Learning to Love the Body on the Inside and Out

Positive well-being is more than just health and fitness; it’s also about your outlook. You need to have both a healthy lifestyle and a healthy mindset if you want to love your body inside and out. Below is some advice about how you can strive to accept and appreciate everything about yourself, inside and out, flaws and all.

Go on a Retreat

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If you want to be more positive about yourself, a health and wellness retreat may be the answer. Licensed wellness retreats, such as the Chi Of Life retreat, offer participants a supportive and non-judgemental environment to develop a healthy physique and mentality. These retreats have hired professionals, such as fitness instructors, health professionals and dieticians. These professionals will provide you with individualised diet and fitness plans in order to give you the skills and knowledge needed to create and maintain well-balanced health and wellbeing. These retreats also offer meditation and other relaxation activities and exercises. They are often located in secluded environments, away from the stress and pressures of everyday life. These retreats give you the motivation and support you need to start your journey to emotional, mental and physical wellness.

Get Fit

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Many people believe that eliminating as much body fat as possible should be your key goal. While excess body fat is undoubtedly harmful, cardiovascular and general fitness is far more important. If you make fitness your goal, you are likely to shed weight in the process. Additionally, fitness goals are a lot more easily achieved than weight loss goals, which means you are more likely to see results and stay motivated. Staying fit involves staying active and exercising, but also includes eating healthy, balanced and nutritious food, managing your stress and ensuring you get enough sleep. You should not compare your fitness to others and stick to your personal goals and limits.

Learn to Love You

While it is important to stay fit and avoid any excess weight, you must also learn to love your body. You must remember that when it comes to your body, there are only so many things you can control. You can adopt diets and workouts that will prevent you from bulking up or packing on pounds. You can’t, however, control your bone structure or help the fact you have a wide set or heavily built figure. Likewise, if you have a bony or thin physique, you can only build so much mass from. Don’t compete with others and their appearances. Learn to love your body shape for what it is; embrace your uniqueness and you will find that staying healthy is far easier.

You need to establish a balance in your life. You need to care enough about your fitness and health to exercise and manage your diet, but not enough to turn yourself into something you’re not. While you should always try to improve your fitness and work towards your body goals, you must remember that every body is unique. You need to become comfortable both inside your skin and out.

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3D Printers Go Beyond Basic Products and Make a Breakthrough in Healthcare

When most people think of 3D printers, they probably imagine a slovenly man slaving away in his garage for three days to make a plastic keychain ring. Or maybe, if they’re a little less cynical, they think of a nice pair of 3D-printed earrings. But there is so much more to this nascent industry than simple plastic goods. Today’s doctors are using the potential of 3D printers to design specialized prosthetic limbs, rebuild patients’ skulls, and fabricate real skin that can be used in grafting operations. They’ve even developed special suits that enable paraplegics to walk again. These printed prosthetics can be customized with intricate designs, yet they’re still faster and cheaper to build than the established methods. Take a look at the educational graphic below and see how far 3D-printed prosthesis has come.

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There’s an App for That: Mobile Devices in Healthcare

If you own a cell phone, chances are you have at least one story of how it has figuratively saved your life. Perhaps it helped you navigate when you were otherwise lost, or allowed you to call for help when your car was broken down on the side of the road. What about your phone’s ability to literally save your life, though?

Smart phones have a number of biometric apps that can keep you accountable for your health. For example, some apps allow you to measure your blood pressure or heart rate, or to track your exercise and sleep schedules. The easy access to the Internet than cell phones can provide also allows you to read up on medical advice and healthy recipes.

Overall, utilizing your cell phone in these ways can have a profound impact on your health. Over the long haul, it may just save your life.

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3 Ways to Allergy Proof Your Bedroom

There are few things in life more frustrating than allergies – the red eyes, itchy throat, runny nose and even hives and breathing difficulties. And if there’s anywhere that should be a refuge from allergies, it’s the sanctuary of the bedroom. So how do you go about allergy-proofing your room? Here are three tips to get you on your way to good and restful health.

Bedding

On average we spend a third of our lives sleeping, so it should be an allergy-free experience. To really allergy-proof that room, start with the bedding. Your mattress, pillow and quilt are the most likely places for dust mites to reside and these are the critters that commonly trigger allergies and asthma.

Consider upgrading to natural fibres such as wool quilts and pillows to make the dust mites a little more unwelcome. Wool bedding companies such as MiniJumbuk specialise in anti-allergen bedding (click here to see their range). And remember to wash your linen often. If you really wish to make life tricky for those little nasties, you can get dust mite-proof covers for quilts, pillows and mattresses.

Flooring

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Carpet is another common home for dust mites, so if possible go with hardwood or tiled floors. If carpet is a must, again it’s time to turn to natural fibres and choose a short pile instead of long.

Carpets should be vacuumed at least once a week, and don’t forget to get under the bed. Use a vacuum cleaner with a good filter and double bag if necessary to avoid breathing in excess dust.

Wooden or tiled floors should be swept and mopped at least once a week and while you’re cleaning, remember to remove dust from your bed frame and regularly flip your mattress. Don’t forget to also dust your curtains, blinds and fans too.

De-clutter and air

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Where there’s dust, there’s dust mites so de-clutter your bedroom. After all this is the place where you sleep, not the local museum. Ensure you do not store items under your bed in order to eliminate dusty hidey-holes. It’s great to have books in the home but don’t keep them in piles next to or under the bed as they are also a haven for dustmites.

Any items you do have in the bedroom should be dusted once a week, including dusting off bedside lamps with a damp cloth. Don’t forget behind and under the bedside tables.

Lastly, remember to blow out the cobwebs. Regularly allow fresh air and sunlight into the room by opening up the windows and doors. Another common trigger for allergies is mould, so allow in natural light and air to really dry the room out.

Allergies are no fun to live with and if you know someone who suffers them, you’ll have witnessed the negative impact they can have on one’s wellbeing. The good news is they can be combated, it just takes the right weapons and a commitment to having a dust-free zone.

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The Relationship Between Hearing Loss and Dementia

As we get older, most people expect to lose their hearing and have their memory get a little bit worse. But interestingly, recent research has shown an association between Alzheimer’s and hearing loss. Among people over 60, hearing loss accounted for over one-third of the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s.

In the United States, 48 million people experience some type of hearing loss, while over five million have Alzheimer’s. The two diseases have many symptoms in common:

    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Problems talking and understanding what’s being said
    • Feelings of isolation
    • Attitudes of denial, defensiveness, or negativity

As hearing loss increases, so does your risk for dementia. This may be traced back to the relationship between brain activity and hearing. Our hearing is largely related to small hair cells; age or exposure to loud noises for a long time can make small hair cells disappear. With less hair cells, it becomes harder to capture sound, and the less sound you hear, the less active the nerves are, which then leads to your brain becoming less active.

If your brain is inactive, your nerve cells can die and you can lose tissue throughout the brain. Gradually, the brain shrinks dramatically, which affects almost all of its functions. In an inactive brain, cells can also tangle, which cuts off nutrient flows and eventually kills the cells.

If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of hearing loss or Alzheimer’s, see a doctor for a hearing loss test. Studies have shown that patients with Alzheimer’s showed an improved ability to communicate and understand others after getting fitted with hearing aids. Early detection and treatment is key in slowing down hearing loss and potentially preventing Alzheimer’s.

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