fall alert’ and ‘medical alert’ systems. Utilising this technology will help you avoid that heart-wrenching decision of putting your relative  in a care home. The following are three of the best technologies currently available.

MedMinder

When your relative takes a large number of pills a day, it can easy to forget or mix up doses. Needless to say, this can have serious consequences. However, MedMinder eliminates the problem. The dispenser remains locked until it’s time to take the pill, at which time, a flashing light, a beep, or a pre-programmed message from the caregiver’s voice, will provide a handy reminder. Furthermore, the caregiver can remotely check whether the pill has been taken by logging onto the internet, or receive […]

2209, 2017

Surprising Facts About The Food We Consume: All Is Not What You Think

By |September 22nd, 2017|Health, XPC|0 Comments

Not all of us are savvy with our food choices. Perhaps you enjoy the odd take-out each week, or a sweet treat in the afternoon to give you that energy kick you need. On the whole, we generally try and eat a well-balanced diet and keep our food choices healthy. But what happens when the food we think is good for us is actually potentially doing us some harm? There are surprising ingredients and additions to some of the healthy food options available in our stores today, I thought I would share with you what some of them are.

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Morphine in your bread

Morphine is a powerful drug often used to eliminate pain, but could you be consuming it when eating a sandwich or a piece of toast? The truth is, if you have a likeness for poppy seed bread, then the chances are you could be consuming morphine without you even knowing. The drug morphine, or known as years ago as the poppy, comes from the seed. While the amount of morphine in one poppy seed can vary, it is important to realize that the amount you consume on a daily basis will be very minimal and not at all harmful. But, studies have shown that when testing this theory out, a drugs test came back positive with traces of opiates and morphine.

Paint thinner in your cereal

Would you be surprised to read that a common household cleaner, stain remover and even something that has been described as a likeness to paint thinner was in your cereal? You may think it’s an untruthful statement, but there has been known reports of trisodium phosphate in cereal. While the facts may be surprising, the truth is, there is […]

1809, 2017

Amazing Technological Solutions To Visual Impairment

By |September 18th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Amazing Technological Solutions To Visual Impairment

We rely on our eyes for everything. They’re the window through which most of us experience the world. When our eyesight starts to deteriorate or fail altogether it can be a daunting and distressing time. It feels as though the window to the rest of the world is closing, never to be re-opened. Those who experience sight loss at an early age are able to spend a lifetime acclimatizing to it, whereas sight loss in those accustomed to seeing can lead to feelings of isolation and depression. The good news is that, as with hearing loss, 21st-century digital technology is able to give sufferers a range of solutions to the myriad everyday problems presented by sight loss. While curing blindness is not yet within our reach (there are so many different causes of visual impairment, it’s difficult to come up with a one-size-fits-all solution), there are exciting technological advancements that can help mitigate the physical and psychological effects of visual impairment.

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The psychosocial  effects of visual impairment

Visual impairment, whether it strikes quickly or slowly erodes the vision, can severely impair the psychological and social well-being of those afflicted. In the case of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), some 30% of sufferers also experienced acute depression and feelings of social isolation. It can lead to phobic anxieties, a breakdown of interpersonal relationships (resulting in many cases in divorce), and the obvious psychological implications caused by loss of employment and career. Hence, medical professionals find themselves waging a war on several fronts, treating both the cause of the sight loss and its varied symptoms. The damage caused by visual impairment extends far beyond the inability to see which is what makes the recent developments in treatment so uplifting.

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1109, 2017

Doing These Things Could Damage Your Heart

By |September 11th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Doing These Things Could Damage Your Heart

The heart is one of the most important organs in the body. It works hard to pump blood around the body 24/7, and anything that hinders that is bad news. The harder your heart has to work, the more chance you have of experiencing ill health. Here are some things that could damage your heart if you’re not careful:

Indulging In Fatty Food

Good fats are great for heart health and the body. This includes things like avocado, almonds, Brazil nuts, and similar natural foods. However, trans fats and saturated fats are bad news. Indulging in too many fatty foods will definitely impair your heart health in the long run.

Smoking (Even Occasionally)

Smoking makes the heart work much harder as it tightens the blood vessels. It has horrific effects both in the short and long term. Even if you smoke occasionally, you’re increasing your risk of suffering from certain diseases. Cut it out completely!

Excess Alcohol Consumption

How much do you drink each week? The odd glass of wine is OK, and studies even suggest that it could be good for the heart. However, drinking in excess is not a good idea, and in the long run, it will catch up with you.

Stressing Out Too Much

Stress is invisible, but that doesn’t mean the effects aren’t serious! Stress can affect the heart negatively, as well as your mental health, and even things like your weight and hair growth.

If you want to make sure you’re safeguarding your heart as much as possible, avoiding the above, as well as looking at equipment like AED machines could help. Check out the info-graphic below: