Quick Fix For Those Small Health Irritants!

At the best of times, our bodies work so well that we barely notice them. Few of working a modern schedule expect to feel great all the time, but we do ask our body doesn’t demand attention of us. No pain, soreness or irritating issues and we’re generally happy.

Somewhere along the line though, our bodies thought: “nah”. There are a thousand and one little ways something can go wrong. Most of them aren’t life threatening, but that doesn’t mean they’re not annoying. What we’re going to discuss here isn’t the huge issues that dominate most health talk; it’s the little, annoying areas. The frustrations rather than the catastrophes. But even as “just” frustrations, they can make life unpleasant – so why suffer when you don’t have to?

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Problem: Feeling you have to blow your nose all the time and/or congestion without known cause.

Potential Cause: Post-nasal drip (sexy name, right?)

Fix: Nasal irrigation. It sounds painful, but it isn’t – just mildly unpleasant. Using a purpose-made water solution (normal water will hurt), use a squeezy bottle to inject water through one nostril. Let it run through the other nostril and exit through the mouth. Repeat three times a week. It’s one of those little things that can make a big difference.

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Problem: Skin feels sticky after showering. You’re prone to acne breakouts that no treatment can resolve. You can’t seem to get soap or shampoo to lather fully.

Potential Cause: Your water is hard or from a well supply.

Fix: Soften your water. You can do this with a special shower head, or soften the water through your whole house. This can be done with a water softener attached to the supply pipe. You will find some of the best water softeners reviewed by WaterSoftenerGuide.com and other online sources.

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Problem: Dry and itchy eyes for no known medical cause. (Be aware this is a symptom of an autoimmune condition called Sjogren’s Syndrome, and should be checked out.)

Potential Cause: Not enough tear production

Fix: Our eyes dry out easily. Anything that might damage your skin – excess heat, air conditioning, UV light – can also damage your eyes. Use sunglasses whenever you’re outside; it’s better to be comfortable than risk being judged for it. Take breaks from looking at a computer screen. Only use eye drops that don’t contain preservatives, which can actually make the problem worse.

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Problem: Nails are weak and break easily

Potential Cause: Lack of vital nutrients and/or improper care

Fix: Have your vitamin levels checked with a blood test and consider a multivitamin. Look into supplementing biotin, which has a huge impact on the health of hair and nails. Also try and massage oil into your nails at least once a day. The oil is beneficial for keeping things soft, while the massage stimulates blood flow.

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Problem: Persistent lip chapping

Potential Cause: Using lip balms (yes, really) or licking your lips too often. Sometimes dehydration.

Fix: Conventional store-brand lip balms can actually make dry and sore, and there is evidence you become “addicted” to them. Switch out for a simple substitute such as coconut oil or lanolin. Your lips might need a few days to adjust and go through a detox, but you’ll soon feel far more comfortable.

I hope these tips help you in some way!
Much love,
Abby  

What Are The Health Benefits of Running?

There are a million different exercises, routines, and techniques you can use to get fit these days. All you need to do is take a look in a modern gym to see the kind of equipment they have on offer, each giving you different health benefits. But sometimes, it really is good to take it back to basics. Running is one of the simplest activities we can do, and although it feels hard, our bodies are perfectly designed to do it. So why not consider adding running to your fitness routine?  Here are some of the benefits that it can offer: 

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It Burns an Amazing Amount of Calories

Being such a high impact activity, running burns more calories than just about any other type of exercise. If you want to get fit and become healthier, running is the way to go. It also means you can do more in a short space of time. If you don’t have lots of spare hours in the day going for a ten minute sprint, you’ll burn just as many calories that most activities take in half an hour or even an hour.

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You Can Experience ‘Runner’s High’

Runner’s high is a real thing; researchers have shown that this is the way our brain responds to running. It’s a hardwired response, most likely a result of when our ancestors needed to chase down and hunt food. The brain releases endorphins into the body letting you experience a natural ‘high’… which feels great! 

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You Can Do It Anywhere

Whether you prefer to exercise at the gym, at home or indoors you’re always able to run. Every gym will have treadmills. Alternatively, you could buy one yourself from a treadmill supplier, or a shop that sells exercise equipment. Better still, lace up your running shoes and go for a run outside! It’s an exercise that you can do anywhere, so whether your budget is big or small, running is an excellent way to get fit.

