Health

The Causes of Female Hair Loss and How to Reverse the Process

If growing older didn’t take enough of a toll on women with the facial lines, wrinkles, and the gravitational pull of the body, discovering that your hair is thinning — or finding a bald spot — can truly make a woman feel… odd. Dealing with female hair loss can be tough. The best way to handle it is to discover what is causing it. It could be self-induced, from a condition or medication, or it might be in your genes. Knowing what is causing your hair loss can go far in helping you cope. The causes of hair loss in women Female hair loss caused by over-processing and styling As we grow older our hair becomes more fragile. Many women are not aware that over-processing the hair can cause hair loss. Females do a lot to their hair. We wash it, color it, perm it, dry it, iron it, style it, ...

How to Boost Your Endorphins for Natural Euphoria Right Now

You may not think there is a natural substance in the body that provides a natural euphoric effect. When stressed or in pain, many of us decide to turn to the bottle or a pack of cigarettes for what we think is a natural high. However, there are healthier alternatives, which are also free! What are endorphins? Once released, endorphins actually interact with opiate receptors in the brain to reduce our perception of pain, and act similarly to drugs such as morphine and codeine – and there’s no addiction involved. The benefits associated with increasing the release of natural endorphins in the body are numerous. What are the effects of endorphin secretion? Slowing down of the aging process Lower blood pressure Enhancement of immune response Reduction of pain Lower stress and anxiety levels C...

Interval Training: Cut Your Exercise Time and Build Better Results

The one thing that most women complain about when it comes to exercising is we’ll sink an hour or more a day into exercising and still not receive the results we want. Exercising can be time consuming and even a little frustrating when you’re trying to squeeze the most of your exercise time. It can be even more frustrating to focus on all of your trouble spots in one workout. Japanese study of intense exercises Over 10 years ago, a Japanese study concluded that when you focus on a small number of muscle groups or simply one muscle group at a high intensity for a short period of time, you gain the same kind of results as you would from a 30 minute or a 60-minute workout. Dr. Izumi Tabata and a team of scientists and athletes tested the theory that a short burst of extremely high inten...

What Are Detox Cleanses and Do They Work or Are They Fads?

Detox cleansing has been around for years. In the 19th and early 20th century, John Harvey Kellogg gained fame with it from his crude beliefs and practices in regular enemas and vegan diets. Fortunately though, cleansing your body has come a long way from Mr. Kellogg’s Sanitarium and in recent years it has not only become more accepted but some people view it as a means to lose weight quickly or to put their bodies back on track after a period of unhealthy eating habits or holiday gluttony. The premise behind detox cleansing is to rid your body of all of the toxins it has taken in. Many people eat a variety of foods that are not healthy on an everyday basis. Over time, these unhealthy habits build up and leave toxins behind. Combine that with the toxins in our environment every day and it ...

Get Active, Be Safe: Prevent Injuries from Ruining Your Fun

Whether you’re starting a new fitness program or you’re enjoying the weather and taking part in community recreation, be smart about your physical activity. Diving right into a new activity or even changing a sedentary lifestyle should be done cautiously and with proper training. Skimp on tasks such as stretching and you could find yourself sitting on the sidelines. Start training early In an effort to get out and get moving, many people don’t start training for a new sport or activity early enough. Whether you’re training for a marathon or you’re joining the community football league, don’t wait until the last minute to begin conditioning your body. If you’re simply looking to improve your lifestyle and have an end goal in mind, give yourself plenty of time to see it through at a reasonab...

10 Ways to Make Better Eating Choices for Better Health

Do you worry that your eating style or the foods you eat aren’t really as healthy as they seem? Are you concerned that your lifestyle and habits could be doing your body more harm than good? Every day we make food choices based on what we want, what we think we should eat, and even how busy we are. Instead of being confused as to what you may be doing wrong, here’s a look at 10 ways you can start eating healthier today. Go Mediterranean style A Mediterranean diet has a number of benefits for those who want to eat healthier. Some of the ingredients used in Mediterranean cooking include fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, beans, nuts, seeds and other plant-based foods. Red meat and dairy aren’t commonly consumed and even eggs are limited. The antioxidants in fruits and vegetables help lower the ...

