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Honoring Innovative Beauty & Wellness Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurship Month

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Today’s article is all about honoring innovative beauty and wellness entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurship month. We’d like to introduce you to some of these empowering entrepreneurs who are driving change and making strides in their respective industries. 

Entrepreneurship MonthOlowo-n’djo Tchala of Alaffia 

Togolese native Olowo-n’djo Tchala founded Alaffia nearly two decades ago with a mission to cultivate beauty, equality and empowerment in West Africa through the fair trade of indigenous resources and community empowerment projects. Women’s cooperatives in West Africa handcraft Alaffia’s products. Proceeds from product sales are returned to communities in Togo to fund sustainable community projects, such as maternal health care, education, reforestation and regenerative agriculture. Most recently, Alaffia launched its maternal health care program in the U.S. to help mothers in marginalized communities. To date, Alaffia’s many sustainable programs in West Africa have improved the lives of more than 250,000 individuals. 

Entrepreneurship MonthSamia Gore of Body Complete Rx

Samia Gore, Founder and CEO of Body Complete Rx, is paving the way as the first Black female founder to break ground in the male-dominated, nutritional supplement industry. The author and healthy lifestyle advocate founded Body Complete Rx (BCRX) in 2017, a wellness brand of plant-based supplements formulated by a Black woman nutritionist with a complete wellness journey in mind. Created as a result of her own wellness journey, from health to beauty, Body Complete Rx is a complete solution and has been credited in changing the lives of thousands of consumers worldwide. Samia’s self-funded start-up has successfully grown and garnered over $10 million in sales in just 4 years and seen the support of celebrity clients including LeToya Luckett and Kenya Moore. In August 2021, Gore is launching her exclusive plant-based, vegan supplements at The Vitamin Shoppe, making BCRX the first Black female-owned brand to launch in the retailer’s weight management category. 

Entrepreneurship MonthJosh Rosebrook of Josh Rosebrook

Josh Rosebrook, founder of the eponymous hair and skincare line Josh Rosebrook, is a celebrity-adored innovator in the natural beauty space. Rosebrook created a brand that only uses high-quality, efficacious products that support and protect healthy hair and skin function and structure, but also takes a deep focus on whole body-mind balance. Today he works with a team that includes industry-leading natural cosmetic chemists and herbalists. The skincare guru behind the brand counts celebrities such as Hailey Bieber, Emma Watson, Olivia Wilde, Sofia Bush, Mila Kunis, Naomi Watts, and Alicia Silverstone as fans, and they all have flawless, glowing skin to prove it.

 

Entrepreneurship MonthBeatrice Dixon of The Honey Pot Company

Beatrice Dixon, Co-Founder and CEO of The Honey Pot Company, is taking the world by storm with her plant-derived feminine care brand. Created by “humans with vaginas, for humans with vaginas,” The Honey Pot Co. provides gender, body and age-inclusive products that are free of chemicals, parabens, carcinogens, and sulfate. Dixon has been committed to educating, advocating, and supporting humans worldwide with the tools and resources that promote health and hopes to end the stigma of menstruation perpetrated by taboos, discrimination, lack of education, silence, and period poverty. Among her accomplishments, Dixon was named Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs of 2020, and Entrepreneur’s top 100 groundbreaking women entrepreneurs of 2019. She’s also 1 of the first 40 women of color to raise over $1 million in venture capital. 

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Handy Holiday Essentials for Traveling Post-Covid

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Today we want to share some handy holiday essentials for traveling post-covid. As summer winds down and Covid restrictions begin to ease up, we’re learning to live in a post-covid world where many aspects of living have been changed forever – including the checklists we make before traveling! Although you may be excited going on holiday for the first time in a while, it can be stressful knowing what to pack. Have I got the right documentation? Have I got the right equipment with me? Did I pack hand sanitizer?

To make sure you’ve efficiently adapted to this ‘new normal’, we’ve put together a list of COVID smart travel essentials you should be packing as we get fully into the swing of summer.

Essentials for Traveling Post-Covid

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  1. Face masks

Although face masks are no longer mandatory in many places, there are still many businesses and public places that do require them. In fact, many airlines are still enforcing face masks, so you won’t be able to board without one.

To make sure you’re not caught out, be sure to pack a face mask (and spares!) just in case.

  1. Quick drying mini hand sanitizer that fits the airports restrictions

If we’ve learnt anything this year, it’s that personal hygiene is crucial. To make sure that you’re not putting yourself or others at danger, it’s important to wash and sanitize your hands regularly. To keep your hands germ-free on the move, you should consider investing in a mini hand sanitizer that will fit easily into your bag. That way, you can still keep your hands clean if you don’t have access to running water.

Remember, you’re only able to take up to 100ml bottles on the flight with you in hand luggage, so mini bottles are ideal!

  1. Anti-bacterial wipes

If you’re traveling to the airport by train, you’ll want to pack anti-bacterial wipes. That way, you can sanitise your seat table (if you have one) before you sit down and afterwards, to help protect yourself and others from Covid.

You should also regularly disinfect your phone, sunglasses, keys and anything else you touch regularly.

  1. A thermometer

If you’d rather be safe than sorry, a thermometer can be a great item to stash away in your suitcase. That way you can check that you and your family are within the healthy temperature range to keep yourselves and others safe. 

  1. Apple Pay

With thousands of types of bacteria festering on paper currency, it’s never been more important to set up your Apple Pay. By setting up your mobile phone to facilitate payments, you can avoid handling cash and therefore encounter far fewer germs during your trip.

It’s also worthwhile to note that due to the pandemic, many businesses no longer accept cash payments!

Essentials for Traveling Post-Covid

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  1. A first-aid kit

Finally, it never harms to come prepared with a first-aid kit. Packed with everything from plasters to antihistamines and relief tablets should you fall ill on holiday, you can be confident that you’ve packed for all eventualities.

