Life In Charge http://lifeincharge.com Take life by the horns. Fri, 14 Sep 2018 05:00:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 http://lifeincharge.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/cropped-LIC-Roads-150x150.png Life In Charge http://lifeincharge.com 32 32 How Do My Genetics Affect My Health? http://lifeincharge.com/how-do-my-genetics-affect-my-health/ http://lifeincharge.com/how-do-my-genetics-affect-my-health/#respond Mon, 28 May 2018 15:00:36 +0000 http://lifeincharge.com/?p=2495 It’s no secret that genetics can impact your health, but understanding the real relationship between the two is where things get complicated. Fortunately, the most important connections are easily explained. Learn more about genes and health below to maintain optimal well-being. Genes and Disease In the same way that traits such as hair and eye […]

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It’s no secret that genetics can impact your health, but understanding the real relationship between the two is where things get complicated. Fortunately, the most important connections are easily explained. Learn more about genes and health below to maintain optimal well-being.

Genes and Disease

In the same way that traits such as hair and eye color are passed down from one relative to another, so can certain diseases. Fortunately, most genes we inherit from our parents are very similar. This makes it easy to determine if you may have an increased chance for a specific disease such as cancer. If your parents or grandparents had a disease, you might be more susceptible to it.

However, it is important to keep in mind that genes do not necessarily predict your health destiny. Rather, they can serve as a precaution for what could come. Lifestyle factors such as diet, stress levels and exercise play a notable role in your ability to combat hereditary diseases. According to ASEA, you can also use supplements that target your cells to improve your immune system and maintain your health.

In some cases, mutations in your genes can affect your health. Mutations may be inherited from your parents or acquired throughout your lifetime due to environmental factors and lifestyle choices. The best way to reduce your risk of developing diseases caused by mutations is to maintain regular check-ups with your primary care physician and lead a healthy, active lifestyle.

Genes and Aging

Another way that genes can affect your health is by serving as a guideline for the aging process. For a long time, many people believed that aging was just a matter of natural wear and tear. However, research has demonstrated that hundreds of genes contribute to your aging timeline.

For example, some people develop grey hairs sooner than others or may experience earlier loss of vision and hearing. Knowing your family’s history can help you take appropriate preventative care to avoid these issues or at least delay them. It’s true that the way your age affects you can be inherited, but you have more control over it than you may believe. While it is true that we all have a genetic clock, your choices can speed it up or slow it down.

Genetics are passed down from parent to child and can play a role in your health throughout your lifetime. However, they typically lack the final say in your well-being. Lifestyle choices can significantly alter your genes and prevent certain diseases and premature signs of aging.

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Forgotten Social Aspects of Coming Back from Addiction http://lifeincharge.com/forgotten-social-aspects-coming-back-addiction/ http://lifeincharge.com/forgotten-social-aspects-coming-back-addiction/#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 15:30:42 +0000 http://lifeincharge.com/?p=2489 Overcoming an addiction can be a very difficult and trying process. It can also be very daunting to adjust to life after an addiction. Many people will come to the realization that they have lost sight of what was once important to them before the addiction. In many cases, they will have lost contact with […]

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Overcoming an addiction can be a very difficult and trying process. It can also be very daunting to adjust to life after an addiction. Many people will come to the realization that they have lost sight of what was once important to them before the addiction. In many cases, they will have lost contact with the positive influences in their life, such as friends and family. They may have also given up hobbies and interests that once meant a lot to them. Many aspects of an individual are often lost during a drug or alcohol addiction. Gaining back a full social life is always difficult for recovering addicts, and in some ways, can be more challenging than the addiction itself.

 

Rebuilding After an Addiction

It can be difficult to rebuild your life and forge new, healthy relationships with people. It can also be hard to reach out to people you may have lost contact with and attempt to heal the relationship. It is also vital to realize that most people will have to abandon toxic relationships they have formed during their addiction. They have likely formed relationships with people who are also addicts and are bad influences.

Creating A New Social Infrastructure

Continuing to surround yourself with addicts during your recovery can be detrimental to your healing. It is important to set reasonable boundaries with people. It may not always be necessary to completely remove people from your life. Sometimes, you can just create distance between yourself and negative influences, while still maintaining some sort of contact with them. This depends on the specific situation and is up to the recovering individual to decide which people they should remain in contact with.

