For those of you who have normal periods, don’t take it for granted. For those who don’t, don’t take it lightly. An irregular period can be a late period, an early one, a scant period, a heavy one, an absent period or metrorrhagia. Irregular periods have become quite common nowadays but it is still absolutely important to find out its cause. Your body may be trying to tell you something and you better intently listen.
What could your body be telling you? Read on:
- Stress is one of the most common causes of irregular periods. When you are stressed, your body releases a hormone called cortisol that has a direct impact on your sex hormones (oestrogen and progesterone). If the presence of cortisol in your bloodstream is high, it can change the time and flow of your period.
- Exercise is good for the functioning of your reproductive organs. But excessive exercising and sudden weight changes could offset your hormone levels and make your periods irregular. Your body needs energy to menstruate and if you burn too much at the gym, it time to cool off.
- If you have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), the condition wherein small cysts form on the ovaries interfering regular ovulation, you will most likely have amenorrhea. This surely does not have to be taken lightly. PCOS is much more than just a missed period.
- Most strong medications interfere your body’ production of oestrogen and progesterone causing you to have a delayed period. Drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, birth control pills, nexplanon, and thyroid medication are known to interfere with your normal cycle.
- Your thyroid gland, if hyperactive or underactive can influence your cycle. The thyroid is a very important organ that regulates your body’s metabolism. If you suspect an ill-functioning thyroid, rush to your doctor to get it treated.
There you go! If your periods don’t get back to normal on its own within 2-3 months, consult a health care provider. You don’t want to risk late diagnosis of a serious issue. Stay healthy.
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We all (well almost) want to lose some weight and we all want to get fitter, but the brownies in our oven, the chocolates in our pantry, the candies just about everywhere and the likes, never allow us to achieve that. Your sweet tooth is the culprit here. Sugar cravings can be quite overwhelming.
If your sweet tooth is bothering you, here’s what you should do:
- If you have it, you will eat it. Stop buying sugary junk food in the first place. You are more unlikely to drive down to a store to buy stuff, if you don’t have it around to satisfy your cravings. Stock up on healthy foods instead, such as fresh fruits, yoghurt, and granola bars.
- Avoid staying hungry, for unusually long periods of time. They intensify sugar cravings like no other.
- When you are badly craving sugar, brush your teeth! Works well to temporarily calm down the craving. What’s more, you get time to avert your craving.
- Gorge on some delicious fruit. They contain natural sugars to satisfy your cravings, and also nourish your body with vitamins, minerals, and fibre. Wise option. No?
Now no stopping you from achieving your fitness goals!
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Come on take the shoes off!
Recent studies have shown that walking barefoot comes with numerous health benefits. This means that simply by removing your shoes and walking on earth will help you. Earth apparently has healing powers and you are rejecting them by always wearing shoes!
Letting your bare skin touch the earth is called Earthing and this process apparently helps you relax. The negative ions in earth will balance all the positive ions that you accumulate in your body throughout, thereby helping your health.
Benefits of Earthing
- Improves sleep
- Lowers stress
- Reduces pain
- Enhances energy
- Helps menstrual symptoms
- Helps recover from athletic stress quickly.
So, what is it that is required from you? Simply walk barefoot on dirt, sand, or grass. Make sure the surface is wet or moist. Try it and you will feel great!
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Allergy season is a nightmare for many! You never know when your eyes could start watering or your nose could swell up. Some people even have rashes, breathing issues, suffocation, and other problems due to allergies. There are many triggers, which is why your best bet would be to take precautions instead of resorting to medication.
While medicines help, you shouldn’t really choose them when there are ways to prevent allergies altogether. Simple measures will enable you to keep allergies at bay even through the warmer season! The warmer season is generally dubbed as the allergy season because of the fact that pollen thrives in summer. No matter what it may be, you have to do your part and stay safe. Here are tips for you:
- Close windows and stay safe. Prevent pollen from entering home altogether.
- Make it a point to wear wide-brimmed hats. These are fashionable and protective!
- Always remove your shoes before entering your house.
- Shower before going to sleep.
These seemingly simple steps will help you a lot in this season!
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Heart attacks! Common and scary.
In such cases, just like in every other case, prevention is much better than cure. Even the thought of a heart attack can be scary and daunting. Why not take measures to prevent it, then? With a few informed measures you can keep this heart problem at bay.
- Understand your risks: Are you at risk of heart attack? We all are but based on family history and medical history, some people are more at risk than the others. Understand where you stand so that you take the required measures with ease.
- Stop smoking: Yes, we know you are tired of listening to this warning all the time but it is true that smoking causes too many health issues. It actually increases the risk of heart disease significantly. This means that once you stop smoking, the risk of heart disease will be halved.
- Start exercising: By exercising everyday you can reduce chances of heart attacks as well as numerous other diseases. Stay fit and stay healthy!
- Don’t stress: Do not stress too much. Stress has been known to cause a number of problems. Stop taking stress, relax, and take good care of your health and your risks will come down automatically.
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Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise!
