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1403, 2017

Thousands Of People Are At Risk In Their Own Homes

By |March 14th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Thousands Of People Are At Risk In Their Own Homes

It’s only natural that people would want to feel as though they are safe in their homes. After all, if you can’t feel safe at home, then your life is going to be extremely stressful a lot of the time. There is so much pressure and danger out in the world that they idea of having to bring any of that into their homes is enough to cause a lot of people no shortage of panic.

This is why it’s so shocking just how many homes might be secretly putting people at risk. There is a surprising number of dangers that face typical residents and homeowners every single day. Some of them are things that are incredibly difficult to notice but can have serious, long-lasting consequences.

These kinds of dangers are usually fairly easy to avoid. However, they can often be difficult to identify. Here are some of the ways people’s homes are putting them at risk on a daily basis.

Asbestos

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Many residents and homeowner assume that asbestos is no longer an issue and that they simply don’t need to worry about it. Sadly this is not the case. It is true that asbestos was banned in 1977, but this means that any property build before that point potentially contains asbestos in a variety of locations. When it becomes airborne, asbestos can present significant health risks to anyone who is exposed to it, including putting them at risk of developing certain cancers later in life. The most common danger from asbestos is when it becomes airborne. This means that you could have been living in your home for a long time with no problem, but as soon as any area of your home containing asbestos, such as […]

803, 2017

Is Acid Reflux To Blame For Your Sensitive Stomach?

By |March 8th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Is Acid Reflux To Blame For Your Sensitive Stomach?

At some point in your life, you may develop an unpleasant medical condition called acid reflux. In a nutshell, it’s where the contents of the stomach come back up through the esophagus. It happens because of an incomplete closure of the junction between the stomach and the esophagus.

If you have a sensitive stomach, it could be that you are suffering from acid reflux. Or, to give it the official medical term, gastroesophageal reflux disease. Believe it or not, the problem is quite a common one, especially with many people that lead busy lifestyles. As you may have guessed, poor eating habits can contribute to acid reflux.

Should you suffer from acid reflux, it’s important to find out why you’ve got it and stop it affecting your life. Otherwise, it could lead to other medical complications and even cancer in extreme circumstances. Here are some telltale signs that you could have acid reflux and how to avoid it getting worse:

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You have chest pains

Assuming you’re in otherwise good health, chest pains can be a symptom of acid reflux. That’s because you’ve got stomach acid splashing into your esophagus.

Be aware that chest pains can also be a sign that you are having a heart attack. Take a look at this article on heart.org to recognize the symptoms of that, in case you aren’t sure.

It gets worse when you lie down

When you have a bad stomach, does it get worse when you lie down? Or perhaps when you bend over? If so, that’s another classic sign of acid reflux. As you can imagine, the stomach acid will be easier to get into your esophagus if you’re in a horizontal position.

You’re in pain after you eat a meal

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203, 2017

Protecting Your Greatest Asset- Health. A Guide to Antioxidants

By |March 2nd, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Protecting Your Greatest Asset- Health. A Guide to Antioxidants

Our bodies have a lot to put up with. We eat foods covered in pesticides, breathe air that’s laced with pollution and smoke, even the water we drink can be harmful. In order to fight back, stay healthy and protect our bodies we need antioxidants. These little molecules help to prevent the damage caused by unstable substances which can eventually lead to cancers and other illnesses. These including everything from heart disease, diabetes, and macular degeneration to name a few!. They’re the defense system you really need in your body to neutralize and deal with incoming threats.

Getting More Antioxidants

Antioxidants come in many forms and can be found in lots of common food items. You have flavanols which are found in cocoa. Resveratrol which is found in wine (hooray for the occasional glass of wine being good for you!) There’s also Lycopene which is the antioxidant found in tomatoes. You need a range of different antioxidants to protect the body since they all have different functions, no single type can fully protect you, so you need to work on getting a variety of sources. Include plenty of fresh produce in your diet to boost your antioxidant levels. Blend up smoothies for breakfast or slice fruit onto your cereal. Pile up your plate with salad at lunch and dinner, or make sure at least a third of your plate is vegetables to up your intake.

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Antioxidants and Illness Protection

Free radicals are compounds which are found in the environment and are also produced by our bodies. Then can be useful in the sense that they fight off viruses and other illnesses. However, it’s easy to end up with too many of them which can be dangerous and lead […]

203, 2017

Don’t Let Friends Fight Drug Addiction On Their Own

By |March 2nd, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Don’t Let Friends Fight Drug Addiction On Their Own

There is always someone in your life who needs a little help to fight their own demons, someone who goes through a little more stress and pressure than the rest. Drug abuse is surprisingly common, and it often starts as a way of coping with stress or with a difficult situation. So you, too, might know someone who is currently struggling with an addiction to drugs and who needs your help and careful medical and psychological assistance to get finally clean and take a fresh start in life. Don’t dismiss drug addiction as a lack of willpower; addicts wish nothing more than to be able to stop. But it’s a long journey, and it’s one where you should be there for them.

