Top.me http://www.top.me Get stronger, healthier and more confident. Wed, 23 Jan 2019 17:07:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 The Machine-Free Home Gym. 12 Essentials for the Perfect Bedroom Workout http://www.top.me/fitness/the-machine-free-home-gym-12-essentials-for-the-perfect-bedroom-workout-12092.html Wed, 23 Jan 2019 17:07:59 +0000 http://www.top.me/?p=12092 Even if you can’t afford bulky gym equipment it doesn’t mean you have to give up the idea of your own home gym. Here’s how to turn your bedroom, garage or office into a perfect gym – without breaking the household budget. These 12 essentials will not take much space in your room but will […]

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Even if you can’t afford bulky gym equipment it doesn’t mean you have to give up the idea of your own home gym. Here’s how to turn your bedroom, garage or office into a perfect gym – without breaking the household budget.

These 12 essentials will not take much space in your room but will make your workouts super effective.  

1. TRX All In One Suspension Training System

With this suspension kit, you’ll have quick and effective body-weight workouts for indoors and outdoors. Train like a Navy SEAL with our 30-minute TRX workout.

2. SKLZ  Heavy Duty Training Weight Bag

This is a sandbag to develop explosive power. It’s designed in the way to help you get the most out of your workouts. Exercise inside or outside.

SKLZ Super Sandbag – Heavy Duty Training Weight Bag (Sports)


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3. WOD Nation Speed Jump Rope

For those who have no time for a 30 minute run but want a quick cardio workout, we found this super fast hump rope. It comes with a spare rope and all replacement hardware. Time to practise your doubles!

4. Merax Deluxe Adjustable Dumbbells

No space for a rack of weights? The Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells can substitute an entire set of dumbbells.

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells (Pair) (Sports)


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5. UPOWEX Resistance Bands Set

Use at home or take with you. These bands will help you have quick and effective whole-body workouts. 

7. Fabric Non Slip Hip Bands for Booty 

Booty bands can effectively target not only your glutes but strengthen the whole body on the go or at home. More reviews.

8. DYNAPRO Exercise Ball

Exercise balls are a great tool for therapy, rehab, as well as strength training. Many people replace their desk chair with an exercise ball to improve their posture. DYNAPRO comes in 3 sizes, so make sure to pick up the right one for yourself using our ultimate guide to exercise balls.

9. Ikonfitness Pull Up Bar

If you have a pull up bar, you don’t need any dumbbells anymore to develop strong back and biceps. A pull up bar is great to effectively build the perfect upper body. Your walls and ceiling will be safe as you need no screws for this bar.

Ikonfitness Pull Up Bar – USA Original Patent, USA Designed, USA Shipped, USA Warranty (Sports)


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10. Elite Sportz Exercise Sliders

Don’t underestimate sliders because we promise your muscles will be on fire, no matter if you are training core or legs. This inexpensive tool will build you a strong core and toned legs and butt. A bonus is you can take it with you anywhere. 

11. PowerPro 2-in-1 Foam Rollers

Foam rolling is a great way to massage damaged and aching muscles at home. This 2-in-1 option lets you choose which roller to use. The PowerPro rollers come with a carry case that is very handy. If you don’t know how to use foam rollers, check our ultimate foam roller guide

12. Sportneer Ankle Weights

Add more resistance to your workouts and easily build upper and lower strength with Sportneer Ankle Weights. Five sand filled sectors let you define the right weight. Bring your workouts to a new level with this ultimate ankle weights guide.

Now when you know how to equip your home gym, make sure your technique is correct if you’ll be training all alone. If in doubt, get one session with a personal trainer to prevent injuries.

Safe and effective training to you!

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Why Do I Regain Weight Again and Again? http://www.top.me/health/why-do-i-regain-weight-again-and-again-12097.html Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:17:58 +0000 http://www.top.me/?p=12097 We all love the feeling when we achieve our desired goal of weight loss. We’ve tried the latest and trendiest diets. Most diets are achievable, yet some are more difficult than others – but still attainable. However, weight loss has a dark side – the vicious cycle of weight regain! Weight regain is real and […]

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We all love the feeling when we achieve our desired goal of weight loss. We’ve tried the latest and trendiest diets. Most diets are achievable, yet some are more difficult than others – but still attainable. However, weight loss has a dark side – the vicious cycle of weight regain!

Weight regain is real and happens very often. But is there any solution that can help us avoid weight regain? We are going to spoil the surprise for you…the answer is YES!

Three Popular Weight Loss Methods and the Reasons for Weight Regain

1. The Fitness Center

You signed up for a fitness center and now you are excited and motivated for an annual workout on an elliptical. You can’t wait for the next spinning session. Why doesn’t this keep up for most people?

Exercising

According to Shery Paghoto, Ph.D from “Psychology Today”, exercise is uncomfortable. This is true, but there is a lot more to that.

  • Gyms are time consuming
  • Social connections – if you don’t sign up with a friend, high chances you are doomed for a very short membership
  • Expensive
  • Takes time to see results
  • Some machines are really not comfortable for people and they don’t enjoy using them
  • Injuries

2. Trendy Diets

Losing weight is easy, but keeping it off is the real task! But why is persistent weight maintenance so hard? Following are some reasons why you regain weight after following trendy diets.

  • We All Want a Quick Fix: As a society, we have been hard wired to expect everything as early as possible. You may get the rapid results in the short term, regardless of whether you avoid carbs and continuously keep a record of the calories you intake. The reality is that our bodies will start fighting against weight loss soon after the dieting has stopped.
  • You Are Always Hungry: The influence of hunger is three times stronger than slowing down of metabolism. For most people, the lost weight creeps back on. In other words, the more weight you lose, the more you gradually compensate by eating more.
  • Mental Lapse: Weight loss is a long journey that requires great mental and psychological preparation and sacrifice. Once people reach their goal weight, they stop their “diet” just there, instead of continuing a maintenance program.

