8 Must-Haves and Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

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This year I’ve been working on a very special project; I’ve been creating and growing my own little human!

Baby Thaxton was born on November 14.  Isn’t he a doll?  We tried for a long time to get pregnant, and I was so thrilled when I found out that I was having him. Even now, a month after his birth, I can hardly believe he’s real!

I think until you get pregnant and have a baby, you don’t actually realize just how much actually goes in to the whole process.  When a baby is born we talk about the big delivery day and the pains of labor, and we don’t talk as much about what happens during those 9 months of pregnancy. Over the course of 9 months, I gained about 30 pounds, and I saw and felt my body going through so many changes as a result of this weight gain, hormone changes, and more!   Today I’m going to discuss some tips and must-haves to help you stay healthy and feeling good during pregnancy. [Read more…]

Keeping Your Mind Young

We all try to take steps to look after our bodies. We know that to keep our bodies fit and healthy we have to eat well and exercise. We get the relevant vaccinations, take vitamins and visit the doctor when we are sick. We attend routine screenings as we start to get older to make sure there is nothing wrong, and if things don’t feel quite right, we take a day or two off to rest and recover.

But, we rarely take the same care of our minds. Around one in four of us will struggle with mental health issues at some point. Many of us will struggle in silence. Instead of going to the doctor for help, we assume we’ll just snap out of it and ignore it completely. Nor do we take the same care to keep our minds young.

As we age, our memories start to deteriorate, and we can find it harder to organize our thoughts. To some extent this is normal. But, it’s also normal to feel our bodies deteriorate and that doesn’t stop us doing everything we can to keep ourselves looking and feeling young.

You can take the same care of your mind. To keep it at its sharpest for as long as possible.

While some people believe that supplements such as Huperzine A can help, there’s not much in the way of scientific evidence to support this. Instead, you should find ways to keep your mind active and challenged.

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Reading is probably the easiest way to keep your brain working. Read books from different genres and spend time learning new facts from non-fiction books. Try to read at least a little every day to give your brain a workout.

Learn a Language

One of the keys to keeping your mind young is using as much of it as you can. We learn to speak when we are toddlers and spend our youth honing our language skills. Then aside from learning the odd new word, this section of your brain is neglected.

Learning a new language gives it a fresh challenge. Try to speak it out loud, as well as reading it in a book. Podcasts and apps can be excellent tools.

Switch Sides

Another way to use more of your brain and give it a challenge is doing things with the opposite hand. Your brain gets so used to the way that you do things day to day; there’s no challenge involved. Doing the same things, with the opposite hand, such as writing or eating, makes your mind work harder.

Puzzles

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Anything that makes you think is a workout for your brain. Puzzles like Sudoku and crosswords can make a great alternative to reading and writing.

at Right

Your diet doesn’t only affect your physical health. It can help to boost your memory and other brain functions too. Foods rich in antioxidants, good fats and vitamins can help reduce inflammation, protect against brain disease and help boost your energy levels. Eat plenty of avocado, beets, berries, broccoli, coconut oil, dark chocolate and spinach for the best results.

How Healthy Is Your Diet REALLY?

Do you ever find yourself sitting to make a list of groceries and feel stuck in a rut with your meal and snack choices for the week? You and about every other meal planner out there feel the exact same way. Whether you are conscious about your budget or about your diet – or both – planning meals requires a creativity that is difficult to come by when you already know what you like. Your diet is often impacted by your lifestyle, and the choices that you make for your meals and snacks each week is going to be influenced by the way you have to juggle your time. For example, if you are working shifts, you’re very likely to grab food as and when you can in the quickest and most convenient form. Microwaved meals and handy snacks are very popular among those who work long hours, as the time it takes to make proper meals for the day is often overridden by the urge to sleep. If you are able to take the time to make proper meals from scratch every day, you are putting your body in a position of energy, wellness and health. Unfortunately, life often gets in the way of this and so convenience items are in favor. [Read more…]

Feminine Relief with MONISTAT® + a $25 Giveaway

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Our bodies are always going through changes.  Since being pregnant, I’ve learned more and more about this.  Nearly every day (and especially in the beginning of my pregnancy) I’ve looked up something related the topic of pregnancy:  What symptoms should I expected this week?  Is this symptom normal?  What medicines can I take?

