1807, 2017

How To Prevent Sports Injuries

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Whether you’re an athlete yourself and want to know the different ways you can prevent getting injured while playing sports, or you are curious to know how the professionals do it – then here is all you need to know.

Warm up

Warming up is the biggest way you can reduce your chances of causing yourself an injury. The warm up should last at least five to ten minutes and involve stretching out your muscles and moving them around to ensure the blood has started pumping all around the areas, and the muscle fibers increase in flexibility. This will prepare your body for the strenuous activity that follows. You shouldn’t warm up quickly though – you need to start off slow and gradually build your body up to a more energetic pace.

Protective equipment

Depending on the kind of activity you plan on doing, will determine the protective gear you may need. They are mostly used in sports that involve a lot of physical contact with other players, so equipment like shin pads and head gear may be necessary. These are all designed to protect the most vulnerable areas that can get injured.

It is also very important to wear the appropriate footwear as they are what will be supporting your whole body, via your feet and ankles.


When starting a sport, it is essential that you understand the correct technique when going into it, because one wrong move could cause some serious injury. This can all be done by practicing and working with the right professionals who will guide you through activities.

Sports medicine

Sports medicine has been specially designed by physicians over many years of extensive research, to prevent you from causing a sports related injury, and treating them if it’s […]

1207, 2017

Discovering The Source Of Personal Stagnation

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Becoming trapped in a seemingly endless cycle of nothingness is a problem that affects millions every year. Sadly, those issues can strangle the optimism out of your life. Worse still, breaking free from those troublesome times can feel virtually impossible. Thankfully finding the source of those disruptions will shine a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.

Ultimately, human nature dictates that we all have a desire to become better people and progress in life. Here’s how you can overcome some of the most common obstacles. In return, being stuck at the crossroads will be a thing of the past.

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Accepting Bodily Changes

As we grow older, our bodies change; that’s just a fact of life. Nonetheless, that doesn’t make it any easier when those evolutions arrive. Going through the menopause, for example, can be a terrifying time in any woman’s life. Preparing for those situations is key to handling them in a healthy fashion. It can reduce the negativity it brings to daily life and long-term ambitions.

All of our bodies face problems as the years roll by. This could mean that you need to acknowledge and treat an injury or condition. Alternatively, you may just need to accept new limitations in your life. Either way, a greater control of your life will inevitably allow you to resume progress in other aspects.

Low Self-Esteem

When you put your mind to something, it’s possible to achieve amazing things. However, that feels very difficult when you’re bereft confidence. A lack of self-esteem could stand in your way of progress in love, work, and various other life goals. As such, fixing this problem should be considered a major priority.

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1207, 2017

Natural Remedies for Summer’s Problems

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Summer is the best time of the year for many people, but all of those picnics, barbecues and vacation days don’t come without their own problems. From sunburn to bug bites, summer isn’t also sunshine and roses, so here are some natural remedies to help you deal with summer’s most common problems:

Soothe Your Sunburn with Vinegar

Spent too much time tanning? Look more like a lobster than the bronzed beauty you’d hoped for? Skin feel like it’s being pricked by a million needles at once? Don’t worry! Head to the kitchen and find the white vinegar. Soak some paper towels with it, and the acetic acid it contains will soothe your sunburn and make you feel a million times better.

Use Baking Soda on Your Heat Rash

Baking soda really is a miracle substance. It can do everything from getting rid of stains to soothing an uncomfortable heat rash. So, if you’re feeling that hot itch that’s a tell-tale sign you’ve developed heat rash, apply a little baking soda directly to the effective area, rinsing and repeating every few hours, for some blessed relief.

Banish Bug Bites with Peppermint

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If you’ve been enjoying some fun in the sun, but those blasted bugs have decided to dine out on you, then all you need is a couple of drops pf peppermint oil and a cotton swab. Apply the oil to the bite, and it will not only cool it down, but it will help to speed the process of healing up too. If you’ve been bitter by chigger bugs, rather than the usual suspects, these remedies might prove to be more soothing. Of course, determining what you’ve been bitten by isn’t always easy!

Beat Blisters with Aloe Vera

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1207, 2017

Major Risk Factors For Mental Health Issues

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Mental health problems can be serious and debilitating. While they’re often classed as ‘invisible illnesses’ since you can’t see how a person is feeling just by looking at them, they can be just as problematic (sometimes more so) than physical illness. Depression, anxiety, OCD, schizophrenia, eating disorders and much more are afflictions that can completely rule an individual’s life. Here are some of the risk factors for mental health disorders to be aware of.


