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A Guide To Common Injuries

A Guide To Common Injuries

Everyone suffers some form of injury in their life whether this is during exercise, because of an accident or seemingly out of the blue. Although these are often minor and will heal by themselves, they can be problematic and stop you from doing daily activities, […]

6 Tips for Healthy, Habitual Weight Loss

6 Tips for Healthy, Habitual Weight Loss

With so many fad diets and crazy fitness routines out there, it can be hard to know where to turn for healthy weight loss information. How can you drop a few pounds without compromising your nutrition? Which exercises will keep you fit without damaging your […]

The Surprising Health Benefits of Doing Extreme Sports

The Surprising Health Benefits of Doing Extreme Sports

More and more people are into extreme sports nowadays. People do it for fun, people do it for the adrenaline rush and some are, simply put, daredevils. Exploring human capabilities is fun and these sports are a true proof of that. Of course, doing an extreme sport serves as a great physical exercise which is considered to be common knowledge. However, that’s not the end of the story. The vast majority of people aren’t aware of the fact that there are quite a few health benefits that come along with these sports. Let’s take a look at a handpicked few that will leave you speechless.

Mental stability

It may sound odd but doing extreme sports is great for your brain. Wondering how? Well, these activities make you face mental and physical challenges that you would never face in any other situation. For example, it has been proven that by jumping out of a plane, human brain gets altered. To be more precise, the chemical makeup of our brain gets shifted and all of a sudden we feel euphoria and pleasure. What’s even more interesting is the fact that extreme sports practice our ability to stay calm in the face of danger. Thanks to that, people learn how to keep their cool in all situations, the fear, stress and anxiety get transformed into fuel that improves mental stability. Gradually, as we overcome challenges, we become mentally sound and boost our self-confidence.

Being humble

How could it be that extreme sports can teach us a lesson in humility? Well, there is a study that proves exactly that. According to a study from 2009, doing these sports can make people more humble. A team of researchers from Victoria University and the University of Wollongong conducted research where they had 15 participants take part in various extreme sports. The results stated that these close encounters with death, intense fear and the sole realization that Mother Nature is far greater than humans provided participants with a sense of courage but it also gave them a profound sense of humility.

Disease prevention factor

Doing extreme sports maintains health and overall well-being in the long run. For example, people who like surfing have strong hearts because of their hobby. It’s all about the cardiovascular health, it’s about the fact that the vast majority of these sports get your heart rate up in no time. That’s how one strengthens their heart. By improving human’s core strengths, these sports in turn improve the health of human’s heart. Moreover, physiotherapists have found that paragliding mitigates chronic pain symptoms as well as arthritis. Various more dangerous disciplines have also been linked with prevention of chronic disease such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Crazy, right? Well, it may sound like that but it’s true.

Fear management

Looking at the first paragraph, one could sense that extreme sports could have something to do with fear management, too. Every person in this whole wide world struggles with fear of some kind from time to time. However, those who do these sports are able to transform that fear into a positive experience. Rare are those who aren’t scared before jumping out of a plane during their first time. Rare are those who don’t feel fear before their first bungee jump. However, doing these things and safely making it to the other side reduces one’s fear response. And that’s how you learn to manage fear better.

Better balance

The vast majority of adrenaline-filling sports basically force you to improve your balance. The body has to adapt to various situations and conditions and that’s how people boost leg strengths and facilitate joint mobility. When you do that, you become ready to take on whatever physical trial or tribulation may come. By improving balance, people reduce risks of suffering serious injuries. It’s simple, when you don’t fall, you don’t get hurt. Take a look at mountain biking, that sport requires constant balancing and legwork. That’s why you rarely see a mountain biker limp.

Conclusion

Obviously, you now have more than enough reasons to embark on a thrilling experience. While getting stronger, you get your adrenaline dose and so many other beneficial things. You’ll reduce stress, up the ante when it comes to self-esteem and activate your muscles like never before. The list goes on and on and now it’s your turn to act.

The Upcoming Challenges for Smallholder Farmers and How to Overcome Them

The Upcoming Challenges for Smallholder Farmers and How to Overcome Them

When it comes to being naturally healthy, you need to look not just at what you eat, but where that food came from. Locally produced foods that you buy in-season, for example, will not only be the freshest, they will also contain the most nutrients […]

5 Important Things to Know about Female Incontinence

5 Important Things to Know about Female Incontinence

Female urinary incontinence is a problem that often goes undiagnosed, which leads to fewer people being treated and living more normal lives. There are many reasons a woman might develop urinary incontinence at some point in her life, including pregnancy and older age. Regardless, women […]

How to balance your hormones naturally?

