Staying Focused in Work

Staying Focused in Work

Over the years I’ve come to the conclusion that health can be (and is) linked to the quality of work you produce, and your work life in general. I work from home online and I have always had to monitor myself accordingly…because the only boss I have is me!

In this article we will be taking a look at staying focused in work, or more importantly how to stay focused in work.

Do you have trouble staying ‘in the zone’ through your workday?

Are you constantly nipping back and forth to the latest Facebook updates…when you should be filling out a spreadsheet?

Let’s try and get a little more focused in our work life…

 


How to Stay Focused in Work


ONE: Get Rid of Notifications


Whenever I go into ‘work mode’ I make sure I’ve either turned off the notifications on my phone, or left my phone in another room. I also make sure no notifications can pop up on my PC screen as I work.

Simply put – notifications are a pain in the ass when you’re trying to stay in the zone!

A mate of mine keeps all this social hustle and bustle out of the way all day long, then unwinds by checking out Facebook etc. at the end of the day – kind of like a reward for all the hard work he’s put in!

Try it out – see how notifications can effect your workday!

How to Stay Focused in Work

 


TWO: Don’t Shy Away From The Hardest Work


What do I mean by this?

Well, many successful entrepreneurs claim that they ALWAYS take on the hardest tasks in their work first.

Why?

Well they believe that if you manage to master a tricky work task earlier on, you will then end up with a great sense of accomplishment right at the start of your workday. It’s all about creating positive feelings and momentum for the remainder of the tasks that day.

 


THREE: Take That Break…Intentionally


If you work in an office environment, or somewhere similar, distractions from your tasks are found all over the place!

But, taking intentional work breaks actually helps boost productivity and focus, and aids employees in reaching their targets and goals.

My breaks are usually made up of some kind of exercise – I find this works best for me and allows me to recharge in a short space of time. Try going for a brisk walk outside for twenty minutes or so, or maybe try your hand at meditation.

In short – whatever break works for you!

 


FOUR: How Much Sleep Are You Getting?


Over the years, I’ve noticed that I do suffer in my work life if I’m tired. This is something I really didn’t want to notice, as I’m a bit of a night owl at heart!

At the end of the day, the link between a well rested brain and greater mental focus is here to stay…regardless of what us night owls may think! 🙂

I’m not saying you have to jump into bed at eight at night – I’m just saying that a simple seven to eight hours behind you will be key to upping your focus.

How Much Sleep Are You Getting?

 


FIVE: Organise Your Desk/Workstation


A lot of modern studies seem to point to the fact that our brains are directly influenced by the things in front of us or immediately next to us. If your work area looks like a house that’s just been burgled…then that feeling of complete disorganisation will stay within your brain all throughout the day.

I always think that a messy home is a direct reflection on the people living there – why should a workstation be any different?

Keeping your work area clean and organised takes a short amount of time, but can have a huge impact on keeping your focus intact and taking your productivity a notch higher.

 


SIX: Can Music Help Work Productivity?


Right, this may not work for everyone, but it certainly does work for some (myself included!). A number of people find that listening to the right kind of music can actually help them with their work production.

Recent research has even gone as far as suggesting that background music has the power to alter the listener’s mood.

I should point out that this music does not include Death Metal, or something in the Metallica genre – Slow tempo music with a positive vibe is the route you want to go!

The research came to the conclusion that background music helps to improve focus, and even blocks out distractions. It has the power to make those tedious work tasks more manageable.

Can Music Help Work Productivity?

 


SEVEN: Work Management Apps?


Yep, this was a new one on me as well!

Well, we’re all human at the end of the day, and the worries of life sometimes weigh heavily on us – sometimes it’s just impossible to concentrate on work due to outside problems.

If this is the case, there are a handful of mobile apps, and work management software available to get your head in the right place. One such app I tried recently is Brain.fm – give it a click and check it out for yourself!

 


Staying Focused in Work


I always like to compare my ability to concentrate as a muscle link to my brain – the more I exercise it the stronger this muscle link gets, and the better results I get!

I firmly believe that with a little training, ANYONE can improve their brain to focus better.

Now on to you – how do you stay focused in work?

Do you have any tricks or tips we have not included in this article?

If so we would love to hear from you.

