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HealthStatus has been operating since 1998 providing the best interactive health tools on the Internet, millions of visitors have used our health risk assessment, body fat and calories burned calculators. The HealthStatus editorial team has continued that commitment to excellence by providing our visitors with easy to understand high quality health content for many years.

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Protect Your Eyes When You’re Hitting the Slopes

When the Winter arrives, clothing such as sleeveless shirts give way to warmer staples such as heavy duty jackets and scarves. However, the importance of sunglasses cannot be overstated as they protect your eyes in such harsh conditions. There are certain elements of cold weather that can pose some serious risk: glare, ultraviolet (UV) rays exposure and even wind. Despite the absence of the sun, the snow reflects around 80% of UV rays hence doubling one’s exposure risks especially during activities such as shoveling and skiing. Since the skin and eyes are sensitive organs, long term exposure to these elements can create health complications including permanent sunburn damage, intense pain and discomfort, and even the loss of vision (known as snow blindness). Fortunately, solutions exist to alleviate and prevent the aforementioned problems. To protect from wind elements, one can use goggles (that wrap around the eyes with a foam liner). Polarized lenses can help protect the eyes and prevent eye fatigue. For people who prefer activities such as skiing and snowboarding brown and amber tints can help resolve depth perception and aid with visual clarity. Yellow tints are also very suitable for foggy conditions. The options at Dragon Alliance provide products that have great design and diverse functionality. It is crucial to read the label on these products to ensure they meet all the necessary specifications.

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High Performance Coffee Exists So You Can Survive Mondays

Coffee is well known as a way to get a quick pickup. That it’s delicious is almost a side effect next to that, despite how many people will consume coffee simply for the taste. But that cup of java has some real results in medical research that reveal it’s actually beneficial to become a regular coffee drinker. Those who routinely consume coffee on a daily basis have seen a variety of discernible health benefits, such as greater lung function, better physiological performance, and even some painkilling boosts such as when dealing with headaches or migraines.

A new coffee, Before You Speak Coffee, is being offered by a superfood manufacturer. Infused with ginseng and Medium Chain Triglycerides, as well as tumeric and pepper, the new coffee also contains Colombian Arabica beans that are sourced from a single origin. This high performance coffee is intended to boost the body’s ability to burn off fat. The Medium Chain Triglycerides increase the body’s production of ketones, and those ketones assist your ability to metabolize fat.

Before You Speak will also help manage your appetite, which can help you keep the fat from returning. And it offers boosts to your ability to remain mentally acute, so you can keep focused on the important things you need to deal with. Coffee meets superfood, for a better you.

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Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)

Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (also known as TMJ) is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull and when this joint is injured or even damaged, it can lead to a localized pain disorder. Causes of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome include injury to the teeth, jaw misalignment, teeth grinding, having poor posture, stress, arthritis and even chewing gum can cause this particular syndrome.

Symptoms that are felt with this joint are the following, popping sounds in ears, headaches, ear pain, locking of the jaw joint, stiff or sore jaw muscles, or even pain in the temple area.

TMJ syndrome often can be treated with home remedies. But if not in some severe cases TMJ syndrome is treated with surgery, when you’re being treated it’s important not to chew gum, massage gently or stretching out your jaw, neck and stress.

The signs and symptoms are all mentioned throughout this article to make sure you know what exactly causes it. It also re-states what remedies can be effective to provide permanent or temporary relief, having trigger point acupuncture can sometimes be helpful and provide temporary relief for your issues.

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Older Adults Are Increasingly Identifying—But Still Likely Underestimating—Cognitive Impairment

The number of people reporting cognitive impairment issues in their families is rising.  This is good since treatments started earlier can help manage symptoms and improve outcomes.  Spotting a family member that is having trouble remembering or showing periods of confusion, means we are paying attention to our older family members.

Self-reporting of memory problems is also on the increase.  The stigma for older folks who are having memory issues talking with their children, spouse or doctor is also diminishing.  Which is good.  Getting the proper help early can ease everyone’s frustration and fear.

It is interesting to note, that not all racial profiles respond at the same percentages for reporting a family member or self-reporting.  Health education may need to be improved so that everyone understands the signs to watch for and know where to go to get help.

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Simple Steps to Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

We all need sleep. Without it, it’s impossible to function, much less do your best. When you’re fatigued, your strength and energy, your focus and attention, even emotions and overall physical well being falter and fade. Despite the necessity, it’s entirely too common for sleeplessness to affect even the busiest among us. With some basic routines that you incorporate into your life, sleep doesn’t have to be elusive.

One of the simplest solutions to trouble falling asleep and resting through the night is to maintain a regular schedule. Set your bedtime to a regular clock that you adhere to, so you rise in the morning and adjourn to bed in the night at the same time each day. Even on weekends, when it might be tempting to ignore the alarm clock, maintain that schedule. The reverse is true as well; if you’ve had a tiring day, look for ways to stay stimulated to avoid retiring too soon and disrupting the schedule.

The human body has evolved to respond to light; melatonin is the body’s innate hormone that regulates your sleep cycle. It is heavily influenced by your exposure to natural light. Spending too much time away from the sun can throw your sleep rhythm completely off. Where possible, get some outdoors time, or at least use available windows.

