Lifestyle

Why You Should Include Your Funeral Plan As Part Of Your Estate Planning

The thought that one day in the future will be our last on this earth is not one which many of us will choose to dwell on, but it is so, and it brings into focus some practical realities that we need to address. Whilst financial planning might often be more appropriate for someone whose life is in front of them, it is something that can benefit people of all ages, even if they have no plans to throw off this mortal coil anytime soon.

One of the specifics which we can plan for, regardless of how old or how young we are, is our funeral within our estate planning. We mention ‘young’ because, in reality, the earlier you have plans in place for your funeral, the less stressful and upsetting it will be. For example, compare the difference emotionally for someone aged 40 planning for their funeral, knowing it will be decades away, and someone in their mid-70s doing likewise, knowing it might be just a few years from now.

Apart from the emotional observation we have just made, there are several other reasons why you should have your funeral plans in place well in advance. Now, we accept that many of these benefits will accrue to your loved ones after you have passed away, but from the moment you finalise your funeral plans, it will give you peace of mind, knowing everything is in place. The specific benefits are outlined below.

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Lifestyle

6 Ways to be Plastic Free

We are committed to the plastic free movement.  6 Steps to Being Plastic Free:

1. Get your reusables ready! Place reusable shopping bags by the front door, a fork in your handbag, a stainless steel drink bottle or coffee mug and whatever else you need to make refusing single-use plastic as easy as possible.

2. Do a bin audit! That’s a fancy term for looking in your rubbish and recycling bin and seeing what you throw away. Which are the biggest offenders? Which will be the easiest things to switch? Make notes so you’re ready to look for alternatives when you go shopping.

3. Check your grocery receipt and see if there’s anything there that you could make rather than buy. For example, if you have a blender, you can whip up dips in a couple of minutes, plastic-free.

4. Ask the butcher / deli / fishmonger to wrap meats straight in paper if you don’t have your own containers and buy fresh bread in paper bags (if you don’t have your own bread bag).

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Health, Marketing

How SEO Can Help Your Local Health Food Store Compete For Better Rankings On Google

If you own or manage a local health food store and want to increase the number of customers who discover you whilst searching on Google, then at the top of your priorities you should have SEO as a means to achieve this goal. As the SEO specialists at www.seoperthexperts.com.au point out, the opportunities for smaller and local businesses to get to the top of the search results have never been greater.

The first point we must make here is with regards to many small and local business owners believing that they cannot compete with larger businesses for the top positions on Google. This is not the case, and in fact, for certain keywords local businesses often have a huge advantage when it comes to competing for the top positions on Google.

Obviously, larger health food companies have larger marketing budgets, but when it comes to assessing rankings, Google’s algorithm has barely any idea whether a website is owned by a multi-national company or a single local store. This means that your local health store’s website has as much chance of hitting the top positions as a large company, if your SEO strategy is set up and carried out correctly.

One of the reasons your health food store’s website can compete is that Google has a huge emphasis on local searches, and it has set up its algorithm to take account of geographical searches. What that means is, if someone is simply searching for ‘health food’ it is a general search and therefore Google is likely to have larger, generic websites in the results for this.

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Fitness, Health

How Long Does It Take to Get Fit?

When you start to get involved in exercise and work on your fitness, you may come to realise just how unfit you are. And it’s an uncomfortable feeling. You feel sweaty, out of breath, and your heart rate takes a long time to settle. Will it always be like that?

Your heart rate should always rise with exercise, and getting sweaty is all part of it. However, the more exercise you do, the fitter you become. Read on to learn about how long it takes to get fit and what that looks like.

The Six-Week Miracle

There are many marketing campaigns out there that promise you will get fit, healthy, and even ripped in just six weeks. It sounds like a miracle, or too good to be true. Studies show that it is. Twenty-five sedentary men were put through a six-week exercise programme to see if you could get fit in that amount of time.

They completed three 20-minute cardio sessions in a week or three 30-minute high-intensity strength training sessions. At the end of those six weeks, the men’s appearances remained unchanged.

Their body fat percentage, number of push-ups they could achieve, and oxygen efficiency also remained unchanged. So, six weeks isn’t the miracle number many people thought.

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Lifestyle

10 Fun Activities Everyone Should Have On Their Bucket List

Whichever type of group you are trying to arrange fun activities for, be it your family, your friends, or your work colleagues, it can often be difficult to find something that is different from the norm. Whilst, most group activities will be fun to a degree, what really takes the enjoyment to a different level, is their uniqueness.