The bottom line is that traveling during Covid needn’t be stressful. By taking the time to pack some little extras and coming prepared for all eventualities, you too can enjoy a relaxing summer break with your nearest and dearest.

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Everything You Need To Do for a Relaxing At-Home Spa Night

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Here are some great ideas and everything you need to do for a relaxing at home spa night. After a demanding workweek, the last thing you want to do is suffer through even more traffic to get a massage. But why go through all that trouble when you can enjoy a relaxing spa night at home? Pampering yourself not only eases up your tensed shoulders but also does wonders by alleviating stress. It is also a fun idea to invite over a couple of your girlfriends for a night in if you don’t feel like going out.

Here are some simple steps for preparing for an ultimate at-home spa night. 

Ambiance is Everything

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There is an instant feeling of serenity as soon as you enter the spa. It’s all because of the ambiance. So dim the lights and get an aroma diffuser to set the mood. We would also recommend decluttering and tidying up your space a day before the spa night. Coming home to a clean and organized space will help you unwind.

Make a Soothing Playlist

Another important factor for creating a tranquil ambiance is playing soothing music. You can make a playlist with songs that make you feel calm and happy. If that feels like too much work, just search ‘Spa Music’ on Spotify or any other streaming platform to find a curated playlist.

Give Dry Brushing a Try

Dry Brushing is a technique that involves gently exfoliating your body using a firm-bristled brush. It not only removes dry skin and unclogs pores but also aids lymphatic drainage and improves circulation. 

Prepare a Bath

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There are a few things in life as simple yet luxurious as soaking in a bath. Start running a bath slightly warmer than you prefer so that it doesn’t become cold by the time you get in. Light up a few candles and add a few drops of fragrance oils in the bath for the full experience. You can also pour yourself a glass of your favorite wine.

Do a Face & Hair Mask

In the everyday hustle and bustle of life, it’s difficult to take out time to apply masks. But since you are taking a bath, it’s a perfect opportunity to do face and hair masks. 

Arrange Your Beauty Products & Treatments

Once you’re done with face and hair masks, you should bring out all your best beauty products and treatments. First, take your makeup off and double cleanse your skin. Then move on to applying serum, moisturizer, eye creams, the whole shebang. Use a jade roller or any other tool to massage your face. 

Give Yourself Mani-Pedi

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Even if you’re not remotely as talented as a professional nail tech, you can still give yourself a manicure and pedicure. Start by removing any existing nail polish. Next, start scrubbing, cleaning, trimming, and buffing. Then apply a base coat, followed by your favorite nail color, and finish with a topcoat. Don’t forget to moisturize your cuticles!

Change the Bedding

After cleaning and pampering your body head to toe, you don’t want to sleep on weeks-old sheets. The feeling of getting in bed with clean sheets is unmatched. In fact, studies have shown that 73% of people sleep better with fresh sheets. Therefore, you should change your bedding and enjoy a night of deep sleep. 

Get in Bed with a Book

You have spent so much time and energy getting into a peaceful headspace. So don’t put it all to waste by going on your phone and scrolling through social media. In fact, we suggest staying away from all devices, especially social media, for the night. Instead, pick up the book that’s been on your nightstand forever and turn in early.

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How to Live a More Balanced Life by Managing Your Energy

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How to live a more balanced life? There can be no doubt that energy is the key to a well-balanced life. It comes in many different forms. There is the energy we gain through food and supplements, the energy that surrounds us and enters us (such as the sun rays), as well as the energy that comes out of us – physically but also spiritually. How can we make the most of them? Here is a look at how to balance your life through the energy coming in and the one going out.

The Energy we take in

That energy is probably much easier to understand than the one leaving us. It’s simple: Whatever we eat and drink, will either provide us with the energy we need, or it will take it away from us, creating heaviness, as if a weight was upon our shoulders. Although it is not always easy to make sure we eat and drink what we need to, in order to maximize our energy, there is a fairly easy way to augment our chances of feeling revitalized: By adding Elevant NMN food supplements. They come in your body to lift you up by boosting your energy level, while fighting against aging factors, that can keep you low and flat.

There are no miracles in life, though, and you will have to watch your diet more closely, if you want to feel as best as you can. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. They often contain antioxidants that will come in support of your body, fighting side-by-side with the food supplements, to make you feel stronger and more alive. Drink water as often as you need to. If you feel thirsty, don’t wait and drink now. That is how your body tells you it needs water. The sun is an energy that we all need as well. However, just make sure to protect your skin against the damages it can cause.

Actions to balance Your Energy

Your body reacts to the nutrients you provide it with. But it also is greatly influenced by the way you see things and act upon your life. Therefore, you need to raise your level of awareness about everything. That includes what you eat but also the environments you choose (work, family, city quarter). Once that is done, move on to thinking positive. If you only think about diseases, unhappiness and death, you will not only diffuse bad energy around you, but you’ll most probably die younger, as well.

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How do you Know if you Have a Gambling Addiction

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How do you know if you have a gambling addiction? If you’re a fan of the popular comedy series Brooklyn Nine Nine, you might remember the episode in which Captain Holt reveals his secret gambling addiction. Although this episode is good for a few giggles– including Captain Holt’s humorous quip about betting on a horse named “Yabba Dabba Doo”– Brooklyn Nine Nine is also quick to point out that a gambling addiction is no joke. In this article, we’ll learn more about gambling addictions and about the resources that can help you if you’re struggling.

