Quit Smoking and Get Rid of Your Chest Pain

Whether you have just quit smoking or even if you are still smoking, chest pain is a problem you are likely to encounter with cigarette usage. If you experience smoking-related chest pain, then you know that it can be a scary experience; chest pain causes many smokers to worry about diseases such as cancer and emphysema. However before you diagnose yourself (or dive into the scary medical information flooding the internet) take the time to understand the various kinds and causes of chest pain—and then make sure to see your doctor to get the final verdict on what you are experiencing.

Are you a long term smoker?

Long-term smokers, short-term smokers and the newly smoke-free all have the potential to experience chest pain. Chest pain, as a term, is  very vague. There are different kinds of chest pain: sharp, shooting pains when breathing, dull aching, throbbing, pain with coughing etc.

Smokers often experience all of the above mentioned types of chest pain, but not all indicate the presence of a medical condition. Still, if you are a smoker and you experience sustained chest pain, then you need to get to a doctor right away; you could be suffering from lung cancer, emphysema, or angina pectoris—insufficient blood flow to the heart which can result in a heart attack.

For the newly smoke-free, chest pain and even black mucus are very common in the first few weeks after you quit smoking. However, if you notice that the pain does not subside, or that the mucus is black and also streaked with blood, it is important you go to the doctor for a check-up to make sure there is not something more serious going on.

How to avoid chest pain

The best way to avoid chest pain? Don’t smoke, obviously! In other words – quit smoking! But if you are a smoker, then it is never too late to take charge of your health and get rid of that nagging sore feeling in your chest for good. There are many methods out there that can help you, such as quit smoking hypnosis. Quit smoking hypnosis will help you re-wire your brain’s beliefs and feelings about cigarettes so that you no longer depend on them for emotional and/or psychological soothing.

You have the power to quit

You just have to make the decision to stop. Quitting smoking doesn’t have to be difficult—you have the power to make yourself smoke-free for good! If you want to find out more about how to quit smoking in as little as 60 minutes, then get involved in the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.

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What are Healthy pH Levels in the Body?

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When you hear the term pH level, you are probably transported back to some vague memory from high school science class but most people are not aware of how important it is for them to have a good understanding of how the pH levels in their physical bodies work. Failing to know how important the pH equilibrium in your body is can result in your having a highly acidic system, an issue that can lead to many different health conditions. Let’s take a close look at what pH levels are and how they affect your body so that you can stay feeling as fit and good as possible.

What Are pH Levels?

pH is the measure used in chemistry to determine the acidity in solutions in which the solvent is water (an aqueous solution). Thus, pH levels tell us how acidic an environment is and this is important because certain compounds flourish in acidity, and many of these are not the kinds that we want  flowing through our systems (i.e. yeast, certain bacteria).

pH in the Body

The acidity (or pH levels) in our bodies is determined by metabolic byproducts and our diets. The pH scale exists from 0 to 14 and when the body has a pH level that is lower than 7 it has become too acidic. High acidity in the body creates an environment in which the following health problems flourish:

  • Candida (yeast)
  • Allergies
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Weakening of skin, bones, nails, and hair
  • Cramps
  • Anxiety and panic disorders
  • Increased risk of the spread of cancerous cells

From the list above, you can see that you don’t want your body to be home to a high acidity environment. But how can you protect yourself against low pH levels and their corresponding ailments?

Maintaining pH Equilibrium

So how do we maintain a healthy pH balance in our bodies? There are several ways that we can protect our bodies from the ravages of low pH and the good news is that they are fairly simple and are within our control. First, it is important to drink a lot of water (the recommended 8 glasses a day) as water neutralizes acidity. Second, it is crucial that our eating habits do make room for food that lowers our acidity: processed grains, junk food, red meat, sugars, and soda. The third and maybe most important way that we can keep our pH balanced is by taking control of our emotions. Research shows that emotions such as anger, fear, jealousy, and hate all facilitate the creation of acidic-forming chemical reactions in the body by the hypothalamus while emotions such as happiness, love, and joy create alkaline-forming chemical reactions that neutralize acidity. Your mood and the way you think about things can literally affect your pH levels!

Understanding the importance of pH levels is vital to maintaining a healthy body and serves as yet another example of how we control the health and vitality of our physical bodies not only by what we eat but also by how we think. You are the creator of the environment of both your body and mind—so why not make the choice to live in love, health, and happiness.

Anxiety Is Common, But It Doesn’t Have to Control Your Life


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Anxiety disorders are extremely common, especially in modern Western societies. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, nearly 14% of Australians are affected by some kind of anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are nothing to be ashamed of, and if you suffer from anxiety the good news is it does not have to rule your life: anxiety is a very treatable condition and you have the power to control it so it doesn’t control you.