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

 

What Foods Aggravate Diverticulitis

What Foods Aggravate Diverticulitis

You may (or may not) have noticed that the site had gone a little bit silent over the last month or so, and I apologise for this. Unfortunately I had an unscheduled hospital visit that completely knocked me off my feet, and it’s taken me a few weeks to feel ‘right’ again!

One ‘plus’ that’s come out of all this – I have a new subject to cover on this site…

Diverticulitis (or more specifically – what foods aggravate diverticulitis?).

It’s not a medical condition I was that clued up about before it hit me, but I certainly know a lot about it now. Talk about pain in the gut area – Wow, this condition takes you out BIG time!

Anyway, if you’re reading this article, you’re 99.9% likely to have experienced this stomach condition, so there’s no point me banging on about how painful it is. Let’s just get into the ‘guts’ of the subject matter (pun intended!).

 


What is Diverticulitis Disease?


Okay, this nasty little blighter is a rather sensitive disease that targets your digestive tract. It is considered a ‘serious’ medical condition that produces pouches in the lining of your intestine.

These pouches are called diverticula and they get inflamed from time to time – this is where the MASS of pain comes into play (and I MEAN pain!).

More often than not, diverticula occur without really causing any sort of pain, infection or inflammation. This less painful version is known as diverticulosis, a less serious condition than diverticulitis.

Diverticulitis is more common in people over 60, which is a bit of a bummer, considering I’m only 44!

Diverticulitis can lead to:

  • nausea
  • fever
  • severe abdominal pain
  • bloody bowel movements
  • abscess, or an inflamed pocket of tissue
  • fistula

Unfortunately I experienced a handful of these health problems and complications just recently.

Studies show that your diet can effect your diverticulitis, so read on to find out what foods you should be eating with the condition, and what foods you should avoid…

What is Diverticulitis Disease?

 


What Foods to Avoid With Diverticulitis


The main root causes of diverticulitis are still pretty much a mystery, so there are no known foods that are thought to ease symptoms of the condition. On top of this, the National Institutes of Health have even come out and said that you don’t need to avoid certain food groups if you have diverticulitis.

However, recent research seems to point to the fact that a diet that limits foods that are high in FODMAPs, can be beneficial for sufferers of diverticulitis. FODMAPs stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols – Foods which are known to make IBS worse.

The following are the more common choices that are put into the FODMAPs category:

  • fruits, such as apples, pears, and plums
  • dairy foods, such as milk, yogurt, and ice cream
  • fermented foods, such as sauerkraut or kimchi
  • beans
  • cabbage
  • Brussels sprouts
  • onions and garlic

 


High Fiber With Diverticulitis


IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are in the middle of a diverticulitis flare up it’s probably best to avoid anything that’s high fiber!

If however, you are not in the middle of a flare up, high fiber foods may be helpful for people with diverticulosis, and could even keep the lingering shadow of diverticulitis at bay.

During a flare up you will want to avoid the following fiber choices:

  • beans and legumes such as navy beans, chickpeas, lentils, and kidney beans
  • whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, oats, amaranth, spelt, and bulgur
  • vegetables
  • fruits

High Fiber With Diverticulitis

 


Fatty & High Sugar Foods – NOPE!


If you’re not eating a lot of fiber, and you’re also stuffing yourself with foods high in sugar and fat, you could well be asking for trouble as far as diverticulitis goes (i.e. getting rid of them from your diet may help prevent diverticulitis or reduce its symptoms).

Here is a list of foods you should consider cutting down:

  • red meat
  • refined grains
  • full-fat dairy
  • fried foods

 


What Foods Aggravate Diverticulitis – Conclusion


A few years back, doctors were still telling Diverticulitis sufferers that they should stay away from nuts, popcorn, and most seeds. At the time, it was thought that these small pieces of food could enter the pockets in your stomach, and cause problems.

However, recent research seems to indicate that there is no evidence linking those foods with increased diverticular issues.

You are also recommended to stay clear of alcohol if you suffer from Diverticulitis…but I’m personally going to decide to ignore this recommendation (each to their own!).

Now it’s over to you – do you have any Diverticulitis issues or information you would like to share with us?

If so, we would love to hear from you.

