Five ways to avoid high blood pressure

If your doctor has told you that you may have high blood pressure or that you may be on your way towards having high blood pressure, you may need to start being careful with your lifestyle.

With more and more lawsuits popping up against pharmaceutical companies over dangerous blood pressure drugs, it is essential you try and control your blood pressure before you need medication for it. Large class action lawsuits are being fought against brands like Lipitor, which are used to treat blood pressure. If you have been prescribed Lipitor and feel it has caused you harm, make sure you speak to a specialist Lipitor lawyer.

Here are some recommendations for lowering high blood pressure.

Lose weight 

As our weight increases, often, our blood pressure does too. If you are overweight, you can struggle to breathe while sleeping, which causes sleep apnea and a higher blood pressure.

Losing weight is probably the most effective change to your lifestyle; you can make to lower your blood pressure. Doctors believe that for every kilogram of weight you lose, you can reduce your blood pressure by 1mm of Mercury.

Exercise often

Make sure you exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, as many days of the week as possible. If you have high blood pressure, you can avoid hypertension by exercising regularly, as well as feeling better and healthier in general. Luckily exercising and losing weight go hand in hand. Some great examples of simple aerobic exercises you can do every day are jogging, hiking, bike riding, swimming, HIIT, and dancing.
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What Is The Best Place For A Humidifier In A Baby’s Room?

There are many important things to consider when you are creating a baby’s room. Obviously, you want to make sure that you are creating the safest possible environment. To help with this, many parents choose to use a humidifier. This will allow you to control the amount of water vapor in the air. By keeping these levels in check, you will be able to prevent conditions like dry skin. You might also be able to help the baby breathe easier, by lubricating the nasal passages. However, to make sure that you get the maximum benefits, you need to position the humidifier carefully. To help you do this, we are going to share several useful tips. These have been based on extensive research. Three of the most useful websites have been shared below. 

  • https://www.livestrong.com/article/197018-how-to-use-a-humidifier-in-a-babys-room/
  • https://houseweather.org/best-humidifier-for-baby/
  • https://www.thespruce.com/humidifier-fast-facts-1908170

Choose The Right Height

The right height to use might depend on the type of humidifier that you choose to purchase. For example, you might want to place it on a small table. This will allow it to get better access to air circulation. In some cases, you need to consider placing it in an area that will limit the amount of property damage that can occur. For example, a more humid environment might impact on the carpets or flooring. This can increase the chances that mold or bacterial infections will occur. For this reason, you might want to place a towel under the device. In addition, you might want to avoid placing it near the walls. In some cases, the humidifier can spray up minerals. This can leave white marks on the walls. You can help prevent this by using distilled water. 

Consider Where It’s Needed The Most

You might also want to think about where the humidifier will provide the most benefits. To figure this out, you might want to use a device that measures the humidity. This will tell you which parts of the room have the lowest amounts of water vapor. By placing the device there, you will be able to improve the overall humidity. In addition, you might want to think about why you have purchased the humidifier. For example, if you want to use it to lubricate the nasal passages of your child, helping them breathe easier, you might want to place it closer to the bed. 

Your Child’s Age

You might also need to think about how old your child is. This will affect how active they are. For example, if they are able to walk around, you will have to make sure that they are protected from accidental injury. This means choosing a location where they won’t be able to knock the humidifier over. Some of these devices can be heavy, causing potential injury is they fall on top of your child. Choosing a safe position is especially important for warm mist humidifiers. These can spray hot steam, made by heating water. If accidentally knocked on their side, this hot water can come out, potentially burning your child. 
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How Cycling Can Help Your Health and the Environment

Cycling is one of the favorite leisure activities and sport of over 47.5 million Americans. It isn’t any wonder why. Aside from being genuinely enjoyable to do, cycling also offers many benefits to the body, mind, and environment. Moreover, the more and longer you cycle, the better it is for your health and the planet.

If you don’t know how to ride a bike or you don’t cycle, maybe these reasons can convince you to learn and start cycling now.

Health Benefits of Cycling

Cycling is inarguably one of the healthiest hobbies you can start. If you’re not a fan of hitting the gym or exercise in general, going for a ride on a bike is a more enjoyable way of getting your daily dose of physical activity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend getting “at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity” each week. 

Riding slower than 10 miles per hour on smooth terrain on your bike for 30 minutes a day is enough to meet the recommended dose of physical activity per week.

As an aerobic exercise, cycling also helps boost cardiovascular health, reducing your risk of heart disease. In addition, it puts little to no harmful stress on the body, making it a low-impact workout.

Regular cycling also helps improve balance and muscle strength, decrease the risk of high blood pressure and osteoporosis, and manage diabetes and high cholesterol. 

For those who are trying to lose weight, hopping on a bike and going for a ride can help shed off those extra pounds. To start burning fat, you must ride at a pace that will raise your heart rate between 70 and 85 percent of your maximum heart rate.

