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 Being and staying in shape is easier said than done, but it's essential to help you live a long, happy and healthy life. The whole idea of eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep and drinking enough water is easy in theory, but it also takes a lot of self-control to get all of these things in as much as possible. If you’re someone who struggles with self-motivation and sticking to a healthy lifestyle, try these tips below to help keep you from falling off the wagon and ultimately, keep you healthy throughout the winter!

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It is no secret that anxiety affects and controls many people’s day-to-day lives. In fact, in the UK alone, ‘over 8 million people are experiencing an anxiety disorder at any one time’, emphasising just how common anxiety is. However, despite how common anxiety disorders are, not everyone wants to take the traditional route of medication when it comes to managing their anxiety. Bearing this in mind, if you’re looking for more natural remedies to help your anxiety, then we’re here to help.

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It can take approximately 4 to 6 weeks to tighten your pelvic floor muscles. However, how long it takes to feel results will depend on your age, the current strength of your pelvic floor, your lifestyle and of course how often you do your pelvic floor exercises.

The best part is that you can do a number of exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor at any time or location… so there are no excuses not to be doing them. 

So, if you’re looking to tighten things up down there, here are 4 exercises and techniques that are proven to help. 

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In today's post, I'm talking about something really important which is intimate health. It seems like anything in "that" region that is not "normal" shouldn't be talked about because it's far too embarrassing, however, I think that should change. I think we should be talking about our intimate health more openly with people who we feel comfortable talking about it with, because we all have intimate parts and talking about our health in that region more openly can help raise awareness and make people more aware of possible symptoms to look out for and also help to stop the taboo around the topic.

5 Ways To Keep Fit at Home *

in , , , by Kirsty Milward, 31.3.21
-This post is a collaborative post with Flow State-

It is essential that we are looking after ourselves during the lockdown. For many of us, this means staying at home. But just because we can’t go to the gym or take part in our favourite classes, it doesn’t mean that we can’t keep fit and healthy. There are many different ways you can continue reaching your fitness goals, but you might need to get creative. 

So, what options do you have to help you keep fit at home? In this post, we explore five different ways to look after your general health, which will help you to improve your mental health.  

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Making sure our hands are clean is something we should all be on top of in general day-to-day life and even more so with Coronavirus still about. In today's post, I'm going to be talking about FulviSafe's Alcohol-Free and Baby Safe Hand Sanitizer and Barrier Cream which is available from their website. Because I've obviously been washing my hands even more than usual during the lockdown and whilst Coronavirus is still about, my hands have definitely taken the brunt of it and have been really dry, itchy and I've even had cracked skin between the fingers at times, which just isn't a nice look and can even be painful but obviously making sure my hands are super clean is more important. I have used a number of different hand moisturisers and hand washes and some have definitely worked better than others, however, something which I do find really dries out my skin but is still an essential product is hand sanitiser because of its high alcohol contents. So when I was introduced to FulviSafe's alcohol-free and baby-safe Hand Sanitizer priced at £5.50* and their Barrier Cream priced at £7* I couldn't wait to try them both out and see if they help my poor dry hands. 
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I was a bit silly towards the end of March to the beginning of April because I stopped using my CBD products as much as I usually do, just because I was kind of testing my daily pain with little to no pain relief and guess what? I suffered big time... Not only did I have some really bad pain flare-ups, but I also came down ill with tonsillitis for almost 3 weeks too which I'm pretty sure happened because I run myself down because of the bad bad flare-ups. So this month I've gone back to using my CBD products consistently and I've also been putting some brands I've never heard of before to the test. In this post, I'm going to be talking about
Synerva 300mg CBD Body Balm and how I've got on after using it pretty much daily for 3 weeks. 
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How we're feeling both physically and mentally is a big part of our everyday life and I think we should all be checking in on ourselves often and making sure that we're feeling okay or if we feel we need to make some changes or do something to improve our overall wellbeing. In today's post, I'm talking about 5 different ways that I have found to improve my own wellbeing and have just given me a bit of a boost.
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I use CBD oil daily for my chronic pain and anxiety and I personally find that it works well for me, which you probably already know as I'm always going on about it. But it's literally the best thing I've discovered in terms of natural pain and anxiety relief. I tend to use a 5% 500mg strength oil on a day-to-day basis as I find that it works for me and I buy my 5% oils from various different places depending on how much I want to spend and what flavour (if any) I fancy buying. However when I'm in a lot of pain and I'm having a really bad flare up then I will opt for a stronger strength like a 600mg or 1000mg. I recently got the opportunity to try out Enhanced Biotics 10% 1000mg CBD Oil Drops* and in this post I'm going to be talking about their company and also how I've gotten on with their oil drops. 