What Is Insomnia and How Can You Improve Your Sleep?

Everyone has the occasional night where they toss and turn, trying to doze off, but sleep just won’t come. For some, however, this problem happens more nights that not. Everything in their lives suffers, simply because they cannot get the sleep that their bodies need to function. In most cases, those with insomnia are left wondering why their bodies won’t allow them to rest and what they can do to prevent this from happening, night after night. What causes insomnia? Insomnia is generally a side effect of another physical or mental issue that is plaguing the sufferer. There are a number of conditions that can cause insomnia or similar sleep issues. By determining the exact root of your insomnia issues, you are more likely to be able to beat the problem and find the help that you need. Depre...

The Health and Environmental Benefits of an Organic Diet

Eating well is something that is on the minds of many, as is reducing their personal negative impact on the environment. There are many different approaches that can be taken with both of these issues, but only one that can make a difference to both. An organic diet has many health benefits and can help to reduce your personal impact on the environment. What are organic foods? Organic foods are those that are produced and processed in only the most natural ways. The growing process is free of chemical pesticides, certain fertilisers, and other dangerous processes. Processed organic foods only use ingredients that are produced organically. The standards for labelling foods as organic are controlled by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs in the UK and the Department of Agri...

The Right Way to Take Care of Your Soft Contact Lenses

Soft contact lenses are a wonderful thing to have in this day and age. When contacts first came out, they were hard, uncomfortable, expensive, and difficult to take care of. Advances in eye wear technology have brought contact lenses a long way. There are now brands that offer lenses in a wide array of colours. There are lenses available for those with astigmatism, and there are even contacts with bifocals for those who need them to read. No matter what kind of contact lenses you might wear, there are a few things you need to know about how to properly care for them. Doing so will keep you seeing well and protect the health of your eyes. How to clean contact lenses properly There are many cleaning solutions on the market today. Your eye doctor will most likely recommend a certain brand dep...

How to Make Fitness and Exercise Resolutions That Work

It’s very exciting to sit down and plan out exercise goals, especially around milestones such as a birthday or the New Year. Exercise resolutions are made with good intentions and most of us try hard the first week or so to live up to our vows. Unfortunately, a day or two may pass when we are too busy or too tired to keep up the routine. When this happens, it is easy to fall off of the exercise wagon – and it’s even easier to stay off the wagon and not get back on! Set realistic exercise goals No one has a magic wand to make your fitness dreams come true. If you are serious about wanting to make some changes in your health and appearance, make sure you set realistic exercise goals. If you don’t, you are just setting yourself up to fail. Here are some things to consider when you begin to ma...

How to Spot a Fad Diet (and their Worrying Consequences)

If you are looking for a fast way to lose weight, it’s very easy to get caught up in the hoopla of the latest diet craze. Many of us want a quick, easy and ‘new’ option to deal with those unwanted pounds. Fad diets are quickly embraced by men, women, the young and the old. Why? One thing almost all fad diets have in common is they are marketed in ways that make them attractive. The most attractive thing about fad diets is they promise rapid weight loss. Some makers of fad diets even claim the pounds will melt away without exercise – if you just follow the diet’s plan of eating. How to recognize a fad diet It’s not difficult to recognize a fad diet when you hear about one. Most fad diets restrict certain types of food, while encouraging dieters to eat more of another type of food. Som...

Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis: Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects more than 2 million people in the United States alone. RA is a systemic autoimmune disease which can manifest itself in multiple joints of the body. It is most often accompanied by swelling, stiffness, deformity and pain. RA is distinguished from osteoarthritis, and other forms of arthritis, due to its symmetrical features, or its tendency to occur equally on both sides of the body. RA is more common in adult females, yet it can affect men and children. Features of RA include inflammation that often affects the wrist and finger joints. It can also produce tender, swollen and/or warm joints, firm bumps under the skin (known as rheumatoid nodules), symmetrical pattern of affected joints – meaning if one hand or knee is involved the other one will also ...

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