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It Improves Every Area Of Your Body

Running is incredibly good for the cardiovascular system, giving the heart and lungs a thorough workout. It improves bone strength and boosts immunity by oxygenating the blood and flushing out toxins more quickly. Plus running shapes and tones just about every area of the body. While running is focused on the lower body, it also tones your core, back, shoulders and even arms too. So as well as providing amazing health benefits, it also makes you look fantastic too!

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You Can Take It At Your Own Pace

Even if you’re not ready for marathons or sprints, the good thing about running is you can go at your own pace. You can even start by walking if you need to. Build up to a gentle jog, and eventually, push yourself to run for certain amounts of time. As you get fitter, you can increase this time until you’re able to run for longer distances.

Do you include much running in your fitness routine?

Much love,
Abby

Everything You Need To Help You Cope With Common Health Problems

No matter how hard we try, we all end up getting sick now and then. There are loads of common health problems that make our lives difficult. But, I’m here to tell you that things don’t have to be as hard as you think. Coping with common health problems is easier when you know what to do. So, check out this advice and make your life less stressful:

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Make Regular Visits To Your GP

The only way you can cope with common health problems is by getting medical advice. So, you should make regular visits to your GP whenever something crops up. It doesn’t matter how minor it may feel, getting checked up can make a big difference. At the very least, you get peace of mind knowing your problem isn’t a big deal. Plus, your doctor can write various prescriptions for you. This means you have access to things that can help calm your health problem down. As a result, you’ll find it a lot easier to cope with it.

Find A Nearby Hospital

One life lesson I’ve learnt is that preparation is key. If you can prepare for the worst case scenario, then you’ll be well set to deal with any problems. In this instance, what’s the worst case scenario when you have a health problem? It gets bad, and you need to rush to a hospital ASAP. If you don’t know where the closest one is, you will waste a lot of time. So, my advice is to find a nearby hospital and learn the way to and from it. When looking for one nearby, you have a tough choice on your hands. Often, there will be various hospitals to choose from. Some might have fancy hospital furniture (who knew this existed?!) and look modern and impressive. But, they might be further away than one that’s less impressive, but much closer. So, do you opt for the closer one that’s not as good or the better one that’s further away? Personally, I’d opt for the closer one. In an emergency, you need medical attention as soon as possible. A few minutes can make a whole world of difference.

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Look For Natural Solutions

As well as all the medical help, you should also look for natural solutions. By this I mean have a look online for things that can help with your health issues. For example, if you have the flu, there are many suggestions for food and drink you should ingest. There are even certain foods that contain cancer-fighting properties. All it takes is a little research to find natural remedies for common health problems. And, you can find things that help with not so common ones too. A lot of the time, you find that your health can be improved by making changes to your diet. If you’re eating healthy foods, then your body is full of all the right things. You’ll be packed full of antioxidants and will fight off diseases with ease.

With my advice, I hope you’ll soon cope with things a lot better. Any minor issues can be sorted out and dealt with right away. Plus, you’re prepared for when common health problems take a turn for the worse.

Much love,
Abby

Becoming A Morning Person & Never Looking Back

People like to talk about the idea of “hitting the ground running.” You’ve surely heard of this concept – you’ll get a lot more done if you get a quick start. It turns out the actual reality of hitting the ground running is disappointingly unhelpful. However, the thought behind it makes sense – if you can give yourself a head start in the morning, then you’ll have momentum throughout the day.

It is that kind of momentum we need to aim for when we first get out of bed. If we can start our motor running in the first hour after waking up, then the whole day becomes easier. It’s hard to be a morning person – they always seem so annoying when you’re not one – but even just thinking “today’s going to be different” can help. It may mean forcing yourself to think and work differently, but it’s worth it.

First Step: Wake Up With A Smile

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Are you one of those people who wakes up and lies there for a while? Hoping that you’ll hear on the news that a rogue solar event has wiped out the road system and you don’t need to go to work? Okay, so most people will answer yes to the first, no to the second. But it can be hard to warm up in the morning.

What some people don’t know is that smiling – forcing it, if you have to – releases endorphins. If you can force a smile for a few minutes, you will actually feel better. You’ll feel better yet if you can remember a joke or a happy memory to trigger the smile, but beggars can’t be choosers.