This list of unusual activities is one which with activities we believe EVERYONE should try at least once in their life, and thus they should be added to their very own ‘bucket list’.

#1 Crime Scene Investigation

Something a bit different within the ‘Whodunnit’ genre where the group gets to work a staged crime scene in the same way you would see on TV shows such as ‘CSI’. The goal is obviously to solve the murder, and have fun doing so.

#2 Axe Throwing

Compete with the others in your group to see who is the top ‘shot’ when it comes to throwing an axe at a target. Axe throwing centres offer a variety of options for groups including axe throwing lessons, team-building exercises, and competitions.

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Health

How to Spot the Signs of Opioid Overdose

Believe it or not, it’s not all that easy to tell whether someone is high or experiencing an opioid overdose. Sometimes, it can take a skilled drug rehab professional to explain the signs, so you understand what to expect in both situations.

Below, we will run through not only what opioids are, but what to look out for when someone is experiencing an opioid overdose.

What Are Opioids?

Medically, opioids are used as anaesthesia and for pain relief. They work by reaching your body’s opioid receptors and acting similarly to morphine. Sometimes, they can also be useful for suppressing coughs, diarrhoea, and for reversing opioid overdose.

Outside of the medical world, people use opioids for euphoric reasons. However, it is a highly addictive substance. As a result, around 15 million people globally are addicted to them, and tens of thousands of people die from overdose every year.

How to Know When Someone is High

There is a list of signs to look out for when someone is high on opioids or using downers such as pills and heroin. You may notice that their pupils appear small and seem to contract. They may also have slurred speech along with slack and droopy muscles.

Some people also experience itchy skin, so continuous scratching can also be a sign that someone is high on opioids. Depending on how much they have taken, they might appear to be “out of it” but respond to stimuli like loud noises or movement.

If you are concerned that someone you love is abusing drugs, be it opioids or something else, then it might be time to look at drug rehab options.

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Beauty, Marketing

Why It Makes Sense To Hire Experts To Design Your Beauty Salon’s Website

In today’s world, with so much being influenced by the internet, the need for a business to have a website has never been greater, and that applies to beauty salons as much as any other business. However, as the professional website designers at www.slinkywebdesign.com.au advise, it is not enough simply to have a website. It must be well-designed, rank well on search engines, be effective at attracting prospects and help to convert those prospects into paying customers.

There are other tasks that a website must perform such as showcasing your products and services, providing a means for prospects and customers to contact you, strengthening your brand, and presenting your beauty salon as the best local option. Unfortunately, many beauty salons are not benefitting as much from the internet as they should, because their website is poorly designed and does perform these functions effectively, or at all, in the worst cases.

There are several ways you could have a new website created for your beauty salon, but there is only one that is recommended if you want that website to provide you with measurable and sustained results. That recommendation is to use a professional website design agency, first and foremost because they will employ the personnel required to do the job correctly.

These will include designers, programmers, graphic experts, and copywriters who will all be skilled and experienced in how to make a website not only look great, but to function properly on a technical level, and to convert visitors to prospects and ultimately, prospects into customers.

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Fitness

Five Tips to Stay Positive Under Religious Discrimination

Australia has some of the strongest laws in the world when it comes to things like religious discrimination and workplace bullying. Employees have the right to open legal proceedings against an employer who doesn’t follow the relevant laws, which can result in significant compensation.

However, religious and other forms of discrimination can take a significant toll on your mental health. Because of this, it’s important to actively work on keeping a healthy mind. In the rest of this article, we’ve explored a selection of our top five tips to stay positive under religious discrimination.

  1. Start the Day Properly

If you feel like your mental health may be at a low, it could be a good idea to spend a little time developing a clear morning routine with exercise and sun exposure. Starting the day right can have a huge impact on your state of mind.

For example, you should ensure you’re eating a healthy breakfast, leaving yourself with plenty of time to get organised in the morning and exercising regularly. For some, standing in front of a mirror and saying positive statements to yourself can help.

  1. Learn to Laugh at Bad Situations

Having a strong sense of humour is a magical thing. Of course, religious discrimination is certainly no laughing matter, but learning to laugh at bad situations that are outside of your control will help you maintain a positive frame of mind.

