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Keep Your Mind and Body Active from the Comfort of Your Home
With businesses closed and jobs transitioned to remote work, most of us have been stuck at home for weeks on end. Worse yet, there’s no telling when this pandemic could end, which can add on to feelings of stress and anxiety.
While sitting on the couch and binge-watching movies or your favorite TV shows might have sounded like a dream at first, lounging around probably got old pretty quickly. Now, you might be pacing your living room, itching for something to do.
To relieve some quarantine stress and help you feel productive while stuck inside, it’s best to engage your mind and body each day. Here’s a helpful list of ideas on how to keep your mind and body active – all from the comfort of your own home.
- Journal daily: Journaling is a great way to express your thoughts and experiences in a healthy way. Grab a spare notebook and dedicate a little time to journaling in it every day. Write down your thoughts and fears or a few things you’re grateful for to help you center yourself.
- Start a blog: Do you have a special skill or hobby you’re passionate about? Start a blog and share your unique ideas with the world! From cooking to crocheting to lifestyle inspiration, anything is fair game. Or, start a “quarantine blog” where you can share your experiences during social distancing and help others understand they’re not alone.
- Do at-home workouts: You don’t need a full gym to complete a challenging workout! Using only body-weight exercises, small free weights you can store in a closet, or household items, you can get your blood pumping and stay active inside. Make a goal to complete at least one 20-minute workout a few days per week. You can even get the entire family involved!
- Clean and declutter: Staying inside is one thing, but staying inside a messy house is another. Use your spare time to spruce up your space from top to bottom. Now is the perfect opportunity to clear out that hallway closet you’ve been avoiding or to reorganize your pantry. Break down areas of your home and try to tackle a little bit each day.
- Practice mindfulness: The world is a scary place right now, and tensions are high. Instead of scrolling through social media, take a break and focus on mindfulness. Short meditation sessions where you focus on your breathing or an encouraging mantra can help you relieve stress and calm down from feeling overwhelmed.
- Make an inspirational collage: Mood boards or inspirational collages are both creative and encouraging. Gather supplies you have around your house and create a collage of things you want to do after the pandemic is over, as well as some of your longer-term goals. Clip pictures from old magazines, dust off your paintbrush and paint sets, pull out that giant pack of colored pencils from your desk drawer, and get creative!
- Check books off your reading list: It can be difficult to find time for quiet reading during the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and your reading list might seem endless. Don’t let books collect dust on your shelves! Now is the perfect time to immerse yourself in a fantasy world or fictional story as an escape.
- Do a yoga challenge: Yoga is a great activity for the mind and body since it blends mindfulness with body-weight exercises and stretches. Look up a yoga series on YouTube or download a yoga instruction app to get started right in your living room.
- Take an online course: Lots of educational institutions and hobbyists are offering online classes for free right now, so take advantage of them! If you’ve always wanted to explore a particular subject or you’re looking to bolster your resume, now is the time to learn something new.
- Connect virtually: You don’t have to suffer in boredom alone! Your friends and family are just a video chat away. Host FaceTime or Zoom calls with family and friends, or propose virtual lunch meetings or coffee dates with coworkers. If you can’t video chat, find an online community to take part in, such as a virtual book club or hobby group to have discussions with.
- Create the perfect playlist: Music can be energizing, therapeutic, and cathartic. And nobody knows your music taste better than you! Put together some playlists that will lift your spirits or get you ready for a workout, then host a dance party in your living room with your family!
- Tackle a project you’ve put off: Have you been meaning to re-paint your guest room for months? Have your leaky faucets officially driven you nuts? Take stock of all the home improvement projects you’ve been putting off and try to complete as many as you can with what you have on hand, or order parts online.
Don’t squander the extra time you’ve been given! By keeping your mind and body active and engaged, you can help shed the stress of being stuck at home while also improving your skills, your space, and yourself.
Active Body, Active Mind – IsleListen
It can be difficult to consider the positives during a second lockdown, but could your relationship with exercise be one of them?
For many, being in lockdown and being allowed outdoors for limited reasons, including exercise, has provided an opportunity (and the time) to discover new ways to get active or stay active. This could include anything from getting out to explore your local surroundings through walks, participating in online virtual classes or embarking on initiatives such as ‘RED (Run Every Day) January’ and the ‘Couch to 5k’ programme.
It is well known that physical activity can have a direct impact on your mental health, and during extraordinary times like we are in now, keeping physically active is more important than ever. Exercising, in any form, causes the body to release endorphins and serotonin, which are the body’s ultimate ‘feel good’ chemicals, boosting our mood and helping to lessen feelings of stress and worry.
As someone who has suffered with their mental health since their teens, I am only too aware of the impact exercise can have on mental health.
My love for running started when I was a young child, being part of Northern Athletic Club. I loved the competitiveness, the discipline, and the fun. This carried on throughout my school life, taking part in all school sports. Throughout adulthood, I have taken part in many different exercise classes but my love for running was reignited about 6 years ago when I started with a running group – as someone who hadn’t run consistently for many years, it was a steep learning curve!
After setbacks with injuries and a lot of perseverance, I took part in my first half marathon in 2017, something I never dreamed I would have been capable of doing. Since then, I have run several more half marathons, the Edinburgh Marathon, and various local races on the Isle of Man.
Personally, running provides me with ‘me’ time even if I am running with others. It gives me the chance to consciously and unconsciously process the trials and tribulations of day-to-day life. When I am going through a tough time or when my mental health isn’t too good, running is what I go back to. It doesn’t matter how fast or capable I am at running, for me, the benefits to my mental health far outweigh anything else.
This year, I am taking part in RED January to help kick off the New Year. Even though we are currently in a temporary lockdown, I am making sure I get out each day for a run or a walk with my dog Vera, visiting favourite places and exploring new ones, because now, more than ever, our mental health is key.