Second Step: Brush Your Teeth
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-Remember you only need a pea-sized amount of toothpaste! 🙂

To make yourself more enthusiastic and get the day going forward, it is smart to wash your face and brush your teeth as soon as possible. The splashing of water on your face and the scrub of the facecloth get blood flowing. Brushing your teeth makes everything feel fresher, even if you are just about to go downstairs and drink coffee. And floss, too. Your mouth will thank you. As the saying says, “Only floss the teeth you wish to keep.” Using a good water flosser – you can check out some options with reviews at ibreathbad.com – will make a big difference. 

Third Step: Be Annoyingly Cheerful

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This one works particularly well if you aren’t someone who is naturally cheerful. Just singing in the shower or talking in a positive way can jerk your mindset into the more optimistic lane. As long as you’re not singing Radiohead’s greatest hits, of course. You may love them, but they are not morning-time fight music. Something upbeat will work better. An upside to being annoyingly cheerful is other people’s reactions – that alone will make you laugh.

Sometimes you’re going to wake up and not be your best self. It’s the case for a lot of us. You might need to fake it until you feel it, but this makes it more natural in future. And once you’ve got that under control, no-one can stop you. If only all the morning people got together to take over the world, the night-owls wouldn’t know what hit them.

Good luck on your morning journey!

Much love,
Abby 

 

A Simple Way To Get Your Five A Day

 

There are constant studies into the negative health effects of most foods. Think of all of the research that has been put into finding out whether meat is good or bad for us. Claims that a glass of wine and some dark chocolate once a day is good for you and counterclaims that reinforce the concept of alcohol and chocolate being as bad as ever. But you never read a bad claim about the health benefits fruit and vegetables. Unless you believe the school playground myth that eating more than six bananas in one sitting can cause you to overdose on potassium. So why is this? Well, it’s because fruit and vegetables are good for you in almost every way, shape and form.

How to best get all of your vitamins and minerals

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The World Health Organisation recommends that we eat five portions of fruit and veg a day. This may be easy for some. Eating five portions a day can’t be that hard, right? However, if you have a hectic, on-the-go lifestyle and multiple mouths to feed every day, it’s easy to skip a portion or two now and then. An easy way to keep topped up is to drink your fruit and veg. Enter juicing. Juicing extracts all of the best parts of your fruit and veg.

Avoid store bought juices

Many of us make the mistake of assuming store bought, prepackaged juice is good for us. Well, juice is juice, right? This couldn’t be more untrue. Pasteurised juices from concentrate offer very little regarding nutrient content. Having sat on the shelf for months, their enzymes will have rapidly depleted. By juicing yourself, you know exactly what is going into your juices. You have no need to worry about extra added sugars or the juice being concentrated and topped up with water. You can also ensure that all the juice you consume is as fresh as possible. Home Juicing also allows you to experiment (which means fun!) with flavour combinations and build bespoke juices that cater to your personal needs.

Find the right juicer for you

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Become a Juicer Cruiser and browse reviews of various juicers before making any purchase. Different juicers have varying pros and cons. Try to get a juicer that can be cleaned easily, as this will save a lot of hassle down the line. Other factors in your choice could be price, delivery options and the design of the juicer. You’ll want an appliance that fits in with the rest of your kitchen and most of all, that motivates you to get up and start juicing!

Prep your fruit and veg properly

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Check which fruits and vegetables need pre-juicing preparation. The green leaves of carrots are toxic so should be removed before juicing. Apple seeds contain cyanide, so are best removed. Kiwi skins can create an unpleasant texture, and lemon skin can leave a bitter taste in your juice. Orange skin contains poisonous substances, so is best peeled off. Always wash your fruit and veg before juicing to remove any pesticides or dirt.

Drinking juice at least once a day will leave you feeling more energetic, radiant and active. While you’re at it, why not pick up some other new daily habits that can change your life for the better.