Occasionally, the recovering individual may be able to be of service to their loved ones who are still using. They can do this by being a good influence and showing others that it is possible to remain sober and rebuild your life. Again, this should be decided on a case-to-case basis because, often, remaining in the same social circle you were in while you were using can be counter-productive.

 

Creating a new life for yourself will take time and effort. Recovering addicts are likely unused to how their minds and emotions function without having some sort of substance to depend on. There will usually be an adjustment period and it will take time to get used to their new life. This is a good time for the recovering addict to possibly seek out therapy or another form of professional help. Take time to understand who you are without the drugs and become comfortable with your new life.

 

Resources:

http://www.socalsunriserecoverycenter.com/

http://www.beatingaddictions.co.uk/thesocialeffectsaddiction.html

https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/health-consequences-drug-misuse

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Why Are You Waking Up Tired? http://lifeincharge.com/why-are-you-waking-up-tired/ http://lifeincharge.com/why-are-you-waking-up-tired/#respond Wed, 16 May 2018 04:19:16 +0000 http://lifeincharge.com/?p=2486 You’re going to bed earlier and sleeping in later, but you’re still waking up tired and unrested. You’ve tried herbal teas, hot milk, exercising, and other tips that are supposed to help you sleep, but nothing seems to be working. What could be the reason you’re waking up tired? Consider the following possibilities. An old […]

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You’re going to bed earlier and sleeping in later, but you’re still waking up tired and unrested. You’ve tried herbal teas, hot milk, exercising, and other tips that are supposed to help you sleep, but nothing seems to be working. What could be the reason you’re waking up tired? Consider the following possibilities.

An old or low-quality mattress

If your mattress is eight or more years old, it’s likely time for a new one. Even if it’s not that old, a low-quality mattress has the same effect. The inner springs, foam, or other materials may have broken down enough that the mattress simply doesn’t support you as you sleep. This can lead to constant tossing and turning as you try to find a comfortable position, which then interferes with your sleep.

Your partner is tossing and turning

If your partner isn’t sleeping well, this can also affect your sleep — especially if the bed is too small. The restless sleep of your partner transfers to your side of the bed, interrupting your sleep and making you restless as well. You may not even realize that your partner is disturbing your sleep if it doesn’t wake you up completely. Asking your partner how they slept last night can be a good way to confirm or rule this one out.

Your mattress is too small

Did you know that two people sleeping on a double bed have as much space as they would if they were sleeping in a crib? If the thought of trying to sleep in a crib makes you shudder at the lack of comfort, now you know why sleeping on a full-size mattress might be the cause of your poor sleep. Try upgrading to a larger, quality mattress to see if it makes your sleep more restful.

Sleep apnea

If you’ve looked at your situation, changed your mattress, talked to your partner, and feel that none of those are the problem, sleep apnea may be the problem. A condition in which the sufferer stops breathing repeatedly, you would wake up often as a result of not breathing, but may not recall waking up. This can lead to feeling exhausted, despite feeling as though you slept through the night. If you suspect sleep apnea, make an appointment with your doctor. Meanwhile, try one of these home remedies.

A restful night’s sleep is the successful result of several factors coming together: good health, good bedding, and a well-rested partner. Don’t endure another bleary morning; get to the root of your fatigue and start the day off right.

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5 Careers in Science You Haven’t Considered http://lifeincharge.com/5-careers-science-havent-considered/ http://lifeincharge.com/5-careers-science-havent-considered/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:40:51 +0000 http://lifeincharge.com/?p=2479 Most science jobs, including the best-known and most popular, fall into three broad categories: academic, government, and industrial. Academic positions include professors and the technicians and researchers who work for them. Government scientists are often researchers or regulators. Industrial scientists work for businesses or some non-profits.  Some science jobs, however, don’t exactly fit any of […]

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Most science jobs, including the best-known and most popular, fall into three broad categories: academic, government, and industrial. Academic positions include professors and the technicians and researchers who work for them. Government scientists are often researchers or regulators. Industrial scientists work for businesses or some non-profits.  Some science jobs, however, don’t exactly fit any of those categories. Here are five possible careers you haven’t considered.

