5 Health Check-Ups You're Missing Out On

It doesn't matter what age you are; you're always going to worry about your health. Those in their teens and Twenties worry a little less about it, but if you're noticing that you've hit 30 and you're suddenly concerned about your health, you're not alone. Younger people worry less because they believe that they're invincible - it's a mortality thing. However, if you find that you're really wondering how healthy you really are, perhaps it's time to see the doctor and get a checkup.

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There is a range of health tests that we all need from time to time, from hearing tests as standard to the eye tests that we all need to take when our eyesight gets bad. But did you know that there is a range of other tests that we should be looking at taking to check on our health? Let's take a look:

Blood Pressure Tests

There is a difference between high blood pressure and low blood pressure, and it's ideal for your blood pressure to remain in the normal range so that you don't encounter subsequent health issues. A blood pressure test is painless, with a cuff fitted to your upper arm, inflated until tight and then released. This allows your doc to know whether there is another issue going on - and be ready just in case!

Bowel Cancer Screening

While screening for bowel cancer doesn't always lead to a diagnosis, it can detect possible issues before the symptoms begin. You'll need to use a testing kit called a Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBt), and this can collect stool samples over a few days, and then they are sent off for testing. Mostly, screening is done for those over the age of 60, but if you are concerned, speak to the doctor.

Breast Screening

Most experts agree that regular breast screening is an essential part of life for a woman, and the earlier an issue is found in the breast, the better chance of overcoming it. You'll have a mammogram performed, where each breast is x-rayed. It's an essential screening because 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Regular screenings should take place from the age of 50.

Smear Tests

Another one for the women! Cervical screening is another way to check for abnormalities that could develop later on. It's an important test that needs to take place, especially as women all over the country are diagnosed with cervical cancer every day. Women should ask their doctor about cervical screening when they become sexually active.

Cholesterol Test

Cholesterol is fat that is carried around the body via the blood. When cholesterol levels are too high, the build up in the arteries can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke, and with testing, the doctors can ensure that you are on the right diet and taking regular exercise. It's essential to take note of any issues you may be experiencing so that you can let your doctor know.


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Why Oil Is Your Friend This Summer

While during the summer the last thing you may want is more oil, on your body but as studies have shown oil in the summer won't make you break out like when you were a teen. While we all want that dewy look, many are going for anything to make us look matte, while we may melt running inbetween meetings. What we've learned is that as long as you nourish your skin and use a lighter oil than you would in the winter you'll be glowing through fall.

Ahead, are our favorite oils for summer.

Start with a cleanser from AMOREPACIFIC this effectively cleanses the skin without depleting the skin's own protective barrier. This can be used a makeup remover as well, as it transforms into a silky emulsion when water is added, rinsing perfectly clean with no oil residue. Reviews have said it's ". The luxurious quality and scent make me feel like I'm at the spa."

Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Precious Oil SPF 15 - A luxurious, soothing and nurturing oil with sheer SPF 15 sunscreen, one of the first of its kind. Cutting-edge plant biotechnology isolates and replicates the perfect rose stem cells for maximum anti-age repair. A precious bouquet of six rose stem cells and six rose extracts are blended with natural oils to help repair and prevent the signs of aging while nourishing, soothing and calming skin. Sheer, broad-spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen helps protect from UVA and UVB damage. Absorbs quickly, imparts a radiant glow and leaves skin silky soft, smooth and youthful-looking.

Moroccan Elixir is a beauty company that carries handmade organic argan oil and cactus oil from Essaouira, Morocco. The elixir that uses Vitamin E forms a protective layer insulating your skin and hair from thermal heat produced by the sun. By protecting skin and hair, you can help prevent wrinkles, sagging skin, and hair breakage for both men and women. Theargan oil is non-greasy and does not clog up pores. Instead of packing countless beauty products, Argan Oil is a powerhouse product that fights multiple signs of aging, moisturizes every skin type, and is a wonderful face primer for makeup. It’s great for men as well who need a little TLC for their beards!

Afraid of age? So are we, that's why we use Merle Norman Anti-Aging Complex Emulsion Dry Oil Serum. Perfect for hot and humid summer weather, this ultra -lightweight, silky dry oil serum blends beautifully onto skin and begins absorbing on contact. Because of its dry oil texture, there is no greasy residue, making it ideal for those who have oily skin or are exposed to the humidity. It provides immediate hydration for a radiant glow as well as long-term hydration by increasing or decreasing the number of drops you use based on your skin’s hydration level each day, this anti-aging serum will help improve skin texture, firmness, elasticity and suppleness.

 
 
 

Excellent Ways to Feed Your Brain and Body

We all know that we need food to live and that certain types and better for us than others - but what if there are other ways to ensure that our minds and bodies stay healthy? Besides from getting the right intake of certain foods as well as exercising on a daily basis, there is, in fact, even more you can do to look after yourself as you age.

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The great thing about this is that everything that makes us happy tends to be good for both our body and our mind. It won’t really require a sacrifice from your side, in other words, and it will be a lot easier to stick to the kind of schedule that is good for you.

Here is a handful of excellent ways to take even better care of yourself in the coming months so that you can face the summer, feeling much more rejuvenated and content with yourself.

First: Get your diet straight

Let’s start with the most basic stuff first; some foods will definitely help you to feel a bit better about yourself and might even help to keep a light depression at bay. It’s all about chemistry, after all, and everything you feed yourself will contribute to this, in the end.