3. Bariatric Surgery

  • Bariatric surgery is a costly invasive surgery, and the mortality rate has been reported at approximately 1:1,000
  • About 25% of bariatric patients have to go through a 2nd operation
  • Some patients suffer from depression after bariatric surgery
  • 5 years after surgery 50% of patients regain a significant amount of weight they lost
    • Their stomach stretches out after 3 years
    • Hormones that induce appetite return with a vengeance
    • Patients learn how to overcome the surgery

It is clear that food consumption is not the main problem. There are many reasons for weight regain – most of which are psychological and environmental.

But there is one company that deals not only with weight loss, but with weight regain as well. The Spatz3 gastric balloon is the world’s only adjustable gastric balloon that will help you lose weight and keep it off!

The Solution for Weight Regain

According to Dr. Jeff Brooks, CEO and inventor of the Spatz, “Our philosophy at Spatz is NOT to stop eating, that will not bring long term success. Since, without a significant mental change in attitude and without a new approach to eating, any short term success will be just that… short-lived. Whichever program you choose, if at the end of the program you are not thinking and acting like a person with a healthy lifestyle, then the program was not successful.”

Gastric Balloons

Gastric balloons come in various shapes, forms and materials. They have been around for over 30 years. Originally it was believed that gastric balloons have simply occupied space in your stomach so you eat less. But it does a lot more than that.

Gastric balloon

Gastric Balloons have significant impact on patients. Firstly, they take up space, but more importantly, they cause food to linger in your stomach longer than usual. Your stomach will start sending signals to remind your brain about the amount of food you have eaten in the previous days. In essence, you become more aware of what you’ve been eating.

The language of the balloon is that of symptoms and signals such as belching, bloating, cramping, gassiness etc. Once a patient receives those signals, which are mild in the beginning, the patient learns how to respond and eventually eat less.

How Does an Adjustable Balloon Help to Prevent Weight Regain

The main drawback of gastric balloons is that their effect diminishes over time and weight can be regained by the 4th or 5th month. The problem is that this happens while the balloon is still implanted in your stomach. 

When standard balloons (all balloons that are non-adjustable) lose effect after 3-4 months, Spatz3 is the only balloon whose volume can be increased, extending the treatment to one year. This gives the patient more time for the stomach to signal back to the brain, “eat less of this, and eat more of that”. The balloon will remind people what they ate the last few days and keep them in check.

This helps people think and act like a healthy person – they know how they ate over the last week and based on that, decide what they can eat accordingly.

To reach this goal of thinking like a healthy person – time is a factor with gastric balloons. Extending an effective treatment helps people lose weight and change their attitude towards food. Once that is reached, the chance for weight regain dramatically drops.

“Our goal at Spatz is to help you think and act like a person with healthy eating habits.”

This is the latest revolution in intragastric balloons and is only available with the Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon.

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How to Make Fitness Your Personal Outlet http://www.top.me/mind-motivation/how-to-make-fitness-your-personal-outlet-12083.html Thu, 03 Jan 2019 10:25:12 +0000 http://www.top.me/?p=12083 There are healthy and unhealthy options for dealing with stress. Choosing the avenues we do often is influenced by many facets, often formed as newborns. For example, studies have shown that babies who cry and whose mothers repeatedly offer food, even if the cry is for a cuddle or a diaper change, grow into adults […]

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There are healthy and unhealthy options for dealing with stress. Choosing the avenues we do often is influenced by many facets, often formed as newborns.

For example, studies have shown that babies who cry and whose mothers repeatedly offer food, even if the cry is for a cuddle or a diaper change, grow into adults who also have disordered relationships with food. Fortunately, we can change what we decide to be our outlets, although it’s not always easy.

Fitnes for life

If you always wished you were someone who reached for a healthy amount of fitness as a way to let off steam instead of alcohol, drugs, or binge eating, there are steps you can take to change your habits. First, if you do have an unhealthy addiction, it’s important to get help for alcohol addiction from a professional. A lot more goes into addressing addiction than simply changing your habits or mindset.

However, if you simply have habits that aren’t dangerous but you’d like to redirect into fitness, here are a few steps to get started:

Find a Form of Fitness You Like

Not everyone is meant to be a runner, cyclist, or some other specific type of athlete. It’s very possible there are forms of fitness you’ll never enjoy. Once you’ve given a type of fitness an honest shot and you still dread doing it, try something else. There are so many ways to exercise, from group classes to urban hiking, that it’s pointless to force yourself into something you’ll never enjoy. You might not like something the first time, but you’ll usually get an idea if it’s something that will develop into joy. Listen to your gut.

Try a Brisk 15-minute Walk

For example, if you normally reach for junk food when you’re stressed, know that you can still do that after a brisk walk (preferably outside). You might find that the walk gives you the energy and the change of scenery that you’re actually seeking when you normally eat junk food. You also have the safety net of knowing that if you still have that craving, it’s only 15 minutes away. However, cardio can be an appetite suppressant.

Know the Best Time to Work out for You

Workout with pleasure

If you don’t want to change habits formed by exposure to stressful environments, but rather want a daily practice to help manage overall stress, it’s a good idea to know when the best time to work out for you Forget the articles telling you that morning, mid-day, or evening is best. The best option is when you’ll actually get in a good workout. If you always struggle to get up in the morning as it is, there’s little chance that you’ll suddenly develop an early morning workout regimen.