When it comes to feminine itching, odor, and yeast infections, MONISTAT® is on my list of OBGYN recommended products to use.   It offers prescription strength medicine in an over the counter form, which is very convenient for women on the go.  MONISTAT® is the #1 doctor recommended OTC brand with a long-term record of success — it has been in use for the treatment of vaginal yeast infections for over 40 years. [Read more…]

4 Tips to finding the best wheelchair for an active person

Just because a person has difficulty with mobility does not mean that they cannot live a full life. Not being able to use their limbs does mean they cannot do physical activities. With the use of wheelchairs, people can now have a more active lifestyle.

To say that a person is confined to a wheelchair is incorrect, as with the use of a wheelchair, people with limited mobility can get out of the house, travel to other countries, and do physical activities and sports like hiking and basketball.

But in order to make the most out of the wheelchair, it is very important that the right type of wheelchair should be used. Aside from having different styles, some wheelchairs are also manufactured for a variety of purposes.

If you know an active person who will be needing a wheelchair soon, check out some of the tips below to ensure that they can still have that active lifestyle they want.

  1. Get a wheelchair that has durable material – in any investment you make, you want to make sure that you are getting your money’s worth. With your wheelchair, you want to make sure that it will last a lot of years despite the fact that it will undergo wear and tear, especially if the user is an active person. Usual materials for wheelchair include steel, which is strong but heavy; aluminum-magnesium alloy, and titanium carbon fiber, which is the lightest but most expensive.

  1. The wheelchair should be stable – another thing that is very much needed for a wheelchair user is stability, whether you are an active person or not. Because of limited mobility, some may have little to no use of their legs. If the chair is not stable, there is a possibility that in a little bit or rough terrain or in a slope, the chair may tilt, causing the user to fall. An injury may happen and would only make the user’s physical condition worse. If the user can sit comfortably in a wheelchair, maximum stability happens. Make sure the chair is the right size for the user, meaning the seat will not be too wide or too narrow.

  1. Consider what type of tires the wheelchair has – take note of the physical activities that the user would want to do. Do your research as there are different types of tires, with variations in size and material. There are some tires that have little shock absorption, and there are also sports tires that require less energy to propel it.

  1. Get a chair that is lightweight and foldable – if the person using the chair likes to go on camping and hiking trips, you would want a chair that is lightweight so that it will not require too much effort to bring it anywhere you go. A foldable chair is also convenient as it does not require a lot of space when placed inside the car. The KD Smartchair wheelchair has been manufactured with those specifications, so it is perfect for active persons who want to live their life to the fullest.

Is Fat Healthy for Your Family?

Did you know that fat is healthy for you and your family? The media has demonized fat as the nutrient responsible for the development of heart disease and other physical health issues. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

Why Carbs Are Bad for You

Refined carbohydrates such as sugar and flour create inflammation in the intestinal wall of the GI tract. This inflammation prevents the trillions of gut biomes living in your gut from doing their task of assimilating the nutrition from the food you eat. With assimilation impaired, metabolism slows, and immune function declines.

This inflammation will spread from your digestive system into the nervous and lymphatic systems as well, leading to foggy thoughts and impaired cognitive function. Carbohydrates also spike insulin, and frequent consumption of sugar and refined carbs can cause blood sugar disorders such as diabetes and health issues such as obesity.

The Health Benefits of High-Fat Diets

#1 Prevent Diabetes

With a high-fat diet that is low in carbohydrates and free of refined carbs will keep your blood sugar at baseline levels. When blood sugar is elevated, insulin peaks and therefore; if you avoid carbs and increase fats, you will decrease your fasted blood sugar reading. In some cases, eating a carb-free, a high-fat diet can eliminate type 2 diabetes in people suffering from the disease.

#2 Prevent Obesity

Refined carbohydrates contain a significant amount of calories with no nutritional value. A large soda can carry as many calories as your total daily allowance while offering no nutritional value other than a massive spike in insulin and an energy crash a few hours later. With this kind of mal-nutrition available of every street corner in the western world, it’s no surprise that obesity has become a major health issue in the United States.

