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Not So Shallow: How Your Looks Relate to Your Health

Not everyone obsesses over their looks. As long as they look clean and neat, they’re happy. But there are some times when it’s important to pay attention to what you look like. There are some things that can be an indication of poor health, so ignoring them isn’t the best idea. Your looks relate to your health, and can help to tell you whether you’re healthy or not, so if you notice a change in your appearance, it might be worth considering if anything has changed or even arranging an appointment with your doctor. Look out for any of these things, which might mean you need to make some changes.

Skin

Your skin can be a good indicator of how healthy you are – even if it’s just how healthy your skin is. Skin can be sensitive and might be affected by a number of things. If you’re not hydrated enough or not getting enough sleep, it could cause dry skin. Lots of things can irritate your skin, from laundry detergent to soap. You can come out in hives if you’ve eaten something you’re allergic too, and a rash could even indicate something serious, like meningitis. So it’s important to keep an eye on any changes to your skin, especially if you have other symptoms.

Teeth

People can spend a lot of time worrying about their teeth and what they look like. But it might not all be vanity, as caring for your teeth is an important part of staying healthy. Getting good dental care is one way you can ensure your teeth stay in good condition. Your dentist can pick up on problems as soon as possible. Don’t wait for pain to tell you that there’s something wrong with your teeth. Both you and your dentist can spot potential problems by looking. Discoloration might indicate that you’re developing a cavity or losing the enamel on your teeth.

Weight Gain

Being fat or gaining weight doesn’t necessarily mean you’re unhealthy. You could still be fit and even eating a balanced diet. But sudden and unexplained weight gain is certainly something to look out for. And if you’re gaining weight due to a change in lifestyle, it could indicate that you need to rethink things if you want to stay healthy. Weight gain isn’t necessarily a serious problem, but sometimes it might mean an issue you need your doctor to identify. If you’re not sure of the reason for it, visiting your doctor could be a good idea.

Tired Eyes

Tired eyes could just be an indication that you’re not sleeping enough. But there are some other culprits if you’re sure you’re getting enough sleep. Sometimes, bags under your eyes might be caused by allergies that cause fluid to build up. Your diet can also cause them if you’re consuming too much salt. A diet high in sodium can mean that your whole body retains more water, including the skin around your eyes.

What’re Your Thoughts

Looking after your looks can help to keep you healthy too. So don’t ignore any changes you notice.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Photo Perfection: Get The Best Shot

When you’re not a trained or a professional taking the perfect photo can be nothing but a chore. It can be frustrating to have see a constant reel of bad photos coming up, one and the other and each worse than the last. But there are ways around this, ways that you can ensure the photos are better and make you and the people you’ve taken a photo of happy. You may already use some of these tips, but they can give you ideas and stoke your creative spirit, giving you a new motivation to re-enter your passion and stick at it, getting the photos you’ve always wanted. Here’s how to get the best shot.

Don’t Rush The Holiday Snaps

If you rush the holiday snaps you could go home feeling disappointed. Quick fire photos are sometimes okay, but usually you’ll pick something up that ruins the shot. Take your time. Stop for a moment to take the picture you want and retake it if it isn’t what you wanted. Sure, you may be on the clock, but it doesn’t take too long to take a photo.

If you’re s specific camera user, for example, a FujiUser, then check out tips that relate back to that brand. It’s much easier applying specific tips. You should also think about the lens when you are on holiday. Primarily because you don’t want the biggest one to lug around but you do want a decent shot, so take something half decent. Take your time, wait for the right angle and don’t want. You want memories to cherish, not awful photos that you have to look back on.

Don’t Be Afraid To Edit

Sometimes there will be something inevitable in the way of your shot or that one little blemish that ruins everything. In this digital age why not use everything that is at your disposal. Upload your photo to the computer and use some kind of editing technology, such as photoshop, to make it what you want. Certain purists argue against this, ignore them. You want the best photo then make it the best photo. It’s done by everyone all over the world. You can pull out the annoying bird who flew across your range just as you pressed the take button, or beef up the brightness a little bit. Whatever you decide to do, don’t forget that is a legitimate option.

Light Is Your Friend

The more light you have the better the shot will be. If there is a cloudy day, come back when it is sunny. Light makes all the difference in photography. You want to take the brightest photos you can. The same applies indoors. If you look at the professionals they always seem to use light rigging to get the photo they want. Just turn the lights on before taking the snap. Ensure it is the one you want it to be. The recipient will be happier with this too. Light is every photographer’s ally, expose your shots to it as much as physically possible.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Dealing With Migraines In Vain: You Can Do Better!

Thousands of people suffer from migraines every day. In America alone, over five million people claim to suffer migraine attacks at least once a month. And, with no way to cure this issue; a huge number of people claim that their migraines are a disability. For some, this is the sad reality. Migraines can make their lives very hard to live. And, will make it hard to do normal things like work or look after children. There are some ways that you can make this better for yourself when dealing with migraines. And, this post will be going through them for you.