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Health

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Laser Eye Surgery

If you’re sick of wearing glasses or having to deal with contacts every morning and evening, you might be thinking about getting laser eye surgery. Although you might have heard some horror stories, laser surgery is usually a very successful procedure with great benefits.

There are numerous reasons why you should think about getting laser eye surgery. In general, it will improve your overall quality of life, and should result in long-term vision improvements.

Below, we’ve explored our top five reasons why you should consider the procedure. These include:

1. It Will Improve Your Vision

The number one reason why people get laser eye surgery is because it almost always results in vision improvement. In most cases, patients come out of their surgery with immediate results, and 20/20 vision is usually achieved within weeks.

Vision improvements will have a positive impact on all aspects of your life. If you’re sick of wearing glasses, hate having to bother with contact lenses or just don’t like not being able to see, laser eye surgery could be a good option.

2. It’s Super Convenient

Similarly, getting laser eye surgery can make your life that much more comfortable and convenient. There’s nothing worse than accidentally leaving your glasses home in the morning or having to suffer through the day after losing a contact.

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Beauty

Key Benefits of Botox

Many people read about celebrities getting Botox and wrinkle relaxers and believe they are out of reach of everyone else. However, Botox is something that can benefit many people, and in ways you may not have imagined. If you’ve considered a wrinkle relaxer at some time or another, then read on to discover what it could do for you.

It Smooths Out Wrinkles

Botox is an FDA-approved treatment method for wrinkles. It acts as a shield, with signals from the brain to tell your muscles to move not getting through. In 2002, it also became an approved method of treating crows feet. If you’re unhappy with either your wrinkles or crows feet, Botox and wrinkle relaxers could be for you.

Helps Eye Twitching

If you have an ongoing, permanent eye twitch, then it can be challenging to live a normal life. The twitching can result in spasming and muscle tension. Botox and wrinkle relaxers can relax those muscles and either ease the eye twitch or alleviate it for a few months until the Botox wears off.

Helps with Drooping Brows

If your brow has started to droop, then it can make you look angry even when you’re not. It can also make you look tired or depressed, even if you’re on top of the world. Botox relaxes your eyebrow muscles to make them fuller and more aloof than they were before. (more…)

Health

Benefits of Dentures

An alarming number of Australians are not happy with their smile. While stained teeth are a common problem, so too are missing or damaged teeth. The next time you visit your dentist, ask about dentures and what they could do for you. The benefits of dentures to replace your irreparable natural teeth may surprise you.

Improved Confidence

Do you make a conscious effort to hide your teeth when you smile? Do you shy away from photos? If you are missing teeth, then it can affect all different parts of your life. You may not feel confident in social situations, work life, or even home life. Missing teeth can also cause facial sag which changes how you look.

Seeing your dentist about dentures can change all that. They look like your natural teeth and fill the gaps in your mouth. You’ll be grinning from ear to ear in no time.

Suitable for Many People

The beauty of dentures is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. There are various options to suit people with different problems. If, for example, you only have a few teeth missing, you can get a partial set of dentures. These fit the roof or bottom of your mouth, filling the gaps between your natural teeth. You can take them out at your leisure as well.

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Health

Medical Plumbing Services

Maintaining sanitary conditions in your house or business is of prime importance to ensure there are no safety and health issues. It’s also important to keep your environment free from germs and any transmittable viruses. Apart from private homes and office blocks, areas that demand the attention of expert plumbing services are hospitals and medical centres. By expert plumbing we mean medical plumbing.

According to J Sutton Plumbing, hospitals and medical centres treat many patients on a daily basis. Patients use the laboratories for urine, stool and blood samples regularly. It’s of paramount importance that the treatment of a patient is not hampered by clogged or blocked pipes affecting the waste disposal system. It’s important that these lines are always kept clear to avoid any damage to the sewer system.

A professional medical plumbing service works towards maintaining the safety standards and the operating devices and tools required in medical facilities.

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Lifestyle

Wine and Curry – Match Made in Heaven?

While most people would probably prefer to drink a large glass of milk rather than wine with a hot curry, in a restaurant, it’s not always a possibility. And, if you’re not a huge fan of Mango Lassi or a refreshing Lager, you will still be hoping that a glass of wine, or a bulk number of bottles if you buy online wine, can quench your thirst and relieve the fire on your taste buds.