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

Dealing With Stress From Work

Dealing With Stress From Work

 

I consider myself very lucky, in that I am able to choose my place of work every morning, and not have to worry about it (at all)…but it wasn’t always like that.

Yep, I’ve spent time in my youth in what I call ‘the office environment’ – and it still sends shivers down my spine!

When I think back to those years, I now realise that they were the most stressful time of my life, and I really wasn’t cut out for that kind of work life. But, not everyone is as lucky as me – some people HAVE to work in these environments, and do so for many years.

In this article we will be taking a look at some effective options for dealing with stress from work.

Are you sick of the lack of serenity your office space offers you?

Do you feel like quietly screaming your way through you desk job, day after day?

If so, this could be the article for you…

 


How do You Deal With Stress at Work?


At the end of the day, stress, regardless of its origin, can be the starting point for all types of nasties in our life – mainly emotional and biological issues.

It can be the catalyst for many different types of anxiety and depression, and in some cases it can even be linked to various versions of heart disease. But how many of us are taking action with this stress, and trying to improve our workplace experience?

Not enough of us I’m afraid.

Let’s take a look at a handful of ‘hacks’ that could improve your stress levels when you are stuck in the office…

 


Are You Getting Enough Sleep?


Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Getting up in the morning and having a positive outlook on the workday ahead, usually depends on the amount of sleep you’ve managed to fit in the night before. If you’re down the pub every night, smashing Fortnite online or blasting your way through a late night Netflix session…there’s a good chance you’re going to feel pretty shitty the next day in work!

Without enough rest, your performance at work suffers. Mistakes, stupid work decisions and short cuts will be your main form of defence against this tiredness.

You should be looking for at least seven hours sleep a night – try and go to bed at the same (reasonable) time every night.

 


What Are You Having For Breakfast?


What Are You Having For Breakfast?

Remember what your mum used to tell you as a teenager – your breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Ironically, it’s also the meal that we as professionals are most likely to skip, opting to wait for an early lunch instead. We are told that eating the correct breakfast, will help us make the correct food choices for the remainder of the day. It will also help us make the correct work decisions.

Your brain runs on glucose, or sugar, and when you first wake up it’s actually pretty low on sugars. So your blood sugar levels are low because you haven’t eaten for a number of hours – feed yourself up and get that brain ticking over in style!

 


Do You Like Plants?


Do You Like Plants?

Bit of a strange question there, isn’t it?

But seriously – a recent study from the Journal of Environmental Psychology highlights the fact that plants can have a calming office effect and even positively affect one’s attention span.

I’m not 100% sure how all this works, seems pretty spiritual to me, but it’s certainly worth a shout if you’re into that type of thing!

 


Take A Nice Walk…


Take A Nice Walk...

If the stress of the office starts to feel like it’s overpowering you – simply try a nice walk.

I’ve seen this happen time and time again, when I was living in London. Big groups of office workers would stick together and walk along a local canal as they ate their food/lunch.

You will feel less tense, less stressed and more productive after walking.

 


Be Prepared (For The Office Dickheads!!!)


Be Prepared (For The Office Dickheads!!!)

To me, this is probably the most important point to take on-board from this article…which is kinda why we left it until last!

It doesn’t matter who you are, or how calm you are – at some point in your career someone in the office or workplace is going to say something you find cruel, personally.

Be prepared and shake it all off!

Easier said than done, I know.

Try your best not to take anything personally, try and let it all slide down you and not effect your overall mood throughout the day.

If someone deals out a solid criticism or a rude comment at work, keep in mind that it’s more about their need to offload the negativity and possibly their bad day than it is about you.

 


Dealing With Problems at Work


What are your opinions on this subject – do you have any special ‘hacks’ that manage to get you through a busy work day (without killing someone!)?

If you have any thoughts or opinions on this subject, please consider leaving them in the comment section below.

Cutting Down on Drinking Alcohol

Cutting Down on Drinking Alcohol

 

Okay, before we dive into this article I thought it was only fair to point out that I am no angel – I keep myself healthy through certain fitness (cardio) options, but at times in my life I have enjoyed a drink (or ten!).

If I’m going to publish an article about cutting down on drinking alcohol – I felt it was only right I put all my cards on the table first.

These days I regulate my alcohol quite well, but there were times in the past when things were very different…

Have you recently been concerned about the amount of drink you are throwing down your throat?