Why is Gambling Addiction Bad?

gambling addictionFor many people, gambling can be a bit of harmless fun. This is especially true if you’re making a low-stakes bet with a friend or buying a simple lottery ticket. Some people just enjoy the suspense of a bet; they take pleasure in the competition with a friend and the thrill of wondering, “Can I make this shot?” or “Will my team win the game?” even if they’re not wagering money. These are good examples of a healthy relationship with gambling because, in these scenarios, people can place a simple, low-stakes bet and get on with their lives. People who can do this are unlikely to develop a gambling addiction because gambling does not have a powerful emotional hold over their lives.

So, as you can see from these examples, gambling is not inherently bad. But it can become bad when it has more of a place in your life than it should. That’s how gambling can become an addiction– something that controls you every bit as much as a substance abuse problem with drugs or alcohol. Just as a drug addict is desperate to get his next fix, so a gambling addict becomes dependent on the rush of gambling. This can quickly spiral out of control, resulting in a life that is overtaken by the need to gamble. You might begin to place riskier bets, wagering your entire life savings or your family’s home in an effort to get the rush you crave.

How do I Know if I Have a Gambling Addiction?

gambling addictionSo, how do you know if you have an unhealthy relationship with gambling? These are a few examples of the behavior you might see if gambling has taken control of your life or the life of someone you love.

  • Bad financial choices

In the previous paragraph, we saw that risky, high-stakes bets can be indicative of a gambling problem. But if you haven’t reached that stage yet, there are a few other cues that can indicate a gambling addiction. Making bad financial choices in general can be a hallmark, as many people often take out loans or borrow money from others in order to fuel their gambling habit. Likewise, many people who struggle with a gambling addiction may view gambling as a way to pay their debts or avoid financial insecurity. So, if you find yourself relying on gambling as a back-up plan or a way to solve your problems, this is a good sign that gambling is more important to you than it should be.

  • Using gambling as an escape

Many people become alcoholics because they relied on alcohol as a coping mechanism or a way to escape their problems. And the same can be true of gambling. If you feel dissatisfied or uncomfortable with your life and you find yourself turning to gambling as an escape, this can be a sign that gambling has an unhealthy role in your life. This is especially true if you feel that you’re only happy when you’re placing a bet or that gambling is your life’s only source of joy.

  • Being secretive about your gambling

If you feel the need to hide your gambling from your loved ones, this may be a sign of a bigger problem. Whether you’re concealing the amount you spend or the frequency with which you place bets, secrecy about your gambling habits can be a sign that your relationship with gambling has become unhealthy.

These are only a few of the common symptoms that indicate a gambling addiction but they are some of the most serious. So, if you or someone you love is experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be time to talk to a mental health professional about getting help for your gambling addiction. As you seek help, it’s important to remember that addiction is a very real and very serious mental illness. It’s not something to be ashamed of and you don’t have to suffer in silence.

Resources like the Mind Diagnostics guide to gambling addiction can help you learn more about addiction and the resources that are available to help you overcome it. So, don’t suffer in silence! If you notice any of these symptoms, get help for your gambling addiction and reclaim control of your life.

More about the author Marie Miguel

Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.

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8 Red Flags of Fentanyl Addiction and What You Can Do About Them

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Today we want to share 8 red flags of Fentanyl addiction and what you can do about them. Fentanyl is an opioid pain reliever used to manage acute and chronic pain from surgery and cancer treatment. It can also help patients who have been prescribed high doses of morphine or oxycodone yet are still experiencing pain. However, some patients develop tolerance to fentanyl and take more than what is initially prescribed.

Those who take fentanyl often become addicted to the feelings of intense euphoria and sense of relaxation that the drug gives. Fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more than heroin, so the relief and pleasure that the user experiences is much more heightened.  The desire to maintain this euphoric state contributes to fentanyl abuse.

Just like other opioid pain relievers, fentanyl can be abused and later develop into substance use disorder. Fentanyl is fast becoming the most common drug-related overdose death in the United States. In fact, the number grew from 14.3 percent in 2010 to 59 percent in 2017. However, there is always hope. If you ever find yourself wanting to take more fentanyl than prescribed, or are concerned about someone abusing their prescription, you can consider contacting a rehab facility. There are numerous treatment facilities you can choose from. If you happen to be on the West Coast, you may want to look at several Arizona drug rehab facilities there.

Before you even take that step, here are some telltale signs of fentanyl abuse.

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Red Flags of Fentanyl Addiction

Fentanyl has almost an immediate effect compared to other painkillers, which is probably why it is a popular drug to abuse. Moreover, those who want to amplify the feeling of euphoria would mix fentanyl with other drugs, making it more dangerous. This is why it is important to watch out for signs or symptoms of possible fentanyl addiction. Here are some of them:

  1. Having a desire to stop or cut down on using fentanyl but being unable to do so
  2. Craving fentanyl
  3. Spending a lot of time, money, and effort to get more fentanyl
  4. Ignoring family and work obligations
  5. Isolating yourself or withdrawing from social participation and activities with friends and family
  6. Risking your safety and that of others in acquiring the drug
  7. Continued use of the drug despite experiencing psychological and physical side effects
  8. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when fentanyl use is stopped or lessened

Effects of Fentanyl Abuse

Red Flags of Fentanyl Addiction

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Fentanyl successfully blocks pain receptors in the brain and increases the production of dopamine, a chemical that induces happiness. This gives patients a high similar to one achieved using heroin. However, regular fentanyl abuse has physical and psychological effects including:

  •   Constant headaches
  •   Dizziness and fainting
  •   Trouble breathing
  •   Irregular heartbeat
  •   Nausea
  •   Anxiety
  •   Confusion
  •   Hallucinations and paranoia
  •   Mood swings
  •   Sleeping all day
  •   Experiencing weight gain

Over time, constant abuse could lead to more serious medical conditions such as:

  •   Depression
  •   Respiratory depression
  •   Hypertension
  •   Bronchitis
  •   Coma
  •   Overdose

Treating Overdose

Since fentanyl is a fast-acting drug and provides an intense high, it’s easy to develop an addiction to it. The scary part is taking a higher dose of fentanyl can send you to a hospital’s emergency room because of an overdose. The good news is it can be reversed by administering naloxone. Naloxone works by blocking opioid drugs and requires multiple doses to take effect. After the last dose, you need to be monitored for a couple of hours to make sure your breathing does not slow or stop. Moreover, an overdose can still have other long-term effects on your health or worsen chronic disease.