However, as you will quickly realise – be it at home or a restaurant – not every wine you drink with curry is going to be suitable. Some, in fact, intensify the heat or change the flavour of your meal entirely. If you’re determined that you’ll be ordering something off the wine list, along with checking official wine reviews, here are a few tips and tricks to help you make the right choice.

Consider the Curry

There are so many different types of curry depending on the culture, country, heat intensity, and the protein you choose to include as well. Therefore, there is no “one size fits all” approach to choosing wine for curry in general. What works for chicken tikka masala, for example, won’t work for Thai red roast duck curry.

Therefore, before you go ahead and choose your wine, consider the heat levels, the protein, the richness of the spices, and the culture from which it comes. These can all help you make the right decision.

The Wine’s Aim

Because you’re sure to find your curry is a little on the spicy side, your aim is, of course, going to be to relieve some of that fire in your mouth and cleanse your palate at the same time. To achieve that, you’ll need a refreshing wine that contrasts against the heat of the curry, as well as a touch of sweetness. Wine with added sweetness is more than suitable for exceptionally hot curries such as Thai green curry.

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Fitness

Why Training with an Expert in a Group Could Be the Best Option Yet

How do you know your current exercise routine is working for you? How can you tell whether you’re on track, if you’re doing all the right things, or you’re even carrying out specific exercises properly? There are so many things that group fitness classes and trainers can offer that you may be missing out on through solo physical activity. With a lack of education being one reason for joining a group fitness class, here are even more below.

Motivation

When you are your only form of motivation, it can be so easy to fall victim to the lure of the sofa. Instead of pounding the pavement, you can find yourself curled up on the couch after a hard day of work watching TV. If you need motivation, then group fitness classes can be of assistance. Those who struggle to push themselves can benefit from courses such as BodyAttack, Sh’Bam, and even spin cycling. With a motivating and encouraging trainer, as well as like-minded people, you are more likely to turn up and get moving.

It Offers Variety

If you find yourself doing the same things day in, day out, then it’s easy to become bored with exercising and keeping fit. However, training with an expert in a group fitness class offers more variety than you may have ever thought possible. Every class and session will be different, with a range of exciting, sporting and exhilarating exercise options to suit all fitness levels and abilities.

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Beauty

Benefits of Using Natural Hair Care Products

When you see the long list of chemicals in your shampoo and conditioner, it’s no wonder that more people are choosing to buy natural hair care products from a company such as Dianne Caine. However, not everyone is entirely convinced – especially given how readily available supermarket products are. If you are on the fence about buying natural hair care products such as shampoo and conditioner, then maybe the following information can put you on Team Nature.

They Have Antioxidants

Because natural hair products such as shampoo and conditioner contain many natural ingredients, you have a higher chance of benefiting from antioxidants. Antioxidants are vital in the fight to remove free radicals – something that regular supermarket brands may not be able to achieve.

Allergy-Free

With most supermarket brands of hair care products, there is always the risk that your body, skin, and hair, is going to react adversely. The chemicals within these products are often to blame. However, with natural hair care products, shampoo and conditioner, in particular, the risk of irritation, itching, and rashes is minimal.

Non-Damaging

Even though you can get out of the shower with hair feeling like silk, it’s not something that supermarket hair care products can sustain. Instead, the chemicals within those products can begin to damage your hair follicles over time, and even block them to hair dye as well. With the more harmful hair products you use, the more dry, damaged, and terrible your hair will feel. If you want to avoid this, you may like to look into how natural hair care products can help.

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Beauty

Engagement Ring Trends of 2018 and Beyond

Trends are changing all the time, not only in clothing and fashion but engagement rings and other jewellery as well. What’s more, Jewellery Perth tell us that they change so quickly that by the time you think you’ve finally got a handle on what’s “hot”, there’s something new to check out instead. However, engagement ring trends are something worth keeping an eye on, for they can be the difference between your bride-to-be loving her engagement ring or preferring something different.

If the time has come to select one for your significant personalised gift, take note of these new engagement rings of 2018 and beyond.

Double Bands

Is one engagement ring band not enough to satisfy your craving for style? Then, how about two? A new trend of 2018 which is set to take off in the years to come is double-banded engagement rings. Rather than feature one band with a diamond, there are two that interweave into each other before joining at the stone.

While it may look complicated, it ties in with the layering trends we’ve seen of late. What’s more, because it doesn’t create any extra work or effort to include a stone into two bands, it’s an idea that’s beginning to take off.