Maybe you’ve seen some negative health effects from it?

Maybe you’re getting a little older and the drinking sessions are causing unbearable hangovers?

If the amount of booze that you have been drinking exceeds recommended guidelines, and is in the territory of affecting your health, you may want to try cutting down or moderating your consumption.

Here are a handful of tips that I was introduced to when I first decided to cut back on the beer…

 


Let’s Cut Back on Drinking Alcohol


If I’m honest with you – I feel that about 80% of us (in countries where alcohol is legal) are smashing through the recommended guidelines for drinking and staying healthy. We’ve all heard of them…but not many of us pay them much attention.

Let’s face it – these guidelines are incredibly low, and I struggle to see how two drinks a night will ravage your health…but then again…I’m not a medical professional (not even close!).

Remember – The key to successfully cutting down is to find something that works for you personally. If only one of the tips below appeals to you, go for just that one!

Let's Cut Back on Drinking Alcohol

 


No. 1 – Be Realistic – Goals are Hard Enough to Reach!


First things first – set a realistic goal to hit.

Only YOU know yourself well enough to do this part, so grab a pen and paper then note how many drinks you want per day and how many days a week you want to drink.

The thinking behind this?

Writing these sorts of goals down is a surefire way to remind yourself, day after day, that you are serious about cutting back a bit.

 


No. 2 – Start Counting Your Drinks (Go Figure!)


This is a lot more effective than you first may think – try counting your drinks as you’re going along through the night.

Seriously, it’s surprising how fast this process takes hold of you, and even makes you feel a little guilty (I actually used it last night…and opted to go to bed instead of that extra glass of red wine!).

I wouldn’t really recommend taking a pen and paper out with you, but it is simple enough to record your drinks progress on your smartphone.

 


No. 3 – Try Pacing Yourself For Once!


Now, I personally found this one a little difficult – when I get that ‘buzz’ off my first couple of drinks the floodgates tend to open…and I’m not exactly a slow drinker!

But, this does work.

I prefer to sip my drink slower than normal, but others have had success with using the ‘one drink per hour’ routine – it’s up to you which one you choose.

 


No. 4 – Try Nonalcoholic Beverages Between Drinks


This is yet another trick that actually worked pretty well for me, but a night out did end up costing a little bit more than usual (how do they get away with charging those prices for Coke in a bar?).

Simply slip in a nonalcoholic drink between each alcoholic drink (water, juice or soda).

Remember – no matter how much you guzzle in a night, it’s always a good idea to drink plenty of water along with it (if you can!).

 


No. 5 – Stuff Your Face! 


Whhhaaat???

Yep seriously – eating a bit of grub can actually fan the flames of that alcohol craving, and in my case, it even slows down my drinking on a night out. Bear in mind that this does not work for all drinkers.

A good habit to adopt is to eat at all the normal times, regardless of where you are on your night out.

 


No. 6 – What Triggers You?


Most, if not all, habits, have some sort of trigger – what triggers you to drink?

If you are used to going out and getting slammed with particular friends, maybe it’s worth avoiding them for a month or two?

Also, try and avoid places that you are comfortable drinking in (that local town where you have spent untold amounts on nights out!).

 


No. 7 – There’s More To Life Than Alcohol


If alcohol has become a solid part of your life, why not try doing something else for a change?

I took up running every morning, pretty long distances, and I began to like the way it made me feel, and the weight it took off me (I’m very vain!). On top of that – getting up to go for a run AFTER a night on the booze is hard, hard work. In some cases this actually stopped me from opting to go out for a few pints.

 


Cut Down on Drinking Alcohol


Cut Down on Drinking Alcohol

 

It’s worth pointing out that if you can’t cut down the amount you drink, and you REALLY want to…you may well have a bit of a problem with the old alcohol. Maybe it’s worth taking a long hard look at yourself and maybe seeking some outside help?

It’s nothing to be ashamed of – it happens to the best of us!

I also feel that the western world is a modern society where we’ve lost the ability to just say ‘no’ and actually mean it for once. How often have you ended up with four drinks inside yourself when you didn’t really plan to drink that night?

How often have you caved in to the mate who preaches “Go on – I’m buying!!!!”.