You could try to focus on a single diet, for example, that is known for its health benefits such as the Mediterranean diet. It is rich in olives, oils, and fish, which makes it the perfect combination of food that your brain will love. The grey matter is made up of mostly fat, in any way, so it kind of makes sense that healthy fats will help keep it sharp and active.

Think about types of fish that are relatively fatty, such as sardines, mackerel, and salmon - and fill your plate with these a couple of times per week.

Tufts University has published a study with evidence suggesting that blueberries can be helpful in delaying or improving short-term memory loss. It’s great news for the younger generation who is trying to prevent the loss of cognitive functions - as well as the older generation, in terms of improving their cognitive abilities again.

Remember that you need to get all of your vitamins as well, though, so make sure that you add a supplement if you suspect that your diet doesn’t give you everything you need. Have a look at shilajit resin, for example, for a great brain booster that will keep you going for a bit longer.

Spend time with others and socialise

When you’re feeling a bit down, it can be tough to get yourself out of the house to spend time with those you love - but it’s really important for your mental health. The problem is, of course, that we often ditch the social plans we have because of our mood which again, of course, just brings us even further down.

If you manage to keep in mind that socialising is incredibly important for your mental health, you might be able to find the energy you need to make those plans after all. Try to get a few of your friends over to your place instead, for example, if your energy levels are low. Afterwards, you might feel that your mood has improved greatly - and you’ll actually have the energy you need to get other things done as well.

Spending time with those we care about isn’t just great for our mental health, though, as it can actually also be good for your physical health as well. Your immune system will get a nice boost, for example, when you’re having fun with others and you will certainly help to keep your brain a lot sharper too.

You can have a look at this article to read more about all the amazing benefits of hanging out with those you love the most and enjoying a good laugh.

Play games and read books

Having fun and playing games is a great way to keep your brain sharp and your memory a bit stronger - as well as your body, of course. We’re not just talking regular exercise, though, even if this is great for both your brain and your body; while all games are great, even video games to a certain degree, the best ones involve puzzles, memory games, and chess.

As long as you can put your mind to work and find some time to ponder over different solutions, the better it will be for your mind. Do it in the company of others, by the way, and maximize the benefits of it as you’ll get some of that socialisation done as well.

Have a look at this article to learn about the best kind of games to improve your memory and treat yourself to some fun together with your loved ones. An elderly family member will definitely enjoy this - and you can prepare your head for those important exams while also taking care of your grandparent’s or your parent’s ability to remember.

Writing and reading are also fantastic hobbies for your mind, by the way. It will help you to relax a bit, first of all, as you’re focusing completely on what’s in front of you - but it will also help to boost your memory a bit and keep your brain sharp for longer.

Try to set a goal this year for how many books you’d like to read; write a list, for example, of the specific books and see if you’re able to complete it by the end of 2019.

Go dancing

Finally, you should try to think about the kind of exercise that will give both your brain and your body a good workout. In general, you should focus on those that require balance and/or coordination; dancing, tennis, and yoga are among those and they’re also a lot of fun to do.

Sign yourself up for some classes so that you’re able to spend time with others as well, and get those dancing shoes on right away. You definitely won’t regret it and will have a great new hobby to enjoy for the rest of your, perhaps even slightly longer, life.


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Five Ways To Improve Your Health And Wellbeing

Your health should always come first, but we often neglect our body and health in general at various points. There are plenty of ways though that you can actively improve your health and wellbeing. Here are five ways to do just that!

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Get Enough Sleep

Sleep really is fixing your body overnight, and we need as much as we can get throughout our lives, particularly when we get older. You should be aiming for about seven to nine hours per night so that it gives your body the rest it needs so that you can perform at your best when you’re awake. Try removing any technology from your room or just don’t use it in bed. Avoid caffeine in the afternoon and evening as that will only keep your brain wired, making it harder to fall asleep.

Drink More Water

Good old H2O is a source of energy and revitalization. Water flushes out all your toxins and can help you feel more like yourself if enough is consumed on a daily basis. The recommended amount is 1.5ltrs which to many can seem like a lot, but if you break it down into pint glasses, it’s a lot less than you think. It’s also good when trying to lose weight as it can help curb your hunger when you’re craving for a mid-morning or afternoon snack. It might not taste as good as a chocolate bar, but at least it doesn’t have any calories…

Say ‘No’ More Often

We find it so easy to say yes but when it comes to saying no, we often won’t be able to do it, or we feel guilty when we do. It’s the fear of letting people down that a lot of us have and that natural emotional guilt can end up with us saying yes and making us unhappy, stressed and burning the candle at both ends. So practice saying no, whether that’s at work to your boss who’s given you too much of a heavy load or your friends who want a night out and you just want a night in.

Seek The Alternatives

The alternatives are vast and can be anything from MAT Done Right, which restores health and wellbeing to meditation. We all work and function differently so what might improve someone’s wellbeing might not do exactly the same for someone else. So, explore what’s available to you in order to make you feel more like you.

Cut Out Bad Habits

We all have bad habits, some worse than others. From excessive drinking on a night out to smoking several cigarettes a day, these bad habits are only going to contribute to a shorter and more unhealthier life. If it’s possible, try cutting out something bad in your life, whether it’s something you put in your body, a toxic person in your life or even how you treat yourself.

Try out these five ways to improve your own health and wellbeing, and you’ll be sure to see a difference.


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