By eliminating the carbs and replacing them with healthy fat sources, you will avoid the blood sugar spike and crash. Fats will provide you with a slow-releasing energy source that is rich in nutrients and anti-oxidants.

#3 Heart Health

A diet that is high in refined carbohydrates is detrimental to your cardiovascular health. Eating refined carbs increases total cholesterol in the blood and raises the ratio of bad cholesterol to good

cholesterol. By replacing the carbs with healthy fats, reverses this disorder, bad cholesterol drops while good cholesterol rises and total cholesterol in the blood drops to safe levels.

#4 Eliminate ADHD

Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder is a challenging mental disorder to live with, especially for a child that’s full of energy. However, did you ever stop to think that maybe the diet has something to do with it? Eliminating refined carbs and replacing them with healthy fats can have an amazing effect on people living with ADHD.

#5 Increased Immune Function

Less inflammation means stronger metabolism and a healthy immune system that can fight off disease and infection.

In Closing

Combining a healthy diet with exercise is the best way to live a fulfilling life at your maximum human potential. For some workout tips, visit our site and try out our program. With a little dedication and commitment, you could get results within a month and be on the way to good health.

6 Tips for Healthier Looking Skin

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6 Tips for Healthier Looking Skin

Summer is almost here! It’s time for fun in the sun and good times! We all want to look our best this summer, from the way we dress to having perfect looking skin. Today I’m going to discuss six tips to help you have healthier looking skin.

 

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1. Use a Treatment like Differin® Gel. Differin® Gel is the first and only prescription strength retinoid for clearing and preventing acne, and it is now available over the counter. It’s the newest advancement and ingredient in the OTC acne category in over 30 years! The product works to clear breakouts from deep in the pores where they start to prevent breakouts before they begin, and over time the product helps to restore your skin’s texture and tone. Differin® Gel is not used in the same way as a spot treatment. In order to get the best results, you should apply a thin layer all over the face, once a day, every day.

Please use caution when using Differin® Gel with more than one acne treatment or glycolic acid product because this could lead to irritation. [Read more…]

Tips to Make DIY Projects Safer

Tips to make diy projects safer

As you know, I always love a good DIY project. Any time my husband and I can fix or build something ourselves, we try to do it, and since we live in an older house, it seems like there is always something to do.  In the past few years, we’ve replaced light fixtures, painted and replaced porch rails, had plumbing repairs and installation, assembled furniture, upcycled old furniture, and started a bathroom remodel.

Anytime we start a new project, there are a number of things to consider: What does the project involve?  What are the materials needed?  How much will it cost?  How long will the project take?  What are the potential roadblocks to the project? Answering all of these questions can help us to better plan the project and ensure that the project is completed in a timely and efficient manner.

But beyond these questions, you should also consider the risks associated with the project.  Does the project involve any health risks?  What safety precautions should be taken to avoid injury or other bodily harm?  As an expectant parent and a pet owner, I have to take extra precautions to make sure everyone in our home is protected.  The following infographic gives us a a little insight into the views of fellow DIYers and it details some of the risks involved with home improvement and do-it-yourself projects.  Check it out! [Read more…]

Stocking Up for Summer

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stocking up for summer

Summer is generally associated with kicking back and slowing down.  The kids are out of school, a lot of extracurricular activities and sports are on hiatus, and we have a break before we have to stock up on school clothes and supplies.  But when the kids are home of school and even the adults are taking a little time off for vacation, that means the house can turn into a hustling and bustling place.  For that reason it is very important to stock up on a number of essentials that you do not want to run out of when you have a houseful at home. [Read more…]

Steps for a Good Skincare Regimen with Differin® Gel

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Steps for a Good Skincare Regimen

Having good self-esteem and being able to walk around with your head held high is an important part of living a full life, and I believe a healthy complexion is at the cornerstone of this.  For this reason, it’s important to maintain a good and consistent skincare regimen. Today I’m going to discuss some steps I take to maintain a good skincare regimen. [Read more…]