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Problems Conceiving? When To Get Help
After 35, it’s quite normal for it to take a year to conceive, which is why some doctors say wait a year before seeking help. I don’t agree – unless you’ve already had at least one child with the same partner within the past five years.
Don’t Let Your Teeth Give Your Age Away (Part 2)
Patients in their 40s often complain that their bottom teeth are crowding, even if they’ve been straight all their lives. This can be because the lip muscle shortens, causing the arch of the bottom teeth to narrow, leaving teeth more bunched up, or the loss of back teeth or because teeth can move forward with age.
Don’t Let Your Teeth Give Your Age Away (Part 1)
Research shows tooth whitening could take around ten years odd perceived age, but while laser whitening is recommended by many dentists, it can increase sensitivity and dehydrate the teeth so they could look whiter after the treatment but can quickly relapse.
Welcome to your Second Trimester (part 36) - Making sense of doctor’s lingo
If you’re eating a healthy, nutritious diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrates, and lean protein, you shouldn’t gain too much weight.
Welcome to your Second Trimester (part 35)
Deciding on a name for your baby is fun but not necessarily an easy task. In addition to finding one that you and your partner agree on, it can feel as though everyone has an opinion. Friends may tell you that they have already chosen a name, that it is “theirs” so you can’t use it!
Fuel up to lose weight
The reason our bodies respond differently to the food we eat is down to genetics, just like hair or eye colour. But that doesn’t mean your efforts to change your body are going to waste. It just means you need to find the right fuel to your body type.
Do You Know The Facts About Ovarian Cancer (Part 3)
I went for a scan purely because my replacement hip was starting to cause pain after 12 years of working perfectly. My hips seemed fine, but the scan showed a cyst on my ovary. The sonographer said it looked innocuous and a blood test to check for cancer markers came back clear, but my specialist suggested re-scanning it in two moths’ time.
Do You Know The Facts About Ovarian Cancer (Part 2)
Scientists are evaluating results of two large-scale UK trials. Prof Ian Jacobs, lead researcher and new Head of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MSHSC), says, “we are not ready to report the results, but analysis shows the tests pick up 85 per cent of women who go on to develop ovarian cancer”
Do You Know The Facts About Ovarian Cancer (Part 1)
While regular cervical smear tests and mammograms have become a way of life, there is no screening programme for the deadliest of all gynaecological cancers. More than that, the symptoms of ovarian cancer can be confused with conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, leading to delay in seeking help or misdiagnosis.
Class of the month: Hour of Power
The Hour of Power class is based on the Fitness 4x4 method, which shuns common gym classes’ strong focus on the lower body and instead incorporates all four of your limbs into a workout.
Active living fast fitness
Wearing lightweight trainers has been shown to increase performance by up to two per cent. This may not sound like a lot, but it can equate to up to 30 seconds over a 5K race, more than enough to smash your PB!
10 ways to boost motivation
There’s an endless list of excuses you can rely on to get you out of going to the gym – and when you can’t be bothered, absolutely any one of them will do. We help you push through with these procastination-busting tips…
Welcome to your Second Trimester (part 34)
If you plan to continue lengthy walks and like to walk briskly, try combining this with a slower, more leisurely pace. It’s important to control your body temperature so that you don’t overheat and feel uncomfortable. To do this, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and wear layers that you can take on and off as required.
Welcome to your Second Trimester (part 33) - Wearing maternity hose
You probably can’t imagine wearing maternity hose, but they have their uses. They work by promoting circulation and the return of blood back to the heart and may be recommended to prevent vein-related problems, particularly if you suffer from varicose veins or spider veins.
Stress Mastery : Nonverbal Aspects of Assertiveness & Asserting Yourself with Aggressive People
One big source of stress, whether at your workplace or in your personal life, is having to deal with aggressive, unreasonable, or nasty individuals. When dealing with such people, it is common to feel as if you have no control and to become angry and aggressive yourself.
Welcome to your Second Trimester (part 32)
You’re not alone in battling with your self-image in pregnancy. For some women, their changing body shape can create negative feelings. Eating a healthy diet and getting some exercise helps prevent excessive weight gain, and exercising will also lift your spirits and improve your sense of well-being.