I’ve been very fortunate to grow up participating in a range of sporting activities, from Athletics to Netball, Judo to Hockey. However, it wasn’t until I took a few years away from sport to focus on A-Levels, that I was truly able to comprehend the benefits that exercise had towards my health and wellbeing.
At the age of 21, I was struggling significantly with my mental health and looked to exercise to see if it could help. I set up the NHS ‘Couch to 5k’ app on my phone, committing to the full course – it was a really great way to develop some self-confidence and ease back into an active lifestyle, re-joining my old Athletics Club and a local running group in the process. By chance, I turned up to what I thought was a running session one evening, which turned out to be a race-walking group. Whilst initially not keen, I kept at it, and things seemed to progress very quickly. After a year dabbling in the sport, I ended up representing England internationally, and it was then that I realised there could be some potential.
I had never been a very confident kid growing up but being part of a sport and feeling like I was bettering myself and achieving goals really helped. It enabled me to realise how much I could push myself out of comfort zones, learning that it was ok to hurt in training, for my lungs to feel on fire, and to have a heart racing at a ridiculous rate. I’d never pushed these sorts of boundaries before – essentially fearful of the efforts required and the pain I’d have to endure. It was eye-opening, insightful and incredibly empowering, and has been useful in applying to other areas of life – knowing that I can challenge myself when tasks at hand seem difficult, such as when studying or within the workplace.
It was never my intention to compete at a high level, but I was heavily motivated by the feel-good factors and pure enjoyment, seeing the progressions first-hand and endless determination to overcome an eating disorder. It’s provided some incredible opportunities to travel and explore the world, including racing in Europe for Great Britain and at the 2018 Commonwealth Games – achievements I have become so proud of.
It has encouraged a quiet confidence and a growth mindset to never give up and always try my best, no matter what the outcome.
How you can get active during lockdown
Whether you’re able to benefit from getting outside for a short period of exercise, or required to self-isolate in the confines of your own home, here are some ideas on how to get active during lockdown:
There are so many physical activities you can do outside including walking, running, or cycling. Maybe you could start a new activity you have been wanting to do for a while? Getting out for some fresh air, even if it’s only for a brief period, can be really beneficial in terms of promoting those feel-good factors.
Exercise with family
This is a great way to keep motivated and spend quality time with loved ones whilst getting creative, having fun and benefitting from physical activity. Maybe you could set up mini obstacle courses using household items, walk the dogs or go on bike rides together, explore your local surroundings, or teach a family member a new activity.
Do some online exercise videos
The internet is full of online exercise videos which you can access for free. Some examples include:
Do a virtual class
Lots of local gyms and fitness instructors provide online classes which you could access. This can help you to still feel connected with others from the safety of your own home. Check out:
Set yourself realistic goals
Setting yourself short-term and long-term goals can be an encouraging way to stay motivated and provide a sense of achievement. Maybe you want to up your running speed or walk for a goal of 10,000 steps in a day. Whatever your goals, remember to keep them realistic and not beat yourself up if you don’t achieve them. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
It can also be useful to consider the benefits of a ’growth mindset’, especially if you’re considering participation in a new sport for the first time. This theory suggests that just because you don’t feel very good at something the first few times you try; it doesn’t mean that you will always feel this way. With practice and effort, learning new skills and developing your fitness does get easier. So instead of thinking “I can’t do this”, think “I can’t do this … YET!”
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Keeping Mind & Body Active – Newport Mind
Some top links and recommendations from our team to help you to stay active & look after your mind & body.
We’ll be sure to keep updating this list, so come back to this page when you’re looking to change your routine!
Get Set To Go – Bitesize daily video with tips and advice from our very own Georgia H on staying mindfully active. Also available on Facebook.
A Changing Minds Guide to Lifiting up in Lockdown – Our Changing Minds team and young volunteers have put together a resource filled with self-guided activities and information to help young people maintain their emotional and mental resilience during this period of social isolation.
Positive News – Struggling under the weight of the doom & gloom news stories? Here’s refreshing news outlet, focussing on what’s going right in the world. Free to read articles online. Currently has an offer on magazine gift subscriptions too.
BBC Sounds – A vast archive of BBC Radio programmes & Podcasts including Comedies, Audiobooks, Music & Documentaries. You’ll need to sign up, but you don’t need a TV licence to access this service.
Audible – Free audiobooks for Children of all ages & some literary classics adults will enjoy. Many books available in a variety of languages – Ecoutez Peter Pan en Francais mes amis?!
Pili Pala – Daily warm ups, seatedd and standing dances & exercises for over 50’s.
Fun Palaces – Check out their Tiny Revolutions page for lots of inspiration for fun ways to connect both online & offline.
Open Culture – An enourmous free resource for cultural & educational books, films & audio.
P.E with Joe – Daily P.E. sessions led by Joe Wicks for young people & families.
Yoga with Adriene – Namaste! A very popular online yoga teacher. Presents live streams as well as videos to follow at your own pace.
Headspace – Popular website/app for guided Mindfulness Meditation. Currently with extra free resources for help ‘weathering the storm’.
A Guide to Eating for Sports (for Teens)
Eat Extra for Excellence
The good news about eating for sports is that reaching your peak performance level doesn’t take a special diet or supplements. It’s all about working the right foods into your fitness plan in the right amounts.
Teen athletes have different nutrition needs than their less-active peers. Athletes work out more, so they need extra calories to fuel both their sports performance and their growth.
So what happens if teen athletes don’t eat enough? Their bodies are less likely to achieve peak performance and may even break down muscles rather than build them. Athletes who don’t take in enough calories every day won’t be as fast and as strong as they could be and might not maintain their weight.