Speak Kindly to Yourself

Your internal voice has a lot to do with outside realities. If you tell yourself you’ll never be a runner, never be able to lift a certain amount of weight, or that you’re just too lazy to get to the gym, your brain will go above and beyond to make that statement a reality. Our brains want us to live the reality that our inner voices create. Cognitive reconditioning, or consciously making an effort to be your own cheerleader, is a game changer. You can use it for anything in life, including changing your habits.

Tap Into Fitness in Short Bursts

A lot of people think of fitness and exercise as something that lasts at least 30 minutes. That seemingly magical number is actually from the American Heart Association’s suggestion that 30 minutes of exercise five days per week is the minimum for adult fitness. However, even a minute (or less!) of a fitness activity can have healthy benefits related to stress. For example, fitness can entail mindful deep breathing. Five deep breaths in a stressful situation can dramatically change your mood.

You Are What You Eat

Fitness also includes diet, and everyone has a diet. It’s not something you “go on.” Our diet plays a big role in our reactions. Including more healthy foods in your daily diet is a part of fitness, and gives your body and brain the fuel it needs to combat stressful situations. If you’re self-starving on a crash diet or malnourished because of a diet of processed foods, there’s a good chance that when stress strikes you’re not at your best to handle it.

When you think of fitness, it shouldn’t be a chore. Fitness should bring joy, but it depends if you’ve included the right kind of fitness for you in your daily life. Of course, trying a new form of fitness can be hard and even stress-inducing in itself. Trying it with openness and honesty just might provide a brand-new stress tool after a few more sessions.

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Vaping CBD Liquid: Weighing the Benefits and the Risks http://www.top.me/health/vaping-cbd-liquid-weighing-the-benefits-and-the-risks-12073.html Tue, 01 Jan 2019 10:45:51 +0000 http://www.top.me/?p=12073 CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, is one of the over 100 active cannabinoid components found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Another renowned active compound found in the same plant is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) but which has psychoactive properties capable of getting you high. CBD is, however, not psychoactive and doesn’t get you stoned. CBD Vaping Liquid […]

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CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, is one of the over 100 active cannabinoid components found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Another renowned active compound found in the same plant is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) but which has psychoactive properties capable of getting you high. CBD is, however, not psychoactive and doesn’t get you stoned.

CBD Vaping Liquid (Explained)

CBD vape liquids are designed for use in electronic cigarettes, which offer an excellent alternative for delivering CBD efficiently into the user’s body. CBD is 

usually dissolved in a mixture of vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG), which makes it possible to be utilized like any other vaping liquid.

CBD Liquids

CBD vape liquids are the latest development in the CBD market, and this has been in response to the increased popularity of vaping over the recent years. CBD vape liquids are obtainable in several flavors like natural hemp flavor, strawberry, cherry, blueberry, menthol, rhubarb, and custard.

It is also important to know that, the terms CBD vape liquid and CBD vape oil are usually interchangeably. However, CBD vape oil can be confused with CBD oils, but it is impossible to use the latter with electronic cigarettes since it can malfunction and damage the vaping device. 

The clear distinction is that CBD oil should be taken orally while CBD vape liquid is only intended for vaping.

Little Known Benefits of CBD Vaping Liquid

1. Fast Absorption

CBD vape liquids or otherwise called oils have faster absorption rate in the bloodstream compared to other forms of CBD such as edibles and oils. CBD gets to the bloodstream through the lungs instead of the long digestive system. 

Often users of CBD vape liquid have experienced immediate medicinal effects like relief from anxiety, short-term stress and also pain flare-ups making the product attractive to those suffering from such conditions.

Since it is faster and efficient to have CBD in the bloodstream, this makes it unnecessary to have a high concentration of CBD in the vape liquids.

2. High Purity With Fewer Ingredients

Most Vape liquids are 100% pure CBD extract with only vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG). This is unlike many CBD products available in the market and which have other natural ingredients intended to enhance the health benefits.

It is these two ingredients of vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol, which bind the vaping liquid and therefore produce the clouds seen during vaping. The pure CBD vape liquids may also have a flavoring component, which is among the main benefits of vaping CBD.

CBD itself is non-addictive, and the pure CBD vape liquids have no other addictive chemicals or nicotine, and so the product doesn’t cause overdose or severe side effects and is viewed as safe with substantial health benefits.

Smoking CBD makes users to inhale smoke and ingest carcinogens, which are dangerous to the lungs, but vaping offers a better alternative less threatening to lungs and one’s health.

3. Relaxation

CBD vape liquids are occasionally improved with delicious flavors making the taste and smell of the product delightful and so vaping triggers soft and pleasant clouds, which gently seep into the users’ breath and lungs thereby promoting calmness.

This attracts many people to consume CBD vape liquids only for relaxation benefits. The smooth experience of vaping also makes users to vape during daytime to escape from stress or even before bed to enable relaxing into a position of rest.

4. Customized Dosing

Whereas some CBD products such as gummies and capsules have a pre-measured dose of CBD, Vaping CBD liquids offer customized dosing because with simple calculations a user can determine the exact amount of vape liquid to add and inhale to consume the quantity one wants.

CBD vape liquids are of different potency levels ranging from as low as 25mg per bottle to 4,000mg per bottle. For instance, a user in need of a mild calming effect can choose a small dose while those intending to treat moderate or severe health conditions can opt for a high-potency dose. Vaping CBD liquids also offer a good alternative for those taking varying doses within a day.