1. Taxidermy

A taxidermist preserves and mounts dead animals to display them. Many taxidermists start out as hobbyists who make displays for friends who hunt. At this level, the taxidermist doesn’t need training or certification. If they want to prepare displays for a science museum, however, they will need to go to a taxidermy school and earn certification. Taxidermists need to know the anatomy of their subjects so they can produce the most life-like mount possible. They also need to have good eye-hand coordination and an artistic flair.

2. Essential Oil Research & Production

Essential oils come from plants, and many have therapeutic properties. They can be used in aromatherapy to relieve stress and/or improve mood, and some can be used as antiseptics. Companies like doTERRA thus often hire scientists to help make or study essential oils. Some scientists, for example, will test the effectiveness of doTERRA products. Others help develop new products. These scientists need to have at least a Master’s degree in a relevant field like pharmacology.

3. Paleoart

A paleoartist paints or sculpts reconstructions of prehistoric animals, most commonly dinosaurs. They can illustrate books or create museum murals or displays. Paleoartists need to know both anatomy and paleontology to produce the most accurate and life-like reconstructions. As they also need to know the necessary art techniques, many go to art school.

4. Forensic Science

A forensic scientist helps investigate the physical evidence found at a crime scene. They can take DNA samples from hair or blood, and they can analyze various chemicals. Forensic science is a broad field that encompasses several scientific disciplines including toxicology, chemistry, and biology. A forensic scientist needs at least a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, and they also need certification.

5. Cartographer

A cartographer maps and measures the surface of the Earth. They also collect and analyze geographic data taken from airplanes, satellites, and surveys. A cartographer needs at least a Bachelor’s degree in geography, cartography, computer science, or some other relevant discipline. Many states also require a cartographer to have a surveyor’s license. Cartographers who specialize in GIS or remote sensing may also need certification in these areas.

As the above list shows, many possible science jobs don’t require a Ph.D. Some jobs, like paleoartist or taxidermist, are at least as much art as they are science. It will take some looking, but somebody seeking an unconventional career in science should be able to find a job that strikes their fancy.

Resources

http://www.jobmonkey.com/uniquejobs5/taxidermist/

https://sourcetoyou.com/

https://www.thebalance.com/science-job-titles-2061506

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/10/paleo-art-is-a-thing/408829/

https://www.crimesceneinvestigatoredu.org/forensic-scientist-job-description/

https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-engineering-careers/earth-physical-sciences/cartographer-or-photogrammetrist#whatdotheydo

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Life with a Chronic Illness: 3 Tips to Take Control of Your Life Again http://lifeincharge.com/life-chronic-illness-3-tips-take-control-life/ http://lifeincharge.com/life-chronic-illness-3-tips-take-control-life/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:00:02 +0000 http://lifeincharge.com/?p=2472 Even though it may feel like it, having a chronic illness doesn’t have to be the end of the story. If you carefully examine your current situation when your head is clear, you’ll begin to see that. You can take back control of your life, and here’s how.   It’s Important to Have Support By […]

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Even though it may feel like it, having a chronic illness doesn’t have to be the end of the story. If you carefully examine your current situation when your head is clear, you’ll begin to see that. You can take back control of your life, and here’s how.

 

It’s Important to Have Support

By keeping old relationships and forming new friendships, you’ll be better able to cope with your illness. Having someone around that cares for you (like, actually cares about you) may turn out to be your number one motivator in life. That person has the incredible ability to bring you to your full potential, in spite of the obstacles that relentlessly stand in your way. You’ll often find yourself facing a difficult task or dilemma that makes you just want to give up and stop trying altogether. However, your supportive loved one will be there at every turn to help you get through these tough times. A friend or a loved one can make all the difference in the world when it comes to effectively managing life with a chronic illness.  Don’t try to do this on your own.  Life’s better together.

 

Be Upfront About Your Needs

No matter what your chronic illness is—whether it’s an autoimmune disease or even an STD—after learning of your diagnosis, you should make a special effort to inform your loved ones about your needs. Tell family and/or friends how crucial it is for you to have someone you can confide in when times get rough. If you clearly explain this to them ahead of time, it will go a long way toward helping them realize how serious your situation is. They’ll be much more receptive and take your words to heart.