Athletes and Dieting
Teen athletes need extra fuel, so it’s usually a bad idea to diet. Athletes in sports where there’s a focus on weight — such as wrestling, swimming, dance, or gymnastics — might feel pressure to lose weight. But drastically cutting back on calories can lead to growth problems and a higher risk of fractures and other injuries.
If a coach, gym teacher, or teammate says that you need to go on a diet, talk to your doctor first or visit a dietitian who specializes in teen athletes. If a health professional you trust agrees that it’s safe to diet, they can work with you to create a healthy eating plan.
Eat a Variety of Foods
When it comes to powering your game for the long haul, it’s important to eat healthy, balanced meals and snacks to get the nutrients your body needs. The MyPlate food guide can guide you on what kinds of foods and drinks to include in your diet.
Vital Vitamins and Minerals
Besides getting the right amount of calories, teen athletes need a variety of nutrients from the foods they eat to keep performing at their best. These include vitamins and minerals. Calcium and iron are two important minerals for athletes:
- Calcium helps build the strong bones that athletes depend on. Calcium — a must for protecting against stress fractures — is found in dairy foods, such as low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese.
- Iron carries oxygen to muscles. To get the iron you need, eat lean meat, fish, and poultry; leafy green vegetables; and iron-fortified cereals.
Athletes may need more protein than less-active teens, but most get plenty through a healthy diet. It’s a myth that athletes need a huge daily intake of protein to build large, strong muscles. Muscle growth comes from regular training and hard work. Good sources of protein are fish, lean meats and poultry, eggs, dairy, nuts, soy, and peanut butter.
Carbohydrates are an excellent source of fuel. Cutting back on carbs or following low-carb diets isn’t a good idea for athletes. That’s because restricting carbs can make you feel tired and worn out, which can hurt your performance.
Good sources of carbs include fruits, vegetables, and grains. Choose whole grains (such as brown rice, oatmeal, whole-wheat bread) more often than processed options like white rice and white bread. Whole grains provide the energy athletes need and the fiber and other nutrients to keep them healthy.
Sugary carbs such as candy bars or sodas don’t contain any of the other nutrients you need. And eating candy bars or other sugary snacks just before practice or competition can give athletes a quick burst of energy, but then leave them to “crash” or run out of energy before they’ve finished working out.
Everyone needs some fat each day, and this is extra true for athletes. That’s because active muscles quickly burn through carbs and need fats for long-lasting energy. Like carbs, not all fats are created equal. Choose healthier fats, such as the unsaturated fat found in most vegetable oils, fish, and nuts and seeds. Limit trans fat (like partially hydrogenated oils) and saturated fat, found in fatty meat and dairy products like whole milk, cheese, and butter.
Choosing when to eat fats is also important for athletes. Fatty foods can slow digestion, so it’s a good idea to avoid eating them for a few hours before exercising.
Skip the Supplements
Sports supplements promise to improve sports performance. But few have proved to help, and some may do harm.
Anabolic steroids can seriously mess with a person’s
hormones, causing unwanted side effects like testicular shrinkage and baldness in guys and facial hair growth in girls. Steroids can cause mental health problems, including depression and serious mood swings.
Some supplements contain hormones related to testosterone, such as DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone). These can have similar side effects to anabolic steroids. Other sports supplements (like creatine) have not been tested in people younger than 18. So the risks of taking them are not yet known.
Salt tablets are another supplement to watch out for. People take them to avoid dehydration, but salt tablets can actually lead to dehydration and must be taken with plenty of water. Too much salt can cause nausea, vomiting, cramps, and diarrhea and may damage the stomach lining. In general, you are better off drinking fluids to stay hydrated. Usually, you can make up for any salt lost in sweat with sports drinks or foods you eat before, during, and after exercise.
Speaking of dehydration, water is as important to unlocking your game power as food. When you sweat during exercise, it’s easy to become overheated, headachy, and worn out — especially in hot or humid weather. Even mild dehydration can affect an athlete’s physical and mental performance.
There’s no one set guide for how much water to drink. How much fluid each person needs depends on their age, size, level of physical activity, and environmental temperature.
Athletes should drink before, during, and after exercise. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty, because thirst is a sign that your body has needed liquids for a while.
Sports drinks are no better for you than water to keep you hydrated during sports. But if you exercise for more than 60 to 90 minutes or in very hot weather, sports drinks may be a good option. The extra carbs and electrolytes may improve performance in these conditions. Otherwise your body will do just as well with water.
Avoid drinking carbonated drinks or juice because they could give you a stomachache while you’re training or competing. Don’t use energy drinks and other caffeine-containing drinks, like soda, tea, and coffee, for rehydration. You could end up drinking large amounts of caffeine, which can increase heart rate and blood pressure. Too much caffeine can leave an athlete feeling anxious or jittery. Caffeine also can cause headaches and make it hard to sleep at night. These all can drag down your sports performance.
Your performance on game day will depend on the foods you’ve eaten over the past several days and weeks. You can boost your performance even more by paying attention to the food you eat on game day. Focus on a diet rich in carbohydrates, moderate in protein, and low in fat.
Here are some tips:
- Eat a meal 3 to 4 hours before activity. Include plenty of carbs and some protein but keep the fat low. Fat takes longer to digest, which can cause an upset stomach. Carbs may include pasta, bread, fruits, and vegetables. Avoid sugary foods and drinks.
- When there are 3 hours or less before game or practice, eat a lighter meal or snack that includes easy-to-digest carbohydrate-containing foods, such as fruit, crackers, or bread.
- After the game or event, experts recommend eating within 30 minutes after intense activity and again 2 hours later. Your body will be rebuilding muscle and replenishing energy stores and fluids, so continue to hydrate and eat a balance of lean protein and carbs.
Everyone is different, so get to know what works best for you. You may want to experiment with meal timing and how much to eat on practice days so that you’re better prepared for game day.