The key to successfully cutting down your drinking habit, is to find something that works for you. Try these tips and if one doesn’t work, try another until you find one that helps you cut back on your alcohol consumption.

Good luck, and stay healthy! 🙂

 

Motivation to a Healthy Lifestyle

Motivation to a Healthy Lifestyle

 

I didn’t really know how to start this article, or what layout I should use to get my words across in a way that actually works. Regulars to this site will already know that I DID NOT live  a healthy life through my youth, and unfortunately I took that on into my early thirties

It’s only then, that I found my motivation to a healthy lifestyle – I wanted to change for vain reasons to begin with, but all the reasoning took me to the same destination. I was a young father and I needed to change certain habits, and live a much healthier lifestyle.

So this article will be written in a much more laid back fashion than normal – kinda like I’m having a conversation with you in a pub, or a bar, over a few drinks (okay, okay – not exactly healthy I know…but we all need a drink now and again!).  🙂

I’ll be covering the angles I paid most attention to when I was desperately trying to lose weight and get back to a healthier style of life. These may work for some, yet not for others. Overall I’m hoping people can pick and choose what they want out of the article, and use what is useful to them.

 


Change to a Healthy Lifestyle – Why?


Change to a Healthy Lifestyle - Why?

 

So why did I initially want to change to a healthy lifestyle? What were the factors behind me finally waking up and facing the naked truth?

Well…

During my youth I was a pretty lucky guy. I come from a ‘tall’ and ‘slim’ family and I never really had to worry about girls etc – I was pretty popular.

This lucky lifestyle went on into my twenties, and eventually into my early thirties…then I noticed a slight change in the waistline of nearly every pair of jeans I had…something had changed.

Well it certainly had changed. All of a sudden the nights out drowning in tanks of beer and the shitty food I loved so much…had caught up with me. Even my face was starting to show signs of weight here and there.

At first I decided to ignore it all, but I was single (yet again) at the time.

Without warning – the boyish good looks were deserting me and I found it more and more difficult to ‘pull’ girls.

There was no sweeping this under the carpet – I had changed for the worse and it was 100% down to the unhealthy lifestyle I had led since the age of 13. There was nobody to blame but myself.

Simply put – if I didn’t want to ‘expand’ any further I need to wise the f##k up!

So it was all down to vanity at the end of the day, but that doesn’t matter – whatever wakes you up to a healthy lifestyle is fine…as long as it does manage to wake you up!

 


The Path to a Healthy Lifestyle is HARD Work!


The Path to a Healthy Lifestyle is HARD Work!

 

So how did I first go about this big change – what were the first ‘baby steps’ I took towards changing my life for the better, and getting healthier?

Well to me, it was pretty obvious that the first element I had to tackle was my diet – that should be first for 99.9% of you looking to take on a healthier route in life.

My diet was, and had been, shit.

There’s no way I can beat around the bush here – it had been atrociously shit for a couple of decades, and it had contributed largely to my change in appearance.

So I needed to eat in line with what I like(d) to call a ‘boring diet’. I actually managed to do this with little fuss, and I 100% believe that a large majority of you reading this will experience the same ease of changing diet (if you put your mind to it).

But this was just the start, I had a ‘beer belly’ which had started to spread to other areas of my body…I needed to get rid of this asap.

So now comes the hard part…

I knew I had to take on some form of exercise but I hadn’t really exercised in years – a youth of alcohol, bad food and social drug taking will do that to you!

Anyway, I’m a musician by trade, so I figured that I needed to workout to music. Only one problem though – I couldn’t afford a gym membership.

So I opted to go running every morning, and listen to music on my Mp3 player – it worked…but man was it HARD, HARD WORK!

I ached liked I’d never ached before for the first month…and I had to get up and run on aching limbs the following day(s). It was a complete nightmare to begin with, but the music helped me through (and still does to this day).

 


Mental Toughness


I felt at this point in the article, it is important to point out that this was not a smooth ride for me. When we first decide to change our lifestyle for the better we are ALL going to lack what is referred to as metal toughness.

At times I had to force myself out of the door to go for a run in the mornings. It didn’t even matter if it was blowing a gale, pissing down with rain or even snowing – I’d drag my sorry ass through the door…into the car…and drive to my special rural running route.