5. User-friendly

Vaping CBD is also discreet and convenient as it enables users to medicate anytime and anywhere even in public or at work with a lot of ease and without disturbing others. CBD vape liquids contain no unique smell or look, and so users can incorporate it into their daily vaping routine unnoticed.

There is also no right or wrong CBD consumption method because therapeutic benefits are always available and that is why even a novice can easily use CBD vaping Liquid.

Adverse Effects

Tests on users who have taken up different techniques of administering CBD have shown that CBD vaping liquids have fewer effects on them.

Health issues which officials attributed to vaping CBD products have been reported in the UK. The symptoms included agitation, seizures, hallucinations, disorientation, headaches, nausea, vomiting, loss of consciousness and heart irregularities.

The problem faced by the CBD vapers seems to emanate from poor regulation of the vaping market, which leads to unreliable quality of vaping CBD products.

How to Choose the Best CBD Vaping Liquid

Different retailers and manufacturers claim to sell, and others produce the high-quality CBD vaping Liquids. To a first time consumer, this can be confusing. Many manufacturing companies are including different flavors and additives in the name of improving the product.

Instead, this is causing serious health dangers to consumers. The additives mean that the user will be taking more or less of the intended CBD vaping liquid dose. Before you buy any cartridge or bottle of CBD vaping liquid, ensure you’re aware of the additives included.

Best CBD Vaping Liquid

One of the compounds to be on the lookout for is Propylene Glycol (PG). Usually mixed with many CBD vaping liquids, the chemical has adverse side effects on its users after prolonged intake.

Basically, PG is a thinning agent that is added into many vaping oils to vaporize CBD vape oil quickly. At high temperatures, the compound is toxic to the users bringing about respiratory problems. The chemical has been proven to cause asthma and cancer, so avoid purchasing CBD vaping liquids with the compound.

Top Ways to Consume CBD Oil

There are five main methods of taking CBD, with different products made for each method of application. Let’s look at CBD administration methods and the associated products for each. As a consumer, you will want to balance your favored method of taking CBD with the effectiveness of absorption into the blood.

1. Oral Ingestion

Oral ingestion is the most widespread method used in the consumption of CBD products. This includes mostly swallowing CBD capsules or even eating edibles that contain CBD compounds. When CBD is taken, it’s absorbed by the digestive system in the body. The CBD compounds pass through the portal vein and absorbed into the liver, which afterward absorbs the CBD molecules. This process is known as the first pass effect.

While CBD ingestion is one of the simplest ways of taking CBD, this passage through the liver lessens the efficiency of CBD absorption. A recent study showed that only a six percent bioavailability when CBD was swallowed. However, there are techniques to increase the bioavailability of CBD when administered orally.

CBD Ingestion

2. Sublingual

This is another opinion when it comes to the consumption of CBD products. Sublingual application is when a CBD spray, tincture or concentrate is administered under the tongue. The CBD is held there for a few seconds before swallowing. This method of administration has a higher bioavailability.

When CBD is applied under the tongue, it’s quickly and directly absorbed into mucous membranes. This eliminates the need to be transmitted through the liver. The result is the compound being quickly absorbed into the blood without disintegration.

Users who are uncomfortable with the flavor of cannabis might be grossed out by sublingual administration. Luckily, there are some companies using flavor essences to mask the cannabis taste.

3. Inhaling CBD Products

Finally, CBD can also be inhaled by vaporizing. A vaporizer or electronic cigarette heats CBD oil to discharge its active compounds while preventing the damaging byproducts of combustion. During vaporization, CBD gets into your lungs and spreads directly into your blood.  

Conclusion

It is evident that many people mention the name CBD vape oil when referring to CBD vape liquid and eventually confuse the product with CBD oil. In fact, the terminology error is not just limited to the consumers, but even most companies are marketing the products incorrectly.

Given the fact that many companies are still mixing and confusing the terminology, the best way to access the right product is to examine the ingredients to avoid purchasing mislabeled products. It is also essential to buy such products from reputable and dependable companies. CBD products even when vaped are largely viewed safe but only if they are unadulterated.

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Drug Addiction and How to Fight It Back http://www.top.me/health/drug-addiction-and-how-to-fight-it-back-12064.html Wed, 19 Dec 2018 15:10:05 +0000 http://www.top.me/?p=12064 Society surrounds drug addiction with a lot of stereotypes and misguided beliefs that prevent people from getting treatment in time and force them into denial of their problem. In fact, addiction is a medical condition of chronic nature that quickly gets out of a person’s control due to the chemical influence drugs have on the […]

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Society surrounds drug addiction with a lot of stereotypes and misguided beliefs that prevent people from getting treatment in time and force them into denial of their problem. In fact, addiction is a medical condition of chronic nature that quickly gets out of a person’s control due to the chemical influence drugs have on the brain. Although addiction is frequently associated with poverty and low social status, it can be triggered by many factors and touches lives of people from all possible backgrounds.

What Does Lead People to Try Drugs

Drugs

Different drugs have different effects on the body, but the most favored and addictive properties are the feelings of euphoria, relaxation and mental exhilaration that they induce. People may seek them for various reasons, from struggling with a mental illness to having to face some family or financial problems. There is no single set of causes that leads a person to try drugs for the first time. There are, however, some common reasons why so many people find it hard to accept their addiction and look for professional help.

First of all, many don’t recognize the true beginning of the addiction, thinking that it’s okay to use just once or only occasionally. The truth is, it doesn’t take much to get addicted to opioid drugs. A person might think they’re just experimenting and can quit whenever they want, but that illusion starts to fade when the addiction develops and becomes too obvious to ignore.

