3 Areas Of Self Improvement To Focus On

If you are someone who is keen to always be improving, then you might be aware that it is often best to do so in as many different regions of your life as possible. However, there are a few parts of your life which are generally particularly important to focus on, in that as long as you are improving them you will be able to say that you are improving your life in general. In this article, we are going to take a look at just three areas of self improvement which you might want to focus on most of all. As long as you are working on these three things, you can easily say that you are making a lot of big changes in your life, and that you are that much more likely to succeed in all the ways you would like to succeed.

Wealth

First of all, you need to make sure that you are focused on wealth to at least a degree which is comfortable to you. Money is not important or a priority to everyone, but we all need to at least make sure that we are not going to be in poverty and that we can live as comfortably as possible. With that in mind, it is clearly a good idea to try and improve your relationship towards money in such a way that you can increase your wealth, and that is something which is worth thinking about early on in any self improvement journey. Generally this will mean that you need to look at your attitude towards wealth, work out what needs changing, and do so – and in that way, you should be able to improve your wealth potential greatly in a short period of time.

Mind

Your mind is one of the most important tools you are ever going to have. As such, it is important that you do what you can to look after it as well as you can. There are many ways in which you should be trying to take care of your mind, and one of the most important is to work on improving your cognition as best as possible. You can do this by using brain training games, finding a natural remedy for learning retention, and by ensuring that you are focused on improving your health in general so that your brain has more of a chance to work at its fullest capacity. Look after your mind, and you are really looking after yourself on the whole, so be sure not to overlook this if you can help it.

Body

The body being the temple of the mind, it is clearly important to look after it if you want to look after your mind – and that is important for mostly everything in life, so clearly this is something that should be a priority. Make sure therefore that you are getting all the exercise that you could possibly need, and that you are treating your body as well as you would like it to be treated. That means focusing on what you put in it, how you use it and so on. This makes a huge difference to your life on the whole.

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Four Fat Burning Foods!

With summer literally around the corner, time is getting somewhat tight, if you’re just starting to think about losing weight and getting fit for your summer holiday. Many of us struggle to maintain a healthy weight and the cold winter months don’t really inspire us to eat salads and fruits, comforting and warming foods are normally at the top of the list of food choices. Unfortunately if you live in the colder climes of the world, one minute it can be positively freezing followed by the biggest heatwave in ten years! This leaves us totally unprepared for shedding the layers.

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Ideally eating a healthy well balanced diet is the best way to maintain a healthy weight, but sometimes we need a little boost in order to increase our motivation. You could try a fat burner, specially formulated using natural ingredients, additionally did you know that there are certain foods that have thermogenic properties?

What is thermogenic?

Every time you eat, your body requires heat in order for the digestion process to work effectively. The body produces heat in response to the type of food you have eaten. This is called thermogenesis. Some foods require more heat for digestion to take place and some foods encourage your body to produce more heat. An increase in heart equals a rise in metabolism, which in very basic terms – burns fat!

What are these amazing foods?

Often thermogenic foods require more calories to digest than what they contain.

Protein

Number one on the list is lean protein. There’s a reason why athletes and bodybuilders eat a lot of protein other than that protein builds muscle. Protein is considered the number one thermogenic food, this is because protein is not easily digested and requires more heat to do so. Protein also keeps you fuller for longer due to the digestion process being more complex. 30% of the calories contained in protein is utilised during the digestion process. If your body finds it difficult to digest protein it is more likely to use fats, carbohydrates and sugars for fuel – therefore it burns fat!

Celery

Celery has always been the dieters friends due to it’s mild taste and versatility. It also takes more calories than it actually contains to digest so has excellent thermogenic properties. Eat raw in salads or add to soups and casseroles.

Spicy Foods

Foods such as cayenne pepper and chilli increase your core body temperature, which results in increasing your metabolism. There is also a spice found in cayenne pepper which encourages your body to use fat cells as fuel.

Green tea

The properties of green tea are actually quite astounding. Green tea has excellent fat burning properties due to it containing catechins. The tea has also been proven to decrease the bodies ability to digest carbohydrates and slow down absorption of sugars. Therefore the body utilises fat as fuel. Green tea is also a powerful antioxidant.

Include the above foods in your diet on a daily basis and you will be well on your way to achieving your summer body!

Could You Be Healthier & Happier In 2018?