Addiction Treatment

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If you experience one or more of the addiction symptoms and want to quit taking fentanyl, it is important to seek professional help as you may experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop. These symptoms vary depending on factors like level of use and substance form. You may experience being irritable, chills or sweating, and restlessness.

Withdrawal symptoms are normal but can also be painful to go through alone. In case you are experiencing more challenges to overcome your dependence on fentanyl, you can seek help from various treatment facilities. The treatment process is similar to treating other opioid addictions. It includes taking medication and going through behavioral therapies. The medications to take are buprenorphine and methadone. They bind the opioid receptors in the brain the same way fentanyl does but reduces the cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

While medications are being administered, it’s important to attend behavioral therapies. They can help overcome the substance abuse disorder by modifying your attitude and behavior toward drug use. They also help equip you with healthy life skills and teach you how to use medication responsibly.

If you are prescribed fentanyl as part of your pain management, you can watch out for the indications of abuse mentioned above and seek professional help if you feel like you are leaning towards that path. You have to remember that you have several treatment options available at any time.

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Bath Time Beauty Products That You Need To Buy!

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Today we want to talk to you about bath time beauty products that you need to buy. Taking a relaxing bath after a very busy day can be incredibly beneficial for both your mental health and your looks. Because of that, many people choose to take a very long bath at least once a week. In fact, they might perceive it as a vital part of their self-care routine.

If you can relate to that and want to make the most out of your bath time, just jumping into the bathtub will probably not be enough for you. On top of that, you should throw a few bath time beauty products into the mix.

In this article, you will find a list of bath time beauty products that you simply need to buy, ranging from bath bombs and bath salts to bath powders, bath gels, and peelings. Check it out, and soon enough, you should be able to take your bath time routine to the next level!

bath time beauty productsCocoa Butter Body Scrub

Purchasing a cocoa butter body scrub is a must if you want to make the most out of your bath time. This product is pretty much the ultimate exfoliator that can help you battle dry skin and dead skin cells. It will also improve your skin’s elasticity and hydration levels while eliminating any dead skin cells that you have accumulated.

Charcoal Soap

If you want to pamper yourself during your bath time, then you should definitely purchase a bar of charcoal soap. Not only does it smell amazing, but it can also help you eliminate up to 80% of the toxins in your body. It is made from activated charcoal, which possesses absorbent properties that allow it to bind with toxins and eliminate them.

Bath Gel

Bath gels are very similar to bath salts, but their main advantage is that they feel more soothing on the skin. They also tend to offer a different set of ingredients, such as aloe vera or chamomile extracts.

Bath Salts  Bath salts are another good bath time beauty product that will help you relax and eliminate dead skin cells. They are really easy to use, as all you need to do is throw them in your bathtub and soak in there for around 20 minutes. They work by breaking down the salt crystals, thus releasing all the beneficial ingredients in the water.  If you are looking for a bath time beauty product that will help you achieve a better level of relaxation, then you should definitely go with bath salts. These products will help you eliminate dead skin cells and make your skin feel softer. Moreover, they will also help you fight acne and improve your overall appearance!

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Bath Salts

Bath salts are another good bath time beauty product that will help you relax and eliminate dead skin cells. They are really easy to use, as all you need to do is throw them in your bathtub and soak in there for around 20 minutes. They work by breaking down the salt crystals, thus releasing all the beneficial ingredients in the water.

If you are looking for a bath time beauty product that will help you achieve a better level of relaxation, then you should definitely go with bath salts. These products will help you eliminate dead skin cells and make your skin feel softer. Moreover, they will also help you fight acne and improve your overall appearance!

Bath Scrub

If you do not want to mess up your sink with a shower brush, you should go with bath scrubs. These products are specially designed to create a rich lather that will help you exfoliate your body before getting into the tub. Some of them will also contain beneficial ingredients that will make your skin look better and feel smoother!

Bath Sponge

If you have tried all the bath time beauty products on this list and still feel like they do not make your skin smooth enough, then you should try a bath sponge. This product will help you exfoliate your body in a much more efficient way that will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. Moreover, bath sponges can also help you eliminate the dead skin cells from your face, improving your overall appearance!

Bath Bomb

Another good bath time beauty product that you should not miss is a bath bomb. These products are great for improving your mood and making you relax even more. They contain essential oils as well as different types of herbs and flower petals, so they will smell great! In addition, bath bombs will help you eliminate the dead skin cells on your body and moisturize your skin. If you really want to try something new, how about CBD bath bombs for the ultimate way to melt away the day’s stresses.

Body Wash

Body washes are very similar to body scrubs, except that they tend to be much more gentle on the skin. They will help you cleanse your body without drying it out or causing any irritation. Still, do not expect them to provide a deep exfoliation!

Body Lotion

Last but not least, you should consider purchasing a body lotion if you want to make the most out of your bath time. These products will help you feel incredibly smooth and hydrated. Also, they can help you get rid of dry skin or any other skin issues that you might have.

In Conclusion

There’s no end of fantastic products that will make bath time your favorite time of the day! We have listed a few of our favorites above, but there are always new and exciting products coming out. Pamper yourself with a bit of retail therapy and make next time you soak in the tub special.

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How to Deal with Anxiety and Strengthen Mental Health

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Today we want to talk to you about how to deal with anxiety and strengthen mental health. Anxiety is a natural reaction to stress. Anxious feelings are common and experienced by everyone. They can be uncomfortable, but there are effective tools to calm anxious feelings.