Tom who is the founder of Enhanced Biotics was suffering with prolonged stress during his time at university. He rejected some of the prescription medication he was offered he began to search for some different ways of improving his well-being. He then came across CBD and after hearing about how popular it was in the USA he decided to give it a try. He quickly discovered that it was difficult to find a high quality CBD from a reputable supplier that had appropriately lab tested the product. After showing signs of stress relief from using CBD, he noticed numerous other mental health benefits and also found that the CBD was helping with his performance at the gym. He then envisioned Enhanced Biotics with the goal of helping others whilst providing high quality, safe and thoroughly lab tested products. 

Enhanced Biotics currently sell CBD Oil Drops starting from £29.99, CBD Capsules (300mg) which are priced at £21 and Vapes available in various flavours from Cool Mint Berry, Blackcurrant & Menthol, Mangoes & Cream and more.

I was kindly sent their strongest 10% 1000mg CBD Oil Drops priced at £59.99* (for a 10ml bottle) which is about the going rate for a CBD oil of that strength and size. They also offer free delivery with all domestic orders too which is a big plus. I've been using these drops on my really bad pain days and with it being a stronger strength and I can definitely feel some relief shortly after using it when I'm having a bad pelvic pain flare up. I tend to use 5-6 drops per day which usually does the trick. I'll sometimes have a couple more drops before I attempt to go to sleep just to tide me over during the night and also help me to settle my mind if I've had a bad day with my pain and I'm just feeling low. Even if you don't have a chronic illness or pain I've found that CBD oil is definitely the best thing I've tried for my anxiety and I've suffered with bad anxiety since I was about 12. I'm not going to lie, it does have a taste like most CBD oil drops (unless flavoured) but it's not the worst tasting CBD oil I've ever tried and believe me, I've tried some horrible tasting ones before. If you aren't a fan of the taste or texture of CBD taste in general then you could pop some in your cup of tea or coffee to help disguise the taste. That's what I do with CBD oils which taste really gross so that they don't go to waste. However I've found that I don't need to do that with Enhanced Biotics CBD which shows that it isn't that bad in terms of it's taste and texture.

Overall I'm impressed with the Enhanced Biotics 10% CBD Oil Drops* and I shall be picking up another bottle when I run out. I do find that my 10% oil drops last a little longer than the 5% bottles I use daily because I only use them when none of my other CBD products are touching the pain, so in my eyes it's worth the £59.99. I know it's what's inside what counts but I really like the bottle design too and you know what I'm like with cute or pretty packaging so I just thought I'd give it a mention. I'm also interested in trying out their CBD Capsules which contain 30x 10mg capsules at some point as I'm very intrigued to see how they work as I've never tried capsules before.

Have you tried any sort of CBD products before? If so, what did you think?

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I know some people have started following me lately on both twitter and insta because they are interested in following my "endo journey". If you're not familiar then it's basically following my journey whilst I deal with my chronic pain and wait to finally be diagnosed with endometriosis which I'm pretty sure I have. I also know that some fellow chronic illness sufferers who are also bloggers like to see how I'm getting on with new medication and also seeing if I've tried any new methods to help ease my pain. However if you don't know about my chronic pain and how it started then here's a run down: I've been unwell since January last year. It started out as a really bad back problem and then around March my stomach started to hurt and I was getting really bad acid after eating and drinking pretty much anything. I changed up my diet and tried to eat as clean as possible after a unhelpful doctors appointment where they basically just told me I was fine and that I should just lose some weight. As I was unhappy with my first appointment I went back for a second opinion as I honestly was worried I had cancer or something sinister like that and then I had some tests done at the doctors and they diagnosed me with "Gastritis" which is basically a way of saying "You have inflammation in your stomach, we don't know what's causing it. Bye". So helpful... not. I was put on Omeprozole which I didn't like and then they switched me to Ranitidine and I'm still taking it daily now. Then in April I began to start having a lot of pain around my pelvic bone and ovaries and it's not stopped since. So I've basically been in pain every day since January last year with my pelvic area, back and also my stomach. Fun. 

I have tried a few different methods over the past couple of months to try and relieve the pain and thankfully I have found some things which help a little with the pain (most of the time anyway) but I do still struggle daily in day-to-day life. The majority of my doctors and hospital appointments have been really unhelpful if I'm being totally honest, so I'm just trying to manage the symptoms myself until someone finally listens to me and actually sends me for the laparoscopy I want. I've also been having some issues with my ears over the past month or so which is pretty normal for me as it's been an issue since I was younger. I have very narrow and small ear canals apparently which means I'm quite prone to earache, ear infections and I also get sinusitis quite bad too. I'm definitely going to be talking to my doctor about it at my next appointment.