Ignore what 99.9% of these so-called fitness gurus say – we ARE NOT born with mental toughness when it comes to taking on ANY form of lifestyle change. You have to develop this kind of toughness, and it doesn’t necessarily come easily (to most).

I’m not going to sit here and bang on about how I started to run, then my whole world fell into place, and it’s been sweetness and light ever since!

When I first started out with this it was not easy…and I nearly gave it all in after three weeks of exhaustion and aching limbs.

Mental Toughness

 


Motivation to a Healthy Lifestyle


The main point behind this article was to let everyone that’s new to this, know that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel…and most of us fall at the first hurdle.

I’m NOT a professional motivator…and I’m not even that much of a positive personality.

I just managed to change my lifestyle by persisting with what I started with, regardless of how shitty I felt at the time.

At the end of the day we all design our own motivation…when we hit that initial brick wall and realise things are going to get VERY tough.

Please don’t waste your time listening to these idiots on YouTube, or any other social platform, that preach how easy it is once you’ve got your mind on it etc…

This doesn’t happen in the real world of health and fitness.

If it was easy EVERYONE would be doing it and the planet wouldn’t have a problem with obesity and the diseases linked to it.

If you have recently started out on a healthier lifestyle we would love to hear from you – please leave your story in the comment section below!

 

Men’s Health Information

Men's Health Information

Since my early thirties, it’s safe to say that I’ve grown up somewhat when it comes to being aware of my own health. I started to get to grips with the subject when I realised that the beer was no longer disappearing in a urinal…but rather gathering around my midsection.

To cut a long story short – I started to change my diet and I began running every day…

Healthy living and cardio!

So, you’re starting to see the picture behind the ‘why I started this site’ – I learned a ton of new information…and I figured others around the same age as me would be searching for the same sort of answers.

This post will be made up of graphical information I gathered last week on the subject of men’s health. I was in the process of looking for a new topic to cover on this site, and during my search I uncovered a few pretty awesome infographics that I’d love to share with you.

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Men’s Health Facts


Men's Health Facts

 


Seven Health Facts Men Need To Know


Seven Health Facts Men Need To Know

 


Men and Their Hearts


Men and Their Hearts

 


Men’s Health Information – Take The Plunge!


Men's Health Information - Take The Plunge!

I thought I should end this post by pointing out that I REALLY know how hard it is for 99.9% of us to change our habits and attempt to lead a healthier life – more often than not it’s down to reasons we have little control over.

Many of us lead extremely busy lives these days – careers tend to take over no matter how trivial the job.

But, if you don’t start somewhere…you won’t start at all.

When I started my cardio regime I was just setting out working online full time – I was my own boss and I had very little money.

I quite literally forced myself to get out and run every morning, no matter what the weather, and I slowly added on distance every day.

I’m afraid I really can’t help you with the nutrition side of things – that’s a mindset you have to create yourself and stick to! 🙂

Interested in a 3 week Diet and Workout Plan that can change the way you look at food? Find out more HERE

 

What Are The Health Benefits of Ginseng?

What Are The Health Benefits of Ginseng?

The popular culinary root of plants in the genus Panax – Ginseng. But what are the health benefits of ginseng and why have so many cultures sworn by it’s ‘hidden qualities’ over the centuries?

Let’s take a closer look…

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health benefits of ginseng

 


Health Benefits of Ginseng


Many cultures throughout history regard ginseng as the miracle ‘man-root’ – shaped like a humanoid body with numerous benefits to general health. Ginseng has also been present in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years.

It’s an incredibly slow growing plant that has really ‘fleshy’ roots that are currently classified three ways:

  1. Fresh (harvested before 4 years)
  2. White (harvested between 4–6 years)
  3. Red (harvested after 6 or more years)

Below are a selection of what have been referred to as ‘evidence-based’ health benefits of ginseng…

 


Potent Antioxidant


The antioxidant qualities in ginseng are know to act as a great ‘natural’ anti-inflammatory product. The ginsenoside compounds found within the root have been tested, and results show that they can inhibit inflammation and boost antioxidant capacity in cells.

 


Benefits For The Brain


Medical studies involving ginseng have also uncovered it’s ability to benefit certain mental functions. In some cases it has even been reported that test groups have felt feelings of calmness and good mood swings.