If you are experiencing anxiety that is excessive or distressing, please reach out for help and know that compassionate support and effective treatments are available. A licensed mental health professional from MyTherapist can help you address and manage anxiety.

How to Deal with Anxiety

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Symptoms of anxiety may include:

  • Feeling nervous or restless.
  • Difficulty envisioning that things getting better.
  • A bleak outlook and uncertainty about the power to change it.
  • Physical symptoms, such as rapid breathing, increased heart rate, sweating, and an upset stomach.
  • Feelings of impending doom or panic.
  • A lack of concentration on anything other than the present worry.
  • Difficulty sleeping.
  • Finding it challenging to control worrying.

Short-term tips for calming anxiety in the present include:

  • Recognizing and labeling what is happening. Tell yourself, “This is anxiety,” and then work your way through steps to manage it.
  • Deep breathing. Try inhaling deeply through your nose, holding it in, exhaling fully, and repeating. Deep breathing can help calm your body’s reaction to anxiety. Focusing on your breathing can help distract you from your worries.
  • Staying in the present. Ask yourself, “Am I safe in this moment?”
  • Focusing on your senses. Try consciously noticing details of a scent, a site, or a sound that’s near you. Try picking three in a row.
  • Getting fresh air.
  • A quick walk or even just moving to a different place in the room can be calming.
  • Listening to music: songs can be soothing.
  • Watching or reading something funny. Humor can be the best medicine.

Long-term tools for managing anxiety include:

How to Deal with Anxiety

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  • Identifying and learning to address what triggers your anxiety.
  • Limiting alcohol and caffeine intake.
  • Maintaining a nutritious diet.
  • Therapy with a licensed mental health professional.
  • Medication under the supervision of a physician.
  • Regular and enough sleep.
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  • Challenging your self-talk—looking for alternatives to your negative thoughts and feelings. Try to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
  • Connecting with others.
  • Regular relaxation.
  • Practicing stress management techniques, such as managing your time and not overcommitting.
  • Actively addressing problems as they arise.
  • Practicing flexibility and adaptability so that you don’t feel anxious if things don’t go as planned.

Calming thoughts for managing anxiety:

When you experience anxious feelings, try being compassionate with yourself and consider using these calming thoughts:

  • It’s your body in overdrive trying to protect you. You can ride out the feelings. They’ll pass.
  • Worrying will not change the outcome.
  • You don’t need to have everything figured out right now.
  • Thoughts don’t always reflect reality.
  • The past and the future cannot hurt you in the present.
  • There may be things going wrong, but there are also probably things going right.
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Tips for strengthening your mental health include:

  • Valuing yourself. Treating yourself with kindness and avoiding self-criticism.
  • Taking care of your body with exercise, the right amount of sleep, and nutritious meals.
  • Connecting with positive people who boost your feelings.
  • Regularly relaxing.
  • Managing stress.
  • Trading negative thoughts for positive ones.
  • Helping others.
  • Practicing gratitude.
  • Setting realistic goals and then putting in the effort to meet them.
  • Accepting imperfection.
  • Being flexible and willing to adapt if something unexpected or unpleasant happens.
  • Being kind to others.

Treatment for Anxiety

  • Effective treatment is available for anxiety management.
  • Please seek the support of a licensed mental health professional if you are living with anxiety.
  • Common, researched-based treatments include therapy, medication, or a combination of both, as well as healthy lifestyle adjustments and learning stress management and coping skills.
  • Your healthcare providers can help you find the best treatment plan for you.
  • Taking proactive steps to manage anxiety can improve your quality of life and help you feel your best.

More about the author Marie Miguel

Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.

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What Does Depression Feel Like?

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What does depression feel like? Everyone feels down sometimes. Sadness and stress are normal reactions to life’s challenges, changes, or losses. But depression is more than a passing bad mood. It may feel more intense and last longer.

Depression is a mood disorder that can interfere with daily life. While depression can be triggered by a difficult life event, sometimes when it occurs, it is unrelated to a specific problem.

Depression is a very treatable condition, so if you’re experiencing depression—or if you’re worried that you or a loved one might be—please seek help from a licensed mental health professional who can offer you compassionate support.

Depression can affect different people in different ways, but there are feelings commonly associated with depression.

People living with depression may feel:

  • A sense of hopelessness. They may find it hard to envision things getting better. Their outlook may be bleak, and they may feel uncertain about their power to change it.
  • Low energy levels. Those living with depression may feel exhausted or too fatigued to do even simple tasks. Fatigue may also alternate with periods of restlessness or anxiety. A lack of energy can make it challenging to engage in activities, which can in turn increase feelings of depression.
  • A loss of interest or lack of pleasure or joy. People experiencing depression may find they no longer want to participate in activities they previously liked.
  • Low concentration or difficulty with focus. People living with depression may feel “brain fog,” which can cloud the capacity to remember things, to pay attention, and to make decisions.
  • A loss of appetite or increased appetite. A symptom of depression may be a lack of interest or decreased pleasure in eating, or a lack of energy to prepare healthy food. On the other hand, overeating can also be a symptom of depression. Eating for emotional relief is an example.
  • Physical symptoms and ailments. Headaches, body aches, digestive and stomach problems, fatigue, and a decreased tolerance for pain can be physical symptoms of depression.
  • Irregular sleep patterns. Sleeping too much and still feeling tired can be a symptom of depression, as can an inability to go to sleep or stay asleep.
  • A sense of guilt or worthlessness. People living with depression often feel a wide range of negative emotions. Sometimes they feel guilty about experiencing depression, or they have a sense of worthlessness or defeat because they can’t simply overcome it with sheer will. Other times negative feelings may arise that aren’t related to anything specific.
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Please seek help if you or a loved one is experiencing feelings of depression.

