Category: Health

September 18, 2023

Understanding Sports-Related Concussions & How To Prevent Them

Sports are a favorite pastime for many of us. Whether it’s watching a live event or participating yourself, the love of the game is strong. However, certain contact sports come with serious risks. One such risk we all need to be more aware of is concussions.

Occurring more than 3.8 million times each year in the U.S., this type of sports-related injury has become all too common, with the number of instances expected to rise as diagnostic technology advances. If you or someone you love participates in sports, you need to understand the dangers, how to recognize signs and how to prevent concussions.

First, let’s start with what a concussion entails. Concussions are known medically as mild traumatic brain injuries. The term “mild” is used because they are very rarely fatal — but that doesn’t mean they aren’t serious. (more…)

August 16, 2023

How to Find the Right Kickboxing Class for Your Fitness Goals

Kickboxing can be an excellent choice to learn a new skill, feel more confident, or get a great cardio workout. But before you sign up, run it by your doctor and invest in the proper equipment.

Start by searching online for a gym that aligns with your goals. Then, visit a few classes.

Types of Kickboxing Classes

Kickboxing is a high-impact workout that burns calories and builds strength. Most people experience a boost in their overall energy after just one class. But before you raise your fists for the first time, consult a healthcare professional to determine whether this type of workout is safe. (more…)

August 7, 2023

Benefits of Using a Wall Caddy in Your Horse Stall

The stall walls must be built to withstand the powerful impact of a horse. The best material is wood coated with a non-toxic sealant to protect it from moisture and clean the wall surface.

Avoid swinging doors, which interfere with aisle space and can catch on hooves. They also create shadows, which inhibit observation and care.

Keeps Your Stall Clean

Cleaning a horse stall is an essential step to keeping your horse healthy. A dirty stall can lead to thrush and ammonia build-up, harming your horse’s respiratory system. Stall cleaning should be done daily and involves: (more…)

June 27, 2023

How hydration impacts your body

The human body is complex. Numerous systems work together to ensure your organs, muscles and everything else are performing as they should. None of these systems would be able to do this without adequate water. From maintaining the body’s temperature to lubricating your joints, proper hydration is essential.

Our day-to-day lives, however, often get in the way of getting enough water. The importance of hydrating your body cannot be understated. Lack of hydrating can actually lead to dehydration. Dehydration is a condition that can lead to myriad ill health effects. Even mild dehydration, a loss of 1-3% of body weight, can impair aspects of brain function. (more…)

June 12, 2023

Understanding Suicidal Thoughts

 People who are struggling with mental health issues can often have suicidal thoughts, but this does not necessarily mean that they will attempt suicide.  However this does not make having these thoughts any less traumatic for them.  Many people who are suffering suicidal thoughts often feel unable to confide in someone about how they are feeling.

Suicidal thoughts can happen for many different reasons, generally they occur as a result of an overwhelming life event, leaving the person feeling like they are unable to cope and that suicide is their only option. These feelings can happen when a person feels like they have no hope left for the future and no reason to carry on.

Although suicide attempts are more common in women they are more often undertaken by men as they are more likely to use lethal methods.


It’s also believed that there may be a genetic link to suicide, and that if you have a family history of suicidal thoughts or attempts you are more likely to be affected by this.


It is important to remember that not everyone who is feeling suicidal will show symptoms, but these can include:

·      Increasing their use of alcohol or recreational drugs

·      Withdrawing from social activities and spending more time alone

·      Saying things like they wish they hadn’t been born or were dead

·      Saying goodbye to people as though it’s the last time they will see them

·      Giving away their belongings or getting things in order without any obvious need to do so

·      Mood swings which are sometimes extreme

·      Seem to be preoccupied with violence and death

·      Changing their eating and sleeping patterns

·      Acting recklessly or developing self-destructive behaviours

Risk Factors

You may be more at risk of suicidal thoughts or attempting suicide if:

·      You have previously attempted suicide

·      Have an underlying mental health condition such as bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression

·      Have a medical condition that is linked to depression like, substance abuse a chronic pain condition or a potentially terminal illness

·      Have a family history of mental health disorders, substance abuse, or violence, either physical or sexual

·      Are part of the LGBQT+ community and don’t have the support of family or friends or are living in a hostile environment


Professional Help

If you are having thoughts of self-harming or feeling suicidal you should contact your doctor and confide your feelings to them.  They will check to see if you have any underlying physical or mental health conditions that are causing you to feel this way.

They can also prescribe a variety of medications including antianxiety medication, antidepressants and SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) to help you.  Sometimes medication alone is not enough, and some people are unable to tolerate the side effects.  Therapy is often the best way to help you to understand and overcome your suicidal thoughts and feelings. A variety of therapies including counselling, psychotherapy, CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and clinical hypnotherapy can all be successful forms of treatment.  Written by Jan, Jeana and Wendy at Barnsley Hypnosis and Counselling (UK). For more free Information click above link.

February 21, 2023

Why is Yoga Important?

Yoga has become a global phenomenon in recent years. It’s a physical and spiritual practice that people of all religions and beliefs can enjoy.

Regular practice of yoga helps you improve your health in many ways. Read on to discover how yoga is essential for your body, mind, and spirit.

Improved Flexibility

Flexibility isn’t a prerequisite for yoga — it results from regular practice. However, flexibility can help you move quickly and feel less stiff or sore.

The ability to be flexible is also important for balance and stability. For example, practicing yoga can help you improve your balance and prevent injury if you tend to fall. (more…)