5 Mental Benefits of Exercise
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From less stress to a boost in self-esteem, exercise is as great for your brain as it is for your body.
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Dr. Shawna Charles, who received a PhD in Psychology from Walden University, put her love of psychology into action by opening a Los Angeles boxing gym to provide people with the help they need, including fitness, an ear to listen to their problems, and a connection to vital social services. Dr. Charles, like many others in her field, understands the connection between good physical and mental health.
The Psychological Benefits of Exercise
Most of us know the many physical benefits of exercise: weight control, lower blood pressure, reduced risk of diabetes, and increased energy, just to name a few. But what about the psychological benefits of exercise? From easing symptoms of depression and anxiety to keeping your memory sharp, there’s no shortage of mental benefits of exercise. Whether you need motivation to get to the gym or to just take a brisk walk, the five psychological benefits of physical activity below will have you tying up your shoe laces and heading out the door.
- Help for depression and anxiety
Exercise is a scientifically proven mood booster, decreasing symptoms of both depression and anxiety. Physical activity kicks up endorphin levels, the body’s famous “feel good” chemical produced by the brain and spinal cord that produces feelings of happiness and euphoria. Even just moderate exercise throughout the week can improve depression and anxiety, so much so that some doctors recommend trying out an exercise regimen for these conditions before turning to medication.
- Decreased stress
Another mental benefit of exercise is reduced stress levels—something that can make us all happier. Increasing your heart rate can actually reverse stress-induced brain damage by stimulating the production of neurohormones like norepinephrine, which not only improve cognition and mood but improve thinking clouded by stressful events. Exercise also forces the body’s central and sympathetic nervous systems to communicate with one another, improving the body’s overall ability to respond to stress.
- Increased self-esteem and self-confidence
From improving endurance to losing weight and increasing muscle tone, there’s no shortage of physical achievements that come about from regular exercise. All those achievements can all add up to a whopping boost of self-esteem—and the confidence that comes with it. You may not set out for better-fitting clothes, a slimmer physique, and the ability to climb a hill without getting winded. Oftentimes it happens before you even realize it. It’s just one of the many benefits of physical activity that boost your body, mind, and spirit.
- Better sleep
If you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep, exercise can help with that, too. Physical activity increases body temperature, which can have calming effects on the mind, leading to less sheep counting and more shuteye. Exercise also helps regulate your circadian rhythm, our bodies’ built-in alarm clock that controls when we feel tired and when we feel alert. (Although improved sleep is a psychological benefit of exercise, sleep experts recommend not exercising close to bedtime.)
- Brain boost
From building intelligence to strengthening memory, exercise boosts brainpower in a number of ways. Studies on mice and humans indicate that cardiovascular exercise creates new brain cells—a process called neurogenesis—and improve overall brain performance. It also prevents cognitive decline and memory loss by strengthening the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory and learning. Studies also prove that physical activity boosts creativity and mental energy. So if you’re in need of inspiration, your big idea could be just a walk or jog away.
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Corpus luteum during pregnancy
Detection of a corpus luteum on ultrasound is a clear sign of pregnancy. The corpus luteum is a gland in the female body that is formed during ovulation and can remain active for up to 12 weeks. The longer her life span, the higher the chance of pregnancy. If a woman fails to get pregnant, then, perhaps, the pathology of the gland is to blame.
Corpus luteum during pregnancy
During ovulation, the egg matures and leaves the follicle.If fertilization does not occur during this period, then a new egg matures in a month, and the old one is excreted from the body during menstruation. At the end of ovulation, a hormone-producing gland (progesterone and estrogen) is formed, which is called the corpus luteum. If fertilization does not occur, then it decreases, stops producing progesterone, and the menstrual cycle begins. And during pregnancy, the corpus luteum remains active, progesterone prevents the appearance of new eggs and prevents menstruation from developing.The gland disappears during the period when the placenta begins to produce the necessary substances on its own.
Pathology of the corpus luteum
Diseases of the corpus luteum can cause infertility. When underdeveloped, this gland produces low amounts of progesterone, unable to prepare the uterus for pregnancy. As a result, fertilization does not occur.
There are several reasons for this pathology:
- genetic predisposition;
- postoperative failure;
- post-drug failure;
- kidney disease;
- liver disease.
90,015 ovarian diseases;
Symptoms of hormonal deficiency
The following signs indicate a possible pathology of the gland:
- violation of the menstrual cycle;
- violation of egg implantation;
During a violation of the cycle with insufficient production of progesterone, the timing is lengthened, and the mechanism of fertilization is disrupted. However, it happens that progesterone still appears enough for fertilization, but it is no longer enough to carry a child. Then there is a miscarriage.
Treatment of hormonal deficiency
Treatment of corpus luteum pathology during pregnancy is symptomatic. If a woman’s body does not produce enough progesterone, then it must be taken additionally. There are oral, vaginal or rectal preparations, as well as skin creams with progesterone as the active ingredient. Most often, Urozhestan and Dyufaston are appointed. In hospitals, progesterone can be prescribed in ampoules.Each medicine should be taken on specific days. But before the appointment of hormonal drugs, it will be necessary to undergo a full examination.
During drug treatment, constant monitoring is carried out – the patient undergoes ovulation tests, the progesterone content is checked, and a corpus luteum is observed on an ultrasound scan.
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90,000 Corpus luteum in the ovary – what is it and is it worth worrying about – ISIDA Clinic Kiev, Ukraine
Every month, dozens of processes occur in a healthy woman of reproductive age associated with the possible conception and bearing of an unborn child. One of these processes is the formation of the corpus luteum, which is responsible for the synthesis of the pregnancy hormone (progesterone). In some cases, gynecologists send women for an ultrasound scan so that the specialist at the screening determines the corpus luteum, describes its structure and makes measurements for further interpretation of the analysis. Therefore, it is very important to know where the corpus luteum comes from and for what functions of the female body it is responsible.