Another reason for denial is peer pressure and social stigma. Addiction is still viewed by the majority as a sign of weakness, and it imposes feelings of shame and vulnerability that force a person to hide their addiction although they know it’s detrimental and life-threatening.

Finally, a tough financial situation can be both a true concern and a powerful tool to justify the delay in seeking treatment to yourself and your loved ones. It’s important to know that there are countless available free substance abuse programs (Addiction Resource provides an overview) that include in- and outpatient treatment centers, counseling, assistance in detox and various types of therapy.

Addiction and Withdrawal Symptoms

Addiction affects both physical and mental state of a drug user. The pleasurable effects of drugs are achieved by regulation of the production of certain chemicals called neurotransmitters, like dopamine. You can think of the brain as a communication center between external and internal stimuli, your actions, emotions, and feelings. In these terms, neurotransmitters pass messages back and forth, signaling the brain when you need to perform an action. Drugs frequently boost the production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for motivation and the feeling of pleasure. Dopamine makes eating, exercising and having sex pleasurable for you, hence creating or reinforcing the habit that affects your body in a beneficial way.

With time, the brain adjusts the levels of dopamine and changes your perception of what feels extraordinary and what is simply your normal state. This is why higher and higher doses of the drug are needed to reach the blissful state of euphoria, as well as it is the main reason of overdose. This tolerance also contributes to withdrawal symptoms, since the body gets used to the presence of the drug and reacts negatively to its absence.

Simply put, the longer you use, the harder it is to quit. That’s why it’s extremely important to notice addiction on its earliest stages and consult with a medical professional at one of the private or free rehab centers.

Signs of drug abuse and addiction you should look out for include:

  • anxiety or depression;
  • high irritability;
  • headaches and confusion;
  • loss of interest in hobbies and neglect of responsibilities;
  • withdrawal from family and social circle;
  • tremors;
  • nosebleeds;
  • rapid weight loss or gain;
  • lack of concern for self-care;
  • need for money for unusual or undisclosed purposes.

When a person enters a treatment program, the first step is medically assisted detox to get rid of the drug and enable the patient to work on the underlying issues that led to the development of the addiction with a clear head. Medication is usually required at this stage in order to ease withdrawal symptoms and encourage the person to see the program through. Withdrawal symptoms can be quite severe and may include:

  • insomnia;
  • irregular heartbeat;
  • flu-like symptoms including cough, fever, sweating and shaking;
  • concentration and attention problems;
  • nausea;
  • constant low mood or depression;

Recovery Occurs in More Stages

1. Acknowledgment

The first step towards recovery is acceptance of your condition. Many tend to underestimate the issue or find justification for avoiding enrolling in a treatment program. While it can be truly hard to acknowledge addiction, this stage is critical. During this period, people gain awareness about the existence of the problem through conversations with friends and family members, legal or financial issues. Individuals also find the motivation to receive treatment when they realize how addiction influences their relationships and everyday life.

2. Communication and Exploration of Options

The second stage is focused on communication and starting a conversation with people closest to you about your next steps. Addiction affects everyone around the addicted, and it’s important for them to understand what their families and friends are going through. At the same time, it’s equally vital to get full support and encouragement to counter the feelings of loneliness and isolation. This is the time to learn more about addiction and determine which of the many options is most comfortable and suitable for you. There are private and free drug rehab centers that offer inpatient or outpatient treatment, as well as there are various separate therapy and detox options.

3. Enrolling and Completing a Treatment Program

During this stage, patients go through withdrawal and cognitive behavioral therapy to help them learn healthy coping mechanisms and reactions to triggers. Medication is usually administered to assist the detox or treat accompanying mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. In addition, some holistic techniques like yoga, meditation, and nutritional therapy may be applied to facilitate recovery and help the patients reintegrate into society.

4. Maintenance and Prevention of the Relapse

Prevention of the Relapse

The final stage doesn’t really have a deadline. Addiction is a chronic condition, meaning a person has to keep an eye on their thoughts and cravings their whole life to avoid relapse. In fact, relapse occurs in as much as 85% of patients after they undergo treatment. It doesn’t mean that the rehabilitation wasn’t effective, as well as it doesn’t indicate a personal weakness. Individuals remain at increased risk of relapse for many years after they successfully complete the treatment.

While addiction is a serious condition that can be lethal if left untreated, it’s far from being unmanageable. With the existence of free drug addiction treatment and numerous relapse prevention programs, it’s surprisingly easy to get the help you need.

About the Author

Thanush Poulsen is a Danish columnist who is concerned about the problems of public health. All his articles aim to raise people’s awareness of this issue.

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5 Risks of Improper Medical Waste Disposal http://www.top.me/health/5-risks-of-improper-medical-waste-disposal-12058.html Fri, 23 Nov 2018 13:50:07 +0000 http://www.top.me/?p=12058 Naturally, medical waste and clinical product solutions disposal areconsidered a serious business. But that’s not always the case. Most medical professionals don’t know the risks that medical garbage poses to their health and that of their patients. In this article, we’ll look at the risks that improper medical wastes disposal poses to your practice. It […]

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Naturally, medical waste and clinical product solutions disposal areconsidered a serious business. But that’s not always the case. Most medical professionals don’t know the risks that medical garbage poses to their health and that of their patients.

In this article, we’ll look at the risks that improper medical wastes disposal poses to your practice. It doesn’t matter whether you’re running a dental office, a private hospital or a tattoo parlor. The risks are as follows.

Particular Legal Possibility

Most medical professionals are rarely also lawyers. As such, they don’t have legal information on biomedical wastes. But ignorance is no defense, right?

