Health

Does your skin need some TLC?

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It is perhaps no surprise that after the past year our skin is revealing the stress that we have been feeling with research showing that many people have been suffering with anxiety who previously had never had such concerns before. One of the first places that this sort of stress shows is in our skin as we come out in rashes and breakouts more frequently than normal. The beauty companies have used this as an opportunity to push products that are purported to heal our skin and bring back that healthy glow that we all desire.

One of the most recent developments is cica balms which have been used for centuries to treat irritation and heal skin. Searches for cica products online have rocketed in recent months as users want to firm, repair or soothe their skin.

Barrier creams have become necessary to protect the skin on our hands as we are all washing our hands more frequently and using drying hand sanitiser. The best ones contain lipids that mimic the natural composition of the skin and help to retain moisture keeping our hands hydrated throughout the day.

For those concerned with healthy skin care the next big thing is electrolytes. They are designed to provide a deeper level of hydration to the skin by conducting electricity when mixed with water, enabling cells to regulate pH levels and keep the body’s hydration system in check.

Make this year your healthiest year yet

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Instead of dwelling on the problems and difficulties of last year some people are using it to motivate them to make big changes in their lives and to think more seriously about their health and fitness. Even small changes such as reducing the amount of sugar in the diet, taking more regular exercise or making time in the day for some mindfulness can result in losing weight, feeling an increased level of fitness and better mental health.

A popular activity for those who want to improve their stamina and get out in the fresh air is running or jogging. There are many benefits to running on a regular basis such as strengthening leg muscles and improving cardiovascular health and many people enjoy the challenge of running further and further each day. There are lots of brilliant running apps that can be downloaded onto a phone, often for free that can be used as a way to motivate the runner using voice prompts and music.

If running is not an activity that you enjoy or you can not run due to health issues a much gentler exercise but equally as good for you is yoga. There are various types of yoga out there some which are more challenging than others, so it is a good idea to start with the basics and build up to more challenging moves and poses. Even if it is not possible to attend a class there are many online videos to follow to get you started. An essential part of yoga is the focusing of the mind and many people believe that it is this that helps to reduce anxiety levels and improve their feelings of wellbeing.

A large part of keeping healthy is about what we eat but this does not necessarily mean going on a diet in fact many people find that simply changing the way they think about food can have a dramatic effect on their health. Whereas a few years ago it was all about reducing the fat in our diet current thinking suggests that reducing the sugar in our food intake is much more beneficial to our general health, improving energy levels and sleep quality. Lots of processed foods have added sugar and so it is sensible to check the labels to see just how much sugar is in a food product and consider whether there is a lower sugar choice.

The benefits of vitamins to our general health

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When shoppers visit the medicine aisle at their local supermarket they are met with a vast array of vitamins and mineral supplements ranging from those that are for specific ailments or conditions or those that are for general health and wellbeing. Distinct health food stores have an even wider range of products for the health-conscious shopper to select from so what are the benefits of incorporating vitamin and mineral supplements into our diet?

One of the most important things to realise is that these products are called supplements for a reason and that is that they should be taken in addition to having a well-balanced, nutritious diet containing plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and as little processed food as possible. Some scientists maintain that if our diet is good then we do not need these supplements, but unfortunately modern farming methods and food production has in some cases reduced the amount of nutrients that were found naturally in our foods. It must be said on the other hand that some vitamins are added to common foodstuffs to increase the amount of minerals and vitamins available to us such as fortified cereals and bread and calcium enriched dairy produce.

Vitamins taken regularly after an illness along with a healthy diet may help to support the body in its recovery and as such are a useful way to boost the body’s natural defences.

Visiting the Dentist With Toothache

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Few people enjoy going to the dentist and some even have phobias. However, there are few situations which are as uncomfortable as toothache; sharp, intense pain, or dull aches in the jaw, as well as very tender and painful gums, can all be part and parcel of toothache.

You will often need to visit the dentist if you have toothache, to find out what is wrong and to find a solution with the guidance of an oral health professional. However, toothache can sometimes constitute an emergency as well. If it is very severe and comes on suddenly, it might be time for an emergency trip to the dentist because you could have a more serious condition such as an abscess. Even if you don’t have something serious, your dentist will be able to examine you and find the cause, and they can supply you with pain medication as well.

Easy ways to improve your health and wellbeing

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It has undoubtedly been an extremely trying time for lots of people this year as we have found the freedoms that we all enjoy such as meeting up with friends and family on a regular basis, sharing hugs and kisses and dining out at our favourite restaurant severely curtailed. How can we then improve our health and wellbeing in simple ways?

One of the most important things we can do when considering the state of our health is to make sure that we are eating a healthy diet. This should consist of plenty of fruit and vegetables and as little processed food as possible. It is a good idea to cut back on sugar that is added to food but also hidden sugars that can be found in lots of foods. A quick look at the traffic light system on the packets will show the amount of sugar that a particular food contains.

Taking regular exercise is another way to improve general health and can be something as simple as taking a walk every day. Doing yoga or Pilates as a form of exercise has the added benefit of helping you to relax and meditate which is important for your mental wellbeing.

Some people find that using mindfulness techniques help them to remain calm and relieve feelings of anxiety and there are lots of useful websites that offer online mindfulness sessions free for a trial period.