Furthermore, you’ll want to mention to your loved ones that you’ll be needing lots of words of encouragement. An occasional remark probably won’t be enough to help you during the difficult times ahead. You’ll need a lot of support from those around you to get you through the illness.

At the beginning, remind your loved ones that you need them to be flexible. With all that anxiety already floating around in your mind, you may feel like doing something one day and then change your mind shortly after. Those around you need to understand this and not take it personally.

 

Practice Mindfulness

You’ll want to remember how important it is to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.”  It’s best to start developing this habit long before you get any results back from STD or blood tests. Before long, it’ll become more natural. This is particularly helpful when your mind is more prone to wander. Typically, these thoughts are irrational and will do all in their power to bring you down. By living in the present moment, you can fight off the negative thoughts that would otherwise draw attention to your illness.

 

A chronic illness can be a big challenge, but don’t let it stop you from being happy. By having a solid support network and practicing mindfulness, you can achieve this. You are strong, so believe that.

 

Resources
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/turning-straw-gold/201509/20-tips-living-well-chronic-pain-and-illness
https://www.healthfulelements.com/blog/2017/12/8-ways-support-someone-chronic-illness
http://www.prioritystdtesting.com/locations/
https://www.everyday-mindfulness.org/category/health/chronic-illness/

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Are Name Brand and Generic Really the Same? http://lifeincharge.com/name-brand-generic-really/ http://lifeincharge.com/name-brand-generic-really/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000 http://lifeincharge.com/?p=2466 Consumers are often picky about where and how they spend their money. They want products that are simultaneously high quality, safe, effective, and priced within reason. This can seem like a contradiction; thanks to brand marketing efforts, the more expensive brands seem to be superior. Generic products are offered as a cheaper alternative to brand-name […]

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Consumers are often picky about where and how they spend their money. They want products that are simultaneously high quality, safe, effective, and priced within reason. This can seem like a contradiction; thanks to brand marketing efforts, the more expensive brands seem to be superior. Generic products are offered as a cheaper alternative to brand-name counterparts, but is the quality really the same?

Medication

Generic drugs are designed to be chemical replicas of the branded version, only with a lower pricetag. For some medications, the difference in price can be quite significant — especially for prescriptions. Lower-cost generic medications have the same active ingredient as their branded counterpart, and the drug’s strength, dosage, usage, effectiveness, and route of administration are considered identical.

While the active ingredient may be the same, some of the “inactive” components, such as preservatives, flavorings, dyes, and other ingredients can vary. This change of ingredients can result in a drug that is a different shape, size, flavor or color. With over-the-counter medications, there is virtually no difference between the original and generic drugs. Generic prescription drugs’ comparability to the branded version, however, vary.

Food

When it comes to food, the contrast between a branded product and the grocery store equivalent is subjective. Some consumers feel that brand-name products simply taste better, and they refuse to buy a lower-cost substitution. Others don’t notice a difference, or find the difference so small that it’s a nonissue.

Opting for generic foodstuffs often helps reduce your grocery bill without sacrificing quality of living, making eating healthy on a budget easier. In fact, if you read the label on many food items, the ingredients in both generic and branded versions are often very similar. For example, store brand cereals are very comparable to the more popular brand cereals in terms of taste, quality and nutrition.

Household Cleaners

Almost every household cleaning product has a generic clone. For example, all varieties of chlorine bleach contain a concentrated percentage of sodium hypochlorite, so no matter what brand name is on the product label, it will produce the same results. Also, generic types of window cleaner and dish soap are equally as effective as the more expensive grades.

Regarding laundry detergent, consumers tend to be loyal to their favorite brand, and most seem to be willing to pay extra for a higher-quality product. This is because cheaper brands of detergent often leave undesirable residues on clothing.


Generic products often make excellent substitutions for brand-name products when you’re trying to tighten up your budget. In the end, name brands often tend to be more expensive only due to fancy packaging and marketing. When shopping for brand-name or generic products, compare the ingredients and look for reviews when possible. Depending on the product, the branded item may be better, or there may be no difference at all.

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