  • People living with depression may feel misunderstood or uncomfortable talking about their experience, but communicating and seeking help can lead to healing.
  • Depression is common, and treatment can help significantly. While some may find it difficult to open up about how they’re feeling, people can find relief when they do seek help.
  • Feeling connected and supported can counteract feelings of isolation and silent suffering, and effective support and treatment can change lives for the better.

Effective, compassionate treatment and tools are available.

  • Seeking the support of a licensed mental health professional can help with the management of depression. Click here for more information on seeking help.
  • Compassionate care is available.
  • Therapy, medication, or a combination of both can be very effective treatments. A healthcare provider can discuss options and work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.
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Lifestyle changes can also help those living with depression.

People often find they feel better when they take proactive steps for mental wellness such as:

  • Getting into a routine by setting a gentle daily schedule to regain structure in daily life. Routines can be helpful for regaining focus and resuming activities.
  • Setting goals, even small ones, to help with motivation. Starting with small, achievable goals can lead to good results. Don’t forget to give credit where credit is due: even if goals aren’t completely met, the act of setting them is a sign of effort and progress.
  • Exercising to boost endorphins (the feel-good chemicals responsible for a “runner’s high”). Research shows that exercise can be an effective treatment for depression.
  • Healthy eating. Good overall nutrition is important for both physical and mental health.
  • Getting regular sleep and the right amount of sleep.
  • Challenging negative thoughts by checking and evaluating your thoughts when you feel depressed. Sometimes things seem worse than they actually are when you look at them through the lens of depression. Looking at situations realistically and considering alternative perspectives can be helpful.

Effective, caring treatment options are available for those living with depression. Please seek support from a licensed mental health professional or speak to your primary healthcare provider to find out more about how you or loved one can feel better.

More about the author Marie Miguel

Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.

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Underage Drinking Increases Risk for Teenage Alcoholism

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Today we want to explain why underage drinking increases rick for teenage alcoholism. Developing social connections is a basic human need, and its importance may be most keenly felt during the stage of adolescence when an individual is transitioning from childhood to adulthood. Belonging to a group can make one feel less alone and better able to cope with the physical and psychological changes that naturally occur during the teen years. Parties play an important role in facilitating these social interactions as they provide a setting that is separate from obligatory functions such as school. However, it is also often at these parties that incidences of underage drinking occur, and teens can develop behaviors that lead to teenage alcoholism.

What Is Underage Drinking and Why Is There Cause for Concern

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In 1984, the United States passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act which mandates the age of 21 as the minimum legal age for the purchase and public consumption of alcoholic beverages. Most states abide by this law, though a few allow exceptions for drinking with consent from a parent or guardian, within a private residence, or for religious reasons. Adults can also face civil liabilities if they know that minors are in possession of or drinking alcohol, as well as criminal liabilities if the minors harm themselves or others while under the influence.

While the legal implications should be enough to take underage drinking seriously, the effects of alcohol on teen health have far graver consequences. Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance in this age bracket because it is easier to procure and carries less of a stigma compared to illicit drugs. More than 3,500 lives of Americans aged below 21 are lost yearly due to excessive drinking, in incidents such as traffic accidents and alcohol poisoning. Not only are these deaths preventable, they represent the bigger problem of teenage alcoholism.

Dealing with Teenage Alcoholism

In 2010, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that underage drinking is done by roughly 10 million American teens. Over six million were identified as binge drinkers who had five or more drinks in a day once a week, and two million were identified as heavy drinkers who had five or more drinks in a day several days a week. Having a lot of drinks does not necessarily make one an alcoholic, but as the body builds up tolerance to alcohol, more of it will have to be consumed to achieve the desired pleasurable effects. This leads to further alcohol abuse and increases the risk of alcohol dependency even later in life.

If teenage alcoholism is suspected, it is important to get help immediately. Substance abuse centers such as Miami drug rehab facilities usually offer treatments for alcohol addiction as well. Some may have programs specifically for treating adolescents, which are useful for allowing teens to heal while supporting their need for social interaction among their peers.

Long-Term Effects and Consequences of Underage Drinking

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Alcohol abuse is detrimental to everyone, but it can have an especially strong impact on teenagers. Because teenagers’ bodies are still developing, the presence of alcohol can impede normal growth and have lasting damage. Some of the more common effects include:

  • Memory impairment
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Learning disabilities
  • Impaired motor skills
  • Delayed bone growth
  • Development of liver diseases later in life

Teens who engage in underage drinking are also more likely to have behavioral and psychological disorders that may require life-long treatment.

Because alcohol impairs judgment and lowers inhibitions, engaging in risky behavior is very common among teenagers who drink. They may take part in petty crimes such as shoplifting or vandalism, or they can even commit more serious offenses such as physical violence and sexual assault. The consequences of these actions can affect future opportunities to qualify for college scholarships or certain jobs that require a clean track record.

Additionally, teenage girls who engage in sexual activity while under the influence may find themselves with an unplanned pregnancy. If adoption or abortion are not available options to them, they may enter into adulthood with the additional responsibility of caring for their children.

Mitigating Risks

Genetics, environment, childhood trauma, and even popular media like movies and social networks all have a role to play in influencing teenagers to use alcohol. Rather than trying to block their exposure to alcohol, the best way to protect teenagers is to educate them about responsible usage and offer non-alcoholic drink alternatives for parties. It also helps to provide other venues for them to interact with other teens in a safe environment, such as sports and community activities. After all, the high of having clean, safe fun is preferable to having a hangover.