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Recognize The Issue
If you are not aware of it, addiction is an active transformation of your brain process, forcing the victim to prioritize the addiction above more normal behavior. It’s been long proven that addicts need psychological support in the same way than depressed patients need support to break out free from their vicious cycle. So if you suspect that a friend might be falling victim of drug abuse, you need to be looking for the common signs of an addicted behavior. Isolation is a result of hiding the addiction and losing interest in social activities. Violent mood swings, from anger to depression can happen until they can revert to the drug again, and improve their mood dramatically. Lastly, you will notice regular money troubles too: It is indeed difficult to lead a normal life when your household budget disappears in an expensive addiction.
Discuss Solutions With Them
The first step is a difficult one that most people […]

2802, 2017

Men: Look After Your Little Man

By |February 28th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Men: Look After Your Little Man

Sexual health for men is one of the last topics that a lot of society sees as a taboo. Yet, in a man’s life, it’s also one of the most important. Not only is being able to have a happy sex life an important aspect of health for a lot of men. Failing to look after yourself down under can have very serious consequences.

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Your habits hit downstairs

Erectile dysfunction might not be fatal, but it can have a big impact on a man’s life. It can cause a lack of confidence, issues in a relationship, and can get in the way of the many healthy benefits of a sex life. To keep finding what makes ourselves tick, we need to look after the rest of the body. Bad habits like too much indulgence in alcohol and generally unhealthy lifestyles play a huge role in how easy we find it to get sexually active.

Stay thoroughly clean

The vast majority of men wash themselves well. But some don’t do it as thoroughly as others. Urinary tract infections, increased risk of STIs, and other infection risks are heightened by a lack of cleanliness. For some men, finding where to go to get circumcised can make it a lot easier to get thoroughly cleaned. Most uncircumcised men, those who don’t have foreskin that is too tight and the like, won’t have issues with washing, but can still be more prone to infections all the same.

Check yourself

Infections can be a very dangerous affair, but the pale in comparison to the danger of cancer. We do very well as a society reminding women to familiarize themselves with their breasts, but not enough men take the same kind of care where their […]

2502, 2017

There’s A Danger Leaking Into Your Home…

By |February 25th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on There’s A Danger Leaking Into Your Home…

You might think that tap water is perfectly safe to drink in your home, but you’d be surprised. We don’t want to worry you but there are a lot of reasons why the water supplied to your house might not be safe to drink. It’s for this reason that many families are now opting to use water filters with fresh water bought from another source. Here’s why.

Arsenic

Yes, you read that right, your drinking water might contain arsenic. The same arsenic that was once used as a medieval poison. A disturbing study has revealed that some water supplies in America contain enough arsenic to cause cancer.

Fluoride

Fluoride is a chemical found in tap water that is used to keep it clean and safe to drink. However, fluoride is also a particularly dangerous chemical. It has been linked to low IQ in children and tested on rats, it caused brain damage. Hopefully, the water you drink has low levels of fluoride. But studies have local water supplies have found levels of fluoride can be dangerously high. The presence of fluoride is one of the reasons why it’s not advisable to swallow toothpaste. In fact, some toothpaste brands have now completely removed this chemical from their products.

Contamination

Fluoride isn’t the only dangerous chemical that might be in your water supply. There is the possibility of contamination. Chemicals that are toxic and deadly can leak into a home water supply without warning. You may want to have a look at the infographic below to find out more about this. If it’s happened to you already, you might be eligible to make a claim for damages that you suffered.

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2502, 2017

Towards A Healthier You: Advice On Stopping Smoking

By |February 25th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Towards A Healthier You: Advice On Stopping Smoking

If you are a smoker, and you are keen to stop, it might sometimes feel as though you are fighting an endless battle. However, it is worth reminding yourself that plenty of people have been there before; if they can do it, so can you. The truth about stopping smoking is that it is actually easier than you think. What gets in the way is your own attitude, your assumptions, and your bad thinking. In this article, we are going to run through some of the essential pearls of wisdom for stopping smoking. Let’s see if we can beat this once and for all.

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Consider Using NRT

First of all, part of stopping smoking is considering the fact that you are a drug addict and that is why you might find it difficult. This is not to make yourself feel bad, but simply to take a realistic approach to the whole thing. It is worth reminding yourself that you need nicotine in your system, because of your habit, and that’s why this is hard. It might help you therefore if you take some kind of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). NRTs come in many forms, and it is worth shopping around – from vapor cigarette suppliers to those who sell nicotine patches – and find what is right for you.