Genetics generally play a role when it comes to mental health issues, as our genetics predispose us to certain afflictions. This means we have the potential to develop some illnesses inside us already, but often they have to be ‘set off’ by a stressor in the environment. Some people are just a little predisposed meaning that it takes a lot for their symptoms to start (and many can avoid getting mentally ill completely). For others, it will only take something small to trigger it. Since none of us knows for sure how we’re likely to be affected, it’s important to live well and trying to reduce the following:

Chronic Stress

Most of us deal with stress at one time or another. Driving tests, exams, competitions- they’re all likely to make us feel nervous and anxious. However in most people, when the stressors have been sorted, and things go back to normal, your mood does too. However, if you live a very stressful lifestyle, perhaps you have a high-pressure job, you’re caring for a sick loved one or you live in poverty, you might find yourself in a constant state of stress. Not only is this terribly bad for your physical health, but can also cause the onset of mental health issues too.

Traumatic Life Events

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1207, 2017

4 Ways To Care For Your Teeth (Without Using A Toothbrush)

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If we asked you for the best ways to care for your teeth, you would probably come up with some of the more common methods, such as brushing your teeth regularly, using mouthwash, and visiting the dentist. However, there are other ways you can care for your teeth, and some of them might not have ever crossed your mind.

Eat foods containing magnesium

Many of us believe calcium is the main factor in strengthening our teeth in the fight against decay, and that is why we usually drink more milk. However, it is magnesium that provides the hard enamel our teeth need to prevent decay.

So, while eating foods rich in calcium will help your teeth, don’t disregard anything containing magnesium, such as green, leafy vegetables and cereal grains. Alternatively, supplements will also help, such as Caruso’s magnesium tablets. You still need to brush your teeth and floss after eating any food, no matter how good they are for your teeth, but you don’t want to miss out on the vital nutrients healthier foods offer.

Use a chewstick

Chew sticks don’t require toothpaste, and studies have suggested they are a worthy alternative to the traditional toothbrush. Also known as teeth cleaning twigs, they are naturally sourced from a range of medicinal trees and bushes, and are common across many African and Asian cultures.

Chew sticks have become a proven way to prevent tooth decay, cavities and gum disease while keeping your breath smelling fresh. Of course, many of us don’t have access to the trees that source the sticks, but they are easily available online. By chewing the roots of the stick, you are also strengthening the roots of your teeth. They can also be used to brush your teeth as […]

807, 2017

Menopause 101

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The word menopause tends to concern both genders more than it probably warrants.

For women, it’s not a pleasant idea. It’s the signifier of the end of their fertility; the ceasing of a biological clock they may have been listening to for years now. If they have already had children, that’s unlikely to be too much of an issue – but if they are childless, it can be difficult to handle. Then there’s the very real physical symptoms of menopause, from the hot flashes that every woman is told to expect right through the higher risk of illnesses such as osteoporosis and joint and muscle pain.

For men, the idea of their spouse or Mom going through menopause is pretty terrifying as well. For years, pop culture has depicted menopausal women as rampaging, hormonal horrors that anyone with any sense will flee from as soon as they can.

So, given the fact that there’s pretty much no one who would shrug their shoulders at the idea of menopause, maybe it’s time to get some facts.

What Is Menopause?

The natural cessation of the reproductive cycle for a woman. Every woman is born with a limited number of eggs. When supplies are exhausted through years of periods, menopause is the result. A woman who has gone through menopause is no longer able to have children by natural means. The average age a woman goes through menopause is 51 years, but anything after the age of 40 is considered standard.

What Are The Symptoms Of Menopause?

Hot flashes, lethargy, and irritability – but don’t worry, there’s no need for the woman to turn into a hormone bomb that is constantly exploding. Sure, there might be some mood changes, but nothing that is any more […]

407, 2017

Small Lifestyle Changes that Will Have a Hugely Beneficial Impact on Your Health

By |July 4th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Small Lifestyle Changes that Will Have a Hugely Beneficial Impact on Your Health

When it comes to health, fitness, and wellbeing, most of us make the huge mistake of thinking that things have to be all or nothing. It’s not surprising. Glossy magazine covers are plastered with intense detoxes, diets and exercise regimes. Online articles make out that so much as looking at a cake is essentially an act of unforgivable sin. When we pass the gym, we look in on individuals who appear to have been born in the facilities and spent everyday bench pressing our whole body weight. So, it’s not surprising that many of us opt for the option of “nothing”. We don’t have the time, energy or cash flow to go all out with our health and fitness, so why do anything at all? We might as well kick back on the sofa after work with a takeaway and fizzy drinks, right? Wrong. Health and fitness don’t have to always work in extremes. Believe it or not, you can make tiny changes to your everyday routines and still see beneficial effects down the line. Even if you do succumb to that chocolate eclair you’ve been eyeing up. Here a few little lifestyle changes that can make all the difference to your general wellbeing.