So, if your medical facility produces biomedical wastes, you’re responsible for its disposal. But what happens if you hire a competent firm to do the disposal on your behalf?

Well, your company will still be legally responsible for the destruction of your waste. That’s why you have to undertake your due diligence before hiring a waste disposal company. Make sure the company you hire has the ability to meet your needs. If not, engage a different firm.

Financial Risk

The monetary loss you suffer from an improper medical waste disposal will be enormous. Let’s say, someone or the community sustains injuries or gets sick from your poor waste disposal techniques, who’ll be responsible for compensations?

First, you owe the local community, your staff and patients a responsibility to not pollute the environment. Breaching this responsibility can result in huge financial losses.

As such, your firm will have to pay these people damages. You may also have to pay penalties to the government for not observing the set rules.

Remember, you’ll still be held liable for the firm you engage messes the activity.

The Danger to Your Staff and Patients

Medical wastes pose a life-threatening scenario to your patients and personnel. But how?

Medical wastes come in different forms. Such may include harmful radioactive supplies and lethal sharp objects. For instance, the needles used in testing HIV may pass the disease to your employee if it cuts them by accident.

At times, the wastes may result in personal injuries on yourself or your nurses. The worst risk being death to your patients or employees, don’t joke with medical waste disposal, it’s that serious.

Risks the Life of Your Community

Most people don’t dispose of their medical wastes properly to save on costs. But saving that simple amount of money can cause horrendous effects to the environment.

Risk of infection

Some of these medical waste and clinical product solutions dangers to the environment are:

  • Pathogens contaminating drinking water and fresh air supply.
  • Infected syringes washing to the seashore.
  • Infectious blood is thrownto a landfill contaminating the soil for miles.

All these will place everyone, including the healthiest ones at a risk of infection.

Damages Your Reputation

Court cases and claims that your waste disposal techniques are not proper can destroy your reputation. Patients won’t come to your hospital if you’re accused of causing death or damage to another patient by improperly disposing ofyour waste.

Save yourself all these hassles by engaging competent firms to do the disposal for you.

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How Chef Max Polyakov Discovered His Talent in the Cafe Murka http://www.top.me/mind-motivation/how-chef-max-polyakov-discovered-his-talent-in-the-cafe-murka-12052.html Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:25:48 +0000 http://www.top.me/?p=12052  When you encounter Max Polyakov take care of the vegetables, pour in the ingredients and stir the pots of soup and stew, you will marvel at how he does those. But you wouldn’t realize that this man just started doing this recently, after spending the better part of his life sitting behind office desks as […]

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 When you encounter Max Polyakov take care of the vegetables, pour in the ingredients and stir the pots of soup and stew, you will marvel at how he does those. But you wouldn’t realize that this man just started doing this recently, after spending the better part of his life sitting behind office desks as an engineer.

chef Max Polyakov at Murka cafe

The Choice of Engineering

While Max Polyakov was not an excellent student, he was very good in math and science in the preliminary schools. Because his interest in exploring whatever he lays his hands on, and to understand their workings and properties, he was advised by the counsellors in his secondary school to choose to engineer. Since he actually had a little mind of his own at the moment, Max Polyakov accepted this advice and chose to be an engineer. However, whenever Max Polyakov is free, he used cooking as a pastime because he loves it. He will experiment with some recipes and enjoy cooking shows like ‘Masterchef’ on TV. He became a mechanical engineer by profession and used cooking to have fun.

Max And His Engineering Job

When Max Polyakov graduated, he went on the job hunting mission, seeking for the job that will pay him more money and ignoring job satisfaction as a criterion for the search. He was later employed by an offshore engineering firm. That was a perfect job in terms of the compensation, but after some time, Max started feeling unfilled. The routine of his work made him a robot and he felt bad about it.

Max Got Depressed

While he started feeling bad and tired about his work, he never contemplated over what the cause could be. He waved it off like one of those things. He saw himself as lazy and unproductive at some point. But he killed the idea of getting a new job once it comes into him. With the compensation, the location of the office and the potentials ahead, this job should not be changed. But his lack of interest and satisfaction continued until he got depressed.

Is There a Dream Job?

Now, the depression started rubbing off on his physical health. Suffocation, insomnia, and headaches kept disturbing him. That was when he decided to resign. His friends, family, employers and all other acquaintances were surprised at the action. He felt good a little for quitting. But, what should be the next move? He has no idea. After some soul searching on what he loves to do, he couldn’t wrap his head around the idea of a dream job.

Cafe Murka Job

Frustrated on the search for his calling, Max Polyakov strolled to the nearby Cafe Murka to relax with a cup of coffee. He normally comes to this small Belgian Cafe Murka to ease out when his head is full. The atmosphere and the inventive cuisine brought a lot of people to Cafe Murka.

However, on one of the evenings, while relaxing and having a coffee, he saw a sign in the Cafe Murka that read, ‘Help Wanted’. Remembering that he needed something doing to keep himself busy and also to raise money for his upkeep, he talked to the manager and resumed the next day as a kitchen assistant. He saw it as something that offered the distraction he needed and did everything effortlessly.

His Attention Was Grabbed

Now, with time, chef Max Polyakov started observing the mechanism of work in the Cafe Murka kitchen. The relationship between the workers, the noises and smells, and the coded language made him love the Cafe Murka job. The organization, contribution by all involved, the fast-paced nature of the job, and the fact that new things happen all the time, impressed him. He came to understand that the real magic of the Cafe Murka takes place in the kitchen.