If there’s one thing that everyone wants to be, it’s happy and healthy, because like the old saying goes, if you don’t have you health, you don’t have anything. Health is something that, until recently, was seen as being a mainly physical thing. However, that’s all changed in the past 20 years or so, with emotional health being taken as seriously as physical health in many parts of the world.

So, when it comes to leading a healthy life, it’s just as much about being emotionally happy as it is about being physically healthy. Because without your emotional health, you don’t have your happiness. Often, stress is linked to issues with mental health, which is why wellness is taken so seriously today by medical professionals. Gone are the days when there was a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ attitude – mental health is no longer stigmatised, it’s finally starting to be treated in the same way as physical health.

Bearing all of that in mind, when it comes to managing your health on a daily basis, it’s important to take into account both your physical and mental health. Do you wonder if you could be healthier and happier in 2018? If you want to determine whether you are as healthy and happy as you could be, then it’s a good idea to take an in-depth look at your health, focusing on small changes that you could make, that offer the potential of high impact results.

For everything that you need to know about leading a healthier and happier life in 2018, read on.

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Look at your diet

First things first, focus on your diet. You know that saying ‘you are what you eat’? Well, when it comes to your health and wellbeing, it’s completely apt. The fact is that if you live off of junk food and takeaways, you can’t expect to be healthy, even if you are a ‘healthy’ size and shape. The fact is that we can’t always see the damage that we are doing – sometimes the damage is invisible.

So if you aren’t eating as well as you could be, now is the perfect time to change that. They say that getting into a habit takes just 28 days, so although the first 28 days will be tough, if you can stick to a healthier way of eating for that long, you should find that you’re able to stick to it in the long-term. It’s not easy making changes, but if you are set on achieving your goal of being healthier, it is possible.

Take steps to be more active

As a rule of thumb, it’s important to aim to do a minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity every week to stay healthy. If you are trying to lose weight and get in better shape, then you will, most probably need to do more than this. But as a general rule, 150 minutes of exercise a week is plenty.

If you are exercising as much as you should be, then it’s important that you realize how serious the repercussion of not being physically active can be, and take steps to change this. Being physically active reduces your risk of a wide range of diseases, from diabetes to heart disease, so it’s something that it’s important that you make time to do. It doesn’t matter how you exercise, just as long as you are taking steps to be physically active on a regular basis. Not great at motivating yourself? How about hiring a personal trainer to do that for you?

Quit those nasty habits

Do you have any nasty, unhealthy habits, like drinking excessive amounts of alcohol or smoking? If the answer is yes, then it’s important that you take steps to rid yourself of them.

Not only can drinking impact your physical health, both in the long and short term, but it can also have an impact on your mental health. Alcohol is a depressant, and so, drinking it can cause feelings of depression and anxiety to occur. Aim to keep to a 2 drink maximum a day, to ensure that your alcohol consumption won’t impact your health in a negative way.

Smoking can have a serious impact on your health, both in the long and short term, which is why if you smoke, you need to consider quitting. You can never be truly healthy if you are putting carcinogenic smoke into your lungs. If you don’t feel strong enough to quit cold turkey, perhaps you could try vaping instead? You can learn more about this via specialist websites like ecigwizard.com. The fact is smoking is highly detrimental to your health, so if you can quit, you really should do.

Get rid of stress

If there’s one thing that can have a serious impact on your mental health (and also your physical health) it’s stress. The truth is that while our bodies are designed to be able to manage certain levels of stress, when the levels of stress that we are under get too high, they can have a huge impact on our mental health. Studies have shown that people who are overly stressed are more likely to develop various mental health problems, including both anxiety and depression. That’s why managing stress in an effective way is so vital.

The good news is that when it comes to managing stress, it’s not as difficult as you would think. The fact is that if you know what steps you need to take to manage stress, you can do so effectively. One of the best methods of stress management is exercise – studies have shown that regular exercise is a fantastic and highly effective stress reliever. It doesn’t matter how you choose to exercise, just as long as you take steps to stay active.

There you have it, a guide to everything that you need to know about being healthier and happier in 2018. Take note of the tips and advice above, and you can ensure that you have the healthiest year ever, and put your wellness first for once.

The Gradual Journey To Better Health

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Believe it or not, the journey to better health can’t be rushed. It’s tempting to try to cut corners to get that perfect physique more quickly, but the quick route isn’t the healthiest one. Being healthy is about consistency, and that means you need to develop a routine that you can stick to permanently. Trying a diet that’s designed to help you lose a ridiculous amount of weight in a couple of weeks isn’t going to make you healthier; you can’t stick to that kind of diet in the long-run, so you’ll just end up piling that weight back on. And weight fluctuation is unhealthy in itself. You’ll need to gradually work your way towards a healthier lifestyle even if you want results quickly. You’ll thank yourself when you look and feel good in the long-run because you maintained consistency. Let’s talk about some improvements you could make to your lifestyle.