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Monitor Your Alcohol Consumption

It’s time to review your drinking habits. Keep a check on your consumption, even if you think that it’s relatively low. A huge problem when it comes to alcohol is binge drinking. Many people will feel that they consume alcohol responsibly and in a healthy manner because they don’t touch a drop for most of the month. However, if you have a huge blow out on one weekend, this can be more detrimental to your overall health than […]

2906, 2017

Funding Treatment: What Does Your Health Insurance Cover?

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All American people who aren’t wealthy have to purchase health insurance policies. That is an arrangement that should help to cover the cost of any medical treatments. Many people get it through their employer who might also pay into the scheme. That often assists in reducing the cost for the individual. However, there is a lot of confusion out there about the type of things that insurance covers. With that in mind, we spent some time looking at the most popular policies out there. In this article, we’re going to describe some of the ways in which people should use their health insurance. We’re also going to highlight types of treatment not covered by most deals.


The cost of hospital treatment

In most instances, health insurance will pay for many hospital treatments. However, it’s important to check the details of your policy. In some situations, the insurer will only cover the costs for the first $250,000. That means if the hospital charges more than that amount, you’d have to use your savings. Also, it’s vital to remember that costs can increase in emergency situations. You would have to pay fees for an ambulance to pick you up if you had a heart attack. You might also receive treatment without personal consent if you’re unconscious. However, your next of kin would give their approval.


The cost of medication

Medication also comes under most current health insurance policies in the United States. Some of them provide all the money while others just help to lower the price. It all comes down to the company you select and how much you pay into the scheme. When you consider that some cancer medications can cost thousands, it’s not a bad deal. […]

2706, 2017

Dealing With Grief: Ways You Can Move Through Your Pain

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There are very few things that are as difficult to get through as grief. No matter who you’ve lost, you’ll start to realise over time that there are so many more things that you’re grieving for than simply the person themselves: the shared memories, the promise of the future, their other loved ones. Here are some tips on how to move through grief and get through it as whole and intact as you possibly can.

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Make It Mean Something

One of the things that’s hardest to bear about grief is how pointless and stupid death can feel, particularly if a young person has died. It’s a lot easier to come to terms with the death of someone in their eighties who’s lived a long and happy life than it is to deal with the death of a child or even a middle aged adult. One of the ways that you can try to come to terms with it is to make their death mean something, whether that means contacting a wrongful death attorney so that similar accidents will never happen again or starting a fund that will enable you to raise a lot of money for charity. Making something good out of something terrible will keep you busy and make you a little happier, while honouring the memory of your loved one.

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Take Each Day As It Comes

Some days will be okay and some days will be terrible and unfortunately there’s no way to predict which will be which. Just remember to cut yourself some slack – make yourself get out of bed and go to that coffee date with your best friend or weed your garden or eat a healthy lunch – but it’s also […]

2706, 2017

Visiting The Dentist: How To Overcome The Pain

By |June 27th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Visiting The Dentist: How To Overcome The Pain

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Despite suffering tremendous pain, many people avoid going to the dentist because of fear. While there are home remedies and painkillers that can alleviate the agony caused by a toothache, they don’t get to the root of the problem.

Unfortunately, avoiding going to the dentist, even for a routine check-up is going to make your oral health suffer. From gum disease to tooth loss, you are putting your mouth in danger. Dentists can also spot signs of cancer, so failure to attend regularly is also putting your life at risk.

Reasons why we avoid the dentist

The issue of pain

Ironically, despite being in agony, people would rather avoid extra pain, such as from an injection into the gum or having a tooth pulled.

Having no control

Dental chairs may be relaxing to sit in, but the experience of having a dentist probing around inside your mouth isn’t. Patients can often feel helpless and overwhelmed when they are being examined.

Past experience

Sadly, there are bad dentists, and you may have had a difficult experience that led to further complication. Dentists can make mistakes, but people don’t often realize they can take out a medical malpractice claim when these errors are costly and life changing. Fortunately, these instances are rare but can be enough to put people off visiting dentists for life.

The movie ‘Marathon Man’

This 1976 movie saw Dustin Hoffman being interrogated by a crazed Laurence Olivier who gave him a dental grilling to get the required information. Once seen, never forgotten! Thankfully, dentists are there to help and not torture us, no matter what we might think.

How to overcome your fears

Bring a friend

Rather than worrying about going to the dentist alone, take somebody along with you. While they probably won’t […]