Much love,
Abby

Daily Habits That Could Transform Your Life

Most people don’t realize that it’s the things they do every day that change their lives for the better. Some people think that good things just happen to people. They think opportunity knocks or just falls into laps. It doesn’t! Success is attracted to people who make the effort to attract it. It comes to people who deserve success. The people who take the steps everyday to improve, no matter what they are going through. If you want to transform your life in every area, the following daily habits are essential for your success:

Get Up With Enthusiasm

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When we get up each day with enthusiasm, we not only send a message to our brains but the world. If we struggle to get up every day, or resist it for as long as possible, we get into bad habits. We tell ourselves we don’t want to get up. Life isn’t good enough, not exciting enough. We want to change that feeling! By making a habit of getting up each day raring to start your day, whether you have much to do or whether it’s full of mundane tasks, you’ll get into good habits. Your life will almost start to improve by default. You want to send a message to the world that you love your life! When you get up enthusiastically each day, this is what you do. If you struggle to get out of bed, here are tips that can help you:

  • Have water by your bed ready to drink when you wake up. It should perk you up and stop you feeling fatigued.
  • Have your alarm clock away from your bed, preferably so you have to get up to turn it off.
  • Make your bed as soon as you get up so you’re not tempted to climb back in.
  • Brush your teeth to help wake yourself up. Do this before you eat anything.

Meditate

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Meditation is becoming more well known (I wrote a detailed blog about it!), and all kinds of people are using it. It isn’t just for hippies. Successful business men and women are now using meditation to improve their lives and minds! By taking just 5-10 minutes each day to sit comfortably in silence, you could experience many benefits. You can feel more alert, creative, and inspired. You could actually come up with answers to questions that have been plaguing your mind. Getting into this habit will benefit your life in many ways.

Get Some Exercise

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Exercise isn’t just for people who want to lose weight. Exercising does not mean you have to spend hours bored-to-death running on the treadmill. By getting a little exercise before you start your day, you can feel so much more focused and prepared for what the day throws at you. Even if you just go for a short walk around the block, it should clear your mind and help you prepare to do your work or tackle the day’s projects. There are other benefits too, of course, such as weight and fat loss, muscle gain, improved health and fitness, and less chance of developing illness and disease.

Eat Healthy Foods

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Healthy foods (here is a list of great foods!) will help you to feel more energized. They’ll change the way you feel, act, and think. If you fill your diet with unhealthy foods, you will feel tired and sluggish. This isn’t to say you can’t have treats, but you should make moderation something you pride yourself on. You should also include things like fresh herbs and spices. Having between 2 and 2.5g of turmeric per day is said to be beneficial – and it tastes great.

Work On Your Self Development Each Day

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Working on your self development each day will make you a better person. This is the kind of thing you need to do, whatever your goals may be. Make sure you read more self development books (I have a ton of suggestions!) – they will give you invaluable advice to help you through life. Go to classes and seminars, focusing on learning as much as you can. Get to the root of your problems and work them out. Control your emotions by learning where they’re coming from and learning to work with them. All of these things will make you a much better person!

Be Grateful

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Make sure you’re grateful, even if you don’t feel like you have that much to be grateful for. The fact you’re alive is enough to be grateful for! Look around you. Be grateful for a roof over your head. Great friends and family. Money in the bank, even if it’s not much. The more you are grateful, the more you’ll find to be grateful for.

Change your life today with these daily habits!

Much love,
Abby

The Possibility of Having a Dream

 

I took photography as a hobby recently and discovered how much I love being outside, enjoying the peaceful mornings, nature, capturing moments forever…amongst other things. I realized that it’s beautiful sights like this one that make me feel so grateful and bring a smile to my face. (It’s the little things!) 

I’m reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and I came across this lovely quote:

“It is the possibility, of having a dream come true, that makes life interesting.”


So, what’s your dream? What do you hope to achieve someday? What would you do if money wasn’t a concern? (Or health?) How does your perfect day look like? What do you do on your free time that if you got paid for would be like heaven?

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These are just some questions I find to be quite necessary for us to ask once in a while; to get a feeling of how we’re doing, if we need to change anything, how the life plan is going, etc.

Unfortunately not many people ask themselves these questions; so they live their lives almost in autopilot – study, work work work, marriage, kids, retirement, death. There’s nothing wrong with that scenario, if that’s what you want. But if you don’tchange your situation. Ask yourself these questions. Move little by little towards your goal, your dream life, your perfect day. Don’t let anyone tell you what you *should* be doing.

Do what makes you happy… because life is to be enjoyed. 

Much love, Abby