Exercise frequently.

One of the best ways to improve your health is to exercise frequently. Depending on your current levels of fitness, it might be a gradual journey before you’re ready to run marathons or lift the equivalent of your weight at the gym, but that might not be your goal anyway. All that matters is you find some way to stay active every day. You’ll see a big difference in your health on all levels. Physical activity improves your mental health as well as your physical health. And something as simple as jogging for 10 minutes every day could make a huge difference to the health of your heart as well as your physical figure. Take it easy, and make gradual improvements. You could aim to do 3000 steps a day for the first month and then 5000 steps a day the following month; work your way up from there. As explained over at http://www.healthyfood.co.uk, even walking every day could make a difference to your heart, your muscle strength, and your mood.

Cut down on your bad habits.

If you can gradually cut down on your bad habits then this will make a big improvement to your health too. Obviously, you’re allowed the occasional treat, whether that’s a few drinks at the pub with your friends or a chocolate bar during your lunch break. However, overconsumption of anything is bad for you, so you should limit any bad habits that are out of control. Of course, some habits are harder to break than others. If you’re struggling to quit cigarettes then you could check out https://www.shortfill-eliquids.co.uk for E-Liquids and eCig Kits that could help to wean you off nicotine with a tamer substitute. Whether you cut down on your bad habits or give them up altogether depends entirely on your individual situation. We all do unhealthy things to some extent, but moderation is the key to healthiness. If you can restrict yourself to the occasional beer or glass of wine then that’s fine – you only need to reduce your intake if you frequently overindulge.

Work on your mental health.

You also need to work on your mental health if you want to improve your overall health. Your mind is just as important as your body. You need to find time to talk to your friends and family frequently. If you have problems then you should share them with your loved ones (and you should invite them to share their problems with you). It’s important that you have a strong support network so that you can open up about your feelings. If you’re surrounded by people with negative mindsets then you need to make a change in that area of life, as we’ve discussed before. Improving your mental state can be a slow process, but it’s important that you value your mental health in the same way as you value your physical health.

The Benefits of CAT Scans in Diagnosing Health Problems

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Computed axial tomography (CAT) scans, also called CT scans, produce detailed images which can be studied by medical experts to allow them to detect and diagnose a wide range of health problems.

Here is what you need to know about this type of test.

Complications with CAT scans

The CAT scan is a very safe test. The most serious reaction may be an allergy to oral or intravenous contrast (the special solution used to highlight the body part under investigation). The symptoms of this allergy can range from a sensation of heat and the appearance of a rash to a very serious allergic reaction called anaphylactic shock.

But there is no need to worry; medical staff are always in attendance to solve these infrequent incidents. The allergy is usually apparent immediately after the administration of the contrast. However, very rarely, an allergy may appear hours after administration of the contrast, causing itching, difficulty swallowing or breathing. In this case, you should urgently contact a doctor.

Intravenous contrast sometimes generates some heat when entering the body through the vein. In case it leaves the vein during its introduction it can produce local inflammatory reactions.

Intravenous contrast can rarely cause kidney failure. This was more frequent in the past with contrast media that are no longer used nowadays. On the other hand, the dose of radiation received in a CAT scan is very small and does not produce side effects.

The CAT results

The images obtained by the tomograph can be seen immediately. However, its interpretation requires much specialisation and is carried out by radiological doctors. This specialist will make a written report that will be delivered within a few days of the test along with the radiographic images obtained.

The report of the results will include data on the technique used, if necessary the use of contrast and the findings. The type of findings can vary greatly depending on the pathology and the organ studied. Many times, benign or malignant tumors can be identified, as well as signs indicative of various infections such as abscesses or cavities in some organ, or pathologies in the bones, such as fractures or malformations.

In relation to the vessels that irrigate the different organs, thrombi, vascular infarcts (due to the obstruction of an artery) or hemorrhages can be identified. Many times, it is necessary to repeat the test to see how the different lesions evolve, either spontaneously or with some treatment.

If you need a CAT urgently, you may choose to attend a private healthcare facility. While, obviously, a private facility offering a CT scan in London will cost more than if done through the NHS, the waiting time will be much less and the results available much quicker.