Welcome to your Second Trimester (part 31)
Your prenatal appointments will become more frequent in the second half of your pregnancy. Even if you are in good health, and your baby has been thoroughly assessed at the 20-week ultrasound scan (see What the scan reveals), it can be reassuring to have these regular checkups with the doctor.
Walk your way fit
If you haven’t done much walking before, don’t sign yourself up to trek Kilimanjaro as your first challenge. Instead, start closer to home. ‘Find ways to naturally include more walking in your life, such as walking the dog, walking your children to and from school, walking to the local shops, using the stairs instead of the lift or taking a stroll on your lunch break'.
Total-body health check: The eyes have it
Your eyes, according to iridologists (specialists in iris analysis), could be the key to assessing your overall health. Individual patterns and colorings make up the structure of your iris (the colored part of the eye) and these alter in response to changes in your body.
The ultimate detox plan (Part 2) - Three days to slim
½ tablespoon olive oil, 2 cloves crushed garlic, 2 large sliced leeks, 2 medium cubed potatoes, 600ml boiling water, 3 teaspoon Marigold reduced-salt vegetable bouillon powder, 410g cannellini beans, freshly ground black pepper.
The ultimate detox plan (Part 1)
If you want to look younger and feel fabulous, the secret, says nutritionists, is to banish bodily toxins by cleansing your liver. When your system becomes over-burdened, it can start to break down in a multitude of ways.
The truth about Fat & Fibre (Part 2)
From lutein to lycopene, hardly a day goes by without a new nutritional super star billed as the answer to our ailments. But it’s not just complicated-sounding nutrients that have the power to catapult our wellbeing from average to amazing.
The truth about Fat & Fibre (Part 1) - Omega fatty acids & Trans fatty acids
Low fat, low calorie – it’s been our go-to dieting rule for what seems like forever. But does cutting out the fat from our diets actually yield the promised pay-off? Apparently not, according to the latest scientific research.
The de-stress diet (Part 2) - Soothe the storm & De-stress your life
If stress is starting to get the better of you, take 10 long and slow, deep breaths. Then feel the muscles of your face, jaw and shoulders starting to relax – any moment of restoration found in a busy day has huge positive health implications and, if you do it regularly enough, it will become an almost automatic process.
The de-stress diet (Part 1) - Alarm bells & Spot the signs
It’s no secret that stress isn’t healthy. From breakouts to high blood pressure, insomnia, low energy and weight gain, chronic stress has serious consequences for your wellbeing.
Did you know? The truth about your five-a-day
Of all the modern health mantras (drink eight glasses of water a day, eat oily fish three times a week, cut down on alcohol, eat more fibre), getting your five-a-day is the one that has really stuck.
Chew on this: How do you feel about food?
An overeater has issues with portion control. Perhaps your parents always insisted that you clean your plate, so you’ve been ‘programmed’ to finish every meal. Or maybe you simply like the warm, cosy feeling of being a little too satisfied.
Welcome to your Second Trimester (part 30) - Fibroids during pregnancy & Sitting correctly
Good posture can help to minimize pregnancy discomforts, including backaches (see Banish backaches page). When seated, make sure your lower back is supported by the back of the chair and keep your feet flat on the floor.
Welcome to your Second Trimester (part 29) - Feeling flexible
Stretching and flexibility exercises should be a regular part of your fitness program at all times, but especially during pregnancy. Being flexible enables your muscles to work more efficiently, alleviates tightness, helps prevent cramping, and leads to improved balance and posture.
Welcome to your Second Trimester (part 28) - Your 20-week Scan
This second-trimester ultrasound, typically done between 18–22 weeks, looks in detail at how your baby’s major organs and body systems have developed, as well as checking the placenta and the volume of the amniotic fluid.
Welcome to your Second Trimester (part 27) - Low-lying placenta & Maternity swimwear
Placenta previa is when the placenta is either partially covering (minor) or completely covering (major) the cervix. In major placenta previa, the baby cannot be born vaginally.
Five ways to lose five pounds
According to the British Dietetic Association, the average weight gain over the festive period is five pounds, not surprising when you consider that a traditional Christmas lunch delivers a whopping 956 calories and 48 grams of fat!
Contraception Clinic: What does it for you?