He also likes the fact that the result of your work as a cook is seen immediately you are through. It’s not abstract. It comes with stress but offers rewards. His interest in cooking grew, and within a few months, Max Polyakov discovered that it is his passion. He learnt the task, built the skills and handled the challenges. He is happy with the job at Cafe Murka right now.

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The Art of Being Likable http://www.top.me/mind-motivation/the-art-of-being-likable-12045.html Fri, 02 Nov 2018 07:02:41 +0000 http://www.top.me/?p=12045 Men and women, adults and children are always concerned about what impression they make on others. We learn how to be charming and likable from our childhood. The problem of communication, the ability to talk, to present oneself and leave a positive trace from communication with the interlocutor (no matter who it may be – […]

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Men and women, adults and children are always concerned about what impression they make on others. We learn how to be charming and likable from our childhood.

The problem of communication, the ability to talk, to present oneself and leave a positive trace from communication with the interlocutor (no matter who it may be – a friend, colleague, boss, potential partner, etc.) – this is the constant concern of each person. How to be a likable person is a trouble with which a lot of people struggle every day.

We are social creatures and we need communication and acceptance of society.

A person, presenting him/herself to society, tries to control the impression that he/she produces. This self-introduction is important not only for a sense of self-worth and for a sense of self-satisfaction, but also for success in business, in work, in social life.

Behind this is not only self-satisfaction, but also the desire to achieve certain goals.

In our case, it is to attract the attention of men, stand out among competitors, and then make the right choice. Communication with your female partner is extremely important, so be sure to visit the following link to find out the best flirty texts for her!

That is why the appearance for a woman is a whole world of worries, troubles, problems, endless searches for options, evaluations, joys and sorrows.

In order for you to be noticed by men, you need not beauty, but the ability to look good.

How to Be Likable?

An important task is to stand out among the crowd, the first impressions is important.

The first impression is mostly composed of:

  • Visual representations are more than 50%.
  • The manner of speaking, facial expressions, gestures, about 40%.
  • Well, what you say is almost irrelevant.

Therefore, when answering the question how to be more likable, for active self-presentation, you need to ensure a decent image of yourself. Self-presentation is the tool by which every woman can achieve significant success and solve the tasks.

Mastering Self-presentation Skills

This is the path to self-development. Talk about self-presentation is closely related to the concept of “image”. It needs to be interpreted more broadly, I think that “image” most likely means “opinion”.

“Image” – opinion, judgment, influence, effect, assessment of people around and on this basis the corresponding attitude towards you.

As they say, the first impression is important! But what does this “impression” depend on?

So, remember, from what components this impression is formed: appearance, internal expressiveness and appropriate look, expression in behavior, and most importantly – your emotionality, fullness of love of self and respect for others.

Especially I would single out an important factor, the more attractive a person is, the more we give him an advance on other parameters: he seems smarter, kinder and more tender.

And on the basis of this impression, men conclude about the perceived qualities of your personality, and not in the form of a nose or extra kilos.

After all, no matter how attractive you look, if you are no longer interesting, you have become closed, arrogant – there are practically no chances for developing relations.

Remember that a first impression increases the chance of a second meeting. It is the first impression that makes a man decide – to meet with you or not.

A person creates his/her own unique image: posture, facial expressions, gestures, manner of speaking only when establishing contact, working out and improving the style of communication.

So, self-presentation is a means of forming one’s own image, relying on social standards, fashion, attractiveness and considering individuality.

What Are the Motives

There are several motives for self-presentation:

  • Solve problems with shyness, be bolder.
  • Learn to communicate, polish your skills.
  • Properly and skillfully self-present yourself.
  • Give up false expectations.

Tasks of Self-presentation

Try to please others (both men and women), then they will be kind, friendly to you. This will create a positive aura around you that will highlight you among many.

A sense of style is formed on the basis of reality, the perception of your strengths and weaknesses, only it is necessary to clearly set the boundary between them, to make a lot of conscious, purposeful efforts.

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Slippery Elm in Daily Diet Is the Way to a Good Health http://www.top.me/health/slippery-elm-in-daily-diet-is-the-way-to-a-good-health-12034.html Wed, 17 Oct 2018 11:09:21 +0000 http://www.top.me/?p=12034 Have you been struggling with constipation, diarrhea and other digestive issues? We are introducing you to the herb that has been used by Native American since centuries because of its numerous health benefits. What Is Slippery Elm? Slippery elm or Ulmus rubrais native to eastern Canada, eastern and Central America, it is commonly found in […]

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Have you been struggling with constipation, diarrhea and other digestive issues? We are introducing you to the herb that has been used by Native American since centuries because of its numerous health benefits.

What Is Slippery Elm?

Slippery elm or Ulmus rubrais native to eastern Canada, eastern and Central America, it is commonly found in Appalachian Mountains. The tree is known for its dark brown bark and it can reach the height of 60-80 feet. It was Native Americans who recognized the benefits of the slippery elm obtained from the inner bark of the tree.

Native Americans found that when the back of this tree is mixed with water, a sticky substance known as mucilage is generated and this substance has been found to have many therapeutic capabilities which have many benefits.

What Makes Slippery Elm Effective?

Its inner bark makes it an effective remedy for many ailments, the formation of mucilage content after mixing Slippery Elm is one solution to many problems.

This Mulilage is capable of trapping water and swell itself to develop into a gel-like substance, this gel is found to be very beneficial to heal wounds and reduce inflammation.

Slippery elm has also been used by the American soldiers during The American Revolution to heal the gunshot wounds.

Benefits of Slippery Elm

1. Fights Constipation, Bloating and Diarrhea

Slippery elm helps in smoothening the lining of the stomach and intestinal walls that benefits in better bowel movement and it also helps in reducing the stomach inflammation and irritation.