What is the corpus luteum?
The corpus luteum or, as it is called, the luteal body is an endocrine gland that occurs temporarily and cyclically.Appears immediately after each ovulation in the second phase of the menstrual cycle. The main function of the gland is to prepare the body for pregnancy and its support in the first four months, until the placenta is formed.
When does the corpus luteum appear?
A corpus luteum is formed after the release of the egg from the dominant follicle immediately after ovulation. Experts conditionally divide the process of maturation of the gland into four separate stages, differing primarily in structure and size:
- The first stage is called “proliferation”.It occurs immediately after the rupture of the follicle walls and the release of the egg. It is characterized by active cell division, the formation of lutein, characteristic yellowing and the acquisition of specific shapes and boundaries.
- The second stage, or “vascularization”, is characterized by an increase in the size of the corpus luteum, the appearance of a circulatory network. Vascularization falls on the 14-18th day of the cycle.
- The third stage is called “flowering”. The corpus luteum increases to its maximum size, the outlines become more noticeable.The size is 26-27 mm.
- The fourth stage or “regression” occurs only in the absence of pregnancy. The corpus luteum atrophies and disappears until the next cycle.
Functions of the corpus luteum:
- preparation of the endometrium for implantation (attachment) of the embryo;
- increase in the thickness of the endometrium.
The corpus luteum develops in women of reproductive age. The appearance and development of the gland is directly related to pregnancy:
If conception has occurred and the embryo is attached to the wall of the uterus, the corpus luteum synthesizes progesterone, gradually increasing its amount, which provides all the conditions for the development of the unborn child.The corpus luteum functions until the placenta is fully ripe, when the latter can produce estrogen and progesterone on its own, at about 16 weeks of gestation (4 months).
If there was no conception, the corpus luteum decreases, atrophies and is replaced by scar tissue. The amount of the synthesized hormone decreases, regular menstruation sets in.
Dimensions of the corpus luteum
Typical dimensions of the corpus luteum immediately after ovulation are based on the 12 to 20 mm range.During the formation of the luteal body, the size gradually increases and by 19-30 days of the menstrual cycle it becomes as large as possible – 23-29 mm.
Corpus luteum on ultrasound
The corpus luteum can be detected during the diagnostic procedure if the ultrasound took place in the period immediately after ovulation. This confirms that the cycle is ovulatory and that ovulation itself was normal.
The corpus luteum can be seen on transabdominal and transvaginal ultrasound of the pelvic organs. For women who are sexually active, a transvaginal examination is a more accurate option.
On the screen of the device, the ultrasound doctor will see a heterogeneous rounded formation. A corpus luteum appears in the right or left ovary, depending on the location of the maturation of the dominant follicle and ovulatory egg. The side of maturation is not of fundamental importance for a future pregnancy and a woman’s health.
Sometimes an experienced uzist sees a corpus luteum in the ovary at other periods of the menstrual cycle, for example, during a delay, when the alleged menarche did not begin at the usual time. This may indicate both pregnancy and hormonal imbalance. The presence of a corpus luteum during menstruation is not 100% confirmation that a woman is carrying a child. To confirm or refute, it is necessary to pass an analysis to determine the level of hCG in the blood.
In addition, a cyst, a cavity formation with fluid inside, sometimes develops from the corpus luteum. Pathology is characterized by frequent interruptions in the monthly cycle, pulling pains in the lower abdomen. An experienced gynecologist should understand the situation in more detail.
Can the corpus luteum not appear in a specific menstrual cycle? Yes maybe. Sometimes ovulation does not occur, such cycles are called anovulatory cycles. The dominant follicle does not mature, the egg does not enter the uterus and ovulation does not occur. Accordingly, the corpus luteum does not arise.
Anovulatory cycles are normal typical for:
90,014 90,015 adolescent girls in whom the cycle is only going through its moments of formation;
90,015 immediately after childbirth;
90,015 if a woman is breastfeeding;
In other cases, regular anovulatory cycles indicate abnormalities in the body.
The corpus luteum is a gland that forms in the ovaries after ovulation is complete. The corpus luteum performs a number of important functions related to the preparation of the uterine cavity for future pregnancy. If conception does not occur, the gland will atrophy and scar. A corpus luteum is formed monthly.
A corpus luteum detected on an ultrasound scan during a delay cannot be 100% confirmation of pregnancy and may indicate various hormonal problems.
Excessive sweating during sleep in men
It is not necessary to run a hundred meters or do a fifth set on simulators. Even in sleep, the sweat glands continue to work – just less actively. As soon as the body feels uncomfortable, they turn on at full capacity. Sheets wet with sweat, clammy skin, and a characteristic odor are not the most pleasant manifestations of excessive sweating at night. The reasons for men can be very different – from inappropriate bedding to sleep disturbances or systemic diseases.Let’s break them down in order – to calm the sweat glands, you often just need to adjust your daily habits a little.
Create a comfortable microclimate
Even if you prefer warmth, don’t turn your bedroom into a sauna. Heat and stale air are the most common causes of heavy sweating at night. When the body senses that it is overheating, it turns on its natural air conditioning system. As the moisture evaporates, it cools the surface of the skin, and with it the internal organs.In a similar way, the body reacts to any increase in temperature – during illness, physical exertion.
Leave the window open. The coolness of the night has a beneficial effect on the quality of sleep and helps to avoid unnecessary overheating. At the same time, it is important to avoid a draft – the risk of waking up with a stuffy nose exists even in summer. If the noise from the street prevents you from falling asleep, you can limit yourself to airing or cool the room with air conditioning.
Rely on natural materials
To cope with night sweats, it is sometimes sufficient to change the bedding.A hot blanket, synthetic sheets, or uncomfortable pajamas interfere with natural thermoregulation, preventing your skin from breathing. They create a greenhouse effect – moisture simply cannot evaporate from the surface of the body.
