5 Reasons Why You Should Explore Alternative Therapy Care for Chronic Illness | The Health Sessions

5 Reasons Why You Should Explore Alternative Therapy Care for Chronic Illness

This article is written by Pat Tiffin. 

The only option to maintain a good quality of life with chronic illness is symptom management. More and more in recent years, patients are turning to complementary and alternative therapies to improve their health outcomes.

Conventional treatment often leans heavily on medication. Though pharmaceuticals can be helpful in symptom management, quality of life is a whole different issue. For example, ‘mild side effects’ from drugs that manage high blood pressure (hypertension) can include nervousness, coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, lethargy and even skin rash. Although your body may adjust over time, symptom management by medication could reproduce new symptoms.

Granted, there’s nothing life-threatening in that list of side-effects, but if you weren’t taking medication and felt sick like that, you’d probably take yourself to the doctor.

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7 Health Meal Prep Ideas to Simplify Your Life | The Health Sessions

7 Healthy Meal Prep Ideas to Simplify Your Life

This article is written by Line Arias.

The first step to eating healthy is by making a healthy meal plan. Without a meal plan, you will find it challenging to organize your eating habits. This is important, especially for people who go to the office because usually, you don’t have access to healthy food when you are working. There are several dishes you can use in your meal plan. For example, try to find amazing Italian recipes, so your meals are not only delicious, but they are filled with nutrients as well.

Meal plans are also beneficial because they save time and money. You don’t have to spend the entire day deciding what to eat. In addition to that, a meal plan will keep you from buying unnecessary snacks that you don’t need.

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21 Mini Adventures to Spice Up Everyday Life (Even If You're Chronically Ill) | The Health Sessions

21 Mini Adventures to Spice Up Everyday Life (Even If You’re Chronically Ill)

Are you hungry for adventure or longing for that rush of excitement that a first-time experience brings you?

Life with chronic illness, injury or disability can be pretty dull – with mostly unpleasant surprises instead of exciting ones. Unfortunately, backpacking through Europe, rock climbing or partying at festivals are probably not in the cards for you right now. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring a sense of novelty and excitement to your day-to-day life.

When you break out of your usual routine, your brain releases the happiness hormone dopamine to store information in your memory and create new neural connections.

So if you have some energy to spare, boost your happiness by shaking things up with ‘mini adventures’.

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How You Can Enjoy Safe Exercise at Home With Chronic Illness | The Health Sessions

How You Can Enjoy Safe Exercise at Home With Chronic Illness

This article is written by Jacklyn Donalds. 

Exercise can and should be considered an important part of your strategy in combatting chronic illness – considering its important effect on aspects such as depression, weight maintenance, and vitality. While some of the most common chronic illnesses in America – including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, won’t necessarily keep you at home, if you are in recovery or your illness has affected aspects like strength, balance, and flexibility, building your fitness at home can be beneficial in many ways. Research by the National Sleep Foundation found that people who exercise report better sleep than those who don’t. Quality is as important as quantity, and there are specific criteria that need to be met for sleep to be truly restorative and reinvigorating.

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