Choosing the best contraception for you can be confusing. With such a massive array of options now available and an even wider range of health implications to consider, it’s hard to know what’s right for you.
Welcome to your Second Trimester (part 26)
Remember that unless you had an amniocentesis test or CVS test (see Amniocentesis), there’s no way of knowing your baby’s sex for certain. Sonographers can (and do) get it wrong, so don’t get too attached just yet to the name you’ve chosen.
Welcome to your Second Trimester (part 25)
Your baby will be a unique individual and his fingerprints will be proof of this. The ridge patterns in the dermis that will eventually form fingerprints (and “toeprints”) are fully developed by this stage of pregnancy.
Stress Mastery : A Useful Framework for Assertive Behavior
When learning to become more assertive or polishing your assertive skills, it can be very useful to have a framework or steps to follow in order to know how to construct a potentially effective assertive response.
Stress Mastery : Assertiveness Defined
Nonassertion, also called passivity, involves violating your own rights by failing to express honest feelings, needs, thoughts, and beliefs and consequently permitting others to potentially take advantage of you.
Weight Loss Surgery and Body Sculpting using SmartLipo technology
Many documents have mentioned the effects of obesity on health and life quality. In the past decades, we have checked a large number of patients that have been on a surgeon or tried to find ways so as to keep a good body.
Welcome to your Second Trimester (part 24)
Premature babies react to sounds with a “startle reflex,” so this provides strong evidence that babies in the uterus will hear and react to loud sounds, too, possibly with sudden movements.
Welcome to your Second Trimester (part 23)
Even if you work full time while you’re pregnant, this doesn’t have to have a negative effect on your relationship with your baby. As your baby grows, you will probably find that you start to develop a relationship with your “belly” as you anticipate your baby’s movements and perhaps talk to him.
Welcome to your Second Trimester (part 22)
Whether your baby develops into a boy or a girl depends on the presence or absence of a Y chromosome. Males are XY and the Y chromosome instructs the reproductive glands (gonads) to become testes.
Welcome to your Second Trimester (part 21) - Stretching safely
Some pregnant women enjoy the attention, while others feel that people are intruding on a personal experience. If you feel uncomfortable, answer questions vaguely or try to change the subject; ask the person about themself instead.
Weight MATTERS (Part 2)
Imagine yourself in the same situation; if you're reaching for another brownie after a stressful day at the office, it's not because you're trying to spite someone. It's because you feel overwhelmed, and in that moment, the chocolate will help to soothe you.
Weight MATTERS (Part 1)
Look back at your wedding pictures. Do you find yourself unable to recognize the slim, vital people saying their vows, and wondering how they could have been replaced by the more - ahem - well-padded people populating your current family albums?
The Natural Way (Part 3) - Associations
As a rule, a good certified organic product will hove natural botanical extracts listed highest on the list of ingredients, while preservatives will be listed nearer to the end, as these should represent the smallest quantities contained in the product.
The Natural Way (Part 2) - Organic vs Synthetic Products
Organic is defined in the dictionary as "a compound that contains a carbon atom", and because carbon is found in everything that has ever lived, this is often used to sell the green angle. This is known in the trade as "confusion advertising", as the reality of the product's natural or organic status becomes blurred.
The Natural Way (Part 1) - Natural vs Organic
Are organic and natural products as green as they claim to be? And should you be more aware of what your beauty product contains? We take a closer look at the reality of green beauty.
Welcome to your Second Trimester (part 20)
If, due to pregnancy discomforts, such as morning sickness, you had a difficult first trimester and did not gain much weight, this is a good time to increase your calories to try to make up some of the weight gain.
Welcome to your Second Trimester (part 19)
According to ancient Egyptian, Greek, American, and Indian beliefs, the first movement marked the moment when the soul entered the fetus. Aboriginals regard the location where the first quickening is felt as highly significant for the baby.
Fit to EAT (Part 2) - Post-Workout Eating
Eating after your workout is crucial in order to repair the muscles you have worked, explains Naidoo. Raleigh adds: "Supplying immediate sources of protein and carbohydrates to your body begins the repairing, rebuilding and refueling phases your body needs to avoid the breaking down of precious muscle mass."
 
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