Choose duvets and bedding made from natural materials. Cotton, linen, bamboo or coarse calico are pleasant to the touch, absorb excess moisture, and allow air to circulate freely. If you prefer to sleep in pajamas or a T-shirt, it is better to opt for loose fit and breathable fabrics.
Let your body relax
A warm shower will be the perfect end to a busy day. It will wash away not only sweat and street dust, but also fatigue. Adjust the temperature to a comfortable temperature – too cold or scalding hot water is an additional stress factor on the skin and makes the sweat glands work harder.
Rexona Clinical Protection will help keep the feeling of cleanliness longer. Its formula protects against sweat 3 times better than conventional antiperspirant *.Thanks to the unique Defense + technology, it forms an invisible film on the skin, the microparticles of which keep the skin dry for up to 96 hours – even in stressful situations, intense physical activity or in heat.
Sleep quality matters
Sweating is directly related to stress levels. The more nervous we are, the more active the sweat glands are. This feature of the body makes itself felt at the most inopportune moments: before an important interview, public speaking, romantic date.It would seem that during sleep we are as relaxed as possible. However, nervous overstrain can play a cruel joke here. Often the causes of increased sweating are stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and insomnia.
Put your gadgets aside at least an hour before bedtime. Better to spend this time with your family, reading a book or taking an evening walk. Make sure that nothing distracts you from your vacation. Before going to bed, close the windows with blackout curtains, move away chargers with flickering diodes – the sleep hormone, melatonin, is destroyed by light.
Balance your diet
Gastronomic addictions often run counter to the opinion of the body. If you love everything spicy, after a serving of chili, seven sweats will predictably come off you. The body reacts in a similar way to fatty foods, smoked meats, pickles and marinades. It is not necessary to deny yourself a portion of ribs or fries – but it is better to eat them for lunch, and choose easier dishes for an evening meal. Overeating at night is also not worth it – there should be an interval of 1.5-3 hours between dinner and bedtime.
Alcohol, coffee, energy drinks, nicotine have a stimulating effect and increase blood pressure. As a result, thermoregulation is disrupted – the body begins to sweat actively. With increased sweating, it is better to refuse alcohol altogether. The body has to simultaneously restore the temperature balance, cope with dehydration, and compensate for the poisonous effect of alcohol decomposition products. The deep sleep phase is sharply reduced – the body does not have time to fully recover.
Take care of your health
Excessive sweating is a frequent companion of viral infections (ARVI, influenza), as well as diseases of a bacterial nature (bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis).Heavy sweating at night can signal heart or digestive problems. In diabetes mellitus and other endocrine disorders, autoimmune diseases, and a number of tumors, the adrenal glands produce more adrenaline and norepinephrine, which also increases sweating. Excessive sweating at night in men can be a reaction to medication – it is enough to complete the course, and the activity of the sweat glands will return to normal.
The peak of activity of sweat glands occurs in adolescence, when the body is undergoing radical hormonal changes.Sweat production decreases with age. Also, overweight people often suffer from excessive sweating.
Night sweats are not always a sign of illness. However, if it occurs regularly for no apparent reason, it will not be superfluous to consult a doctor. Snoring, difficulty breathing, fever, insomnia, frequent urination also serve as alarm bells.
Clinical protection / Defense + – protection against excessive sweating.* 3 times more effective than Unilever’s base antiperspirant aerosol in sweat protection, hot room tests 96h Unilever R&D UK 2018.
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Fighting Against Animal Testing
During the development of new types of cosmetics, 8 million experimental animals die every year in the world.
As Europe has already banned the sale of animal-tested cosmetics, Lush and Humane Society International are calling on the Russian cosmetics industry to end the cruelty as well.
MOSCOW (Feb 25, 2013) – As the European Union prepares to cancel sales of animal-tested cosmetics on March 11, LUSH co-founder and managing director Mark Constantin and Andrew Rowan, CEO and president of Humane Society International, wrote an open a letter from the Russian Perfumery and Cosmetic Association and their partners around the world, in which they also call on the Russian cosmetics industry to stop testing on animals once and for all.
In Russia, testing of cosmetics on animals is still not banned, and the cosmetics industry continues to rely on inhuman cosmetic experiments that were banned in Europe back in 2009. Humane Society International and LUSH have campaigned against animal testing for many years.
LUSH, which has more than 900 stores in almost 50 countries, first established its strict NO to animal testing policy back in 1991, which was the first signal on the road to ethical cosmetics.Humane Society International has launched several high-profile campaigns for the EU to ban the sale of unethical cosmetics, and in April 2012, the organization launched its global Cruelty-Free Cosmetics campaign to end animal testing around the world.
In Russia, this campaign was carried out in partnership with the Center for the Protection of Animal Rights “VITA”.
In their letter to Tatiana Puchkova, chairman of the Russian Perfume and Cosmetic Association and international cosmetic trade organizations, HSI and LUSH urged European companies to use the EU ban as a starting point for creating a cruelty-free industry.The letter read:
“On March 11th we will witness a very significant event in the history of the beauty industry. The largest cosmetic market in the world – the European Union, which has already banned testing of cosmetics on animals on its territory, will close the doors of cosmetics that have been tested on animals abroad. This sales ban reflects a call from buyers: Animal testing of cosmetics is discouraged and must stop. Of course, this should be an important turning point for the beauty industry around the world, is it possible that the habit of testing cosmetics on animals will finally be a thing of the past and cosmetics will not be so cruel anymore?
LUSH, Humane Society International and many others have tirelessly campaigned to stop animal testing.Over the years, we have heard many words of excuse from cosmetics companies that did not want to cancel the animal testing of cosmetics, but one after another, their excuses were exposed as empty and self-serving.