Baguette Style

In the early 1920s, the Art Deco era revolutionised the world – particularly during the Exposition of Decorative Arts in Paris in 1925. Wanting to relive that spectacular era, more and more brides-to-be are opting for Baguette diamonds. They offer exceptional clarity and clean lines, all the while being step cut with a rectangular shape. A Baguette style ring has so much vintage appeal yet is timeless at the same time.

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Beauty

How Does a Waist Trainer Work?

Waist trainers are fast becoming a popular addition to a new healthy lifestyle. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, flatten your stomach or gain that hourglass figure, you’ll see that a waist trainer is a recommended product to help achieve that goal. However, even with so many from which to choose on the market, there isn’t a lot of information about how they actually work.

Waist trainers work by decreasing the size of your waist, with some also working to accentuate your curves and flatten your stomach as well. Most quality waist trainers are made from natural latex which not only helps to flatten and tone but to improve your posture and strengthen your core as well. In essence, waist trainers are highly effective products that can go hand-in-hand with a nutritious diet and plenty of exercise.

How a waist trainer works is by mobilising your fat and helping you to sweat more while you exercise. They are also different from a corset in the respect that you can wear them while you work out. Because waist trainers are designed to be quite tight – but not so tight as to affect your breathing, they can also significantly impact your food intake.

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Health

Drug Rehab Centres

These days, an important part of our community is a drug rehab centre. It can symbolise our resolve to beat addiction and the pain and torment that it brings. Hard work and perseverance will get you through. Drug abuse equates to pain and torment, and also leads to a rather unhappy life. Don’t let drug abuse get the better of you. Make every effort to rise above addiction and be the person society expects you to be.

The life we have now is not a rehearsal. There are no second chances so we must always strive to do our best, and be as good as we possibly can.

Face your challenges head on now. Drugs only deaden your sorrow and delay your pain. Drugs will not solve any of your problems. Quite the opposite, as drug abuse will mean difficulties in financial, spiritual, emotional, physical and psychological aspects of your life. A rehab centre can help you to end your addiction.

Fight Drug Abuse with the Help of a Rehab Centre

Unfortunately the use of drugs is common amongst our youth. In a rehab centre you will be introduced to people who are going through the same problems as you. You don’t need to fight this on your own. Your fight against drug abuse will be with the help of people who understand what is happening and they will go that extra mile with you to make sure you quit. As a bonus, you make friends with and meet a lot of interesting people. These people will not judge you. You can say that you are in safe hands when you are in a drug rehab centre.

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Lifestyle

Weddings – 3 Reasons Why you Should Choose Personalised Gifts

When it comes to the bridal party, the groomsmen, and your guests, you want to make them feel welcome and important. While the wedding is all about the bride and groom, and rightly so, it’s also about those with which you’re willing to share your most special occasion. Therefore, when it comes to providing gifts for those close to you, such as bridesmaid robes and dinner table gestures, you want to make sure they mean something.

A gesture of thank you can mean so much more, so we’ve included three reasons why you should choose personalised gifts below.

They’re more personal

It goes without saying – a personalised gift is more personal. When you’re looking for gifts for your bridesmaids and groomsmen, it’s always a nice idea to opt for items that will continue to hold significance, and will never be thrown away. In the case of bridesmaids, a bridesmaid robe with their name embroidered on it will always be cherished. For groomsmen, a custom labelled bottle of spirits is sure to be appreciated as well.

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Beauty

4 Different Types of Liposuction Procedures

Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that removes fat, but is not done to help people lose weight. While weight loss does happen, it is only a side effect of the body contouring.  There are different types of liposuction and which one you have may depend on where the treatment is going to be done and how much is needed.

In fact, there are 4 different kinds of liposuction, but all offer the same end result, which is a body that does not have so many lumps and bumps on it.

  • Tumescent liposuction. This is considered the gold standard of all types, perhaps because it is the most used and safest. In tumescent liposuction a micro cannula is used to apply tumescent anaesthetic to the treatment areas. This helps to break down the fat and stop bleeding so the fat cells can more easily be sucked out. The results are very pleasing and can be repeated if necessary without any harm.

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Health

What to Expect When Getting Dentures

No one likes the thought of getting dentures, but if your teeth are missing you won’t be able to chew food properly and can get indigestion or even malnutrition. Besides, most people enjoy eating and if you can’t do it properly it can impact your enjoyment of life and even social interaction.