You can monitor your heart rate using a fitness tracker or heart-rate monitor. Many cyclists use the device with other cycling training tools, like a power meter and bike computer, to get an accurate reading and reliable insight on every ride. If you want to get more out of every journey, consider getting cycling gadgets to aid your training.
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Stocking Stuffers for the Holidays #GiftGuide

Looking for some useful ideas for the upcoming season? No need to spend money on items that no one will really use, true? Great for health, beauty, and sleep, here are a few thoughts for items that will fill a stocking as well as be used cheerfully.

Doctor Plotka™’s Travel Toothbrush

Check out the Travel Brush for foldable, easy storage and that extra clean feeling. Embedded with silver technology to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria build-up for up to 6 hours after brushing, you can keep those germs away while you show off your pearly whites all winter long. Available for $5.99. 

itSpray

Dream – This natural herbal sleep aid will help you fall and stay asleep. Unlike a solo melatonin supplement, this spray additionally includes a proprietary blend of 5HTP and Valerian Root to relieve your stress and anxiety. Use 10 minutes before going to bed and control your dose. Start with a few sprays and go from there — up to 14 in 24 hours. The formula is gluten-free with no fillers or binders, so it absorbs quickly. Available for $24.99. 
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The 5 Best Shoulder Ice Packs of 2019

Shoulder pain is never pleasant and can cause many problems in your everyday life from sleep problems and sleep deprivation caused by discomfort, troubles with working with your arms and hands to any other common activity which involves your arms. 

That’s why an ice pack for shoulder pain relief whether it’s caused by an athletic injury, arthritis or you need therapy after surgery, an ice shoulder pack can be highly beneficial and relieve discomfort and shoulder aches. When it comes to choosing the best shoulder pack there are several things you should have in mind. For one a good shoulder ice pack is the on that is going to treat your shoulder aches while being comfortable to wear.

Shoulder pain and other shoulder issues can become a real nightmare so that’s why we have decided to make a review of the 5 best shoulder ice packs you can find online in 2019. 

Thermopeutic Shoulder Ice Wrap

Thermopeutic shoulder ice wrap is specifically designed for shoulders with an easily adjustable fitting that can be tightened with one hand and offers high quality therapeutic cold therapy. It has a lasting cold formula that guarantees that the cold temperature will stay the same and even claim that it will be cool loner that from other competitors which can be quite reassuring considering they offer a lifetime warranty. It’s highly durable, has adjustable compression and has a lightweight neoprene strap that can fit either shoulder. The only cons are probably the size because they are designed for large body frames and they can be used only on shoulders. 

Polar Ice Shoulder Wrap

Polar ice shoulder wrap is an overall great shoulder pack when it comes to quality vs. price standards. It will greatly secure the ice pack to your shoulder and has an extension that can treat even the upper part of your arm. It has good compression but it is mostly recommended for people who don’t suffer from extreme shoulder pain. It has a fleece exterior that is very comfortable to use and is molded in a way that will perfectly treat your body in the right places. 
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5 Tips for Family Physical Fitness You Have to Try

 

Getting into physical fitness is hard work, but it is also excellent for your health and will lead to a better quality of life. You might be surprised by how well you feel after you try these 5 things – and if you involve the family, you can have fun together. 

1). Try Stand Up Paddle Boarding 

If you like fitness, fun, and a chance to experience nature out on the open water, stand up paddle boarding is probably the perfect water sport for you and for your family. It’s easy enough to describe, at least in terms of the basic concept: you stand on a board, a paddle board that is longer than your typical surfboard, and use an oar to paddle.

Stand up paddle boarding is more beginner-friendly than surfing, because the idea is to paddle on calm waters rather than catch a wave in rough waters. There’s no reason this sport can’t be fun for the whole family: even surfing can be kid-friendly, and stand up paddle boarding is easier to get kids into than surfing.

Of course, working the oar is also very fitness-promoting. You burn calories and build muscle in your arms and in your core. 

While you might not think of fall and winter as the ideal time to get into a water sport, it’s the perfect time to grab a paddle board by taking advantage of Paddle Board Direct’s black Friday deals.

2). Try Yoga

Ah, yoga: what other fitness-promoting activity is so relaxing? Yoga is wonderful for increased flexibility, better muscle strength and tone, better breathing, more balanced metabolism, cardiovascular and circulatory health, and yes, weight reduction. 

Yoga also has mental health benefits. If you’ve been struggling with anxiety, stress, and/or other mental health issues, yoga may be exactly what you need to clear your mind and help you experience inner peace, balance, and stability. 

Of course, yoga is also the perfect thing to try with your family. You may find it helps rambunctious youngsters to calm down, and older children will likely appreciate the greater flexibility and the feelings of well-being that you get after stretching. 
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Speaking out against LGBTQ bullying #SpiritDay

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Paper Mill Playhouse and the company of Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz support “Spirit Day 2019” in the attached image.  This year’s Spirit Day (Thursday, October 17) is a means of speaking out against LGBTQ bullying and standing with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. Pledging to “go purple” on Spirit Day is a way for everyone to visibly show solidarity with LGBTQ youth and to take part in the largest, most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world.  Feel to use this image on your websites, social media and broadcast. Photo by Emma Rhyner.

