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Human health is a rather tricky subject. It doesn’t seem like it should be; after all, humankind has been studying the way that our bodies work for literally centuries– yet we somehow don’t seem to quite have everything figured out yet. While medicine has come a long way in that time, lay understanding of health is… not quite so developed.


If you want to ensure that 2018 is your healthiest year yet, then it’s worth thinking about the fundamentals; the core health facts and realities that you need to be aware of. Below is a collection of four key realities it’s important to accept about your health and how you manage it– and these apply to all ages and stages of life. Some might be obvious to you; others might be a surprise, but either way, we’re sure they will be beneficial.


So, without further ado, let’s dive into the reality of modern health…


1) Nothing Works For Everyone


If all of your friends are raving about a new mattress, you might find yourself persuaded. You decide to buy, expecting you’re about to have the best night’s sleep ever, and get rid of your insomnia once and for all. It’s going to be amazing.

Then you try the mattress, and you realize… this isn’t amazing at all. In fact, it might be outright worse. You find yourself heading to in search of a replacement, your insomnia as bad as it ever was. What’s going on? Why are you not loving this mattress that everyone else is describing as life changing?

The above is a situation that many of us find ourselves in, and not just for mattresses. We have all tried makeup and beauty products that everyone else loved, and we found rather underwhelming. Similarly, you’ve probably recommended a product to a friend, who has then expressed complete bafflement over why you love said product so much.

So it’s important to remember the fundamental rule: nothing works for everyone, and this applies to anything to do with your management of your body and health. A healthy dose of scepticism is the best way to stop yourself being horribly disappointed when something doesn’t quite work as you expect.


2) Health Is Holistic


What would you think if someone told you they were going to therapy for a nagging neck pain?

You’d think they’d lost their mind. Why go to therapy for neck pain? Surely a physiotherapist would be more beneficial?

However, this person might understand a crucial element of healthcare: that all health is holistic. This person understands that they are incredibly stressed and suffering from excess anxiety. This is making them tense the muscles in their neck and damaging how they sleep. So while a physiotherapist would be helpful, they understand they have to get to the root case of the problem: their stress.

All health is like this; holistic, encompassing the entire picture. Mental, physical, and emotional health all interlink with one another. If you want to improve your health or cure an ailment, you have to be willing to focus on the surrounding issues and see what other problems might be at play.


3) Sleep Is Essential


This is a fundamental that needs repeating more than ever in the modern world. Few of us get a requisite amount of sleep; we prioritize ticking just one more item off our to-do list, or another episode of the latest TV show we’re binge watching. You probably do this too; everyone does; most of the country exists in a state of chronic sleep deprivation.

Yet sleep is crucial; it’s far more important to your health than how alert you feel the next day. Here’s a brief list of all the things that happen when you sleep:


  • As Harvard.Edu explains, your brain solidifies memories when you’re sleeping.
  • Your body runs repairs, so to speak. Infection fighting is more effective and any strains on your muscles are eased.
  • Your body releases hormones that regulate growth, appetite, and your menstrual cycle.


Essentially, your body needs sleep in order to be able to function properly. There’s no doubt that busy modern lives can make sleep seem like a bit of a waste of time, but as the above show, it’s clearly not. If you want to be at your best and feel as healthy as possible, then getting enough sleep is essential.

How much sleep should you get? That’s subjective. Some people are perfectly healthy with six hours sleep per night, others need as many as nine. The best way to judge your natural level is to judge how much you sleep when you’re on vacation; when there’s no alarm blaring to wake you up first thing in the morning. Vacations give you an idea of what your natural sleep pattern is, which you can then try to mimic as closely as possible when you get home.


4) Talking is good


Whenever you are experiencing emotional distress, talking — or writing — is the best thing you can do to cope with it. If you don’t do this, and instead let the feelings percolate, then your cortisol stress levels are going to rocket. Then, you’re beginning to layer problems on top of problems, and before you know it, you don’t even know where the issue began.

Talking or writing about your feelings is paramount to good health, especially good mental and emotional health. You can see a therapist, keep a journal, even write a blog; whatever it takes for you to externalize your problems and worries, and allow you to get some clarity. Externalizing feelings is massively beneficial, and if you get into the habit of doing so, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to start.


In Conclusion


The above may sound simple, but they are the foundations that underpin your entire attitude to your health and well-being. If you go into 2018 with these four principles firmly in mind, then you’ll be on track for one of the healthiest years of your life.



Here’s a harsh truth that a lot of people try to ignore: most of us simply have way too much junk. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with accruing a fair amount of stuff over time. After all, the things that you own often come to represent many of things that you’ve done and experiences you’ve had over the course of your life. However, there’s a fine line between a selection of delightful souvenirs and a whole bunch of junk that is cluttering up your home and making life more difficult for everyone. Sadly, that line is one that people end up tripping over far too often. When that happens, it can only mean one thing: it’s time for a clear out!


Be brutal


We’ve all had those moments where you decide to have a clear out, but you almost certainly end up falling into the trap of finding something that you can’t bear to part with. Then you find another thing you can’t bear to part with. And another. And another. And so on and so on until you find that you haven’t been able to get rid of anything. The only solution to this is to be as brutal as possible. Ask yourself if you really need something and if the answer it’s 100% yes, then get rid of it!


Get it taken away


Of course, going from having junk in your home to having rubbish bags lying around is hardly an improvement. That’s why services that offer same-day rubbish removal can be so useful. By having the stuff that you’re trying to get rid of taken away the same day, you’re going to be far less likely to end up wanting to change your mind and hold onto it. Again, this means that you’ve got to be pretty brutal, but once your home is clear of all of the junk you don’t need, you’ll be very grateful for it.


Store what you can’t stand to lose


Of course, there are always going to be those things that you really cannot stand to part with, but you don’t really have space for. If that’s the case, then the very best thing that you can do is to store them away out of sight. This could be in a garage, an attic, or even a self-storage unit if it’s something particularly large. That way you’ve got it out of the way without having to worry about doing something too permanent that you might regret down the line.


Having any kind of clear out of your home can often be pretty tough and a lot of hard work, but it can also be incredibly cathartic and enjoyable. One of the very best ways to move forward in your life is to be able to move past things that you neither want nor really need anymore. Humans are naturally pretty sentimental, and it’s natural to want to hold onto things. You just need to make sure that those things aren’t holding you back.



These days, it’s difficult to get all the nutrients you need from the foods you eat. This is where dietary supplements come in. Dietary supplements can replace essential vitamins and minerals that may be missing from your diet. They come in a variety of different forms and are recognized as botanicals, herbs, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and probiotics. Each is designed to supplement your dietary health in some form or fashion. Taking dietary supplements can provide three essential benefits.


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They say that summer bodies are made in winter and with the mercury dipping more decisively with each passing day, it’s little wonder that the active and health conscious homeowner might see this as the ideal time to get ahead of the curve. There’s no denying that the colder months are a great time to start laying the foundations for a beach-ready body, but however noble our intentions, it’s all-too easy for our intentions to become derailed by the cold and dark mornings and evenings. Biting cold and dreary skies have long been the enemy to self-improvement and the prospect of hitting the gym or going for a run can seem virtually insurmountable in the gloomy autumn and winter months.