In this day and age our lives are infiltrated with constant images telling us that the only way that we can ever be happy is to be skinny – and of course, this isn’t the case. We need to make sure that we promote a healthy body image that includes the fact that you can be happy and curvy at the same time. But we also need to make sure that we stay fit and healthy: obesity and being overweight can lead to a myriad of health problems including heart disease and strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, and breathing problems. It’s important then to make sure that we stay fit and healthy for the sake of our bodies rather than our self image. If you’re overweight or you don’t feel particularly healthy, the first thing to do is to start walking wherever you can. You don’t have to jump right into going to the gym: rather, get off the bus a stop early when you’re coming home from work, or make sure that you go for a walk every evening. Not only will it help you feel better and improve any back problems but it’ll also help you sleep better. With food, the most important thing you can do is cut down on your portion size. Remember that you can eat anything you want, so long as you eat it in moderation, but heaping your plate with food means that you’ll be consuming more calories than you can work off. You could also try to go organic to get even healthier!
A toothache may be one of the worst pains that you can go through – some women have said that tooth abscesses are worse than labor! When you’re younger, you always think that you’re immune from any sort of pain or discomfort but as you get older the truth starts to reveal itself as you begin to suffer from various ailments – toothaches being one of them. If you’re suffering from a toothache, chances are that it’s because of tooth decay, which is caused by enamel erosion on your teeth. This happens thanks to a build up of plaque on your teeth throughout the day – it reacts with sugars and starches in your food to create bacteria which in turn erodes the enamel, leaving you susceptible to soreness and infections. If your teeth are becoming more sensitive with time, then speak to your dentist about what you can do to improve matters and in the meantime start using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth. That might make it a little easier when you’re dealing with foods of a certain temperature. If you have a tooth infection, which is caused by an abscess at the root of the tooth which forms thanks to a hole in your tooth enamel which lets bacteria in, you’re probably in a lot of pain. Make sure you make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible – check out their list of services to make sure they can help – and in the meantime keep rinsing your mouth out with warm salt water and apply clove oil, along with taking over the counter painkillers to help you get through the pain.
We all know that the best way to keep looking young is by wearing sunscreen under your makeup with as high an SPF as possible. Spending a lot of the time in the sun can lead to more fine lines and wrinkles along with some discoloration and the possible risk of skin cancer. Luckily skin cancer, which often takes the form of melanomas, can often be picked up before it gets too severe. If you have any new moles or moles that are bumpy or have changed size or shape, it’s important that you get them checked out by a doctor so that the treatment is as painless and quick and easy as possible. Skin cancer doesn’t just take the shape of moles – it also comes in the form of uneven, rough patches of skin. If you’re uncertain, see a doctor, who may refer you to a dermatologist. Make sure you wear sunscreen that protects you against both UVA and UVB rays, and wear a hat to cover up the top of your head and your forehead. It’s important to keep as much of your body covered as you can, even if you might not feel like it in the summer! You should also make sure you reapply your sunscreen every two to three hours – and remember that winter sun can be just as damaging as summer sun.
Everyone knows it: the best way to improve your lung function is to quit smoking. It sounds so simple and to non-smokers it’s a no brainer, but to people who have smoked for a long time, quitting is a lot easier said than done. It’s a safe bet that a lot of people who gave up for their new year’s resolutions have already started smoking again (It's happened to me before!) The truth is that it’s impossible to quit smoking unless you really want to. There are different methods that help different people. Sometimes going cold turkey can help but for others, nicotine patches and inhalers can work wonders. If you have financial motivations for quitting smoking – it really is extremely expensive! – then why not put the money you’re saving by not buying cigarettes in a jar so you can crack into it at the end of the week and buy yourself a treat like a new top or movie tickets? If you don’t smoke you can always maintain your lung health in other ways. Make sure you take care of yourself through the winter by staying warm and making sure that you keep washing your hands to stave off germs and illnesses. If you have asthma, it’s crucial to make sure that you keep taking your preventative inhaler as prescribed and that you go to the doctor or seek medical help when you’re unwell or if you’re feeling tight-chested.
If you love exercise, that’s fantastic! But if you’ve been an avid runner for a long time then you might be starting to feel the pressure on your joints like your knees. Your joints are the connections between two bones, like your elbows, your knees and your hips – and cartilage cushions the joints so they don’t rub together. Unfortunately as you age, the cartilage wears away thanks to age, overuse or injury, so your joints can get damaged and you can develop arthritis. The best way to care for your joints is to keep moving; another great way to do so is to make sure that you aren’t overweight and putting too much pressure on them – your knees, back and hips have to support a lot of your body weight. If you want to exercise and lose some weight but you’re worried about your joints being a problem then why not try a low impact exercise like cycling or swimming? Swimming in particular is great because the water supports your weight. Although you might want to try running or aerobics, they can put a lot of pressure on your joints in the long run. You should also make sure that you don’t stay still for too long because that can lead to stiffness. Even if you work in an office bent over a computer all day, make sure that you take regular breaks to walk around and look out of the window or to get some fresh air. You could also try an activity that would help your flexibility like yoga, or maybe try out tai chi or pilates, which will improve your core strength.