Although I don't have huge news on the life update front, I have been making some (loose) plans for the summer which is exciting as last year I was basically completely bed bound throughout the whole of summer which really sucked. I had major FOMO and there was nothing I could do about it. It obviously depends on how I get on with my pain and if the new pill I'm on actually helps too. It's still all trial and error but fingers crossed I'll actually manage to do more this summer and go on some day trips and maybe even a few weekend breaks too. I'm also still doing the whole "thinking positively" thing and believing in the law of attraction as I'm pretty sure it works. This past week has been crazy and pretty much everyday things I've been wanting to happen, have actually happened. You can read more about why I believe in the law of attraction here

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I'm sure by now that you're aware of how I've basically become dependant on CBD oil as I find it's the best natural pain reliever for my chronic pelvic and back pain and after having a severe reaction to Mefenamic Acid and then finding out that I can no longer take Ibuprofen which is usually my go-to pain relief as it's in the NSAID family, I decided to try out CBD oil around November time last year after having the severe allergic reaction to Mefenamic Acid. This is because Paracetamol doesn't do much for the pain and Co-Codamol just makes my stomach feel weird so I was just stuck for pain relief and I was also super nervous about trying out any new prescribed medication my doctor may offer after having such a bad reaction (I legit thought I was having a stroke and/or dying as I couldn't breathe, I had chest pain and I was having tremors, it was so scary!). I then tried CBD and I've honestly not looked back since. It definitely helps my daily pain and makes my bad flare up days more bearable. I don't find that CBD helps as much with my back pain for weird reason, I don't know if it's because it's a nerve problem(?) and not just an achy back if that makes sense. There's an achy back and then there's a bad back and I deal with the latter on a daily basis. It's just pretty much become the norm for me now but it does limit my abilities but some days are better than others so I just kind of figure it out as I go along. CBD has definitely been an amazing discovery in terms of helping my pelvic pain which I suspect is endometriosis which is a chronic gynaecological disorder which unfortunately doesn't have a cure.
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In today's post, I'm going to talk about four ways you can take control of your health. With it being International Women's Day on the 9th of March and Mother’s Day on the 31st, I feel like March is very much a "woman focused" month. The steps below include things that every woman could benefit from, and there’s no time like the present to improve your health and wellbeing.
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I'm sure by now if you read my blog often or follow me on social media then you'll know that I have chronic pelvic pain and back pain and I am in pain every day with it. I've recently discovered CBD oil which is the first thing which has actually helped the pain which I have not been allergic to. The only problem is that it's quite pricey and I get through 2-3 bottles per month as I take it daily because my pain is that severe most days. So when I got the opportunity to try Salve Herbal CBD Hemp Oil Drops* which are priced at £19.99 I was very intrigued to see if their drops work for me as their prices are the cheapest I've come across so far.
*this post is in collaboration with Physio Comes To You

So as you probably know if you often read my blog and/or follow me on my social media. This year has been pretty tough for me and my family, thanks to my health not being so great. To cut a long story short I've been diagnosed with chronic back and pelvic pain (possible endometriosis) which basically means I'm in some sort of pain every single day and it really affects my day-to-day life. It's definitely been hard trying to adjust to my "new normal" and understanding when my body needs the extra rest and when it's okay to push myself to do more. Overdoing it can literally put me to bed for days but thankfully I have found some things which help to ease the pain a little, I'm never completely pain free but these methods have helped so I thought I'd share them and hope that the tips and tricks below help out any other fellow chronic pain sufferers who read my blog.

The Breath Co. Deluxe Starter Kit Review

in , , , by Kirsty Milward, 1.11.18

For someone who has got stained teeth from their love of tea and coffee over the years, it's safe to say I've tried many different products to get my teeth looking and feeling better and I have found a few products which work and have helped me. But I recently got the opportunity to try out The Breath Co. Deluxe Starter Kit* which is mainly for people who struggle with keeping their breath fresh. I personally don't struggle with bad breath unless I've eaten garlic bread or had a very strong coffee lol but I think most people reading this will understand the anxiety of having smelly breath so I decided to try out the products and put them to the test anyway. 

*This post is in collaboration with Health Labs

As you may have seen on my social media, my health has not been great this year at all and I still don’t really have any answers why my body has basically turned against me either. But because of my ongoing health issues I’ve had to change up my diet quite a lot and go from being a pescatarian to a full on veggie within a matter of weeks as I realised that eating fish was setting off my diagnosed stomach and pelvic pains even more as well as giving me acid reflux (which is something I’d never experienced in my life until now and wow, it sucks) I've also realised that my body doesn't currently like some other foods including some of my favourite fruit and vegetables from strawberries, broccoli, carrots and most chocolate brands too *sob*. It’s all kinda weird... believe me I know. I’ve been tested for IBS/IBD and basically had a full on MOT on my body and I still have no idea what’s going on and it’s just been getting me down.

It's only February and it's safe to say that my health this year has been shockingly bad, I've literally been unwell with different things since the beginning of December (yes, really!). It got to the point that I was questioning myself "what have I done wrong to deserve this?". But I'm kind of getting over the worst of what's been going on ~touch wood~. So because of this I'm currently trying to improve my overall health both physically and mentally and I thought I would write about some great ways to improve your health and hopefully give you some motivation if you're struggling with your physical health and mental health right now like myself.