How to balance your hormones naturally?

Midway through writing this, I went out for nachos.

It surprised my husband because we just had a big dinner. Then he looked at the calendar and went, “Oh, it’s near that time of the month.”

Hormones. They are the culprits; chemicals in our bodies that control our body functions like moods, cravings, metabolism, hunger, reproduction and even our growth.

When we had our growth spurts in our youth, remember that acne, lousy mood, and insane sweating?

Hormonal imbalance is a natural body process at certain points in our lives – puberty, pregnancy, menopausal, monthly menstruation.

Warning signs of hormonal imbalance are dry skin or oily skin (thus the acne), dry or brittle hair, food cravings, fatigue, mood swings, and weight gain.

The doctor may prescribe pills to help balance hormones, but these are chemicals that may adversely affect us, plus they cost a lot.

There are more natural ways of combatting hormonal imbalance, and they will be organic, and thus safe. It may just take some extra effort and a lot of determination on our part, but it will greatly improve the way we look and feel.

Tips to balance hormones naturally:

Eat healthy

  • Load up on healthy fats. Choose coconut oil, olive oil, or butter over canola oil, margarine or shortening. Eat fish because they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Actively add best foods to help balance hormones in your diet. These foods are avocado, maca root, walnuts, almonds, sweet bell peppers, and tomatoes. We may cook them or toss them in a salad.
  • Juice up the greens – broccoli, spinach, kale can go well with other leafy vegetables and fruits, and make a green smoothie. It is a healthy but delicious way to get those greens and anti-oxidants.
  • Eat protein. Superfoods which are rich in protein are pasture-raised egg yolks and wild-caught salmon. Our bodies do not produce protein on its own, so we need to consume it to get it into our system. Enough protein will give us healthy muscles, bone and skin.
  • Eat enough. Don’t overeat, and don’t eat too little. Keep the meal balanced by having protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats in it.

Drink healthy

  • Water up. There is nothing like water to hydrate the body and wash out toxins. Don’t drink a lot in one go; drink a glass as often as we can and reach the target of 2 liters in a day.
  • Lesser caffeine. Coffee can affect our heart, trigger gout, and cause insomnia.
  • Abhor sugary drinks, like soda. Liquid sugar is the worst kind of sugar and can cause obesity and diabetes.
  • More on green tea. Go as organic as possible. Green tea has anti-oxidants which fight off the bad cells in our body.

Exercise regularly

  • We can go to the gym where a professional can help balance different kinds of exercises, or even just a regular walk or jog regime will improve those hormone levels.
  • If we are a bit advanced in age, we can try the slower approach of yoga or meditation.

Sleep regularly

  • Our body and brain need 7-8 hours of uninterrupted, good quality sleep during night time.
  • Splurge on comfortable mattresses and beddings; they are the best rewards we can give our tired body after a long day.
  • Growth hormones work during sleep at night so if we want our teenagers to grow taller, confiscates the gadgets at 9 P.M.

Enjoy the outdoors

  • Get vitamin D from the sun, plus the fresh air will be good for our lungs.
  • Enjoy a swim, play football or even just a Frisbee.
  • Go for a walk or a drive through scenic mountains or beach sides. Stop and smell the roses.

Eliminate stress

  • Our body is made beautifully, with stress hormones, known as Cortisol, which helps our body cope with stress.
  • Ever heard the term ‘adrenaline rush’? Adrenaline is actually our ‘fight or flight’ hormone that provides our body with energy to respond to emergencies or warnings.
  • Stress raises the cortisol level causing imbalance, and thus, excessive food intake. That is why call it ‘stress eating.’
  • Eliminate stress by conditioning the mind not to panic, not to worry, to slow down; we can listen to relaxing music or go for a message.

Hormonal imbalance is not an issue with women alone, although I have to say we are the most plagued by it – at puberty, monthly, during pregnancy and through menopausal.

Teenagers can also go through bad patches of hormonal imbalance, and we have to support our children who are having a hard time with acne, excessive food intake, and mood swings.