What causes a migraine?

There are a lot of ideas that scientists have for the cause of a migraine. But, unfortunately, we simply don’t know exactly what causes them. Several leading theories suggest changes in chemical levels and blood vessels can be the cause of the symptoms. This has only been observed on a few occasions because it’s hard to predict when a test subject will get a migraine. And, because the issue is rarely life-threatening; people don’t care to research it as much as other problems. Of course, a lot of people have found causes of their own. Things that they do or are exposed to that will give them a migraine. Knowing these causes can make life much easier.

For a lot of people, stress and tiredness tend to go hand in hand. When you’re stressed, the chemical levels in your brain are everywhere. And, as discussed above; this is thought by many to be the cause of a migraine. Tiredness can have a similar effect, as well. There are loads of other environmental factors that have to be considered. Some people will find that they develop a migraine after being exposed to flickering lights for a long time. Or, that bright lights can cause them. These sorts of triggers can be very hard to manage. But, most employers will be happy to make changes to your working area if it improves the chances of you having fewer migraines.

Some people find that the food they eat can make them develop a migraine. If you consistently eat bad food, your body is unable to work at its peak. Over time this can have a severely adverse effect on your body. And, you need a healthy body to have a healthy brain. So, it’s important to consider food if you suffer from migraines a lot. A lot of people also find that lacking substance that they’re used to can cause a migraine. It’s common for coffee drinkers to get a headache when they don’t get their fix. And, for migraine sufferers; this can be a lot worse. Ingesting too much nicotine can have a similar effect to this; but, being withdrawn from it won’t.

Treating them

You can’t treat something unless you know the cause of it. This makes migraines incredibly hard to solve. And, causes a lot of people to give up on the pursuit of a pain-free life. But, you don’t have to treat a migraine to make things better; you can treat the symptoms. For example, if your migraines cause headaches, you can take some painkillers to make things better. Or, if you get visual problems with your migraines; you can try some chemical balance medication called triptans. These are designed to reverse the chemical effects that a migraine might have on the brain. Medication like this can make life easier; but, it’s important to avoid taking too many harmful chemicals.

A lot of people like to use alternative methods to help ease their migraines. A lot of people hold a lot of stock in practices like chiropractic work. Professionals in this field claim to locate and work with the nerves causing the issue; by removing pressure from them. It can be hard to see how chiropractic care can help with migraines. But, a lot of people have found success in the methods that these professionals are using. So, it’s worth looking into it. Of course, you should always do plenty of research before trying something like this. But, if it can help you; it’s worth a shot.

Avoiding them

Avoiding a migraine can be the best way to deal with them. This way, you can avoid having to take medication; or, even suffering at all. This starts with a healthy lifestyle. A lot of problems with our bodies can be blamed on the food we eat and the lack of exercise that we get involved with. Of course, this can cause problems for people. So, it’s worth doing your very best to avoid these problems for yourself, by keeping fit and active.

A healthy diet will also go a long way in helping to prevent your migraines. It can be worth seeking the help of a professional when it comes to making sure that you are doing the best you can to avoid issues like migraines. A personal trainer can go a long way to improving fitness. And, they can even help you with your diet. If you have food that you know can cause your migraines; it’s worth cutting it out altogether. You may even notice trends between certain foods that cause the issues. This can make it much easier for you to remove the pain from your life.

A lot of people will learn their triggers over time. So, it’s worth making sure that you pay attention to the things that cause your migraines. If you find that you only get them once a week, and it seems like they’re always at the same time; try to figure out what it is during this period that could be causing them for you. This will make it possible for you to stop the pain before it even happens. If you notice something about your workplace that is causing the problems; you should talk to your employer. Most will be very happy to make changes that will improve your comfort at work. And, they will also take measures to ensure that you don’t have to take time off because of the issue. This can involve help with treatments and costs of medical fees.

The most important thing for you to do if you’re suffering something like this is seeking the help of a doctor. People like this will be able to give you advice that makes your life much more pleasant. And, they can even tell you how to diet to avoid the issues. There are some treatments available that can stop or make migraines bearable. You just have to seek the right help. When something has such a massive effect on your life; it’s important to make sure that you sort it out. A lot of people believe migraines to be genetic. So, you might not have a chance to escape the issue entirely. But, making small changes can make things much easier for you. And, can improve your life to no end.

What’re Your Thoughts?

Hopefully, if you suffer migraines; this will give you the inspiration you need to start making a change in your life. A lot of people live with issues like this without getting help or making a difference. And, this is a shame. Migraines can cause other problems, in the future. So, it’s best to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to avoid them. If you ever suffer other symptoms, like weak arms or shooting pain in your eyes; you should contact the emergency services. Sometimes, a migraine can come right before a stroke.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

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