Animal toxicity tests are outdated methods that cannot guarantee consumers 100% safety. The future of cosmetic testing lies in modern methods based on human biology.So there is no scientific justification for animal testing. There are thousands of existing cosmetic ingredients that have long been known to be safe to use, meaning they do not require new testing. Countless combinations of these ingredients allow companies like LUSH to be creative and innovative in their product creation. So, there is no business excuse for animal testing.
Keep in mind that animal testing is incredibly painful for rabbits and other animals that drip chemicals into their eyes or skin.Puffy eyes, skin rashes and various animal organ lesions are the “ugly” beauty industry secrets that are delaying the end of animal testing. There is no ethical justification for animal testing!
Hundreds of cruelty-free cosmetics retailers like LUSH demonstrate every day that safe and innovative cosmetics can be produced without animal testing. We are delighted that the EU is becoming a cruelty-free zone and we call on all companies that continue to test cosmetics on animals in the US, China, Brazil, India, Canada, South Korea, Russia and beyond: DO A WORTHY DEED AND STOP SUFFERING.SHOW YOUR BUYERS AROUND THE WORLD THAT BEAUTY IS NOT ANIMAL’S SKINING, SHOW THAT BEAUTY HAS A HEART ”.
During the development of new types of cosmetics, 8 million experimental animals die every year in the world. Do you want to know what happens to the experimental animal during the testing of a particular product?
In the Draise test , the test substance is applied to the rabbits and waited until the cornea is damaged. The animal cannot rub the eye with its paw, which corrodes the applied drug.Often the test ends with the cornea becoming cloudy and the eye dying. Sometimes rabbits break their necks or backs when trying to escape from the mounts.
Another well-known industrial test for determining toxicity “LD 50” (lethal dose-50) consists in the fact that a group of animals is injected with an increasing dose of the test substance, and the experimenter’s task is to determine the dose that kills 50% of the animals within a specified time … Typically, the substance is introduced into the animal’s body using a tube inserted through the esophagus into the stomach.
When testing cosmetics, cleaning agents and new compounds developed by industry, animals often breathe in vapors, the concentration of which is so high that most of the animals die from poisoning.
Unfortunately, many companies still test their products on animals.
LUSH is fighting to end animal testing in partnership with The Human Society International (HSI), one of the world’s largest animal welfare organizations.HSI is working with governments, academics and companies to ensure that all animal testing is canceled.
Do your part to ban the sale of cruel cosmetics in the EU by signing the Cruelty Free Cosmetics petition at hsi.org/becrueltyfree to help end animal suffering in Russia and around the world.
Effects of massage on the human body – Treatment of allergies and asthma in Allergomed
Therapeutic massage is the oldest and most effective method of treatment, as well as a method of preventing various diseases.Often, massage is also used for aesthetic purposes: to improve skin elasticity, fight wrinkles. Despite the fact that today medicine offers a huge range of different methods of treatment, massage is still widely used due to the almost complete absence of side effects and contraindications, high therapeutic efficiency.
The effect of massage is much more complicated than it seems at first glance: all its methods include only external mechanical action, but at the same time the deep levels of the whole organism are involved.During a therapeutic massage session: the receptors react to touch, pressure, stretching and transform the mechanical effect into a nerve impulse that enters the central nervous system. New nerve impulses reduce the irritation of the receptors, which leads to the release of tissue tightness in the affected area, the muscles gradually restore their function: they become elastic and mobile.
In response to massage, the body produces a whole chain of reflex responses:
- Muscle tension (muscle hypertonicity) is relieved, which leads to the cessation of pain in the spine with osteochondrosis, joints, their functionality increases
- The state of the vessels changes: their blood circulation improves
- The activity of various organs and systems increases, which leads to an improvement in the functioning of internal organs, the state of the central nervous system improves
- Aesthetic effect is achieved
Being in a state of tension, the muscles cannot contract and receive the necessary nutrition, which leads to stagnant processes.Often, tense muscles lead to compression of the nerve roots, and pain can spread to the arm, shoulder blade, head, back. There is a violation of skin sensitivity, a decrease in reflexes.
The massage warms up the muscles, improves their blood supply and nutrition, which allows them to actively contract: congestion, which hindered the work of muscles and reduced their elasticity, disappears. After that, the pain also goes away.
At the same time, unlike physical activity and sports, massage does not tire the muscles, but makes them contract and at the same time relaxes them.With physical exertion, the affected muscle may not always relax, and sometimes it contracts even more, so physical activity does not always help to relax the affected muscle.
Effects on ligaments and joints:
With the help of massage, you can strengthen the ligaments and give the joints more mobility. The joints are very sensitive to massage manipulations:
- Improves mobility and elasticity of the ligamentous apparatus
- Increased secretion of synovial fluid (joint lubrication)
- Periarticular edema decreases
- Improves blood supply, and therefore nutrition of the tissues of the joints
Massage is necessary for various injuries of joints and ligaments (stretch marks, dislocations and bruises), when physical activity is contraindicated; and is recommended for prophylactic purposes with a sedentary lifestyle, athletes.
Effects on the circulatory system:
Massage has a beneficial effect on the circulatory system, significantly increasing the speed of blood flow through the vessels. This means that harmful substances are actively removed from the body, and the tissues are actively supplied with oxygen, that is, they receive the necessary nutrition. This leads to the disappearance of edema, as well as an increase in the general tone in the body – the efficiency increases and the state of health improves.
Also, massage allows you to solve problems associated with capillaries.Capillaries are the smallest vessels that permeate the entire human body. They are so thin that the gaps inside them can easily close. This often happens with a sedentary lifestyle. When the capillaries cease to function normally, over time, this can lead to organic damage: vascular hardening and tissue death. Massage is an effective means of preventing the full functioning of the capillaries.