Anxiety is a normal human emotion that helps us to appropriately assess situations in which we should fear danger or harbor suspicion. Everyone will experience anxiety at some point in their lives-it is a normal mental safety mechanism. However, anxiety disorders are an exaggeration of normal anxiety in both the presence and absence of fear or danger. Worrying about your husband if he is 30 minutes late for dinner is a normal anxious reaction. Fearing that germs on public transportation will give you a fatal disease if you ever ride the bus is not a normal anxious reactions-it is a telltale sign of an anxiety disorder.

There are many types of anxiety disorders that are housed under the umbrella term anxiety. Obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and phobias are some of the most common forms of anxiety and they each have their own sets of symptoms and causes. However, all anxiety disorders are make people’s worries or fears constant and crippling, and they translate to both physiological and psychological symptoms that include:

· Feelings of panic, fear, uneasiness

· Obsessive thoughts that are out of a person’s control

· Flashbacks

· Nightmares

· Heart palpitations

· Dry mouth

· Insomnia

· Muscle tension

· Shortness of breath

· Compulsive behavior

Above are just a few of the symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety levels can ebb and flow for someone with an anxiety disorder, with symptoms typically intensifying during periods of high stress. Anxiety disorders are thought to be caused by a combination of biological pre-dispositions and environmental factors, with environmental factors, particularly during childhood, being the primary cause of anxiety.

Although anxiety is prevalent, it is completely treatable. While many people opt for the pharmaceutical approach to controlling their anxiety disorders, treatment methods that focus on re-wiring thought patterns and neural pathways are much more helpful and get to the root of the problem. This allows people to reflect deeply within themselves and make fundamental changes that lead to healthier and happier lifestyles. Cognitive behavioral therapy, a form of thought monitoring that re-structures the way people approach their fears and reactions, is thought to be one of the most effective methods of treating anxiety. Other methods, such as hypnosis, are also very effective.

Food for thought: If you are suffering from anxiety and irrational fear, obsessions, and compulsions, keep in mind that a thought is only as powerful as the attention that you give it, and you are the one who decides how much attention you can give your own thoughts.

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What Is It About Teenage Girls That Makes Them So Difficult?


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Ah the teenage years. They creep up on parents out of nowhere, and explode with a hard slap of reality in the face, usually in the form of moody behavior, snide comments, and flurries of rolled eyes. Children who once worshiped and idolized their parents suddenly recoil at the thought spending time with them or listening to anything they say. The teenage years can be a particularly turbulent time for mums and their daughters, and many mums, forgetting how difficult their own teenage years were, scratch their heads and wonder: why are teenage girls so difficult?

The teenage years are difficult for both boys and girls, just in different ways. The onset of puberty between ages 12 and 13 brings many confusing changes to girls’ lives: they start their periods, experience sexual curiosity, begin forming an individuated identity, and lives with the ups and downs of their powerful hormone cycles. These hormones control girls’ emotionally and they becomes prone to anxiety, depression, or rapid mood swings. Girls become increasingly concerned with emulating those in their peer groups, and many girls want to chase cool and find a way to fit in. Throw parents, especially mums into the adolescent stew and you sometimes get a toxic reaction: screaming fights, hysteria, sobbing fits, slammed doors etc.

The turbulence of the teenage girl years is unavoidable and it is something that every family must deal with, but that doesn’t mean it is easy-as a parent, there will be many rough days. Here are a few tips to mitigate the stress levels when dealing with your teenage girl, and keep your sanity as a parent:

This too shall pass: Teenage girls are quite myopic, and temper storms are usually quick to blow over. As a parent, your role is to diffuse the situation, not add fuel to the fire. The next time your teenage daughter rolls her eyes, screams, slams a door etc. just rest in the comfort that all storms reach a calm end and try not to engage her or egg her on.

Take time for yourself: Don’t let the stress levels surrounding your teenage daughter control the household. Make sure that you take time to do some things you like, engage in activities that re-charge your battery and make you feel like you have a safe space outside of the teen disaster zone.

Keep an open mind and an open heart: Your teenage daughter needs you and your support more than you know. Not every aspect of a teenage girl’s life is marked by extreme behavior-teen girls spend a lot of their time calm, collected, sensitive, and sweet too. Keep yourself available to your teen daughter and let her know you are there to talk to her about anything she needs, and make sure that she knows how much you love here, even when your “I love yous” are greeted with rolled eyes and an annoyed “I know mom(or dad)”

Teenage girls can be difficult, but as a parent it is your job to remember that you were once a teen too and that now as an adult, it is your job to play the balanced role in the family. If you treat your teenage daughter with love, kindness, respect, and show her firm boundaries about what behavior is acceptable or unacceptable, then you will be able to surf the teenage wave to a more fulfilling relationship with your daughter in her adult life.

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