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, presents the New Jersey premiere of Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz with a book by Marc Acito, musical adaptation & additional music by David Libby and conceived by and additional lyrics by Tina Marie Casamento. Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz  will run through Sunday, October 27, 2019, at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ). Directed and choreographed by Tony award nominee Denis Jones, Orchestrations by Larry Blank and David Libby with music direction by Lawrence Yurman, the principal cast features Ruby Rakos (Billy Elliot) as Judy Garland/Frances Gumm, Tony Award nominee Max Von Essen (An American in Paris, Paper Mill’s The Baker’s Wife) as Frank Gumm, Olivier Award-winner Lesli Margherita (Matilda, Dames at Sea) as Ethel Gumm, Karen Mason (Mamma Mia!, And the World Goes ‘Round) as Ma Lawlor/Kay Koverman, Stephen DeRosa (Into the Woods, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) as Louis B. Mayer, Michael Wartella (Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryTuck Everlasting) as Mickey Rooney, and Colin Hanlon (ABC’s Modern Family, Paper Mill’s Benny & Joon) as Roger Edens.

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How to overcome travel anxiety, naturally

Do you feel a panic attack coming over when you’re planning for a cruise vacation with your family or friends? 

Trust me when I say that I can totally relate. 

I suffered from an anxiety disorder that would kick in every time we thought of going somewhere as a family. 

At the very mention of an offshore vacation or even a flight to the neighboring state, i’d break into a cold sweat and look like I have seen a ghost! 

A bit of stress can be a good thing; it gets your heart pumping, prepares your body for the change in environment. That’s what we call excitement, anticipation even! 

But ill-managed stress can lead to anxiety and panic attacks. You’re left ill-prepared to take on what’s to come. 

What do you do if you suffer from such anxiety pangs at the mere utterance of travel, flight or cruise? 

Well, here are a few things that I did to overcome travel anxiety. 

I’m sure you’ll find some combination of these steps or tips helpful in your future voyages…

6-Step Tips To Make Your Trip A Trippin’ Success!

A bit of anxiety is natural before or during a trip, whether it is for business or pleasure, in anticipation of what may happen! But you need to prepare yourself to cope with such situations before they overwhelm you. 

Try these simple steps: 

1)Identify the REAL Cause for your Travel Anxiety: You need to find out what exactly makes you anxious on a trip. Do you usually forget your tickets, passport, or even your toothbrush? Plan your trip properly. Make a list of everything you’d need on your trip and keep it close by when you pack. Start planning your trip (if it’s a long one) a week in advance. This way, you can be sure you don’t forget to pack anything essential (that includes your phone charger. You never know where you get stuck!). 

Make sure to pack the things you’ll need to keep close to you in your

handbag or a handy sling bag that will be on you at all times. 

If you’re traveling to a new place, then read up everything you can on

that place, their culture, their language (download an app if need be!),

their approach towards tourists, places to stay, visa requirement,

update your passport if you need to, places to exchange your currency,

etc. Be ready! 

If you’re worried about missing your flight to the port or getting

delayed, make sure to set several reminders and alarms. So that you’re

reminded of the time and place two days in advance! 

2)Prepare Yourself: Apart from doing all the things mentioned above, there are ways you can prepare for your journey. Pack things you may need for contingencies, like a panic attack (like comfort food or drinks that can help you through an episode). 

Among other things, train your body to calm down on cue. For

instance, start meditation and deep breathing exercises days before the trip. 

3)Keep ready distractions: You may need to pack distractions along with your other belongings. For example, books, soothing music (that you enjoy, like romantic songs or trance music, whatever makes you calm). Bring some onboard activity props, like board games, that you can engage in with your co-passengers. 

4)Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t Fight Your Emotions: Give in to your symptoms, and keep telling yourself, “It will soon pass”. And, they most likely will! If you fight them, they may aggravate, increase your heart rate and may even make you collapse. 

5)Don’t Travel Alone: It’s always best to travel with someone else – even if you don’t suffer from a panic disorder, especially if you are traveling abroad.

6)If Nothing Else Works, Consult a Doc! If you think your problem is too much for you to handle on your own, consult a professional. He/she will be able to give you a little something to manage your symptoms a bit better. 

How to Curb Motion Sickness…if you have any

People who experience motion sickness often do so because they’re not in control of the motion. 

On a cruise or airplane, unless you’re piloting the ship or plane, you can’t be in control. Such situations create anxiety that soon gets escalates, with symptoms like:

  • Dizziness,
  • Headache,
  • Nausea,
  • Sweating,
  • Churning sensation in your stomach,
  • Vomiting, or even
  • Hyperventilation in some extreme cases.

Some even lose consciousness as a result of all these symptoms taking hold of their body. 

So here’s what you should do if you have ever experienced such issues: 

  1. Do you have the option of going by car? Then drive it yourself, instead of traveling on the passenger or back seat. 
  2. Don’t eat or drink too much: These cause vomiting tendencies even among first-time travelers and some children. Curbing your food or drink intake can help stabilize your bowels, and prevent your stomach from acting out at the slightest turbulence. 
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