Probably the worst thing about going to the dentist and getting dentures is the thought of having your teeth out. But this may have happened gradually over the years and you may not need to have any more out. In this case, you’ll be getting a part plate to replace those that are missing. If you do need to have some out, it won’t be any worse than you’ve had before.

The dentist will fit you for a temporary plate so that you won’t be left without an attractive smile, but can pop it in as soon as the gums are healed enough.  This temporary plate may be used for up to 12 months to allow all the swelling to go down and the mouth and gums to adjust to their new normal. Once this has happened, you’ll be fitted for a new, permanent plate.

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Health

How to Cope as a Carer

There are many carers in the world, from nurses and mothers to those who dedicate their whole life to caring for a loved one who has been injured in an accident or who suffers from some form of dementia. Caring for others is the kind of work that is high in satisfaction, but even so, carers need to take care of themselves as well, because the job is emotionally and often physically demanding.

Very often, we see tragic circumstances where the carer gave their all – basically their life – for their loved one and died first, leaving the person they cared for without any support. In the case of a retarded child, this can have a terrible effect on them. Their carer insisted on doing all for the child for many years, thinking that such independence was a good thing.

In reality, it simply made their child depend on them completely so that once they were gone, not having them was a bigger emotional shock than it should have been. So the first thing every carer should know is this; they need to have a good support network to help them and the person they care for.

Even when the work of caring is relatively easy – you may not have to lift them in and out of bed, for instance, it is still essential to take care of yourself. Being a carer can be emotionally stressful, especially when you see a loved one’s mind being stolen by dementia. Such stress can cause you to become physically ill so that you simply can’t care for your loved one they way you want to. So here are some tips on caring for yourself when you are a carer:

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Fitness, Health

5 Benefits of a Good Posture

These days we rarely hear Grandma – or anyone else – telling us to sit up straight like they might have done years ago. And with the increasingly sedentary work and lifestyle most of us are living, bad posture seems to affect most of us. However, good posture certainly contributes to healthy living and here’s how.

  • Good posture helps you to breathe properly. This ensures a good supply of oxygen in the body. Try inhaling deeply while slouching, then sit up straight and inhale. You’ll easily notice that the latter allows you to inhale much more deeply.  When you have enough oxygen in your bloodstream you are much healthier.
  • It helps your brain to function properly with better concentration and clarity of thought. Studies show that the brain needs 20% oxygen to perform optimally.
  • Good posture improves your image. People look at you and think you are attractive, alert and healthy. When you see a person who constantly slouches, you’ll wonder if they are sick, in pain or feeling emotionally stressed.

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Beauty

What Happens During IPL Skin Rejuvenation Procedures?

We all like to know ahead of time what is going to happen to us, especially when a new procedure has been scheduled that we have never had before. Knowing ahead of time allows our minds time to process the steps and we don’t feel nearly as nervous. If you don’t know what to expect you can often feel quite stressed out, even with something as simple as IPL Skin Rejuvenation.

So here is a brief rundown of what to expect when you go for your first IPL skin rejuvenation procedure. But firstly, it is essential to choose a reputable practitioner who has been fully trained and is highly experienced with many happy patients. This may be a simple treatment but it is still a medical procedure and should be treated as such. Letting just anyone do it can cause a whole host of problems.

When you choose the doctor and discuss your needs with them they will advise you on the best skin care treatment for your type of skin. IPL Skin Rejuvenation is not suitable for every skin type. However, once you get the go ahead and make that appointment, here is what you can expect to happen.

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Health, Lifestyle

Health Benefits of Sunshine

If you see a child with very pale skin you will probably think they are healthy because their mother has been very careful to slap on the sunscreen and only allow them outside in the early morning and late afternoon when the sun is not so hot. However, you would be wrong.

People who don’t get enough sun on their skin can be very unhealthy. The main way we get Vitamin D is by the action of the sun on our skin. Vitamin D is important in itself, but it is also necessary as an aid to absorbing calcium which makes bones and teeth strong and healthy. This is even more important for children, whose bodies are still growing.

There are many other health benefits of sunshine on the skin: –

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Beauty, Health

How to Have Happy Hands

Most women spend time caring for their facial skin, but often neglect their hands to a great extent. Even having decorated or polished nails won’t cover up hands that are wrinkled and old looking. And since the state of our hands can give away our age to some extent, anyone who wants to look younger should give their hands some TLC.

