Today I’m sharing a collaborative post on health dangers, but I’d also like to just say a huge thank you for all of the incredibly kind birthday wishes. I have finally just managed to reply to all of the comments on my recent birthday post. I appreciate every single one of them, so thank you very much! ♥
There are various unseen or unknown things that might impact our health, so it’s good to be aware of what they might be and how we can tackle them. This collaborative post explores just 3 of the lesser known ‘invisible monsters’ that are sometimes reported as being potentially damaging to health.
Is Your Health Under Attack By Invisible Monsters?
Just because you can’t see something, doesn’t mean that it isn’t harmful to you. In fact, there are a number of things that can harm your health without you even knowing about it, and we’re going to be talking about three of the lesser known ones here.
Fluoride : From Toothpaste To Tap Water
Most of us have likely heard of fluoride because it’s an added ingredient in many oral care products on the market today. It’s one of the reasons why you should always spit out the toothpaste rather than swallow it. Fluoride is actually a mineral, helpful for protecting teeth from decay when used in appropriate amounts. What you may not be aware of is that chemicals like this are also typically present in your drinking water.
For over 70s years, community water fluoridation has seen fluoride added to tap water in the hopes of benefiting teeth. There’s a lot of controversy over fluoride in water and whether or not it’s safe, and more research is needed on the potential for adverse health effects. That’s why it’s worth considering a water solution such as Filtap. This will ensure that all the dangerous chemicals are filtered out so that you’re left with clean, safe and healthy water.
How harmful are these added minerals and other chemicals that may be found in tap water? Well, some studies find that they result in cognitive impairment while others have linked them to cancer risk among other health issues. It’s also possible that some people, like those undergoing dialysis, may be more vulnerable to the effects of fluoride, so it’s a mineral worth knowing about for both its benefits and potential risks.
Electro-Magnetic Energy : A Controversial Topic
This is a point of contention, with much debate as to whether one can actually be allergic or sensitive to electromagnetic energy. This is often referred to as electronic magnetic field (EMF) intolerance or electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS). Most experts claim that the issue here is more psychological than anything else, and EMF sensitivity has no proven medical basis, nor is it an officially recognised diagnosis.
However, it doesn’t mean that electro-magnetic energy isn’t potentially harmful in some way or that some people believe it does have a negative impact on their health. Indeed, studies suggest that energy produced from everything from your laptop to your phone can impact the body and the way the brain works to varying degrees. Symptoms reported can vary considerably, but common features tend to include the likes of headaches, rashes, heart rate irregularities, fatigue and poor sleep.
Advice articles often suggest putting away mobiles and laptops before bed because the disruption of such electrical devices, in addition to the light emitted, can hinder your ability to get to the deepest level of sleep. If you constantly feel exhausted when you wake up each morning, take a look at whether you’re using electronics in the hour or two before bed or sleeping next to your gadgets.
Stress : A Chronic Problem
Stress is universal and a global problem. Many of us experience it to some degree throughout our lives, often as a result of a particular situation or event. While some stress can be beneficial in keeping us motivated or cautious, for many it’s maladaptive and persists over long periods of time, which is when it can become increasingly damaging to mental and physical health..
If left unmanaged, it can start to manifest as physical symptoms, perhaps starting with fatigue, then moving to headaches, chest pains, rapid heart beats, high blood pressure, and so on. Ongoing high levels of stress can make one more vulnerable to the likes of heart attack and stroke, among a myriad of other heath conditions. It can also worsen mental health, having a knock-on effect with anxiety, isolation and depression.
Stress becomes a vicious cycle that’s hard to break, but there are ways you can take back some control and work at lowering your stress levels, both in terms of the stressors themselves and how you respond to them. See if you can pinpoint the triggers and whether there’s any way to reduce or avoid them. Look at how you respond to them, and whether you can challenge those responses so that you cope with less stress being aroused. Are there any ways you can let out that stress afterwards, so that rather than continually shooting up or staying at high levels, you can keep it on a lower, more even keel?
The are various self-management techniques to calm stressful thoughts and feelings, like art, breathing exercises, yoga and mindfulness. A focus on healthy lifestyle, diet and exercise can also help, as can taking a methodical approach to how to pace and manage the sorts of things that often pique your stress.
Whether stress is just recently creeping up on you or you’ve been dealing with it for a long time, you can always start taking measures to reduce it. You don’t have to do this alone, so please reach out and seek professional advice and support if you need it.
We hope that you have found this article helpful when it comes to some of the invisible monsters that could be attacking your health. Now that you know more about them, you can be more aware of whether they’re factors in your lifestyle and, if so, you can start taking proactive steps to manage them and protect your wellbeing.
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