One clinical study found that Slippery elm can help treat the symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome.   

2. Lower Stress and Anxiety

Slippery elm contains phenolics, it is an aromatic benzene ring compound that helps in reducing the stress levels.

3. Cures Sore Throat

Slippery elm is a proven remedy of a sore throat, it has been found in many commercial brands to reduce throat soreness. Slippery elm contains mucilage, it’s a sticky mixture of sugar that coats the throat to reduce soreness.

Slippery elm is also believed to be cough suppressant, that doesn’t just help in reducing soreness but also relieve the symptoms of other respiratory problems like bronchitis and asthma.

4. Heartburn

Slippery elm is also found to be an effective remedy to cure heartburn, technically heartburn is known as acid reflux that occurs when stomach acid flows back to the esophagus and irritates the inner lining.

Because of the mucilage, Slippery elm is an effective herbal remedy of gastroesophageal reflux disease, mucilage coats the inner lining of the esophagus which prevents and further irritation and inflammation due to acid reflux.  

5. Irritation in the Urinary Tract

Slippery elm is also known for its positive effects for the people who experience unexplained inflammation on the urinary tract. Slippery elm is also known to have soothing effects on the inner lining of the urinary tract, but its always advisable to see your doctor if you experience a persistent pain in the urinary tract.  

How to Use Slippery Elm

Slippery elm can ordinarily be found at your nearby wellbeing store in various forms, including tea, tablets, lozenges, poultice, and concentrate. Simply approach the nutritionist to find what works for you.

Here are the common uses:

Diarrhea: treatment by ingestion of cases, tablets, tea, tincture and concentrates

A cough: treatment by tablets, tea, tincture, and concentrates

Heartburn: treatment by tea, and concentrates, you can consume 2 tablespoons of slippery elm with some warm water after your meal.

Constipation: Tea prepared of the extracts of the back is quite beneficial.

Conclusion

Although Slippery elm has been used as a herbal remedy for many years, there are still many clinical studies need to be done for it.  Slippery elm contains many nutritional factors including calcium, iron, vitamin C, magnesium, thiamine, zinc, and potassium, making it an excellent herb to be used as a cure for many diseases.

Due to the formation of gel-like structure, it may restrict the absorption of nutrients in the stomach lining, pregnant women are also not advised to consume on the daily basis, this herb is not supported by many scientific evidences and you should always consult your physician before its use.

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5 Best Booty Bands to Put Your Glutes on Fire http://www.top.me/deals/5-best-booty-bands-to-put-your-glutes-on-fire-11995.html Wed, 10 Oct 2018 12:55:31 +0000 http://www.top.me/?p=11995 Want to add resistance to your butt and leg workouts to make them slimmer and tighter without using dumbbells and barbells? Then you need booty bands.  A hip band or booty band is a cheap and versatile device that can effectively target not only your glutes but strengthen the whole body on the go or home. […]

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Want to add resistance to your butt and leg workouts to make them slimmer and tighter without using dumbbells and barbells? Then you need booty bands

A hip band or booty band is a cheap and versatile device that can effectively target not only your glutes but strengthen the whole body on the go or home.  There are bands that are made of latex rubber and some are made of elastic cotton and so they work in different ways.

This booty bands review will help you to choose the best for you. But before making your choice, check this ultimate resistance band guide to find out how this small whilst powerful device works and what criteria to pay attention to. 

5 Best Booty Bands  

1. FITGIRL Soft & Non Slip Resistance Hip Band

This workout accessories was made by women for women, so you can be sure it will solve many of the women’s body issues. Tested by many of the fitness bloggers this fitness band proved to be a very comfortable to use and effective. It’s made of high quality material, suits all levels of fitness enthusiasts and can be used alone or in any complex workout. 

FITGIRL Resistance Hip Band is a great way to bring your workouts to the next level.

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2. Set of 2 GLADIATOR Gym Gear Hip Bands

These 2 bands are designed for the most explosive workouts both for men and women. Working out with GLADIATOR bands you’ll get the beach body you deserve in no time. You’ll target and strengthen legs, glutes, thighs, calves, quads, hamstrings, core, love handles, saddle bags, abductors, hips and even arms. Build, burn and tone your body with with this high quality device. 

3. Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands

Don’t underestimate these simple loop exercise bands as they are heavy duty resistance bands perfect for any workout – stretching, strength training, power weight programs. Buying these loops you are getting a complimentary instruction guide and 41-page E-Book and a lifetime guarantee. Are you still thinking to get the bands or not? We wouldn’t!

4. Booty Belt – The Patented Booty Building System 

You’ve got already your booty bands and now are looking for something serious to build, lift and tone your glutes? How about booty belt? This is a patented booty building devise that promises you a perky butt and strong abs. The booty building system includes adjustable velcro belt, booty bands of different resistance and neoprene logo mat. Additionally you are getting an instructional brochure and a DVD. All this beauty goes in a tote bag that you can take anywhere with you. 

5. Authentic BootyCo Booty Building Band 

Stop dreaming about a Brazilian butt! Now you’ll have it with BootyCo booty. This band strengthens and builds all three glute muscles – Maximus, Medius & Minimus to help you rapidly develop a perky, lifted and firm butt and thighs without making them bulky. You don’t even have to think what exercises to do as you are getting a full printed workout guide and a booty program. We all know though we can’t build a lean body and a perky butt without a eating healthy. So, be happy, girls, as you are getting a nutrition guide in the pack as well. What else can a woman dream about? 

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