These ‘good feelings’ have even been felt by sufferers of Alzheimer’s disease.

 


Immune System Boost


Recent evidence suggests that ginseng could well strengthen the immune system in people with cancer (from a study that followed 39 people who were recovering from surgery for stomach cancer).

It is also known to enhance the effects of certain vaccinations.

 


Slowing The Ageing Process


Many health experts firmly believe that Korean Red Ginseng has the ability to slow down the ageing process.

How does it manage to do this?

Well, Korean Red Ginseng comprises anti-ageing substances like antioxidants and insulin-like substances – these are not usually found in other forms of the root.

This particular breed of Ginseng also helps supply blood flow to the internal organs (a process that normally slows down in older age!).

 


A Natural Energy Booster


Ginseng is a herb that has been employed to enhance stamina and strength for hundreds of years – it’s a pretty awesome natural energy booster!

It is used by athletes that frequently aim to naturally boost their physical performance AND it is known to work wonders with individuals who are coping with any disease-based fatigue.

Users of the herb claim that it is as effective as the effects of coffee, but it never gives you that ‘crashing’ feeling (making you jittery).

 


Addiction Aid


Many people who have been left ‘kicking the habit’, claim that ginseng helped them finally rid the addiction from their life. Most addicts go through hopeless amounts of depression and anxiety when they are facing withdrawal symptoms – Panax Ginseng is known to be helpful for lowering these feelings.

Note: A few of my friends also swear by ginseng as a great hangover cure…but I can’t stand 100% behind this…yet!

 


 What Are The Health Benefits of Ginseng?


What are your opinions on this wonder-root?

Do you know of any benefits that we have not covered in the article above?

If so, please leave them in the comment section below.

Stay Healthy! 🙂

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Why Obesity Causes Depression

Why Obesity Causes Depression

In this article we will be taking a closer look at why obesity causes depression, and alternatively, why depression CAN cause obesity…

Could the effects of being seriously overweight directly lead to depression, or does depression itself cause excess weight gain in the first place?

Let’s take a closer look…

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I’m Depressed…Will This Cause a Gain in Weight?


I’ll level with you here – it’s bad enough suffering from depression or anxiety…without throwing in the hand grenade of obesity to back it all up!

But, unfortunately, certain individuals who experience depression or anxiety, will also see some sort of weight gain go along with it.

You see, depression and anxiety can both be associated with overeating, and consuming the wrong types of food and a more sedentary lifestyle. As one can imagine – this sort of lifestyle will eventually move from being slightly overweight…to being obese.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have carried out numerous tests on this subject and they now believe that about 43 percent of adults with depression are obese. They also point out that kids who are depressed often suffer from weight problems.

 


So I’m Obese…Will I Now Suffer From Depression?


I’m guessing that 99% of you reading this…will already know the answer to the question…

Yes, unfortunately, obesity is often linked with emotional issues, such as sadness, anxiety, and depression. Studies over the last two decades indicate that people who suffer from obesity, had a 55 percent greater risk of developing depression than those who are slim.

Obesity is also the cause of what are often referred to as ‘risk factors for depression’ – pain in joints, diabetes and hypertension.

obesity is often linked with emotional issues

 


Will Stress Factor Into This Equation?


Yes,

Stress, along with anxiety, will frequently lead to depression.

Stress is also well known for bringing about a few negative coping mechanisms – one of which is turning to wrong kinds of food. This will obviously lead to some sort of weight gain…and eventually obesity (in some cases!).

However, there are two sides to this coin…

Stress can also be the cause behind weight loss, or other disordered eating habits.

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Can Prescription Antidepressants Aid Weight Gain?


A large majority of prescription antidepressants warn the user that weight gain could well be a side effect of taking the medication – this is certainly something you should watch out for.

ALWAYS read the small print with medication (let’s be honest – most of us just chuck it straight in the trash!).

 


What Can I Do to Combat Each Condition?


Certain prevention strategies for obesity and depression actually overlap – so you can use them to combat both conditions…

Always Try to Stay Active:

Exercise is a pretty awesome way of taking on both obesity and depression. First off the bat – exercise is a great way to boost natural depression-fighting endorphins. Secondly – exercise is well known for getting rid of that beer belly!