We live in such hectic times that sleeping early and waking up early seem nearly impossible. There is so much to do each day that nothing seems to be enough. However, if you time your work properly and use a few tips each day, you will be able to wake up early and feel fresh all day!
- Wake up and stretch. Stretching will help you improve focus and will energize your body at the same time. Once you get out of bed, it is advisable that you start exercising immediately. Exercise will get your blood pumping and the great blood circulation will give you a great start to the day.
- Start your day with coffee or tea but don’t keep drinking it through the day because too much caffeine can hinder your sleep pattern. 2 cups are more than enough.
- Drink lots of cold water as soon as you wake up. This will rehydrate your body and compensate the dehydration it faced while you were asleep.
- Set your biological clock straight. Make it a point to sleep at the same time and wake up at the same time. Initially you may require an alarm clock but after a few days your body will adjust to the new sleep pattern and you will be able to follow the same schedule.
- Do not skip breakfast. Breakfast is important because it gives you energy and helps you kickstart the day. You starved all night and now is the time to eat well. Even just a fruit is enough. Eat and you’ll automatically feel energetic.
We have seen a number of experts speak of what to do to your body but barely any point out the things that you shouldn’t do.
More than what don’t do right, what you do wrong hurts your body. Thus, if you’d like to improve your health, you would have to first understand what you have been doing wrong to your body until now and then slowly work to stop doing all that.
Since not many have taken the initiative to do that, we are here to help you:
- Bad sleep timings: Going to bed late and waking up way too early are both bad for health. The mantra is to sleep early and wake up early and if you don’t follow it you will end up feeling particularly cranky the entire day. You have to sleep well so that your body gets the rest it deserves and also so that it maintains good health.
- Not drinking enough water: Dehydration is one of the worst things you could do to yourself. Dehydration will cause headache, dizziness, sluggishness, and muscle cramps, ruining the entire day for you. Always carry a water bottle with you and make it a point to keep consuming water.
- Not eating breakfast: Your body starved through the night while you were asleep and every morning you decide to starve it even more by depriving it of breakfast. That is repellent. Without breakfast your body will be lethargic and dull because it doesn’t have the nutrients it needs to power start your day.
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Worried about your health? Aren’t we all?
We live in precarious times! We barely have time for our health and even though we know it is a major concern we fail to pay attention to it.
Well, I’ll make things easier for you. Instead of getting you to make huge changes, I’ll help you bring about smaller changes so that you live better and protect your heart.
- Stop eating butter. Cook food in extra virgin olive oil.
- Eat vegetables, especially greens, every single day.
- No pork, lamb, or beef.
- Eat fruits everyday.
- Eat nuts and seeds: walnuts and flaxseed everyday.
- Limit yourself to a glass of red wine with dinner. No more alcohol.
- Eat cereal and whole grains everyday.
- Eat fish and legumes instead of meat.
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Stress can cause all sorts of trouble. The recent trouble that has been unearthed is that stress can make a woman’s brain age more quickly.
To the stress add some unhealthy habits, poor diet, and lack of exercise and you have gotten yourself a formula of brain-doom!
Don’t be afraid yet. You may be able to overcome this problem and protect your brain. Just follow these steps:
- Exercise: If you exercise, blood circulation to the brain improves, and thus, your brain is healthy and happy. You don’t need to go for intense exercises. Just some yoga or aerobics will do the job for you.
- Eat: Whatever you eat will directly impact the health of your brain. Keep that in mind the next time you run out to buy a soda or some canned food. If you don’t eat well, your memory will take the beating. Even your focus will be off. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and fish.
- Supplement: Sometimes, even eating the right foods won’t be enough. You may need something more and that is where supplements come into play. Choose multivitamins and mineral supplements to make sure that you are providing your body with all the nutrients required.
- Relax: As aforementioned, stress is BAD. It is evil. It exists only to take you down. Go ahead and beat stress. Try relaxing techniques if the stress is weighing you down. Meditation is a way to relax. You could also get a soothing massage. A warm bubble bath might also do the trick.
- Exercise your brain: Lastly, put your brain to use. Challenge it every now and then and make all your neurons jump and work. Sudoku puzzle, memory games, memory board games, etc. are some good examples.
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Did you know there are various different types of arthritis? Each of them causes severe inflammation and pain. To say it in simple words, arthritis is the inflammation of joint. This joint disorder can be very painful if not treated on time.
It is best, however, to take care beforehand so that you don’t have to face the problem. You should be aware of the causes and the symptoms of arthritis if you want to steer clear of it. Here is some helpful inflammation:
The causes include joint injury, heredity, infection, and metabolic problems.
Inflammation and redness are just two of the many symptoms of arthritis. Other symptoms include swelling of the joint, tenderness of the joint, and stiffness of the joint.
If the condition is left untouched, it can become more severe, leading to symptoms such as gland swelling, fever, fatigue, weight loss, lung problems, kidney problems, and heart problems.
Treatment mainly depends on the type of arthritis. Ice therapy, physical therapy, splinting, and anti-inflammation medication. Surgery may be required in severe cases.