Effects on the respiratory system:
The massage is good for the respiratory system.Acting on the subcutaneous receptors of the chest and respiratory muscles, there is a reflex effect on the lungs and bronchi.
Of course, the most direct effect of massage is on the skin. It is cleared of the upper dead layer, tissue respiration, oxygen saturation of cells are improved, metabolic processes and processes of skin regeneration are activated. Along with this, the work of the sebaceous and sweat glands improves, the skin becomes more elastic and elastic, which leads to its rejuvenation.
It is important to know that massage absolutely must not be done on a non-professional couch.
Massage should not be done on soft, as this significantly reduces its effectiveness. Firstly, it is inconvenient for the massage therapist to work, bending strongly, and secondly, there is no way to approach the patient from different sides, and thirdly, it is impossible to use some techniques during the procedure (techniques with weights – pressure). Doing massage on the floor or table is also contraindicated, since the body does not take on a physiological form, which is very harmful for the spine.
A dog itches – what to do with severe itching in a dog – ProPlan.ru
Infection occurs through contact with sick dogs, and is also transmitted through care items. When carrying out treatment, it is necessary to process not only the animal itself, but also the room where it lives, since the parasite remains viable in the external environment for a long time. This rule applies to the treatment of any parasitic disease.
Diagnosis is by ear swab examination.Ticks are clearly visible under a microscope. Otodectosis responds fairly well to treatment. But, as mentioned above, diagnosis and therapy should be carried out only by a veterinarian.
The skin has powerful protective properties, but if they are disturbed for some reason, the normal microflora that is present on the skin can become active and cause inflammation.
Pyoderma is a purulent inflammation of the superficial and deep layers of the skin caused by bacteria (staphylococci, streptococci, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and others).Most often, bacterial dermatitis is a consequence of other skin diseases or a general weakening of the immune system. Any damage to the skin can cause pyoderma, for example, allergic reactions, parasitic diseases, mechanical injury or chemical exposure.
With this disease, the dog experiences itching, areas with sticky fur with an unpleasant odor appear on its body, purulent discharge on the skin. In areas with a small amount of hair, scratching marks, dry crusts or compaction can be seen.The dog becomes restless, cannot find a place for itself, constantly itches. Manifestations can be different: interdigital pododermatitis, pyoderma of skin folds, pyoderma of corns (in the elbows, hocks), furunculosis (inflammation of the hair follicles), fistulas, abscesses.
Pyoderma is a disease that requires a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. To make a diagnosis, you need to contact not just a veterinarian, but preferably a narrow-profile specialist – a dermatologist.He makes a diagnosis on the basis of a general examination and special studies (smears-prints from the skin, scrapings, etc.).
Why do you need a body scrub – what is it useful for, how often you need to use it.
Scrub is one of the most ancient cosmetics. It was invented as a natural way to polish the skin of the face or body. It was invented a long time ago: historians write that even the ancient Egyptians knew how important exfoliation is for beauty.And the inhabitants of Asia, trying to find snow-white skin, like that of Europeans, actively massaged the body with homemade means. Fortunately, you can get a good product today without fiddling with the ingredients. Let’s see why a scrub is needed?
What is a body scrub?
The word “scrub” itself comes from the English scrub, which means “to scrub, rub, brush”. This word accurately reflects the essence of the remedy and a complete procedure that can be carried out even at home. Dense particles in the composition, like a brush, remove dead skin cells, stimulating its natural renewal.
City dust, sebum, sweat residues accumulate on our face. As a result, uneven, “lifeless” skin color, flaking, acne and even acne can appear. If you want to avoid these problems and prevent premature aging of the body skin by keeping it toned, it is recommended to scrub it at least once a week. This is why it is so important to have this remedy in your beauty arsenal.
What to make a body scrub from if there is no ready-made cosmetic product at hand? Add ground coffee to your shower gel – voila!
Why do you need a body scrub
Any scrub contains exfoliant particles.They can be either natural, for example, crushed apricot pits, or artificial. Both have the following functions:
- cleanse the skin from keratinized (dead) cells;
- evens out the texture of the skin, making its tone fresher and more uniform;
- stimulate blood circulation, fight cellulite and puffiness;
- prepare the skin for an even tan;
- help prepare the skin for depilation.
7 oils scrub from the brand “One Hundred Recipes of Beauty” gently cleanses and tones the skin.Olive, pistachio, avocado, almond, apricot and grape oils nourish, smooth and soften. And the pleasant aroma of vanilla cheers up and makes the procedure especially pleasant.
How often to use the body scrub
Scrubs are really effective and useful. The main thing is to use it correctly. To do this, you need to follow several rules. If you have dry skin, do not use an exfoliator more than once every 10-14 days. But if it refers rather to normal or combined, you can increase the frequency up to 1-2 times a week.
If you are going to the sea, exfoliate your skin at least three days before the trip: it needs time to recover. After your vacation, opt for a more gentle treatment with infrequent scrubbing with a gentle exfoliant. How does the remedy help after returning? It allows the tan to fade evenly while maintaining a fresh summer skin tone and tone.
Why body scrub is useful
Scrub is a cosmetic product that has a number of useful properties. The main thing is not to make basic mistakes in this procedure.For example, the skin needs to be prepared for the procedure by first cleaning it with a shower gel. Apply the scrub in a circular motion, moving from below, from the very feet, upward, dispersing blood and lymph and improving their microcirculation. How to apply a scrub? With your hands or special gloves.
What effects can you expect from scrubbing? What does a scrub give?
- cleaning effect: solid particles easily get rid of dirt;
- nourishing effect: in addition to solid particles, the product always contains a nourishing and / or moisturizing base;
- toning effect: improved microcirculation keeps the body skin toned;
- firming effect: the scrub works like a massage, which means that the lifting effect will not keep you waiting;
- A whole SPA ritual: often the products contain useful essential oils.