Here are some tips to keep your hands happy

  • Wear cotton gloves outside if you are working in the garden or mowing.
  • Wear rubber gloves while washing up and when using harsh chemicals for cleaning.
  • Don’t put your hands in really hot or icy cold water as this will turn them red and the hot water will take all the natural oils out of them.
  • Wear sunscreen on the backs of your hands – and lower arms – when driving for long periods. Don’t put it on your palms as it can make your hands slippery. You can also wear fingerless gloves while driving to protect your hands from sun damage.

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Beauty

Who is Best Suited to Having Liposuction?

Just like any other cosmetic procedure, there are some people who are better suited to having liposuction than others. These people will get the best results and are the preferred patients of cosmetic surgeons. Most such surgeons will refuse treatment for those who they don’t consider good candidates, since they don’t want to risk getting a poor reputation from someone whose procedure did not do what they expected.

So who are those lucky people that are suitable candidates to have their fatty lumps removed and their body beautifully contoured ?

  • People whose skin is very firm and elastic. Elastic skin has the ability to bounce back after those fatty cells are removed. If your skin is wrinkled and sagging, it will sag even more after liposuction. Even if it is not sagging now, skin that doesn’t have much collagen is likely to sag after treatment. That is why older people whose skin is often lacking in collagen and elasticity may be refused treatment. It’s just as well; you wouldn’t want a big sag where a bump once lived.

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Health, Lifestyle

What is Sleep Apnoea?

Sleep Apnoea is a medical condition that prevents your body from getting the kind of sleep and rest that is needed for optimum health.  It’s not just having insomnia; many sufferers don’t even know they have it and may even think they sleep well. At the same time, they’ll always feel tired and wonder why.

What is happening during those night hours if you have sleep apnoea? Your breathing is being obstructed so that you actually stop breathing for tiny periods of time while you are asleep. This often happens mostly during that deep sleep cycle and your body is then deprived of the oxygen you need while at the same time having too much carbon dioxide in the blood.

That sounds very bad and it is, but the brain recognizes the fact that there is not enough oxygen in the bloodstream and goes to work to waken you so that you start breathing again. You may not know that this happens because you are not likely to come fully awake. You’ll just come out of that deep sleep cycle and will once again sleep lightly and breathe more regularly – until it happens again.

The trouble is that this can happen hundreds of times per night, so is it any wonder you feel constantly tired?

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My Gums Bleed – What Can I Do?

Oral health is an extremely important thing which people should be aware of and well versed in. Unfortunately, a lot of people simply don’t visit the dentist as often as they should, and this can lead to a lot of different tooth and gum diseases – some of which can be very painful and degrading.

Bleeding gums are a relatively common gum disease in the modern world. A lot of people throughout the world suffer from bleeding gums every day, and they simply don’t know how to deal with them. If your gums bleed, the following should help you understand what you can do and how you can get your oral health back:

What Causes Bleeding Gums?

Bleeding gums can be caused by a number of things, but the most common cause is undoubtedly oral disease and infection. When you eat, small particles of food can get stuck between your teeth. Sometimes, you will feel them, and will dislodge them. However, at other times, you won’t notice that you have food stuck there, and it will stay there until you brush or floss.

While sitting between your teeth, old food will start to break down. It will become a food source for bacteria, and can become acidic. This can cause the gums to become red and swollen. When you brush or floss swollen gums, they can start bleeding, causing significant pain and discomfort.

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Where To Go For Drug Rehab

Many countries suffer from a drug addiction problem and most of them have some kind of treatment centres that help with drug rehab.  In Australia, many addicts go overseas for treatment because it’s cheaper than that found at home, however that is not the only reason. In some states of Australia it is difficult to get in, with long waiting times caused by not enough beds in treatment centres.

This is particularly so in Victoria, where many users are forced to travel to Sydney for treatment or be at risk of suicide. This is also difficult for them due to the cost of travelling and if their family goes with them for support, there is the additional cost of accommodation, unless they happen to have a friend or relative they can stay with.

The kind of rehabilitation centre is important too, with those that offer accommodation being the best option. This allows the addict to stay away from the temptation to go back on drugs, easy to fall into when you know you can get a fix just down the street. Being right away from people you know who are sellers, gives a better chance of recovery.

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