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Tips & Suggestions: Share Your Eating Disorder Struggle With Loved Ones

Eating disorders are often an uncomfortable disease to have. For many, they carry feelings of shame or embarrassment that keeps them from opening up to their social support network of friends and family about the problem. That can keep the problem from improving, and cause further deterioration in health.

Loved ones are just that; people who love you. Eating disorders carry a significant mental component, alongside the medical issues. Avoiding the support your loved ones can offer you just when you need it most will worsen your prognosis, and make it less likely you can get the help you need to break the cycle. When you keep your eating disorder a secret, you’re leaving the health issue in control of you; so take that control back and stand tall.

Opening up doesn’t necessarily mean you have to talk about everything you’re going through. You can share without delving specifically into each item that’s affecting you. And you can sort through your list of loved ones to try and identify those who are most likely to be helpful and supportive; and avoid those who might have a hard time being a positive influence if you talk about it with them. It might be difficult, but talking about it can give motivation and reassurance that you can get better.

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Are Instant Products Healthy?

With time pressures compressing our daily schedules, more and more of us are turning to meals that are quick and easy to prepare. This includes instant foods. But does the time savings come with a hit to the health? An instant food is one that has been dehydrated, so the only preparation needed for consumption is to add that water back. Usually this is hot water, which heats the food as it rehydrates it. Powdered foods are also included in the instant food category, even though most of us will think of something like noodle or soup packets when we think of an instant food.

While noodle soup was initially considered a luxury product after its introduction, now it is treated as a budget staple by consumers and food manufacturers. Japan, where noodle soup was invented, was soon followed by space programs who adopted the product for use by astronauts. Now, of course, the product is available worldwide.

Most instant foods contain high levels of various forms of salt, mostly for taste reasons to improve the appeal of the product. LDL cholesterol increasing fats are often present. And a laundry list of food preservatives that carry a whole host of health effects. Missing meals can be unhealthy, but over reliance on these convenience foods can be just as damaging.

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Why Am I Not Losing Weight?

On the surface, weight loss seems simple. Just eat less. Monitor your diet, and watch the pounds melt away. Sometimes though, time can pass while maintaining an altered diet and there is no change in the scale’s readout. That can cause frustration, but like most things knowing what’s going on can help reduce that stress. Information offers you the chance to make informed decisions, and will help you stay on track for your goals.

Step one for a weight loss diet is to stick to it. Eating better, more healthy, most of the time but then allowing yourself to splurge can eliminate any gains the healthy meals offers you. Further, it’s not just about healthy; it’s about reducing calories. Switching out fatty and sugary foods is good, but if they’re replaced with healthier options that still rack up the calories, you’re still eating as much as you once did.

Another common issue is delaying the start of the diet. Research will be conducted, information gathered, but you keep telling yourself tomorrow will be the day. Make tomorrow today; start the changes now. That goes for exercise as well. Reducing caloric intake is helpful, but activity levels go hand in hand with diet when it comes to weight loss. In fact, it’s possible to maintain the same diet, but exercise sufficiently, and still see the weight come off.

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The Characteristics of Sleep

It is entirely common for dreams to not be remembered. In fact, it’s because we are so rarely conscious of our dreams that we find it notable when we do remember a dream we had during the night. Modern science continues to evolve the exact definition of just what sleep is. Until fairly recently, about sixty years ago, sleep was thought to simply be a period where the brain becomes inactive. We now know that the brain actually becomes highly active when we’re sleeping, particularly during the important Rapid Eye Movement phase of sleep.

The body undergoes some predictable physiological changes during sleep. Basically, everything slows down; from blood pressure and heart rate to our temperature and blood gasses. These have long been known, because they were more easily observable. But the brain’s activity does not slow when we fall asleep. After ninety minutes of unconsciousness, we enter Rapid Eye Movement, and that’s when things get interesting. During REM, neurons begin firing much more quickly and more often. While it’s not well understood, doctors do believe dreams result from this high powered brain activity.

There are a variety of theories about just what dreams are doing, or how the brain generates them, but they’re only speculation. Research is ongoing, but one thing is certain; without dreams, we don’t function normally. Sleep is necessary.

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7 Ways Tribulus Improves Fertility for Men & Women

When you’re looking to boost your fertility, and the time keeps going by without getting the good news that you’re expecting, you start to cast a wider net. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to improve your chances of conception. Any one of the changes could be the one that sees a baby in your future. One option that has been overlooked in many western countries is the Tribulus herb. Tribulus terrestris, also called gokshura, has been known to eastern medicine in China for millennia. A natural herb, it has a number of benefits that directly affect fertility levels.

Tribulus helps boost hormone levels essential to reproductive organs. Further, it helps boost libido levels and overall sexual performance, which encourages couples to improve their conception chances simply by engaging in the necessary function more often. For men, tribulus is beneficial to sperm motility and counts. For women, the herb promotes ovulation cycles to stay regular and strong. Additionally, those woman who might be at risk for ovarian cysts can reduce that risk by consuming tribulus.

The herb also helps counter antibodies that can make the basic function of sperm in the conception process less likely. And finally, healthy liver function is boosted by including using tribulus.

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