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14 Easy Ways to Get Outdoors & Feel the Benefits

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Today we want to share 14 easy ways to get outdoors and feel the benefits. It’s the perfect time of year to embrace the outdoors, yet many people are finding it a challenge with working from home and excessive screen time. There are a few ways you can incorporate spending time outdoors into your daily routine, however, and develop healthier habits. You could consider taking up an outdoor hobby or simply exploring areas of natural beauty near you. It’s the perfect way to relax over the weekend and you’ll return to work feeling rejuvenated. Whether you’d prefer to get outdoors by yourself, or with friends or coworkers, there’s an activity to suit every lifestyle. Here are fourteen easy ways to get outdoors and feel the benefits this year.

Get in touch with nature

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It’s said that there are several positive effects of nature on your well-being. Getting in touch with nature is a way to disconnect from your stressful everyday life and gain a new perspective. It also helps to elevate your mood and relieve anxiety. You could try going wildlife spotting at a secluded spot near where you live, or even birdwatching in your own backyard. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty you could go foraging for seasonal herbs and vegetables. Look up the right spots online and see if you can find any tasty additions to your recipes.

Socialize outdoors

If you’re more motivated by socializing outdoors then there are plenty of activities you can do with your friends and family. Take a picnic to a local park and a few games if you like. You can each prepare your own snacks to share. Here are some easy picnic recipes to try out. Alternatively, you could dine al fresco at home. Host a bbq or garden party. Try to get into the habit of eating your meals outside when you’re at home and the weather is nice. 

Look up walking routes near you

You’d be surprised how many hidden gems there are to discover in your backyard. You don’t need to travel far to find nice walking routes. Here’s a guide on how to find hiking trails so you can check your local area. Hiking is an accessible hobby and you can find trails with different levels. You don’t need to be super fit to do it. Make sure you plan your route and pack a few emergency items if you’re going anywhere remote. 

Gear up

One way to motivate yourself to embrace the outdoors is to gear up. Invest in a decent pair of waterproof walking boots and a weather-resistant jacket. These will make a big difference to your comfort. If your allergies are putting you off going outdoors speak to your doctor or a pharmacist for suitable remedies. They will also be able to help get to the root of the problem and identify the allergen, or whether it’s just cold symptoms. Here is a quick guide to seasonal allergies vs. cold symptoms with more information. As long as you get what you need from the pharmacy, your allergies shouldn’t have to get in the way.

Get creative

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If you’re the creative type then why not try one of these DIY backyard projects to get you outside? You could try upcycling garden furniture or making planters from household items. Transform your outside space by building a deck or patio. This will be perfect for entertaining or relaxing and will encourage you to make the most of your yard. If you don’t have much outside space you could consider creating a balcony garden or DIY window boxes from wooden crates.

Gardening for beginners

Don’t worry if you’re not naturally green-thumbed, gardening can still be a very satisfying hobby to get into. You could try a little gardening 101 to start. There are plenty of gardening kits you can buy with easy-to-grow flowers, herbs, and even vegetables. Start small by using pots or old crates as makeshift flower beds. You will only need a few basic tools and if you choose low maintenance plants they will flourish without much effort on your part. If you start a garden make it special with a custom sign from Apex Metal Signs.

Join a club

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You could join a club, either in-person or virtually. There are plenty of groups online who can give you advice about gardening, for example or any other new-found outdoor hobby. You could also consider a workout class or running group that meets in the evenings after work as well. If you only have time to work out before bed it’s still worth trying to get some outdoor exercise. It’s very beneficial for your physical and mental health. Even if you get just one workout buddy it makes it easier to stay motivated. You can share goals and even organize charity fundraisers as a group. 

Alternative outdoor hobbies

How about joining the world’s largest treasure hunt? If you’re not interested in gardening or exercising outdoors, try an alternative hobby such as geocaching. Geocaching is a kind of international scavenger hunt and there is a giant community online. It’s straightforward to take part. All you need to do is register online to receive a map of geocaches near you. Download the app to help you find them. Once you’ve found anything put the item back and record your experience online. You can also hide geocaches for other people to find.

Volunteer work

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Another alternative outdoor activity is volunteer work. You can find volunteer opportunities online and choose the cause that most resonates with you. There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor volunteer work. You could take part in a cleanup project, help out at local events, or even dog walking. If you sign up to a dog walking service online, you can find people in the local area who need help taking their dogs out. This way you can enjoy some time outdoors and a little pet therapy as well, all while doing someone else a favor. See what volunteer work you can find in your local community.

Get a bike

If you’d rather get out and explore then it could be worthwhile buying or hiring a bike. Cycling is very beneficial for your physical and mental well-being. Look up cycling trails near where you live and hit the open road. You could also join a cycling group or get a bike buddy. Make sure you wear protective clothing and a helmet. If you’re going off-road, double-check your bike is capable, especially if you’re just renting. Alternatively, if there is a city bike initiative where you live you could go to a local park for the afternoon.

Active commuting

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If you are interested in cycling, it could also be a new means of getting to work. There are many benefits of active commuting. Not everyone has the opportunity, but if you can swap driving or public transport for a more active commute such as walking or cycling, it will have many advantages for your health and the environment. It’s the perfect way to incorporate spending time outdoors into your daily routine. Speak to your boss about arranging a cycle to work scheme to encourage others to do the same.

Schedule outdoor breaks

Whether you work from home or in the office, it’s a good idea to schedule outdoor breaks. Rather than eating lunch at your desk, go outside for a short walk. If you are working from home it’s important to try and schedule your breaks. It’s one way to increase productivity and going outdoors will help even more. If you have the opportunity, you could even arrange meetings outside from time to time. You could plan an outdoor catch-up with your boss or coworkers for a change of scenery. 

Outdoor team-building

If you work in a team it might be fun to also organize outdoor team-building activities. Successful team-building activities need to get everyone involved and engaged. Plan inclusive options that everyone can enjoy. They’re a great way to improve collaboration at work. There are several benefits to arranging team-building activities outside as well. You can completely get away from the office environment and get to know each other in a different situation. You’ll also learn plenty of useful skills. 