They, too, have to understand that what they are going through is normal and it is just a phase that will soon pass.

Hormones affect all aspects of our health and our life. It affects us literally from the cradle to the grave.

We need to keep the hormones healthy and balanced, not only during certain times of the month but as a healthy lifestyle altogether.

Eating healthy at certain times is just a Band-Aid cure. What we need is to eat healthy all throughout our lifetime.

We have to teach even our children to love vegetables; there are fun ways of making them eat it. Keeping them active in sports while young can lead to a healthier lifestyle even as adults.

When we start them young, it will just be another part of their life without much adjustment needed.

When a person is used to drinking soda at a young age throughout adulthood, it will be much difficult to have him stop. But if he never started in the first place, then there would not be an issue.

Healthy living means a healthy diet, active lifestyle, less stress.

The healthy life means healthy, balanced hormones. Balanced hormones mean healthier bodies, younger-looking skin, and better mood all the time.

Best places to find pure CBD oil for sale online

Best places to find pure CBD oil for sale online

Cannabidiol or CBD continues to amaze the entire world. Even though its medicinal properties were discovered recently, it has been like a rollercoaster for this great compound lately. Imagine, scientific research has identified at least 50 medical conditions when CBD can make a real change. […]

How do I stop comparing myself to others?

How do I stop comparing myself to others?

Comparing yourself to others causes you to become insecure and anxious. It takes our joy and prevents us from giving our best in life. If you are constantly checking out people on various social media platforms, then the chances of feeling inadequate keep increasing. It […]

5 Surprising Conditions That Can Cause Weight Gain

5 Surprising Conditions That Can Cause Weight Gain

Most people know the reason why the number on the scales has started to rise, as they might be eating more fatty, sugary foods and exercising less. However, if the pounds are piling up without reason, or cannot stop munching on food, a health condition could be to blame.

If you are scratching your head about why your waistline is getting bigger, read about the five conditions that could potentially be causing your weight gain.

  1. A Sleep Disorder

If you are living with a sleep disorder, such as insomnia, restless legs syndrome, or sleep apnoea, it could be contributing to your growing waistline. That’s because sleep deprivation can interfere with your body’s hormones that signal a feeling of both hunger and fullness. So, if you do not enjoy enough sleep, you are more likely to overeat. Plus, your activity levels will more than likely take a dip whenever you feel tired, so you will burn fewer calories.

  1. A Pain Disorder

Living with chronic pain cannot only impact your quality of life, but it could be responsible for your weight gain. For instance, if you are living with arthritis, fibromyalgia or sciatica, you might not be very active, and you might not sleep well.

Again, the lack of sleep could cause you to overeat and the inactivity will prevent you from burning calories. What’s more, you might be taking certain medications for nerve pain, which could be contributing to the increasing number on the scales. If this is the case, talk to your doctor about how you can lose the excess pounds.

  1. Menopause

Weight gain is a common symptom of menopause. Over time, a woman might realize that her diet and exercise routine can no longer effectively keep her weight in check. This is often due to hormonal changes in their body, which can cause sleep interruption.

Thankfully, there are ways to counteract hormonal imbalances caused by menopause. For example, a natural hormone from David Ghozland cannot only support weight loss, but it can reduce annoying hot flashes, irritability, night sweats, and more.

  1. Depression

People living with depression can experience weight gain for a number of reasons. For example, some people might turn to emotional eating, while others might become less active.

It is also possible that various antidepressant medications are causing unwanted weight gain. If you believe a medication could be responsible for your weight gain, consult your doctor to identify if you could switch to a drug that works in harmony with your body.

  1. Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is caused by low hormone levels produced by the thyroid gland, which manage the body’s metabolism. The condition can take years to develop, and it is much more common in women than men.

As the condition makes it difficult for the gland to manage a person’s metabolism effectively, it can lead to weight gain, as well as fatigue, depression, heightened sensitivity to cold temperatures, a disturbed menstrual cycle, and stiff muscles and joints. If you suspect you might be living with hypothyroidism, visit your doctor for a blood test.

The Top 4 Autumn Exercises

The Top 4 Autumn Exercises

As the air starts to cool off, autumn is a great time to revamp your workout routine, but the frequent wind and rain may start to get in the way of your exercise plans. Pay-as-you-go gyms are a great way to have the flexibility to […]