There is always going to be the challenge of motivation when it comes to suffering with depression, but remember – you will feel better after you exercise! 

Keep Talking:

It’s a simple one, but you’d be surprised at how many people struggle to take part in the activity…

Talk to someone.

It can be a friend, a family member, or a professional (a therapist or psychiatrist) – just talk!

taking on both obesity and depression

 


Why Obesity Causes Depression


It’s best to get a hold on obesity and depression early doors, because they can also lead to sleep problems, coronary heart disease, various forms of diabetes and hypertension.

Remember – this article is only meant to be a guide and I am in no way a medical professional. Obesity and Depression can be extremely serious conditions if left untreated.

Now it’s over to you – do you have any tips and tricks that you use to control obesity or depression?

Do you have any views on obesity and depression?

If so, we would love to hear from you. Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Foods That Act as Blood Thinners

Foods That Act as Blood Thinners

Okay – we’re on the anticoagulant medication trail today!

Yep, I know that’s a pretty big word for this time of the morning (well it’s morning where I am, anyway!).

To put it in layman’s terms – this article will be covering a selection of foods that act as blood thinners, or blood-thinning agents. The type of foods that are known to help with eliminating the build up of blood clots (and reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke!).

There are over-the-counter medications, usually prescribed by your GP, but what about those that want to take the more natural route?

Let’s take a closer look…

REMEMBER – I am certainly not a doctor, or any sort of medical professional – if you are prescribed something it is for a reason, so take it! The following natural examples SHOULD NOT be used as a substitute for prescription anticoagulant medication.

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Does Garlic Thin Blood?


Does Garlic Thin Blood?

Okay, this is a bit of a 50/50 one at the moment, and it’s hard to get a straight answer on the subject – does garlic thin blood?

A popular March 2001 medical article claimed that garlic was an excellent choice for naturally battling blood clots. To be precise – it exerts a mild inhibitory effect on platelet aggregation.

All well and good…

But, a later medical journal/article, stated that garlic does not have blood-thinning effects when taken alone at a daily recommended dose – this research was dated at May 2013.

So, at the time of writing this, most ‘experts’ believe that there is insufficient evidence on garlic’s blood thinning properties.

 


How Much Does Fish Oil Thin Blood?


How Much Does Fish Oil Thin Blood?

It’s now common knowledge in health circles that fish oil, and fish, contain high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Now, these fatty acids definitely contain elements that contribute to blood-thinning effects.

You can find high levels of food source EPA and DHA in fish (salmon, tuna, sardines and cod). You can also buy doses of fish oil over-the-counter in supplement format (capsule and liquid formats).

The American Heart Association believes that just two generous portions of fish a week will change your overall risk of coronary heart disease.

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Vitamin E’s Blood-Thinning Properties


Vitamin E's Blood-Thinning Properties

Vitamin E has exhibited blood-thinning properties in laboratory situations on a number of occasions – all of them seem to be dose dependent.

What does this mean?

Well, you need large quantities of this vitamin to see these sort of effects. To be brutally honest with you – there are positive signs there, but more research is needed on Vitamin E before you can call it a natural blood-thinner.

If you are still interested, Vit E can be found in foods such as eggs (yolks), whole grain options, seeds and nuts.

 


Coumarin Food


Coumarin Food

A really common medication prescribed for people with heart conditions is a blood-thinning medication called warfarin. Did you know that warfarin is a derivative of a naturally occurring, plant-derived chemical called coumarin?

Well now you do!

There are thousands of coumarin-containing herbs available but don’t get your hopes up – they are typically very weak and are nowhere near as powerful as the warfarin medication.

Some medical experts have actually gone as far as warning warfarin-takers away from coumarin-rich herbs to avoid possible additive effects (just in case!).

Here are some examples of coumarin-containing herbs:

  • Angelica root
  • Anise
  • Arnica flower
  • Chamomile
  • Licorice root

 


Foods That Act as Blood Thinners


The most important thing to take away from this article is the fact that NONE of the above should be used instead of the blood-thinners you were prescribed – you are on that medication for a reason!

Always discuss your medications, supplements and dietary choices with your doctor/GP/Health Care worker BEFORE you start taking anything.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered above, please leave them in the comment section below.

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