Go on a retreat

Perhaps you need a longer break to disconnect from the stress of everyday life. A rural retreat could be just what you need to get back in touch with nature and gain some perspective. The staycation trend is still popular this year and it’s easy to see why. It’s a more cost-effective way to explore hidden gems near you and get the peace you deserve. You could even consider going on a road trip to different destinations. If you’d rather not go far, looking into camping spots near you for a fun, low-key weekend. 

There are plenty of fun and easy ways to change your habits and spend more time outdoors. After getting a bit of fresh air and exercise, you’ll certainly feel the benefits. You’ll return feeling relaxed yet energized, and ready to take on any challenges. Set small goals for yourself and aim to fit getting outdoors into your routine.

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Why Does Your Candidiasis Keep Coming Back?

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Today we want to talk to you about why does your candidiasis keep coming back and what candida overgrowth symptoms might include. Getting a vaginal yeast infection is definitely not a pleasurable experience. However, as it turns out, it is inevitable for most women. It is estimated that 3 out of 4 women will be affected by it at some point in their lifetimes.

And while going through one infection is not that bad, it becomes more problematic when the health condition keeps coming back. When this happens, it’s important to determine what causes the infection to return. You might not realize it, but the culprit could be your habits. Once you know the reason, you’ll be able to eliminate those practices from your everyday life and keep your vagina healthy.

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In this article, we will be focusing on vulvovaginal candidiasis. So, if you want to know the reason why it keeps coming back, continue reading.

Candida – What Is It?

Candida is a type of yeast. Although small amounts of this yeast live in your body without causing any harm, there are certain factors that can contribute to it multiplying rapidly and provoking a Candida infection. Some of the vaginal Candida overgrowth symptoms include:

  • burning sensation in the vagina and vulva (which very often results in painful sex)
  • white curd-like vaginal discharge
  • an itchy, bright red rash on the vulva, as well as the surrounding skin
  • vulvar edema, excoriations, and fissures

Vulvovaginal candidiasis, which is a medical term for the Candida infection happening in the vagina, usually affects women of child-bearing age. It is uncommon to see it in pre-pubescentl girls and postmenopausal women.

When vulvovaginal candidiasis happens more than four times within a year, it is defined as recurrent. If that is the case for you, then you might have to change some habits so that the infection stops coming back and your vagina can become healthy again.

Reasons for Your Recurring Vulvovaginal Candidiasis

Recurrent Use of Antibiotics

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The ecosystem of your vagina is composed of both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria – they work together to keep your vagina’s pH levels balanced. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of taking antibiotics is that it affects the vaginal ecosystem and depletes some of the naturally-occurring ‘good’ bacteria.

Although you may not be able to simply stop taking antibiotics, you should be aware that they might be a reason for your reoccurring infection. Make sure that your gynecologist knows about the antibiotics you take and monitors it, so that they can treat the infection properly.

Exposure to Irritants that Upset the pH Balance

The vagina is very delicate and can be affected by everyday routines. Any effect on the pH balance is a negative effect.

Unfortunately, you might not even realize that something is irritating your vagina. Some of the common irritants that might cause a yeast infection include detergents, fragrant soaps, nylon underwear or bathing suits, tampons, creams, and so much more.

Too Much Caffeine or Alcohol

Your lifestyle choices are affecting your vagina’s health more than you might imagine. A good example of this is the amount of caffeine and alcohol you consume – both of them affect the delicate pH of the vagina. What’s more, they can make your blood sugar rise, which creates a perfect environment for yeast to thrive.

Too Much Sugar

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People suffering from diabetes, who have a sugar-laden diet, have an increased chance for a recurrent yeast infection. With non-diabetic people, the matter is slightly more complicated. Sure, constant sugar highs and the glucose production that accompanies them can create an environment for the yeast to grow. However, eliminating sugar from your diet, even completely, won’t eliminate yeast infections.

Staying In Your Workout Clothes

Staying in tight clothing for a long period of time, including workout clothing, is not healthy. It allows for increased perineal moisture and temperature and promotes a perfect environment for yeast to grow. That’s why it’s important that right after you finish working out, you change into clean clothing – this also includes underwear. Ideally, you should take a shower before changing.

Some Forms of Birth Control

Some forms of birth control can put you at a greater risk of a yeast infection. Sometimes, women who use oral contraceptives might have an increased level of estrogen which can increase the ability of Candida to adhere to the vagina and take over and, therefore, cause symptoms to appear. What’s more, an IUD can hold onto the Candida and form biofilms.

Resistance to Medication

Now, we know that resistance to medication is not something you can change on your own. However, it is still worth keeping in mind. If you keep getting yeast infections despite taking the medications prescribed by the doctor, the chances are that the fungus causing it is resistant to traditional treatment methods, such as fluconazole or the over-the-counter antifungal preparations.

Your physician should be able to figure out whether it is the Candida yeast or maybe another that causes similar symptoms so that they can modify the treatment.

The Bottom Line

Getting a yeast infection is definitely not something people want to experience. Depending on what kind of infection you catch, it might make everyday tasks painful and almost impossible to complete.

There are several types of vaginal yeast infections, one of them being vulvovaginal candidiasis, caused by a yeast called Candida. Usually, the infection doesn’t last longer than a few days, but sometimes, no matter what you do, it just keeps coming back.

If that’s the case for you, then you should take a look at your everyday life, as well as your diet. You might not even know that some of your habits are the cause of your recurring yeast infection.

When you identify the habits that are affecting your ability to get rid of the infection, you should either eliminate them completely from your lifestyle or at least limit them, so that your vagina can recover and become healthy again.

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