Normally, when the final results are ready, the doctor who originally asked for the test will give you the results and will indicate the need to do other complementary examinations or other treatment, as required.

Coping with a Loss of Hearing

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Those of us who are lucky enough to have perfect hearing take it for granted. We listen to the birds singing in the trees, enjoy our favorite musical artists and engage in the art of conversation with friends and loved ones with ease. So, when we start to experience hearing problems, it can be shocking and upsetting.

Many people struggle to cope with hearing problems and deafness, but it is important that, if you’re going through that right now, you do get to grips with it, be proactive and make the best of the situation.

To help you with that, here are some important steps you should take as soon as you notice a degradation in your hearing:

Have a Hearing Test

If you feel like your hearing is suffering, then you simply must get a hearing test as soon as you possibly can. A professional audiologist will be able to determine if your hearing is starting to go, how bad it is and what course of action needs to be taken, whether that’s a hearing aid fitting or a simple expunging of wax from your ear canals. The sooner you know, the better it will be for your health outcome, and the sooner you will be able to come to terms with the issue.

Find Coping Strategies

If it turns out that you are experiencing irreversible hearing loss to any degree, if you want to be able to cope with it as well as possible, you will need to find coping strategies to get you through. This could be as simple as wearing a hearing aid when you’re meeting friends, to declining invitations to loud gigs that you know will make things worse, learning how to read lips or working out which environments are best avoided if you want to feel as comfortable as possible. Find what works for you and stick with it even if it sometimes inconveniences others.

Attend a Support Group

Losing your hearing can be pretty upsetting, which is why it is never a bad idea to find a local support group where you can meet up with other people who are experiencing the same thing. If you’re able to share your story with others, you will feel less alone, and the new friends you make will help you to cope because they will know exactly what it feels like too.

Don’t Isolate Yourself

Many people who experience hearing loss end up isolating themselves because they feel self-conscious about their hearing aids or they feel like they’re being a nuisance when they struggle to hear what people are saying to them. This is one of the worst things you can do because the more you lock yourself away from the real world, the more down and depressed you’re likely to get about your situation, You’re also going to be less able to adapt to your new situation if you stay locked away.

People with hearing loss and those who are deaf can live just as happy, fulfilling life as others – you just have to give yourself the opportunity to do just that.

Wholly Recovering Body and Mind After Serious Injury

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Injuries are never good. We hope to go through life being and remaining as injury-free as possible. However, life doesn’t always have the same idea, and sometimes you will succumb to an injury that was not your fault, but you are forced to suffer through it anyway.

When this sort of thing happens, it can have detrimental effects on both body and mind. While you might tell yourself that everything is okay and that you will leap out of bed and back to the world as quickly as you can, the potential for underlying issues still lingers.

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Sure, it is a cliche, but it is a cliche for a reason. Only fools rush in and end up causing a total mess of everything (okay, that is not the exact quote). But when recovering from an injury, it is good to bear in mind when considering just how ready you are.

It is uncomfortable and distressing and just mentally defeating to hold yourself back even if you feel fine after an injury. However, the body does take time to heal, and so ensuring that you do not push yourself too hard during and just after recovery will save you from any further issues later on in life.

SOUND OF MIND

While much of the pain will be concentrated to your limbs and body parts, you also need to consider the mental aspects that such injuries can cause. This is especially true if you suffered an injury doing something you love like football or climbing. The mental barrier will often need to be breached if you are to get back to how you were.

Furthermore, mental strain can be exacerbated by poor medical care, and so seeking out a medical malpractice attorney will put your mind further at ease when coming to terms with, and eventually overcoming, your issues. You expect to be taken care of in the best way possible and so discovering that something went wrong somewhere along your road to recovery means that someone needs to be held accountable.

GETTING BACK TO NORMAL

It may take a while, but you will be able to get back to normal. This, however, will not happen overnight and you need to ensure that you can surround yourself with a group of supportive friends and family to make getting back to real life more comfortable.

There might be times where you believe you can’t do something, or an event or location brings back bad memories. It is okay to feel nervous during these times, and you should ensure that you do not push yourself, nor let anybody else push you if you do not want to.

WHOLE AGAIN

As with most things in life, recovering wholly takes time. But remembering to take it slow, to not rush in, and to ensure that you are in the right place mentally will make your transition back to work or play or merely just outside much, much easier. It is only natural to still feel the sting of your issues at first, but keeping a strong head to go with that strong body will get you back to normal in no time at all.