Pick A Date To Stop

To effectively stop, you need to make it clear in your mind that that is really what you want to do. You then need to decide on a fixed date at some point not too far in the future. Doing it this way makes it real, fixes it in your mind in a concrete way, and so improve your chances of success. Make sure you […]

2202, 2017

The Missteps In Failed Drug Addiction Recovery

By |February 22nd, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on The Missteps In Failed Drug Addiction Recovery

Recovery from drug addiction is always going to be a difficult path. There are no shortcuts and there will always be those moments of weakness. The denial of that process is one of the most dangerous obstacles that anyone in recovery can face. But it’s not the only mistake that can lead to a failed recovery. Below, we’re going to look at some of the other challenges that might face those who want to leave behind their dependencies, and how they might be able to overcome them.

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Replacement

It’s something we see when dealing with addictions of all kinds. When people quit smoking, those cravings and the desire for oral sensation can often lead to overeating. While you might think that replacing a drug addiction with something less harmful is okay, the truth is that you’re still enabling the addictive behavior that can all too easily lead to ramping it back up when life takes a turn for the worse. To beat addiction, we have to beat addictive behavior. That means recognizing new dependencies in whatever form they take. Instead, you need to find healthy coping mechanisms. Taking on a new sport or a creative hobby, for instance, can be just the kind of stimulation that will get your mind of the urges.

Disorganization

You can’t force your way through recovery. After you’ve suffered through withdrawal and come out the other side, that doesn’t mean you’re all better. Instead, you need to look at what methods are necessary and how they’re organized. Even intensive recovery treatment for addiction involves a plan in steps and a strategy involving coping outwardly as well as further understanding yourself inwardly. The right companions are just the kind of thing that can be most […]

1502, 2017

Addictions: Recognizing Them And Overcoming Them

By |February 15th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Addictions: Recognizing Them And Overcoming Them

In today’s society, addiction is a problem that plagues an astonishingly high number of people all over the world. Sometimes, addiction can be linked closely to our environments,  our upbringing and things such as socio-economic factors too. But generally speaking, addiction can affect almost anyone because it is such a broad spectrum. Here are just a few of the things that many people end up getting addicted to – and how, if you are one of them, you can break free of the bonds.

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Social media

We often think of addiction as being dependent on a physical substance such as drugs and alcohol. But in reality, it is a lot more fluid than that. Addictive behaviors can arise in response to almost anything (although it is worth mentioning that this kind of behavior differs from OCD). Social media addiction is a relatively new phenomenon that is said to affect millions of people, mainly young adults and teenagers. The very nature of social media means we are at risk of becoming addicted to it. When we receive positive interaction such as a ‘like’, our dopamine levels rise, meaning we feel good inside. This feeling is what many people become dependent on. If you are spending too much time on social media and not enough in the real world, speak to a counsellor and try and curb the amount of time you spend on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter. Apps such as Moment can also track how often you use your phone, which can help you keep your urges under control.

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Food

Like social media addiction, food addiction has not be acknowledged for all that long in comparison to other addictions. But it is something that affects a lot of people all over […]

1502, 2017

Fun Ways To Overcome Common Health Issues

By |February 15th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Fun Ways To Overcome Common Health Issues

Health is the biggest concern for most people. Everyone wants to be healthy, whether they look like it or not, because no one wants to die early. Life is too good, plus there is too much to do in such a short space of time. So, the obvious solution is to love healthily and enjoy life to the maximum. The only problem is that ‘living healthily’ and ‘enjoying life to the maximum’ don’t go hand in hand. At least they didn’t until right now. Here are the fun and exciting ways to stay healthy.

Drink Red Wine

There is a lot of discussion about the volume you can drink, but what isn’t in the discussion is that wine has benefits for your health. It is specifically red wine, so all you white wine drinkers need to switch. But, there is a lot of evidence to suggest that it helps the heart. The exact reason is still a mystery however, it is probably because of antioxidants or reservation. The thing to remember is that you can have a drink and stay healthy. Of course, it is important to understand it is only a couple of glasses per week. Still, that is enough of a treat to keep your morale high.

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Eat Chocolate

Yes, chocolate is good for you as well in the right form. Chocolate with more than seventy-five percent cocoa has health benefits such as lowering cholesterol. Again, it is important that you understand you can’t just eat any chocolate that you fancy and say it is healthy. It isn’t because milk and white chocolate has a lot of extra additives that you should avoid. Dark chocolate, on the other hand, is very nutritious and full […]